The story raced along smoothly, with lots of action and funny dialogue. I found the time travel parts more interesting than the time spent at school. But the early school scenes obviously helped introduce the characters and established their relationships with each other.
I’m not quite sure what age group this book is aimed for.
The writing is quite light and easy to read so that any mature 11+ reader could manage it. However all the kids are in the mid teens with some light romance thrown in so that older teens could also enjoy this story.
I’ve also noticed a lot of (good) reviews on YA blogs, so this trilogy could be described as a great all ages read.
If you’re a fan of the Ivory Tower then I think you’ll love this too. It has a similar mix of mystery, historical fiction, adventure and romance.
After writing the above, I spent some time checking out the covers from other countries – they have all been of a consistently high standard. But it is curious to note how they also reflect each countries opinion on what age group is reading this type of book.
The Australian cover with the younger girl featured on it, echoes my indecision about which age group this is written for. Whereas the US cover with its sumptuous ruby gown & very mature looking young woman is definitely YA material. However my particular favourite is the fairytale styled cover from Germany. First published in 2009; English translation 2012. The translator is Anthea Bell.
Sixteen-year-old Gwen lives with her extended – and rather eccentric – family in an exclusive London neighborhood. In spite of her ancestors’ peculiar history, she’s had a relatively normal life so far. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped over Gwen, so she hasn’t been introduced to “the mysteries,” and can spend her time hanging out with her best friend, Lesley. It comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden, uncontrolled leaps into the past.
She’s totally unprepared for time travel, not to mention all that comes with it: fancy clothes, archaic manners, a mysterious secret society, and Gideon, her time-traveling counterpart. He’s obnoxious, a know-it-all, and possibly the best-looking guy she’s seen in any century…