What it’s about:
Seventeen-year-old tagger Saira Elian can handle anything… a mother who mysteriously disappears, a stranger who stalks her around London, and even the noble English Grandmother who kicked Saira and her mother out of the family. But when an old graffiti tag in a tube station transports Saira to the 19th Century and she comes face-to-face with Jack the Ripper, she realizes she needs help after all.
Saira meets Archer, a charming student who helps her blend in as much as a tall, modern American teen can in Victorian England. He reveals the existence of the Immortals: Time, Nature, Fate, War and Death, and explains to Saira that it is possible to move between
centuries – if you are a Descendant of Time.
Saira finds unexpected friendships at a boarding school for Immortal Descendants and a complicated love with a young man from the past. But time is running out for her mother, and Saira must embrace her new identity as she hides from Archer a devastating secret about his future that may cost him his life.
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Guest Reviewer Joe says:
Marking Time by April White is the author’s debut novel and a very compelling read. Yes, it is classified as a YA book, but it is so much more. The author has written an interesting mix of likeable characters and set them against the historical English landscape. Time travel, historical adventure, components of mystery, and believable fantasy keep the reader both entertained and often surprised by the turns these characters take.
Seventeen-year-old Saira Elian, the lead character, by way of a missing mother is forced to leave New York and move in with her very wealthy and emotionally hostile grandmother. Now living in the unoccupied wing of grandma’s English countryside castle, Saira discovers that although her mother might be missing, it’s not completely unexpected. Puzzled and still desperately wanting to find her mother, Saira quickly learns that a rather unsavory individual is following her. Enter quickly a broad cast of characters–some to help Saira, some with their own agenda, and some who have histories going back to the beginning of time.
I thoroughly enjoyed each and every character just as much as I did the story overall. While exploring some well-known historical English locations and scenarios, Ms. White introduces a few new historical possibilities. The author keeps the pace moving comfortably throughout the book and uses chapter breaks to allow the reader some much-needed breathing room. Every character learns and grows while keeping the plot points heading toward their inevitable conclusion. Being a time-travel novel enthusiast, I expected to like Marking Time, however, I was happily surprised by the extent to which I enjoyed this well-written tale. I’ll be traveling back in time through the rest of Ms. White’s series.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys time-travel, fantasy or paranormal fiction. Fans of the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness are certain to enjoy April White’s Immortal Descendants Series.
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About the author: April White
All four books in the Immortal Descendants series are on the Amazon Top 100 lists in Time Travel Romance and Historical Fantasy.