Hi! I hope your day has been amazing. Today I’m bringing you a review, along with five reasons to read For All Time by Shanna Miles. Enjoy!
Title: For All Time
Author: Shanna Miles
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Fantasy, and Romance.
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 28th 2021
“An unforgettable and artfully crafted romance right down to the very last page.” —Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’
“A romance for the ages. Fresh voices and original predicaments make this one perfect little novel.”
—Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl
The Sun Is Also a Star meets Outlander in this vivid, utterly romantic debut novel about two teens who relive their tragic love story over and over until they uncover what they must do to change their fate.
Tamar is a musician, a warrior, a survivor. Fayard? He’s a pioneer, a hustler, a hopeless romantic.
Together, Tamar and Fayard have lived a thousand lives, seen the world build itself up from nothing only to tear itself down again in civil war. They’ve even watched humanity take to the stars. But in each life one thing remains the same: their love and their fight to be together. One love story after another. Their only concern is they never get to see how their story ends. Until now.
When they finally discover what it will take to break the cycle, will they be able to make the sacrifice?
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For All Time is a beautifully crafted story on one’s will to never give up.
What I love most about the novel is its eccentric time travel. Tamar and Fayard, the main characters, travel to the thirteen hundreds! I’ve seen few books pull off such old time periods so uniquely.
Moreover, the characters were such a delight! I’ll admit, at first, I wasn’t too fond of Tamar. I found her to be rather obnoxious. Fayard on the other hand, I liked from the start. While I didn’t particularly love some characters, there were quite a few I had a soft spot for.
The writing was absolutely incredible! It was emotional and raw. Without spoiling too much, you could really feel the love Tamar and Fayard had for each other.
In addition, I really loved the dialogue. It was the right amount snarky, and heartbreaking.
Unfortunately though, I found the time jumps to be rather confusing. At times they felt too sudden and out of place.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! While the book was confusing at times, it was simply too gripping to put down. If you’re looking for a speculative or emotional story then I highly recommend For All Time.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Top Five Reasons to Read For All Time
1. Diverse story
The main characters Tamar and Fayard are of African American descent!
2. A look at the thirteen hundreds
For All Time takes readers through a journey into the thirteen hundreds! It’s not a time period I’m 100% familiar with, so it was very refreshing to read about.
3. There’s Musician Rep!
Teens who play instruments are rare to see in YA, so I was very happy to see that Tamar plays an instrument.
4. Witty Main Character
Tamar is very witty. I liked how straightforward and blunt she was at times. It was nice to see her taking charge to achieve her goals instead of just sulking about.
5. A story where more than one character time travels
Now, this might be an unusual reason, but it’s definitely a meaningful one. I’ve only ever read books where one person time travels, not two people. This led way for such an interesting dynamic that you don’t want to miss!
About the Author
Shanna Miles is an author, reviewer and librarian who lives in Georgia with her two daughters, and educator husband and advocates tirelessly for appropriate representation for marginalized people in children’s fiction. Her passion is Paranormal Romance, but she also has a deep affinity for diverse Science Fiction like that of Octavia Butler and Sherri L. Smith. “Willow Born” is Shanna Miles’ latest work.
Alrighty friends, that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed. Have a wonderful day!