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The Next Together (The Next Together #1) – Lauren James

Published October 5, 2017 by bibliobeth

What’s it all about?:

How many times can you lose the person you love? 

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles.

What did I think?:

I really love having a sister who is also a book blogger. She understands the excitement of review copies and makes some brilliant recommendations that, because she is my sister and obviously knows what I like, I’m certain when she raves about a book that I should expect great things. This was the case with The Next Together, part of a duology and encompassing so many genres that you would think it would feel a bit muddled. Not in the slightest. This novel is part historical fiction, part science fiction, part fantasy and part romance and manages to slot into each of these categories with ease and grace making it such an exciting and rewarding reading experience.

This is the story of Katherine and Matthew who have lived many lives/reincarnations, from the The Siege of Carlisle and The Crimeon War in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries respectively, to the near futures of 2019 and 2039. Each time they live their lives they encompass different roles i.e. a noble lady and her servant, an ambitious journalist and his eager assistant, two talented scientists who make a breakthrough discovery and finally, two teenagers who are attempting to find out more and clear the names of the scientists who pre-dated them. In each life, they meet each other and fall deeply in love and then are torn apart when something happens in that particular time period to kill one of the pair. The story based in 2039 is critically important and may shed some light on why Katherine and Matthew can’t simply have a “happy ever after,” but we get some wonderful glimpses of those three other past lives that are both poignant and heart-warming.

As I mentioned before, this book has got a bit of everything genre wise, and I loved how the author combined all the elements to make this a fascinating, exciting and at times, nail biting read that I thoroughly enjoyed. As with all romance novels, I’m always worried that the romance could come off as a bit cheesy but I had no need to worry with The Next Together. Katherine’s wonderful and hilarious sense of humour and Matt’s strong, dependable persona made their relationship a delight to read about and wasn’t at all sickly sweet or unbelievable. I adored how Lauren James told the story in a mixture of notes, emails etc between Katherine and Matt which provided a lovely modern contrast between the more historical sections of the narrative and again, for me, made the love between them feel all the more authentic. I’ll be reading the second novel in the duology, The Last Beginning very soon and cannot wait to get started (especially after the gripping ending!) If it is in any way, shape or form as beautiful as The Next Together I’m in for a huge treat.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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June 2016 – Chrissi Cupboard Month #5

Published June 2, 2016 by bibliobeth

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It’s June. And that means….(drumroll please) it’s Chrissi Cupboard Month!

Hi everyone! Things have been a bit crazy for me for the past few weeks health wise and I haven’t been posting much. Hopefully I’m back on track for a while and here’s what I’ll be reading out of my special Chrissi Cupboard this month:

The Next Together – Lauren James

Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2) – Veronica Rossi

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) – Marissa Meyer

Belle Epoque – Elizabeth Ross

Six Of Crows (Six Of Crows #1) – Leigh Bardugo

Winter – Marissa Meyer

The Heart Of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) – Mary E. Pearson

The Haunting – Alex Bell

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) – Jessica Spotswood

If You Find Me – Emily Murdoch

Very very excited for all of these books, especially Leigh Bardugo’s Six Of Crows after loving her Grisha series and the second book in The Remnant Chronicles after falling head over heels for the first. I’m also looking forward to Alex Bell’s second novel after the wonderful Frozen Charlotte and of course, continuing the Lunar Chronicles with a “meaty” read like Winter. The Next Together comes highly recommended by Chrissi and looks like my sort of book – clearly there is too much wonderful on this list?!