Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

25897792Published: March 1st, 2016

by: HMH Books for Young Readers

Genres: YA, Time-Travel, Alternate-History

Format: eARC 

Source: Publisher via Netgalley

My Rating: 3.5 Stars 

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When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.



3-5-stars (1)

Despite the slow beginning and insta-love, I quite enjoyed this book. I’ve not read Outlander, yet, but I darn sure will make an effort to start it soon. Possibly next week. With this being marketed as Outlander for teens, I decided to give it a go. I’ve watched the first season of the show, and I know that there’s a lot that I’m missing without having read it, but I can’t get on board with the comparisons between the two. The only things I got are the setting and time-travel. That’s it. So if the settings and general aspects of stories constitute relation between other books of the same quality, then marketing sucks. Sorry to be so pessimistic, but this is no way an Outlander. I get that you want people to pick up this title, but how about just saying that this is a new and exciting time travel adventure for teens to get lost in. Because if a non-Outlander fanatic such as myself can get mad over the comparison, then I can only imagine what the die hard fans are thinking.

Now, to move along from the negatives. I actually liked the last half of this book. All the historical aspects rocked my socks off. That is what saved this book for me. Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages. So having her in this book was a treat in itself. The author did such an amazing job with the history here, that even when you don’t even know much to start, you will still be amazed. Google is my friend. All of the 12th Century history was very well represented, even if it wasn’t much. It makes you wonder if you’d have survived during that time period. Yes, you would have. Simply because that was the way back then. Our personalities reflect what we are used to. If a man wants to own you, then that’s just the way it is. Hope, having come from a century that doesn’t mandate that way of life, got some heavy things thrown her way.

Hope is one of those heroines that you love and hate at the same time. She’s so smart – intellectually, but displays actions just like most teen girls do. You know the type, those self deprecating girls who are so gorgeous that they don’t see it. All it takes is one guy to say you’re pretty, and BAM! Instant love fest. So Hope is the chosen one. And like so many chosen ones, she has no understanding of her strengths, until someone tells her. She’s always had a knack for remembering things and languages. The time-travel aspect was confusing at times, but it seems to fit the story. Me, being the lover of complicated things, had to just go with the flow and hope for the best. 

Overall, I am looking forward to the next book. I like the history in this book more than anything. So if you are into 12th Century court, Eleanor of Aquitaine, power struggles, and time traveling heroines, Into the Dim is the perfect read for you. Please don’t go into this thinking of Outlander, or you will be sorely disappointed and it could ruin your thoughts on the book. Just think of this book as just a new adventure, and you won’t even compare the two. 


18 thoughts on “Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

  1. I really like time travel and I enjoyed Outlander (Well I only read the first 2 so far) so I definitely want to read this one. 3.5 Stars isn’t too shabby, I’m glad that you enjoyed it even though the beginning was slow for you. The history in this does sound very fascinating.


  2. Hmmm, 3.5 stars isn’t bad, but I’ve seen two or three negative reviews that pretty much convinced me that this one wasn’t for me. And you mentioned insta-love… I think I’ll pass, I have a ton of series that I could be continuing/reading instead. 😀 Still, I ADORE this cover and may check out this one in the future!

    Lovely review, Lekeisha. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!


  3. This review is perfect and detailed ❤ I loved reading it! I really don't like insta love which is a shame for it being so present in this particular book, but I am glad there were other aspects *or in this case, characters* that rescued this one for you a bit. I really like time travel and I have been looking forward to this one which I have in physical AND on my kindle now. I should really be reading it already…


  4. I love time travel, so I might just check out Into the Dim. However, I don’t like it when books are being pushed as similar to X or Y for YA… Even less so when the only similarity is the setting and the time travel.
    I hope you’ll be able to read Outlander soon! It’s one of my favorite series, and I’ve even done one of my MA papers on it. (My paper that I separated in four parts and have shared on my blog these past weeks if you’re interested 😉 )


  5. I was so happy to see your review, since I have Into the Dim to read soon as well. Good to hear that it was enjoyable, even though some things about the character could be better. I think I will like this one 🙂


  6. This was another one I had high hopes for and ended up DNFing. I love Outlander, but the main character and time travel used had me setting this one down. I think this will appeal to teens.


  7. I have a feeling that every book with time travel in it will be compared to Outlander at least while the show is so popular. I have this book but it got pushed aside and I have to admit that I am terribly behind. It does sound like a solid story. I will keep in mind that the second half is stronger than the first when I do get to it. Great review!


  8. I think the show Outlander brought time travel back. or made it more marketable again. It seems like the market is now flooded with them. Luckily I love it. I have not read this book though and was wondering why I hadn’t heard more about it. It sounds like it’s a bit disappointing but I think one day I’ll give it a try myself. Maybe…


  9. It does sound like a great adventure. The 12th Century could be a dangerous place for a modern person with modern thinking. 🙂
    Thanks for clarifying about the Outlander thing (I’ve read the whole series and short stories and author’s notes) and the blurb sounded nothing like Outlander and you’re right, marketing didn’t do this book any favors by saying that.


  10. I’m actually not surprised that it has little in common with Outlander. I’ve only seen two eps and I couldn’t see how that could translate to YA. I still don’t know if I want to read Outlander. But that’s a whole different story.

    I love me some history so I’m interested. I especially love when people have to adjust and address their own lifestyle’s so I’ll read it anyway!


  11. I started this one but the main character really bothered me so I ended up DNFing it. I definitely think marketing this as Outlander for teens was a huge mistake. Some people were really disappointed because of that. I’m not a fan of insta-love either, so I think I’m better off without this one. I’m glad it got better for you though!
    Great review!


  12. Great review! I’m actually a huge fan of insta-love but I know a lot of readers are put off by it. I hope your next reads a winner 🙂


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