Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ARC Review: The Here And Now by Ann Brashares

Title: The Here And Now by Ann Brashares
Publisher: Delacorte
Release Date: April 8th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Medium: ARC Paperback, Received For Review

The Here And Now is a wonderful, imaginative fantasy story of time travel, romance, drama, and action. Addicting and mind-boggling, this novel is sure to keep readers flipping pages and even more sure to leave your mind overwhelmed with such unbelievable yet believable fantasy.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. 

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. -From

The plot is an amazing mix of several different genres, including fantasy, romance, drama, and action, focussing mainly on the theme of time travel. You are given an intricate plot that Is full of suspense and romance, centered around Prenna's character, a girl from the future who has traveled back in time to 2010, in order to correct mankind's mistakes and prevent the future destruction. This is a task shared between her and her community of time travelers, but she soon realizes it is up to her and her friend Ethan to ultimately save the world. Fast-paced and exciting, this novel is riveting and full of believable fantasy.

The characters in this novel were also very interesting. Both Prenna and Ethan are amazing intellectual characters full of depth and personality. Prenna's origin makes her vulnerable and shy at first, but after she is faced with the rough situations and forced into certain positions, she slowly develops into a strong leading character. Ethan started out and stayed a strong character throughout the entire novel. Both his protectiveness and his nerdy personality shine through, and make him very desirable. Together, they are a dynamic duo to be reckoned with as they venture to save the world from it's seemingly inevitable future.

Overall, this novel is a spectacular thrill ride from beginning to end. It's exciting, full of fantasy, and a wonderful novel to please your imagination. Also very romantic. My only issue I found with the novel was that Prenna and Ethan seemed to experience what I call "insta-love." It seemed like they hadn't been talking but for a few days, when they were rolling around in bed together. If the romance had been taken a little slower, giving the relationship time to mature, then I would have been alright with the "bed-rolling." Instead, the relationship felt forced and fake, and the romance felt way too fast-paced. Other than that, this novel was a delight to read, and I can't wait to experience a sequel or any other novels by the author!

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