Timeless

Timeless

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When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor's world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she's never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century's worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life - a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually "exist." And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance. Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves - a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 290 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Image Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0385738382
  • 9780385738385
  • 168,756

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J-14 Magazine book club: If you like historical fiction like Anna Godbersen's "The Luxe" or fantasy romances like Aprilynne Pike's "Wings" (and of course, "Twilight"), you'll love J-14's newest book club pick: "Timeless" by Alexandra Monir. Michele Windsor is just your average California beach girl, but after a terrible tragedy strikes her family, she's forced to move to New York City and live in a stuffy mansion with the grandparents she's never met. While making friends and fitting in at a new school is hard enough, Michele also has to unravel an unbelievable family secret -- an old diary that has the mysterious power to transport her to the year 1910. In this other world, Michele meets Philip, a gorgeous and sweet guy who's haunted her dreams her entire life. Convinced he's her soulmate, soon she's leading a double life and caught up in a race through history to save Philip's life. I was so drawn into Michele and Philip's love story that I tore through "Timeless" in just two days! Once you've finished the book, head over to our J-14 message boards to discuss. You can also download the original songs that play a crucial role in the "Timeless" plot! (http: //www.j-14.com/2011/01/j-14-book-club-timeless-by-alexandra-monir.html) SAVVY Magazine: There is nothing quite like curling up with a book you just can't seem to put down--and wouldn't want to even if you could. Enter "TIMELESS," written by Alexandra Monir. I was lucky enough to interview this impressive young author about her debut book and can't wait to share some sneak peeks into the story, as well as into Alexandra's own life, with all of you! "TIMELESS" will sweep you away from era to era, alongside main character Michele Windsor as she defies the constricts of time and engages your heart and mind. The power of music is embedded deeply in this story, as Michele turns out to be a song writer--just like the author really is! Alexandra, in her own wshow more

About Alexandra Monir

At the age of 25, author and recording artist Alexandra Monir released her popular debut young adult novel, "Timeless." Alexandra currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she is at work on the sequel to "Timeless," as well as further projects in writing and music.show more

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9,413 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
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4 30% (2,829)
3 23% (2,120)
2 8% (791)
1 4% (337)

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Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/review-timeless-by-alexandra-monir/ Timeless was certainly different from what I'd expected. To be honest, I was hoping for more magic and ballroom dances, but I was still pleased with the plot, though I thought it was all a bit too predictable. I was fond of all the characters in this novel; none of them were Mary Sues or Marty Stues, and none of them irritated the heck out of me. (A definite plus.) But I was never especially attracted to any one of them, though I did think Michele's relationship with Philip was adorable. Though very sad, because how can it be possible for two people from different times to be together? Time travel is a pretty unique genre. It's one that could be interpreted several different ways, and usually that means that it's explained by one of three things: futuristic inventions, paranormal abilities, or just magic. Timeless seemed to fall in the "magic" category, which I'm perfectly fine with, though I was hoping that it could be explained better. Like, for instance, why can that key transport Michele to the past? Perhaps that will be explained further in the sequel, but I was really disappointed when I reached the last page and realized that the workings behind time travel weren't discussed. The plot was pretty predictable for me. I discovered secret identities much, much earlier than they were revealed (I had a sudden revelation in the middle of the book that made me gasp in awe of my fantastic clue-detecting skills). Though I do admit that I was taken aback by that ending. That cliffhanger of an ending was pretty shocking. Timeless was an easy, fun read. There wasn't anything especially spectacular about it, but it was a light read that I enjoyed. I'd definitely suggest it for readers who like starcrossed lovers. Source: Paperback won from giveawayshow more
by Linda
Also reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm. (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com) Wow. I finished this book about a month ago now and I'm still thinking about it. When I look at this book I can't help but smile. It is so romantic and heart-wrenching. I knew from the moment I heard about this book that I wanted to read it, and I knew I would love it. It's just one of those books you know the moment you hear about it that you are going to like it. It definitely did NOT disappoint me! I've had time to think over what I was going to say about this book in my review, but I am still in shock over it all. I'm still wondering "What the hell just happened here?" but in a completely good way. It's just one of those books that is overly amazing and you are wondering minutes, hours, days, months what the heck just happened. Until you finally get the next installment and dive in and get that "Ahhhhh" =) feeling. You know what I mean? Not only is this book AMAZING, but it's utterly beautiful. The writing is gorgeous! And the descriptions. Arg! Makes it even more amazing. I love the lyrics added in, they are beautiful. Monir put juuust the right amount into it to where it wasn't major overload. The plot is unique and just very romantic. This book made me hurt so badly for Michele. Everything she had to endure with her mom and then with Philip. Oh, and you can definitely NOT forget about the awesome history that is in this book and how well crafted and genius Monir put this book together! You won't really understand until you read this book and that's all I'm going to say. Overall, I can't really say much about this book until after you read it. Whenever you do, please send me an email and strike up a conversation about this book so I can overload you on how awesome I think this book is and we can discuss the awesome-ness of it. Please?? I'm DYING for the sequel. Seriously. Also, the cover is GORGEOUS! It's so, so, so beautiful! Possibly one of my top five favorite covers of the year.show more
by Amanda
When Michele's mother is killed in a car accident, she finds herself being sent across the country to live with her grandparents. She has never met them before, and can't fathom why her mom would have named them as her guardians. Long ago, her mother had disobeyed her parents and ran away with the boy she loved. But Henry disappeared, leaving Marion alone and pregnant. Life with Walter and Dorothy Windsor is different from everything Michele has ever known. Michele and her mom got by, but that was all. The Windsors, though, are rich. As in, old New York money rich. And Michele's bedroom once belonged to any number of young Windsor women. It's in a locked drawer that Michele discovers a diary of one such Windsor teenager. With the diary and a strange key that Dorothy has given Michele, an unbelievable adventure begins. Michele has dreamed of an unknown boy for a long time. The dreams seem so real, but Michele knows she has never met the boy with the captivating sapphire eyes. But when she lands in the world of the diary (100 years in the past!), she realizes that Philip Walker is the boy she has dreamed about. And only Philip and Michele's great-great aunt Clara can see Michele. Michele can travel from the past to the present, but Philip cannot travel with Michele. Michele and Philip fall in love - but their love is doomed from the start. They can never exist 100% together in either world. And that's what makes the story so heartbreaking. They are meant to be together, but so many obstacles are in their way. Philip is ahead of his time and Michele seems a better fit for the past. Weaving throughout a handful of years, and different relatives, Michele tries to learn the meaning of the mysterious key, find a way to finally be with Philip, and discover why one other man can see her. I absolutely *loved* TIMELESS! I was drawn into the unfortunate love of Michele and Philip. They are an amazing couple and I can't wait to see how the next part of their tale plays out! Of course, Ms. Monir leaves the story with a cliffhanger. If you've read and enjoyed Maurissa Guibord's WARPED, then you simply have to pick up TIMELESS. Maybe the author should have titled it "Breathless," because that's how the final pages will leave you.show more
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