The Immortal Descendants #1
Published by Corazon Entertainment on October 30, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Seventeen-year-old tagger Saira Elian can handle anything... a mother who mysteriously disappears, a stranger who stalks her around London, and even the noble English Grandmother who kicked Saira and her mother out of the family. But when an old graffiti tag in a tube station transports Saira to the 19th Century and she comes face-to-face with Jack the Ripper, she realizes she needs help after all.
Saira meets Archer, a charming student who helps her blend in as much as a tall, modern American teen can in Victorian England. He reveals the existence of the Immortals: Time, Nature, Fate, War and Death, and explains to Saira that it is possible to move between centuries – if you are a Descendant of Time.
Saira finds unexpected friendships at a boarding school for Immortal Descendants and a complicated love with a young man from the past. But time is running out for her mother, and Saira must embrace her new identity as she hides from Archer a devastating secret about his future that may cost him his life.
About 2 months ago, I was asked by the author to read and review her first novel, Marking Time, the 1st book in the Immortal Descendants series. I was a bit hesitant to read it at first, but after a bit of browsing around on her website and reading a sample from Amazon, I decided why not? I did need to expand my reading horizons a bit…. (the only time travel book series I’ve ever heard of but haven’t read was Blast to the Past series…)
I had a hard time getting into the story at the first few chapters (up to around Saira’s first trip), with one minute chasing in present day and then the next a different time/place being clueless. I had to reread it a few times to attempt to understand it. Yet, rereading it again at the end… I’m still a bit clueless. But as I read on, I managed to get into the know of what’s going on (or at least a brief idea to the point of understanding).
Saira Elian has been alone her entire life – or at least most of her life – who, shortly after arriving in London, is followed/stalked/chased by mysterious strangers for reasons of the unknown until later – way later (the beans will not be spilled; they’re safe while locked up in the cabinet. As always. Meaning – no spoilers). Saira has a bit of the personality of being stubborn, selfish, childish, yet all the same being a heroine and trying to save her mother before time runs out.
What I find really unique from Marking Time is the fact that Ms. White uses the idea of a series of well-known (erm, I think? My history might be off) murder cases to weave into her story really well, with a plot that fits well in with Jack the Ripper’s history yet it’s unique in a mysterious way. I also liked the way that part of the future is told by the seers yet it doesn’t spill the beans and keeps the reader engaged of what’s to come – in a good way.
On the overall note, Saira eventually learns that she can’t do everything on her own and to ask for help when she needs it. If you are into time travel (includes Blast to the Past fans), Victorian England (or maybe even England in general), along with a confident (yet not confident) heroine, then I think you’ll enjoy reading this book.