By Trisha Leigh
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication Date: September 29th, 2015
If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?
Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.
If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?
Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.
Or would you have the strength to watch him die?
But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.
With a unique look into time travel, Return Once More offers a jaunt, well a jaunt on a pogo stick rather, through ancient, not so ancient, and modern history as well as a glimpse of a future far from the Earth we know and love. While taking a bouncy ball like ride through history could cause some serious whiplash, Trisha makes it work. She seamlessly blends descriptions of this elaborate world into this story of Kaia’s life, and while you read and enjoy Kaia’s adventure her world fleshes itself out in the background right under your nose.
The characters, Kaia, Oz, a fellow time traveler, and her soul mate, were all well developed. Kaia has a tendency to flaunt the rules, she has sass and smarts in spades, but what could have been an over the top personality is tempered by her love for her fugitive brother. Oz is an odd duck from the beginning, my first thoughts for him were that his odd duck-ness could either be the result of lazy character writing or that he was SUPER DUPER IMPORTANT to the plot, thankfully it was the later. As for the soul mate, Kaia’s True, whose identity, once discovered, means that Kaia can’t stop searching for more about him, lets say there were FEELS.
With major twists that caught both Kaia and I off guard and a cliff hanger of some epic proportions, I can’t wait to see what Trisha has in store for book two.
Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies, reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s.
Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who are numerous, loud, full of love–the kind of people that make the world a better place. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories–made up, of course, but true enough in their way.
Trisha is the author of THE LAST YEAR series and the WHITMAN UNIVERSITY books. She’s represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
To learn more about Trisha Leigh, please visit her at trishaleigh.com.
If you enjoy New Adult books or a good contemporary romance, please check out my pen name, Lyla Payne!
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