Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Into the Dim - Janet B. TaylorPublisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 1st 2016)
Hardcover: 432 pages
Series: Into the Dim #1
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

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.


This book had a lot of potential and there’s definitely parts I really enjoyed, but it just didn’t quite live up to the expectations.

Things I enjoyed about this book:

I really liked the concept and the time travelling. I like that it’s a secret society and that that there’s a history to go with it. I also love that they go to Scotland (present and past)! The historical aspect was definitely fun.

I like the humour! Considering how serious the content could have been (Hope’s mom is trapped in 12th century Scotland, and well, time traveling is dangerous), there’s lot of hilarious moments and dialogue.

“She can’t let her ankles show.” Doug dropped onto a squishy sofa beside her. “You either, come to that. You’ll drive the lads crazy. Or else they’ll jail you for a harlot.” He sighed in a false annoyance. “Then I’d have to go crack some medieval skills. And who has the time?”


Oh God. No toilet paper.

I had a sudden, horrifying realization o what it meant to be “on the rag”. Bits of pastry flew from my lips as a hysterical bark of laughter popped out.

Things I didn’t enjoy so much:

Hope. I didn’t connect with Hope. Considering her name is Hope, she sure is quite the Debbie Downer. She had all the characteristics of the Chosen One, and I just wasn’t a huge fan of the “I’m not pretty, I’m weird and awkward” but actually is a “pretty girl”. Also, she’s just kind of boring.

There’s parts of the book where the pacing was a bit slow (especially the beginning) and it took me a while before I was actually wanted to invest. The time travel aspect didn’t even show up for quite awhile and

The Romance:

Get’s it’s own section, because I’m undecided about how much I like it. It’s pretty typical insta-love. The “awkward” girl falling for the charming cool guy, who also is suddenly also enamoured with the girl for no good reason. But also, Hope and Bran have some pretty cute moments, so I liked that. I just didn’t care much for the angst.

Plus,  bonus…” He waggled slim eyebrow. “I always wear a kilt to these events and though it best to ascertain your opinion on knees. Just in case you feel unable to restrain yourself when you see mine.”

The thing is, despite Bran being a super stereotypical cocky cool guy with the secrets, he’s pretty hilarious and I can’t help but like him.

“I know what you’re thinking, love.” The words come out husky, his accent more blue-blood than Highlander. “You’re wondering how someone so strong, so handsome, and so obviously endowed with athletic ability could’ve gotten himself thrown from a blood horse.” He winced as he sat up and swing long jean-clad legs over the side of the rock. “The answer is quite simple, really.”

Overall, it was a enjoyable read though it didn’t blow me away. It definitely has aspects that makes it entertaining, but maybe lower that expectation if you’re expecting YA Outlander*? I did appreciate that the ending for the most part wrapped up nicely, and there’s only a little cliffhanger to set up the next book.

*Caveat: I haven’t actually read Outlander (I did watch the show though, ha)… but I have read a lot of historical books and fantasy books! And Into the Dim is a good read, it just didn’t amaze me. 

{Thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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12 Replies to “Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor”

  1. I adore time travel books! This sounds quite interesting, great review! xx

    1. Yay for time travel!

  2. Literary Feline says: Reply

    That’s a bit disappointing although I am glad it did have some good points.

    1. Yeah, I was a little sad, but the humour was good!

  3. Thanks for the review on this one! I like the sound of the time travel and the hidden societies concept, but not a fan of the character and the romance.

    1. No problem! That’s my exact feeling, too.

  4. I ended up DNfing this one Cyn and I love time travel but this didn’t capture me like I hope.

    1. Yeah, that’s too bad. It didn’t quite blow me away as I hoped, either!

  5. I have this on my TBR pile. I started reading it and didn’t really care for Hope’s attitude. I do plan to pick it up again since it is for review. Sounds like it has both good and bad points. Thanks for your review!

    1. Yeah, Hope attitude was not the best. There are still some good stuff about it! I hope you end up enjoying it a bit more!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Visiting from the Saturday Situation! Yeah, I’ve been seeing some pretty lukewarm reviews for this one. Ugh to the insta-love and also what sounds like a cliched protagonist. I like the premise from the book description (time travel can be a lot of fun), but from your review I’m thinking other aspects might bug me :/

    1. Lukewarm is a good way to describe this book! Agree, ugh to the inta-love. There’s some good humour in this book, but yeah, there’s still things that can be annoying!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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