Review: “The Last Beginning” – Lauren James

January 27, 2017 Book Review 0

 Review: “The Last Beginning” – Lauren JamesThe Last Beginning by Lauren James
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Published on: October 16th 2016
Published by: Walker Books
Pages: 352
Series: The Next Together #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of The Next Together series. You can find more of my reviews via the links below:
The Next Together (The Next Together #1)
Another Together (The Next Together #2)
The Last Together (The Next Together #3)

The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives.

But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history?

Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation?

For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.


My Thoughts

I loved the first book in this series, I loved seeing all the different versions of Katherine and Matthew throughout history and watching them fall in love over and over again. It was magical. It’s sequel, although I enjoyed it, has me a little bit conflicted mostly due it it’s main character Clove.

I don’t know what it was about Clove, but I just didn’t connect with her. Firstly, she just kept making such stupid decisions. Time Travel 101, you don’t tell people that you are from a different time and you don’t tell them about their future. Everyone knows that! Instead Clove breaks the rule, tells people information they should not be knowing and then acts really surprised when things go wrong. Like “I told him that the love of his life was going to die and he had to let her. I don’t understand why he saved her?” Cut to me face palming and yelling at my book! So yeah, I didn’t like Clove, but the rest of the book, well that was AMAZING!

One thing this book was great at explaining all the mysterious parts of The Last Together. We re-visit parts of the first book but with Clove thrown into the mix and it was just so cleverly written by James. Seriously, she must have had one hell of a timeline plan in order to keep up with all the different times and versions of characters etc. If you are not a fan of time travel and the thought of alternative timelines makes you mind turn to mush then maybe this isn’t a book for you!

I really liked the futuristic world that James created for Clove and the new generation of characters and there were definitely some gadgets in there that I hope will be invented one day. Printing your own clothes rather than having to go out and buy them? Yes please! I can’t imagine the amount of time that must have gone into the research and imagining of all of the times this book features and again I can’t praise James enough for this.

Finally, one thing I did like about Clove was that James decided to make her gay. There are so many female heroines in YA at the moment who are typical “I think I’m plain but actually I’m really beautiful and I end up with the boy in the end” but Clove is nothing like that and I love that James decided to add this new dynamic to both Clove and the story by making her an LGBT character.


Final Thoughts

I didn’t really connect with the main character but loved the story so much that I had no problem finishing it.

Re-Readability: At some point

I would recommend this book to fans of: historical fiction, romances set over time, time-travel, lgbt, ya sci-fi

Are you a fan of romances based over multiple time periods? What about time-travel books?

Have you read The Next Together?

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