Marking Time (The Immortal Descendants #1) by April White

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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.


I was really hesitant to start reading Marking Time. I know a lot of people who love this story, but they also love some other books they said were similar that I have not cared for. Books dealing with a lot of history and research and stuff and I found them to be quite boring. So I was hesitant to start reading this because I wanted to love it, but was worried I wouldn't.

Well I started reading and the story drew me in right away. The history was not in your face, let's just focus on one thing for the entire book like those other I read. I loved the details in this one. The world the author created was so interesting I just wanted to keep reading more and more. Plus I never even had an issue with the time travel aspects of the story, something that usually trips me up. Then again I usually find that it doesn't make sense, but here it did. It flowed with the story and oh it was fun.

This is the story of Saira. Now Saira could get on my nerves at times. She was very judgmental at times, she acted like a know it all at times, but she is a teenager and really she felt like she was acting like a teenager. Most times when I read a story with younger characters I age them in my head without really thinking about it. Usually high school kids don't feel like high school kids so I think of them in college or something. But Saira felt like a teenager. I did think at the beginning that I hope she grows through the story. I hope I get to see her become more, and we did. By the end I loved her so so much. Once she got a foothold in her new world she was awesome. I loved how she adapted to everything that was thrown at her. I don't want to give away too much as I think part of the fun is finding out what this new world is all about, this book has a bit of everything in it it seems. With another author that might have been too much, but in this story it works. That is just the way the world is.

Through the story you are introduced to a lot of fun characters, like Dodger and Archer. I really enjoyed Archer's story. Watching Saira try and figure everything out while getting to know him was great. Saira learns that she can travel through time, meets Jack the Ripper, and has some pretty crazy people after her. I got to the end of this book and wanted to start reading more right away! So on to book 2. I can't wait to see what fun is in store in that one.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2


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