Friday, April 12, 2013

The Loved and the Lost Book Review

Well, it finally happened. This is the third and last book in the series that started with the Lens and the Looker and then Bronze and Brimstone. This is a journey about 3 teens who in the beginning where not paying attention in school and got into trouble alot so they were sent to the History Camp where they had to live and work in the 1400 century to teach them some manners and to make an effort to be better around people. This final book is called the Loved and the Lost.
Here is an excerpt from the back of the book:
They are three time travelers desperate to return to 14th-century Verona to reclaim their medieval family s shattered lives. It is a mission fraught with danger and the risk of unexpected consequences for themselves and for their worlds.  
For all three, it is a matter of the heart. For one, though, it is truly the only thing that matters, as the fate of his eternal love and the life of their unborn child is the prize to be won or lost forever. In this, the final book of THE VERONA TRILOGY, Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln go on the boldest adventure of their lives.  
They will face hardship, tragedy, and threats from sources they couldn't t have imagined all in an effort to wrestle a future from the steely grip of an unforgiving past. 
I really enjoyed this series, although, at first I did not think I would with it being about teens but it really was an entertaining series of books that kept me wanting to come back for more.  I loved the first two but the 2nd one left me a little puzzled. It didn't seem as clear cut as the other two. It went at a fast paced kinda Science project that if you miss something in the middle, the whole thing gets messed up.

I loved that they all found love, although the youngest boy did so in a strange way. And so did the girl but then when he went with them to help rescue Hansum's wife that was left in the 14th century (they are in the 24th, then 26th century by the end of the book).  Before they had left on this journey, he had asked the girl to marry him and she said yes. So, when they landed in Verona in the 14th century to save Hansum's wife, poor Kingsley is the one who dies.

When they get to their present future, they are banned from time travel until they are in their 70's and 80's! They finally succeed in getting Hansum's wife and her parents and they are transported back to the future but the elder Hansum had to stay in the past because his wife was still young and they would go back to the 24th century and not the 26th, where Shamira and Kingsley meet up again and it starts all over. Everything works out for Lincoln, too.

But, here is where I got lost, if Hansum had to stay in the past so that the younger Hansum could be with his wife, would that not have held true for the other two? How can there be a younger AND an older Shamira back in the 24th century? Same thing with Lincoln. Did I miss something because it made no sense to me at all!

I think somehow they must have blended together and the older part vanished and the younger part took over. I know I am not making much sense but once you read the book, you will see what I mean. It's not how I really saw it playing out, but writer's often know best and in this case, it all worked out the way it should.

Happy Reading!

About the Author:

"I write Post-Dystopian fiction. After society’s collapse, which is imagined in so many great dystopian stories, humans will either fade into history, with the dinosaurs, or, if it learns the right lessons, society will go on to construct a civilization to last tens of thousands of years. History Camp stories are the exciting adventures of young people doing the latter." -Lory Kaufman

On the artistic side of my career, I've written, acted and directed children’s theatre and musical theatre. I enjoy art, especially sculpture. I love science fiction and historical fiction and have been deeply involved in the green movement all across North America. I think all these thing show through when you read my work. I have three grown children and work and live in Kingston, Canada.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


ann said...

This sounds like a great book.. One that sends the kids back in history to learn a lesson and learn how it was done back then.
To teach them . Cant wait to read this one