Time Will Tell

Time Will Tell

What would you do if you could go back in time and change your past? For Eva Caldwell that question is a no-brainer. After her parents were murdered while she was away at summer camp, Eva was placed into the custody of her abusive uncle and bullied in school. She’d gladly go back and change it all. When her uncle passes, Eva discovers he created a time machine. The problem...

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Title:Time Will Tell
Author:M. Ullrich
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Time Will Tell Reviews

  • Rach (Les Rêveur)

    The book is ultimately about how much you would do for you one true love. Eva’s parents die unexpectedly and she goes to live with her abusive uncle. Her safe haven is her best friend Casey whom she is madly in love with. Casey wants nothing more than to keep Eva safe and has big plans for the future and all of them involved a better life for Eva.

    This is the hardest review I have ever written – not because I didn’t love the novel, love is an underwhelming word in comparison to how I feel about t

    The book is ultimately about how much you would do for you one true love. Eva’s parents die unexpectedly and she goes to live with her abusive uncle. Her safe haven is her best friend Casey whom she is madly in love with. Casey wants nothing more than to keep Eva safe and has big plans for the future and all of them involved a better life for Eva.

    This is the hardest review I have ever written – not because I didn’t love the novel, love is an underwhelming word in comparison to how I feel about this book, because the spoiler alert is high and I don’t want to ruin it for you. It’s important you know that there are many amazing things I am leaving out of the this review so that you can read this novel with fresh eyes and enjoy the book as much as I did because damn, is this book worth every minute of your time.

    Eva and Casey have a friendship and love like no other. There is a level of acute understanding between them when it comes to everything about their lives except the love that they hide from one another during high school. I loved both these characters for very different reasons. I found Eva very alluring and she would definitely be a love interest for me but when it came to favourite characters Casey stole the show. She was beautiful, patient, charming and caring to a fault. The way she loved Eva lifted me up while breaking my heart at the same time.

    There are moments in the book that captured my heart and almost left me breathless. M. Ullrich wrote some of the best lines I have read and struggle to forget them now weeks after I read this book. One example of lines that have stayed with me is:

    “Tell me I’m not the only one who’s thought of this moment. Tell me that comparing every lover to you wasn’t sad and silly, that imagining you was pathetic”

    M. Ullrich was also able to give the perfect amount of angst but not so much that it was tumultuous, which I find can be the case with other authors writing suspense.

    The sex scenes in this book are probably the best I’ve seen from M. Ullrich, and she has written some great ones in past novels. They were sexy and intense whilst drawing from the love these woman shared. It was real and all consuming, I shudder to imagine it in real life.

    M. Ullrich just keeps knocking them out of the park and I think she’s currently the one to watch in Lesbian Romantic Fiction. The standard of novels she’s producing are just extraordinary and I cannot wait for what comes next.

    Unquestionably 5 stars

  • Starsandsun

    Another fantastic read from M. Ullrich.

    I’ve finished this in one sitting, It’s kind of dark and sweet a weird combo.

    Frankly, I’m torn. And you will understand what I mean if you’ll read this. I also have a mixed emotions with the ending. It’s either you will like it or you if will not just same with the whole book.

    The YA part is what I appreciate the most. I love that there’s so much history with them together.

    You will fall in love with Casey. (I actually did too)

    But the only flaw the I don’t l

    Another fantastic read from M. Ullrich.

    I’ve finished this in one sitting, It’s kind of dark and sweet a weird combo.

    Frankly, I’m torn. And you will understand what I mean if you’ll read this. I also have a mixed emotions with the ending. It’s either you will like it or you if will not just same with the whole book.

    The YA part is what I appreciate the most. I love that there’s so much history with them together.

    You will fall in love with Casey. (I actually did too)

    But the only flaw the I don’t like about her is that she’s too perfect. Even her family. She’s a dream girl.

    Eva has been through a lot. The only good thing that happened to her is Casey. I love her and feel for her on the first part. But in the second I kind of pissed at her she doesn’t deserve Casey, I’m the Lizzy on this book.

    There’s a twist but I kind of guessed it already.

    Overall this is a good read.

    Time travel is a interesting topic.

    What will do if you can change the past? The what if’s and the regrets. Now, because of this book I want to watch About Time again.

  • Agirlcandream

    Time Will Tell is the fourth book released by M. Ullrich but as the author indicates in her acknowledgments, this was her first attempt at writing a full-length novel. It comes across as polished, but the remnants of debut author linger on the early pages. Like other readers I was excited about the time travel aspect of the novel. Time travel does play a significant role in the outcome but is not the focus of this tale. Instead we are treated to a story of survival and the importance of best fri

    Time Will Tell is the fourth book released by M. Ullrich but as the author indicates in her acknowledgments, this was her first attempt at writing a full-length novel. It comes across as polished, but the remnants of debut author linger on the early pages. Like other readers I was excited about the time travel aspect of the novel. Time travel does play a significant role in the outcome but is not the focus of this tale. Instead we are treated to a story of survival and the importance of best friends who accept you with all your many flaws and stand by you when life gets hard. Until they don’t, and you are left floundering and lost.

    The first half of the novel has all the hallmarks of a sweet YA novel. Eva is young teen forced to live with her abusive Uncle following the deaths of her parents. Her neighbour and classmate Casey is the popular kid who defends Eva when she is bullied and is attracted to her in spite of Eva’s secretive nature. I was impressed with how the author handled Eva’s return following her Uncle’s death. I liked how this YA morphed into an NA with all the emotional impact, the hurt feelings, the questions and the doubts, the fact that both women had changed so much over the ensuing six years. It all felt very real. Actions have reactions and sometimes they are not the ones you were expecting. I liked that the author bent her early stereotypes of the popular girl and the freak allowing Casey and Eva’s personalities to grow and change as a consequence of their actions.

    And then Eva is given the opportunity to change (fix) her past and undo the things she regrets. Many rules are broken in the butterfly effect theory of time travel but since this is, in essence a debut novel I won’t rag on the flaws in this version. What I will say is that I wish there had not been an epilogue. I was content with the ending.

    Four stars for an entertaining debut read and clear evidence that M Ullrich has all kinds of talent.

    ARC received with thanks from BSB via NetGalley for review.

  • Lex Kent

    I have had a real up and down reader/author relationship, with Ullrich. I thought her debut book was okay, I loved

    , and I just did not care for

    . I am happy to say we are going back up with Time Will Tell. This book is half YA, half adult, drama-romance with a little time traveling. When Ullrich writes drama-romances, I just seem to connect to them more.

    When Eva’s parents are murdered, she is forced to move in with an abusive uncle. She finds solace in the s

    I have had a real up and down reader/author relationship, with Ullrich. I thought her debut book was okay, I loved

    , and I just did not care for

    . I am happy to say we are going back up with Time Will Tell. This book is half YA, half adult, drama-romance with a little time traveling. When Ullrich writes drama-romances, I just seem to connect to them more.

    When Eva’s parents are murdered, she is forced to move in with an abusive uncle. She finds solace in the safety of her neighbor and best friend Casey. When her uncle passes, Eva finds a time traveling device that belonged to him. Is she willing to risk changing her past if it means never meeting the love of her life?

    This book deals with some tough subjects. There is bullying, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. The sexual abuse happens mostly off screen so to speak, but this book is still tough to read in parts.

    This book really is divided into two parts, the YA part when Casey and Eva are teenagers, and the adult part when they are in their mid-twenties. Even though the trigger warnings took place in the YA part, I really liked that part of the book. I’m not the biggest YA fan, but I like YA books that make you feel, and this book did that. The budding young romance, “does she like me” is really sweet and well written. I was not as crazy about the second half of the book, but that is mostly because I did not care for the person Eva grew up to be, or her choices. But that is the whole point of the book, would you do things over if you could fix how you treated others.

    I mentioned before how much I love loved

    , I thought it was so well written. This book was well written in a way that mirrors that book. I thought Ullrich did a great job of showing the connection and chemistry the characters had together. This book is more drama-romance than it is time traveling. The time traveling aspects do not happen until close to the end. I don’t think the time traveling was handled the best that I have read before. I have a few unanswered questions and worries, but for the most part it was okay.

    If you are an Ullrich fan, a drama-romance fan, or a YA fan, you will probably enjoy this. I’m happy to say this was so much better than her last book. I am now looking forward to what she writes next.

  • vacatedboat

    Ok, I’m admittedly confused on how I want to rate this and I’m teetering on a very fine line here.

    I’ve read all of Ullrich’s work at this point…and find that I prefer her stories that have a more serious tone to them. While I enjoyed both of her two more playful, less dramatic romances, this one and ‘Life in Death’ both made me actually feel instead of merely providing entertainment. I read for both reasons and since they aren’t mutually exclusive, when I can get both out of one book, I’m an exc

    Ok, I’m admittedly confused on how I want to rate this and I’m teetering on a very fine line here.

    I’ve read all of Ullrich’s work at this point…and find that I prefer her stories that have a more serious tone to them. While I enjoyed both of her two more playful, less dramatic romances, this one and ‘Life in Death’ both made me actually feel instead of merely providing entertainment. I read for both reasons and since they aren’t mutually exclusive, when I can get both out of one book, I’m an exceptionally happy reader.

    Some of the beginning portion of this is very difficult to read. While there aren’t explicit descriptions of abuse, Ullrich walks on the cusp of it here and the hints are enough to elicit an emotional response.

    The writing in ’Time Will Tell’ is, as always with Ullrich, very good. I can’t help thinking, however, that something is missing.

    I liked the flow of ‘Time Will Tell’ for the most part…I didn’t mind the 6 year lapse that occurred after Eva and Casey’s high school experiences together whereas I often find jumps in time annoying. I didn’t need to walk through those years with them to find out every detail in order to feel satisfied because Ullrich did a great job of filling in the gaps through the next few chapters. What I do, however, feel like I missed out on was whatever happened between ‘The End’ and the epilogue.

    According to Amazon, this book is only 206 pages (it felt longer, in a good way...a lot of good stuff is jammed in those 206 pages), which is a bit short in comparison to BSB's already short standard of 264 pages. I really would have preferred the extra time *cough* 58 pages *cough* with Eva and Casey to figure out what happened in the aftermath of Eva’s ultimate decision and how they ended up in the events of the epilogue. It made the ending feel incomplete. When I read 'The End,' I was thinking "WTF? It can’t end like that!" Then I swiped left and found an epilogue. I expelled the breath I was holding and carried on. The epilogue didn’t make me feel any better…

    Overall, this was worth the read and I would definitely recommend it. I was actually a bit enthralled through the entire book and just read, read, read until the last word. I loved it, but then felt like I was dropped off the edge of a cliff. I’m leaving 4 stars for now because I'm a bit disoriented from the fall...and dropping this into my to re-read pile. I'll see how I react when I circle back around.

  • Stephanie

    Hmmm...I'm really torn about this one. It's another book I wanted more from. I thought the author did a great job making us love the main characters in the first half of the book. She made me root for Eva and Casey. The middle was very disconcerting and quite different from the beginning. Much darker. The end was abrupt and left me unsettled. Which is not always a bad thing.

    I gave it 4 stars because the writing here was good and the book is quite different from the norm.

    I received an ARC from t

    Hmmm...I'm really torn about this one. It's another book I wanted more from. I thought the author did a great job making us love the main characters in the first half of the book. She made me root for Eva and Casey. The middle was very disconcerting and quite different from the beginning. Much darker. The end was abrupt and left me unsettled. Which is not always a bad thing.

    I gave it 4 stars because the writing here was good and the book is quite different from the norm.

    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jem

    This book is quite the paradox for me. And I'm not even referring to the time travel part. On the one hand, I wouldn't have chosen it if there wasn't the promise of reading about time travel and the resulting paradoxes from using it. On the other hand, the time travel part of the story is so wishy-washy and quite frankly, even unnecessary, I wish it hadn't been there in the story at all. Which of course, meant that I would never have chosen to read this book in the first place, because it is, ga

    This book is quite the paradox for me. And I'm not even referring to the time travel part. On the one hand, I wouldn't have chosen it if there wasn't the promise of reading about time travel and the resulting paradoxes from using it. On the other hand, the time travel part of the story is so wishy-washy and quite frankly, even unnecessary, I wish it hadn't been there in the story at all. Which of course, meant that I would never have chosen to read this book in the first place, because it is, gasp!, YA. And I would have missed out on a really well done and enjoyable YA/NA book. Quite the paradox, eh? Needless to say, it'll be hell to rate this book.

    The book starts off really strong with a stunningly dark opening scene. Then it flashes back to the past, when the protagonists are teens in school. I seldom enjoy YA books, but this is actually very well done and enjoyable. Credit that to both girls getting their own POVs. Although the furious head-hopping from one paragraph to the next might be disconcerting for readers used to a more disciplined writing style, other than the occasional double take, I didn't have too much trouble following the POV switches. The thing about being able to get into both characters' heads in most situations is that it feels much less frustrating and confining. (Contrast this with

    , for instance, where being stuck with one POV meant I never really got to know the other, seemingly more interesting protagonist. And the skewed perception of first person POVs can be uber frustrating to read.) For me, the richer emotional returns outweigh other considerations. I am reading the book for the 'feels' (a euphemism for angst, hehe) anyway, so this is just right for me.

    I also loved how the two protagonists changed over time. Great character development there. Something that I think is less often explored in the typical 'long-time-no-see' and 'ooh-let's-just-pick-up-where-we-stopped' romances. In reality, people change. Life experiences change us. Sometimes for the better, other times for the worse. More often, a mix. I thought this was one of the most realistic depictions I've read that deal with this problem. And I wanted the young women to work it out between themselves. It would have been a great opportunity to see if they can overcome their differences, if love conquers all, even a gap as wide as your love being a completely changed person from the one you thought she was. But alas, just when I was so invested in their journey, the time travel bit intrudes. The ironic thing is, I powered through the book in 2 days, a record for me, driven mostly by the need to get to the deliciously dangled carrot of 'time travel' and the unraveling of the mysterious and shocking opening scene. But the more I neared the end, the more I wondered how the author was even going to work that bit of sci-fi in, or even, why bother, when the ladies can pretty much work things out among themselves the old-fashioned way. Hmmm....puzzling. But, I'm not the author, so....

    And now we get to my raison d'etre for the book. I needed to remind myself that this is a romance, and to not expect a 'scientific' depiction of time travel with all the requisite technical mumbo-jumbo on how it works. The 'time machine' was underwhelming, and that's an understatement. But at least there was something, no matter how feeble it looked, unlike, say,

    . Anyway, it wasn't the machine itself that irked me, it was how the inventor of the machine never thought to use the machine for all the great and wonderful (and relatively harmless) things he could have done, like say, gone back to the past and buy some bitcoins ;), or a few hundred shares of Amazon stock, or something less idiotic than what he did, and ended up being an all-around creep around his niece. For someone who considers himself an evil genius, he was incredibly stupid. Unfortunately, the protagonist (his niece) seemed to have the same general idea about how to best use the contraption to fix things. Sigh. This is a romance, I needed to remind myself yet again. And even though the ending seems like a tragedy, it's also at the same time, an incredibly feel-good happy-ever-after book. Both endings happened. Both endings are the truth. Now this is one time where 'alternative truth' rings...true. How weird is that? You can thank the paradox of time travel for it. Just don't get me started on how many versions of 'reality' the repeated time-travelling caused in the book. It hurts my head just to think about it.

    In summary, totally pick this up for a lovely, angsty YA / NA romance. Don't mind the weird time travel bit. Its adds a bit of drama and excitement to the ending. Not exactly logical, though not completely egregious either, imho.

    4.40 stars

    ARC from Netgalley

  • Bib

    I was expecting more time travel, but it only happened towards later half of the book. I rushed and skimped through the later half as I kind of lost interest. I can’t help but think of Stephanie Kusiak’s Loved and Lost, the latter is a lot more satisfying.

  • Lexxi Kitty

    My greatest problem with this book is one of preconceived notions, of presumptions about what the book would be about. I thought it would be a time travel book - and while it, ultimately, became one, I expected it to become one much sooner - like 10 to 15% into the story. Especially with that prologue.

    But that isn't even the real issue - no, it's that this is a tragic love story, a tragedy. And I had expected a romance,

    My greatest problem with this book is one of preconceived notions, of presumptions about what the book would be about. I thought it would be a time travel book - and while it, ultimately, became one, I expected it to become one much sooner - like 10 to 15% into the story. Especially with that prologue.

    But that isn't even the real issue - no, it's that this is a tragic love story, a tragedy. And I had expected a romance, or, baring that, a time travel story. And got a tragedy.

    It's one thing to enter a story like 'Romeo & Juliet' knowing that it is a tragic love story. It's quite another entering thinking you are reading a romance.

    I've grown up with science fiction - the first 'things' I read were science fiction stories. I've seen many variations over time - variations on just what time travel means, and what is or isn't possible. I've also grown up with the concept of multiple universes, multiple time lines. And the only way this story works, is by using multiple time lines/universes. It's inherent in the story structure. Hence my seeing this as a tragic love story. I'm not blind to the epilogue.

    Remove the time travel aspect from the book description. Remove the time travel aspect from the book itself - and there would be a rather interesting book here. One filled with tragedy and abuse - and ultimately, one would hope in this altered book, redemption and happiness. Though, of course, it wouldn't have been 'perfect'.

    The foregoing is why I had trouble enjoying the book as much as I might have otherwise. First off I was zooming along, awaiting the appearance of time travel plot - and not paying as much attention to the actual plot as I should have. Second off . . . well, all that stuff I wrote in that spoiler section above.

    Rating: 3.33

    November 6 2017

    ETA:

    private notes have character limits, so I insert this comment here from another review.

  • Tiff

    I loved the beginning, shook my head at the middle, and am totally perplexed by the ending. Was it well written? Absolutely! Did I like it? Well, I'm unsure. So, so unsure to be honest. There are parts of this book that are brilliant, parts that made my heart hurt, parts that made me smile and parts that I thought what the bloody hell. This book is a conundrum.

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