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The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance PDF, ePub eBook Elias Caldwell needs more than his life in nineteenth-century England has to offer. He'd rather go on an adventure than spend one more minute at some stuffy party. When his grandfather gives him a pocket watch he claims can transport him to any place and time, Elias doesn't believe it...until he's whisked away to twenty-first-century America. Tyler Forrester just wants to f Elias Caldwell needs more than his life in nineteenth-century England has to offer. He'd rather go on an adventure than spend one more minute at some stuffy party. When his grandfather gives him a pocket watch he claims can transport him to any place and time, Elias doesn't believe it...until he's whisked away to twenty-first-century America. Tyler Forrester just wants to fall hopelessly in love. But making that kind of connection with someone has been more of a dream than reality. Then a boy appears out of thin air, a boy from the past. As he helps Elias navigate a strange new world for him, introducing him to the wonders of espresso, binge-watching, and rock and roll, Tyler discovers Elias is exactly who he was missing. But their love has time limit. Elias's disappearance from the past has had devastating side effects, and now he must choose where he truly belongs—in the Victorian era, or with the boy who took him on an adventure he never dreamed possible?

30 review for The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance

  1. 4 out of 5

    anna (readingpeaches)

    only gay books can have the words a guide to in their titles now also only gays can travel in time since we can't drive cars

  2. 4 out of 5

    ⚔ Silvia ⚓

    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. Actual rating: 3.5 stars When I heard about the premise of this book I just knew that I had to read it. Time travelling gays from Victorian England? Hell yes. The book is narrated in a dual POV: Tyler, a 21st century bisexual boy who wants to be a filmmaker, and Elias, who was born in the 19th century and has a hard time finding a sense of belonging in his Victorian London I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. Actual rating: 3.5 stars When I heard about the premise of this book I just knew that I had to read it. Time travelling gays from Victorian England? Hell yes. The book is narrated in a dual POV: Tyler, a 21st century bisexual boy who wants to be a filmmaker, and Elias, who was born in the 19th century and has a hard time finding a sense of belonging in his Victorian London. Elias' grandfather shares a secret with him and Elias finds himself in front of Tyler's camera, across one ocean and more than one century away. By far the aspect that was the most fun to read was Elias discovering everything there is to know about the world now: the technology, the music, the culture and language. In this aspect the book was everything I was hoping it would be. On the romantic side of things, Tyler and Elias were cute enough but I didn't lose sleep over them. I just felt like their only reason to like each other was the fact that they were both a novelty in the eyes of the other, and this meant that I wasn't incredibly invested in the romantic conclusion of this. I cared more about Elias staying in our century because we have better hygiene and antibiotics than staying because of Tyler, but at the end it was just a cute lil love story (there wasn't really a plot, just some drama that I didn't care about) so I guess I shouldn't complain. Generally speaking, while I definitely liked this overall, I also found the last 25-30% kind of boring and repetitive, with some plot lines that went nowhere and writing that felt more immature than the rest of the book (but I guess endings are harder to write). Overall I would recommend this to anyone who loves time travel and gay stories and is looking for something light-hearted and quick to read. Buddy read with Laura! ♡

  3. 5 out of 5

    D.M.

    Nineteenth century meets the modern world. Elias Caldwell doesn’t fit into his nineteenth-century life. He wants things he shouldn’t and he feels something is missing. He watches the people around him find their place but his talent is hidden. After an argument with his parents, Elias discovers his grandfathers old pocket watch gives him the escape he desires. He is transported from England to America. The century is now the twenty-first. The world is so different and with it comes a whole new se Nineteenth century meets the modern world. Elias Caldwell doesn’t fit into his nineteenth-century life. He wants things he shouldn’t and he feels something is missing. He watches the people around him find their place but his talent is hidden. After an argument with his parents, Elias discovers his grandfathers old pocket watch gives him the escape he desires. He is transported from England to America. The century is now the twenty-first. The world is so different and with it comes a whole new set of problems. Elias meets Tyler, his twenty-first-century guide. The pair learn what can happen when time travel is possible. The past influences the future and the future can make a happier past. This is an interesting concept. Elias discovers the modern world we all take for granted while finding a new love. This book sets up a chance for a second instalment. 3.5 stars out of 5. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    rin 눈_눈 WATCH GOOD OMENS

    im very very very sad that i didnt like it because hey! it's a time travel story! i have been stanning doctor who for 13 years now, if something has time travel in it? IM IN. not only it's time travel but it's also GAY time travel which instantly gets more points from me (#makeverythinggay2k19) my biggest problem with this is that it was kind of insta-lovey. we have two main characters and one of their earliest reaction is to say how they're attracted to the opposite character when you know...... im very very very sad that i didnt like it because hey! it's a time travel story! i have been stanning doctor who for 13 years now, if something has time travel in it? IM IN. not only it's time travel but it's also GAY time travel which instantly gets more points from me (#makeverythinggay2k19) my biggest problem with this is that it was kind of insta-lovey. we have two main characters and one of their earliest reaction is to say how they're attracted to the opposite character when you know...... one of them just time travelled 150+ years into the future and the other witnessed a dude appearing from the thin air. idk, i get instant attraction and stuff, but this one just doesnt feel real. also they started dating in like. a week. i dont remember ever forming a close relationship with someone (friendship included) in a WEEK. their relationship wasn't believable for me, it lacked chemistry. like i genuinely cringed when they exchanged i love yous because it felt like nothing had lead to that. i didnt enjoy the writing either. there was something awkward about it, that made it impossible to connect to the story. personally, i also didnt like how low stakes was the whole time travel business, how the whole "devastatic consequences" stuff was resolved in like 15% of the book. but maybe its my own fault for wanting to be more focused on time travel than it is, who knows, but the book was not fun to me. one of the main characters is an out and proud bisexual, jsyk. sadly i'm yet to find a perfect time travel book that i would really love. (there's so many good time travel fanfiction, why do i see so little time travel books sIGH). im giving it 2.5 out of 5. I've received the arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. p.s. not lowering rating for this but honestLY how do you confuse "your" and "you're". why do i, a non-native speaker, whose english level is like B2 at best, know how to use them, but native speakers oftenly confuse them??????? i hope it was a typo (although, it's usually not) but like,, don't arcs get basic editing at the very least. how

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Time travel gay character? I’m in. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not know what to expect of this read. I hadn’t read anything by this author before and I can say that now that I know what to expect I will definitely be looking forward for more books of her’s. This was a funny, sweet, short, very well writing time travel romance. But do not go into this book expecting to much deep and slow-burn. Everything happens fast. Still enjoyable for a lat Time travel gay character? I’m in. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not know what to expect of this read. I hadn’t read anything by this author before and I can say that now that I know what to expect I will definitely be looking forward for more books of her’s. This was a funny, sweet, short, very well writing time travel romance. But do not go into this book expecting to much deep and slow-burn. Everything happens fast. Still enjoyable for a late night read. ❝I suppose it is.” Tyler smiled. “That’s one of the things I really like about you. Everything through your eyes is magical.❞ 3.5/5 stars ★.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

    I want to thank NetGalley and Entangled: Teen for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review Oh wow, that was such a lovely story, I enjoyed it. Plots that include time travel themes are usually my favorite thing and this has given me a really entertaining plot with honest and funny characters 3.5/5 Stars You can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought. The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance is a fun and sweet story about a romance between two boys from I want to thank NetGalley and Entangled: Teen for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review Oh wow, that was such a lovely story, I enjoyed it. Plots that include time travel themes are usually my favorite thing and this has given me a really entertaining plot with honest and funny characters 3.5/5 Stars You can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought. The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance is a fun and sweet story about a romance between two boys from different eras. Elias, a rich young man from the 1886 London, gets a pocket watch from his grandfather who tells him that it has the power to travel through time. He uses it to escape from a life where felt he didn't fit in and ends up in a 21st-century library, where he meets Tyler, a young student who dreams of being a film director. So they start an extremely adorable romance story where they'll learn many lessons together. I find this little story to be something that everyone should read when you feel overwhelmed because I think it's so sweet and easy to read that it really felt like a breath of fresh air. I think that although I enjoyed it, it's pretty cheesy and even childish at times, but I still recommend it especially if you usually enjoy the plots with time travel and want to read a beautiful gay romance, full of acceptance and discovery This isn't a super complex book where thousands of things happen, the plot is very simple and focuses directly on the life of the two main characters, and how they manage to connect and understand each other even though they're from such different times. It's full of humorous moments, super fun, where Elias tries to become familiar with the technology and all these new words we know today. That seemed super fun to me The characters are fine, we have Elias and he's the one who embarks on this journey to the future and is surrounded by things he doesn't know, so he has the best scenes. Elias is considered quite rebellious for his time and that's why he has never fit there, but as soon as he meets Tyler he feels an instant connection that he had never experienced before and is so sweet, I love it. Tyler is this type of person that always stays apart from others for fear of being rejected but has two very good friends, Oscar and Zoe, who are always there for him. He's openly bisexual, and I love how he expresses himself about it since he's very clear and sure about it . I loved Zoe, despite being a secondary character I loved her personality. The writing style is quite simple, it feels more like a book for younger people, you know? it's very easy and quick to read, it may seem a bit childish, but it wasn't a problem for me, I enjoyed the story anyway. This book has a very predictable ending, where everything ends with a "Happy Ending", but I personally expected it to end a little earlier, there was a special chapter near the end that I think fit perfectly as an ending, maybe it was something a little more "tragic ", but it would have been a beautiful ending to this romance, even so, I understand that the author wants to give it a better closure, I respect that, and I think you'll find it adorable If you want a quick reading, maybe for a read-a-thon that is focused on a romance with a very interesting time travel theme, then I highly recommend this book. It's also very fun!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    Review also on my blog • Twitter • Bookstagram 3.5/5 Rep: bi main character, gay main character, m/m romance I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review This book was a load of cute. That’s the best way to describe it. It’s quick and easy to read and the characters are extremely likeable. It was a short and kind of predictable in the best way. I liked both Eli and Tyler a lot. They were both likeable characters. Their romance was really cute too. It was intere Review also on my blog • Twitter • Bookstagram 3.5/5 Rep: bi main character, gay main character, m/m romance I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review This book was a load of cute. That’s the best way to describe it. It’s quick and easy to read and the characters are extremely likeable. It was a short and kind of predictable in the best way. I liked both Eli and Tyler a lot. They were both likeable characters. Their romance was really cute too. It was interesting reading from Eli’s perspective since he was from a time where being gay wasn’r accepted, and I especially liked there wasn’t a plot line where he avoided his feelings and what not. This was overall a quick, easy, and simple read. Nothing impactful, but you get what you think you will with this kind of premise.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Luupi "The Reading Queen"

    "That's one of the things I really like about you. Everything through your eyes is magical." This is the second book I've read from Madeline and it definitely won't be the last one. The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance is one of those books that at the end of each chapter you just want to continue reading because everything is so interesting and engaging. This book has two points of view, one of them is the boy from the 1800s called Elias. He's definitely my favorite character of them all. "That's one of the things I really like about you. Everything through your eyes is magical." This is the second book I've read from Madeline and it definitely won't be the last one. The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance is one of those books that at the end of each chapter you just want to continue reading because everything is so interesting and engaging. This book has two points of view, one of them is the boy from the 1800s called Elias. He's definitely my favorite character of them all. Since he comes from such an old period of time, it was hilarious to see him struggle with the way people talk these days and also endearing how everything was new and fascinating to him. There was a hint of childlike curiosity in him that was just the sweetest thing to read about. Then we have Tyler, the guy on the modern time that helps Elias get use to all of this. I thought he was such a good friend and an even better person because he immediately decided to help Elias even though he didn't how him just because he saw him struggling. There are also very entertaining side characters like Elias' little sister and Tyler's best friends. I got so attached to them that I'd love to read a book with their own stories since each of them were so unique and adorable that by now I think their story is something I need. However, I think the romance aspect of this book simply wasn't for me. I didn't quite see the chemistry between these two characters and I think they would have been just fine by being friends. And also, there are only three moments were the romance really shows in the entire book which I think may have contributed to the fact that I didn't ship them completely because I didn't get to see them interact that way enough. Moreover, I felt the ending was very predictable to the point that I didn't feel scared or worried when I know I should have had, so that took a lot away from my enjoyment overall. (view spoiler)[I mean, I didn't exactly knew Elias was going to be able to fix everything on the past to come and stay with Tyler but I did knew it was going to be a happy ending so if something wrong happened it was unimportant because the end goal was that. (hide spoiler)] All in all, I would still recommend this book because of its cute characters and how many times I laughed at loud thanks to Elias. I just personally didn't find the romantic aspect of this book that satisfying.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ayah

    3.5 stars I've had this book on my radar ever since I finished reading Madeline's debut novel, Illusions. Illusions actually made it to my Top 18 in 2018 bookish list, so I had very high hopes for this one. I was expecting a lot of Sci-Fi and Time Travel themes to be integrated throughout the story, but it ended up making only about 30% of the story. Most of which happened towards the end of the second half of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the characters and the historical fiction 3.5 stars I've had this book on my radar ever since I finished reading Madeline's debut novel, Illusions. Illusions actually made it to my Top 18 in 2018 bookish list, so I had very high hopes for this one. I was expecting a lot of Sci-Fi and Time Travel themes to be integrated throughout the story, but it ended up making only about 30% of the story. Most of which happened towards the end of the second half of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the characters and the historical fiction elements of the storylines. If this was promoted as historical fiction, time travel novel, I would have totally devoured that and effortlessly given it 4.5 stars.  But because it was branded as a Sci-Fi, time travel book, and with illusions being more action-packed, I was expecting to get that. I am surprised Madeline isn't yet renowned for her beautiful, queer and magical stories. I totally see myself picking up any book she releases next because of her gorgeous voice and highly engaging storylines. I highly recommend this funny and cute read. Till next time, Ayah

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! Ok, so while I thought the story was kind of cute, I thought a book with the word romance in the title might be a little more, well, romantic. Eli and Ty had their moments sure, but I didn't really get they whys of their love I suppose? Maybe I felt like things were too rushed as well, although the ending makes you realize they have all of the future together (literally, with the time travelling and all) I think I wanted t Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! Ok, so while I thought the story was kind of cute, I thought a book with the word romance in the title might be a little more, well, romantic. Eli and Ty had their moments sure, but I didn't really get they whys of their love I suppose? Maybe I felt like things were too rushed as well, although the ending makes you realize they have all of the future together (literally, with the time travelling and all) I think I wanted to get to know both of the characters better too, and in turn have them get to know each other as well. It is a reasonably short book, and I did fly through it. That cover is super pretty too! I will say I loved Ty's friends and the dynamics he had with them. I also liked how they made the 'popular' people not really that bad? Like you were always nosed pressed against the glass looking at the popular kids, but usually it's after school you realize they weren't that different from yourself. It was kind of cool to see the popular boy just brush off Ty's and Eli's kiss and not make it awkward! If there was MORE romance in this it would be five stars for sure. I like Eli and Ty as a couple and I would read more of their stories, especially if they time travel again. Just needs that little more to be perfect for me. Four stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    3.5 stars I was hooked with the synopsis of this book. Seriously, time travel/lgbt YA story? Yes, please. From the beginning, this book was so easy to read. It was fast-paced and the romance in it was really cute! I wish it would have been even more developed (the 'i love you' part kinda felt rushed) but that's okay, I didn't mind a bit of insta-love. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I hope you will too. However, just because it's labelled as 'historical fiction' doesn't mean the story is 3.5 stars I was hooked with the synopsis of this book. Seriously, time travel/lgbt YA story? Yes, please. From the beginning, this book was so easy to read. It was fast-paced and the romance in it was really cute! I wish it would have been even more developed (the 'i love you' part kinda felt rushed) but that's okay, I didn't mind a bit of insta-love. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I hope you will too. However, just because it's labelled as 'historical fiction' doesn't mean the story is taking place (for the most part) in the past. The majority of the story is set in our time, with the exception of a couple chapters. I have to admit at first, when I read the introduction of Elias in the 19's century, I wasn't sure if it was happening a few centuries ago or if it was happening now. Also, (view spoiler)[ I don't believe his friend Oscar didn't actually steal his files and posted them on the internet. I mean, his attitude was really weird and the MC seemed a bit naive to easily believe the excuse Oscar told him. (hide spoiler)] (Thank you to the publisher and author for letting me read and review an ARC via Netgalley)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Cuypers

    3.5/5* Original review This book was provided by the publisher through Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled Teen and Chapter by Chapter! The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance tells the story of Elias and Tyler, two boys who both want to feel wanted. When I first read the synopsis, I knew that I had to give this book a try. Time travelling is always interesting to read about, especially when the author wrote about two boys liking each other. I always love rea 3.5/5* Original review This book was provided by the publisher through Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled Teen and Chapter by Chapter! The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance tells the story of Elias and Tyler, two boys who both want to feel wanted. When I first read the synopsis, I knew that I had to give this book a try. Time travelling is always interesting to read about, especially when the author wrote about two boys liking each other. I always love reading books with LGBT+ characters, so I had to pick up this book. I really liked the story in general, The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance is an amazing and interesting concept, but the story was a bit slow and hard to get into. I read this book in 1 day because it was just 166 pages, but it took me longer to finish this book than usual. But The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance was still an amazing book, and I really liked the story and the characters. There were also a lot of funny moments and I couldn’t stop myself from smiling while reading this book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    If you're looking for something quick and easy and gay, definitely pick up this book. It was enjoyable for the most part, but it was nothing really special. The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance is about a bisexual boy named Tyler who is an amateur filmmaker. He sees the world through his camera lens and only really has two friends who he is close to, although he wishes he could be close to others. The second main character is Elias, a boy from the 19th century who manages to time travel t If you're looking for something quick and easy and gay, definitely pick up this book. It was enjoyable for the most part, but it was nothing really special. The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance is about a bisexual boy named Tyler who is an amateur filmmaker. He sees the world through his camera lens and only really has two friends who he is close to, although he wishes he could be close to others. The second main character is Elias, a boy from the 19th century who manages to time travel to the 21st century and becomes Tyler's problem. Tyler and Elias are quite sweet and cute together, but the romance develops very quickly. I don't usually have problems with fast developing romance (so long as it's not insta-love) but I think the shortness of the book was a reason why I just didn't care that much about the boys? I think the main reason I liked the book was because you get to see the world through Elias' 19th century eyes and everything is amazing and beautiful to him. The first half of the book was pretty good, but the last maybe 30% brought my rating down. The writing wasn't as good as it had been at the beginning of the book? I don't know if that's because I read an ARC, but I definitely think the writing grew more childish towards the end of the book and was definitely more 'tell' rather than 'show'. But if you want to read something super quick and easy to binge and queer, pick this up! ________________________ Buddy read with Silvia ❤️

  14. 4 out of 5

    c,

    On my blog Galley provided by publisher Rep: bi mc, gay mc, black side character The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance was probably up there among my most anticipated reads for this year. I mean, what's not to love about the premise - gay characters, time travel. Unfortunately, it more than disappointed me. I'll start with a quick overview of the plot: Elias' grandfather hands him a watch that lets him travel back in time. Elias uses said watch, thinking only of wanting to get as far away as On my blog Galley provided by publisher Rep: bi mc, gay mc, black side character The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance was probably up there among my most anticipated reads for this year. I mean, what's not to love about the premise - gay characters, time travel. Unfortunately, it more than disappointed me. I'll start with a quick overview of the plot: Elias' grandfather hands him a watch that lets him travel back in time. Elias uses said watch, thinking only of wanting to get as far away as possible from his family, because he thinks they all hate him. Elias ends up in modern day New York. The end. (Or it might as well be for what little actually happens between this and the big angsty climax, which is then resolved so easily.) I thought for a moment I would include a section of what I liked about this book, but actually, I'm not sure anything really stood out. I mean. It's gay? It has a bi character who very much emphasises that he's bi? That's honestly about it. So what made me dislike it? Well, firstly, and kind of least importantly given everything, the writing was completely not my style. It felt so clunky and I just couldn't read it easily. And then I couldn't particularly get into the characters (don't even get me started on their relationship, ha!). So it was an inauspicious start. Top that off with the fact that I genuinely couldn't tell which of the two characters was supposed to be from the Victorian Era. Three chapters in, I had to go back and read the blurb to check that Elias was supposed to be the time traveller because I hadn't been able to get that from his first chapter (no, seriously. There was nothing in it that made me think oh this is him. Besides the attempt at putting on some posh speech for the characters or something, but to be honest, I just thought that was another American screw-up with writing an English accent. So, I just wanna back up a little, briefly, and talk language (and by extension, research/historical worldbuilding). (This is why I did a linguistics degree, let's be real.) Firstly, there's 140 years (give or take) and a whole ocean between what Elias thinks of as English and what Tyler thinks of as English. Languages evolve, kids. Just think about the number of neologisms that pop up all over the place (and that's just in the lexicon, to say nothing of syntax). Think about what's happened to the word 'gay' (as this book does for a moment, I'll give it that). And also think about things like vowel shifts. In America, there's this big one called the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, which basically undoes the Great Vowel Shift post-Chaucer in England. And not to be nitpick-y, but for Elias, who has no idea of what New York Americans speak like, that's got to be a problem. And yet, besides some words (most of which relate to technologies), Elias seems perfectly comfortable with New York English. And all the American characters just shake their heads and go, ah, he's English. So language would be part of the worldbuilding for the historical setting (but all it really seemed to consist of is removing any contractions from Elias' speech). Honestly, the worldbuilding was poor. Like I said before, I couldn't even tell which of the two POVs was supposed to be Victorian first up. I think maybe it could have done with a few more chapters before the time travelling happens, to set up Elias' position in his world (because there's not a lot of that, and it does just seem like he's a selfish brat albeit with awful parents), and to properly describe the setting. Anyway, nitpicking like that aside, there were some genuine issues I had with this book, which I have labelled for myself as "We Need to Talk About Lesbians" and "We Need to Talk About Oscar". Let's start with the lesbians, because they'll take less time. These lesbians, Trissa and Kat, appear once (though are mentioned once more). When they appear, they do so as a litmus test for whether Elias is homophobic, essentially. They also at this point serve the purpose of highlighting Tyler's lesbophobia (though clearly unintentionally). Essentially, he's at a party with Elias, and they're talking sexuality. And, post litmus test of Trissa and Kat, Tyler kisses Elias. What happens is that everyone starts staring at them. And, I kid you not, Elias thinks this: Anger formed like a pit in Tyler's core. It seemed unfair that everyone was super cool around Trissa and Kat, but then as soon as "Ty" kissed someone, they let their homophobia show. Lesbians are less oppressed than gay men, folks! Then we get the next line, which suggests that maybe they think it's gross because they believe Tyler and Elias are cousins. But does Tyler retract this above statement? Have an oh shit that's not it moment? No, he does not. Tyler, you ever hear about this little bit of homophobia that has people assume women are just being affectionate because they're friends? Clearly not. Anyway, our handy lesbian litmus test also gets an earlier run-out. In which Tyler says that, although these are the only other two LGBT people in the school (I doubt that, but okay Tyler we'll run with it), he's still lonely: It would be a little less lonely if either of the other two were interested in guys, but unfortunately both Trissa and Kat were lesbians. But, don't worry! Here's Oscar: That said, Oscar was good at empathising, being one of only a handful of black students at the school. So. Our mate Tyler doesn't even bother trying to connect with them. He's just looking for someone who can connect with him. Or who at least tries to. I mean, obviously all bigotry and oppression is the same anyway. This leads my nicely onto my next point. Oscar. As stated in the above line, he's one of the only non-white pupils at this school. In fact, he is the only non-white character in the whole book (or, I assume, because none of the rest of them get their race or ethnicity specifically pointed out in the same way). Now, Oscar at least doesn't just show up to talk about oppression or be a litmus test for racism (although he does serve these two functions as well). The talk about oppression is what I mean by the above bit really. (A little context: the line before the first quote is It was lonely being one of only three out qu**r kids at a prep school in Jersey.) The second time Oscar shows up, he's being used as a litmus test for whether Elias is racist. No, seriously. [He knew] virtually nothing about Eli's family or upbringing; if he was sheltered or had been raised in a more progressive household. Would he say something racist to Oscar? But, no worries folks, he doesn't. Oscar then disappears for a bit, but shows up later on as a background character for their trip into New York City. And then again, after Tyler fesses up about where Elias is from. At this point, we stumble a bit again. (view spoiler)[Oscar sneaks into Tyler's bedroom and asks to borrow his laptop (Tyler is not there), ostensibly to get some footage for a birthday video. And then the video of Elias' arrival gets uploaded to twitter and goes viral. What the narrative suggests then, is that Oscar broke Tyler's trust and stole the video from him (he doesn't actually, don't worry. We (and Tyler) are just led to believe that's the case). (hide spoiler)] But that it goes in that direction didn't feel so good. Some small, final, little pet peeves: > Elias apparently got into both Oxford and Cambridge when you cannot actually apply to the both of them. They don't let you. > Describing Elias' accent as firstly "a British accent". What? All of them at once? And then saying it's adorable. Now, I don't know about you, but posh Southern English accents? One of the most grating things I've heard in my life. Nothing adorable about it. > Why would you have them pretend to be cousins and then kiss? Why? What does it actually add to the story? > This isn't even instalove in terms of lacking development of Elias and Tyler's relationship. It's just like, one day they're friendly, then they kiss, and the next they're deciding they don't mind if people call them boyfriends (they don't even know anything about one another). Instalove has more relationship development than this. Do they even like each other as more than friends? Are they even attracted to one another? Who knows, but at the end Elias said "I love you" and my genuine reaction was SINCE WHEN. > So... (view spoiler)[who actually leaked that video? Are we supposed to believe it's just some rando hacker? (hide spoiler)] Anyway. This was a long review, so thanks for reading all my ramblings. TL;DR yeah, not worth it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    bianca

    queer time travelers? yes gawd

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    This book is so innocently sweet! Is that a thing? I don’t know. “The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance” sees Elias who is a hot mess and on the verge of being sent away to a reform school where he can no longer embarrass his parents when his grandfather gives him a pocket watch that allows him to travel through time. In present day Tyler is a normal student who wants nothing more than to feel like he belongs and more importantly to share his life with someone when Elias drops into his lap This book is so innocently sweet! Is that a thing? I don’t know. “The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance” sees Elias who is a hot mess and on the verge of being sent away to a reform school where he can no longer embarrass his parents when his grandfather gives him a pocket watch that allows him to travel through time. In present day Tyler is a normal student who wants nothing more than to feel like he belongs and more importantly to share his life with someone when Elias drops into his lap, but things don’t stay happy for long when the past catches up to them and threatens to upset their future. I’ve read a previous book by this author and I didn’t really care for it so I was nervous when starting this but thankfully all of my problems with the writing were much better handled with this story. We get to see it from both Tyler and Elias’s point of view as one struggles to deal with the time traveler sharing his dorm room and the other tries to fit in to a world that is vastly different from his own. We never figure out how the watch works or where the grandfather obtained it which is fine because for the most part this is a story that focuses on these two young men and their shared experiences centuries apart and how fate, chance or whatever you believe in brought them together in the end. It’s a very simple story with not a lot of angst which is nice because I don’t think it could have supported too much drama but the characters are sweet enough to carry this light romance from beginning to end without you really looking too deeply at some of the more basic plot points making it all around a nice novel. **special thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review!**

  17. 4 out of 5

    Faith Simon

    I was given an advanced copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Although this book is relatively short (I went through it all in one 3 hour sitting) it packs quite the punch, emotionally speaking. From the synopsis, I knew that I just had to read this book. Despite how short in length, this doesn't take away from the fact that it feels as though it was a fully-lengthed story, with high stakes and things to lose, like any other typical story. This book is well paced, t I was given an advanced copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Although this book is relatively short (I went through it all in one 3 hour sitting) it packs quite the punch, emotionally speaking. From the synopsis, I knew that I just had to read this book. Despite how short in length, this doesn't take away from the fact that it feels as though it was a fully-lengthed story, with high stakes and things to lose, like any other typical story. This book is well paced, the feelings the boys start to develop for each other never feels like it's being rushed, despite having to come through in such a short timeframe. I liked how well the chemistry was written between the characters, it was all too believable, and easily attributed to great pacing and even better writing. Any time anything remotely romantic happened or was hinted at, my stomach fluttered. It's the feeling one gets while reading OTP fanfiction, I wanted these two to be together so bad. Despite both characters being vastly different people, I like how the story embraced their differences but gravitated them both by the ways in which they were similar, I felt as though we had a good mixture of both. There's great bisexual representation in this book, I always jump for joy when we get bisexuality portrayed in a non-toxic way through a male character, as there is still so much bias that needs serious debunking about bisexual men. And I loved Tyler as a character, from his descriptions he sounded amazingly adorable. Basically, I need fanart of this pair right this moment and give Tyler freckles. This book pulled so much emotion from me despite me devouring it all in one sitting, there was always something interesting happening, not to the point to where the book was too exciting but enthralling enough that I was never bored. This is relatively easier given the length of the book than a fuller length novel, but this book seemed to pack comfortability and familiarity as well as stakes all in the story and I found it to be a great balance, I was never on the edge of my seat, but I could just not stop reading. Basically, this book totally lives up to the hype, at least the hype that was in my mind. If you think the synopsis sounds too good to be true, it isn't, please read this wondrous book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Bartos

    I received a free eARC of this book from Entangled Publishing through Netgalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, and all thoughts and opinions are my own. I don't have a ton of experience in the time travel genre (as far as I can remember, the only book I've read with time travel is the Once a Witch duology. However, this still felt like it didn't stick out in the genre or rise above what I'm sure is an expansive collection of other books with time travel. I do have to credit the book f I received a free eARC of this book from Entangled Publishing through Netgalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, and all thoughts and opinions are my own. I don't have a ton of experience in the time travel genre (as far as I can remember, the only book I've read with time travel is the Once a Witch duology. However, this still felt like it didn't stick out in the genre or rise above what I'm sure is an expansive collection of other books with time travel. I do have to credit the book for getting right into the action because the time travel happened sooner than I was expecting. In fact, it was almost too soon for my personal preference because I was really enjoying the chemistry between Elias, the time traveler, and Peter, his acquaintance from his own time. In fact, one of my major problems with this book is that I found myself rooting for Elias to go back to his own time to end up with Peter instead of rooting for the main romance with Tyler from the present. The main problem with the time-separated relationship wasn't with any statistical problem of how it would work, but with an unfortunate lack of chemistry between the two POV characters. I can suspend my disbelief and deal with a little insta-love in my YA, but I just didn't feel anything between them (view spoiler)[which made when they broke out the I love you's feel so unnatural and weird (hide spoiler)] . I did appreciate the representation (for the most part) in this book. I think it's really great that one of the POV characters is an out-and-proud bi man because bisexual representation, especially in men, is extremely lacking. However, I do think the way the lesbian characters were represented in this book could've been improved. I feel like I've mostly said negative things, but I do want to end this with the fact that I'm giving this book 3/5 stars because despite its flaws, I enjoyed my time reading it. It was a quick read, and while I didn't feel attached to any of the characters, I enjoyed following their journey. I laughed and smiled a couple of times, and I think that although it's not one of my new favorites, that's okay because I still enjoyed reading it. LGBTQ rep: m/m relationship between bisexual and gay main characters; f/f relationship between lesbian girls, barely side characters

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)

    I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Entangled Publishing, LLC. Elias Caldwell has never felt accepted in nineteenth-century England. The more pressure his parents put on him, the more he acts out, until they threaten to send him away. When his grandfather offers him a pocket watch that can transport him through space and time, Elias thinks it must be a fairytale– until he finds himself on the campus of a prep school in twenty-first century America. As the only out bis I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Entangled Publishing, LLC. Elias Caldwell has never felt accepted in nineteenth-century England. The more pressure his parents put on him, the more he acts out, until they threaten to send him away. When his grandfather offers him a pocket watch that can transport him through space and time, Elias thinks it must be a fairytale– until he finds himself on the campus of a prep school in twenty-first century America. As the only out bisexual boy at his school, Tyler has always felt like something of an outsider. He dreams of making a name for himself as a documentary filmmaker, and when a time traveler appears in front of his camera, he thinks he might be onto the story of a century. But helping Elias navigate present-day America–and falling for him–turns out to be better than any film school. When they learn the consequences of Elias’s escape from the past, they’re forced to make a choice about where they both truly belong. This is a sweet, fluffy romance, and it’s exactly what I needed after some of the more demanding books I’ve read lately. I had reservations about Reynolds’s Illusions, but The Time Traveler’s Guide resolves almost every problem I had with it. It’s a straightforward narrative rather than an epistolary novel, and it’s a lot more effective. The writing isn’t remarkable, but it’s engaging, and the chapters alternating between Eli and Tyler kept me guessing. There’s also much less angst and societal pressure, given that it’s set in a contemporary American school. I liked both characters, and the development is mostly about each choosing the best path for themselves. The plot is mainly focused on Eli acclimating to a new century with some funny mishaps and his budding romance with Tyler. There’s almost no conflict, and even the ones that eventually come from time travel are relatively minor. The science fiction is light and easily accessible to any reader, though it may bother readers who prefer more in-depth magic or science worlds. The pocket watch is given almost no explanation; it’s merely a plot device, and the dire consequences of time travel that we’ve seen play out in other stories are glossed over. It’s much more a romance than it is anything else, for those who like their romance with a little magic and a lot of fluff. Very enjoyable. I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Oda Renate

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHH Such a beautiful cover, MY HEART JUST STOPPED!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Diana (booksinarmor)

    gay time travelers? I'm IN!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Candyce Kirk

    I have to start off by saying that I love this cover! Purple is my favorite, so it definitely caught my eye, but I love the two characters in the pocket watch. If I saw this cover in the bookstore I would definitely pick it up to see what it was about! The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance is a cute story and I read it in one day! The author's writing is really smooth and I flew right through it. I loved that this book was told through two POVs, Elias and Tyler! As I've said in other review I have to start off by saying that I love this cover! Purple is my favorite, so it definitely caught my eye, but I love the two characters in the pocket watch. If I saw this cover in the bookstore I would definitely pick it up to see what it was about! The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance is a cute story and I read it in one day! The author's writing is really smooth and I flew right through it. I loved that this book was told through two POVs, Elias and Tyler! As I've said in other reviews, I love it when I can read both sides of the stories. Elias isn't happy in the time he's in. In many ways he's way ahead of his time. He doesn't really feel like he belongs and his family only seems to care about their reputation. Elias isn't happy at all and his grandfather gives him a chance to find happiness. A pocket watch that can solve all of the problems, because with it Elias can travel to a different time. Maybe even find happiness somewhere else? Tyler is also trying to find his own way. All he really wants besides his movies, is to fall in love. He loves both guys and girls and while he's comfortable in his own skin, his school isn't very diverse. Tyler has two great friends, but he's looking for more. I thought this book was very creative in how Elias appeared in the future. It was hilarious to see him discover so many new modern things and words he'd never heard of. Many situations had me laughing out loud. I really loved that as time went on Elias started to feel understood and maybe even loved. I was quite surprised Tyler was so easygoing. I mean, someone appears in front of you all of a sudden and he just kind of went with it. I don't know if I would've been that trusting. Tyler surprised me though, because instead of using Elias for a documentary he saw him as a human being who was trying to find his way. While I really did enjoy reading this book, there were a few things that bugged me. While I love romance, the relationship between Tyler and Elias was too much insta-love for my liking. Of course, I get that they bond over something this big and the many things they have in common, but it was too much too fast in my opinion. That being said, because there was so much focus on their relationship, I felt the book lacked the whole time travel concept. I would've liked to have seen more of that. The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance all goes really fast. I think things went a bit too fast. Everything went so quick and was solved without much effort. I would've even have loved to have seen more of Tyler's film making or Eli finding his way in this new world while Tyler was at at school. Even though there are some things I would've liked to have seen different, this is a fast and fun read. If you're looking for some excitement with time travel and a cute love story, this is definitely the book for you!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Caro

    Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for providing me with a digital Arc in exchange for an honest Review! All quotes featured are from the Arc and therefore subject to changes. 💗 Read this Review on my Blog 💗 “That’s one of the things I really like about you. Everything through your eyes is magical.” When it comes to my enjoyment The Time Traveler’s Guide definitely delivered! ⌛ I had a lot of fun reading about Elias’ adventures in the modern time with Tyler and felt like this was such a fl Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for providing me with a digital Arc in exchange for an honest Review! All quotes featured are from the Arc and therefore subject to changes. 💗 Read this Review on my Blog 💗 “That’s one of the things I really like about you. Everything through your eyes is magical.” When it comes to my enjoyment The Time Traveler’s Guide definitely delivered! ⌛ I had a lot of fun reading about Elias’ adventures in the modern time with Tyler and felt like this was such a fluffy, romantic book that really lifted my spirits! This book is perfect for when you need a quick, nice comfort read to wind down and just smile to yourself for a little while. The book certainly delivered when it came to emotions and its two main characters. I immediately felt for both Elias and Tyler, but especially the former. The time travel element was also really great, I love this theme in general! Elias grew up in London in the 1860s as an unloved son who felt like he was never good enough and didn’t have any special talent. Him feeling like he was unwanted and expendable really tugged at my heart-strings and the wonder he reserves for the new modern world he encountered was amazing. I loved watching him explore our timeline and see how he reacted to all the new technology and rules that he had no clue about. It certainly made for a great comedic value, as we saw Elias not always conform to the social rules of society as he needed time to adjust to the completely new world he was thrown in. I often found myself smiling the most at the scenes in which Elias was so amazed by the modern time! I also liked that he went on a lot of ‘adventures’ with Tyler, who is a young filmmaker. I really understood his wish to stand out and break into the tough industry, especially when he was practically send away bis his step-mom and oftentimes isolates himself because of that. I liked seeing their connection and understanding that developed and how Tyler took in this strange boy, until it also blossomed into love. I really liked that we saw a m/m couple and also got to hear about Tyler’s experience of being out as bisexual and Elias’ figuring out he was gay, but only now being able to act on it. However, the book also had a lot of weak points that made me unable to give it a higher rating. Mainly this is due to the deficits in writing style, plot and development of the secondary characters plus a few other points ⌛ As much as I liked Tyler and Elias, I felt like their relationship was way too rushed and reminded me a lot of insta-love. This is sad as I liked seeing them interact, but felt like we needed more time for them to develop a stronger bond. Their connection rang a bit hollow at times, because they had just gotten to know each other. The writing style sadly felt a bit clunky and didn’t flow as well at times. Especially the beginning made it hard to get into. My main problem here was that a lot of overused phrases were employed in the writing style, which made it read a bit awkward and strange at times. I also felt like a few actions in scenes and a bit of the dialogue suffered from these cliché phrases, so it sometimes felt unnatural how the characters were speaking and acting. Sadly, the plot itself was lacking for stakes and suspense. There was always a bit of a risk with Elias having to return to his time to face the consequences for what he did, but that was about it. The plot was mainly about the romance, but didn’t really have more than that, which is something that I found lacking. The plot felt a bit weak without that certain spark to pick up the pacing and introduce some higher stakes. The world building in general was not very well fleshed out! I don’t know everything about Victorian era Britain, but I feel like Elias adapted way too quickly to the modern times, considering that his mindset seemed a bit too modern at times. I find it a bit unrealistic that he had no problem encountering such a different world and often I found that he didn’t seem that much different from Tyler. Also: no one ever explains why the watch can time travel. I always have an issue when the explanation is “no one knows why this thing works, but it somehow does” like Elias’ grandfather said. Furthermore, later in the plot a thing happens and we still have no idea who did it or why a random person would do that. This felt a bit like a plothole. As much as I liked Zoe and Oscar, they weren’t well-developed just like the other secondary characters! I feel like they disappeared at times when it was all about Elias and Tyler, so we didn’t see as much of them as I wanted. I also felt like they didn’t have as much depth as they could have had. Oscar is also one of the only black people on campus, yet his experience with that and racism he might encounter were skipped over. The other characters like Vanessa and Charlie or the f/f couple were nothing more than tropes that served to show Tyler’s daily life but didn’t have much agency of their own. IN CONCLUSION: I would recommend The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance to everyone who is in the mood for a cute, fluffy m/m romance and likes a dash of time travel and historical fiction. The book was a great comfort read and really entertained me, but it also could have been stronger in writing style, plot and secondary characters.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! Title: The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance Author: Madeline J. Reynolds Genre: YA, Sci-fi romance  My Rating: 4 stars Representation in this book: bi and gay main characters, black side character, two lesbian side characters.  This was such a fun, lighthearted read. The type of book that you can immerse yourself in, a book filled with romance, magic and adventure.  Told through the dual perspective of our two main characte Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! Title: The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance Author: Madeline J. Reynolds Genre: YA, Sci-fi romance  My Rating: 4 stars Representation in this book: bi and gay main characters, black side character, two lesbian side characters.  This was such a fun, lighthearted read. The type of book that you can immerse yourself in, a book filled with romance, magic and adventure.  Told through the dual perspective of our two main characters, Eli and Tyler. We follow Elias, who is originally from the 19th century. After seeing how sad his grandson has become, Eli's grandfather gifts him a pocket watch which has the ability to time travel. After witnessing Eli appear out of thin air in his boarding school library, Tyler decides to take Eli under his wing.  The plot was so gripping and entertaining, I read this book in one sitting! The romance was super cute and amazing.  I found Eli's character so intriguing. I thought the author did a brilliant job expressing the child-like wonderment of a 19th century time traveller experiencing the 21st century for the first time. Eli was adorable and filled with curiosity, he embraced everything with caution, but also excitement. Landing in the 21st century, Eli is free to explore who he really is, especially in regards to his sexuality.   While I did really enjoy this book, I had a couple of minor issues. One being, lack of character appearances. I think our main character, Tyler, was described around the 25% mark and by that time I had already formed an image in my head. Also, personally speaking, in recent years the mainstream definition of bisexuality has changed. In the novel, our main character describes it as: "Bisexual. It's when someone likes both men and women in that way." Nowadays it's most commonly described as "attracted to two or more genders" Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves time travel, romance and a diverse set of characters!  A review will be posted on my blog closer to the release date. Quote taken from the ARC, this is subject to change.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Chambers

    2.5 stars. I really, really wish I would have liked this book more. It had such potential. A gay time-traveling love story. What's not to like? Unfortunately this book just fell flat in just about everything. Elias and Tyler were just not fleshed out. I didn't care about either of them. I didn't care if they got together. There was not emotional attachment to either of them. They were supposedly in love with each other, but outside of the author saying they were in love I couldn't really tell. Th 2.5 stars. I really, really wish I would have liked this book more. It had such potential. A gay time-traveling love story. What's not to like? Unfortunately this book just fell flat in just about everything. Elias and Tyler were just not fleshed out. I didn't care about either of them. I didn't care if they got together. There was not emotional attachment to either of them. They were supposedly in love with each other, but outside of the author saying they were in love I couldn't really tell. There was no build up, no pining, no tension. I just didn't feel their love for each other. I didn't feel any emotion from any of them. When they were angry it was eh. When they were happy it was eh. Everything was just eh. The actual plot was decent. It wasn't the best, but it had potential. Every time I think about this book to talk to someone about it I feel like I just keep repeating "it had such potential". The writing was okay. It felt more like I was just being told what happened instead of experiencing the story, which is also part of why I couldn't connect with any of the characters. Some parts seemed really drawn out while others were rushed. There was an area where Elias was trying to master time travel that was just kind of brushed over and could have been expanded upon. There was the potential (see, my favorite phrase for this book) to dig deeper into Eli's emotions and feelings while trying to get back to the boy he desperately loved. Instead we get a sentence or two here or there. I was just very underwhelmed by this book and I am very disappointed. I was so looking forward to this book. Again, it had such potential and it just wasn't reached. It was a short and easy read though. It wasn't the worst book I've read by any means. It just could have been so much more.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Garan

    Going in to The Time Traveler’s Guide to Romance, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I don’t read a lot of romance or sci-if but I was pleasantly surprised. The story of Elias and Tyler is sugary sweet and completely adorable. I really loved the author’s ability to craft a dialogue between these two people. All of the best moments in this book are those where the characters are being vulnerable with each other. The story really soars when we get to take in the intricacies of falling in love with someo Going in to The Time Traveler’s Guide to Romance, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I don’t read a lot of romance or sci-if but I was pleasantly surprised. The story of Elias and Tyler is sugary sweet and completely adorable. I really loved the author’s ability to craft a dialogue between these two people. All of the best moments in this book are those where the characters are being vulnerable with each other. The story really soars when we get to take in the intricacies of falling in love with someone ripped from time. The only issue I had with the book is essentially a non-issues. The central conflict begins very quickly. I only wish that I would have had more time to sit with the stakes of why Elias wanted to leave. I would’ve like to see more of his interactions with his family and others in his time to really drive why he was so miserable. On the whole, I really did enjoy this book for so many reasons. It was a very nice and quick read that just made me feel good and, honestly, sometimes that’s all you really need.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    This was so cute and sweet omg it's been ages since I finished a book this fast!!! --------------- I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley and the review was also posted on my blog Tecsielity. I think I saw a tweet about this book and the description sounded so fun I just ran off to request it on Netgalley immediately. Then one sleepless night I started reading it and was only supposed to read one chapter, but maybe six more happened and I made it to like 23%… Then the next night I rea This was so cute and sweet omg it's been ages since I finished a book this fast!!! --------------- I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley and the review was also posted on my blog Tecsielity. I think I saw a tweet about this book and the description sounded so fun I just ran off to request it on Netgalley immediately. Then one sleepless night I started reading it and was only supposed to read one chapter, but maybe six more happened and I made it to like 23%… Then the next night I read the remaining 77% in one go. I have no idea how long the book actually is because I couldn’t find a page count but I can’t remember the last time I read any book this fast. The story just had me smiling the entire time. I went in expecting a fun, light story and that’s exactly what I got. Elias and Tyler’s relationship was just really cute, and that’s pretty much how I would describe the whole book. These two boys in love brought me much joy and I would read more about them watching Netflix together and going on cute dates. It’s pretty easy to forget that this is supposed to be a time travel book, because even though it is mentioned a lot Elias adjusts to the modern world pretty quickly (I think the whole book takes place within less than 2 weeks?) and the actual time travel isn’t very complicated in the end. A little silly even, because you can pretty much come and go as you please once you figure it out, but honestly that’s also what I liked about it. Yes, they should probably be a bit more concerned about the repercussions of it but things don’t always have to be so life and death deep. I’m very into the idea of casual time travel adventures. Probably the only thing that disappointed me a little bit was the whole dramatic twist towards the end, because it’s made out to be this huge conflict and then it’s just… A weird fluke I’m not sure is even actually possible? It was mostly weird because it felt like someone had suddenly decided at that point that “no I take it back, I don’t want this to be as horrible after all”. That one thing aside, I just enjoyed this book so much! My timing for reading this was so perfect too, because I’ve been reading so much fantasy lately it was nice to take a break to read something where the character’s aren’t constantly in life threatening danger and just worry about little things like having a crush on your cute time traveling friend. Basically, if you want a light, happy and super cute read, Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance is so it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Farr

    3.5 stars "The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance" is a light, fluffy read that follows Elias Caldwell from the 1800s and Tyler Forrester in the present. After a series of mistakes, Elias's parents are not going to let him attend college- the time he was very much looking forward to- and instead want to send him to a reformatory school. When he goes to his grandfather, his grandfather reveals that he has a special watch which can allow one to travel through space and time (a hand-held Tardis 3.5 stars "The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance" is a light, fluffy read that follows Elias Caldwell from the 1800s and Tyler Forrester in the present. After a series of mistakes, Elias's parents are not going to let him attend college- the time he was very much looking forward to- and instead want to send him to a reformatory school. When he goes to his grandfather, his grandfather reveals that he has a special watch which can allow one to travel through space and time (a hand-held Tardis). Elias is skeptical, but gives it a try and ends up in the present. Tyler is an aspiring filmmaker, and is currently filming when a boy appears in front of him. Having seen the remarkable appearance, he believes Elias is from a different time/place and tries to help him while he is there. Their attraction grows very quickly as they spend time together. Although there are some awkward or difficult moments, they find themselves falling in love. However, as Elias learns more about what happened when he left, he finds himself pulled across time and has some difficult choices to make. While this was an, at times, funny, and at other times, sweet story, it moved too quickly, and I did not feel the relationship grow between Elias and Tyler. It felt a bit insta-love which is not uncommon in YA fiction, and I could get there for this couple as they do seem well-suited (and the circumstances probably force a quicker romance due to the amount of time they spend together and the different traditions of the eras). It is also a relatively short book overall, so everything happens pretty quickly- I actually would have liked more in the story and to have it drawn out a bit more. The main thing that lowered my rating was thinking about time travel and how this would go versus the way things play out. I don't want to say too much about the story specifics to avoid spoilers, but this does not seem to follow the general theories about time travel (e.g. not cyclic or linear), and I got caught up in this a bit. I admit, I like to consider time travel and potential consequences in general, so if you don't think about it too much/only surface-level, this probably won't bother you. Overall, I think it's a fun, quick read (don't think too much about the time travel). I loved the inclusion of gay main characters and the comical moments that occur due to being out of time. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    e-arc provided by netgalley and the lovely publisher for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review 4,5 / 5 Oh my, this was one of my favourite arcs i have read! It was really interesting and fun and adorable! The book was published in the beginning of the month, so i know i'm a bit behind, but i'm still happy i picked it up! The characters and the relationship between the boys was really adorable and fun and omggg. It was ideal for me to just get back into the physical reading (or like r e-arc provided by netgalley and the lovely publisher for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review 4,5 / 5 Oh my, this was one of my favourite arcs i have read! It was really interesting and fun and adorable! The book was published in the beginning of the month, so i know i'm a bit behind, but i'm still happy i picked it up! The characters and the relationship between the boys was really adorable and fun and omggg. It was ideal for me to just get back into the physical reading (or like reading reading, not listening), as the few previous physical books weren't the best and enjoyable. Read more about my thought at https://3mmakatariina.wordpress.com/2...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3 and 3.5 🌟 rating. While I enjoyed the concept of this story and appreciated a lot of things within it, some things didn't live up to the higher expectations I had for it. However, it's still a quick, sweet and enjoyable read and Elias and Tyler are sure to make a lot of readers smile!

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