Return Once More – An Unexpected Ending!

Return Once More – An Unexpected Ending!Title: Return Once More
Author: Trisha Leigh
Series: The Historians #1
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Time Travel, YA
Source: NetGalley ARC - Received Free For a Review

If you could learn the identity of your one true love-even though you will never meet- would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect-predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians-a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past-and she can't resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she's broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn't belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own-and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it- in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.

Book Overview

A good MC

Really liked the secondary characters!

I loved the time travel

Great pacing

Beautiful cover







Romance Overview – Kaia and Caesarion

VERY fast

Swoony but also a bit cheesy

Some disagreement

High doubts

They were cute together







What I Loved

  • Time travel! I loved the detail the author gave for Kaia’s travels back through time. I love time travel books where they travel back through time rather than into the future. If I could time travel, I definitely want to travel back and see the past :)
  • The mystery was well done. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding Oz and I can’t wait to learn more about him in the sequel! He’s a very interesting character
  • That. Ending. SO UNEXPECTED!!
  • The future world that Kaia lives in is interesting. I liked that the background information to Kaia’s world and how they got there was actually interesting and not an info dump.


What I Didn’t Love

  • The romance between Kaia and Caesarion was too quick and cheesy for my taste. I mean, they seemed like a good couple together and I like both of them individually, but I didn’t love their romance. It happened too quickly and there wasn’t really any tension/angst. I prefer angst/arguing :)


Favorite Quote(s)

“I hate watching terrible things happen and not being able to stop them. I can’t save anyone.” It was the truest thing about me. I wanted to save people, not watch them die.

He waited, a soft thumb brushing the back of my hand. My muscles relaxed, one at a time, and I knew it was time to ask for his help. It was the reason I’d come back – one of them – and time ran short. “There’s a boy.”
“I don’t like the sound of that.”
“Not in that way, trust me.”


Final Thoughts

I was actually going to give this book 4 stars as I was getting closer to the end of the book. Mostly because I wasn’t a fan of that romance. I thought something was going to conveniently happen near the end, but the opposite happened! I was shocked by that ending. SHOCKED. So shocked, that after I turned the last page, I had to go back and reread certain parts of the book again from a new POV.

My advice for reading this book is don’t focus on the romance. Some people will like it and some won’t. Instead, enjoy the awesome time traveling and the mystery surrounding Oz. I’d recommend Return Once More if you enjoy time travel, distopia, and a bit of cheesy romance.

Did an unexpected ending ever turn around a book for you?

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