Welcome to my stop on The Messenger Blog Tour, hosted by AToMR Tours. The full schedule for the tour can be found by clicking that beautiful banner at the top of this post.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Author: Pamela DuMond
Series: Mortal Beloved #1
Publication Date: April 10, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction
Infinity. Life. Death. Rebirth. Some souls are meant to be together, but pursuing true love can be dangerous and often deadly. When sixteen-year-old Madeline falls in love with Samuel, a boy who lives hundreds of years before she is even born, she will risk her very existence to be with him.
Madeline’s from present day Chicago when she is pushed onto the train tracks, and accidentally time travels to a bloody war between the Natives and the colonists. She falls in love with a Native boy, Samuel. But, she’s living in the body of a colonial girl and their romance is a crime that carries harsh punishments.
Madeline discovers that she is meant to be a Messenger, a traveler who if properly trained, can slip through time's fabric at will. The Medicine Woman mentors her. But Madeline doesn't fit in this world. She’s different from the other colonists. Rumors of witchcraft and spying arise. Deadly Hunters, dark-souled predators as well as skilled time travelers, crave Madeline's powers. Can Madeline find the way back to her future? And will that future include her one true love, Samuel?
The Messenger by Pamela DuMond is the perfect mixture of so many different elements. With time-travel you get a bit of historical fiction mixed with present day, but there is also romance, mystery and a little action. After an accident, Madeline wakes up in colonial Rhode Island in 1675, and in the middle of a war between the colonist and the Native Americans. She discovers that in this time she is known as Abigail. Since Madeline is from the future, it does make for a bit of awkward, sometimes funny situations, but it also leads the colonist to begin to wonder if she may be a witch or a spy for the enemy.
To try to get back to her present day or “real” life, Madeline needs to train with the old medicine woman. The problem is that Samuel, a gorgeous man who is a mix of both races proves to be a distraction. Madeline is not so sure if she wants to go back, if it means leave Samuel 300 years in the past. Along the way, Madeline must also try to remember what happened the day her mother disappeared.
I really like Madeline, because she is very headstrong and independent, which is fun to read, but not so great when you are trying to fit into colonial times. I also like her relationship with Samuel, as it grows and changes over time. Madeline also really learns to survive on her own, and overcome her anxiety issues as she tries to figure how to go back. Samuel is also a great love interest because he is so sweet and loving. I liked seen a love interest that is not the typical bad boy, and the only thing that made the romance so forbidden is the fact that Samuel is part Native American. This is a sad fact of the time, and I really like how Pamela DuMond incorporated it.
The Messenger captured my interest pretty much right off the bat, and it held it until the very end. As the action, and puzzle pieces fall together, I could not put it down. It is also a quick read that picks up pace. I would really recommend this to fans of time travel, historical fiction, or even mystery fans. Pamela DuMond weaves a great combination of elements into a beautiful story. I will be reading the next Mortal Beloved book, because I am hooked!
**Unabridged Bookshelf received a copy of this book for the blog tour, in exchange for an honest review**
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