Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

March 2, 2016 Review 36 ★★

Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
Into the Dim by Janet Taylor
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 432
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Series: Into the Dim #1
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Medieval, Time Travel, Young Adult
When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.

Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It seems as though I am not having the best of luck when it comes to the YA releases of 2016. INTO THE DIM was yet another anticipated read of mine but I thought it was lacking in some areas, and frustrating in others.

I wanted to enjoy INTO THE DIM so much, and I have to admit it had a pretty good start. That quickly went downhill as we get to know our protagonist, Hope. In the first few pages, I liked Hope because her thought process was unique and she showed her vulnerability. But then the slut-shaming started.

nice is cool

This is made worse by the fact Hope is yet another beautiful girl who has no idea she is pretty. I put this one down at around 30% and there were already three mentions of Hope pretty much going, “Pretty? Who? Me? No wayyyyy.”

Hope also doesn’t make the brightest decisions, she becomes infatuated with strange boys taking her picture and agrees to go out with them after one meeting. It’s no secret this book involves time travel, and when Hope finally discovers this, one of her first worries is whether or not she will still see the random picture-taking boy she met. Not, you know, time travel.

Effort was made in trying to set up the history and explain the possibility of time travel, which was nice, but also felt like an info-dump. There was also some time spent trying to develop the side characters, so in the beginning not a whole lot happens. Combine this with the random bits of history sprinkled in, and I found myself skimming.


When it comes to the time travel aspect itself, Hope’s convenient photographic memory lets her know many languages, although it seems like the people back in the 1100’s apparently speak in relatively the same way(?) Not entirely realistic.

If the time travel aspects of INTO THE DIM appeal to you, I would suggest PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken or THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE by Heidi Heilig instead.



36 Responses to “Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor”

  1. Bec

    Noooo why are all the 2016 releases I’ve been anticipated falling so flat? I really wanted this to be good.

    It sounds like there are a lot of things that would get on my nerves so I think I might have to end up staying away :(

    • Alise

      There is no person more upset about that than I am, haha. I’m still holding out hope for the other books I’m anticipating though!

  2. Anissa @ She Reads Too Much

    Ahhh, I was hoping this one was going to be so good! That is such a shame! :( It seems like so many of most anticipated of 2016 are either mind-blowing or just very bleh. I think I’ll be passing on this one – thanks for taking one for the team! xD
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    • Alise

      Right? I’m really hoping the other releases I’m looking forward to don’t follow suit. Haha, no problem xD

    • Alise

      The stalker boy made me SO mad. Like, girl, you are in a different country and meet some stranger who was taking your picture out in the middle of nowhere in an area you aren’t familiar with and you agree to meet up with him again? WHAT IS THIS.

  3. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    When I first heard about this one I was really, really excited for it too – that is, until the reviews started coming in O.O A lot of my blogger friends DNFed this one and the rest either gave it 1-2 stars, NO MORE. Needless to say, I’ve already taken this one off my tbr shelf but I was still curious to see if you fell in with the rest^^ Your descriptions of the MC and her focus on boys instead of TIME TRAVEL boggle the mind. If I hadn’t already taken this off my tbr shelf, THAT would have done it for me LOL!
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    • Alise

      I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews out for this one now as well. I wish I had waited for them but alas. RIGHT?! So annoying. PRIORITIES.

  4. Tasya

    Oh no :( I was so excited for this one but so many people has given negative reviews for this book :( It was basically because the slut shaming, the special snowflake trope, and the convinient explanation of the time travel. I haven’t read this but she agrees to go out with boy that stalked her? that doesn’t seem smart…
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    • Alise

      I’ve also noticed that a lot of people are complaining about the same things as I did in this one. Right? He didn’t exactly stalk her but the whole situation is just weird.

  5. Danielle

    Thanks for your review! I just started reading this one and can see some of the things you mentioned already start to happen. I think I’ll keep reading for now, but I do appreciate a warning! You’re not the only that gave up on this, it seems like…
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    • Alise

      I’m seeing the same thing as well. Plus having so many release at the same time kind of sucks too, because my patience for them is getting thin.

  6. Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic

    Ugh that is so disappointing that Hope wasn’t such a great character! I really don’t like slut-shaming in books and I find it immensely frustrating when the characters are described by everyone as really pretty but then they’re like “Pfft, no.”. I was looking forward to this but I haven’t heard that many good things about it but we’ll see. Hope your next read is better! <3

  7. Annika

    That makes me so sad! Time travel can be so awesome when it’s done well! I think I’m going to check out the Passenger instead, so thanks for that recommendation! ;)
    Hope you found something more awesome to read for the weekend, Alise!!
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  8. Lee @ Rally the Readers

    I was also really looking forward to reading Into the Dim, especially because of the time travel back to medieval England. But Hope got on my nerves pretty quickly, and it took a good while for her to even go back in time. I read this right after Passenger, and I definitely enjoyed Passenger a lot more!
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    • Alise

      I was also interested in the setting but when they do finally go back to that time period it doesn’t even feel historically accurate. The dialogue is actually hilarious. Exactly!

  9. Lonna

    Oh pooh. That’s too bad, Alise. I read this a few books ago, and I’m lucky to have had a more positive experience. But I’m so easily influenced. Right now, I’m just like…yes, yep, totally…to everything you’ve mentioned. So, screw positivity and bring on the slut slamming. Whatever that is. I’m kidding. >_<
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    • Alise

      I know that a lot of factors play into it though. Like if I read this book before the other two time travel novels out this year I might have enjoyed this one more, who knows?

  10. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    Hmm I didn’t even realise this was a 2016, so I had no idea what it was about going into your review. I like the cover, but it doesn’t really scream time-travel to me (side from the little quote of course). I honestly thought it was a pure fantasy book! Sorry to hear that this one was a disappointment Alise, hope your next read is much better!
    Joy @ Thoughts By J recently posted…Book Review: Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals #1) by Eleanor Herman

    • Alise

      It’s funny you should mention that because it doesn’t really sense to me either. Maybe it is relevant later on but I didn’t finish this one so xD Thanks :)

  11. Kirsty-Marie Jones

    I AM SO GLAD YOU DIDN’T LIKE THIS ONE (that sounds bad, doesn’t it?) BUT SOMEBODY ELSE WHO DIDN’T LIKE IT. I DNF’d around halfway (and to be honest, I started skimming around 30% hoping it would get better…) I just felt it was patronising the reader in a way and for the life of me I did not like Hope one bit. I was hoping to love this one, too though, 2016 anticipated reads have so far been disappointing. :(
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    • Alise

      Ahaha nah, I feel the same when someone else doesn’t like I book I didn’t like. Camaraderie and all that ;) They really have, I’m worried about the rest of the 2016 releases!

  12. Ella A.

    I’m so sorry that you didn’t like it:(
    I was planning on reading it, should I still make the commitment?

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