For All Time
Author: Shanna Miles
Pages: 368 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
Published: 28th September 2021
Rating: 3.5 Stars
The Sun Is Also a Star meets Outlander in this vivid, utterly romantic debut novel about two teens who relive their tragic love story over and over until they uncover what they must do to change their fate.
Tamar is a musician, a warrior, a survivor. Fayard? He’s a pioneer, a hustler, a hopeless romantic.
Together, Tamar and Fayard have lived a thousand lives, seen the world build itself up from nothing only to tear itself down again in civil war. They’ve even watched humanity take to the stars. But in each life one thing remains the same: their love and their fight to be together. One love story after another. Their only concern is they never get to see how their story ends. Until now.
When they finally discover what it will take to break the cycle, will they be able to make the sacrifice?
“An unforgettable and artfully crafted romance right down to the very last page.” —Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’
“A romance for the ages. Fresh voices and original predicaments make this one perfect little novel.”
—Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl
Shanna Miles is an author, reviewer and librarian who lives in Georgia with her two daughters, and educator husband and advocates tirelessly for appropriate representation for marginalized people in children’s fiction. Her passion is Paranormal Romance, but she also has a deep affinity for diverse Science Fiction like that of Octavia Butler and Sherri L. Smith. “Willow Born” is Shanna Miles’ latest work.
Thank you to Turn the Pages Tours, NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. You will find the rest of the tour dates here.
For All Time is a romance that transcends time. It follows Tamar and Fayard in different lifetimes, showing their first meetings and what happens to them in each period. Only, their ending is never shown, we don’t know whether they have a happy ending or not.
‘Tamar, I may not be able to lay the moon at your feet, but please allow me to give you the stars.’
I really liked the concept of this book, I thought the idea was quite unique and really think it had potential. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a big fan of its execution. There were times when I felt quite confused. The story swaps from different time periods, and could feel slightly disjointed as I would get sucked into one story to suddenly have to start another before the previous one had ended. I also thought the storyline would be slightly different from what I’d got from the synopsis, and felt like it didn’t really fully make sense to me until the end.
”I love you, but first I’ve got to love me.’
Nevertheless, I did still enjoy the romance aspects of this story. I think my least favourite was the present storyline, and I would almost have preferred a full version of the future storyline, or the past ones, as we saw more of that. In the present storyline, Tamar is ill and is moving away for treatment, and Fayard is her boyfriend. He follows her to the airport, as he loves her and doesn’t want her to leave. Both Tamar and Fayard are having dreams where they see themselves in another time period and watch their lives pan out, but they never see the ending. From the synopsis, I thought they would be actively trying to find a solution to this cycle, but that is not what the story is about. For All Time is more about love and the lengths the characters would go to for each other.