Author: Pamela Mingle
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Random House Children's (August 14, 2012)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Time Travel
My Rating: 3 Stars
Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school's staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide.
Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she'd like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he's a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen's really from. He wants Miranda to use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lose its greatest playwright.
Miranda isn't convinced she's the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it's her only chance of getting back to the present and her "real" life. What Miranda doesn't bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required.
I love books about time travel and I love the works of William Shakespeare so when I saw a book that combined both, I knew I had to read it.
And while this story turned out to be not about Shakespeare's life so much about Miranda, this still was a really good cute and fun read.
Miranda and Stephen were fun characters and yes, Will wasn't bad either. But the true story lied with Stephen and Miranda's time together and subsequent feelings that grew over time. Their story was the real story.
And while I was a little disappointed that this wasn't Shakespeare's story, the cute storyline made me keep reading and turning the pages.
My only real complaint was the ending...gah! I wanted the ending to be better. I knew as I was getting close to the ending and counting down the pages that I wasn't going to get the ending I had hoped for, but, all is not lost since this does leave it wide open for a sequel which I truly hope that sometime in the future we will get because I do want to get more Stephen and Miranda. I don't want their story to end were it did.
Overall this was a fun read that I think anyone would enjoy.