I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Messenger by Pamela DuMond
Series: Mortal Beloved,
Published by CreateSpace on April 10th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
Sixteen-year-old Madeline's meant to fall in love with Samuel in every lifetime. But she meets him for the first time when she accidentally time travels into the past—hundreds of years before she's even born.
Their relationship is forbidden—Samuel's half Native, Madeline's white. Every rendezvous they share must be secret. Each moment they spend together tempts the odds that they'll be discovered and brutally punished. But their love is fated—they musk risk all. Danger intensifies when Madeline learns she's in the past not only to fall in love, but also to claim her birth right as a Messenger—a soul who can slip through time's fabric at will. She can bring messages that change one life or even save many.
Deadly Hunters, dark-souled time travelers, crave Madeline's powers and seek to seduce or kill her. Can Madeline find her way back to the future in time to save herself and Samuel?
“He smiled, leaned his head down, and cradled my face in his rough palms. He pulled me to him and said, ‘Madeline. I do not care where you are from—the future, the past, a star in the sky. I will love you here, now. I do not care what people think. I will love you in the past. I will love you in the future. I will love you, forever, Madeline.’ And he kissed me.” ~~~Madeline.
In The Messenger, a young girl named Madeline travels through time to 1674 due to what appears to be a freak accident. What she doesn’t know yet is that she’s a Messenger, someone capable of traveling through time to deliver important messages that may change destinies. When she arrives to Colonial times, she meets a handsome, young Native boy named Samuel, and the two fall in love despite the forbidden nature of their romance. While the two struggle to keep their love a secret, dark forces seek out Madeline to stop her from fulfilling her duty. Maybe even to kill her.
I really enjoyed the concept of a young woman traveling through time, and discovering her soul mate. True, there’s already a popular book series with a similar premise, Outlander, but this one is different in so many ways. While Outlander’s Claire Fraser is a WWII nurse, and later a physician, capable of surviving in the past, Madeline is a young woman without any expertise for the time period she travels back to. This added a fish out of water element to the story that was short-lived in Outlander. While reading this novel, I felt as if Madeline’s experience would have been mine if I’d been in her shoes.
Aside from the well done plot, I also fell in love with Madeline and Samuel’s romantic development. It was sweet, and endearing. Madeline is very inexperienced with Samuel, and I loved how gentlemanly he was towards her. The other aspect of their relationship I enjoyed was the realism of the Colonists’ reaction towards it. These two were embarking on an interracial relationship during a time when that was extremely taboo, and would have had dire consequences for both. Especially the person of color.
As much as I enjoyed the story, I feel as if there were too many elements that were highly predictable. This was disappointing, because there were several mysteries in the story, and yet I was able to predict them long before I should have. As I begin to read the sequel, The Assassin, I’m hoping that any twists, turns, and mysteries are better developed so that I’m given the surprise I can only assume Pamela DuMond intended.
Do I Recommend?
The Messenger is a nice young adult time travel story. The book introduces many good characters, some of which were very well-developed. I’m expecting Madeline’s friends Aaron and Chaka to be more developed in the sequel. While there was some action and romance, the book isn’t full of it, but will probably have more in upcoming novels. Overall, a very well-done entry into a new series.