In the Present Tense by Carrie Pack
Published by: Interlude Press
Publication Date: May 19th 2016
Series: In the Present Tense, #1
Genres: New Adult, LGBTQ+, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Date Read: 29/06/2018
Links: Goodreads | Netgalley | Booktopia | B & N | Book Depository
Miles Lawson goes to sleep dreaming of a future with his boyfriend Adam, but wakes to find he is married to Ana, an acquaintance from high school. When he learns he has been time travelling, Miles is consumed with finding a cure for his rare condition—and finding his first love.
Travelling more frequently, Miles assembles the puzzle pieces of his life and, in doing so, alienates his wife. As he loses control, Miles must realise that sometimes fixing your past mistakes means changing your future. But will he be able to convince Adam he is telling the truth before it’s too late?
I received a copy of In the Present Tense from Netgalley for review Considerations. This in no way influences my opinion of this book.
In the Present Tense tells the story of Miles, a 17-year-old guy who is completely in love with his boyfriend Adam, when he suddenly wakes up and finds himself in his 25-year-old body and married to a girl called Ana. When he finds out he can time-travel, he goes on the search for a cure, and his first love, Adam.
I loved the premise of this book and the blurb really intrigued me. However, around 25% of the way through, I was thoroughly confused and wondered what I was reading. This was an interesting idea. I was immediately enticed upon reading the description. I think this was overall very creative, and it remained so throughout. I did like the writing style. It wasn’t absurdly special, but it was fairly nice with some great descriptions thrown about.
I thought the Characters were the weak point, it really impacted how much I enjoyed the story. All the characters just seemed hollow and didn’t have much personality. I had a good understanding of who they were on surface level, but it never really went beyond that.
The relationships between the character also seemed a bit ‘planned’; you just knew what was going to happen between them, and it felt like the author made you root for the characters that were going to end up together, by giving them a lot of backstory, and not telling you much about the other characters and their relationship with our main character.
There just something off with the pacing in this book, and I think it was due to the fact the characters talk about everything! Seriously, I love dialogue, but these characters talked about every emotion they’d ever had and every single detail of their plans.
So, in conclusion, while I didn’t enjoy some parts of the book, I still enjoyed reading it, but I just wish there would’ve been more to the characters. This is the first book in a series, and I don’t think I’ll be reading the next one. I’m not really interested in seeing where this story goes. However, I don’t usually like science fiction or Time Travel books, so that I might’ve had an impact on my enjoyment of this book.
That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.