I won this book courtesy of Victoria Schwab's first giveaway on her countdown to THE NEAR WITCH. I would have bought this book anyways because 1, the cover is just like, WOW, and 2, although I'm not the best at time travel (it can get confusing) I've heard that this book is really great so I would have had to try it. I'm really glad I did win this book though, because it was signed and Myra has no signings here in Seattle, and I'm even more glad (please ignore the bad grammar) that I read it earlier rather then later. It was honestly a great debut book and it was just so beutifuly written you can't help but not love it. I'm sure that the science isn't exactly sound, but the way that Myra writes it might as well be scientific fact, because the way she explains things just make it so easy to believe. Why can't some of my teachers write like this, seriously, it would make things so much easier. It's true that the book doesn't get really really exciting until the last 100 pages or so but that doesn't mean that the rest of the book isn't good. Emerson (what a great name for a main female character) is a great main character. I know there are some of you out there who really dislike the female leads that are needy and whiney but I really don't think Emerson is like that. Yeah, she does do a little bit of "woe is me" stuff, but honestly who doesn't? Emerson is such a strong character and I really connected with her. Even though this is a fantasy/sci fi book I feel that it really does have an underlying message to everyone, and that's that even though it might be hard you can overcome anything if you have help, and if you're willing to get help. I myself can't wait for the next book in the series because after this ending I NEEd to know what happens next. There were so many twists I was trying to keep up with everything and figure it out before Emerson, but I really only got it right before it was revealed in the book, and you know how impressive that is when it comes to me and my detective skills ;). So Bravo to Myra for a great debut and hopefully the sequal will be quick to print so I can read it too.