Friday, 27 November 2015

MINI REVIEW: The Next Together by Lauren James

Title: The Next Together
Author: Lauren James
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 3rd September 2015
Pages: 356
Genres: YA Romance/Time travel/Historical
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

How many times can you lose the person you love?

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different...

Lauren James has quickly become one of the most talked about authors in the bookish community, and I can see why. The Next Together is such a clever book, one I wish I'd written, and it is so unique. I've read loads of time travel books in my time, but this is carefully crafted, fantastically original and properly gasp-worthy. A lot of books on time travel seem very predictable, but this is not one of them.

I think everyone can enjoy The Next Together no matter what genre you usually go for because it has a little bit of everything. I did get a bit confused sometimes, mainly between the Crimean War chapters and the ones set in Carlisle - silly mistake to make, I know, but it happened. Other than that, it was so, so good. I adored Katherine and Matthew's relationship which, in all times, added a lot of great comedy, and I also loved the ending which has yet to leave my mind despite reading it quite a while ago. It was so expertly done.

The Next Together is 100% worth the read. I ignored my to-do list and stayed in bed for an entire day to read it all. No regrets. I'm really glad I managed to snag a signed bookmark at YALC because I loved this book and I cannot wait for the next one!


  1. I can't wait to pick this up! Sounds like such a worthwhile read! Great Review :)

  2. Ohh this sounds like a must read for me! :D I haven't read a book that was about reincarnating since Rememberence! (Which by the way if you have jot read it yet, was pretty good!) This sorta unique plot always interests me and I try to find more books like it but hadn't had much luck. So thanks Erika for finding it! :)

  3. Ahh I'm so sorry I meant Amber! Dx I was just on Erika's blog and accidently typed in the wrong name! AGAIN, I am so so sorry Amber!! >_<