Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BLOG TOUR: The Time Traveler's Boyfriend by Annabelle Costa

Title: The Time Traveler's Boyfriend
Author: Annabelle Costa
Genre: 'Chick-lit'/Sci-Fi/Contemp Fiction
Publisher: Dev Love Press
Release Date: Feb 3/2014
Acquired:  E-copy provided by publisher
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Claudia’s geeky boyfriend Adam has just invented a time machine.

No, really—he has. She doesn't believe it either until Adam provides her with definitive proof that he does, in fact, have a functioning time travel device sitting in the living room of his Manhattan brownstone.

But instead of getting ready to accept the Nobel Prize, Adam has very different plans for his groundbreaking invention. He wants Claudia to use the machine to travel back in time and stop the accident that landed him in a wheelchair over a decade ago, and prevent the trajectory of events that he believes ruined his life.

When Claudia reluctantly agrees to become the first human time traveler, she knows she’s making a big gamble. If she succeeds, she could have the happy ending with commitment-phobic Adam that she’s always dreamed of. But if she fails, it could mean the end of the universe as she knows it.


I'm going to tuck my literary magnifying glasses away, and write a review for The Time Traveler's Boyfriend based on exactly what it was trying to be: a cutesy book with a slightly deeper life lesson. Time travel in my fiction is as near and dear to my heart as my own flesh and blood, yes, the dramatics are necessary. I LOVE time-travel, the concept of it, the execution of it through words, and ONE DAY! the execution of it in real life...yes? *sigh* One can only hope. Needless to say, The Time Traveler's Boyfriend wasn't going for the Nobel prize in the science and explanation of time-travel, for that wasn't the point of this book. It was an exploration of life, and the lessons it lays out for us along the way, should be so inclined to stoop down and pick them up.

Claudia is in love. For the first time she's found her heart, and it's within Adam, he super geeky inventor boyfriend, who also happens to be a paraplegic. His disability was a focus, but not in the typical way. His character wasn't belittled, or made to seem any different than a character that was able to stand. He was sexy, and charming, and intelligent (genius, really), and he made one HECK of a boyfriend. This aspect was, by far, my favourite, and I wished more authors had the guts to introduce more intellectually, or physically, challenged characters into their books.

Adam creates a time machine. Or as he would rather put it, a "wormhole". He then makes a 'simple' request of Claudia: he wants her to travel back in time, and stop the accident that permanently confined him to a wheelchair. She obliges, and embarks on a journey of a lifetime (literally). The consequences were to be expected, and the moments of hilarity and distress were in the multiples. Annabelle's writing was very matter-of-fact, as in "this happened, and then this happened, and then next I did this, and then here's some more facts." There was little ambiguity, but there I go again, over-analyzing what was meant to be a cute feel-good tale about being happy with the cards you were dealt.

The Time Traveler's Boyfriend was entertaining, to say the most, and I definitely appreciated what the author was going for. The characters were likable, and I found that I was quite attached to Claudia by the end of it. If you're looking for a quick, start-of-summer read, check this one out!

Recommended for fans of: 'Chick-Lit', Science Fiction, Time Travel, Contemporary, Romance, Comedy, Sophie Kinsella.



I hate men who are too perfect. In most romance or chick lit novels, the male love interest is tall, dark, and handsome, with abs of steel, buns of steel, and eyes as blue as the waters of Aruba. All that is a big turn-off to me. The "wounded heroes" have not gotten everything they want in life, and have a humility that I have always found appealing. I'm also an avid reader, and my influences include the usual chick lit suspects: Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green, and Emily Giffin. If it's chick lit, I've probably read it. My favorite author of disability-related fiction is Ruth Madison. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop me a line at razberripie(at)!

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Thank-you to Lisa from TLC Book Tours for hosting this tour, and to Dev Love Press for sending me an e-copy to review!

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1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for being on the tour.


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