I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.In The Beginning There Was Us on April 28, 2015
What would you do if you were God? If you had the power to not only give life, but take it away in the blink of an eye? These are the questions that haunt fifteen-year-old Abbey Baxter after she resurrects a boy, long lost to the ages.
The achingly beautiful and eternally melancholy Cole not only serves as a welcome distraction from her long-time crush, Elwin, but also eases the heartache that persists since the sudden passing of her younger brother, Junior, four years earlier.
As the intrigue of her relationship with Cole deepens, so too does the mystery that surrounds a growing phenomenon sweeping through her small West Virginian town, transforming the lives of its residents. Around her, two bedroom cottages are transforming into mansions without explanation and residents are waking up to bank balances that have tripled overnight, all under the watchful gaze of the sinister American Laboratory for Particle Physics, located on the outskirts of town.
As Abbey searches for answers in a bid to solve the mystery in partnership with Elwin, she’s forced into a realization that that some things are better left buried, including her newfound love, Cole.
This cautionary tale of heartache and obsession explores the endless possibilities of the universe and its devastating impact on two young lovers from different worlds.
A few years ago, I read and fell in love with book When the World Was Flat (and We Were in Love) by Ingrid Jonach. From that moment on, I knew that I’d enjoy anything else that Ingrid wrote, and boy was I right!
The one thing that I love about Ingrid’s books is that she has a perfect mixture of science fiction and romance. I’m a huge sci-fi fan who loves romance, though not necessarily romance novels, so her books are just perfect for me in every way.
Abbey was a really interesting character because she loves art so much. I have loved art for a while, even if I’m not that good at it (I mean, take my self-made blog design for example). I am very interested in graphic design and it’s something that I can actually somewhat-handle, so I love that Abbey was really into studio art. I also liked when she went to the Met since I’ve actually been there before. I always love it when characters go to places that I actually know about!
Abbey’s best friend is a girl named Mali, and Mali’s brother, Elwin, is a guy who Abbey has had a crush on for a while. I’ve never been in a situation like that, but I imagine it must suck! I found it so cool that Abbey managed to resurrect Cole from the past. It’s just such an interesting concept to put into a book!
I also loved how she found Cole in the Met originally, in a painting. She then went on to get a keychain with him on it, and even spoke to it sometimes before she decided to paint it! It’s kind of creepy, but I mean, she fell in love with a painting of a guy who just happened to become real, so at the same time, it’s pretty cool!
I am definitely glad that I got the chance to give this one a read, because Ingrid just comes up with the awesomest ideas. I can’t wait to read more by her in the future!