"This is a wonderfully creative and updated twist to time travel stories. Not only is there history here, and teen trial and tribulations, but also the concept of this girl being a "Messenger" who can help those in the past and help to make things right..." ABNA Competition 2012 Expert Reviewer
"This book held me captive because not only did it have time traveling in it but it had Native American history in it… a magical story with lots of twists and turns.This is one series to watch out for! 5 of 5 stars" A Diary of a Book Addict Blog
“For those who like The Immortals series by Alyson Noel, Timeless by Alexandra Monir, or The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller – The Messenger is a must read.” Breathe in Books Blogspot
"I would really recommend this to fans of time travel, historical fiction, or even mystery fans…I will be reading the next Mortal Beloved book, because I am hooked!" Unabridged Bookshelf
"DuMond is a superlative writer who sets the stage for an historical romantic adventure, and then fiendishly leaves the reader hanging at the end. Will we read the next book? You bet!” Midwest Book Review, Shelley Glodowski
“…I stayed up to 5 a.m. to finish this book.”
“…I couldn’t tear myself away from it.”
“…connection with another human being so strong it defies time…”
“…Samuel – I wanted to stick my hands in and grab him… and pull him out.”
“…I really wish I could give it more than 5 stars.”
“…See it as a movie as you rip through the tale.”
“…I was in love with the character (Samuel), myself just like Madeline was.”
“…adventure, romance history all in one amazing book… praying she writes another.”
“…I was captivated.”
“…this author is fantastic.”
“…without question. Buy it. Read it…”
“Yes, a page turner indeed…VERY good read. Can’t wait for more from this author.”
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If I had to describe The Messenger in one word it would be ‘disappointing.’
The prologue started off promisingly enough, with a girl (obviously the main character) running through the woods in a panic. Okay, that sounds cool; let’s get on with the main event! My excitement dampened throughout the first few chapters because of the pretty stereotypical “main character who has lost her parent in a horrific accident years ago” but I soldiered on. When I got to when Madeline time-travelled I got pretty excited because I like time travel stories, which is why I requested this book in the first place. Then that point in the story is where the true disappointment set in.
It’s hard to enjoy a book when you absolutely cannot stand the main character and I couldn’t stand Madeline. I just wanted to reach in and slap her across her loud mouth. Constantly. Okay, she’s a little disoriented when she travels back in time, I’ll grant her that. But once she gets on her feet and realizes “I better play along with these people or they’ll call me a witch and hang me” she then proceeds to act like a modern stereotypical American teenager. She blurts out things at inappropriate times, uses modern slang (!) and generally acts like she wants people to start lynching her. I get it, not all teenagers are smart and would instantly adapt to the 1600s. Calling such a transition a culture shock would be quite an understatement. But really? Using the word ‘whatevs’ is definitely not going to ease people’s suspicions about you. Ugh.
Aside from a narrator that really is Too Stupid To Live, the book’s premise isn’t all that bad. Sure, it’s not the most original but the whole Messenger angle was sort of interesting. Special people go back in time to right wrongs and/or meet their destiny. Hunters try to prevent this. Unfortunately, Pamela DuMond never really gets into fleshing the whole story of the Messengers out because Madeline’s stupidity gets her mentor accused of witchcraft. Even the little knowledge Samuel has isn’t really enough to satisfy my curiosity. I know this is the first book in a series but even that doesn’t really excuse the fact that we get more questions than answers. So I give Pamela DuMond marks for potentially awesome world-building, but I can’t honestly say much about it because we didn’t learn all that much about it.
The plot is okay, but it’s also nothing to brag about. It’s not fast, but not too slow and it was interesting enough to keep me reading even though I began to really loathe Madeline. My only real complaint about the plot was that while some things were focused on too much, other things were neglected, like the growing attraction between Madeline and Samuel. Yes, they spend some time together but in those interactions I really wasn’t feeling the sparks fly. It just kind of felt contrived by the author because of course all YA novels have to have some romance.
Overall, the book would not be a bad book if not for the fact Madeline is just a really horrible main character. Sadly for us, though, we’re pretty much stuck in her head the whole time so there is no escaping the fact that The Messenger fell flat on its face. It had so much potential and did not live up to it.
I give this book 1/5 stars.
Sixteen year old Madeline is a time traveler she just doesn’t know it yet. Soon she finds herself caught between the past and the present as she tries to discover who she really is and the power that’s within her. Rich historical details add layers to this novel of love and adventure. But what I found most captivating is the character of Madeline and the very handsome Samuel. Together they stole my heart and made me want to follow these characters from one time period to the next.
After being almost hit by a train, when Madeleine wakes up in Rhode Island in 1675, during the time of King Phillip's War she is sure, at first, she is simply having a very strange dream. And why is everyone calling her Abigail? There's a very cute boy named Samuel as a romantic interest, but most of this is Madeleine trying to figure out what is going on, to help her very pregnant supposed cousin, Elizabeth, and also trying not to get killed by either the natives or being hanged as a witch.
The teenage voice and angst feels right, and the historical sections feel very real, very gritty. Ends in a cliffhanger, for those that are bothered by that kind of thing. I wasn't because the pre-cliffhanger ending was satisfactory enough.