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The Here and Now – Ann Brashares

  • TheHereandNowTitle: The Here and Now
  • Author: Ann Brashares
  • ISBN: 0385736800 (ISBN13: 9780385736800)
  • Series: Stand Alone
  • Published: April 8th 2014 by Delacorte Press
  • Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
  • Genre: YA/Sci-fi
  • Source: Publisher
  • Rating: C+

Though perhaps not as malevolent sounding as Schwarzenegger’s iconic line “I’ll be back” from this little known James Cameron film The Terminator, said ironically, because truly, has anyone not seen the 1984 cult classic or the any of the three soon to be four film sequels not to mention the television series with a second in pre-production?  

Terminator1984movieposterWhile reading The Here and Now I was strongly reminded of Kyle Reese’s demand to Sarah Connor “come with me, if you want to live.” This badass yet strangely romantic movie contributed to my life long love of time travel story lines which in turn fuelled my insatiable appetite for science-fiction, specifically sci-fi/romance. Truly how could anyone raised on Doctor Who not love time travel stories? Throw in a reading or two of Daphne DuMaurier’s The House on the Strand, Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book and of course Outlander (but that is a story for another day) and my fate was sealed. Obviously, I was quite predisposed to like Ann Brashares YA The Here and Now.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. 

While Prenna did not travel back in time to fall in love, by Murphy’s Law that is precisely what she did. Note: Murphy’s law is an adage or epigram that is typically stated as: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. The Here and Now started off strongly with a captivating opening scene. Clearly, newly arrived from the future Prenna, naked and confused comes upon Ethan fishing alone on the riverbank, see the Terminator parallel anyone? Not quite as compelling as Arnold with all of his glorious muscles but considering I am not a teenage boy…

Being a gentleman Ethan gives her his sweatshirt and she disappears to be seen again until she turns up in his English class with no memory of their previous meeting. Not surprisingly Ethan has not forgotten and wonders why she doesn’t remember him but I guess it isn’t the type of thing one brings up in idle conversation. “Hey, did you write down the assignment? And by the way do you remember me? I was the guy who gave you the shirt off his back.” No? Guess not.

Unfortunately, that was about the extent of the intrigue for me, all the right things seemed to happen, the council elders begin to focus on Prenna, members of her tight knit community who act against established rules begin disappearing yet I found that the story was easy to put down and walk away from.

Both Prenna and Ethan were likeable characters and the plot in and of itself was interesting there just seemed to be some vital spark missing that made the reader care about the outcome of their plight. Ultimately I felt that The Here and Now was somewhat clinical in its approach despite the presence of all the required components to make a great story, the feeling or passion was missing, which was a disappointment. Despite this I will check out another compelling sounding work, My Name is Memory a previous work by Brashares before I make up my mind completely.  

authorAnn Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series,3 WillowsThe Last Summer (of You & Me), and My Name Is Memory. She lives in New York City with her husband and their four children.

Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review.


Still Waters – Spring Preview

shining“He would write it for the reason he felt that all great literature, fiction and nonfiction, was written: truth comes out, in the end it always comes out. He would write it because he felt he had to.”
Stephen King, The Shining    


Perhaps I am dating myself, but is there anyone who doesn’t recognize that iconic image of Jack Nicholson playing the part of Jack Torrance from Stephen King’s classic novel The Shining? I felt that it was particularly fitting given my excitement about upcoming posts. Despite the relative quiet recently, due to some unfortunate personal scheduling conflicts, there is a great deal to look forward to in the coming weeks. For a sampling read on!

Book Talk & Interview – Alena Graedon


I recently had the great pleasure of speaking with Alena Graedon, author of The Word Exchange. A truly disturbing dystopian thriller featuring a daughter’s search for her father, which may or may not be tied to an insidious virus attacking technology and persons alike.

Author Feature & Retrospective  Simone St. James


Having just finished her most recent work Silence for the Dead, I can state unequivocally that Simone St. James never disappoints. In fact, she just gets better and better, if you haven’t read her yet, don’t hesitate, just buy them all…but be prepared to sleep with the lights on afterward!

GUEST POSTElise de Sallier, author of Innocence will be writing about her follow up Protection.


PROTECTION (A Forbidden Love, Book Two) – In the much awaited conclusion to Innocence, (A Forbidden Love, Book One) Nathaniel, the Marquis of Marsden, is left reeling at the revelation of Lisa’s royal heritage. Keeping her safe has always been his priority, and he is determined to protect her . . . from the King’s machinations, their enemies, and her own overly generous nature if necessary.

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY – Just One Night by Lauren Layne



The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley – Eve Lattimore’s family is like every other on their suburban street, with one exception. Her son Tyler has a rare medical condition that makes him fatally sensitive to light, which means heavy curtains and deadlocked doors protect him during the day and he can never leave the house except at night. For Eve, only constant vigilance stands between an increasingly restless teenage son and the dangers of the outside world.

Until the night the unthinkable happens. When tragedy strikes, it becomes clear that this family is not the only one on the quiet cul-de-sac that is more complicated than it appears. And as Eve is forced to shield her family from harm, there are some crises she cannot control—and some secrets that not even love can conceal.


Exactly Where They’d Fall by Laura Rae Amos – With vivid characters, generous doses of humor, and palpable emotion, Exactly Where They’d Fall is a story about three friends forced to explore the complicated and fragile bonds of friendship and love. Fans of heartfelt, witty literary fiction, and smart women’s fiction will enjoy this charming and honest debut.

GSGolden State by Michelle Richmond – Doctor Julie Walker has just signed her divorce papers when she receives news that her younger sister, Heather, has gone into labor. Though theirs is a strained relationship, Julie sets out for the hospital to be at her sister’s side—no easy task since the streets of San Francisco are filled with commotion. Today is also the day that Julie will find herself at the epicenter of a violent standoff in which she is forced to examine both the promising and painful parts of her past—her Southern childhood; her romance with her husband, Tom; her estrangement from Heather; and the shattering incident that led to her greatest heartbreak.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.


The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn – Sarah Pleinsworth can’t forgive Hugh Prentice for the duel he fought three years ago that nearly destroyed her family, sent her cousin fleeing, and left Hugh himself with a badly injured leg. That’s fine with Hugh, who can’t tolerate Sarah’s dramatic ways. But when the two are forced to spend a week together, they find that unexpected kisses, and mutual passion, may have the power to change both of their minds.

Written with Julia Quinn’s trademark style, The Sum of All Kisses is a witty and lighthearted Regency romance.

Sea of Shadows

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong –  In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.
Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court–one that will alter the balance of their world forever.

The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh – Set on the rugged, mountainous west coast of Mallorca, this taut, sultry, brilliantly paced novel is an urgent meditation on female desire, the vicissitudes of marriage and the allure of youth.


The Here and Now by Ann Brashares An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Last but not least