Reviews of The Young City

October 8, 2009

Teens Read Too: 5 Stars

The writing is exciting, and beautiful, and imaginative, and I can’t believe I had never heard of these books before now! If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend you do so. It’s definitely a story that is worth the time and is worth hunting down.

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May 24, 2009

Mad Jenny:

The narrative has matured with the main characters. …Rosemary particularly, needs to face a great deal, and to find a way to grow into her situation. Thrown into 1884 society, she finds herself railing against the societal and moral norms of the day. Both characters need to find ways to come to terms with the fact that their old life might be gone forever, and that they might have to get used to living in 1884. For Rosemary, this means an end to her dreams of high level scientific research, and a life spent in dresses, cleaning, cooking, and assisting. It also brings much about their modern relationship into question, and forces them each to examine just what they want out of their life.

All that sounds rather heavy, but it isn’t. The adventure is still present, and is just as exciting as in the previous two entries to the series.

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April 30, 2009

Resource Links Canada: Well Paced, Authentic Responses and Believable Reactions

…the book is an interesting read and would appeal to students who are interested in history and learning more about historical Canada, or conversely, students who enjoy fantasy and the idea of time travel.

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April 25, 2009

London Free Press: Gripping Conclusion Ends Third Instalment

…As time stretches on and Peter and Rosemary see no way home, they start to worry their futures are lost forever. All of the doubt and mystery comes to a head in a dramatic and gripping conclusion that will have fans grasping for a fourth instalment.


March 30, 2009

RJ Anderson: A Daring Choice

…plenty of action and suspense, matched nicely with some good character development for Rosemary and Peter and also with a fascinating picture of a historical period and location that many readers might not be familiar with. Toronto in 1884 is a very different place in some ways from London or San Francisco in the same time period, and James reflects this well in his story, which has the atmosphere of careful historical research but doesn’t get bogged down in tedious details. There’s a B-plot about the struggles of the first women doctors in Canada that adds a nice extra layer to the book as well.

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February 16, 2009

Stella Matutina: 3.5 Stars

While I found the first two books more middle grade in feel, I’d say THE YOUNG CITY is definitely a YA novel. It deals with a few more mature themes, including whether or not the main characters are ready for sex, and some parents may find it inappropriate for the under twelve crowd. That’s not to say that it’s a shocking, graphic book; the sexual elements are handled very well, with suggestion rather that description. There’s tension between the two of them, but there’s also frank discussion and evaluation. And it’s far from the only thing going on here. Their emotional relationship continues to develop in response to their new situation. There are some very nice scenes here.

And the ending? This’s a good ending, people. It’s both tantalizing and conclusive. I loved it.

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January 3, 2009

Waterloo Region Record/Guelph Mercury: a Page Turner

The Young City is … an adventure tale with action, intrigue and a dramatic, page-turner conclusion.

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