But Not Forever by Jan Von Schleh

But Not Forever

Could she be everything you aren’t, but somehow―still be you?It’s the year 2015 and Sonnet McKay is the daughter of a globe-trotting diplomat, home for the summer from her exotic life. Everything would be perfect if not for her stunning sister, whose bright star has left her in the shadows. In 1895, Emma Sweetwine is trapped in a Victorian mansion, dreaming of wings to fly her far from her mother, who gives her love to her sons, leaving not...

Details But Not Forever

TitleBut Not Forever
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
Publisher SparkPress
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Fiction

Reviews But Not Forever

  • Jessica
    I received an ARC of this book for free as part of BookSparks’ YA Summer Reading Challenge.I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4. This was a fun and fast read. It wasn’t super intricate but it was still enjoyable.I loved the characters, especially the side characters like Kerry (she was the best!) and Sonnet’s cousins. The ending was really good. I didn’t quite know how it was going to end but I loved the reveal that happened. I...
  • Jane
    But Not Forever just didn't do it for me. I really struggled to understand the target audience -- the characters are all teens, but the writing style, story logic, and dialogue was far more suitable to a middle grade audience. I think this would have been a better story if all the characters had been around 12 years old and there had not been any real romance involved. Thank you to NetGalley and SparkPress for providing me with a free electronic ...
  • Heather Cumiskey
    I was fortunate to receive an advanced reader copy of the book. BUT NOT FOREVER is a magical time-traveling adventure that captivates readers from the start. Von Schleh’s sparkling prose sets the stage for the thrilling, intertwining journeys of Sonnet and Emma. Doppelgangers born into separate worlds, both are forced to face family dysfunction and reexamine societal conventions. Love and heartache cross over generations while universe forces a...
  • Jackie
    A time traveling twist sets up a parallel story that manages to interweave the past and present together to give us a cute ya read. “But Not Forever” begins in 2015 with Sonnet and her family investigating an abandoned mansion when she finds herself in a daze and trapped in the closet only to be pulled out by an unknown woman calling her by a different name. On the opposite side of the same coin we have Emma, a young woman in 1895 struggling ...
  • lara
    *2.5 stars*This was a very fast, easy, and enjoyable read! I sped through it in 2 days and it was such a cool idea for a book. The time travel and "twin" aspect was so interesting and even though it wasn't explained it a lot of detail at all (as in it was very vague as to how the whole time travel aspect even worked), it didn't bother me too much. The characters and the writing style were pretty simple, making it such a quick read. Although I do ...
  • Anne Clermont
    Jan has an incredible way of pulling you into the parallel timelines of Emma and Sonnett. The richness of the Pacific Northwest setting, combined with the sweet romance makes this a book you won't want to put down! Wonderful debut!
  • Brittany Lamb
    Rating: 3.25 starsThank you to NetGalley and SparkPress for sending this ARC to me in exchange for an honest review. Initially, I thought I wasn't going to like this book at all. The first chapter jumped right into the story with little background and the switch between Sonnet's first person POV and Emma's third person POV was frustrating. However, the story turned out to be enjoyable enough. The biggest problem I had with this book was that ever...
  • Timi V writer
    Interesting and soul touching!First when I heard about this novel I got scared, because my novel has the same premise, but fortunately after reading it I realized there are definitely similarities however they are vastly different.The story is dynamic, full of fun, self-discovery and growing up, daring to be who they meant to be. I loved the characters very much, they were so helpful and the antagonist is extraordinary, the entire story is except...
  • Deborah (WhiteRabbitWriter)
    Emma, a fifteen year old girl, born to a high class family in 1895 and Sonnet, a fifteen year old girl visiting cousins in 2015, are about to share a life changing experience. After accidentally swapping places and times periods, the girls are forced to live each other’s life for fear of being found out, and will find help in the most unexpected of people, coming to discover a great about themselves and each other in the process.Overall I enjoy...
  • Jo Stevens
    I have nothing against the story. It's an okay story. Still there is one part of the story that has no bearing whatsoever on the story itself that really gets to me... and not in a good way. Her grandfather goes out of his way to find her a ring that her grandmother loved and gives it to her for her birthday. What kind of an ungrateful, hateful, spiteful little bitch does this. (Lia says he had combed through Grandma's stuff and chosen the ring h...
  • Erin
    This is actually a pretty fun little story. It doesn't have a heck of a lot of depth to it, but there are a lot of details I really liked. While the time-travel story line is cool, it is pretty simple and if there's one thing I could probably maybe tell you it's that time-travel is almost certainly not simple. But Sonnet and Emma are likeable, and even the side characters aren't too bad. It seems strange to me how accepted the idea of the girls s...
  • Larosenoire299
    If you try to search for lesser-known books, sometimes you'll stumble upon an intriguing book that is beyond your expectations. Unluckily, this book is a so-so to me. Although the Doppelganger theme is gripping, the story itself falls flat.The biggest problem I have with this is that people surrounding Sonnet and Emma come to terms with travel switch very fast. "Hey, Sonnet, what’s up with you?’ to ‘Oh, you’re not really our sister, just...
  • Elvira Avdeyeva
    "But Not Forever" is such a beautifully written novel that captures your attention right from the beginning. I could not put that book down because I was so anxious to learn more about the characters and what happens to them. Two young girls are switched in time and end up in two very different worlds. They are 120 years apart! The author does an outstanding job describing what 1895 looked and felt like. It's a thrilling journey that makes you th...
  • Heather
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher on Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.While this book is definitely not the best book in the world, it's such a fun read. I really enjoyed reading But Not Forever and finished it in two days. It was an easy, enjoyable book that reminded me a lot of Caroline B. Cooney's series The Time Travelers which I read when I was younger.This book follows two girls named Emma, who's from 1895 and...
  • Chelsea Joyce
    Loved this book! Two fully developed different characters ,Emma and Sonnet, share a face and a fate, they suddenly find themselves in the wrong time and must find their way back home and a way to understand the many different kinds of love in life from friendship to romance. The one and only complaint I have is how easily some of the other characters accepted that the person they knew was not the person they saw, they just were too quickly and ea...
  • Kacy
    YA Lit is not typically my first choice of genre but I love a good time travel story and this one did not disappoint! Von Schleh's debut novel is a lovely coming of age story of two young women, Emma and Sonnet, who find themselves living each other's lives 120 years apart in Monte Cristo, Washington. The family dynamics, friendships and romance that each of the girls experiences is both sweet and sad and makes for a great story.
  • Gig
    This book was amazing, and a very easy read. It kept me fully engrossed and waiting for the next escapade. The imagination and skills of the author are obvious as the characters are weaved expertly throughout. This book is highly recommended with enthusiasm.
  • Julia Inserro
    Engaging from the start. The characters were believable and I was immediately drawn into their worlds - both of them. The time-travel element was cleverly played out and I was captivated the whole way through. And I never saw the final twist coming!
  • Michelle
    Review at https://insearchoftheendofthesidewalk...
  • Patty Keelor
    I thought this book was great First time reading this author. Storyline was excellent, exciting and mysterious. Looking forward to reading more from her.
  • Alyssa Martaus
    I couldn't put it down and ending up reading it all in one night!
  • Jill Furbish
    This was a page turner. I loved it!
  • Pam McGaffin
    A vividly imagined time-travel story that kept me turning the pages. I look forward to this debut author's next book!
  • Kara Peck
    I think this would be a good read for younger crowd. Heavy on the sweet eyes and overly descriptive for my taste. However, the story had good bones. Just wasn't the perfect fit for me to rave about. I'll be loaning it to my daughter in a couple years though! Thank you Booksparks for the complimentary copy.
  • Zaneta Warren
    I received an ARC copy from netgalley for my honest review. I usually get interested in a book based on it’s cover. This is what drew me to this book at first. After starting the book the writing and plot kept me interested. Emma, a fifteen year old girl, born to a high class family in 1895 and Sonnet, a fifteen year old girl visiting cousins in 2015, are about to share a life changing experience. After accidentally swapping places and times pe...