Review: THE LAST BEGINNING by Lauren James

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 | Leave a comment

The last beginning

The epic conclusion to Lauren James’ debut The Next Together about love, destiny and time travel.
Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation?
For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.


The Last Beginning is out today, woohoo! Sequel/prequel to Lauren James’s YA time-travel romance The Next Together, I had the pleasure of reading it a few months early, and it is SO good. SO GOOD. It answered every question I had after The Next Together, provided more of the maps/diary entries/emails/IMs that I’d loved in book one, and was just an incredibly satisfying, twisty-turny read. In fact, I may have loved it more than book one. (Is that allowed?)

If you’ve read The Next Together, you need to get hold of The Last Beginning. Check out Lauren’s blog too for lots of extra content. And if you haven’t started book one yet, get going!

Here’s my initial Goodreads review from back in June:

Oh, wow. I was impressed by The Next Together, but The Last Beginning completely blew me away! I couldn’t stop reading. So many twists and turns and very, very clever things in this book (plus some very sweet moments). If you’ve read The Next Together, you *must* read this.

I haven’t got my hands on a physical copy yet, hence no pretty photo, but planning to rectify that ASAP.

Enough gushing from me. Happy publication day, Lauren!




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