Determined to escape her old life, misfit and student geologist Hallie packs up her life in England and heads to Paris. She falls in with the eclectic expat community as a bartender at the notorious Millie’s, located next to the Moulin Rouge.
Here she meets Gabriela, a bartender who guides her through this strange nocturnal world, and begins to find a new family. But Millie’s is not all that it seems: a bird warns Hallie to get her feathers in order, a mysterious woman shows up claiming to be a chronometrist, and Gabriela is inexplicably unable to leave Paris.
Then Hallie discovers a time portal located in the keg room. Over the next nine months, irate customers will be the least of her concerns, as she navigates time-faring through the city’s turbulent past and future, falling in love, and coming to terms with her own precarious sense of self.
I was sold on this book the moment I saw the cover. It’s magical, ethereal, straight up gorgeous.
And then I found out it was about time travel and I was extra sold. I don’t even know how many times I’ve shouted into the void about my love for time travel, but I do know that I will never get tired of stumbling upon new time travel stories.
This isn’t the sort of time travel book where there’s a lot of sci-fi elements alongside the time hopping. There’s no fancy time machine, no spaceships, no futuristic aliens. At times, it reads like a contemporary novel following Hallie’s journey in Paris working at Millie’s bar. But then, just like Hallie, you get ripped from the present and thrust into a new time, forced to navigate the era.
Each time period had a different vibe matching the atmosphere. Each one better than the one before it. And that first chapter. What a great opening!
However, I do wish we got to see more of the future from the first chapter where the world is literally ending. It felt so desperate and hopeless.
Hallie was a great choice for a main character. She lost her way in life and Paris (time travel and all) really set her on the right track to finding herself.
Being set in Paris, there was of course French scattered throughout the book. It definitely made me work hard recalling my six years of mandatory Canadian French classes to work!
Overall: fantastic plot, fantastic characters, and fantastic time travel. Paris Adrift is a unique and worthy addition to the time travel genre!
Thanks so much to Rebellion Publishing for providing me with a review copy; and be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour!