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In The Beginning There Was Us by [Jonach, Ingrid]
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Length: 299 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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What would you do if you were God? If you had the power to not only give life, but take it away in the blink of an eye? These are the questions that haunt fifteen-year-old Abbey Baxter after she resurrects a boy, long lost to the ages.

The achingly beautiful and eternally melancholy Cole not only serves as a welcome distraction from her long-time crush, Elwin, but also eases the heartache that persists since the sudden passing of her younger brother, Junior, four years earlier.

As the intrigue of her relationship with Cole deepens, so too does the mystery that surrounds a growing phenomenon sweeping through her small West Virginian town, transforming the lives of its residents. Around her, two bedroom cottages are transforming into mansions without explanation and residents are waking up to bank balances that have tripled overnight, all under the watchful gaze of the sinister American Laboratory for Particle Physics, located on the outskirts of town.

As Abbey searches for answers in a bid to solve the mystery in partnership with Elwin, she’s forced into a realization that that some things are better left buried, including her newfound love, Cole.

This cautionary tale of heartache and obsession explores the endless possibilities of the universe and its devastating impact on two young lovers from different worlds.

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  • Print Length: 299 pages
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  • Language: English
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The authors imagination is out of this world.. ... 10 July 2015
By Gwenda Barnard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The authors imagination is out of this world... She writes in such a way that I become the character. Can't wait to read another one of her books...
3.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Really Connect to the Story 24 September 2015
By Marianne Lee (Boricuan Bookworms) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I think that while this book had a great premise, I couldn’t really get into it because I disliked the main characters.

I didn’t like Abbey, who was completely insufferable. I didn’t like Cole, who was a manipulative psychopath, I didn’t like Abbey’s parents, or her best friend, I think the only person I truly liked was Ethan, and it’s because we barely see any story from him.

The problem with this book for me was definitely the romance. The romance between Abbey/Cole is terrifying to say the least. It’s completely co-dependent, and downright unhealthy. Cole would manipulate Abbey, and Abbey would just take it just because Cole was her “perfect guy”. I know there’s an explanation behind this behavior, but it made me sick. Even thinking about the romance now gives me chills, and not the good kind.

Writing this review makes me incredibly sad because I loved loved loved the first book the author wrote, and this book was supposed to be a part of the same “universe”.

And honestly, if you set the romance aside, the book is totally engrossing. I’m a science geek at heart, so all the science talk was so interesting for me! I loved all the 'Higgs Bosom' talk because I actually studied this in college, so I can tell a great amount of research was done.

I’ll also admit that I would love to read the next book in the series. This book picked up considerably towards the end, and it gave us all the answers we were looking for, while also packing an adrenaline filled punch that I really enjoyed.

Overall, the main character and the romance really set the book’s quality down for me, but the science elements made me keep reading. If you can’t connect to the romance, I know you’ll at least connect to the sci-fi elements!

I’d like to thank the author for providing a copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.
4.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this refreshing and compelling story all the way to the very end 4 July 2015
By Kristy - Book Nerd Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I am going to start by saying this: I dislike science in general. I like that it exists, but I often switch off when people start talking about it (which happens often where I work). My understanding of science is from The Big Bang Theory, the stuff that I cannot ignore at work, and the understanding that I really hated my high school science teacher. So, for these reasons, I generally don’t love science fiction novels or stories that include science…. but Ingrid Jonach’s stories are definitely an exception to the rule!

As with When the World Was Flat (and were in love), Ingrid has weaved science into her storyline without putting off those of us who dislike sciencey type stuff. With her effortless writing style, unique characters and intricate storyline, Ingrid will pull you in with her words and demand that you feel the emotions of the story.

What would you do if you were God? Well, Abbey creates a distraction from her grief-filled life by bringing back a boy long lost in the Italian Renaissance. The boy of her dreams, Cole, comes to life with the stroke of a brush and pulls Abbey away from the grief over the loss of her brother and her yearning for her best friend’s brother, Elwin.

But being God isn’t all it is cracked up to be, and cracks certainly start emerging as Abbey, and others in her small town, start to realise that their dreams can come at a very high price. Playing God does not come without consequences.

I actually found Abbey to be a pretty unlikeable character for the most part. I found her need for escapism annoying and her inability to question things frustrating…. but doesn’t that just make the story all the more interesting? I actually don’t mind not connecting to the main protagonist sometimes, and this storyline is certainly strong enough to support this type of character. In fact, I think that was really the point – Abbey was uncertain, elusive, unsure, timid, scared, obsessive and broken – but all this doesn’t mean she is weak, she still has the capability to be somebody’s God… and playing God can just be as disastrous for those with good intentions, as it can be as those with bad ones.

Don’t get me wrong, Abbey did have some good traits. Abbey was caring, loyal and intelligent (besides her preference of living in denial). This is one thing that I love about Ingrid’s writing – her characters are complex. Every character has his or her strengths and weaknesses, and I think that this is particularly shown in In the Beginning There Was Us. There are times where you see that the evil that hurts you doesn’t necessarily come from other people, that it can come from deep within yourself.

The relationships within the story are as equally complex as the characters themselves. There are so many dimensions within the relationships, and they are always rotating and evolving. Within these relationships there are many aspects of love, deceit, protection, abuse, truth, willingness, honestly, desire, regret, friendship, lies and manipulation. I absolutely adored the complexities within each character and their relationships.

I stand by statement in my review of When the World Was Flat, Ingrid’s stories are “are appealing and she shows great promise of bring some true originality to YA”. In the Beginning There Was Us is another great example of this – Ingrid creates a world full of possibilities and shows us devastation and determination. And that sometimes we can be our own worst enemy.

I thoroughly enjoyed this refreshing and compelling story all the way to the very end. I will admit, the ending did make break my heart a little. I have already expressed my deep hurt over this with the author (hi Ingrid!), and although it hurt, I felt that the ending was true to story (but you are still evil and I am still upset with you Ingrid). But ultimately, this is a story of possibilities, and that includes mystery, deceit, friendship, truth, distraction, strength, denial, courage and heartache.

This review appears at Book Nerd Reviews.
5.0 out of 5 stars So unlike any other book I've ever read - you definitely want to read IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS US! 2 July 2015
By Ashley Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) was an incredible book, and when I finished it, I figured that would be it. Everything wrapped up nicely and it was very self-contained, and I was ok with that. But then! I learned that Ingrid was writing a whole collection of books set in the same world, and In The Beginning There Was Us would be the second book. So, of course, I knew I had to read this book ASAP! And I am so, so glad that I did.

In The Beginning There Was Us is completely different from When the World Was Flat - the situations are completely different, the sci-fi aspect is new and unique, and even the romance has a different tone about it. I even felt like this book was darker than its predecessor, and that there was much more going on here that could have huge consequences to the world outside. I did enjoy though that there are similarities between them, including characters, that connected them across this huge universe.

I really enjoyed how the science aspect was worked into this book. Most people today have at least heard of CERN and their Large Hadron Collider, as well as the existence and hunt for the "God particle," but Ingrid puts her own spin on these real-life things and theories and turns them into something completely unique. In this alternate history, things went wrong with the particle accelerator in Europe, and most of the continent had to be quarantined. Now, Abbey's dad is working on a particle accelerator in the US and might be doing things that are illegal on an international scale. There's not much explanation of the science and the theories until near the end of the book, but I really enjoyed how they were presented and explained. Even though I'm not a physicist, I was able to follow all of it and it at least made sense.

Aside from the science, Ingrid has this incredible way with words that just makes the characters come to life and the world seem to leap from the pages. I could see all of Abbey's paintings perfectly in my mind, and I could imagine exactly what Cole looks like just from the descriptions of him. I could also feel everything that Abbey was feeling - her excitement, her fear, her apprehension, her sadness, and her loneliness. I often found myself forgetting that Abbey is only fifteen, since she's been through so much in her lifetime that she definitely seemed and acted older.

At first, I thought that her relationship with Cole would be good for her. He really treats her well and brings her out of her shell. But then things take a turn for the worse, and Abbey can't control him anymore. Or maybe she controls him too much, which makes him resent her. The way their relationship develops and changes over the course of the book was so interesting to follow, and I found myself on the edge of my seat, frantically turning pages just to find out what was going to happen next. Cole is so unpredictable that I also was afraid for Abbey. And the whole time, I was totally rooting for her and Elwin to get together, even though he's several years older and her best friend's brother. But Elwin is incredible!

I really just loved everything about this book. Even though the ending almost made me scream out loud, because how can you leave things that way?! I kept trying to turn pages, hoping more would appear and set my mind (and heart) at ease, but Ingrid just couldn't let me have that little bit of peace!

This book is every bit as gorgeous as When the World Was Flat, and if you're looking for a YA sci-fi romance, you should really start reading these books ASAP. You could even start with In The Beginning There Was Us, since you don't need to know anything about the other book to fall into this world, but it's fun to see the things the books have in common. Even if you aren't big on the sci-fi aspect, this book tells the story of an incredible romance with its ups and downs and has complex characters that will stick with you well past the end (talk about a book hangover!). 5/5, for sure.
4.0 out of 5 stars I read and fell in love with book When the World Was Flat (and We ... 4 August 2015
By Krystianna Straley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A few years ago, I read and fell in love with book When the World Was Flat (and We Were in Love) by Ingrid Jonach. From that moment on, I knew that I'd enjoy anything else that Ingrid wrote, and boy was I right!

The one thing that I love about Ingrid's books is that she has a perfect mixture of science fiction and romance. I'm a huge sci-fi fan who loves romance, though not necessarily romance novels, so her books are just perfect for me in every way.

Abbey was a really interesting character because she loves art so much. I have loved art for a while, even if I'm not that good at it (I mean, take my self-made blog design for example). I am very interested in graphic design and it's something that I can actually somewhat-handle, so I love that Abbey was really into studio art. I also liked when she went to the Met since I've actually been there before. I always love it when characters go to places that I actually know about!

Abbey's best friend is a girl named Mali, and Mali's brother, Elwin, is a guy who Abbey has had a crush on for a while. I've never been in a situation like that, but I imagine it must suck! I found it so cool that Abbey managed to resurrect Cole from the past. It's just such an interesting concept to put into a book!

I also loved how she found Cole in the Met originally, in a painting. She then went on to get a keychain with him on it, and even spoke to it sometimes before she decided to paint it! It's kind of creepy, but I mean, she fell in love with a painting of a guy who just happened to become real, so at the same time, it's pretty cool!

I am definitely glad that I got the chance to give this one a read, because Ingrid just comes up with the awesomest ideas. I can't wait to read more by her in the future!

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