Return Once More

Return Once More

by Trisha Leigh

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If you could learn the identity of your one true love-even though you will never meet- would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect-predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians-a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past-and she can't resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she's broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn't belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own-and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it- in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.

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ISBN-13: 9781619637856
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/20/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 970,577
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it's pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y'all. Most of the time. She's been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey's kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies, reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90's-00's.

Trisha is the author of THE LAST YEAR series and the WHITMAN UNIVERSITY books as well as MISTLETOE AND MR. RIGHT coming out from Bloomsbury in October, 2015. She's represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

To learn more about Trisha Leigh, please visit her at

If you enjoy New Adult books or a good contemporary romance, please check out her pen name, Lyla Payne!
Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it's pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y'all. Most of the time. She's been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey's kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies, reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90's-00's.

Trisha is the author of THE LAST YEAR series and the WHITMAN UNIVERSITY books as well as MISTLETOE AND MR. RIGHT. She's represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

To learn more about Trisha Leigh, please visit her at

If you enjoy New Adult books or a good contemporary romance, please check out her pen name, Lyla Payne!

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Return Once More 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
jamieelizabeth77 More than 1 year ago
Not your average time travel! Admittedly, I’m choosy when it comes to futuristic sci-fi or time travel books. I need to feel like the story and characters are still relatable and relevant to current life. When I found out Trisha Leigh had written a book about time travel, I KNEW it would break stereotypes and be something I’d love. I WAS NOT WRONG! What if you could find out at 17 yrs old who your one true love is - your soulmate? How many of of us would be dying of curiosity? But what if the trade off was knowing the likelihood of your one true love being in your own time was almost nil? Frankly, the curiosity would still get to me, just as it did to Kaia. She finds out her one true love is not only long dead but has to decide if it’s worth breaking every rule she’s been raised to adhere to in order to sneak a glance at him. She’ll never talk to him, of course … whoops, or maybe. Kaia is training to be a Historian charged with recording important historical events. One of the basic rules is to never interfere in the past, and she knows that all too well. But what happens when you not only fall hard for your soulmate but you find out things that will potentially mean disaster for your own time period. Do you break all the rules to investigate and risk everything? No matter where her body is, her heart continually returns to her one true love far in the past. Trisha’s love of history is evident in this book as she mixes the future with the distant past with a smoothness that only a true Historian could achieve. She never disappoints, and I can’t wait to see where she takes this series. With history behind us, the future open before us, and Leigh’s imagination to bridge the gap, we are in for a wild ride!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
I'm already hooked. This story takes place in the distant future where humans are living in space and can time travel. I actually liked the idea behind the Historians. I think we can learn so much from ourselves by seeing first hand the successes and failures of our past. It would be hard not to go back and change things though, and that is a big part of the dilemmas within this story. I love, love, love the characters. They are believable. Does the plot have some holes? Sure, but I think it'd be really hard not to with so much going on when they travel back and forth in time. So, while some things made me pause, it didn't really hurt the overall story. I'm pretty excited about this series. It's well worth the read. The ARC of Return Once More by Trisha Leigh was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Kaia Vespasian is a student in a futuristic time travel organization. On her seventeenth birthday, she will find out who her one true love is, out of all the people who have ever lived or ever will. Most people never meet their true love, but through time travel, Kaia can. But the rules of the organization forbid such interactions. As Kaia delves deeper into history, she finds rules in her society that do not add up and wonders if there is more going on with them than meets the eye. Return Once More by Trisha Leigh was captivating. It held my attention throughout, distracting me from more important things. Because it was a time travel story, it took place in two very opposite main settings, one hundreds of years into the future on a different planet, since Earth had been destroyed, the other in ancient Egypt in the first century BC. There was also an air of mystery as Kaia began investigating the actions of her mysterious classmate. The historical details of Return Once More were fascinating. I had never heard of Kaia’s true love, although he was the son of a two famous historical figures. That was perhaps because he died young, before he had a chance to make a name for himself. It was fascinating learning about him. His sense of duty and honor seemed very accurate to the worldview he would have lived in. When Kaia and her classmates time traveled, they experienced events that had pivotal effects on human history. Their goal was to study and discover the events that led their society to leaving earth in an attempt to keep from repeating them. Time travel sounds fun, but it was gratifying to see that the time travel described in this book had a purpose greater than exploring history for the fun of it. The romance was intriguing. Once I accepted the idea of two people perfect for each other in every possible way, it was easier to see their immediate attraction, trust, and understanding of each other as possible and beautiful. I held on to the hope that Kaia would find some way to keep her true love from dying tragically, changing the true history. The book did not end the way I expected. I cannot say much more without giving it away, but it was both happy and sad. I long to read the second book in the series. Overall, Return Once More was captivating, beautiful, and fascinating. I intend to read the rest of the series and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sci-fi or dystopian romance. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Bloomsbury Spark for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. receiving this book for free has not altered my opinion or review in any way. So, I'm a fan of time travel books. And I know it takes a lot to be able to write one, so much to think about. Which is why the blurb of this book totally and completely intrigued me. Not only was it time travel, which I often associate with the future (for some unknown reason) but it was time travel into the past. And when I say past, much of it takes place in ancient times, Ceaser times. And then the neatest thing about this book, it takes place in the future. And not our future, like Back to the future, but in a world after our world has been destroyed. We are talking YA Sci-fi time travel, what could be better? Kaia is an interesting character. She's a historian, and she is dedicated to ensuring the future of her world is different from what they've seen in the past. So she jumps back into different points in time to study what went wrong and is slated to use those experiences to make sure things go right for her and the future generations. She's always pretty much walked the straight and narrow. Rarely steering from the path that's been set before her. But Kaia seems to have an itch to delve into things she shouldn't. and doesn't seem to be afraid to step outside the box. And when she's faced with the possibility of meeting her true, the one true love she will ever have, she's determined to find out about him, even if he did live B.C.E. I really liked Kaia's curiosity. Even if it meant going against everything she had ever been taught, she is still willing to search for the truth. I will say her decisions at times were rash, and really not in her best interest. And it was way too easy for her to get away with the things she did, despite the fact that she kept saying people were trusted and not much oversight was given in her time. I found it hard to believe she would not be watched more than she was given the nature of what the elders were trying to do. There seem to be three potential loves in this book. Two of which Kaia really never takes a romantic interest in because she's completely drawn to her true. But I did spend much of the book waiting to see if Kaia would change her mind and see things in the other boys she never did before. Thankfully, the love triangle, or quadrangle, did not come to fruition or I might have been done with the book before it ended. I really enjoyed the secondary characters in this book. They truly complimented Kaia. The goody goody, the one who has found her true, and, of course, the male best friend who would love to be so much more. All the characters really shape who Kaia is and how she reacts to situations. I love the idea of Kaia's brother and who he may be in the future. We learn so little about him in this book, but what we do see is important and I can tell it will intensify the plot of future books in this series. The overall plot is really interesting though I could have done with less of the romance, to be honest. I understood the need for it, since it is why Kaia chooses to travel alone when she should not. But at the same time, I just didn't feel the pull I was supposed to feel. Sure, there was perhaps an attraction to her true, but the tug she kept telling me about just didn't feel true. I feel like I could have enjoyed the story more if there had been a slow burn. And Leigh does a nice job of w
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read this one because I really enjoyed the idea of knowing your true love, and the appeal of the forbidden romance aspect. I have no idea what I would do when faced with a choice of saving one man that is meant for me and the huge and unknown consequences that could come from altering the course of history. I mean without that aspect even the time travel would have appealed to me. The people from the future exploring the past in order to learn from it is intriguing. I liked Kaia, she likes her job, but she wants to do it differently. She is going back in the past to learn from the big events that shaped history. Kaia instead pays more attention to the love and hope rather than the tragic events. Even though she knows they are important, she also believes that those things are important. I wasn't sure how I would feel about the historical aspect, but it worked okay for me since it also had the futuristic aspect and it wasn't completely rooted in the ancient times to start with, it was back and forth exploring the past then back to Kaia's present (future to us though.) It explored her friendships and her family. I liked the twists in this one and there was always a lot to keep my attention. Kaia found out that her True was a man in ancient times, and she couldn't resist going to meet him. I loved their connections and interactions. It was cool how time didn't seem to matter to them, nor different cultural perspectives, just their connection and attraction. The theme of friendship was good in this one, and I liked that Kaia tried to protect her friends when she was doing something that she shouldn't. But I also liked how she did decide to ask for help eventually and let people in. Family is different on Genesis-- where they are living now. Kaia doesn't live with her parents, instead she and the other kids live in sort of boarding school aspect. They stay in dorms and the teachers and leaders of their schools help govern. But I do like that Kaia felt so close to her brother, even though he was an outlaw. The love didn't go away, and neither did the love and support with her parents even though its not a traditional family unit. Kaia realized that another student was also in the past, and she felt responsible to figure out what he was doing. She was just going back to get to know her True, but she was still breaking laws and regulations, and could effect the future. But the other student, the things he was messing with, besides seeing him chose to change the past in ways that could make a big difference. I liked how it ended, and I will definitely be continuing this series. It wrapped up certain plots, and then blew up some questions and I can't wait to see how the new will play out. Source: Bloomsbury via Netgalley Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free. Bottom Line: Great premise, and loved Kaia and the romance.
LiveLaughandLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
Okay, so I enjoyed this book. I generally stay away from time travel because they always fall short of what I expect. This one didn’t though! It was original and wonderfully written! Just the right amount of questions still need answered. But that will most likely come with the rest of the books in the series! Kaia was okay but she was a little dumb at times. She seemed to not understand the difference between right and wrong until the end, which disappointed me. She did overcome some stuff though and I did like her a little. Oz….he just confused me. There were times when he seemed like a completely different person. Despite all that, they were good characters to build a series with! The ending was unexpected and I can’t wait to read what’s next!! Overall, Return Once More is a great read! *I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
abcas100 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure at first whether I was going to like this book or not, but I liked it very much. I am not one of those people who believes in soul mates or love at first sight. I think you can be attracted to someone at first sight, but you have to really know someone in order to love them. I'm talking about romantic love here and not seeing your niece or nephew for the first time, or your son or daughter, and loving them instantly. Because that kind of love at first sight I definitely believe in. Soon after the beginning of the book, Kaia goes back in time to meet her true love. It was definitely a case of instalove, but I kept reading and I'm very glad that I did. It takes a little while, but soon things start heating up and nothing is what it seems. Strange things are going on in the Historian society and Kaia doesn't' know who she can trust. The book started out a little slow but once it picked up I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the characters and I think the author did a good job with her world development. I liked the little trips to the past and how descriptive the author was. I also liked the interaction between the main character, Kaia, and her friends. Kaia is a wonderful character. She starts out very immature and selfish and grows throughout the book into a more mature and selfless person. I liked her very much by the end of the book. Another character that I really liked was Oz. He and Kaia butt heads a little, but he is always there for her when she gets into trouble, which happens frequently. The relationship between Kaia and Oz makes me wonder about the whole "True Love" thing. There is definitely something going on between those two. There are only a few things that I didn't like about the book. Sometimes the author got a little too descriptive. In the beginning of the book when the author was setting the stage for the story, I got a little bored. I almost put it down, but I'm glad that I didn't. I had a hard time buying into the part of the story line where they could predict who your soul mate was. I don't think it is possible to predict who your soul mate is and I found the love story with Caesarion in Ancient Egypt a little sappy and cliche. But that story line was only a portion of what was going on in the book. I do think the trips into the past were necessary for Kaia's development. Over all, I really liked this book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery with a little sci-fi thrown in for good measure. I will definitely read the sequel, because there are so many unanswered questions and it will be interesting to see where the author takes the story line in the next book. I give this book four out of five stars.
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for time travel. Young adult time traveling romances? Yeah, that's like my trifecta right there, so I eagerly snatched up this gem from talented author, Trisha Leigh. I was sucked into her Cavey Files, and had high hopes for her take on the time travel genre. This is such a unique twist that it really stands apart from any other I've read. The book is set in the future, after Earth's destruction. Kaia is a Historian, someone who travels back through time to study historic events and learn so they can avoid making the mistakes that led to the demise of Earth. One of the side benefits of their futuristic science and technology is they've discovered they can identify everyone's soul mate. The one person who is your perfect romantic partner, regardless of when and where they were born, even if the soul mates were never destined to meet. It's mostly just something done for fun, but when Kaia learns of her soul mate, she breaks all the rules to meet him. Just to find out what it would feel like to see the boy who is her perfect match. The love-at-first-sight aspect of this plot point requires a little faith on the part of the reader, but it's not so over the top given that they're soul mates. I really only have two problems with the book that kept it from being a full five stars. The first is that it takes awhile to develop. I picked it up and put it down several times before I got to that point where I was thoroughly engrossed. The second is that it ends in a cliffhanger. I'm not a big fan of those, particularly when there is a long wait for the next book. Plot The plot is intricate and layered, with a lot going on. Since this is the first in a series, many questions are left unanswered, but everything does move forward. Some to conclusion, others not. And because of the cliffhanger ending, a huge question is raised in the very last sentence of the book. Other than a slow start, the plotting keeps up a steady pace through the middle until the end. Characters Kaia, her soul mate, and Oz, another historian, are well-developed and interesting. I got much less of a sense of the rest of the characters, though. But, because the plot centers on these three, it's important that they're fully fleshed out, and they are. I had a hard time connecting with Kaia in the beginning, but as the story unfolded, she becomes more likable and sympathetic and by the end, I was twisted up inside for her. Her choice is heartbreaking and I felt her pain and anguish as she struggled to find the right path. The Ending Aside from the cliffhanger aspect, the ending is gut-wrenching, emotional, and wraps up many of the plot lines, leaving more for the next book. Top Five Things I Enjoyed about Return Once More: 1. Time travel. I never get tired of this genre. 2. Oz. He's a tough egg to crack and I can't wait to find out more about him. 3. Scene setting. Trisha Leigh does an incredible job of painting such a vivid picture of the scenes, it's hard not to believe you're actually there.. 4. Forbidden love. In a unique twist on a common trope, this is one of the most well-done subplots in the book. 5. Impossible choices. Never knowing what was going to happen kept me turning the pages. Bottom Line Return Once More is an engaging time travel scifi romance with an intricate plot and intriguing characters. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher. This in no way influences my review.
AshleeT More than 1 year ago
This book took me about 20 pages to be drawn in, as most sci fi books do, just to adjust to the jargon and ability to open ones mind to outside possibilities. However, once I hit page 20, I was addicted! The book is not your typical sci-fi time traveling fantasy. The mix of romance, mystery, and historical events makes for an action packed adventure that makes you question how events and people can effect one another. This book will have you curious, anxious, euphoric, sad, and filled with hope. You will question yourself, and how your actions, and those of the people you trust most, will affect the future of those you love.
Shannon_Miz More than 1 year ago
So time travel books, in my experience, have usually gone two ways: Lots of rules, science and techno-speak that I didn't understand; or none of that and a huge lack of answers to the basic questions of how time travel is even possible. This book? Neither. Stunningly, happily, remarkably neither. It was some magical happy medium, where I understood what was happening and there was legitimate technology to back it up. Anyway, let's move along. Kaia is living on a planet that is not Earth, because basically everyone has made a hot mess of Earth and Kaia has learned all the stories about her ancestors who, several generations ago, fled the planet. They now have a new system and do everything they can to ensure that the same mistakes that brought Earth to its demise don't happen again. One way they do this is via the Historians, who basically travel back to record specific events so that whatever happened during these life-altering times do not repeat. And since science has evolved a ton, not only can people travel back in time, but there is some kind of scientific analysis that allows people to find out who their "true" match is. Incidentally, this was the one part of the story I found a bit beyond the realm of believability, but it really only stuck with me briefly- it didn't impact my overall enjoyment of the story. And of course, since Kaia is 17, she doesn't always make the logical choice. Maybe that's a good thing, maybe it isn't, but she just had to meet her True. Only... he's from ancient Egypt. Clearly, this takes forbidden romance to a new level. But while Kaia has a lot of romance concerns, there is something amiss at the school. So basically, here's what we have: History, and lots of different parts of it, which I adore. From ancient Rome to the twentieth century, Kaia takes us all over history, and it is so amazing (and quite well researched, especially the specific events in question). There's also a lot of discussion about the age-old questions of the ramifications of changing history. How far would you have to go (or how little would it it take) to change it? Fabulous, complex characters. Kaia, I adored. She's smart, but she's feisty, and she isn't a superfan of the rules. She has a tendency to want to see all the things, even when an assignment demands her to pay attention to one specific event. It isn't that Kaia is rebellious, she's just curious. And a teenager, who sometimes makes some impulsive choices without thinking out the consequences. She has two fabulous best friends, Analeigh who is level-headed and the general voice of reason, and Sarah who has shockingly found her True right in their very school. Oz, Sarah's True, is an enigma throughout the book, and intrigued me to no end. Kaia's brother Jonah is a fugitive, running from planet to planet evading secrets that Kaia has yet to uncover. And her True... well, I love her True. FEELS. I had lots of feels. Lots. From the horrific nature of some of the places in history they'd gone to, to shock at some of the revelations, to happiness and laughter, to absolutely inconsolable sobbing, I had every emotion possible. And that, for me, is the surest sign that a book is quality. Bottom Line: Can I have the second book yet? Because the ending was intense, and I need to know so, so many more things. This world is very clearly just beginning, but there was absolutely nothing lacking in this first book of the series. Return Once More is unequivocally my favorite ti