After a long dry spell of no reading- gasp what is wrong with me- I decided it was time to get back to ‘work’. Sadly my first book wasn’t a hit. Time Thief by Katie MacAlister sounded interesting enough. I find the concept of jumping through time fascinating and was really excited to see how that works in MacAlister’s world. But I only managed 15%, according to my Kindle, before I couldn’t go any further *sad face*.
Outcast due to their ability to manipulate time, shunned by the mortal and immortal worlds alike, a Traveller’s life is
anything but easy.
Peter Faa is a member of the Watch tracking down a murderer, and unfortunately, all clues seem to point toward his own estranged family of Travellers. Any of his cousins could be guilty, but which one? They’re all experts in the art of stealing time…
After surviving a lightning strike, Kiya Mortenson is determined to get just one thing in her life right. And if that means taking a job as nanny to five pugs on a campsite in the Oregon wilderness, then so be it. It doesn’t hurt that the job comes with some spectacular male eye candy, including her new boss’s gorgeous grandson. If only she didn’t keep having this strange sense of deja vu…
When Peter discovers his own family is stealing time from Kiya, all bets are off. While she may drive him crazy at times, it’s clear that it’s not just lightning that’s creating some serious sparks between them. And he’s not going to let secrets, lies, or a devious murderer keep Kiya from where she belongs: at his side
First, there is a bunch of random dialogue, which gives the book and the character, Kiya, a rather quirky feel. I like quirky, but I don’t like total randomness that makes no sense or has no purpose. Some is ok, but there was far too much for my taste. The few conversations I read through told me nothing about the story, and only a smidgen about the characters themselves. Peter Faa himself has barely been in the spotlight so I can’t tell you anything about him other than he’s cute and courteous. I know that the rest of the Faa family consist of really rude men and odd women, and every Faa talks weird. As if English isn’t their first language or they are from another time era/planet. I hope that has something to do with the whole time stealing aspect the synopsis mentions, but I didn’t see an explanation to make it easier to ‘listen’ to them. What I know about Kiya is she’s a talker who is a bit spacey. I liked her in that regard, I’m like that myself so I can totally relate. However, I enjoyed the story that I had read far more than the dialogue or the characters, but that’s not saying much.
I know 15% is barely a glimpse, but I didn’t read anything that connected to the synopsis other than names and Kiya taking on puppy sitting. I would think there would be some kind of hint of what the novel is about at that point. But nothing exciting had happened yet, or even hinted at happening so there was nothing to draw me in to the story.
I tried to give Time Thief a chance, but I just couldn’t get into it. There wasn’t enough happening nor did the characters pop off the page enough to grab my attention. And the writing, though not the worst I’ve ever read, wasn’t good enough to make up for the rest. I had high hopes, but alas, this novel isn’t for me.
Published: May 7, 2013
Series: Time Thief #1
Source: Received for review (NG)