Book 89 of 2015: Time Thief by Katie MacAlister


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.

Time Thief isn’t the first Katie MacAlister book I’ve read. I liked her Aisling Grey series, but for the most part I find her books to be a hit or miss. Sometimes the writing doesn’t make the stories believable. Personally, I felt this was the way with Time Thief.

The writing was easy to get into. With the first person and third person narrative switch off, I actually wasn’t confused at all. The only thing I didn’t care of in narrative terms was the narrator in the audio book. But, that was a personal thing. I still don’t think it would have changed much in the story department.

For one, we aren’t given much in the history of the characters. We learn, and are constantly reminded, that Kiya is a foster child and that her foster mother is a psychologist. We also hear time and time again about Kiya’s Id, Superego, and ego. No offense, but there’s a fine line of verbal diaherria and outright insanity. I am on that line and it feels as if Kiya not only straddles it, but leans towards the insanity all the time.

That and the insta-love made the story feel out of place at times. I did like some of the dialogue and banter between the characters. However, the supposedly hardworking hero was more distracted than productive in his investigation. Not sure how real that would be, but though it did bring humor in some places, it also lessened the story for me.

All in all, it was definitely not my favorite from Katie MacAlister. That said, I do like some of her work and her worlds do have an interesting twist. I would pick up another book from her. Like I said before, she’s a hit and miss for me. Perhaps the next one will be a hit.

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