Time Thief is the first book in the Time Thief series by Katie MacAlister. This paranormal romance novel was published in 2013 by Signet.
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.
This review was originally written for our old blog Books That Hook. I’m updating and expanding on some of my points for this new blog.
Jen’s Review of TIME THIEF
Wow, talk about colorful characters! Katie MacAlister did a great job of creating fascinating and entertaining people for Time Thief. The main character Kiya is a jabber-box who is annoying most of the time, but she’s certainly not boring. Her constant banter to her car named Eloise hit a nerve with me (since I hate it when book characters name inanimate objects) but I was willing to overlook it because, to be honest, I think Kiya had a few screws loose. Kiya was just too annoying and dense at times.
I really liked Peter. He was awkward, yet sexy. He was a contraction of old and new. He was old in his language and behavior, but new in his thinking about how the Travellers should break traditions.
Sunil was a great character, too. An animus bound to Peter, Sunil had a bubbly personality that added a little comic relief.
The relationship between Kiya and Peter seemed unlikely at first because they were so opposite in terms of personality. She was a grown-up kid. He was Mr. Serious. However, the author made it work.
The settings are described enough to where I could picture where they were.
I also liked how the author included a glossary and encyclopedia at the end of the book.
The reason I took off a star was partly because the book alternated between third and first person. There seemed no purpose for doing this, and it was distracting.
Do I Recommend?
I would definitely recommend this book to paranormal romance readers, especially if they want something different from vampire or werewolf stories. I liked the idea of people who could steal time. I also liked that it was a big deal that had consequences if they went too far into the past.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars (B)