Title: Time Thief
Author: Katie MacAlister
Genre: Paranormal/Sci-Fi Romance
Series: Traveller (Book 1)
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 0451417429 (Signet/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0451417428 (Signet/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Candy
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE DARK ONES NOVELS!
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.
Quick & Dirty: If you enjoy a good murder mystery mixed with familial betrayal, the otherworld and a romance, then this is a book for you. Peter Faa has to figure out which member of his family is a murderer and protect the woman he has come to love.
Opening Sentence: “You know that saying about lightning never striking twice in the same place?”
This story is about Peter Faa who is a member of the Watch, which is the cops for all things not mortal. He hunts down magical beings that commit crimes. His newest case involves catching a murderer who happens to be a part of his own estranged family. His family is a group of travellers. This means they can take time from someone and add it to their own time. When they do this they must give that person some money to replace the time they have stolen. This is also a story of Kiya Mortenson, who is about to find out a lot about herself that she never knew. She gets involved with Peter’s family when she is hired to watch five adorable pugs belonging to Peter’s grandma. At first Peter believes she is involved somehow, but as he gets to know her and realizes someone in his family is stealing her time he starts to have feelings for Kiya and her for him. Can they solve who is murdering mortals for their time and find love in the process? Read Time Thief to find out.
I loved the main characters Peter and Kiya. When they first meet they do not understand each other and always seem annoyed around each other, but there is already some sexual tension between them. Peter is a tall, dark and handsome man with violet eyes. Unfortunately, he is a bit grumpy and does not like to let anyone in. His family disowned him as a child and it has effected how he reacts to others around him. Then we have Kiya who is his the total opposite. They do not really describe her physically, but we learn a lot about her personality. She is always so happy and bubbly. Also, she is friendly and talkative to everyone she meets. She is very in tune with her inner self and has conversations with her id, ego and superego because of her psychologist foster mom. She has been struck by lightning twice with nothing more than a lightning flower left. (This is actually an interesting occurrence and you can see what a lightning flower is online). The relationship between Peter and Kiya does happen really quickly but nothing seemed forced about it. Peter was the typical alpha male wanting to protect his woman and Kiya is the typical modern woman who gets annoyed at him when he acts like he can dictate to her. Their relationship will have you laughing and saying how sweet all at the same time.
Some other important characters include Peter’s entire family, especially his grandmother, Lenore. She is an older woman who absolutely loves her five pugs. She may be an older woman but she rules her family with an iron will. Unfortunately, she shuns Peter because he is not fully a part of their family. The whole family hates outsiders. Anyone who is not a traveller is mahrime, which means unclean. Those who are mahrime are not travellers or are half breeds such as Peter. Because of this everyone except Lenore and her one grandson Gregory treat Kiya with disrespect when she comes to work for Lenore and the pugs. Gregory is a nice guy who helps Kiya gets the job with his grandma. He is many girls’ dream guy. He is a tall, blond surfer looking guy. Then there is William and his son Andrew who are the worst about treating Kiya badly. Unfortunately, anyone of these family members could be a murderer. I have to mention the pugs. Without them this story would have been lacking. They all have a personality of their own, especially Terrance who has a tendency to want to mate with everything he comes across. Next there is Sunil, a 17 year old Indian ball of light. He is what is called an animus, which is a spirit of someone who has died and attached itself to someone. Sunil is attached to Peter. To find out why he is attached to Peter you will have to read the book. Sunil is the happiest dead person I have ever read about. Everything makes him happy. Whenever he travels somewhere with Peter he wants to stop at all the tourist attractions because he said the government would not put up signs if they did not want you to see the sites. He also likes to help Peter with his crime solving. Kiya is shocked the first time she meets Sunil but they become fast friends. Lastly, there is Peter’s boss, Dalton, a man Kiya meets in the beginning at the hospital after she gets hit by lightning. The poor man is seriously allergic to sagebrush. Dalton has a secret though and starts acting weird. What could be going on with him?
I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept me on the end of my seat through the whole book. I could not wait to find out who the murderer was and see what would happen to Peter and Kiya. I also liked that at the end of the book MacAlister explains the history of the travellers. Also, she gives you a glossary to explain the otherworld words used in the story which was very helpful. I recommend this book to mystery lovers and romance lovers alike. This is a great story for all adults looking for a good paranormal story.
I shook my head at that bizarre thought, but before I could ask my inner self- ego, id, and superego- what was up with the odd thought processes, the world seemed to shimmer and shake and spin, making me blind for about three seconds.
When my vision returned I was stunned to find myself in the middle of washing a cup, the very same cup I’d been drinking out of a few minutes before. Even worse, I was speaking familiar words. “I can’t believe in this day and age people have that sort of prejudice against gypsies.”
1. Time Thief (May 7, 2013)
2. The Art of Stealing Time (September 3, 2013)
FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of Time Thief. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.