Review: Time Thief by Katie MacAlister

Posted May 9, 2013 by Gikany-Una in 3 stars, Paranormal Romance, Rating B Tags: , , , ,

Time Thief
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Signet
Traveller #1
Time Thief #1
ISBN: #978-0451417428
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
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.
What G & U are talking about:
Time Thief is the debut novel in the new Traveller series.  Overall, Gikany and Una enjoyed this campy paranormal romance with some detective drama on the side.
Maybe it is the similarities that Una has to the heroine, Kiya, but the light-hearted and rambling dialogue did not frustrate us during our read.  It is actually quite comical to see our heroes, Peter and Kiya, go completely off topic bantering while in pressing danger.  It reminds us of those silly slap-stick comedies we loved as we were growing up.  The characters are in many ways stereotypical and occasionally lacking depth… but oddly it adds to the story rather than detracts.  We feel it is because there are the one dimensional “bad” or “evil” characters, the one dimensional “good” characters and then there is a group of one dimensional characters that could be good or could be bad – we just aren’t sure.  With this variety, it allows the reader to suspend reality and just enjoy the story.
The world that Time Thief takes place in is an interesting one.  We found the idea of the Traveller intriguing along with the usual cast of “otherworldlies”.  The mythology is not terribly complex but it is fascinating in regards to Travellers – we are quite ignorant on the subject.  The existence of the Watch and their role in this alternate world is not surprising.  However, how they work is a little strange.  Also, Gikany and Una have to question the training program their agents endure since there were moments we had to question Peter’s powers of observation and his ability to connect the dots.  Yet again, these little “elements” add to the relaxed and light-hearted feel of the novel.  We would say it is akin to situational comedies like Friends, Three’s Company, Frasier, etc.
Although the mystery in Time Thief was very easy to figure out, we doubt anyone would have imagined the convoluted way our heroes finally figure it all out and save the day.  Suffice to say, it is pretty funny as they all bumble around with the clues being fairly obvious.  But the mystery is not the focal point.  The crazy romance between Peter and Kiya is the main driving force.  Gikany and Una had a difficult time in classifying this new series.  We are unsure of what the next book holds, but we were torn between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.  Due to our statement above, we feel this is a paranormal romance series and should be delightful to anyone looking for an irreverent, paranormal detective romp.  
Time Thief is a quick and fun read for anyone looking for light literature – something to while away an afternoon or evening.  We would also recommend it as a break between the more gritty urban fantasies.  Gikany and Una found this series to be a bit refreshing and look forward to the next novel in the Traveller series.
Their Rating:
Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)

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