by Danielle Rollins
Series: Dark Stars #1
Published by HarperTeen Release date : February 5th, 2019
Genres: Time Travel, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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Seattle, 1913 // Dorothy is trapped. Forced into an engagement to a wealthy man just so she and her mother can live comfortably for the rest of their days, she’ll do anything to escape. Including sneaking away from her wedding and bolting into the woods to disappear.
New Seattle, 2077 // Ash is on a mission. Rescue the professor—his mentor who figured out the secret to time travel—so together they can put things right in their devastated city. But searching for one man means endless jumps through time with no guarantee of success.
When Dorothy collides with Ash, she sees it as her chance to start fresh—she’ll stow away in his plane and begin a new life wherever they land. Then she wakes up in a future that’s been ripped apart by earthquakes and floods; where vicious gangs rule the submerged city streets and a small group of intrepid travelers from across time are fighting against the odds to return things to normal. What Dorothy doesn’t know is that she could hold the key to unraveling the past—and her arrival may spell Ash’s ultimate destruction.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
From a personal standpoint, I have a love/hate (more love) relationship with Time Travel. They need to be complex enough and not SIMPLE, because hello, TIME TRAVEL. Yet, I’m not a genius and sometimes they can be too complex; leaving me WAY behind and in the dust and confused.
I’m happy to say, Stolen Time is on the like spectrum. A little in-between.
Told in alternating POVs from Dorthy and Ash – with added journal entries from the professor – we get a fast-paced, twisty story of adventure. It’s a whirlwind, never slowing down from the first page. Which, I enjoyed quite a lot.
I liked how all the characters worked so well together. Each one was from a different time, and their personalities are well written. I understood the inner conflict with both Dorothy, Ash, and all the secondary characters as well. The romance is on the lighter side, which, considering the end (more below) was kind of surprising. I did feel a few too many had a hero complex, which isn’t that big a deal; just a personal irk.
The main gripe I must point out was the ending. I don’t see the motive? I had it pretty much figured out, but I assumed the reasoning would have been more solid. Still, well-done twist!
Stolen Time, was a well-crafted blend of complex, fascinating and just cool Time Travel concepts. Added with likable characters to root for, makes this one an entertaining read!
Related: You may also like Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
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- Have you read Stolen Time? If so, what did you think?
- Share some of your favorite Time Travel novels in the comments! I love recs.
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