The Urban Book Thief Review
Silly, sassy and salacious – Katie MacAlister of the Aisling Grey and Light Dragons fame gets up to her usual tricks in this comical paranormal romance. Though not quite as frivolous as Shelly Laurenston and her Pride shifter crew, this book is definitely a strong contender for the silliest paranormal romance book. Ever.
To lay down a little background, this is a new series set in a world of immortal Travellers: people who can channel lightening, steal time and also move through it if they so wish. And just like they say in Once Upon a Time – all magic comes with a price! (on a side note, I am pretty much done with this TV series, come on rich TV execs – give Hook more airtime goddammit!). I digress… where was I? Oh yes – Silver is the price Travellers must pay for stealing time from another person or they will have to pay in some personal gruesome way. Death being the worst price (obviously).
This book focuses on the Faa family who are mistaken a lot for being gypsies (they live in RVs – so I guess maybe that’s the closest thing to being a gypsy in the States??). They don’t take too kindly to strangers and despise non-Travellers or worse – half-breed Travellers. Everyone other than their own kind is considered ‘unclean’ so don’t make any dinner plans with one unless you have a large scrubbing brush handy and bring your own toilet seat – no, I am not making this crap up.
Kiya is a tongue-in-cheek minx with a penchant for the absurd. With a predilection for shouting ‘holy jebus’ when in polite company, Kiya is a mouthy lass who just cannot seem to help herself when it comes to getting into trouble. When we first meet her she is pretty down on her luck. Luckily for her, Kiya’s VW Beetle is on its last legs (with the only entrance and exit being the rear window), without this worthless old heap a junk, this story would never have happened…
Peter ground his teeth at me. Visibly.
“Move,” he ordered, putting the gun in a holster under his armpit.
“You forgot to put the safety back on,” I pointed out as he struggled to open the passenger door. “And sorry, but you have to go out the window. The door is welded shut.”
He snarled something very rude that I thought it best to ignore, put the safety switch back on his gun, and then crawled out of the window.
Kiya has zero money and is stuck in some small boring town in the middle of bum-fuck nowhere. But things soon hotten up for her after she is recused by a mysterious handsome stranger called Gregory Faa. He offers her a temporary job babysitting his grandmother’s pug dogs for some extra cash. So this firecracker red head bunks down in a borrowed tent so that she can earn enough to get her sweet self back home.
Not long after, Kiya runs across Peter Faa who works for the Watch – some kind of supernatural detective agency. He’s a half-breed Traveller who was rejected by his family as a child. An old fashioned fella, he’s blunt, horny as hell for Kiya and not quite of this century. He clings to somewhat of an archaic concept of courtship rituals, marriage being one them – which provides quite a few of the laughs in this book. Strangely though, we don’t find out how old Peter is until 73% of the way in!?! Weird, as that would be the first thing I would ask an immortal person – or is that just me?
Peter is in the area because of his dastardly evil child rejecting family. He thinks that one of them is responsible for killing a number of humans from the nearby town. His investigation lead him straight into Kiya’s sweet lovely lady hands and the rest, they say, is history.
To be blunt, I was expecting something different, something… more. Doctor Who this ‘aint. The premise of this new series is a little different to that of the author’s previous works. So I kinda thought that MacAlister might be taking a different direction with her writing – less humour, more urban fantasy. A story that tests the characters in it. But sadly, I was wrong. That’s not to say Time Thief is not a good book – it is! Just… I wanted… more. It’s become apparent to me that this author can only write one type of book, the slapstick paranormal romance. Or maybe she is stuck in some kind of karmic book rut, or even maybe (probably), this tried and tested formula brings in the $ so why bother messin’ with a good thing? For me though, the combination of an incomplete ‘world’, standard character ‘craziness’ and repetitive jokes (yawn) means that this will probably be the last Katie MacAlister I will read in a long while – maybe ever.
The Urban Book Thief has awarded Time Thief a kiss factor rating of three – save this one for the beach peoples.
Genre Paranormal Romance Published 7 May 2013 Publisher Signet Series Time Thief book one
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…