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Are You the (Time)keeper? I Am the Keymaster!

A review of Timekeeper (Timeless #2) by Alexandra Monir, a runaway train of a book.

Are You the (Time)keeper? I Am the Keymaster!

BOOK REPORT for Timekeeper by Alexandra Monir

Cover Story: Yikes.
BFF Charm: Still Maybe
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Slow Down, I Want to Get Off
Bonus Factor: Reincarnation
Relationship Status: That Guy I Went on One Date With in College

Cover Story: Yikes.

Just … yikes. The cover model still looks slightly drugged, and the smoke and star effects make the cover look like a bad Deviant Art desktop wallpaper (read: as bad as my attempts at desktop wallpaper for the FYA calendar last year -- and that's saying something). Also, what happened to Michele's clothes? AFIK, the time travel in the book isn't Time Traveler's Wife-style, where she can't take her clothes with her.

The Deal:

Psst … this review contains spoilers for Timeless.

Right after her One True Love, Philip Walker, walks into her class -- 10 years after his death at age 90-something -- in his teenage body at the end of the previous book, Michele Windsor faints dead away. TOTALLY EMBARRASSING. Also embarrassing? Philip doesn't remember who Michele is, so that "OMG, you're back, you totally love me!" convo didn't exactly go as planned. Even worse? Michele ALSO has a crazy ancestor who wants to kill her out of revenge, and Michele only has seven days to figure out how to defeat the evil Rebecca.

BFF Charm: Still Maybe

The pacing of this book is so insane, I just don't feel like I got to know anything about Michele except she likes to write songs and she's in wuv, twoo wuv with Philip. She seems pretty cool, with her interest in the past and her disinterest in being part of New York's old money set, but I'm still not sold.

Swoonworthy Scale: 3

I think Monir had the right idea for building swoony tension, giving her boy some quasi-amnesia and a bit of mystery (who is he, really?), but it all got resolved too quickly to really build up.

Talky Talk: Slow Down, I Want to Get Off

My main problem with the book, in case it's not obvious already, is the pacing. It's breakneck, and not in a way that left me breathless and on the edge of my seat, but in a way that ends up being unfulfilling and reeking of infodump. The phrasing and style is decent, the plot is compelling, and the love story has potential, but it just all goes too damn FAST that it simply skims the surface and gets confusing (particularly the possibilities of time travel and the details of the Time Society, a group that regulates time travel).

Bonus Factor: Reincarnation

I'm not on much of a paranormal kick right now, but I did love how Monir tossed reincarnation on the pile along with time travel. There's a great Professor Trelawney-esque medium, too.

Casting Call:

I already cast the principals in my review of the previous book, but I'll take a crack at Rebecca:

Megan Fox as Rebecca

Relationship Status: That Guy I Went on One Date With in College

I had a nice but forgettable time with this book, and we parted amicably but with no plans for a second date or anything further -- I didn't even kiss it goodnight. Years later, when it friended me on Facebook, I was mildly pleased for it when I saw it was married to a nice girl and had a couple of cute kids, but don't feel like it could be the one who got away.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received my review copy from Random House/Delacorte Books, via Authors on the Web.  I received neither money nor cocktails for writing this review (dammit!). Timekeeper will be available January 8.

Meghan Miller's photo About the Author: Meghan is an erstwhile librarian in exile from Texas and writer for Forever Young Adult. She loves books, cooking and homey things like knitting and vintage cocktails. Although she’s around books all the time, she doesn’t get to read as much as she’d like.