Author: Alexandra Monir
Series: Timeless #2
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Michele then finds her father’s journals, which tell stories of his time-traveling past. As she digs deeper, she learns about his entanglement with a mysterious and powerful organization called the Time Society and his dealings with a vengeful Windsor ancestor. Michele soon finds herself at the center of a rift over 120 years in the making, one whose resolution will have life-or-death consequences.
Alexandra Monir’s Timekeeper combines breathtaking romance with a tale of complex magic in a sequel that will have every reader believing in the transcendent power of love.
First Sentence: Walter and Dorothy Windsor lingered over their afternoon tea, peacefully unaware that the one they feared had stolen through the gates to their home.
After reading Timekeeper, the only statement constantly running through my mind is: Alexandra Monir should have stopped with the first book. That, at least, wouldn’t have made me wonder why Timekeeper has a similar cover, font style, font size, and names as Timeless, but is so far apart from Timeless in so many ways that it could have been written by a different author altogether. While Timeless kept me breathless and entranced with the story, Timekeeper kept me bored. To think I was angry that the publishers delayed Timekeeper‘s release date by three weeks (December 2012 to January 2013). All that anger wasted for nothing.
I was expecting Timekeeper to be utterly heartbreaking after Michele discovers that Phillip doesn’t remember her from all their time together. I was also highly anticipating how she’ll make him remember her. I was expecting Timekeeper to tug on my heartstrings and maybe, just maybe, make me cry. I didn’t get any of that.
What I got instead was utter boredom. Unlike Timeless, absolutely nothing in Timekeeper interested me, except for that one paragraph where it described the love between Michele’s parents (Marion and Irving). That paragraph was utterly breathtaking and sweet.
I didn’t connect with any of the characters in Timekeeper. I was just following through Michele’s actions, but never really felt what she was going through. I also didn’t feel the same chemistry I felt between Michele and Phillip in Timeless. Their relationship just felt forced, sloppy, and slow.
Rebecca, the villain, is also a one-dimensional character. When you ask me to describe her, the only word I can come up with to describe her is “evil.” She’s evil, plain and simple, no shades of gray to describe her, just either black or white. The other new characters introduced in Timekeeper is also simply black or white too, either good or evil, no in between.
While I was reading Timekeeper, I was also wondering if I somehow got my hands on an ARC instead and mistaken it for the real, finished, final edition. I easily spotted two grammatical errors that could have been easily spotted and fixed and who knows how many other errors there are?
Overall, fans of Timeless, don’t read Timekeeper. It will just ruin your whole image of the series, trust me. For people who didn’t read the Timeless series at all, read Timeless. It’s totally worth your time, but I personally recommend you to skip the sequel. If the Timeless series is made into a trilogy, I doubt I’ll be reading the last and final book. Thank goodness I didn’t buy Timekeeper.