RELEASE DATE: February 14, 2017
AUTHOR: Jacinta Maree
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk.
PUBLISHER: Ragnarok Publications
I have a clock for a heart…
And the man who put it there tried to take it out.
Time Collectors are modern day genies capable of exchanging wishes for time. Elizabeth Wicker lives within a steampunk world riddled with the supernatural. Among the stories of witches, Bacts and other monsters, Time Collectors remain as the greatest hushed secret among the noble families.
They are temptation’s greatest tools. A contract with a Time Collector is a guaranteed death sentence, and for some the prize isn’t worth the price.
But when Elizabeth is struck down by a fatal heart attack, she finds herself trapped beneath a Time Collector’s blade. With no time left to offer, she makes a desperate sacrifice at a second chance of life.
If there’s only one truth, it is a Time Collector will always come back to collect.
* Ecopy received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *
Before going to the review, first of all I would like to thank the publisher for providing me an ecopy of this book. I was waiting for this book to come out since I first found out about it. I loved Jacinta Maree’s Immortal Gene series and when I saw this book on Netgalley, I was pretty much excited and without waiting a sec I clicked on that request button. As expected, this book turned out to be pretty interesting to read. The cover art of this book looks stunning just like her other books. I loved the unique concept of time collectors and I’ve never read books with this concept before so it’s also kinda refreshing to read. The only thing I was little bit disappointed with this book is that it doesn’t have much steampunk elements in it. Nevertheless, I immensely enjoyed the book.
The story follows seventeen year old Elizabeth wicker who’s attending an academy of underprivileged ladies that had saved her from the streets and brothels. With her eighteenth birthday approaching in a week, school rules states that she’s going to be sold like a property to a rich noble household as a personal maid, servant etc. Elizabeth doesn’t want to get sold to her personal tormentor Arthur who belongs to a powerful noble house that no one dares to go against. When her mother gets killed by a mysterious stranger, Elizabeth’s whole world turns upside down. With no choice left, she turns to the only person who can help her. Later Elizabeth learns about the time collectors, a modern wish granting genies who takes the time of a person as a payment for every wish. Elizabeth never thought that she would get under a time collector’s blade but when she dies of a fatal heart attack, she gets revived with the help of a wish and now she has a clocking heart inside her but sadly, the guy who put it there wants to take it out so she makes a biggest sacrifice to have another chance in life.
Elizabeth is pretty likable character that seemed very realistic. She’s a strong character with brave and headstrong personality who won’t give up without a fight. She doesn’t possess any amazing fighting skills but she’s willing to fight against the supernatural to save her loved ones and despite quaking with fear inside, she always shows a brave front which is a pretty admirable quality. Klaus is both mysterious and intriguing guy. His character intrigued me from the very start and I don’t even know how to describe this guy because he is neither good nor bad. The romance isn’t a central focus of this book but there is a glimpse of attraction between Elizabeth and Klaus. Unfortunately, certain events turns their relationship pretty much complicated so I really can’t wait to know how their relationship develops further in the next book. I’m also intrigued by the corrupt time collector also the villain of this book. He is a complex character just like Klaus and I’d love to know more about him. This book also has some interesting secondary characters that’ll appear in the second half and they really are a great addition to the plot.
The plot is captivating and engaging through out. From the first page, I was hooked to the story and it was hard to put it down even for a sec. It’s a fast paced read and the story has never left me bored. There are some interesting twists in the second half which made the story even more exciting to read. I’m not really fan of books written in third person perspective but surprisingly It didn’t bothered me in this book. I loved the writing style, it was smooth and compelling through out. The world the author created is simply amazing. The story is set in a steampunk world which is perfectly blended with the supernatural world. We have time collectors, supernatural creatures like witches, bacts, gargoyles and many more. I truly can’t wait to explore more of this world.
Overall, it was a great read! Despite few minor flaws, I’m glad it didn’t disappoint me. The story concluded with a minor cliffhanger that left me wanting for more and I really hope the author releases its sequel as soon as possible.
I highly recommend this to all the YA fantasy readers who are looking for a unique story with intriguing concept, interesting characters and amazing world building.
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