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TIMEKEEPER by Alexandra Monir


by Alexandra Monir

Age Range: 12 - 18

Pub Date: Jan. 8th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-385-73840-8
Publisher: Delacorte

This sequel to Timeless (2011) delivers plenty of romance with even more time-traveling excitement.

In the first book, 16-year-old Michele traveled back to 1910, where she met Philip and fell in love. Fate separated them. However, Michele is the daughter of time traveler Irving from 1888, who traveled to 1991 and fell in love with Michele’s mother. As a result, Michele is dangerously “time crossed.” Enter evil Rebecca, who loved Irving and hates Michele. Rebecca has stolen a time-travel key and gone rogue, intending to kill Michele. Meanwhile, Philip has returned to 2010 as an 18-year old, but he doesn’t remember forever-heartthrob Michele. A quick trip back into time reveals a clue to jar the new Philip’s memory. More bopping through time will occur as Philip figures out who he really is and Michele struggles to defeat Rebecca with the help of a modern-day medium and others from different times. If all this seems a bit complicated, readers who like romance can enjoy the novel without figuring it all out. Monir avoids the sentence-fragment writing conventions of many romances, yet she doesn’t shy away from conventionally clichéd romantic dialogue. As a nice plus, the author seems entranced with the architecture of New York, and her descriptions of spectacular buildings enhance the story.

A pleasant if rather silly diversion. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)