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Experts in the art of stealing time, Travellers live on the edge of both mortal and immortal realms. But a few fight their outlaw instincts… Gwenhwyfar Byron Owens learned everything she knows about potions and spells from her two Wiccan moms, who are forbidden by Otherworld laws from teaching magic to mortals. But when their latest transgression results in the kidnapping o Experts in the art of stealing time, Travellers live on the edge of both mortal and immortal realms. But a few fight their outlaw instincts… Gwenhwyfar Byron Owens learned everything she knows about potions and spells from her two Wiccan moms, who are forbidden by Otherworld laws from teaching magic to mortals. But when their latest transgression results in the kidnapping of a mortal woman, Gwen figures the only place to hide them all is in Anwyn, the Welsh afterlife… But Gregory Faa—a member of the Watch—is hot on their heels. A Traveller who has stolen time, he’s eager to prove himself worthy of the Watch, only he has a past with the dark-eyed Welsh beauty he’s been charged with bringing to justice. He’s tempted to just let Gwen disappear into Anwyn, until he realizes that she’s being pursued by a squad of goons and death’s minions. Gwen is used to taking care of her moms and herself, so she can’t give in to her heart’s demand to trust Gregory, despite the fact that he’s as handsome as the day is long—and the days in Anwyn can last centuries…


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Experts in the art of stealing time, Travellers live on the edge of both mortal and immortal realms. But a few fight their outlaw instincts… Gwenhwyfar Byron Owens learned everything she knows about potions and spells from her two Wiccan moms, who are forbidden by Otherworld laws from teaching magic to mortals. But when their latest transgression results in the kidnapping o Experts in the art of stealing time, Travellers live on the edge of both mortal and immortal realms. But a few fight their outlaw instincts… Gwenhwyfar Byron Owens learned everything she knows about potions and spells from her two Wiccan moms, who are forbidden by Otherworld laws from teaching magic to mortals. But when their latest transgression results in the kidnapping of a mortal woman, Gwen figures the only place to hide them all is in Anwyn, the Welsh afterlife… But Gregory Faa—a member of the Watch—is hot on their heels. A Traveller who has stolen time, he’s eager to prove himself worthy of the Watch, only he has a past with the dark-eyed Welsh beauty he’s been charged with bringing to justice. He’s tempted to just let Gwen disappear into Anwyn, until he realizes that she’s being pursued by a squad of goons and death’s minions. Gwen is used to taking care of her moms and herself, so she can’t give in to her heart’s demand to trust Gregory, despite the fact that he’s as handsome as the day is long—and the days in Anwyn can last centuries…

30 review for The Art of Stealing Time

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dark Faerie Tales

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: A fun, lighthearted romp that, while a little light on plot, is still extremely entertaining and funny. Opening Sentence: “Ticket, yes.” The Review: Gwen has always had to watch out for her mothers, two very well-meaning, but often misdirected witches. She’s usually able to keep them out of trouble, but this time, they’ve gone too far by kidnapping (in their words, liberating) a woman from her nursing home. On the run from the police, Gwen decides Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: A fun, lighthearted romp that, while a little light on plot, is still extremely entertaining and funny. Opening Sentence: “Ticket, yes.” The Review: Gwen has always had to watch out for her mothers, two very well-meaning, but often misdirected witches. She’s usually able to keep them out of trouble, but this time, they’ve gone too far by kidnapping (in their words, liberating) a woman from her nursing home. On the run from the police, Gwen decides they should escape to Anwyn, one of the realms paranormals can choose to go to when they die, until this whole thing can blow over. Gregory, a Traveller and member of The Watch, has an obsession, and that obsession’s name is Gwen. He hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her ever since the night he stole time in order to prevent her from dying. That incident had the unfortunate side effect of ticking off an employee of Death, who is determined to take Gwen no matter what. He follows the Reclamation Agent into Anwyn, where he runs into Gwen. Now, they must navigate their newfound feelings for each other in a realm that’s torn apart by war, all while dodging a very ticked off Reclamation Agent for Death. Will life ever calm down enough for them to be together? I’ve read some of Katie MacAlister’s Aisling Grey series and enjoyed them, so I was interested in reading this book even though I hadn’t read the first book in the series. Luckily, reading the first book wasn’t strictly necessary, and I was able to slip right into the story without feeling confused at all. As with the other Katie MacAlister books I’ve read, this one was full of humor that left me with a smile on my face much of the time. As great as the humor was though, it couldn’t hide the fact that there really wasn’t much in the way of plot. The Reclamation Agent storyline honestly hardly factors into the plot at all, as much of the story actually revolves around the “war” in Anwyn. The book also alternates between Gwen’s first person narration and Gregory’s third person perspective, which could sometimes mess up the flow of the book. I liked Gwen and Gregory as the main characters, but as I sit here trying to write this review, I’m having a hard time coming up with reasons why I liked them so much. They definitely have great chemistry and rapport and worked well off of each other. Despite liking them, I had a hard time believing how quickly they fell in love, which is a bit of a pet peeve of mine. Looking over this review, it sounds really negative, but I actually did enjoy the story for what it was: a lighthearted and funny romp. It’s just if you sit and think about it too much, you realize that not a whole lot actually happens of any import. If we gave half stars, I would probably rate this 3.5 out of 5, but I’m rounding up because I did enjoy my time with Gwen and Gregory the issues I have with the plot. So, I guess I’m saying, if you’re in the mood for a fun, light read, this will definitely fit the bill, but if you’re wanting something a little heavier on plot, you’ll want to look somewhere else. I, for one, am looking forward to reading more Katie MacAlister the next time I’m in the mood for some lighthearted fun. Notable Scene: “We need to be focusing on how to find the entrance to Anwyn, and no” – I held up my hand with the paper in it – “this isn’t it. The entrance to heaven isn’t in a Krispy Kreme shop.” “Have you ever had their cocoa?” Mom Two asked. “It’s pretty close to heaven.” With a hurried look over her shoulder at my mother, she added, “If I believed in such a thing, which of course, I don’t.” “Anwyn is not in a Krispy Kreme,” I said firmly. “How do you know? Have you been there?” my mother asked. “No, but -“ “Then I don’t think you have the right to say harsh things to Mrs. Vanilla about her lovely map.” “Mom, it just doesn’t make sense. She’s either kidding, or…” I made a circular motion with my finger. “I don’t think she is either. She seems to know where the entrance is. Perhaps she has been there herself.” Mrs. Vanilla made her peculiar squeaking noises and fretted at the seat belt. I looked up and over to Mom Two, shaking my head as I said, “This is crazy.” Mom Two smiled and patted my hand. “I’ve always said that crazy is in the mind of the beholder.” “Yes, but we can’t indulge in that when so much is at stake.” “Drive,” my mother ordered, tapping me on the back of my shoulder. “We’ll see when we get there.” “Oh, for the love of all that’s shiny and sparkly!” I took a deep breath and pulled out onto the road, mentally plotting the fastest route to Mrs. Vanilla’s nursing home. “Fine, we’ll go to Krispy Kreme, although the mall is sure to be closed at this time of night. First, however, we’re going to take Mrs. Vanilla back where she belongs.” Both mothers opened their respective mouths to protest, but as I stopped at an intersection, waiting to turn onto the road that led to the nursing home, two police cars suddenly zipped across our line of vision. I swore under my breath and jerked the wheel in the opposite direction, pissing off the car behind me. “Right. Krispy Kreme it is. But when we get there and it’s closed and there’s no entrance to Anwyn, you guys will owe me a great big apology. And a hot chocolate. With extra whipped cream.” FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of The Art of Stealing Time. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Leah Olson

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle: I was completely geared up for this book. I thoroughly enjoyed Time Thief, thought it was genius and fresh, and then after Time Crossed I was salivating because let's be honest, that was just a dirty tease. I'll be honest though, I got a good 30% into The Art of Stealing Time and was a bit worried. It just wasn't moving as fast as I had anticipated and I was waiting for something big to happen to kick things into gear. And then they entered Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle: I was completely geared up for this book. I thoroughly enjoyed Time Thief, thought it was genius and fresh, and then after Time Crossed I was salivating because let's be honest, that was just a dirty tease. I'll be honest though, I got a good 30% into The Art of Stealing Time and was a bit worried. It just wasn't moving as fast as I had anticipated and I was waiting for something big to happen to kick things into gear. And then they entered Anwyn... From that point on, it was the fantastic laugh-out-loud paranormal romance that I've come to know and love from the lovely Ms. MacAlister and I couldn't get enough! The TIME THIEF universe is incredibly unique to begin with, it's fresh, and multidimensional with subtle and overt nuances that make it decidedly its own. But in The Art of Stealing Time, Katie introduces another layer, the Welsh underworld, Anwyn and it's Alice-in-Wonderlandesque cast of characters. Our heroine, Gwen, is an Alchemist with two trouble prone Wiccan mothers. While trying to clean up yet another of their messes, she finds herself a person of interest and target for several groups and her life becomes infinitely more complicated. Our hunky hero, Gregory, is the cousin of Peter Faa (the hero of book #1). He has just taken a probationary job with the Watch (sort of the supernatural police) when they're tipped off to some illicit activity that needs investigation. While doing so, Gregory crosses paths with Gwen and their lives and fates become inexplicably tangled. MacAlister's books always make me laugh and this one is no exception. I enjoyed visiting the Welsh afterlife and can't wait to see where the next book in the Time Thief series will take me! Anwyn was a trip! The place is crazy, the people even more so, and the magic and history that make up the very fabric of what Gwen and Gregory are thrown into is utterly fascinating. It was also so vividly written, and so perfectly entwined with the characters' stories, that I felt like I could literally see things as they happened and feel what went on as it did. I loved it! The tension between Gregory and Gwen was stellar, and I think I enjoyed their tale so much because it was hard earned. There was no simply falling into bed for these two. There were trials, tribulations, bonds to break, trust to earn and so much more before they even gave it a go, and even then, things weren't completely balanced. It was anxiety riddled and fantastic to read. Take that, add in some truly off the wall and loveable supporting characters, some epic one-liners and snark for the ages, heart pumping action, and PLENTY of surprise and you get The Art of Stealing Time. I most definitely recommend this book, but I strongly suggest reading the series in order - Time Thief, Time Crossed and then The Art of Stealing Time - to get the most out of this novel. I also recommend that you stick it out through the slower set up pieces at the beginning of the book because once they hit Anwyn, it's non-stop goodness. I can't wait to see what Katie has in store in Traveller-verse next...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katy Moore

    Just wanted to let everyone know that I'm just trying to counteract the idiot that gave this book a 1 star rating when it isn't even close to being released yet. I don't think it's fair that others should be falsely warned away from this book because some snarky nit-picker happens to dislike this author. I'll come back when the book is actually out (or sooner if I happen to get an advanced copy) and write a real review, but until then everyone should just keep their minds open. Katie's style has Just wanted to let everyone know that I'm just trying to counteract the idiot that gave this book a 1 star rating when it isn't even close to being released yet. I don't think it's fair that others should be falsely warned away from this book because some snarky nit-picker happens to dislike this author. I'll come back when the book is actually out (or sooner if I happen to get an advanced copy) and write a real review, but until then everyone should just keep their minds open. Katie's style has been changing over the last couple of years, so just because you didn't like what she's written before doesn't mean you wont like this one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sandy S

    3.5 stars THE ART OF STEALING TIME is the second full length novel in Katie MacAlister’s Traveller series. Travellers are supernatural beings who ‘steal’ time from other supernaturals or humans in an attempt to turn back the clock to change what has happened or prevent a tragedy from occurring. This is Gwen and Gregory’s storyline: Gwen is the daughter of two wiccans (two moms) and Gregory Faa is a traveller but unlike the first storyline, there is very little ‘stealing of time’ and most of the s 3.5 stars THE ART OF STEALING TIME is the second full length novel in Katie MacAlister’s Traveller series. Travellers are supernatural beings who ‘steal’ time from other supernaturals or humans in an attempt to turn back the clock to change what has happened or prevent a tragedy from occurring. This is Gwen and Gregory’s storyline: Gwen is the daughter of two wiccans (two moms) and Gregory Faa is a traveller but unlike the first storyline, there is very little ‘stealing of time’ and most of the storyline takes place in an alternate dimension. The focus of this particular story looks at Gregory’s latest assignment with the Watch-a body of supernatural police who seek out the paranormal beings who have purposely outed themselves to humans or in the case of Gregory’s latest charge-have sold magic to humans. But what Gregory will find is that not everyone is who she appears to be. Gwen knows that her mothers have some issues as it concerns the use of magic. But Gwen also knows that someone is after her mothers and she allows herself to be pulled into their games and otherworldly dimensions. And it is there in Anwyn (or Summerland aka the afterlife) that Gwen and Gregory will encounter a world of knights and warriors, castles and soldiers, princes and magic, games and competitions. It is in Anwyn where most of the storyline takes place and plenty of humor, interaction with the otherworld beings and falling in love with the person who controls your heart. Once again, Katie MacAlister writes with plenty of humor, one-liners and innuendo that will have you chuckling at the antics of those on the run for their lives or just trying to survive in an alternate dimension. The story is told from two distinct POVs- Gwen and Gregory-as the reader is privy to the thoughts and internal dialogue of two people playing a game of cat and mouse that becomes something much more. The relationship between G&G continues to build and of course, Gregory knows that Gwen is the one, when sparks literally fly whenever they touch skin to skin. www.thereadingcafe.com

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mskychick

    I won this book as an ARC giveaway I was somewhat worried about this book, because I DNF'd the first book in this series, Time Thief. I felt Time Thief was poorly done, and all the characters in it just annoyed me. But I thought that since the first one was written at the time that Katie's husband died, I should try the next one. I certainly wouldn't be anywhere near my A game if my husband died, so I should give the benefit of the doubt to others in the same boat. I liked this book much more tha I won this book as an ARC giveaway I was somewhat worried about this book, because I DNF'd the first book in this series, Time Thief. I felt Time Thief was poorly done, and all the characters in it just annoyed me. But I thought that since the first one was written at the time that Katie's husband died, I should try the next one. I certainly wouldn't be anywhere near my A game if my husband died, so I should give the benefit of the doubt to others in the same boat. I liked this book much more than I did the first in the Travelers series. Much more polished, and the characters engaged me. We do get to see a little of Kiya and Peter from the first book in The Art of Stealing Time, which was fun. Gwenhwyfar is the daughter of two witches, and her two moms add a lot of kooky fun to the storyline. Gregory Faa is mostly acting on his own, without other Travelers, so we don't have to deal with the crappy prejudices of other Travelers. Much of the book takes place in an alternate dimension, which isolates them from some of the headaches of their "real" world. This other dimension they are in, Anwyn (aka Summerland), leads to a lot of mad cap situations, where Gwen and Gregory don't understand the rules of what is happening around them. This heightens the zaniness of the situations Gwen and Gregory are in while they fall in love. For the first part of the book, I felt that this was more of a farce than a mad romp, but the second half of the book settles down and felt more like a classic Macalister book with much silly fun. The book alternates between Gwen's POV and Gregory's POV.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cocktails and Books

    The Art of Stealing Timeis the second of a new series by Katie MacAlister, and while I think it could be read as a stand-alone, I enjoyed the first book thoroughly and recommend reading it first. This books starts off with someone who is following Gwenhwyfar “Gwen” Owens around, and that beginning kind of threw me since it was very different than how the first book started and I wasn’t sure I like the way it read. Gwen takes over narration and I fell in love. There was more of that signature humo The Art of Stealing Timeis the second of a new series by Katie MacAlister, and while I think it could be read as a stand-alone, I enjoyed the first book thoroughly and recommend reading it first. This books starts off with someone who is following Gwenhwyfar “Gwen” Owens around, and that beginning kind of threw me since it was very different than how the first book started and I wasn’t sure I like the way it read. Gwen takes over narration and I fell in love. There was more of that signature humor I’ve come to expect from Ms. MacAlister and the story takes off with lightning speed. Gwen is a fun character who obviously loves her two moms a great deal and watching her try and clean up their messes entertained me late into the night. Enter Gregory Faa who is a probationary member of the Watch, the police of the Otherworld, saves Gwen and is drawn into her web. He is gorgeous, sweet and protective of Gwen all while telling himself that he can’t fall for someone he needs to arrest. When Gwen and Greg get together the scenes are very steamy and their love builds beautifully despite the crazy things going on around them. The time in Anwyn, the Welsh afterlife, was a vastly entertaining and I found myself laughing and shaking my head at the antics that the denizens of the afterlife go up to. Throw in where the entrance to the afterlife is located and visits from some very interesting characters and I kind of want to visit Anwyn myself. I highly recommend this book, for the humor, the romance and the wild ride it takes us on. Reviewed by Sheri for Cocktails and Books

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    I'm sorry Miss Katie but this one isn't one of your best works. Sure it had the wit and "what the hell just happened" moments, but the story was just all over the place with the same characters moving around and showing up at odd times. Like I said before this book felt like it had nothing to do with time thieves. You had one time moment at the beginning and it just rolled down hill from there. The book felt like Alice in Wonderland meets Narnia meets really old people. Halfway thru I kept think I'm sorry Miss Katie but this one isn't one of your best works. Sure it had the wit and "what the hell just happened" moments, but the story was just all over the place with the same characters moving around and showing up at odd times. Like I said before this book felt like it had nothing to do with time thieves. You had one time moment at the beginning and it just rolled down hill from there. The book felt like Alice in Wonderland meets Narnia meets really old people. Halfway thru I kept thinking who is she going to continue the series about? There was no one introduced! Then at the last few paragraphs some random "cousin" is joining them. Uh Ok! Stop while your ahead with this series. Start more dragon books again. Please.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Keep you glossary handy to keep all the players straight but cute

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    The story follows Gregory who has started his job with the watch. He is on the hunt for a witch who is accused of selling her magic to humans, among other things. After a close encounter with Gwen -see the novella Time Crossed- he cannot stop thinking about her. So, when he mistakenly confused her with his target, the hunt really takes off. Meanwhile, Gwen has had it up to here with her mothers. When their latest escapade, ends with mortal police involvement, she knows they need a place to hide. The story follows Gregory who has started his job with the watch. He is on the hunt for a witch who is accused of selling her magic to humans, among other things. After a close encounter with Gwen -see the novella Time Crossed- he cannot stop thinking about her. So, when he mistakenly confused her with his target, the hunt really takes off. Meanwhile, Gwen has had it up to here with her mothers. When their latest escapade, ends with mortal police involvement, she knows they need a place to hide. Off to Anwyn, the Welsh afterlife, they go. But, it turns out, things aren't as peaceful as one might imagine the afterlife to be. While I do like the Travellers series, I prefer the author's Dark Ones or Dragons series to this one. It's set in the same overall universe as the others, but there is something about the other ones that I like more. Don't misunderstand, the book was cute. It had the same humor I love about this author's work, and interesting characters. The storyline itself was entertaining. I enjoyed following these two along as they tried to solve their problems and work out their growing feelings towards each other. And the politics in Anwyn kept me entertained. But it's not my favorite. Gwen's mothers win the award for most entertaining parental figures ever. I loved them and their logic. Though, I have to give Gwen credit, if I were her, I might have disowned them after 100+ years of them playing by their own rules and bending laws because they can. I'm not much of a other people's mess cleaner-upper. All those fun characters we meet in Anwyn, just great. *smirks while remembering several spoiler-ish scenes* So much I want to say about these guys, but I don't want to give anything away. Gregory was an interesting man. I liked getting to know him. But he's not my favorite leading man from this author. (Maybe that's why I prefer the other books over this one? He's just not book boyfriend material for me.) I liked Gwen about as much as I liked Gregory. The two were cute together, not to mention humorous. I laughed a lot during this book. (Translation: I giggled uncontrollably to myself in a crowded work lunchroom. - Yup, that earned me several looks and comments.) Overall, I have to say I enjoyed this book. It met all the standards I have for this author's work, and still contained a great story within it's pages. The book ended with a possible set up for another novel. I hadn't heard anything yet, but if there is another one, I will be reading it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Andersen

    I just finished the second book in Katie MacAlister's newest series, the Time Thief series. This one takes place in her distinctly Katie universe, along side the Dark Ones and Dragons series'. The paranormal flavor of this series involves the Travellers, a group that many people mistake for the Romany mortals. The Travellers though can manipulate time by stealing it from others and then resetting it back a short amount. Travellers can also manipulate lightning. MacAlister is the queen of the rev I just finished the second book in Katie MacAlister's newest series, the Time Thief series. This one takes place in her distinctly Katie universe, along side the Dark Ones and Dragons series'. The paranormal flavor of this series involves the Travellers, a group that many people mistake for the Romany mortals. The Travellers though can manipulate time by stealing it from others and then resetting it back a short amount. Travellers can also manipulate lightning. MacAlister is the queen of the revolving cast romance series. Her Dark Ones series features a different couple in each book, but many of the Dark Ones show up in multiple books, both before and after they meet their partners. The Time Thief series follows a similar line. However, MacAlister does a good job of always introducing new and crazy things into her series, so it doesn't feel like reading the same book over and over. Each book expands this universe that MacAlister has created. This book introduces us to the Welsh underworld, Anwyn and its ruler, Aaron. Gwen Owens is an Alchemist, but spends a lot of time cleaning up after her two moms and the messes they always seem to find themselves in. Gwen's moms are Wiccans and have a tendency to play fast and loose with the rules and sometimes find themselves coming to the attention of the Watch, the police of the Otherworld. Recently Gwen has found herself mistaken for her mother and has had some run ins with the Watch herself. Gregory Faa is the cousin of Peter Faa, who we met in the first Time Thief book, and they work for the Watch and have been tipped off to some illegal activity that Gwen is supposed to take part in. They are on a stake out and Gregory and Gwen end up becoming entangled. MacAlister's books always make me laugh and this one is no exception. I enjoyed visiting the Welsh afterlife and can't wait to see where the next book in the Time Thief series will take me!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Setting: Wales – airport, Lambfreckle School for Womyn’s Magyk, castle – with stone Animal Wall; Anwyn, Welsh afterlife – two fighting camps; Characters: Gwen Byron formal name – Gwenhwyfar Byron Owens: Apothecarist; can’t remember spells so not a witch like her mothers; lives across an ocean, but still steps in to rescue them; few months ago intervened when they were about to sell magic to humans, was pushed off a cliff by …. And revived by Gregory, who stole time from Death to go back to prior Setting: Wales – airport, Lambfreckle School for Womyn’s Magyk, castle – with stone Animal Wall; Anwyn, Welsh afterlife – two fighting camps; Characters: Gwen Byron formal name – Gwenhwyfar Byron Owens: Apothecarist; can’t remember spells so not a witch like her mothers; lives across an ocean, but still steps in to rescue them; few months ago intervened when they were about to sell magic to humans, was pushed off a cliff by …. And revived by Gregory, who stole time from Death to go back to prior to when she was pushed; she’s on her way home, but needs to go back when moms kidnapped a woman from an old folk’s home; Gregory FaA - Rehor Ilie Nicholas Faa aka Gregory Elijah Nicolas Faa : his brother Peter married a mortal – defying Time Traveler tradition; and Gregory is now working with him on the Watch – supernatural police… and he instinctually saved Gwen; and now they’re thrown together when he follows her into Anwyn; Magdalena & Alice Hill: Gwen’s two mothers; scatterbrain witches with big hearts; Mrs. Vanilla: elderly woman, no words, hand gestures, ‘freed’ from old folks’ home by the Hills, but ends up to be Anwyn king’s bird; Peter / Sunil / Kiya: Summary: Humorous story… Gregory acts by his heart, ignoring his head as he follows through on his attraction to all of Gwen… confident that somehow it will work out… in Anwyn, the brothers are at war (for 100 years) each sending a single soldier each hour to battle; Gwen is conscripted by one side, and then another; Gregory is trying to recover the stolen items that started the war (a buck/deer; a dog; a bird)… Gwen is ducking people out for her; they make it into bed… they end the war… and moms are staying in Anwynn

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (BTH Reviews)

    4.5 stars Review originally appeared on Books That Hook If you need a good dose of silliness, you should read The Art of Stealing Time. It’s a cute, unusual, story that made me laugh out loud at times. It’s hot, too. Even within a very weird environment, MacAlister’s characters manage to create sparks, literally. I liked this book more than the first one in the series. The main character wasn’t as annoying as the main character in Time Thief. A lot of the characters were endearing, especially Mom #1 4.5 stars Review originally appeared on Books That Hook If you need a good dose of silliness, you should read The Art of Stealing Time. It’s a cute, unusual, story that made me laugh out loud at times. It’s hot, too. Even within a very weird environment, MacAlister’s characters manage to create sparks, literally. I liked this book more than the first one in the series. The main character wasn’t as annoying as the main character in Time Thief. A lot of the characters were endearing, especially Mom #1 and Mom #2. The setting descriptions were good; it was easy to visualize where they were.I also liked how MacAlister introduced a new Traveller who could be a main character for a future book. I enjoyed reading this book, but there were some things about it that I didn’t like. First, I didn’t like going back and forth between first and third person. Second, I thought the characters jumped from lust to marriage too quickly. Third, the cover was wrong for Gregory–he’s blond and has an earring. I also wished I knew by the end of the book what the deal was with Holly. Finally, I didn’t like that the short story “Time Crossed” was at the beginning of the book and was basically like the beginning of the story. Why bother making it a separate story when it just starts the book? Overall, though, I thought this was a good book. If she ever writes another one, I would read it. This is the kind of book you should read if you need a little laugh and escape from all that’s normal and sane.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I was disappointed in this book. It wasn't terrible, it wasn't even bad, I just had much higher hopes for what I received out of this book. Perhaps I should have read the forward before I was halfway done with the book - I was quite confused by the first sixty pages of the book being all transcripts and notes by characters I didn't particularly care for. It wasn't until I read the forward did I realize it was a short story, ENTIRELY SEPARATE, that sets up the preface for the book. My favorite bi I was disappointed in this book. It wasn't terrible, it wasn't even bad, I just had much higher hopes for what I received out of this book. Perhaps I should have read the forward before I was halfway done with the book - I was quite confused by the first sixty pages of the book being all transcripts and notes by characters I didn't particularly care for. It wasn't until I read the forward did I realize it was a short story, ENTIRELY SEPARATE, that sets up the preface for the book. My favorite bit was probably the last third of the novel, in which Gregory sets upon his life of crime (hah!). I have a whole separate rant for Gwen. Loved her name, despised her character. Perhaps it was too similiar to every other female heroine MacAlister has written, or perhaps I'm just fed up with mulish women who insist on "saving the lives" of people entirely capable of saving themselves. Not once did I ever feel her mothers were in danger. Not once!!! For living 160 some odd years, Gwen clearly has trust issues. Being a MacAlister book, I did enjoy the sense of humor and odd characteristics that built up the environment. A few scenes had me chuckling out loud - flinging open the first available door and discovering it is a bathroom in use was highly entertaining. Anyways! Unimpressed, took me far longer than expected to struggle through this book. Much prefer her "Dark Ones" series. Or really, any other series than this.

  14. 5 out of 5

    TINNGG

    More of a 3.5. Ok, when I buy into a new series, I kinda like it to actually BE a new series, rather than a branch on an existing series. Know what I mean? So the author created this world and… she periodically decides to create new people in this world. Ok, fine, well enough, but what's with the whole DeAth/reclamation agent thing? Considering how many ghosts abound in her world, they must not be doing their job very well. Sigh… So for once our h is NOT clueless about who and what she is, but she More of a 3.5. Ok, when I buy into a new series, I kinda like it to actually BE a new series, rather than a branch on an existing series. Know what I mean? So the author created this world and… she periodically decides to create new people in this world. Ok, fine, well enough, but what's with the whole DeAth/reclamation agent thing? Considering how many ghosts abound in her world, they must not be doing their job very well. Sigh… So for once our h is NOT clueless about who and what she is, but she's saddled with the most annoying baggage in the form of her (completely oblivious) moms. And…we spend the entire book and *never* find out what's up with the lawyer and his thugs. Gregori, we met in the first book of this new "series". He's on probation, being a noob *and* a traveller. He and his cousin are following the h, thinking they're following one of her moms when… the lawyer hurls her over the cliff. The H can't help himself; he steals time. (this, btw, is the short story sold separately in ebook form but included in the mmpb format) The h's moms don't believe her when she tells them she died but is alive. So… Through a convoluted, sometimes hilarious, escapade, the H/h finally are able to figure out a solution to the moms' penchant for trouble, and are able to leave them in relative safety.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Miscjoy

    I really didn’t know what to expect when I picked this book up for review. Although new to the series, I found the glossary at the back useful and didn’t have much trouble following this book. It seems some characters from the first book make a cameo, but the focus is primarily on a new couple, Gwen and Gregory. I do recommend reading the short-story included with the book (for me, it was located in the front of the eARC) as it details when Gwen and Gregory first met. I think the story itself wo I really didn’t know what to expect when I picked this book up for review. Although new to the series, I found the glossary at the back useful and didn’t have much trouble following this book. It seems some characters from the first book make a cameo, but the focus is primarily on a new couple, Gwen and Gregory. I do recommend reading the short-story included with the book (for me, it was located in the front of the eARC) as it details when Gwen and Gregory first met. I think the story itself would be confusing without this bit of introduction. The narrative takes a mad-capped, farcical tone throughout, which while fun at times, makes it difficult to provide any sort of analysis of the plot or its characters. I don’t think its meant to be taken quite so seriously. The plot plays it fast and loose, introducing new elements at every corner to suit the purpose of the scene. It felt a bit like taking a trip down the rabbit hole. ... On the whole, there just wasn’t much for me to hold on to.... Read the full review as posted at The Book Pushers: http://thebookpushers.com/2013/08/30/...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deana

    The Art of Stealing Time is the second book in the Traveller series and does not disappoint! Gwen is an alchemist with a lot on her hands. Her two wacky Wiccan mothers have a knack for getting themselves into trouble leaving Gwen with damage control. This time they have seriously crossed the line and liberated a “student” of theirs from a nursing home. With the Watch and others after them, the Welsh afterlife Anwyn seems the best place to go and hideout. Gregory Faa, Time Thief and probationary The Art of Stealing Time is the second book in the Traveller series and does not disappoint! Gwen is an alchemist with a lot on her hands. Her two wacky Wiccan mothers have a knack for getting themselves into trouble leaving Gwen with damage control. This time they have seriously crossed the line and liberated a “student” of theirs from a nursing home. With the Watch and others after them, the Welsh afterlife Anwyn seems the best place to go and hideout. Gregory Faa, Time Thief and probationary Watch (Otherworld detective/enforcer) member is hot on her trail. He is determined to figure out what is going on with Gwen and getting closer to her in the process may not be such a bad thing. Add in the craziness that is Anwyn, alien hand syndrome, and a quirky battle and you have a hilarious and delightful read. I couldn’t put it down. Katie MacAlister’s sense of humor and ability to write loveable main characters is what really makes this book for me. I highly recommend this book specially if you need a dash of romance and a generous helping of laughter. :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    I love Katie MacAlister books. I really do. I usually read them in a night no matter how much sleep I have to give up, but after a week I haven't got passed page 200. I kept coming up with unconscious reasons not to read. I even cleaned up in the kitchen once during the time I set aside for reading. I tried and tried and just couldn't get into it. The concept of the main character having two mothers is a good one, but the constant mentioning of it drove me nuts. Her getting up set when it took ot I love Katie MacAlister books. I really do. I usually read them in a night no matter how much sleep I have to give up, but after a week I haven't got passed page 200. I kept coming up with unconscious reasons not to read. I even cleaned up in the kitchen once during the time I set aside for reading. I tried and tried and just couldn't get into it. The concept of the main character having two mothers is a good one, but the constant mentioning of it drove me nuts. Her getting up set when it took other characters a moment or two to readjust when learning it annoyed me. Gwen had 125 years to know she had two mothers and there is nothing wrong with it, but the average person assumes one male and one female when first hearing about parents. Give them a minute to go ok and moving on. The story didn't move very quickly. i was shocked to discover the main couple hadn't had sex yet half way through the book. Sex isn't the reason I read her books, but she write fun sex scenes. I feel horrible for quitting, but I just couldn't take it any more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Have you every watched a movie that you dare not walk away from for fear you would miss one tiny thing that would have you saying "What happened? What did I miss?". This story is one of those. So many things happening at once with the heroine VERY close to pulling her hair out because she's the only one who can see the whole picture. I laughed my ass off! Here's a little peek: A girl gets tossed off a cliff and dies and is brought back by a "Traveller" who can steal time, and does so to the soul Have you every watched a movie that you dare not walk away from for fear you would miss one tiny thing that would have you saying "What happened? What did I miss?". This story is one of those. So many things happening at once with the heroine VERY close to pulling her hair out because she's the only one who can see the whole picture. I laughed my ass off! Here's a little peek: A girl gets tossed off a cliff and dies and is brought back by a "Traveller" who can steal time, and does so to the soul snatcher that arrives to escort her soul to "Anwyn", the heaven she would go to. In order to escape murderous hit men, the Watch (otherworld law), and the crazed Soul snatcher, Gwen and her two Moms (yes, you heard correct,2 Moms) and an elderly nursing home escapee (although the police are calling it kidnapping) run through a portal, and hid in: Anwyn! I can't tell you any more, but rest assured, this is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time! Time...get it? TIME! *snort, giggle*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Feral

    This is the kind of fluffy fun I expect from Katie MacAlister--but it has a flaw I also have come to expect from her books. The protagonist is interesting (I love her moms), the plot is good, but the male love interest comes along and jars me out of the story by constantly thinking about the main character as if she were a Mary Sue. Is he a "Wanna Sue"? A love-struck boob? A guy who has turned over his man card? I'm not sure how to say it, but while I would expect some nice thoughts about the wo This is the kind of fluffy fun I expect from Katie MacAlister--but it has a flaw I also have come to expect from her books. The protagonist is interesting (I love her moms), the plot is good, but the male love interest comes along and jars me out of the story by constantly thinking about the main character as if she were a Mary Sue. Is he a "Wanna Sue"? A love-struck boob? A guy who has turned over his man card? I'm not sure how to say it, but while I would expect some nice thoughts about the woman he loves, this guy is over the top. I know this is a fantasy and a romance, but why does he always think so much of her to the exclusion of everything else, and why is his esteem for her quite that unrealistically high? I like the concept behind his character and aspects of his charterer are good, but just once I'd like him to think like a normal guy. I think I'd have enjoyed the book more if we were never privy to his thoughts. I liked everything else. Maybe I should stay away from romances. :) I will say I still recommend the book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Katie MacAlister is one of my favorite paranormal authors, so to say I really did not like this novel hurts a little. As much as MacAlister's dialogue is often like a Robin Williams riff, this novel was that on crack. It was too much of all the good things that normally set MacAlister apart in the best ways. The story was definitely Salvador Dali bizarre, taking place in the Welsh underworld/afterlife Annwn. I wasn't wild about the previous novel and novella in the Time Thief series, but Gregory Katie MacAlister is one of my favorite paranormal authors, so to say I really did not like this novel hurts a little. As much as MacAlister's dialogue is often like a Robin Williams riff, this novel was that on crack. It was too much of all the good things that normally set MacAlister apart in the best ways. The story was definitely Salvador Dali bizarre, taking place in the Welsh underworld/afterlife Annwn. I wasn't wild about the previous novel and novella in the Time Thief series, but Gregory Faa was the bright spot in both of them. It made me sad that he and his budding lady love Gwen (so like many of MacAlister's zany heroines) got caught in this surreal story that never truly yields center stage to them in their own novel. We never get to know them in any deep and real way. I couldn't wait to finish, but was glad that at least the plot conflicts resolved in a way that was organically true to the story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Josette Reuel

    Katie MacAlister is one of the author's on my auto-buy list, so it was a no brainer for me to purchase this book. I read the first book in the Time Thief series and liked it a lot. Unfortunately this one left me wondering if it was just me or if Katie was off her game. I enjoy the overall concept behind the series and this book, however, it seemed that it went beyond the quirkiness that I'm used to seeing from Katie. If you have read the first Time Thief book, you should definitely read this one a Katie MacAlister is one of the author's on my auto-buy list, so it was a no brainer for me to purchase this book. I read the first book in the Time Thief series and liked it a lot. Unfortunately this one left me wondering if it was just me or if Katie was off her game. I enjoy the overall concept behind the series and this book, however, it seemed that it went beyond the quirkiness that I'm used to seeing from Katie. If you have read the first Time Thief book, you should definitely read this one and the next one. This book is about Gregory Faa, the cousin to the hero from book 1, and leads us through his trials as he tries to become a full-fledged member of the Watch and as he deals with finding the love of his life. Gwen, his love interest, has her own problems with two moms that don't seem to be able to keep themselves out of trouble, which means that Gwen is in trouble, because the Watch thinks she is her mother. An enjoyable read, just not my favorite from Katie.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Artemisa

    This is the second traveller book. And I have read more than 15 book by Katie MacAlister so far, so I knew what was going to happen. The fact that this book is set in Anwyn, the Welsh afterlife is a nice change, but it adds a lot of non sense to the story. Then there are Gregory and Gwen, they are the romantic pair of the book, and as usual is happy ever after love at first sight. On the other hand are all the supporting characters, Peter is a repeat from the first book, then there are Gwen's moms, This is the second traveller book. And I have read more than 15 book by Katie MacAlister so far, so I knew what was going to happen. The fact that this book is set in Anwyn, the Welsh afterlife is a nice change, but it adds a lot of non sense to the story. Then there are Gregory and Gwen, they are the romantic pair of the book, and as usual is happy ever after love at first sight. On the other hand are all the supporting characters, Peter is a repeat from the first book, then there are Gwen's moms, they are just a bit crazy, Aaron, the king of the underworld is obsessed with making a machine to end the war with Ethan who is a self absorbed prick. And to round that all there's a cat, a dog, a buck, a bird and a bunch of trees and shrubs.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shanna Hurd

    Gwen is an alchemist. (At least supposedly. We never see her do any alchemy.) She is going to great lengths (and risking her life and freedom) to protect her two moms from themselves, since they insist upon breaking otherworld laws by selling magic to mortals. Gregory is a Traveller, and a new member of the Watch--and his first assignment is to arrest Gwen's mother. But of course, he is far too distracted by Gwen to do his job. There are things to like about this book. The setting is interesting. Gwen is an alchemist. (At least supposedly. We never see her do any alchemy.) She is going to great lengths (and risking her life and freedom) to protect her two moms from themselves, since they insist upon breaking otherworld laws by selling magic to mortals. Gregory is a Traveller, and a new member of the Watch--and his first assignment is to arrest Gwen's mother. But of course, he is far too distracted by Gwen to do his job. There are things to like about this book. The setting is interesting. The idea of the plot is interesting. Unfortunately, I found the two main characters to be somewhat annoying, and I wondered about motivation a lot. It also read very similar to the first book in the series. I would give this one a pass, unless you really liked book one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    A great fun, funny continuation in the Traveller series from Katie MacAlister. I’ll admit, if you haven’t read the previous book in this series it can be a little confusing so I wouldn’t recommend starting here. Gwen knows her two mothers are up to no good, she just can’t seem to get through to them. As she tries to protect them from jail time, Gregory is hot on their trail ready to bring them in. With the almost trade mark silliness of a Ms. MacAlister novel I really enjoyed the journey with Gw A great fun, funny continuation in the Traveller series from Katie MacAlister. I’ll admit, if you haven’t read the previous book in this series it can be a little confusing so I wouldn’t recommend starting here. Gwen knows her two mothers are up to no good, she just can’t seem to get through to them. As she tries to protect them from jail time, Gregory is hot on their trail ready to bring them in. With the almost trade mark silliness of a Ms. MacAlister novel I really enjoyed the journey with Gwen and Gregory. As they unraveled the misunderstandings and confusions, I really loved how Gwen and Greg couldn’t keep their hands off each other. Great read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angel Hatfield

    Four stars to Katie MacAlister's The Art of Stealing Time from her Time Thief series. This book takes the reader into another realm, literally! Gwen, the heroine of the book, is one I can relate to. She's blissfully big boned and has a very strong mind and doesn't just rely on men to do what needs to be done. The way she sacrifices herself to ensure her mothers stay out of trouble is very understandable. The fact that she has two mothers also shows an author that is able to include everyone. I w Four stars to Katie MacAlister's The Art of Stealing Time from her Time Thief series. This book takes the reader into another realm, literally! Gwen, the heroine of the book, is one I can relate to. She's blissfully big boned and has a very strong mind and doesn't just rely on men to do what needs to be done. The way she sacrifices herself to ensure her mothers stay out of trouble is very understandable. The fact that she has two mothers also shows an author that is able to include everyone. I was happy to see the second book in the series about Gregory. I really liked him in the first book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sharyn

    I love Katie and her amazing imagination. This book was very funny all around, but the story was a little crazier than usual. I did like Gwen and was pleased to see Gregory's story, and I look forward to the next Traveller. These are books I buy and keep so I can reread when the new books come out. A silly dialogue that made me laugh, "Please tell me you didn't kidnap someone and the police aren't chasing you". "Ok We didn't kidnap anyone and the police aren't chasing us." "Is that true?" "No, b I love Katie and her amazing imagination. This book was very funny all around, but the story was a little crazier than usual. I did like Gwen and was pleased to see Gregory's story, and I look forward to the next Traveller. These are books I buy and keep so I can reread when the new books come out. A silly dialogue that made me laugh, "Please tell me you didn't kidnap someone and the police aren't chasing you". "Ok We didn't kidnap anyone and the police aren't chasing us." "Is that true?" "No, but you told me to tell you!" This is a daughter who is an alchemist, and her 2 mothers who are quite nutty witches.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura Weber

    Very funny. Unlike many, I actually preferred the first in this series to this second book. The silliness is a bit over the top, even by Katie standards (which are pretty silly, and one reason I love her writing). I liked the two lead characters a lot, and liked them together. I didn't love the setting of Anwyn, the welsh afterlife. Crossing into Anwyn is a bit like falling down the rabbit hole in Alice and Wonderland, with all the surreal implications, but not as interesting. It was a good, fun r Very funny. Unlike many, I actually preferred the first in this series to this second book. The silliness is a bit over the top, even by Katie standards (which are pretty silly, and one reason I love her writing). I liked the two lead characters a lot, and liked them together. I didn't love the setting of Anwyn, the welsh afterlife. Crossing into Anwyn is a bit like falling down the rabbit hole in Alice and Wonderland, with all the surreal implications, but not as interesting. It was a good, fun read, but not my favorite Katie book. The series has promise, as I like the characters. Hopefully I'll enjoy the next setting better.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anita Klaboe

    I don't know how author's come up with their ideas, but Katie MacAlister brought us into a whole new realm in this Traveller book. Gwen is constantly cleaning up the messes her mother's make and Gregory is trying so hard to do the right thing when it comes to his new job with the Watch. But from the minute they meet, all their plans go out the window. I loved reading about this couple and how fate brought them together. I love all of Katie MacAlister's books and I'm enjoying this new series too! I don't know how author's come up with their ideas, but Katie MacAlister brought us into a whole new realm in this Traveller book. Gwen is constantly cleaning up the messes her mother's make and Gregory is trying so hard to do the right thing when it comes to his new job with the Watch. But from the minute they meet, all their plans go out the window. I loved reading about this couple and how fate brought them together. I love all of Katie MacAlister's books and I'm enjoying this new series too!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Yuck. This book was all over the place and had basically no plot. The time traveling concept was barely used (though it served as a contrived plot device for one of the minor characters who added nothing to the story). It seems like she came up with the travelers concept and never fleshed it out, so she doesn't really have any idea what to do with it in subsequent books. I've read most of the dragon books twice - what a difference those are. Hoping she can figure out how to return to the well pl Yuck. This book was all over the place and had basically no plot. The time traveling concept was barely used (though it served as a contrived plot device for one of the minor characters who added nothing to the story). It seems like she came up with the travelers concept and never fleshed it out, so she doesn't really have any idea what to do with it in subsequent books. I've read most of the dragon books twice - what a difference those are. Hoping she can figure out how to return to the well plotted, thought out books of her past.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Another fun filled Time Thief Book #2. This time the book is about Gregory Faa, Peter's cousin. They are both working for the Watch trying to hunt down an elusive criminal. But there's a mistaken identities and shenanigans. Here's but one reason why I love Katie MacAlister's books: "And I don't like the feeling." "What feeling?" "That someone has just pulled the wool over my eyes. A lot to wool. At least three or four sheep's worth. Perhaps a small flock." Made me laugh so hard that I had to go read Another fun filled Time Thief Book #2. This time the book is about Gregory Faa, Peter's cousin. They are both working for the Watch trying to hunt down an elusive criminal. But there's a mistaken identities and shenanigans. Here's but one reason why I love Katie MacAlister's books: "And I don't like the feeling." "What feeling?" "That someone has just pulled the wool over my eyes. A lot to wool. At least three or four sheep's worth. Perhaps a small flock." Made me laugh so hard that I had to go read it to my husband.

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