Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins – A Review

Hi, lovelies! We’re going to skip the introductions for now and get to the point, because every time I write one of these, I feel the need to declare some sort of a schedule and, quite frankly, it’s comical how unorganised I am.

It’s review time!

Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins
  • Publication date: February 5th 2019
  • Publisher: Harper Teen
  • Genre: Sci-fi

Seattle, 1913

Dorothy spent her life learning the art of the con. But after meeting a stranger and stowing away on his peculiar aircraft, she wakes up in a chilling version of the world she left behind—and for the first time in her life, realizes she’s in way over her head.

New Seattle, 2077

If there was ever a girl who was trouble, it was one who snuck on board Ash’s time machine wearing a wedding gown—and the last thing he needs is trouble if he wants to prevent his terrifying visions of the future from coming true.

Oh, what a lovely surprise. I got Stolen Time in a subscription box and the blurb smelled of a bad romance disguised as a time travel story, so I held off for a good year before my TBR jar made me read it. I’m really glad I did because this book is FANTASTIC.

If you like time travel, a found family trope and heist stories, this book is for you.

Dorothy comes from 1913. Raised by her mother who is a con artist, she’s lived a life of constant moving and well… swindling people. It helps that she’s really pretty and can play a damsel in distress quite well. But when she’s about to be married off to some doctor for money, she decides to escape her fate. That’s when she meets Ash. Ash is a time traveller. He travels through time to find his missing mentor. Their story becomes entwined when Dorothy stows away on his ship and travels to 2077.

The narrative in Stolen Time is split between Dorothy and Ash’s point of view, with some journal entries that break it up now and then and give us insights into how time travel works, where the characters came from and what happened to the world. 2077 Seattle is nearly all under water. The world is slowly sinking after a series of earthquakes. The journal entries come from Ash’s mentor, who discovered time travel. I thought they were really well done and set up the grounds for the story in an interesting way.

I fell in love with these characters already. Dorothy is such a complex character. She’s soft and naive at times, because she’s trying to find a place where she belongs, but she’s also really smart and cunning. Ash is the best kind of a brooding hero. I love Chandra’s back story and how well she adapted to 2077. She’s fun, but she’s also a boss lady. Willis is a friendly (or maybe not so friendly) giant. Zora is tough and protective. They really fit together as a group and complement each other.

Stolen Time is a time travel story done well! Shocking, right? The rules are laid out at the start, thanks to professor’s journal entries, and they make sense. It’s not a common occurence, in YA especially. Danielle Rollins managed to give us all the needed info and not bore us to death by too much info dump.

I really loved the plot and pacing of this one. The book never lost momentum. Things were happening constantly and it made for a very fast read. Stolen Time is a page turner, and it pays off at the end when all the pieces fall together. The ending was great and it came unexpected. In retrospect, it makes a lot of sense, but I didn’t catch onto it while reading and that’s great because I love being surprised.

There is romance in this book, but it escapes me why it’s the first genre listed for this book. It’s subtle and really intertwined with the plot where it’s almost there to serve a purpose. So, in other words – the best kind. Romance usually puts me off, but I think in this case it added intrigue and some conflict to the story.

I can’t wait to read Twisted Fates!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thanks for reading and until next time!

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