Publishing Date: February 2017
Publishers Description: 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 price isn’t worth the prize. 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 for a second chance at life. If there’s only one truth, it is a Time Collector will always come back to collect.
Review: How come the cover girls’ hair is not white? Anyway, hottie-white-haired Beth Wicker is on the run from men who want to bang her, kill her, kidnap and rape her. She faints and cries a lot but has a tough mien and a heart of gold, um, errr…….iron? While the man she loves kills everyone that is important in her life, like family, she still pines for him. Not only that, but the man that killed her mother has a chub for her. Wait, what? Yeah, I am confused as well. Why this has to be rendered vile with unsupported emotions is beyondo.
If you begin to deconstruct this novel you are going to have a bad time. Like how Beth was a lowly floor scrubber made to be sold to the elite and raped etc. etc. BUT, she is really a noble herself and is saved from a life of destitution by her famous Father of the House Wicker. Yawn. Or how every interesting and viable character is killed off without regard.
So what’s good about it. World building and scene construction are epic. Supporting characters, and I mean all of them, are developed seamlessly with the movement. The writing is exceptional and takes some interesting and creative turns. The story line never follows a patterned model, but instead decides to go in various directions that ultimately strengthens the novel. I had a really late night reading this as I could not put it down. In the end, Beth was made palatable only by the entirety of the novels brilliance. A good start to this story might have been Elizabeth’s early demise and the rise of Catherine. Oh well.