It’s been a while since I had this much fun reading a book. Really—it’s true! Time Gangsters by Berin L. Stephens was one of those books that I made time to read. While there is a lot of action and suspense in the book, it’s still fun and I found myself grinning each time I read.
What makes the book so fun to read? For me, it was the characters. I honestly believe that if you don’t care about the characters, you won’t care what happens to them. Stephens fills this book with unique and believable characters. I loved how the story was told from alternating points of view—one per chapter—from the main characters. It let me connect with each of them and gave me a broader view. Include the fact that the two main characters are different genders, and cousins to boot, and you have an interesting dynamic to the storytelling.
The overall concept of Time Gangsters is original in a world where authors are writing variations of the same story. Yes, it uses familiar elements, but in a way that was wholly ingenious. Do you have to suspend your disbelief to be entertained at times? Yes. However, Stephens sets up the parameters of what can happen in the story and sticks with it. While new things were discovered along the way, I never felt like they came out of left field—they fit in with the story.
Am I being vague on the specifics? Yes, yes I am. That’s because I want you to discover and enjoy this book as I did—letting it unfold before you.
The book is a clean read and I’d recommend it for anyone 12 or older, boy or girl, man or woman.
I’m off now to find the blueprints of my house. Maybe I’ll find a stash of golden coins hidden in one of the walls. . .
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