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{February 12, 2013}   {Review} Time Walker by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Time-Walker-webFrom Goodreads: Beth was sneaky. No lock could hold her. No cage could confine her. No door could bar her way. But, when your adoptive mother is a Spirit Binder, and all your siblings are elementals, being sneaky doesn’t really rank.
That is until the devastation of a city draws her omniscient mother’s attention, and her siblings go missing one by one, then Beth’s sneakiness is the only thing standing between her, her loved ones, and the worst enemy she’ll ever face: herself.

Time Walker is a young adult, 50,000 word, fantasy novel by Meghan Ciana Doidge (After The Virus, Spirit Binder) set ten years after the events of Spirit Binder. It is the first book in the Spirit Bound series, and it’s not necessary to read Spirit Binder before reading Time Walker.

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Time Walker is a great MG/YA novel from those who love elementals.  Beth, her siblings, and her friends are all special, each able to do something the others are not… and Beth’s talent is unlocking things, but that’s not all.  She also holds the ability to walk through time, unbeknownst to her.

I really enjoyed the story, especially as I watched Beth develop and come into herself.  She is one of many adopted siblings who call the Spirit Binder, Theo, mother, but with all the talent around her, she feels a bit… untalented, especially when her siblings are able to do much more than unlock things. Truth be told, I’d probably be feeling pretty down, too.  But with the appearance of her much older, evil self, Beth learns there is more to her powers than she ever knew, and that she holds the key to her family’s future. The concept of this novel is great.  The idea of being able to transcend time, to be able to bend the elements, period, has always intrigued me, and I really liked learning about Beth, as well as her family and friends.

I did find a few things confusing, though, as I read.  First, I had a little trouble keeping everyone straight, as there were a lot of characters within the novel.  Between all the kids on the premise with powers, the Spirit Binder and her entourage, and the guards, I became a bit confused about who everyone was and how they were related.  The other confusion I had was that of Beth’s feelings for her adopted brother.  I’m not sure if the love described was supposed to be platonic, brotherly love, or if it was supposed to be romantic love.  Something tells me it’s supposed to be the latter, which rubs me the wrong way just a little because, being adopted and having an adopted brother myself, I find the “romantic” love aspect somewhat gross.

Overall, though, Time Walker is a fun, clean, well-executed story that I enjoyed.  I love the world Doidge has created, and can’t wait to learn more about it.  Three and a half stars.

3.5 stars

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