Stolen Time (Dark Stars, #1)
Seattle, 1913 // Dorothy is trapped. Forced into an engagement to a wealthy man just so she and her mother can live comfortably for the rest of their days, she’ll do anything to escape. Including sneaking away from her wedding and bolting into the woods to disappear.New Seattle, 2077 // Ash is on a mission. Rescue the professor—his mentor who figured out the secret to time travel—so together they can put things right in their devastated city. But searching for one man means endless jumps through time with no guarantee of success.When Dorothy collides with Ash, she sees it as her chance to start fresh—she’ll stow away in his plane and begin a new life wherever they land. Then she wakes up in a future that’s been ripped apart by earthquakes and floods; where vicious gangs rule the submerged city streets and a small group of intrepid travelers from across time are fighting against the odds to return things to normal. What Dorothy doesn’t know is that she could hold the key to unraveling the past—and her arrival may spell Ash’s ultimate destruction.

Stolen Time (Dark Stars, #1) Details

TitleStolen Time (Dark Stars, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherHarperTeen
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy

Stolen Time (Dark Stars, #1) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins is the first book of the new young adult science fiction fantasy Dark Stars series. This series is a time travel tale with a bit of romance and plenty of action that alternates the point of view between the two main characters, Dorothy and Ash. Dorothy is from Seattle in the year 1913, she and her mother are grifters, or con artists. Being raised by a single mother that only knows how to scam men out of all of their wants and needs Dorothy has never known anything Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins is the first book of the new young adult science fiction fantasy Dark Stars series. This series is a time travel tale with a bit of romance and plenty of action that alternates the point of view between the two main characters, Dorothy and Ash. Dorothy is from Seattle in the year 1913, she and her mother are grifters, or con artists. Being raised by a single mother that only knows how to scam men out of all of their wants and needs Dorothy has never known anything different. When the con goes to far however with Dorothy's hand in marriage promised to a wealthy doctor Dorothy can only think of escape. Ash is a pilot from New Seattle in the year 2077 who makes the jump from his time back to 1913 only to run into a strange girl in a wedding dress. Ash doesn't think much of the encounter and focuses only on fixing her ship to return to his own time. However, as Ash is preoccupied Dorothy spots an opening in the ship and decides this would be her way out of the marriage that she dreads. Stolen Time was a fun start to this new scifi series in which the author has taken a lot of time travel elements and worked them into her novel in her own way. I have to say I did like Ash a bit more than Dorothy in the story but Dorothy grew on me as it went along. The romance side is really light in this opener, perhaps there will be more in the future but for now this was heavier on the action. With this one ending on a cliffhanger to set up the next installment of the story I was already ready for the next book. I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not the biggest fan when it comes to time traveling movies or books. It took me a few time of watching Donnie Darko to actually like it, and the only time traveling series I loved was Ruby Red. However, this was actually a pretty good start!Right off the bat I loved Ash, and he was very developed. I wanted to shake him a few times for not speaking up about certain things, but I can let that slide! Dorothy, on the other hand, I just could not connect with this girl one bit! I get she had a to I'm not the biggest fan when it comes to time traveling movies or books. It took me a few time of watching Donnie Darko to actually like it, and the only time traveling series I loved was Ruby Red. However, this was actually a pretty good start!Right off the bat I loved Ash, and he was very developed. I wanted to shake him a few times for not speaking up about certain things, but I can let that slide! Dorothy, on the other hand, I just could not connect with this girl one bit! I get she had a tough upbringing, but come on girl! Then we had to constantly hear about how beautiful she was. But I thought the story was great and finished it in one day. Also, the writing was really good, and it was a fun start that had me on my toes to see how it would end. Because I didn't guess what was going on until the last few chapters, it gets extra cool points for that! Plus, that ending makes me need the next book because I have to know what happens! 
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  • Katerina Kondrenko
    January 1, 1970
    8 out of 10 At first, I had a lot of complaints and i'mtiredofYAs, but the ending smoothed them all. Finally, I have the very feeling I used to have when really big cliffhangers happen. Goosebumps, shivers, excitement. I'm alive, people! I'm still bookishly alive! And now I'm sure as hell I need to read the sequel. Maybe even review to come. Yep, I have no time, but maybe I'd steal a little)
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  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    January 1, 1970
    That was absolutely amazing!!!RTC
  • Anika
    January 1, 1970
    Holy cover ✨✨✨
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Stolen TimeSeries: Dark Stars #1Author: Danielle RollinsRelease date: February 5, 2019Cliffhanger: YesGenre:YA, fantasy“My darling, Alice. When you followed the white rabbit down the rabbit hole, you fell into a world where time was a circle instead of a line.”I'm a huge fan of the time travel trope, so when I saw this book it was calling my name. First of all: GORGEOUS cover. It's so stunning and eye catching, but most importantly, the art represents the story perfectly. If you love tim Title: Stolen TimeSeries: Dark Stars #1Author: Danielle RollinsRelease date: February 5, 2019Cliffhanger: YesGenre:YA, fantasy“My darling, Alice. When you followed the white rabbit down the rabbit hole, you fell into a world where time was a circle instead of a line.”I'm a huge fan of the time travel trope, so when I saw this book it was calling my name. First of all: GORGEOUS cover. It's so stunning and eye catching, but most importantly, the art represents the story perfectly. If you love time travel stories with some action and mystery, and/or a dystopian setting this will be the perfect read for you. Dorothy and her mother are con artists running schemes in 1913 Seattle. She never had a choice in the matter, it was just how she was raised and the way she had to survive. Now her mother has forced her into what she thinks is the ultimate con: marrying her off to a wealthy surgeon looking for a trophy wife. She didn't have a problem attracting men with her captivating looks, but she wasn't interested in the kind of life he had to offer. She wasn't particularly fond of swindling people out of their money either, so on her wedding day she chooses to make her escape and get as far away as possible before she's caught by her mother. She had no idea how far she was about to go.After stumbling upon Ash and his modified A-10 Warthog plane, he becomes her plan B. Despite his bizarre story of a destroyed city and and a flesh eating assassin terrorizing people back home, she's not swayed. He's going to pilot her to freedom whether he likes it or not. His destination: New Seattle, 164 years into the future. When they arrive, she discovers that the city is now submerged under water. Those who survived the great earthquake are now abandoned by the US government and their lives revolve around survival. This is one point about the book that took me a little by surprise. I wasn't really expecting a dystopian theme to the plot, but it wasn't an unwelcome surprise. It was a really original setting and concept that had some solid depth and complexity to it. In the city, it's every man for themselves. But Dorothy is quickly introduced to the trusted few in Ash's inner circle. Not only are Zora, Willis, and Chandra all part of a team, they're best friends. Chandra, Willis, and Ash were all recruited by Professor Walker to be part of his Chronology Protection Agency for their specialized skills. He needed help in order to research the effects and possible consequences of traveling through history. “Scientists spent centuries studying concepts and coming up with ideas, but they were never tested, because they couldn’t be. Until the Professor came along.”His journal entries describe his musings on paradoxes, possibilities of changing things in the past and future, and the events that led up to his sudden disappearance. These are interjected intermittently between chapters, and while it did slow down the pace for me in the middle a bit, it gave a lot of much needed information. The timeline of past and present are not linear, leaving some things a mystery for a good portion of the book. Why did one of their own betray them and join the Black Cirkus, a gang that terrorizes the streets at night? Where did the professor disappear to, and why? Is it possible for Ash to change the looming betrayal that he's seen in his persistent premonition? Dorothy was an intriguing character with a backbone of steel. I never disliked her despite her morally questionable activities, because I could see that she never really had the option to explore another way of life until then. Being around Ash and his friends has given her an example of what it's like to be part of a supportive unit that looks out for each other's backs. It's obvious that she wants to be accepted by them and have a chance at becoming someone new. Proving her abilities, strength, and worth in this new world she stumbled upon. Used to being valued for her surface looks and how they can cheat people from their hard earned money, it's more than a little disconcerting when Ash sees beyond her physical appearance. It's more important to her that she's treated as an equal and not as if she's weak. The romance development wasn't heavy in this one, but there were hints here that things could have led in that direction. I can't even begin to guess where the story will go next. This is one of those cases where I didn't have even the slightest inkling of the twist up until the last second. NONE! I appreciated the fact that the story was unpredictable and well thought out. There could have easily been plot holes galore with time travel in the mix, but it was obvious Rollins did her research on the scientific theories involved and plotted accordingly. I think book two has the rare potential to be even better than the first. After reading this twisted, jaw-dropper ending, there's no way I'm not reading the next installment as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    January 1, 1970
    This looks amazing 😍
  • Nastassja
    January 1, 1970
    Real rating: 3.5 stars Opening scene: A big high tech design lobby. A huge LED screen on the wall. Music blares from the commercial, sounding throughout the lobby. "Welcome to New Seattle, the year 2077. After the tsunami destroyed half of our city, leaving all lower level buildings under water, we were left almost homeless. Now is the time to come together in the wake of that tragedy and help to create a better world. Join our Time Travellers' Troops of the Western Territories (TTTWT), former Real rating: 3.5 stars Opening scene: A big high tech design lobby. A huge LED screen on the wall. Music blares from the commercial, sounding throughout the lobby. "Welcome to New Seattle, the year 2077. After the tsunami destroyed half of our city, leaving all lower level buildings under water, we were left almost homeless. Now is the time to come together in the wake of that tragedy and help to create a better world. Join our Time Travellers' Troops of the Western Territories (TTTWT), former USA, learn how to drive a time machine and be a part of our mission 'Past is Our Future'. Be a hero, help us save humanity"Music stops. The screen goes blank.Day: December 17. Interviewer: NASA specialist Agent Smith. Agent Smith: *clears his throat* Name yourself, please.Nastassja: Nastassja, TTWT, second in command.Agent Smith: What do you think about that commercial?Nastassja: Well, it sure does not express all of the fun, the time travel is.Agent Smith: What do you mean?Nastassja: I mean when they were recruiting us, nobody told us that we might see our death inside of the anil.Agent Smith: Anil?Nastassja: Yeah, pudget sound anil- a kind of wormhole that enables us to travel through time. It's a hell of a ride to put it mildly.Agent Smith: Why would you say that?Nastassja: Because you can explode when you are inside the tunnel, or you can get a pre-memory, which is not fun at all.Agent Smith: What is pre-memory?Nastassja: It's hard to explain... When you are inside the anil, all time exists at once: past, future and present. So if you are really unlucky you can get a memory of your death, which has not happened yet, but, as I said, time doesn't care about your sensitivities. You pass out and have these vivid images of your death in all glorified horror, and every time you will get it more and more detailed until it finally happens.Agent Smith: But what about changing the future? Or past?Nastassja: Well, good luck with that. You think we haven't tried it? We went to the past many times, tried to save people, but no matter how well prepared we are, reality bends in a way that prevents us from changing anything.Agent Smith: Clarify.Nastassja: For example, there's a building, and you know there's a person inside who is going to die soon. You want to get to that person, warn them and save them. But when you try to enter that building something always happens: somebody walks out and knocks you unconscious with the door. Or a brick falls on your head and knocks you out. Or sometimes you can't even get to the building, because you are stuck in the traffic jam. *Shrugs* figure.Agent Smith: You can't save somebody, but what about killing someone?Nastassja: Same. Have you heard of the Grandfather paradox? It's a theory if you kill someone's grandpa that person will not be born, thus it makes time travel quite a dangerous trip, right? Turns out, not so much. No matter how hard you try, reality will bend in a way to prevent you from killing anyone.Agent Smith: So you are saying...Nastassja: Yes, you cannot change the past.Agent Smith: But then what is the purpose of time travel?Nastassja: Well, we cannot change time, yet. Agent Smith: Clarify.Nastassja: You know that theory when you go to the past to do stuff, and then you come back and find out that the other you have actually made you do that stuff in the past. It's classic. You are the reason and the consequence. A snake eating its own tale.Agent Smith: That sounds confusing.Nastassja: It is quite confusing, let alone dangerous. It might actually lead to the destruction of all time and matter.Agent Smith: Are you serious?Nastassja: How the heck would I know? Nobody knows because nobody had done that before. Right?Agent Smith: Um, right?Nastassja: *smiles into the camera lens* Welcome to the underwater cities, disappearing old ladies and cannibal girls. Agent Smith: Huh?We are not entirely sure what happened next was real. Nastassja ran to the window, broke the glass and jumped out. In a few seconds, she reappeared on top of a flying ship with an inscription on its side: Second Star. Before climbing inside the ship she, again, looked into the camera lens and said, "Join our Stolen Time team and we'll have fun you've never known before. Think fast, it's a limited offer that will expire on February 5th." Then she disappeared inside the door and the ship took off into the sky.--End of tape--
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  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight This was a fun and fast-paced time travel! I read it quite quickly, and enjoyed watching Dorothy adapt to the future! Let's break it down, shall we? The Things I Liked: •The characters worked so well together! I love when a group dynamic just works, and this one does. Even though most of the characters could not possibly be more different from one another, they were an incredible team You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight This was a fun and fast-paced time travel! I read it quite quickly, and enjoyed watching Dorothy adapt to the future! Let's break it down, shall we? The Things I Liked: •The characters worked so well together! I love when a group dynamic just works, and this one does. Even though most of the characters could not possibly be more different from one another, they were an incredible team working toward a common goal. And, they seemed to have grown to genuinely care about each other, which is an added plus. In addition, there's quite a bit of character growth that takes place. •The atmosphere was on point. The author did a great job at distinguishing the feelings of the different time periods. No two seemed the same, which is huge, as I want to not just know I've changed times, but to feel as though I have too. The bleakness of 2077 was certainly necessary too, to understand the desperation of the characters. •It was an action-filled story that moved quickly. The chapters are shorter, and interspersed with letters left behind from another traveler (whose importance you'll learn all about!) and it makes for a great flow during the book. I was eager to hop back in to the story every time, as it was just plain entertaining. The Things I Didn't: •It was fairly easy for me to predict most of the things. Now, it was still entertaining and enjoyable, so this wasn't a complete dealbreaker, but I guessed one of the biggest twists from almost the start. So that was a bit of a bummer. And I guessed a few more minor details. But again, not a dealbreaker. Bottom Line: I'll definitely be reading the sequel to see what happens to these (hopeful) saviors of the future!
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    A twisty and fun time travel adventure. The author clearly thought through the biggest holes in time travel scifi (closed loops, grandfather paradox) and added in some super interesting elements. My biggest beef is with the ending - it made sense in a really impressive way but the motivations weren't there, in my opinion. I so enjoyed this book - it's well-paced, exciting and romantic. I always felt compelled to keep reading, and I think the storyline was very cleverly unraveled.
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  • Milena
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsStolen Time is an interesting take on time travel and dystopian future that I mostly enjoyed. I liked the way the time travel was explained, it was easy to understand and it made a lot of sense, the author's time travel concept worked really well. I found the pacing of the book a little off. The main story takes place over a few days but it's jam packed with time travel, kidnappings, break-ins and characters, Ash and Dorothy, falling in love with each other by the end of the book. It wa 3.5 starsStolen Time is an interesting take on time travel and dystopian future that I mostly enjoyed. I liked the way the time travel was explained, it was easy to understand and it made a lot of sense, the author's time travel concept worked really well. I found the pacing of the book a little off. The main story takes place over a few days but it's jam packed with time travel, kidnappings, break-ins and characters, Ash and Dorothy, falling in love with each other by the end of the book. It was too quick for my taste, with not a lot of build-up. I prefer to see relationships grow and develop over time. Also these characters never ate, never slept, never washed. I found it strange. The ending was probably my favorite part of the book, it was twisty and clever. I didn’t guess the twist until the last couple of chapters. I am definitely looking forward to the next book, the ending hooked me!*ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss
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  • Scrill
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received via Edelweiss for a fair review.Full RTC.
  •  Amelia
    January 1, 1970
    FIREFLY MEETS DOCTOR WHO????? I NEED THIS NOW.
  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    This was a book I never would have discovered myself, let alone buy it. But I'm so glad that it crossed my path! The box was in the bookboxclub from March and it totally lived up to the expectations. And maybe, it was even much better than the blurb on the back suggested. The plot consisted of a very nice mix of history, dystopia, science, heist and a tight little bit of romance. I have to admit that part of the science went straight over my head, but I assume without a doubt that it makes sense This was a book I never would have discovered myself, let alone buy it. But I'm so glad that it crossed my path! The box was in the bookboxclub from March and it totally lived up to the expectations. And maybe, it was even much better than the blurb on the back suggested. The plot consisted of a very nice mix of history, dystopia, science, heist and a tight little bit of romance. I have to admit that part of the science went straight over my head, but I assume without a doubt that it makes sense and was resourced properly, because the explanation of how everything worked and functioned was simply too detailed to be just made up. But not just the plot worked great, the characters did too. They were interesting, layered and complicated. Not once did I get the idea that this was a good versus bad or black and white story, which was partly because the good guys make mistakes and the bad guys have redeeming qualities. And the lines between good and bad blur more and more the closer we get to the ending of the book.The easy and flowing writing style, combined with the interesting character and on top of that a few very nice plottwists, make for a great first book and I personally really can't wait for the sequel.
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  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    January 1, 1970
    You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper “You won’t die today, he thought. You might be badly maimed. Blinded. Arms and legs might be ripped from your body. But you won’t die.” I admit I was pretty excited for this new release. The concept sounded so unique and interesting, and since I enjoyed most of the time travel books I’ve read in the past I went with such high hopes, and though there were some things that I really enjoyed about Stolen Time, there were others that I You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper “You won’t die today, he thought. You might be badly maimed. Blinded. Arms and legs might be ripped from your body. But you won’t die.” I admit I was pretty excited for this new release. The concept sounded so unique and interesting, and since I enjoyed most of the time travel books I’ve read in the past I went with such high hopes, and though there were some things that I really enjoyed about Stolen Time, there were others that I had a lot of issues with.Like I mentioned before, the plot seemed very interesting to follow, but I found it was quite confusing. I don’t know why but every time a book tries to explain to me how they travel through time, I don’t understand anything, and this one was no different. All the explanations about time travel were told mostly from the point of view of a doctor, and his inner monologues were pretty boring, so maybe that was one of the reasons why I found all those explanations confusing. Who knows.The characters, though overall had a nice evolution throughout the story, were all pretty dull and simple, and I didn’t connect with them as much as I wanted to. Their interactions sometimes felt quite forced and awkward, and the romance between the two characters was quite cringy and came out of nowhere, and they had no chemistry whatsoever. It’s true that I started to enjoyed the dynamics between them as I was reaching the ending, but I think they could have been much more complex.And like it happened with the characters, I started to enjoy the plot more and more in the last 100 pages. Though the major plot twist or reveal that was made at the very end was quite predictable to me, and I saw that coming, I still think it was quite nice and interesting how it was done, and it peeked my interest as to wanting to know what was going to happen in the sequel.Overall, though the premise sounded incredibly intriguing and unique, the characters were a bit dull and their interactions sometimes a bit forced, and though the time travel aspect of the story was super fun and the story quite fast paced, I feel the story wasn’t as remarkable as I expected it to be.Actual rating: 2.75⭐️
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    THAT ENDING! WHAT THE FUCK! Ugggh I can't believe it's over.
  • Emily (Falling for YA)
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to follow closer to publication. Even though I saw the plot twist coming a mile away I really enjoyed this book and the cast of characters.
  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    oh shit.
  • Vira
    January 1, 1970
    Such a promising (although expected) ending!
  • Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
    January 1, 1970
    Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions “My darling, Alice. When you followed the white rabbit down the rabbit hole, you fell into a world where time was a circle instead of a line.” Stolen Time was a good start to this new YA sci-fi series. Time Travel has always been one of my favorite genres. So when I first read the synopsis of this book, I knew I had to read it. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with Time Travel aspect and I really enjoyed this novel. To be honest, Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions “My darling, Alice. When you followed the white rabbit down the rabbit hole, you fell into a world where time was a circle instead of a line.” Stolen Time was a good start to this new YA sci-fi series. Time Travel has always been one of my favorite genres. So when I first read the synopsis of this book, I knew I had to read it. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with Time Travel aspect and I really enjoyed this novel. To be honest, I had a couple of problems but for the most part, I was really into it. It has an interesting concept and enjoyable characters. I really liked the whole historical and futuristic setting, and the scientific elements. This was actually my first Danielle Rollins book and I can safely say that it won’t be my last.Dorothy and her mother are con artists in 1913 Seattle. For the most part of her life, they constantly moved from one town to another after finishing their con schemes. They always ran their scheme on a few men at once, making sure to cut them loose before suspicion set in. Dorothy don’t like swindling people out of their money but she never had a choice in matter. Her biggest weapon was her beauty and soon her mother was setting for a biggest con in which she would become a tropical wife to a wealthy surgeon in Seattle. Dorothy didn’t want to sacrifice her freedom so that her mother could live comfortably for the rest of their days. So on her wedding day, she decides to escape to another town as far away as possible from her mother. She quickly bolts into the nearby woods to hide and there she stumbles upon Ash and his strange looking airplane. Ash is from the future and he was on a vital mission to find his mentor who was missing and he doesn’t have time to save a damsel in distress. After seeing the airplane, Dorothy decides to start a new life wherever it lands next. Using her lock picking skills, she hides herself in the Cargo hold and then she wakes up to find herself in New Seattle 2077, a future world submerged in water, where no government exists and vicious gangs rule the submerged city streets.I loved Dorothy! She was smart, beautiful, determined, and cunning. She grew up without friends. She has a hard time trusting people because she was raised not to trust anyone but herself and was told that love couldn’t be relied upon. I absolutely hated Dorothy’s mother. She didn’t mind destroying her daughter’s life just for her greed. Ash was a pretty enjoyable character. He is a bit hard edged at the beginning but that’s understandable. Coming to the secondary characters, I liked Ash’s Inner circle, Zora, Professor Zacharias Walker’s daughter, Willis a carnival strongman from twentieth century, and Chandra, a healer from ancient India. I really enjoyed the friendship between them. Finally we have Roman. He’s a pretty interesting character and I can’t wait to know more about him. There’s a light romance between Dorothy and Ash. Although I enjoyed it, I wouldn’t say it was my favorite. It’s not the central focus in this book but I’ll be looking forward to see how it develops in the next installment.The plot was pretty much entertaining filled with adventure, mystery, and action. Although it felt dragged in few places, for the most part, It was an enjoyable read. The time traveling concept was very well done. The pacing was good. The writing was captivating. The book was written in third person pov shifting between Ash and Dorothy. There are also professor Walker’s scientific journal entries in between the chapters. I’m not fan of the journal entries but it is a essential part because it brought more insight to the story and also described how the time travel concept worked and what are its possibilities. The dystopian setting was great. I liked the whole idea of submerged cities and the vicious gangs that terrorizes the streets at nights. Sadly, there’s not much gang action in this book and I wanted to know more about Black Cirqus and what are their plans. I hope we get more info in the next book.Overall, I enjoyed this book! It was a fun ride. The plot twist at the end really surprised me. I didn’t saw that coming and can’t wait to know what happens next.
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    Ooh yes! I went in unsure if I would enjoy this - it sounded a bit like historical romance. But I loved it! It’s definitely more about teams, friendships and time travel, luckily ;)And that ending!! I have so many thoughts and ALL the questions. I’m pleased to see there appears to be a second book. Though this stands pretty well on its own, it doesn’t answer many questions, so hopefully we’ll learn more in book two!The plot was fast paced and very enjoyable - the whole concept of how the time tr Ooh yes! I went in unsure if I would enjoy this - it sounded a bit like historical romance. But I loved it! It’s definitely more about teams, friendships and time travel, luckily ;)And that ending!! I have so many thoughts and ALL the questions. I’m pleased to see there appears to be a second book. Though this stands pretty well on its own, it doesn’t answer many questions, so hopefully we’ll learn more in book two!The plot was fast paced and very enjoyable - the whole concept of how the time travel came about, and the earthquakes was pretty cool (and scary). It’s main plot point is trying to avoid the future flashes that Ash sees and trying to find the professor, so actually in many ways not a lot happens in this book. But that not a lot happens in a very exciting way lol! If that makes sense. It’s brilliantly setting up a big climax, but also manages to give us quite a lot of information without answering the big questions, which is pretty clever. Dorothy is in many ways not terribly likeable - she’s definitely out for herself! But I like her back story, and how she comes to value the team. And I always like a bit of an anti hero. In our buddy read chat, I described Ash as a grumpy cat, and I still feel like this is the most accurate description of him ever! 😂 I loved him lol. And the rest of the team are 💙 - particularly Willis who is just adorable. I also liked the professor, who we only see in the diary entries, that was a brilliant way to weave in the “future” back story. I am definitely going to hanging on tenterhooks for book 2, what a fun read!! 4.5 stars.
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  • Aila
    January 1, 1970
    "Time travel meant there were endless options, each filled with their own wonderful, terrible things.Her heart thrummed inside her chest. She wanted to see them all." STOLEN TIME was a roller coaster of a book, and I thoroughly enjoyed every page! I absolutely adore time-traveling YA books, so I knew that it would be right up my alley. The characters are dynamics and fun, the settings are engaging and well-constructed, and the plot stays steady and true. This was such a solid success from this "Time travel meant there were endless options, each filled with their own wonderful, terrible things.Her heart thrummed inside her chest. She wanted to see them all." STOLEN TIME was a roller coaster of a book, and I thoroughly enjoyed every page! I absolutely adore time-traveling YA books, so I knew that it would be right up my alley. The characters are dynamics and fun, the settings are engaging and well-constructed, and the plot stays steady and true. This was such a solid success from this author, and I really can’t wait to read more of her works!Alternating between the POV’s of Dorothy, a con artist from the 1913, and Ash, a WWI pilot plucked from his time to join a team of time travelers in 2077, STOLEN TIME promises an exciting adventure where the only thing you know for sure is how unstable time can be. I really adore time travel because of the uncertainty behind it, and how the structure it composed of theories and rules. Rollins integrates these theories into the book really well and easy to understand without detracting from the pacing or plot. There’s a slight romance that happens that’s a bit of a hate-to-love, and I love how light this aspect of the book – and Dorothy and Ash’s characterizations – is. There are friendships galore (which you know I NEED in my books) and lovely family interactions, as well as deep betrayals and frightening consequences due to actions. Intermingled between Dorothy and Ash’s perspectives are the journals of the researcher who created the time machine, and his observations and grand plan before disappearing. The ending had an amazing cliffhanger that left me SHAKING! It was a really awesome plot twist that I honestly should have seen, but had no idea this book would go towards. It’s leaving a LOT of room for character progression and relationship development, which I really can’t wait for. Bring me the sequel now! Time travel fans, and readers in general who are waiting for a grand adventure like Dorothy did will really enjoy this book. It’s full of flawed characters and motives, as well as the unknown limits of time travel. STOLEN TIME will steal your breath as it brings you a stunning story that will keep you gripped from beginning to finish.Content/Trigger Warnings: loss of loved ones, manipulation, mild violence
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 25%. Lots of things made me not want to read on, including: disabled villain trope, stilted dialogue, instalust, sketchy historical/scientific worldbuilding and painfully obvious foreshadowing to the point where you can SEE the author standing in the background of every scene, waving a sign which reads "THESE CHARACTERS ARE GOING TO FALL IN LOVE, I WANT YOU TO SHIP THEM".
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  • Caden Armstrong
    January 1, 1970
    I am not usually one for time travel books... BUT OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLE! I am shook after reading this book. I honestly cannot get enough of this story, its turns and twists! It was amazing and I am now so impatiently waiting for the sequel! I need that book in my hands!
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    OH MY GOOOOOSH THAT WAS GOOD!
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    I love the idea of time travel, but I also know it's rarely done well. I hope this one is one of the exceptions.
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    **I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**I was really excited about this book when I first read the description. It sounded invigorating and fun, with lots of time travel and hijinks galore. And I loved that one of the main characters was going to be from a point in history, not just from the future like most time travel books seem to have. And while it started off well, with fast-paced action keeping me entangled in the story, by the **I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**I was really excited about this book when I first read the description. It sounded invigorating and fun, with lots of time travel and hijinks galore. And I loved that one of the main characters was going to be from a point in history, not just from the future like most time travel books seem to have. And while it started off well, with fast-paced action keeping me entangled in the story, by the halfway point I was quickly losing interest because I just could not find much connection with the characters themselves.The plot, as I said, was fast-paced from the start. In fact, I'm pretty sure the entire thing takes place over two or three days. If we are counting a person's sleep cycle and not the time travel bits. There was so much happening and so fast it felt like I was being sucked in and couldn't get out. And by the time I reached a lull where things started to finally fall into place - explanations were given, backstories told, confusion resolved - it was already almost the halfway point of the story. There was definitely a lot more to come, with a lot of action and even more questions to be answered, (and, for a time travel book, there were only three time periods actually visited in the story) but I found myself forcing myself to continue not because of the plot but because of the characters.Dorothy, at first, I thought I was going to enjoy. She seemed intriguing - a girl whose beauty was molded to be used to seduce and trick men, who wanted more in life than what she had. What this "more" is she could never really put her finger on, but she knew she wanted it. (If I could find a gif of Jasmine from Starkid's Twisted singing "I want everything and more" I would insert it here because that's what I kept singing everytime Dorothy wanted "more".) I mean, I get it, she didn't want to be seen as something for men to obtain and just as herself, which yes to that and all, but also that was her only focus throughout the story. Everything she did stemmed from that - such as trying to prove to the rest of the team that she could do ridiculously dangerous things. Well, I guess she also decided at some point she wanted to be part of a team, but aside from her wants and desires, I just never really felt like I got to know her - just how she wanted to be seen by others.And then there's Ash, who, shocked me by being not from the future, but from 1945, and brought into the future. I thought this was cool and different for a time travel story and so I was excited to get to know his character. I feel like I'm still waiting to. Like Dorothy, his entire personality seemed to revolve around one thing about himself - and that was his knowledge of when and how he is going to die. His entire drive to find the Professor is to try and prevent his premature death, and his avoidance of certain things comes from it too. As a result, I learned very little about his actual personality, other than that he is stubborn.As a result of these two main characters having the personality traits of melons, the romance fell absolutely flat. Part of it was definitely the whole three-day whirlwind adventure of it all, but mostly it was because neither of these characters had much in terms of "traits." They were attracted to each other, sure, but the chemistry just didn't fly off the page and make me really root for them in any way.I wish I could say the secondary characters were interesting in some way but they weren't. What little we saw of them was just that - little. It was hints at more intriguing personalities and back stories, and the interactions felt very straight-forward and bland. It was clear they were a team, but not in the sense of a close-knit one. I just didn't get that sense of camraderie, or that knowledge of each other that people just get when they work closely together for a long period of time. I think the closest I got was seeing how Ash and Zora interacted with each other, the closest thing to a friendship I could actually see on the page. And even then, Zora was described as being closed off so often, it was hard to get a read on her sometimes as well.The ending had a nice twist to it, although it was a little predictable (I had two theories and one of them was correct). I just think everything happened so fast, though, in the scheme of things, and that coupled with the lack of personality in these characters had me rather disappointed in this book. It started off well, but sadly by the end I was just forcing myself to finish it because I could no longer bring myself to care what happened to the characters.2.5 stars
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  • Cassie James
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book and it doesn't influence my thoughts on it. Stolen Time has a very interesting premise. I was captivated when I saw it and this book absolutely delivered. Time Travel has always been one of my favourite genres. Stolen Time begins in 1913, Dorothy is about to get married to a man she does not love. Dorothy and her mother Loretta are so to speak, Scammers. They lie, scheme and steal from people. On the behest of her mother, Dorothy is being married off to a rich bac I received an ARC of this book and it doesn't influence my thoughts on it. Stolen Time has a very interesting premise. I was captivated when I saw it and this book absolutely delivered. Time Travel has always been one of my favourite genres. Stolen Time begins in 1913, Dorothy is about to get married to a man she does not love. Dorothy and her mother Loretta are so to speak, Scammers. They lie, scheme and steal from people. On the behest of her mother, Dorothy is being married off to a rich bachelor. Desperate to be free from this life and escape her gloomy future, Dorothy flees on her wedding day with nothing but her wedding dress and a heartfelt locket in her neck.Ash is a time traveler. Well not always, he used to be a soldier during World War II but he was recruited by Professor Zacharias Walker who came from the future with plans to make the world a better place with the help of Ash and some other individuals. Ash reluctantly agreed and everything was going swimmingly well until the Professor leaves one day on his personal time machine and never comes back.Ash, Zora (the professor's daughter/team mechanic), Chandra (the team Medic) and Willis (their guardian) search high and low for the Professor with Ash being to one to sojourn through time with their sole remaining time machine The Second Star.On one such occasion Ash mistakenly lands in 1913 in a clearing outside where Dorothy is to be wed.The fleeing bride sees him and seeing a golden ticket out, wheedles her way onto the time machine despite Ash vehemently disagreeing. Although it's totally crazy and reckless, going with Ash had a sense of rightness that propelled Dorothy into her destiny.Ash unaware of his stowaway, lands in their homebase in October 2077, New Seattle.The future is a grim place for most of the world is in ruins, earthquakes, tsunamis and floods have reigned true. The time machines the Chronology Protection Agency (The name the team is given) uses are powered through EM. Exotic Matter, is a substance from the outer rim of the black hole MWG2055, the first black hole discovered in our galaxy. It has properties that protect normal matter (humans, ship and all) from the anil. The Puget Sound anil is a massive Wormhole that was discovered to be able to be used to travel backwards in time.Travelling through the anil gives out visions of things that have happened in a person's life and things that are yet to happen. One such vision plagues Ash, his murder in the stabby hands of a white haired lady. This prevents him from ever forming a connection with any girl outside that of their team.Their team was handselected by the Professor and his wife as capable people on their various fields whose disappearance will not alter the course of time. From different times and different cultures, this ragtag group forms a powerful bond. After inadvertently bringing Dorothy to the future, Ash has no choice but to integrate her with his group. Dorothy who grew up learning to trust no one and depend on only herself finds that she yearns to in this group.Altercations with gangs, deadly hurdles through time ensues and Dorothy strives to prove herself while fighting her attraction towards the snarky Ash.They will have to race through time with time being the enemy itself.They will change things or die trying.I love the many twists and turns in this book, some I saw coming, some I did not.I commend Danielle Rollins for the way it is smoothly written, the pace is so perfect is easy to read The SciFi aspect are marvelously explained and gives a through view and feel of the world. The action, slow burn romance, and shenanigans are top notch.The ending wasn't really surprising and I called it like a million chapters back but it was epic nonetheless.I happily recommend Stolen Time, SciFi fans will not be disappointed. I can't wait to see what's next for these characters.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*Dorothy has lived an unconventional life, moving around the country with her mother, carrying out cons to scrape by. On the eve of her wedding in 1913, Dorothy realizes that being trapped in a loveless marriage at her mother's direction isn't really what she wants for the rest of her life. Ash is trying to find the Professor, his mentor and also the inventor of time travel, so that they are able to rescue the world from what *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*Dorothy has lived an unconventional life, moving around the country with her mother, carrying out cons to scrape by. On the eve of her wedding in 1913, Dorothy realizes that being trapped in a loveless marriage at her mother's direction isn't really what she wants for the rest of her life. Ash is trying to find the Professor, his mentor and also the inventor of time travel, so that they are able to rescue the world from what it's become in 2077. He also harbors a hope that the Professor will know how to help him avoid his impending death - an unfortunate side effect of time travel is the awareness of how one is going to die - which Ash has a sneaking suspicion is about to come to fruition. When Dorothy stows away on Ash's ship, she is faced with the devastation of the future, but also the close bonds between Ash's crew of fellow time travelers, something she's never had but always wanted. As Dorothy joins their mission to find the Professor, and Ash and Dorothy fight their growing feelings for one another,  Ash must figure out how Dorothy fits into the visions of the future and his death that he's witnessed, as well as how they can possibly save the world. I loved this book! I thought the characters were truly fascinating and the story was an action-packed adventure. The author put a lot of effort into explaining the theoretical science behind time travel, so it did not feel like a gimmick, and the reader was able to focus on the story. While I did guess the "twist" that's revealed at the end, it didn't take away from my enjoyment; I remained on the edge of my seat to see how it all played out. This is the first in a new series and I am very excited to see how this story continues. Like I said, the twist was predictable, but I enjoyed how we got there and I want to know more, so not really a negative in the long run. 
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  • Sam
    January 1, 1970
    You can find this review and others on my blog SleepySamReads!Special thanks to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I have always loved time travel stories. They have to be done right though. I think this one was!I really adored the main character Dorothy. She's a 16 year old who was born into the life of con artistry in the early 1900s Seattle. Dorothy's mother has forced her into the ultimate con and is making her marry a rich doctor. As a desperate a You can find this review and others on my blog SleepySamReads!Special thanks to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I have always loved time travel stories. They have to be done right though. I think this one was!I really adored the main character Dorothy. She's a 16 year old who was born into the life of con artistry in the early 1900s Seattle. Dorothy's mother has forced her into the ultimate con and is making her marry a rich doctor. As a desperate attempt to flee, she runs into the woods in her wedding dress the morning she is to marry. She finds a man and a plane. This man, Ash, is a time traveler originally from the 1940s, but having made a home in 2077. Dorothy, not knowing Ash and his plane travels through time, begs Ash to take her away from Seattle and the life her mother is forcing her into. When Ash refuses, Dorothy sneaks onto his ship.Dorothy is a badass strong female character who I really adore. She has the sarcasm that I love in all my favorite characters.This book does not lack strong female characters! There's also Zora, who is Ash's best friend and the daughter of the man who discovered time travel. Zora is a mechanic/engineer. She has one of the most badass scenes towards the end of the book. This scene makes me hope there's a movie adaptation just so I can see it! And Chandra, who is absolutely adorable and is a doctor from ancient India! And then there's Quinn, a mysterious hooded woman who terrorizes New Seattle in 2077.I found the story to be incredibly compelling. There's not very many time travel books that has the characters go to the future. Especially in YA. I guess authors are kind of scared to write books about things they don't understand. Danielle Rollins does it in a believable way though and I really enjoyed it!The cliffhanger killed me! It was so good and makes me want the sequel right now!! This is the first ARC I've received months ahead of the release and I honestly don't know how bigger bloggers can stand the wait between reading the ARC and the next installment's release. I already hate it! (Side note, if you read this please message me so we can talk about that ending!!)I recommend this to all lovers of YA! Especially those who like strong female characters and time travel!
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