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Blurb (from Goodreads):
In a future where time travel has been outlawed, a black market exists for anyone with the money, connections, and nerve to request items from days past. As a Runner for one of the underground syndicates that now controls the timewaves, Stassi 2446-89 has seen it all: the fall of Rome, the rise of Hitler, the end of democracy, the establishment of time tourism, and the devastating consequences of it. Her job is to seamlessly slip through the past, in search of items of value to the syndicate's clientele.
Stassi's next assignment takes her to Paris in the 1920’s, in search of a lost manuscript by one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. She and her partner, Gaige, are swept up in the City of Light during the height of fashion and culture—as alluring a locale as they’ve ever visited. But a seedier side of life lurks beneath the glamorous façade, and the pair quickly learns this run is more dangerous than any of their previous missions.
Because history isn’t playing out as it should be—a first for the syndicate. When the stakes are raised and it becomes a matter of life or death, Stassi and Gaige must ultimately decide how far they’re willing to go to ensure the future as they know it.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This wasn’t a bad book, but it did struggle to hold my attention.
Stassi was an okay character, although at times her devotion to her job was really shaky. I couldn’t quite understand her wanting to sit through 2 hours of hairdressing rather than cut her hair a bit, and I also thought it was a bad idea to get involved with someone from a completely different century.
The storyline in this was okay, but it was let down by the slow pace. The book just seemed really long, and the pace really dragged for me. I got that the main idea was to find a manuscript for a book which had been lost, and I also got that Stassi was trying to work out who had purchased the locket that she had been given by her mother, with the hope of discovering her birth parents, but the story just seemed to take forever to get anywhere, and I lost interest.
The ending to this was okay, and I wasn’t expecting what we learned right at the end of the book.
6 out of 10