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BY THE PRAIRIES BOOK REVIEW on APRIL 13, 2020

A satisfying debut…

Starnes makes his debut in time travel with this gripping, leisurely-paced first installment in the Saving History series and tells the story of a group of young adults who set on to make a correction to the timeline to save the future from vicious forces.


Strange visions are haunting Junior. History is changing gradually. When Junior realizes the ultimate change in history will eradicate his own existence from the timeline, he decides to go back in the past and locate his mother’s best friend Ian, the person who has the power to make correction to the timeline and set things right. But Ian himself is going through a dilemma of his own: strange things are happening around him; his best friend Kayla is missing; and a vicious villain wants to change the timeline for his own ulterior motives. To save Kayla, Ian must change his own future or risk losing his best friend forever.


With his own diagnosis of ASD and Dyslexia, Starnes is clearly well informed about the real struggles of people with reading disorders; reading a time travel book with its complicated layers of world-building and temporal hijinks presents a daunting task. Keeping in mind his own struggles of reading fiction, Starnes keeps the world-building simple and story’s multiple strands from getting too tangled, making it an ideal adventurous tale for people with reading disorders.


His characterization is done nicely; Ian shines as the protagonist, his gentle temperament, integrity, and sensitivity makes him an endearing hero. Kayla who comes across as a typical teenager easily makes her place in readers’ hearts with her courage and subtle intuition. The friendship between Ian and Kayla and their unbreakable bond is both sweet and believable. Junior doesn’t get much space in the story, but he makes his presence known nonetheless.

The narrative runs mostly at a leisurely pace, though it gets hampered with sudden introductions of new characters and informed backstory at times. However, it never loses its momentum.


Starnes’s simple prose is accessible and his plot full of twists and turns as he establishes Ian’s complex world, successfully raising the stakes of the further books in the series. The cliffhanger finale is sure to have readers clamoring for the next installment.


With its intriguing storyline and fine pacing, the book makes for an engrossing time-travel tale. YA readers (12+) will be rewarded.

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Reviews

Anonymous

What an amazing book. My nine year old has really enjoyed reading it too. He was diagnosed with dyslexia in the first grade and really struggled to read. He loves reading this Authors books and was excited to move on to book two "School Bound"! We definitely recommend these great stories.

5 Stars


Anonymous

This book was amazing! I can’t wait to see what book two holds for Ian!

5 Stars


Bernadette Horgan

Review copy of this book was sent to me for free by the authors having joined @voraciousreadersonly

Just finished reading Time Keeper by @starnesbooksllc and it was so good. I've never read anything like it before, but I loved it so much. Began off so confused but once I got into it, it all started to make sense. The story line is so different from anything else I've read, and I wasn't sure about it going into it. But I am so glad I gave this book a go. I read though it in a few hours as I needed to know what happened. Will definitely be picking up book 2 as this mystery has only just began. Would recommend picking this up it's such an amazing read.

5 Stars


Delores Green

I have really enjoyed reading this book because i'm one of those people that have a hard time reading and finishing books, so when i'm reading it and get so into it I cant put it down,it makes you want to know whats about to happen next.Its just been a lot easier for me to sit in my chair with my lap blanket to relax and read.I cant wait for book two.

Delores Green - Dallas TX

5 Stars


Anonymous

Wow, what a great book! I felt obligated to put up a review for this man and his book. Cover to cover suspense and drama. I watched him stir around and think and pace and obsess over writing this book for months and months. I bar tend at Overtime Grill and Bar, in Birmingham, AL, he frequented while piecing together this fantastic novel. If you’ve read it and love it trust me he has more books lined up already. GET EXCITED! I've caught glimpses of them.

4 Stars


Anonymous

Great book! Makes you want to keep reading more.

5 Stars


Anonymous

Amazing book. The plot twist and turns were awesome! I never knew that about a watch, or that castle in New York. Pretty cool to enjoy learning something, while you are doing something you enjoy! I cant wait for the next one. Hurry up and finish it so I can find out what happens next!

5 Stars


Dinzle Young

Now this was such a great start to a new series. I am not sure where this new author gets his ideas, but wow. I love all the historical facts mentioned in this book. I would have never guested that about the watch. This is an author that brought me back to actually liking to read!

5 Stars


carol mcbee

What an amazing upcoming new author. His perspective on teaching history with a great action packed Novel is great! This really is not just a YA Series, it is for all ages. His creative writing is something new to this century of writing. The way he entwines Chapter 2 with Chapter 7, WOW, NEVER SAW THAT COMING!

I cant wait for the next Novel in the series, School Bound.

Way to go Mr. Starnes.

5 Stars

Voracious Readers and Goodreads

Rosie

5/26/2019

***** Stars

What a fantastic read....


I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through Voracious Readers.

What a fantastic read. This book kept me hooked from start to finish, I even read this book in the same day as I didn’t want to put it down in case I missed something!!

You really need to read this, I promise you will not be disappointed. I can not wait to read more from this author... absolutely fabulous 😊


bibliophile1996

5/10/2019

***** Stars

~ Review copy of Time Keeper by Robert Starnes was sent to me for free by the authors having joined @voraciousreadersonly ~


Just finished reading Time Keeper by @starnesbooksllc and it was so good. I've never read anything like it before, but I loved it so much. Began off so confused but once I got into it, it all started to make sense. The story line is so different from anything else I've read, and I wasn't sure about it going into it. But I am so glad I gave this book a go. I read though it in a few hours as I needed to know what happened. Will definitely be picking up book 2 as this mystery has only just began. Would recommend picking this up it's such an amazing read.

5.0 out of 5 stars Time Keeper

Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2020

“Amazing book, must read. The author conveys his narratives from a perspective that captivates the reader.”


5.0 out of 5 stars

Awesome Book! Awesome Author!

September 28, 2018

"I had the honor of getting to read the book before it was released, and I must say it is AMAZING! Definitely give this book a chance!!! I can’t wait for the second installment to come out"


5.0 out of 5 stars

Waiting on next series to come out ..

October 25, 2018

"I started reading the time Keeper and at first I had to reread a couple of pages because I got lost.. I would only read a chapter a day because I am not a big reader .. when I got over halfway through I couldn’t put it down I had to see what was gonna happen next .. now I can’t wait for the next series to be released .. plus I have been to New York twice and now I want to go back just to go see the Belvedere Castle .. really a good book ❤️"

THE BEST!!!

by Mjflo33

"Best book ever!! Can’t wait for part 2"


AMAZING

by a.aron rod

"Perfect book to read it had me wanting more and more from the very beginning!"


Saving history

by Delicious Donna

"Great book for old and young .."

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November 2, 2018

"Wow!! I just read as much as I could and I was sooo wrapped up in the story, I have got to see WHERE this story goes, the journey and how it end😍.. This looks like an AWESOME book Bobby Starnes and hell, I HATE to read.. Lol I'm hooked already... Great job💯"


November 2, 2018

"Check out this AWESOME book!! I am no reader but, this book has had MY attention from just reading 'The Introduction' (about the book)💯.. Trust me, READ IT, You will definitely find it vote worthy❤🙏" #GoodreadsChoice