The Time Key by Melanie Bateman

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

As Stanley got closer, he saw two figures beating on a lone man, while four others stood back to watch. “Hey!” Stanley’s voice sounded hoarse in his ears. “Leave him be!”

SHADOWS THAT MOVE ON THEIR own, a mysterious device that looks like a pocket watch, a man on the run from monsters that exist in dreams—all are connected to Stanley because he interrupted a mugging. Now Stanley holds the Time Key, an object that allows him to travel through time. With the extraordinary gift of being able to see both the past and the future, he may be the only one who can save his family.


The Time Key takes a bit of a twist on the usual time traveling stories, where instead of a time machine, we follow the main character with his ever handy time key.

Though the storyline is enjoyable and well thought out, it progresses so slowly that I felt like I was never getting any further into the story, that with every chapter I had more questions than answers and the ending was, unfortunately, weak in providing those answers.

I did enjoy the action that took place, as well as each and every one of the characters, I just couldn’t get into the story as much as I would have liked to. But when looking at the book’s content, I was pleased that it was clean of any swearing as well as nothing sexual. The action had a tendency to get decently detailed and because the perps are shadows, some readers may be disturbed by how they gruesomely kill their victims. As for morals, there was a good amount of family bonding and understanding that the mistakes of the past don’t define who we are but they do guide the future, also that dwelling on the past often corrupts the future.

So overall, I give The Time Key 3 out of 5 stars and am resolved to say that this book simply wasn’t for me, but some of you who follow Literature Approved will more than likely enjoy it.

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