by Lisa Maxwell
Simon Pulse, 2017, YA Fiction, 512 p
Esta was born with a magical ability to manipulate time. She was discovered and raised by a man, Professor Lockwood, to be a super-thief of magical objects. With the help of a powerful artifact, she goes back in time to try to steal the Ars Arcanum, an ancient book that is said to hold the key to destroying the Brink, a barrier that keeps all magicians imprisoned in New York City. Once back in 1902, Esta discovers that her mission, and everything she was raised to believe about magic and magicians is much more complicated than she ever dreamed.
This is a high energy fantasy/sci-fi time travel novel for teens. At 512 pages, the book is a serious time commitment, but it is not hard to finish. Instead, it is hard to put down. Esta and the other main characters are complex and their fantasy/steampunk world is intense. Maxwell's plotting is brilliant, with lots of unexpected twists and turns. This is a great choice for people who liked Hunger Games.