Kait Reviews: The Syndicate by Sophie Davis

Posted May 31, 2016 by kaitgoodwin in Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Kait Reviews: The Syndicate by Sophie DavisThe Syndicate (Timewaves #1) by Sophie Davis
Series: Timewaves #1
Published by Sophie Davis Books on March 1st 2016
Genres: Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Alternate History
Pages: 586
Format: Kindle, eARC
Source: NetGalley
Reading Challenges: 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge

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.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Why I Read It: There was a mention of Time Travel in the description, and I was hooked.


I really liked this book. The plot was thick and wonderful and full of answers to time travel plot questions, which made me so happy. The cliffhanger at the end was a little predictable, but still intriguing- I’m looking forward to reading the next installment as soon as it comes out. Overall, this was a good book. Solid 4 stars.

If I had a problem with this book, it was that I wanted to love it, and I kept waiting for the moment when I would set my Kindle down, smile, and mentally add it to my favorites list, but no matter how long I waited it didn’t come. I want to, but I can’t. The characters were portrayed very well, with one small exception that I’m sure we’ll get more of in the next book. The world building was done well, and the writing style was fantastic. There’s a lot to work with, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.

A Couple Things I liked about The Syndicate:

  1. Time Travel– I love time travel books. It’s why I decided to apply for this book in the first place, and everything that has to do with time travel was exquisitely done. From the downsides (time sickness) to the upsides (being able to befriend some of the most famous people in history!!!), everything was done very, very well.
  2. Male/Female Friendship– It’s rare to find a YA book where the two main characters aren’t dating/wishing they were dating/broken up, especially when they are of opposite genders. Stassi and Gage (the main characters) don’t always get along perfectly- the opening scene will tell you that- but they’re partners who work well together. They back each other up, share adventures, and have heart to hearts, all the while having separate lives and separate plots. It’s refreshing and I love it.

A Couple Things I didn’t like about The Syndicate:

  1. The Pace– It took a little while before I hit my groove with reading this. Any book that requires readers to learn a new system (in this case, we’re in the future where time travel is possible) always takes a little longer, but I wish I could have a better sense of what I was reading sooner.
  2. Uhh…. I can’t think of anything else. This was a really good book.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves time travel books, science fiction books, or anyone who loves to have a good mystery dangled in front of them… which will presumably be solved in the other books. 🙂


Well Wishes & Candy Fishes,

Kait 🙂


Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

0 responses to “Kait Reviews: The Syndicate by Sophie Davis

  1. I have seen a few people talk about this book recently and I am loving the premise of time traveling for rich clients (always love a good time travel anyway). A male/female friendship would be nice, every time I think that I have found one that is just going to say a friendship, it always turn into something more! Though I do like romance in my books so I can’t complain too much!

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