ARC Review: TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim

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Title: Timekeeper
Author: Tara Sim
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release date: November 8th, 2016

Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely. 

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors. 

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve. 

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

Thank you Edelweiss and Sky Pony Press for the egalley. 

You enter this alternate Victorian London. You get to meet Danny Hart, a clock mechanic, that only wants to know if his dad is okay. To find a way to fix the damage he thinks he caused. This a story about how this boy found a clock tower and inside a lonely clock spirit. This is a story about how those two boys fell in love while a conspiracy to destroy all the clock towers in London is happening.

Tara Sim's debut novel is made of thin threads of gold and magic that tell a story about a boy who fell for a clock spirit in the middle of a conspiracy. This book is lyrical and fascinating to get to know. It's so enchanting, the story speaks to you and will try to get you so into the story, you won't let go until the end. You will want more, that's for sure.

The characters are all so amazing, especially Danny and Colton. It has a forbidden romance and much more than that. It has a forbidden romance and much more than that. I fell in love with Colton since the first time I saw him enter scene. He is shy and cute and really wants for someone to love him and stay with him. I love every aspect of this book, from the very alternate Victorian London setting to the small details, the small gestures, the small actions. This book is filled with love and caring and characters made of paper but will feel so real you will say you wish you were there with them.

Timekeeper is definitely one of my favorite 2016 books. I adored every second I spent reading it~ the story doesn't drag in any moment, the flow is easy and fresh but also really entertaining and fun to follow: there are so many things happening you will be craving more and more with every chapter you read.

Overall, if you enjoy alternate settings, magic, adorable clock spirits, a really great MC that is experiencing loss but also love, and just lots of kisses, Timekeeper is for you and you should definitely get it when it's out!

Tara Sim is the author of TIMEKEEPER (Sky Pony Press, Fall 2016) and writer of all things magic. She can often be found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. 

When she’s not writing about mischievous boys in clock towers, Tara spends her time drinking tea, wrangling cats, and occasionally singing opera. Despite her bio-luminescent skin, she is half-Indian and eats way too many samosas.

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