Monday, 20 March 2017

Review - Timekeeper (Timekeeper, #1) by Tara Sim

Title: Timekeeper (Timekeeper, #1)
Author: Tara Sim
Pages: 424
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release date: 8th November 2016

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing and NetGalley*

Danny Hart lives in a version of Victorian London where clock towers control time. Danny is a clock mechanic like his father, who has been trapped in a town that has been Stopped for three years.
When Danny is assigned to the clock tower in Enfield, he meets the clock's spirit, Colton. The two are drawn to each other but Danny knows that having a relationship with a clock spirit isn't allowed.
When several clock towers are targeted by bombs, Danny is worried that Enfield will be next.
Who is behind the bombings?
Can Danny and Colton have a future?

I really wanted to like this book.
The idea of clock towers having spirits that control time was intriguing and I liked that Timekeeper was set in Victorian London. I also liked the mythology aspects - I'm a sucker for mythology.
Danny was an okay character and I felt sorry for him.
I wasn't a fan of the romance. It happened too quickly for my liking but I could see that both Danny and Colton were lonely.
The plot was alright. I didn't guess the person behind the bombings.
The pacing was a bit slow for me and I lost interest at several points.
I was disappointed that I didn't enjoy this more.

Overall this was an okay read.