I'm so SO excited to host my first ever Sunday Street Team post this month. This month's Sunday Street Team book is Tara Sim's BEAUTIFUL debut novel - Timekeeper.
Title: Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1)Author: Tara Sim
Publication Date: November 8th 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1/3 of The Timekeeper Trilogy
I Got A Copy Through: Sky Pony Press via Edelweiss (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: 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.
The stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim, Timekeeper is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab.
I haven’t read a steampunk novel in FOREVER. So much so, that I remember that the last time I was reviewing a steampunk novel, I remember saying the EXACT same thing!
In Short, Timekeeper was an interesting, slow-paced and romantic read that had me hooked from start to finish.
Daniel Hart is the youngest mechanic who has ever been inducted into the Mechanic’s Union. Set in 17th century London, Clocks around the world connect with each other to give the world Time. Without the clocks, the world will be stuck in an endless time loop, repeating the same minute over and over again for eternity.
When a clock malfunctions, or needs upkeep, the Mechanics step in, and using their special ability to sense time, they fix all problems, except for one:
Three years ago, the city of Maldon Stopped. For three years, its citizens have lived in a time loop, not aging, unable to leave the city limits, reliving a minute at a time. And Daniel Hart’s father is one of those people.
With a mother that blames him for his father’s entrapment, a strange apprentice in the clock tower that has Danny thinking about more romantic things than fixing gears, and attacks on clock towers everywhere, there is no more dangerous time than now for a mechanic to fall in love.
Timekeeper was such a DIFFERENT story. I adored the romance between Danny and Colton/ Brandon. It was a young, forbidden romance, with both of them constantly figuring out how they could work despite all the things working against them.
I loved that the Mechanic’s Union had such a great part in this, including the other Mechanics like Matthias, Lucas and Daphne. I ADORED Danny’s best friend, Cassie, with her normal car mechanic skills and sound advice, romantic or otherwise.
The dialogue was slightly awkward in the last few scenes, especially during the reunion of a certain few people. Moreover, there were all these POV changes to THE GODS (?) that were strange. I can only imagine that they will be making an appearance in the next few books, but it was still so strange to switch from steampunk 1800’s London to a God’s Story, even if it was about Time.
All in all, I would DEFINITELY recommend Timekeeper for a different, romantic read!
What was the last Steampunk Novel that you read? What was the last LGBTQIA Book you read?
Would you read Timekeeper?