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Next on my reading list was Timekeeper by Tara Sim, which caught my eye with it's offbeat plot. And it turned out to be an absolute delight.



Summary on the back: 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 thoughts: I adored this book. From it's fabulous steampunk twist on history, to it's completely creative world-building, everything was complete perfection. The writing style was gorgeous, and I loved the entire creepy concept of time stopping an entire town, trapping the people inside. The concept of clock spirits was highly unique and fascinating - I wanted to know so much more about them! - and the historical details felt perfectly accurate, despite the interwoven fantasy elements. I enjoyed most of the background characters, and there were so many lovely scenes and moments, as well as an enjoyable ending.

Danny was a likable, thankfully non-annoying protagonist - I really enjoyed the concept of the mechanics in general, and it was such a delight to have a central character who wasn't the over-used savior type, but rather just an ordinary boy doing the best he can, and struggling to come to terms with the loss of his father and his mother's grief over it. Colton was instantly lovable, with his poignant loneliness and observations of the humans he watches over, and yet believably other-worldly. I loved the concept of him being connected to time - his little cog that he holds when he's sick was adorably sad - and their romance was sugary sweet and exactly what I'd hoped for. The whole plot had a funny, comforting feel, like an old children's novel, something I've never come across in a modern book, and loved.

I had no complaints whatsoever with Timekeeper and loved it wholeheartedly.

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