Bee Reviews TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim // Romance, Clocks & Explosions, Oh My!

Posted March 13, 2017 by Bee in Reviews / 12 Comments

Bee Reviews TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim // Romance, Clocks & Explosions, Oh My!


by Tara Sim
Series: Timekeeper #1
Published on November 8th 2016
by Sky Pony Press
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Steampunk, LGBT, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Timekeeper

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.

4 Stars

Well then. This book is just a precious bundle of sweetness with some explosions and clocks thrown in. WHY did I not read this sooner? I don’t even know. I don’t understand myself sometimes. Because I’m all for adorable LGBT romances between two precious pumpkin boys that need protecting. AND THIS BOOK HAS THAT. So why?? What even is wrong with me. Needless to say I enjoyed this book a lot, even though I’m not a big fan of a) historical fiction and b) steampunk. It won me over and stole my heart. Honestly, who even needs a heart anyway?

Timekeeper is a story set in an alternative Victorian world controlled by clock towers. A damaged tower can fracture town, a destroyed one can stop it completely. It’s about seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny, a prodigy in his craft. His father is trapped in a Stopped town. A town where the clock tower was destroyed and time stopped completely. When Danny comes back to work after being out of it for a while due to an accident and is assigned to the clocktower of Enstein, where the tower seems forever plagued by problems. There he meets Colton, the town’s clock spirit. The two boys are drawn together but their romance is dangerous. And then other towers are being bombed and destroyed and Danny needs to find the person responsible before Colton’s tower is destroyed next and he loses everything.

I am not a big fan of Historical fiction. Or steampunk for that matter. But throw in an adorable LGBT romance and I’m in, no questions asked. Though I didn’t really expect much from this book going in, it completely surprised me. The writing pulled me in instantly and I connected to Danny immediately. The story kept me intrigued and I adored the world Tara has built here. I loved the idea with time and the clock towers and the magic involved in it. It’s so new and refreshing to me and I loved it! Though I could tell a tiny bit that the author herself isn’t British but that didn’t bother me all that much. Also, I have a feeling she loves clocks. Just saying.

Though I do have to mention that I was not a fan of the Greek-ish mythology parts with Aetas... I just didn’t really care and I don’t think they added to the story?? I’M SORRY. I just wanted more Danny and Colton, please and thank you.

I also did not really understand why it would show us a different POV in some chapters? It would switch to a secondary character for one chapter and then go back to Danny and I just didn’t know what the point was?? Was there a point even? Who knows.

But speaking of Danny and Colton… MY WHAT PRECIOUS PUMPKINS THEY ARE. Oh I adore these two lots. Danny is so gentle and kind and he has anxiety and is a clock mechanic and he has lots of sad and I just wanted to hug him so much. Colton, our darling clock spirit, was adorable and so child-like and playful and sweet and I wanted to squish him and wrap him in warm blankets. Both of them really. Their romance was SO sweet and perfectly done in my eyes. Although… I have a feeling this romance might not end well. I mean… A human and a clock spirit. THIS WON’T END IN HEARTBREAK AND TEARS, I’M SURE.

Also quick shout-out to Danny’s best friend Cassie, who is a car mechanic and awesome. And friendship goals. I loved her.

I also think the ending wrapped up nicely, leaving enough open for the sequel. The finale was exciting and had me glued to the screen of my Kobo the entire time.

So all in all, Timekeeper is absolutely a book you should check out. It’s unique, exciting, has a supersweet romance and also explosions. And clocks. So if you love those things, you should read this book. Because you’re missing out if you don’t.


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12 responses to “Bee Reviews TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim // Romance, Clocks & Explosions, Oh My!

  1. Ahh, I’m so glad to hear you loved this one! I just started the audiobook because I’m part of an upcoming blog tour for it, and it’s excellent so far. I personally already love historical fiction, but I totally agree that adorable LGBTQ+ romances make everything a million times better! Awesome review, Bee!

    • Bee

      YES they do. I’m not big on Historical fiction but one of my faaaavorites this year so far is The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee and that is Historical Fiction but it has the beeeeest LGBTQ+ romance.

  2. I’m currently listening to the audiobook version of this and really enjoying it. It’s quite unlike anything else I’ve read, and it’s such a fun one! I love how Cass is interested in cars and the relationship she and Danny have – yes for friendship! Great review, and super glad you enjoyed it!

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