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Review: Timekeeper by Tara Sim

I’m so happy we’re starting 2018 with one of my most anticipated books which I didn’t get to read in 2017. Here’s to being better this year! And Timekeeper is a phenomenal place to start. It was thrilling, soft, dangerous, and I read it all in one day.


This summary is just too good.

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

A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork but time itself, determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town.

A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardize all of England.

A boy who would give anything to relive his past, and one who would give anything to live at all.

A romance that will shake the very foundations of time.


book review timekeeper by tara simFirst off, I was absolutely in love with the idea of Timekeeper – guardians of time and clock towers. Hello?! This is what my dreams are made of. And Sim pulls it off with flying colors. The premise pulls you in entirely and keeps you going through the entire book. It is thrilling, and new to me, and I love it dearly.

Secondly, there were lovely little touches throughout the book, such as the clock chapter headings, and the map. I know that they weren’t gigantic touches, but they were there and I really appreciate the small details – also the text that was in different shapes. I don’t want to spoil you!

Thirdly, the themes are so soft and timeless (see what I did there) and emotional. Fate, coincidence, time, and love? Can you name more themes that instantly bewitch my heart? Also any book that looks at the interaction between love, sacrifice, and the greater good is calling my name.

Fourth, the romance aspect was soft and tender and it still makes my heart flutter each time I think about it. Instant ship material here. There’s a m/m relationship that is all sorts of fluffy marshmallows.

Fifth, the characters were pieces of pie. They hit you straight in the heart. And the way they parallel and mirror each other is an intricate dance that Sim pulls off fantastically.

Sixth, yes I went there, the interaction with the mythology is wonderful and it makes this entire story more nuanced and deep and enjoyable. There’s an element of mystery that is never really fully unraveled here and it doesn’t frustrate me, but intrigues me.

The entire series is promising and touching, with wonderful concepts mixed with lovely characters. It hits all my soft spots and makes me so excited I received the chance to read the arc, Chainbreaker, so I could find out what happened next.

Take advantage of my timing and pick yourself up both of these books on Amazon(US), your local indie, and add to Goodreads.


What book from 2017 will you try to read this year?

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8 thoughts on “Review: Timekeeper by Tara Sim

  1. I am so glad to see that you enjoyed this book also. The second book is out already, I think. I need to get it. This was such an inventive story. Also, the M/M romance was really well done. Great review!

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