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Chainbreaker (Timekeeper) Hardcover – January 2, 2018
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"You won’t be able to put this one down." ―Huffington Post
"Chainbreaker is an elaborate tale of magic, gods, and the beautiful, unfortunate humans caught in an ancient titanic struggle. You’ll cheer. You’ll cry. And once you enter this world, you’ll never want to leave." ―Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader
"Mysterious, compelling, and urgent, Chainbreaker's scintillating prose, complex and multi-dimensional characters, and quick pace will pull you in till it leaves you breathless and transformed." ―Aditi Khorana, author of The Library of Fates and Mirror in the Sky
"Expands on the universe created in Timekeeper, with new mythology, character development and international intrigue that really highlights Tara's talent for world-building. Chainbreaker combines factual historical research with a believable and original magic mythology to create a world that feels wholly real. With pacing and action running like clockwork, this is a startlingly unique series with a truly golden set of diverse characters." ―Lauren James, author of The Next Together
"A wonderfully diverse read with unforgettable characters you can't help but root for." ―Bustle
"Riveting and complex . . . Tara Sim’s newest fascinating tale full of magic, intrigue, and clocks will hook you." ―TheMarySue.com
"An imaginative and action-packed novel set against the backdrop of Indian uprisings against the British occupation." ―Book Riot
"Our most anticipated sequel of the year." ―Paste Magazine
" Sim continues to offer an action-packed adventure for her lovely queer couple, but Chainbreaker features a particularly vivid environment and dynamic new characters thanks to the author’s personal cultural experiences." ―BookMarked
Paste Magazine Best Book 2016
Barnes & Noble Teen Blog Best Queer Fantasy 2016
"Timekeeper is an extraordinary debut, at once familiar and utterly original. Between its compelling world, its lovely prose, and its wonderful characters, the pages flew by." ―Victoria Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Alive with myth, mystery, and glorious romance, Timekeeper will keep hearts pounding and pages turning til the stunning conclusion. Reader beware―there's magic in these pages." ―Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere
"Timekeeper is a triumph. . . . If you read only one such book . . . let it be this one.” ―Bustle
"Timekeeper’s premise is original and its world unique." ―EW.com
"While the world is wildly interesting and fantastic, with broken clock towers that have left towns frozen in time, it’s the emotional impact and diverse cast of characters that make this book soar . . . The resulting story is an exciting and inclusive one, drawing in elements of magic, mystical spirits, swoon-filled romance, and just so much more.” ―BookRiot
"Part mystery and part romance, this fantasy novel delves into what it means to grow up and make important decisions. With an easily relatable main character struggling to fit in, the novel has a realistic and contemplative voice. VERDICT: A must-have richly written fantasy novel that will have readers eagerly anticipating the next volume." ―School Library Journal
"Sim creates a cast of complex and diverse characters, as well as a mythology to explain how the clock towers came to exist . . . an enjoyable, well-realized tale." ―Publishers Weekly
“[M]ystery, LGBTQ romance, and supernatural tale of clock spirits and sabotage that explores how far people might go for those they love. Its strongest elements are the time-related mythology and the supernatural gay romance.” ―Booklist
"This LGBTQ steampunk romance sports a killer premise and admirably thorough worldbuilding, helpfully annotated in the author’s afterword. The characters―even the bad guys―are sympathetically drawn and commendably diverse in sexuality and gender." ―Kirkus Reviews
"An enjoyable start to a promising new trilogy." ―BookPage
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Holy sh*t, the adventure.
Next, I love the HUGE character developments. And I can’t say more about that without my will power crumbling down- sooo I’ll stop there before I start screaming out pure smoldering spoilers.
But. Please. Please. Know that the feels were oh so very real.
I also need to mention how well this book builds up the feeling of urgency. That’s not easy to do, and I have to acknowledge the fact that this writer had me right under their thumb. (I can’t tell you how many times I had to force myself to slow down,)
And now of course I have to mention the FEELS once more because.
Sh*t got real.
Lastly but most importantly I need to hail glory to the love story. Because yes. That’s really what we all came for, isn’t it?
I would proudly be the first to point out that this series is going to be up there, nestled right in between The Clockwork Angel Series by C.C. and Carry On by R.R. because honestly, if those books were to get together and adopt a child- it would be The Timekeeper Trilogy. I know hands down this book will eventually get a movie.
Now the only warning I’d have to give- is that this book is unbelievably addictive, (I ended up reading it in one go) and one of the last chapters had a line or two that made me, (a self proclaimed cheesy-romance-book-lover,) roll her eyes. And the feels got waaay real.
In conclusion: Every second I spent reading this and the last book over and over was soooo absolutely worth it and I will enjoy every dark crevice of my agony whilst I await the next book.
What Fed My Addiction:
Somehow I started 2018 with two books set in India, a locale I haven’t read much about before. I’ll sadly admit that I knew nothing about India’s history going into this book, so I loved getting some background on the difficult relationship between England and India at that time in history and social norms at the time. (Sim talks in her notes about the historical basis of the book and how she deviates from it for her own alternate steampunk version, which I really appreciated). The book doesn’t delve deeply into this history because that’s not the main thrust of the story, but it’s a great introduction to the subject.
Conflict that isn’t black and white.
Speaking of India, I especially loved how Danny ponders and questions the right and wrong of it all—who are the villains in his life story and who are the heroes? He asks himself this in relation to the rebellion and also in terms of the clock spirits. Danny has had to question his relationship with Colton all along—he knows that they could be putting a town in danger with their love and he has to live with that every day. There are people who are trying to “fix” time (and the situation in India), but are they truly helping? At what cost? Morality is complicated, and Danny has to figure out where he stands.
We get to learn about Colton’s backstory and origins in this book, and these scenes are fabulous!
Daphne’s cultural voice. In this second book, we get Daphne’s POV (in addition to Colton and Danny’s). Her biggest struggle is the fact that she feels both connected and disconnected to India. She has a deep curiosity about the country because of her Indian heritage, but she doesn’t feel like she belongs there or that she could be accepted there. Knowing that Tara Sim is, herself, half-Indian makes this aspect of the story all the more engaging an realistic.
What Left Me Hungry for More:
Less Colton and Danny (together).
Since Danny and Colton are separated for pretty much this entire book, we miss out on some of the magic of the romance between them. This book wasn’t quite as emotionally compelling for me as the first one was, and I can’t help but think that this might have had something to do with it. (Though it could also be because the “villains” in this story are less personal as well.) I never quite connected to Daphne the way I did Danny and Colton, so her chapters didn’t pull me in as much.
So, while this second installment didn’t quite live up to my adoration of the first, it was still definitely an engaging and exciting story. And Sim set us up for the next book so well that I’m itching to know where it’s all headed! I give this book 4/5 Stars.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
While Danny is gone, the Enfield clock tower is attacked, and Colton barely is able to save his tower by freezing time. He alone can leave the time bubble, so for the first time in forever, he grabs his main gear and heads out to search for Danny.
Both have separate adventures, but one thing remains the same, they both need to figure out who is destroying clock towers and why?
Great Sequel! I was super excited to receive this book and find out the next step in Danny's life. He only has a few months of peace before time is being attacked again. It is so sad to watch him leave Colton behind, but he is given one small piece of Colton's original gear pieces to carry with him.
As soon as Danny leaves, boom! The book takes on a whole nother level. Colton's tower is attacked and for the first time he is forced to leave his town and travel into the unknown. Without the power of his clock tower, Colton slowly begins to fade away, his main gear the only thing keeping him alive. He is too late to catch Danny, and so Colton begins a trip to India, hoping to find his boyfriend. As Colton travels, he begins to have memories, and soon the reader begins to find out that Colton wasn't always a tower spirit, he was a real, live person that something horrible happened too.
In India, Danny and Daphne are researching the demolished clock towers and studying the ones still standing, but someone is after them, attacking their airship and trying to stop them. We meet two new characters, Meena and Akash. They both add flavor and new heart to the story. It is really fun to see Danny talk to foreign clock spirits and learn of their clock stories. As all four kids work together, the truth glimmers to light, but not before Danny is kidnapped and Colton finally makes it to India. Yep, this book ends on a cliffhanger. So hold tight for book 3.
This is a fun, adventurous ride full of history and a new peek into the legends of the mysterious clock towers. I'm giving this one 5 stars! And can I just add, I love the cover. Look at how broken that timepiece appears!
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