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Hour of Mischief Paperback – September 7, 2015
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Hour of Mischief
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. Aimee Hyndman surprised me with this gem as her debut novel. It's fantastic story, deep and well rounded characters, and fluid writing all made me fall in love. I will be honest in saying most debut novels I have read have fallen short, mediocre at best, of impressing me. Hyndman sucks the reader in with her new world, lush with its very own gods and customs. The characters all stand out as well, and can being easily told apart with something as simple as dialogue. The story is unique and made up with the perfect mixture of adventure and romance. I very rarely give out 5 star reviews, so I highly recommend this one not only as a fantastic read, but to add to your bookshelf. I know it's going on mine! I can hardly wait for the next installment!
-Writings of a Walrus
Hour of Mischief's world has a super cool concept: clocks. The people worship the Clockwork gods (there's 12 of them). The realms are laid out in a circle, which each one covering a different gods' turf. There's also minor gods who work for the Clockwork gods, then the Elder Gods who are the seasons, and of course, there's the creator, but no one believes that he exists. Some of the gods and their interactions really reminded me of Greek mythology which makes this new system easy to understand and follow. It's not a direct copy, so it also felt fresh and interesting.
The plot of Hour of Mischief was also a lot of fun. Itazura has been forbidden from discussing this upcoming apocalypse with his sibling gods, so he needs a human to do it for him. Janet is the chosen one, as she needs his help to rescue her friends from prison. The two set out to find the gods who will most likely be on their side, but also who would want to save the humans from being wiped away. Getting a meeting with a god is not easy though, especially as the creatures from the Abyss start appearing to terrorize the humans.
I really liked Hour of Mischief. I do wish it had been longer and had more world-building, because I seriously really like this world and wanted to know more about it. I also loved Janet. She's badass without being cocky. She knows when she's defeated, but that doesn't mean she's going to just give up. Itazura was hilarious and charming, and I need more of him! I can't wait to see what happens next!