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A Clockwork Fairytale

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  482 ratings  ·  85 reviews
A rags to riches fairytale full of danger and romance about a lost princess and a maverick young spymaster who foil the plans of an evil magician bent on stealing her throne.

Suitable for adults and teenagers.
Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published August 25th 2011 by Amazon (first published August 24th 2011)
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Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended, fantasy

! Minor spoilers ahead !
Today I am just too lousy to avoid them, so please be careful and don't read if you don't want to know anything about the story. They are not big, but be aware that they are there.
"The heart is heaviest when it’s empty
and lightest when it’s full"

Once in a while I like to read a fairy-tale.
No, I don't think they are meant for kids, in fact they are meant for everyone - they give us hope, they make us dream, they make us believe.
They remind me of the time when I was
Anzu The Great Destroyer
I don’t know why I have been obsessing about this book for almost four weeks. I told myself that I won’t buy it, that it won’t be good, but something kept on pushing me towards the Smashworks website to check if they still have it. And one day I said f*ck it, I’ll buy the damn thing. So there I was reading and feeling worried about having wasted my money. But come on! Fairytale = must have! *sighs* I was lucky this time, I totally loved the book. Since this it’s not so known I’ll be more indulge ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: challenges-2017
I had such high hopes for this story, but I found it rather forced and boring. There was no world building done, so everything was rather confusing. The steampunk aspect felt tacked on, and the romance had no chemistry whatsoever. The plot was uninspired and felt like it was repeating stories that had already been done before. Not sure I would read the author again.
This is an interesting fairytale about a girl brought up as a boy thief, with spies and monks, and a plot to take over the throne. There's a mix of steampunkish gadgets and a sort of magic involving the spark inside of things that can be brought out and manipulated.

There is plenty here to entertain, and the romance is sweet, although it jumps up rather than building slowly. I do feel that it could have used some more polishing in some places, and I have a couple unanswered questions (maybe ther
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is a tween book not a young adult book. I felt that the romance story was rushed and the magic system in this book was just put there so it could be called a fantasy. It took me days to read this book because I was just not into the story. I also felt that the dialog was very juvenile. I don't recommend reading this book.
Barbara ★
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really, really liked both Melba and Turk and really, really hated Vittorio.

Princess Melba was stolen as a child and hidden away until she was of age to be of use to the villain who is determined to wrest the kingdom from the king. Once found by Master Turk, we begin our "My Fair Lady" adventure of turning a young street urchin into a princess. I liked everything about this book (except Vittorio, of course) and wish it was a series book as there are other element
Dione Sage
I loved this book! A Clockwork Fairytale is such an amazing read filled with mystery, adventure, magic, romance and so much more. It had my attention from beginning to end. Helen Scott Taylor is a wonderful author and her writing style is not only gripping but it has an easy flow to it that makes the story simple to follow. However the storyline is not boring because of her writing style, it’s actually fast paced and fascinating.
The Story is of a young girl named Melba who from an early age has
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: re-readable
I really enjoyed reading this story. A riches to rags to riches story, complete with romance and her own Aladdin, she herself an Eliza Doolittle. I really was enchanted by the flower jinn and would love to see more stories in this world. I'm new to Ms. Taylor with this book do perhaps there are more in this world? I look forward to finding out!
Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it
A Clockwork Fairytale was a quick, cute and enjoyable read. That said, the 'clockwork' aspect was a little lacking. This book was not quite the steampunk I imagined it to be. However, the author has filled this story with intriguing characters (I would learn more if The Trash King!).
In short, this fluffy little read is great for putting a smile on your face!
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book had everything I liked in a story, as you can tell by the 5 stars I gave it. Loved everything about it, characters, story liner and a good ending! Can't wait to read more books by her.
Sandy M
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I became a fan of Helen Scott Taylor with her first book, The Magic Knot. Her lyrical writing and amazing imagination give you characters you’ll remember for a long time, along with stories that take you away into a land of magic that dazzles with danger and romance. Her new book, A Clockwork Fairytale, is no exception. The fact that it’s a young adult book makes it that much more endearing, watching a young love blossom in the face of fear and a hunger never felt before.

Melba is running around
Wendy Hines
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Melba was dropped off at the baker's house when she was only three years old. Maddox has raised her best he can, but raises her as one of the boys. So, Melba dressed like a boy, acts like a boy, and is very intelligent and one of the best thieves and pickpockets in the area.

When she is cornered one evening, her savior comes in the form of Turk, a man known as a master spymaster. Melba knows an opportunity when she sees it and asks Turk to pledge her and teach her how to be a master spy. He agree
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted athttp://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Melba is a perfect Cinderella-type character. Stolen as a child and hidden in poverty, she’s been raised as a pick-pocket and told to pretend she’s a boy. She’s cunning yet innocent, pretty (though camouflaged with dirt), resilient, and completely unaware that she’s a princess. She is easy to root for. Once her basic needs are taken care of and she’s able to accept her femininity, her focus naturally turns to matters of the heart. She
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A Clockwork Fairytale is a fantastic Streampunk novel. I usually don't care to read Streampunk, as they seem to forces a lot on the gadgets and machinery, but Helen Scott Taylor kept this storyline true to the characters. Taylor puts just enough gadgets to remind you that are reading a Streampunk without it taking over the storyline. She has also created an awesome fantasy world. With the clear, descriptive writing, I could easily visualize the port city of Royal Malverne Isle and the lives of t ...more
Kate Copeseeley
I'm often asked two questions: why do you keep reading indies (or self-published) books and what are your favorites.

I keep reading indie books because of authors like Helen Scott Taylor. I'll admit the title of this book made me a bit trepidatious, but once I read more than a couple chapters, I was hooked.

A Clockwork Fairytale is the wrong title for this book, because unlike its title suggests, there is no element of traditional fairytale to be seen when you read it. It doesn't allude to one spe
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This fantasy tale was a nice mix of magic, a little gadgetry and a touch of romance. Melba encounters Spymaster Turk, the undercover monk who accepts her pledge and agrees to train her as a spy, not knowing that the scrawny young lad Mel is really a young lady of 17. When he discovers that she is a girl, it is also revealed that she is the missing princess that everyone has been searching for since she was abducted 14 years ago. Turk is tasked with teaching her to read and write as well as turni ...more
Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yuck
I couldn't finish reading this. The title/cover/etc. gave off a steam punk vibe, but it was a fantasy with some geared doodads thrown in. Melba is a thief who trades up, to pledge with a spy; they discover she a girl and the missing heir to the throne. There was romance in it, rather force fed by the author, which I didn't think felt true to the characters. The spy, Turk, is also secretly part of the Brotherhood (celibate, magical monks). I think the plot was supposed to thicken with the head Br ...more
Jessie Potts
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This freebie is awesome because it combines two amazing things, steampunk and fairy tales! Melba is a girl who was raised away from her royal roots and given to a pledge Master for safe keeping. Maddox (said master) has raised her as a boy, a runner, and a thief … everything princesses are not. When a spymaster rescues her and discovers her toes, of all things (the royal princess has 12), she must learn to become a lady. This story is fraught with gadgets, magic, tales and villains. If you're in ...more
Ann Gimpel
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
This was a fun read. Fast paced and I really liked the two protags, Melba and Turk. I'd probably slot this as a YA book because the H/H seemed young to me even though Melba was 17 and Turk around 20. My only nitpicks are it could have used a spot more editing. Things like word repetition stood out on occasion. And Melba's gutter 'accent' wasn't consistent throughout the book. Plus, Taylor had Melba speaking what sounded sort of like modern Cockney and this is a fantasy historical romance.

I would
Aly is so frigging bored
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it

It was nice story and I like HST's writing style. I don't like the way it ended. I expected this to be an only novel, not part of a series.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What do I love about it? The story's twists and turns that had me breathless. The endearing Melba, Turk, Gwinnie and Dante. The quirks of each character. The magical kingdom with its inner and outer circles, although ideally everyone is equal, right? The funny moments and quips.

But... the ending. There must be something more... I didn't want it to end. There were unanswered questions. At least for me.
Loves To Dive
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars

Raised as a boy, seventeen year old Melba is one of the best pick pockets on Royal Malverne Isle but she yearns to move up in the ranks and become a spy. Her dreams come true when she and spymaster Turk run across each other’s paths and he accepts her pledge to join his gang. Not realizing Melba is a girl, Turk takes her to his castle to feed and clean up where he makes more than one startling discovery, not only is she a girl but she just might be royalty. Turk’s master insists he tu
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
A Clockwork Fairytale reminds me just why I loved fairytales so much as a little girl. It's like a Disney movie in book form - packed with charm, imagination and romance with its spunky and brave lost princess, a devoted hero and a healthy dose of magic. It's the sort of tale that readers young and old would enjoy; sweet, warm and feel-good. (I should note, however, that despite the "clockwork" in the title, this is really not steampunk. Readers expecting steampunk will be disappointed. There ar ...more
Marvelous Morgan
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved it!!!
The love interests Turk and Malba were perfect for each other—both grew up on the streets, have similar 'jobs' and have good chemistry together. I liked how their relationship developed gradually—it made it seem more real.

Malba was quirky while still retaining some of her innocence, even after growing up on the street.

"Men got all steamed up over their funny little floppy bits as if they were something special." —Malba

While Master Turk seems a little stiff at first, you soon see a
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
This is a sweet story, there's no sex so if that's something you require, I would suggest that you don't read this book. And the ending is very abrupt, almost as if to leave it open for a sequel.

Melba is a thief & message runner who is rescued when she's almost press-ganged by some sailors. She realizes the man who's rescued her is Master Turk, a master spy. She's hoping to better herself so she convinces Master Turk to let her pledge to him. Once they're at his home, she's outed as a girl.
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! It combines both steampunk and fantasy along with romance into a very creative package. The characters were all interesting and unique in their own ways. My favorites would have to be Turk and Mel but amazingly I liked Dante the most. Dante isn't even introduced till close to halfway, or that's the way it felt, but I loved his charm.
I however am left with a lot unanswered questions at the end. Is this a series? If so I must have missed the next one. What I'm mainly int
Meh. I don't think I'm the right market for this. Some YA reads well to adults and some just doesn't. This is fairly juvenile and very clean (minus a couple of "I wonder what it'd be like to lay in bed with him?" moments).

It has decent bones...the kidnapped princess found hidden in the slums by a spymaster, the slowly dying king, someone angling for the throne, a forbidden romance. But this thing is chock-full of "look there's a dilemma" and next paragraph "look I have the answer!" moments. Ther
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
From the start, you are submerged in a world full of steampunk, fantasy, and spirits. When you are thrown into this world, you hit the ground running, and the pace never slows. It is a combination of Pygmalion, Princess Bride, Romeo & Juliet, and Anastasia, all seamlessly combined. I felt compassion for the characters and it made an excellent movie in my head. Appropriate for Y/A and above, but do not let that turn you off to the story. The writing was not over-simplified at all and I am def ...more
Paranormal Romance Junkies
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
From the start, you are submerged in a world full of steampunk, fantasy, and spirits. When you are thrown into this world, you hit the ground running, and the pace never slows. It is a combination of Pygmalion, Princess Bride, Romeo & Juliet, and Anastasia, all seamlessly combined. I felt compassion for the characters and it made an excellent movie in my head. Appropriate for Y/A and above, but do not let that turn you off to the story. The writing was not over-simplified at all and I am def ...more
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USA Today bestselling author, Helen Scott Taylor, had her first book released in 2009. The Magic Knot, won the American Title contest, was a Golden Heart® finalist, and was chosen as one of Booklist's top ten romances of 2009. Since then, she has published other novels, novellas, and short stories in both the UK and USA.

Helen lives in South West England near Plymouth in Devon between the windswept
“The heart is heaviest when it’s empty
and lightest when it’s full”
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