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(Timekeeper #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,472 ratings  ·  886 reviews
I was in an accident. I got out. I’m safe now.

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 Englan
Hardcover, 414 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Sky Pony Press
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He was a boy of air and dust and sunlight. Everything that had gone into the making of the world.

3.5 stars. Timekeeper is a mysterious tale of magical clocks controlling time in a Victorian London where mechanics are revered…

And a forbidden love story involving a clock spirit and his keeper.

Danny & Colton won Lola's award of the cutest young adult gay couple of 2016. Their love is so pure and sweet… maybe a little too much. We get half of a page of sexish content between them, but otherwi
Emily May
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Meh. I am obviously just not that interested in clocks and mechanics.

Timekeeper has an ambitious premise. It's a Victorian steampunk universe where the ties between physical clock towers and actual time are inextricable - when two o'clock goes missing from Colton Tower, time itself is disrupted.

Danny Hart is a clock mechanic, a timekeeper, someone with the ability to feel and manipulate time. Suffering from anxiety and haunted by the memory of his father who was trapped in a time-Stopped city,
C.G. Drews
Oh this was magical and adorable and I REALLY LIKED IT. Which I'm really really happy about because it's my first steampunk experience that I can flail over! Usually, someone says "steampunk!" and I say "eh" like the eloquent turtle fish I am. But this?! It kicked me in the feels AND it had fantastic characters and THINGS EXPLODED.

I'm so loving this. #ExplosionsFTW

It's set in an alternate reality England, so there is tea and scones. Nice. I cautiously admit I could tell the author wasn't Britis
Cait • A Page with a View
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-arcs, ya-fantasy
This was such an original and charming story!! It's set in a version of Victorian England that has cars, telephones, and is more socially advanced (so they're cool with gay couples and women as mechanics). There's some retold mythology about Chronos at the base of their society and it's told throughout the book between chapters. The basic idea is that people needed to step in to control time, so they rely on the clock towers in each city. If anything were to happen to one of those clocks, time i ...more
Nina ✿ Looseleaf Reviews ✿
This book came out of nowhere and hit me over the head with its awesome!

Danny is the youngest clock mechanic in a alternative-world Victorian England where clock towers like Big Ben literally control time. Each city has its clock tower that safeguards its "time zone." If the clock tower stops working, so does time in the town, and the people in it become frozen and unable to escape - which is exactly what happened to Danny's father three years ago. He has worked so hard to become a good enough m
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read an early draft of this book, and trust me—it's something you want. It has clocktowers that control time. And impish clock spirit boys. And maybe the most real teenage boy protagonist I have ever read. I absolutely can't wait until it's on shelves.

Get hype.
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

I'm so happy I've finally decided to read Timekeeper ! Indeed after side-eyeing this novel for the past couple of years, the glowing reviews for the sequel convinced me and I couldn't be happier they did : I really, really liked this. But let's start with what I loved the most about it, shall we ?

There comes a moment when time seems to slip faster, running long then short, shadows shrinking as the sun climbs. It's the moment, he decided, when you're no longer a child. When the concept of tim
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: agenting
I may be biased, as I am her literary agent...but it's truly amazing. Devoured the book!
✨    jamieson   ✨
TIMEKEEPER is set in an alternate victorian england where clock towers & time is essentially alive and people are subject to the whims of time. Clock mechanics are hired to maintain the clocks, otherwise they can become damaged and throw off time in towns - potentially even Stop towns so that time no longer moves.

Danny is a mechanic who is sent to Enfield to repair a clock, and when he does some really weird things start happening. Clocks are getting sabotaged and Danny is unsure who to tru
Jessica Cluess
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for a good Victorian London fantasy clockpunk LGBT romance, and boy does this ever deliver. Danny Hart is the type of brooding boy YA fantasy fans love, but his pain comes from a very complex and deep place. Colton, the perfect cinnamon roll of a love interest, is...I'm not going to spoil it. The romance between the two boys is toe-curlingly wonderful, but the mythology of the world is also fascinating. Time is controlled by clock towers, and mechanics take care of the clocks. If th ...more
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Tara Sim, and the publisher, Sky Pony Press, for this opportunity.

Alternative historical fiction? Mythological retelling? LGBTQIA main character and prominent theme? Check, check and check!

This book is a thrilling journey into a Victorian-era world, where time is magic and the clock towers that measure it are under threat from a mysterious source. Without the steady beat of time, lif
Elise (TheBookishActress)
things that happened in the hour before I bought this beautiful paperback:
→ I met my friend [now girlfriend] who I'd been following on Twitter for months and months
→ I overheard a girl telling her friend that a book had "surprise lesbians"
an author that I'm obsessed with recognized me and guessed my fucking blog name
Katerina Kondrenko
5 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
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Genre: AU, fantasy, YA, queers
Stuff: clock towers and their spirits, mechanics, time itself, gays
Fail: rushed romance, weak logic
WOW: main idea, Danny's character
POV: 3rd person, male
Love-Geometry: none

"Time is the language of all things."

Maybe my expectations were too high,
Heidi Heilig
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
TIMEKEEPER is rich with mystery, myth, and magic, not to mention a glorious romance.

The characters carry broken hearts and broken promises as they try to solve the central mystery: who has been trying to destroy time itself? Each character is lovingly crafted, leaping off the page. And again, the pacing is masterful, with deep meaning to the piece. I adored this book!
Richard Cardenas
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-most-wanted
2 STARS!!!

I’m feeling really disappointed as I’m writing this review. I was really hoping that I would love the hell out of this book. It’s LGBT, it takes place in an alternate Victorian era, and it had a sliver of a mystery thrown into it. But sadly it was B-O-R-I-N-G. I enjoyed the romance between Danny and Colton, but the story kept dragging on and on and on and nothing seemed to be picking up until about 300 pages in and that is not a good thing. I liked the story surrounding clock spirits
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm on a great book roll.



Imagine an alternate history where every Victorian city and town have clocktowers to regulate the flow of time. Now add a hefty dollop of adorable and heart-wrenching romance, lots of explosions, and a badass lady mechanic. THERE YOU GO. THAT'S THIS.

Danny is broody and moody and kinda prickly and Colton is a cinnamon roll ghost and I did lots of *squishy-hands* and bosom-clutching. There
Timekeeper was one of those books that is just so much fun and so easy to fall in love with that you don’t want to have to actually think about dissecting it for a review. I know that if I were to put on my more critical eyes and reread this story I would be able to pluck out a few things to complain about but, at this moment, I’m sitting here and beaming because I fell in love with these characters and this world too much to complain.

The characters were just so perfect. Danny, our protagonist,
Julie Zantopoulos
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Timekeeper is a story about Danny, a mechanic who works on clock towers and keeps the world moving forward. Time is a real tangible thing in this world and clock towers keep the towns they reside in running on a normal timeline, damage to the clock means damage to the town and people who live near that clock tower. It's Danny's job to make sure the clock and the strands of time remain healthy. Add in clock spirits, the heart and soul of time in that tower, and you have a seriously magical story ...more
⚔ Silvia ⚓
Oh my god? Oh my god? Oh my god?????
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had heard about this on Twitter and loved the premise, so I was quite excited to start.

I loved Danny and Colton. Their relationship was adorable and I really enjoyed the scenes with the two of them. Cassie was also quite awesome and I hope we get to see more of her.

Hands down, the best part of this story is the world building. I love the idea of clock spirits and London is my favorite place in the world, so I was half in love with the book before I even started.

There were a couple of sectio
SO GOOD! I'm not sure what the sequel will have in store (I love when first books in a series have their own complete narrative arc but still leave you invested in the characters) but I'd still read it. Such a good book! Full review to come closer to publication.
John Papadopoulos
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 fabulous stars!

This was such a unique and original story-line; it was cute, charming, fabulous and refreshing. What a great way to start off my reading year! Throughout the 408 pages there wasn't a single dull moment which kept me soo engaged! The plot was fast paced and the writing style flowed really well and was very light and easy to understand. Regarding character development i am a bit unsatisfied :/ if it had more it would have def been one of those character driven books (like the TRC
Marianne - November Words
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqa
4.5 / 5 stars.

One of the best lgbtqai+ books I've ever read. Why? Because TimeKeeper is complete .
Too often lgbtqai+ books feel like they're just scratching the surface, underlining too much the romance side and giving barely a thought about everything else | plot-wise, secondary characters-wise and worldbuilding-wise |. Tara Sim touches everyhing here: world, friendship, family problems, and weaves a great plotline that keeps you engaged from the start til the end.
Lgbtqai+ characters and people
Andrea Belfiori
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Un fantasy super originale e con una storia d'amore estremamente tenera. Lo stile di scrittura mi ha davvero convinto e ho segnato diverse citazioni (cosa abbastanza rara per un fantasy) e l'atmosfera e l'ambientazione vittoriana del romanzo mi hanno conquistato. Ci sono anche dei piccoli riferimenti alla fiabe che tutti noi conosciamo ma affronta anche temi come il lutto e la depressione. Non mi ha convinto al 100% però perché la storia è un po' lenta e si concentra molto sulla storia d'amore ( ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Seventeen year old Danny Hart is the youngest clock mechanic and he knows all too well what is at stake when he's sent to repair a clock tower that has been damaged. Danny's father has been trapped for the last three years in a town with a clock tower that was destroyed stopping the time within the town so that no one can cross in or out.

When Danny is sent to Enfield to fix the tower he finds that it seems to be forever plagued by more and more problems. What Danny finds is that the boy that he
Aly's Bookish Wonderland
I am so freaking bored.

The novel goes on a tangent for most of the time, going completely off topic and taking forever to get to the point, which isn't so hard to do. The only character I liked was Danny, which is good considering he's the main character, and I enjoyed the LGBT romance although I feel like it could be fleshed out a little bit more.

Basically: excellent premise, bad execution. I listened to it on audiobook, and there are definitely some problems with timekeeping (pun definitely in
ABookishGift Reviews (Max)

Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful, lovely wonderfully unique story Tara Sim has given us! I fell in love with Danny, our melancholy clocktower mechanic and the mysterious, bright, delightful clock spirit he discovers. With a thrilling pace, kisses as magical as sunsets, and a world that is sooty and brilliant and unique, you will be counting the days till this book arrives in your hands. I cannot wait for the next book that promises e
Unfortunately, this book and I couldn't get along. I was bored and annoyed with the story. I was indifferent to both the characters and the plot, I couldn't relate to anyone and, honestly, I didn't care about them. I'm relieved to be done with the book.

The only reason I'm not giving this book 2 star rating is because I support genre novels with lgbt+ protagonists where the story isn't focused on their sexuality. Timekeeper is steam-punk novel set in alternative Victorian England and our main bud
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Tara Sim is a YA author found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she's not writing about magic, clocks, and boys, she drinks tea, wrangles cats, and sings opera.

Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English/Creative Writing at Hollins University.

Half-Indian and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.

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“You're everything. You're... You're chaos and order and everything between. Like sunshine kept back by clouds. Like the entire world's imploded inside you, but all I see are the stars are sewn into your skin. You're filled with soft, dark music. I hear it all the time. Your music.” 36 likes
“There comes a moment when time seems to slip faster, running long then short, shadows shrinking as the sun climbs. It’s the moment, he decided, when you’re no longer a child. When the concept of time and the need for more of it come together and make you powerless. Make you yearn for the longer days, the lazy days, before you knew what time passing actually meant.” 20 likes
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