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Hour of Mischief

(The Clockwork God Chronicles #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Born in a whorehouse in the slums of Fortuna and burdened with a prosthetic arm, seventeen-year-old Janet Redstone doesn’t think she owes the Clockwork Gods anything—which is why she makes a living stealing from their temples. But when she lands her team in prison, making a pact with the God of Mischief, Itazura, is the only way to right her wrongs and free her friends.

Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published September 7th 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Netgalley and Curiosity Quills Press for giving this book to review.

17 year old Janet has not had a good start in life and does not believe that she owes the Clockwork Gods anything. When I heist goes wrong and her gang and her ends up in prison she makes a deal with Itazura, the God of Mischief. To get her friends out of a deadly prison she must convince the gods to warn humanity about the danger they face from the Elder Gods. It is a lot harder than Janet was expecting especially whe
Anna lost in stories *A*
I got a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review :) what a fantastic read... :) I inhaled this story and already can't wait to know more... about everything and everyone :) but let me explain a bit more :) "Hour of mischief" is the first installment in this fantasy / steampunk series called The clockwork gods chronicles :) sounds cool, right? and it definitely is :) I inhaled this book and easily gave it 5 stars :) next one will follow the same main character, s ...more
3.5 Stars

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At first I wasn't too sure about this novel, and that's why it took some time for me to request the book. But I was wrong, and will admit it. It was exactly the kind of book I like, so with this I humbly apologize to Hour of Mischief.

Janet has a job gone terribly wrong and now her only chance is to make a deal with the God of Mischief, who's admittedly her God since she's a thief, but whom she has a lot of reasons not to trust.
Sarah Marie
Hour of Mischief by Aimee Hyndman

First book in The Clockwork God Chronicles

3.25 stars

Janet has a prosthetic arm and was born in a whorehouse in the city of Fortuna. She has made a living stealing from the Clockwork gods’ temple, but she finds herself in prison and must make a pact with the God of Mischief (Itazura) to free her friends. A battle between the clockwork and elder gods is surmounting passed its usual game of small offenses towards all out war. Janet must convince the gods that humani

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The first thing that caught my attention about Hour of Mischief was the amazing cover, then the synopsis sealed the deal. I find Steampunk fascinating with its gears and gadgets. Add in mythology with an interesting twist, that makes it a must read.

Seventeen year old, Janet Redstone has not had an easy life living in the slums of Fortuna with her mom. In a world ruled by the Clockwork Gods Janet and a group of her friends earn a liv
Carrie Mansfield
eARC provided by the publisher in exchange for review consideration

The first comparison that comes to mind after reading this book is Xena: Warrior Princess - but not for the reason you'd expect. The reason has nothing to do with Janet, actually, but rather the gods and their role within the book. They remind me greatly of the gods on that show: so human that you almost forget that they're actual gods. They have vibrant personalities (I love that the lush amongst them is a female), they interact
Apr 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
2.75 stars

It is with great sadness that I tell you that I did not like this book. I closed this book disappointed that I just couldn't like it because it has everything going for it. I'll start off with some of the positives:

B.A.D. A.S.S. Cover. I mean just look at it for goodness sakes! Everything about it screams FIERCE. So, at least it will look pretty on my shelves!

The concept of this book is an amazing one, I went into this with an expectation that it was going to give me Emperor's Edge vi
Barb Taub
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars out of 5 (I’d give more if I could, but instead I’ll just repeat—don’t bother with this review, just get your hands on the book. Now!)

Still reading? Seriously? Okay, here’s the review.

Who is your favorite Trickster? Loki? Puck? Anansi? Coyote? Willy Wonka? Fred and George Weasley? Or even (my personal favorite) Bugs Bunny? Whatever its form, I’m a sucker for the Trickster, those wily funny characters who just might save the hero or end the world—depending on which one they think would be
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hour of Mischief was so cool! Steampunk has been pretty miss for me, but I finally found one that I really enjoyed! Janet is the leader of a team of teenage thieves. Their heists don't always go perfectly, but they've never been caught. Until now. While robbing a temple, Janet's teammate and best friend gets trapped, but she isn't going to leave her behind. The whole group is arrested and begin plotting their escape when Janet is taken for questioning only to be rescued by the God of Mischief wh ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Hour of Mischief

Aimee Hyndman

5/5 Stars

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 charact
*** I would like to thank Netgalley, Curiosity Quills Press and the author Aimee Hyndman for sending me this digital copy of Hour of Mischief in exchange for an honest review***

Hour of Mischief starts of with our MC Janet and her friends trying to steal something from a museum. They are caught and put in prison. While being questioned, Janet meets Itazura , the God of the Hour of Mischief. He tells her that he will help her and her friends if she makes a deal with him. Janet didn’t know
Pramika Kadari
I really liked this book, and I'll be doing a review on my YouTube channel sometime soon so I'll link that here when it's done.

First of all, I love the main character! She is a true "strong female character." In a lot of books, I feel like the author tries to make a female character strong just by making her emotionless and making her kill a bunch of bad guys, but I don't think that's real strength. In this book, Janet is a pretty impressive fighter but that doesn't define her character, and sh
Excellent steampunk fExcellent steampunk fantasy series opener. 12 Clockwork Gods vs 4 Elder Gods, all with magic abilities. 'Hour of Mischief' beautifully sets up the characters with witty banter, motives, and backstory, while moving the plot forward at a pleasant pace.

I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. Read more reviews!
Dave Higgins
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Combining a fast-paced, character-focused plot with a deep and complex world without either skimping or bogging down, Hyndman creates a story where humans can meet gods without being merely accessories.

Born to the underclasses, Janet Redstone and her friends both make their living and calm their anger by stealing from the rich. With the twelve major gods of her world having given her nothing, she instead gives passing worship to the creator of the universe, the Clockmaker. But when the ill-luck
Alyce Hunt
Welcome to my stop on the 'Hour of Mischief' blog tour! I hadn't read a high fantasy novel in a very long time, and a high fantasy with steampunk overtones? That's something I was unable to miss. The aesthetic of steampunk is one of my very favourite things, but I've never read a novel about it before - I was very interested to see how it would play out. Haven't heard of 'Hour of Mischief'? Here's the blurb:
Born in a whorehouse in the slums of Fortuna and burdened with a prosthetic arm, seventee
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Find more book review on my blog, The Araliya Bookshelf

I don't usually read steampunk. I don't know why, but it's just not my thing. While Hour of Mischief was mainly fantasy, it did have touches of steampunk, which I strangely enjoyed. I have to admit that the badass cover and the blurb hinting at a strong heroine is what really drew me into the book.

What I Loved

The main characters. Janet and Itazura (the god of mischief) were PERFECT. I can't say they were extremely complex or as three-dimensi
L.J. Engelmeier
Apr 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: waste-of-time
I borrowed this book from a friend and made it as far as chapter two before I couldn't do it anymore. It's going to take some coaxing for me to go back and finish this.

Some key points:

A severe lack of editing: There's a lot wrong with this book, which leads me to believe the manuscript/final proof wasn't thoroughly proofread before it was published. In the book, there are missing commas, commas that shouldn't be there, obviously repeated phrases, a blatant typo on page two, several more blatant
Alexis Bauer
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Hour of Mischief" is an action-packed fantasy novel filled with a sassy, snarky heroine, gods, monsters, friendship, love, loss and any other thing you could look forward to in a novel. This book was a one-sitting read for me. Honestly, I lied on my bed for two hours staring at my phone screen reading this novel. It was that great.
The world Hyndman creates is unlike anything I have read before where a fantasy land is so focused on religion, where gods make up the entire backstory. The clockwork
Shay VanZwoll
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clockwork gods rule over the land, one for each hour. Above them sit the Mother and Father, the hands of the Clockmaker. But before the twelve gods were created, the elder gods ruled over the seasons, and nearly destroyed the land. They were locked... and are now striving to be free.

Janet is only seventeen years old, but a child of the slums doesn't remain a child for long. Though she looks more to the Clockmaker and doesn't have much respect for the twelve gods, she is a thief and theoretically
Shonna Kaldwell
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hour of Mischief is a steampunk fantasy novel about a thief named Janet and the God of Mischief, Itazura battling against all the odds to save the world. This is not the typical type of novel I would normally read; however, I fell in love with the characters and the story line. I laughed at every jab she took at Itazura and hurt for Janet when she disappointed herself. These characters go through hell and back, literally, for the end game. Janet has experienced a ton of loss in her life, not ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beware The Elder Gods

This book seems like it is part of a series and I really hope it is! I will be on the lookout for the next book as well as any others written by this author!

Janet is a thief who follows the Clockmaker instead of Itzura the God of Mischief. Living in the slums is hard and even thieving they barely scrape by. Loyalty to each other is the only real rule they have so when Sylvia gets trapped in a heist gone wrong they refuse to leave her. Ending up in jail was not optimal but Ja
Salla (Books Told Me So)
4.5 stars

I recieved this book via Netgalley and I have to say, it was everything it was promised to be.
I loved the snarky comments between Janet and Itazura and those were the best entertainment during the book. Also Janet's commitment towards her team was admirable and her courage and sassiness were great features.

I loved how Miss Hyndman has created the characters and the interaction between them. How she built relationships and narrated the story from Janet's point of view. Definetly recomm
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Why this book?

It seemed like a book for me

What I thought

I enjoyed this book alot. It was a fun fast paced read and I absolutely loved Itazura. The only problem I had was Janet I didn't really like her she came off as a rude brat. With that said it had a interesting premise and Its action packed. I didn't want to put it down I was hooked from the very beginning.Overall a great read!
Thanks to NetGalley and Curiosity Quills Press for the arc of Hour of Mischief by Aimee Hyndman! I enjoyed this story full of steampunk, mythology and fun banter! The characters are strong and developed and the steampunk world contains mythological gods. This combination made an enjoyable read!
First book I've read in 2016 and possibly best I will read this year. Dying for sequel
Well this was an interesting read. I just finished it last night and I still don't know how to feel.  

Hour of Mischief is funny, it's fast paced and it has decently interesting characters. At times the writing felt like the book could have been for a younger audience, even the character's and their reactions felt like this too. Janet would say things like " Why did my cheeks get warm? I did not give them permission to do that."And though I laughed, the writing felt more middle grade than YA. Sav
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed getting to know this world where the citizens believe in Gods part of a proverbial clock, Steampunk is the everyday thing and getting tossed into a jail can involve being stuck in dark, dank & damp cells.
Janet is a thief who has had a rough childhood so learned to grow up fast and became the leader of a group of kids who also had some tough times to get through.
When one of the members is caught during a heist, everyone b
Rachel Fielding
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

I gave this book 5 stars as I consider it to be a great read. The characters had great back stories and those were not overly predictable. Also, I enjoy snarky characters with a dash of romance. Can't wait for the next book to release.
Nay Denise
I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

Hour of Mischief is a YA steampunk novel about seventeen year old, Janet Redstone. She has not had an easy life living in the slums of Fortuna with her mom. In a world ruled by the Clockwork Gods, Janet and a group of her friends (the Pendulum Thieves) earn a living by robbing their temples. They usually do a good job of getting in and out on a heist until one goes wrong that lands them in prison. Now, the only way to save herse
Blood Rose Books
Aimee Hyndman: Hour of Mischief In her debut novel, Aimee Hyndman takes the reader to a steampunk world where the Gods are never finished meddling in the human's lives.
Seventeen year old Janet Redstone has had to fight for everything she has in her life, which has lead her to become the leader of one of the famous thief gangs within the city. Janet prides herself in her planning ability and keeping her friends and accomplishes in line and getting them out each job. When a job of stealing from
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Aimee Hyndman has been writing ever since her toddler fingers could grasp a pencil. A lover of all things speculative fiction, she spent many a night penning the beginnings of novels that would never see the light of day. Now attending college in Iowa, double majoring in Creative writing and English, she has clearly never lost her love of the craft.

When not writing and avoiding her school work, Ai

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