Review Timekeeper: Just Go Read It Trust Me

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Genre: YA | Fantasy | Steampunk
Series: Timekeeper #1
Goodreads rating: 4.21
My rating:  ★★★★summary

Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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Omg guys where to begin? I loved this book so much – definitely one of my favourites this year. The only reason that I gave it four stars is because it felt a little bit predictable at times, but that didn’t stop me from loving it AT ALL.

First of all the worldbuilding is so cool. Victorian London steampunk-style has been done before, but the world is ‘controlled’ by clock towers. That sounds kind of creepy, but they just keep time from running normally. It is a bit confusing at first, but throughout the book it’s explained more and more and I loved the background story of how this society came to be with the Greek Titans. Not just that, these ‘myths’ were seperately told in the story and while at first I thought that would ruin the pace, it didn’t. At least not for me. It was just so unique and I loved it.

Then there’s our protagonist Danny. Not only is his father trapped in a town which means he might never see him again, he’s also been in a horrible accident himself that could have killed him, giving him PTSD. I could relate so much to Danny that I cried. It was so accurately written and I just want to give Tara Sim a hug as a thank you.

Speaking of which, in this Victorian London homosexuality isn’t a crime (though it is frowned upon by a lot of people) and women are fighting gender roles. Bless. Danny’s best friend Cassie is a mechanic (a regular one like in our world who works on cars) and his colleague (and maybe friend in the sequel? I’m digging their possible friendship) Daphne is a clock mechanic which is unheard of especially since she’s also half-Indian.

And of course the romance. Guys the romance is so beautiful. It’s so pure and emotional and cute and did I mention beautiful and healthy and oh my God I love it so much. It’s just?? I have no words?? For the book tour I’ve created a playlist so listen to that below and the cute songs on there will give you a taste of what it’s like. But seriously favourite romance of 2016.

While it took me a while to finish this, it was in no way because of the book it self. I had a concussion for two to three weeks so I couldn’t read and then I got super busy with school, but when I finally got around to reading it I couldn’t put it away. Though at times it felt a bit predictable, there were still twists and turns, lots of action, lovable characters and scenes… Gosh just read it you won’t regret it (I hope). This book deserves all the attention and love. I don’t even know how to put it into words. Just know that I need to get my hands on a physical copy.

PLAYLIST 

Listen on Spotify

“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.”

Flaws – Bastille
Fire N Gold – Bea Miller
Fix You – Coldplay
The Scientist – Coldplay
Find My Way Back – Eric Arjes
Bring Me Back To Life – Extreme Music
My Fault – Imagine Dragons
Once In A Lifetime – Landon Austin
Suspension (Acoustic) – Lights
Ordinary Human – OneRepublic
Always – Panic! At The Disco
I Get To Love You – Ruelle
War of Hearts – Ruelle
Wake Me Up – Sam Tsui
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Sleeping At Last
For Him – Troye Sivan
Youth – Troye Sivan
Shiver Shiver – Walk The Moon

And if I got you excited, enter the giveaway to win a finished copy! (U.S. and Canada only) Click here to enter

Have you read this yet? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Made You Up

Genre: Young adult | contemporary
Goodreads rating: 4.14
My rating: ★★★★★

summary

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal (Goodreads).

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Made You Up is probably my favourite book I read this year, hands down. I wish I could’ve reviewed this earlier, but I read this at the beginning of last month and that was such a busy, crazy, stressful month I just didn’t have the time. I still remember it pretty well though, and I actually already reviewed it for the magazine we made at school (sadly it wasn’t placed – there were only so many pages and we all had to write four articles) so I think it’s still in my head. Besides, it made such a great impact on me I haven’t forgotten much yet.

So Made You Up is about schizophrenia, but it’s not. While Alex is schizophrenic, she’s much more than that and the book focuses on so much more than her mental illness. Alex is her own person besides the fact that she is schizophrenic, which I was so pleased with. I wanted to stand on a rooftop and share my happiness at full volume with everyone.

”I was a schizophrenic, not a damn invalid.”

TELL THEM ALEX

I finished this book so quickly. I just couldn’t stop turning the pages. It’s beautifully written; the characters are three-dimensional, beautiful, funny, realistic, flawed… THEY’RE MY NEW BABIES; there are so many plot twists oh my GAWD; THE SHIP IS SO CUTE; it’s about friendship and family and fitting in and JUST THIS BOOK GUYS I CAN’T NOT FANGIRL ABOUT IT.

While the romance was ADORABLE and fun to read and I just love it (OTP guys), it’s not the main focus of the book (just like schizophrenia isn’t). This book is about so much at the same time and it does it brilliantly. Also the friends Alex makes are just so precious. It just felt so realistic. Just like the romance is. They slowly become friends and then more. Also Miles is such a precious cutie I will protect him at all costs (so don’t worry you will NOT die during the zombie apocalypse. I will protect you Miles)

And did I mention there’s also a mystery aspect? LIKE CAN THIS BOOK CAN GET ANY BETTER?! It’s like my perfect book minus fantasy aspects (BUT I CAN LIVE WITH THAT). Guys this book is worthy of its breathtaking cover and all the hype. IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL I CAN’T. I’m so sorry this review is all over the place but… I just can’t. Favourite book of the year, hands down. I doubt I’ll read something more amazing than this (not counting rereads since I’m planning on rereading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone again next month).

Also can we fangirl about how Francesca Zappia favourited and retweeted this tweet?

Speaking of Francesca Zappia! Check out her DeviantArt for awesome Made You Up art!

And now I just want to reread it… Maybe I will be able to write a more structured review after rereading it haha (but I’ll probably be an even bigger mess so never mind).

HAVE YOU READ THIS GLORIOUS BOOK YET?! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR PICK IT UP PICK IT UP IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PERFECT EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT AND I CAN’T I THINK I WILL SERIOUSLY REREAD IT AFTER I’VE FINISHED MAGNUS CHASE 

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