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.

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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.”

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: Prudence by Gail Carriger

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Genre: Steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy
Series: The Custard Protocol #1 (sequel series to The Parasol Protectorate)
Goodreads rating: 3.82
My rating: ★★★★

Warning: Spoilers for The Parasol Protectorate series

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When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances – names it the Spotted Custard and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier’s wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone’s secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?

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I love Gail Carriger work. The Parasol Protectorate series is one of my favourite series, so when I found out there was going to be a sequel series about Prudence, I got very, very excited. Sadly the publishing date was a long time away back then and when I finally got my hands on Prudence, my memory of what happened during Parasol had become a bit fuzzy. Luckily the most important things are briefly explained again in Prudence, so that wasn’t a problem.

The book started a bit slow for me, though I liked meeting all the new and old characters and there were some funny and witty moments, it was a bit boring and for a moment I was scared that this wasn’t going to be as good as the original series. Thank God the pace picked up once they got to India! From there on out lots of things happened and mysteries had to be solved.

I loved seeing the old characters from Prudence point of view, especially that of her parents. I did miss the old main characters, but throughout the book the new ones grew on me and I’m sure I’ll come to love them (almost) as much as the originals. Prudence is a lot like her mother, yet it is clear she has also been raised by Conall and Akeldama, which makes a brilliant combination. Primrose, Ivy’s daughter, and Rue are the perfect team and Percy (Prim’s twin brother) and Quesnel (who you may or may not remember from Parasol)   are also on board. I’m not sure how I feel about Percy yet, but I totally ship Rue and Quesnel (Ruesnel?).

There’s almost as much action, humor and tea in this one as in the originals. The world building has expanded and I can’t wait to see what else Gail comes up with in Imprudence. All in all a good introduction to this new series, that I’m sure will only get better. If you enjoyed The Parasol Protectorate, be sure to pick this up!

– The Writing Hufflepuff

Waistcoats and Weaponry Review

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Genre: Paranomal // Steampunk // Historical
Category: YA
Series: The Finish School #3
Goodreads rating: 4.13
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary (2020)

Class is back in session…
Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style–with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what–or who–they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

Gather your poison, steel tipped quill, and the rest of your school supplies and join Mademoiselle Geraldine’s proper young killing machines in the third rousing installment in the New York Timesbestselling Finishing School Series by steampunk author, Gail Carriger.

Review (2020)

Another enjoyable instalment in The Finishing School series! If you’re not familiar with these books (they’re not as popular as they should be, like their sequel series The Parasol Protectorate, which I highly recommend), go read them right now! As of now there are three books in the series: Etiquette and Espionage, Curtsies and Conspiracies and this one: Waistcoats and Weaponry. I think a lot of you out there would just buy them for their covers; I mean, look at them. I hadn’t heard of Etiquette and Espionage or Gail Carriger, but the cover just immediately grabbed my attention! And then the blurb! I’m so happy I picked it up, as it led to discovering The Parasol Protectorate series, which is one of my favourite series. I do recommend reading them before The Finishing School though (do keep in mind they’re adult books!), as there isn’t much world building in the Finishing School series while there is in The Parasol Protectorate. The society is a lot more explained in those books, and meeting characters from Parasol in Finishing School is just a lot more fun!

Okay, now that my love/worship/praise for the series itself is out of the way, on to Waistcoats and Weaponry in particular. The characters were amazing as usual and they have grown since the first book. ‘Growing up’ was a significant theme throughout the book and I loved the new problems that came with it. The book still had a lot of light moments like all of Gail’s books. She has such a witty style and I love her humour.

I also want to talk about how British this book is. I mean, yeah, it takes place in Victorian England, but the mentions of tea, oh my god. The characters are so upset when they don’t have tea; I loved it. Probably because I can relate, haha. I can’t live without tea. I get cranky, guys. Real cranky.

Okay, back to the book! I feel like it’s hard writing a review without giving spoilers for the book and the series. Just know that if you love steampunk, paranormal (though there are more paranormal aspects in the sequel series), good humour (though I guess it depends on your own sense of humour. I love Gail’s, but you might disagree), mystery, loveable characters, tea, Victorian England, espionage and so, so much more, than read this series! Though like I said before, I’d recommend reading The Parasol Protectorate first, but again, keep in mind they’re adult books. I didn’t know when I read the first one and the sex scenes threw me off. Thankfully the other books in the series aren’t as graphic.

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