Book Recommendation TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim

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Hardcover, 368 pages Expected publication: November 8th 2016 by Sky Pony Press
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.

My Thoughts:
You’ve probably been hearing rumblings about this book for the last year… Just in case you were wondering if it lives up to the hype? It SO does! Fast paced, beautifully written, perfectly plotted! I loved this book! It comes out on election day, so make sure to grab a copy!!

#PitchWars Picks

So as I’ve mentioned earlier, I am a #PitchWars mentor this year and boy has it been fun!giphy

All in all, we had 141 submissions and of these we requested 28 fulls. You can find the exact breakdown of genre on Lynnette’s blog post HERE.

I was a little nervous going into this because Lynnette and I have never worked together before and all of a sudden, we needed to go through a ton of submissions and find ones that we could both agree on. How were we going to deal with SUBJECTIVITY??

But we had a great baseline: we knew we wanted something dark and twisty (probably in the Fantasy genre) and we both LOVE books. Those two factors were MORE than enough and we had a blast going through all the submissions. I was even able to tap into my nerd and made a Trello board that had 8 designations for requested materials.

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Half of our #PitchWars Trello Board

We were blown away by all the dark and twisty that ended up in our inbox and went through several “THIS IS THE ONE” wait, no, “THIS IS THE ONE” moments.

But then we came across Meghan Jashinsky’s A COURT OF GLITTERING CRIMSON and it was the first one that got an enthusiastic, YES from both of us. But we knew to make it more marketable, we needed to address the magical system which was going to be a big re-write.

We contacted Meghan before the submission period was over to see if she would even be open to making such a big change and she was. THEN came the part where we had to fight off other mentors from offering to mentor hers as well.

Long story short, we were able to snag Meghan’s manuscript and we couldn’t be more happy about it!

But that’s not where the story ends!

Lynnette and I had also loved Tracie Martin‘s THEN BEGGARS WOULD RIDE, a YA literary thriller that has a voice that will keep you up at night. BEGGARS was our #2 pick and we were campaigning hardcore behind the scenes to try to get other mentors to pick it up because it totally deserved some PitchWars love.

Then, the day of the big reveal, I found out I had won a wildcard spot and I could pick one more book to mentor if I so wished (or I could pass it on to another mentor). Due to Lynnette’s active editing business, she knew her schedule would only permit her to mentor one manuscript, but I felt so strongly for BEGGARS that I offered to mentor it myself!

SO there it goes!

I am mentoring both Meghan and Tracie for #PitchWars2016!

These books are high-concept, dark, gory, beautiful, and heartbreaking. You’re going to love them and I can’t wait to see these books shine!

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My 2015 Books in Review

I’m joining in on Jamie’s End of the Year Survey! 

There are few things in life more important to a writer than reading amazing books from other writers. It was Stephen King who said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write.” How true this is! Reading is fuel and although I didn’t hit my goal of reading a published book a week (I’m at 49/52) and this is the FIRST year I didn’t exceed my reading goal (insert feelings of failure)… I DID manage to read about ten of my writer friend’s manuscript and I read own MS about 1900 times, so I’m going to call that a win 🙂

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NUMBER OF BOOKS YOU READ: 49
NUMBER OF RE-READS: 0
GENRE YOU READ THE MOST FROM: YA FANTASY

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1. BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2015?

Queen of Shadows is going to dominate this list.

2. BOOK YOU WERE EXCITED ABOUT & THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO LOVE MORE BUT DIDN’T?

This Shattered World

 3. MOST SURPRISING (IN A GOOD WAY OR BAD WAY) BOOK YOU READ?  

The Demon King series… I thought it was going to be “meh”, but I really loved it!

4. BEST SERIES YOU STARTED IN 2015? BEST SEQUEL OF 2015? BEST SERIES ENDER OF 2015?

Best series I started: Throne of Glass series (started and got caught up)

Best sequel: Please Remain Calm

Best series ender: Winter (Lunar Cycle)

5. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR YOU DISCOVERED IN 2015?

Sarah J Mass (I know, I’m way late to this train)

6. BEST BOOK FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T TYPICALLY READ/WAS OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE?

Ready Player One… I was like, 1980s video games? But it was SO good!

7. MOST ACTION-PACKED/THRILLING/UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR?

Queen of Shadows

8. FAVORITE COVER OF A BOOK YOU READ IN 2015?

Winter (Lunar Cycle)

9. MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTER OF 2015?

ummm… Celaena/Aelin, no question!

10. MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING/ LIFE-CHANGING BOOK OF 2015?

Living Dead Girl… man, I cried so much and didn’t stop thinking about it for awhile.

 11. BOOK YOU CAN’T BELIEVE YOU WAITED UNTIL 2015 TO FINALLY READ? 

The Throne of Glass series!

 12. FAVORITE PASSAGE/QUOTE FROM A BOOK YOU READ IN 2015? 

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing…” I want to be this quote! 🙂

13.SHORTEST & LONGEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2015?

Longest: WINTER (Lunar Cycle)

Shortest: LIVING DEAD GIRL

14. OTP OF THE YEAR (YOU WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP!)

Aelin and Rowan! (swoon)

15. FAVORITE NON-ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP OF THE YEAR

Aelin and Lysandra!

16. FAVORITE BOOK YOU READ IN 2015 FROM AN AUTHOR YOU’VE READ PREVIOUSLY

The Body Electric (Beth Revis)

17. BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2015THAT YOU READ BASED SOLELY ON A RECOMMENDATION FROM SOMEBODY ELSE/PEER PRESSURE:

Bird Box

18. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH FROM A BOOK YOU READ IN 2015?

Rowan Whitethorn

19. BEST WORLDBUILDING/MOST VIVID SETTING YOU READ THIS YEAR?

Queen of Shadows

20. BOOK THAT PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE/WAS THE MOST FUN TO READ?

Queen of Shadows

21. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY OR NEARLY CRY IN 2015?

Living Dead Girl

22. BOOK THAT CRUSHED YOUR SOUL?

Living Dead Girl

23. MOST UNIQUE BOOK YOU READ IN 2015?

The entire Lunar Chronicles series… such a unique twist on fairy tales!

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1. ONE BOOK YOU DIDN’T GET TO IN 2015 BUT WILL BE YOUR NUMBER 1 PRIORITY IN 2016?

SO many! But the first book on my TBR pile is Six of Crows

2. BOOK YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING FOR 2016 (NON-DEBUT)?

A Court of Mist and Fury!

3. 2016 DEBUT YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING?

I am so incredibly excited to see Ashley’s SUFFER LOVE hit shelves and also Traci’s THE READER!

4. ONE THING YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH OR DO IN YOUR READING LIFE IN 2016?

Read a PUBLISHED book a week.

5. A 2016 RELEASE YOU’VE ALREADY READ & RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE:

SUFFER LOVE by Ashley Herring Blake