FBCYA Tour: Timekeeper (Review + Giveaway)

Before Reading:

Alright, I guess it is the proper time for me to say it. It started when I had this crazy idea to make things interesting for the book club. So I say, why not host blog tours and stuff like that? I was starting to lose hope because it did not seem like no one wanted to take a shot. But then, Sky Pony Press was kind enough to let us host a blog tour for Timekeeper. If you want to imagine what I was like, I was ridiculously giddy. Timekeeper is something special, because it deals with a lot of topics that I personally love. Okay, let’s get to it!

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25760792Title: Timekeeper

Author: Tara Sim

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Teen, Mental Illness

Date Published: 1st of November 2016

Series: Timekeeper #1

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Source: eARC from the publisher

Buy it on: Amazon / TBD

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.

After Reading:

Maybe… just maybe… this is the best alternate history book that I have read in a while. I have never felt this relieved about an ending since reading the Percy Jackson series. Everything was keyed in place like a smooth glove. It was ridiculously satisfying. I just want to hug all of Tara’s characters because this book is the perfect mix of fluffiness, history, and fantasy. I love it, okay?

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The three things that I mostly loved about Timekeeper are: the clock spirits, the boy love, and the historical setting. Those factors made Timekeeper a gem underneath everything.

The concept of clock spirits are oddly fascinating. The thought of having one for each clock in every city is unique in the sense that those clock spirits are essentially guardians. And not only that, but the spirits are humanlike. Not just in form but in terms how they act and feel. As a reader, knowing what the character feels is vital. The clock spirits give life to the pages that they are in, and that is just incredible. Also I want to note that the extra stories added a lot more for me to invest myself in the story. I’m already reading something from an alternate history retelling and I am still getting a mythology lesson in it. Dear gosh Tara, you spoil us too much with these lovely side stories. It is beyond fascinating.

Second, I’m a sucker for boy romance to begin with. I love a good story where the guys fall in love with each other. But since this is somehow my area, what makes Timekeeper so special? One of the boys, Colton, is a clock spirit. He can’t leave his tower because REASONS. Reading Timekeeper for Danny and Colton’s romance is like the cheesecake from Friends. You start with little bits of detail here and there, telling yourself that it is going to be bad for you (looking at you, Danny Hart) and then you fall so hard after you taste it. Legit, I was on the edge of my seat (or bed, rather) when the two of them were basically the sweetest things to grace this earth. Bless their romance so much. And all the things that Danny is willing to do for Colton, it’s honestly true love right there.

Third, historical settings are the bomb. Granted, it’s an alternate one. But it’s London. And it’s set in Victorian England. The world is as big as ever, stretching out to other places in the world. The book leaves a lot of room for the reader to imagine the setting. It is simply wonderful. It opens a lot of opportunity to be discovered.

Honorable mentions:
The lovely ladies in Timekeeper. Girl power all the way! This book knows how to empower women, I can tell you that.

Timekeeper is a really amazing book. It is a book that is not afraid on what it wants to be. It’s a refreshing story that can cure a reading slump. And it is amazingly satisfying till the end. There’s unique factor in there with the writing style that grips you and pulls you in once you get to dive in the story. Honestly, I loved every aspect.

Not only that, but this book inspired me to read more steampunk books. This one is a first for me, and since I loved Timekeeper, I may read a lot more books that belong in that genre.

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(Know more about my rating system here.)

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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.

TIMEKEEPER (Sky Pony Press, Fall ’16) is her debut YA novel.

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And of course, for you to know what I’m talking about, you have the chance to get Timekeeper into your lovely hands. This giveaway will end by the 20th of November and is only open for U.S. and Canada residents only. May you have all of the lucky stars to win this amazing book.

And that, fangirls and fanboys, is the end of our Timekeeper blog tour. But of course, our support for Timekeeper does not end there. Huge thanks to Sky Pony Press and Ms. Tara Sim for the endless support for this tour.

So what do you think? Ready to add Timekeeper to your TBRs? Let’s discuss below.

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#FBCYA Recap: Six of Crows

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Where do I begin? Not only is this post overdue, but it is about time that I recap the awesomeness that is the Fanboy Book Club chats that we have on twitter. Since the book club started, we hold twitter chats every month for each book of the month. We never miss a month where we do not talk about the book of the month. That is how dedicated we are for this book club. For the month of July, we did a Twitter chat for Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Now during the chat, I was so busy retweeting and liking the tweets of those who joined that I forgot to answer my own Q’s! Now I have the chance to answer the questions thanks to this recap, yay! Onto the recap!

Q1. Introduce yourself with your name, blog and other social media accounts! #FBCYA

  • Hi! My name is Bianca and I blog over at The Ultimate Fangirl on notoriouslaylow.wordpress.com. So great to be here!

Q2. What is your current read? #FBCYA

  • I am currently reading Six of Crows and I am gosh darn excited that I don’t know what’s happening.

Q3. If you could go back in time, who would you save from a dangerous situation? Think history. #FBCYA

  • My baby Newt. (In history’s case, Alexander Hamilton and Andres Bonifacio)

Q4. Who would you invite to come to the Crow Club? Tag them! #FBCYA

  • Everyone! As long as you guys buy your own drinks. Haha

Q5. In a heist, what would be your role? (Ex. Leader, Right hand man, Healer) #FBCYA

  • I will be the one who gets all the resources!

Q6. Who are some of your favorite fantasy OTP’s? #FBCYA

  • Oh definitely Kaz and Inej, Cinder and Kai, Celaena and Chaol (DON’T SPOIL ME GOSH DARN IT HAHAHA)

Q8. What are your thoughts on books that don’t have “the chosen one” theme? #FBCYA

  • I personally think that it’s an overused trope, but it depends on the story on how it will carry it.

Q9. Recommend some of your favorite fantasy books using three words. #FBCYA

  • Stab stab stab jk

Q10.  If you have read Six of Crows, why should everyone read it? If you have not, will you check it out soon? #FBCYA

  • Reading it, loving it… and it’s the best thing ever.

Last Q! Q11. WHO’S EXCITED FOR CROOKED KINGDOM? #FBCYA

  • I know I am!

There you go guys! Technically, that is only a gist of what we do for the Fanboy Book Club. And I swear, this is one of the monthly twitter chats that you would not want to miss. I should do these recaps more often. 😉

Interested in joining the Fanboy Book Club? Visit our page here, or click the button on my blog’s sidebar, or click the FBCYA menu above!

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Fanboy Book Club: An Introduction

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Hello everyone! My name is Bianca and I am your first formal host for the month of February in the Fanboy Book Club. I am so excited to finally launch this baby that was conceptualized on my humble little laptop, one misty Monday morning. I am so glad that a lot of people were enthusiastic about this, and I owe you all guys my biggest thanks.

To formally launch this book club, the other members and I are tasked to write introductions. This is so as to formally launch the club to everyone. Off we go!


Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m Bianca and I love every fandom in the universe. I made this book club because I can only tolerate books with male leads. I hope I could find other people who feel the same. ❤

How did you come up with your blog name?

It just came to me one day, I guess? I was actually watching an introduction episode of the Big Brother series and thought of a unique monicker if I ever got in. So I ended up with The Ultimate Fangirl. I like too many things that I don’t know how I still have a life of my own. But it’s one of those days where you just cannot choose just one fandom to fit in your tumblr introduction page.

Now for the fun part:

Who is your favorite male character?

My favorite male character is Leonard Peacock from Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. Why?

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He felt so real. I could compare it to the time where I couldn’t grasp a certain thing, and he shared the same journey with me. At the same time, he introduced me to Humphrey Bogart. Who knew that all of those actors back in the 40’s were all so badass and gorgeous at the same time?

Who are your book husbands/book boyfriends?

Let’s see…

There’s Kenji Kishimoto from The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. He kept me going on reading the series <3. Then there’s this really obscure character in The Hunger Games whose name is Darius. And there’s also the matter of Oliver from Althea and Oliver.

Book with a male lead that really stuck to your heart?

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You guys are probably going to say, “OKAY WE GET IT. YOU LIKE HIM SO MUCH.” Because my answer will always be The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I just don’t have any boundaries. It’s my most prized possession and my favorite reread. What could I ask for more?

Link to your social media accounts.

  • Twitter: @UltmtFangirl
  • Instagram: theultmtfangirl
  • Goodreads: Bianca

Another host of this monthly book club is Nicka at Read by Nicka! I am so thrilled into co-handling this book club with her, along with the three other ladies: MC, Trisha and Maan!

Here are Nicka’s answers to my questions:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hey I’m Nicka! I love cats and of course books, I also love to travel and take photos of beautiful sceneries. I’m a college student and I’m taking up Financial Management and I’m going to graduate next year WOHOO!! I’m also a movie buff, I always watch new movies every month.
How did you come up with your blog name?
I don’t really have a significant meaning behind it, I just thought why don’t I put a blog name as if I read all of the books in the world. “Readbynicka” that wasn’t a very clear statement 😂
Who is your favorite male character?
Percy Jackson & Harry Potter! Both are great but Percy is my favorite out of the two because he’s so funny and sassy.
I’m giving you the freedom here. Who are your book husbands/book boyfriends?
NOAH SHAW!!!! Christian Grey(his romantic side only), Jude Grayson, Etienne St. Clair and Nate Peters.
Book with a male lead that really stuck to your heart?
Harry Potter will always be in my heart.
Link to your social media accounts.

Just to remind everyone that our book of the month is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Members are given a month to read the book of the month. At the end, each member will dedicate a review on the book. If you’re not a member yet, you can sign-up here: http://goo.gl/forms/SQqQxcmoqM

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And to give everyone a head’s up, here’s a line-up of the activities:

2nd week of February: Letter Writing to any author with male lead on their books

3rd week of February: Discussion + Twitter Chat

4th week of February: Book Review

Basically, a very productive February indeed.

Other introduction posts:
MC at Blame It On The Books

Ali at Book Lover Thoughts

Joan at Fiddler Blue

Windie at Geek Apprentice

Imogene at Amidst The Pages

Wren at The Bookmato Chronicles

Maan at The Pigeon Reads

Trisha at The Bookgasm Blog

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