I thought this was an interesting concept. The clocks themselves really control the time. There are days where it feels like that but to be solely reliant on clocks and their spirits, what a twist on time. Any problem with the clocks can result in a town losing time or, the worst case, being stuck in time. Most of the story revolves around our main character and the town, Enfield, clock spirit. While I did find this story interesting, it took me a moment to get into it. I understood what was happening but I just had an issue connecting with the story. Once the plot became more involved and there was more action, did I really enjoy the book. This was definitely a book that you need to stick with and get through the developmental beginning. There is a forbidden romance aspect to the book also, as one is to not fall in love with a clock spirit. I really enjoyed this part of because the spirits seem so innocent, how do you not love them?
Though the story took me a little to get into, I immediately fell in love with the characters. Danny was a great main character to follow. There is so much emotion behind him that it was honestly really hard not to like him. He had a lot to deal with while also trying to make sure that a whole town didn’t get frozen in time again. I really enjoyed seeing his character develop throughout the whole novel and how he dealt with situations. In this book, Danny makes mistakes and suffers the consequences. I like how true they all felt and their actions seemed very realistic for the type of book this was.
Overall, Timekeeper by Tara Sim was a decent book. Even though it had a slow start, the concept of the book held my interest until the plot really developed. This book did have great characters which really drove the story. They stayed true to the world that was set up and seemed very realistic. I was easily able to relate and connect with them. Since the idea of the book is now developed, I am really looking forward to what happens in the next book. I recommend this book for those who enjoy alternate, fantasy worlds with forbidden romances.