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First Lines Friday — May 1, 2020

What a great way to kick off a new month with First Lines Fridays, a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words that I discovered over at One More Chapter (be sure to check them both out). What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you would like to make your own post, you are welcome to use or edit my banner, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet — you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

Here we go…

“Two o’clock was missing.
Danny wanted it to be a joke. Hours didn’t just disappear. But the clock tower before him and the silver timepiece in his hand read 3:06 in the afternoon, when not fifteen minutes before they had read 1:51.”

These are the first lines from the following book…

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timekeeper by tara sim book cover

Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Genres: Steampunk, Supernatural, Victorian Fantasy, LGBTQ Romance

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“I was in an accident. I got out. I’m safe now.”

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

A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork, but time itself, determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town.

A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardize all of England.

A romance that will shake the very foundations of time.

The first book in a dazzling new steampunk-fantasy trilogy, Timekeeper introduces a magical world of mythology and innovation that readers will never want to leave.

I know I’m a bit late to the party with this book but my goal is to knock some backlist books off my TBR while sheltering in place! I was originally drawn to this book because of its magical use of time. I just started it and it’s already full of activity and emotion. I can’t wait to read more!

Want to binge read the whole series? Find it here.

timekeeper series by tara sim

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10 thoughts on “First Lines Friday — May 1, 2020

  1. Sabrina @ Wordy and Whimsical says:

    Oooh I’ve had this book on my TBR for a little while, but that opening has succeeded in making me want to read it more. I hope you enjoy it!

    1. odbookreviews says:

      I’m almost halfway through now and it’s really good so far!
      If you end up reading it I’d love to hear what you think!

  2. Rae Reads says:

    Hmmmmm, intriguing.

  3. quirkymoms486 says:

    Sounds so interesting! Just makes you want to keep reading it 🙂

    1. odbookreviews says:

      I thought it was a good opener for a book! Hooked me anyway! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting 🙂

  4. bournemouthgirl says:

    What a great post. Sounds like an interesting read x

    1. odbookreviews says:

      Thanks! I have been really enjoying this one!

  5. Patricia Bella says:

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  6. thebookishlibra says:

    Now that’s what I call a teaser! This book has been sitting on my shelf for ages and I’m really tempted to grab it and start reading it right now to see what happened to those hours.

    1. odbookreviews says:

      You should definitely read it! What actually happened wasn’t what I originally thought happened haha. I think it’s worth a read, I’d love to hear what you think of it when you get to it!