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The Clock Keeper

Written by: Melissa Delport
Narrated by: Vivien Swain
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Since the beginning of life on Earth, seven powerful families have protected time. From within their bloodlines, one person is selected every decade to make the ultimate sacrifice. 

When Anna Kennedy is selected by the Tempus Guild as the new Clock Keeper, she commits a crime so heinous that it could cause time itself to unravel. Now, it falls to her sister, Clarke, to right the wrong and restore honor to the Kennedy family. The only problem is that in order to do so she must send her best friend to his grave.

©2016 Melissa Delport (P)2019 Melissa Delport

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  • Karl hill
  • 2019-09-16

Unique Time Travel

This was a unique book featuring time travel. However, I had a really hard time keeping up with everything going on. I constantly found myself having to relisten to parts, and I would still be confused. I did enjoy the main characters. Melissa Delport writes amazing stories and characters and so I was very upset that I did not fall in love with this book the way I wanted to. I will probably revisit it in the future probably in a written format to help me follow it a little better.

Vivien Swain did a nice job with the narration. Slightly distincter voices with some characters would be nice. She did keep me going in the parts I struggled with.

I received a copy of this book at my request, and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jill
  • 2019-06-10

This book is a hidden gem

I'm not sure how I happened upon this book but I did. I'm surprised to see that there aren't many reviews or ratings. This book is a hidden gem. It is a really fun story.

Although, The Clock Keeper didn't blow me away, I really enjoyed it. I liked the characters as well. There were some issues with things not quite meshing or adding up correctly but not so much that it disrupted the story. I just tend to be a very technical and detail oriented reader. For instance, the setting. This book was mostly set in Arizona, mentioning places like Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson, and The Grand Canyon. I have lived in the Phoenix metropolitan area for 25 years. This setting didn't feel authentic. Sure the city names were used but it didn't feel like it was actually based in these locations. Another example, in the very beginning of the story, someone died and the police officer that showed up to the incident identified himself as a detective from the LAPD but they were in AZ so a bit out of the jurisdiction. Also, the characters in this book are American and the book is set in America, so it was weird to see the English (UK) spelling of words throughout this book; words like 'honour', 'favourite', 'favour', etc.

This book was creative and exciting and I think my favorite thing was that it kept me guessing pretty much until the very end. I also enjoyed the timeless love story that was intertwined.

I was a tad disappointed with the ending because I need more. I need all my questions to be answered and I need an epilogue to cover all of those things. We didn't get that with this book. That aside, it was still done well.

Overall, I am really glad to have found this book. I recommend it and hope more people will find it and read it too.

Audible: The narration was good and I do recommend this as an audio book. The only thing that should be noted is that there are flashbacks throughout and they are only separated by an additional line break in the book so the narration can get a bit confusing for a quick moment when the memory switches back to present day and picks back up with where they were prior to the flashback.

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  • KRLGA @Smada's Book Smack
  • 2019-09-20

Romance with Mystery and Time Travel

Anna belongs to a secret society that controls time and big life events, granted immortality to right the wrong that her sister Anna's actions set in motion- an event that Clara is ultimately at fault for. Clara must kill the anomalies that have escaped the timeline, created by her former friend Fletcher, her ultimate target.

While this seems like a fantasy, gritty time travel mystery/adventure, The Clock Keeper is very much a romance. This had a heart-wrenching love triangle a the heart of the main issue, a love that triggered the events that are trying to destroy the world. High born Clara was secretly best friends with low class Fletcher, Fletcher was secretly in love with Clara, Clara's sister was openly crushing on Fletcher, and Clara had no idea what her feelings were but she would never do anything to hurt Anna, even if that means sacrificing her own happiness. The relationship between Clara and Fletcher is told in reverse, with the reader getting snips of the two over the years in flashbacks while having the hatred between them in the present. Gawd, this was an emotional angsty mess that could have been avoided but was so easy to understand. Side note, while Clara is trapped at age 18 this is not a YA novel, but most certainly an adult (in my opinion)

I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read the physical book instead of the audiobook. The narrator had great annunciation and pacing, but there was never any difference between the characters voices so everything blended together and I never knew who was the speaker (also there was almost no emotion used in her voice). Also, the book switches between timelines very frequently and the audiobook did not give any indication that it was another time period (aka a memory from Clara) and I spent a majority of the time being confused if what I was listening to was a memory or present day. I ended up picking the ebook to finish the second half. I recommend the physical/ebook instead of the audio, but that is just my preference.

Overall I really enjoyed the story, it was a very quick read because I wanted to know how it ended so I ended up reading it in just one day. Keep in mind that this is a standalone story with the best ending I could have hoped for. I will certainly check out more from Melissa in the future.

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  • William Smith
  • 2019-09-15

Tempus Fugit

I well written story with character with depth and a pace that keeps the reader interested. I found the plot twist at the end to be surprising but confusing at the same time, still I would recommend giving it a listen. The narrators voice was pleasant and she was able to express a great deal of emotion I look forward to more from this author and narrator both.

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  • Trisha C.
  • 2019-09-02

Fantasy of time!

Clara aka Clarke is trying to correct a mistake in time, made by her sister. The Flashbacks within the story, can be a little confusing at first. It is a Story of suspense ,betrayal ,love and adventure! It will keep you guessing! I enjoyed this well written fantasy of time. The narration by Vivien Swain is excellent. Each character has its own personality and she brought each one to life . I recommend it, if you like fantasy books. I was gifted this audio in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Deedra
  • 2019-08-21

The Clock Keeper

This was a very good story.In this book we learn that the decendants of the Presidents are te keepers of the clocks which tell when everyone is to die.Of course someone messes up the system and someone has to fix it.I enjoyed the narration by Vivien Swain aside from a few unusual pronunciations of basic words.Coupe and melevolent being the two that irritated me the most.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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  • Avid Book Lover
  • 2019-08-19

Wow!

I loved this story!! I was kept on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next as there were a lot of unexpected twists and turns in this tale. Just when I was thinking, “Oh no…” there was a surprise development that you never see coming. I highly recommend listening to this tale! I totally enjoyed the narrator’s performance as well. I received this audiobook at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Christy D
  • 2019-08-15

The Clock Keeper

Clarke Kennedy finds herself in love with a street rat, Fletcher, that her father does not approve of. But she is so selfless she finds out her sister Anna loves him too, so she pushes him to Anna. Clark and Fletcher are the best of friends, but no one outside the families is allowed to know about the Guild. The time has come for the next family to send someone to watch over the clocks and this time its a Kennedy family member. I love that this story takes place over a 100 year span and feel for them both, trying to figure out how to end it. Sometimes we should just learn to talk things out! I really enjoyed the story and it moved at a fantastic pace that made it hard to put down. I enjoyed the narration as well. Vivien Swain really brought the story to life. I also love that the author uses big name families for the story!

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  • Jmbeitz
  • 2019-08-05

Unusual story, but well done.

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this story, but I really liked it. There was always something happening and the story just kept moving along. It's worth listening to.

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  • sherry Christenson
  • 2019-08-04

Unique Time travel

An interesting unusual time travel. A secret society, enemies to friends to lovers story a heroin who has some pretty tough choices to make and a great narrator.