7 Oct 2021

Audio #Review: CHAINBREAKER by Tara Sim


Author: Tara Sim
Series: Timekeeper #2
Source: Downloaded from Audible Plus
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
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Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he's being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn't Stopped yet. He'd hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he'd have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he's asked to investigate the attacks.

After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path--one from which they may never return.
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Read my review of TIMEKEEPER, the first book in this series!

I was super excited about this book. I had really enjoyed the previous one, so I couldn’t wait to get back into this world. So I immediately jumped into it since I had it on audio. And honestly, I was pretty disappointed. This book suffers from second book syndrome. As I said in my review for TIMEKEEPER, I am not sure this was truly intended as more than a standalone. 

One of the best parts of the first book for me was the relationship between Danny and Colton. This story has them separated for nearly the entire book. And while we get to learn about Colton’s backstory,  which was super awesome, I wasn’t captivated by either of the separate threads.

Plot wise, there’s a lot going on and yet it felt like nothing was happening at the same time. I was bored for a while and honestly thought about DNFing because I didn't care about any of the POVS, including Danny and Colton. They were together but not and it just made for an uninteresting read, in my opinion. When it got to about 80%, it really started to pick up and I was intrigued to see what was going to happen. That is probably the only reason I am going to finish this series out.

TLDR: Not nearly as strong of a book as the first one in my opinion. I'm hoping the conclusion brings it back around. But truthfully it felt too much like a second book, focused on secondary characters, and the plot dragged a lot more than I wanted. But it is a really interesting read, I like the setting still so much, and it's super compelling characters.

Have you read this book? Are you going to pick up this or anything else by Tara Sim?

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