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Book Review: A Clockwork Heart by Liesel Schwarz

Bonus post today! As I said over the weekend, I have several book reviews that I owe you guys, so you will be getting some extra love this week. 🙂

Today’s review is A Clockwork Heart by Liesel Schwarz. I got this one as an ARC from Net Galley to review on the podcast. If you’re interested in hearing what we talked about on that episode, you can find it here. This is the second book in the Chronicles of Light and Shadow series. I reviewed the first book, A Conspiracy of Alchemists, on both the podcast (click here) and on this blog (click here). And now on to the review.

A Clockwork Heart
Don’t mess with the girl with a gun in her corset.

A Clockwork Heart continues the story of Elle Chance, an independent young airship pilot,  and Hugh Marsh, a warlock-turned-human. Their relationship, which began in book one, is developed even more here, since they have gotten married. This presents its fair share of problems though. Hugh gave up his powers to be with Elle, which was a huge sacrifice. While he admires her independent spirit, he still wishes that she was home more often spending time with the man she claims to love. Yes, I’m on Hugh’s side here. Mostly. Elle resents being told what to do (as always). She does not want to give up her entire life, despite the fact that Hugh pretty much gave up his to be with her. They are constantly at odds with each other, when Elle decides to take a charter to Singapore.

I have some issues with Elle as a character. For the most part, she comes off as being very selfish. I admire strong female characters, but not when they are completely out for themselves and no one else. Elle doesn’t want to be held back, either by her responsibilities as a wife, or her responsibilities as the Oracle, the guardian of the barrier between Light and Shadow. Granted, she is very young still, and by the end of this book, she has grown up a little bit. She is a very well written character, don’t get me wrong, she was just very hard for me to like as a person at times.

While she is gone, Hugh ends up getting captured by a strange woman/creature named Clothilde, who is a Woman in White. Basically, a witch, and a very powerful one, capable of controlling thunder and lightning. She has been capturing people and replacing their hearts with ones made of clockwork, earning her victims the nickname “Tickers.” These Tickers basically become zombies, and are under Clothilde’s complete control. Elle has to find what happened to her husband, and ultimately stop Clothilde. She is joined by Loisa Beladodia, a vampire, friend of Hugh’s, and my favorite character in the series.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit, despite my issues with Elle. This book was a step up from the first book, which I always like to see with newly published authors. Her settings are beautifully haunting, her characters are interesting, and the plot for this just kept getting more and more intricate and creepy. The next book in this series, Sky Pirates, is set to come out next year and I will definitely be picking it up.

Has anyone else read this book? If so, please let me know what you thought!

Teaser Tuesday · Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten and Teaser Tuesday – September 17th

Teaser Tuesday

Good morning and Happy Tuesday one and all! Kicking things off with Teaser Tuesday, hosted by MizB over at “Should Be Reading.” Here are the rules if you would like to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I watched a lot of YouTube videos of cute geeky girls playing ’80s cover tunes on ukuleles. Technically, this wasn’t part of my research, but I had a serious cute-geeky-girls-playing-ukuleles fetish that I can neither explain nor defend.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

It’s quotes like these which show why I love this book so much. Deadly serious plot line interjected with quirky quips like this one. I’ve really been enjoying this re-read.


Next up is Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the folks over at “The Broke and the Bookish.” This topic is actually pretty easy for me, to be honest. Easy questions are nice to get once in a while. It’s the beginning of a new season (or almost), and that means it’s time to talk about the books on our To-Be-Read list. So here’s what’s currently staring at me from the stack on my desk.

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

1. Where She Went by Gayle Forman – I just finished If I Stay, which was a beautiful book, so per my rules from January, I need to complete the series. Fortunately, there is only one other book in this series, so completing it is easy. And, according to their website, the library branch closest to my house has a copy! Score!

2. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham – I am really looking forward to reading this! I adore Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls is still one of my favorite things ever) and I’m curious to see what her writing is like. Plus, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.

3-5. Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant by Veronica Roth – The next book on my stack is Divergent, which I have heard from everyone is wonderful, amazing, and the thing I MUST read. Now. Okay, then. I will. And I’ve included the next two books in the series as well (see rule above), although I don’t think Allegiant is out yet. I think it comes out next month. Am I right, Internet? I’ll get it when it comes out then.

6-8. White Cat, Red Glove, and Black Heart by Holly Black – I have a copy of White Cat, the first book in the Curse Workers series. I’ve also heard some pretty good buzz about these books too, so I’ve added the next two books to the list as well.

9. The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long – I have loved this book ever since I saw the title and the cover art. I almost don’t care how good the story is. Okay, that isn’t true. Still, I’m intrigued. It has drawn me in and convinced me to buy it, which is what a cover and a title is supposed to do.

10. Beastly by Alex Flinn – I actually got this book off a Top Ten Tuesday list, I think about retellings of fairy tales or something like that. Unfortunately I don’t remember who recommended it. I think several people did, actually. It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, so that sounds promising.

Please leave your posts in comments! And don’t forget to vote on the next part of Heritage! See this post for the poll!