Saturday, August 29, 2015

Review: Hour of Mischief by Aimee Hyndman

Title: Hour of Mischief
Author: Aimee Hyndman
Series: The Clockwork God Chronicles #1
Genre: SteamPunk/Adventure/Fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: September 7th, 2015
Pages: Kindle Edition, 200
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher
Purchase: Amazon US | Barnes and Noble

     Born in a whorehouse in the slums of Fortuna and burdened with a prosthetic arm, seventeen-year-old JANET REDSTONE doesn’t think she owes the Clockwork Gods anything—which is why she makes a living stealing from their temples. But when she lands her team in prison, making a pact with the God of Mischief, ITAZURA, is the only way to right her wrongs and free her friends.
     Janet doesn’t trust Itazura as far as she can punch him, but with her soul in his hands, she has no choice but to do what he says. The clockwork gods and the bad-tempered elder gods of the ancient past are locked in a game of cat and mouse and the human realms are caught in the middle. If Janet can’t somehow convince the gods to step in a save the world, humanity is in an abyss of trouble.
     Using her unconventional wits, an impressive tolerance to alcohol, and a strong right hook, Janet has to convince the gods that humanity is worth saving. Unfortunately, it’s a lot more difficult to stop an apocalypse when you’re slowly being driven crazy by the Lord of Mischief, especially when he starts growing on you.


 This book was really entertaining. It had a really interesting and engaging world and amazing characters. Janet is a sassy one-armed thief. She takes zero crap from anyone. She has her close friends and fellow thieves and her mother, like family. She hates all the Clockwork Gods and hates the one that her mother worships the most because of what it's turned her into.

Janet was a really great character, sassy, but sometimes bordering on stubbornness. But she knew who she was, and never let anything change her mind once it was set. She's a fighter and a survivor, leading her team, never letting anyone feel they aren't all equals. Even as the leader, she never makes herself out be more important than anyone on her team. Her wit and sarcasm helped her out of trouble just as much as it got her there.

All the side characters were great. There are so many and I've waited too long to write this review to remember them all by name. I just know that I loved all the characters and hope to see all of them in future books, I highly suspect that this is a series considering how the book ended. At least I want it to have at the very least one sequel.

Itazura was hilarious. He was just as sarcastic as Janet, but with Godly powers. He was kind of like Loki (Loki of actual Norse Mythology and not Marvel Comics/movies), if Loki weren't an evil jerk. He just liked teasing people and basically being a little annoying. So maybe he was more like Puck from Midsummer Night's Dream. A, mostly, harmless trouble maker. I really hope he's in future books.

The plot of this book might make some feel like a whole lot of nothing happened. But there was just a lot of really nicely done world-building and explaining of how the Clockwork Gods work and their role in everything. Taking the whole book to explain everything made it so there was no info-dumping. Explanations happened as they were needed. 

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