Book Tour and Review: Hour of Mischief by Aimee Hyndman
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.
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4 Out of 5 Stars
Genre: Another-World, Steampunk, Supernatural--
In a world where the Clockwork Gods roam freely with man, the coming apocalypse is brewing and the humans are unaware. Janet is the leader of her band of thieves, but when they get caught and thrown into an underground dungeon, she will do all most anything to get her friends out, even make a deal with the God of Mischief himself. She is given a nearly impossible task by the God, one that will save not only her team, but all of humanity, but only if she succeeds.
I love myself some steampunk! When I saw this book and discovered it was my favorite topic/imaginary time period, I jumped on the chance to read it, regardless of knowing nothing about it. I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. This was a really fun adventure set in a world like nothing I have ever experienced before. I think that this book is classified as fantasy, which I am generally not really a big fan of. Personally, I would call this a steampunk action-adventure set in another world, which all of those things are right up my alley. I was completely swept up by this story and the new and different characters that the author brought to life, be it the quirky Gods, the supernatural beasts or the "regular" humans such as Janet. I thought that this would be geared (pun intended!) for a younger audience since the main character is only 17, but the book was really gritty dealing with topics such as prostitution, abuse, alcoholism and poverty. It was a slightly dark tone to accompany the non-stop action that made up the book.
There was so much secrecy and reveals that happened in the story that I don't want to give too much away. I will just mention how much I liked Janet and her personality, a true red-head with the fiery temper and impulsiveness to keep the reader on their toes. She was fiercely loyal to her band of friends/thieves, and would have gladly traded herself for the other's well-being. I feel like there is a lot more to Janet than was let on, and I have my speculations as to what the truth is and can't wait to see if I am right. I also feel like their is a little something brewing between Janet and Itazura, but that may just be wishful thinking on my part.
Overall, I was really impressed by what the author created and I can't wait to go back again for what I know will be a wild ride. I enjoyed this book and I am sure that others who like something completely outside the box, full of action and supernatural will have a hard time putting it down as well.
I received this title from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Aimee Hyndman has been writing ever since her toddler fingers could grasp a pencil. A lover of all things speculative fiction, she spent many a night penning the beginnings of novels that would never see the light of day. Now attending college in Iowa, double majoring in Creative writing and English, she has clearly never lost her love of the craft.
When not writing and avoiding her school work, Aimee enjoys reading, singing, and acting at her school’s theater department. She is also a lover of anime and all things Disney.
Her area of specialty is fantasy of all sorts but she dabbles in many genres— whatever she feels compelled to write at the moment. The plot bunnies are never ending but, luckily, so are the words!
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