Book Review: Firestarter (Timekeeper Book 3) by Tara Sim [Audiobook]

Clock mechanic Danny, clock spirit Colton, and their friends are still trapped on an airship, being threatened into going along with plans they don't believe in. But when a greater enemy emerges, they'll have to reconsider what's right and wrong and who their allies are.

Book Cover - Firestarter by Tara Sim
Title: Firestarter
Book Number: Book 3
Pages: 528
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Publisher


Wow! I was not expecting to be hit with this much intensity and emotion. I have a lot to say, a lot of feels, this time.

I was NOT expecting all the emotion in this book. I nearly cried like eight times. For sad reasons. For happy reasons. For touching reasons. For “I know this is gonna work out, but oh gosh I just feel so bad for the characters right now” reasons. For “what these characters are going through is terrible” reasons. This story got fairly dark at times. It was intense. I really did feel for these characters.

The author did such a great job of showing how all these terrible things going on affected all the characters, but especially Danny. The way everything changed him, even broke him, in a way. I just felt so incredibly awful for him throughout the book.

The author also did a great job of writing complex characters. Antagonists who weren’t all bad. People who did bad things but also good things. People who did things that might’ve been good or bad, depending on how you looked at it. People who did bad things out of love and desperation rather than cruelty. And characters had complicated relationships with them. They felt anger, hurt, betrayal, maybe even hate, but they also still cared, because sometimes relationships and feelings are complicated like that.

The emotion between Danny and Colton was so painful and heartbreaking and heartwarming and good. Ugh, the struggle. I felt so bad for them. I hated the rift between them. But the masochist reader part of me also loved it. And of course I also loved the sweet, tender moments between them. The happiness and comfort.

I also loved Daphne and Akash’s relationship. I was rooting for them too. They were also cute.

The story itself was great too. Everything really came together. Not where I thought the story would go after a first book that was mostly about a sweet, cute romance with a bit of action and mystery, but it was a direction that actually suited my own personal tastes more. And it got increasingly more unpredictable. I really didn’t know what would happen.

Once again, the audiobook narration by Gary Furlong was also great. It sounded natural, it suited the characters, and it had all the right emotion.

When this series started, it was an enjoyable, cute romance with some heavier moments here and there and interesting time magic, but it got so much more emotional and intense as the series went on. This finale really hit it out of the park for me. I felt so much for these characters. This was a bittersweet but amazing ending to a unique and wonderful series!

Trigger/Content Warnings: Here is the author’s list of trigger/content warnings.

*Rating: 4.5 Stars // Read Date: 2020 // Format: Audiobook*


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  1. Greg

    Wow- sounds like an amazing ending! That’s awesome! I love it when authors can pull that off…

    This, too. ” People who did bad things but also good thing”

    I love it when authors can make characters complex like that. Grey areas are good. 🙂