Clockbreakers: Asterion’s Curse

Clockbreakers: Asterion’s Curse

Together, we can bend time and space.

Charlie is a Clockbreaker, stuck in a Greek myth, on an action-packed adventure with a mission: to save her father, and perhaps even save the world.

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About the Book

On her eleventh birthday, Charlie receives a key to go back in time. But before she blows out her candles, Charlie rolls into Ancient Greece with her best friend Maria and her former best friend Trent. She’s a Clockbreaker, stuck in a Greek myth, on an action-packed adventure with a mission: to save her father, and perhaps even save the world.

Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Hope Well Books
Publication Year: 2017
ASIN: 0990850757
ISBN: 0990850757
List Price: 9.95
eBook Price: 2.99
Charlie is Charles Kleis the 15th and she’s a girl. She’s also an adventurer who’s gone back in time and landed in the age of Greek myths where she and two friends must try to save her father, who’s become lost in time. Kate Ristau’s first novel in the Clockbreakers series is a fast-paced, super-fun story that mixes myth, science fiction, and reality beautifully. Charlie is smart and spunky and her infectious voice sweeps you along, through labyrinths, across deserts, in and out of time — and the fact of her wheelchair is handled wonderfully, as a part of her character, not an impairment to it.
Yes, it's a time travel book, but it's also a heart travel book, a book about friendship, forgiveness, courage, and the powers waiting to be discovered in each one of us.
Clockbreakers pulls you in from the first sentence! Charlie is a strong narrator who deals with the shock of discovering the world around is not what it seems. When you're done with this book you'll want to find the author and demand to know when the next book will be released.
Ristau does an amazing job of weaving Greek mythology into this story, leaving the reader (like myself!) curious to know more. Clockbreakers will play out like a movie in your head...and I'm ready for the sequel!
Clockbreakers gets started quickly and doesn't let up! Twists and surprises around every corner (literally!) and a diverse cast of characters, both human and not.
Clockbreakers mixes fantasy, adventure, and Greek mythology into a fun, frothy mix. A plucky protagonist named Charlie, who just happens to be in a wheelchair, and her two buddies Trent and Maria all explore their abilities and strengths and face their challenges while on a quest to find Charlie’s “missing” dad. When reading this, I couldn’t help but to think fondly of two of my own childhood favorites, A Wrinkle in Time and the movie Labyrinth. This story is rich with dialogue and action. The kids have playful, believable relationships with each other. There’s a wonderful Minotaur character I’d personally like to hang out with, and as many plot twists and turns as paths in a maze. I’d highly recommend to fans of both The Goddess Girls and The Popularity Papers. Here’s hoping the next in the series is out soon!
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