Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The House of 100 Clocks by A.M. Howell – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Three and a half Stars

RELEASE DATE:  6 February 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 329

Publisher: Usborne Publishing




JUNE, 1905.

Helena and her parrot, Orbit, are swept off to Cambridge when her father is appointed clock-winder to one of the wealthiest men in England. There is only one rule: the clocks must never stop.

But Helena discovers the house of one hundred clocks holds many mysteries; a ghostly figure, strange notes and disappearing winding keys… Can she work out its secrets before time runs out?




Thank you so much to Usborne Publishing for providing me with a copy of The House of 100 Clocks in exchange for an honest review!


Helena doesn’t want to move to Cambridge with her father, to take a job as a clock minder.  Especially when she gets a glimpse of the contract he has to sign.  It seems like it says they will lose all of their possessions if the clocks stop, or are damaged, but that couldn’t possibly be right, could it?  She hopes not, because there’s no way she could lose her parrot, Orbit, when he’s all she has left to remember her mother by.

The house, and the owner of the house, are even stranger than Helena imagined, and after one too many mysteries, she is determined to find out exactly what’s going on.

The House of 100 Clocks was a cute middle grade read I think would be great for kids at the younger end of the scale.  The writing is whimsical and the author did a wonderful job of creating rich imagery to go along with it.  I thought the mystery was a little lacking, until the last few pages where there were some great twists that made me realise, although I had guessed some of the outcome, I didn’t really have the full measure of it.  There were some important underlying messages about coping with grief, with emphasis on each character in the story coping in their own unique way.  The cover of this book, and the inside cover pages are absolutely stunning.  The colours are just beautiful and I’m sure it will attract many readers to experience the story within!




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