Book Review: Legacy of the Clockwork Key (The Secret Order #1) by Kristin Bailey

11 Apr

ImageWhen a fire destroys Meg’s home, killing both of her parents, all she has left in the world is an old pocket watch she scooped out of the ashes. But soon she learns that the pocket watch is a key, and she starts unlocking a lot of secrets that might have been better kept hidden. There are now murders to solve, someone to bring back from the dead, and a man trying to kill Meg. Can she survive to see her mission through to the end?

The first 40 pages of this book caused me to go to Goodreads and click “want to read” on the two sequels. The whole plot set up was interesting, intriguing, and kept me turning pages. Unfortunately, it spiraled down from there.

While the plot continued to grip me, the characters did not. They felt flat and undeveloped. I didn’t know Meg any better at the end of the book than I did at the beginning, and didn’t like her any better either (considering I thought she was selfish, whiny, naive, entitled, and impulsive at the beginning, she had a lot of room to improve). I honestly didn’t care about any of them, let alone about Meg and Will’s relationship.

You all know I’m not into romance anyway, but done well I can appreciate it–this was not done well. When I see a female lead run into a rugged, brooding male character her age, I know that she is going to get together with him. I do not need to be reminded through her constant blushing, his constant looking at her feet, or a secondary character’s constant eyebrow wiggles and hints. Even more annoying is the main character’s assertion that “She doesn’t love him–does she??” The main character has a lot more important things to think about than romance. Quite frankly, subtlety goes a long way. A bit of mystery and obliviousness on the part of SOMEONE would keep me turning pages, rooting for the relationship to finally happen. If everyone knows it’s already going to happen from page 40, there’s no reason to continue reading.

Apart from that, those first 40 pages were quite well written and put me in the time period–then I felt like the author lost those important threads that tied everything together, and I became more and more disappointed. The plot continued to be interesting, if a bit oversimplified, but it wasn’t enough to keep me entertained. I probably won’t be reaching for the sequels.

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