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A Clockwork Fairytale

A Clockwork Fairytale

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by Helen Scott Taylor

Melba was raised as a boy to pick pockets and run messages in the poor outer circles of Royal Malverne Isle. When Master Turk, a young spymaster, accepts her pledge to join his gang, she can't wait to become a spy. With his exotic southern looks and wealthy lifestyle, Turk fascinates her. Not only is he a famous spy, he also wields earth magic. But Turk is not who


Melba was raised as a boy to pick pockets and run messages in the poor outer circles of Royal Malverne Isle. When Master Turk, a young spymaster, accepts her pledge to join his gang, she can't wait to become a spy. With his exotic southern looks and wealthy lifestyle, Turk fascinates her. Not only is he a famous spy, he also wields earth magic. But Turk is not who he seems. He follows the orders of a higher power and his master has secret plans for Melba, plans that make her the target of foul magic, plans that challenge Melba and Turk's beliefs about life and duty, plans that tear them apart, just as they discover what it means to fall in love.

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Helen Scott Taylor's first novel, The Magic Knot, won the American Title contest in 2008, was a Golden Heart® finalist, and was chosen as one of Booklist's top ten romances of 2009. Since then, she has published other novels, novellas, and short stories in both the UK and USA. Her published works have been finalists in a number of contests including the Holt Medallion, the Lories, the Prism Contest, the Write Touch Award and the Maggies. Helen lives in South West England near Plymouth in Devon between the windswept expanse of Dartmoor and the rocky Atlantic coast. As well as her wonderful long-suffering husband, she shares her home with a Westie and an aristocratic chocolate-shaded-silver-burmilla cat who rules the household with a velvet paw. She believes that deep within everyone there's a little magic. www.helenscotttaylor.com

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A Clockwork Fairytale 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Melba is a perfect Cinderella-type character. Stolen as a child and hidden in poverty, she's been raised as a pick-pocket and told to pretend she's a boy. She's cunning yet innocent, pretty (though camouflaged with dirt), resilient, and completely unaware that she's a princess. She is easy to root for. Once her basic needs are taken care of and she's able to accept her femininity, her focus naturally turns to matters of the heart. She doesn't care about being Royal. People are what matter. She'd happily give up everything for love. Master Turk is at once Spy Master and apprentice. He's handsome, resourceful, magically gifted and bright, but not always wise. Those he's most loyal to are not necessarily deserving of that loyalty. He's been raised to be obedient while breaking the law. He's a monk attracted to the thief he's charged with transforming into the Royal Princess. So, what does a monk do when he's falling in love? Why give up love for the greater good, of course. But what, exactly, is the greater good? And will that greater good keep Melba safe? Vittorio, the Royal Victualler, lusts for power. Denied a father's love as a child, he can't seem to stop desperately seeking his father's recognition as an adult. The past has taught him the being good doesn't work, so now he embraces evil. There are moments when Vittorio seems almost human, but mostly he's been corrupted by the dark powers he tries to harness to achieve recognition, power and glory. However, the respect and adulation he strives for continues to remain just out of his grasp. The world Helen Scott Taylor created is rich and fascinating. It's a world of Garbage Kings, the Shining Brotherhood, Foul Jinns, and clockwork creatures animated by apple spirits. I was drawn in almost immediately. Melba and Turk are engaging characters and Turk's conflict is compelling. My only real complaint? The prologue is a bit of a spoiler. It makes the story too predictable and isn't necessary. I'd recommend reading it at the end or not at all. Despite that, A Clockwork Fairytale is a sweet, fast, fun read perfect for the YA market. I'd give this book to my twelve-year-old daughter without hesitation, knowing she'd love it. Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book! One of the best I've read in a long while. I'm usually good at guessing plots, but the author threw me for severalbloops, particularly at the end. Totally recommend this book!
marla3206 More than 1 year ago
Sweet Fairytale. The characters are developed enough that you actually like and dislike characters. The story moves along at a quick, fun and easy pace. At the end of the novel I found myself wanting to read another book continuing the storyline of Melba, Turk and the Garbage King.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like fantasy and romance this is a good read. The author does a good job keeping your attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it, its an awsome book loved it READ IT u will love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a great short story- a little over 260 pages and I loved it. I liked the characters and the plot of the story, the author kept you very interested and guessing on how the story would turn out... Definite read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It keeps your attention.not to short and not to long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved everything about this book. Have recommened it to others
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful prose set in an intriguing world of history, magick, romance, and intrigue with a dash of steampunk. Did not want to put it down.
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iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
A Clockwork Fairytale is a fantastic Streampunk novel. I usually don't care to read Streampunk, as they seem to forces a lot on the gadgets and machinery, but Helen Scott Taylor kept this storyline true to the characters. Taylor puts just enough gadgets to remind you that are reading a Streampunk without it taking over the storyline. She has also created an awesome fantasy world. With the clear, descriptive writing, I could easily visualize the port city of Royal Malverne Isle and the lives of the characters. Melba was kidnapped at a young age from her royal family. She was given to Maddox for safe keeping till she turned seventeen. Maddox, who became Malba's pledge Master, raised her as a boy and trained Malba to be a runner and thief. With the way Malba was raised, she¿s head-strong and has a sassy mouth. Definitely not princess material. When Tuck, who is a spymaster, rescues her from Sailors that have attacked her, Malba pledges herself to Tuck to be trained as a spy. Tuck doesn't know Melba is a girl, but when he discovers she has twelve toes, he knows Melba is the missing princess the King's daughter. Tuck realizes he has to return Melba to her father, but first he has try to make her a lady. Melba has a big problem becoming a lady. She has no problem acting like one when it comes to her love for Tuck. Tuck might be a spymaster, but he¿s been raised by the Shining brotherhood, which means he¿s also a Monk. Tuck and Melba's romance definitely has a few problems, but Melba¿s sassy self is not going to let a little thing like Tuck being a Monk stop her from having the only guy she¿s ever going to love. I loved all the characters in A Clockwork Fairytale, and I love that Helen Scott Taylor brought paranormal into this Steampunk storyline. A Clockwork Fairytale has plenty of action, drama, magic, and romance that I definitely recommend as a must read.
DebraReads More than 1 year ago
A Clockwork Fairytale was an amazing read. Helen Taylor Scott creates a wonderful, imaginative world, with memorable characters and a sweet romance. I loved this story! One warning though: This book didn't wrap up the story, so be prepared that it continues in another book or books. I can't wait for the next book and hope the author writes many more stories set in this world.
mystery_reader96 More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and I'm still enjoying the happy buzz of the world Helen Scott Taylor created. It was a wonderful romantic adventure story--the kind you don't often get anymore. She is as rare talent and I'm going to recommend this to everyone I know, young and old.
Fantasylover24 More than 1 year ago
"With steampunk done this beautifully, it was easy to slip into this world and fall in love with the characters. Ms. Taylor is a master storyteller, capturing the smallest details of world building and character development. Turk is a character I will not soon forget, and was balanced skillfully with the unrepentant and willful Melba. A fantastic book that will leave me searching the shelves for more from this gifted author." Virginia--Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance and More *Rated 5cups* *********************************************************************************************** "I became a fan of Helen Scott Taylor with her first book, The Magic Knot. Her lyrical writing and amazing imagination give you characters you'll remember for a long time, along with stories that take you away into a land of magic that dazzles with danger and romance. Her new book, A Clockwork Fairytale, is no exception. The fact that it's a young adult book makes it that much more endearing, watching a young love blossom in the face of fear and a hunger never felt before." Sandy M--The Good, The Bad and The Unread. *Rated A+*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ummm sorry i havent been on its just that that i dont have time to be with you anymore because i just joined dance class with my bff liv and also singing class and gymnastics its just i dont have much time anymore cause my moms making do all these things UGH I KNOW RIGHT but im thinking about for you and me just to be separated for awhile i know im just thinking about it for now reply back and say yes or no. -cries a little- BTW I GTG TO MY DANCE PERFORMANCES SEE YOU LATER HOPE YOU GET THIS? Xx bye xX -layla