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Jonathan Smith thinks he’s a regular twelve-year-old living a normal life in England with his parents. His first clue to the contrary is the faceless monsters in suits and bowler hats that crash into his family’s cottage. It’s not until he wakes up alone in the unfamiliar village of Hobbes End that his true identity is revealed: his mother’s a demon, his dad’s an angel, anJonathan Smith thinks he’s a regular twelve-year-old living a normal life in England with his parents. His first clue to the contrary is the faceless monsters in suits and bowler hats that crash into his family’s cottage. It’s not until he wakes up alone in the unfamiliar village of Hobbes End that his true identity is revealed: his mother’s a demon, his dad’s an angel, and his grandfather Gabriel is the village’s angel-turned-clockmaker. As Jonathan’s one-of-a-kind angel-demon powers start to kick in, he wonders if he can prevent the archdemon Belial from taking over Heaven and Hell . . . let alone round up his parents. A swashbuckling fantasy debut!...

Title : Gabriel's Clock
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ISBN : 9780544301764
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Gabriel's Clock Reviews

  • Jamie
    2019-05-17 20:24

    This is a fun paranormal novel for youthful readers. With a menagerie of characters including demons, angels, werewolves, gargoyles and talking cats! The book starts off at a very fast pace when Jonathan and his parents are attacked by demons. Although he does not know them as such his parents do. They have a secret he does not know. His mother is a demon and his father of angel descent, leaving Jonathan the first mix of the two and thought to be much more powerful. After the attack, Jonathan wakes in the unique town of Hobbs End.I loved this town! I would love to live in a town just like it I think! The quaintness mixed the quirky characters and the country charm... so ideal! It is here Jonathan makes some interesting friends unlike any he has ever had. This town is special. Created when the angel Gabriel fell to Earth it is a haven for many.I adored many of the characters in this book. Each character unique but everyone in this town has a heart of gold! The only thing I wish was that the demons were very mild, even for a middle grade fantasy. While I liked the story overall, there is a lack of anticipation. Also, lots of questions, such as why Lucifer allows others to help rule hell and where is God during all this. Also how did Jonathan's parents meet as it is not everyday demons and angels get together. Generally lighthearted for the most part, I can see many middle graders highly enjoying this book. It is enjoyable for what it is and I an mildly curious for the next book. For older readers who are skeptical of fantasy or paranormal this can work as a light starting book. Or for those who like richer content and intrigue this may seem a bit lacking. But for that 9-14 year old this is a good choice. It is a very clean novel which is rare it seems these days. 3 1/2 stars*I was loaned a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair/honest review. All opinions expressed are strictly my own.

  • Joan
    2019-05-01 23:20

    This is 2.5 stars, rounded up. Another author has taken Christian mythology and made their own story out of it. Jonathon is grabbed by his Mom as horrids attack the house his family is in. His Dad gives them time to be able to get away. It turns out Jonathon is the only half angel, half demon in existence and the baddies want to have him big time. It also turns out his Dad's Dad is Gabriel, the angel, who is also mortal and a clock maker which is apparently going to be quite important at least in this book and I suspect subsequent books. If they are in the library, I might take a look. Jonathon, Cay, and Elgar are good characters as are many of the secondary characters in the village, Hobbes End, which I suspect will be a character as well. The story is original in many ways. I'm going to toss this Advance Reading Copy now. One less item in my house! Addendum: the next two titles of the trilogy are not in my local libraries. Oh well. One less series to feel a need to read!

  • Gemma
    2019-05-15 01:32

    2.5* A fun middle grade story but seeming lacking in depth. More thoughts to come.I posted a joint review of this one and the 2nd book on my blog which can be found here

  • Wart Hill
    2019-04-25 19:31

    I received a free ARC via NetGalleyThe first chapter is super awkward. The writing style, the dialogue. It didn't hold my interest.

  • Ian Wood
    2019-05-11 03:16

    This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-fifths worth reading! The only reason I've relented and started putting stars up there is to credit the good ones, which were being unfairly uncredited. So, all you'll ever see from me is a five-star or a one-star (since no stars isn't a rating, unfortunately).I rated this book WARTY!WARNING! MAY CONTAIN UNHIDDEN SPOILERS! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!This is a novel which is heavy on trope. That's not always a bad thing, but I find myself yearning for something different instead of same old, same old. The novel is aimed at middle-graders (or what I call pre-young adult), and is very much written at that level, which some might like. I found it a bit annoying and demeaning. My kids are middle-grade and they're currently reading The Golden Compass, and Watership Down, so this one would be significantly below their reading level. I don't talk down to them, so I find it hard to approve of novels which do. OTOH, there are undoubtedly a lot of kids who would like this novel - maybe even mine!The novel is set in Britain, and having grown up there, you'd think I would warm to this novel easily, but I did not. I found it very readable, but the reading didn't give me very much and ultimately left me quite dissatisfied with the story, especially since it doesn't end at the end of the book. It's pretty clear this is going to be a series, so one can hope that it will improve, but I honestly do not feel any compulsion to go along for the ride.The clock of the title is one made by the Archangel Gabriel. When Jonathan actually goes to get the clock, we're told that only someone of Gabriel's blood-line can pass through this portal, yet the gargoyles can go through (no, Gabriel didn't create them so they're not even proxy bloodline), and the cat can go through when Jonathan carries it. So much for that rule. No wonder the village was so easily breached if this is the level of security in play!The main character is Jonathan, who is (and of course he doesn't know this, trope #1) a special kid. He is creation's only child spawned of an angel and a demon. How that works exactly goes unexplained. I have to say that I have a hard time with novels which introduce exotic creatures such as demons and angels and then have them behave exactly like humans. What's the point?In this novel it's pretty much all black and white; even as we're told more than once that not all demons are bad and not all angels are good, we see a sharp dividing line with demons being stereotypically evil (I almost expected them to sport waxed mustaches which they would twirl as they cackled). Only two "demons" are good, and there's precious little on the angelic side, with none appearing other than Gabriel.When three Corvidae (demons named after birds trope #2) burst into Jonathan's home to take him prisoner, his mom runs with him while brave dad stays behind to fight. Genderist much? But of course dad is the angel, mom is only a demon. Jonathan ends up at the bizarrely named Hobbe's End (just like in the movie Quatermass and the Pit). Hobbe, of course, is an antique name for the Devil, which is bizarre because the village is a sanctuary which protects its inhabitants from evil. Ineffectually as it turns out. It's the place where Gabriel slammed into the Earth after he quit heaven, in 1666AD, from whence the village's power derives.The village is supposed to be sentient - at one point it talks to Jonathan - but the village is evidently suffering some sort of palsy because it seems to consistently warn of attacks after the attack is already in progress. Maybe the village is evil?!Despite the fact that the Corvidae - acting on behalf of Arch-demon Belial - know that Jonathan is there in the village, and those charged with his protection know that they know, and they also know how critical and valuable he is, nothing at all is done to protect him, unless you class having a cricket bat and a rapier to hand as 'taking steps'. The Corvidae seem to pretty much invade the village at their leisure on more than one occasion, which results in both Gabriel and Jonathan's trope female interest Cay (who has pretty much a cameo role), becoming prisoners of Belial, who may also have Darriel, Jonathan's father.I don't know for sure because at one point we're told that Darriel's broken body was left at the gate of heaven as a warning, but later we're told he's still a prisoner of Belial's! Meanwhile Jonathan's mom is supposedly petitioning Lucifer. Like the king of evil will lend a hand to help out? Seriously? This is one more example of females being marginalized in this story.All of the characters are male except for Jonathan's mom, and Cay, and both of these characters are either almost entirely absent from the story (mom, I'm looking at you), or play the minor role of damsel in distress (yes, Cay, that would be you). There is even a chapter about Cay which is titled "Waiting for the Cavalry" - I am not kidding you. For that matter, people of color are also lacking in this novel - unless you count the cat....The backstory is that Lucifer wasn't the only fallen angel - there are scores of them, all living in hell, which isn't ruled over by Satan - it's split between him and three demons, but Belial wants it all. He wants back into heaven. Why? I have no idea. He wants to bring misery upon the Earth. Why? I have no idea. None of this is explained. We're given neither reason nor rationale. What's in it for Belial? I have no idea. Quite clearly he can already wreak havoc in people's lives at will. No one stops him, so where is there any increased benefit in pursuing his plan? Nowhere.The entire opening premise of the novel makes no sense: if Jonathan is so vital and so critical, and so vulnerable then why would his parents be living outside the protection of the village? Why would they lie to their son instead of protecting him and arming him against the wicked which will inevitably come this way? Well, because they're lousy parents is all I can think of. This is child abuse! I don't even get how that works. Gabriel is supposedly Darriel's father, but how was he spawned? Is he a clone, or is there a Mrs Gabriel somewhere? If there is, then she's marginalized too - to the point of never being even mentioned.Meanwhile, why is this all on Jonathan and Gabriel to fix? I have no idea. Apparently Heaven is sleeping, because despite all this evil going on down below, not a single angel shows up to help out. God is non-existent according to this story - either that or he has no control over his creation! Or maybe he simply doesn't care what's going on, because he gets no mention at all. For that matter, not a single person (or entity) in this entire story questions what's happening or how evil is getting away with all this, unchecked. It's because of these problems - huge glaring plot holes that I can't recommend this novel.Oh, and deus ex machina? You keep using that phrase. I do not think it means what you think it means....

  • Ian Calandro
    2019-05-04 23:32

    Not a bad story. It's a little childish in its execution and there are some parts of the story I think can be done without, but I like the idea and I think this book provides a pretty good story and I had an enjoyable time reading it. There is definatly potential here. Although I wouldn't really recommend this book to readers to desire a more "advanced" story, but if you want to read a book for fun, this wouldn't be a bad start.

  • Pennie Spencer
    2019-05-03 19:36

    I really enjoyed this book. This is the book that got me out of a reading slump. I knew I was going to like this book when in the first chapter I found my favourite character and called him my baby. I cried when my baby Gabriel died. Micheal is a cinnamon roll. I have recommended this to my friends and fans of Supernatural.

  • Anna
    2019-04-22 21:26

    I initially wanted to buy this book based entirely on the cover art. Its beautifully hand-drawn style, colours and the elements of the cover promised epic adventures will be found within its pages and I am one of those people who shamefully judges books by their covers.After reading some high praise reviews, I concluded that the cover itself justifies my initial judgement and made my purchase.Maybe it was the expectations I set myself from looking at the beautiful front cover or the great reviews of the book itself but even after completing it, I didn't feel entertained and boredom was the general emotion I felt throughout the whole book.I understand that this fiction is aimed at teenagers so can forgive the simple language and short chapters that made up the book but I found the content to be lacking and it was a disappointment because the elements to make this take a truly epic one were all there from the supernatural friends, a sentient village and a unique young hero only coming to terms to his very nature.Although the underlining story was lacking in pizzazz, I do admit that the characters are very well written, from the core group of friends to the smaller side-characters. Maybe this was why I felt cheated as it had so much potential to really shine.I did find some parts of the story funny but those moments were few and far between.The build-up to the conclusion was slow and lacking in tension and the ending came quick and snappy, rendering everything anti-climatic. However, from the epilogue, it looks as if this is only the first novel of a planned series and if that's the case, then there is time for the story to redeem itself.

  • Tessa Joy
    2019-04-29 20:34

    Jonathan is on the run from demons. After escaping these faceless monsters, Jonathan’s mother leaves him at Hobbes End—a village created and protected by his fallen-angel grandfather, Gabriel. Jonathan is a unique child being half demon and half angel, but he is unaware of his supernatural heritage. Having this connection to both Heaven and Hell makes Jonathan very desirable to Belial—an archdemon who rules a section of Hell. Belial wants to use Jonathan’s angelic roots to invade Heaven. To complete his plans Belial needs entry into Heaven’s “backdoor”, but only Gabriel knows its location. Gabriel’s Clock is Pashley’s debut series. Each book corresponds with the four angelic siblings—Gabriel, Sammael, Michael, and Raphael—who helped rebuild Heaven after Lucifer was thrust down to Hell. Though an intriguing plot, Pashley kneads together too many weighty backstories, supporting characters, and diverting details which results in a confusing, fragmented book. For example, Pashley creates the unique setting of Hobbes End. Its background of being a living village due to a fallen angel’s power seems glossed over. It feels like a prequel should have been written about how Hobbes End came into being, just so readers would have a better grasp of the world Pashley has created in Gabriel's Clock. The same goes for several of Pashley’s supporting characters. Their backstories are too unique to just be casually mentioned and then passed over. Because of these problems, reading the book can be a strain because there are so many heavy-hitting details fighting for the reader’s attention.

  • Sherri
    2019-05-08 23:24

    This book begins a new fantasy series that will really appeal to middle school students, especially reluctant readers due to its fast-paced action and adventure.Jonathan, age 12, is the only half-angel and half-demon in the world and doesn’t even know it. Yet the archdemon, Belial, thinks that Jonathan’s unique parentage has given the boy unique powers that would allow Belial to rule over Heaven and Hell. Despite the best efforts of his parents, Jonathan’s world is turned upside down one night when Belial’s minions, the Corvidae (Rook, Crow and Raven) destroy his family’s house, resulting in his father’s kidnapping and his mother depositing him in the safe haven of Hobbe’s End. Jonathan wakes up broken and battered in this peaceful village that promises sanctuary for any who need it as it was formed when archangel Gabriel chose to fall to Earth in 1666. In this village, Jonathan meets a bunch of wonderfully eclectic people, including living gargoyles, a talking cat and a precocious girl, who all end up working together to try to protect Jonathan from Belial and find this mysterious Gabriel’s Clock which could be the only thing to save them from a Hellish battle. Tweens and teens will be anxious for the next book as this one leaves many unanswered questions.for grades 5-9

  • Adele Broadbent
    2019-05-19 01:35

    Jonathon has no idea he is the only half demon - half angel child in the world. When strange men wearing pin stripe suits, bowler hats and no faces appear at their house, his parents grab him and try to flee.Jonathon wakes in a strange bed, in a town he's never heard of. And what he's about to learn is something out of strange fiction.He misses his parents terribly, not knowing what happened to them, but with the help of new friends he's met at the village, he has to face those faceless men again, and something even worse.He has become part of an age-old struggle between Heaven and Hell, and he is the only one who can stop it.I enjoyed this story, it's magical and evil characters. When I was trying to pin it down to an age group I swung between 8-12's and 10+. It is quite violent/gory in some places, but in others it's perfect for junior readers.

  • Amy Bossart
    2019-04-25 00:35

    I liked a lot about this book. Oddly enough my favorite character was the cat. I am a big fan of anything Angels, hoping to write a book about them myself one day. My only regret was some of the fighting that took place. It reminded me almost of watching a TV-14 show, more than a child's book. I would of preferred something more like the Harry Potter series, where they didn't actually kill people for the most part, these evil acts got you sent to prison, or a more karma-like approach, killed by your own acts. But to each there own. This was his first book I believe, and it was overall beautifully written and impressive, with cute and lovable characters. I would like to see more books from Hilton Pashley!

  • Vanessa
    2019-05-23 02:38

    When the angel Gabriel chose to leave Heaven behind, he transferred all of his remaining power into the town Hobbes End. It became a safe-haven for anyone needing to be kept safe. Well right now, Jonathan desperately needs to be kept safe. The only child of a demon mother and angel father, all the forces of Hell will stop at nothing to harness him immense power. But Gabriel, Jonathan's grandfather, has a plan. He has constructed a clock, a key that will get Jonathan into Heaven and safety. But the other side knows all of Gabriel's secrets and it will take the entire town of Hobbes End to fight off the demons and help Jonathan discover who he really is and what he is really capable of.Recommended for ages 12+

  • Emily May
    2019-05-14 01:19

    This book deserves to be the new Harry Potter. I've been recommending it to as many children (and adults) as I possibly can- and I've put it on prominent display in the library where I work. Pashley's imagination and world building are incredible- I desperately want to live in Hobbes End! The characters are vivid and all leave you wanting more. The story is fast-paced and there's never a dull moment. The humour between characters alone makes the book worth reading. The only thing potential readers/parents-of-readers should note is some scenes are surprisingly graphic and gory. They are often tempered by humour, but not always. Also the book is (obviously I know) about Biblical angels and demons, though I don't think this would stop anyone enjoying the story for a second.

  • Silea
    2019-04-27 01:12

    I'm really not sure what i think about this book. The writing was good, and the story flowed well, but somehow the whole angels/demons/other mythological creatures thing just didn't work. Perhaps if they had simply kept it to angels and demons (though the 'g' word somehow never comes up), i might have been more able to engage. The village felt like a room full of Chekov's Guns, but so few of them are actually fired. Clearly, if this is the beginning of a series, those other plot elements should eventually be used, but it was a bit frustrating in this volume. With so many to choose from, though, it felt like the author was just shoving everything in so they could decide later which to use in the climax of the story.

  • Lisa Kizer
    2019-04-23 21:21

    I don't know what I expected from this book but this wasn't it. It's almost like Salmon Rushdie's Satanic Verses but for kids with kids as the major characters. The story is about the battle between good and evil using Gabriel a fallen angel (by his own choice) and archdemons. Lucifer is mentioned quite a bit but he does not make an appearance and besides that you are given the impression that he is not a truly evil angel, but a remorseful one. I am having trouble trying to figure out whether I will put this book into my school library or not. I can see a lot a parents protesting over this book, even if good wins in the end.

  • Bari
    2019-05-09 23:17

    Gabriel's Clock is great for the young Harry Potter fan. With a fast moving plot, good versus evil and short chapters Gabriel's Clock is a good choice for struggling readers as well. There is a town created by a fallen angel, a fight between good vs eveil, demons, wizards, magic and even a talking cat. The hero in all of this is a 12 year named Jonathan, whose mothers is a demon and father is an angel. This makes him the only 1/2 demon 1/2 angel in exisistance.I highly recommend this and passed it along to my 7 year old nephew to read.

  • Zayneea
    2019-05-01 21:12

    I chose this book by chance because I liked the look of the front cover. I enjoyed it, but though there could have maybe been more or a description of the characters OR as it's a childrens book there could have been some illustrations. There is some fighting / violence, so only suited for older children as might be a bit scary for the little ones. "I buried myself in building clocks - the simplicity of their mechanisms reminded me of how creation should be: ordered, regular, predictable."

  • Sarah
    2019-05-12 22:38

    I really wanted to like this book, it had everything I liked. Demons, angels, werewolves and Britain. Unfortunately there were just way to many plot lines and secondary characters that confused me. A man named Grimm who was a doctor instead of the grim reaper made me laugh. With lots of funny moments in the book it was really saddening for me not to love it. I wished the plot line read smoother, but the syntax just didn't flow.

  • Sašenka
    2019-04-28 03:28

    Úuuuuužasné. Na začiatku strašne vtipné. Bez okolkou to hneď začalo byť akčné, až potom sa vysvetlilo. A potom zase poriadne akčné. Inak typicky detská kniha, súboj dobra a zla, dôležitosť rodiny a priateľstva.A hovoriaci kocúr Elgar!!! A trošku jednoduché ale vtipné chrliče Stubbs a Montgomery. Moje tri najobľúbenejšie postavičky.

  • Jennette
    2019-04-23 23:26

    The concept of the story was what drew me inThe writing style is what killed me Made it seem so bland and boringDove right into action from page one which I ussally like.but it confused me so much not explaining enough of what things ment.Maybe I'm to critical I'm sure other people will love the story so its worth checking out :)

  • Helen Everitt
    2019-04-29 19:12

    This book was my perfect Christmas read. Settling down once the festivities were over and peace again reigned, I immersed myself in this fast paced and action packed tale of good versus evil. The wonderful characterisation and liberal dose of humour made this a heart warming and hugely enjoyable read. I can't wait for the next installment!

  • Angela Mcowan
    2019-05-19 22:32

    I love this book, it is a great read for anyone, not just children. There are lots of well-written characters who I connected with straight away, Jonathan trying to figure out who he is, Ignatius trying to come to terms with his grief, and of course the loveable irreverent cat, Elgar. There's also lots of excellent description, and the race for the clock is un-put-downable.

  • Mark Richards
    2019-05-20 03:15

    This story had great potential, but was ultimately disappointing. Too many lost opportunities for description. The words should paint the pictures, but that never really happened. I loved the concept and the story was interesting, just not what it could have been.

  • Paul
    2019-05-07 02:17

    The product of a wonderful imagination.

  • Bookreader12000
    2019-04-24 22:22

    It was good

  • Max
    2019-05-02 01:37

    ARC received through NetGalley.A really delightful, inventive, exciting story of angels, demons, and British village life. Loved it!

  • Mary
    2019-04-28 03:39

    Very enjoyable read.

  • Catherine
    2019-04-21 22:21

    This book is perfect for middle school kids. This book is packed with action and will capture your attention from the first page.