Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Gabriels Clock by Hilton Pashley (Review)

Gabriel's Clock (Hobbs End, #1) 
Gabriel's Clock
by Hilton Pashley
Genre(s):  Youth, Paranormal
Pages: 304
Published: October 2014
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Summary:  "onathan 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!"

Review:  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.

*I was loaned a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair/honest review. All opinions expressed are strictly my own. 


  1. Sounds like a fun book, probably a little below my age level, although I do enjoy books like this!

  2. My granddaughter is the perfect age for this

  3. This sounds like a fun, quick read. I enjoy paranormal and YA occasionally, so I think I'd enjoy this one. The town of Hobbes End sounds intriguing as well!

  4. My friend is a school librarian and always looking for books to get kids interested in reading. I'll tell her about this one.

    slehan at juno dot com

  5. Hobbs sounds like a fun town to visit

  6. My cousins bday is coming up and ive been looking for a book to give him, this one sounds pretty amazing:)


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