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May 20, 2019

The Living God by Kaytalin Platt ~ a Review

by MK French

Saran is a mage in control of time, fighting a war her father the king insists on fighting. He wants death and destruction, and the rise of the Living God in accordance to old prophecies. Saran is conspiring against him with Keilar, a fire mage that has a demon known as an oruke inside of him. That causes fear as well as respect, as there are those who believe that Keilar will become the Living God of prophecy. Keilar just wants to be a fire mage, love Saran, and continue to fight against the king with the rest of the rebellion. When Saran's magic is locked away as punishment for defying her father, Keilar starts losing control over the demon. There is a lot on the line, and risk at every turn.

May 19, 2019

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

Daisy Jones & the Six is the latest book club pick in the Reese Witherspoon book club.  It's getting a lot of fantastic reviews and positive comments on social media.  It's written in a different style and you feel throughout that you are reading a nonfiction book about the rise and fall of a band in the 70s instead of the fact that you are reading a fiction book.  There are interviews with all of the band members, some of the family and others who were part of the dramatic popularity of the band and with most memories, the memories of two people about the same situation are in totally opposite from each other.  This is definitely a book about Sex, Drugs and Rock&Roll.

May 18, 2019

When you're too sick to read

by Donna Huber

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I came down with a horrible upper respiratory infection and spent the past week in varying degrees of sickness. I spiked a high fever on Thursday night which meant a day home from work on Friday. I was thinking, "yeah, a day of reading". But as the illness worsened the less focus I had for a book. So what do you when you are too sick to read? Watch bookish television and of course, audiobooks.

May 17, 2019

The Question Authority by Rachel Cline

The Question Authority is a timely and moving novel about what happens when childhood best friends face the damage done by the teacher who molested them both.

May 16, 2019

Captain Marvel: Liberation Run by Tess Sharpe

by MK French

Carol Danvers, as Captain Marvel, possesses great powers and uses them to help multiple planets across the galaxy. When she saves a ship from crashing, she discovers that the pilot Rhi is an Inhuman that had been enslaved so that her owner could gain prestige. Horrified, Carol gathers a few more superheroes to liberate Rhi's people.

May 15, 2019

The Southern Side of Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

Growing up, I didn't like surprises. Not surprise parties, not presents. Even losing a tooth was steeped in horror, as I couldn't stand the idea of some tiny Tinkerbell sneaking under my pillow unannounced. My grandmother, the one who lived her entire life in what was now my white clapboard house on the waterfront in Peachtree Bluff, Georgia's historic downtown, used to say 'Honey, you better get used to that, because life is nothing but one big surprise after another, you can plot and plan, but God will always have the last word."  (Chapter 1)

May 14, 2019

The Night Window by Dean Koontz ~ a Review

by MK French

In the fifth and final book of the Jane Hawk series, Jane continues to try to collect proof to bring down the Arcadians. In the meantime, Hollister tries to stalk a filmmaker on the "Hamlet list" for his own amusement, and nothing goes according to plan.

May 13, 2019

Lady Mechanika Vol. 5: La Belle Dame Sans Merci ~ a Review

 by MK French

Lady Mechanika still doesn't know her past, but she is putting that investigation on hold. Her friend Mr. Lewis seems to be falling for a young widow who seems to be connected to the deaths of several creative geniuses.

May 12, 2019

Ashes in a Coconut by Bo Kearns ~ a Review

by MK French

Laura Harrison accompanied her husband Jack to Indonesia when he is set to take over as president of a troubled bank. She's intending to save her marriage, even though she has the feeling that something terrible is about to happen. She finds meaning in helping to save endangered orangutans and their habitat, but her husband is caught up in a lot of shady dealings that start to force them apart.

May 11, 2019

All the Lovely Children by Andrew Nance ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"She tossed the ball up a couple of times and then heard a soft sound, followed by another, and then another. Sudden fear coursed through Savannah. She couldn't tell which direction the noise came from but she thought it sounded like three soft footsteps, like someone sneaking around, maybe even creeping up on her. She noted how loud her breathing was and how her heartbeat was way too fast.  The sound was never repeated, but she was still certain someone was close by. She could sense them."

May 10, 2019

Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

 A gripping thriller about three young girlfriends, a dark obsession and a chilling crime that shakes up a quiet Iowa town.

May 9, 2019

Stoker's Wilde by Stephen Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi ~ a Review

by MK French

Long before they became literary legends, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde had to team up to fight the Black Bishop. He wields supernatural forces with the intention of taking over the British Empire, so the two have to work together and with experts in the supernatural to battle werewolves and vampires in Victorian England.

May 8, 2019

Hidden Treasures on the Internet

by Alison DeLuca

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Over the past few weeks, I went looking for beautiful and positive places on social media. In the middle of endless bickering and infinite selfies I found some accounts that exist to make our lives  more wonderful.

May 7, 2019

Superbly Written ~ Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

by Donna Huber

I loved Lilac Girls so when I heard that Martha Hall Kelly had a new book coming out I was excited. Lost Roses is set during WWI, a period I don't read a lot, so this would be a test. Did I love Lilac Girls because it is in a favorite genre or because Kelly is a talented storyteller?

May 6, 2019

The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

I love reading books about sisters. As the oldest of three sisters, I can tell you that this book is very true to real life - three sisters having frequent disagreements but always having each other's backs when life gets tough.  These three sisters are struggling to keep the family wedding planning business successful. Their parents had started the business and when they retired, they turned the business over to their daughters - Mari, Jane, and Pearl. This is a sweet romantic comedy about the power of sisterhood.

May 5, 2019

Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle, Illustrated by Isaac Goodhart ~ a Review

by MK French

Selina Kyle, the future Catwoman, is left homeless at age fifteen. Living on the streets of Gotham City is tough, and she has to struggle to survive. In a time of her life when she normally should be figuring out what kind of person she is, Selina also has to figure out how to achieve any of her dreams.

May 4, 2019

A Wicked Reputation by Liana LeFey ~ a Review

by MK French

After Lady Diana Haversham's reputation was left in tatters and she was all but thrown out of her home, she reinvented herself as a courtesan for Lord Harrow. She is also friends with his wife and lover Rene and is helping to preserve all of their reputations. Lord Lucas Blackthorn is recently returned to London after performing duties for the Home Office and is intrigued by her behavior. It doesn't quite add up to the licentious reputation she carries now, and he's determined to get to the bottom of it.

May 3, 2019

What kind of reader are you?

by Donna Huber

We often hear from writers about whether they are plotters or pantsers. But I think readers (at least those who blog) can also fall within these two categories as well.

May 2, 2019

April Showers Bring May Flowers and Spring Brings Hours of Great Reading

by Susan Roberts

Some wonderful books have already come out this spring and there's still more to come before we get into the summer blockbusters. Here are some April and early May books you need to add to your reading list.

May 1, 2019

Highland Crown by May McGoldrick ~ a Review

by MK French

In Iverness, Scotland, in 1820, physician Isabella Drummond is wanted by the British for information regarding the whereabouts of the rebels fighting for Scottish rights. Though she never really actively participated in any of her husband's meetings, she knew of them and had treated them in their shared practice. Things go further downhill when the rebels post a bounty for her as well. She has to hide separately from her younger sister and stepdaughter in the Highlands, and can't fight her instincts to heal when a ship crashes in the midst of a storm. It turns out she saved the ship's captain, Cinaed Mackintosh, who has ties to separate rebellions and a history all of his own. The only way to secure their futures is to work together.

April 30, 2019

No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman ~ a Review

by MK French

Delilah had played matchmaker for her friends in the ton for the past several Seasons, but her mother has now issued a vicious ultimatum: find a suitable husband or she will have to marry her future stepbrother. She's determined to win the Duke of Branville, who barely even notices her, which distresses her good friend Thomas. He'd never said anything about loving Delilah sooner, and now he's about to miss his chance.

Getting Hot with the Scot by Melonie Johnson ~ a Review

by MK French

Cassie Crow wants to move up from pop culture reporter to one that covers serious causes, and never had time for serious relationships. On a European vacation with friends, she gets caught up in a prank set up by Logan Reid, who is known for his web series. He wants to gain credibility and move to TV, and Cassie feels he's willing to use her to get there. Of course, the two are physically attracted to each other but don't see an actual relationship forming.

April 29, 2019

Bookstagram Challenge, Bookish Accessories, and Books Read

by Donna Huber

April seems to have gone by a bit more slowly than some of the other months. I'm definitely enjoying the warmer weather, even if I'm sneezing all the time. I had a really good month and can't wait to share it with you.

April 28, 2019

Best Books of April 2019

April was filled with so many terrific books. It was difficult for each of us to choose just one book to name our Best Read of the month. What was your favorite read of April?

April 27, 2019

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Lisa Scottoline is still a relatively new-to-me author, but she is quickly becoming a must-read author for me. Someone Knows is her new stand-alone thriller that came out earlier this month.

April 26, 2019

Ladies of Gothic Horror, edited by Mitzi Szereto ~ a Review

by MK French

This is a collection of seventeen stories from various well known Gothic authors, including: Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Gaskell, Edith Wharton, Marjorie Bowen, Gertrude Atherton, Virginia Woolf, Charlotte Perkins Gilman,  and Elia W. Peattie. Most people would think of Bram Stoker's Dracula as an example of Gothic horror, but there were plenty of ladies willing and able to delve into the dark for their stories. Mitzi Szareto writes her own Gothic flavored horror stories, so it's only natural that she would collate and edit this collection. Her introduction is a thoughtful look into the time period, and the challenges that these women had faced in getting published, let alone in living their everyday lives. A brief biography follows each story, and I find that sometimes that gives a lot more insight into the text.

April 25, 2019

5 Audiobooks for Road Trip Reading

by Donna Huber

Road trip season is almost here. I've always thought it would be fun to do a cross country road trip; however, I hate driving so it is unlikely I will ever take such a trip. If you are hitting the road this summer, I have some audiobook recommendations that will keep you entertained.

April 24, 2019

The Dark Web Murders by Brian O'Hare ~ a Review

by MK French

In the fourth installment of the Inspector Sheehan mysteries, a killer is leaving messages all over the internet. Intelligent and completely dispassionate, this killer is justifying the gruesome murders in messages left behind. The Inspector and his team have to sift through several suspects in the midst of a turbulent Northern Ireland political climate in order to catch the killer.

April 23, 2019

Half of What You Hear by Kristyn Kusek Lewis ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

Fitting in is not easy in a small town no matter who you are. I went through the pain of moving to a small town after leaving Detroit, so this book spoke to me in many ways. My move wasn't quite as dramatic as the move in the book but it WAS difficult.

April 22, 2019

Vintage Books - A look into literary history

by Donna Huber

I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge this year on Instagram (check out my posts) and I chose to feature book titles that start with the letter day. I knew Q and X would be difficult and made plans for those days, but J caught me off guard. As I scoured my shelves, even searched my stack of vintage books. While I didn't find any J's, I did realize I had a very early copy of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

April 21, 2019

Dumplin’ Movie Tie-in Edition by Julie Murphy ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

I don't read much YA literature but made an exception with this one because I want to watch the Netflix movie made from the book. I was very pleasantly surprised with the book -- it was told from a YA perspective but was a story for any age -- be proud of who you are and live your life to the fullest.

April 20, 2019

Is Our Reading Obsession Unhealthy?

by Donna Huber

We joke about being obsessed with books. There are memes we laugh at, like the one above. There are also memes that tout the health benefits of reading. We've even run an article at Girl Who Reads on the long-term health benefits of reading. But I have started to wonder if our reading obsession can become unhealthy.

April 19, 2019

The Lieutenant's Nurse by Sara Ackerman @AckermanBooks ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

The Lieutenant's Nurse takes place in 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and started their war with the United States. Along with the story, there are copies of messages that were sent from Japan to their navy and the pilots before the attack started which made the story more realistic. Over 2400 people were killed when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This number includes the US military, the Japanese pilots, the nurses and the civilians. There were less than 100 nurses working the hospital at Pearl Harbor when the attack happened and they were totally overwhelmed with the number of causalities that were brought to the hospital. Hawaii had been considered one of the easiest and most beautiful places to work as a nurse but after the attack, it was no longer viewed that way.

April 18, 2019

How To Marry A Highlander by Michele Sinclair ~ a Review

by MK French

Adanel Mackbaythe is trapped with her cruel family and finds her only respite in regular trysts with a man she refuses to learn the name of. All she knows is that he is from the opposing McTiernay clan, and hopes one day that it will be a means of escaping. When Dugan discovers her identity, he loses whatever faith he had in her. Their clans' rivalries deteriorate further, and the animosity between Adanel and Dugan is only matched by the passion and love they still have for each other.

April 17, 2019

Flygirl by R.D. Kardon ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

This wonderful novel is about sexual discrimination in the aviation area in the early 90s. I would like to think that we've come a long way with women's rights since the early 90s but some of the situations in this novel are still happening to women in the workplace today.

April 16, 2019

Lost Without the River by Barbara Hoffbeck Scoblic ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

I can be kind of picky when it comes to memoirs. So I'm never sure I'm going to like the book when I first pick it up. However, with Lost Without the River, I enjoyed it from the start.

April 15, 2019

I'll Be Watching You by Courtney Evan Tate ~ a @harlequinbooks Review

by Susan Roberts

I'll be Watching You starts with a bang and keeps you enthralled until the last page. The mom is so well written that the reader is able to feel her sorrow and understand her feelings of betrayal. It's a story of family and love and friendship with lots of other unsavory pieces.

April 14, 2019

The Raven's Tale by Cat Winters ~ a Review

by MK French

Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe can't wait to escape his foster family's home to go to university. He loves his foster mother, but his foster father cuts down his attempts at poetry and the intellectual pursuits. This is complicated by the appearance of his macabre muse in physical form, whom he names Lenore.

April 13, 2019

The Songbird by Marcia Willett ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

This is a sweet, easy to read book about a family in rural England. It's not a family because of the blood ties of some of the members but a family of people from different parts of life that live in a small compound and love and take care of each other. The descriptions of the English countryside are so beautiful, that you feel like you are there enjoying the scenery and relaxing in the lifestyle of a small town.

April 12, 2019

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

I was drawn to this book for a few reasons - mostly because it is different from what I normally read. Since reading Picnic at Hanging Rock I've wanted to read more Australian literature. The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted is set in Australia and is by an Australian author. I also wanted to read different time periods since I mostly stick to the present day, 1920s, and 1940s. This novel takes place in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

April 11, 2019

The Library of Lost and Found by @PhaedraPatrick ~ a @HarlequinBooks Review

by Susan Roberts

I love books about libraries and this was a great book about libraries and a librarian. There were references sprinkled throughout this book about current novels which I always think is a lot of fun. Even though the main character of this book is in her 40s, I would classify this as a coming of age story - you're never too old to grow up.

April 10, 2019

Books and a Movie: The Terror and I Am Legend

by Alison DeLuca

The Terror by Dan Simmons is a historical horror novel. Much like The Hunger, which I reviewed here, Terror's plot centers on true events that were terrifying on their own. And, like Hunger, the author has added a supernatural element.

April 9, 2019

An Unexpected Escapade by Kandi J. Wyatt ~ a Review

by MK French

Eighth grade brings with it a lot of problems: homework, reading for school, chores, and a new student named Karlie in the classroom. Myrtle Beach had some strange events the summer before, but Will won't discuss it with Ana or her best friend Daisy. They soon have a secret of their own when a unicorn shows up. Winston, the NSA Special Division officer is still present and will be investigating.

April 8, 2019

5 Books with Strong Female Characters

by Susan Roberts

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I enjoy reading books with strong women characters who are able to overcome adversity.  Today I have five recent books with strong women characters.

April 7, 2019

Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

If you only read one book this year, Saving Meghan should be it. It is a great thriller.

April 6, 2019

The Exile by Gregory Erich Phillips ~ a Review

by MK French

Leila was working in Phoenix, Arizona in one of the top mortgage brokers. Her life was going great until the 2008 mortgage meltdown. On top of that, her secret romance with her racist boss' son was discovered, leading her to have authorities deport her to Colombia.

April 5, 2019

Lights on the Sea by Miquel Reina ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

Amak to Harold..."I can't waste the life I've been given by standing still and lamenting the past until my days run out. I must get up and fight; I must keep providing for my family. I must keep moving forward, not just for myself, but also for my daughter and for all those who are no longer with us. Because in the end, that's why we're here, right? The only reason we are given life is to live it."

April 4, 2019

The Ash Family by Molly Dektar ~ a Review

by MK French

Berie had felt lost and out of place in her own life, so when she met Bay on the way to attend college for a future she didn't even want, it was easy to follow him. She joined the collective family that he was part of and became Harmony. There were no possessions, no relationships, no children, no sense of self separate from that of the Ash Family, which was led by Dice. Dice was charismatic and held sway over them all.

April 3, 2019

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

Beautiful Bad is a psychological thriller that will keep you turning pages until the surprising end. Every time I thought that I had something figured out, I would find out in a few pages that I was totally wrong so the ending was a huge surprise but one that made total sense based on the clues that were scattered throughout. The book starts out with a murder - a bloody and gruesome murder and a 911 call to the police - but we don't learn who was murdered until much later in the book and we don't know WHY they were murdered until the very end.

April 2, 2019

The Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

I'm always looking for new to me cozy mysteries so when I saw The Lock Ness Papers at Netgalley and learned it was part of the Sottish Bookshop Mystery series, I had to request it. It is book 4 in the series, and I haven't read the previous books, but I still really enjoyed it.

April 1, 2019

Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige ~ a Review

by MK French


Princess Mera is heir to the throne of Xebel, a penal colony ruled by Atlantis. The Xebellian Court is expecting her to marry and bring a new king in, and their military is plotting to overthrow Atlantis. Mera plans to seize control over her own destiny rather than follow through with her father's expectations by assassinating Arthur Curry, the heir to the Atlantean throne. However, the two fall in love, complicating her plans to free her people.

March 31, 2019

Best Reads of March 2019

Each month the staff of Girl Who Reads looks back on all the books they read for the month and then makes the difficult decision of naming their favorite read. March has been filled with wonderful new and recent releases that it can be difficult for a reader to determine which book they cannot miss. Hopefully by sharing our 1 best read, we will help you decide what to read next.

We would love to know which book you read in March was your favorite.

March 30, 2019

Did You Miss These March New Releases?

by Susan Roberts

March has bee another great month for new books. Today, I have 5 books that published this month that you will want to make sure are on your TBR list. The first one is a thriller, but the other 4 are romances. I enjoy reading a good romance especially a romance that has well-written characters and a plot with some twists and turns. These March romances provided both.

March 29, 2019

A Conversation with Gregory Erich Phillips, author of Love of Finished Years and The Exile

Be sure to read MK French's review of Love of Finished Years. She'll be reviewing his upcoming novel The Exile in April. For now, enjoy thi interview with Gregory Erich Phillips.

March 28, 2019

Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

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Modern southern fiction usually has well-written characters and a sense of place - to the point that the setting of the novel is as important as the characters. Glory Road is one of those locations that is a strong part of the book - the reader can see the red dirt road and feel the heat in the summer; we can hear the creak of the porch swing as the insects buzz past our ears. It's a comforting place to be and a fantastic setting for Glory Road.

March 27, 2019

What the Parrot Saw by Darlene Marshall ~ a Review

by MK French

The notorious Captain Mattie St. Armand hijacked a white Englishman from a brothel onto her ship. She dresses as a man and often disguises her appearance; one of the many things she does is smuggle freed slaves from Florida to the Bahamas. Having a white man to pose as the Captain can definitely add another layer of protection. Oliver Woodruff had only wanted to travel a bit before settling down to work at the family mill but found him settling into life on the ship better than he expected. He's fascinated by Mattie, and more than willing to put action to his words condemning the American slave trade. Both are hesitant to do anything more about their mutual attraction because of society's rules.

March 26, 2019

Tomorrow's Bread by Anna Jean Mayhew ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I Do not need my freedom when I'm dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow's bread."
(from Democracy by Langston Hughes.  In the foreword of the novel)

March 25, 2019

March Reading & Blog Wrap-up

by Donna Huber

Can you believe we are already on the last Monday of March? I know there is another full week left of the month, but I like doing my wrap-ups on the last Monday. But I will be updating the post as the week progresses. So if you are reading this as part of It's Monday! What are your reading? it may be a little different if you stop back for the Monthly Wrap Up meme.

A little note about the picture above... I have been looking for a vanity since I moved into my house nearly 16 years ago. I also need more bookshelves. I haven't located a vanity that I like enough at a price I'm willing to pay so I decided to make my own. I spent Sunday afternoon painting, assembling, and installing my new vanity/bookcase combo. I love it!

Now onto the reading and all things blogging.

March 24, 2019

Field Guide to the Spirit World by Susan B. Martinez ~ a Review

by MK French

The forward is written by Whitley Strieber and is written with the idea that people are spirits housed inside a body of flesh. Therefore, lost spirits that haunt the world can try to inhabit our bodies, and there are a number of things that can leave them vulnerable to possession. A number of mental illnesses would predispose someone to hauntings or possessions, and may even be the result of such activity. These aren't necessarily all harmful violations, as the spirits can also provide information and gifts to those open to them.

March 23, 2019

RED Hotel by Gary Grossman and Ed Fuller ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

I don't think I have enough words to tell you how much I enjoyed RED Hotel by Gary Grossman and Ed Fuller. But I will try.

March 22, 2019

Dead Witch on a Bridge by Gretchen Galway ~ a Review

by MK French

Alma had never been able to kill demons for the Protectorate, so she stayed in Silverpool, a small town that's fairly isolated. She had always been able to see and hear the fae, unlike other Witches, and one draws her to the body of her dead ex. There's an influx of attention in Silverpool now, including her infamous father, who is a magical thief, ambitious Witches, dangerous fae and a charming demon. Tensions are rising in the magical community, and Alma has to find the killer before the upcoming deaths include hers.

March 20, 2019

The Perfect Watch for Steampunk Fans #JORDWatch #Giveaway

by Donna Huber

Steampunk and JORD Watch

What do you do when a corset and parasol or top hat and driving goggles are too conspicuous to wear, but you want to show your love for the steampunk genre? The Dover collection of watches from JORD, with their open gear face, is the perfect accessory. And today you can enter to win a $100 gift certificate, plus all other entrants will receive a 10% off coupon. Enter below.

About JORD Watches

JORD (pronounced Yode - like Yoda without the -a!) watches are beautifully hand-crafted from a variety of wood. They have a wide selection of styles and wood types to choose from for both men and women so you can choose the perfect combination that uniquely fits you.

JORD was founded in 2013 to create true designer watches from natural materials. Each JORD series incorporates conversation provoking natural wood with a premium quartz, chronograph, or automatic movement. JORD is located in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

The Dover Olive and Acacia Watch

JORD Watch and The Watchmake of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

As part of this sponsored promotion, I chose (and received for free) the Dover Olive and Acacia watch. The open watch face with exposed gears, combined with the color and texture of olive and acacia wood, is absolutely gorgeous. I was really blown away by its beauty when I opened the box. I knew from the pictures it was pretty, but WOW!

The visible gears are what really drew me to the Dover collection. It instantly made me think of steampunk novels. Clocks and watches are often depicted in the steampunk genre. Watches became popular in Victorian society as they became more reliable; therefore, it makes sense to be featured in writings about that time period.

Another cool feature of these watches is the fact they are automatic watches. You wind it initially and then your daily movements keep the timepiece going. There's no battery to replace, ever! This “bio-mechanical” working is definitely something you would see in a steampunk novel.

The Olive Tree has deeply rooted meaning dating back to ancient Greece and often appears in Greek mythology. It signifies friendship and peace, hence the saying, "extending the olive branch", when you want to make peace with someone.

Acacia wood is dense and extremely strong. According to an Old Dominion University website, due to deposits in the heartwood, it is unpalatable to insects and its denseness makes it impenetrable by water. These factors help the tree resist decay. Acacia wood is what was used to build the tabernacle described in Exodus 37 and 38.

This watch could signify a ‘strong friendship’ when given as a gift.

JORD Watch in box

Watches, Clocks and Time in Steampunk Novels

Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and often has elements of fantasy. As the name indicates, it features technology that is steam-powered, but there is also a focus on all mechanical things. As the concept of time and ways of telling time had greatly changed during the 18th century, these often Victorian-set novels feature watches, clocks, and time. Here are just 5 steampunk novels and series that use these elements. You can find even more on the Best Steampunk Books list at Goodreads. What is your favorite steampunk novel that uses watches, clocks, and/or time in its story?

Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century #1) by Cherie Priest

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.

The Infernal Devices trilogy includes Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess.

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling-or dangerous Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper from the clutches of a devious criminal demanding a trade-the dangerous device Jasper stole from him... for the life of the girl Jasper loves.

One false move from Jasper, and the strange clockwork collar around Mei's neck tightens and tightens. From the rough streets of lower Manhattan to elegant Fifth Avenue, the motley crew of teens follows Jasper's elusive trail. And they're about to discover how far they'll go for friendship.

More than ever, Finley must rely on powerful English duke Griffin King to balance her dark magic with her good side. Yet Griffin is at war with himself over his secret attraction to Finley... and will risk his life and reputation to save her.

Now, to help those she's come to care for so deeply, Finley must infiltrate the criminal gang. Only problem is, she might like the dark side a little too much.

Timekeeper by Tara Sim

I was in an accident. I got out. I’m safe now.

An alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork but time itself, determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town.

A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardize all of England.

A boy who would give anything to relive his past, and one who would give anything to live at all.

A romance that will shake the very foundations of time.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocketwatch on his pillow. But he has worse fears than generous burglars; he is a telegraphist at the Home Office, which has just received a threat for what could be the largest-scale Fenian bombing in history.

When the watch saves Thaniel’s life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori—a kind, lonely immigrant who sweeps him into a new world of clockwork and music. Although Mori seems harmless at first, a chain of unexpected slips soon proves that he must be hiding something.

Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library dressed as a man. A theoretical physicist, she is desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry.

As the lives of these three characters become entwined, events spiral out of control until Thaniel is torn between loyalties, futures and opposing geniuses.

Also, check out our list of Steampunk novels at Amazon.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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March 19, 2019

Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter ~ a Review

by MK French

Josh and Ksenia are foster siblings that are entirely devoted to each other, though Josh has romantic feelings tangled up in that which he hopes can someday come to fruition. They're "those kids" in town, but do have friends in school that don't mind their androgynous flair and Josh's pansexuality. It's hard for others to really get close, even their best friend Lexi, so it's easy for Josh to be seduced by Prince and the other fae that he meets. Getting his wish comes at a dangerous price and one that far too many people have to pay the price for.

March 18, 2019

Low Country Hero by Lee Tobin McClain ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

Low Country Hero is my first book by this author. Based on the book's title, I expected this to be a romance novel and nothing else. I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that it was way more than a romance novel - even though there is romance in it. The book is about spousal abuse and how it affects not only the partner being abused but also the children who are aware of the situation.

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2 New Family Dramas

by Susan Roberts

I enjoy reading books about families of all kinds. Here are reviews of two family drama books that publish in March that I thought were excellent. You will want to add them to your reading list.

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The Unicorn Anthology by Peter S. Beagle, editor ~ a Review

by MK French

Peter S. Beagle has written a lot of books within the fantasy genre, but remains best known for his novel "The Last Unicorn." As a result, he was a natural choice to curate this collection. There are a number of renowned authors of fantasy included in this collection, so it's a great opportunity to see unicorn themed work from them.

March 15, 2019

Until the Day I Die by Emily Carpenter ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

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I made the mistake of starting this book late in the day. I didn't put it down until I finished it at 3 a.m. It was a roller coaster ride of a story told by two strong women that kept me guessing until the end. Emily Carpenter continues to bring us books that keep her readers in suspense from the first page until the end.

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Say You're Sorry by Karen Rose ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Clear your calendar before starting this book. I've stayed up way too late (and I'm very disciplined about going to bed on time) this week because I could not put this book down. "One more chapter" turned into 2 more hours (and several chapters) of reading each night. I'm totally exhausted, but I loved every minute of it.

March 13, 2019

The Hunger by Alma Katsu - #BookReview #Horror #DonnerParty

by Alison DeLuca

I was really excited to read The Hunger by Alma Katsu. The sneak peek on Amazon was Katsu's Prologue, which was both fascinating and scary. I'd always wanted to learn more about the Donner tragedy, so I purchased it right away.

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March 12, 2019

California Girls by Susan Mallery ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts
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The California sunshine’s not quite so bright for three sisters who get dumped in the same week…


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