Let’s Review: Outlander Series

Book 8 of the Outlander Series, Written in my Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon releases on June 10th!  Preorder now Remember that seven-book series you read voraciously over years because they only come out every few years? Remember trying to fill the void in between with things that just didn’t quite compare? Well, the wait is nearly over for all you Outlander nuts out there, and here … Continue reading Let’s Review: Outlander Series

Rant: Skip the Sex, Authors

Am I the only romance reader who hates book sex scenes? I have to be the only one – because why would every women’s fiction book I read have a five pages of detailed sex if we readers aren’t just screaming for it? does any one else skip to the end of the chapter (the sex is always at the end of the chapter, thank goodness)? I remember going through … Continue reading Rant: Skip the Sex, Authors

Fiction Review: A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

Available now: A Hundred Summers ****4/5 stars Hailed as the beach read of the summer, A Hundred Summers centers around Lily Dane, a reluctant New York Socialite who escapes to the seaside community of her childhood each summer. In the summer of 1938, the past follows her home and changes everything.   Recommended readers: If you like a little suspense with your romance… if you like the … Continue reading Fiction Review: A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

Steampunk Review: Lady of Devices

Available now: Lady of Devices: A steampunk adventure novel (Magnificent Devices) ****3.5/5 stars Welcome to semi-alternate universe Victorian England, where girls attend university and conduct scientific experiments, but it’s nonetheless trade and commerce vs. social standing as usual. It’s Bloods vs. Wits, petroleum vs. steam, and things are really coming to a head. Caught in the middle is 17-year-old Claire Trevelyan, a Blood of considerable wit, small … Continue reading Steampunk Review: Lady of Devices

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Best Books for Mom

Mother’s Day is approaching and who can think of a better way to celebrate mom than by giving her a book – and some time to relax by herself. Here’s some ideas to get you started: The Professional. It’s great for any book lover really, but the Amazon Kindle is the perfect gift for working moms. At an affordable $49 for the Kindle or $99 … Continue reading Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Best Books for Mom

Coming soon: steampunk, anyone?

Courtesy of Amazon Recommendations, I recently came across a steampunk novel, and found myself thinking, what is steampunk, anyway? I had a sort of general idea in the fashion sense — think slutty halloween costume from Spencer’s– but I guess I had no idea that it has become its own movie and literary genre. (Thank you, google.) Sidenote: To be fair, this is coming from someone who … Continue reading Coming soon: steampunk, anyone?

Fiction Review: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Rules of Civility: A Novel on sale now *****5/5 stars It’s New Years Eve, on the dawn of 1938. A chance encounter in a Greenwich bar leads Katey Kontent on a ride to the top of New York Society with the engaging Tinker Grey—but will he stay there with her? Recommended readers: For anyone who enjoys getting totally lost in a time and place of … Continue reading Fiction Review: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Fiction Review: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of all Things is available now ****4/5 stars Join Elizabeth Gilbert on a foray through the world of Alma Whittaker, where turn-of-the-century science meets mystic faith. Can one overwhelm the other? Recommended readers: If you loved Eat Pray Love… If you hated Eat Pray Love… If you never even read Eat Pray Love…this book is still for you.  It is different and … Continue reading Fiction Review: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert