The Watchmaker's Daughter
When I think about why I disliked this book, at first I couldn't point to anything that was overtly wrong with it. It was just nothing special; there was nothing in there that grabbed me or moved me or made me want to read more. It felt less like an inspired work, and more like the author was checking off a list of things you're supposed to include when you're writing a Victorian fan ...more
It follows, in fact, the adventures of 27-year-old India Steele, daughter of one of the most prestigious English watchmakers, who’s trying to take her life back in her hands after her father dies and her unscrupulous ex-fiancé calls off the wedding and gets to keep her family’s shop.
In need of a job and a roof over her head, she’ll start worki ...more
WoW what a ride this book was. I sure did not like to put it down. Do to tasks I had to do it took me langer than I have wanted. This is a book you want to read in one gasp of air. A Historical mystery with a twist of magic. When you like this type of books this one is surely one for you. 🌹🌹🌹
Life is too short and all that.
DNF at 24% ...more
This first book basically set the world and the characters for us, I found the premise interesting but the story got a little bit boring sometimes and the main female character was annoying in some parts. But there was something about this story that made me want to keep reading and I'm curious to know what will happen in the next books. I hope it gets better becau ...more
This book is set in Victorian times and contains a sweet romance between the heroine, Miss Steele, and the hero, Mr. Glass (love the names, LOL). Certainly there was no mistake as the author named them, for Mr. Glass is anything but transparent in this book. Rather dark mystery follows him until the very end. As for Steele, this female protagonist abounds with mettle.
I loved the plot and how the author teased us ...more
DNF @ 78%
Started out very intriguing but the book has too many plot holes, plot armor, and flat characters. Then, the heroine developed into a tstl character.
A few obvious plot holes:
1. The heroine, India Steele, is described in the beginning as an uninspiring 27 year-old spinster who has never had any suitor except for the recent fiancé who duped her. Then later, we're told that she's too beautiful to find employment as a governess because the wives are wary that her beauty will sed
This book is not a masterpiece but it was so fun to listen to. I finished it in one day because I wanted to see how it all ends and the pages just flew by. As I said it’s not a masterpiece, the story was simple but at the same time it wasn’t smoothly told, it has some bumps that I noticed and didn’t particularly like. It’s a fun read and I’m glad I read it.
Also, calling this steampunk is misleading. There's nothing steampunk-y or maybe since I'm not familiar with that sub-genre I expecte ...more
Shades of Jane Austen. A fun, lightweight Victorian romance with just a touch of magic. No, really, magic. Not really steampunk or paranormal, closer to urban fantasy light.
Engaging story and characters. Paradoxically some of its Englishness seemed off. As an American I’m hardly one to judge, but Archer hails from Australia, so …
Unfortunately, the book stops before the story finishes. A common flaw of contemporary series. It’s possible to bring each tale to a ...more
This story is well worth the read. Easy to follow. Well thought out and written characters with rich personality. The pace of each arc within the story helped the characters keep me reading.
Good characters? Check.
No breaking issues? Check.
Thrills and surprises? Check.
I will definitely read the next one in the series. ...more
There was plenty of mystery in this book. Enough that it kept me intrigued and reading. Honestly, there was not one single thing I was disappointed about. The characters were great, all of them. The story was great. Th ...more
I'm not a big fan of fantasy or powerful magic, but the subtle presence here works well for me.
I'll read the next book as t ...more
This story follows India Steele whose father has recently died. Her fiance has left her and stolen her fat ...more
Thank you to Amazon and C.J. Archer for the free digital edition of this book that I received in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review belong solely to Plot Monster.
I absolutely adore the cover of this book.
The Watchmaker's Daughter is a fun, quirky read. I specifically liked the premise of this novel which is noticeably void of any Sherlock-wannabe characters. More oft than not t ...more
The story is well written and developed .Mr glass and Ms Steele has a sure chemistry among them which can't be missed and also the secret of watch and India too. ...more
So, I've finally finished this book. And I liked it.
I started it a while ago, but I wasn't in the mood for it, so I set it aside. Usually when that happens I either never start it again or I try to continue and hate it.
But I was bored,and I loved this author's other series 'The Ministry of Curiosities' , so I gave it another shot.
Thank God that I did , because I really enjoyed it. I like historical fiction and not everyone can write a good historical fiction. C.J. Archer is one of t ...more
I picked this one up as a FREEBIE in July 2018. The ratings are high on Amazon, and the cover is gorgeous. It is still FREE.
There are mixed reviews on this one and I can see all sides, but I personally really loved the characters.
Sure there are a few things that are stopping me giving it 5 stars, but I did very much enjoy the first installment and am looking forward to reading the rest in the series.
A clean read, with maybe a hint of romance to come.
I have to be in the mood for historical and although it holds my interest I was getting bored
Nothing really happens. It just seems like a lot of chasing around and then suddenly its over.
C.J. Archer is the USA Today bestselling author of historical fantasy novels including THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY, the FREAK HOUSE series, the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series and the GLASS AND STEELE books. She has also written AFTER THE RIFT, an epic fantasy series, and historical romances.
C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can rememb ...more