Monthly Archives: February 2016


February Updates

Posted 29 February, 2016 by Lianne in Website / 8 Comments

Hmm, wow, well, February was quite an interesting month for me IRL (see post) but also online here with my blogoversary and a whole slew of book reviews 😛

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  1. As I mentioned at the end of last month, all of my book reviews this month were from the historical romance genre, lol 🙂 So books reviewed this month include: Julia Quinn’s Ten Things I Love About You (review), Sarah MacLean’s Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart (review), and Brandon Sanderson’s Shadows of Self (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. Two ARC review was posted this month: Lori Ostlund’s The Bigness of the World (review) and Patricia A. McKillip’s Kingfisher (review). You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
  3. So of course in keeping with this month’s theme, the author I featured for this month’s So You Want to Read… was Julia Quinn who has quickly become my favourite author in the historical romance genre. If you haven’t checked out her books and want to for the first time, here’s my list of recommendations to check out first. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  4. Early February marked my web space’s ninth blogoversary. My, how time flies! I’m also hosting a wee book giveaway (as well as a reader survey) in celebration of this milestone. It ends tonight at midnight so if you haven’t entered and wish to do so, there’s still time! Details on the giveaway & general celebratory remarks can be found here, lol 🙂
  5. My brief reader survey is still up if you haven’t had a chance to fill it out yet. I’m just curious to hear from readers and visitors of my blog. Results will be posted sometime next month. Many thanks in advance!
  6. Kate @ Parchment Girl invited me to a Q&A over at her blog this month. You can check it out over at this link.
  7. Another post of Eclectic Ponderings is up! I have questions that need answering/input 😉
  8. On a final note, I found out about Litsy over the weekend. I’m eclecticreading over there; if you have an account there, let me know what your username is and I’ll add you 🙂

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And that’s about it from me for the month! How was your February? Happy reading & a lovely March to all 🙂

Review: The Bands of Mourning

Posted 26 February, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6)
By: Brandon Sanderson
Format/Source: Hardback; my copy

The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands, as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set.

I’m so glad that I read Shadows of Self (review) closer to the release date of The Bands of Mourning; it made the wait so much less torturous. Though granted waiting the day-of was rather tedious, lol. Contains spoilers if you haven’t read this book or any of the books leading up to this book!

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Review: What Happens in London

Posted 25 February, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

What Happens in London (Bevelstoke #2)
By: Julia Quinn
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancee, she doesn’t believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits … and discovers a most intriguing man, who is definitely up to something.

Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security. He’s not a spy, but he’s had all the training, and when a gorgeous blonde begins to watch him from her window, he is instantly suspicious. But just when he decides that she’s nothing more than an annoyingly nosy debutante, he discovers that she might be engaged to a foreign prince, who might be plotting against England. And when Harry is roped into spying on Olivia, he discovers that he might be falling for her himself …

This has to be one of the crazier story premises I’ve read by this author, lol. Spying on the new neighbour who happens to work for the War Office? Plus, knowing how Olivia is based on the other books that I’ve read in this series, I know this story is going to be pretty nutty 😛

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Review: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

Posted 24 February, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke #1)
By: Julia Quinn
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

2 March 1810 . . . Today, I fell in love.

At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever.

But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day—while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier—and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . .

Okay, so I caved in. After reading Ten Things I Love About You (review) I decided to pick up the previous two books in this series. Because why not? lmao. I heard this Bevelstoke series was a bit of a loose trilogy, so I wasn’t in any great rush to pick up the other books, but anyway, here we are 🙂

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