Monthly Archives: July 2020


Review: The Rhythm Section

Posted 16 July, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Rhythm Section
By: Mark Burnell
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

Stephanie Patrick’s life is destroyed by the crash of flight NEO027. Her family was on board and there were no survivors. Devastated, she drops out of college and her life spins out of control as she enters a world of drugs and prostitution—until a journalist discovers that the crash wasn’t an accident. There was a bomb planted on the plane. Filled with rage, and with nothing left to loose, she focuses on one goal: revenge.

The opportunity to obtain it arrives quickly when Stephanie is approached and recruited by an extremely covert intelligence organization. She is young, smart, and beautiful—and has no family, making her the perfect candidate. The organization offers her a deal. She must undergo rigorous training; learn how to control her heart rate and breathing (“the rhythm section”); and learn how to efficiently use weapons. Then, she will assume a new identity and commit acts of terrorism on behalf of the organization. When she completes these assignments successfully—and proves her loyalty—she will be offered the opportunity to take out the terrorists who brought down flight NEO027. She has nothing to lose.

As “Petra,” a mercenary terrorist based out of Germany, and as “Marina,” an international businesswoman based in London, she enters the brutal world of international espionage, and adapts quickly. She is able to numb her feelings and act on instinct alone. But as the stakes get higher, Stephanie begins to question what her value really is. Is the organization telling her the truth–do they know who caused flight NEO027 to explode? Or are they using her for some other agenda? More important: Is avenging her family worth the price she is paying? And if it isn’t—will the organization that created her let her go?

The book caught my attention when I saw the trailer for the movie adaptation starring Blake Lively. It looked interesting, and I like this genre, something fast to read in the summer time between huge tomes (which comprises 90% of my to-read queue at this point). Plus, I needed something like this to read in the meantime as I’ve been meaning to carve some time to catch up on Daniel Silva’s books again.

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Review: The Awakened Kingdom

Posted 14 July, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Awakened Kingdom (Inheritance Trilogy #3.5)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: Trade paperback; was a Christmas gift

SOME TRUTHS MUST BE LEARNED THE HARD WAY…

As the first new godling born in thousands of years, Shill’s got big shoes to fill. She’s well on her way when she defies her parents and sneaks off to the mortal realm, which is no place for an impressionable young god. In short order she steals a demon’s grandchild, gets herself embroiled in a secret underground magical dance competition, and offends her oldest and most powerful sibling.

But for Eino, the young Darren man whom Shill has befriended, the god-child’s silly games are serious business. Trapped in an arranged marriage and prohibited from pursuing his dreams, he has had enough. He will choose his own fate, even if he must betray a friend in the process — and Shill might just have to grow up faster than she thinks.

The omnibus includes a novella that takes place in the world of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Which is fun because there’s so much more you could write about in this world. Some spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the trilogy!

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Review: The Kingdom of Gods

Posted 10 July, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Kingdom of Gods (Inheritance Trilogy #3)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: Trade paperback; was a Christmas gift

For two thousand years the Arameri family has ruled the world by enslaving the very gods that created mortalkind. Now the gods are free, and the Arameris’ ruthless grip is slipping. Yet they are all that stands between peace and world-spanning, unending war.

Here we are, final volume in the Inheritance trilogy. Pretty much been reading this trilogy the entire month of June so it’s a nice way to wrap up the month, finishing up a trilogy too. Suffice to say, I’m happy to finally be reading this trilogy, if there was any major achievement for this year reading-wise, it’s this 🙂

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Review: The Broken Kingdoms

Posted 8 July, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Broken Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy #2)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: Trade paperback; was a Christmas gift

In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a homeless man who glows like a living sun to her strange sight. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy. Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city.

Oree’s peculiar guest is at the heart of it, his presence putting her in mortal danger — but is it him the killers want, or Oree? And is the earthly power of the Arameri king their ultimate goal, or have they set their sights on the Lord of Night himself?

One of the benefits of having the omnibus on your hands: you don’t have to wait for the next installment in the story 🙂 So here we are.

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Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Posted 6 July, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy #1)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: Trade paperback; was a Christmas gift

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

Guys, this has been a long time coming. I’ve been wanting to read this trilogy for ever, was gifted the omnibus in paperback a few years ago and then it just sat on my to-read pile for another few years. Finally I felt the need to pick up and read the book (for those of you who don’t know, I am quite the mood reader).

Just as an aside, I also ended up picking up the omnibus as an eBook format because let’s face it, reading a 1500-page paperback in bed is a health hazard. I like the idea of omnibuses but in the future I may pick them up as an eBook format. It’s just easier to read.

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