Posts by: Lianne

Review: Bellewether

Posted 16 September, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

By: Susanna Kearsley
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Some houses seem to want to hold their secrets.

It’s 1759 and the world is at war, pulling the North American colonies of Britain and France into the conflict. The times are complicated, as are the loyalties of many New York merchants who have secretly been trading with the French for years, defying Britain’s colonial laws in a game growing ever more treacherous.

When captured French officers are brought to Long Island to be billeted in private homes on their parole of honour, it upends the lives of the Wilde family—deeply involved in the treasonous trade and already divided by war.

Lydia Wilde, struggling to keep the peace in her fracturing family following her mother’s death, has little time or kindness to spare for her unwanted guests. And Canadian lieutenant Jean-Philippe de Sabran has little desire to be there. But by the war’s end they’ll both learn love, honour, and duty can form tangled bonds that are not broken easily.

Their doomed romance becomes a local legend, told and re-told through the years until the present day, when conflict of a different kind brings Charley Van Hoek to Long Island to be the new curator of the Wilde House Museum.

Charley doesn’t believe in ghosts. But as she starts to delve into the history of Lydia and her French officer, it becomes clear that the Wilde House holds more than just secrets, and Charley discovers the legend might not have been telling the whole story…or the whole truth.

Alas, here we are, the last of the Susanna Kearsley novels sitting on my TBR queue. It’s funny, I seem to always read her books around the summertime but they seem perfect for the season. So here we are 🙂

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Review: My Sister, the Serial Killer

Posted 12 September, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

My Sister, the Serial Killer
By: Okiyan Braithwaite
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

My Sister, the Serial Killer is a blackly comic novel about how blood is thicker – and more difficult to get out of the carpet – than water…

When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…

I had started hearing and seeing this book around quite a bit over the later half of the summertime, hearing positive things about the book as well as the fact that the book is quite a quick read. I was in desperate need of some distraction at the time (that would be…early August when I read it) so I decided to pick up this book.

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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 10 September, 2019 by Lianne in Meme / 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. In Jaunary 2018 the meme was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

Well, well, look who’s making an appearance for this week’s TTT 😛 This week’s topic sounded really interesting so why not, here’s some books on my TBR that I seem to be avoiding and why O_O

  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving — Admittedly I did start reading the first few pages or so but then stopped and opted for another book. I don’t know if it’s the length or the fact that I’m not sure what to expect with this book but I’m guessing thats why I’m avoiding it on my TBR lol.
  2. The Dagger and Coin series by Daniel Abraham — I have the entire series on my TBR so why haven’t I cracked it yet? Simply put, I need to re-read The Dragon Path and I just haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe if I get my TBR pile a bit smaller I might finally get around to reading the series as a whole.
  3. The Century trilogy by Ken Follett — I’m no stranger to massive, Tolstoy-length-esque books but these books are huge. Need to carve out a considerable amount of time to trackle these books.
  4. Life and Fate by Vassily Grossman — I’m also no stranger to Soviet Russian literature but I wasn’t expecting this book to be as huge as it is; I feel like I need to be in the right mood to read it. Maybe this winter, who knows…
  5. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison — I’m not sure why I’m avoiding this book on my TBR pile, there’s nothing quite amazing as a standalone fantasy. I guess because it’s a bit on the hefty side? I don’t know, I don’t know
  6. Frantumaglia by Elena Ferrante — It looks intense, lol. I need quiet time to tackle her thoughts lol.
  7. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson — Another chunkster on my shelf. Am I ready for it? Not sure yet, don’t think so.
  8. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien — I snatched this book up as soon as it became available to avoid it becoming sold out like other books that won Giller Prizes in the past. So why haven’t I read it yet?!
  9. The Labyrinth of Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon — I don’t want this series to end ;_; I need to savour it as much as I could, hence why I haven’t devoured it yet.
  10. The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner — I bought this book years ago and have yet to read it; not sure why I’m circling it, it has all of the elements to a book that I would enjoy. Hmm. Maybe next summer?

So what books are you avoiding on your TBR queue? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Review: Wicked Saints

Posted 4 September, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1)
By: Emily A. Duncan
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

I admit, it was the book cover that drew my attention first. I ended up picking up this book after it was featured in an Indigo Book Box which was pretty exciting (I never buy book boxes so this was a first).

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August Updates

Posted 30 August, 2019 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Where has the summer gone? lol seems like yesterday I was bemoaning how it was going to be work, work, work for me (*cue song here*). And lo and behold now we’re at the end of summer and classes are around the corner D= Anyway, here’s what has been going on around my blog for the month of August:


  1. Books reviewed this month include Susanna Kearsley’s A Desperate Fortune (review) and Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. The rest of the month was dedicated to catching up on all of my recent travels: from last year’s trip to Portugal to this year’s trip to the Netherlands and Iceland with side trips to Belgium and Germany. It was quite a feat but I’m quite proud to finally have caught up and share my travels with all of you. You can check out all of those posts in this category.
  3. My latest poetry collection, Scrawled Stars, is available online now (, the Book Depository, and elsewhere)! You can learn more about it in this post. Enjoy!


And that’s about it about the blog for the month of August! Well, back unto the breach for me. Have a wonderful Labour Day weekend!