Review: The Perfect Girl

Posted 7 July, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Perfect Girl
By: Gilly Macmillan
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Zoe Maisey is a seventeen-year-old musical prodigy with a genius IQ. Three years ago, she was involved in a tragic incident that left three classmates dead. She served her time, and now her mother, Maria, is resolved to keep that devastating fact tucked far away from their new beginning, hiding the past even from her new husband and demanding Zoe do the same.

Tonight Zoe is giving a recital that Maria has been planning for months. It needs to be the performance of her life. But instead, by the end of the evening, Maria is dead.

In the aftermath, everyone—police, family, Zoe’s former solicitor, and Zoe herself—tries to piece together what happened. But as Zoe knows all too well, the truth is rarely straightforward, and the closer we are to someone, the less we may see.

I first came across this book when it was featured on 50bookpledge.ca. The mystery sounded interesting but I didn’t pick the book up right away.

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Review: The Girl on the Train

Posted 6 July, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Girl on the Train
By: Paula Hawkins
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Just what goes on in the houses you pass by every day?

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses.The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared.

Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan’s body is found, Rachel finds herself the chief suspect in the case. Plunged into a world of betrayals, secrets and deceptions, Rachel must confront the facts about her own past and her own failed marriage.

A sinister and twisting story that will keep you guessing at every turn, The Girl on the Train is a high-speed chase for the truth.

Omg I finally got around to reading this book 😛 This book was everywhere these last few years that I eventually caved and picked up a copy for my Kobo but then it languished on my TBR pile for a while longer, lol. I’ve been on a sort of thriller streak lately so I finally got around to reading this book.

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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 5 July, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 3 Comments

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. Rejoice! I finally organised my photos from my trip to Iceland and Denmark and will be posting them up here later this month 😀 Only took me how many months to get around to that (oops) :3


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  2. I caved and subscribed to the June box for the Panduh Paper box again. There’s just so much pretty in it! Photos from that box to be posted later this month too 😉
  3. Why do I have this sinking feeling that I lost a few posts when I migrated over to this new server? I was typing my review for John Wick: Chapter 2 (to go live in August) and I swear I had written up a review for the first movie but I can’t find it anywhere either on WordPress or on PHPMyAdmin O_o Ugh.
  4. The month of June overall was all right. I’m starting to note a trend at work where my start of the week is usually mid to late in the wee until Sunday, lol. Which I don’t mind; it’s just funny that whilst people are like “Fri-YAY!” it’s the start of the work week for me 😛 Speaking of which, whilst everyone was out enjoying their Canada Day long weekend, I was at work -_-;
  5. As a result of working last weekend I missed seeing the giant rubber duck 🙁
  6. I know they need to keep it free somehow but the ads peppered throughout my feed on Instagram is a bit annoying; I’m constantly like “Wait, I didn’t add you” O_o Though the whole photos not in chronological order will irritate me to no end…
  7. I mentioned it before but I’m quite the notebook hoarder. I’m making an effort to use them–on the plus side I’m all set for the school year in September–but then I have my passport Midori traveller’s notebook that I haven’t used at all. I guess it’s going to by my notes of all sorts notebook but I still haven’t actually started using it yet. On the plus side I finally clipped my Dalek charm on it 😀
  8. I’ve been a little scattered in terms of my reading as of late but here’s what I’m reading at the moment: finally started reading Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda, Robert Rotenberg’s Stray Bullets (was reading all Canadian during Canada Day weekend with the first two books :P), and Miguel Hernandez’s poems (which I love so very much) 🙂
  9. I didn’t jinx myself per se but I was actually doing quite well for a while there when it came to book purchasing (probably because all my money went to stationery and buying a number of different fountain pens) but then voila! Bought like 10 books recently xD I blame the Book Depository sending that coupon earlier in June…it started from there 😛 But anyway I’m looking forward to the books arriving…a bit of poetry and finishing up my Simon van Booy collection 🙂
  10. My poetry project stalled for a bit in the latter weeks of June as I was waiting to hear back regarding applying for an ISBN (fun fact: here in Canada you can apply for one for free). It came through last week so I uploaded the draft and now I’m just waiting for the proof copy to arrive in the mail–eep! =O In the meantime, I’ve slowly starting planning for my next poetry project collection, this time combining a bit of photography in the collection as it’ll feature some stuff I wrote whilst I was on holiday 🙂

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And that’s it from me for now! How’s everyone’s week been going? 🙂

Review: Missing, Presumed

Posted 4 July, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Missing, Presumed (DS Bradshaw #1)
By: Susie Steiner
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace.

Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman – door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body. And as soon as she sees a picture of Edith Hind, a Cambridge post-graduate from a well-connected family, she knows this case will be big.

Is Edith alive or dead? Was her ‘complex love life’ at the heart of her disappearance, as a senior officer tells the increasingly hungry press? And when a body is found, is it the end or only the beginning?

I kept seeing this book whenever I was browsing on Kobo–something about the book cover, I guess–that I eventually caved and picked it up (helped that it was on sale, lol). Continuing along with reading thrillers and mysteries, I read this book last month.

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Review: On the Point of Erupting

Posted 3 July, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

On the Point of Erupting
By: Einar Már Guðmundsson
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Einar Már Guðmundsson has achieved international renown as a novelist, with his books being translated into over 30 languages. But when he first burst onto the Icelandic scene in 1980, it was as a poet.

Guðmundsson’s poetry is bold and moving, sharp, sarcastic and funny. The 50 poems collected in this volume have been interpreted by some of Iceland’s best translators.

I picked this book up whilst I was in Iceland. I was looking for something written by an Icelandic author to pick up just because I was there (I try to do this whenever I’m in another country) and thankfully this was one poetry that was translated into English.

Einar Már Guðmundsson’s poetry in a way reminded me of Leonard Cohen with some of the phrases, the infusion of the popular culture he was in, some of his approaches to the subjects he was writing about. What struck me especially was how that sort of punk 80s popular culture he was writing in is very much present in many of his poems. But the ones I like more were the poems about the countryside and about Iceland’s culture and atmosphere; through those poems I have a greater sense of how an Icelandic person views his or her country, and indeed just the country he lives in.

Overall I’m glad to have read On the Point of Erupting which I should mention is a collection of selected poetry from Einar Már Guðmundsson over the course of his career. Indeed it can be witty and there’s a sense of irony in many of the poems he’s written, but I especially enjoyed the poems about the country he lives in, I just had a greater sense of the country through those poems. Definitely a collection to check out if you’re looking to check out something different.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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