Review: The Black Tides of Heaven

Posted 8 April, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate #1)
By: J.Y. Yang
Format/Source: eBook; courtesy of reading club

The Black Tides of Heaven is one of a pair of standalone introductions to JY Yang’s Tensorate Series. For more of the story you can read its twin novella The Red Threads of Fortune

Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as children. While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While his sister received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What’s more, he saw the sickness at the heart of his mother’s Protectorate.

A rebellion is growing. The Machinists discover new levers to move the world every day, while the Tensors fight to put them down and preserve the power of the state. Unwilling to continue to play a pawn in his mother’s twisted schemes, Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the rebels. But every step Akeha takes towards the Machinists is a step away from his sister Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond he shares with his twin sister?

Hmm, I never posted a review of this book…Anyway I’ve long been seeing this book around the fantasy lists and whatnot so it was really cool that it was featured for the reading club last year so I was able to read it sooner than anticipated.

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March Updates

Posted 29 March, 2019 by Lianne in Website / 1 Comment

Not gonna lie, I’m pretty glad this month is over and done with even though I have two major project deadlines looming on the horizon for school. But anyway, here’s what has been going on at the blog for the month of March:


  1. Books reviewed recently: Jill Santopolo’s The Light We Lost (review), N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season (review), and Anna Burns’ Milkman (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. Comics reviewed recently include Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (review) and Thor: The Galactus Seed (review). You can read all of the comics I’ve reviewed over at this tag.
  3. The theme for this year’s Tolkien Reading Day is “Tolkien and the Mysterious.” You can read my thoughts about it over at this post.


And that’s about it about the blog for the month of March! Wishing you a lovely April 🙂

Review: Milkman

Posted 27 March, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

By: Anna Burns
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.

Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

So this book entered my radar when it was long-listed, then short-listed, and then won the Man Booker Prize in 2018. The premise sounded interesting, and from what I read about how people reacted to the book, it sounded like a different experience. So I picked it up late last year but it was prompted higher up my TBR queue after seeing it was long-listed for the Women’s Prize in Fiction this year.

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Tolkien Reading Day!

Posted 25 March, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

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Launched in 2003 Tolkien Reading Day event has sparked interest in reading and reading groups across several nations and ages, from primary schoolchildren to university students and library users of all ages. 25th March has significance to Tolkien’s readers, as it is the day of the Downfall of Sauron at the conclusion of the ‘War of the Ring’ in The Lord of the Rings.

more information about the event here

According to the Tolkien Society, the theme this year is ‘Tolkien and the mysterious.

Happy Tolkien Reading Day! This is a curious topic for this year…The world that Tolkien envisioned is certainly one full of wonder and mystery. From the creation of the world and Edu’s plan to the roles of the Valar and the Maiar, the disappearance of the Ent-wives, what lies beyond the veil and the bonds of the world, the Elves’ departure from Middle Earth to the West…Even the way in which certain characters’ paths meet and end up with he task that is given to them is a mystery in a way. The fellowship encountering the Argonath, monuments from a past age, is a passage filled with awe, majesty, and mystery of the past.

What do you think about this year’s theme? How will you be celebrating Tolkien Reading Day? Last year I mentioned wanting to re-read LOTR and indeed cracked open The Fellowship of the Ring but I’ve been so busy and I’m swamped right now with project and essay deadlines so I might read something smaller…like Bilbo’s Song, lol #stillcounts 🙂

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 21 March, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

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. Is it the end of April yet? =/
  2. I attended this exhibit some two weeks ago which was wonderful: Monet! Pissaro! Degas! Cassatt! Van Gogh! I wish I had spent more time–I had work that afternoon so it was basically a drop in to the exhibit and then left–as I would have liked to wander around the permanent collections. Alas, maybe next time.
  3. School continues to be a bummer, although I’m liking my ethics class. All this group work, I don’t understand. I don’t understand, almost all of us in this programme has some concept of teamwork since we work in the field in some capacity, so why keep shovelling the group work business? Especially as most of us have different work schedules? I’m getting a twitch now every time I have to deal with this, omg…
  4. Work has also been a bit trying lately. It was hectic in February, sort of eased off at the start of March, and now it’s back to full-on madness. There’s going to be a lot of shuffling around at my workplace because units are moving and opening so I’m seriously considering moving. Again.
  5. Actually, can I just win the lottery? Pack up and take off and that’s that.
  6. Speaking of taking off, almost all of the details of my trip have been set. I usually have everything set a lot sooner but because of school and work and my overall mental exhaustion, it’s taken longer lately for me to just carve some time to hammer everything out. Most of the logistical headaches have been sorted out so suffice to say I am excited now 🙂
  7. Books I’m currently reading: Still slowly working my way through The Saga of Icelanders. I recently finished reading Myke Cole’s The Armoured Saint, re-reading William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and the comic Thor: The World Eaters written by Matt Fraction so I’m looking at my TBR pile as to what to read next…It’s deadline season so I’m trying to keep it light. Sort of.
  8. Yup, reading has slowed down again because of everything. Which is a bit frustrating but sometimes I’m just too mentally tired to engage in anything. How do you guys unwind when you’re stressed or life in general is just being too extra?
  9. On the plus side, prompted after seeing the longest for this year’s Woman’s Prize, I finally read Anna Burns’ Milkman. Review will be posted next week but at least I can say I read one of the books listed this year? Hahaha.
  10. Did I mention I can’t wait until the end of April? 😛


And that’s it from me! How have you been? How’s your March going?