Review: The Wallflower Wager

Posted 7 August, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke #3)
By: Tessa Dare
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

They call him the Duke of Ruin.

To an undaunted wallflower, he’s just the beast next door.

Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.

When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.

Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?

And a two-legged dog.

And a foul-mouthed parrot.

And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . .

Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.

Not if he ruins her first.

I forgot I had started reading this series, lol. It’s been a while since I’ve had read a historical fiction title and I was in the mood for something light. So here we go 🙂

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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 5 August, 2020 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 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. Oh boy, I got so busy towards the end of the month that I even wasn’t able to type up a July Updates post. Oops. Not that I was posting much during the latter half of the month, but still…

  2. Restrictions continue to ease on my end, my province reopening in stages. Here in Toronto we’ve hit Stage 3, which means most things are back open again, albeit with new safety and health guidelines. Things are all in all looking a bit more normal but face coverings and masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces like shops and facilities. I’ve even ordered in, something we haven’t done in months, so yay! I remember what bubble tea and Greek gyros taste like again xD
  3. I’m also getting out again and socialising again! Just a few of the closest peeps though, also being mindful of everything.
  4. Like today I’m going to see my best friend from high school whom I have not seen since Christmas. We normally meet up every few months or so but last time she had to cancel because something came up. Shortly after the lockdown happened so yeah, we haven’t seen each other until now. I still have souvenirs to give her from m trip in January, lol.
  5. Co-workers and I have been commiserating these last several months how we had all these plans to travel this year: some had cruises booked, others had tours books. I had plans on travelling back to Europe after my exams had completed back in April but obviously that was not to be. We’ve all accepted that none of us will be travelling until next year at the earliest.
  6. But! It’s funny how life works because while my international travel plans were halted, I have been going out of the city a wee bit more. I’m a city girl through and through and while I’ve lived in other cities or travelled to nearby major cities in Canada in the past, I’ve never gone to the places in between. So for example I went Port Perry for the first time at the end of June to go fishing (something I also had never done. It’s a comedy, I tell you, but I got the hang of it). So visiting what’s outside the city I live in is a joy in itself.
  7. I should be slowly starting some kind of study plan to study for my NCLEX next year (God willing I get through next school year intact and the pandemic not kicking up another fuss) but in the meantime I’ve made some headway in my writing projects! I just might churn out a new poetry collection before the end of summer 😀
  8. I actually just finished a few books so I’m figuring out what to read next. How did I accumulate this many chunksters in my to-read pile?! Might go for something light like Mary Jo Putney’s Loving a Lost Lord but that’s a digital copy so I might look at the physical books on the to-read queue. Choices, choices…
  9. I logged in to NetGalley for the first time in ages because I needed to send off some well-overdue feedback of eARCs read way back when. In the process I requested for a whole bunch of eARCs and now have a couple sitting on my to-read queue. What have I done?!
  10. I took almost a week off work starting today just to take care of things that fell by the wayside (omg last week was bad, barely exercised, everything I wanted to do went on standstill because of work or whatnot). I also want to take care of my eczema, which has been pretty bad this summer, popping up where it normally doesn’t…Am actually revisiting my diet to see if there’s something I can reduce, eat cleaner, see if it makes a difference. We’ll see.


And that’s it from me! How are you all holding up since my last post? Stay safe, everyone 🙂

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


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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