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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June Updates

Posted 30 June, 2020 by Lianne in Website / 1 Comment

Here we are, more or less at the end of the month. How is everyone doing? Almost everywhere restrictions are easing after various lockdowns from the pandemic so I hope everyone is doing well, healthy, and able to enjoy some normalcy! Here’s what has been going on at my blog for the month of June:

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  1. Books reviewed this month include Seanan McGuire’s Down Among the Sticks and Bones (review), Sándor Márai’s Embers (review), and Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. One ARC was reviewed this month (omg, my first in like, a year!): Amy Stuart’s Still Here (review). You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
  3. One graphic novel was reviewed this month: Marvel’s House of M (review). You can check out all of the comics I’ve reviewed in this tag.

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And that’s about it about the blog for this month. Summer’s upon us and I’m reading a bunch of chunksters right alongside just pure IRL busy-ness so we’ll see what gets posted next month. Hope you and your loved ones are well and that you are all keeping safe! Have a wonderful July, and to my fellow Canadians a very Happy Canada Day to you all 🙂

Review: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Posted 26 June, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
By: John Carreyrou
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

I was curious to check out this book after I had seen the trailer of The Inventor. I had heard of the Elizabeth Holmes story in passing but nothing in great detail so when this book came up during a sale on Kobo I figured it was a good time to check it out.

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Review: Still Here

Posted 24 June, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Still Here
By: Amy Stuart
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA via NetGalley

Malcolm is gone. Disappeared. And no one knows where or why.

His colleague and fellow private investigator, Clare, is certain she can find him, as she holds the key to his past. She arrives in the oceanside city where he last lived and starts digging around. Not only is Malcolm gone without a trace, so is his wife, Zoe. Everyone who knew the perfect couple sees Malcolm as the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance. Everyone except Clare. She’s certain there’s more at play that has nothing to do with Malcolm, a dark connection to Zoe’s family business and the murder of her father years ago.

As Clare pulls back the layers, she discovers secrets the entire community is trying desperately to leave in the past. As for Malcolm, his past is far more complex—and far more sinister—than Clare could ever have imagined. He may not be innocent at all. As she searches for the man who helped her build her career as a private eye, Clare discovers that many women are in grave danger. And she is among them.

Here we are, the final book in Clare’s story. I’m a big fan of the previous two books, they’re so suspenseful and interesting and Clare is such a fantastic and complex character. So yeah, I had to request for the final volume in her story if I could; many thanks to the publisher for approving an eARC of this book for me to read. This book will be released on 07 July 2020. May contain some mild spoilers if you’re not familar with the previous two books in the series!

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