July Updates

Posted 31 July, 2018 by Lianne in Website / 1 Comment

I know I say this at the end of the every month but where indeed has the time gone? We are well more than halfway through the year, I’m a month away from heading back to school and it’s been well than a month since I’ve been on holiday and I’ve yet to put together posts about my trip. Anyway. Here’s what has been going on at the blog for the past month:

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo (review), Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter (review), and Julia Quinn’s To Sir Philip, With Love (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. Posted two movie reviews this month: Black Panther (review) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (review). You can check out all of the past movies I’ve watched and reviewed in this tag.
  3. Also briefly reviewed some comics which you can find in this post. You can read all of the comics I’ve reviewed over at this tag.
  4. Notice anything different about the top menu and the side bar? I’ve finally properly added a My Books page about all of my published poetry books to date and where you can get them 🙂 Hurray! And now back to working on my latest book…

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And that’s about it from eclectic tales for the month of July! Wishing everyone a lovely week 🙂

Review: On the Way to the Wedding

Posted 27 July, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

On the Way to the Wedding (Bridgertons #8)
By: Julia Quinn
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

A funny thing happened …

Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton believes in true love. And he is convinced that when he finds the woman of his dreams, he will know in an instant that she is the one. And that is exactly what happened. Except …

She wasn’t the one. In fact, the ravishing Miss Hermione Watson is in love with another. But her best friend, the ever-practical Lady Lucinda Abernathy, wants to save Hermione from a disastrous alliance, so she offers to help Gregory win her over. But in the process, Lucy falls in love. With Gregory! Except …

Lucy is engaged. And her uncle is not inclined to let her back out of the betrothal, even once Gregory comes to his senses and realizes that it is Lucy, with her sharp wit and sunny smile, who makes his heart sing. And now, on the way to the wedding, Gregory must risk everything to ensure that when it comes time to kiss the bride, he is the only man standing at the altar …

Or don’t. But rest assured, he’s spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual—and annually discordant—Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth’s every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other . . . and that there is nothing as simple—or as complicated—as a single, perfect kiss.

An infuriating note, but apparently my review was never posted on my blog when I first typed it up and thus I lost my initial impressions of this book #fail Anyhow, here we are, the last book in the Bridgertons series. It’s pretty bittersweet coming to the last book, and I was wondering how the send-off would go.

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Review: It’s In His Kiss

Posted 25 July, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

It’s In His Kiss (Bridgertons #7)
By: Julia Quinn
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

Meet Our Hero . . .

Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth’s sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past . . . and the key to his future. The problem is—it’s written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.

Meet Our Heroine . . .

All the ton agreed: there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She’s fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken, and according to Gareth, probably best in small doses. But there’s something about her—something charming and vexing—that grabs him and won’t quite let go . . .

Meet Poor Mr. Mozart . . .

Or don’t. But rest assured, he’s spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual—and annually discordant—Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth’s every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other . . . and that there is nothing as simple—or as complicated—as a single, perfect kiss.

Here we go, second to the last Bridgerton book *tear* Kind of savouring these as I go along, but at the same time I couldn’t help it, I needed to read the final two siblings’ stories. It’s also a treat as because they are the youngest and usually when we encounter them in the books they’re just fooling around so it’s nice to actually be focusing on them and who they are. I was pretty excited for this book especially as it crosses with the Smythe-Smith quartet series and the annual musicale (which I recall with fond amusement…I should re-read it one of these days).

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Review: When He Was Wicked

Posted 23 July, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

When He Was Wicked (Bridgertons #6)
By: Julia Quinn
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one’s life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London’s most infamous rake, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.

After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught but never permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca’s surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere thirty-six hours longer—the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin.

But that was then… Now Michael is the earl and Francesca is free, but still she thinks of him as nothing other than her dear friend and confidant. Michael dares not speak to her of his love… until one dangerous night, when she steps innocently into his arms, and passion proves stronger than even the most wicked of secrets…

All right, on to the next Bridgertons book! 🙂 After long hearing about Francesca in previous books and how she is a widow (it’s not a spoiler at this point, I think, that I can mention it freely before the cut), it’s nice to finally turn to her and her story 🙂

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Comics: Two Reviews

Posted 20 July, 2018 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

So I was in mood for reading comics recently and whilst I wasn’t able to get the comics I wanted to read (who knew it was so hard to get ahold of a particular Captain Marvel book or Thor volume?), I did get a hold of the following two:

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Black Widow, Volume 1: S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Most Wanted
By: Mark Waid (Writer), Chris Samnee (Writer, Artist), Matthew Wilson (Colourist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

They wowed you with Daredevil, now the Eisner Award-winning team of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee take Black Widow to new heights -by forcing her to go on the lam!

Natasha has a lifetime of secrets, and when some of the darkest ones are made public, nobody is safe. As S.H.I.E.L.D. turns on its once greatest asset, she seeks out her own answers in a knockdown drag-out tale of action and espionage! But will the Widow’s hunt for the Weeping Lion send her back to the one place she never wanted to go? And, when a S.H.I.E.L.D. funeral makes the assembled top brass an attractive target, it’s lucky for them that the Black Widow is still on their side, even if they aren’t on hers.

Collecting: Black Widow 1-6

So here’s the thing: I did start reading the previous Black Widow series (forgot the name of the writers) from Marvel Now! but I was left rather disappointed as her story–the overarching one, anyway–went nowhere (much as I loved the art). So I was a bit wary picking this comic up but I had heard good things about it so when I did come across it, I decided to pick it up.

Well, this story definitely starts off running and the pacing is just relentless, which is something I expect from a Black Widow story. There’s actually not much talking at the start from Black Widow, which I appreciated as I thought it’s something that’s just part of the character. She’s tough, she’s determined, and she certainly has a lot going on in her past. It was interesting to actually see a bit of her past and about the Red Room. What was a bit of a downer was the reveal of what the Weeping Lion had on her that set off the chain reaction leading her to being on the run from S.H.I.E.L.D. but overall the volume was a fast-paced romp of intrigue and action.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Rocket Raccoon, Vol. 2: Storytailer
By: Skottie Young, Filipe Andrade (Illustrations), Jake Parker (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Rocket Raccoon continues his quest to try to fix his past…um, bad calls, but as a stranger stalks him from the shadows, he just might cause a cosmic calamity on the dreaded Winter Planet! Then, what happens when you water Groot a little too much? Grootzilla! He’s faster than a speeding Rocket, more powerful than Drax the Destroyer, able to eat tall buildings in a single gulp – and he’s not happy! And Rocket’s skills will be put to the ultimate test as he challenges everything he’s known about himself. Does the Book of Half-World – the mythical text of Rocket’s early adventures- actually exist, or was it all a big hoax? Is Rocket really the last of his kind? Find out once and for all, right here!

COLLECTING: ROCKET RACCOON 7-11

All right! So I read the first volume years ago (errr, you’ll have to sift through the Marvel tag for that review), which I greatly enjoyed because of Scottie Young’s art and his grasp of Rocket Raccoon’s character. It’s still there in this volume but the vignettes were a bit different here: the first story about the Winter Planet was great, and I especially enjoyed the art there, but the story about the Book of Half-World sort of fell flat–could’ve been longer, I think–and the short story of Grootzilla was a filler, really. And the last story…well, it’s just classic Rocket Raccoon and Groot, really. All in all it was fun, but some stories were a little memorable than others. But a story with Rocket is always fun.

Rating: ★★★☆☆