Review: A Desperate Fortune

Posted 7 August, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

A Desperate Fortune
By: Susanna Kearsley
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

For nearly 300 years, the mysterious journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas has lain unread-its secrets safe from prying eyes. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas has been hired by a once-famous historian to crack the journal’s cipher. But when she arrives in Paris, Sara finds herself besieged by complications from all sides: the journal’s reclusive owner, her charming Parisian neighbor, and Mary, whose journal doesn’t hold the secrets Sara expects.

It turns out that Mary Dundas wasn’t keeping a record of everyday life, but a first-hand account of her part in a dangerous intrigue. In the first wintry months of 1732, with a scandal gaining steam in London, driving many into bankruptcy and ruin, the man accused of being at its center is concealed among the Jacobites in Paris, with Mary posing as his sister to aid his disguise. When their location is betrayed, they’re forced to put a desperate plan in action, heading south along the road to Rome, protected by the enigmatic Highlander Hugh MacPherson.

As Mary’s tale grows more and more dire, Sara, too, must carefully choose which turning to take…to find the road that will lead her safely home.

Oh man, I’ve had this book on my TBR pile for ages. I guess I put off reading this book because it was focusing on the Jacobites, which I guess I studied to deat at uni so I wasn’t so inclined to read it lol. But it is a Susanna Kearsley book and she writes wonderfully so slowly but surely I finally got around to reading it.

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Comics: Avengers: The Final Host

Posted 2 August, 2019 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Avengers: The Final Host (Vol. 1)
By: Jason Aaron (Writer), Ed McGuiness (Illustrator), Ed McGuinness (Illustrator), Sara Pichelli (Illustrator), David Marquez (Illustrator), Andrea Sorrentino (Illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

A new era for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Steve Rogers. Tony Stark. Thor Odinson. The big three are reunited at last! And just in time to save the world from total annihilation at the hands of their most powerful enemies yet – the 2,000-foot-tall space gods known as the Celestials! Behold the coming of the Final Host! But who will answer the call as a new team of Avengers assemble? Hint: one of them has a flaming skull. As Black Panther and Doctor Strange battle for their lives deep within the earth, Captain Marvel faces death and destruction raining down from the skies…and what about the Savage Hulk? Plus, no gathering of Avengers would be complete without a certain Prince of Lies! But what world-shaking connection exists between the Dark Celestials and Odin’s ancient band of Prehistoric Avengers?

COLLECTING: AVENGERS 1-6, MATERIAL FROM FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2018

The Avengers and a threat in the form of the Celestials? Yeah, count me in! Jason Aaron has quickly become one of those graphic novel writers who I would immediately check out if he has a new series; I’ve enjoyed his run on Thor and Doctor Strange.

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July Updates

Posted 31 July, 2019 by Lianne in Website / 1 Comment

How’s everyone’s summer going? It’s stupidly hot here in the city and I’ve been busy with work and trying to do ALL THE THINGS! before school starts again in September. But in the meantime here’s what has been going on at the blog for the month of July:

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  1. Books reviewed recently: V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic (review), Ann Leckie’s Provenance (review), and John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. One movie was reviewed this month: Captain Marvel (review). You can check out all of the past movies I’ve watched and reviewed in this tag.
  3. Comics reviewed recently include Thor: Ragnaroks (review) and Mera: Queen of Atlantis (review). You can read all of the comics I’ve reviewed over at this tag.
  4. My fourth poetry collection, Scrawled Stars, is available now! You can read about it and where it’s available online in this post. You can view all of my poetry books available now on this page. Thanks for your support!

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And that’s about it with what’s going on here at the blog for the month of July! Happy August, everyone 🙂

Comics: Mera: Queen of Atlantis

Posted 29 July, 2019 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Mera: Queen of Atlantis
By: Dan Abnett (Goodreads Author), Lan Medina (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s purchase

From the pages of Aquaman comes a brand-new adventure starring Mera, in her own title for the first time ever!

Just in time for the Warner Bros. Aquaman feature film, featuring Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Amber Heard as Mera, comes a thrilling new look at Atlantis from Mera’s perspective in Mera: Queen of Atlantis!

As the brutal Atlantean Civil War rages, Mera must keep the peace between the surface world and Atlantis as its newly anointed queen in exile. But when Aquaman’s brother Orm, a.k.a. Ocean Master, learns of his homeland’s fate, he feels he must return to Atlantis as its king and savior! But Orm is now torn between his duty to Atlantis and his love for his new surface family–and both he and Mera will clash over the futures they choose to fight for!

From the critically acclaimed author Dan Abnett (Aquaman) and Eisner Award-winning artist Lan Medina (Fables), Atlantis gets a new ruler in Mera: Queen of Atlantis! Collects #1-6.

It’s been a while since I’ve read anything from DC, I think, so here we are. This was on queue for a while, my brother had picked it up (he’s the DC fan between us) and said he liked it enough. Contains some spoilers ahead!

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Review: The Governess Game

Posted 26 July, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2)
By: Tessa Dare
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

He’s been a bad, bad rake—and it takes a governess to teach him a lesson

The accidental governess.

After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart… without risking her own.

The infamous rake.

Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to give her an education—in pleasure. That should prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling… and he’s in danger of falling, hard.

On to book two of the series! I don’t think it’s very often I read a series straight like this so hurrah!

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