Review: When a Marquess Loves a Woman

Posted 9 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

When a Marquess Loves a Woman (Season’s Originals #3)
By: Vivienne Lorret
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

As a young, penniless gentleman, Maxwell Harwick knew he had little to offer Juliet White—the most beautiful debutante of the season—except his love, and one thoroughly scandalous kiss. But when they were discovered in a compromising position, a nearly ruined Juliet fled into the arms of a rich, older lord… taking Max’s heart with her.

Now a widow, Lady Juliet Granworth intends to use the fortune she inherited from her odious husband to build a new life in London. Five years have passed, but she’s never forgotten Max… or his soul-searing kiss. Yet it’s clear the newly-minted Marquess of Thayne has not forgiven her—after all, the infuriating man can barely stand the sight of her. But Juliet has endured far too much to give up without a fight and if it’s a battle of wills he wants, it’s a battle he’ll get.

He hates her for breaking his heart. She detests him for destroying her future. But beneath all the loathing simmers an intoxicating passion that neither can ignore… and the harder they resist, the harder they will inevitably fall.

And here we are, at the last of the Season’s Originals series. I’ve been enjoying this series and the build-up with the characters but at long last we’ve come to Max and Juliet’s story, which I had a feeling would be explored ever since they were introduced in the first book (as their chemistry even then when they were sniping at each other was through the roof) 😛

Read More

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 8 February, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 10 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. In case you haven’t heard, my blog turned 10 last week and I’m celebrating with a book giveaway 😉
  2. How was everyone’s January? I’ve been getting mostly day shifts at work, which is a bit of a bummer as I’m so not a morning person, but whatever; at least I’m becoming accustomed to the pace of day shift (nutty as it is)? I’m not even going to comment on the state of world affairs; instead I will leave this tweet here as it perfectly sums up my feelings (well, some feelings, at least)
  3. But here’s a headline that caught my interest: Milky Way is being pushed and pulled across the universe. The astronomer in me was intrigued 🙂

  4. Meanwhile I’m continuing along in compiling my poetry into its respective project compliations, editing, figuring out the logistics. Exciting yet frightening stuff. Nonetheless things are moving along…more about it in the coming weeks? (e.g. I’m thinking of setting up a separate Instagram account to feature some of my poetry when the time comes)
  5. I’ve been experiencing some laptop issues the other day with some registry keys missing and some important updates not coming through. In the process of figuring out what’s going on, it seems my laptop has gotten slower than faster which is irritating O_o #dontyoudaretryanythingsillylaptop
  6. I was completely thrown off-guard when I learned that Max Richter had just released an album (“Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works”) and it is stunning. My favourite track is “War Anthem” but this track is great too:

  7. Books I’m currently reading: The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson and Ovid’s Metamorphosis (yeah, I’m reading this to and from work and at break–haha, yes, I like to read hefty books at break apparently 😛 ).
  8. I’m still reading poetry and stuff but my reading has slowed down considerably this past month. I think I’m still in the middle of some kind of reading slump; after finishing Ian McEwan’s Nutshell last week I found myself staring at my TBR pile unable to decide what to read next *shrugs* I am looking to do a lot of re-reading this year though; it’s just a matter of organising myself as my re-reading list is quite lengthy (all of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez books I own, some of Shakespeare’s plays, George Orwell’s books, all of Soren Kierkegaard’s works that I own. Yes, I’m quite ambitious like that).
  9. Speaking of re-reading, I feel like re-watching Babylon 5 and Vision of Escaflowne. Too many things I want to do, so little time *le sigh*
  10. I visited the Art Gallery of Ontario in December to see the “Mystical Landscapes” exhibit (Van Gogh! Monet!) and browsed around the other galleries afterwards. This particular painting caught my attention for some reason.


And that’s about it from me! How is your February going so far?

Review: Pistols for Two

Posted 7 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Pistols for Two
By: Georgette Heyer
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

In eleven charming short stories, the Queen of Regency romance presents an exquisite romp through affairs of honor and affairs of the heart. Featuring rakes and rascals, orphans and heirs, beauties and their beaus, the legendary Georgette Heyer’s signature wit and inimitable style bring the Regency world dazzlingly alive.

I had been eyeing this short story collection by Georgette Heyer for ages but for whatever reason just did not get around to picking it up until recently. Anyway, this is very exciting, and you guys know that I’m a big fan of her books (see author tag) and as I was in something of a reading slump some time ago, short stories felt like a good way to pick me up a bit.

Pistols for Two was an eclectic mix of short stories featuring Heyer’s signature storytelling and the kinds of romantic tropes you’d see in historical romances: second chances at love, two people who hate each other but then fall for each other, love stories involving two people you wouldn’t imagine falling for each other in the first place, family members getting in the way of romances, young loves trying to run off to Greta Greene and their family members run in pursuit of them, etc. It’s all in good fun, really, but I think my favourite story has to be the title story, “Pistols for Two”; it stood out in my mind the most from all of the stories featured because it was more about the friendship between two gentlemen that becomes strained as they both become love rivals for this one rather popular woman who’s returned to their community. It was interesting and quite thrilling in that you don’t know how things were going to turn out.

The short stories may seem a little abrupt in their endings, but otherwise they felt pretty fleshed out, both in the character and presenting the situations that they are in when the story starts. I suppose if you’ve never read any of her books and want a bit of a taste in how Georgette Heyer writes, it’s not a bad place to start.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Learn more about the author on Wikipedia || Order a copy of this novel on Book Depository

Review: This Earl is on Fire

Posted 6 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

This Earl is on Fire (Season’s Originals #2)
By: Vivienne Lorret
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

The sheltered daughter of a country baron, Miss Adeline Pimm comes to London looking for adventure… and finds it in the form of a bloody, unconscious man slumped in the doorway of her family’s rented townhouse. Though his identity is a mystery, Adeline is inexplicably drawn to the handsome, injured man and vows to nurse him back to health.

Liam Cavanaugh, the scandalous Earl of Wolford, is startled when he awakens in an unfamiliar bed, wrapped in bandages that hinder his eyesight, with no memory of why he was beaten half to death. Although he can’t see the witty young woman who tends to his wounds, her alluring voice—and a single stolen kiss from her soft lips—helps soothe his pain. But when he is fully healed, Liam is not ready to let go of the one woman who stirs his deepest longings.

Liam will do whatever it takes to see Adeline again, even if it means giving up his rakish ways. But his disreputable past is not so easily forgotten and his secrets are far more dangerous than he—or Adeline—ever imagined.

Whoo-hoo, second book in the Season’s Originals trilogy! I’ve enjoyed Vivienne Lorret’s books to date (see author tag) and more or less enjoyed the first book in this series (review) so I was curious to see how this second book fared. The Earl of Wolford, if I recall, did make an appearance in the first book but my memory’s a little hazy there–too many characters from a myriad of series to keep track of!–but nonetheless the premise sounded interesting.

Read More’s Blogoversary!

Posted 3 February, 2017 by Lianne in Website / 24 Comments

The month of February hits a milestone of sorts for the blog (not necessarily the space as I moved recently, but just existence of the blog as its own entity): turns TEN.

Not my gif, as always

Yup, you read it right: 2017 makes ten years of me blogging. It’s pretty surreal to think it’s been that long since I’ve started blogging (steadily; I think I mentioned in my About the Site section that I had a previous blog/domain but had to stop for offline reasons). And after ten years, one does learn a few things along the way… 😛

  1. It’s easy to follow what others are doing (format-wise, books read and reviewed that are popular right now, etc.) but at the end of the day it’s your blog: you do the thing that makes you happy.
  2. Blogging is an ever-changing process: you pick up new ways of formatting or presenting your thoughts and ideas, the focus of your blog shifts and changes…Gosh, just look at some of my posts circa 2012 compared to now. It’s normal, and it’s part of the fun.
  3. You don’t have to review every book you’ve read–I learnt that recently, actually. I use my blog as my book journal so to speak (as with the amount of books I read per year, I will have used up a lot of notebooks O_O) and for the last few years my approach has been to record my thoughts as much as I can on the books that I’ve read. But sometimes when you don’t have much thought about a book you’ve read, why struggle churning out what turns out to be a wee & generalised review? This is still a hobby at the end of the day, not your dissertation.
  4. Yeah, it’s dismaying when no one comments on an awesome book you’ve reviewed (or a review you’re particularly proud of having clobbered together), but it happens. It’s there, maybe one day someone will read it and appreciate thoughts in it. But as long as you’re happy with it and you’ve got it jotted down somewhere, it’s all good.
  5. On a related note, at the end of the day stats don’t matter, really. I mean, yeah, I too wish I got more traffic and more readers, but those that drop by and comment do make my day 🙂
  6. Being different has its benefits in terms of what you offer in your reviews and what readers come across in your blog. What do I mean? Well like my url suggests, I do read an eclectic range of books, perhaps a little more far out than what you may necessarily come across, and while perhaps that may contribute to a lack of traffic or comments at times, I do get the occasional comment saying they appreciated coming across this book or that that they had never heard of and want to check out now. I’m always happy to recommend titles to people!
  7. The book blogging community is a supportive place. Yeah, it’s had its weird drama moments from time to time but the friends I’ve made over the years through the community and the memes and the discussion are priceless. #hugsforall
  8. Scheduling blog posts = life saver.
  9. Blogging burnout happens–and it’s okay. I never thought I’d be one of those people who would experience it, and perhaps it’d be a surprise to you to know that I did experience it considering my blog posts are scheduled at a daily frequency, but the hiatus time I had back in December? Sure, I was experiencing headache after headache transferring my blog over to the new server but in the same vein it gave me the time to step back and take a break, which I didn’t realise I even needed. !
  10. I guess this reiterates #1 a bit but most of all? Have fun blogging!

As always I’m thankful for everyone’s support and friendship over the years of chatting about books and other things; I honestly don’t think I would’ve continued blogging for as long as I have (or perhaps with the same vigor as before) if it wasn’t for your guys.

Not my gif but this is for you all, this cute puppy in a bowl 😛

As a thank you to you all and in celebration of my blogoversary, I am hosting a book giveaway! Now, I’m doing it a bit different this year; rather than going by my favourite reads in 2016, I’m going to give you an option to choose any one book I’ve read & reviewed on my blog.

Now, this prospect sounds crazy daunting as I’ve written over 900 book reviews in the last 10 years (see tag; omg where to start?!) O_o But there’s a few ways to navigate through and discover/decide what book to choose:

This giveaway is open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to your country. The contest will run until Monday, February 13th @ 11:59PM EST. Please make sure you use a valid email address when you enter (as the winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I will draw a new winner). You can read the rest of the terms and conditions with the Rafflecopter below 😉

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And that’s about it! In bocca del lupo! If you have any questions about the giveaway or any issues with Rafflecopter, please email me at webmaster [at] eclectictales [dot] com or comment in this post. Many thanks again for all of your support over the years 🙂