Tag: Books: First Reads


Review: Framed

Posted 13 July, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Framed: A Historical Novel about the Revolt of the Luddites
By: Christy Fearn
Format/Source: eBook courtesy of the author via LibraryThing Early Reviewer Programme

As French émigré Roman Catholics, Lizette Molyneux and her brother Robert are used to an existence on the edge of their Regency Nottingham community. But when Robert is arrested for a crime he insists he did not commit, Lizzie must draw on all her strength and courage to help him. Overcoming poverty, prejudice and the unwanted advances of her employer’s son, she unites with the frame-breaking Luddites to free her brother and to rectify social injustice.

I received a copy of this novel through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer Programme in exchange for an honest review. What caught my attention about this novel was the premise; I was never big on the sociopolitical movements in Britain (which is strange since it’s tied up to its political history) but this story seemed set in a curious period of its history so naturally I was also curious. May contain some spoilers ahead!

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Review: A Spear of Summer Grass + Giveaway

Posted 12 July, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 19 Comments



A Spear of Summer Grass
By: Deanna Raybourn
Format/Source: Paperback courtesy of the author as part of the Spear of Summer Grass Book Tour

Paris, 1923

The daughter of a scandalous mother, Delilah Drummond is already notorious, even among Paris society. But her latest scandal is big enough to make even her oft-married mother blanch. Delilah is exiled to Kenya and her favorite stepfather’s savanna manor house until gossip subsides.

Fairlight is the crumbling, sun-bleached skeleton of a faded African dream, a world where dissolute expats are bolstered by gin and jazz records, cigarettes and safaris. As mistress of this wasted estate, Delilah falls into the decadent pleasures of society.

Against the frivolity of her peers, Ryder White stands in sharp contrast. As foreign to Delilah as Africa, Ryder becomes her guide to the complex beauty of this unknown world. Giraffes, buffalo, lions and elephants roam the shores of Lake Wanyama amid swirls of red dust. Here, life is lush and teeming—yet fleeting and often cheap.

Amidst the wonders—and dangers—of Africa, Delilah awakes to a land out of all proportion: extremes of heat, darkness, beauty and joy that cut to her very heart. Only when this sacred place is profaned by bloodshed does Delilah discover what is truly worth fighting for—and what she can no longer live without.

I first heard of this novel on GoodReads but I’ve never read any of the author’s works (though I recently found out that I added the first of her Julia Gray series on GoodReads in the past). I’m excited to take part in this blog tour hosted by France Book Tours and have the chance to read and review this novel. Be sure to check out the end of this post where you can enter to win a paperback copy of this novel (US/Canada only)!

This book is part of the Books on France Reading Challenge 2013 that I am participating in.

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Review: The Translator

Posted 1 July, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Translator
By: Nina Schuyler
Format/Source: galley copy courtesy of Pegasus Books via NetGalley

When renowned translator Hanne Schubert falls down a flight of stairs, her injury is an unusual but real condition–the loss of her native language. She is left speaking only Japanese, a language learned later in life. With her personal life at a crossroad, Hanne leaves for Japan. There, the Japanese novelist whose work she translated stunningly confronts her publicly for sabotaging his work.

Reeling, Hanne struggles for meaning and seeks out the inspiration for the author’s novel–a tortured, chimerical actor, once a master in the art of Noh theater. Through their passionate and intriguing relationship, Hanne begins to understand the masks she has worn in her life, just as the actor dons the masks that have made him a legend of Noh. The demons from her past and present begin to unfold and Hanne sets out to make amends in this searing and engrossing novel.

I found out about this novel through NetGalley. The situation that Hanne Schubert finds herself in sounded intriguing and the elements of Japanese culture, language and translating foreign language novels also drew my attention. I was approved of a galley copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This novel will be available on July 2nd. May contain some minor spoilers ahead!

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Review: The Silent Wife

Posted 1 July, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Silent Wife
By: A.S.A. Harrison
Format/Source: galley copy courtesy of Penguin Canada via NetGalley

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding this book, likening the book to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. I haven’t read that book (will probably read it at some point) but I thought the premise of this novel was interesting enough so I requested for a galley copy. I was approved of one courtesy of the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Contains some spoilers ahead!

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Review: Angel Baby

Posted 29 June, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Angel Baby
By: Richard Lange
Format/Source: Hardback courtesy of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Programme

To escape the awful life she has descended into, Luz plans carefully. She takes only the clothes on her back, a Colt .45, and all the money in her husband’s safe. The corpses in the hallway weren’t part of her plan.

Luz needs to find the daughter she left behind years earlier, but she knows she may die trying. Her husband is El Principe, a key player in a high-powered drug cartel, a business he runs with the same violence he has used to keep Luz his perfect, obedient wife.

I received a copy of this novel courtesy of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers programme. The premise of this novel sounded interesting; as I mentioned in one Top Ten Tuesday list, it even reminded me of BBC America’s Orphan Black in a way because of the theme of the main character wanting to find and get back to her daughter. Of course, that’s where the comparison stops but it was enough for me to check out. Since receiving the novel, I also found out that the film rights were aquired by Warner Bros.

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