Tag: Rating: 4 stars

Movie: Tenet

Posted 8 October, 2020 by Lianne in Entertainment / 1 Comment

Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.


This is the first movie I’ve seen in theatres since the lockdown. It’s an interesting experience–you have to reserve, you choose your seats. We watched the movie in the mid-afternoon so there was barely anyone in the theatre–maybe 7 of us, tops. So yeah, we chose to watch Christopher Nolan’s latest flick.

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Review: The Bone Shard Daughter

Posted 28 August, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire #1)
By: Andrea Stewart
Format/Source: Advanced reading copy courtesy of Orbit Books (Netgalley)

The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.

Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.

Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.

I first came across this book on NetGalley and the premise and the book cover grabbed my attention (look at that cover art!). I later found out that this book has quite a bit of hype ahead of its release, lol. I was approved an eARC of this book from the publishers. This book will be released on 08 September 2020.

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Review: Architects of Memory

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

Architects of Memory (The Memory War #1)
By: Karen Osborne
Format/Source: Advanced reading copy courtesy of Tor.com (Netgalley)

Millions died after the first contact. An alien weapon holds the key to redemption—or annihilation. Experience Karen Osborne’s unforgettable science fiction debut, Architects of Memory.

Terminally ill salvage pilot Ash Jackson lost everything in the war with the alien Vai, but she’ll be damned if she loses her future. Her plan: to buy, beg, or lie her way out of corporate indenture and find a cure. When her crew salvages a genocidal weapon from a ravaged starship above a dead colony, Ash uncovers a conspiracy of corporate intrigue and betrayal that threatens to turn her into a living weapon.

Another book I discovered while browsing NetGalley. The book gave me James S.A. Corey’s Expanse and Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy. I was approved an eARC of this book from the publishers. This book will be released on 08 September 2020.

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Review: The Vanished Queen

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

The Vanished Queen
By: Lisbeth Campbell
Format/Source: Advanced reading copy courtesy of Saga Press (Netgalley)

When a country is held in thrall to a vicious, despotic king, it’s up to one woman to take him down.

Long ago, Queen Mirantha vanished. King Karolje claimed it was an assassination by a neighboring king, but everyone knew it was a lie. He had Disappeared her himself.

But after finding the missing queen’s diary, Anza—impassioned by her father’s unjust execution and inspired by Mirantha’s words—joins the resistance group to overthrow the king. When an encounter with Prince Esvar thrusts her into a dangerous game of court politics, one misstep could lead to a fate worse than death.

Esvar is the second son to an evil king. Trapped under his thumb and desperate for a way out, a chance meeting with Anza gives him the opportunity to join the resistance. Together, they might have the leverage to move against the king—but if they fail, their deaths could mean a total loss of freedom for generations to follow.

I found out about this book in NetGalley. It had been a long time since I had browsed and seen what was coming out for release. The premise of this book intrigued me, a mix of intrigue and family dynamics and dynastic issues in a fantasy novel. I was approved an eARC of this book from the publishers. This book will be released on 18 August 2020.

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Review: The Awakened Kingdom

Posted 14 July, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Awakened Kingdom (Inheritance Trilogy #3.5)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: Trade paperback; was a Christmas gift


As the first new godling born in thousands of years, Shill’s got big shoes to fill. She’s well on her way when she defies her parents and sneaks off to the mortal realm, which is no place for an impressionable young god. In short order she steals a demon’s grandchild, gets herself embroiled in a secret underground magical dance competition, and offends her oldest and most powerful sibling.

But for Eino, the young Darren man whom Shill has befriended, the god-child’s silly games are serious business. Trapped in an arranged marriage and prohibited from pursuing his dreams, he has had enough. He will choose his own fate, even if he must betray a friend in the process — and Shill might just have to grow up faster than she thinks.

The omnibus includes a novella that takes place in the world of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Which is fun because there’s so much more you could write about in this world. Some spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the trilogy!

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