Tag: Rating: 4 stars

Review: Regency Buck

Posted 17 January, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Regency Buck
By: Georgette Heyer

Miss Judith Taverner and her brother travel to London to meet their guardian, Julian St. John Audley, Lord Worth, expecting an elderly gentleman. To their surprise and utter disgust, their guardian is not much older than they are, and is determined to thwart all their interests, hoping to return them to the country until they reach majority and his job is done.

But Miss Taverner begins to move in the highest circles of society and Lord Worth can’t do a thing about it…

I couldn’t figure out what to read next from my to-read pile or from my re-read list, so I decided to read this book. I thought the premise was hilarious and nothing but trouble could come out of the whole situation. Contains some spoilers!

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Review: The Last Ember

Posted 15 January, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Last Ember
By: Daniel Levin

An Italian antiquities squad discovers a woman’s preserved corpse inside an ancient column. Pages torn from priceless manuscripts litter the floor of an abandoned warehouse. An illegal excavation burrows beneath Jerusalem’s Dome of the rome, ground sacred to three religions.

Jonathan Marcus a young American lawyer and a former doctoral student in classics, has become a sought-after commodity among antiguities dealers. But when he is summoned to Rome to examine a client’s fragment of an ancient stone map, he stumbles across a startling secert: a hidden message carved inside the stone itself. The discovery propels him on a perilous journey from the labyrinth beneath the Colosseum to the biblical-era tunnels of Jerusalem in search of a hidden 2000-year-old artifact sought by empires throughout the ages. As Marcus and a passionate UN preservationist, Dr. Emili Travia, dig more deeply into the past, they’re stunned to discover not only an anicent intelligence operation to protect the artifact, but also a ruthless modern plot to destroy all trace of it by a mysterious radical bent on erasing every remnant of Jewish and Christian presence from the Temple Mount. With a cutting-edge plot as intricately layered as the ancient sites it explores, The Last Ember is a gripping thriller spanning the high-stakes worlds of archaeology, politics, and terrorism in its portrayal of the modern struggle to define–and redefine–history itself.

This book has been on my want-to-read list for a very, very long time and only got around to picking it up recently. It’s been a while since I’ve read a novel from this genre so it was a nice change of pace from the stuff I usually read. This book is also one of several books that I am reading for the I Love Italy Reading Challenge because the story takes place (for the most part) in Rome.

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Review: A Secret Kept

Posted 13 November, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

A bit off-topic but I seem to be on a roll with my book reviews right now! xD

A Secret Kept
By: Tatiana de Rosnay

Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island , where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach. It had been too long, Antoine thought, since they’d returned to the island—over thirty years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased. But the island’s haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer. When, on the drive home to Paris, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.

Trapped in the wake of a family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children. How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself? Suddenly fragile on all fronts – as a son, a husband, a brother and a father – Antoine Rey will soon learn the shocking truth about his family and himself.

So this is the second de Rosnay book I read this year; I read Sarah’s Key a few months ago and found it to be absolutely enthralling. So I decided to pick up this novel as the synopsis sounded intriguing. As a random off-side before I begin my review, I seem to read her books pretty quickly–I think it’s because I can’t seem to put them down after I start! lol Major spoilers ahead!

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Review: Acacia

Posted 17 March, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

By: David Anthony Durham

Born into generations of prosperity, the four royal children of the Akaran dynasty know little of the world outside their opulent island paradise. But when an assassin strikes at the heart of their power, their lives are changed forever. Forced to flee to distant corners and separated against their will, the children must navigate a web of hidden allegiances, ancient magic, foreign invaders, and illicit trade that will challenge their very notion of who they are. As they come to understand their true purpose in life, the fate of the world lies in their hands.

I actually read this book a few years ago when it first came out to mass bound paperback. I liked it enough but I don’t know if I was busy at the time or what but it didn’t captivate me as greatly as I thought it would. But I decided to re-read the book recently when I realised that the second book in the trilogy, The Other Lands, was out in mass bound paperback and I was debating whether to pick it up (for reasons I will mention in this review). Major spoilers ahead!

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