Tag: Rating: 5 stars


Review: Magic Lessons

Posted 6 October, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Magic Lessons
By: Alice Hoffman
Format/Source: Advanced reading copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA (Netgalley)

We first met the Owens in the glorious novel Practical Magic. We discovered the tragedy of the Owens siblings in The Rules of Magic. Now we learn how it all began … with a baby abandoned in a snowy English field in the 1600s. Under the care of gentle Hannah Owens, little Maria learns about the ‘Unnamed Arts’. Maria has a gift for them – a gift that may well prove her undoing.

When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it’s here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters

I enjoyed Practical Magic (review), which I was first introduced to by the movie. I haven’t read the sequel as I tend to be wary of sequels of beloved books written years after the fact. But I was curious about this prequel so in my forays in NetGalley I requested and was approved an eARC of the book. This book will be released on 06 October 2020.

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Review: Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump

Posted 10 August, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump
By: Kate Andersen Brower
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

After serving the highest office of American government, five men—Jimmy Carter, the late George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama—became members of the world’s most exclusive fraternity. In Team of Five, Kate Andersen Brower goes beyond the White House to uncover what, exactly, comes after the presidency, offering a glimpse into the complex relationships of these five former presidents, and how each of these men views his place in a nation that has been upended by the Oval Office’s current, norm-breaking occupant, President Donald Trump.

With an empathetic yet critical eye and firsthand testimony from the Carters, Donald Trump, and the top aides, friends, and family members of the five former presidents, Team of Five takes us inside the exclusive world of these powerful men and their families, including the unlikely friendship between George W. Bush and Michelle Obama, the last private visits Bill Clinton and Barack Obama shared with George H.W. Bush, and the Obamas’ flight to Palm Springs after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Perhaps most timely, this insightful, illuminating book overflows with anecdotes about how the ex-presidents are working to combat President Trump’s attempts to undo the achievements and hard work accomplished during their own terms.

Perhaps most poignantly, Team of Five sheds light on the inherent loneliness and inevitable feelings of powerlessness and frustration that come with no longer being the most important person in the world, but a leader with only symbolic power. There are ways, though, that these men, and their wives, have become powerful political and cultural forces in American life, even as so-called “formers.”

This is not the first book I’ve read about the Presidents Club; it’s a fascinating piece of American politics and the fabric of the nation, of wht role former Presidents serve after they leave office. This book caught my attention as I was interested to read how much has changed–or stayed the same–with Trump becoming president, and his interaction with the Presidents Club. This is also not my first Kate Andersen Brower book, having read her book on the First Wives (review).

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Review: The Broken Kingdoms

Posted 8 July, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Broken Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy #2)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: Trade paperback; was a Christmas gift

In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a homeless man who glows like a living sun to her strange sight. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy. Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city.

Oree’s peculiar guest is at the heart of it, his presence putting her in mortal danger — but is it him the killers want, or Oree? And is the earthly power of the Arameri king their ultimate goal, or have they set their sights on the Lord of Night himself?

One of the benefits of having the omnibus on your hands: you don’t have to wait for the next installment in the story 🙂 So here we are.

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Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Posted 6 July, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy #1)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: Trade paperback; was a Christmas gift

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

Guys, this has been a long time coming. I’ve been wanting to read this trilogy for ever, was gifted the omnibus in paperback a few years ago and then it just sat on my to-read pile for another few years. Finally I felt the need to pick up and read the book (for those of you who don’t know, I am quite the mood reader).

Just as an aside, I also ended up picking up the omnibus as an eBook format because let’s face it, reading a 1500-page paperback in bed is a health hazard. I like the idea of omnibuses but in the future I may pick them up as an eBook format. It’s just easier to read.

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Review: Still Here

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

Still Here
By: Amy Stuart
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA via NetGalley

Malcolm is gone. Disappeared. And no one knows where or why.

His colleague and fellow private investigator, Clare, is certain she can find him, as she holds the key to his past. She arrives in the oceanside city where he last lived and starts digging around. Not only is Malcolm gone without a trace, so is his wife, Zoe. Everyone who knew the perfect couple sees Malcolm as the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance. Everyone except Clare. She’s certain there’s more at play that has nothing to do with Malcolm, a dark connection to Zoe’s family business and the murder of her father years ago.

As Clare pulls back the layers, she discovers secrets the entire community is trying desperately to leave in the past. As for Malcolm, his past is far more complex—and far more sinister—than Clare could ever have imagined. He may not be innocent at all. As she searches for the man who helped her build her career as a private eye, Clare discovers that many women are in grave danger. And she is among them.

Here we are, the final book in Clare’s story. I’m a big fan of the previous two books, they’re so suspenseful and interesting and Clare is such a fantastic and complex character. So yeah, I had to request for the final volume in her story if I could; many thanks to the publisher for approving an eARC of this book for me to read. This book will be released on 07 July 2020. May contain some mild spoilers if you’re not familar with the previous two books in the series!

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