Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

kingsofthewyldcoverTitle: Kings of the Wyld
Series
: The Band #1
Author(s): Nicholas Eames
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback
Release Date: February 21st 2017
Pages: 502
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780316362474


Who said old geezers didn’t know how to have fun? I know I won’t after reading Kings of the Wyld. This book single-handedly rejuvenated every lifeless cell in my body. What Nicholas Eames brings to the table is an exquisite and juicy adventure with raw friendship sharpened by the experience that comes from doing the impossible.

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The Power by Naomi Alderman : The Mirror of Our Society

Teenage girls worldwide develop a particular ability : skein. Where they can fire electricity through their muscles and inflict pain to others. Slowly, they start to teach the ability to older women. In the wake of the night, the world completely changed and is ruled by women.

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Traitor by Jonathan de Shalit

traitorcoverTitle: Traitor
Series
: No
Author(s): Jonathan de Shalit
Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books
Format: ARC
Release Date: January 30th 2018
Pages: 320
Genre(s): Spy Thriller
ISBN13: 9781501170485


The odds that you’ve read about this author’s life are pretty slim. I’d probably even say impossible. Jonathan de Shalit is nothing more than the pseudonym of a former high-ranking member of the Israeli Intelligence Community. There’s something quite fascinating about an author whose books need to be vetted and approved particularly by a special Governmental Ministers’ Committee. With Traitor, Jonathan de Shalit definitely proves his experience in the field through minuscule details and delivers a decent spy thriller.

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Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

anatomyofascandalcoverTitle: Anatomy of a Scandal
Series
: No
Author(s): Sarah Vaughan
Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books
Format: ARC
Original Release Date: January 23rd 2018
Pages: 400
Genre(s): Legal Thriller, Mystery Thriller
ISBN13: 9781501172168


Sarah Vaughan takes on a timely and paramount matter in Anatomy of a Scandal as she takes out her scalpel in an attempt to meticulously examine themes of sexual assault, consent and power. After having dipped her toes in chick lit (The Art of Baking Blind) and historical fiction (The Farm at the Edge of the World), this courtroom thriller will give fans of mystery thrillers something to devour in the dark corners of their bed.

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert| Blog Tour

I was booked on Blog Tours in January and this book will be the last event for this month ! 😀 It was so much fun and honestly I will gladly do more blog tours like this 🙂

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Alice’s grandmother, Althea, is a renowned author who wrote The Tales of Hinterland. For all her life, Alice stayed away from that book because her mom forbid her to read it. But when her grandma died in her estate The Hazel Wood and her Mom went missing, Alice had to pair up with Ellery, a fan of The Tales, to find the clues in those tales and discover what’s lie in The Hazel Wood.

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Imagine Alice Adventures In Wonderland following the steps of The Tales Of The Peculiar to find Miss Pilgrim.

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S.T.A.G.S by M.A Bennett | Blog Tour

OMG IS IT TRANG? Yes I’m back after a whole week hiatus LOL 

After Flame in The mist, I noticed that my opinion might differ a lot from the popular ones. Usually I find something bad when it’s hyped but for the last novel I actually loved while the majority hated it.

Thankfully, STAGS feel like the same thing. It got everything I ever wanted in a novel.

However, I must warn you, there are A LOT of mixed reviews for this one.

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Nine students. Three bloodsports. One deadly weekend.

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So as always, I will state why I loved it and just keep in mind you are reading my very subjective opinion about it. It’s my review after all right ? 😉

  • The boarding school setting. Something about schools and academic life always attracts me in novels and anime. The world is so immersive. And this one is no different. We got introduced in the fancy life of them private schools and their teenagers. I love the fact that this school was so secluded from everything else that it survives the evolution of times. Time seems to be still and they are left to create a society on their own. 

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  • The villain theme. A lot of people complain about this is not the morbid-gory-thriller they expected, but I believe they’ve missed something that’s by far better than the gore. Because the obvious facts cannot be seen, it would be too boring. The author plays with the hypocrisy and disguise theme to reveal to us a frightening fact:  humans can convince themselves that they are so right by doing evil things. 

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  • Constantly adding new twists and that ending was just perfect. If you noticed in my reviews, endings and the mindblowing plot twist fact is a huge deal to me ( I even mentioned it in my rating system). And to be honest, if I didn’t like the rest of the book, the ending alone was worth the reading experience. 

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Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

borneminicoverTitle: Borne
Series
: No
Author(s): Jeff Vandermeer
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardcover
Original Release Date: April 25th 2017
Pages: 336
Genre(s): Science-Fiction
ISBN13: 9781443449120


Widely-known for his Southern Reach trilogy (including Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance), Jeff Vandermeer is an author that I have been meaning to check out for quite some time and Borne has ended up being my entry point to what is surely to be an author that I just can’t neglect anymore.

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Flame In The Mist : IT’S LIT ALRIGHT

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You know how surprising is it for me to write this review? I didn’t like The Wrath and The Dawn  . I still can’t believe this is the book written by the same author. I was closing the book back and forth while reading to check if it was really her name on the cover because I was so shocked LOL. IT’S AMAZING!

 «finding one’s match was like finding one’s other half. Mariko had never understood the notion.
She was not a half. She was wholly her own.» 

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Premise in 5 seconds :  Some samurai Clans enter in conflict with the Emperor future plans. Betrayal, murders and sabotage. Families get destroyed and it’s the turn of the samurai children to take on the responsibilities. 

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Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker

AoA-final-cover-666x1024Title: Age of Assassins 
Series
: The Wounded Kingdom #1
Author(s): R.J. Barker
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: August 1st 2017
Pages: 408
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780316466493


With R.J. Barker’s debut novel, fantasy lovers tag along with Girton Club-Foot and his wise master assassin in their hunt of an assassin. This coming-of-age story blooms with deceit and lies that serve to develop a teenage assassin in his understanding of the Tired Land’s culture and history, but also in his understanding of who he is and what he will become.

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UNEARTHED : Tomb Raider in Space

GUYS !! I found a magic recipe to enjoy YA nowadays : lowering my expectations! That’s why when I started seeing the hype around this book, I wouldn’t dare having too much expectation nor reading what’s it about. I just take where the book leads me. It worked!

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Now now you must say: THAT’S A PRETTY HIGH RATING FOR TRANGS REVIEWS (TRANG, ARE YOU OKAY♪ARE YOU OKAY TRANG♪). You should consider a few things here: my expectations lowered and my underdying love for any stories like Indiana Jones or The Mummy.  If I had not those interests in mind, I’d probably give it  a 3.5.  Continue reading

IQ by Joe Ide

1118_iq-coverTitle: IQ
Series: IQ #1
Author(s): Joe Ide
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: October 18th 2016
Pages: 352
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
ISBN13: 9780316267731


It has been such a long time since I picked up a crime novel that was this ridiculously entertaining. Nominated for best first novel for the Edgar Award, Anthony Award and Strand Critics Award, IQ is Joe Ide’s introduction to a brand new unlicensed and underground detective. And this is no protagonist that you’ll soon forget.

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The Wolves of Winter | Blog Tour

I’m super excited to share with you guys my most recent discovery 😀 Also at the end of my review, there will be a Q&A with the author and  you all know how rare those are on my blog 😉 Stay tuned because I love his answers !

Btw, it’s been 2 weeks that Montreal had -30 degrees celsius so this book was pretty much a reminder of the cold HAHA

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What a chilling novel! I’m not talking about the winter atmosphere and setting of it but the sensation if leaves me when I finish reading it. It is haunting and eerie. 

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Lynn, a 23 year old girl, living and surviving in the Yukon wild forest, is a fantastic character. She got skills, wits and she can outsmart anyone. She has one of the best  replies to be honest. Her I-don’t-give-a fck and sass attitude reminds me a lot of… me. I love it when I can relate to the main character (we also happen to live in Canada, have the same age and share the same nickname LOL my French name is Pauline and my nickname is pronounced Lynn, found that pretty funny). 

What starts as a group of people living in the wild turns out to be one of the most interesting post-apocalyptic premise. With similarities to The Girl with All The Gifts and The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s a story of loss, a pandemic and witty humour. The author’s prose was perfect for me. It is beautiful, elegant at times but it can also be raw, fun and light to read. The perfect blend! 

The pace starts out slowly but it picks up QUICKLY and even gives out a scifi vibe to the novel. I have to also warn people about the first pages, there’s a  sensitive scene, so be prepared.  Continue reading

A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

Ellis_AMapoftheDark_HCTitle: A Map of the Dark
Series: The Searchers #1
Author(s): Karen Ellis
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Format: ARC
Release Date: January 2nd 2018
Pages: 290
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
ISBN13: 9781473662773


Karen Ellis, pseudonym of author Katia Lief, releases a thriller mystery tale focused on a special agent with a disturbing past and a kidnapping of a teenager. One part police procedural and one part thriller, A Map of the Dark is a fast-paced story that delivers an emotionally-charged and highly personal hunt.

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Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist

magiciancoverTitle: Magician: Apprentice
Series: The Riftwar Saga #1
Author(s): Raymond E. Feist
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Original Release Date: October 1st 1982
Pages: 485
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780553564945


Raymond E. Feist is known for creating the Riftwar Cycle and with Magician: Apprentice, he sets the foundation to one of the most popular universes ever created in fantasy. It is hard to go around today not knowing what he has accomplished by writing up the story of a boy who became a magician. Having finally the opportunity to read this classic, I have to say: I am a fan.

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Malice by John Gwynne

malicecoverTitle: Malice
Series: The Faithful and the Fallen #1
Author(s): John Gwynne
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 3rd 2013
Pages: 656
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780316399739


This is John Gwynne’s debut novel and today is the day that I finally conquer this mountain and proclaim victory upon this massive beast. The Faithful and the Fallen series has unfortunately recently concluded with the release of Wrath in 2016, but John Gwynne will soon return to war with a brand new series set in the same world but a hundred years later called A Time of Dread. Nothing like looking forward to all the good things in life, right? With Malice now under my belt, I now have a pretty good idea what the author’s style is like and what his universe introduces to readers.

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The Hate U Give and Dear Martin : YA novels explore Racism and Police Brutality

Before starting to review anything : HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYBODY ❤ ! I’m very sorry for the long hiatus, I was supposed to post these reviews a week ago but a lot of things happened at work, then Christmas preparation came, my exhaustion reached to a point where Lashaan had to intervene and tell me TO SHUT THE FCK UP AND CLOSE THAT LAPTOP AND REST LOL I will also be back to answer some comments and visit you guys real soon ❤

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In this novel, Starr witnesses the death of her friend, who got shot by the police. The story follows her journey to be the only witness of the tragic event while the police officer is trying to win the case by justifying his actions. Angie Thomas DOES NOT GIVE AFUCK. I’m serious guys. I have never read a book this honest and raw. It’s emotional, rich character development and a stunning debut novel. This book was probably the MOST successful book of the year! After its release, it won several award and also the movie is on its way! Continue reading

The Widow by Fiona Barton

thewidowcoverTitle: The Widow
Series: No
Author(s): Fiona Barton
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: February 16th 2016
Pages: 324
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
ISBN13: 9780143197607


Author of The Child, Fiona Barton’s debut took the world by storm in an unexpected fashion. Its popularity grew exponentially, but the real question lies in its quality. Is it any good? It is a bit odd to have read her latest book before her first novel as a writer, but it doesn’t take away the fact that I was able to enjoy this one and appreciate her ability to write a fantastic suspense story.

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Star Wars : The Last Jedi – Movie Review

I’ve recently stated my love for Star Wars, so I was really excited to see The Last Jedi when it comes out ! The divided fans reaction to the movie made me speechless !

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I honestly don’t understand the hate behind this movie ?!

It’s not perfect but it was FRKN entertaining !  And even more, I was so happy to see more asian actresses being a part of this franchise. 

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I loved Rose’s character. Finally a normal asian feature that is not what unrealistic asian models would look like.  Also, her knowledge and  how it gives Finn and her a storyline to work around while Rey has her own mission and the Resistance has to stall to buy time for Finn’s mission to work. Continue reading

[ARC] Batman : Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Following DC’s tradition, after Leigh Bardugo’s delivers a strong Wonder Woman, now it’s time for Marie Lu to write her version of Batman ! If it was to fall on co-blogger’s hand, Lashaan would have probably praised this book just for the fact that it’s Batman LOL #diehardfan but unfortunately, it went through me, a personal hater of Batman from the start. So let’s see how this novel perfom !

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What I can tell you is this: Marie Lu has officially succeeded to make Batman less irritable and more bearable. 

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The backstory of the villain. Madeleine is a complex character and it is one of the focus of the novel. She’s a criminal, detained in Arkham Asylum after being seeing on a murder scene of a billionaire. However, there’s so much to her. She’s only eighteen but extremely smart too.  The prologue was so good and it starts from her perspective and if I’m being completely honest here, I wish all the book had her POV. LOL Madeleine reminds me  a younger version of Eurus from Sherlock. She can trick people even if she’s in jail.  

If the book didn’t have that much downsides, her character’s development alone could have all the stars in my rating. 

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The action-packed scenes. Marie Lu always nailed that part, whatever the story she always makes it interesting, writing it with detailed and pertinent information like a script of  a movie, you follow the action from afar while being able to see the emotions on the characters’s face. 

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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

thegoodaughtercoverTitle: The Good Daughter
Series: No
Author(s): Karin Slaughter
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: ARC
Original Release Date: August 8th 2017
Pages: 511
Genre(s): Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense
ISBN13: 9780062430243


Aficionados of thrillers have heard plenty of great things about Karin Slaughter. Author of Pretty Girls, the Grant County series and the Will Trent series, her ability to write captivating stories filled with wonderful characters and breathtaking mysteries is undisputed. The Good Daughter is her most recent novel that delivers a character-driven family drama centering around two women who have been struck by tragedy at a very young age.

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