Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

MY RATING: ★/ 5 

“It’s easy to lose yourself in the idea of a person and be blinded to their reality.”
Jay Kristoff, Stormdancer

I was very excited to read this novel giving the fact that I’ve loved AIDAN in The Illuminae Files and I knew that Jay Kristoff was the one behind it. Unfortunately, this wasn’t for me.

At first, I found it weird  that I couldn’t like it because the concept and ideas are VERY GOOD. We have a bad-ass heroin set in Japan, telepathic samurai, a search for a griffin, super skills in martial arts, may mystical creatures and a worldbuilding out of this world.  Continue reading

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

MY RATING: ★  

“Because,” said Thor, “when something goes wrong, the first thing I always think is, it is Loki’s fault. It saves a lot of time.”

This novel was very hard for me to rate because I’ve never rated a mythology translation/retelling before. Therefore, you can’t really rate a book based on the plot or the story since the author didn’t decide it by himself. It was a tradition passed on from oral stories to poems. Then I tell myself, how would rate or review a book like Norse Mythology?

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CARAVAL // SPECIAL GIVEAWAY

Hello everyone ! 😀

I know all about the buzz surrounding Caraval and I partnered up with Flatiron Books to giveaway not 1 but 6 sets of Caraval goodies- 3 winners with 2 sets each ! I’ll be putting my review up soon enough (also read-along with OrangUtanLibrarian and believe me you’ll want to see this LOL)   but here are my  other fellow bloggers reviews 😉 If you reviewed Caraval too, do not hesitate to link yours so others can read it 😀

Well, where to begin? Caraval is on many, and I mean many, people’s most anticipated lists for 2017, and it was… well, it was good (in fact pretty damn great at some parts) but it was not as good as I wanted, and those two are very, very different things […]

As as setting, Caraval was simply whimsical. Nothing is quite as it seems in this world, and since the magic has no real rules, anything and everything can happen. Garber’s writing was immersive, vivid and lush with details, a delight to all senses. It wasn’t quite ‘un-put-down-able’, but it was compelling enough for me to want to read on, and I really enjoyed visiting this world of hers. – Reg @ She Latitude

Honestly, I could go on and on about how amazing the plot was and how completely engrossed I was by this novel. I mean, I did read it in 24 hours. But all I’m going to say is that this book completely pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until the very last page. The hype is real, y’all. However, I did have a few issues with this book even though I enjoyed it so much that they did not affect my overall rating of it. – WonderfilleReads

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Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

“And that’s how you go on. You lay laughter over the dark parts. The more dark parts, the more you have to laugh. With defiance, with abandon, with hysteria, any way you can.” 

Lazlo Strange is an orphan who got the most beautiful and interesting mind, he was attracted to stories, fairytales, the books were telling him all their secrets and he just kept coming back. Everybody was calling him Strange The Dreamer because his head was always in the clouds, in the books about a city that no one was interested : The Weep City.

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I fell in love with this book in the first pages, Laini Taylor’s writing was on point. She wanted tell us the story with a fairytale point of view, from a far away observation. She crafts a strong beginning like most tales start with Once Upon A Time, Laini Taylor made sure that her novel started with a bang. A strong beginning also includes an amazing intense atmosphere, where the reader can imagine himself being in the story, observing it like  watching a movie in his head. The details of her world-building and the character’s introduction are her strongest points. It’s an experience I’d invite anyone to witness. Lazlo Strange is a character you want to to get attached to, because he has such an unique perspective of his life, of his place in the city. We have enough information on his childhood, when he grew up, the pace was believable and not weird transactions like some YA novels. As a reader, I’m very satisfied with all the the beginnings and half of the book, which is the introduction to this new world. IMG_6054 Continue reading

Unpopular Book Opinions – WTF Was That

I’ve seen a tag going on about this topic recently, so I was thinking about talking about the books that I found not so my liking as opposite to all the hypes. I’m usually what you call a nice reviewer, the books I read always end up having 4-5 stars. But not today. Maybe some of you will be like, oh my god I’m not the only one!? Or this might shock you or enrage you but my opinions are very subjective so are yours 😉 Let’s keep it that way!

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THE WRATH AND THE DAWN BY RENEE AHDIEH 

I even titled my review as Why I didn’t like it  LOL

I think it was a joke to the original story, from the characters to the plot , nothing was to my liking.

An excerpt of my review: The way she tells the stories at night is supposed to be mesmerizing and enchanting. But I didn’t feel any connection. In fact, it was so dry and fast, I was surprised that  kind of story would keep a prince awake until dawn. Like I’ve read it in 10 mins.. I’m pretty sure she can do better than that. AND THOSE CLIFFHANGERS SHE LEAVES AT THE END ?? If I were the prince I would be like Avada Kedavra!! Continue reading

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer (ARC)

MY RATING: ★ /5

Blurb from Goodreads: Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.
And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood–and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.
As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

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Fairytale retellings are one of my favourite genre these past years and the concept of the book is original and authentic. It’s built on two sisters, each of them is struggling with a lack of sensory feelings. Aurora can’t feel anything she touches nor can she speak and  her sister, Isbe, is blind.

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

MY RATING : ★★ (4/5)

“Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”
― Amy Engel, The Roanoke Girls

After reading this book, Roanoke will be a name you won’t be able to forget. For me it’s Flowers in the Attic meet Riverdale (the TV SHOW). Suspense, thriller and devious scheming is what you’ll find in this book.The book introduced us to Lane, whose mother just committed a suicide leaving her orphan in New York City. Until one day, a social worker informed her that her two only relatives from Kansas wants to take her in. There,  begins the journey of Laney-girl into the house of dark secrets and the most twisted relationships.

Amy Engel’s prose is as enchanting as her characters. The peculiar thing about this book is when you tell the story out loud to a friend, or reflect on it, it doesn’t have any extraordinary aspects but somehow she managed to get me hooked through every page. The writing is simple yet delicate. You can feel the charisma from the characters through the descriptions and their behaviours. You become attracted yourself to the characters without knowing why.
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How To Be A Bawse by Lilly Singh (ARC)

MY RATING : ★★/5

Lily Singh a.k.a Superwoman a.k.a. The Bad-Ass Female on Earth a.k.a. Our Canadian Proud a.k.a… Okay I should stop. But I’ve loved Lilly’s comedy videos since the beginning and when I learned she was releasing a book…

After this little fangirling moment, you will probably wonder: “GOD THIS REVIEW IS BIASED BY HER ADORATION FOR LIlLY”. Alright. Don’t get me wrong but even if it’s my favourite celebrity on Earth, I wouldn’t be dishonest and lie about a book if it’s mediocre (#bookidote oath).

BUT THIS BOOK IS GOLD. Just when I needed it the most, reading this book is like having Lilly near you as a friend and a supporter to reassure you and guide you through your life. I believe we all learn best from our own experience and this memoir a personal coach speaking from her own experience and the result is amazing.

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The Midnight Star ( The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu

MY RATING: ★

“There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.”

– Marie Lu

capture-decran-2017-02-26-a-14-32-12With the last book of the trilogy read, I can confirm that this one is my favourite trilogies ever. It beats out Divergent and Hunger Games easily. Maybe because I always loved Fantasy more than Dystopian trilogies. The Grisha Trilogy was amazing but I found flaws in the 1st book. The Young Elites hasn’t. 

If you haven’t read my reviews for the other two books of this trilogy you can find them here : The Young Elites (#1) / The Rose Society (#2) 

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The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen (Vol.1)

MY RATING: ★

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‘ I don’t understand a word she’s saying. Nobody does. All we know is that it means everything. She’s been doing this for an hour, and it’s been all climax. Every second is the best of my life so far. ”

The artwork alone can steal all the stars from my rating. But not only  the drawings are great, the storyline is astonishing.

Imagine a world where your idols are Gods. Littereally Gods. They are selected in a particular way and they have 2 years of stardom, after that they have to die. The first volume introduces us to a young fan who got caught up with one of the wildest God of the gang : Luci… Lucifer 😉  Continue reading

5 Books about Mental Illness

Today, is the Bell Let’s Talk Campaign ! For every post on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #bellletstalk they will donate 5cents to mental health initatives. For this purpose, I find it pertinent to list my favourite books having mental health issues and themes (they all have a rating of 4+ on Goodreads) 🙂

1.Norvegian Wood by Haruki Murakami 

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Probably one of the Murakami’s best work. Using his deeply visual prose, the author succeeded in bringing a character struggling with mental illness during one of Japan’s toughest times. The layers and the depth of the character are worth the shot. Murakami will offer you the most amazing reading experience ever.

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Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

MY RATING: ★★☆ (3.8)

Have you ever got the feeling where you’ve been hungry for a few hours but you wait to come home to get that meal. THAT ONE MEAL you were soooo looking forward to eat. Then, you go home and it’s not there anymore? HOW FRUSTRATING IS THAT. It’s my exact same feelings about this book. Six of Crows were in my top books of 2016 and I expected a lot  from this sequel. The reviews came out in Fall and most of the people love it, so my expectations were even higher.

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Book Review: GEMINA (Illuminae #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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For those of you who know me or read my posts often, you know how I ABSOLUTELY ADOREE ILLUMINAE SO MUCH IT BECAME MY FAVOURITE BOOK ( Top Young Adult Books and Illuminae Review). Of course, picking up this book I had very high expectations, and oh boy, it didn’t disappoint.
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Following Illuminae, we are now on the Heimdall Station, where Kady’s Dad is in command. We follow the team of Heimdall on this new journey with ship invasion, weird parasites alien predators who came from cows (don’t ask just read it), and the amazing NARRATIVE OF ONE AND ONLY .. AIDAN <3. 

Honestly, I’m not so much impressed with the first half of the book but then THE SECOND HALF OF THE BOOK WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. I could understand they had to go through all that plot introduction to come to the second part. HOLY SHIT THAT WAS SOO WORTH IT GUYS. I’m very excited for the third book now ! Continue reading

Christmas Gift Ideas : Books

THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING SOON! Who says holidays says…

HARRY POTTER MARATHON ❤

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And GIFTS. OF COURSE.

Here are all the books I’ll be giving out to my friends and family this christmas 😀 I think they make a perfect go-to book for anybody, from that non-bookworm friend of yours to the one who spent 24 hours at the gym. If you have a bookworm friend, PLEASE just ask them what books they want  BWAHA the chance is they already have all these books and more 😉 Continue reading

Uprooted by Naomi Navik

MY RATING : ★✩✩✩✩

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through.

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Books Review: Milk and Honey // Dirty Pretty Things

Trang is back with another review ! From a new genre of books I’ve been LOVING lately : MODERN POETRY BOOK! These two books were very popular and were circulating on m Tumblr feed for a while.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: ★★★★★sfdsf

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Rupi Kaur is such a great author.

I don’t even know where to begin.

Her words are beyond perfection.

 I have always loved the power of words. And these 204 pages were a complete work of art. Poetry in his simple form. No complicated syntax nor vocabularies. Simply a girl, a victim, a woman who’s been through rape, heartbreaks and love. She uses the simplest words, so simple yet so efficient it hurts. There’s something about her poems that speaks to your inner woman soul, how society perceives you and how it can affect you. She stands strong against the stereotypes and encourages the empowerment of one woman to another. #GIRL LOVE  #yes to diversity  Continue reading

Cinedote Review – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Spoiler-free)

MY RATING: ★★★★★

THIS MOVIE WAS A-MAAA-ZINGG. Okay, maybe that was the Pottterhead in me who is biased BUT. BUT. I’m telling you, it’s worth it. All the critics had made it clear how Fantastic Beasts is .. BEEAAST ❤

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The movie wins for sure, it’s such a great medium to introduce the beasts although the book is more like an Encyclopedia of Beasts ahah. I did a review of the book as my first post of the blog here. They just released the Screen Play version of the movie as a book too so  you can purchase the pwetty version here.

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Book Review: Vicious by V. E. Schwab

MY RATING: ★★★★★

“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”
― Victoria Schwab, Vicious

I’M BACK Y’ALL AHHA It’s been a month since my last review ..ouff ! I was quite busy sorry 🙂 But I’ve read this book a few months ago and I. FELL.IN.LOVE.

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Imagine you’re in university and you have to chose a topic for your thesis and you can choose anything. ANYTHING.

Victor and Eli are two longstanding friends, college roomates and best friends who are passionate about science and especially in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and eventually linking them to supernatural events. Eli thinks that under the right conditions, a human can develop extraordinary abilities. It started as a friendly interest into a deadly competition.  Continue reading

Top Young Adult Books to read in your 20s

This post was inspired by my last post about the struggles of being a bookworm, and one the struggles was to explain to other people how YA books can be very good books even for a mature and older audience. 

Here are my favourites so far (let’s be fair and not include the Harry Potter series LOL).

1.ILLUMINAE by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

I don’t think I would ever shut up about this book. All of my friends know how much a die-hard fan I am. You have a bad-ass female character who can code and program like a pro, a hopeless romantic boy who can fight like a champion and still has a witty humour, and on top of that, a psychopath artificial intelligence spaceship monitoring machine who employs sarcasm better than any human. THE GRAPHICS of this book are to diiie for. I mean it’s ART all over the book.

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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

MY RATING: ★★★★

“Tell Albus-Albus Severus- I’m proud he carries my name.”- Severus Snape 

THIS LINE GOT ME LIKE

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I don’t even know how to start this review. I’m way too excited and emotionnally disturbed by this book LOL.

If I’m being completely honest and see this book on  a pure rational side, from a perspective of  a 22 years old woman, this book is childish and there’s no really depth into it.

BUT. This is Harry Potter. This world was my childhood and will always be the love of my life. This is where I fell in love with reading and litterature. Therefore, a lot of my attachment and emotions were biased in my opinion of this book. Afterall, it is my review and reviews are always subjective, right 😉  Continue reading