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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I can’t start talking about the other aspects of this book if I don’t mention the characters. They are the keys to this story. We follow different women’s journeys, from sex-trafficking to a British gang’s hangout to a young Nigerian who will fight for gender revolution. They will each made a huge impact on the narratives and lead us to powerful events. Continue reading

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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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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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

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

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

[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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Cruel Prince by Holly Black : Seductively Wicked

HI GUYS!! Sorry for a big hiatus, had the busiest days of my life </3 and the most exhausting ones too, but I’m ready to be back with a new book review that I recently finished. I’ll go on some blog hopping these next few days 😀

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Cruel Prince is Holly Black’s new book and it was amazing ! The only problem I have with this book is the pace. It started very slowly but it was necessary to build up the world of Faerie and the characters introduction so I can understand.  My reaction changes dramatically depending on different parts of the books.

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The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid : Cinder meets Blade Runner

 I don’t even know how to start this review oh my god. All I’m going to say is The Diabolic just gave me hope for Young Adults novel. While reading this novel, it didn’t feel like childish to me.

It could be marketing as Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy and I would believe it. 

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The novel starts out with the scene where a Diabolic, named Nemesis, wakes up from its sleep and we get introduced on what they are. Diabolics are what I called bodyguards for rich people. Their purpose in life is to protect the child they’ve been assigned to. They are also as young as the child. So when the two of them grow up, they mostly become best friends. But with one condition: The Diabolic is deadly AS F**CK.  They only swear to protect one person, so if anyone around them seem like a threat they won’t hesitate to go into KILL MODE.  Including their own family, or friends.  Continue reading

Star Wars : PHASMA // From a Certain Point Of View

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I’m coming back not with one but 2 reviews today for 2 STAR WARS BOOKS 😀 I’ve only recently jumped into the Star Wars fan wagon after rewatching all the movies (not that I’m impressed with the graphics it was rather funny LOL) but I think the comics sparkled the fascination in me for this world. That’s why I was pretty excited when Penguin Random House sent me these two books for review (big thank you to them!)

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I WAS SO EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK! Because Captain Phasma just looks like a frkn badass one and I was so disappointed when she just spoke like 2 lines in Rogue one -__-

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  •  A full action-packed book. It was so much fun to read!! I feel like living in the movie and you get to PEW PEW AND SHOOT EVERYONE (Warning: I’m not doing the book any justice it’s only my excitement and enthusiasm speaking here). No but for real, the suspense combined with humour and fast paced is always a win for me.
  • We get to see a lot more of Phasma’s personality. This just confirms how ruthless, violent and driven she is and can be SUCH A MANIPULATIVE SMART-ASS when she needs to. Exactly what I need in my villains.
  • The story is not told by Phasma. But by Vi, a former spy. This is the main reason why it did wonderfully for me. The story it is told like A LEGEND. I have the vibe of The Arabian Nights tone in here and THAT MY FRIEND, IS EVERYTHING I EVER LOVED. I seem to always be impressed when authors decide to write novels in this style ( like Strange The Dreamer).

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All The Crooked Saints : Performing Miracles

“Do you have darkness inside you?” 

I believe I was struck by a YA darkness these past few days.  I just can’t seem to enjoy them somehow. I need some light here. Please show me the way.

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This book has a great concept, it has SO MUCH POTENTIAL. It’s about the Soria family who have the capacities to perform miracles. What that means you asking? It’s mostly helping the pilgrims to accept their darkness. There’s one Saint who performs the miracle by revealing the darkness upon the pilgrim. It can take a particular form depending on the person. You can have a girl with a never-ending cloud raining upon her and can’t stop crying, a man turned to giant, a pair of twins stuck with serpents coiling around them, a man growing moss on his body.

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 The trick is, the Soria family member CAN’T help the pilgrims in any single way. That means they can’t talk to them but only pass by and it’s the role of the pilgrim to find a way to heal themselves. Why? Because by helping them, it will trigger a Soria darkness. Continue reading

Turtles All The Way Down to a Boring Plot

Another John Green novel and another disappointment for me.

I know this book is very popular in my blogosphere and a lot of readers recommended this book. With all the HYPE surrounding it, I was very excited. Maybe, too excited. It’s no one’s fault ( I love y’all recommendations) , this is purely my VERY personal opinion.

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I’m going to jump right in and tell you what worked and what didn’t work for me. I like to start with the bad things first, so what didn’t work : THE  WHOLE PLOT. Continue reading

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter : Yes, Jessica Jones wrote a novel

YES PEOPLE !! JESSICA JONE’S ACTRESS WROTE A BOOK 😀 ! 

Let’s be honest, with all the celebrities wanting to write books (and Youtubers…), I was skeptical whether this was going to be good or not. So, how did Krysten Ritter deliver?

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I always have a hard time appreciating contemporary thrillers (as you can see in my previous reviews for A Stranger In The House or The Girl On The Train), but this one did its job.

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It’s a fast-paced gripping thriller with an incredible story background and depth.  

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How Nyxia Made Me Cry

MY RATING : ★★/5 

Recommend for fans of : Illuminae and Ready Player One 

I think the title is self-explanatory, plus, I just finished this book. I have so many things to say about it that’s why I decided to write my review RIGHT AWAY with fresh emotions you know. I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews for this book and I’m going to say this : you either find it MEH or Love it. I’m fortunate enough to find myself TO ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK.

Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

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We follow around a team of young people recruited by Babel Communications who would do anything for money even compete against each other in order to be prepared to live on another planet. While I always hate the setting of having teenagers settling on another planet like The 100 Tv Show, this book turns it around and succeeded to completely suck me in the story. Because this WHOLE NOVEL is not about living on Eden, it’s about the journey to Eden. It’s a journey of competition, friendship forming, enemies and what are you willing to do to achieve what you want the most. Then.. there’s a twist near the end that I love making the competition even harder. A twist like in Gemina and Illuminae.. 

THERE GUYS. That’s what interesting. Scott Reintgen created a Ready Player One competition on board of Space Ship. GENIUS.

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Oh hell yes. There are a lot of actions. Every now and then we get to learn a little bit about Eden and Babel Communications while the contestants have to duel each other. The Nyxia element contributed greatly to the story, it’s a dark substance that you can manipulate  and it will transform into whatever you want it to be, except into nutriments. That’s the only “mystical” element in the story and I thought it was great! Very well described and we get to see the extensions and limitations of its powers.

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The Age of Instagram Poems // the sun and her flowers, Love Her Wild, The Universe of Us review

If you’ve been on Tumblr or Instagram lately, you will notice the rise of a new art: the short and sweet poems. This is a reborn for poems, because once they were linked to complex words and over-exaggeration and now, well, they are simple, sweet, short and efficient.  Some understand the power of words and master it beautifully.

So, I’m here to share with you my top favourite poetry collections this Fall ! ❤ 

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 The Universe of Us by Lang Leav. I loved her Love and Misadventures and I feel like with this one, she was more connected to her storytelling roots. The poems are longer, there are more stories and I love how honest she is. She knows that after several books, it :universeofusodetowriters Continue reading

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough // Brilliant Constructed Crime YA

MY RATING : ★★/5 

I don’t always appreciate thrillers nowadays BUT this one is one hell of exception.  

The overall plot is around Natasha who was dead for 13 minutes in a freezing river, she woke up from a coma and can’t recall what happened or how she ended up dead. Okay, past me was like : REALLLY? Another AMNESIA-JUSTIFYING-CRIME-THRILLER? I started reading and you know what? It was pretty good!The fun thing is, this girl SURVIVED she wasn’t some other protagonist who has amnesia and forget what she saw that night and has to force herself to remember to help the police with another murder (cough cough The Girl on The Train vibe). This story is about the girl. She’s the victim, she was the one who was dead and she was the one who had amnesia.

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Best Snow White Retelling So Far // Girls Made Of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

MY RATING : ★★/5 

When I started reading this book, I expected a very average teenage fantasy story because I’ve been disappointed in so many YA books lately. Surprisingly, as soon as I think that I find myself diving in the book and never let it go for the next 3 hours and read it one shot. YES, that’s how good it was!

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I would love to say that it’s the usual plot but nope this one is actually unexpected. Without spoiling anything, you have Mina, the step-mother, a beautiful woman with an exquisite charm and Lynet, the princess who become quite fond of her stepmother. Since she was a little girl, Lynet wanted to be like Mina, a beauty and those fierce traits that she always looked up to. Unfortunately, as the story unfolds their relations would turn into anger and a battle of powers take place. Don’t read the official blurb, it gives away too much of the story.  Continue reading

Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach

MY RATING : ★★/5 

Wow quel plaisir ! That’s what I screamed to myself on my couch when I finish this book. It’s probably one of my favourite dystopian novel of the year.

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The overall plot of the book is between two brothers Clive and Clover. One is eighteen, has to be an adult and bears new responsibilities as a man and the other is one of the smartest in the family, recruited by The Library as a young age and has a big interest in knowledge. But knowledge and science are not welcomed in this society. Their family have been on the road to spread the message of The Daughter, worshipping a religion who forbids the thirst for knowledge. But as they travel together, both brothers discover a few things that don’t make sense, series of events that may reveal to them as the dark truth behind their father’s doctrine. Continue reading

Frostblood by Elly Blake

MY RATING : ★★/5

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

I enjoyed this story so much! I saw a lot of negative reviews on Goodreads and a lot of them were complaining about how the plot and story is a stereotypical YA Fantasy.

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I mean, aren’t they all…?! They say that the plot is very similar to Red Queen but then again, Red Queen was very similar to other books as well but we don’t mention that huh ;P At least here we don’t find some Fifty Shades of Grey vibe where the main character falls for some jerk who likes to torture her…

Anyways,  I guess this is one of the times I have to disagree with the overall opinion and give this book a good rating 😉  I actually like Ruby for who she is: smart, rebel and likes to question everything.  Yes there is some insta-romance but her relation with Arkus is pretty enjoyable to watch. Since the day he starts to train her, they actually have to struggle and deal with their differences. Doubts, trust issues that are realistic.   Continue reading