The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”

— Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

    Hold on to your hats, my friends, The Night Circus is coming to town and it has brought its magic along with it. I started this book without the slightest clue of what I was dipping my toe into. It didn’t take me long to realize that my whole mind was submerged in a star-filled mystical world where anything is possible if you hold your arms wide open and let the enchantment embrace your mind and body. Erin Morgenstern’s novel is a visual experience that will haunt your imagination like none other books have done so yet. Its intricate attention to details stimulates your senses into believing you’re a rêveur who’s been up all night until the arrival of Le Cirque des Rêves. It holds onto your gaze like a star-filled night and bestows upon you the desire to smile, to discover, to vow your life to a circus that took form through written words. The Night Circus is the story of Celia and Marco. These two individuals who have been bound to a challenge forced upon them by their masters since a very young age, will soon go face to face as the circus serve as their venue, their battlefield. It is their ignorance of how the victor is decided that the tale shifts from a competition to a collaboration, one that will lead them into an unexpected love story set in a magical ambience.
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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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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

MY RATING : 

“If you strip away all the trappings of personality and lifestyle, what are the core components that make me me?”
Blake Crouch, Dark Matter

img_1756Alright folks, brace yourselves for Trang is about to geek out about this book. Jason Denssen, a professor of astrophysics living a comfortable life with his wife and his kid until one day… he’s abducted, drugged and woke up in the same city but nothing is the same. He doesn’t have a wife, nor a kid, but is a renowned researcher who just accomplished the most amazing breakthrough of the year:  he had succeeded in creating quantum superposition of an object that was visible to the human eye.

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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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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.

untitled-1Ouhh a dragon who kidnaps the girls in the village! :O BUT NO. WAIT. A dragon? No no. It’s not even a frkn dragon, it’s a guy and apparently he takes a girl in the village every now and then (but no one knows why.AND OF COURSEEE as expected,  the girls don’t get tortured or whatever. They leave peacefully and has everything they want WHILE being taught magic. Dramatic. 

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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

Napoleon’s Last Island | Book Review

MY RATING: ★★

From the author who gave you Schindler’s List, Thomas Keneally has invented a tale of romance with a touch of the past. This is the story of Napoleon’s exile in St Helena Island.

I’d like to begin by saying that I’ve always enjoyed historical fiction because I can learn more about history while enjoying a good story and that is always appreciated.

However, this one was not impressive.

It was dragging and building up too slowly for my taste. Maybe if you are like me,  someone who has zero patience,  you will have a lot of difficult times to finish it. Continue reading

The Black Jewel by Cassie Clarke

MY RATING: ★★★

“A city in ruin.
A forest filled with secrets.
One girl with the power to change it all.

Trapped in a mundane existence in the heart of a deadly forest, Ela often imagined what life must be like away from the trees. A world without rules and restrictions, with the freedom to do anything. She’d be safe from the ever-lurking threat of the Bowen Elders, the men who seemed so determined to hurt her best friend, Caden.”

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Here With Me Now by Rebecca Markus

MY RATING: ★★★

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This debut novel tells the  story of Mallory, a young teenager who’s going through the difficult adolescent-age problems : high school, bullies, gossips and dramas.  Her life will take an even more complicated turn when a new 26 years old neighbor moves in : Kain. Their lives will be intertwined in a passionate and prohibited relationship.

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Mallory is still in the middle of her teenage years (13 years old) and I guess that’s why her personality is immature and annoying. I tried to sympathize but these characters’s behaviours are not to my liking. The book may be more appropriate to a younger audience. Once I don’t click with the main character, it’s hard for me to really get into the book. But Rebecca’s writing makes it easy to follow the plot and enjoy it till the very end. Continue reading

Girls In The Garden by Lisa Jewell

MY RATING: ★★★★

   The book is about this little neighborhood who has developed a special community sense until a new family came and changed everything. Clare, a single mother with two girls, Pip and Grace, are obliged to adapt to this new environment after their father had a schizophrenia period attack. Grace, the older sister, still remembers everything but Pip seems to miss her dad more than ever and writes to him everyday.

    Clare’s family will meet Adele’s family, a mother of 3 girls with a, maybe too handsome, husband, Leo. And each family has their own dark secrets. The story blends suspense, thriller and drama perfectly. Continue reading

A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J.Mass

 

My Rating: ★

Goodreads: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

I had such high expectations for this novel ! I think I’m going to just stop having them when reading a Sarah J,Mass novel hahah the same thing happened when I was reading Throne Of Glass.  As you can see, I gave it two stars and here’s why..2016-06-06 01.41.34 1.jpg

1.The main Character : Feyre

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Relativity by Antonia Hayes- Summer Fiction Blog Tour

MY RATING : ★★★★

“Panic exists on a frequency entirely of its own.
Air into air, particle by particle, panic vibrates through the elastic atmosphere faster than the speed of sound.”

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Etumblr_lxjx79u8if1qfa0f0o1_500than, a twelve year old boy who is fascinated by physics and all sort of science in general. He has an amazing memory, learns fast and efficiently. Raised by a single mother, Ethan will have to adapt to his new lifestyle struggling with his abilities and his lack of social skills. THAT’S IT. You don’t need to know more about the story.

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Sex Criminals Vol.1

MY RATING : ★★

Suzie, in the need of satisfying her sexual desires, starts to touch herself.. and suddenly time freezes. Not metaphorically speaking. LITERALLY. TIME STOPS.  That’s Suzie’s super power, people! You know what? It doesn’t stop there, she meets Jon and he possesses the same ability as her. Every time they have sex, they can stop time and do whatever they want. That’s when they decide to rob a bank.

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The premise sounded good and I read so many good reviews about this new series. They also cover a theme that I am highly interested in. Sex. I had a lot of expectations. But after reading this volume, I lost faith in the series. Continue reading

Thoughts while reading Me Before You

MY RATING : ★★★★

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

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After reading the blurb, people usually think that this book is a typical teen novel romance cliché blabla.giphy

Let me stop you right here. It is not typical, the romance doesn’t start with love at first sight. It starts with two people who have completely two different lifestyle, who in fact, hate each other but one sees life in all his glory while the other, he may have everything he wanted, is paralyzed and sees life as the darkest corner. And it certainly not ”teen”. Lou and Will are two adults in their 30’s who experience some real issues from a perspective of modern adults in our society. The romance in this book is deep and complex.  Continue reading

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

MY RATING:  ★★

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

I love this book with all my heart. When I was reading it, I felt myself submerged in the circus as if I was seeing the circus as a spectator and I kept finding new tents to go in.

I would like to invite all you bloggers to hop on this adventure with me now! 😀
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How Illuminae became my favourite book

MY RATING: ★★★..

IS IT LEGAL TO GIVE A BOOK MORE THAN 5 STARS? BECAUSE THIS BOOK

Deserves every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair. You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back.” 

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Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

MY RATING: ★★

The blurb from Goodreads: As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts… 

GUYS, THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING ! I’ve had so much fun while reading this. Dinah is not your typical heroin. There’s some darkness in her blood because she was raised by a fearful and dominant father. So difficult that he has no shame in completely ignoring and threatening her. Dinah is such a complex character, having at her side a not decent father-daughter relationship and her little brother, who becomes mad after their mother’s death. She has no one to turn to except her childhood best friend, Wardley. She discovers there are tenebrous secrets (IT IS REAL DARK MY FRIENDS, ALRIGHT) behind this castle’s walls and as the future Queen of Wonderland, she will do anything to find all the dirts that are infecting her kingdom. Continue reading

Why I didn’t like The Wrath and The Dawn

MY RATING: ★★☆ 

(Goodreads average: 4,24)

Okay first, do not attack me LOL I know this book is loved among the readers. If you are a hardcore fan and can’t stand people not liking this book you can walk away haha. But if you want to know why, then I invite you to stay and read my thoughts 🙂

THE ORIGINAL TALE 

I am a big fan of the original 1001 Nights, I have read it when I was 16 years old and I absolutely loved it with all my hearts. I thought it carried great lessons and messages, with the right amount of fun and good quality for literature (I’ve read it in French). 1001 Nights is about a girl who wants the king to stop murdering women every night, so she infiltrates the palace and volunteers to be his wife. She decides to tell one story every night so the king keeps her alive.

With that said, The Wrath and The Dawn has the exact same premise, storyline and while I like my retellings to be original and authentic, this one didn’t make it on the list. Continue reading