The Secret Life of a Blogger

TRANG’S BACCK 😀

Warning : this is going to be a veryy long and personal post so if you’re like oh noo  there’s a little section called : If You’re Lazy, read this at the end of the post for you LOL

December, December! It’s the time of the year where I think about all of my projects I’ve done and I can never be grateful enough of my blogging life so far. I have tried and experimented with a lot of platforms for blogging and I come to realize, blogging is my favourite past-time in the whole world. Okay right after eating and reading.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN….

I started as a fashion social influencer on Instagram, where I posted my daily outfits, people get inspirations from and brands starting to sponsor me. Clothes, beauty products, etc.

Today was hot as hell with 23 degrees celsius ! Oh Montreal.. you will always be bipolar -.-

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Since then I realized, I can do so much more than fashion. I can connect with people via BOOKS!! AND that’s how Bookidote started with Lashaan in 2015. The book blogging community has welcomed us and we formed a family bond that I never felt before.

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer

First of all, very sorry for being absent these past 3 days ! I came back to WordPress and so many things happened, that in only 3 days I’ve missed so many posts of you guys  T_T I usually have time to write my post but this week has been so hectic, I come back at home at 9pm and just crush in my bed. Woke up at 6am and here it goes again. Go to work, studying for finals, writing assignments and be exhausted. That’s what you gotta do to keep that money in to pay for your next semester while being in University 😂 Okay enough of me rambling.

 Let’s dive into this long awaited YA novel by Marissa Meyer! 

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What The Hell Did I Just Read and Stephen King’s IT

The title of the post is also the title of the book by David Wong, the 3rd installment in John Dies At The end series. Honestly, he couldn’t pick a more fitting title.

Talking about wtf, I thought it would be also very appropriate to include my review for Stephen King’s IT in here as well.

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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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Villains: Why I Love Them

I just noticed the other day how I always talk about the villains in a very exciting way in my reviews. That makes wonder, why do I love villains?! Why do WE love villains? Because admit it, they’re the the best of the worst.

  1. They Satisfy My Darkest Needs 

Okay hold on here. This sounds dirty but let me explain. The needs I’m talking about here is : power and control. The simple pleasure principle: to have what I want when I want it.  It’s what I called my most selfish desires . It’s pretty straightforward isn’t it? LOL But  I believe that’s in all our darkest compartment. Of course, we don’t act like that. We also have empathy and care for others.

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  2.  The Moral Ambiguity 

This reason right here is where I decide whether a villain is well made or just not worth my time. The more moral ambiguity the villain has to face, the more I am attached to him/her. It shows us human behaviours are more complex than it seemed. That’s why I always love a good backstory of the villain! We can see how they end up this way and why they react like that in certain situations. In the end, to be honest every time I read about their backstory, I would probably behave like that too.

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Graphic Novels – Fall Edition : Wonder Woman, World of Warcraft and… Korra!

Hi guys!! 😀 Thank you for your kind words in my last post, I feel much better now 🙂 But still keeping myself distant from books T_T So I enjoyed myself with some light-hearted graphic novels!! It’s actually the best thing for migraines hahah because my eyes don’t have to focus too much on the words and the pictures give me what I need. wow

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First, I don’t play video games. Like AT ALL. It’s just one of those things that seem to never interest me. But what I do love is a great story. And for that, I love the stories behind the video games LOL weird huh? I can’t play for shit alright. But I can spend hours and hours watching all the Blizzard Cinematic, watching the storyline unfolds and find out what’s next. Let’s be honest, video games storyline are aamazing!!

It’s no surprise that I absolutely LOVE this Chronicle ! I don’t think people would put this under graphic novel. But it’s a chronological  collection of facts and stories from the universe with amazing art along the pages. Some graphic arts. With Stories. Graphic Novel. Simple.  Continue reading

Bookmail Appreciation : ARCs and goodies

Hi everybodyy!! 😀

As I mentioned in my last post I had some big migraines these past few days (it sucks because I have headaches with aura and I can’t do anything. Simply lock myself in the dark). It’s mostly caused by stress…maybe it’s all the university projects and the fact that I have to work at the same time T_T

So I thought I might just do a quick post of Bookmail, and what I got from publishers these last few months.  It will also give you a heads up of my upcoming reviews! 

This is the post where I take a little time to show how grateful I am to be able to receive these books and I find it very impressive how they keep sending me books (despite my honest 2 starred reviews you know).

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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

Justice League Movie Review: Enjoyable But Messy

HI there! 😀 Trang’s back from her mini hiatus as announced in the end of my last post (Kind of back I’m out of town for the day, this is a scheduled post that I wanted to share with you guys a long time ago LOL just waiting for the right time to drop it. Also, I’m going to be blog hopping real soon, answering comments, send some love and spamming y’all blogs! )

Back to the subject : I’m not going to lie, when I first step out of the theatre room I was IN ECSTASY. WOOW ! I think I got so excited because all of the superheroes were reunited on screen.

DID YOU KNOW THEY FEATURED K-POP IN THIS MOVIE? FROM MY FAVOURITE GIRL BAND BLACKPINK?

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 I’m going to tell you all my little secret, my favourite DC superhero of all time is FLASH! So can you imagine my level of excitement when I can finally see him on the big screen and played by Ezra Miller (who’s one of my fave actor since We Need To Talk about Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower)?! I. WAS. IN. HEAVEN. He was perfect. The Flash in the comics always bringing the humour and that awkward nerdy vibe and tha’ts what he delivers. Continue reading

Artemis by Andy Weir : Lunar Civilization and YA Approach

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When they announce that Andy Weir would release a new book this year, I HAD TO REQUEST A COPY FROM MY PUBLISHER ❤ I greatly enjoyed The Martian, as you can see in this review, so I was looking forward to this book.

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Jazz Bashara, is a “porter”, another word for a criminal who smuggles contrabands in town. When one of her employers offers her the ultimate job with a millions on the line, she couldn’t refuse. Even if she has to do the impossible and probably tackles one of the biggest cartel and criminal organization coming from Earth . Sounds cool? Yeah, did I mention that this all happen ON THE MOON?

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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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Origin by Dan Brown : Artificial Intelligence vs Gods

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Alright y’all, Dan Brown is back! WOO but as the fifth instalment… it’s quite well… predictable.

The title is self-explanatory – it’s about the ORIGIN OF THE WORLD. If you’ve read his other sequels you will PROBABLY see the pattern in all his stories. Im not going to spoil the exact pattern here for those who haven’t read any of Dan Browns yet 😉 In general, Dan Brown has this ability to throw us a bunch of facts, create a story around it and pick THAT ONE TRENDY MYSTERIOUS QUESTION and put a murder on it.

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The story of Origin unfolds this way:

  • Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire computer genie was on the verge  of revealing to entire world what is the origin of the world when he was shot to death.
  • Robert Landon has to find out who killed Edmond (who is also his former student)
  • We learn that Edmond’s discovery will shock the world, especially putting religions to shame.. but WHAT IS IT? TUN TUN TUN.
  • This is where Dan Brown settle for his theme : Religion vs Science and the rise of computational theories

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Why Thor : Ragnarok is the best Thor movie yet

HI GUYS!! Trang’s back 😀 I guess it will be a very comic focused post since yesterday is .. The 5th of November!! Hola to V for Vendetta reference 😉 It would be a shame to not mention this super graphic novel.

Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.

Alright now back to Thor: Ragnarok movie and my verdict is …

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This movie was amazing and HILARIOUS. I loved Marvel movies and I was very picky with Guardians of The Galaxy, but here the humour was just perfect. This movie is the perfect example of super heroes and comedy. It doesn’t feel forced, doesn’t feel like they’re trying hard. It is simply naturally funny. One character in particular that I absolutely loved is Korg (he’s the big blug guy made of rocks in this trailer) . I laughed EVERYTIME he was on screen.I just learned that he was played by the director Taika Waititi and all his lines WERE IMPROVISED OMG ❤  Continue reading

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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Books for Stranger Things fans

If you are a hardcore fan of Stranger Things like me, you would binge watch everything from Season 2 and then got stuck of having nothing to do after… But, luckily for us, there are books ! 😀 So here are some books that can delay your withdrawal symptom of  Stranger Things feels for a bit or for those of you who haven’t watched it yet, reading these books would be a nice way to prepare for it 😉

To start off, what is Stranger Things ?

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Netflix Tv Show. Setting : 1983. Event: A boy goes missing. A monster. Weird events happening. Dark things going on. Romance here and there. A waffle lover and X-Men mutant.

In order to choose which books will be included in this selection, here’s a list of themes that appeared on Stranger Things : 

  • Supernatural aspects ranging from monsters to creepy interdimensional stuff
  • Nostalgia (so anything from 60s to 90s) 
  • A horror/suspense event
  • A bunch of kids in bikes 

From that, I choose the books that have the same themes. So here we go!

Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

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The funny thing is I stumbled on this book in a random book sale beside my neighbourhood library. It was the most beautiful story I’ve ever read and It’s a book you will remember. If you like that 60’s vibe and a touch of magical realism,  some suspense and horror elements, this is for you.

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson—a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever.

 

 

Paper Girls Vol.1 By Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

This graphic novel screams Stranger Thing but all girls version!! I picked this up after my friend Brianna, who worked at Indigo, recommended this graphic novel to me and I loved it. It has the right kind of humor, beautiful artwork and that 90’s vibe.

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

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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 ! ❤ 

3RD PLACE

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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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