The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

MY RATING: ★/5

A father protects his daughter from the legacy of his past and the truth about her mother’s death in this thrilling new novel from the prize-winning author of The Good Thief.

“Everything breaks if you hit it hard enough.”

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Isn’t it weird how you love a book too much but you just run out of words to describe your love? This is the case for this novel. I don’t think I can ever express how grateful and deeply touched by this novel I am. If you liked the movie Logan, you’ll love this novel. It has the same father and daughter vibe but the dynamic is very special. We have a father Sam, who doesn’t know what’s good for his daughter Lou, because he always lived in the dark sides of criminal activities. The death of his wife is the turning point of his life and where he decides that he would never go back to those dark activities again and take care of Lou instead.  Continue reading

Top Spring Books 2017 | Science – Fiction

Hi guys ! 🙂

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The survey from the last Top Spring Books came out and the winner category is… SCI-FI !! I know that Bookstoge is happy gahha. Here are the scifi books that I would want to read this spring 🙂

I noticed that a lot of them are sequels as well, so I’ll be posting about the 1st novel as well 😉 scifibanner
legionThe Stars are Legion  by Kameron Hurley

Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation – the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion.

They also mentioned Hyperion and Dune in the description which was a big attraction to me 😀 And from a Hugo Award Winner author  too !

Buy it here @Amazon Canada!

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The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

MY RATING: ★ /5

Capture d_écran 2017-04-10 à 00.42.28Pulitzer winner,  Viet Thanh Nguyen came back with yet another amazing novel, a short stories collection depicting the lives of the Vietnamese refugees.

For those of you who didn’t know already, I’m Vietnamese. Born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City #REPRESENT. Reading this collection has made me extremely nostalgic about my childhood roots but also extremely grateful for my parents, my family and all my Vietnamese people out there. This novel reminds us of our own traditions. Somewhere between our everyday lives in America and dealing with obstacles in life, there’s always our cultural root that remains and embodies us. Continue reading

March Movies Review // Cinedote

Damn what an original title 😀

March feels like the devil’s gift with all the movies coming out in theatres. I can imagine a group of managers and producers just gathering around and decide that the month where all the students need to concentrate and ace their finals will the perfect month for releasing all the exciting movies there is.

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I watched at least one movie per week, so 4 movies in total the whole month. Everyweek, there was a new movie coming out. It’s crazy!

Without further due, here are the movies I wil be reviewing today:

1.LOGAN

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Lashaan did an amazing post at reviewing the movie here, so I won’t be adding anything else. HAH joke joke. So for those who haven’t seen Logan yet, well.. GO AHEAD. Cauz I will be spoiling the hell out of it in this post. LET’S TALK ABOUT LAURA. I think this little girl deserves all the 5 stars in the world. I mean, she succeeds in bringing Wolveriney vibe while being a little puppy. Kick-ass professionnal check! My favourite aspect of the movie was Logan and his relation with Laura. Both have difficult in loving someone else but both have pratically lived the same thing: they were lab rats and ending up loosing everyone around them so they are afraid to get attached. The relationship between them was amazingly portrayed and THAT SCENE made me cry sooo much T_T

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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 Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

MY RATING : ★★ (4.4)

Since Lullaby for Little Criminals, I loved Heather O’Neill’s writing. And the fact that the author is from Montreal made me even more proud 😀

The marketing campaign compared it to The Night Circus. Alright. Let’s get this straight. I’m sorry but this has NOTHING to do with The Night Circus. Yes I’ve read it and you can read my review for that book here.

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I’d say this novel is more like The Series of Unfortunate Events – Adult Version. Rose and Pierrot are two orphans from the most unfortunate circumstances. The first part of the book is how they live in the orphanage, the raw difficulty and hard times from that period: child abuse and violence. It’s not an easy read, that’s for sure. Continue reading

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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“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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After Westworld : What To Read

Westworld is my biggest crush and favourite show of 2016 ! The show explores a theme park built on androids, where the ”hosts” (androids) can interact and entertain the ”guests” (real lives people). It’s set in the western area, and we discover the darkest secrets of this mysterious world. After finishing the whole first season, I thought it’d be interesting to explore the books that discuss the same matters. So for you fans out there who can’t get enough of Aritficial Intelligence and Androids !

  1. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K.Dick 

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It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill.
Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there, lurked several rogue androids. Deckard’s assignment–find them and then…”retire” them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn’t want to be found

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Foundation (Foundation Trilogy #1) by Isaac Asimov + Giveaway Winners !

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The last review of the year ! I had to end the year with a banger right?!

FOUNDATION IT IS.

The amazing thing about Foundation is t15785510_10155089186957780_1588759524_ohat it’s not the typical book structure and form I usually like. There’s no character development, no character diversity (no females character ARRHHUM) they are all politicians, traders and scientists, and no action or whatsoever. Speechifying everything .

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Top 10 Upcoming Books to Screen Adaptation (Christmas Gifts Ideas Part II)

Having seen the popularity of my last christmas gifts posts I’ve decided to come back and make another one 🙂 Why not give the books that will be hitting the screen ? Read it before it hits the theatres and television 😀

Stay tuned for a little surprise in the end !

-Here’s the list in no particular order-

1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Artwood

Set in a dystopian world, where the Religious Right came into power and force all the women to follow a strict set of rules. They are stripped of their freedom and rights. They get sorted as a wife, a womb , a servant, a prostitute, or a propagandists. The TV show is to be released early 2017 on Hulu. 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

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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Dune by Frank Herbert

MY RATING: ★★★★★

“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”

As I finished reading this novel, I was wondering why I haven’t heard about DUNE before. Why hasn’t Dune invaded our popular culture like Star Wars, Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings did? I did a few research and found out that Dune is the ancestor of Star Wars. So why haven’t Dune received as much recognition as Star Wars?  Written in 1965, it won the Hugo Award in 1966, an award for the best sci-fi/fantasy genre in the previous year. That’s a lot of recognition alright, but not in the public audience.

Set in the desert of Arrakis, Dune depicts the tale of betrayal and vengeance, in a feudal society where the Elites are ruling different planets. Duke Leto has been assigned the greater Order to rule Arrakis, creating conflicts with the house of Harkonnens who’s been eyeing the planet for so long.

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Archie Vol.1 : THE NEW RIVERDALE

MY RATING: ★★

Well, well, well, what do we have here? A sexy modern version of Archie ? YES. 

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   In this volume, we follow around Archie and his friends right after his break-up with Becky, THE couple of their school! I gave this volume a straight 4 stars because it reads so easily. The reboot was totally worth it. I’ve missed this teenager vibe in the comics nowadays. Reviving this comic figure with 2016 fashion and lifestyle is one of the most beautiful idea ever! Continue reading

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

MY RATING : ★★★★★

 

“Virtual sex, no matter how realistic, was really nothing but glorified, computer-assisted masturbation.”
― Ernest Cline

It’s 2044, the Earth is slowly collapsing, some humans are living in awful conditions while other enjoy fancy lifestyle as the gap between social classes keeps ripping off. But one thing everyone has in common : at the end of the day, everyone is logged in and ready to enter the OASIS

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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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