What Makes A Good Book : How I rate my 5 stars book

Trang’s back after a whole week hiatus LOL (again T_T) You guys know how I write my posts very randomly and even if I want to keep a schedule, I don’t stick to it and only follow what inspires me in the moment. This is a question I always to ask bookworms and discuss :

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO SCORE A 5 STARS RATING ?

The book reviewing process is VERY subjective alright. I’ll try to list all the aspects that must appear in a 5 stars book for me. It is however possible that I might add some on the list with upcoming reads. Continue reading

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 Millennials Prejudice

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Today, I’m bringing you a new kind of post. We will not talk about books here but since I have a voice and blog platform to do so, I will take this opportunity to express something that’s been bothering A LOT. The Millennial Prejudice. For those of you who don’t know what a Millennial is, it’s a term designing the people of were born between 1977 and 1994 (around that because NO ONE KNOWS where that term frkn come from).  Not only this happens in my everyday life but I’ve seen A LOT of bloggers making remarks about this issue as well.

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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

10 Signs You’re Addicted to Books

After a few days off, I’m back with a little post! 😀 I will also be back to blog hopping today to send you all a little love, thank you all of you for being so sweet and understanding !! ❤ 

I was reading a book and a friend came up to me and ask if I considered myself as a “bookworm”. I started laughing because she clearly has no idea about my passion of reading. So here are some ideas to help her out 😉

1. Buying Books Even if You Have a Huge Pile of TBR already

It’s like I just became blind to all the books I owned already and look at that new book like it’s the only thing in the whole world.

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2. Want to Punch someone in the face when they say “books are boring

To which I always reply: You obviously didn’t find the right book.

3. You’d rather ignore other obligations than to stop reading

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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

Christmas Gift Ideas : Books Part III

Hi everyone!

As the countdown to Christmas continues, we’ve decided to bring back Trang’s wonderfully successful Christmas Gift Ideas posts and unwrap our top 3 book recommendations for that special someone that needs a book for the Holidays!

If you don’t recall Trang’s initiative last year, check them out here:

Part I : https://bookidote.com/2016/12/06/christmas-gift-ideas-books/

Part II : https://bookidote.com/2016/12/15/top-10-upcoming-books-to-screen-adaptation-christmas-gifts-ideas-part-ii/

Let’s get right to it then!

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Let yourself be swept away by one of the most beautiful book of the year! Rich World building and a real dedication to bookworms .. although I really hate that ending LOL

Recommend it for: That friend of  yours obsessed with a beautiful prose and loves to sleep

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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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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

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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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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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

Blade Runner 2049 – Movie Review

MY RATING : ★★/5

After reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K.Dick , I immediately wanted to watch the famous movie by Ridley Scott, Blade Runner. I’m sorry to say but that first movie of Blade Runner was pretty disappointing for me. I fell asleep man.

While I feel like the first movie didn’t deliver, Denis Villeneuve (Montreal REPRESENT 😀 ) makes an impressive move with the sequel, Blade Runner 2049. This movie at least, was very loyal to all the values and ideas that the Phillip K.Dick wanted us to understand.  It’s all about finding our own place in the world, to belong to someone or some cause.

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A clear narrative construction, this movie depends a lot on the plot and DAMN it was a good one! Director Denis Villeneuve has passed along a clear message to all the early reviewers to not spoil anything for the audience to discover for themselves, I’m going to respect that and say that tis movie is worth diving into it. All the characters, their interaction and how they are connected to each other is a masterpiece.

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On top of that, this movie has one of the most beautiful scenery and imagery I’ve ever seen. Playing with textures, lights, objects, creating an elegant design. This was always the tour de force of Denis Villeneuve but he really went above his limits and gives us a delightful eye-candy experience. There was a scene in the end that I  find very genuine,  it’s how he uses lighting to distinguish the emotions in the conversations. Switching from lights to shadowing each feature one by one.

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Everything from the music to the holograms, a beautiful dedication to Ridley Scott’s world while managing to have a strong script, a premise that questions the most controversial topic of all the AI and cyborg technology. The movie finally makes us feel something. Makes me feel attached to the characters. All that experience was possible thanks to the amazing background music, the cinematography and the marvellous acting of Ryan Gosling. Yes the movie was mostly about him. Nevertheless, all the side characters were pretty on point too.   Continue reading

Most Anticipated Releases in October

Hi everybody ! Trang’s back with another listopia posts 😀 I’ve spent a few hours reading about all the books coming out this month (so I can ask my family what books I want for my birthday *muahhha*) and I wanted to share with you my most anticipated releases ! So if you are looking to read some new books coming out this month, this post might help you 😉

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The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman : The author of Golden Compass returns for a trilogy prequel to Northern Lights series.  “La Belle Sauvage, is set 10 years before the events of His Dark Materials, and the rest of the story takes place 20 years after that: in fact, 10 years after Lyra comes home to Jordan College after her adventure in the Arctic at the end of The Amber Spyglass.” – Penguin Random House

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng: Thanks to my fellow bloggers for making me discovering this new book with an extremely original book cover (SEE PICTURE BELOW). Reviews are calling it a gothic fantasy tale.  This is one of the time where the cover completely thew me off and making me want to read the book ! Continue reading