Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

kingsofthewyldcoverTitle: Kings of the Wyld
Series
: The Band #1
Author(s): Nicholas Eames
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback
Release Date: February 21st 2017
Pages: 502
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780316362474


Who said old geezers didn’t know how to have fun? I know I won’t after reading Kings of the Wyld. This book single-handedly rejuvenated every lifeless cell in my body. What Nicholas Eames brings to the table is an exquisite and juicy adventure with raw friendship sharpened by the experience that comes from doing the impossible.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

I’m stuck on the train and it’s been delaying and telling us that there are some technical errors so they can’t estimate the waiting time. LOL Ironically, this is actually a very good time to write down a little post ! 😀

It’s a special day filled with love for your family, friends and loved ones. But, it’s a very special day for me because I get to thank you guys ! Thank you for those two amazing years of blogging, the support and love we have received were astonishing.

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

thegreatalonecoverTitle: The Great Alone
Series
: No
Author(s): Kristin Hannah
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: ARC
Release Date: February 6th 2018
Pages: 448
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
ISBN13: 9780312577230


After her wildly successful World War II historical fiction, The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah returns with a story about love and resilience set in the 70s right in the heart of Alaska. Although she has written over 20 other books in her life, The Nightingale ultimately became my first experience of her writing style and proved to be a very atmospheric and captivating story. It’s without hesitation that I had to give her next endeavor a shot, and fortunately for me, The Great Alone was just as compelling as her international blockbuster.

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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 ?

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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

Traitor by Jonathan de Shalit

traitorcoverTitle: Traitor
Series
: No
Author(s): Jonathan de Shalit
Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books
Format: ARC
Release Date: January 30th 2018
Pages: 320
Genre(s): Spy Thriller
ISBN13: 9781501170485


The odds that you’ve read about this author’s life are pretty slim. I’d probably even say impossible. Jonathan de Shalit is nothing more than the pseudonym of a former high-ranking member of the Israeli Intelligence Community. There’s something quite fascinating about an author whose books need to be vetted and approved particularly by a special Governmental Ministers’ Committee. With Traitor, Jonathan de Shalit definitely proves his experience in the field through minuscule details and delivers a decent spy thriller.

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Monthly Wrap-Up | January 2018

Hello lovely people!

It’s that time of the month where we go through all the good (and maybe bad?) stuff that happened to us!

This is an easy way for everyone to check out posts that might intrigue them or have missed from us and share their thoughts with us.

Feel free to share what you’ve been up to and talk to us! There’s no bad time for catching up or for fangirl/boy’ing! ❤

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10 Books That Need to be Adapted Into Shows/Movies

Hi everyone!

In a moment of pure spontaneity, Trang wanted us to share some of the books we would ABSOLUTELY love to see adapted into a movie or TV series!

TRANG: It literally happened when Lashaan was like imagine Six of Crows as a movie and I told him “I’M DROPPING MY REVIEW POST TOMORROW FOR A NEW ONE: BOOKS THAT NEED TO BE ADAPTED IN TO MOVIES” I have so much fun creating the graphics for this post! Hope you guys can feel that enthusiasm too 😀 

With the amount of potential these have, we only have SUPER HIGH expectations for any of these adaptations!


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Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

anatomyofascandalcoverTitle: Anatomy of a Scandal
Series
: No
Author(s): Sarah Vaughan
Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books
Format: ARC
Original Release Date: January 23rd 2018
Pages: 400
Genre(s): Legal Thriller, Mystery Thriller
ISBN13: 9781501172168


Sarah Vaughan takes on a timely and paramount matter in Anatomy of a Scandal as she takes out her scalpel in an attempt to meticulously examine themes of sexual assault, consent and power. After having dipped her toes in chick lit (The Art of Baking Blind) and historical fiction (The Farm at the Edge of the World), this courtroom thriller will give fans of mystery thrillers something to devour in the dark corners of their bed.

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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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Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar

71iPHDbB3YLTitle: Superman: Red Son
Series: No
Universe: Elseworlds
Writer(s): Mark Millar
Illustrator(s): Dave Johnson, Kilian Plunkett, Andrew Robinson & Walden Wong
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: 2003
Pages: 160
Genre(s): Comics, Science Fiction
ISBN13: 9781401201913


What if one of the greatest superheroes of all time didn’t have his rocketship crash-land in Smallville, Kansas? What if he were to have it rerouted into the Soviet Union? Would Superman grow up to become the same hero we have all known and rooted for? Under the hands of the great writer Mark Millar, we are presented with one of the best Elseworlds stories that has ever been written.

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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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Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

borneminicoverTitle: Borne
Series
: No
Author(s): Jeff Vandermeer
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardcover
Original Release Date: April 25th 2017
Pages: 336
Genre(s): Science-Fiction
ISBN13: 9781443449120


Widely-known for his Southern Reach trilogy (including Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance), Jeff Vandermeer is an author that I have been meaning to check out for quite some time and Borne has ended up being my entry point to what is surely to be an author that I just can’t neglect anymore.

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Anticipated Releases in February 2018

Hi everyone!

Here are with our list of our most anticipated releases for February 2018! Maybe with this we will be able refresh your minds on those books you have been eagerly waiting for or make you discover new ones to add to your TBR! 😉

P.S. Anything without a comment by me or Trang is a book that goes directly on Trang’s Most Anticipated Releases in February 2018! 😉 You know how she’s way too busy this month, her thoughts on these will remain a secret to all of us! 🤣


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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

IQ by Joe Ide

1118_iq-coverTitle: IQ
Series: IQ #1
Author(s): Joe Ide
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: October 18th 2016
Pages: 352
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
ISBN13: 9780316267731


It has been such a long time since I picked up a crime novel that was this ridiculously entertaining. Nominated for best first novel for the Edgar Award, Anthony Award and Strand Critics Award, IQ is Joe Ide’s introduction to a brand new unlicensed and underground detective. And this is no protagonist that you’ll soon forget.

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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 Perks of Co-Blogging

What up folks?

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now and I thought it would be a nice subject to touch base on since it isn’t exactly something that you often see out there. What am I talking about? Co-blogging, of course!

As you all might know, Bookidote is co-run by a gentleman and a lady: Me and Trang. It was created a couple of years ago to share a passion for books with a community we had not known existed. Only seen as nothing more than a new hobby for us to work on together, it has grown into something much bigger than life itself.

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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