Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Two Weeks Holidays { Hiatus }

Hello everyone !
We are in mid-August ( whaaat !?! Already !?! #PanicTime ). 
Well, it's time for me to go on holidays, guys, finally !! Yes, I am going to Finland and I am pretty excited about it ^_^
Soo, I will be away two weeks and well, I don't think I'll have internet, so I will not be here, like at all...

Worry not ( like you were actually worrying hah ), I will be reading and writing reviews during my holidays ( well at least I hope so ), but in any case, I have already written a review of a popular book and...it's...well...not very positive, so I'm waiting for my return to publish it, because I think that people will be throwing tomatoes at me.

I will also take a looot of pictures and I really hope that, upon my return, I will be able to write a post where I will tell you everything about my holidays and show you the pics.

And you, did you go  on holidays ? Or, are you planning on going later ? And if you did, where did you go ? Was it as good as you were expecting it ? 
Let me know all about it 😊


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Review of Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Title : Falling Kingdoms

Author : Morgan Rhodes

Series : Falling Kingdoms #1

Genre : YA-Fantasy

Publication date : December 11th, 2012

Rating : 4/5 : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ : "Awesome"

Note : I own a copy of this book.

Blurb :

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed... 
and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, 
and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret 
alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they
know has collapsed?

It's the eve of war.... Choose your side.

Review : 

First things first, can we just stop and stare at that awesome kick-ass cover ? It's just gorgeous!
Now, that being said, let us concentrate more on the content of the book. Falling Kingdoms has been on my TBR shelf for more long that I can remember, so I finally decided to take it from my shelf and
read it.

Rhodes' world is very captivating, the world-settlement is very well made and the writing is quite good. One thing is sure in this book : you're never bored ! Of course, that is because we have three kingdoms and each kingdom has at least one main character, and we travel through the third person's 
POV of each of the four main characters.There are betrayals and a lot of deaths, that are really well made, and I just loved reading them. So I can see the ressemblance with Game Of Thrones, who can deny it ? Although I haven't read George RR Martin's A song of Ice and Fire,I do love the tv show. 
Rhodes was inspired by A song of Ice and Fire, so what ? It's not as that epic, but it's still good. So, relax people and enjoy, and don't forget to smile too !

Let us talk about the characters now. So, like I said before, we have four main characters.

In Auranos, we have Cleiona : Ah, let me introduce you our dear spoiled perfect-looking little princess, who is like the worst decision maker in the history of decision makers.Honestly, I hated this character from the moment she was introduced to the reader. I know what the author did here : a spoiled little princess who is used at having whatever she wants at the beginning and then as the book progresses, the character becomes more responsable, more mature and all that stuff. Yeah, no, it didn't work for Cleo, at least not in this book. *Crossing fingers for the next book*

In Paelsia, we have Jonas : I didn't like him that much but I can understand perfectly his role in all of this.

In Limeros, we have Magnus and his sister Lucia. Magnus was the only character that I sincerely liked, he was fighting his own demons. He felt real and I could relate to him. 

 "Then his heart, now broken into a thousand pieces, slowly began to turn to ice "

                                             *sniff* my heart broke at the same time.

I don't think I've said it before, but I am a huge fan of characters that you just don't know if they are protagonists or antagonists because of their contradictional actions #JaimeLannister

Then, finally we have Lucia. I felt like she was a more kind and gentle version of Cleo, but that didn't make her less annoying.

But in all, I think the characters were very accurate to the story, and if I enjoyed the story, it was because the characters made it enjoyable ( I have absolutely no idea if you just understood what I said. No ? Me neither! )

However, I was very annoyed by the romance in this book. It was...disturbing ! I feel like all the romance was based upon physical appearance. Everyone was in love or attracted to our gorgeous princesses Cleo and Lucia because they were so perfect...physically. I don't want to spoil or anything but what was that romance between Cleo and her guard ? That was just...I don't even know what that was actually.
What also annoyed me in this book was the fact that there were a lot of things that were predictable, because they were just so...obvious. I mean I could see events coming from a 100 pages afar, and I'm like the worst predictor ( wait is that an actual word ? ) ever.

The book had a lot of flaws and I was basically going to give this three stars, but then I decided to give it four stars because well, I kept thinking about it days later and I so want to see what happens next.

I highly recommend this to all high fantasy fans out there, I'm sure you'll love it ^^


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Review of Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein

Title : Rose Petal Graves

Author : Olivia Wildenstein

Series : The Lost Clan Series #1

Genre : NA-Fantasy

Publication date : May 15th, 2016

Rating : 3/5 : ⭐️⭐️⭐️ : "Good"

Note : I received a free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Blurb :

Ancient secrets cannot remain buried forever.

Founded two centuries ago by an aloof and powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly, so I rushed home. 

Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, Cruz, the new medical examiner, arrived. I should have felt relieved, but how could I? He was unnervingly handsome, glowed like a human firefly, and knew absolutely nothing about examining dead bodies.

But, he did know what killed my mother…or rather who.

Review :

I don't have loads of things to say about this, so this is going to be short ! 

The writing :
It was quite good, didn't have a problem with it.

The plot :
Now this was interesting. You don't know who the bad guy is and that's exciting because you're changing your mind all the time, well at least the main character is...okay fine, so was I. 

The story :
Hell the story was interesting, but why was it so fast ? Everything happened just soooo fast. It would have certainly been much better if there were more pages. I mean the story is about fairies and ancestry stuff and all that, it could have been better, really.
And that ending was just...weird, very abrupt and not very well made. It shouldn't have ended like that, I mean it has a sequel we can definitely see that, but that is not how a book that has a sequel ends.

The characters :
At first I could totally understand Cat, the main character, she lost her mother so it was a bit normal that she was acting cold and distant. But the way she was treating her dad ? That's was just mean. He lost his wife too, so give him a break ! 
Cruz, the love interest, was okay, he was handsome and mysterious but, unfortunately he wasn't very interesting. 
Blake was like the other love interest, well, I'm not sure if he was a real love interest, because I didn't understand why he was in the book at all so...

The Romance :
Let's talk about the romance now. It was not an ista-love that's for sure, but it happened wayy too fast, and I was like whoa when did that happen ? At one moment, she was not liking him at all and then her heart was beating for him !? Oh please *rolls eyes*. Things just happened way too fast, if you ask me. 

In all, the book had some good potential with a good and solid story but too bad it was very short, especially considering the fact that it has a sequel, I mean come on it could have been 300 pages at least to,just, you know, hook the reader, make him really want to know what is going to happen next, give him the time to be attached more to the characters. I mean two days later, I couldn't even remember the names of the characters so, yeah, that's not usually a good sign ! 
Despite everything, I enjoyed reading this, it was fast and it had potential, the story was actually good, the author added something new to things we have seen before and that was just fun !

Umm, I don't know to who recommend this so I'll just say, if you love pretty covers you can definitely buy this one, it'll look pretty on your shelf 👌🏼


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Book Series I'm Ashamed I haven't read...yet!

Hello everyone ! 
So, yesterday I was watching some youtube videos about books and I stumbled on POLANDBANANAS's video : "Books I'm Ashamed I haven't read yet", and I absolutely loved it ( go ahead and watch it if you have some time you'll love it ^_^ ) It was lots of fun and I thought why don't I do it since there a loooot of book series that are popular and I am ashamed because...I haven't read them...yet !

I feel like there are some book series out there that are like some kinda of a big deal for all book geeks, either they love them or they hate them, they've already read them. And me, well, me, I feel like an alien.

Whenever people talk about them, like OMG did you see what happened in the last book and all that stuff, I'm just like...Oh, I haven't even read the first book yet..

Sooooo, let us begin the walk of shame, shall we ?

The first book series I am ashamed of not reading is The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

This is like a book series everyone likes. Honestly, I don't know what's keeping me from reading this, I guess I must be weird because I can't seem to find another explanation.

The next book series I'm ashamed I haven't read is none other but the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J.Maas

Okay, I have absolutely no idea why I'm not reading this, I mean it has everything I love in a book, it has fae, magic, romance, kick-ass heroine, royalties...High Fantasy is even one of my favorite genre. But, I do believe that it must be the hype ! I mean everyone is just so in love with this book and I guess I'm afraid I won't like it, and I'm going to be the only one who doesn't like it, and I'm going to feel terribly alone #Drama

The next one is a classical one : Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.

This is like a must-read series for everyone, I mean come on this is a classic people should read when they are teens...Well, I didn't...
*Sad violin music playing in the background*

Next is, The Chronicles Of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

 I read someone's review saying that if you haven't read this then you haved missed your youth...

The next two, I put them together, are Vampire Academy aaaand Twilight, by ( respectively ) Richelle Mead and Stephenie Meyer.


There was a time, well that time actually was a year ago ( damn I'm getting old ) when I was into vampires, and yet, I did not read any of those two, I mean I didn't even thought of picking them up, like what the hell is wrong with me  ? Everyone knows that if you're into vampires then You Should Start with these two. Although Twilight is not very liked, all book geeks ( lovers of vampires ) have read at least the first book ! Well I haven't...

And then, I just need to talk about this one, is A song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin.

 I remember seeing this in a bookstore before the show had started, when I was thirteen or something and I was not reader and I was like how is it possible to write a song of 1000 pages ?!?

I know I know, I wasn't very smart when I was a kid. 
So, I am a big fan of the tv-show, it's just one of the most epic tv-show in the history of tv-shows, so naturally I said I was going to read the books after I watched the first two seasons. That was on 2012...#ShameOnMe

And...now...the ultimate one...
Please people, don't hurt me...

Harry freaking Potter !

Who on earth hasn't read Harry Potter  ?

I know I should have read this like a looooong time ago, when I was a kid and I didn't. Wait, I have an excuse ! The first Harry Potter book was published in 1996...I was born on 1996. Soooo, it makes sense that I didn't read it because I was being born duh...
But, you may ask, why didn't you read this later ? 
Prepare yourself for a shocking revelation *inhales deeply*...I hated reading !

Yep, that's right, when I was a kid I hated reading, like I used to read two pages then I would ran to my mom and say I had a headache, like what the hell?  Who has a headache by reading only two freaking pages ? Well, obviously that was a lie because I hated learning, and I hated school, and for me, reading was related to school. But as you can see now, that changed, #ThankGod

So, everything is well that ends well...well not exactly because I still haven't read those series, but I will...one day...

So, how about you ? What are some popular book series that you are ashamed you haven't read yet ?
Let me know all about it in the comments ☺️


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Review of The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Title : The Magicians

Author : Lev Grossman

Series : The Magicians #1

Genre : YA-Fantasy

Publication Date :  August 11th, 2009

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Good"

Note : I own an e-copy of this.

Blurb ( goodreads ) :

Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real, untill he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn't bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin's yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more 
dangerous than they'd imagined.

Review :

I picked up this book because of the TV-Show, so I said I was going to read the book before I watch the show. 
I spent two whole months reading this. Well, more precisely I stopper reading it because I was busy with exams, so I picked it up where I had left it just a week ago !
I must say, the first few pages were good, we could really sense that something was going on and all that stuff and you just want to learn more. But, as Quentin enters Brakebills, things get...boring! Seriously, nothings happens for at least 100 pages, absolutely no action ! 
I can see why people were comparing this to Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, they are absolutely right. Brakebills is Hogwarts and Fillory is Narnia, only Brakebills and Fillory are for grown-ups ! 

What I liked :

I loved the characters, they were all so real, and by that I mean that their actions, their decisions, their reaction, were all understandable. Well at least to me since we have the same age. My favorite was definitely Eliott, I loved that guy ! However, I liked Quentin too, I could absolutely understand every one of his feelings ! All of the characters were likeable, except Janet. Janet was getting on my nerves at times.
The writing was really beautiful, the vocabulary was rich and well used ! I could understand, see and feel everything the author described !
I absolutely loved Quentin's and his friends' adventure to Fillory.
I really loved how, near the end when we find out everything, when we have all the answers to our questions, everything was related and made sense. 

What I didn't like : 

There were times, as I said it earlier, things would get boring, very boring even. Like the Antarctica episode, I seriously don't know what the point of that thing was !
Quentin's time at Brakebills was passing by quickly and yet I felt like it was slow. The story was really slow paced at times. What made it boring was the fact that there wasn't enough action and very little dialogue. 
What I think was too bad was the fact that there wasn't enough magic ! The characters weren't using it a lot and even when they were we would get just brief description of what they were doing. I don't know, I mean that book's title is The Magicians, so I guess I was expecting more magic and more awesome things ! 

I recommend this to grown-ups who loved Harry Potter and Narnia when they were kids, you'll probably enjoy it ^^


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Review of Night Draws In by C.H. Alexander

Title : Night Draws In

Author : C.H. Alexander

Series : Unknown

Genre : YA-Fantasy-Mystery-Thriller

Publication date : August 1st, 2016

Rating : 1 / 5 :  ⭐ : "Awful"

Note : I received an ebook from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb ( goodreads ) :

Dark things. Things that should only live in fantasy. The Nain Rouge was recently sighted in Detroit and a Loupe Garou is rumored to hunt the woods near Mackinaw. A suicide cluster haunts Washtenaw County.
Angela is a changeling, fostered by the Fae and recently returned from the Twilight Realm. Raised to fight dragons and still healing from the passage to the human world, she struggles to catch up to the life she never lived.
Lydia is underestimated by many because of her deformity. Determined and intelligent, her innate skepticism cannot prevent her hobby of stage magic evolving into something more real.
Bailey is a transgender teen impatient to transition, doing his best to keep a low profile until he can. He is haunted by dreams and premonitions of a menacing evil.

They are drawn together by the collective realization that the apparent suicide of a classmate has a far more paranormal origin than simply being part of a cluster.
Hunted by supernatural predators that want to end them before they reach their heroic potential, these teenagers will have to travel to Fairy and back if they want to survive long enough to save the world.

Skeptical mage, queer seer, and brain injured warrior. They'll save us. 

Review :

I'm going to be a litlle hurtful in my honest review.

Reading this book was like watching one of those cheap movies on TV.
I had no clue what this book was about and even now, that I finished it, I still don't have an idea what this book was about. So, I wondered, did I miss something ? Or, was the book that bad. Well, unfortunately turns out that the book was indeed that bad!

The plot : 
What was the plot ? I, seriously, have no idea, and no, it's not a joke!

The writing :
A lot of useless descriptions about how the characters are dressed, what they're eating...I feel like they were just put there, for decoration, with no reason. And reading something useless and completely uninteresting is freaking boring !

The emotion :
THERE ARE NO FREAKING EMOTIONS. Nothing ! I just didn't give a damn about the characters.

The characters :
Oh this is the best part! The characters are childish and shallow, which can be understandable for the protagonists considering their age, but it felt like even the adults sounded like teens:

 " The Man's eyebrows went up. "You called them." He rubbed his chin with one hand " I suppose it could be worse...they look like extras from Dances with Wolves, but that's not too bad. I hate to say it, but I had them looking like god damned Tonto for weeks. You never realize how much shit is in your subconscious untill something like this happens." "

That's a grandfather speaking ! Seriously, he sounds like a teenage boy and not an adult for God's sake! Let me also tell you that there is no character development. And the villains, well, there are no villains I think. Oh, sorry, there are children with black eyes that are supposed to be what ? Scary ? I sure saw them as ridiculous and not scary.

The story : 
Okay, this was supposed to be a fantasy book, with fae, magic and all that stuff. IT'S NOT FREAKING TRUE !! Where is magic ? The silly tricks Barnum was doing ? That was magic ? Bailey is supposed to be a seer, well let me tell you that the only thing he predicts throughout the whole book, is : 

" " Chaos eats at the edges." His voice had a hollow echo. "The world is getting darker." "

Oh wow, a hell of a prediction ! 
There was also a lot of mystery in this book, which, usually is a good thing, but the thing here is : there was way too much mystery. A lot of questions, and no answers, no explanations. The characters are like linked together with dreams, they are in the same dreams and they are sort of conscious or whatever. And well, you don't know why ! Why are they connected with dreams together ? Well, let me tell you that you won't find out.
The ending, oh my, it felt more like the end of a chapter and not the end of a book that has a sequel ! I think that the author mixed fantasy, mystery and...thriller ? Anyways, it didn't work out ! 

This was a 200 pages of NOTHING ! 
RIP time I spent reading this.

So, obviously, I won't be reading the sequel and I sure as hell don't recommend it !

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #1

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we-can't-wait-to-read.

Hey guys, so this is the first Waiting On Wednesday post I'm doing. I've seen a lot of bloggers doing this, and I love reading them because, well, I think they're fun and they allow us to discover new books too.

So the book that I can't wait to read, and I think I'm not the only one, is The Midnight Star by Marie Lu.

Title :  The Midnight Star
Author : Marie Lu
Series : The Young Elites #3
Publication Date : October 11th, 2016

Summary ( goodreads ) :

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, 
threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.
Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Why I'm waiting :

I still remember the first review I read of The Young Elites. It was 2 years ago, and this person on goodreads had made a very detailled review of this, and he had rated it 5 stars. So, I decided to read the blurb and eventually, bought the book. I fell in love on the first page. It was so well written, the characters were amazing, the story was flawless, in other words, the book was pure perfection. 
So, I kept reading and reading, every line, every page, every chapter, was getting better and better. The ending had me in tears. The next year, the second book came out, I read it a couple of months later because, well, I was busy with school and all that stuff. And guess what ? I fell in love with the second book too, the story got better, new characters were introduced and they were amazing, and the ending  had me in tears again. It was just so emotional. So, I can't really find the words to describe 
how much I want to read this. That ending was spectacular, and I can't wait to see what the ultimate ending is going to be. One thing is sure ( at least for me ), there will be no happy ending, and that tears will be shed...again
But, here I am, nonetheless, waiting for it to be released, I am waiting to fall in love again.

Okay, I wasn't supposed to be that emotional ^^ 

So, how about you guys ? What are you so eager to read this week ?
Let me know in the comments.