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I love reading books, especially dystopia, sci-fi and (YA) fantasy. I also love graphic novels and comics.

Reading progress update: I've read 308 out of 431 pages.

U4 Jules - Carole Trebor

A couple weeks ago I ended up on a BL spot and got

 

8. Read in the wild! Take your book with you and find a place to read that isn't your living room for an hour

 

 

So here it is! I found this beautiful spot and read there for a bit.

 

I also read this WE at a Graspop Metal Meeting (metal festival in Belgium) and I think it is worth showing you that.

 

I can't wake up late at festival even if I went to sleep at 4 or 6 am. So I wake up and read! This festival was awesome, as usual. I got to see Rammstein for the first time as well as Sum 41, which is not a metal band but it was one of my favourite bands when I was a teenager. I also went to see Evanescence, Alcest, Alter Bridge, A Day To Remember, Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Alestorm and many, many more. I had such a great time and I'm sad it is already over. 

 

A picture of ADTR which is my all time favourite band:

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

 

Booklikes-opoly: Update (14.06)

I finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed and oh my, it was good! Thank you again BrokenTune for this recommendation, no regrets :) My copy was 355pages so I earned 3$.

 

Bank: 75$

 

Tomorrow I'm leaving for 3 days for a festival so I'm not going to read a lot. But anyway, I want to roll again because I will have some reading time in the car and tomorrow during lunchbreak.

 

 

 

I got 5 and landed on

 

 

For this I'm going to read: U4: Jules. This is a french young adult book that I've been wanting to read for a long time. It will be refreshing to read in French! This series is a collaboration between different authors, they all write the same story but from a different POV, each story being a different book. You can read them in any order you want and I chose to start with this one. I'm excited to see what it will be like!

 

#42 - Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver

First thing I liked about this book: the main character is not perfect. She is actually part of the “mean girls”. Sam, Lindsay, Ally and Elody really reminded me of Cady and her friends in Mean Girls, something I really enjoyed (I’ve always been a huge fan of this movie; every time I see my friend from primary school, we watch it together. We even used to do the choreography.) Perfect MCs are really something I’m getting tired of, so it was great to have those characters. It reminded me of high school (this part was not that great actually), of what I had done to people and of what people had done to me. Being a teenager is hard. And teenagers can be really stupid. You don’t always think about how your acts can affect other people’s lives. I think this book is important in that way.

 

I loved the Delirium series and Panic was great too, so I was excited to read another Lauren Oliver book (especially as this one was her debut novel). And I was not disappointed. The writing was fantastic. I loved how things escalated, how it was going faster and how Sam was falling into darkness. 

 

The book was different from what I expected. Every day is different; I was expecting it to be exactly the same, the main character being trapped in it. She managed to change it and it was also great to see how a small thing could have such an effect on the day’s events; butterfly effect. It was well done.

 

This book has some strong themes: underage drinking (which is not such a big deal where I live, you can drink beer when you’re 16 and strong alcohol when you turn 18, so that part was not that big a deal for me, but I still think it should not be that way), driving under the influence of alcohol (which is something really hard for me to understand. People do it every day, my friends do it, my dad does it… And it is driving me crazy. They just don’t understand, it’s insane), sex, suicide, bullying… It is done in a non moralistic way, but at the end of the book you still think these things are bad. Without someone having to tell you: drinking is bad. I don’t know how to explain that, but I think it was great.

 

It was also really emotional. Can you imagine living the same day again, and again, going to sleep without know if you will wake up? Knowing you died the day before, without being sure of it, not being able to tell anybody… It is creepy as hell. Sam got lost along the way, she went crazy; she totally lost herself. Only to be found again. The story with Kent was everything to me, it was so good and beautiful!

 

I really, really recommend this book. It is short and fast-paced. It is also kind of easy to read despite the content that can be really hard.

Booklikes-opoly update (10.06)

I finished Before I fall that I read for WaterWorks and I earned 3$ (339 pages). It was realyl good, I will write my review soon.

 

Bank: 67$

 

I also finished reading Warcross a few days ago, I was reading this for Tomorrowland 33 and I earned 5$ for this one (416 pages). It was absolutely amazing!!

 

Bank: 72$

 

Time to roll again I guess :)

 

 

And I landed on:

 

 

I don't know what to read for this spot... I will think about it! (suggestions are welcome:))

 

Update: for this spot I will read Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed  . Great suggestion by BrokenTune, thank you!

 

41 - Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross - Marie Lu

** I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review**

 

A sci-fi book about a game that is part of everyday life AND written by Marie Lu, sign me in!

 

I was way too excited about this book and I almost broke my phone when I get the e-mail saying I got the galley.

 

Warcross is more than just a game, it is a way of live and is part of everyone's daily life. Emika Chen is an orphan with rainbow hair (that detail was too cool not to be mentioned) who is trying to earn some money by tracking down illegal players. But her life is about to change completely.

 

The idea of Warcross is amazing, not that it has never been done before, but I liked how it was handled. I am almost sure that this kind of game will happen someday and we may be closer to it than we think. 

 

Emika is a lovable character, I actually admire her. She manages to follow her heart without rushing into decisions, and thus making bad ones. She knows what she wants and what she had to do to get it. She sometimes also wants to give up, because life can be hard, but she never does. Emika is rational but she is not afraid of her feelings either. She was the perfect MC for me! The other characters were not developed enough to be able to say anything about them. It was not a bad thing, it actually was a plus for me. Most of the books I read try to focus on multiple characters at once and it can get messy. Warcross is told through Emika, all the focus is on her and I really liked that fact.

 

The plot was neither too fast, nor too slow; the flow of events was coherent. I thought it was a standalone at first, so when I reach the middle of the book I was skeptical about how it was going to end, then I understand it was part of a series and I was really happy and really angry at the same time. I just need the second book right now!!

 

I love discovering this new sci-fi world, full of gadgets and stuff I would love to have. Marie Lu is great at creating this kind of things.

 

I enjoyed every single page of this book, it will probably be the best new series of the year!

 

Reading progress update: I've read 8 out of 368 pages.

After You - Jojo Moyes

I'm reading this for Waterworks. On page 8 there is some crying. I guess it was a good pick.  

 

Update: well, I don't know how it happened but I forgot that I had already read this book. Less than 6 months ago. It never happens to me,  it is weird. I will make a few adjustments to my TBR... I feel stupid right now!

Reading progress update: I've read 45%.

Warcross - Marie Lu

This is everything I hoped it would be.

#40 - Feed by Mira Grant

Feed - Mira Grant

Feed is the story of Georgia and Shaun Mason, two bloggers living in a post apocalyptic world full of zombies. They are working on the biggest story of their lives; that could also end it.

 

Feed is not your typical zombie story. It is actually really different from the post apocalyptic stories I’ve read. The people on earth managed to rebuild a society, really different from the one we live in, but it still is a functioning one. Gatherings of many people are not common and for young people, born after The Rising, this is something they are not familiar with. They live in fear, but still, they live.

 

Shaun and Georgia are great characters. They are both funny and sassy and they will do anything for the truth. I did not really connect with any of them, but I still like them. I also really enjoyed Rick and Steve, even if they are not that present in the book, they were great side characters.

 

I sometimes struggled with reading; some parts were a bit too long where nothing was really happening and I found myself not wanting to read. Nonetheless, it was a great story and the ending was fabulous. I could not believe what was happening.

 

Some events were actually really tragic and sad, but it never made me cry. Reading a book set in a post apocalyptic world where zombies are part of the scenery; you know it will not end well for everybody. You expect it. So, not really cry worthy, but still really tragic.

 

I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy post apocalyptic stories but are not there for the survival aspect of it. If you like scandals, politics and geeky stuff, with a lot of humor, this is for you.

 

I read this book for New Orleans Square 19 and I earned 5$ for it (571 pages).

Bank: 64$

# 39 - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

I’ve seen this book everywhere in the last couple of weeks; I’ve seen the many praises for it and decided to get the audiobook with my Audible credit of the month. I was not disappointed.

 

Let me start by telling how great the performance was. Just the performance in itself was enough to make it a nice read. All the rest made it amazing and unforgettable. This book will stay with me for a long, long time.

 

Living in a country where multiculturalism is not that present (well, it is, but it is not the US) and where guns are not allowed, all these news about black kids getting shot, shootings in schools etc. are disturbing, but seem far away. It does not happen here. The Hate U Give really made me understand a lot more about the struggle of minorities in the US. I’m not saying, minorities do not struggle here in Europe, because I know they do. But this story takes place in the US, so let’s not compare this, it is not the point.

 

First thing that shocked me: people are scared of the police. The police is supposed to protect you. When I see cops in the street, I feel safer (still not safe, I don’t often feel safe in the city, but I do not fear for my life everyday I’m out). I just can’t imagine living in a world where you fear cops when you have done nothing wrong. Maybe it is naïve of me; but it is totally crazy and not right at all.

 

Second: Starr and her friends are kids. KIDS for god’s sake. Kids are suppose to be careless, go to school and enjoy going out with their friends. Not grieving for their best friends who got shot for nothing. I had shivers every time I was listening to this book.

 

I know what happened it this book is not 100% fiction. It happened to real people in real life. It happened before, it still happens today and it will continue in the future. That sucks. It should not be okay. I cannot put it into words.

 

The story in itself was great, the characters all seem real and it was impossible not to feel sad, scared, happy, hurt and joyful alongside them. I could not not feel for them.

The last lines of this book were too much for me. I was driving to work and I had to stop. I felt empty and I felt angry. I felt disgusted and betrayed by the world we live in. It was too much.

 

It was not easy to read, it was actually really hard. I definitely recommend this book to everybody.

 

I did not edit this review. I just wrote whatever I was feeling and I think it is better this way. Sorry if it does not make sense.

 

On a happier note, I was actually switching between listening to this book and listening to Bloodlust by Body Count (if you don't know them, it is Ice-T's band). This songs was particularly relevant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_0xYamFYYI

May Wrap Up + Currently Reading

In the month of May I read 8 books and listened to one audioook.

 

5 stars:

 

In the Dark, in the Woods - Phoebe Sparrow,Eliza Wass,Audible Studios  The Final Empire. Mistborn Book One - Brandon Sanderson  A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas  

 

4 stars:

 

The Patchwork Girl of Oz - L. Frank Baum,John R. Neill  Fellside - M.R. Carey  The Crown's Fate (Crown's Game) - Evelyn Skye  Second Chance Summer - Morgan Matson  

 

3 stars:

 

Savages: Chronicles of Warshard - Katherine Bogle  The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald  

 

Considering the number of 5 stars books, I have to say it was a great reading month!

 

I am also currently reading 3 books: I'm still reading The Game, I am also halfway through Feed and I'm almost done with The Hate U Give that I am listening to (and which is amazing!!)

 

I hope you all had a great reading month as well.

 

 

 

#38 - The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Fate (Crown's Game) - Evelyn Skye

The Crown’s Fate is the second book in the Crown’s Game series. The Crown’s Game was amazing, I rated it 5/5 stars and naturally, I was excited to continue on with the series. I read The Crown’s Fate pretty quickly after getting my copy. It was really great!

I did not rate it 5 stars because it was not as good as The Crown’s Game in my opinion; maybe because The Crown’s Game was the first book and I discovered a new (amazing) world, new characters etc. Still, I gave it 4 stars, which is good, because I enjoyed reading it.

 

The Crown’s Fate begins right where The Crown’s Game ended and I was excited to meet my old friends again. Everything that happened to the characters in this book made them change so much. Even more so that in the first book, they went through a lot and learned so many things about love, loyalty, friendship… Still, the characters are not what I liked the most about this story (as I already said in my review of the first book). What I preferred was again, the setting. By reading this book, you know the author really made a lot of research about the subjects and obviously knows a lot about Russian culture. I love it!

 

What is really great about the characters is the lack of romance. There is a sort of love triangle, where love does not equal romance. Not really. I cannot put words on this but I think it was well done.

 

I do not really know what to say about this book, it was a great continuation of the first book and I am happy about how it ended. I don’t have a lot to add, really, if you liked the first book, read this one, you won’t be disappointed. The one thing I want to mention is that I liked the fact that our characters wanted to build something new, even if they knew it would not be the easiest path to follow. Not because they were oppressed by the system or anything like you can read in a lot of YA books, here, they were actually in the minority and they have a great life. But they want to change the way Russia is and make people more equal. That was great.

 

I will definitely read anything this author writes, this was her debut series and I will definitely keep an eye on her projects to come.

Booklikes-opoly + Long weekend

I've just heard about the extra rolls because of the long weekend. It's not a long weekend here, but extra rolls are always welcome :)

 

I hope you all had/are having a great long weekend!

 

I'm currently on New Orleans Square 19 and reading Feed for this spot.

 

Let's roll then!

 

Extra roll #1

 

 

 

So I roll the dice again. I got 3, which is an odd number, which sent me to the WaterWorks

 

 

For this, I have to read a book with water on the cover or where someone turns on the water work because of an emotional event. For this, I will read After You - Jojo Moyes  . Well, I can't be sure someone will cry, but I'm almost certain of it...

 

Ok so I already read this book in December. And I forgot. After reading 10 pages I noticed it was familiar.. I checked and I read it at the end of last year (good thing to keep track of what you are reading). I guess I will have to change book for this square! 

 

I think I am going to read Before I Fall. is it OK? I fell kind of bad actually that was stupid.

 

Extra roll #2

 

 

 

 

 

For this I will read Warcross - Marie Lu   . I've been approuved for this on NetGalley for over a week now and I am SO excited to finally have the opportuniy to read it.

 

 

#37 - Fellside by M.R. Carey

Fellside - M.R. Carey

I chose to read this book because I read The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey and I absolutely adored it. It was a book that stayed with me long after having read it (and I can’t wait for the movie to come out!!). But Fellside was really different, the writing was still great, something I like a lot in The Girl with all the Gifts, but it was not really the same kind of book. It was really creepy and mysterious and I actually liked that about this read.

 

Still, it was not one of my favourite book and I won’t re-read it. Only because it is not the genre I most enjoy. The author managed to create a really mysterious story. Everytime I came up with an idea to solve the mystery, it was destroyed by new evidence five pages later. I had so many questions and so many ideas it was really difficult to go on.

 

Nonetheless, I was not that invested in the book at the beginning. I felt that it was a bit slow and I could not keep track on all the characters, who they were and what they were doing; but then the last 150 pages kept me on edge and I read this last part in one sitting.

 

If you like mystery and paranormal, you need to check this out, I bet you won’t be disappointed.

Booklikes-opoly update (25.05)

I've just finished Fellside. It was quite good but not really to my taste. I will post a review soon ;)

 

My edition was 486 pages long so I earned 5$  for this, yay!

 

Bank: 59$

 

It is now time for a new dice roll!

 

And ended up on:

 

 

And I got 

 

Which is:

 

  1. 8. Read in the wild! Take your book with you and find a place to read that isn't your living room for an hour!

 

This is so nice as the weather is finally hot and I am discovering great places around here (I moved in October and hadn't had the oportunity to visit the surroundings yet). i will post pictures soon! 

 

And I roll again because of the doubles:

 

 

 

And I ended up on:

 

 

For this, I decided to read Feed - Mira Grant , I'm excited but a bit anxious as well, seems creepy as hell.

 

 

SPOILER ALERT!

#36 - A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas

MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT!

 

Feyre went through a bit of a transformation in ACOMAF, the most obvious one is that she becomes a Fae. But it is not the only one; Feyre has lived a nightmare under the mountain and she has done things she will regret for the rest of her (immortal) life. But that also made her stronger. At the end of ACOMAF, she is not the same girl she was, so be prepared to meet the new Feyre in ACOWAR. She is deadly, unforgiving and you’d better not be her enemy, (just saying).

 

I have a million thoughts about this book and I feel like this review is gonna be a mess(I also feel like I’m often saying that). I won’t be able to write anything coherent with a structure and all that. It will just be messy (don’t say I did not warn you).

 

Feyre is back in the Spring Court with Tamlin and she is acting like she lived a nightmare in the Night Court (because Rhys is such a bad guy), but she is actually plotting her revenge to tear the Spring Court apart. Tamlin is such a brat, I want to strangle him. Seriously he was getting on my nerves after a few pages (my opinion has not changed but the end of the book made me a bit more sympathetic to him. Just a bit). Lucien is not as naïf as Tamlin (seriously, I don’t understand how he could not see anything happening, is it possible to be that blind?!) and he begins to have doubts about Feyre’s intention. Alis also knows Feyre is up to something and she asks her to liver her out of it. Well, a lot happens and in the end Feyre destroys them. The court is not trusting Tamlin anymore and it is chaos. Feyre leaves with Lucien (after smashing Ianthe’s hands. That was brutal, by the way).

 

 

Then it is the long awaited reunion between Feyre and Rhys (don’t tell me you were not waiting for it), and I was kind of disappointed. Too much sex, not enough talk. The sex scenes were not really to my taste and they weren’t necessary I think. But anyway, I was so happy they were finally back together. Feyre also gets to see all her friends, but most importantly her sisters (who are also Fae now) and it is not such a happy reunion. Nesta is as cold as ever and really protective towards Elain, while the later is depressive. They are trying to find a way to resist Hybern and they are planning a meeting with the other High Lords to try to form alliances. A lot of stuff happened, Feyre is making new dangerous "friends" and searches for some powerful objects that everyone is afraid of. Then the war happens and miraculously, everyone lives. I was so ready for someone to die, I thought it would be Cassian and I was so scared, but I was ready. But nothing happened. Well, yes, Rhys dies. Oh no, he came back from the dead. Just like Feyre. I did not believe it for one second. And it happens so fast that you don’t even have the time to be sad.

 

There is also a tiny bit of diversity in this book and I did not expect it. It was a great twist in Mor/Cassian/Az story. I loved all the new characters and I’m glad to see more of some of them. Nesta is my new favourite, honestly. She is so great! I also did not expect to see Feyre’s father. Maybe it should have been obvious but I almost cried when he appeared (well, it was not a long apparition, but still). Feyre is ready to do anything to protect those she loves (Rhys is beating everyone in this category, is this male even real? He is probably Abnegation).

 

I’m really excited about the new stories to come about this world because Sarah J Maas did a really good job building all this. I loved every page of this book and I am so sad it’s already over. One word to describe this trilogy: perfection

Booklikes-opoly update (20.05)

I've just finished A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas    and it was really good. I don't feel as bad as when I finished ACOMAF, maybe because this book has a kind of closure whereas the other hadn't. I will try to write a review in the days to come.

 

Anyway, for this I earned 5$ (699 pages).

 

Bank: 54$

 

So let's roll again!

 

I got:

 

 

Which landed me on

 

 

 

For this, I decided to read Fellside - M.R. Carey    by M. R. Carey. I adored The Girl with all the gifts and I’m curious about this mysterious book.

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U4 Jules by Carole Trebor
Progress: 308/431pages
The Game by Terry Schott

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