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

#15 Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay

It's always amazing to re-read a Harry Potter book. I have so many feeling every single time and I never get bored!

The illustrations are stunning and really add something to the story in my opinion. This one was creepy though, with all the spiders...

Anyone heard about this museum before? It's dedicated to Middle Earth :D And guess who is the lucky one to go there this weekend... ?! I'm so excited. I've never been to Switzerland either so I can't wait to visit this country.

 

Here the website in English if you're interested: Greisinger Museum

 

I'll sure post pictures when I come back on Monday!

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Line.

#14 Hard to Get by Cynthia Dane and Hildred Billings

Hard to Get - Cynthia Dane, Hildred Billings

3.5/5

 

This was a really interesting read. Although I'm not usually into these kind of books, I'm tryin to be more open about new adult books and read more of them. This one was free and seemed cool.

 

It was really great. The relationship between the two main characters was great and the dynamic of the book was well handled, even if I thought it was just a bit too long.

 

But this book also has a strong message. About relationships between women and the effect it has in our society. It made me think about stuff I don't usually think about. Yes, I care for gay rights, I always have. But I never really thought about how difficult it must be for women, because two women together is a fantasy in many men's minds. And it can be a problem. It is a problem, actually.

 

Anyway, I'm not here to talk about that too much, but I thought it was impressive how well the subject was handled while being really subtle at the same time. It was not moralizing, but it made me think, and that is great!

#13 - REREAD: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword (Red Queen) - Victoria Aveyard

I first read this book last year in March. I decided to re-read it, after re-reading Red Queen and before starting King's Cage (still haven't received my copy, but it's supposed to be here next week!)

 

See my original review on Goodreads.

 

My rating is still the same and I don't have a lot to add about this book. It felt flat to me but I hope it's a way to prepare us for King's Cage. I'm really excited about it and I hope I won't be disappointed. I know it's already out, but I  don't want to read reviews, I need to make my own opinion (and reading other people's reviews will influence me, whether I like it or not!).

# 12 - REREAD: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

I first read this book in May 2015. At the time, I had not read that many dystopian/fantasy YA novels. I can say I have read a lot more now, and my opinion of this book has chance just a tiny bit. My rating is still the same though!

 

I decided to re-read the series before starting King's Cage because I realized there were so many things I forgot. 

 

See my original review on Goodreads/Booklikes

 

My opinion changed in the fact that I can see the flaws in the book now. I could not see them that clearly the first time I read it. The plot does not always make sense and some elements are just too forced and do not feel natural. Still, I totally enjoyed the world created by the author and Mare does not annoy me as much as she seems to annoy other people. Yes, now I can see what is annoying about here. But I do not dislike her, I even like her.

 

Knowing what was going to happen at the end, I feel like there were not a single thing that show that something like that was going to happen. The first time I found it really great, but this time I felt like it was not realistic. Somebody who is going to betray someone else in that way should show some indications that he is not totally loyal. I found it a bit weird and I would have liked to find more evidences now that I know how it ends.

 

Anyway, this book is great. I think more people should read it without paying attention to other people’s bad reviews. I always want to make an opinion by myself, even if the reviews are bad (I’m even tempted to read Carve the Mark… almost).

 

 

#11 - Rebellion by Kass Morgan

Rebellion - Kass Morgan

I don't really know what to say about this series. I really enjoyed the TV show and not so much the book series. It is something that does not happen really often...  I guess I shouldn't have started the TV show before reading the book series. the TV show has way more content than the books and is much longer.

If you do not compare it to the TV show (which is now impossible for me), the book series is quite fun to read. The idea and the world created by the author are great, I love the concept. The characters are also great and well developed.  But I just could not stop comparing them to the TV show characters, who are not the same at all. That was confusing, especially at the beginning.

I guess it's a great and original book series but the TV show made it look flat and that is such a shame. I still recommend reading this (even more if you have never seen the show!)

#10 - Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval - Stephanie G. Garber

I requested this book on NetGalley a few weeks ago but did not got approved. I thought, not a big deal, I'll wait for it to come out. Then I went to Maastricht and found it in the bookstore (really, I should check this place more often, they have a lot of new releases), it was not even supposed to be out yet.

 

Anyway, I grabbed it. And I was really surprised by this book. I was not expecting that at all. I was expecting something darker and bloodier (even if there was some blood and it was not always joyful), but that was fine. There was something totally crazy about this book and I loved it.

 

The events of the book take place in a few days (or rather nights) and it was quite fast-paced. I did not really keep track of all the events, the plot had not such a great importance for me because I was mesmerized by the world the author created and the crazy ideas she had. It wasn't like anything I had ever read. It was different and I liked that.

 

The characters were great and difficult to pinpoint. They were not that complex, there was a sort of good against evil, but some of them were really mysterious.

 

I recommend this book if you're in the mood for some craziness.

January Book Haul

 

These are the books I bought in the month of January (except Harry Potter that my boyfriend got me for our 8 year anniversary!). I'm really really excited about all of them. I have already read Heartless, The Crown's Game and The Jewel.

 

I also got 3 ebooks (which I already read as well) Rebel of The Sands, Traitor to the Throne and Confessions from a coffee shop.

 

I don't really have a TBR for the month of February. The problem is that I'm so excited about a lot of books, I have no idea what to pick up when I finish Caraval... Any suggestions? ;)

Reading Habits

Well, I might as well do it :D !

 

1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?

 

Most of the time, I read in my bed before going to sleep. But I also read on the couch, in the bathtub or while eating.

 

 

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

 

Both. I love collecting bookmarks and I have a huge stacks on my nightstand, but I often forget those in books and when I start a new one, I don't always have a bookmark at hand (but I always have receipts everywhere.

 

3. Can you  just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?

 

I usually stop at the end of a chapter, but when I'm in the bus, I have to stop reading when I reach my stop (obviously). It also happens when I fall asleep..

 

4. Do you eat or drink while read?

 

I often drink tea. I also read during breakfast so whatever I'm having then.

 

5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?

 

I can read while someone is watching TV or playing a game or making loud noises. But if the TV is on and that I want to read, I will focus on the book. Sometimes I listen to music, but I often get carried away by the song and stop reading, so I don' t do it often.

 

6. One book at a time or several at once?

 

It depends, but I can do both. I often read a physical book as well as an e-book. When I read big or difficult books, I always read smaller ones at the same time.

 

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

 

Absolutely everywhere. Mostly in the bus. But also in the car, in the queue, in the bathroom while brushing my teeth, in the kitchen when something is taking a long time to cook...

 

 

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

 

Silently in my head. But sometimes when a character has a funny accent I try to do it out loud (always a big epic fail).

 

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

 

I don't skip pages (I used to do it when I had to read boring books for university) but sometimes I'm too eager and I read some lines ahead (I can't control it, I'm spoiling myself! That's why I'm bad with comics, I always look at the bottom of the page)

 

10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?

 

I try to keep my books as new as possible. But my Game of Thrones copies for example are all destroyed cause I used to take them everhywere.

 

11. Do you write in your books?

 

I used to do that for my litterature course at university (you should see my copy of To Kill a Mockinbird, really). But most of the time I put sticky notes or underline a sentence with a pencil. I don't do it often though.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

# 9 - The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

This one will definitely categorised in the "books that made me cry". I did not really cry, but my throat was often really tight and my eyes watering.  This is a tragic story. So beautifully told. It is sad, but it is also full of hope.

Some recents event made me even more emotional about this. But it gave me hope, I like to think they are in their heaven watching over us all, and most importantly, they are together.

This book was heartbreaking.  The death of Susie (it's really no spoiler) was not sad, it was tragic but told in a "practical" way. No, what was sad was Susie watching over the people she loves, the people she used to know. Seeing how their lives were going on without her. How her mother needed space, her father was devastated and her siblings had a really hard time.

This story was beautifully written. The plot had no real importance, it was there to show you that life is going on, you cannot stop it. What was important in this book were the words used by the author.
I really recommend it if you are in the mood for a sad/beautiful book.

January Wrap-Up

I read a total of 9 books in January. Not too bad! Most of the books I read were absolutely amazing/enjoyable. Two of them did not really keep my interest, but I still manage to finish them (and they got 3 stars because I feel like these books could be enjoyed by other people, they were not bad, just not for me.)

 

5 stars:

 

The Crown's Game - Evelyn Skye  Traitor to the Throne - Alwyn Hamilton  Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) by Taylor, Laini (2012) Paperback - Laini Taylor  

 

4 stars:

 

The Jewel - Amy Ewing  Heartless - Marissa Meyer  Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton  The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold  

 

 

3 stars:

 

Confessions From A Coffee Shop - T. B. Markinson  Unfurl - Cidney Swanson  

 

 

 

I watched many movies and series episode! I'm almost done with Gilmore Girls, I have 3 episodes left before finishing season 7 (which is the last one before the new season). I'm also currently watching Shadowhunters as the episodes are coming out. I'm still not sure about this series, I love to see the world of the Mortal Instruments on screen, but I have a lot of issues with how it is done.

I re-watched Star Wars episodes I, II & III and went to the movie to see Rogue One, which I really enjoyed! I think it was quite good (just give me a kickass female character , some good explosions and Darth Vader and I'm happy), better than episode VII actually, which I did not enjoy that much. 

 

I also bought many great books (I'll show them to you in my Book Haul) so I don't know what to read next, I have too many options!! I'm also going on a trip to Switzerland next month and I can't wait (we are going to see Greisinger Museum, which is a museul dedicated to Tolkien, can it be more exciting?!), it means 7 hours in the car so... reading time. I've never been to Switzerland, it seems really pretty!

 

I hope you all had a great month!

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

#8 - Unfurl by Cidney Swanson

Unfurl - Cidney Swanson

The Ripple Series by Cidney Swanson

 

I got the first book of the series for free and I did not really enjoy it (I gave it 2/5 stars). Then I found the entire series for free and decided to read the rest of it. I was not particularly fond of this series, nor the chracters, nor the plot was working for me. It was not bad, it just did not really keep my interest.

 

The whole "ripple" thing was not a bad idea, it was quite original and I liked how it was handled. But the plot was not really interesting, I did not particularly care about what was going to happen next. The characters were flat, not well developed and I did not connect with any of them. The writing was not bad, but not particularly good either.

 

I did not have issues with the writing or with the book in general, it just did not work that much for me.

 

(I also understood that there were more books in the series, not only three like I thought. They seem to focus on other characters)

#7 - Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Traitor to the Throne - Alwyn Hamilton

I started this review over and over again, I have many thoughts to share with you and I don't know how to do that. This book was amazing and will probably be one of my favourite book of 2017.

 

I won't say a lot about the plot because it is the second installment in the series already, and I don't want to spoil anyone. I just need to say that it was amazing, it was full of actions but it was not too much either. It was not too predictable, many things happened that I did not see coming at all.

 

The characters are perfect. Seriously, they are all really well-developed even if the book is told from Amani's perspective. We only have access to her thoughts but it seems like we know all the characters really well, as if you knew what they were thinking (even better than Amani sometimes), why they were acting a certain way etc. It was impressive.

 

I love the world the author created. It's full of magic, but at the same time it seems so real. There is no good against evil and Amani begins to understand that in this book. It is a really important shift in her, she understands that everyone has his own side of the story, and what is good to you can be bad to someone else. She also starts to question the cause she is fighting for. We see Amani growing so much in this part of the book. There is also the fact that Amani often wonders what people would remember of her story, of the rebellion in many years. And I think that concept is soooo interesting. 

 

There are legends and myths told at certain points in the book to explain one character for example, and these were great. They also explain who the world was created, how the magic works... Stories to explain things people cannot really explain.

 

Another plus in the book, is the attention the author paid to linguistic details. There are translators (should be called interpreters) for the foreign ambassadors and it added to the realistic feel of this book. No, we do not all speak the same language and it's a detail often forgotten in books. The author did a good job depicting this reality.

Something that, at first bothered me, but then I found genius, is the change of pronoun for Imin. She is a shapeshifter, so is she male or female? She is refered to as she and then as he as she changed her appearance. I really appreciated the effort the author put into that.

 

I think we can definitely call this book a "diverse" one. Different ethnicities are depicted in it (the Xichian, the Mirajin, the Gallans etc.), they all have their language, their physical characteristics, their cultures... I really would have loved to learn more about every single one of them. Then, there is Imin (a "he"? a "she"? both?), there are minorities (Demdji seen as demons by some people because they are different). It was great.

 

This book was about friendship, love, family, betrayal, loyalty, sacrifice, power, vengeance and so much more. It was also about growing up, discovering who you are and what you are fighting for, and most important why you are fighting for it. I love every single word of it and I definitely recommend it. 

 

#6 - The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game - Evelyn Skye

I was tempted to rate this book 4/5, but then the ending convinced me to rate it 5/5. This a debut novel and I have to say, I’m impress.

 

The setting was amazing. I’ve always been a bit fascinated by Russia but I don’t really know anything about it. It’s a country I’m not familiar with, so I was really glad to learn more about Russian culture. The author did a lot of research about it and it seems really accurate (she actually explains at the end of the book what is real and what is made up). The passion for Russia that the author has is really present in this book, I could feel it and I was really glad for it, it’s always amazing when someone can show his/her interest about something through his/her writing. I love discovering new things so it made me enjoy the book even more.

 

The plot was not that original. It’s about magic and enchanters and a game in which the loser has to die; nothing really new here. But I did love the magic system and the fact that only a few people have access to magic (two in Russia for example, but it’s extremely rare, most of the time there is only one enchanter). I found it really great that the other people don’t see the magic. It’s not common to handle magic like that in books (well at least, I have not read that in many books). The enchanters perform magic in public, without bothering hiding it, because the people just don’t see it. They think magic does not exist, so they always find a rational explanation for the extraordinary stuff they see. Isn’t great? It’s like in real life, we do not believe in what we do not see. It was a plus for me.

 

Apart from the magic system, the game in itself was not what I expected. I thought about an arena or something like that, but it was not that at all. I won’t say any more, you’ll see for yourself! And it was not a bad thing, really, I liked it.

The ending blew my mind. I was not at all expecting that. I thought it was not going to end this way and I’m glad it did (even if I’m not really happy about what happened, and even a  bit sad, but at least it was not to be expected). There are revelations and something I did not see coming at first, even if it was quite obvious. I like it when books surprise me!

 

The characters are what almost made me give only 4 stars. They were not enough developed for my taste, I would have liked to learn more about Vika for example, we do not really understand what she feels. Pasha and Nikolai were quite easy to understand, but still, I would have liked a bit more of their thoughts.

 

Rating: 5/5. I would gladly re-read this book in the future and I’m really excited about book two, which is The Crown’s Fate (to be released in May 2017).

I will recommend it to… people who love magic, impossible love (and love triangle)!

Reading progress update: I've read 2%.

Traitor to the Throne - Alwyn Hamilton

Oh my, I'm so excited about this book. 

#5 - Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless - Marissa Meyer

When I saw Marissa Meyer was writing a new book, I could not wait for it. When I saw it was a retelling, I was even happier. I pre-ordered the book, but it never came. I have no idea why, but when it was supposed to be sent, I got an e-mail telling me it was out of stock (why preorder a book if it's out of stock even after you preordered it... I have no idea.). And I could not find it anywhere (see, I live in a French speaking country where the english section in a bookstore is really really small. And they never have the latest book). I was desperate! Then I went to Maastricht (Netherlands, which is basically next to my home. It's a bookstore inside a church, don't know if you've already heard about it but it's pretty amazing) and I found it!! I was so happy I started it in the car.

 

Let's get to the actual review now instead ot this jabbering.

 

I liked that I found the craziness from Alice in Wonderland, all this nonsense that made me laugh so hard the first time I read it (just like The Wizard of Oz, does not make any sense, and it's amazing). Marissa Meyer did a really good job reproducing this atmosphere, the writing was amazing.

 

I did not expected Catherine to be like that, I was expecting I would be more inclined to love her (to hate more afterwards of course), but I actually did not really like her from the beginning. We can sense that she is growing more and more angry and mad and it's so well done (just like Queen Levana in the Lunar Chronicles, it's slow and powerful).

 

The food, OMG, the food described in this book. You can't read this and not want to eat tons of cakes. It was so beautifully described... it was mouthwatering.

 

The plot was great, I could feel what was going to happen, but it still surprised me when it did. I could feel Catherine's feelings growing stronger, her helplessness, her wish to open a bakery even if she knew she could not do it, her struggle between love and reason... It was great, really.
Now, I feel like I understand The Queen of Hearts. This is something I totally adore about villains, getting to know how they become like that. Because I'm convinced nobody's bad from the beginning, there is always something happening to make you who you are.

 

 

 

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