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#35 - Savages by Katherine Bogle

Savages: Chronicles of Warshard - Katherine Bogle

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

 

The story of Breen and Drakkone was interesting. I love the tribesmen with their way of life, they ideals and the fact that they would do anything to protect their people. I love the main idea behind the Academy, taking "savages" to make them fight for the Empire. I think it was a great subject to explore.

The first part of the story is about Breen, how she is taken from her tribe and made to fight for the Emperor. Breen is strong and does not want to break, but it is difficult, she wants to give up. Until she meets Drakkone who seems to want to help her. She is wary but she soon starts to develop feeling for him. Their relationship was evolving way too fast for my taste, I did not really enjoy that fact. There is also another event that felt really unecessary for me, but I won't mention it because of spoilers.

 

I enjoyed this part of the book. It was interesting to meet these people and see how strong Breen can be, even if in the end, she is only human and cannot stomach everything.

 

Part two is about another character (you will discover who she is by reading the story). I did not really enjoy it. I felt like a big part of the story was unexplained. I do not really know what was happening with Nina, why she had these powers, what the powers really were etc. I don't know if it was on purpose or if it is because I did not read the first book (it is the second book in the series, but it does not seem to follow the same characters so I'm not sure of what I miss).


I did not really connect with any of the characters either.

In brief, I enjoy reading this story but not more than that. It was not bad, but it was not great either. Still, I recommend reading it if you want something a bit exotic.

#34 - The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire. Mistborn Book One - Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire is the first book in the Mistborn trilogy (which is then followed by another trilogy taking place years after the original one).

 

I finally decided to read a Brandon Sanderson book and it was the best idea ever! I have heard nothing but great things about the Mistborn trilogy and I wanted to discover this famous world.

 

The magic system is certainly the most unique thing about this book. It is well developed and really complex, it took me some time to get familiar with it as it was not really easy to understand. The author really created something particular and put a lot of thoughts into it.

 

The characters are just great. Vin is not your typical YA heroin, she is still the chosen one, who seems to be unique, the only one of her kind and things like that, but she is not annoying as I think many young female characters can be. She experiences teenager trouble, but it is not such an important part of the book, while still being present. The author really managed to create a character that felt real (despite the fact that has magical powers, of course). I also really love her ideals; it takes her some time to understand what she wants, but once she does, she will do anything to get it. The other characters are also well developed, all having their own motives that you sometimes don’t get until the end of the book.

 

I also love the dynamics of the story. Sometimes months passed between events; which seems logical and makes the story more real. Most of the books I read are taking place in a few months time making the story a bit more unreal because it is going too fast. It was not the case in The Final Empire and I felt it refreshing.

The plot was full of twists. There were many things I did not see coming.

 

The writing was also refreshing. Brandon Sanderson really has his own way of writing and it was beautiful but still easy to follow.

 

It had been a long time since I had read such an amazing fantasy book. I definitely recommend this series to everyone who has not read it yet. It is massive, but it is so great you will just keep on reading.

Booklikes-opoly update (14.05)

I did not read anything for my last roll and I am back from my week-end away (with some new books as well!), so I'm excited to roll again!

 

Bank: 49$

 

 

Which landed me on:

 

 

For this I will read A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas  (which has more than 555 pages). Honestly, If the spot I had landed on did not fit ACOWAR I would have just read it anyway without counting it for booklikes-opoly I'm way too excited about this book!!! Still, I want to take my time reading it and not rushing too much.. I know it will be worth it!

 

 

Booklikes-opoly update (11.05)

I finished The Final Empirewhich was amazing!!

 

It was 642 pages long so I earned 5$.

 

Bank: 49$

 

I'm also currently doing Bout of Books readathon so I'm excited to roll to chose my next read!

 

 

Which landed me on:

 

 

Ok, really not my cup of tea and I don't have any book that matches on my TBR. I think I will pass this one and roll again when I'm back from my small holiday.

 

#33 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

I am not used to classic, English not being my first language, I tend to avoid older books as the languages used is often more complex and requires more concentration. However, this book was surprisingly easy to read. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style, which was quite simple but beautiful.

 

My problem was the ending; it felt rushed. The book was really short and could have been a little bit longer with a slower ending. I was a bit confused about what was happening because it was just too fast.

 

Still, I am glad I finally read this book because I really enjoyed it. Onto the movie(s) now!

Bout of Books Update

The Final Empire. Mistborn Book One - Brandon Sanderson Savages: Chronicles of Warshard - Katherine Bogle

Day 1 - May 8th

Pages read: 168 pages

Books read: 0

Currently reading: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

 

Not too bad. I was really tired from the weekend and fell asleep while reading... That's annoying.

 

Day 2 - May 9th

Pages read: 194 pages

Books read: 0

Currently reading: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (on page 362)

 

Day 3 - May 10th

Pages read: 154 pages

Book read: 0

Currently reading: The Final Empire

 

I totally fell asleep again. What is wrong with me? This book is amazing!

 

Day 4 - May 11th

Pages read: 127 pages

Book read: 1

 

I just finished The Final Empire. Wow, it was so good! I'm not sure I will read more tonight, or maybe I will but it is currently 11.39 so I guess it will be pas midnight by the time I start another book. We'll see :) 

 

Day 5 - May 12th

% read: 23% 

Book read: 1

Currently reading: Savages by Katherine Bogle

 

Day 6 - May 13th

% read: 31% 

Book read: 1

Currently reading: Savages by Katherine Bogle

 

Total:

643 pages

Booklikes-opoly update (7.05)

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald 

 

I finished The Great Gatsby yesterday which I quite enjoyed. My edition was 189 pages so I earned 2$! I read it for the spot Main Street 11 as part of my rolls for Dewey's readathon.

 

Bank: 44$

 

Onto the next roll then!

 

 

And I'm now on:

 

 

 

For this, I'm going to read The Final Empire. Mistborn Book One - Brandon Sanderson    (published in 2006). I've never read a Brandon Sanderson book and I think it is time I do so! It will also probably be my first read for Bout of Books because I'm not sure I'll be able to read today. My friend who lives in Italy is visiting me and we are planning on exploring the city and having a dinner at my place later. So I'm not sure I will have time to read before midnight when the readathon will be officially on!

 

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Bout of Books Sign Up

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

 

Bout of Books

 

I finally decided to join. I will work everyday but instead of watching a series when coming home or playing video games, I will read (well, I already read everyday before going to bed, but I will just spend all my evenings reading this week). Also, I will certainly not have time to read during the weekend because I'm going on a citytrip with my friends from Friday till Sunday. But I definitely want to join because it will be so much fun!

 

I'm so excited! Time to do my TBR... :D

 

 

#32 - Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer - Morgan Matson

Contemporary books are not my favourite, I liked them from time to time but it is definitely not what I read the most.

Morgan Matson's books are always great, funny and emotional. This one was definitely more emotional. I don't often cry while reading, but the ending made me sobbing. I was cleaning the house while listening to the audiobook and I had to stop and sit down, it was too much, too emotional.

I also love all the flashbacks through which you can understand what happened; it was really easy to follow even on audiobook (which is definitely more difficult for me usually).

Taylor is a nice character, but even if she is the main character, I did not really connect with her. All the characters are great and I felt that even if the story is told through Taylor, the other characters were also well developed and I felt I knew them as much as I knew Taylor.

It is really a great book worth reading if you love contemporary and you are not afraid to cry.

#31 - The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Patchwork Girl of Oz - L. Frank Baum, John R. Neill

(I know it should be #30. But book 30 was "In the Dark, in the Woods" and I'm not ready to write a review. I am not sure I wil)

 

Great, as usual! I love meeting new characters (Dorothy is no longer the main character), but still getting to see a bit of the old ones, that was great.

The part with the Horners was hilarious, I love all the puns.

I can't wait to read other Oz stories, this author was a genius!
 
This was my read for Fantasyland 7 and I earned 3$ for this (262 pages)!
 
Bank: 45$
 
Onto The Great Gatsby now, that I chose for Main Street 11.

Booklikes-opoly update

In the Dark, in the Woods - Phoebe Sparrow, Eliza Wass, Audible Studios

I finished Tomorrowland 34, for which I read In the Dark in the Woods (also known as The Creswell Plot) by Eliza Wass. My editions was 304 pages long, so I earned 3$ for this!

 

Bank: 42$

 

I'm not sure I will be able to write a review for this book, I need time to process. It was amazing, but it was also disturbing and thought-provoking. I gave it 5/5 stars.

 

Next book will be The Patchwork girl of Oz that I am reading for Fantasyland 7. It will be a much lighter read ;) !

April Wrap Up + currently reading

I read six books during the month of April.

 

4 stars:

 

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer  - Rick Riordan The Emerald City of Oz - L. Frank Baum The Midnight Star - Marie Lu 

 

 

3 stars:

 

The Time Machine - Greg Bear,H.G. Wells  The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die) - Danielle  Paige  Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) - Cassandra Clare  

 

 

 

I'm also currently reading 3 books. I'm 20% into The Game - Terry Schott  which is really great so far. I'm also listening to Second Chance Summer on Audible, a book I've been meaning to read for ages and I'm enjoying it a lot! And I'm almost done with In the Dark, in The Woods which is really creepy and disturbing. I like it!

 

I've also watched a lot of series recently, which is why I read less this month. I finished Orange is the new black and am desperatly waiting for the next episodes. I also just started Riverdale, which is quite cool. And The 100 is back!!

 

What have you read this month? Anything good?

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

 

 

 

 

#29 - The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The Time Machine - Greg Bear, H.G. Wells

The Time Machine is more an analysis of the society than it is a novel. The world in which the Time Traveler landed is quite weird and a bit crazy. I love how the Time Traveler is trying to explain everything he sees and how this society is organized. When he discovered how these "people" really live, he is kind of surprised and a bit scared. It was surprising to see that this author could think of this as a plausible future (well, not that much in a sense). Our interpretation of the future is really different from H.G. Wells' one. Because our fears are different than they were during his time, because we know how we are screwing up and what it may cause in the future.

 

It is a short book but not an easy one. The plot is quite simple to follow, but I guess I would have to read it at least 10 times to get everything he is trying to say.

 

Really enjoyed it, it was interesting.

#28 - Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) - Cassandra Clare

I finally decided to read this book. I quite enjoyed reading The Mortal Instruments and I really liked The Infernal Devices. This is the first book in The Dark Artifices series, which I think, I will enjoy as well.

 

The first installement was a great introduction to Emma and Julian's world. As we already know a lot about Shadowhunters by now, there were less world building than in The Mortal Instruments, but there were some little indications saying who was Clary and Jace, or Magnus for example. We also get to meet Jem and Tessa (which was amazing!) and we meet a lot of new characters. If you have read The Mortal Instruments, you already know the Blackthorns. But in this book, we got to really meet them and I think all of them are incredible. They are really different characters, not too complex, but they still surprise you sometimes. 

 

The plot was simple and full of tropes we know from other shadowhunters stories or from YA books in general (impossible love...). However, it was not a problem for me, I'm not yet bored of it :)

 

I'm not sure if what I've just written made sense, I'm really tired and I need to catch my train. In brief, I liked the book, I'm going to continue on with the series, but I'm not sure it will be my favourite Cassandra Clare's series.

Booklikes-opoly + Readathon

Have you seen the great news? :D http://moonlightreader.booklikes.com/post/1558712/booklikes-opoly-readathon-extra-rolls

 

Well, we are 3 hours into the readathon and I managed to read/listened to audiobook for the whole time so far, I did not take a break yet (well I'm taking a break right now to write this post obviously)! I know I won't be able to participate in the entire readathon, as I have other obligations and my starting time was 2pm, so it's already 5pm here and I will have to leave the house soon. 

 

I finished The Time Machine - Greg Bear,H.G. Wells  and started listening to Second Chance Summer - Morgan Matson   while showering/doing chores.

 

I got 1$ for The Time Machine (my kindle edition was 88 pages), so my bank is now 39$.

 

So let's roll again in honour of this readathon :)

 

Roll 1

 

I got 4 !

 

And landed on the BL square again.

 

 

I got a 3 this time which is:

 

 

So, where should I go? :)

 

I will follow As the page's turns...'s idea and go to #34, which is:

 

 

 

 For this, I'm going to read In the Dark, in the Woods - Phoebe Sparrow,Eliza Wass,Audible Studios .

 

Roll 2

 

 

 

I got a 10 and I'm now on: 

 

 

 

And for this, I'm gonna read The Patchwork Girl of Oz - L. Frank Baum,John R. Neill  (I'm not sure this one has talking animals but all the others had so I guess we'll meet one at a certain point. And anyway, it was published before 2000).

 

Roll 3

 

 

 

Which landed me on:

 

 

 

This one is a little bite more difficult. I'm going to read The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald . I've never read the book/seen the movie (crazy, right?!). So it's about time I read it!!

 

Readathon is not over. I read way less than I wanted to (I left home at 6pm anc came back at 4am, which was not really supposed to happen). There are still a little less than 4hours left (and two of them will be me in the train reading, yeeeeeah!)

 

I hope you are all having a great time during this readathon!

Booklikes-opoly: Update + 4th dice roll

Bank: 38$

 

Let's do this again! 

 

 

I got a 9 which landed me on...

 

 

Ok so this is something I'm not familiar with! Which is good! For this I decided to read a classic, which is The Time Machine - H.G. Wells,Greg Bear  I've been meaning to read this book for ages, so let's do this! 

 

 

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