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

#21 - Thirteen reasons why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

This book was hard. Not as hard as I though it would be, but definitely hard. What you do matter to other people, it can influence their lives. Even insignificant events, maybe those are not that insignificant to everyone.


Reading this book, I thought a lot about high school and primary school and I remembered all the little things I did that now make me feel like an asshole. I also remember what other people did that make me feel like shit. I would not want to live these years over again, teen years are the hardest.


This book has to be read, I think it should be read and discussed in class. It matters.

The format is also really great, I love how Hannas' story is shown through the tapes.
I really recommend this !

#20 - Days of Blood and Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight - Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight is the second book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. This book has all the ingredients needed for me to love it: impossible love between two enemies, badass female characters (can’t seem to get tired of that) and good against evil where the good is not that good and the evil can also be good. I always love this concept.

 

In this book, you get to know more chimaeras and their ways of life. But you also meet more seraphim and you see how they live as well. That was great to have an insight on both people. You also get to see more of your favourite humans… Just saying!

 

This book was a bit darker than the first one; some things were indeed hard to read and gave me the chill. Karou, our strong female protagonist, has some vulnerability and can also experience some real troubles like any other girl. I think that was really clever, even if it was a hard moment (if you’ve read it, I guess you can see what I’m talking about).

 

The plot, the world building, the characters were great. The best thing about this book though is the writing. I love how the author managed to write in different styles while it seems so fluid and natural. I absolutely adored it!

 

I already have the next book in the trilogy and I can’t wait to read it (probably next month!)

#19 - Riquet à la houppe by Amélie Nothomb

Riquet à la houppe - Amélie Nothomb

Again, 5 out of 5 stars for this author. I just can't seem to get tired of her. All her books are really similar, and while the plot is never that important to me.. the way she writes is. It's amazing. She is one of the first author I was introduced to as a teenager and she gives me the love for words. Amélie Nothomb showed me how important words can be. And what you can make of them.

 

I read this book at the book fair in Bruxelles while waiting to meet her. The reading experience was thus so much beter (even if I was standing, hot and thirsty. I waited almost 3 hours, but it was worth it!). Meeting her was such a great experience. She is kind and takes the time to speak to every single person that wants to meet her. She also compliments people a lot and told me I was ravissante and that I seemed way much younger than I was. She also ALWAYS writes back if you send her a letter. She is a great writer but also seems like a great person.

 

(I guess it's also the first time I show my face here, hello)

 

As usual, this book was fanstastic. I cannot review any of her books, first of all because I won't be impartial, but also because I don't know what to say, except that her writing is extraordinary and that I loved every single word of it.

 

 

#18 - King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

King's Cage (Red Queen) - Victoria Aveyard

When I read Red Queen, I enjoyed it whereas a lot of people had issues with it. Then, I read Glass Sword and I was not that enthusiastic about the book. Still, I liked the story and the world created by the author so I picked up King’s Cage. And I was so disappointed.


The book starts right where you finished Glass Sword, which is good because I was dying to know what was going to happen (boy, this scene was such a disappointment). You then have what seems like a million pages of Mare complaining (ok, this time she has the right to do so. Still, she annoyed me. I was the one defending here in Glass Sword, but that’s over. I don’t like her in this book. At all).

The plot was slow, too slow for my taste. I was expecting something big to happen, but nothing really did. I felt like I just read 500 pages of basically nothing. That is a bit sad, but I still found myself having fun reading this book and wanting to know what was going to happen. Why? I can't say. I liked the series, so I kept on reading.

 

Don’t get me wrong, this book was not all bad, some elements were actually great; having Eveline’s POV was amazing, I feel like I got to know here a little bit better and I liked her a lot, actually. Cameron also has her own POV, I don't particularly like this character, even if she is strong and fierce, totally the kind of female characters I like, but no. I did not work for me and her POV was unnecessary. Apart from her complaining about Mare and saying how selfish and annoying she is, it did not add anything to the story. There is one particular event I was looking for (as far as Cameron is concern), but it was also a disappointment when it happened.

 

I love Maven and I hate him at the same time: this is what makes a great villain for me. But sometimes, he just seemed flat and not developed enough. I liked seeing a bit of his vulnerability though, that was good.

 

I do not know what more to tell without any spoilers, but the book was not that good. I still gave it 3/5 stars, because I think it is a great series and I still want to give it a chance. I will definitely read the next book to know what is going to happen. And I hope it will be better

#17 - Mindspeak by Heather Sunseri

Mindspeak - Heather Sunseri

I don't remember how I got this book, but it was on my Kindle and I decided to start it while traveling. I quite enjoyed it, but not more than that. I mean, I did not relate to any of the characters nor did I particularly care about them. I could not really get into the story. The writing was not bad, but it was nothing special either.

It was an entertaining read with an interesting concept. But I'm not sure I'll continue on with the rest of the series.

February Wrap-Up

During the mont of February, I read 7 books.

 

5 stars:

 

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

 

4 stars:

 

Caraval - Stephanie G. Garber Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard 

 

 

3 stars:

 

The White Rose - Amy Ewing  Hard to Get - Cynthia Dane,Hildred Billings  Rebellion - Kass Morgan  Glass Sword (Red Queen) - Victoria Aveyard  

 

 

My favourite read was obviously Harry Potter, but I really enjoy Caraval as well. Red Queen and Glass Sword were re-read. 

 

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

 

 

 

#16: The White Rose by Amy Ewing

The White Rose - Amy Ewing

As usual, I find myself not really liking the second book of a trilogy. It's always difficult for me to rate them or to know what to think of them. This one was particularly not to my liking. I mean, I liked to learn more about this world and the plot was great but it just felt flat. There was no real dynamics in the book; I was not captivated by it.

 

The plot was great: the truth about the Surrogates and about the creation of The Lone City was quite a surprise and I found the idea really good, it quite surprised me, I was not expecting that. But the book was too slow, by the time Violet and her friends find the truth and decide to do something about it, the book is over. I felt like nothing happened during this book and that was the problem with it.

 

However, there is this really great plot twist at the end that was just amazing! I will definitely read the third book and I hope I will like it more than The White Rose.

 

Greisinger Museum: Welcome to Middle Earth

Ok guys, I’ve just come back from my trip to Switzerland. We went there specifically to visit The Greisinger Museum, which is a museum entirely dedicated to Middle Earth and to Tolkien's universe. After our 8 hour-road-trip (including traffic jams, a one-hours detour because of a stupid sat nav and many many tunnels), we finally arrive at our hotel on Friday night and were too tired to even eat a proper meal before going straight to bed.

 

The day after, the weather was fantastic and we discover we were surrounded by mountains (it was so dark when we arrived, we had no idea!). And we went to Jenins, a really small town, where the Museum is located.

 

Guys, If you are a diehard Tolkien fan (or not!) you NEED to go there. It's absolutely amazing. I really recommend it, I know most of you are from America, but if one day you're taking a tour of Europe, do not miss the chance. It's absolutely wonderful.

 

 

 

 

This museum starts... in Bilbo's house (as you can see on the picture) and continues into many other underground rooms, including Moria (with its Balrog), The Gates of Argonath, Gondor… You’ll even meet an Ent as well as Gandalf. Needles to say, you’ll feel like in Middle Earth (or in Heaven). But it’s not the only amazing thing about this museum. You’ll have the chance to see thousands of books, including really rare and even unique books; editions of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit in different languages, first editions, books about Tolkien, letters written by Tolkien, books signed by him… I was speechless!

 

 

 

Furthermore, many wonderful paintings are hung on the walls, all of them originals ones (and stunning ones too)! And many beautiful objects, like replicas of the weapons used in the movies, figurines (there is one of Peter Jackson), helmets, cards, maps and many more.

 

As if all this was not enough to make you feel really happy and amazed, the guide was absolutely amazing (I don’t want to know how many times I’ve used the word amazing in this post…). You need to book your visit and can only see the museum through a guided tour, which really add to the experience. Our guide, Enza, was passionate about all of this and knew a lot of things. My boyfriend, who is a huge fan of Tolkien (it’s basically the only author he wants to read) learned new things about him and his work. I have no words to describe this experience; you need to see it for yourself. Still, I hope this post and the few pictures will make you happy!

 

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

 

         

#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? ;)

Currently reading

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

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