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

#12 - Armada by Ernest Cline

Armada - Ernest Cline

Seriously, the concept of this book is amazing and I was really excited about it. It is full of references and I felt myself smiling so many times. There were also naturally some references I did not get, but that was not a problem for me. I am not a hardcore gamer, but I do love video games and pop culture and I found many things I like in this book.

 

However, I had some issues with the book. The idea behind it is great (imagine being able to play your favourite video game in real life to save your planet, sounds cool right?) but the storyline was weird. I was always expecting something big to happen and I am still expecting it honestly. I felt like nothing really happened in the whole book so I struggle a bit at time. 

 

The beginning was particularly hard for me, I almost gave up because there were too many description scenes of the Armada's missions and I got bored and distracted easily. But once I arrived almost halfway through it, I really wanted to learn more. 

 

I started to feel that something was wrong about all that and I had so many theories in my head, but in the end, I was disappointed by the ending. 

 

Apart from that, I liked Zack, he was a great main character because nothing was special about him. He was just the most ordinary teenage boy there is and I liked that. We do not really get enough of the other characters to have an opinion about them. 

 

In brief, the book was not as bad as everyone says it was, at least in my opinion. True, it was not as good as Ready Player One, but I still had a great time reading this. 3/5 stars. 

#11 - Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies  - Scott Westerfeld

I’ve read this series when it first came out in 2005 and I totally loved it. It was the first time I read a dystopian novel and I was immediately hooked.

I decided to re-read this series in English this time (cause in 2005 I read it in French, my English was still too basic) without knowing that Scott Westerfeld was actually planning on releasing 4 more books in the world of Uglies (YES, FOUR!). So now I am even more excited about going on with the rest of the series.

 

I’ve had so many feelings getting back into this universe; I think it will be hard to write a honest review. Re-reading a favourite book is something I adored, but when I haven’t read the book in more than 10 years it is even better. So yeah, I enjoyed it.

 

However, I may not have enjoyed it as much as I had ten years ago. I’ve read many other dystopian fictions since (and just books in general) so my criteria are not the same. I found some dialogues a bit too simplistic and some events were not natural: like the relationship between David and Tally really felt unnatural to me (without getting into much details because I don’t want to spoil anyone).

 

The characters were also not that well developed, they were simplistic as well and I would have like more depth about them. Well, they are really young and living in a world controlled by the government so that they don’t have the opportunity to develop their own ideas, I get that, but still, they could have been a little bit more complex in my opinion.

Apart from that, I think the whole idea is just amazing, all the technologies invented by the author are really great and could actually exist; nothing is exaggerated.

 

I am so excited about re—reading the rest of the series, even if I have read it many times before, it’s been a while so I discovered many details I had totally forgotten. And I can’t tell you how much I’m excited about the new books; it may have become my most anticipated release ever.

#10 - One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying - Karen  M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. 

Pretty damn exciting, right?! I’ve seen this book everywhere and after reading the synopsis, I definitely wanted to read it. I bought the audiobook with my credit of the month on Audible. 

It took me ages to listen to this, because I only listen to audiobook in the car (and sometimes I'd rather listen to music), or while doing the dishes and stuff like that, but I don't spend a lot of time on it, except when I'm really captivated, which was not the case here. I enjoyed the story but I had difficulty staying focused while listening to it. 

The four main characters are clichés: the bad guy, the smart girl, the pretty popular girl and the baseball star. I think it was intentional but it was a problem with me because it made them too shallow in my opinion. 

Still, this book was full of twists, many things were a big surprise for me as I did not see them coming. Other things were easy to figure out, but that’s also part of the fun. 

It was a bit darker than I expected, the ending was pretty harsh. But I liked it. 

All in all, it was an enjoyable read, it just did not blow my mind as I expected.

Reading progress update: I've read 148 out of 406 pages.

Uglies  - Scott Westerfeld

I decided to re-read this series which is one of my all time favourites. It actually introduced me to dystopian fiction back in the day. This is the first time I'm reading it in English, I used to read it in French (I can't cout the times I've read this series).

 

So I'm really happy about that. Then imagine my surprise when I see on Instagram that there will be FOUR new books in the world of Uglies. Yeah, you heard me... FOUR! I could not be more excited.

 

You can find all the info on Scott Westerfeld's website if you are interested.

#9 - Orpheum by D.S. Murphy

Orpheum (Part One): A Dark Fantasy Romance - James D. Murphy

This is the first part of the story and I got the e-book for free a long time ago. I finally decided to read it and I was not disappointed. 

The story takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria, a place I’ve been wanted to visit for quite a long time (and I will someday), so it made it even better. 

This is the story of Samantha, an ordinary teenage American girl who plays the violin and whose dream is to go to Julliard. Unfortunately, it does not go as planned and Sam is devastated. However, she received an invitation to go study music in Bulgaria with a great musician. She decides to give it a try, but she will soon discover that everything is not as it seems. 

It was not my first book y D.S. Murphy and as usual, I really liked discovering the new world he created. Some things about Samantha were not okay with me, I kind of found her sometimes too pretentious and it did not work for me. She could be really annoying at times. 

The ending was absolutely brilliant though, I really think of this as more of a sneak peek and I will definitely check out the rest of the story when it is out.

#8 - In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

In a Handful of Dust - Mindy McGinnis

This is the second and final book in the Not A Drop to Drink series. I read the first book not so long ago and wanted to go on with this duology because I rather enjoyed the first one. This one takes place a few years after the end of book 1.

 

I think Not A Drop To Drink could have been a standalone but I was glad for this addition to the series. I liked to get to know Lucy a little bit more and see what Lynn became as an adult. 

Lucy and Lynn are going on a long journey and this is going to make them understand so many things about each other, but most importantly about themselves.

 

They met a few other people and it was nice to see what was happening on other parts of their world (I would have liked a bit more of that actually).

 

However, I was expecting a bit more than that. I feel like Lucy was too ordinary, her character was even a bit dull in my opinion. Something was definitely missing there.

 

Lynn is also not as good as I remembered her to be, she is annoying. What was really weird for me is that she kept being referred to as “the older woman” and so I always pictured her as an old lady (she is 27).

 

The ending was not okay with me. I don’t know if there was something I should have understood and I did not, but I definitely hated how it ended. I think it was stupid.

 

Anyway, this book was not bad, I recommend it if you really liked Not A Drop To Drink but I also think you do not need to read this one if you are happy with how book one ended. It was not bad, but it was not necessary.

January wrap-up

I decided not to do any TBR or any challenges (except the 80 books I want to read) for 2018, but just read what I feel like reading. I have many unread books and I'm trying to focus on those. But I still decided to have a "theme" for each month to help me choose what I was going to read.

 

My theme for January was "second book in a series" and those were the ones I read for this:

 

 

 

Unravel Me - Tahereh Mafi  The Dazzling Heights - Katharine McGee  Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling,Jim Kay  

 

 

 

   

 

 The Rose and the Dagger - Renee AhdiehIn a Handful of Dust - Mindy McGinnis

 

 In addition, I also read:

 

 

Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven - Lauren Oliver    

 

 Saga, Volume 6 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples

 

So, I read 6 books, one collection of novellas and one graphic novel. 

 

 

All my reviews are posted here and on my Goodreads account if you want to check these out (and here as well, except the one for In a Handful of Dust that I still have to write).

 

It was a great way to start off the year and I'm quite happy about my reading month.

 

 

 

#7 - Saga (#6) by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Saga, Volume 6 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

This was another amazing volume of Saga. I do read them in French because it is easier and cheaper to get them that way, but I don’t think it makes a big difference. Anyway, I really enjoyed reading about Hazel and her family again.

 

I bought this one last year and still had not read it. It’s been a while since I’ve read Saga, but in spite of that, it was still easy to follow and it took me only a couple of minutes to get back into it

 

We again meet a lot of new characters and they are all so unique, I don’t understand how they can create so many different characters that remind me of nothing I’ve already seen. They really are unique. And the art is PERFECT.

 

Another thing I love about Saga is how honest it is. You see the story through the eyes of a child but not an innocent or stupid one (like most children are, really, we do not give them enough credit!), Hazel is honest and understand a lot more than what people think.

 

I can’t wait to read the next one, this graphic novel is really one of the best I have ever read and it keeps getting better and better.

#6 - The Rose and The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

The Rose and the Dagger - Renee Ahdieh

I have mixed feelings about this book. Although I totally enjoyed it, I was not hooked. I don’t know if it’s because I was expecting something different, but it was just not as great as the first one. Still, I had a great time reading this and the characters were really amazing.

 

The ending was, I think, my biggest issue with this book. I was not expecting the first big thing that happened (I’m trying to avoid spoiler here, but if you have read the book you will know what I’m talking about) but what follows was kind of expected. I’m not saying it was a bad thing but it was too predictable and I would have liked the book to end differently (but this is my own personal opinion).

 

Apart from that, Shahrzad was totally amazing. I love how hot-tempered she is and how she will never let people dictate her what to do; she really is a strong woman. We also got to know Khalid a little bit more in this book and I loved that, he is a really interesting character.

 

The love triangle was also handled perfectly; it was not annoying like most love triangles are (to me). Shahrzad has a really mature reaction to all of this and I definitely enjoyed that.

 

In brief, I loved the book and its characters but it did not blow my mind. I liked books that made me think and this one did not. However, it did make me travel because the reality in this book is so far from my own, and it was great. I still recommend this book, because it was good!

#5 - Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling and Jim Kay

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

I don't kow how many times I've read Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, I can't keep track. But I know it's my second time reading this edition in anticipation of the 3rd one that I got for Christmas. I'll read it next month and I can't wait, it's so beautiful.

 

As always, it was Harry Potter so I totally enjoyed it.

 

#4 - Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins

My theme for this month was second book in a series. I received this book for Christmas and I desperately needed a contemporary romance to take my mind off things. It totally worked and I ended up loving the book.

 

This is the second book in the Anna and the French kiss series, but you can totally read it even if you have not read the first one, as this book focuses on other characters. Nonetheless, you get a bit of Anna and St. Clair from the first book which was totally amazing, but you could read it without knowing them first.

 

Lola’s parents do not approve of her older rock star boyfriend Max (who is totally badass but kind of a jerk) and she is determined to show them he is the one until she starts wondering if he really is.

 

I loved everything about Lola, she is funny and has a strong personality, she knows what she wants (or at least she thinks she knows what she wants) and she wants to make the most out of everything. I also loved the fact that her family was really present in the story, something (you all know) seems to be missing in most YA books.

 

It was in all a cute coming-of-age story and I recommend it!

#3 - Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me - Tahereh Mafi

This is my second read of this book and I totally fell in love again with it. Tahereh Mafi has such a unique way with words I totally adored it. I decided to mark the pages with beautiful quotes but I had to stop because I did it with every single page (if you follow me on Instagram, you know I'm all about Unravel Me quotes these days). Mafi's writing style is quite different from what I usually read and I just loved it.

 

The story was interesting as well, but it is definitely not what captivated me most about the book. I remember reading it the first time and starting to kind of like Warner a bit and starting disliking Adam (a lot). Now, it’s just all about Warner (I mean, come on, he’s such an amazing sexy villain).

 

I also remember disliking Juliette a lot. Yes, she is annoying and just complaining all the time, but I have to admit I think I’ll definitely be like her if I was in her shoes. She is also determined to help those she loves, even if she sometimes makes really bad decisions, her intentions are true. I admire her a lot now and I can’t wait to read more about her in the next trilogy.

 

I’ll re-read Ignite Me next month and I’m so excited about what is to come!! I’m so happy I decided to re-read this series, it’s a great way to start 2018!

Loneliness is a strange sort of thing.
It creeps on you, quiet and still, sits by your side in the dark, strokes your hair as you sleep. It wraps itself around your bones, squeezing so tight you almost can't breathe. It leaves lies in your heart, lies next to you at night, leaches the light out of every corner. It's a constant companion, clasping your hand only to yank you down when you're struggling to stand up.

Tahereh Mafi - Unravel Me

SPOILER ALERT!

#2 - The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

The Dazzling Heights - Katharine McGee

The Dazzling Heights is the second book in The Thousandth Floor series (book 3 is coming out in August). I read the first book in November and really enjoyed it. Book 2 did not disappoint either!

 

The book was built like the first one and it is something I really enjoyed. It is different from most trilogies where the book in the middle is often meeh because it’s just the middle of the story and nothing really happens. It was not the case at all in this book, the structure plays a really important part and I guess the third book will be built the same. At the beginning, you understand that someone died but you don’t know whom and you discovered it only at the end. I loved this concept.

 

I can’t tell a lot about this book without spoiling you the first one, so if you have not read it yet and don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read this review any further.

 

SPOILER ALERT!!

Did you honestly guess who was going to die? I had no idea. I could not make any assumptions and when I discovered it was Mariel I was a bit shocked to be honest. I knew it would not be Leda because it would have been too obvious, but I did not expect it to be Mariel. I hope we will get more of her in the third book, in a sort of flash back or something to know what she was up to during the book.

 

I shipped Leda and Watt SO HARD at the beginning of the book so I was really happy by the development. I think they are so perfect for each other. I enjoyed all their scenes.

 

Calliope is really something. I totally adored the introduction of her and her mom, I think they were amazing characters and they complicated things even further, which was great.

 

I did not particularly enjoyed Avery and Atlas in this book. I liked them in the first one, but I did not particularly cared about what happens to them at this point.

 

Rylin’s storyline was a bit less interesting as well in this book, I would have liked more development with Cord; they barely spoke at all during the whole book. But I liked the fact that she got to know Leda a little bit more, I think they could be great friends.

 

I really can’t wait for book three because the ending was not enough! Everyone discovered so many things at the end and you don’t even know their reactions to those revelations. You also know who died but you have no idea how it happened (well I have my theories but we’ll see). It was a really great book and I think this series will be one of my favourites.

 

#1 - Delirium stories by Lauren Oliver

Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven - Lauren Oliver

I first read Delirium in 2014 and had wanted to read this collection of novellas ever since. I'm glad I did because it was a nice addition to the series. However, I guess I should probably have re-read the series first because I had forgotten so many things about this world. I remember really enjoying the Delirium series and I just add it to my "re-read TBR"!

 

It was refreshing to see from other characters' perspectives and I know what happened here were important events from the original series but I just did not remember a lot.

 

It was a pleasant and short first read of the year!

December Wrap-Up

I read a total of 4 books in the month of December, including one re-read (Shatter Me).

 

5 stars:

 

Horizons (Phobos #4) - Victor Dixen  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli  

 

3 stars:

 

Shatter Me  - Tahereh Mafi  Outlander - Diana Gabaldon  

 

I really enjoyed Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda and I can't wait to watch the movie. Has anyone already seen it?

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

 

 

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