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#25 - Restore me by Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me - Tahereh Mafi

Ok, so where to begin… I had the biggest book hangover I’ve ever had. Seriously, I was so frustrated by the end of the book I almost throw it across the room. I need more! And I need more right now!!

 

It was amazing to get into this world again. The original trilogy was one of my favourite series ever and I was so happy to know there will be more books to discover what was going to happen to Warner (and Juliette, of course, but Warner though… Sorry, I’m fangirling).

 

I was so glad to discover the new characters and to learn more about other part of the world. It was really something that I missed in the original trilogy so I was more than happy!

 

We did not get a lot of Adam in this book but honestly I don’t really care. I never really liked his character, I enjoyed when he was around for Juliette at the beginning but I’ve always been team Warner obviously…However, I was sad to get so little of James, because he is really cool and I would have loved more interactions between him and Warner. I guess there will be more in the next books.

 

The new characters are really mysterious and I won’t say too much about them because I don’t want to spoil it for those who have not read it yet.

 

I am not a fan of series that are supposed to be over and then the author decides to write more books. Most of the time it does not work at all for me, but in this case, it was just perfectly done and it add so much more to the series. I can’t wait for the next book (that ending guys :o!)

#24 - Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh

I had already written a review for this book but my computer decided not to cooperate and I lost it...

So here we go again!

 

I really enjoyed this story. I think that Mariko is a great main character. She is so strong and so delicate at the same time; I liked the fact that she still has her feminine side while being a warrior. I agree this is something really typical in most YA books, but I never get tired of it. It is, I think, something important that girls need to be reminded of.

 

The setting was what appealed to me the most in this book. It takes place in feudal Japan and it is definitely something I’m not used to in YA books! It was amazing to see how Mariko could easily pass as a boy and that nobody noticed. It emphasizes the place of women in this society; they don’t realize she is a girl because a girl would not be capable of what she does. The fact that her brother don’t even recognize her (or thinks he does, but then he knows it can’t be her) is even more reveling.

 

The plot was interesting but was not what I preferred in the book. It felt a bit too long at certain moments then a bit rushed at the end. But in general, I enjoyed the story.

 

However, I have one major disappointment: the love interest. I would have preferred it not to happen like that, but then again, it is only my personal opinion.

 

Also, I thought it was a standalone while reading it and I was frustrated at the end, so I’m really glad there will be other books in the series because I definitely want more of this world.

#23 - Frappe-toi le coeur by Amélie Nothomb

Frappe-toi le coeur - Amélie Nothomb
Writing a review for one of Amélie Nothomb's books is always difficult. First, because I read them in French and I'm writing in English. Then, because she is my favourite author of all time, so it is not easy for me to write something constructive. Finally, because all her books rather follow the same patterns, so if you like one, you would surely like the others.

Anyway, this one is about a young and beautiful woman who always gets everything she wants because of her looks. She then got pregnant and have a beautiful daughter. That is when things get complicates because she will be jealous of her daughter. You can imagine the kind of difficulties it will bring into their mother-daughter relationships.

The story is based on Diane, the daughter, and how she is coping with her life after her troubled youth. I think it was a really interesting topic and one I'm not familiar with at all. It was sometimes a bit brutal (like most of her books) but I think it was a fascinating topic.

I totally recommend this author if you have never read one of her books, it is worth it.
 

March Wrap-Up

In the month of March I read 9 books. I am really happy about it, I had a lot of time to read. I thought it was going to be impossible because I had a lot of other things to do but in the end, I could read a lot, yay!

 

When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon  The Black Key - Amy Ewing  The Winner's Crime - Marie Rutkoski  The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood  Unite Me - Tahereh Mafi  Specials - Scott Westerfeld  Hero at the Fall - Alwyn Hamilton  Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) - Lauren Graham  Frappe-toi le coeur - Amélie Nothomb  

 

I can't pick a favourite for this month but I think that Hero at The Fall and Talking as fast as I can are the two best books I've read this month, I just can't choose between the two.

 

I hope you had a great reading month as well :) !

 

Also good news: Spring is finally here!

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

 

 

#22 - Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unite Me - Tahereh Mafi

I decided to re-read this one as well after my re-read of the series. I’m still waiting for my copy of Restore Me but it has been shipped and I should get it next week. I am super excited!

 

I was glad to get back into Warner’s head, he is an amazing character.

 

However, reading about Adam’s thoughts makes me hate him even more. I am sorry but I really hate his character.

 

Oh and, I can’t wait for Restore Me!

#21 - Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Specials - Scott Westerfeld

Going on with my re-read of this series because it had been a while. I am really happy I continued on with it, but I did not enjoyed it as much as the first time I read it (just like Uglies and Pretties). I think that Tally is really an annoying character and I don’t like her. I know that people have messed with her brain multiple times but still, I don’t understand a lot of her reactions and her decisions are almost always really stupid.

 

The plot was great, a lot happened, I was glad that Tally could meet some old friends and people she knows to settle a few things. I enjoyed seeing a bit of the world outside and getting to know how other cities work. The pace was really fast and there was always something great going on.

 

I like to know that everything is not hopeless, that some people are still fighting to be free. At what cost? According to Tally, it is a really bad idea to let people decide by themselves (and she is not completely wrong). But controlling people by damaging their brains is even more wrong in my opinion. I loved how the author leave a lot of question unanswered; his reader having to figure out some things on their own.

 

BUT, there was way too much of Tally getting annoyed and being angry at people and wanting to kill them. I know she cannot be totally herself anymore about all that happened to her and her brain and she does not know who she is anymore, but I would have liked her to realize that her friends were right and that she should have listened to them.

 

The ending was too fast in my opinion. I had totally forgotten it happened like that and I was disappointed. There is still one book left in this series but I know it’s not about Tally. I can’t remember if she is in it at all, but I will still read it and I am really excited about the new series to come!

#20 - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Honestly, I don’t know where to begin. It was a weird and disturbing read. I often felt anxious and not at ease while reading this book. 

I was not a fan of the writing style, it was just an endless stream of comments and stories and it is really not the kind of writing I like. I was sometimes confused, the dialogues were not written as such, without quotations marks etc. But I think it was important to the purpose of the story and it added a touch of authenticity. 

The topic of this book is really interesting and complex and it will leave you with a lot of thoughts. About women, mostly, but not only. I think I would have enjoyed immensely to read this book in high school and analyze it with the teacher and my classmates. It would have been really interesting and it would have helped me understand things that I did not fully comprehend. 

The plot was not particularly to my taste, but it definitely not what was important here. In the end, I really enjoyed this story and the ending was perfect. Such an open ending that will let you imagine a lot of different scenarios. However, I would have liked more insight on how things could have gone this far. How it was possible to let that happen. Even if, history will teach us that sometimes really crazy things can happen without you noticing it...

This story will definitely stick with me for a long time. 

#19 - When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon

This book was really interesting on so many different levels. I loved the different view on arranged marriage, something you are not used to reading in YA books. 

 

Dimple is an amazing character, she has strong opinions and she knows what she wants in life. The problem is, what she wants is sometimes the exact opposite of what her parents want for her. We are not always sure if it is what she really wants or if she does it only to contradict her parents. Dimple is American but her parents are from India and have a lot of traditions and values that Dimple does not always share. She is independent and she does not want to depend on her Indian husband that her parents would choose for her. She is not interested in getting married and wants to pursue her career. The problem is, she does not understand that both are compatible. 

 

Rishi is the exact opposite of Dimple. He is the older child and wants to please his parents at all cost. He really sees his culture as important and wants to follow his parents’ traditions. Getting married with an Indian girl (chosen by his parents) is important for him. The problem is that he does not always think about what he really wants and put his interests aside. Having a great job to provide for his future family is important for him and he does not want to pursue his passion in comics because it is not a “real job”. 

 

So, you can imagine what is going to happen when Dimple met Rishi… And I will let you discover for yourself :)

 

A really beautiful love and friendship story with interesting complex characters and some really interesting insights on sexism and racism as well. You also get to learn more about Indian culture which is a culture I’m not familiar with at all, and I’m really glad for it. I definitely recommend this book! 

#18 - The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Crime - Marie Rutkoski

I wanted to continue on with this series because I had enjoyed the first book and I thought it was quite a different YA experience. This one was not really my favorite though. Kestrel was really annoying sometimes; I was rolling my eyes at her stupid decisions. I was not captivated by the book and felt myself distracted a lot while reading.

 

However, the ending was really interesting and I was quite surprised by how fast it happened. I knew it was going to be bad because Kestrel was really careless and she put herself in really risky situations. Still, it was not expecting that and it was good.

 

I will read the last book in the trilogy because I really want to know what is going to happen. But I found this book a bit too slow and too long, some parts of it did not interest me at all and I was distracted a lot.

 

If you enjoyed the first book I still recommend you to read it because it was a nice continuation to the series, but it could have been a bit shorter in my opinion.

#17 - Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) - Lauren Graham

I never read non-fiction book, and even less biographies and the like. But I was browsing Audible because I had no idea what to buy with my credit of the month and found this and I noticed that it was read by Lauren Graham so I thought it was perfect. It was not difficult to convince me then. 

I am not really into movies and series and actors and things like that. I’m really bad at remembering famous actor names for example. But I’ve always loved Lauren Graham. I think she is fascinating, she always has really interesting roles and she is hilarious. I’m even thinking about doing a Lauren Graham movie/series list. 

Anyway, that is why I decided to get this audiobook. And I’m glad I did because it was amazing. She makes you think about the world you live in, but in such a subtle way. She makes you want to change a lot of things in your life but she is not even telling you to do it, that’s how good she is. Plus, she is hilarious. I was laughing so hard sometimes it was a bit dangerous (I’m listening to audiobook in my car, almost could not see the road because I was in tears). 

With this book she has just proven that she is so much more than just a good actress. 

I loved the part where she talks about the set of Gilmore Girls and all the anecdotes about filming this series. You also discovered how she became the famous actress she is today. I’m so glad I learned more about this beautiful person because I really do think she is extraordinary. I’m definitely going to read her novel (Someday, someday, maybe) and probably all of the books she will ever write. 

If you want to know more about the filming of Gilmore Girls (and/or Parenthood) and at the same time discovering her thoughts about simple things, just read it. I also totally recommend to listen to the audiobook because it was really well done (the problem is that you do not see the pictures she is referring too). 

(Spoiler alert: she DOES talk very fast)

#16 - The Black Key by Amy Ewing

The Black Key - Amy Ewing

I'm not really convinced by this conclusion. I enjoyed reading The Jewel and The White Rose and was quite excited about the final book in the series. I was disappointed. I think my main problem was that it was written for a younger public (still, it is harsh for a young public with the surrogates and the companions... So I'm not so sure it is the main reason).

The concept of this book is really interesting. The fact that young women are captured to carry a child for a rich woman is really disturbing but not so far from the truth. Money can buy anything. And if you cannot have children, why not ask someone to do it for you, and to make it look how the hell you want. It is really scary but believable.

However, some parts of the book were too childish for me. The ending scene with the battle was a disaster. I could not take the Paladins seriously when I read Violet shouting "Paladins" all the time. It looked more like a girl scouts troop trying to capture the flag than an epic bloody battle.

The ending was interesting and a good closure to the series. But no more than that. I think this was not a bad book, but it was not for me. I’m glad I finished this series but I won’t re-read it.

#15 - Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Hero at the Fall - Alwyn Hamilton

Hero at the Fall is the third and final book in the Rebel of the Sands trilogy and it was an epic conclusion to one of the best series I have ever read (no exaggeration here, I am telling you, go read it if you haven’t already).


If you do not know anything about the story, I advise you no to read this review because it may contain spoilers of previous events. Just know that it was amazing (and that you have to read it. Oh wait; I’ve already said that earlier. READ IT!)


It follows the events of the previous book (that had quite a rough ending) and I was excited about knowing how these beloved characters would manage to get out of this tricky situation (again). You always think it is hopeless until something you had not thought about happened and all end well (not for everyone though, spoiler alert, there are many deaths in this book).


I was so happy to meet with Amani again who is definitely one of my favourite heroine of all time. She is strong and fragile at the same time, she knows what she wants and she won’t hesitate to put herself in danger to save those she loves and to achieve her goals. She is stubborn and quite hot tempered and I loved everything about her. All the characters in this book are so unique and so lovable, each and every own of them. Amani and Shazad’s friendship is GOAL. It was so beautiful to read about their relationship, which is one of my favourite female friendships in books.


The storyline was a bit predictable but it still contained many twists I was not ready for. I am still not over some of the events that happened in this book, I was not ready for this series to end. Although some events were predictable, I was so happy for the ending, which was perfect. I was sad, angry, frustrated, happy, excited and hopeful at the same time. I can still picture myself reading those last chapters and wondering how I was supposed to go on with my life after that.


The best part about this series is Alwyn Hamilton’s writing style. It is easy to follow but it has such a unique quality to it. Every single word is well chosen and there is a beautiful simplicity to it. I really enjoyed it and I know for a fact I will be reading every single book of this author, because I’m hooked.
This was such an epic adventure and I definitely recommend this series. If you love magic, desert creatures and bad-ass characters, this is for you!

 

February 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 February was "re-read a favourite" and for this I read:

 

 

Ignite Me - Tahereh Mafi

 

 

Uglies  - Scott Westerfeld  Pretties  - Scott Westerfeld    

 

In addition to that, I read some other books because I felt like it!

 

One of Us Is Lying - Karen  M. McManus  Armada - Ernest Cline  Orpheum (Part One): A Dark Fantasy Romance - James D. Murphy  

 

3/5 stars                                 3/5 stars                    4/5 stars

 

 

I was really happy to start re-reading the Uglies series but I did not liked it as much as I did as a teenager. I really enjoyed it because of the nostalgia attached to it. Orpheum was actually my favourite book this month, I was not expecting that at all and I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for part 2.

 

I did not read that much in Februari and I did not watch a lot of TV series either. I really had a busy month focusing on my friends and family. I went to 3 concerts, went to Paris with my mom and sister, see some friends I had not seen in a while and actively started planning my wedding. I hope March will be less busy (it won't though).

 

I hope you had a lovely month!

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

SPOILER ALERT!

#14 - Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Pretties  - Scott Westerfeld

Pretties is the second book in the Uglies series. It is the only non-spoiler thing I want to say so if you have not read this book yet and you do not want to be spoiled for it, please do not read any further. 

Tally is a Pretty now and it is pretty obvious (ha-ha). I really liked how we arrived in her life after the operation, as if everything was normal. She is going to parties and she is worrying about what she is going to wear. It is a huge contrast with the ending of book one and I loved what the author did here.

We are following Tally in her new life and we can see that she forgot everything about David and The Smoke. I really hated that part because it made me so sad. Also, I was not a huge fan of her life in Pretty Town, it was actually kind of boring.

The second part of the book (well I think it is actually Part III) was way more interesting. I don't know how it is possible but I had forgotten everything about this village with Pre-rusties kind of men (I read this book almost 10 years ago, but still). It is actually an interesting part of the book where Tally realized that people are conditioned to think a certain way and that it is really difficult to change their minds, BUT it's not because it has always been this way for them that things can't change. I think it is a really interesting lesson for young people reading this book (quite obvious, but this book actually is written for a younger public).

I also forgot a lot of things about the ending. I remember Shay turned into a Special and Tally would eventually be one as well, but I forgot how everything happened. It was great to discover this again! 


In general, I really liked this book, but as a part of the series, it is my least favourite for the moment. The part in Pretty Town was too long i my opinion because I think it was boring. The whole thing with the Cutters was quite interesting but I'm not sure it was handled correctly. I mean, I guess it could seem a bit glamorous to young readers and without proper warning...

Two more books to re-read before the release of the next series!!

#13 - Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me - Tahereh Mafi

Going on with my re-read of this series. I think this book is actually my favourite of the original trilogy. I do really like who Juliette is becoming and how she does stand her ground. She is strong and she finally understood that she has the power to change things, and most importantly, she discovered that she is not the only person who is suffering. Her life really sucked, I do agree, but she met people who will make her understand that she is not alone and that other people also had a rough life. 

Also, you might guess why it is my favourite… I mean that scene (I guess you all know which one I’m talking about!) Warner is really one of my favourite “villain” of all time; I totally adore his character. 

This made me even more excited about the upcoming new series, Restore Me is less than a month away guys !!

#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. 

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