Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Sword of Summer | Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated upcoming releases. 

Title: The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: October 6th 2015 by Disney Hyperion Books

Goodreads summary: Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .


Rick Riordan's books about mythology are always great, that's not secret. I have high expectations for this one, because it's Norse mythology, aka one of the most interesting, in my opinion. I like that it will take place in Boston, it changes from New York, and that the main character has to die (Walhalla ♥).

Are you excited for this book? What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Monday, 28 September 2015

Is writing multiple series in the same world a good idea? | Book Discussion

Do you remember The Mortal Instruments series, and when Cassandra Clare announced she had A LOT of other books in stock for the Shadowhunter world? Yes, I'm talking about The Infernal Devices (3 books), The Dark Artifices (3 books), The Last Hours (3 books), The Wicked Powers (3 books), to which you'll have to add The Bane Chronicles, Tales of Shadowhunter Academy and a possible graphic novel centred around the Circle.

If her fans were beyond happiness (like I was), Clare received a lot of hate from readers, because they considered she was using the Shadowhunter world like a milk cow, so… Yeah… September 15th, it was announced that Rick Riordan had a new books coming out May 3rd 2016, centred around… Roman demigods. So of course, the discussion starts again, and maybe the drama.

Why writing other books in the same world can be a good thing:
  • There is hope for cameos of our old favourite characters. Remember when we had to say goodbye to Percy and Annabeth after all these years? When I heard about Riordan's new project, I fangirled so much, because I'll probably have Reyna (aka one of my favourite characters) in books as a MC. There will also probably be interaction with the Greek Camp… Or not. But I think Riordan won't let go of Percy that easily.
  • If there are new books, it's probably because it works. Would authors like Cassandra Clare and Rick Riordan write more books about their worlds if they didn't know if the readers would buy it? Of course not. I'm pretty sure their books will go straight to the New York Times Bestselling List, for WEEKS. If those authors are popular, it's because they were able to create rich worlds, with plenty of rooms for other books.

But it can also be a bad thing:
  • At some point, the reader can be tired to see the same old plots (like quests format). If I only had one example to give, it would be Pretty Little Liars, by Sara Shepard. It was supposed to be an eight books series, but there are sixteen books in the series… A little too much, for a lot of people, me included. It was so far-fetched that after discovering who A was (twice, after eight books), there was another one lurking around. Get a life people, are these girls that interesting?
  • There is also the money factor *sighs*. A lot of people said Clare was writing books in the same world, because it was easier money to make. Of course, it will encourage readers to buy, because they know the world. I think it's more of a "safe option" for these authors.
However, I want you to remember:
  • You can't say an author using the same world multiple times is uncreative, because writing books, by definition, is being creative. I think it's as hard to write a book sets in the same world than creating another one, because the author has to find new ideas and not repeating himself.
  • Being an author is a job, so of course you need money from it. If you had an opportunity to earn more money, won't you take it? Think about it for a minute. If you tell me you wouldn't, I'm a little sceptical, because we're humans, never forget that. This job allows them to have a roof, food and money enough not to have to work a part-time job, when a lot of authors have one.

Personally, if it's a book series I loved, I don't mind if the author goes on with this world. I won't ever say no to other books set in Percy's or the Shadowhunter's world, because I love it so much and trust these authors. And anyway, no one forces you to buy more books by these authors, if you choose not to read them, you're free! We all have our opinions on the subject. If I'm ever tired to read about one of the worlds I mention, I will stop to read about it, that's all.

What do you think about it? Let's discuss in the comments.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Jackaby | Book review

Title: Jackaby (Jackaby #1)
Author: William Ritter
Published: September 16th 2014 by Algonquin Young Readers

Goodreads summary: “Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.


I was interested in this book because it's 19th century, mystery, and paranormal. To sum up, everything that could please me. I didn't know if the book would live up to its pitch, Sherlock Holmes meets Doctor Who, but it did. I had a few issues with the pacing, because it was a rather short book, but some times I was a little bored and didn't know where I was exactly.

First, the writing was very evocative, I felt I was with Abigail on the docks when she arrived in New Fiddleham, so I was hooked in this story from the beginning. The research on the 19th century was satisfying, for example some women disapproved that Abigail was Jackaby's assistant, when she should be married. This book confronted some of the issues of that time period, I was happy about that.

Jackaby was really a mix between Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes, I often pictured the Doctor and Clara in Victorian London in this book because Jackaby was similar to the Doctor. He was so socially awkward and dry, he made me laugh multiple times because of the way he interacted with people, like when he said at Mona "Um, you're just a woman, not interesting", and then she yells at him. I'm looking forward to more backstory about him.

Abigail was an interesting character, because she was raised to be a proper lady but dreamt of adventure her whole life and then ran away from England. I liked that she was freshly arrived in town, because there was no better way for us to discover this town and its mysteries, like Jackaby. She was trying to be strong and independant, when everyone didn't believe she could do it, which is a reality of that time period, even if it goes slowly to women's independency.

There were interesting secondary characters, but I don't want to mention their names because spoilers. I really enjoyed that the beginning of a romance was with a secondary character, it changed a little.

The paranormal was well added to the plot, because it was the reason for crimes, even if the rest of the world turned a blind eye to that truth, it made it so much more realistic! This book has all type of paranormal creatures, from ghost to shape-shifters, it was just "all the stories are true" (virtual cookie for you if you know what that came from ;) ). The fact that there wasn't a chapter thirteen was funny, because of the number. Everything was made for the paranormal to make sense.

The ending was so Doctor Who, with the Doctor and his companion going on a new adventure, it was nice to read, because the book could end like that and be a standalone, but at the same time, there is room for so many things (I can't wait to read the second book!).

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Friday, 25 September 2015

The Rose Society | Book Review

Title: The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2)
Author: Marie Lu
Published: October 13th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Goodreads summary: From New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?


To be honest, a few months ago, I wasn’t beyond excitement at the mere idea of reading this book. The Young Elites left off more on an open ending, and there were other books published the same month I was more looking forward to. But, this summer, my boyfriend read The Young Elites in French and really enjoyed it, which renewed my interest for this series. So of course, when I saw a paperback version at my library a few days ago, even though the book hasn’t been released yet, I jumped on the occasion, and bought it. Let me tell you guys, if I had had the time to read this in one setting, I would have, because it was way better than the first-who was already pretty good.

In the beginning of the book, we got to discover more of the world, because we just saw Kenettra in The Young Elites. I always love when an author expands the world. Adelina was indeed on a journey to find Elites and thought she might have chance to do so in other places, because she’s well known in Kenettra and was casted out by the Daggers. Something I really like about this world is the culture, from the festivities to the religion, I find everything so interesting.

For the characters, we mainly saw Adelina’s descent to the darkness. Marie Lu did a fantastic job at writing that. Adelina totally became the White Wolf in this instalment, her powers fed on fear and hate, and she even enjoyed it, hurting people. The more she was using her powers, the more we could feel she was slowly losing control, Marie Lu wrote it in a unique way that made a lot of sense. Because Adelina is searching for new Elites, new characters were introduced; I really enjoyed them and their relationships.

I really enjoyed to read from other characters’ perspective, like Teren, Raffaele or Maeve, but I found a little disconcerting that it switched from first person (for Adelina) to third person (for the others). This way, I felt a little more out of their heads. However, don’t misunderstand me, their storylines were really interesting, but the switch wasn’t something I liked and their chapters were way smaller than Adelina’s, sometimes it was hard understanding why they were inserted in the first place.

The plot was truly fantastic. Honestly, it surprised me in the best ways. In the beginning, it was a little slower but then, someone bets against Adelina she won’t be able to do something and from that point, it was like:

I wasn’t bored a single moment, I just wanted to know what would happen next, every time. The ending really makes me eager to read the next book because it is something the characters will have to resolve, and I can’t wait to see how they will try to.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

The Iron Daughter | Book Review

Title: The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Published: August 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen

Goodreads summary: Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.


Just like in the first book, I really enjoyed the plot, it was strong, went in his own direction, even if it adds to the bigger picture. Because of the ending, I think the beginning of the first one will be interesting, I'm looking forward to see how the characters move on. But, let's be honest, this book has flaws, that made me cringe.

This book was drama after drama for the characters, and honestly, I didn't sign up for a soap opera. At the beginning of the Iron Daughter, Meghan has to go to the Winter Court, a very dangerous place for her, when you know she has a relationship with Ash, which is forbidden, because she's Summer and he's Winter. So of course, what would you do, if you had a brain, in this situation? You would try to conceal that relationship, right? Well, nope, you're wrong. Meghan isn't able to understand, she complains that Ash didn't say her hello, doesn't want to speak to her and everything. Of course, at the same time, she's in front of a queen who could have her head because Ash is her son, but no, Meghan tries to speak to him. How stupid was it, really.

Moreover, I wasn't happy about the romance, at all. First, Meghan tells Ash she loves him, when she has only known him for weeks. Yes, that's insta-love. BUT, when the difficulties come and Ash has to leave her (for her own safety), what does she do? She goes to Puck, the Jacob or the Gale of that story. The best friend who loves her since the beginning of time, when we know he doesn't stand a chance… So to sum up, things are complicated between Ash and Meghan, so a love triangle would be useless, but well, it is a trend, so why not? Now, don't get me wrong, I like Ash and Puck as characters, I'm just against that love triangle.

Now, the plot was interesting, and there was some magic development around Meghan that made sense. However, I didn't like that a new Iron King was trying again to abduct Meghan, because it felt so repetitive, and apparently, it will happen again in the next book, from what I gathered from the synopsis. Ironhorse's addition to the story was a good idea, though. Moreover, the fact that the bogey was Ethan's friend was really funny.

To sum up, it was a good plot, with new developments of this world, but it wasn't enough. Meghan's character is really similar to Bella Swan and I can't stand that kind of characters. I did when Twilight was released, but not anymore. The love triangle was unnecessary, it's just playing with poor Puck who doesn't stand a chance, you see it at the end of the story. I don't know if I'll finish this series because I'm tired of this drama, but I'd like to read the spin-off series, to see if it improves. Still, I like Julie Kagawa as a writer, I read the Blood of Eden and enjoyed it, the Talon saga came as a surprise, because I love it.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it (especially Meghan, and the love triangle)? Let me know in the comments ;)

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Six of Crows | Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated upcoming releases. 

Title: Six of Crows (The Dregs #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt and Company

Goodreads summary: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. 

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.


The Grisha trilogy is one of my favourite fantasy series out there. I love how it is inspired from Russian culture, the magic system, the plot and everything. I was so excited when I heard Leigh Bardugo was planning to write other books set in this world. I might reread the entire Grisha trilogy before I dive into this book, because there will never be enough of the Darkling! Moreover, this book sounds epic.

Are you excited about this book? What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish

The Fall is here, I love that time of the year. I love to read paranormal books, because


So, there are a few new releases that I have to read of course, but I don't particularly include those (like Winter and The Sword of Summer), but it's a little obvious. Let's see the creepy and monstrous books I'll read this Fall.


I own it since its release, but I didn't want to read it before Halloween, because it is one of those perfect books for that time. It's set in New York in the 1920s, with paranormal crimes and characters with powers. For example, the main character lives at her uncle in a paranormal museum, isn't it perfect?


The atmosphere of this book is sooo Halloween-esque, look at the cover! The photos inside! Just for that, I have to read it. It's also with teenagers that have powers, so yeeees. And it's out at the end of September.


I'm not entirely sure of the synopsis, because I heard about this book months ago, but apparently, it's creepy (no, I'm not saying that because of the title) and I want to be scared by a book, but I also want to sleep at night - I don't make a lot of sense, I know.


I don't remember much of the synopsis either, but it's set in October, so I have to read it... In October. It deals with a main character whose family has accident every October. It might be magical realism, we'll see.


Witches! Parallel worlds! What could go wrong? Nothing at all... ;) I loved the first book and I can't wait to pick the second one up, the Fall is the perfect time for that.


Snow like Ashes was amaaaazing. Really. Go read if you haven't, it's high fantasy. The kingdoms are (mostly) based upon seasons, so of course I have to read it this Fall. I know, I could read it any season. I just want it so badly. October 13th, coooome to me!


It is a middle-grade story about a girl that can talk to ghosts. Do you need more? Do you? I read the first chapter on Amazon, I'm looking forward to discover that story. The first sentence is enough to make you want the book: "Pram died just before she was born".


I am so late to this party, because I read the first two books, but I bought the last one in June. It was a little stupid, because it is the kind of book I want to read in the Fall. It has magic, parallel realms and is set in Victorian England *fangirls*. I loved the first two, so I'm on board!


It's just that I'm excited. Six outcasts, one impossible heist. YESSSSS.


Apparently, this is scary. It's a collection of short stories, so a) you can discover new authors b) if you don't like one story, you jump to the next c) you can read it during all the Fall months. I'm excited but I have goose bumps thinking about it, haha.

Which books are you planning to read this Fall?

Sunday, 20 September 2015

The Book of Ivy | Book Review

Title: The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)
Author: Amy Engel
Published: November 4th 2014 by Entangled: Teen

Goodreads summary: After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. 

This year, it is my turn. 

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power. 

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…


I really enjoyed this book. Amy Engel was able to create a strong world, I honestly think we know everything that's important about it, without info dump. Of course, there are a lot of elements that you can find in so many other dystopias, starting with the fact that Westfall is a close city, just like Chicago in Divergent or Portland (I think it was this one?) in Delirium, that going outside isn't possible, except for those who are to be punished.

Storywise, there wasn't a lot going on, but it was expected because of Ivy's mission, it was more about day to day action, but there was a lot of psychological and ideological development. Indeed, that's something I enjoyed a lot: all her life, Ivy's family makes her learn and believe certain things, but when she's married to Bishop, she starts to question everything, that was so interesting. However, I know the next book will be more action-packed, because of the ending.

I really enjoyed the characters and the romance. The romance was slowly built throughout the book, it didn't feel to pushed. The characters made me feel so many things and my heart is aching for them because of what happened. We didn't meet a lot of characters though, it was just their families, a co-worker and some neighbours. I hope new characters will be introduced in the next one.

The Book of Ivy was a great dystopia, even if I found it to be a little predictable, but I might think that because I read so many novels in that genre. It ended abruptly and I'm really looking forward to read the second book, even if I'll be probably really sad because of the romance.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda | Book Review

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Published: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray

Goodreads summary: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

As a side note, don't you think everyone should have to come out? Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it should be this big awkward thing whether you're straight, gay, bi, or whatever. 
I didn't expect to love this novel as much as I did, because I'm hard to please with contemporaries. I always prefer the cute and coming of age stories, that one was like that. I had a hard time when I started this book because I was in a reading slump, I started it at the middle of August and finished it in September. It was hard to remember who character was who, but after that, I totally enjoyed my time reading this book. 

Simon is such a genuine character that us, bookworms, could easily relate to: he likes to have his grammar straight and he loves Harry Potter, like he dresses up as a dementor for Halloween and he's like "You're not my friend anymore" at some girl who doesn't know what that is. Moreover, he likes Oreos, I'm hungry because of that while writing this review. 

He has such a supportive family, who loves him the way he is, I really liked that. His friends are also really supportive, and their relationships were realistic, because they had their ups and downs. 

I really enjoyed the emails with Blue, and I'm happy because I guessed who it was! Blue and Simon are so, so cute together, it was such an heart warming romance. Moreover, it's more about falling in love with someone by getting to know him without any idea of what that person looks like.

It was a cute romance, of course coming out was hard for Simon because of some events, but I liked the way the author dealt with that subject, in fact, that novel was full of hope.

Did you read this book? What did you think of it? For those who didn't, are you interested? 

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

A New Hope | Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated upcoming releases. 

Title: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (Star Wars Illustrated Novels #1)

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Published: September 22nd 2015 by Disney LucasFilm Press

Goodreads summary: Acclaimed, New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope like you've never experienced before, infusing the iconic, classic tale of good versus evil with a unique perspective and narrative style that will speak directly to today's young readers while enhancing the Star Wars experience for core fans of the saga. 

This illustrated novel is the first in the highly-anticipated series and features richly detailed art by celebrated Star Wars concept artist Iain McCaig. Fans old and new will be delighted by this beautifully crafted book and the unexpected twists in this retelling of a beloved story.


When I saw Alexandra Bracken was writing a book based on Star Wars, I got so excited. I loved her work in the Darkest Minds and I can't wait to discover Passenger. I don't remember much about the Star Wars movies, to be honest, so I think it will almost be a new story to me. I read the first three chapters online and I'm pretty confident it will be epic, the introduction put me in the mood right away. I probably won't read the other books in this series, it's just that I think the equation Alexandra Bracken + Star Wars will be a success.

Are you excited about this book? What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Ten Underhyped books | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the BookishThis week's topic is a free one, and I have a feeling I thought hours to find a topic, but I finally found one, yay! There are books we hear about a lot, but when you read them, they're not that great. Lately, I've read a few books that hadn't so much hype around them, which is a bit sad, because I thought they were great. This week, I'm going to focus on these books, the underhyped ones.


I posted a review for that book a few days ago, but like I said, I heard about it because Goodreads hosted a giveaway a year ago, and after that… Nothing. I had forgotten about this book, in fact. It's a great high fantasy set in a world inspired from French culture, with trolls. Those trolls are hidden under a mountain because of a curse of five centuries. Of course, they are trying to break it, and apparently, only a human young woman could do it. Our main character, Cécile, is abducted and sold to trolls, because some of them believe she could be the key to their problem. That's where our story begins… I enjoyed this book a lot, the character development was so well done, there isn't insta-love or anything. I can't wait to pick up the sequel, Hidden Huntress.


This book was released a few months ago, but I didn't heard much about it either. If you liked Revenge, the TV show, you will love this book. I can't tell you too much about it but it's about a girl who is saved from a ship wreck, then she learns that there are two other survivors… But they lied about the wreck. For that wreck that killed her friend and her whole family, she wants revenge and the truth. And she will do whatever it takes to have it. I read this book in one setting, because I was so hooked into the story.


I heard a lot about her Iron Fey and her Blood of Eden series, but not this one. It's an urban fantasy with dragons, which I find super refreshing, because these creatures are in high fantasy, most of the time. Dragons are part of an organization named Talon, when they're 16-17, they have to live among humans for a few months, as part of their trainings. Ember and Dante are unusual, because they're twins. They have to succeed at living as humans, to finish their trainings and know what they will do for the rest of their lives. But in the mean time, an agent of the order of St. George (who hunts and kills dragons) is sent to their location. The heart starts to get involved, and one of the twins might go rogue…


This is such an unusual book: it's a dystopia inspired from the French Revolution. Our main character, Sophia, who lives in the United Kingdom, is reluctant to marry a French gentleman, René. But their fates are much more complicated than that, because the Rook (a Robin Wood who saves the peoples that should be killed under the Razor in the City of Light) seems to be involved with them… And he's searched by the whole French government, to be put down.


I'm not a big fan of dystopias at the moment, because they usually follow the same schems. I was intrigued by this one because it was a world where the Great Library had survived, and ruled the world we know. Being part of the Library is a great honor, and our main character is trying to be in, to serve as a spy for his family, who runs the black market of books in London. This book has an academic setting, is full of plot twists and no one is safe. Oh, and by the way, people like Gutenberg who wanted to improve the book industry are considered heretic and are killed.


This author wrote the Ruby Red trilogy. Dream a little dream was translated in English and published in April, or something like that. It's the story of Liv, who arrives in London for another year of school (her mom travels a lot, she has been a little everywhere), which won't be as boring as the others. She starts to do strange dreams, where four boys of her school are involved. What about it those dreams were real? This book made me think a little of the Raven Boys, for the atmosphere, the plot isn't the same. I really enjoyed it, I can't wait for the second book to come out. If only I could read German *sighs*… The German covers are gorgeous…


This book is pitched as "Doctor Who meets Sherlock Holmes". Set in 1892 in New Fiddleham (New England), this book follows Miss Abigail Rook as she tries to find a job and not go back to England, where her parents want her to be a lady. She meets a mysterious Mr Jackaby, a peculiar detective, who searches an assistant. She finds out that Jackaby only investigate the impossible (all cases with magic) and that it could be very dangerous for her life to follow him.


This is a fantasy where every part of the world is set in a different time period, because of what is called "the Great Disruption". After Sophia's uncle is abducted, she tries to find him with the help of special maps - because her family has the best mapmakers in the world. Apparently, the whole world is in danger because of the Disruption, and finding the people who abducted her uncle could be the key to find her parents who disappeared during a trip in Europe and saving the world.


I feel like I'm mentioning this book all the time, because it didn't get as much love as I was here, My heart and other black holes and All the bright places. This book is about suicide, like those mentioned before, but it's the best of them. It's such a genuine story and it made me cry so much… But overall, it was beautiful.


Another dystopia, and here I was, saying it wasn't my cup of tea lately ;) But seriously, I don't read as much dystopia as I used to, and I either love or hate them, there is no in-between. This dystopia was a world were humanity has to deal with demons, so the society is ruled by a very powerful Church. When Nina gets involved with demons, she discovers that there are much the Church doesn't tell people… And she's in the middle of it all. The world-building of this book was SO GOOD, I still can't deal with that. It doesn't end on a cliff-hanger, but there is room for so much!

Which books are underhyped in your opinion? Give me recommendations ;)

Monday, 14 September 2015

Alive | Book Review

Title: Alive (The Generations Trilogy #1)

Author: Scott Sigler

Published: July 14th 2015 by Del Rey

Goodreads summary: From New York Times bestselling author Scott Sigler comes something utterly new: a gripping sci-fi adventure trilogy in the vein of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner. A group of young adults awake in a mysterious enclosed space with no knowledge of who they are or how they got there…and an indomitable young woman must lead them not only to answers but to survival.

A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.


The premise of this novel was really intriguing and there was so much promotion for this book on BookTube (with the spear on book hauls and everything) that I really wanted to read this book. It seemed to contain everything I liked. But then, it went wrong. The beginning was really abrupt, with short sentences and it made me totally hooked on this story. It is always a good way to start a novel, but when it goes on during the whole story, it gets annoying. A LOT.

Our main character wakes up in a coffin without knowing anything -even her name- except it's her 12th birthday. However, she's in the body of a 20 years old woman. She rambles a lot about everyone is beautiful. It was really boring. They all have strange symbols on their forehead, but I'm not even sure we know why. Maybe it was explained and I missed out, but it doesn't really matter. This main character is a total snowflake, she became leader for no apparent reason.

"I answer him in a whisper. ‘But why? Why do they follow me? I have no idea what I’m doing.’ He shrugs. ‘Because there’s something about you.’"

I thought the mystery was really intriguing and at first, all I wanted was answers. Then, I got bored 65% in and almost didn't finish this book (in fact, that's the point where you start getting answers). The issue was the characters didn't do anything except walking. At some point, I decided to skip a part and the chapter started by "We run downhill", then I went back and it was "We walk uphill". It upset me so much, I wanted much more to happen.

I was really disappointed by the ending, because it was similar to books I read last year and the execution was better than this one. I totally see where it will lead to in the second book and I'm really not interested. To be honest I'm disappointed. Moreover, there might be a love triangle in the next books. Personally, I don't care, because I won't be there to see it.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Stolen Songbird | Book Review

Title: Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1)

Author: Danielle L. Jensen

Published: April 1st 2014 by Strange Chemistry

Goodreads summary: For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for...


This book caught me off guard, I'm pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. I first heard of this book last year, when there was a giveaway on Goodreads, but that's all. I picked it up randomly, because I loooove high fantasy, and I was curious about trolls. I didn't like the trolls in Frostfire a few months ago, but I wanted to give these creatures the benefice of the doubt, and I was right.

This book is set in a French inspired world, a city is called Trianon (like Marie-Antoinette's little castles in the château de Versailles), the main character is named Cécile de Troyes, and so on. For once, it wasn't painful to read a book set in something that looked like France, and I'm so happy about it. I also liked the trolls' world, who looked so much like Cécile's and the fact that Trollus was located under a mountain made me uncomfortable (hi, claustrophobia!), which made me want for Cécile to escape (just like she wanted). However, I found the name of the city to be simplistic, I'm sure the author could have find something better for a city of trolls, but that's details.

I could believe in this trolls, that are deadly because they are beautiful, but at the same time deformed, which made them looked like monsters. They are cruel, like show their history, and feels utterly superior toward humans and half bloods. Of course, they also have magic. I liked that Jensen explained how trolls came to the now called trolls, they didn't appear out of nowhere. 

As a main character, Cécile was fantastic. Of course, she seems to be a little helpless at the beginning, but she accepts her fate, even if at the same time, she fights for her freedom. She went through a lot of character development during this book, it was so well done. She doesn't hesitate to fight for what she believes in, she even cares for Trollus' habitants, when she has been kidnapped on orders of the king. It's also a good idea to name the different books in this series because of Cécile: in the first, she is the stolen songbird, in the second, she is a hidden huntress. Yes. Also, Cécile isn't a human amongst others, she proves herself resourceful and I can't wait for her to work on her gifts (I don't want to spoil but welllll).

Of course, there is also Tristan, her husband. He is totally despicable at first, but he has reasons for being so. He isn't the kind of heir that want to walk in his royal daddy's footsteps, it made him such an interesting character. I liked that the romance between Cécile and him didn't feel forced, they went from hostile strangers to friends to lovers. I totally ship them together and I'm pretty sure there won't be any love triangle, so well done, Danielle L. Jensen. 

The story was fast-paced, there is action in the first chapter and that made me want to read MORE. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to read at the moment, but I caught up and I'm glad I did. The plot was executed well, it's about a curse to break, but also a rebellion and Cécile trying to be part of the court. 

The secondary characters weren't inconsistent, they were there quite often and had their backstory, like Marc. Anaïs really came at a surprise, I thought she would be the evil troll who would try to steal Tristan from Cécile, but she was a little more complicated than that. 

Overall, I loved this book and I can't wait to pick up the sequel. It's an amazing debut and I congratulate Danielle Jensen. I had a really good time with these characters and everything was believable: for example, the rest of the world doesn't know about trolls because of oaths made by the humans going in Trollus, they can't speak about it; humans just know about trolls because of legends. I highly suggest you to read it.

Have you read this book? Are you interested? Do you know other books about trolls?