Friday, October 24, 2014

Review of Evernight by Claudia Gray

Title : Evernight

Author : Claudia Gray

Series : Evernight series, book 1

Genre : YA-Fantasy

Publication date :  February 9th 2009

My rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars "close to perfection"

Note : Borrowed this book from the library




Synopsis (from goodreads ) :

Bianca wants to escape. 

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him
.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would." 

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.
My opinion :

Holy cow ! Yeah reading the blurb gives you pretty much the "twilight" image ( not that I have something against twilight, I haven't even read the books ! ) but you just don't know how much wrong you are by thinking that this is like twilight. Anyway I am not going to resume the story because if I will I will have to talk about the plot and that would spoil the beauty of the book. All I
want to say is that this one is defintely one of my favorites. However the book is not  flawless so naturally there were things that I liked and things I didn't like.

What I liked :

I loved the plot ! To me it was so unexpected, I seriously didn't see that coming ( Maybe I'm the only one! ) I pretty much liked all the charcters, they were all great. I also like Bianca and Lucas' relationship/love, it was really beautiful. Also there is no love triangle, how great is that ? Bianca knows what she wants and she doesn't hesitate when it comes to her love for Lucas. She is stronger than she thinks!

What I didn't like :

The only thing that I didn't love was the instalove! For me It ruined the fact that book could have been perfect. I mean seriously she just met the guy and she can't stop thinking about him, she talked to him only once and she thinks that they became best friends and stuff, that's not how it works in real life and everyone knows that! So I must admit that I wasn't fond of the book at the very beginning just because of that ( it's the only reason why I gave it 4.5 stars and not 5 ). 

Conclusion : 

This book was totally wort reading. I loved it and it could have been perfect but oh well. Anyway I enjoyed reading it very much and it's definetely one of my favorites. I can't wait to read the sequels, I already have the second one but I'll wait untill I get my hands on the other ones too ^^ 

Recommend it : To all the vampire fans out there, you'll definetely love this one, trust me !

                                                                           xoxo

P.S : I used the french cover because let's face it, it's gorgeous! ( yes I read in french except arc books !! )

Sunday, September 7, 2014

***INFO***

Well summer is over and as you may (or may not ) know, that means school is starting !!! And oh god I'm overwhelmed with homeworks and there are so many things to do because it's the fisrt week of school and blah blah blah !!!
Soo, as you can understand, that means that I won't post anything this week, because I didn't finish any of my books !! However, I hope I can make it up and post a review on wednesday instead.



For the moment, here is the "hot" ya september release, a book that I can't wait to read :

Illusions of fate by Kiersten White
Publication date : September 9, 2014



Blurb ( from amazon ) :
Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets the gorgeous, enigmatic Finn, who introduces her to the secret world of Albion's nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn't—power, money, status . . . and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, and the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess them. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits, can stop him.

So, what do you guys think ? Are you going to read this or have you already read it ? I would love to hear your thoughts so don't hesitate on leaving a comment :)


xoxo

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Title : The Hobbit

Author : John Ronald Reul Tolkien

Series : Prelude to the Lord Of The Rings trilogy

Genre : Fantasy

Publication date : September 21st 1937

My Rating : 3 out of 5 stars "Good"

Note : I own a copy of this book





Synopsis ( from Amazon ) :
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his commitment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

My opinion :
Ok. I know this is a book for children and not I'm not a child ( "surpise" ) But it was a must-read, a classic so I felt like I had to read it. I honestly wanted to read this in the fisrt place because I saw both of the movies by Peter Jackson and I'm still waiting the third one to come. I know that books are usually better than movies, but oh boy, it wasn't the case for this one. I guess I'm just too old ( yeah 17 years old is actually old ) for stories like this one.

What I liked :
The scene between Bilbo and Gollum and their riddle game, it's funny because that scene was kind of my least favorite in the movie.

"This thing all things devours,
birds, beasts, trees, flowers,
gnaws iron, bites steel,
grinds hard stones to meal,
slays king, ruins town,
and beats high mountain down"

Besides that, I found J.R.R Tolkien's writting wonderful, I really liked the way he narrated the story.

" In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort. "


What I didn't like :
Well there wasn't anything that I didn't like, however I was disappointed, why ? Well maybe because I watched the movies before reading the book and I fell in love with what was present in the movies and not in the books.
Here is a short list that pretty much sums it up :

  • Missing characters : Legolas is not present ( neither is Tauriel or Frodon or Saruman or galadriel or radagast ) knowing that Legolas is my favorite character in the movies ( including the LOTR trilogy )
  • In the movies, Barde is the one that helps the dwarves go to Esgaroth ( Lake-town ) and not to mention that he has two kids, while in the book, Barde meets the dwarves after he killed Smaug and having children is not even mentionned.
  • In the movies, Azog is not dead and inn the book, well he is !
  • In the movies, we get to see where Gandalf went and what he did while in the book he only explains few things that weren't even clear ( at least not to me ) 
  • The scene between Bilbo and Smaug is way more interesting and better in the movies than it is in the book.

Conclusion :
I think that this was worth reading, as I said earlier, it was a must-read so I was going to read it sooner or later . The only thing that I'm regretting is that I didn't read this as a child, and I know that my child-self would have loved it and would have given it five stars without hesitating, but oh well !
I will now start The Fellowship Of The Ring, hoping I won't be disappointed and it will be better.

Recommends it : For all those fantasy lovers, parents to read to their children.

P.S :  If you haven't seen the movies, then do it, trust me it's amazing, you won't regret it.



And.. if you love some kickass fighting scenes and some elf-dwarf romance, then you will, like me, love the second movie more than the book or even more than the fisrt movie.






And also if your favorite actor is Orland Bloom ( like me !!! ) or if you're just a fan, or if you just simply love Legolas then you should defintely see it.




( Sorry, couldn't resist !!! )

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Liebster awards


I got nominated for The Liebster Award by the kind Aesaza at  aesaza! I don't know much about blogging because it's been only two (almost three) weeks that I started this blog.  This is really exciting, again thank you dear aesaza :)

Let's get started :

So The Liebster Award is a nomination from one new blogger to another. It’s to help people find new blogs to follow!

1. Link & Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you
3. Tag 11 other bloggers who have 300 or less followers
4. Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

So here are the questions I was asked, and the answers I now give :

1.What’s your favorite book universe?
I won't lie, I'm not only new to the blogging world, I'm also new to the reading world ! I'm mean I've read like what, 25 books ? There are still so many books I would like to read, like The Harry Potter series , The Lord of the Rings trilogy or The Hunger Games ( because I loved the movies ! ). But to answer to the question, I would say that my favorite book universe of the moment is "The Cahill Witch Chronicles" trilogy by Jessica Spotswood, it is actually the best book I've read this year.

2.What’s the longest you can go without reading?
Well it depends. When I'm on holidays I read everyday, and the longest I can go without reading is two days or less. And when I go to school, well I don't really find the time to read much, in fact sometimes I'm only able to read on weekends, so I would say five days or something like that.

3.If you could rewrite a book, which book would you rewrite and why?
Good question ! Well there are some books that I wanted to end differently but honestly, I don't think that I would like to change anything from all the books that I've read, the good and bad ones included ! So to answer the question, if I could rewrite a book, I simply wouldn't do it.

4.If you could create the perfect book character, what key characteristics would you give them and why?
I would make my perfect book character like me ! Ahah, just joking. Well I don't know really, I guess just that I would make my character a strong independent person, because let's be honest no one ikes whiny main characters, at least I don't.

5.Are you a closet book junkie or do you spread the love around?
A closet book junkie ! There is just no explanation to it.

6.Imagine going on an around the world trip for a year and you’re only allowed to bring and read one book. What book would you bring?
Tough one ! It's not like I've read a lot of books but I really can't choose !

7. What’s the book that will never get beaten off your number one favorites slot?
Definetely "Le Grand Meaulnes" by Alain Fournier ! I mean seriously it's the book that made a reader in the fisrt place. The story is just sooo beautiful, and the ending made me cry so hard. I had that book in my head for weeks, the story is just perfect and I think that no other book can ever beat it. For me it's the definition of a perfect book.

8.What is your thought process when deciding what book to pick up?
I judge a book by it's cover ! If the cover is beautiful, then I read the summary to see what it is about and then I decide wether I'll pick it up or not.

9.When did your book “obsession” start?
It was actually only last year, when my french teacher asked us to read " Le Grand Meaulnes", and as I listed it in my answer at the seventh question, it was "Le Grand Meaulnes that made a reader, it made me want to read more.

10.Do you prefer paperbacks or hardcovers, and why?
Well I guess I like them both. Why ? Well because hardcovers are more durable and paperbacks are lighter to hold.

11.If you could choose one supernatural ability to have, which would you choose and why?
I would really love to have the ability " instant teleportation" to anywhere at my will.  I mean come on, wouldn't it be awesome ? To go anywhere you want whenever you want ? I would choose myself a place where no one could bother me and read as much as I would want to.

My eleven questions to the people who I’m tagging  :

1. What is your favorite book series of all time ?
2. Your favorite book couple ?
3. What was the first book you read ?
4. Who is your favorie character of all time ?
5. What is your favorite book genre ?
6. Do you like reading books before watching the movie adaptation, or watch the movie and then read the books ?
7. Who is your favorite author ?
8. Your favorite book quote ?
9. Three books that made you cry ?
10. Do you prefer e-books or "physical books" ?
11. Best book vilain ever ?

The 11 people I'm nominating :

Anna : books, Quotes & Dimples
Amber Sok : My Bookshelf Is Hungry
Cristal : The Life & Times of a Book Addict
Neha Sood : ...
Blessie San Jose : The Mischevious Reader
Book Obsession : Book-Obsession
Sheridan : I Turn the Pages
TheBookstheThing : The Book's the Thing
Rachel Burden : Paein and Ms4Tune
My Full Bookshelf : My Full Bookshelf
Fangirling misses : Fangirling misses


                                         "Don't feel obligated on doing this, it's 100% optional"


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Review of Odeful by Jennifer Recchio

Title : Odeful

Author : Jennifer Recchio

Genre : Poetry

Series : None

Publication date : February 27 2014

Publisher : All Night Reads

My rating : 1.5 out of 5 stars  "Bad but not awful"

Note : I received an e-copy of this from NetGalley.



Description ( from NetGalley ) :
In this collection of poems about coming of age in the modern world, critically declaimed author Jennifer Recchio takes on such thrilling subjects as math, groceries, and oil changes. The collection includes poems that have been published in online magazines such as Word Riot and Defenestration, and other poems that have never been seen before.

My opinion :
Well there is not much thing to say about this because, well, it's just poetry ! As a fan of poetry, ( and I mean by that, that I have written myself a couple of poems ), I didn't really enjoy this, why ? Well let's just say that this isn't the kind of poems that I like.

What I liked :
The only poem that I actually enjoyed : "Dangerous Things", which is a poem about poetry :

"But poetry has no ears
And it's words are more 
questions than answers"
What I also liked, and the main reason that pushed me into reading this collection of poems, was the cover ! I mean just look at it, isn't it beautiful and charming ? It gave me the impression that there is something enchanting about it ( even though it wasn't the case ! )

What I didn't like : 
Well, except "Dangerous  things", the other poems were, how can I say this ? Not good ? Not good at all ? I seriously didn't even know what the half poems were about ! And jeez some of the titles were completely meaningless ! Don't know what I'm talking about ? Here are few examples :

"Cliches Get Stuck Under Your Fingernails" 
"This is Not a Poem About How I Can't Write in Meter"
"This is Not a Poem About How My Mother Thinks I'm Fat"
"Plant and Animal Parts to be Bought and Prepared for Eating"

Seriously now ?!!

Conclusion :
I must say that this was quite disappointing; the cover and title seemed so promising. "Dangerous things" was the only reason why I gave this 1.5 stars and just 1.

Recommends it : For people who actually haven't read poetry, they might actually like it !





Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review of Darkness by Erin Eveland

Title : Darkness

Author : Erin Eveland

Genre : YA

Series : None for the moment

Publication date : July 1st 2014

Publisher : Selladore Press

My rating : 3 out of 5 stars "Good"

Note : I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley.



Synopsis ( from Netgalley )
One Girl. One Boy. And the Masters of Darkness. See the Shadow Creatures. They are everywhere. But you can’t run from the shadows. Or the Masters who control them.
At the age of sixteen, Catherine lives with an alcoholic mother and impoverished welfare. While searching for a way to tell her only friend Nathan of her desire for him, a hidden world starts to unfold with the coincidental meeting of a man in black, Jorgen. With this encounter, questions arise and unexplained events start to occur, causing Catherine to confront her past and an uncertain future.
Upon graduating High School, Nathan cooks at a local bar wondering how he can leave town with the girl he’s fallen in love with, Catherine. All seems hopeless until a man in black, Artros, introduces himself offering power greater than all the money that drives the world.
Ancient enemies with the power to control the Darkness and its Shadow Creatures, two Masters will fight to the death for what one girl may hold – the ultimate power of Light.

My opinion :
I first thought that this book was quite boring, I couldn't get into it and the story was moving slow. And I must say that I'm actually glad that I have this thing : when I start reading a book, I have to finish it either I like it or not ! In this case it turned out to in my favor. The book got interesting on chapter 4, when Catherine grew up, we find out that she still lives with her alcooholic mother who is a complete mess. We also learn that Catherine is in love with Nathan, the guy she met when she was 13 and we get a little passage of when she met him. Nathan loves her too, but none of them is completely sure of each others feelings, which complicates their relationship. And then there is Artros, the bad guy of the story. Artros is a master of Darkness, who we later find out that he drains power from Catherine. And finally, near the end, Jorgen ( a master of Darkness, like Artros ) explains a little bit more about « The Darkness », and honestly it is untill then that I undestood what the story really was about. Anyway the plot and story was kind of complicated for me, or maybe it was just me who wasn't too much interested about thes story.

What I liked :
What I thought was good with this book was the author's writting which is, let's be honest, pretty good, and also the fact that the the main character, Catherine, is not a little whiny girl but a strong independant person.

What I didn't like :
What I didn't like was, well, the story, I mean I just couldn't understand the main basis of the plot, it was kind of confusing at the beginning, I didn't even know what the story was about untill the end, when one of the characters ( Jorgen ) explains the « Darkness » thing.

Conclusion :
I'm giving this book 3 stars because well it had great potential, it could have been better. It was supposed to be a fast-read, but I spent 2 whole weeks reading it, even though it did get interesting I was still not fond of the story, and the ending well I guess there will be a sequel, which I will read hoping it will be better than the first one.

Recommends it : For anyone who wants something different, with a complicated plot and story.



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Review policy


Review Policy :

  • Rating System :
                                1 stars : Awful
                                1.5 stars : Bad but not awful
                                2 stars : Boring
                                2.5 stars : Almost good but still boring
                                3 stars : good
                                3.5 stars : almost awesome
                                4 stars : Awesome :
                                4.5 stars : Close to perfection
                                5 stars : Perfect / Excellent

  • Genres I read and review :

                                Young Adult
                                 Romance
                                 Contemporary
                                 New Adult
                                 Mystery-Crime
                                 Paranormal / Supernatural
                                 Fantasy
                                 Historical fiction
                                 Sci-fi
                                 Short story compilations
                                 Poetry
                                 Non-fiction
                                 Horror / Thriller

If you want to contact me, you can either find me on Goodreads or Netgalley, my username on bothe sites : Klara Parker.


About me

Who I am :

Name : Klara

Age : 18

Favorite genres : Young Adult, Historical fiction and French/English litterature ( I read other genres too but these are my top 3 )

Favorite books so far : Les misérables by Victor Hugo and Le grand Meaulnes by Alain Fournier.

Facts :

  • I love books ( yep yep !! )
  • I hate love triangles ( even though there are some that are interesting )
  • I love watching TV-shows and movies.

Thank you for visiting my blog !