Friday, August 28, 2015

Back To School Book Haul !

Okay guys, so this is actually the first time I am sharing a book haul, I have seen other bloggers doing it  and I think it's fun, so I decided to do it too *yay*


So as you all may ( or may not ) know that September is coming, and with September...comes school !

                            

Anyway, just yesterday I was at the supermarket buying the necessary things for school and all that stuff and guess what I found...: BOOKS !!! 
And, ladies and gentlemen, I have a confession to make *hides behind a curtain* I don't buy a lot of physical books ! Wait, before you start throwing tomatoes at me, let me explain...
I love physical books, I really do, it's just that I buy ebooks more than physical books, and that is because : 

1) Once a foreign book is published, we have to wait at least from 2 to 8 months to be translated and published, and that is of course, IF and only IF a publishing house decides to actually translate it and publish it ! That sucks right !? 

2) After a year or two from a book's publication, you won't be seeing it in a lot of book stores because well, it got "old" ! That sucks too !!

3) There are some books that only exist in hardcover, and let me tell you that they are pretty expensive! 
Although not all of them since I have the Fifty Shades trilogy in paperback but still....


Knowing this, I just can't not be grateful for actually speaking english since I get to buy whatever book I want from amazon not caring whether it's going to be translated in french or not...!

So, enough with all that and let me finally show you the physical books I bought : 

The first one is Waterfall, from the Teardrop series, by Lauren Kate : 

                                                   

Gorgeous book covers and I, are like magnets ! I seriously didn't even know what this book was about when I saw it, but I just couldn't resist that cover...I honestly don't care even if the book is bad, because, well, apparently it has some pretty negative reviews on goodreads, but oh well it's pretty and it will decorate my bookshelf ! And yes, I am aware that this is the second book, they didn't have the first one....what was I saying earlier...!?

The second book is The Maze Runner, from The Maze Runner trilogy, by James Dashner : 

                                                   

There are people who love this and others who hate it, I wonder what I will think of it...!

The third and final one, is City Of Bones, the first book of The Mortal Instruments series :

                                                    

I have wanted to read this series for ages, and I finally bought the first book ! Hopefully I'll find time to actually read it soon enough !

That's it, three more physical books added to my bookshelf ^_^ !! 

                               


Also, let me tell you that I downloaded a free ebook from amazon :  

The first book of the Divisa Series, Saving Angel by J.L Weil :

                                                       

Again, I don't know what this book was about and I didn't care because, well, look at that cover, it's gorgeous! And besides, it was free so who can say no to that...right !!?
So like I said, it's free so if you guys are interested you can go and donwload it too! Apparently it's a YA-Fantasy book with a lot of romance...so I'll leave you with that !! 


So what do you guys think ? Do you know any of these books ? Have you already read them ? When was your last book haul ?...
Let me know in the comments :) 

xoxo



Sunday, August 23, 2015

Review The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa

     

Title : The Iron Fey Series

Author : Julie Kagawa

Genre : YA-Fantasy

Series : The Iron Fey : 4 novels and 3 e-novellas

Publication date : From 2010 to 2012

My rating : 5 out of 5 stars " Perfect "

Note : I purchased the whole series on my Kindle

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I am a huge fantasy fan and especially a faery lover, so how could I not read this ? I mean it was a must-read. So I finally did it, I read the whole series and I loved it so much that I read all the 4 books, along with the 3 e-novellas, in week ! 
I don't know what else to say that's not already been said, what to add more about this fantastic series. I loved absolutely everything about it, all the characters, the story, the world, the creatures, the plot...etc 
I was lost in the world Kagawa created and I didn't want to leave it, it was all so beautiful that I fell in love with it from the first book. This is the best Fey story I've read and definitely one of my all-time-favorite series...no not one of them but the best of them and it will probably stay this way forever. I love a lot of book characters but I don't think I'll ever love a character like I love Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grimalkin. I loved Meghan's courage, Ash's seriousness, Puck's humour and Grimalkin's smartness. Those four will have always a very special place in my heart. So I was so sad when I was reading the fourth book because I realized that this was going to end...I didn't want it to end, I just didn't want to say goodbye...

                             

Anyway, I heard there is a spin-off : The Iron Fey : The Call Of The Forgotten Trilogy, I usually don't like spin-offs but hell to that, I will read everything that involves this series, so I will buy the whole trilogy once the last book is out.
And also, I am officially a Julie Kagawa fan, which means, this series is not the last that I am reading of her. 

Sooo...all of you fantasy lovers out there, if you haven't read this, then do it...like...now !


I highlighted so many quotes, but here are a few of my many favorites : 

"Here," continued Rob in an amiable voice, "I'll go through the whole thing, so you'll know how to answer next time." He cleared his throat and pounded at the door again. "Knock, knock!" he bellowed. "Who's there? Puck! Puck who? Puck, who will turn you into a squealing pig and stuff you in the oven if you don't get out of our way!" And with that, he banged the door open.” 

"I whispered, and a faint, tiny grin finally crossed his face, before his expression clouded and he lowered his head, touching his forehead to mine. "What do you want of me, Meghan?" he asked, a low thread of anguish flickering below the surface. Tears blurred my vision, all the fear and heartache of the past few days rising to the surface. "Just you," I whispered. "I just want you."

“I will always be your knight, Meghan Chase,” he whispered in a strained voice, as if every moment he remained was painful to him. “And I swear, if there is a way for us to be together, I will find it. No matter how long it takes. If I have to chase your soul to the ends of eternity, I won’t stop until I find you, I promise.”

“Forgive me,” Ash murmured, and I heard the faintest of tremors beneath his voice. “But I can’t…I won’t…give her up. Not now, when I’ve just found her.”

“Well,” Puck said cheerfully, forcing a rather pained smile, “it’s just like old times, isn’t it? You, me, ice-boy, the future of the Nevernever hanging in the balance…we just have to wait for Furball to show up and then it’ll be perfect.”

“I am yours to command, my queen,” he whispered, making my heart clench in complete, helpless love. “I will obey, even if you order me to cut out my own heart. Even if you order me to the hell that is the Winter Court Elysium.”

"His green eyes flashed with familiar defiance, and he stepped close, taking my hand. “Not on your life, princess,” he returned, smirking. “Though don’t think I don’t know what you’re doing. If we all end up as llamas, I’m going to spend the rest of my life following you around saying ‘I told you so’ in llama-ese.”"




Sunday, August 16, 2015

Review of Gambit by C.L Denault

Title : Gambit

Author : C.L. Denault

Series : The Prodigy Chronicles #1

Genre : YA-Science Fiction

Publication date : March 31st, 2015

My rating : 2 stars out of 5 " Boring "

Note : I received a free copy ( ebook ) from Netgalley




**This review is going to be a little different from all the others that I have written**

Synopsis ( from goodreads ) :

In Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty.

Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers. Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she’s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own.

Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win?


My opinion :


I will try to be honest without being mean. I am pissed. Really pissed and disappointed ! Please, allow me to explain.

I saw this book on netgalley and I was instantly drawn to the cover, I read the synopsis and then I got really interested and I requested it. I got really excited when I started reading it because I actually liked it, I really did. That is until I reached the 40% of it. 
Let me explain a little more clearly
The beginning of the book was really promising, you can sense that there are things that the  main character is not telling and so it makes you want to turn the pages just to know what is going on. I also instantly loved Willow and all the other characters including Reece, not to mention that the story was very captivating and funny with Reece and Willow's conversations. 
And there I was, reading it, thinking this was going to be epic....so imagine my disappointment when it all went downhill. What happened ?! Well it started to get on my nerves, the whole freaking book. Especially Willow and Reece. Oh my god, I just couldn't stand them anymore, they were so annoying with their little romance, I mean seriously I wasn't even expecting a romance between them like at all ! And trust me I have my reasons : 

  •  There's Tem, Willow's best friend who is in love with her,  he is a lovely love interest and I actually  thought that Willow was going to end up with him, I mean he's perfect, what the hell is wrong with  Willow!?
  • The age difference ; she is 16 for god's sake and he is 23 !!!!!! Okay, I know that 7 years is not much but what I mean is that it would have been okay if she was 20 and he was 27, it would have been completely normal, or even if she was 18 but 16 ?!? Really ?!
  • Reece killed Willow's friend, he threatened her father, he manipulated her, he hurt her and she still falls in love with him....I repeat, what the hell is wrong with Willow ?!?!

             


And then there's the story, the story I firstly found very captivating turned out to be very boring !! 
So, like I said, the beginning was interesting, the middle was crap and the ending...wait what the hell happened in the ending !!? Oh, I guess I was just rushing through pages just to see it end, and I was very pleased to see the end of it.


Overall, a very disappointing book. Will I read the next one ?! Ahah, no thank you. Life is too short to spend it on reading books you don't even like !!




Recommend it : Umm...I honestly don't know. This book has some positive reviews on goodreads, but it didn't work for me, so I can't really say who's going to like it...



Sunday, August 9, 2015

Review of The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

Title :  The Last of the Firedrakes

Author : Farah Oomerbhoy

Series : The Avalonia Chronicles #1

Genre : Ya-Fantasy

Publication date : August 15th, 2015

My rating : 3 out of 5 stars "good"

Note : I received a free copy ( ebook ) from Netgalley





Synopsis :

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn't seem so bad.
Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms--including killing anyone who stands in her way. Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora's arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.
With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.


My opinion :

I got this book in exchange for an honest review and an honest review shall I write.
I am so disappointed with this, because this could have been easily one of my favorite books. It had everything I love in a fantasy book and it sounded perfect for me. An orphan girl that stays with her  "second" adoptive family who literally hate her. She's a loner, she has not even one friend and she's bullied. She gets dragged into a magical world where she finds out that she is actually a princess queen-to-be, but her aunt has usurped her throne and wants her dead. And so there are all those magical creatures such as fae, mage, unicorns...etc. As I said, it sounds perfect but it wasn't ! Why ? Well let's just say that there were more things that I didn't like than things I liked. 


What I liked :

The story was quite compelling, I admit it, I wanted to read more and more just to find out what was going to happen next. The world setting was pretty amazing too, all the town names, the castles, the places. As for the characters, well, Rafe was the only character I liked, he was interesting, he had personnality and, well, he was perfect as a love-interest. 

What I didn't like :

Ugh, from where do I start ?! There were a lot of things I didn't like, starting with the main character. Loving a main character is quite essential for me because, well, we are following her story. Aurora was an awful main character, she was whiny, childish and not very bright,  I also felt like she didn't talk much except for asking silly questions, all she was doing was "smile and nod". As for the other characters, I felt like they were there only to explain things, they were quite shallow.  Not to mention the insta-love, I hate insta-loves. Aurora meets Rafe when he saves her and his friends out of the dungeon, and she  immediately falls in love with him. I mean it's okay to find someone handsome and charming when you meet them and especially when they save your life, but this : 

"I could drill Kalen for information about Rafe, because I couldn’t stop thinking about him."

Excuse me, but don't you have something more important to think about, like the queen who is trying to kill you ?
And the writing, oh my the writing, I feel awful for saying this, but the writing was bad, there were a lot of useless descriptions, like the author's need of describing everything her main character is eating and mention how " delicious" it all was. But I guess all of this is forgivable since this is Mrs.Oomerbhoy's first published book. 

Conclusion :

Overall, this book had me very confused. I enjoyed it without liking it ( That sounds weird I know ) which explains the three stars. Will I read the sequel ? The answer is yes, mainly for Rafe's sake but also to see what happens next since I'm curious, and of course in the hope to see that the writing will get better.

Recommend it : Well...If you're looking for a book boyfriend and you don't mind that this is the author's first book, then you could actually love it.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Review of Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick

Title : Lumière

Author : Jacqueline Garlick

Series : The Illumination Paradox #1

Genre : YA-Romantic Steampunk Fantasy

Publication date : August 11th, 2015

My rating : 4 out of 5 stars " Awesome "

Note : I received a free copy ( ebook ) from NetGalley.




Synopsis ( from amazon )

One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.

After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.

Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.

Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all. 

My opinion : 

I was mainly drawn to this book for its cover, yes yes I know, "don't judge a book by its cover" but how can someone resist a gorgeous cover such as this one? Anyway, the cover was the first "attraction", the second one was the title which is pretty cool : Lumière ( which in french means "Light" ), the description however didn't sound very promising but I ended up requesting it after reading a couple of positive reviews. As I was expecting, the first pages weren't good, the whole "Illuminator = powerful machine" was very confusing to me. To my surprise, as the book progressed a little bit to when Eyelet, the main character, grew up, piqued my interest ( why ? well you don't want spoilers now do you ?! ) and as the story was going on, I found myself caught up in the story. I also found the storyline to be original along with the characters names : Eyelet, Urlick, Smrt ( I don't even know how to pronounce that ! ). Anyway, I wasn't disappointed and I'm glad that I read it.


What I liked : 

Eyelet was a lovely main character. The middle part of the book was litterally awesome, mostly because of Eyelet and Urlick's conversation, I loved how they interacted with each other. The plot with Urlick was quiete good ( I'll leave you to that as saying more would be spoilers ). The "how much do you trust?" thing was very cute, I seriously smiled everytime someone was saying that.

What I didn't like : 

there wasn't something I didn't like in particular, but it had flaws that were sometimes getting on my nerves, like when Eyelet first sees Urlick she's like "what is he ?" and when he later talks about it she is all like "He was always perfect to me" and other stuff like that which had me roll my eyes.

Conclusion :

Overall, a book I enjoyed very much, regardless its flaws. I'm looking forward on reading the next book in the series.

Recommend it :   For fans of YA-Steampunk fantasy who are looking for an original and interesting storyline.