The Black Cauldron review


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The Black Cauldron (Chronicles of Prydain #2) by Lloyd Alexander

24784Rating : five stars

And we’re back in Prydain for the second book in the Chronicles of Prydain series. Our companions reassemble to join force once more against the dreadful Arawn. Their new quest is to destroy the black cauldron, the source of life of Arawn soldiers.

I liked this sequel even more than the first book. The characters have grown; clearly Taran has a little bit less pride than before. Not only are they faced with evils, the greatest of all is growing up and seeing that life is not peaceful even within a group.

In the first book there was no real deep trauma for the characters but in this one they face death, treason and despair a huge step up from the first book.  We get more introspection within characterisation in this sequel and links between Taran and the other characters are deepened.

I was also super excited to see the three witches (Am I the only one who compared them to the ones in Macbeth?)  it was the most interesting part of the book and to compare it with the Disney one (who cannot…) it had a role in the plot and gave substantial information.

I will do a full parallel between movie and books when I finish the series. I also read The Founding which is a sort of prequel before Prydain, it is not spoilery at all so if you want to read it feel free it’s super short and gives a good overview of Lloyd Alexander’s style.


Chronicles of a librarian take 5

chronicles of a librarian

Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a chronicle post. So grab a mug and here we go!

First I want to talk about a project I have for this blog, I want to do a monthly drama review so shout in the comments if you’re interested.

To be honest the last two months have been very busy at the library except for the two weeks when it snowed. Yup, it snowed in France and in Paris nonetheless.  And if you’re Canadian, you must have heard (well laughed) seeing how panicked the city becomes when it snows! It was ridiculous. Personally I live in the suburbs and I walk to my job so I was so happy to walk in the snow! But yeah since people were afraid of driving, we had almost no clients these days we had to close the shop earlier (ho happy daaaay). The bad side of it is that I slipped on ice on my way to work one day and had to be taken to the ER…. Sprained knee and ankle… But all is better now.

We also had our Harry Potter night at the shop which was pretty fun although there were a lot of children and they were a little bit too exited… We dressed up and decorated the bookshop section; I was, of course, a Ravenclaw (best house ever!).  There were a lot of Griffindors and Slytherins, of course, and I saw a few Harrys. We had a coworker who looked exactly like Harry Potter and we enlisted him to take pictures with the kids. It was pretty nice. Have you guys seen the 20th anniversary editions? I was a bit disappointed because nothing changed but the cover of the book…

I had a few great customers coming at the store, one day, before Valentine’s Day, a man came in looking pretty lost. He came up to me and was looking a bit ashamed and said,

“sorry Miss but I don’t read and I want to buy something for my girlfriend, and I don’t know what to choose or how to choose something she will like”.

It was so cute!!! I tried to calm him down, I smiled and asked what book she read last and while talking to him he remembered a few things. She liked thrillers, not gory, light reads. My mind went “Eureka” mode and I gave him a copy of Agatha Raisin he was so thankful it was so darn cute.

So that is it for today’s post! I have a few reviews coming up next so see you next time! Have a great week everyone!

The Suicide Shop review


(Alan and his contagious smile :D)

The Suicide Shop by Jean Teulé

2796617Rating : Five stars

The Tuvache family is running a shop, a very special one. It specializes in accessories and weapons to kill yourself, everything to leave this world in the best fashion! The Tuvache are a family very depressed and they like to be this way. It helps for the shop you see and for the customers. But their youngest, Alan, is not like them. Always smiling, making noises or running he is the epitome of happiness.

I adored this book!!!!  It’s cynical, comical and heartwarming as well; a bundle of emotions that put together can only result in greatness!

Alan is the little black sheep of his family and tries to make them realize that life is something you have to like and live. He also shows that life worm itself even in depressed people you just have to push it a little bit.

This book is seriously the best self-help book you could ever read. It does not gives you any miracle way to be happy, it just tells you that living your life with a smile is the best way to be happy and help others to be happy.

Crenshaw review


(I have to admit seeing your imaginary friend with a surf board must be pretty cool)

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

23310699Rating: three stars

Jackson is an intelligent boy who wishes to be a zoologist. Jackson has a lot of questions and a lot of worries that should not be for his age. His family is facing some financial difficulties and they have to leave their home. Suddenly, the night before they depart, his old imaginary friend comes back.

Weirdly this book was called Skiddy in french and not  Crenshaw, I still haven’t figured out why….

I was pleasantly surprised by this book; I originally picked it up because the cover was great, but it has a lot more feels to it than the cover let you think. The plot is a little bit disjointed because the flashbacks are mixed with the present. But once you figure out what is happening it flows.

I really liked the idea of imaginary friends coming back when children need it and also that they all wait somewhere for you. I think this book will be perfect for middle graders but as an adult it missed something. I mean it was good but it was a weird mix of children preoccupations and adult’s ones, it could have been good but I am not sure if children would get the entire psychological spectrum behind it.

Agatha Raisin review

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(and we are back with the drawings after two posts without any 😉 )

The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin series #1) by M.C. Beaton

139176 rating: four stars

Agatha Raisin is a successful PR who decides to retire early. Her dream was to buy a cottage in the village of Carsley, far away from civilization. Her great ego in hand, she is sure that she will be fitting in. Yet the villagers are somehow wary of her and don’t really accept her. Agatha takes the matter in hands and decides to participate in the local quiche competition. But little did she know that she would be accused of the murder of the judge with her spinach quiche…

Agatha Raisin is a classic cozy-mystery series. Right on the line with Agatha Christies’ books, it is pretty famous and I had to try it since I have been praising the genre. I actually converted a lot of people to read Agatha Raisin since I started this book because it was so good.

It is witty, funny and well written. It gives you all the warm feelings you can have with a warm cup of tea. The character of Agatha is awesome; she is an independent woman who gets what she wants and is awesome that way.

Even the mystery itself is well wrapped. What I like about cozy mysteries is that the murders are not gruesome. I mean there are clear descriptions of how people die but it is not as creepy or disgusting as in thrillers. Moreover the atmosphere stays light and cozy which is the best way to escape after a hard day at work.

I also need to mention the Sky series of Agatha Raisin. It follows the books but not in order (except for the first one) so you can watch the series and still enjoy the books. It reminded me of a French TV show based on Agatha Christies’ work pretty popular in France, it has the same atmosphere. I did binge watch the Sky series and I must say it is good, not great, but good in the sense that it is entertaining and relaxing.

I might read the next books in the series (perhaps not all of them because they are a lot of them) but do tell me if you are interested in more Agatha Raisin’s review ^^

2018 New Year book resolution tag

Happy New Year everyone! I wish you all luck, health and joy as well as a lot of awesome books! So here is a quick tag that I’ve seen around on wordpress and booktube, it was created by Charr Frears on youtube feel free to check out his channel!

I hope you enjoy it!

1 An author you’d like to read (that you’ve never read before)

So I have three that I always wanted to read but never actually got around to:

Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Mull

Patrick Rothfuss

Yes, yes I know I am the last person on earth to read their books… But I heard a lot of mixed reviews on Brandon Sanderson and to be honest his books are big… As for Patrick Rothfuss I don’t want to be frustrated if I finish the first two books before the third one comes out. And for Brandon Mull I don’t know where to start so if you have one of his books you really liked feel free to recommend it to me ^^

2 A book you’d like to read

Only one? xD Well recently it has been Dragon Champion by E.E.Knight because it is about dragons (see how obsessed I am?)


3 A classic you’d like to read

Emma by Jane Austen, it is the only Austen book I never read but I watched the BBC adaptation and it was so damn good that I know I am going to love it!


4 A book you’d like to re-read.

So many…. Well I am actually re reading the Harry Potter books. BUT I will not read books 5,6,7 and 8 and I will do a full discussion/review on Harry Potter on this blog.


5 A book you’ve had for ages and want to read.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. It is always the same for me… The more I hear about how good a book is, the harder it is to pick it up….


6 A big book you’d like to read.

Dune by Frank Herbert


7 An author you’ve previously read and want to read more of.

Mark Lawrence and Michael J. Sullivan they are authors I absolutely love!

8 A book you got for Christmas and would like to read.

Well it’s more a re read, Northern Lights by Philipp Pulman, I am waiting for the new one to come out in paperback.

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9 A series you want to read (start and finish)

Well the ones I mentioned previously… I guess if I can finish the Dragon Champion series I will be happy.

10 A series you want to finish (that you’ve already started)

Ho my… so many series I started in 2017…. Well first there is the Riyria Revelations, then The chronicle of Prydain, I also have to catch up on A song of ice and Fire and finally the Immortal series by Tamora Pierce.

11 Do you set reading goals? If so, how many books do you want to read in 2017?

I do set a goal on my goodreads challenge and this year I set it much lower than before because I know I will read more than that but I don’t want to feel pressured. I will try to read at least 80 books.

12 Any other reading goals?

I have a personal goal of getting rid of my TBR pile so I chose 18 books from that pile and I will have to read them through the course of this year.

So that is it for the tag if you liked it please feel free to do it ^^

Wolf Speaker review


(Daine and all her animals going on an adventure, I just realized that the lighting is pretty bad so sorry guys…)

Wolf Speaker(Immortal series 2) by Tamora Pierce

858672Rating : five stars

I have to admit I love this book more than the first one. We are back with an older Daine who is travelling with Numair. But as they cross the region of Dunlath her old pack of wolves are calling out to her. They are facing a major crisis due to humans digging holes in the ground. Terrible problems await Daine when she realizes that something fishy is going on in Dunlath.
For me the most interesting part was to see Daine interacts with animals and it was what I loved in the first book. She almost has no interaction with humans and develops her capacities. We also learn more on several creatures and their relationships to humans are getting more and more complex.

Daine’s powers are also increasing, she now can travel through an animal with their mind but she can also turn into one which is awesome!

The only thing I could say is that I didn’t care at all for the villain… Maybe it was because we didn’t really know who the actual villain is but he is not at the center of events. I don’t know if it is just me but he felt small and not that powerful.

Anyways I still love this series and I hope to get to the other books pretty soon! Also I might do a tag post before Christmas, any suggestions?