I Love Spring Book Tag

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(Meiko and I are enjoying our forest walks!)

Hey everyone! I thought that I’ll do a tag to celebrate Spring! I have no idea who created it I just stumbled upon it so all the credits to its rightful owner. Grab a mug and here we go!

1) How is Spring where you live?

Well, in Paris Sping is usually coming and going. Some weeks are hots and some weeks are cold. We get a lot of rain but towards May it’s pretty sunny. Recently it’s almost a Summer weather!

2) Most anticipated book release this Spring?

I have several the first one is the second book in the new Mark Lawrence trilogy Grey Sister then I saw that they were reprinting the Nightfall duology by Mickey Zucker Reichert which I always wanted to try and I am really anticipating The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood I heard it’s about dragon breeders!

Grey Sister The Nightfall Duology The Summer Dragon

 

3) Show us a book cover that makes you think of Spring.

The Complete Tales I love Beatrix Potter her books always make me think of Spring. Have you guys seen the movie? To be honest it was not the best but not the worst I’ve seen this year.

4) Where are you going to read this Spring?

WELL! That’s a though one, I have so many planned reads… I want to re start A Song of Ice and Fire because dear George lost me in book 4… I want to finish The Immortal series by Tamora Pierce and read Redwall by Brian Jack which is also a re read.

5) Find a cover with the sun on it!

33295675 The sun is there somwhere xD

6) What are your favorite Spring reads?

I don’t have any in particular… But mostly long fantasy series I found that I can read faster when Spring is here and I can enjoy my books outside in the shades (damn sun allergies).

7) Find a book with many different colors on it.

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8) Whom do you tag?

It’s my first time tagging people lol but I will try xD so I tag

@nosestuckinabook 

@bookbastion

@bibliosanctum 

Of course you’re not forced to do it 😉

Hope you all enjoyed it and feel free to do it even if you are not tagged I will love to see your answers! See you next time for a review have a great week!

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Avengers INFINITY WARS

So I’ve been to see the movie and I waited to post this because it was not out anywhere and Thanos said no spoilers. Honestly after the movie you’re a bit scared of him lol.

I still cannot say if I really enjoyed it or if I cry until my tear canals were dry. Seriously, after the movie my friend was talking to me and I couldn’t speak… Every geek in the world will need therapy after seeing that.

As you all probably know the infinity stones were the main link between the entire Marvel franchise and I was expecting a lot from that movie. In a nutshell Thanos wants to gather all infinity stones to have complete powers over the universe and whip out half of the population of every planet so we could live in a better universe.

Yep he is pretty megalomaniac and dangerous. And after Ultron, it’s good to see a scary villain. I mean Ultron he was not scary at all in the movies, the era of Ultron should be renamed the two and half days of Ultron….

I was afraid that with that many characters into one movie it will be too much at once. We have Captain America, Bucky, Black Widow, Black Panther (with Shuri and his war general and let’s not forget the chief of the mountain tribe if you have not seen Black Panther GO SEE IT), Falcon, Vision, Scarlet Witch, War Machine, Iron Man, Dr Strange, Hulk, Thor, Spiderman, Starlord, Gamorra, Drax, Rocket Racoon, Groot, Mantis etc.

So a lot of characters but it was okay and for once there were not too many scenes with Iron Man! (Yes I hate him). They divided them into small teams which made it easier to manage in my opinion. And the teams were awesome, seriously Rocket and Thor I was totally on board with that. Dr Strange and Iron Man? Two Sherlocks and egomaniac intellectuals together it was a bit easy if you know what I mean.

 I was also happy that Black Panther romantic interest in the last movie, whoever her name was she was not Storm. I am sorry but he should be with Storm she is his wife and they are the strongest of Marvel couples! And yes I am aware their wedding was annulled because Marvel loves to mix up universes and to destroy the best couples (Jean and Wolverine….) and keep the annoying ones (Iron Man and Mrs Pepper Pott).

Rant over back to the movie. Spoilers ahead beware!

What we were all hoping for, a conversation between Captain and Iron Man never happened, they did not speak to each other in the entire movie. The only awkward conversation we have was when Hulk and Natasha met again.

By the way, Antman and Hawkeye were planned for the movie but we don’t see them at all… Perhaps in part 2….

And I cannot wait for the next Infinity war movie because there will be Miss Marvel ! Finally! For those of you wondering it’s her logo that Nick Fury calls in the last post movie scene. What I am not anticipating at all is the upcoming Antman movie with an annoying character to come the Wasp… And you know who is casted? YES TAURIEL! She is back! And I am really afraid of her portrayal… To be honest Tauriel, Rose and T’Challa’s girlfriend are female characters I wish they could just disappear.  But that is a debate for another time.

Have you guys seen the movie yet? Did you enjoy it?

Fire Rose Review

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(Salamander!)

Fire Rose (Elemental Masters series volume 0) by Mercedes Lackey

176881Rating: four stars

Rose Hawkins is in a dire situation. Her father died leaving her with debts and family conflicts, she has no other options than to take a job as a governess. What a coincidence, Lord Jason Cameron is looking for one! But as she travels to San Francisco she discovers that her new job is more mysterious than first meets the eyes and her new boss very secretive.

This is the first book in the Elemental series by Mercedes Lackey and can be read as a standalone. I think that the entire series can be read as standalones. It is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I was disappointed because the Beast in this book lost all his “cruel, violent and beastly” characteristics and only is characterized as such because of his appearance (werewolf) but he is not treating Rose bad or anything. I can’t help but compare it with the original story (not the Disney one, the French version) and to Heart’s Blood by Juliette Marillier.

In fact there are a lot of similarities between Fire Rose and Heart’s Blood, plot wise and character wise and they are drifting apart from the original story…. It’s not a bad thing in itself but it feels like there is a subgenre in Beauty and the Beast retelling were the “Belle” is a scholar and is hired to work for the Beast. This actually softens the “Beast” part and completely ignores the fact that in the original story he kidnapped her…

Enough ranting lol. You all know by now my love for Mercedes Lackey. I do admit it I am a fan and sometimes not really objective on her works. I do admit that some of her books are greatly better than others and this one is in the middle. It is only good.

To be honest I did enjoy it because of the characters they were very deep. Paul du Mond especially he is a hateful character and the author made him so that you hate him right from the beginning.

Although it is not my favorite book from her I still fairly enjoyed it and it is a good change from the Valdemar series.

Broken Pride review

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(Yep this is the drawing that held my attention for about a month because I could not get it right somehow…. It’s at the beginning of the book so if you read it you know what the scene is 😉 )

Broken Pride (Bravelands series book 1) by Erin Hunter

33295675Rating :five stars

The newest Erin Hunter series finally!!!! I am a huge fan of Erin Hunter’s work, as a kid I was reading the warriors series and I also loved the Survivor series although I have not got my hands on Seekers yet.

This new series follows three animals from the savannah a lion, a baboon and an elephant. All three have joint destinies and have to face some changes in the savannah.

If you are familiar with her works, you probably know that they (yes Erin Hunter is in fact a group of female authors) likes to include animal mythologies in their stories. In fact religion (if you can call it as such) is always a centre part of how animals are acting. Personally I think it is a metaphor for their instincts. 😉

What did I not love in this book? Well, nothing! I was growing tired with the Warrior series and I don’t think I will read the last series (seriously I am getting a bit lost with all the new characters and such…. But I am still reading the new companion’s books) and this one is a breath of fresh air.

I couldn’t help myself but see some similarities with the Lion King, I don’t know if it is wanted or not but the lion’s story is very similar to Simba’s. Or maybe I am just a huge Disney fan who sees Disney references everywhere.

If you are new to Erin Hunter’s books you should, they are middle grade anthropomorphic books but awesome. I think you can start by whichever series you like but bear in mind that if you get hooked on the Warriors series there are loads of books to read!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda review

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(Simon is so damn cute…. I have to admit I did this drawing very quickly because I was caught up with my Braveland drawing (you will see it in the next review) so this one was pretty fast. Also ferry wheeles are hard to draw in details T-T)

Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

19547856Rating: five stars

Simon Spier is gay, and no one knows it.

Honestly I ate that book up like a box of chocolate on Valentine’s Day (we all do this!). It was adorable and gave me happy feels. It’s been awhile since I’ve been that invested in a contemporary book, mostly because I don’t like books that are about daily lives, it annoys me or saddens me. A friend wanted to go see the movie so when I heard there was a book I couldn’t resist.

To be honest I was a bit put off first because I don’t believe in love online, I feel that you cannot build a very strong connection but I guess in this case it is different since both Simon and Blue have no one to talk to.

I do understand the hype around this book. It is sweet and fast paced; I mean I almost read it in one sitting. Even so, I do not think I will read the other books in the same series (Well it’s not a series they can be read separately but they are set in the same setting only it focuses on Simon’s friends). Still I highly recommend anyone to check it out !

Vicious Vet review

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Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin series book 2) by M. C. Beaton

25586308Rating: four stars

Agatha Raisin is back ! Her love life is slowly looking brighter when she is invited to dinner from the young and handsome new town vet. But when the vet dies of a seemingly accidental injection of anaesthesia, Agatha gets her Marple senses tingling and decides to investigate.

My love for cosy mystery is back! I review the first book from the very long Agatha Raisin’s series and I just had to read another one.

I was a bit worried after the ending of the first one. I thought that Agatha was a bit too focused on James and will go man hunting like only desperate women knows how too (seriously sometimes they are scary, as a woman myself I found that kind of attitude very disturbing and I cannot understand it). And indeed it starts as so BUT it does get better because you see Agatha get her attitude together.

As for the plot, as always in cosy mystery it is very Agatha Christie-esque but that is what is making it good. There is no gory stuff, well it’s more described in a certain fashion that you don’t feel grossed out or disturbed by it. Of course police work and forensics are really secondary and it relies on sleuthing methods. What I really like about it is that it relies on detective action, nowadays I hate it when on TV they suddenly find a piece of DNA and boom they find the killer, it’s just too easy and weird. That’s why my favourite detective TV shows are Pushing Daisies and Sherlock, because they have to rely on facts but also on what people said.

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I feel like the character of Agatha is getting more and more interesting more so than on the TV show. On the TV show she seemed to be irresistible to any man while in the book the author clearly mocks the fact that she feels that why but in reality she is not. It brings out a lot of funny and dorky situations which I feel are part of the Agatha Raisin series. I will definitely check out some more especially since there are so many.

 

Monthly Manga wrap up

Hey guys! Here we go with a new manga wrap up! Not a lot of series this month but still a lot of books XD

-Samurai Deeper Kyo by Akimine Kamijyo

Rating: four stars

First we’re going to start with a shonen series. It’s pretty old I remember reading it while I was in high school. There is a total of 38 volumes so it’s pretty long but for a shonen series it’s in the norm. It is set in the Edo period, a feared samurai Kyo demon eyes is on a journey to regain his body that has been swapped with the one of his enemy Kyoshiro. There are a lot of characters in this series and you really fully begin to know them towards the end. It’s pretty slow at the beginning but the ending is awesome. This series has been one of my favorite for a long time!

-Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa

Rating:3.5 stars

You might know the author for her series Nana and I read a lot of her works . She likes complex characters and deep relationships. This is a shojo series that follows Yukari, a high school student, who is introduced to the world of modelling through a group of art students. They are in need of a model and Georges, their leader, wants her to be theirs. I really like the whole clothes drawing and the relationships in this manga but I hated how Georges and Yukari’s relationship evolved and turned out.

That’s it for today everyone! Have you been reading some manga recently? What are your favorite series ?