The Realm of the Gods review

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(Tkaa and Kitten, missed them so much!)

Realm of the gods (The Immortals book4) by Tamora Pierce

858670Rating: four stars

Goodreads summary: During a dire battle against the fearsome Skinners, Daine and her mage teacher Numair are swept into the Divine Realms. Though happy to be alive, they are not where they want to be. They are desperately needed back home, where their old enemy, Ozorne, and his army of strange creatures are waging war against Tortall.

The Immortals series is finally over and I’m going to miss it. I’m first going to talk about the fourth book and then about the series as a whole it will contain spoilers for the three previous books.

First let’s take a look at this book and there is something I want to get off my chest WHERE WAS KITTEN AND THE OTHERS?????? Seriously I missed them so much during this book, sure there were other dragons but only in the last chapters… Also who was surprised by Daine and Numair? Yeah we saw that one coming from miles away *smirk smirk*.

So why did I only rated this book four stars? Well, compared to the third one which I really loved I felt this one was slower, they take forever to decide to leave the Realm of the Gods and even much more longer to get out of it, and the final battle is only two chapters and in the first one Daine is just an observer…. So I was a bit disappointed by it, but I still enjoyed it, Tamora Pierce has a knack for storytelling.

Now let’s get into the series review. You may have guessed it but I loved this series, by the way if you have any recommendations for more Tamora Pierce’s books shout them out in the comments. My favorite book of the series was probably the third one because of all the animals and mythical creatures although book 2 is close behind. What I like about this series is the animal magic and how Daine is not your typical female fantasy character (You know what I’m talking about). And the really awesome thing with Daine, she doesn’t really care about humans relationships (well she gets to that at the end of book 3 and throughout book 4) she consider herself part of the animal kingdom and not really at her place in human society and I loved that.

Finally, if you love fantasy and unconventional heroes go check it out you will not regret it. That is it for today’s review I’ll see you guys next time! Only one week left before Christmas we can do it!!!

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Joust review

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(I have to admit I would probably have done the same thing….)

 

Joust (Dragon Jouster book 1) by Mercedes Lackey

Rating : Five stars

I know, I know, you guys are probably tired to hear me gush on Mercedes Lackey’s books but OMG it was great !

Goodreads summary: The first book in this thrilling new series introduces us to a young slave who dreams of becoming a jouster—one of the few warriors who can actually ride a flying dragon.  And so, in secret, he begins to raise his own dragon…

This book had Dragons and Ancient Egypt mixed together, my favorite things! I was a bit apprehensive for the Ancient Egypt part because sometimes authors tends to get inspired by Ancient Egyptian culture without knowing anything about it and it seriously annoys me, but the Queen Mercedes Lackey did not do that. In fact, if you are an Antiquity buff you can spot her inspiration and some puns (Hamun, Siris, Iris).

By the way, according to Medieval bestiaries (I read them because of my studies), dragons should come from Africa so Dragons in Ancient Egypt are not really inaccurate.

To be honest this book was a melting pot of a great deal of my own passions and interests so it was a hit or miss. I really liked how everything made sense altogether and how she incorporated history and myth in fantasy.

If you don’t like the Valdemart series you should definitively check out this book it is very different from the rest although I’m not sure if it really needed three other books but I have them on my shelves so I will check them out (And I can hear you jump in joy at the news of more Mercedes Lackey’s reviews and gushing coming up xD). I get how people get tired of Valdemart and I am the first to say that I haven’t read all of the Valdemart series because 1-there are a lot 2-some plots seems repetitive.

I might do a post on Mercedes Lackey as an author once I’ve read a bit more of her other series so let me know if you will be interested J

Until next time I hope you will all have a great week and that you will read cozy, warm books!

RIP Stan Lee

 

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You all probably heard the news by now, Stan Lee has passed away (I don’t like saying dead, it feels so final). I admit it, I was shocked and I cried while reading the news.

But I didn’t wanted to do a sad blog post because Stan Lee’s characters and comics brought me joy so instead I wanted to talk about my favorite characters created by Stan Lee (comic-book wise, I don’t include the movie version in here because that is a whole other debate)

  • Phoenix/Dark Phoenix – Jane Grey

I did had an acquaintance with Stan Lee’s characters before Jane Grey but I never really like Spidey or the Hulk but the second I stumbled upon Phoenix I knew I would love her. And I became obsessed I researched her backstory for days to get a perfect timeline and even bought my first Issue of X-men because of her.  Jane Grey is a powerful woman and she doesn’t even know it. Hell, she could have replaced Professor X in my mind. Her powers are telekinesis I hated her romance with Scott I’m a Jane/Wolverine shipper they were perfect for each other.

  • Groot

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Seriously who doesn’t love Groot? Besides the fact he is super cute in the Marvel movies, in the comics he is a badass tree-like being ever! Also his bromance with Rocket is just great. I have stopped to read the Guardians of the Galaxy comics for a while (because I have too much to read) but try it out!

  • Quicksilver-Pietro Maximoff

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How could I forget one of my first crush? Pietro is the son of Magneto and the twin of Wanda the Scarlet Witch. I think he is a very much underrated character of the Marvel Universe and I believe I know the reasons: Xmen Revolution, that cartoon was the death of many Marvel characters.

 

So that is it for today folks. What is your favorite character created by Stan Lee? Do you like any of mines? See you all soon and peace be with you.

A natural history of dragons

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(I can totally see myself doing that)

A natural history of dragons (book 1) byMarie Brennan

12974372Rating : five stars

Goodreads summary: All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

From the first words of this book I was sold. A woman, historian, fan of dragons, of course I was onboard with the idea!

The more I read the more I felt like I was reading a Victorian novel, and I read a bunch for my uni classes so I know what I’m talking about (lol) but it didn’t felt forced like in Pride and Prejudice and zombies for example (I hated it) it felt natural. It was flowing and fluent.

I was so hyped by the drawings and the naturalistic approach of the books and the characters, this is fresh and new in fantasy, I never read anything like this.

I feel like that book is directed towards women. It’s not a critic but a mere observation, that book is very much women-like, but for once not in a bad way, it really feels like a Victorian novel. It is not like modern fantasy that are directed towards women (Aka Sarah J. Maas for example) where the entire plot revolves around the fact that the girl is badass because she can fight but nonetheless she falls in love with the first guy she meets…. Lady is a badass female and not because she can fight but because of her intellect and her resilience. She is a true BAMF character.

I feel like she is the Victorian Lara Croft. She is great and I am in love with this series.

Thrawn Review

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(I have to admit the only thing I don’t like about Thrawn is that he is a humanoid alien…. Humans again….)

Thrawn (book 1) by Timothy Zahn

31140332Rating : FIVE STARS

During a mission to find some space smuggler the empire discover Thrawn, an alien who wants to integrate the Empire to save his people from threats from the deep space. Thrawn is put into a team with Eli Vanto who speaks his language.

I was a huge fan of Thrawn before Disney and the new canon universe; the first time I read of him was in a Luke Skywalker trilogy. Actually, I think that this trilogy is back to being canon because in Thrawn, it is said that he met with Luke. So when he was brought back to the new canon with Star Wars Rebel I was thrilled.

Thrawn is a very interesting character because he is not entirely villain. Well, he is part of the Empire but he has his own reasons, he sees a situation and just tries to get the better out of it for himself.

Timothy Zahn is linking what we knew about Thrawn in the old trilogies to Star Wars Rebel with this series, and I do admit that I was not a huge fan of Thrawn when he was presented to the animated series. Well, I was excited but I don’t know I felt like his character in Rebels was weird that there was something missing and also I felt that his design was a fail…. Especially his face, compare it to the cover of this book and you will see the difference. In the series he looks like the biological child of Disney’s Hades and Cruella….

Is it me or Thrawn and Eli’s relationship feels a lot like Sherlock and Watson? Seriously Thrawn is an intelligent alien being who acts quite as an asocial and not caring about building a social network (at least at first) and Eli is really explaining to Thrawn how things work and also acted as a tool during the narration so that Thrawn explains his strategies as Watson is used with Sherlock Holmes.

And they have the same awesome bromance underline. Ho please, everyone thought so when they read the book, right? RIGHT?

I have to admit that the last Star Wars book I read before this one was Darth Plague and I didn’t like it at all hence I was thrown away from the books but with this one I want to read more! I know the second book in this series is out (but as always I will wait for the paperback version).

Are you a Star Wars fan? Who is your favorite character from the extended universe? Is there a Star Wars book you love?

I hope you all have a great week and see you guys next time!

Taran the wanderer review

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(Taran going on an adventure with his fellow companions!)

Taran the Wanderer (Chronicles of Prydain book4) by Lloyd Alexander

24782Rating : three stars

So this rating has even come to me as a surprise because I loved the book series but this one was not the best I read so far.

Taran is in love with princess Eilowny and while she is gone, he goes on a quest to find his true lineage hoping to be the son of a prince or a king.

As I have already said I love the series because it is fast pace full of humor, magic, and myth but this book was very slow. It felt like I was stuck in quicksand while reading it. It is built like a bildungsroman, were the character go on a journey and grows out of the journey wich is what happens to Taran. Yet, to achieve this path is very dull…

Even action scenes were just so slow I only really enjoyed the scene in the magician’s hut because it was funny and there was a bit of magic, it felt like the rest of the book series.

Also, the ending (SPOILER BEWARE) Taran is very adult-y and acts composed which is a total change of character. It reminded me of Voltaire’s Candide which ends the same way. Therefore I am a little weary of how the last book is going to go, I will read it but I hope that when Eilowny comes back Taran will act a bit more lively.

Chronicles of a Bookworm

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(I will change that cover image soon)

Okay so it’s been about a month since I last talked to you guys or actually posted a review or something here.

The explanation is that I am a university student again and the last month was quite hectic because I needed to register into the uni and French uni are not simple to register into. Last year I was working at a bookstore saving up money for this year and I am so glad to be back!

I did take the time to prepare reviews in advance in case I have a rush of schedule but I should maintain a steadier posting schedule than last year.

That being said how is everyone? Are you all good? Back from vacations I guess.

September is an interesting month for me because it started with university’s formalities (and let’s be honest French universities are a hell to register to) and also a big reading slump.

I hate to be in a reading slump but the cause of it was stressing over the registration and being in a new university. Before I was at the Sorbonne for six years so now changing to another campus is pretty frightening for me but I will adapt. Ho and for those who have been to the Sorbonne, you probably noticed that finding a room or a lecture hall is hell, numbers don’t follow, and each letter of a room meant that it is with a certain staircase except for some rooms. So I thought I had seen it all in terms of old confusing buildings and my new campus is quite new so I thought everything would be easier when finding a place was concerned. Well, I have underestimating French power to lose you in countless of rooms and lecture hall… And, of course, there are no maps. But I think I got the hang of it.

Well, if you forget that lecture hall 12E is next to 6E and 11A on the 3rd floor while 13E and 8B are on the 5th and that on the 4th there are no lecture halls so where is number 7??????????

And just so you can laugh a bit, when you register to a French university it is done in 3 steps, I have no idea how you do it in other countries. The first one you have to apply for your formation online but once that is done you have to print it all, add a plethora of documents and photocopies and give it to the secretary of your formation. Second step you fully register to the formation and pay the uni fees and you receive your student ID (by mail). And the last step you have to register to different courses BUT some classes have different modalities of registrations…

I swear they are eliminating some possible students during the registration phase….

In a nutshell I was a bit stressed out.

I have a lot of reviews to post and some art to share so that will come up before the end of the week J If you have any comments or suggestions shout them out!

I hope everyone has a great September and I will see you next time, bye!