Christmas’ Eve Booktag!

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Hello everyone!!! Here’s a new tag! And look for a Christmas drawing at the end of it 😉

This tag was created by Samantha at Sam’s Nonsense

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adOoRjpUFkc

1)Christmas Eve morning: what is a book you wake up excited to read? One you anticipate reading or one you read in the past that you want to get back into?

I really want to reread Eragon this year, I remember being unable to sleep because of it as a kid hence loooong reading night and of course finding ways to read past my bedtime xD Now that I’m all grown up who cares?

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2) Christmas Eve breakfast: what are your favorite treats during the holiday season?

Anything with chocolate! It’s my favorite thing to eat during Christmas whether as a drink or as food. And it goes really well with reading 😛

3) Family Time: What is a book that fills you with happiness and love? the warm fuzzies in general?

The Hobbit!!! Every time I read it I get the fuzzies.

4) Christmas Carols: What are your favorite Christmas Carols or holiday songs?

Hm. Hard one… Not entirely sure I never really listen to Christmas songs… Probably “Jingle Bell Rock” xD

5) Anticipation: What is a book release you are very much anticipating?

The new book in the Eragon series! And the new Song of Ice and Fire book.

6) You hear sleigh bells on the roof and are so excited you can’t sleep!: What is a book that kept you up all night?

Recently it was Only by Winston Groom, so many feels in this book…

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7) It’s Christmas morning, and Santa has come!: What is a book on your wishlist that you hope to unwrap?

Any books really I’m just happy to get a book that I don’t have ^^

All righty guys! That’s the last tag for this year’s Countdown to Christmas! I wish you all a merry Christmas and here is a little present:

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Howl to the moon review

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How to Howl to the moon by Eli Easton

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Rating: Three stars

I was so happy to start this book! Finally a dog shifter story! I do love wolves but I needed a little bit of change.  So yes this is romance and paranormal not things I normally read but I did enjoy it from time to time. You know when your mind is just so overwhelmed that you need something so light and cute to relax? Exactly the type of read this book was and not in a bad way.

In this book dogs can shift to human, they are called “quickened”. Some are born this way and others learn to. Most of the dogs that learn to shift lost their masters which for me was a cute explanation for reincarnation. Their master died and they shift into human because of the close link they had with their master’s. I mean that’s how I understood it. At first it was a bit disturbing for me but then I thought that to reverse the shift (the fact that for once it’s not human to animal but animal to human) was interesting. But the dog of this story, Lance was not a dog first, he was born quickened and knows how to act as a human and as a dog and he is completely at peace with both sides.

I think it’s a good idea to start with a character like Lance to set the world of the quickened because he doesn’t have to learn how to act as human so we can learn more about the world this way. Yes love was a good character to start with and he is the pack leader (not alpha like in a wolf pack but a leader nonetheless).  And Tim, the sweet human that gets trapped into this world, was so cute he is your typical loveable human that everyone finds cute.

The story as a whole was cute and quite good (though a bit plain) I just thought that Tim accepted the idea of the “quickened” world a little bit too easily. It’s a good start for the building of a series and I will definitively read the next one since it involves Roman the German shepherd.

Well that’s it for today’s review! I hope you’ll all have a great week and stay warm under this cold winter!!! Until next time! Bye!

12 days of Christmas booktag!

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Hey guys!!! It’s sunday which means a new tag! Sorry this one will be artless because I was traveling to my Christmas location hence I had no time to draw but tomorrow’s review will have a drawing! I promise ^^

So this tag was created by LizzieLovesBooks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNSxkWC0cK8

and without further ado let’s get into it!

1)A Partridge in a pear tree: Favorite Stand-Alone Book?

Probably a Discworld novel…. (I don’t read that much of standalone) I guess Pyramids by Terry Pratchett. It such a funny book and I could not put it down!!!!

2)Two Turtle Doves: Fictional OTP/Favorite Ship?

Ho. Well that’s a hard question…. When in A song of Ice and Fire it is Sandor and Sansa I think they match well together and their scenes were the ones I enjoyed the most and I still have a tiny hope that they will be reunited I mean I you consider the last installments it is possible (no spoiler I swear!).
3)Three French Hens: Favorite Trilogy?

My heart is divided between The Fellowship of the ring and the Broken Empire series. And I cannot choose…

4)Four Calling Birds: Favorite Fictional Beast/Creature?

Dragons!!!!! I thought it was obvious xD. Well I do love werewolves too. And elves. And many magical creatures xD I swear not only dragons.

5)Five Golden Rings: Show 5 Golden Books

Afficher l'image d'origine Really liked this first book although I was not really invested in the characters….

Afficher l'image d'origine I still need to read the two next of the series xD I will, I will, one day.

Afficher l'image d'origine Have I ever mentionned how much I love that cover? Well I do!

Afficher l'image d'origine Another great book which anyone should read!

Afficher l'image d'origine One of my favorite Agatha Christie novel! Love it to bits.

By the way finding 5 gold books was very hard!

6)Six Geese a Laying: Rotten egg- What’s your least favorite book?

Twilight. And I don’t think I need to develop that answer too much xD.

7)Seven Swans a Swimming: Show a Book with Water on the Cover

60814 Plenty of water here with this book on pirates!

8)Eight Maids a Milking: What fictional food do you wish you could taste?

Anything from the Harry Potter series it looks so good!!!! It always made me hungry when I read those descriptions!

9)Nine Ladies Dancing: Favorite dance between two characters?

Ho well… Nothing comes to mind… I did love Hermione dancing with Viktor Krum in Harry Potter 4, my little twelve year old self was very envious of her xD

10)Ten Lords a Leaping: Favorite Book-To-Movie-Adaptation?

I really loved the Lord of the ring series and I was a little bit more divided on the Hobbit’s (even if the first one is epic!). I think they did a great job with the atmosphere and the characters in both series; I really founded the universe I read and imagined. I was especially waiting for several scenes like the one in front of the Moira’s door or the battle with the Nazgûl but they turned out great.

11)Eleven Pipers Piping: Favorite Book-To-Movie-Adaptation Soundtrack?

Ha ha same as for question 10 xD.

12)Twelve Drummers Drumming: It’s the end of the song; what’s your favorite book ending?

Okay I had to think a lot for this one because even if I didn’t hated some endings I never really loved one except perhaps for Here there be Dragons and I cannot tell you why because that would be a spoiler.

Alright that is it for this tag! I hope you guys will have a great week! See you all soon!

La Louve et L’Enfant review

La Louve et L’enfant (La Moira tome 1) By  Henri Loevenbruck

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Rating: four stars ^^

I always loved this author but never had the occasion to read his fantasy series but I think they were republished recently so yeah to that ^^.

So this first book is the instalment of the trilogy. In this book we meet the main character Alea and a wolf named Imala while this book doesn’t really dwell on that their destiny seems linked. Alea is a young outcast who suddenly comes across a cadaver buried in the sand. The cadaver bears a ring which Alea takes for herself and is suddenly graced with strange powers. Thus starts her adventures.

I am not going to spoil too much of the plot but I found it good, it has a lot of fantasy tropes but I still liked it. I might say that the action was a little bit too quick and sometimes I was clearly wondering if Alea was not the daughter of Flash xD But it was an essential part of the narration to describe the chasse between Alea and the bad guys. Yet, sometimes they just reach a place and don’t stay hence descriptions are quite quick and you don’t really have the time to get attached to a place.

Alea was a good character but I wish there was more on Imala and wolves but I think they will be more developed in the next books. Also I found it great that druids have a great part in this book, it is something I realised recently but druids are not as common as before in the fantasy genre, they have a sort of two-face things going on here and I love when characters are complicated. However, for some reason the little group sounded a bit like the start of an RPG game. “So there was our joyful company with a child, a druid, a bard, a dwarf and a paladin …” xD or at least a good fantasy joke. But the group is very dynamic together and I came to love their quarrels and dialogues.

I honestly really liked this book, and not only because I am a big fan of the author, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second one!!

All I want for Christmas booktag

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Hey guys! I hope you’re all having a good day and here we go for another tag!

It was created by A Thousand Lives of Daisy and here’s the link to the original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnIL1vliTDQ

1)What fictional character do you want Santa to leave under your Christmas tree?

I would love a Mabari!!!! For those who don’t play Dragon Age they are a type of war dog but at the same time they are super cute!

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2)What character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?

Jorg of Ancrath *.* He is my most recent book-crush xD

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3)You write your Christmas list for Santa, what are the top 5 books on it?

Ho wow that’s hard. I mean I always have a super long list for Christmas but to choose only five… I guess it will be cheating if I only used manga title? Meh. I’ll try to narrow it down and try not to pick only continuation of series. I’ll try I never said I will succeed.

The Ancient Magus Bride volume 3 by Kore Yamazaki I am in love with this manga series! It has a great plot, great characters and every volume always ends with a sort of cliffhanger hence I really want to read the next volume. And probably the next. And next. xD And I really need to read them before the watching the Anime.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab I heard only good things about this fantasy series so I really would like to try it out.

X-Men: X-Corps (Uncanny X-Men, Volume I) by Joe Casey (Text), Ian Churchill (Illustrations), Sean Phillips (Illustrations), Tom Raney (Illustrations), Ashley Wood (Illustrations), Ron Garney (Illustrations), Aaron Lopresti I always loved the couple Phoenix/Wolverine so I tend to collect every volume were they are together because they are made for each other. And well now that Wolverine is dead…. Yes it’s official… I guess they will be together in the afterlife!

X-Men: The End Book Three by Chris Claremont and Sean Chen same thing as for the one before. Yeah I know these are a lot of comics but I always ask/buy more comics at Christmas because it’s my tradition.

-And the final volumes of Orange by Ichigo Takano. It’s a great series and I absolutely want to know what happens next!

4)It’s secret Santa at Hogwarts, what do you want to receive?

Hm…. A dragon? Or Charlie Weasley? xD I’m kidding but it’s been such a long time since I’ve read Harry Potter…. I would probably like one of the magical creatures all of them are so cute it was what made me love the series.

5)You get to spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?

That’s easy! The Hobbit cast and characters *.*

6)What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on your roof?

Can’t you guess? A dragon! Of course it would have to be a dragon xD.

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7)You invite 10 fictional characters to your New Year’s Eve party, who do you pick?

Yeah no drawing for this one because I know it would be too chaotic, especially with the ones I have in mind. Okay so here’s the list trust me if this really happens the house would explode.

-Bilbo Baggins

-Thorin Oakshield

– Jorg of Ancrath

-Sansa Stark

-Sandor Clegane

-Fred Weasley (and of course his dear twin)

-Deadpool

-Daken

-Poison Ivy

-Harley Quinn

8)What character would make a good Santa (Doesn’t have to be appearance, personality counts too)?

Hagrid! On Norbert (sorry for the colors I could not remember what color he was described to be in the books). I think he is one of the most kind and good hearted character I ever read about (that is human). And I think he would make a great Santa.

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All righty guys that’s all for today! tomorrow a new review and next sunday a new tag!!!

I hope you will all have a great week see you later!!! =D

Here There be Dragons book 1 review

Here there be dragons by James A. Owen

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Rating: 5 stars!!!! 😀

I adored this book! Seriously it’s been a long time since I was so hooked on a series. I almost read it in one sitting (all for sleep….).

The world itself mixes different mythologies and cultures together to create a world parallel to our own yet both are influencing each other. First when characters are entering the Archipelago they come across Avalon as an introduction to all the myth presents. I mean Arthurian retelling are part of the most popular out there, I was scared that it would be once again concentrating on Arthur but no! It actually shifts pretty fast from one culture to another and even to legends one might not know.

I also love how languages come into the plot as a crucial point. In my studies I have studied Old and Middle English, Latin, Middle French amongst other language and sometimes I do ask myself “Why, why should I learn a language no one speaks anymore?” Besides for my studies of course, everyone can relate to John and slack a bit when it comes to learn declensions from Latin (rosa, rosa, rosam….. it never gets old….) but see now I might pay more attention to it xD since it can help me save a world of mythology and legends.

It takes place during the WWI in London, well first in London. It is explained that the war is due to the events happening in the Archipelago. I think it’s an interesting way to show how legends influence our lives, even when you study history you realize how they have an impact and not only in Antiquity but in medieval and modern times too. I really enjoyed that explanation for what happens in our world.

As for characters, I am pleased to say I loved them ALL! (And that’s pretty rare of me). They were snarky and cynic; the dialogues are especially really well done and always tend to have a dash of humor. And now that I think about it I don’t even have a favorite in the entire crew…. See how great I thought the book was? I just want to mention Tummeler and how his character first reminded me of animals in Narnia and now that I’ve seen his relation to Charles and read the end it makes so much more sense! (Nope no spoilers I swear!)

Now of course I need to talk about the dragons and more particularly about the dragonships, since there is only one dragon present in this book, Samaranth. As for dragons they are not really “original” I mean Samaranth can be related to other dragons in other books. By that I mean that they are compliant with the idea one has of dragon (old, wise but not always telling everything and of course looking down on humans). As for the ships I thought it was a great idea to integrate dragons to them and make them “more alive”.

I’ll quickly mention the drawings that were gorgeous and made the reading even more pleasant. I always love to see how an author portrays his own characters.

The plot itself is rather simple, at first, three men are chosen to carry a map and save the Archipelago from the Winter King. But the plot twists seriously!!!! Ho and at the end (no I will resist the urge to spoil the end) I was almost yelling the fangirl very mature yell.

All that being said you will all understand the very good rating and I cannot wait to read the rest of the seven books!!! Make sure to check it out, it is really worth it!

The Joy of Christmas Booktag!

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Hey guys! I thought it would be a good idea to do a countdown to Christmas with a few Christmas tag! So here is the first one!

Original tag was created by Samatha from Sam’s Nonsense https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ4DZ0uEXnk

1)Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

I’m not really sure because I really need to catch up on some series… But I guess the next Game of Throne’s book is the closest thing that comes to mind. I really want to know how it ends and I clearly need to catch up on the series because I’m on book four so I missed quite a bit.

2)Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing it’s praises?

That’s not hard, it’s my favorite French author Henri Loevenbruck. He is considered to be the next Umberto Eco in France and he has a variety of genres from fantasy to detective and I think his last one was purely fiction (not sure because I have not read it for some reason it is hard to find). There’s also Mark Lawrence because seriously nothing is better than the Broken Empire trilogy, the world building and the characterization are really great and I think it’s far better than some overhyped fantasy books that are merely as good.

As for dead authors well classics like Tolkien, Agatha Christie, Alexandre Dumas and Jane Austen because they are the ones who got me into reading. I think founding figures of genres like they are always hover on the shoulder of an author when he’s writing.

3) Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

Well a lot of fantasy series has great world building so that question is pretty hard….  I guess the last one I read with really a great world building was Here there be dragons.

4) A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read

I cannot choose only one favorite classic so I’m going to go with one I want to read and that is Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. People always talk about Shakespeare, Dickens or Jane Austen (not that they are all great) and I wanted something less hyped and on the Middle Ages. So I hope I will really like it!

5) Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas

Probably one of the books on my TBR…. Or a history book because they are great for my researches but super expensive… But besides that I don’t really have any specific ideas.

6) Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen! Every single time I read it I have those warm feeling and I feel “at home”. The same thing happens with The Hobbit.

7) Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

Any Tolkien book covers by Harper Collins. But to diverse my reading spectrum (yes I know I speak a lot about Tolkien) probably the Discworld’s book I love the art that they used and I think it sticks perfectly to the novels.

8) Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favorite Christmas memories?

I have a confession to make. I do not like Christmas. No really I don’t. I love Disneyland Christmas or decorating a tree (with geeky ornaments and of course nothing too red or that reminds me too much of Christmas). But besides that I found it depressing and stressful. I do enjoy the vacations though and seeing my family and also curling by the fireplace under a blanket with a mug of tea and a good book.

So that’s it for this tag! I hope you’ll enjoy it  and sorry for the lack of art, the next one should be more artsy!