Top 10 romance

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Hey guys! It’s Valentine’s day, and I thought, being single myself, that everyone loves romance from time to time and I decided to give you the top 10 romance I’ve read. It can be for a lonely Valentine day or when you want a nice cozy read. I do admit that I don’t really read that much romance but I tried to recently because I do need to read more diversly 😉 even though fantasy is still the best genre 😛 just saying xD

1-Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

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I had to start with an obvious choice. I think most people read this book xD but it’s always fun to reread it. Every girl admits that she dreams of her very own Mr Darcy and let’s be honest even the tv shows and movies are great. 🙂 But for those who did not read it here’s the story: Young Elizabeth Bennet lives in the countryside with her family (her parents and her three sisters). Her life is peaceful and she enjoys reading and walks in nature but the new arrival of Mr Darcy and his friend Mr Bingley will blow a wind of matrimony in the life of the Bennet family. If you love classics and Regency England, quadrilles and marriages this is for you ^^

2-The Princess Bride William Goldman

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Another obvious one xD most fantasy fans will know this one ^^. This book is the story of romance meets adventure with the words of the author itself. Besides the interesting writing style of this book and the memorable « I am Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die,’ the plot is really good and prepare to stay up all night because you won’t be able to put it down! It is presented as a retelling of an already existing story (of course it is not) and the reader gets to it through the memory of the author who heard it from his grandfather. Lost already? Don’t worry explaining it is confusing but reading it is awesome sauce. The tale is as follows: Buttercup and Westley are in love with each other but they get separated and Buttercup is forced to marry Prince Humperdinck. But it is so much more than that: thieves, revenge, torture, giant rat, six fingers evil count, horses; friendship, magic, memory loss and I cannot tell everything. You’re still here? GO READ IT!

3-The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend Katarina Bivald

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(Yeah I put the French cover because I’m in love with it *.*) This was one of my favourite books from 2015 and can be enjoyed by absolutely anyone. Even if you don’t like contemporary you will be moved to the core. Sara is a 28 yo women living in Sweden, she works as a librarian and doesn’t like people. She engages in a correspondence with Amy, an old woman from Broken Wheel Iowa. Sara decides to come to the US to meet Amy but when she arrives Amy had just passed away. She decides to stay in the small town with intriguing characters and open a bookshop. So much feel in this book and in both books by Katarina Bivald, she has the ability to make you cry and laugh at the same time. Trust me you will fall in love with this book.

4-The Summer of Living Dangerously Julie Cohen

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Since we are talking of good contemporary novels (HA HA HA no, I don’t diss the contemporary genre I just love fantasy ;P), here is another one that I read a few years back in one sitting(meaning it was very good).  Alice, a young divorced woman, has the opportunity to take a summer job in a Regency stately home. She has to act as a character of that era and soon she is forced to look back on her life. If you love Jane Austen you will love this book, it might not be the novel of your life but it has the cozy atmosphere that romance needs and every Austenian trait. 

5-Sora Log Kako Mitsuki

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For those who love manga here it is! No, I did not choose Nana or any Ai Yazawa titles for this list because I wanted something lighter. Sora Log is a four-volume series (really short for a manga xD) with amazing art and a cute story. Hikaru has a love for the sky and stars. She is a joyful, easy-going girl who encounters Asao a fellow classmate quite mysterious who seems to know her somehow. I am a sucker for red string romance or drama so this one is absolutely the cutest!

6-Sekaiichi Hatsukoi 世界一初恋 Shungiku Nakamura 

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Another manga, fujoshi unite!!! Yes, this one is a yaoi manga but before you judge read this: this is the most adorable story of two idiots in love. You need more convincing? Okay! Ritsu Onodera is the son of a famous owner of a literature editing house but after being accused of having his job because of his father he decides to change of editing house and became a manga editor at Emerald publishing. Only he gets assigned to the shojo section and his new boss is his first and only love Takano Masamune. I have to admit that I did not like Nakamura-sama’s first series but this one is absolutely genius. Funny and heart-warming if you want to know more about Emerald shojo editors here’s a series to read!

7-Pies and Prejudice (Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries #1)  Ellery Adams

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Let’s go back to literature a bit. 😉 This series is a cozy-mystery one. For those who are not aware, cozy mysteries are in the line of Agatha Christie so if you enjoy her novels you should enjoy them. But bear in mind that they are somehow « lighter » meaning the mood is really … cozy (I don’t have any other words …. sorry). Ellery Adams series is about Ella Mae LaFaye who after a rough break up moves back to her hometown and opens a pie shop but she soon discovers that she has mysterious magical powers. Along with that she has to face her old crush Hugh Dylan. In the first book the romance is not that much important but still I had to put it on the list because I read these books on Valentine’s Day so they are thematic somehow xD. The series has five books, I only read four of them but they were really good.

8-The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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I had to put one sad story in this list, and it is the story of Victoria Jones. A young lady with no family who learns the victorian language of flowers to communicate with people. I won’t say much on this book without spoiling anyone. Just beware my firends, if you start this book better have a pack of tissues next to you ready to use.

9-Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch Pink Hanamori, Michiko Yokote

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The last manga on this list!!! And this is one of my favorite shojo series while growing up. It is a bit of a retelling of the little mermaid but veru loose. Lucia is a mermaid princess who has to save the water world from an evil force but while on earth she meets a cute surfer Kaito who she already met as a little mermaid. Another red string romance but the art is very good and the plot catchy. The series has seven-volumes and only gets better.

10-Pride and Prejudice and Zombies  Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen

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Last but not least!!! Should I really say more than the title? Just know that it Pride and Prejudice but with combats, zombies and martial art. I havent’s seen the movie yet and I have no idea it it is out or not so I cannot help on that but the book is BAMF!

And here we part, I hope you all enjoyed this list and that it was somewhat helpful. Happy Valentine’s Day to couples and singles, until next time bye!!

Stranger in my arms review

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Stranger in my arms by Lisa Kleypas

243206Rating : two stars

This is the story of Larissa, a gentle and naive young lady who lost her husband at sea. She thought she was better than with a husband who treated her like a possession and only wanted children from her but a man coming from India claims to be her husband and intends to take back his place with her.

I started this book thinking that the plot was interesting and changed from all the other Regency novels I read. And indeed the beginning was good we learn that Larissa or Lara hated her husband and he treated her with little care. I thought it was a change to see women despise man in a romantic novel, especially if the Harlequin genre but that was only the beginning.

Even if the writing was good and fluid the plot turned out to be very weak. Everything that should have been going on during the novel precipitates in the last three chapters…. The author chooses to concentrates on the relationship between the two lovers which for a Harlequin novel is quite conventional. Yet in my opinion it just makes Lara out of character because she gives in to a man she is supposed to doubt but after his kisses he doesn’t doubt him even though her husband never liked to kiss so hence the doubt. See the problem?

That brings me to another point, the characters. They were all pretty flat except for Hunter and even he is only okay-ish.

So yes I was a little bit disappointed, but I think it’s because I read Harlequin novels only when I have nothing else to read and I am not particularly fond of this genre however I thing that if you enjoy this type of literature you should really like it.

Unwrapped Sky review

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Unwrapped Sky (Caeli-Amur #1) by Rjurik Davidson

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This is by far one of the best books I’ve read in 2016 ! After reading the Broken Empire series I had a hard time to get back into fantasy because I had a feeling everything felt the same but this book was great! Absolutely genius for me!

This story follows three characters Kata, Maximillian and Boris, all three are living in a city called Cali-Amur and are taking parts in a series of events that are going to change the city. This is as much un-spoiler-y as this review can get xD.

Okay I will start this review by the first point which made me squeal on my chair when I read it: MINOTAURS! (As you can probably can tell by the drawings xD)Finally a fantasy series with these mythical creatures! I think they are not enough used in series. And I also took off a star in my review because I thought there was not enough on them inside but a little birdie called curiosity told me that there was more in the second book.

Besides minotaurs, the lore is quite interesting we have a mysterious sunken city, creeping creatures that are trying to control humans and others. The city is divided between houses and professions. The magic system remains kind of blurry at the end of this first book, the magicians are called “thaumaturgists” and in my head they are a bit like alchemists although there powers are not really explained except that they have spells and books at the origin.

The world building was great too, I love when you just jump into it and discover everything a bit like the Doctor does xD.

I am not going to say too much on the characters because it will be hard without a spoiler. But if you love fantasy YOU HAVE TO GO READ IT! It’s great and you won’t regret it!

Hey guys! Hope you all had a great start in 2017! Reviews are back weekly! See you next week and take care 😉

Broken Empire series review

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Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence

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9579634Prince of Thorn : 5 stars

12891107King of Thorns: 4 stars

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Series rating: 4,5 stars

I fell in love with this series in 2016! It was really my favourite discovery. There are so many good things in these books that I could ramble about it for an hour but I will keep it short and without any spoilers and encourage you to go discover it by yourself.

The series follow Jorg of Ancrath the heir to the throne of Ancrath who saw his little brother and his mother being assassinated in front of his eyes while he was caught in a thorn bush. Following to this event Jorg left the castle with a band of criminals called the Brotherhood. But sixteen-year-old Jorg wants to get back his princely position and avenge his family.

First I thought this was your typical revenge plot but what was really fascinating was the character of Jorg. Okay, I admit I may have had a book crush on him. But he is really the type of character I love, he is not good (well not paragon if you’re used to gaming language xD) he is cynical, dark and his opinions are very interesting. He also knows that he is not good and that his world is not a great one. He seems hyper aware of everything even if he sometimes seems to act carelessly. He does have a complex division inside him that is embodied by his two “love interests” if I may call them as such : Katherine and Miana. I will not dwell too much on them because this is spoiler-y.

To get back on the plot, it is quite a common fantasy trope yet the plot twists are well written and keeps the reader’s interest (OMG THE ENDING!). And I did cry at the end so that means it was great!

The downside of the series is the magic system/ technology. It remains a bit blurry throughout the entire development, even if you learn more about it in the third book, yet I would have liked to see more about it.

Ho, one small advice :don’t get attached to the characters, it’s not Game of Throne like but still.
Now, GO READ IT NOW!!!!

That’s it for today’s review, the first of 2017!!!! Also I will now have reviews weekly probably on mondays so see you next week!

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

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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

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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!