Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin series book 2) by M. C. Beaton
Rating: 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.
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.
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
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 ?
The Black Cauldron (Chronicles of Prydain #2) by Lloyd Alexander
Rating : 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.
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!
(Alan and his contagious smile :D)
The Suicide Shop by Jean Teulé
Rating : 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.
(I have to admit seeing your imaginary friend with a surf board must be pretty cool)
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Rating: 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.
(and we are back with the drawings after two posts without any 😉 )
The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin series #1) by M.C. Beaton
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 ^^