Easter Booktag!

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(My dogs are joining me to wish you all a happy chocolate hunt along with an unamed bunny…)

So yes I thought I could celebrate Easter with a tag!!! This one was created by Rosie the Reader on booktube. Let us see the all mighty questions!!!

Rabbits – A book that you wish would multiply – So a book you want a sequel to (that doesn’t have one)

So easy!!! The last series I read, which I hope is incomplete and will have a new book soon, aka the  Caeli-Amur series by Rjurik Davidson (thank god I am not a booktuber I have no idea how to pronounce his name T-T). As you can all probably deduce from the review of the first book and the one coming up next week of the second book, it is by far the best 2016 revelation in fantasy for me. The writing style is really good, as is the world building and I just adore his characters (well… except Max but that’s another story). So there are currently two books Unwrapped Sky and The stars Askew and I hope there will be a third one!!! (please, please, please with BB8 on top)

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Egg – A book that surprised you

I think that it was more the fact that I liked it which surprised me, because I don’t read that much contemporary and it is The readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. It is the story of Sara who arrives in this small town in the US, all the way from Sweden to meet her pen pal Anny. But the day she arrives, Anny died. Sara still decides to stay in the small town and even opens a bookshop.

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Hunt – A book that was hard for you to get your hands on

Let’s be honest nowadays with Amazon, BookDepositery, Abebooks and bookshops it is pretty easy to get a book and in the edition you like. But of course that is only true for fiction… Sadly, historians will know the struggle, history books are not that easy to find at a decent price and in the newest edition. The last one which gave me a nervous breakdown, I had to read it for my dissertation, I won’t bore you with the details since it’s a book in French and concerning the Library of the Duke of Berry.

Lambs – A children’s book that you still enjoy

I have almost not a lot of memory of children’s literature, because I read teen fiction quite early. But if I think very hard it would be Beatrix Potter’s Complete Tales. I used to love them as a kind and I reread them recently and it is as good as I remember.

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Spring – A book with a cover that makes you think of spring

To be honest I don’t have one in particular… But any cozy-mystery cover works 😉

Jesus – A religious or spiritual book that you love

I don’t read that many spiritual books…. Well I did read some from the Middle Ages because of my studies so I will cheat and pick The Book of Margery Kempe. She was a woman who believed she had illuminations and tried to act as a mystic from the Christ and wrote a book about it. But she mixes up everything and her dreams are retelling of what she learned. I had to do an oral on this book and I had so much fun preparing it.

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Rising from the dead – A book from a deceased author

THE HOBBIT! Because this book seems to appear in every tag I do xD and it works 😛

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Baskets – A book that is in your amazon cart or wish list right now

Ho I have so many… As the quote from I-don’t-remember-who says “So many books, so little time…. But recently I added Joust by Mercedes Lackey. I don’t know much about this book except that it is written by one of my favorite authors xD and that it has dragons while mixing Ancient Egypt culture and Atlantis. Basically it was made for me xD

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Candy – A book that is sweet

Sweet as in tooth rotting fluff? Or sweet as in cooing after a puppy? (Not the same you know!). Hm I don’t know…. Probably The Fire Within (book 1 of The Last Dragon Chronicles) by Chris D’Lancey. I read this a while ago but I remember it being sweet.

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Peeps – Tag people

I tag anyone who wants to do it ^^

Magic’s Pawn review

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Vanyel and Yfendes (sorry my bacground and horse drawing skills are not that good T-T)

Magic’s Pawn (book one of the Last Herald-Mage trilogy) by Mercedes Lackey

28759Rating: four stars

Vanyel ,the firstborn son of the strict Lord Withen, has always felt out of place in his home. Passionate by music and poor in anything warrior-like, he wants to become a bard but his father has other plans. Out of anger and dissatisfaction against his son, Lord Withen sends him to Haven in the care of his aunt Savil to learn how to be a proper lord. But Vanyel will uncover that there may be more to him than a simple want to be a bard.

I cannot say too much on this book without giving up major points of the plot. As you can all guess, it is a fantasy series that takes place in Valdemar (the land where most of Mercedes Lackey’s books are taking place). It is the first instalment in the Last Herald Mage trilogy that is centred on the character of Vanyel. The book is very fast paced and felt more like an introduction to the trilogy than a real first book (well at least until chapter 10).

I did read Mercedes Lackey’s works before with her Heralds of Valdemar trilogy and I remember really enjoying it. Her style is definitely a good start in the fantasy genre. AND I CANNOT BELIEVE NO ONE IS SPARING HER A GLANCE IN THE BOOK COMMUNITY!!!! Seriously (rant time sorry guys), all the booktube channels and book blogs I am following concerning fantasy books never talk about her! I always feel like they are redundantly blabbering about the same authors and when I do admit they are great as well (of course not for the ones I haven’t read, there I cannot say until I do read them) there is no reason to ignore Mercedes Lackey’s series. Because she did write many series and I believe, from what I read, that everyone can find one they like! Rant over moving on to the characters of the book (again sorry for it but it did annoy me).

 If you are not familiar with Valdemar, it is a land where magic is pretty common. Heralds are chosen by companions (horses usually white if my memory is correct) and are there to protect and care for the kingdom. They have certain Gift, basically powers, to help them. Some of them possess the Mage-gift which is the highest gift one can possess (I might do a full article on Valdemar if anyone is interested).

The characters in this book are very diverse (cannot spoil more sorry) and I especially liked Vanyel. He is a teenage boy with many emotional baggages and has to try to learn to live in society without shielding himself from others. On the other hand, I absolutely despised (strong words here to show hatred xD) Savil, for me she is self-centred and don’t truly care for her nephew and especially after the tragic events I was so angered by her reaction. Also I find her to be not consistent because of that.

I really thought this was a good book, a bit too fast and slow at the same time (yes it felt like a long into) but I fell back in love with Mercedes Lackey’s style and will definitely read more of her series. In fact I already ordered the next two volumes xD (what is taking so long Book Depository TT-TT).

Hey everyone! Sorry for the hectic posting schedule but I am fully working on my dissertation right now xD (T-T) but the usual posting days (monday and wednesday) will be back next week ! Until then have a great week!

Dreamwalker book 1 review

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21942230Rating: Three stars

Dreamwalker is a book series by J. A. Oswald about dragons and humans and how the two of them are supposed to live together.

 In this universe dragons are a repressed species, there was even a law to kill dragons. Every dragon born has to be counted to be able to control their population. Hence dragons have to hide to be able to live sort of peacefully. Our story begins when a baby dragon is illegally hatched and the bastard prince of the dead princess is born. As you can expect the story revolves on Benfro, the dragon, and Errol, the human prince. As both grow up they discover that they have strange abilities involving what is called “the Grim”, lines that surround everything in the world.  Of course it would not be a real fantasy book without a political tyrant who is trying to kill every dragon.

Now that you know a bit more about the plot, let’s dive into what I thought about it. I first want to say that even if I ended up liking this book a lot more than I thought I would, I had a hard time to get into it. I found the beginning quite slow and a bit confusing, I always messed up the names of characters so that did not help xD. Ho yeah, why so many –y in the names????

But! I must say that once you get past the first part and finally get to the wedding, it’s starts to get interesting. I really enjoyed the magical system of the world, I am especially interested in the Grim and how it works. Mages are also able to travel to another non-physical world that actually influence the normal one.

Now I have to talk about dragons. First I was a bit put off by their appearances, not really all mighty dragon ones… But they have actually a more interesting history, I only read the first book so I think I only have a little part of it, but they are intelligible species with their own language and way of life. I was especially interested in their jewels that hold their memory it reminded me a bit of the elves in Dragon Age XD but let’s be honest I always think of Dragon Age….

Also humans appear to be the bad guys in this story. It’s a good thing to invert the usual dragons are mighty beasts that kill innocent peasants yet I feel like it was missing something. And throughout the book I could not help but wonder when will there be an actual link between Errol and Benfro, aside from their birthdays.

Overall it is a good book, I am not going to say it was bad because I really enjoyed it but I believed it lacked some elements and it was quite slow. Also there is a major problem with time, you never really know when you are in the story when you switch characters and that was… perplexing. I might criticise a lot but for me it has the potential to be a great series and I cannot wait to see what happens in book two! Hopefully Errol and Benfro will finally meet without killing each other. 😉

Fallen review

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Fallen by Lauren Kate

6487308Rating : two stars

Fallen is the story of Lucinda, better known as Luce, a teenager girl of seventeen who after a tragic event is enrolled in Sword and Cross academy. In this school she meets a lot of weird people and especially Daniel a guy she can’t help but feel drawn to him.  She suddenly realizes that the weird things at her new school may have a reason and that the shadows fallowing her might be connected to it.

As you can all guess this book start as a typical high school drama plot with some serious twist (the murder of Luce’s almost boyfriend), and it had an interesting start. First I thought that she was an interesting character with maybe more depth than you’re usual teenage girl from books. I was wrong.

The only good characters in this story are Penn and Arianne. The others are inconsistent and damn flat. And Luce felt too much like Bella Swan if you know what I mean…. And no the love triangle trope is not a good idea especially since in this book Luce felt attracted to Cam and Daniel at the same time. While Cam shows immediate interest, Daniel ignores her. And what does Luce do? Well, she flirts with Cam while staring at Daniel with dead fish eyes. I hated her for that… Since we all know the endgame was Luce/Daniel. I am going to stop there because I can rant about stupid girl teenager for a very long time.

About the plot, well it does revolve around Luce’s attraction to Daniel and the supernatural parts, apart from the shadows, really come out at the end of the book. Overall it felt like a very long prologue until the last four chapters. And even the battle scene (this is so not a spoiler there is ALWAYS a battle scene in these books) is quite ridiculously short and badly written.

How to walk like a man review

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How to Walk like a man by Eli Easton

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Rating : four stars

After I read How to Howl to the Moon, I decided to continue this series because I loved Roman as a character. And indeed this book did not disappoint.

This second volume focuses on Roman and a new addition to the town Matt a federal agent. The town is dealing with some cases of drug and Matt was dispatched to help the sheriff, our dearest Lance, and report to his bureau. Yet the story turns more interesting when Roman grows attached to the human and has to deal with his own demons.

First I have to say Roman is cute. Not only as a dog but also as human. He lives on instinct and is naïve, clueless and sweet. It’s good to see more dog-like personality because in the first book I thought that Lance, even if he is quickened, acted quite human. I thought that he was so cute trying to figure out how to act more human and what some sorts of behavior meant.

We also get more on the quickened and it was so sad to see what Roman had to go through. Matt is also a loveable character and interesting too. They both have a good dynamic and their relationship is very slow built compared to the first volume, which is good, more realistic. Well as realistic as a dog shifter who is working in the sheriff department is.

But what made it even better was when Tim and Lance explained things to Roman, just for that the book had one more star xD.

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.