April 2017 reviews

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

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This is my first book from Mariana Zapata. I’ve read through reviews that she is a very good writer that builds alot of her relationship. I usually I’m a fan of slow building relationships (who likes insta-love, it’s not believable at all!) and this one is a really LONG build-up. Maybe a bit too long. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book and I read it in 1 and half sitting. But I wanted so bad to know what was going on because not much happened in this book… and this is why I only give it 3.5 stars.

Ths story centers around Vanessa who is a personnal assistant to Aidan, a professional and very good footballer. She suddendly quits to start her own carreer as a graphic designer and also because she hates, and hates her boss’s manager (as well because Aidan kind of gets on her nerves most of the time!). A few weeks after she quits, Aidan come see her to ask her to come back and also to ask her to marry him (he wants to have a citizenship to still play in the U.S.). And this is where the story begins.

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“I don’t know,” I stuttered, “Do you love me?”
His gaze was so intent the entire world seemed to stop. “You tell me. I never stop thinking about you. I worry about you all the time. Every beautiful thing I see reminds me of you. I can’t finish my practices in Colorado with out wishing you were around,” he said in a steady tone. “You tell me what I feel.”

Mariana writes beautiffuly! Her writing entices people to read more and you get suck in the story really fast. She writes adults characters that think and talks like adults. I’m tired of reading new adult books, with characters who act like they are 15 years old, it’s too juvenile. This is not the case here. But I have to say, the story dragged on a bit too much. Of course, she gets to build the love of her characters, but still, nothing really happens. I kept reading not because the story was suspensful or because there was action or even romance. I kept reading because I was waiting for the love scenes (not sex, just kisses and stuff!) to happen and dear God, it happened at like 90% of the book!! There were some cute scenes between the characters before that but nothing to make swoon over it. I usually love long building relationship since they are more believable but this one was maybe a bit too long for my liking.

The characters were great! Vanessa was so funny!! I like strong women who are not afraid to say what they have to say. There were some times where I even laughed out loud. I also liked the fact that she wore glasses. Maybe it’s because I wear glasses myself and it’s pretty rare in books that the main character wear glasses all the time! Good little addition to the credibility of the character. There is no insta-love for her so she didn’t appear to be a stupid little girl like it happened to often in the past. Good character!

Aidan was… well he as something! At first I actually thought he was a jerk who could have been Asperger a little. He was a total loner, who didn’t talk to Vanessa and spent most of his time training and only that. He lived for his sport. There were even conversations where he seemed to not get Vanessa’s sarcasm that made me thought ‘Well maybe he is an Asperger or something’ but it was never mentionned so I finally came to a conclusion that he was maybe just a jerk. He warmed up through the book though! He was even really sweet to her at some points. He was a total alpha big muscle man but he didn’t have alot of personnality unlike Vanessa.

Overall, it was not a disapointing read for I enjoyed it a bit. But the non-action and the length it took for the characters to even acknowledge that there was something going on between them took the stars away. I might read other books by Miss Zapata since I really enjoyed her writing. If you don’t mind slow buidling relationship but with no angst whatsoever, this is the book for you. It’s not juvenile and you will enjoy Vanessa’s character of you like strong woman.

Enjoy guys!

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April 2017 reviews

The Silent Waters (Elements #3) by Brittainy C. Cherry

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DID NOT FINISH… 46%

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I’m going to be in the minority here… But this book bored me! Actually, I’m not a big fan of this series by Miss Cherry. The others didn’t do it for me either. This one caught my eye because of the awesome reviews everyone gave to it and also the premise looked well, promising. It was a real disapointment. The story was boring in a way that litteraly nothing happened! Apart from the traumatising accident of Maggie, the rest was not good to a point where I gave up finishing it.

I dislike the first chapters because the writing was childish. I know, I know, the point of view was written from 10 years old child but still. It had no point whatsover. I am a not a big fan of writting from a point of view of a child… I mean, it is suppose to be a new adult book, I personnally don’t want to read how a child is thinking, I went through that years ago. I know it’s suppose to show the building relationship of Maggie and Brooks… Didn’t work with me! At all!

Also, few things happen when they reach adolescence. I mean, their first kiss was so quick. No built-up, nothing! It’s just happen! Their first time, same thing! How frustrating is that!

The only redeeming thing of this book is Maggie and her love of books. She reads Harry Potter and what she says about it is so true! I relate so much!!

“A person never reads an outstanding book twice and walks away with the same beliefs. An outstanding book always surprises you and awakens you to new ideas, new ways of looking at the world, no matter how many times the words have been read.”

Her only friends in her life is her books and I get her. This is the only part that made me gave it stars. Also because the premise was promising, just not well executed…

April 2017 reviews

Lady Midnight (The Dark Aritifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

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I enjoyed this book so much!! I was already a big fan of the Mortal Instruments books that Miss Clare wrote a while ago (though I was not a fan of the prequel that she wrote…) and fell hard for this one! I loved the characters (Jules OMG!), the world of shadowhunters were exactly has I remembered and the writing as good.

The story follows Emma and Julian as well as the rest of the Blackthorn family that we have first encountered in the last books of the Mortal Instruments series. But now they are kids no more, they are young adults with all the charms that come with it. While Emma is still trying to find who killed her parents for she doesn’t believe that Sebastian did it, the group find themselves in a mystery that can put all their lives in danger in the end. This one was a little more dark and mature than the first Mortal Instruments book and I LOVED that. Cassandra Clare is a great storyteller and she knows how to write words that’s going to suck you in the story really fast. I was dreading starting this one but was not disapointed at all.

The story was easy to follow but still complex enough that you keep reading until it’s 3 AM and you haven’t slept in two days… (Yeah, that’t didn’t happen to me…) Cassandra includes one of my favorite Edgar Allan Poe poem in the story (Annabel Lee) and that adds another level of depth for me. The poem is dark and sad but still beautiful, and Miss Clare weaves the story around it with mastery. And now, for the romance part. It’s not the main focus of the novel but when the ‘scenes’ happen you will be asking for more. Jules and Emma are starting to feel things for eachother more than just friendship but being parabataï, they can’t go further than friends. This little forbidden this going on is AMAZING! Well written and so cute (I won’t say more, just go read the book!)

The characters are awesome and none are boring. Because there are alot a characters in this one, most new, some we only heard a little in previous books.

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Emma Carstairs was an awesome main character!! She was fierce, a little more of a warrior than Clary was. She was funny in some circumstances and really strong when time needed. She carries a sword for God’s sake! (Maybe there is a story to that sword, who knows?)

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She was not your typical blond girl who’s got no brains and falls for any guy. She was an independant woman (sometimes too independant for the liking of Julian) and she was not afraid of anything. Her parent’s death still hunts her (for obvious reasons) and it thrives her to become a better shadowhunter as well as a better person. Her realtionship with the Blackthorn family is great too. She is the only one who is not officialy family but the kids still look up to her as a guardian when they need to. She is ready to do anything to protect them for she considers them her only family left. I enjoyed reading their moments and could picture them as a whole perfectly. Why now for Julian, boy this is an awesome relationship. Their chemistry is off the roof and their friendship goes very deep. They communicate by writing on their arms so no one can her what they are saying, how cute is that!?! Awesome chracter she was!

“That’s not the spirit of the law, Emma. Remember? The Law is hard, but it is the Law.”
“I thought it was ‘the Law is annoying, but it is also flexible.”

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Julian Blackthorn was one the most sentimental, sweet and likable male lead I have encountered in a long time. He loved his family so much but still carry alot on his shoulders. I liked the artistic side of him that gave the sweetness and gentleness to his personality. But don’t get me wrong, he is a strong shadowhunter nonetheless. The relationship he has with Emma is great! We believe in them and we want to see them together more often.

“When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. They’re in the air you breathe and the water you drink and the blood in your veins. Their touch stays on your skin and their voice stays in your ears and their thoughts stay in your mind. You know their dreams because their nightmares pierce your heart and their good dreams are your dreams too. And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them. You want—”
He broke off then, as if realizing everyone was looking at him again.
“You want what?” said Dru with enormous eyes.
‘Nothing,” Julian said. “I’m just talking.”

In general, this book was one of my favorite read this year and I’m waiting for the next one with no patience whatsoever. It’s been a long time since I was waiting for a second book in a series and it’s great to fall back into this frenesy. I recommend this book to anyone who want’s a novel full of adventure, great characters and a good story!

Enjoy guys!

April 2017 reviews

Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland #1) by Kristen Ashley

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Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley. I really enjoyed this one! I wanted a good read and a world I could lost myself into. And this is exactly IT! The world is amazing! A big mix between Game of Thrones (literally) and Lord of the Rings. If you like fantasy books/movies and a good long read, this is the book you need! In general, the characters are great, the story quite good and the writing pretty awesome. But, there are some low points that took the fifth star away…

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So first, the story.

The book starts with Finnie (Sjofn but no one can really pronounce this name 0.0) is a literal adventure addict. She pays a witch, a powerful one, to switch her with her twin from another dimension for a million dollars! She ends up in a world where she is a princess waiting to get married to a very manly, very “macho’ but very hot man named Frey Drakkar. And now this is pretty much the premise since the rest of the book is the reader following Finnie’s adventure alongside her.

“So here I was, a princess in a frozen world with a very scary yet very hot husband who could really kiss and liked to cuddle.”

I really enjoyed the story personally. It was interesting and the world was a real fantasy world like the ones I like. There are dragons and magic and everything. Who doesn’t like that? Some people don’t… Anyway, the story is quite long! I mean, the only really big action stars at maybe 85% of the book. The rest is just us discovering Finnie’s new life and building romance with her new husband. If you don’t mind stories that tends to explain every actions of their characters . Then this one is for you! If you don’t like long reads with little action and a lot of descriptions. Then DON’T read this book!

The writing is quite great. No mistakes were found (I’m not a good judge in that though, since I speak french) but nothing got in my face. But you have to know that there are a lot, I mean so much descriptions in this book! I found myself sometimes jumping a few lines because they would repeat the exact same thought that I read a few paragraphs ago but in different words. That is maybe the one flaw of the writing… And this is what makes this book so long. But this didn’t stop me from liking the novel. I was ready for a good long read but I get people who said that this got on their nerves. Also, since this book is long, I was waiting patiently for the love scenes (!!!) and I was a little disappointed… The description of a dress was so in depths that I could picture it perfectly in my mind but the love scenes were so, so short! Not so much description and too many uses of ellipses to say that “it” happened. I mean come on!!! So much angst but no relief really… That is a little not cool!

As for the characters! The main ones were really well developed. You could picture them through their actions and their thoughts. In general, they were really easy to love. But the non-main characters are so under-developed. We didn’t know much about them except for the actions that we only learned through the eyes of Finnie or Frey. We don’t get really attached to them much. Maybe I get to love more Finnie’s parents but for the ship crew, I couldn’t even remember their names (because yeah there are a lot of characters!).

Now, Finnie!

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She was a great heroine! She was really easy to read and fun too. She was well developed and her reactions were genuine (except for one time where I found that she was really, really stupid for a modern girl living in an fantasy land -_-…) Some may find her a little annoying for she talks like a teenager sometimes (and she acts like one too). Her age is never mentioned though, so for me I just pictured her in 20s, kind of young. So it  didn’t bother me at all! Her love for her husband is kind of really quick. I mean, they hate each other at first but after 1 night, where he is a little sweet, she loves him more and is ready to sleep with him. That was kind of bleuh. But the story is long and so much of their actions are explained that you get their love eventually!

”I love you, Frey. I’m in love with you. So in love, I’ll never stop loving you. Not ever. You, everything about you is beyond my wildest dreams.”

Frey Drakkar! (How cool is that name!?!)

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What a swoony male character! OUF! He was awesome for me. He did one really hateful thing that was hard to forget but eventually you remember that this is ancient time (no cheating fear not!) If you want a manly male character that is so, so protective but still sweet, you got it with this one! He loved her, kind of too fast for my liking, but still their story is quite cute! I mean he calls her “Wee Finnie“, how cute is that!! You get the feeling that they are destined to be together.

“I do not know, my wee Finny, where I came from but I’m beginning to know why I’m here”…
His eyes held mine as his mouth murmured, “She waits for me at windows and buys me dragons. There are reasons we walk this earth, I’m beginning to realize mine.“

The story plays out like a really long romance adventure in a fantastic land full of snow and magic. I was needing something like that after a few disappointments regarding other books. The length and near-absent big action was not bothering me and if you get into this book knowing this, you will probably like it!
Enjoy guys!!

 

April 2017 reviews

The Vixen and the Vet

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3 STARS
DNF…
The “building” (not so much building at all…) relationship didn’t work for me at all.
Liked the idea so much though! Beauty and the Beast but in modern times, how could it go wrong? It did unfortunately. The problem was not so much the story but HOW it as written.
I just wished there was more depth to the story…
Maybe I’ll try to read it again some other time.

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Date a Girl Who Reads

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“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

Rosemarie Urquico

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Hello There Everyone! (There is no one…)

All right,

I may not be the most popular blog ever (obviously since it’s my first post…) but reading is what I do to control my anxieties. Like Charlie Brown said :

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I am so anxious about everything, litteraly everything. I say ‘Hello’ to someone, I am the one who asks herself afterwards ‘Boy, did I look stupid!

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So here it goes!

I speak french in my free time (really I am French so you gonna have to excuse if I do some mistakes in my text!)

I’ve read maybe 650 books before starting this blog. I have read Harry Potter and Twilight. I have read Hunger Games and Pride and Prejudice. I have read some weird, not so popular books. Some were good, some were… not. So just know that I’m not a beginner in reading and the ones I will be reviewing here are not the first books I’ve read in my lifetime. But if you are curious about the reviews of a 20 something adult who reads all the time to stop thinking about responsabilities, well, you may find things interesting here.

So et voîlà! I will be posting probably weekly and I do have sometimes Netgalley ARC (Yeah!)

Hope you will enjoy!

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
Groucho Marx