| WRAP UP & TBR | APRIL 2019 TBR

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Hello lovelies ! Today I’m sharing my April TBR ! I plan on reading 5 books this month, 4 physical books and one e book.

Let’s start, shall we ?

  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber. I’ve read Caraval in March and absolutely LOVED it ! So I hope this one will live up to my expectations !
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I’m currently reading that one but I’m barely a few chapters in. I’ve been wanting to read that one for so long !
  • Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Witcher, Sword Of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski.

E book : Return To The Caves by J.S. Fields. I’ve read and really enjoyed the two previous books so I really need to read that one !

That’s it ! What are you planning on reading during April ?

 

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| WRAP UP & TBR | MARCH 2019 WRAP UP

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Hello lovelies ! I can’t believe how fast March flew by ! I’ve managed to read slightly more than in February. I’ve finished 2 books this month !

Let’s start, shall we ?

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I don’t know why I waited so long before buying this book, to be honest. I was enchanted by this world ! So appealing, I wanted to dive into this amazing universe. 5 stars.
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black, one of my most anticipated releases ! I loved the previous book and this one didn’t disappoint at all ! That ending nearly killed me !

Blogging wise, I only posted one review, which is more than I did these pas few months ! I posted my review for Ace Of Shades (you can read it here)

That’s it ! What have you read this month ?

| BOOK REVIEW | ACE OF SHADES BY AMANDA FOODY

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author : Amanda Foody
Series : The Shadow Game
Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : April 10th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

Synopsis : Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

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I absolutely adored this book ! I started this book with high expectations and I wasn’t disappointed at all !

Story

We follow Enne Salta, a proper young lady who gets herself lost into the city of sins, New Reynes. She came to look for her mother, who went missing. But a young woman, who has been pampered all her life, well wandering into this city can only be really dangerous. She finds herself in a bad situation and is “saved” somehow by a thug called Chez, who leads her to his gang boss, Levi.

Somehow, Levi decides to help her (well, skam her would be more true) and together they start to investigate about her mother.

She was a pistol wrapped up in silk. She was a blade disguised as a girl.

The plot picked up quickly and I’ve been swept by this story ! This book is mesmerizing, the story is amazing and I’ve really been impressed by the magic !
New Reynes can easily be compared to Las Vegas : the city of sins. That being said, I think the comparison can be stopped here.

So we follow our two main characters into this enigmatic chase, with Levi trying to save his ass and also providing for his gang.

About the world building, the author described it perfectly, with vivid colors and I could almost smell the street. That’s how effective her descriptions are !

I also enjoyed the talent part. Everyone has two talents : the main one, the strongest is your blood talent, while the second one is your split talent. It can be compared to magic in a way.

She was the girl who’d come afraid to the city that could smell your fear. She’d faced the witch. She’d poisoned the wolf. She’d strolled into the land of death with her head held high and left it a lord. She was an impossible player in a fixed game, the only person not playing to win.

The ending was so intense ! The scene with the shadow gale got me on the edge of my seat all along !
I can’t wait to read the sequel ! I just hope it will live up my expectations !

Characters

  • Enne has changed so much ! She has grown throughout the book, her character growth is incredible ! She arrived as candid as a newborn and became such a cunning and badass woman. She learned so much about life in general and about her past, and who she is.
  • Levi kind of stole my heart. He is a thug, leader of an infamous gang. But he seems so lonely ! Trapped by Vianca, he is far from being free.
    He also changed so much thanks to Enne.
  • Vianca is definitively an awful character. She is an evil and cunning woman.
  • Lola is another interesting character. But I won’t say more because I don’t want to spoil.

Sometimes we’re not who we want to be because we’re supposed to be something else.

Overall I really loved this book !

5 stars

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About the author

Amanda FoodyAmanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.

| MEMES | THIS WEEK IN BOOKS #66

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Hello lovelies ! I know it has been a long time since I posted a TWIB post ! This Week In Books is a weekly meme hosted by Lipsyy.

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I am currently reading The Wicked King by Holly Black. I’m really enjoying it so far ! The previous book, The Cruel Prince was one of my favorite reads last year and this one seems to take the same path !

Last week I was reading Caraval by Stephanie Garber and I absolutely LOVED it ! I need to buy the sequel ASAP !!

Next, I plan on reading Return To The Caves by J.S. Fields. It’s the final book in The Source trilogy ! The author kindly send me this book as he did with the two previous ones and I cannot thank him enough for that !

That’s it ! What are you currently reading ?

 

| BOOKSTAGRAM | FEBRUARY 2019

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Hello lovelies ! Today I’m gonna share some of the pictures I took last month for my bookstagram account.


There are less pictures but it’s a good reflection of my blogging and bookstagramming month. I was so bad at it !

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed these few pictures ! Have a great day !

| BOOK HAUL | MY FEBRUARY 2019 BOOK HAUL

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Hello lovelies ! How are you ? Today I’m gonna talk about the books I bought last month. I’ve been really reasonable, for once ! I want to tackle down my TBR pile so I’m trying to buy as less books as possible.

Let’s start, shall we ?

I bought The Hungry Cities quartet boxset, by Philip Reeve. You may be more familiar with the first book : Mortal Engines, which has been made into a movie. That I haven’t seen. I think you now know how I function, I want to read the book first haha !

That’s all for my book haul ! See ? Reasonable !

| WRAP UP & TBR | MARCH 2019 TBR

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Hello lovelies ! I know I’m late but here is my March TBR ! I plan on reading 4 books this month and one e book.

Physical books :

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I’m currently reading that one and really enjoying it so far ! magical and eerie !
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black. One of my most anticipated releases.
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.
  • Belgravia by Julian Fellowes. I’ve started this book a few months ago and I’m not sure I won’t DNF it !

e book : Return To The Caves by Joel Fields. It’s the final book in The Source trilogy and I really can’t wait to find out how this story ends !

That’s it ! What are you planning on reading ?