| BOOK HAUL | MY NOVEMBER 2017 BOOK HAUL

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Hello lovelies ! I’m pretty late but here is my VERY reasonable November book haul ! I only bought two books in November ! Oh and one e book that I got for free !

  • Nothing Less by Anna Todd. I’ve already read it and really enjoyed it ! It’s the final part of the After’s spin off, focused on Landon’s story.
  • Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling. Finally !

I also got A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for free on my kindle.

That’s it ! I’ve been reasonable, as you can see ! (But wait for my Montreuil haul hahahaha… ahem.)

 

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| MEMES | THIS WEEK IN BOOKS #51

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Hello lovelies ! It’s time for another TWIB ! This Week In Books is a weekly meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found.

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I am currently reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I’m quite enjoying it so far, even though it’s a bit slow. I’m also reading Mortal Heart, the final book in His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers.

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Last week I was already reading A Christmas Carol. I was also reading Harry Potter & The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling that I finished this Sunday. I immediately started Le Pacte d’Emma by Nine Gorman. I really enjoyed these two books !

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Next I plan on reading Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor ! I really can’t wait to read this gorgeous book !

This book has been on my TBR since March, can you believe it ?!
I really need to read it before the end of the year hahaha!

That’s it ! What are you currently reading ?

 

 

| BOOK REVIEW | LORD OF SHADOWS BY CASSANDRA CLARE

lord-of-shadowsLord Of Shadows
Author : Cassandra Clare
Series : The Dark Artifices
Genres : Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : May 23rd 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Synopsis : Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

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Back into the Shadowhunters universe ! I was SO SO SO happy ! I really loved this book !

Everyone is afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don’t wish you didn’t fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn’t feel anything.

Plot

It follows Emma, Jules and their little family, weeks after Lady Midnight’s ending.  Gwyn, comes and asks Mark for help : Kieran is about to be killed by his father, the Unseelie King.
When in Faerie, the Queen bargains with Julian. I’m not gonna say more because I don’t want to spoil you !

I was kind of fearing this book to be honest ! I didn’t want it to suffer from the “second book syndrome”, you know ? Slow, without a real plot. Well, let me tell you, this book is far from it !!! But how could I doubt ? It never happened with any Cassandra books but who knows, right ?!

Anyway, it’s the sequel I was waiting for ! We can compare it to Lady Midnight, when it comes to intensity, pace and content.
We dive into a dark shadowhunter’s time. The Cold Peace’s aftermaths are more than present in this installment. Downworlders are very aggressive towards Shadowhunters and, with the rise of extremists, the alliance is more endangered than ever. The Cohort wants to take power to put an end to this precarious peace.

There’s something about a place you’ve been with someone you love. It takes on a meaning in your mind. It becomes more than a place. It becomes a distillation of what you felt for each other. The moments you spend in a place with someone… they become part of its bricks and mortar. Part of its soul.

I love to witness how Clare’s writing is evolving, “growing” somehow. Her stories get more intricate with each book.
I also particularly appreciate how she threads the characters from her previous books to this already intricate net. It was just perfect.
Another thing I like is the diversity. It’s nothing new with her characters but Ty is such a sweet character and I think autism should be treated more often in books.

Now let’s talk about that goddamn cliffhanger ! It broke my heart and I can’t believe we have to wait that long for the final book !

Characters

  • Emma is the definition of badass. She doesn’t allow her feelings to matter when it comes to saving her dear Jules and his lovely family. She is so strong. I also enjoyed how it wasn’t solely focused on Emma/Jules relationship.
  • Julian is getting more and more cunning. He is entirely focused on his family’s safety and at times, even Emma couldn’t compete with it !
  • Mark is so precious. He is somehow torn between Kieran and Cristina. He kind of misses his life in the Wild Hunt but is also happy to be back in the Shadowshunter’s world.
  • Kieran is a character you can’t just hate, really.
  • Kit is going to be the next Jace Herondale, I’m sure of it !
  • Ty is so cute. He sees things differently but he is stronger than we think.
  • Zara and Perfect Diego can go to hell for all I care !
  • Arthur is such a complex character, I wish we got to learn even more from his past.
  • Diana, I LOVED finding out her big secret, her backstory. It was so interesting and seriously I didn’t see it coming at all  !

 

That’s it ! As always, I totally recommend this book !

There’s something about a place you’ve been with someone you love. It takes on a meaning in your mind. It becomes more than a place. It becomes a distillation of what you felt for each other. The moments you spend in a place with someone… they become part of its bricks and mortar. Part of its soul.

5 stars

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About the author

Cassandra clareCassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

| MEMES | TOP TEN TUESDAY – TOP TEN BOOKISH SETTINGS I’D LIKE TO VISIT

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Hello lovelies ! It’s time for another TTT ! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.
Today’s theme is  Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d like to visit ! Let’s start, shall we ?

  • I’d love to visit Camp Half-Blood from the PJO series by Rick Riordan ! I’m sure it would be so much fun !!
  • The world from the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. I’d love to see if I’d be gifted with allomancy ! How AMAZING would that be ?
  • Ombre from L’Héritage Des Rois-Passeurs by Manon Fargetton is another great setting I’d like to visit.

 

  • Red London from A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This seems like the perfect place for holidays, per say !
  • Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series. No need to explain why I think !
  • The New York Institute from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. The library, the garden etc… Really it sounds great !

And that’s it ! My Top Ten is a Top 6 but that’s okay ! As you can see, it’s only Fantasy settings haha !

 

| WRAP & TBR | DECEMBER 2017 TBR

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Hello lovelies ! Today is the start of a new month ! Which means : a new TBR ! I plan on reading 5 books this month, including an e book !

  • Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling.
  • Empire Of Storms by Sarah J. Maas that I’ll buddy read with Meggy from chocolatenwaffles. Missin’ our dear Lady haha !
  • Mortal Heart, by Robin LaFevers, the last book in His Fair Assassin trilogy !
  • Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor ! This book has been on my TBR for months now… I need to read it ASAP !

e book : A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens !

| WRAP UP & TBR | NOVEMBER 2017 WRAP UP

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Hello again lovelies ! This time I want to share my November wrap up ! I read 3 books this month !

  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab ! This book guys ! I absolutely LOVED it ! I gave it 5 stars ! I cannot wait for her next book to be published !
  • Without Merit by Colleen Hoover ! Another auto buy author ! This book was amazing ! I also gave it 5 stars !
  • Nothing Less by Anna Todd ! I really enjoyed that one too ! I just finished it so I don’t know how many stars I’m gonna give it !

That’s it ! What did you read in November ?

| MEMES | THIS WEEK IN BOOKS #50

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Hello lovelies ! I can’t believe it’s already my 50th TWIB !!! This Week In Books is a weekly meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found.

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Last week I was reading Without Merit by Colleen Hoover. I freakin’ LOVED it ! As always with her books, CoHo surprised me and I got hooked almost immediately ! 5 stars !
I’m currently reading Nothing Less by Anna Todd And I hope to finish it tonight ! I really enjoy it so far !
Next I plan on reading Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling. But since I’m taking the train tomorrow, I’ll probably start La Main De L’Empereur by Olivier Gay on my kindle !

What about you ? What are you reading ?