| BOOK HAUL | MY JULY 2017 BOOK HAUL

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Hello lovelies ! How are you ? I hope you all had a wonderful week end ! Mine certainly was !
Anyway, it’s time for me to share my July book haul ! I bought 3 books last month.

  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman. This one is for my shadowhunters’ collection since I’ve already read it on my kindle.
  • Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes. It’s the 5th book in the Falling Kingdoms series !
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab, the second and final book in the Monsters Of Verity duology. I cannot wait to read that one !

That’s it ! What did you buy in July ?

| MEMES | THIS WEEK IN BOOKS #42

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Hello lovelies ! How are you ? It’s already time for another This Week In Books, can you believe it ?! It’s a weekly meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found.

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Last week I was reading Les Talons Hauts Rapprochent Les Filles Du Ciel by Olivier Gay. I really enjoyed this book ! I also finished L’Héritage Des Rois Passeurs by Manon Fargetton. I really enjoyed that book, the world building is amazing ! I’ve never read something similar !

I am currently reading The V Girl by Mya Robarts. It’s a reread so I know I’ll love it as much as the first time I read it !

Next I plan on reading Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. This book has been on my TBR for ages ! I cannot wait to finally start this book !

That’s it ! What are you currently reading ?

 

| BOOK REVIEW | A CONJURING OF LIGHT BY V.E. SCHWAB

A Conjuring Of LightA Conjuring Of Light
Author : V.E. Schwab
Series : Shades Of Magic
Genres : Fantasy
Publication : February 21st 2017 by Titan Books

Synopsis : Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

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This is the final book in the Shades Of Magic trilogy. This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the previous books.

Plot

It starts right where the AGOS’ cliffhanger left us, with Kell held prisoner in White London.

I was SO SO SO afraid of reading this book ! It’s the finale of one of my favorite trilogy of all time and I was terrified of how Victoria Schwab would wrap this up. But I loved it so much. It was what I was hoping for and so much more !

The first part is very fast paced, you barely have time to take a breath. But it doesn’t mean the rest of the book is slow paced, oh boy not at all !
A Conjuring Of Light has all the witty and funny banters, the page turner plot and the amazing writing style.

Reading this book was a hell of a ride ! Through all the book, I was fearing for the ending. I was so afraid of how this mayhem would end !

Love and loss,” he said, “are like a ship and the sea. They rise together. The more we love, the more we have to lose. But the only way to avoid loss is to avoid love. And what a sad world that would be.

I really enjoyed the relationships between all the characters, complex, intricate, real. Another thing I loved was their plan to defeat Osaron. I’ve never read anything similar ! And I can say the same thing for this whole trilogy : different Londons, Antari magic etc !

As I said above, reading this book was such an emotional ride for me, and for many reasons. It lived up to all my expectations and that’s rare enough that it deserves to be said !

The flashbacks were kind of painful to witness but I appreciated them a lot. Getting a back story for Holland was very important in my opinion ! It made him more human.

There were no dead moment in this book ! When a good thing was happening, it was instantly followed by a disaster !
I cried so much while reading this book ! But I also laughed, and said so many “awww” !

Interactions

  • Kell /Lila : Gaaah ! I have been shipping them since the first book so it filled my heart with fluffy unicorns and marshmallows hearts ! haha !
  • Alucard /Rhy : these two are my babies ! Two silly characters, stubborn and desperately in love with each other !
  • Kell /Rhy : I think the word bromance is what best describes them !
  • Kell / Holland : their relationship is definitively complicated but they truly respect each other !

Caring was a thing with claws. It sank them in, and didn’t let go. Caring hurt more than a knife to the leg, more than a few broken ribs, more than anything that bled or broke and healed again. Caring didn’t break you clean. It was a bone that didn’t set, a cut that wouldn’t close.

Characters

  • Kell is always the same. Worried about the aftermaths of his acts, again. He is so cute when it comes to Lila, like she is bringing something so important ! He used to be so cold, except for Rhy. But Lila cracked his shell ! He is also very protective of his brother. Some things never change I guess ! He doesn’t trust Alucard. On the opposite somehow he trusts Holland.
  • Lila is learning to master her powers. She doesn’t trust Holland, she totally wants to kill him for what he did to Baron. But he keeps helping her. She is too fierce to admit it though.
  • Holland is the most interesting character in my opinion. The flashbacks were so important to understand his behavior ! He tries to redeem himself in this book !
  • Rhy is a little less reckless in this book ! He has to grow up very quickly and we get to see a face we never saw before. He really cares for his people !
  • Alucard is so well. He is fierce, cunning, he will do whatever it takes to protect Rhy.

So to put it in a nutshell I LOVED this book ! It concludes perfectly this amazing trilogy !

Anoshe brought solace. And hope. And the strength to let go.

5 stars

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About the author

V.e. Schwab

Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes,” “like,” and “y’all.”

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.

 

| WRAP UP & TBR | AUGUST 2017 TBR

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Hello lovelies ! How is your week so far ? I can’t believe we’re already in August. I hope to read (and know I will fail haha) 6 books, 5 physical copies and one e book.

  • Les Talons Hauts Rapprochent Les Filles Du Ciel by Olivier Gay that I’m currently reading and highly enjoying so far !
  • Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. It’s the second book in The Dark Artifices trilogy. I am both excited AND scared to finally read this book !
  • The V Girl by Mya Robarts ! It’s a reread but I really love this book so I’m really excited to dive back into this scary world !
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, the first book in His Fair Assassin trilogy. I’ve had this book on my TBR shelves for a while so I can’t wait to finally read it !
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. I’ve been meaning to read that one for months now !

E book : L’Héritage Des Rois-Passeurs by Manon Fargetton. I’m currently reading that one too and really enjoying it so far ! The world-building is so intriguing !

That’s it ! Now I know that I will probably end reading only half of these but that’s okay, right ?!

| MEMES | THIS WEEK IN BOOKS #41

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

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I am currently reading two books : Les Talons Hauts Rapprochent Les Filles Du Ciel by Olivier Gay. I’m more than half way through it and I’m really hooked ! I’m also reading L’Héritage Des Rois Passeurs by Manon Fargetton. I’m almost half way and really loving it so far !

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Last week I was already reading the two books above mentioned. But I was also reading Feral Sin, the first book in the Phoenix Pack series by Suzanne Wright ! I really enjoyed that one !

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Next I plan on rereading The V Girl by Mya Robarts. I also want to start His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers ; the first book is called Grave Mercy.

That’s it ! What are you currently reading ?

| WRAP UP & TBR | JULY 2017 WRAP UP

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Hello lovelies ! It’s time for my July wrap up ! I haven’t been reading a lot lately, I’m trying to enjoy the summer as much as I can. Unfortunately it also means I haven’t been blogging a lot either.

Back to our topic ! I finished 3 books this month !

  • I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I had a hard time getting into this book but seriously, once in, it’s impossible not to love this book ! I gave it 5 stars !
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. It’s the final book in The Winner’s trilogy. I loved this trilogy and this last installment is no exception ! I gave it 5 stars.
  • Feral Sins (Trey Coleman), the first book in the Phoenix Pack (La Meute Du Phoenix) by Suzanne Wright ! 4 stars !

That’s it ! What have you read in July ?

| BOOK REVIEW | THE WINNER’S CRIME BY MARIE RUTKOSKI

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The Winner’s Crime
Author : Marie Rutkoski
Series : The Winner’s Trilogy
Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : March 12th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s

Synopsis : Lady Kestrel’s engagement to Valoria’s crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust …

While Arin fights to keep his country’s freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.

Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner’s trilogy.

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This is the second book in The Winner’s trilogy. This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the first book, The Winner’s Curse.

Plot

We follow Kestrel, this time evolving at the Emperor’s. She is now engaged to Prince Verex. This book is way more focused on the political side of the story and it’s SO interesting ! While it took me time to get into the story in the previous book, it was so easy to dive back into this world !

I don’t mind being a moth. I would probably start eating silk if it meant that I could fly.

Kestrel is playing a very dangerous game against the emperor. She is colder, hiding her true feeling behind her pretty face.
It’s very intriguing and you can’t help but but want to know what the next move will be.
There are new characters such as Tensen or Verex. I really enjoyed learning about both of these.

On Arin’s side, things aren’t simple either. He tries his best to save Herran but the treaty isn’t really helping.

I really enjoyed this book ! The plot is really fascinating and intricate ! And that plot twist, oh god ! I’m happy I didn’t have to wait for the final book to be released !
I really like the writing style !

I also enjoyed how Kestrel gets closer to her father. She was seeking a real father/daughter relationship.

Arin’s love for Kestrel is the purest form of love. It broke my heart to witness how much he suffered. Even though it was for his own good. His journey isn’t the easiest but he always finds a way to get what he wants.

The story is gripping and heart-wrenching !

Her fierce creature of a mind: sleek and sharp-clawed and utterly unwilling to be caught.

Characters

  • Kestrel is way stronger and she risks a lot in this book. But by staying focused on what she had to do, she lost a lot.
  • Arin is so unpredictable ! I enjoyed this side of him, and also his neverending hope that Kestrel was who he thought she was.
  • Verex is a nice character. I learnt to like him and he is clever than his father thinks he is.
  • Tensen is a very interesting character, dedicated to his cause, no matter what.

5 stars

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About the author

Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children’s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial

Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash. Her next project is a YA trilogy that begins with The Winner’s Curse, which is scheduled to be published in March 2014.

Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University. Marie is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and fiction writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.