| MEMES | TOP TEN TUESDAY – TOP TEN BOOKS I’M THANKFUL FOR

TOP TEN TUESDAYHello lovelies ! How are you ? I can’t believe it’s already Tuesday ! Which means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday ! It’s a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The bookish.

Today’s theme is top ten books I’m thankful for !

  • Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling is the first book I read in English because I couldn’t wait for the French version to be released. It made me realize that I was able to read in English.
  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I think it’s the second book I read in English that I bought when I started watching booktubers.
  • City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare, that really started my love for YA !
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. That book changed my vision of life. Really !
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. That book I read in French and discovered two things : YA and dystopia !
  • After by Anna Todd that learned me not to judge a book because it’s a fanfiction haha !

That’s it, it’s only a top 6 but that’s okay !

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| BOOK REVIEW | GRAVE MERCY BY ROBIN LAFEVERS

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Author : Robin LaFevers
Series : His Fair Assassin
Genres : Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Publication : April 3rd 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Synopsis : Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
     Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

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I really enjoyed this book ! There’s a slight fantasy aspect perfectly mixed with historical fiction !

Plot

It takes place in Brittany, before it was won by France, right during the war for their independence ! I found it highly interesting !

The main character, Ismae has been trained by her convent to become a skilled assassin, in order to achieve Mortain’s will. On her first important mission, she is sent to get an eye on Duval, and finds out whether is truly is a traitor to the Duchess.

Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?

It’s not solely centered on the romance, far from it. The historical aspect is the most important part, in my opinion. And it is perfectly mixed with action scenes and romance.
I learned so much while reading it ! The romance is quite nice, too. It’s not forced on us as it can sometimes be, you know ? It’s very cute and feels very natural !

Another thing I really enjoyed was the fantasy aspect added to this book. Mortain, an old God siring young girls so they can become his weapons, his hands !

Good intentions are only lies the weak tell themselves.

It’s pretty slow paced at the beginning but it’s only so the back story and history can be explained to us. This book is also about politics games so you can’t expect a fast pace with these scenes haha !

It’s beautifully written and the characters are really convincing !

Characters

  • Ismae is a very interesting characters. She has such a character’s development. At the beginning she is very obedient to her reverend mother but she quickly learns to think by herself and to trust her own instinct. Highly skilled in poisons, she is lso very talented when it comes to killing.
  • Duval is such a gentleman. He doesn’t trust Ismae but will protect her at all costs ! Once he realizes she is worthy of his trust, that she isn’t blinded by the what the convent taught her, he treats her as his equal.

 

Overall I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it ! If you’re not used to reading fantasy, that can be a perfectly good pick to start !

4 stars

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About the author

 

Robin LaFeversR.L. LaFevers (Robin Lorraine when she’s in really big trouble) grew up surrounded by shelves of old dusty books and a passel of brothers. She has also spent a large portion of her life being told she was making up things that weren’t there, which only proves she was destined to write fiction. She is the author of over fourteen books for young readers, including THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS, (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) which received starred reviews and was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Booksense Summer Pick, and nominated for the Malice Domestic’s Agatha Award, and the NATHANIEL FLUDD, BEASTOLOGIST series. Her first young adult novel, GRAVE MERCY, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring of 2012. She currently lives with her husband and a demonic cat in Southern California and spends her days gazing longingly at ancient artifacts or wallowing in old forgotten texts.

 

 

| MEMES | TOP TEN TUESDAY – TOP TEN CHARACTERS THAT WOULD MAKE GREAT LEADERS

TOP TEN TUESDAY

Hello lovelies ! It’s time for a TTT ! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

Today’s theme is Top Ten Characters That Would Make Great Leaders. I chose to keep leader in a general way.

  • Lila Bard from the Shades Of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab. She is fearless and hotheaded at the beginning but she surely learned from her mistakes and is totally able to lead a team or even a country !
  • Kestrel from The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. She is calm and has a cunning mind, perfect for politics. But she is also true to her heart.
  • Zuzana from the Daughter Of Smoke And Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor. She is fierce and always gets what she wants !
  • Ismae from Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. She knows how to see what’s right. She would make a great leader !

 

  • Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Do I need to say why ?!
  • Dorian from the Throne Of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Cool tempered and far from being a hot head. The perfect ruler !
  • Alec Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Calm, he knows how to analyze a situation.
  • Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
  • Adrian from the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. Well, not at the beginning of the series, obviously hahahaha !
  • Four from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. For the same reasons than Alec.

That’s it ! What’s on your TTT this week ?

 

| BOOKSTAGRAM | OCTOBER

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Hello lovelies ! Today I want to share with you my favorite shots of the month.

I posted way less photos this month and also blogged less. The reason is simple enough : this month I traveled twice, my best friend was here before leaving for a long journey,  so yeah it let me very few moments for reading, blogging and bookstagramming !

Anyway, it was a wonderful month nonetheless haha !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

| WRAP UP & TBR | NOVEMBER 2017 TBR

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Hello lovelies ! I’m here to share my November TBR with you ! This month I plan on reading 5 books. Obviously, it won’t happen hahaha !

  • Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I’ve had this book on my TBR for half a year now ! It’s more than time for me to finally read it !
  • Even The Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett.
  • Mortal Heart, by Robin LaFevers, the final book in His Fair Assassin trilogy.
  • Without Merit by Colleen Hoover. I can’t wait to read that one !
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab, second half of the Monsters Of Verity duology. I am currently reading that one ! I’m only a few pages in but really loving it so far !

That’s it ! What’s on your TBR ?

| MEMES | THIS WEEK IN BOOKS #48

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Hello lovelies ! It’s finally the end of the week ! I’m working tomorrow but that’s okay ! Here is my late TWIB ! In case you don’t know this yet, This Week In Books is a weekly meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found.

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Last week I was reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. it took me a LONG LONG time to finally read this book. Why ? Because I don’t like the cover, it gives me the creep ! But some friends really recommended this book to me and I was right to listen to them ! I really enjoyed this book and gave it 4.5 stars !

I am currently reading Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. It’s the second book in the Monsters Of Verity duology. I’m only a few pages in but I’m happy to be back in this world !

Next, I plan on reading Without Merit by Colleen Hoover. I’ve always loved CoHo’s books so I cannot wait to read it !

That’s it ! What are you currently reading guys ?

| WRAP UP & TBR | OCTOBER 2017 WRAP UP

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Hello lovelies ! It’s for my October wrap up ! I managed to read 3 books this month, which is good, since I went away for 2 week ends this month !
Without further ado, here are the 3 books I read !

  • Dark Triumph, which is the second book in His Fair Assassin trilogy, by Robin LaFevers. 3 stars.
  • Nothing More by Anna Todd. It’s the first book in a spin off duology of her famous series, After ! I really enjoyed that one : 4 stars.
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.I really enjoyed it ! I can’t wait to read the sequel ! 4.5 stars !

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