| MEMES | TOP TEN TUESDAY – TOP TEN BOOK BOYFRIENDS

TOP TEN TUESDAY

Hello my lovelies ! How are you ? I can’t believe it’s already the first TTT of October ! Time flies ! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

Today’s theme is Top Ten Book Boyfriend. Well, narrowing it to only ten will be difficult ! hahaha !

  • Dorian from the Throne Of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas ! I had a crush on him since the first book !
  • Kell from A Darker Shade Of Magic by V. E. Schwab. There’s no need to say more !
  • Adrian from the Bloodlines series. I liked him in the Vampire Academy series but totally fell in love with him in this spin off series !
  • Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. This top couldn’t exisit without him.
  • Lucas from The Islanders series. I had a MAJOR crush on him while reading this series !
  • Josh from Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. He is such a cutie !
  • Ridge from Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover.

 

  • Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. This man, he is my top one, no matter what !
  • Nikolai, from the Shadow And Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.
  • Rhysand  from A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Oh that man, he is everything !

That’s it ! Who is your TTT this week ??

 

 

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| MEMES | TOP TEN TUESDAY – 10 BOOKS TO GET IN THE FALL MOOD

top-ten-tuesdayHello lovelies !!! How are you ? It’s that time again ! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

Today’s theme is Halloween related freebie. I decided to list 10 books to get in the Fall mood.

A good contemporary/romance book. Picture yourself wrapped in a comfy blanket, a mug of hot tea not too far and you, reading a good book. After by Anna Todd, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, Rule by Jay Crownover or Me Before You by Jojo Moyes are good examples !

Or a good fantasy book ! During the Fall season (which is my favorite) I can easily switch between contemporary and fantasy. Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, A Darker Shade Of Magic by V. E. Schwab or Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare are great choices !

As for these two … I’m currently reading The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes. It’s the perfect fantasy book, I really enjoy reading it while sipping tea !
The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry is one of the books I plan on reading next !

That’s it ! What are the books that get you in the Fall mood ?

| MEMES | TOP TEN TUESDAY – TOP TEN FAVORITE VILLAINS IN BOOKS

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

This week’s theme is : top ten favorite villains !

Beware this post contains spoilers, so if you haven’t read the books featured on the pictures, maybe skip this post !

The first six villains are the ones that I really like and can’t manage to hate haha ! First is obviously The Darkling from The Grisha trilogy ! It’s such a complex character, he is dark, twisted and yet I can’t help but really like him. There’s also Sebastian Morgensten from The Mortal Instruments series. This guy is pure evil but yet … There’s also Blake from the Lux series, even though he is less appealing than the two previous ones !

 

Holland from the Shades Of Magic series is another perfect example ! There’s also Dimitri from the Vampire Academy series, when he is a strigoï. And finally, Seth from the Covenant series when he is driven by his need of power.

These 6 villains I can’t help but love them or care deeply for them ! Now for the following ones, it’s different : I love to hate them ! The perfect villains you want to strangle personally, you know ?

In no particular order : Thiago from the Daughter Of Smoke And Bone series, The Commandand from An Ember In The Ashes, the King Of Adarlan from Throne Of Glass series and finally Voldemort from Harry Potter ! These 4 villains are creepy and have such a twisted mind !

That’s it ! Tell me about your favorite villains !

| MEMES | TOP TEN TUESDAY – MY TOP TEN FAVORITE FANTASY BOOKS

top-ten-tuesdayHello lovelies ! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday ! It’s a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre. I decided to do my top ten favorite fantasy books.

The first one is of course Harry Potter.
The Mortal Instruments is another series that will stay with me.
I recently finished The Grisha trilogy and adored it, it’s very unique in its way. And The Darkling !
Throne Of Glass is another amazing series ! I’m always late when it comes to reading its books because I’m always waiting for the US paperback…

Another one of my fav is the Daughter Of Smoke And Bone trilogy. I really enjoyed it !
Falling Kingdoms is a series I read back to back to back to back this year and I can’t understand why I waited so long before reading it !
Lady Midnight is the first book in The Dark Artifices series and I can already tell that this series will stay in my top ten !

A Darker Shade Of Magic is an amazing series ! I can’t wait for A Conjuring Of Light to be released !
The Infernal Devices is my favorite trilogy, and I think it will stay that way for a long long time !The Archived is a duology (so far) that I really enjoyed because I found the concept really original ! And the story is really gripping !

That’s it ! Have you read any of these ?

| WRAP UP & TBR | AUGUST 2016 WRAP UP

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Hello lovelies ! I can’t believe August is already finished ! I made A LOT of extra hours at work which means a lot of lunch breaks ! This means  I have read way more books than in the past months ! I read a total of 9 books this month, 7 physical copies and 2 e books !

  • The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. It’s the final book in the Bloodlines series. I really enjoyed it but found it a little “weak” compared to the rest of the series. I gave it 4 stars.
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. I LOVED it, it destroyed me. It’s a book that will stay with me. I gave it 5 stars.
  • Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I’m really glad I decided to finally pick that book !! It’s such an amazing world ! I gave it 5 stars.
  • Siege and Storm, by Leigh Bardugo, which is the second book in The Grisha trilogy. I gave it 5 stars.
  • Ruin And Rising, the final book in The Grisha trilogy. I also gave it 5 stars.
  • Les Mystères D’Ambremer by Pierre Pevel. I also enjoyed it and I gave it 4 stars.
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. It’s such a beautiful story, written in a delicate and poetic way !I gave it 5 stars.

E books

  • Lover Awakened by J. R. Ward. It’s the third book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I really loved it !  gaveit 5 stars.
  • All Played Out by Cora Carmack, the third book in the Rusk University series. I also gave it 5 stars.

That’s it ! It has been an AMAZING reading month ! What about you ? What have you read ?

| BOOK REVIEW | SHADOW AND BONE BY LEIGH BARDUGO

Shadow And BoneShadow And Bone
Author : Leigh Bardugo
Series : The Grisha
Genres : Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication : May 7th 2013 by Square Fish (first published June 5th 2012)

Synopsis : Alina Starkov doesn’t expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, she is sure of only one thing: her best friend, Mal–and her inconvenient crush on him. Until the day their army regiment enters the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. When their convoy is attacked and Mal is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power not even she knew existed.

Ripped from everything she knows, Alina is taken to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. With Alina’s extraordinary power in his arsenal, he believes they can finally destory the Fold. Now Alina must find a way to master her untamed gift and somehow fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. As the threat to the kingdom mounts and her dangerous attraction to the Darkling grows, Alina will uncover a secret that could tear her heart–and her country–in two.

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I have to say, I wasn’t really eager to read this trilogy. I know it’s stupid but the covers weren’t that appealing. So I didn’t bother reading the synopsis. But I decided to read the duology set in the Grisha world and I wanted to read this trilogy before. And I’m really glad I picked this book up !

Plot

The Grisha universe is really interesting ! It’s inspired by the Russian folklore, culture, landscape and language. It’s really fascinating ! The world building is spectacular and it was very easy to picture everything ! And finally the book cover art makes sense !
The story is really gripping, even though the beginning was a little slow. But it was necessary to put the story into motion.
The story is intricate, with great plot twists !

The moment our lips met, I knew with pure and piercing certainty that I would have waited for him forever.

The only negative thing is that I saw the love triangle coming very early in the story. But it didn’t really bother me.
Another thing is how Mal only saw Aline when she became valuable.

The Grisha organization captivated me. At first I had to go and check the description page very often but that’s okay !
The author created an amazing army system ! Everything is so well thought !

This book was so fast paced, witty, annoying and definitely gripping !

The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.

Characters

  • Alina annoyed me at times. She was heels over head for Mal who wasn’t seeing her. She was so weak, so plain and didn’t really want her life to change. She’s got this amazing opportunity to become someone very important and all she can think about is Mal, Mal not answering her letters.
    But a few weeks at the little Palace finally took its toll : she changed, mature and grew more confident.
  • Mal is far from being a swoon worthy character in this book. He doesn’t see Alina until she gets more value. And then he gets jealous because someone else is interested by her !
    But his character is really intriguing, he is a great tracker, too good for his own good.
  • The Darkling quickly won my heart ! He is so mysterious, and kind to Alina. He takes care of her.He is sweet and clever and seems so innocent ! But you can totally sense from the beginning that he is hiding something, that he is not totally honest.
  • Baghra is an amazing and complex character. She is so strong minded, clever and powerful, despite her age. And the plot twist concerning her identity blew me away !

The Darkling slumped back in his chair. “Fine,” he said with a weary shrug. “Make me your villain.”

5 stars

Overall I really LOVED this book, and recommend it to every fantasy lover !

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About the author

Leigh BardugoLeigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising).

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, Six of Crows, arrives fall 2015.

| MEMES | THIS WEEK IN BOOKS #8

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Hello hello ! How is your week so far ?? It’s time for another This Week In Books ! It’s a weekly meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found.

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At the beginning of the week I finished Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I picked up Siege And Storm, the second book in the Grisha trilogy right after !

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Last week I was reading It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover and I also started Shadow And Bone.

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I hadn’t planned that one in my August TBR but I will read Ruin And Rising by Leigh Bardugo, the final book in the Grisha trilogy ! If I finish it next week, I know that the next book I’ll pick up is After We Collided by Anna Todd, the second book in the After series.

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

| WRAP UP & TBR | AUGUST 2016 TBR

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Hello lovelies ! How are you ? I know I’m late but here is my August TBR ! It’s a slightly ambitious one (not everything is featured on the photo hahaha)

  • Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I have meant to start this series for months now !
  • Siege And Storm by Leigh Bardugo, the second book in the Grisha trilogy ! I will keep the third book for September, especially since I am still waiting for it to be delivered !
  • Les Enchantements d’Ambremer, the first book in Le Paris Des Merveilles by Pierre Pevel !
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover which is one of my most anticipated releases for 2016 !
  • The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. This is the final book in the Bloodlines series. I hope it will wrap things up nicely !!
  • Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward, the third book in The Black Dagger Brotherhood. In fact I finished this one yesterday haha !
  • After We Collided by Anna Todd, the second book in the After series. I am also waiting for this one to be delivered. Hopefully it didn’t get lost !

I am also still reading Days Of Throbbing Gristle by Kevin Cole.

That’s it ! I know it’s an ambitious one, but I’m doing a lot of extra hours at work, so it means a lot of lunch breaks spent reading !

 

| BOOK HAUL | MY MAY 2016 BOOK HAUL

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Hello everyone ! Today I’m bringing you my May book haul ! I am trying to keep my TBR under 40 books… Which means that I’m trying my best to be reasonable… This month I went a little crazy when it came to book buying… my TBR is more around the 50 books now haha. I got a total of 8 books this month, including an e book (well, more novellas but I consider it as the bind up !)

physical copies :

  • Comme Convenu by Laurel is a French comic I preordered many months ago !
  • Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan. The French publisher, Hugo New Romance kindly sent it to me ! I cannot wait to read this one !
  • The Islanders vol.2 by Katherine Applegate
  • Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I heard so many great things about this series ! I can’t wait to dive into the Grisha universe !
  • Siege And Storm which is the second book in the Grisha trilogy !
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. A Coho’s book, what else ?
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski which is the second book in the Winner’s trilogy. I really enjoyed the first book !
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokski. I’ve got my eyes on this one for a long time but Lola’s review and the author’s interview convinced me to buy it ASAP !

 

E book :

I bought the Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson & Robin Wasserman. I actually read it in May too. My review will be up this week, hopefully haha !

 

I bought Shadow And Bone and Siege And Storm via BookoutletFR, on Amazon. I am so GLAD there’s a way for us Frenchies to buy from BookOutlet !! But at the moment their Amazon shop is closed… I hope it won’t last long !

 

That’s it ! Not bad for a haul, right ?! Hopefully I’ll buy less book in June !