The_Darkest_Minds_posterThe Darkest Minds
directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Released in August 2018.

Plot : When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained.

Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven.


I finished the book a few days before watching the movie so the story and its details, everything was still fresh in my mind.

I have to say, I was positively surprised by the movie ! It was very faithful to the book, at least until the last scene of the movie. I hope it doesn’t mean the second movie will become something too different from the book. We shall see !

I really enjoyed it, it was fast paced, cute and funny ! It was easy to follow and understand, even if you haven’t read the book ! The actors were well chosen. Amanda Stenberg, who plays Ruby, seems to be the new favorite when it comes to YA book adaptations, right ?
Also, Patrick Gibson plays a very disturbing Clancy, perfectly matching how I imagined him while reading the book !

To put it in a nutshell, I spent a great time watching this movie and I would totally recommend it !!

Have you seen it ? Did you like it ?



The Darkest Minds new coverThe Darkest Minds
Author : Alexandra Bracken
Series : The Darkest Minds
Genres : Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication : December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion

Synopsis : When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

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I must admit, I started this book with somehow low expectations, even though I don’t know why. Well… Why have I waited that long to read this book ?!

The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.


The beginning gives us the pace. We’re in a dystopia where children who survived a deadly disease called IAAN are gifted (or cursed ?) with strange abilities. Think X-men. We don’t get to know how this disease emerged and I wished we knew more. Maybe in the next books.

In Thurmond, a children camp, kids become colors. Blue, Yellow, Green, Red, Orange. The color system is a code to identify their powers. I found it vry clever, really ! I must say, the universe Alexandra Bracken created is really amazing and so interesting !

Another thing I enjoyed is how the characters felt real and relatable.  At the beginning, Ruby is so fragile and afraid of herself, it’s very touching.

This book is fast paced and full of plot twists. I guessed one of them but that didn’t bother me.
And let’s not forget that ending !! It broke my heart.

I think maybe the most frustrating feeling in the world is to have something to say but not know how to put it into words. To have lived through something but not be able to get it out of you before it festers.


  • Ruby is such an amazing main character. From fragile to strong minded and a kick ass lead, she is incredible. Her story is really touching !
  • Liam is so brave and heart-warming ! He is such a sunshine ! He wants to protect his friends no matter what.
  • Chubs is such a difficult character to understand. I mean, it’s very difficult to pierce his shield.
  • Zu is such a cutie, impossible not to love her.

Together, they want to reach a sort of Eldorado for children. And it’s not exactly how they imagined it.

To put it in a nutshell, if you like dystopian books, X-men and fast paced books, you need to read it !

5 stars

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About the author

Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken was born in Phoenix, Arizona. The daughter of a Star Wars collector, she grew up going to an endless string of Star Wars conventions and toy fairs, which helped spark her imagination and a deep love of reading. After graduating high school, she attended The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she double majored in English and History. She sold her first book, Brightly Woven, as a senior in college, and later moved to New York City to work in children’s book publishing, first as an editorial assistant, then in marketing. After six years, she took the plunge and decided to write full time. She now lives in Arizona with her tiny pup, Tennyson, in a house that’s constantly overflowing with books.

Alex is a #1 New York Times bestselling and USA TODAY bestselling author. Her work is available across the world in over 15 languages.




Hello lovelies ! How are you ? Today I’m sharing my August book haul ! I got 5 books last month and I’m a happy bookworm right now haha !

Let’s start !!

First, I got The Darkest Minds boxset, which includes the three books and what I think is a novellas book by Alexandra Bracken.
I also got Ace Of Shades by Amanda Foody. It’s one of my most anticipated releases for 2018 and I can’t wait to start this book !!

That’s it ! How many books did you buy ?



Hello lovelies ! I know I’m a little late tothe party but here is my August wrap up ! I managed to read 2 books this month. I know it’s not a lot but I’m trying to find a balance between my social life, my new crossfit activity and my bookish life.

So, without further ado, here are the two books I finished !

  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that CoHo is an autobuy author for me ! Well, this book didn’t disappoint at all ! I really enjoyed reading it ! It was painfully beautiful ! 5 stars !
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I enjoyed that one even though some parts were predictable. 4 stars.

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



Hello lovelies ! it’s time for another TWIB ! It’s a weekly meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found.

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I am currently reading Keepers Of The Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger. I’m only a few pages in but I’m sure I’m gonna like it.
Last week I was reading The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I really enjoyed it ! I can’t wait to read the second book in the trilogy.
Next I plan on reading Champion by Marie Lu.

That’s it ! What are you currently reading ?



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

Let’s start, shall we ?

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I am still reading Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. Slowly but surely. I also started The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I’m less than 100 pages in but I’m loving it so far !

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Last week I was already reading Assassin’s Apprentice but I was also reading All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover. I LOVED IT but it’s not a surprise since Colleen Hoover is an auto buy as far as I’m concerned.

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Next I plan on reading Keeper Of The Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, in French. I can’t wait to start this series !

That’s it ! What are you currently reading ?



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

I decide to slightly twist today’s topic : Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To buy But Haven’t

You know how it is, right ? It’s impossible to buy all the books we would like to. And to be honest, I wouldn’t know where to put them, I would need a much bigger flat haha !


Stolen Songbird is the first book in the Malediction trilogy. This series has been nagging at me for some time now ! I need to buy it ASAP !

The Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder is the first book in the Study series and I heard so many great things about it !!

The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I still need to read her other trilogy first !

Talon by Julie Kagawa. I’ve read her series The Iron Feys and I really enjoyed it so I really want to give this series a shot !

The Darkest Minds trilogy and Passenger duology by Alexandra Bracken. I’ve never read anything from this author but I heard great things about her work !

That’s it ! A top 6, not because there are only 6 series I want to buy but because right now there’s nothing else coming to my mind. But be sure there are plenty more !