What I’m reading – January 2018 Wrap-Up

In January I read two new books and reread three others, for a total of 2.428 pages… And in this wrap up, I tell you all about them.


Eliza et ses monstres de Francesca Zappia - Mes Lectures par Le Book CornerEliza and her Monsters – Francesca Zappia

Publisher: Collection R

Number of pages: 395

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary- Romance

Synopsis: Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

Rating and review: 5/5 – To kick off the year, I wanted to discover this book for which I had only seen great reviews. Well, it did not disappoint. Indeed I loved getting to know Eliza and her universe. I really enjoyed her relationship with Wallace and her family. But mostly I loved how the book handles complicated topics.

↠ Read my review of Eliza and her Monsters.


Mes Lectures - City of BonesCity of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Number of pages: 485

Genre: Young Adult – Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Rating and review: 4/5 – In my article about my rereading habits, I mentioned that I wanted to reread The Shadowhunter Chronicles. So early in January, I got started with City of Bones. It had been so long since I first read it that I felt like I was discovering the book for the first time. This first book in the series is far from perfect, but I did enjoy it quite a lot, and it got me excited for the reread!


la faucheuse - mes lecturesSycthe (Arc of Scythe #1) – Neal Shusterman

Publisher: Collection R

Number of pages: 493

Genre: Young Adult – Dystopie – Science Fiction

Synopsis: A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Rating and review: 6/5 – Third book of the year and a new favorite of mine. I loved everything about Scythe, from the universe to the characters and the plot. This book really got me thinking, and weeks later it is still stuck in my mind. I can’t stop thinking about it. Needless to say I look forward to Thunderhead.

↠ Discover my review of Scythe. 


City of Ashes - The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare - Mes lecturesCity of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Number of pages: 453

Genre: Young Adult – Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

Rating and review: 4/5 – At first, I had decided to read one book per month for this Mortal Instruments reread. That didn’t last long, cause once I got a taste of this world, I needed more. I loved City of Ashes, cause so much happens in this book. Also, there’s a lot of Magnus Bane in there and that made me happy 😏💕.


Illuminae Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - Mes Lectures - Le BookcornerIlluminae (The Illuminae Files #1) – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Knopf Books

Number of pages: 602

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporain – Romance

Synopsis: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Rating and review: 6/5 – Of all the books coming out in 2018, there’s one that I am most excited about and that is Obsidio. So, before this final book in the trilogy comes out, I decided to reread the first two books. Of course this one, once again, blew me away. This is more than just a book, it’s an experience.


So, what have you been reading in January?

Let me know in the comment section 👇

Happy Reading,

Gaëlle

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