What I’m reading – August 2018 wrap up

Bye-bye August and hello September!

Last month I had some vacations, so I got plenty of time to do some reading. I also took part in the 24hours readathon hosted by my friend Morgane. So in August, I read six books and a novella. Let’s talk about those 😉

Without further ado, let’s wrap up this month 👇

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Number of pages: 375

Genre: Middle Grade – Fantasy – Mythology

Synopsis: Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Rating and review: 4/5 – After finishing an epic reread of The Shadowhunter Chronicles, I decided to reread another series I adore. You’ve guessed it, I dived back into the work of Rick Riordan. Of course, I loved this book (I had missed my baby Percy), but I have to admit it’s not my favorite.

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackon & The Olympians #2)

Author: Rick Riordan

Number of pages: 279

Genre: Middle Grade – Fantasy – Mythology

Synopsis: The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

Rating and review: 4/5 – High on the reread joy, I kept going with The Sea of Monsters. I remember being slightly disappointed when I first read it, mostly cause it was tainted by the movie. This time though, the movie was well forgotten and I had a great time listening to this audiobook.

a la place du coeurA la place du coeur (saison 1)

Author: Arnaud Cathrine

Number of pages: 242

Genre: Contemporary – Young Adult

Synopsis (French): Ce soir, Caumes a 17 ans et attend le déluge. Il ne sait qu’une chose : à la fin de l’année, il quittera sa ville natale pour rejoindre son frère aîné à Paris. Paris, la ville rêvée. Ce soir, Caumes a 17 ans et attend aussi le miracle qui, à son grand étonnement, survient : Esther – sujet de tous ses fantasmes – se décide enfin à lui adresser plus de trois mots, à le regarder droit dans les yeux et à laisser deviner un “plus si affinités”
Nous sommes le mardi 6 janvier 2015 et le monde de Caumes bascule : le premier amour s’annonce et la perspective obsédante de la “première fois”. Sauf que le lendemain, c’est la France qui bascule à son tour : deux terroristes forcent l’entrée du journal Charlie Hebdo et font onze victimes…

Rating and review: 3/5 – Reading this book was a strange experience. It deals with a lot of interesting topic, which I really like, but I really didn’t like the writing style. Overall it was an average read.

A Deeper Love (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #5)

Author: Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson

Number of pages: 51

Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult

Synopsis: It is only three years since Tessa Gray lost her beloved husband William Herondale, and she is searching for a reason to live, trying to find the path of being a warlock with the guidance of her friend Catarina Loss. World War II rains down destruction on their world, and Tessa and Catarina become nurses who make bargains at the Shadow Market for enchantments to help suffering mundanes. But can Brother Zachariah bear to see the woman he loves risk her life, or might he consider breaking sacred vows to save her from loneliness?

Rating and review: 4/5 – Tessa et Jem. They are the reason I enjoyed this novella. I also liked the WWII setting. However it wasn’t the sort of epic novella I’ve grown to love from Cassie, it was simply a very nice bonus.

Aime moi je te fuis morgane moncombleAime-moi, je te fuis

Author: Morgane Moncomble

Number of pages:

Genre: Contemporary – Romance – LGBTQ+

Synopsis (French): Le premier qui tombe amoureux a perdu.

Tout le monde sait que la meilleure façon d’oublier son ex est de s’envoyer en l’air avec un inconnu. Non ? En tout cas, Zoé en est persuadée. Justement, elle trouve l’homme parfait pour le job dans un bar irlandais : un sourire idiot, un corps parfait et un pull de Noël ridicule, que demander de plus ? Zoé l’aurait même rappelé… s’il n’avait pas été le pire coup de sa vie.

C’est décidé, Jason arrête les plans d’un soir. Il aurait dû comprendre le message plus tôt, mais cette nuit avec l’inconnue aux cheveux roses l’a convaincu : plus jamais ! Du moins jusqu’à ce que l’inconnue en question s’avère être Zoé, la colocataire de son meilleur ami Loan.

Le souvenir de leur nuit catastrophique les pousse à se détester dès le début. Mais lorsque Zoé vient lui demander de l’aide, Jason lui propose un deal qu’elle ne pourra pas refuser.

Rating and review: 5/5 – This book is epically amazing (is that even a real sentence ?) ! My lovely Morgane, you’ve outdone yourself with this one. I had extremely high hopes for this book and it did not disappoint. A must read for all of you frenchies.

Everblaze (Keeper of the lost cities #3)

Author: Shannon Messenger

Number of pages: 624

Genre: Middle Grade – Fantasy

Synopsis: Sophie Foster is ready to fight back.

Her talents are getting stronger, and with the elusive Black Swan group ignoring her calls for help, she’s determined to find her kidnappers—before they come after her again. 

But a daring mistake leaves her world teetering on the edge of war, and causes many to fear that she has finally gone too far. And the deeper Sophie searches, the farther the conspiracy stretches, proving that her most dangerous enemy might be closer than she realizes.

In this nail-biting third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must fight the flames of rebellion, before they destroy everyone and everything she loves.

Rating and review: 5/5 – This third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series was the book I read during the readathon. I flew through those 600 pages in less than a day and it was great. I am 100% addicted to this series and I must continue reading it ASAP.

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson & The Olympians)

Author: Rick Riordan

Number of pages: 312

Genre: Middle Grade – Fantasy – Mythology

Synopsis: When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he’ll need his powerful demigod allies at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and . . . a ride from his mom.

The demigods race to the rescue to find that Grover has made an important discovery: two powerful half-bloods, whose parentage is unknown. But that’s not all that awaits them. The Titan lord Kronos has set up a devious trap, and the young heroes have just fallen prey.

Rating and review: 5/5 – From what I remembered, this book was brutal and awesome… It lived up to that memory! I love this book which is such an important turning point in the series. I can’t wait to keep going.

That’s it for this August wrap up. What did you read last month ?

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