What I’m reading – October & November 2018 Wrap Up

Hello readers,

Last October I had a bad case of the reading slump😱. I barely read anything and so writing a wrap up felt unnecessary, hence this two in one article. A quick warning though, I definitely got over the reading slump in November… So get yourself a snack this article won’t be short.

Time to wrap things up👇

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Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7), by Sarah J. Maas

kingdom of ash sarah j maasSynopsis

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

Genre

Fantasy – New Adult

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Everblaze (Keeper of the Lost Cities #3), by Shannon Messenger

Everblaze Shannon MessengerSynopsis

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.

Genre

Fantasy – Middle-Grade

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I Was Born for This, by Alice Oseman

Synopsis

For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.

Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band is all he’s ever dreamed of doing. It’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.

Because that’s the problem with dreaming – eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

Genre

Contemporary – Young Adult – LGBTQ

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Keeper of the Lost Cities & Exile, by Shannon Messenger

Synopsis

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.”
There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.

Genre

Fantasy – Middle Grade

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What I’m reading – May and June 2018 Wrap-Up

I am slowly but surely making my way through all the articles I must write ASAP. As you may have noticed, I have been a terrible blogger, as I’ve chosen to focus on my thesis during the last month. However I did find some time to read and so I really needed to wrap things up. In the past couple of months, I read 7 books. Including one novella, one reread and lots of audiobooks.

Long story short, here’s my bookish wrap-up for May and June 👇

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The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3), by Rick Riordan

Synopsis

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. . .

Genre

Fantaisy – Mythology – Young Adult


Thoughts

After an epic Riordan marathon, I found myself waiting for his next release for months. Needless to say, I was excited when The Burning Maze finally came out. So I immediately got myself the audiobook and started listening. As you know, I love this format and it’s especially great with Riordan’s books.

Now, its been over a month and a half since I read The Burning Maze. Life got in the way, and I didn’t find the time to write this review sooner. So I apologize if this turns out to be too short and lacking some details… I might have forgotten some details. However, I do remember loving this book altogether, and I highly recommend you give it a go.

“After four thousand years, I am still discovering new things.”
“Like how dumb you are,” Meg volunteered.
“No.”
“So you already knew that?”

As usual, Riordan gave us a well-written and very gripping plot, with increasingly high stakes. He always manages to find that fragile balance between humour and intense moments. In this book, we, once again, follow our favourite fallen god during his quest to save the oracles. On his journey, he crosses path with some beloved character. I was very excited to see them again (not gonna say who, you gotta read the book).

Also, in this third book, we can clearly see the character growth on Apollo’s side. It was already something I enjoyed in book two, but there it got even more obvious that he is turning into a better man. He is no longer a selfish an overpowerful god… He has turned into a brave young man willing to sacrifice everything, himself including, to save those he loves.

Finally, as Riordan fans know, the third books in his series are always epic and tough on the fans. This one is no different. Although it started out kind of slow, the third act was intense and left me in speechless. Between the riddles and the rising tension, I couldn’t put the book down. Or rather, I couldn’t pause the audiobook ;).

Of course, I won’t go into spoilers, but just remember that I’m here, should you need moral support after reading the book. Just hit me up in the comments!

–» My review for The Hidden Oracle

–» My review for The Dark Prophecy

My rating

4.75/5

Happy reading,

Gaëlle