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

They both die at the end, by Adam Silvera

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On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

Genre

Contemporary – Young Adult


Thoughts

This book has been making a lot of noise online for a while now and I was very excited to finally get to read it. So as soon as I received it, I started reading. I came out of this book a bit overwhelmed, slightly disappointed and extremely moved and emotional. Because yes, this book has the biggest spoiler ever right in the title. But I still found myself caught up in this story. I got attached to characters I knew were doomed from the start. And, so of course, their story and its end moved me.

What I loved most about They Both Die at the End were the idea and the storytelling. The idea that you know for sure your end is coming is a terrifying and fascinating concept. This book really highlights the importance of living your life to the fullest… Such a simple thing in theory but a much more complex one in reality. Which is why during and after my reading, I found myself contemplating this idea quite a lot. In this way, this book was a sort of wake up call for me. It reminded me that we’re only here for a limited time and that, in the end, we often regret the things we didn’t do.

« Entire lives aren’t lessons, but there are lessons in lives. »

Then, I loved the structure of the novel. it might seem like a weird thing to love but I really felt that the book was well built and thought in its structure. The clock is literally ticking chapters after chapters, which helped me feel the urgency of the situation. That way Silvera brings us along on this countdown with Mateo and Rufus. Furthermore, there are multiple POVs in this novel, which I was not expecting. It surprised me at first, but in the end, I really liked it. It makes us see the bonds, however small, that connect each and every one of these people. It’s also put to great use to build up suspense.

Also, I obviously enjoyed meeting and spending time with Mateo and Rufus, our two main characters. However, I never connected with them the way I had hoped to (probably because we only had one day with them). That was frustrating for me, and this lack of connexion came in the way of a full emotional breakdown at the end. I also feel like the hype was so intense with They Both Die at the End that my expectations were extremely high. That’s a sure recipe for disappointment.

« …stories can make someone immortal as long as someone else is willing to listen. »

Finally, I have to say that out of the two Mateo is the one that moved me the most. Not that I didn’t like Rufus, he was just never my favorite one. It’s worth mentioning that the French translation might have something to do with that. But either way, I had a great time reading They Both Die at the End and although it might not be a new favorite of mine, I sure am glad I’ve read it.

↠ My review of History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

My rating

4/5

Love,

Gaëlle

Renegades (Renegades #1), by Marissa Meyer

Renegades - Marissa Meyer - Le Book CornerSynopsis

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Genre

Science Fiction – Young Adult


Thoughts

As you probably know, I’m a huge fan of Marissa Meyer’s previous series The Lunar Chronicles. I’m also a big fan of super-heroes movies (Marvel Fangirl over here). So obviously, this book sounded just perfect for me. And yet, for some obscure reason, it took me forever to pick it up 😅 !

I had very high expectations for this book, especially because all the reviews I had seen were unanimoulsy positive. Well, I can now tell you, it did not let me down. I love everything about this book. For me, Renegades is a great novel that has solidified Marissa Meyer as one of my favorite authors.

Right from the start, it grapped me. The prologue is so intense, and it pulled me in the story and unique world of this book. I “read” this book via audiobook and after a few minutes of listening to it I didn’t want to stop. Whenever I had a spare second, I had to keep on reading.

“One cannot be brave who has no fear.”

What I loved most about this novel was the world of super-heroes imagined by the author. I loved discovering the characters, their super-hero names, their powers and their back stories. Furthermore, the mythology was really fascinating and I can’t wait to now more about it in the next books.

Also I adored the characters, especially Nova. Her story moved me and I admire her… she’s so strong and she’s one kick ass protagonist. I also like that she’s such a complex character. With her it’s not black or white, she struggles a lot with the idea of wrong and right. That made her more real for me. Chapter after chapter we get to know her a little bit more, and I can’t wait to see more from her.

However, I wasn’t Adrian’s biggest fan, even though I liked him. To me, he just wasn’t has interesting as Nova. That being said, I loved his gang and all the secondary characters. Some of them had very fascinating origin stories and I’m hoping for more of them in Archenemies.

Finally, the intrigue was just great. I’ll admit it was a bit slow at times, but that wasn’t a problem for me because the pace was always well managed by the author. The final act was insane, intense and really caught me off-guard. I never saw the ending coming and that’s further proof that Renegades is a fantastic book.

Long story short, if you like sci-fy novels and super-heroes, you need to read this book which is a new favorite of mine.

My rating

5/5

Happy Readings,

Gaëlle

A Court of Frost and Starlight, by Sarah J. Maas

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Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

Genre

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