2017 Wrap Up – My favorites of the year

This is my first time writing this article in English. For the past two years, I’ve been wrapping off the year with a look at some of my favorite books. And believe me, it ain’t easy 😳. I try not to repeat myself in this article. So if I don’t mention a book you know I’ve loved in one category, it’s probably mentioned in another one.

In 2017 I’ve read 56 books, for a total of  24 101 pages 😲. I’ve read many five stars books, but I’ve also been disappointed a couple of times. I can’t go through every book I’ve read in the past 12 months over here, so you can check it out on my GoodReads.


THE CHARACTER

♡ Favorite male character: Adrian Ivanskov from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

♡ Favorite female character: Violette from Viens, on s’aime by Morgane Moncomble

♡ Favorite secondary character: Bailey from Making Faces by Amy Harmon

♡ Favorite villain: Dolores Umbridge from Harry Poter by J. K. Rowling

THE SERIES

Best first book in a series: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

Best series finale: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Best book in a series: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J. K. Rowling

♡ Favorite fantasy series: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

♡ Favorite science fiction series: Phobos by Victor Dixen

♡ Favorite dystopian series: Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab

THE STAND ALONE

♡ Favorite stand-alone contemporary: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Favorite stand-alone thriller: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

THE BEST OF THE BEST

Favorite series of the year: Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

♡ Favorite book of the year: Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare


So what were your favorite books of the year? Let me know in the comment section below!

🎉 Bye 2017 🎉

Happy Readings,

Gaëlle

What I’m reading – November 2017 Wrap Up

What’s up readers 🤓. It’s that time again. The time to wrap up the past reading month.

In November, as in October, I was extremely busy. But I still managed to read four books. And even though I am way behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge, I’m still super proud about the books I’ve managed to read ;).


the outliersThe Outliers (The Outliers #1) – Kimberly McCreight

Publisher: Collection R

Number of pages: 378

Genre: Young Adult – Mystery – Thriller

Synopsis: It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help.

Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.

This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice: she has to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.

But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?

Rating and review: 3.5/5 – This is the first time I received a novel from a publisher I’m now a partner with (Happy dance 🎉). I was really excited to read it, especially because I don’t read a lot of thrillers. But I have to say I didn’t completely loved it. Some parts I appreciated but overall the writing style (or rather the translation) were confusing. So much so that I couldn’t really get into the story.


History Is All You Left MeHistory Is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera

Publisher: Soho Teen

Number of pages: 294

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporain – Romance

Synopsis: When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

Rating and review: 4/5 – I’ve been meaning to read a book from Adam Silvera for ages, and I’m so happy I finally did. History Is All You Left Me was quite the emotional ride. There were so things I didn’t completely love but I am still really looking forward to reading more from him.


reading wrap-upBrave New World – Aldous Huxley

Publisher: Vintage

Number of pages: 294

Genre: Classic – Dystopia

Synopsis: Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…

Rating and review: 3.5/5 – I’ve read this book for school. I was excited to discover such an important dystopian classic, but I didn’t completely love it. The story was gripping and really fascinating. But the writing was really hard to get into and at times even hard to understand.


Neptune (The Syrena Legacy #3) – Anna Banks

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Number of pages: 330

Genre: Fantasy – Romance – Young Adult

Synopsis: Emma, who is half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together. Alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean-living Syrena and the land-dwelling, freshwater counterparts. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love, but their ocean kingdoms.

In this stunning conclusion to her bestselling Syrena Legacy, Anna Banks thrills fans with more action and romance than ever.

Rating and review: 4/5 – So I’m finally done with this series. I’m so glad I picked it up, cause I had tons of fun while reading it. It was highly entertaning and enjoyable. I’ll be writing a full review for the trilogy really soon !


What have YOU been reading in November ?

Let me know 👇

Happy Reading,

Gaëlle

What I’m reading – October 2017 Wrap Up

Hey readers ! As is tradition, today I am wraping up the previous month and telling you all about the books I’ve read this past weeks.

October has been a very busy month for me, so I didn’t do much reading. I’ve only read three books


Of Triton (The Syrena Legacy #2) – Anna Banks

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Number of pages: 246

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy – Romance

Synopsis: Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half-Breeds should be put to death.

As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?

Rating and thougths: 4/5 – In September I started reading this series, so obviously this month I had to keep going. I really like this story and these characters. Of triton was fun, highly entertaining and extremely addicting. I’m really looking forward to book three.


What I'm reading - October 2017The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard #3) – Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Number of pages: 423

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy – Mythologie

Synopsis: Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?

Rating and thougths: 5/5 – THIS SERIES IS EVERYTHING. I adored the first two books of the Magnus Chase series. So it’s no surprise that I adored the final book as well. This book was epic, hilarious and moving. If you haven’t started this series yet, do yourself a favor and pick it up.


Mes lectures - Our Dark Duet - Octobre 2017Our Dark Duet (This Savage Song #2) – Victoria Schwab

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Number of pages: 510

Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal – Fantasy

Synopsis: THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

Rating and thougths: 5/5 – This book blew me away. It was thrilling and fascinating. Not gonna lie, it kinda broke my heart and I think it will stay with me for a while. Full review to come.


So, what have YOU been reading this past month ?

Tell me everything in the comment section👇

Love,

Gaëlle

What I’m reading – September 2017 Wrap Up

Hey readers 🤓. As promised, I come back today with my reading wrap-up for the past few weeks.

In September, I’ve read a total of five books. Not gonna lie, I’ve been pretty busy with school and work, so I’m proud of this number 💪.


reading wrap-upHarry Potter and the Deathly Hollows (Harry Potter #7 – J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Number of pages: 640

Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult

Synopsis: Harry Potter is preparing to leave the Dursleys and Privet Drive for the last time. But the future that awaits him is full of danger, not only for him, but for anyone close to him – and Harry has already lost so much. Only by destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes can Harry free himself and overcome the Dark Lord’s forces of evil.
In this dramatic conclusion to the Harry Potter series, Harry must leave his most loyal friends behind, and in a final perilous journey find the strength and the will to face his terrifying destiny: a deadly confrontation that is his alone to fight.

Rating and review: 5/5 – In early September I started reading the final book in my Harry Potter reread. Let me tell you, it’s been emotional. I cried and I laughed. I was rediscovering this book as if it were the first time. And, once again, I have to give a big shoutout to Jim Dale for his magical narration (pun intended).


reading wrap-upThe Serpent’s Shadow (Kane Chronicles #3) – Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Number of pages: 406

Genre: New Adult – Romance – Contemporain

Synopsis: He’s b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sadie Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos. The Kanes’ only hope is an ancient spell that might turn the serpent’s own shadow into a weapon, but the magic has been lost for a millennia. To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow . . . or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld. Nothing less than the mortal world is at stake when the Kane family fulfills its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.

Rating and review: 4.5/5 – September was the month I finally caught up on my Riordan reading. I finished the Kane Chronicles, and Serpent’s Shadow was as good as the rest of the trilogy.  It was fun and thrilling and I cannot wait to read another book by one of my favorite author.


reading wrap-upViens, on s’aime – Morgane Moncomble

Publisher: Hugo Roman – New Romance

Number of pages: 360

Genre: Contemporary- New Adult

Synopsis (French): Beaucoup s’accordent à dire que l’amitié fille-garçon n’existe pas, débat qui continue de faire couler beaucoup d’encre. Et pour cause ! Dès que Loan et Violette se sont rencontrés, ça a été un véritable coup de foudre platonique. À cette époque, Loan était en couple avec Lucie depuis quatre ans, si bien qu’il n’avait d’yeux que pour elle.
Mais seulement un an plus tard, beaucoup de choses ont changées : Loan est un homme abattu depuis que sa petite-amie l’a quitté. Quant à Violette, elle commence tout juste une idylle avec le beau Clément, un étudiant en école de commerce qui ne la laisse pas indifférente – chose que Loan se surprend à détester.
Alors quand sa meilleure amie, encore vierge, le supplie de la dépuceler avant de passer à l’acte avec Clément, il hésite. La proposition de Violette sent la mauvaise idée à plein nez… mais après tout, il ne s’agit que d’une fois. Rien qu’une.
Pas vrai ?

Rating and review: 5/5 – I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book for ages. This amazing book was written by a friend of mine, and if you read in French you want to read it (trust me). It’s the perfect balance of romance, friendship, laughter, and heartache. I loved it sooooo much.


reading wrap-upTower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) – Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Number of pages: 660

Genre: Fantasy – New Adult

Synopsis: Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Rating and review: 4.5/5 – Alright, so before I started reading this baby, I was pretty nervous. Chaol was never my favorite character in the Throne of Glass universe (sorry 😶). I was worried I simply wouldn’t love it. And yet, somehow I did. I’ll tell you more about real soon, but it really was up to the level I’ve come to expect from Sarah J. Maas.


reading wrap-upOf Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy #1) – Anna Banks

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Number of pages: 324

Genre: Fantasy – New Adult

Synopsis: Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…

Rating and review: 3.75/5 – This reads like a good, old romcom… It’s funny and cute and highly entertaining. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. Obviously, it’s far from perfect but I had a great time reading it.


So what was your reading month like in September ?

Tell me EVERYTHING in the comment section👇

Happy Readings,

Gaëlle

What I’m reading – August 2017 Wrap Up

It’s time to take a look at what I’ve been reading this past month. August was a rather slow month reading wise, as I only read four books. Anyway, let’s get started!


One of Us is Lying - Le Book CornerOne of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Penguin

Number of pages: 360

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary – Mystery

Synopsis: Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.
Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.
Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.
Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.
And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.
He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects. Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them. 

Rating and review: 4.5/5 – As I mentioned in my review of this book, I loved it! It was so different from what I usually read, and that’s exactly why I loved it. The mystery was perfectly handled and I highly recommand you check out this book!


Order of the Phoenix - What I'm readingHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Number of pages: 462

Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult

Synopsis: Harry is furious that he is stuck at the Dursleys’ house for the summer, when he suspects that Voldemort is gathering an army, and the wizarding authorities seem unwilling to do anything. Harry’s so-called friends are trying to keep him in the dark. But he knows that Voldemort’s forces can find him wherever he is; he could be attacked at any moment. Harry is finally rescued from Privet Drive by members of the Order of the Phoenix – a secret society first formed years ago to fight Voldemort – and discovers that maybe he is not alone in this battle after all.

Rating and review: 5/5 – I don’t think I can really express how much I loved this book. There were so many things I had completely forgotten since it had been seven years since I last read it. Once again, I was listening to the audiobook narrated by Jim Dale and I am still awestruck by the talent of the man. This book wrecked me. The FEELS!


Maybe Someday - Colleen Hoover - August 2017 wrap upMaybe Someday – Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books

Number of pages: 367

Genre: Contemporary – Romance – New Adult

Synopsis: At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.
Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

Rating and review: 5/5 – Ok.. it had been an entire year since the last time I had read a Colleen Hoover book, and I don’t know why I waited so long. This book was amazing, beautiful, moving, funny and an overall roller-coaster of emotion. I read it in one seating and loved it soooo much.


Half blood prince - August 2017 wrap upHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Number of pages: 542

Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult

Synopsis: As the Dark Lord’s sinister forces amass, a spirit of gloom and fear is sweeping the land. Harry Potter waits nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ for Professor Dumbledore to arrive. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce duel with Voldemort at the Ministry of Magic. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts? In his sixth year, Harry will discover the secret behind the Half-Blood Prince, as Professor Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny …

Rating and review: 4/5 – This is the first time I don’t give a full on 5 stars to a Harry Potter book in this reread. Don’t get me wrong, it was fabulous. But it felt longer than necessary, mostly because of the relationship aspect. I understand that developing this is important to really understand what they will be fighting for in the final book, but none of it felt natural. That being said, the penseive scenes were amazing and I adored the felix felicis scene so damn much. And, off-course I ended up being a sobbing mess after THE death. It was handled so much better than in the movie, and the funeral is what I appreciated the most. It truly gave me a sense of closure that the movies never gave me. Now, I am moving on to Deathly Hallows, and wondering what would my life be like after that.


That’s it for this August 2017 wrap up, what did YOU read this past month?

Happy Readings,

Gaëlle

What I’m reading – July 2017 Wrap Up

As per usual, at the end of the month I do a little wrap-up of what I’ve been reading. This month I only read four books, which also means I read 1883 pages.

 


What I'm reading - Harry PotterHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) – J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Number of pages: 462

Genre: Fantasy – Middle Grade

Synopsis: Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. His hopes for a quiet school term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed, though, when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it his imagination that is making him feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

Rating and review: 5/5 – The main plot line I remembered perfectly thanks the movies but there are many details that I had forgotten. And those details made all the difference. For instance in the movie we don’t see the Quidditch cup as much but in the book it’s really important and listening to those games on audiobook was thrilling and captivating. I had no idea what the outcome would be and so it was like discovering it for the first time. I also feel like the relationships between the three main characters are much more complex and developed in the books which is something I’d forgotten. In this book Hermione has some very lonely moments and it made her involvement in the last part even more important.


What I'm reading - The Winner's KissThe Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Curse #3) – Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Number of pages: 484

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

Synopsis: War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

Rating and review: 3/5 – It took me a while to read this book, and sadly I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped. I did enjoy the conclusion, and the book gave me closure. But it took me so long to read it, and the pace was much slower than necessary. For more informations on what I thought about this book, go check out my review.


Geekerella – Ashley Paston

Publisher: Quirk Books

Number of pages: 320

Genre: Contemporary – Romance – Retelling

Synopsis:  Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Rating and review: 4.75/5 – I had such a great time reading this book ! It was so cute, and funny, and full of amazing Easter-Eggs. My fangirl heart died. In one word, Geekerella was perfect. My only regret is that I read this book too quickly and I wish there had been more, because I never wanted it to end.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Number of pages: 617

Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult

Synopsis: When the Quidditch World Cup is disrupted by Voldemort’s rampaging supporters and the terrifying Dark Mark appears against the night sky, it is obvious to Harry Potter that, far from weakening, Voldemort is getting stronger. Back at Hogwarts for the fourth year Harry is astonished to be chosen to represent the school in the Triwizard Tournament. The competition is dangerous, the tasks terrifying, and true courage is no guarantee of survival – especially with the Dark Lord’s forces on the rise …

Rating and review: 5/5 – Almost eigh years after my last read of this book, I felt like I was discovering it for the first time. While reading it, I realized how different this one is from the movie. And with this book I really appreciated all the work that goes into making an audiobook. I have nothing but respect for Jim Dale, the narrator, who manages to give life to the very large cast of characters and he makes each voice so unique that I was never confused as to who was speaking. Needless to say, I am excited to keep on listening to this series.


What did you read this month?

Happy Readings,

Gaëlle

What I’m reading – June 2017 Wrap Up

Hi, it’s time for my monthly wrap-up! This month I’ve read five books, with a total of 1.857 pages. I’ve been pretty busy and didn’t really have time to read, so thank god for audiobooks.

The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles #2) – Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion 

Number of pages: 452

Genre: Middle Grade – Fantasy – Mythology

Synopsis: Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians.
And now their most threatening enemy yet – the chaos snake Apophis – is rising. If they don’t prevent him from breaking free in a few days’ time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it’s a typical week for the Kane family.
To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished.
First, they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly?

Rating and review: 4.25/5 – The Throne of Fire was great and epic and fun. I am loving this series thus far, I especially love discovering more about Egyptian mythology.

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) – Richelle Mead

Publisher: Razorbill

Number of pages: 348

Genre: Young Adult – Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s bestselling Bloodlines series.
When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.
Don’t miss their unforgettable final chapter…

Rating and review: 4.25/5 – I can’t believe I’ve finished this series. I loved it so much, I’m gonna miss it. The Ruby Circle was a great conclusion that surprised me in many ways.

Les Anges voient rouges (Felicity Atcock #6) – Sophie Jomain

Publisher: France Loisirs

Number of pages: 283

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis (French): “Je n’ai jamais été une grenouille de bénitier, mais je me souviens très bien des grandes lignes de la religion qui affirment que Dieu est omnipotent, omniscient, omniprésent et… immense. Sauf qu’à en croire l’individu petit, chauve et rabougri qui se tient devant moi, il doit y avoir erreur sur la marchandise.
Dans le cas contraire, si ce type est bel et bien le Tout-Puissant comme il le prétend, il va apprendre de quel bois je me chauffe.
Même affronter l’enfer ne me fait pas peur. On n’avait qu’à pas m’enlever l’homme que j’aime.” 

Rating and review: 4.5/5 – This was also a conclusion to a series I really enjoyed. It felt a bit rushed, but overall I enjoyed it.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) – J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Number of pages: 360

Genre: Fantasy – Middle-Grade

Synopsis: Harry Potter’s summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors – and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone… Dobby’s sinister predictions seem to be coming true.

Rating and review: 5/5 – I, once again, read this book via audiobook and adored it. I am so glad I decided to reread this series and I am excited to keep going.

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) – Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Number of pages: 414

Genre: Fantasy – Mythology – Young Adult

Synopsis: Zeus has punished his son Apollo—god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more—by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo do anything about them without his powers?
After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .

Rating and review: 4.75/5 – I love Apollo. So much. And this book was great, fantastic even. A lot happened in The Dark Prophecy and I will soon write a full review for it, but needless to say, I really recommend you read it.


What did you read this month?

Happy Readings,

Gaëlle