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.
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
So, I am extremely late but here’s a look at some of the exciting summer book releases! In this selection, you’ll find some new books from some of my favourite authors and some highly anticipated sequels.
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. . .
Fantaisy – Mythology – Young Adult
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.
“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!
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.
Contemporary – Young Adult
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.
I’m a little behind schedule, but it’s finally time to check out this month’s new releases. There aren’t that many new books coming out at this time of the year. But there are a couple that I’m very pumped about, so let’s get into it!
Title: Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the mist #2)
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release date: 05/06/2018
Synopsis: After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice–to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.
With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.
Thoughts: Book one of this series has been sitting on my bookshelf for over a year… But I promise I’ll be reading it really soon. Especially since I’ve heard so many good things about this series. Plus, I had absolutely loved Renee’s first duology.
Title: Save the Date
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books
Release Date: 05/06/2018
Synopsis: Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.
The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.
There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.
There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.
Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.
Thoughts: Summer always makes me crave cutsie romance novels. And I’m pretty sure this one would be perfect. I’ve read two of Morgan Matson’s books in the past and I’ve loved them both. I can’t wait to read this one over the summer.
Title: A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Release date: 12/06/2018
Synopsis: Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.
The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.
Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.
And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.
Thoughts: I’ve been waiting for this book for forever. And now, after being pushed back twice, the third book in the An Ember in the Ashes series is finally coming out. I love this series and I can’t wait t read this book. Although I might need a little reminder of what happened before, cause it’s been soooo long.
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.
Science Fiction – Young Adult
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, Renegadesis 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.
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.
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and travelling companion, Percy.
Still, it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Fiction Historique – Young Adult
After months of seeing The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue all over the internet, I eventually caved and started this novel. I was very anxious about it at first because I had never read any historical fiction before. But all the great reviews convinced me to give it a shot, and I’m glad I did.
I was afraid not to like it, and I ended up loving this novel. So much so in fact that halfway through the audiobook (god bless that Audible free trial), I decided to get myself the hardback.
The main strength of this novel are the characters. Indeed, the story heavily relies on our golden trio. Funny and endearing, I loved Monty, Percy and Felicity right from the start. Monty’s sarcasm was his main appeal and I loved reading from his perspective. But as I kept reading, I realize there was more than met the eyes with him. His growth throughout the book and the evolution of his relationship with Percy were amazing. Percy who is, by the way, a very moving character dealing with quite a lot of very hard issues.
“God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends.”
But, more than anything, I LOVED Felicity. She’s a young bad-ass female character who knows what she wants. I love that despite the time and prejudices, she’s determined to learn about medicine. I can’t wait to see what’s coming for her in the second novel, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.
Furthermore, I loved the plot, which really surprised me. Because, while reading the synopsis I assumed this novel would be all about the characters. And it definitely is. But there’s also a strong storyline with lots of twist and turns. Despite a slow pace, I found myself really pulled into that story.
Plus, I loved the road trip aspect of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Obviously, this is an old-school, 18th century kind of road trip. But nevertheless, the road trip feel is there: going from city to city, chapter after chapter.
Finally, I must applaud the author for dealing with such difficult topics. Abuse, racism, sexism or alcoholism are just a few of the topics covered in this novel. The author makes us realise that even though this story is historical fiction, those problems are still very real to this day. Monty’s open and assumed bisexuality is just one example of how important this book is.
April was a really busy month for me… between work and my final exams, I had very little time to read. But I still manages to read one novel, two novellas and two audiobooks (god bless audiobooks).
To discover my April wrap-up, keep reading this way 👇
The Belles (The Belles #1) – Dhonielle Clayton
Publisher: Collection R (French)
Number of pages: 486
Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult
Synopsis: Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.
But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.
Rating and review: 4/5 – I was etremely curious about this book, and overall I had a good time while reading it. The plot and the villain were really interesting and dark. However, I was not a fan of our main character… Either way I’m looking forward to reading the second book in this series.
Son of Dawn (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #1) – Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Walker Books (Kindle edition)
Number of pages: 52
Genre: Urban Fantasy – Young Adult
Synopsis: The Lightwoods, the Shadowhunters who run the New York Institute, are expecting a new addition to their family: the orphaned son of their father’s friend, Jace Wayland. Alec and Isabelle aren’t too sure they want a new brother, and their parents are not assuaging their fears, too occupied with the dark news that Raphael Santiago, second-in-command of the New York vampire clan, has brought from the Shadow Market.
Rating and review: 3/5 – As a true Shadowhunter Chronicles fan, I obviously had to read this new novella. It was a nice introduction to this new series of novellas even though not much happened. Mostly I was happy to see tiny Alec and Izzy and young Jace. I’m really excited for the next novellas coming in this bind up.
Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) – Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Number of pages: 567
Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult
Synopsis: THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING
A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.
Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.
Ratin and review: 6/5 – A few years after my first read of this beautiful series, this month I finally wraped-up my reread of The Infernal Devices. As it did the first time, this book blew me away and had me in tears (that damn epilogue always gets me).
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1) – Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Number of pages: 513
Genre: Historical Fiction – Young Adult
Synopsis: Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Rating and review: 4.5/5 – This book was all the hype a little while back, and because I am very much easy to influence, I had to read it for myself. I was a bit worried about it, cause I have never read historical fiction before, but I ended up loving it. Mostly I fell in love with the characters and the humor in this book. I love Felicity and I can’t wait to read her book this fall.
A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.1) – Sarah J. Maas
Number of pages: 229
Genre: Fantasy – New Adult
Synopsis: The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.
Rating and review: 4/5 – As you must know, I am a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas and this series. This was a bonus book for me, and a chance to read about my favorite characters and spend some time in the Night Court. Honestly not much happened during this novella, but I still enjoyed it. I had a lot of fun while reading it, and most importantly it got me excited for what’s to come in this series.
These are all the books I read in April… what have YOU been reading ?
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