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08 May 2013 @ 11:47 am
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Immortal Beloved, Darkness Falls, Eternally Yours (Immortal Beloved series)
by Cate Tiernan


Synopsis: Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl. She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something's got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn, who seems inexplicably linked to her past.
Nastasya finally begins to deal with life, and even feels safe--until the night she learns that someone wants her dead.
Cate Tiernan, author of the popular Sweep series, returns with an engaging story of a timeless struggle and inescapable romance, the first book in a stunning new fantasy trilogy.



My Opinion: Adored it!!!
After reading and loving the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan, I had to try her other books and goodness I am so glad I gave this series a try because it was AWESOME!!

While Sweep was about teenage witches and wizards, Immortal Beloved follows a bunch of immortals. I found the concept quite original though a bit odd at first, it immediately made me think of The Highlander TV series especially since this is a Cate Tiernan series and so those immortals are able to do "magick".

The series is written from the POV of Nastasya, a spoiled, careless, indifferent and over 400 years old whose life changes when she witnesses her best friend, Innocencio, wounding a poor cab driver using dark magick. Running away from a danger she doesn't understand but can feel in her bones, she ends up at River's Edge, a place to rehabilitate immortals by helping them learn "good" magick but also to rediscover the beauty of life which can be easily forgotten after living for hundreds of years and witnessing so many horrible and disheartening things.
Nastasya will have to face the memories of her past, things she buried deeply inside her and would rather forget completely if she wants to become a better person.

I truly devoured the 3 books. It took me a few chapters to really get into the story but once I was in, I was completely hooked and couldn't stop reading.
I adored the characters, especially Nastasya who made me laugh countless times. She's not your typical heroine, she can be a bit annoying at times with her lack of confidence and her utter belief she's darkness incarnate but apart from that, she's outspoken, sarcastic, stubborn...in two words: not perfect, and that is refreshing! Despite her flaws, I really felt for her, I enjoyed following her, discovering her past, seeing her learning to be better.
The other characters were pretty interesting too especially Reyn with his difficult past and always struggling present.

The plot was fascinating, the formula immortals + magick was very well executed by the author. I found the writing greatly improved compared to the first volumes of Sweep.

Immortal Beloved is an easy, exciting and truly interesting series. I've loved it even more than Sweep!


To summarize: 10000000% recommended!!!!
 
 
10 March 2013 @ 11:13 am
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A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters, Book 2)
by Kelly Keaton
Synopsis: A power she can’t deny. A destiny she’s determined to fight. When Ari first arrived in the dilapidated city of New 2, all she wanted was to figure out who she was. But what she discovered was beyond her worst nightmare. Ari can already sense the evil growing inside her—a power the goddess Athena will stop at nothing to possess.
Desperate to hold on to her humanity and protect her loved ones, Ari must fight back. But Athena’s playing mind games, not just with Ari but with those she cares about most. And Athena has a very special plan for the brooding and sexy Sebastian. Ari is determined to defeat Athena, but time is running out. With no other options, Ari must unleash the very thing she’s afraid of: herself.


My Opinion: Loved it!
The review for the 1st book is HERE.
Just a quick entry to say that I loved the 2nd installment of this series.
The characters are all nicely written and interesting, the plot is still gripping, fast-paced and full of actions.
I truly like that mix of Greek mythology and more recent "monsters", it makes New 2 such a fascinating universe.

I can't wait for the 3rd novel!!!!

To summarize: I definitely recommend that series to everyone who loves fantasy YA, it's great!
 
 
16 February 2013 @ 11:42 am
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The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 2)
by Carrie Ryan

Synopsis: Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.

My Opinion:
Well this is going to be a quick review since I could simply copy/paste what I wrote about the 1st book here.

I really like the world created by the author: the Unconsecrated, how the world tried to fight against them by putting fences, how the people live now, etc.
But the characters are so lackluster and the writing is monotonous.

There's a difference though between this installment and the previous one: the heroine is even worse!! She's selfish, annoying, weak and a coward. She spends most of the book whining and self-pitying. At that point, I just wanted someone to grab her and shake her as strongly as possible and tell her that the world doesn't revolve around her damn self.
Congratulations to Carrie Ryan for creating one of the most irritable characters I've ever read... and I thought Mary was already bad enough :s

And just like in The Forest of Hands and Teeth, there's the expected love triangle and just like then, I have no idea what both guys see in Gabry and couldn't care less about all of them.

I wasn't expecting much of this book, I've read it and will read the 3rd (and fortunately last) installment because I'm curious about the Return and the Unconsecrated and not because I enjoy the characters or the repetitive writing... yes, call me masochist!

To summarize: Only for the masochist ones like me :p
 
 
16 February 2013 @ 11:16 am
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The Farm (The Farm, Book 1)
by Emily McKay

Synopsis: Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…
And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.
Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…
Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race...



My Opinion: To my surprise, I enjoyed it!
The synopsis sounds a bit like The Forest of Hands and Teeth except with vampires but I thought it was better written than the latter.

To me, this novel is a real page-turner. It's entertaining, gripping, a bit scary and frankly interesting. I enjoyed the world created by the author. It reminded me a bit of Resident Evil as written by Chloe Neill on the cover though not as terrifying.

Another thing I liked about this book is that it's written from several points of view and not just from the heroine's which is definitely a BIG. I especially enjoyed reading Mel's parts and loved the fact that an author took the challenge to add an autistic character in a YA fantasy novel (it's actually the reason I decided to give it a try).
On the other hand, I didn't like Lily all that much. She's better than a lot of other YA novel heroines but I found her a bit insufferable after some time. She's smart, brave, strong-headed and she doesn't trust people easily which is a good thing and totally understandable given the situation but her stubbornness became annoying after the first half.
As for Carter, I liked him fine. He's not a fantastic character but he's interesting enough and I quite liked that we got inside his head, I don't think I would have enjoyed spending the whole read wondering if he's good or bad and what is his agenda.
The character I enjoyed the most except Mel is Sebastian and I can't wait to read more about him... no, I won't tell you who he is!

The Farm is a fast-paced, thrilling and exciting read despite its few flaws. Be prepared to spend hours reading!

To summarize: A good YA fantasy novel. I can't wait for the 2nd installment!
 
 
19 January 2013 @ 12:04 pm

Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror, Book 1)
by Karina Halle

Synopsis:
With all the vampire, werewolf and faerie books out there, it's easy to become numb to all things supernatural. The antidote? Darkhouse introduces two real and unforgettable characters, Perry Palomino & Dex Foray, amateur ghost hunters who are "attractive, relatable and oddly heroic," "flawed but loveable," "slightly crazy" and just the most endearing pair to ever tackle the paranormal...just don't call them normal. Darkhouse is a thrilling and sexy new take on concepts like Supernatural and The X-Files, bringing a breath of fresh air to a genre that has been inundated with the dead.
***Darkhouse and the Experiment in Terror series is a horror/romance for mature audiences only. Readers who are easily offended by harsh language should think twice about reading it.***



My Opinion: Great!
I tried this book after seeing its rating on Goodreads and wasn't disappointed.

It took me some time to really get into it but I ended up enjoying it a lot.
The characters are original, complex and rather likeable. I'll definitely read the following novels just to know what's going to happen to them.

The synopsis mentions Supernatural and X-Files and frankly, I got that Supernatural vibe during the whole read, as a fan of the TV show I was pleasantly surprised. Of course, it isn't exactly like the show but I think people who enjoys it may really like this novel and so I recommend it to them.
As for the X-Files reference, I can see it in the fact that both characters don't really want to believe in ghosts and that it's a man and a woman but that's all.... at least in this first installment.

As for the plot, I thought it was quite interesting and even a bit frightening.

To summarize : I recommend it to everyone who likes horror/paranormal stories and are tired of the latest trend in fantasy (no sparkling vampire here :p)
 
 
 

The Nanny Diaries
by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

Synopsis : WANTED:
One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy.  Must be cheerful, enthusiastic, and selfless--bordering on masochistic.  Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler.  Must love geting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family.  Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay.  Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employer's Hermes bag.  Those who take it personally need not apply.
Who wouldn't want this job?  Struggling to graduate from NYU and afford her microscopic studio apartment, Nanny takes a position caring for the only son of the wealthy X family.  She rapidly learns the insane amount of juggling involved to ensure that a Park Avenue wife, who doesn't work, cook, clean, or raise her own child, has a smooth day.
When the X's marriage begins to disintegrate, Nanny ends up involved way beyond the bounds of human decency or good taste.  Her tenure with the X family becomes a nearly impossible mission to maintain the mental health of their four-year-old, her own integrity, and, most important, her sense of humor.  Over nine tense months, Mrs. X and Nanny perform the age-old dance of decorum and power as they test the limits of modern-day servitude.



My Opinion: Nothing great, nothing bad.
It's been a while since my last post and I'm sorry about that. I'm pretty busy lately and it's going to get worse in a few weeks so I'll do even shorter reviews now, sorry ^^".

I don't read much "chick-lit" but this one seemed interesting and original since it involves a baby-sitter. To be honest, I was expecting something funnier, a bit like Bridget Jones (the only chick-lit novel I read apart from the Stephanie Plum series) and was disappointed.
It has funny moments but it is also full of "clichés". It took me some time to really get into it and frankly I kept on reading just to know what would happen with the kid.
It gets better after the first half and some scenes are pretty sad, emotional which I actually enjoyed.

The Nanny Diaries is just an okay read in my opinion. It was a nice enough change from my usual reads but nothing I'll remember unfortunately.

To summarize: One of those books you completely forget about after turning the last page.
 
 
17 October 2012 @ 07:58 pm
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What She Doesn't Know
by Lina Gardiner

Summary: Raven Gale can’t put the past behind her. A year ago, her husband tried to kill her in a car accident and killed himself instead. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough; she finds out someone is pretending to be him on an isolated island in the Bay of Fundy. What if it’s really her husband? What if he’s still alive? She’d been in hospital when the funeral was held. For the first time in her life, she finds the strength to track down the imposter to find out what’s going on.
Now stranded on an island with no way back to the mainland, she’s in the worst trouble she could ever imagine. The imposter claims to want to help her and keep her safe from the other visitors on the island, a group of men who want her dead. And she has no idea why. She quickly learns everyone wants the same thing her husband wanted. Her family’s secrets. Secrets that she doesn’t know, or can’t remember.



My Opinion: A good read!
First of all, I'm sorry for the lack of updates. I'm currently reading the Pretty Little Liars series and wanted to wait until I finished the last novel to write a review. Since I was tired of PLL, I've tried something different and more importantly something short ^^"

What She Doesn't Know is a romantic suspense novel. If you've read my previous reviews, you know I'm not an avid reader of romance books and unfortunately that didn't change thanks to this.
While the plot is interesting, I thought the romance part brought the quality of the book down.
Despite that, it was an interesting and quite easy read though not memorable.

I recommend it to everyone that actually enjoy romantic stories.


To summarize: An okay read but not really my cup of tea.
 
 
31 August 2012 @ 06:03 pm
... and only bought a few novels since I already have so many to read!

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31 August 2012 @ 05:40 pm

Retour à Rédemption
by Patrick Graham

Synopsis: Vingt ans après avoir purgé sa peine à Rédemption, camp de redressement pour mineurs, Peter Shepard renoue avec son passé comme on reçoit un coup de couteau en plein coeur. Le brillant avocat d'affaires de San Francisco pensait avoir tiré un trait définitif sur ce sinistre établissement où régnaient brimades, humiliations et sévices. Le meurtre de sa famille lui fait douloureusement retrouver la mémoire. Quelqu'un cherche à lui faire goûter une nouvelle fois à l'enfer de Rédemption.


My Opinion:
A review in French since the novel isn't available in English (though it totally deserves to be, it is really good).

Déjà une fan de "L'évangile selon Satan" ainsi que de "L'apocalypse selon Marie", j'attendais avec impatience le nouveau Patrick Graham et je n'ai pas été déçue. Avec "Retour à Rédemption", l'auteur s'éloigne du mysticisme et du fantastique présents dans ses deux autres romans, pour nous livrer une histoire sombre, dure et tragique où les monstres ont un visage humain. Malgré la noirceur de l'histoire, Patrick Graham a su garder une certaine retenue, ne cherchant pas à dégoûter son lecteur par des détails sordides mais à lui livrer un récit poignant, révoltant et tellement passionnant.

Encore un très bon roman pour l'auteur. J'attends avec impatience son nouveau roman "Des fauves et des hommes".


To summarize: Je recommande vivement ce livre !
 
 
31 August 2012 @ 05:18 pm

Percy Jackson & the Olympians (5 books)
by Rick Riordan


My Opinion: Simply awesome!!
Just a quick entry to tell you how much I love this series. I've read the 5 books in record time, they are all so exciting, fascinating and even funny.
I loved the characters whether they were "bad" or "good", the stories were all very interesting, the writing was a pleasure to read,... frankly, this series deserves to be more famous, I spent such a great time with it.

Though there may be some discrepancies concerning the Greek myths, Percy Jackson is a great way to make kids (and even adults) learn more about the Mythology.

In my previous entry, I compared this to Harry Potter and there are some similarities but Rick Riordan managed to give it its own flavour, making it one of my favourite children series along with HP.

My only regret is that I had to say goodbye to Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Chiron etc. I wouldn't have minded some extra novels.


To summarize: 100% RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!!