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text 2017-10-01 18:12
September Wrap-Up

So, October is here. It will soon be colder and at the end of the month, it will be dark when I go to work in the morning. I'm not really looking forward to it. But the leaves are going to be so beautiful and I can't wait for cold and sunny afternoons. It also means Halloween, but it nos such a big deal where I live. There will be some kids getting candy at the door and some (older) kids getting drunk at parties. I'm not fitting any of those categories so I'll just enjoy the fact that the day after is a bank holiday.

 

In the month of September I read a total of six books, including one audiobook and one e-book. I did not give 5 stars to any book this month. Seeing the rates I gave, I think I might become a little bit more strict in my rating. It may not be a bad thing!

 

I really had fun with my reading this month because I just read what the hell I wanted and it was really positive.

 

4 stars:

 

The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon  Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas  

 

3 stars:

 

Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen  (3.5/5) Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass) - Sarah J. Maas  (3.5/5) Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake  

 

2 stars:

 

Moonstroke - Blaine C. Readler  (2.5/5)

 

 

Have you read any interesting book in September? Are you excited for Halloween? (I know you are!)

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review 2017-09-30 14:36
#64 - Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake

It was weird. I loved this book; it was really macabre and gloomy. I was not expecting that at all but it was a great surprise.

 

Three Dark Crowns is the story of triplets Queens, one poisoner, one elemental and one naturalist. They live apart until they turn sixteen, when each Queen will have to kill her sisters to become the one true Queen (and then have triplets as well.)

 

The idea of this book was really unique and I love this strange Island full of magic. The story begins when the triplets are almost sixteen and you do not know anything about this world. I love that we discover the world bit by bit but I think it would have been better to just have a little more context at the beginning , I felt a bit lost.

 

I love all the characters and all the Queens are really different while being similar as well. Queen Katharine was definitely my favourite! The other characters were nice but really clichés, but in a good way.

 

As for the pacing, what a race! It was really easy to read and I did not want to put it down, I think I could have read it in one sitting if I had had the time at the moment.

 

The sequel is already out and I can’t wait to put my hands on it, the ending left me hanging…

 

I definitely recommend this book is you are in the mood for something different.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-09-26 09:45
#63 - Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass) - Sarah J. Maas

I think I can say that this one is my least favourite in the series. Maybe because it does not feature Aelin and Manon? I don't really know, but I preferred the other books in the series. I still enjoy reading this book, it was great to learn more about the Southern Continent.

 

I love the new characters, Yrene is really great, another strong independent woman (just like any other female character in this book). I also love the royal family of Antica, we do not get to know all of them but it was still great to learn more about how they rule their land.

 

I found the pacing a bit too slow, the relationship between Yrene and Chaol is really great, but too slow at the beginning and then too fast towards the end. I don't know if other people had the same feeling but it felt a bit too forced. Still, I love that they ended up together, they are really perfect for each other.

 

I also liked the fact that Aelin is the one who found Yrene when she was younger and that it is thanks to her that she became who she is today. It was a beautiful detail to add.

 

I really enjoyed the fact that we got to see what happened to Chaol during the event of Empire of Storms, I love that they take place at the same time. We understand so many things in Tower of Dawn, I think I could not keep track of everything. The biggest revelation is of course the one about Maeve, I really did not see that coming. I knew there was something wrong about her but I could never have predicted that... I am always really happy when this happens.

 

In general, I think this book was just a bit too long considering what happened. It could have been shorter in my opinion, so that the pacing could have been faster.

 

I still really enjoy this book, don't get me wrong! I just preferred the other heroes of this story who are currently on the Northern Continent and I really miss them in this book.

 

I can't wait for the next book in the series, I missed Manon!

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review 2017-09-24 10:39
#62 - Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas

 

I read this book for the first time when it came out last year and I remember really enjoying it. The second read was as good, I really liked this book and all its characters.

 

I don't really know what to say without any spoilers, this book is the 5th in the series and a lot have happen to our main character since she started her journey. She has grown so much and yet, she is still the same. I remember really disliking her the first time I read Throne of Glass, but now, I think she is amazing.

 

I just think some romances are a bit forced and do not feel really natural. As if all female characters needed to be with a male character just because he is around. It is the feeling I got out of this book, but I still kind of enjoyed those "romances". 

 

This book is full of adventure and revelations and once again, I'm impressed how the author reveals some part of the story to the other characters as the same time as to the reader. Aelin is scheming and nobody knows it, not even the reader, until one of the characters discovers what she did. I think it really add something to the book.

 

The ending left me on edge, just like last time, but I had Tower of Dawn to help me get over the book hangover. I just finished Tower of Dawn and will post my review really soon!

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-05 10:29
#59 - Moonstroke by Blaine C Readler
Moonstroke - Blaine C. Readler

***Copy provided by Full Arc Pressand Netgalley in exchange of a honest review***

 

I requested this book a long time ago because I was really into space books and wanted to read more of them. I had not heard about this one but the synopsis seemed great so I requested it. I finally took the time to read it this month and I did not particularly enjoy it.

 

I was confused about the world the characters evolve in, I like it when books begin in a universe you know nothing about and you learn it bit by bit, but I did not understand anything of what was happening for the first half of the book. I think it was lacking world building. Maybe it was a bit too complex or I was not focused enough but I really was confused and I did not enjoy that.

 

The characters were not bad at all; I just feel they were not developed enough for me to recognize them. There were a couple of characters with different nicknames and I did not always notice they were the same person.

 

The idea behind the book was great, I love the fact that these people live on the Moon without knowing what happened on Earth, they have no contact with it and are alone up there. It was interesting to see how they managed to create a new society and how challenging it could be.

 

In the end, I enjoyed the concept of this book but it was too confusing for me. I think if it was handled differently I could have enjoyed it more. It was not a bad book, but just not really easy to follow.

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