Finally A Reading Update

I haven’t uploaded anything on my channel for a month or so, and I finally took the time to film something and here we go! I talk about the books I read in August and since the beginning of September (aka since my last reading wrap up for the month of July).

Ratings:

Geekerella by Ashley Poston ★★★★★ (review)
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken ★★★★☆
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig ★★★★☆
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali ★★★★★
Homecoming (The 100 #3) by Kass Morgan ★★★★☆ (review)
The Up Side of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli ★★★★★
School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino ★★★☆☆
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates ★★★★★

Currently reading (among others):

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
The Lonely City by Olivia Laing

Hope you all have an amazing day ♥

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Don’t go on Erasmus… It will change your life!

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Going on Erasmus and living abroad has always been a great dream of mine, and now that I am back in my hometown, I can tell you it exceeded all my expectations, and honestly changed me for the best. I have spent all my life hearing people ask me what I wanted to do with my life without really knowing what to say, but now I can finally say I have found my answer to this question: I am completing my degree (hopefully I will get it in June) and trying out some part-time jobs to save as much money as I can, and I am moving back to Berlin with two amazing girls I met there. And there, I will find a job in a bookstore or a café or something similar. And even if it will obviously not going to be easy – what is, really? – I can finally say that I have a plan.

I found a place where I belong.

Living abroad for a year has changed me in so many ways, and yes it sucks to be back in France, but I wouldn’t change any thing that happened this past year, because it has made me who I am now. I learnt how to care less. I learnt how to keep the people who matter in my life, and just forget about those who don’t. I learnt how to live in a foreign country. I definitely got better at administrative stuff. I realised that I didn’t miss France one bit. I came back at the end of July and have already been back in Berlin once. I grew addicted to coffein and I don’t regret it one bit. I became a vegetarian in the most vegan-friendly place I know. I met the best people in the world, and I can’t wait to see them again. I got a tattoo. But more importantly, I got so many amazing memories to cherish. And that’s forever.

I found a place where I belong, in the last possible place I expected to belong, to be honest. And I can’t wait to be back there. In this place that feels like home.

I used to hear people say that going on Erasmus was an amazing experience and everything, and I would gently chuckle, thinking they were exaggerating. Well let me tell you. They were right. Sometimes, I even think that I have become an adult.  It’s a study in people, in places, and in life in general. It is the best experience you could possibly dream of. At least it was for me.

And I can only recommend and encourage you to do the same. It’s an opportunity you might only get once in a  life time but I promise, if you catch it, you won’t regret it. And it will help you and change you in every possible way.

Warning: don’t go on Erasmus if you don’t want your life to change, because I can guarantee you it will! 😉

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Feel free to share some Erasmus or abroad experiences in the comments!

Homecoming: My Review (The 100 #3)

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I finally read The 100: Homecoming and I absolutely loved it. There’s a lot of romance but I think this series is very well made even though quite different from the show!

Title: Homecoming (The 100 #3)
Author: Kass Morgan
Genre: Science Fiction, YA, Romance
Publication: 2015
My rating: ★★★★☆

Warning: Possible spoilers for book 1 and 2, and for the TV show!

You can check my review of Day 21 (book 2) here if you want!

The story:

In book 3, the rest of the Colony – including Glass – is flying to the ground while the 100 settle a peace with a group of Earthborns – there is a group of peaceful ones and a group of dangerous ones. But as the adults reach the ground, things are about to change for Bellamy and the rest of the delinquents, as well as the fragile peace they have built up with the Earthborns. Meanwhile, Clarke tries to contact her parents, and Wells develops his relationship with Sasha, the daughter of the Earthborn commander.

My opinion:

This book does include a lot of romance, much more than in the TV show. Actually, the only thing they have in common by this point is the universe, and the name of some of the characters. That’s pretty much all, honestly, but I don’t mind. The world building is really great, and even though it’s going pretty slow, I like seeing how the relationships with Sky People and Earthborns is developing. This book also includes a few great twists which are very welcome. And of course, I couln’t go around this without saying that I absolutely love the fact that the relationship between Bellamy and Clarke is canon in the books.

I believe the romance relationships in this book are depicted quite acurately. There are fights, and ups and downs, and it seems pretty realistic which is something I appreciate. So yeah, we get to see a lot of romance, but it overall seems to be well made, so that’s great.

We also got some major character death in this volume which hadn’t really happened in a while and totally broke me because I really didn’t expect it. But then again, it could have been predictable, it’s an interesting plot device (even if a cruel one) and it does make sense in such a universe.

The rest of the Colony (or at least part of it) brings up a new dynamic in the story (just like it did on the show) and as much as I expected it, it also had its interesting surprises, and it was well made in my opinion. What I really like about this series is the fact that the books are rather short, captivating and easy to read. I think I managed to read each of them in one or two days, and I always appreciate that.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this one as well as the two previous ones, and it was actually a pleasant surprise. Don’t come into this with overhigh expectations, but if you’re into space and post-apocalyptic stories, then this is definitely something I would recommend!

Geekerella: My Review

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In case you didn’t know, I’m writing a paper about Cinderella retellings, and although this one is not officially included, it was one of my most anticipated releases for the year, because it got me really curious… And I wasn’t disappointed!

Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Retelling
Release: April 2017
My rating: ★★★★★

The story:

Ever since her father’s death, Elle has been living with her step-mother and twin step-sisters who make her life hell both at home and at school. She’s working in a food truck and dreaming of the day she can escape. On of her only solaces is her blog, where she talks about Starfield, her favourite movies – and a passion she used to share with her dad. However disappointed she is with the new pick to play her favourite hero Prince Carmindor, she decides to attend the new ExcelsiCon – an event created by her father – and participate in the cosplay contest which might allow her to meet with Darien Freeman, the new actor.

Darien used to love attending cons when he was younger, but now that he is on the other side of the pannel, he would rather avoid them. Cast as his hero Prince Carmindor, he is afraid to disappoint the true Starfield fans, especially when a dedicated blogger starts criticizing the choices of the director. But he finds himself exchanging texts with a mysterious girl who gives him hope in himself and his future.

My opinion:

To be honest, I don’t know where to start, because this book had so many things that I love.

First, the main character is very well written and extremely relatable. She is your typical Cinderella with the mean step mother and the unsufferable sisters. But she also has her very particular qualities such as the fact that she works at a vegan food truck, and of course, the fact that she is a nerd and writes a blog on a regular basis, which I absolutely loved. It’s not always easy to write a contemporary Cinderella story because it can very quickly become a cliché, however I believe it was not the case here. The romance was quite well made and if I have to be honest, it was impossible to put the book down.

Darien is also a very interesting characters, especially in his conflicted relationship with his father. I absolutely loved the chapters from his point of view. He is this famous actor who is not sure how he ended up there, and seems to end up either doing things he dislikes or being misunderstood by the public. But he is also trying to stand for what he thinks is right and has a very interesting development through the story. To be honest, I just wanted to give him a big hug and tell him everything was going to be okay.

I really liked the retelling aspect of the story. I kept tracking down the elements directly coming from the original fairytale, and I absolutely loved how they were executed in the book. Some things were predictable, but it also has some nice twists: just the perfect amount of each. And of course, I absolutely loved that both characters, each in their own way, were absolute nerds.

Finally, I have a soft spot for this kind of romance, where the characters fall in love by exchanging letters at first, without knowing each other’s true identity – and they probably never would have gotten closer had they known it. I don’t know, it just really works for me, and it was amazingly executed here, so if this is something you enjoy reading, then I definitely recommend you to go and pick up this book.

Overall, this book was nicely written and absolutely adorable. I sometimes felt like the romance came a little too quickly but it is something I am beginning to notice in all of the books I have read recently so it is probably more due to the fact that I am bitter and disabused than something coming from the book itself (do let me know if you also think so though, I would love to not be the only one who thought so).

I know this book was not perfect but I loved it so much, and it is exactly my type of book, the kind that makes me smile and swoon when I think of it, so I couldn’t not give it five stars. If you are looking for some nice cute and easy read then I can only recommend Geekerella to you. And if you have read it, I would love to hear your opinion as well!

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P.S. I like you by Kasie West for the letter exchange aspect of the story, and Cinder by Marissa Meyer for the retelling aspect of the story of course.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone: My Review

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I haven’t posted an article in a while, but here is a review of this fantastic book I finished at the beginning of the month!

Genre: YA, Fantasy
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication: 2011
My rating: ★★★★☆

The story:

Karou has been raised by a mysterious group of chimaera until she was old enough to live on her own and is now studying art in Prague, running mysterious errands for her strange family, and trying to get away from her ex boyfriend.

But soon, the traces of burnt black hands appear on the doorways that lead her to her beloved chimaera, and people claim to have witnessed angels – but beware, angels are not as nice as we thought.

Karou travels from Paris to Marrakesh and all around the world, but when she meets Akiva, her life is about to be transformed and soon she realises that her past hides much more than she could ever imagine.

My opinion:

I read this book as part of a readalong on Books Amino, and I’m so glad it was the pick of the month because otherwise I would probably never have read it, but oh boy, it was amazing. To be honest, I had heard a lot about this book, but I had no idea what it was about, and for some reason, I was sure that it was overrated. But my conclusion is that in facts, it is worth all the praise. I jumped in not really knowing what to expect, and in the end, it was an amazing journey.

What struck me the most is the fantastic world building. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is an incredible fantasy, which seems to be a mix of both urban and high fantasy. And it’s a really perfect blend. It just works, in the most amazing way. I never knew I wanted to read about chimaera and angels that badly, but apparently, I really did.

I loved the world that Laini Taylor built here, and I absolutely loved all the characters. I really appreciated the fact that Karou had a best friend who had nothing to do with this crazy amazing world, but who still got included in the story, and that’s what I live for. I always feel like it when perfectly “normal” human beings get mixed up in this kind of story, so this was a nice surprise.

It took some time to get to it, but I absolutely loved the back story of Akiva and Madrigal. I loved learning more about the chimaera and this fascinating world. And hopefully, this hunger will be even more satisfied in the next books.

My only regret is that the romance was really rushed in my opinion, and even though we get some explanations later on, it still bothered me from at least 50% of the book. They did seem to be wonderful together though, it’s just that I felt like some building up was lacking. I still enjoyed this book nevertheless, and I am left with so many questions that I HAVE TO pick up the sequel.

One more thing I wanted to add before concluding this article is the fact that the setting was really wonderful, both when it came to the fantasy and the earthly world. I have personally been to Paris, Prague and Marrakech but these are not setting often found in YA books and I have to say it made me really happy. I think Prague was an amazing choice of setting, and it’s also really refreshing to see something a little bit different!

Let me know your thoughts if you have read this book, and if you haven’t, then I definitely recommend it!

2 Years Blogging Anniversary!

For some reason, I always think I started my blog on the 11th of August, but as it turns out, it was actually on the 9th so this post is actually one days late, but at this point it doesn’t really matter. Anyway, I have come a long way in this two years. I have written more than 400 blog posts and have reached more than 400 followers which is something I never expected, and I am eternally grateful to you guys for being there.

At the moment I have to complete my Master’s thesis which keeps me busy, and I don’t have any coffein to keep going to be honest. I have also become addicted to the game Love Nikki Dress Up Queen on my phone which keeps me busy the rest of the time. I guess I’m in a bit of a reading slump. And I’m also on holildays. I guess that just as usual, my reading journey has its ups and downs,

I just wanted to write a quick post to say hello, I’m still here, even after two years, and thank you so much for being there.

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I have changed a lot in those two years, I built project after project, I probably lost hope thaousands of times, but hey, I’m still here, stronger than ever, and little by little, I’m starting to understand myself more and more. Thank you for being there on this journey.

Here’s to the next years of blogging!

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July Wrap Up and August TBR

June wrap up:

Berlin Tryiptich by David Wagner ★★★★✩
Flame in the Mist
 by Renee Ahdieh ★★★★✩ (review)
Bright Minds Empty Souls by Jennae Cecelia ★★★★★
Nothing in this world is free, just poetry! by Darren Hobson ★★✩✩✩
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor ★★★★✩

Currently reading:

Crooked Kindgdom by Leigh Bardugo
Arab Queen by Güner Yasemin Balci
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky

And I don’t have much else to say but thank you so much if you watched the video and I hope you have a wonderful day ♥