The Happiness Tag

Hi everyone! I don’t have a lot of time to read and blog these days. I had two friends visiting me in Berlin last week, and now exams are coming, I have to move out of my dorm in the midst of everything, and then I will be going back to France. So yeah, I’m a bit busy. But I still want to stay active on here. So here we go.

I was tagged by Not-so-modern Girl to do the Happiness Tag, and I decided that it was a lovely thing to do. Thank you so much for tagging me! The first thing you have to do is talk about five things that make you happy. And the second one is to list five songs that make you happy.

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This is not exactly a bookish thing, but it sounds fun and positive, and therefore deserves it place here.

5 Things That Make Me Happy

1. I’m going to start with the obvious and say reading. I just love it so much. It allows me to escape. It makes me so happy to just read, discover new books, new characters, new stories, and to dive into fiction.

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2. Spending time with my friends, whether my high school friends, my college friends, or my Erasmus friends. They are all so amazing and supportive. As much as I dislike large groups of people, or meeting new people and people in general, when it comes to my friends, I love them so much, I’ll fight for them, and spending time with them overall makes me super happy.

3. Cooking. I absolutely love making cakes, cookies, pancakes and such. Bonus if I’m cooking with my friends.

4. Traveling. I really love the thrill of arriving in a new place, and knowing that first, you are free and anonymous here, and that secondly, you have a whole new unkown mystery to discover and unveil. I absolutely love wandering places I don’t know, taking pictures of new places, just eating ice cream (or cake) in nice cafés… I just love traveling so much, it’s exciting, and very good for my mood I have to admit. (My next destination is Greece in August!)

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5. And of course, I couldn’t make this list without mentioning blogging. I have to admit, when I started this blog almost two years ago, I never thought blogging would become such a big part of my life, but now it is. It has become really important to me. It helps me sit down and think. It’s something I really like. And yes, it makes me happy.

5 Songs That Make Me Happy

1. Da Kokonut Nut by Smokey Mountain

Basically this is a really weird song that my friend found out while cooking some food with coconuts and now we’re listening to it all the time. It’s a bit ridiculous but it’s kind of hilarious (and it will get stuck in your head til the end of times…)

2. Runaway by All Time Low

For some reason this song makes me feel really energized and excited. It’s a good one to lift up my mood. Bonus: I’ve seen them live, and hearing their songs always brings back good memories!

3. On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons

Another song that gives me energy and makes me feel like I can take on everything! ♥

4. Froot by Marina and the Diamonds

I absolutely love Marina. Her song are so catchy and really amazing. I could have pick a lot of others, but I feel like this one is particularly light and I don’t know, it just makes me really happy. To be honest, when I listen to her songs, I often end up dancing in my room! (And I have also seen her live a few years ago, it was fantastic!!)

5. No Other by Super Junior

This one is one of the first kpop songs I ever listened to and it is so cute and beautiful, it always makes me really happy. And also brings back some memories which is always something I enjoy!

And that’s it for this blog post! I’m not tagging anyone but feel free to do it as well if you want and consider yourself tagged. Feel free to share what makes you happy in the comments as well, and have a wonderful day!

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And here’s a cute gif to end this post ♥

Thoughts on the Shades of Magic Trilogy

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A Darker Shade of Magic (2015)
A Gathering of Shadows (2016)
A Conjuring of Light (2017)
Author: V.E. Schwab (Victoria Schwab)
Genre: YA, Fantasy

It also has magic and elements of historical fiction, it’s such a wonderful blend of awesomeness ♥

I read A Darker Shade of Magic last year and really enjoyed it. But then it took me forever to pick up the sequel. And now I have finally completed the trilogy, and I feel like I should talk about it on here, because those books were absolutely incredible, and you should definitely check them out. You can read my review for A Darker Shade of Magic here, and I gave all three books either four or five stars ★

The story:

Four colours. Four Londons. And only two people can travel between them. These people are called Antari, and Kell is one of them. An orphan from Red London, adopted by the Crown, and bound by friendship and brotherhood to the heir, Rhy.

Meanwhile in Grey London, Delilah Bard dreams of becoming a pirate, and soon she is swept up by a plot bigger than herself, and discovers that she might have abilities of her own.

In White London, Holland is slave to the Danes, the king and queen reigning over the realm. His powers are unlimited though, and he strives for a better world, doing anything he can to achieve his freedom, good or bad.

Locked away from the other cities, Black London is supposedly dead, but a powerful artefact might be able to change everything for everyone, magical or magicless London.

My opinion:

I absolutely love the universe that Schwab created in this series. It is so original and full of amazing twists. I feel like these books are fit for both historical fiction and fantasy lovers. I just loved everything about them. The characters are amazing, diverse, unique, and endearing. And the setting is incredible. Each book comes with new twists and adventures. And by the end of the trilogy, I really didn’t want to leave this world.

Words are not enough to describe how fantastic this trilogy is. It kept me on edge from beginning to end. And I loved it. The world building is absolutely incredible. And it is so well written. I liked each book even more than the previous one.

The characters are all so different and incredible. They are all complex, and cleverly written. It’s impossible to pick a favourite. Every volume managed to bring its lot of surprises and new amazing characters and twists. Amazing doesn’t even begin to sum it up.

I really liked Kell, obviously. He has powers that none can understand, but he also has his own wounds, and faults. He feels to human and relatable. He is fierce and needs to be protected.

And then there’s Lila of course. From thief to pirate, this girl has done everything. She can lie as well as she can breathe. She is immensely strong, morally and physically. She also has her faults, and for that, I will always admire her. She is the amazing person I wish I could be.

Then there’s Rhy, the prince, who struggles with his magic and wants to be stronger. At any cost apparently, and it does definitely cost him. But he also knows how to value his mistakes, and the people he cares for. What I like the most about him is his gift for languages, because it’s always something I admire.

Holland, the other Antari, appears at first to be a villain sort of character, but the more we read, the more we learn. And he is so much more than that. He is a very complex character, who was built on pain. It is so interesting to read about him. Even if he’s really not my favourite, I sometimes couldn’t help but feel bad for him.

And one more character I wanted to mention, of course, is Alucard, though he is only introduced in the second book. He is another very complex characters, and mysterious as well. A powerful magician, though not an Antari. A pirate and a noble man, with an undying love for the heir to the throne.

Everything about these books and these characters is amazing. The romances are well played, and don’t overshadow the plot itself. Shades of Magic is a tale of magic, obviously, of adventure, and of power games. It has a bit of everything, and what else can I say, it’s fantastic!

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I honestly don’t know what else to say about these books. I really loved them, as you probably got by now, and I felt that they deserved their place on my blog so here we go. Have you read them? If so what did you think?

I read book one and three on kindle, and listened to the audiobook for book two, which was also an amazing experience. I’m actually considering getting the physical copies because they are so gorgeous, both the American and the British edition!

Victoria Schwab is amazing, and I want to read more of her books. Which are your favourites? I also read Vicious which was incredible, and the next on my list is This Savage Song!

June Wrap Up

I can’t believe it’s July already, and yes, I know I say something like this every month, but really, time flies so quickly. This month I managed to read seven books, which is less than in the past month, but still a good score.

If you want to watch me babble about those books I’ve read in the past month, here is my video wrap up:

Books I have read this year so far: 69

Books I read this month:

One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus ★★★★✩ (review)
Love is Love by Mette Bach ★★★✩✩ (review)
Same Love by Tony Correia ★★✩✩✩ (review)
Joyride Vol.1 by Jackson Lanzing ★★★✩✩ (review)
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon ★★★★★ (review)
In Berlin by Franz Hessel ★★★★✩
Lambs Can Always Become Lions by Charlotte Anne Hamilton ★★★★✩ (review)

Books I’m currently reading:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

TV Shows I’ve Been Watching:

Shadowhunters
Sense8
Orphan Black
Fresh Off The Boat

Graphic Novel Review: Joyride Vol.1

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First of all I wanted to thank NetGalley for sending me an e-copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. This doesn’t affect my opinion in any way.

Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, YA
Publication: September 2016
My rating: ★★★✩✩
Made by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly and Marcus To

The story:

A mix of sci-fi and dystopia, the story is set in a future where the Earth is protected by a shield and people don’t have access to space anymore. It follows Uma and her friends on their adventures after they manage to get away in space, travel, and meet aliens.

Here are some examples of the drawings:

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My opinion:

I picked up this graphic novel not really knowing what to expect. I have to say, I don’t really read a lot of graphic novels (as you probably noticed, since I never really mention any on my blog). But I wanted to try something new and the story was appealing. It wasn’t incredible, but it was still enjoyable. I really liked the drawings, and some parts were really sassy which I appreciated. Overall, it is nothing exceptional. If you are into space adventures and science-fiction, and of course, if you like graphic novels, this is most likely something you would enjoy. In some parts, it reminded me a bit of Doctor Who – like the interactions with the aliens – which made me smile. The story still managed to have some twists I didn’t expect, which I greatly appreciated.

Overall, it was a fine read, but I don’t think I will pick up the sequel. Please let me know your thoughts if you have read it as well, and have a wonderful day!

June Nerdy Post Unboxing | Multifandom

After six months without a subscription box I finally ordered another one! When I saw that the one year anniversary theme for Nerdy Post was Multifandom, I knew I had to get it, and oh my, I certainly do not regret it! I love every single item, even if some are not from fandoms I belong in, they are just too gorgeous.

Here’s a video unboxing if you’d like!

And of course, here are some additional pictures so you can admire the precious jewel that this box really is.

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Here you can see all the items except for the candle wax thing that I forgot on my bookshelves when I took the picture… And the poster… Anyway. The items are so colourful and beautiful, I just can’t get enough.

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Here’s a picture including the poster. And since some of the cards are printed on both sides, this is the other side for those, and they are both fantastic and gorgeous.

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Some more multifandom love with the little candle wax things, and let me tell you, their smell is absolutely divine.

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And of course I had to take a Harry Potter themed picture with this awesome wrist band. I love the design so much, the drawings are adorable, and it’s really easy to wear.

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And finally a Game of Thrones themed picture with this amazing quote about Samwell Tarly and books, what else could one ask for.


Thank you so much for checking out this post, I hope you enjoyed! If you want to check out Nerdy Post, here’s their website. Have a wonderful day ♥

Lambs Can Always Become Lions: My Review

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When I saw that there was a retelling of Robin Hood with Robin Hood actually being a woman, and a F/F romance, I knew I had to pick it up. I saw the blurb, and suddenly I realised it was all I had been waiting for. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Title: Lambs Can Always Become Lions
Author: Charlotte Anne Hamilton
Genre: YA, Retelling, Romance
Publication: May 2017
My rating: ★★★★✩

The story:

Robin Hood – formerly known as Lady Loxley – lives in the woods with her companions, robbing rich carriages and dividing the money between the people who need it. They are outlaws, hoping for a better world, waiting for the return of King Richard, and running from the Sheriff of Nottingham.

With the help of her lover Lady Marian Fitzwalker, Robin hears word of an important shipment, and starts planning for an ambush, but gathering more information might endanger everyone she cares about, including Marian herself, who really wants to help.

My opinion:

I can’t even begin to tell you how amazed I was at the diversity in this book. First we get a F/F romance at the center of the story. But quickly we find out more about Robin’s friends, and discover that Will Scarlet is non-binary (which has officially become a headcanon, I will never see them as anything else from now on) and that one of the other members of the group is a Muslim girl called Edda who basically embushes rich people while wearing a hijab, and if that’s not awesome then I don’t know what is. It is also strongly implied that Little John is asexual. This book was so refreshing. I was literally squealing half the time while reading it. I need more books like this.

Lambs Can Always Become Lions follows the main lines of Robin’s Hood story as we know it, with Robin as an excellent archer, the merry gang living in the woods, the rivalry with the Sheriff of Nottingham, and of course, the romance with Lady Marian. I’m a huge fan of retellings, but I had never read a Robin Hood retelling before, though I really love the story. The closest that came to it was my binge watching Once Upon A Time two years ago. So if you have any great Robin Hood retelling to recommed, feel free to leave them in the comments, I am up for that!

I don’t know what else to say. I guess my only regret is that it was too short (96 pages). A sequel is coming in 2018 I believe, and I can’t wait to read it. I really hope you check out this book, and are as excited by the premise as I was. Please let me know your thoughts if you have read it, I would love to talk about it!

Ps: Follow the author on Twitter!