Review : Cinder (Marissa Meyer)

Title : Cinder
Author : Marissa Meyer
Published : January 3rd, 2012
Series : The Lunar Chronicles, #1

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Rating :

3starshalf

A great take on the story

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Literary Tourism : Favorite bookshops in Paris

I’ve been living in Paris for the last 3 years and though I won’t pretend to know the city like the back of my hand, I’ve made some discoveries over the years, especially in terms of restaurants or any place you can get really good food. But, this is not a Foodie blog, we’re here to talk about books, we figuratively eat books. Luckily, there are some pretty good bookstores here too.

So, here are some of my favorite finds over the years!

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How writing my thesis on dystopias almost ruined the genre for me

tumblr_nq78wqqopd1uyhnexo1_500Once upon a time, I had a brilliant idea : the best way to make my French/Literature degree useful, and also to buy myself time to decide what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, was to get a Master’s degree. It meant I had to write a thesis/dissertation, however you translate it to (we call it a “mémoire” in France). Of course, my brilliant, younger self already knew what this was about : she had to pick a theme/genre/whatever that really interested her, because she would spend a lot of time talking, reading, writing about it. And, if few things had been written on the subject, well, the better. She chose to base her corpus on dystopias.

I’m very resentful towards my younger self.

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Review : Kings Rising (C.S. Pacat)

Title : Kings Rising
Author : C.S. Pacat
Published : February 2nd, 2016
Series : Captive Prince, #3

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Damianos of Akielos has returned.
His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.
On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.
Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity – can it stand against the Regent’s final, deadly play for the throne?

Rating :

3starshalf

Loved it, but too much of a rollercoaster at times

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Review : Prince’s Gambit (C.S. Pacat)

Title : Prince’s Gambit
Author : C.S. Pacat
Published : July 7th, 2015
Series : Captive Prince, #2

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With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master, Prince Laurent, must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.
Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow…

Rating :

4stars

It upped the ante and paved a beautiful road for the last book

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Review : Captive Prince (C.S. Pacat)

Title : Captive Prince
Author : C.S. Pacat
Published : February 4th, 2012
Series : Captive Prince, #1

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Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…

Rating :

3starshalf

A NICe entree, but I’m still hungry

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Review : Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard)

Title : Red Queen
Author : Victoria Aveyard
Published : February 10th, 2015
Series : Red Queen #1

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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Rating :

4stars

Now, that’s how you start a series

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