THE RAVEN KING COUNTDOWN : 10 GOOD REASONS TO GET ON THE ‘RAVEN CYCLE’ BANDWAGON

If you thought I was already talking too much about the Raven Cycle, then there sure as hell ain’t no way to get me to shut up now. I’ve officially started counting down the days until the Raven King release (out on April 26th, folks!) and I actually have no words to express how excited, nervous, thrilled, scared, I am right now. I’m sure I’m not the only one waiting impatiently for the book.

So, as a way to celebrate/bid my time until I finally have the book in my hands, and because I’ve finally managed to convince one of my friends to read the series, I decided to do a little something… A series of posts centred around the Raven Cycle universe, starting with this one: 10 good reasons to start reading the Raven Cycle books, for all those who are still not sure/not convinced yet, or just those who have no idea what I’m talking about.

Trusssst in me

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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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Salon du Livre 2016 recap !

Le Salon du Livre of Paris was hosted last week, from March 17th ‘till March 20th. It’s an annual, 4-days book fair during which you can assist to conferences and talks, meet authors, publishers and other people from the industry, discover new books and get your own books signed by their authors, assist to cooking demonstrations by chefs promoting their books (and taste the thing afterwards !), and generally just wander around the huge space filled with books, stands and more books.

Every year a different country is celebrated. They invite authors and publishers from this country and create a special, central corner just for them so that people can discover or know more about this country’s literary scene. This year was South Korea.

I mostly went so I could see James Dashner.

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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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