Wordless Wednesday – After the Rain

Posted by on October 19, 2016 3:04 am in My work | 3 comments


Bolton-Est, Quebec, August 2015

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Filling the Shelf – 228

Posted by on October 17, 2016 12:59 am in Book talk | 9 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Hello everyone!

How was your week? Here things quieted down by the weekend and I finally managed to immerse myself into Gemina. I’m liking it as much as Illuminae, so far, which means, A LOT! I realized this week that I never posted my review for the first book, so I should have both reviews up soon!

And now, for the new books. As I mentioned last week, there will be many new ones coming in the next few weeks with all the new fall releases on my wishlist! This week, I believe only Ice Like Fire isn’t a recent release (though the last book in the series was published a few weeks ago, I believe? I’ll get to it, once I catch up with this most recent volume!)

It was quite predictable that I would get The Queen of Blood and Crooked Kingdom from two of my favorite authors, but I have to say The Wonder is really high on my TBR list right now. I’m thinking of keeping it for November maybe, but I’ve already heard so many great things, I’m not sure I can wait!

And finally, A Shadow Bright and Burning, which sounds like my type of fantasy fun, and The Call, which I heard is super creepy – perfect for October!


Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch – The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst


The Wonder by Emma Donoghue – Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo


A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess – The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

What books did you recently add to your shelves?


Review : Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Posted by on October 16, 2016 1:19 am in 4 stars reads | 6 comments

dark-matterDark Matter by Blake Crouch
Pages : 342
Genre : Sci-fi, Thriller
Stand alone
My Rating : 4/5

About the Book  :

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

My Thoughts :

A very pleasant surprise. Dark Matter was so fun, and such a page turner! With its fast pace, short writing and constant action, this book reads a lot like a good action movie and had I not been distracted by my birthday in August, I probably would have read it in one sitting. (In fact, the Man of the House read it on the plane this week, all at once, and thought it was a lot of fun!)

I wouldn’t say Blake Crouch’s writing is good, exactly, but it suits the story well. His style is very short, snappy, fast-moving. It doesn’t get you lost in details and world-building; instead, you jump from one moment to the next with little space to breath in between. And it works. I wasn’t bored for one moment.

The story itself was really fun, and like many good sci-fi thrillers, it has a bit of everything : humor, horror, existentialist questioning, and lots of action. It’s not too heavy on the science, which means readers who are more interested by the concept and the action will enjoy it. Even though I’ve read and seen many stories about parallel universes and the like, this one felt fresh and exciting.

I also really enjoyed the character of Jason Dessen. He was likable but not perfect, intelligent but flawed. I shared his fear for himself and for his family and hoped page after page that the author would give him a satisfying resolution.

And I won’t say how it ends, but I’ll say I thought the ending was quite good, too. It answers questions and resolves what needs to be resolved. All in all, I’d recommend it.

Filling the Shelf – 227

Posted by on October 10, 2016 2:16 am in Book talk | 8 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Good Monday everyone!

Hope you had a great weekend! Here it’s been a long weekend for Thanksgiving, so we are still relaxing today, mostly. I also did a lot of reading – September and October have been crazy with new releases from favorite authors, as well as trying to catch up with series! I foresee a lot of new books in the coming weeks, be prepared :)

For this week, I got an amazing surprise at the bookstore when I stumbled upon a copy of Gemina – which I was expecting for October 18, day of its release! I love when my bookstore does that.

I also got Replica, which is interesting in big part for its format : the book tells the story of 2 girls, one of each side of the book, and by flipping the book you can read them one after the other, or parallel one to the other. I’m not sure I’m explaining it right, but in any case, it’s super intriguing and I’m looking forward to reading it (also, it’s super pretty!), even though Lauren Oliver and I aren’t always the best match.

I picked Kasie West’s P.S. I Like You because she writes the cutest, most comforting stories, and of course Marie Lu’s The Midnight Star which concludes the Young Elites series. And then two books from my wishlist, happily spotted on sale!


Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (audio)


Replica by Lauren Oliver – P. S. I Like You by Kasie West (audio)


The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani – The drafter by Kim Harrison

What books did you recently add to your shelves?