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Filling the Shelf – 243

Posted by on March 6, 2017 1:47 am in Book talk | 6 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!)

Happy Monday everyone!

Hope you all had a good week!

Didn’t I tell you, last week, that I’d be more reasonable with books this week? I added only 2, one on audio, and the other, Six Wakes, which I am currently reading. It’s a thriller about murdered clones on a spaceship, and it’s really good so far!

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Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty – At The Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson (audio)

What books did you recently add to your shelves?

 

Review : Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Posted by on March 3, 2017 3:01 am in 4 stars reads | 1 comment

scarletbScarlet by Marissa Meyer
Pages : 452
Genre : YA, fantasy
Series : The Lunar Chronicles, book 2
My Rating : 4/5

About the Book  :

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, is trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

My Thoughts :

Remember how surprised I was by how much I loved Cinder? Well, Scarlet was even better!

It seems, in fact, that many readers had a similar reaction. No sophomore slump for this one : Scarlet is action packed, fun, and original. It’s a retelling that’s not afraid to step off the beaten path, with an even more rich and fascinating worldbuilding than what Cinder had introduced us to.

The characters were great. I immediately got attached to Scarlet, and I was glad to discover that she was, in many ways, a different character from Cinder. I loved how she cared for her grand-mother and how her mind worked, questioning things along the way. Cinder also had a new travel companion, which completed her perfectly and added relationship dynamics that I hadn’t realized were missing until then.

I can’t say that I cared for Kai much though – which is surprising, because my memory of it was that I had enjoyed the romance between Cinder and Kai. Maybe because he’s not part of the action, I found Kai’s chapters to be a tad boring by comparison, and I could have done without them.

As for the story, again, I loved it. There were just enough twists and revelations, just enough action, just suspenseful moments. The world expanded without me getting lost, and it felt filled with possibilities. I feel that the next books could go many different ways, and that makes the series exciting.

I’m really looking forward to discovering where the series go. I’m certainly glad I already have the next books on my shelves!

  1. Cinder
  2. Scarlet
  3. Cress
  4. Winter

Filling the Shelf – 242

Posted by on February 27, 2017 1:34 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!)

Good Monday all!

Hope you all had a great week! It feels like spring here, and while I do love the snow, it has felt good to go out with lighter coats and hats.

I did some really good reading this week, as well as reviewed two books, one great and one okay, respectively : The Lie Tree and My (not so) Perfect Life.

I also got a huge mailbox. This wasn’t planned, but then my preorder for The Hate U Give arrived two weeks early (already read, with review coming, and it was great!), and Kindred went on sale on Audible. I’ve wanted to read Octavia E. Butler forever, so I couldn’t pass on it. Then I was gifted We Are Okay (I love Nina LaCour, so this was a very pleasant surprise!) and I had to get The Swan Riders after finishing The Scorpion Rules. I’m planning on being a tad more reasonable this week – fingers crossed!

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour – The Swan Riders by Erin Bow – Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (audio) – The Valiant by Lesley Livingston – The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

What books did you recently add to your shelves?

 

Review : The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Posted by on February 26, 2017 2:14 pm in 4.5 stars reads | 3 comments

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardingethe lie tree
Pages :
 384
Genre : Historical Fiction, YA
Stand alone
My Rating : 4.5/5

About the Book  :

Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is modest and well mannered—a proper young lady who knows her place. But inside, Faith is burning with questions and curiosity. She keeps sharp watch of her surroundings and, therefore, knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing—like the real reason her family fled Kent to the close-knit island of Vane. And that her father’s death was no accident.

In pursuit of revenge and justice for the father she idolizes, Faith hunts through his possessions, where she discovers a strange tree. A tree that only bears fruit when she whispers a lie to it. The fruit, in turn, delivers a hidden truth. The tree might hold the key to her father’s murder. Or, it might lure the murderer directly to Faith herself, for lies—like fires, wild and crackling—quickly take on a life of their own.

My Thoughts 

The Lie Tree is a unique YA novel that excellently combines many genres I love – Victorian historical fiction, magical realism and mystery – and wraps all of it in beautiful writing. It’s like few I have read before in the YA category. In fact, I would say that, if the story interests you, don’t let the YA tag stop you. While the book is appropriate for a YA public, it doesn’t make use of most of the tropes and clichés readers often associate it with. I definitely feel this could please a wider audience.

The pace of the story is appropriately slow and the atmosphere, unsettling. The mystery was dark and heavy, reminding me of Gothic novels (something else that I love!) The characters are complex, the story not too predictable, and the lie tree a fascinating addition to what would have been an interesting mystery even without magic.

There is so much to love about the book, but what I loved most was its main character, Faith. She is such a resourceful and bright character! She has a scientific mind and she questions everything, from her father’s choices to faith to her role as a woman. The topic of her gender and its imposed limitations is central to the story, and it feels thought provoking without neglecting other important aspects of the book.

The plot is, maybe, where the book lost me a little bit (but still, only a tiny bit). While I can appreciate a slow pace, I need to feel that things are moving in one direction or another. Here though, I felt, especially in the first half, that things were too slow, almost standing still. It’s a small flaw but I can see why other readers didn’t appreciate this part of the book.

Small pacing issue aside, The Lie Tree was everything that I love in reading, and some more. It was the second book I read in 2017, and what a great way to start the year! I’ll be looking for more by Frances Hardinge, no doubt about it!