New Releases (sorties livresques) / September 2017

My most anticipated releases for September 2017. This is a mix of French & English releases because I recently started reading in French again. Tell me down below your most anticipated release for September.

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5 reasons why you need to read The Darcy Monologues edited by Christina Boyd

★★★★★ 

  • release date: 21st of May
  • paperback, 404 pages
  • anthology of short stories (15) inspired by Pride & Prejudice and from the POV of our beloved Darcy
  • Goodreads
  • Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel like I am not the only big fan of Fitzwilliam Darcy from P&P. While reading P&P, I kept thinking to myself, “What is Darcy thinking now?”. Darcy is the OG of the brooding, snarky “bad boy”. A few months ago, I was browsing Goodreads and suddenly I stumbled upon this anthology. In this anthology you get 15 short stories from Darcy’s point of view. The editor kindly send me a copy because in Belgium we have a hard time getting self-published ebooks. She didn’t expect a review in exchange for a copy, she was just happy that I was interested so you she offered me a copy. I started this anthology after my exams (in July) and totally forgot to write a review after all the travelling I did.

I absolutely fell in love with this anthology and I highly recommend it for any P&P fan out there.


5 reasons why this stands out from all the other P&P inspired books/stories

  • You get an in depth look at Darcy’s thoughts in some of the most iconic scenes from P&P.

    You get Darcy’s thoughts when he meets Elizabeth, after his rejected marriage proposal, honeymoon,…

  • You get more of Darcy and Elizabeth’s lives together after their marriage. You get to see their future together.

    Darcy has a kid and you see his thoughts when Elizabeth delivers their son. You get some flashforwards (40 years later). 

  • You get 7 stories in different eras inspired by P&P.

    You get to see Darcy and Elizabeth in modern time periods and other ones (and WW II!!). 

  • You get tons of original stories with an unexpected twist.

    You get a story inspired by Beauty & The Beast. You get Darcy & Elizabeth’s story in a “cliché” story (student/teacher relationship) and tons other twists on P&P. 

  • You get a variety of different authors (all big fans of P&P and Darcy).

    You get to experience 15 author’s writing style, original story on P&P. If you don’t like a specific author, don’t fret you get a lot of different stories. This is the perfect anthology for a read-a-thon because each story stands on its own. 

The Black Cat Blue Award / “Book Tag”

I have been on a long hiatus because I was In Greece for a month and left immediately afterwards for France. Unfortunately, I had a hard time keeping track of people tagging me so I am just getting around doing this tag. Stephanie’s Novel Fiction tagged me, she’s one of my favorite book bloggers because she incorporates pictures of her dogs into her posts. If you love pets, go check out her blog!

What exactly is the Black Cat Blue Sea Award?

This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.

Rules

  • anybody nominated can nominate up to eight other bloggers
  • the nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator
  • the questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions
  • if any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award

Stephanie’s questions to me

1.What is your guiltiest pleasure?

My guiltiest pleasure is probably reading a good (& hot, of course) New Adult book with something to snack on. I love reading a romance (because my life doesn’t contain a lot of romantic moments) with a few steamy scenes and an unhealthy snack. I often take my cat (Batman) and snuggle up with him and read a book.

2. What is your greatest joy in life?

Probably my cats. I know that may seem quite sad for some people but I don’t care. My cats are amazing. There is Felix, Batman, Biggy and Blackos. A lot of weird names, I know. My second greatest joy is going to Greece. Greece is the country where I feel home. I live most of the time in Belgium but the weather is horrible but I can’t complain because the economy is stable and there’re jobs! But Greece (in the summer) is absolutely beautiful with its beautiful beaches.

3. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13-year-old self?

Don’t listen to mean people and don’t try to put yourself in a box. My school was full of rich, judgmental teens and I often wasn’t accepted by them because I read , didn’t wear the “cool, popular” clothes. I took these comments really badly and often went to school with a lot of anxiety. I absolutely hated my life when I listened to these horrible people. I also surrounded myself with people who didn’t appreciate me and only were my friends when they needed help. I want to shake my 13-year-old self and tell her to be herself and not to change herself.

What should I read next? Choose my next read!

These are all french books that I want to read in August but I can’t choose my next read. Each book is resumed into a few bullet points. The one that intrigues you the most, you vote for on the poll. Thanks for helping me! xxx

 

  • M/F 
  • racing
  • enemies-to-lovers
  • tension

 

 

 

 

 

  • M/M
  • teenage boys falling in love
  • Eden = mysterious, brooding guy
  • Mathias = carefree, sweet guy
  • stretches over years

 

 

 

 

 

  • M/M
  • ballet/war
  • unrequited love (in love with friend of brother)
  • tragic car accident
  • years later…

 

 

 

 

 

  • M/M
  • surfing
  • boy rejected by his mother, lives with his father.
  • sister comes living with them
  • falls in love with his sister’s boyfriend
  • passionate/wrong/slow burn

 

 

 

 

 

  • orphan boy
  • foster care
  • slight paranormal aspect
  • needs to paint the walls of his foster home because of vandalism
  • falls in love with the son of the owner of the foster house

Keep It Fresh Award / Book Tag

The wonderful Ashley & Sabrina tagged me to do the keep it fresh Award. A big thank you to them! If you like what I read (a mix of NA & YA romance) you will definitely love their blog.

THE RULES

1. Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.

2. Part AAnswer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.

3. Part BChoose your favorite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.

4. Part CCreate your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!

5. Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!

6. Notify your nominees of the nomination.

7. The most important rules? Have fun and of course, keep it fresh!

 

Part A

1. STRAWBERRIES – NAME THE SWEETEST BOOK YOU’VE READ. (E.G. SWEET IN TERMS OF THE CHARACTERS OR IF THE STORY TAKES PLACE IN A SWEET WORLD… ETC.)

The Host by Stephenie Meyer, This book was such a breath of fresh air because you would think the aliens are the bad guys but Wanderer proved me wrong. She is always considerate and nice to everyone even though the humans treated her as shit. I couldn’t help but love her. She let herself trampled over by everyone but luckily she found Ian, a guy as sweet as her.

2. COCONUT – WHAT IS A BOOK THAT YOU WOULD BRING ON VACATION WITH YOU TO A TROPICAL DESTINATION? (OR IF YOU’RE JUST RELAXING AT THE BEACH…)

I would have answered On The Island by Travis Garvis-Graves but I feel like I have recommended this one enough. The Education of Sebastian and Caroline, I own the combined edition and it’s the perfect NA beach read! It’s one of my favorite duologies and I could reread it none stop. The story is sweet and dramatic (and a little taboo). I would highly recommend this duology.

3. PINEAPPLE – WHAT IS A BOOK THAT YOU DIDN’T THINK YOU WOULD LIKE BY JUDGING ITS COVER/SUMMARY/THE FIRST FEW PAGES BUT STARTED TO GROW ON YOU?

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh, I had read a few graphic novels but I never seemed to like them a lot until I read this one. I was not sure if I was going to like it but I fell in love with it. The FxF romance was amazing and seeing Clementine discover her sexuality was wonderful.

4. ORANGE – WHAT’S THE JUICIEST BOOK YOU’VE READ? (E.G. A BOOK WITH TONS OF ACTION, ROMANCE… ETC.)

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover has some hot scenes! The romance isn’t present immediately because the main characters start a friends-with-benefits relationship but it quickly develops into more!

5. WATERMELON – A WATERY BOOK (E.G. THERE WASN’T TONS OF SUBSTANCE TO THE BOOK/THE DETAILS WERE JUST TOO WATERY…ETC. DON’T GET US WRONG THOUGH, WE LOVE WATERMELONS!)

★★★★

My Lady Jane felt like a watery Historical Fiction. The details were blurry and the historical background wasn’t realistic. The characters were funny but there wasn’t a lot substance to it. It’s definitely a funny YA book but if you go into it for a good Historical Fiction, don’t.

6. DRAGONFRUIT – WHAT’S THE MOST UNIQUE BOOK YOU’VE READ? (E.G. UNIQUE IN WRITING STYLE, CHARACTERS, PLOT… ETC.)

Anything by Amy Harmon is unique. Her writing style, characters, plots basically everything written by her is original.

7. LEMONS – NAME A BOOK THAT MADE YOU FEEL SOUR. (E.G. THE EMOTIONS WERE JUST SOUR, YOU JUST FELT SOUR READING THE BOOK, OR THE BOOK INCLUDES SOUR CHARACTERS… ETC.)

Fairest by Marissa Meyer, contains the most sour characters ever. Levana and her sister are the most horrible characters, I have ever read about.

8. TOMATO – WHAT IS A WONDERFUL BOOK THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE MORE WIDELY KNOWN? OR A FANTASTIC AUTHOR WHOM YOU THINK DESERVES MORE RECOGNITION? (SINCE SOME MAY NOT KNOW THAT TOMATOES ARE ACTUALLY FRUITS!)

 

Transcendence by Shay Savage has a weird synopsis and storyline but the story is so original and unique. I really think that this book by Shay Savage should be better known.  Highly recommended!

9. APPLE – NAME A REALLY STEREOTYPICAL BOOK OF A CERTAIN GENRE JUST LIKE APPLES WHICH ARE TYPICAL FRUITS. IN THE END WAS THAT BOOK GOOD OR NOT? (E.G. A VERY TYPICAL CONTEMPORARY/FANTASY BOOK… ETC.)

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, is a stereotypical first fantasy YA book. It contains the “princess on the run” trope but when you continue reading the book (and the series) the book gets really good.

10. BLUEBERRIES – NAME A BOOK THAT MADE YOU FEEL BLUE. (ANY SAD, DEPRESSING BOOKS THAT YOU’VE READ?)

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, is such a sad, depressing book. The situation the characters have to live with is so sad. Their situation is so difficult and you really feel bad because even when there’re happy times, there is sadness. These kids have such a hard time. They have to raise their siblings, pay the bills and try to cope with their absent mother.

11. GRAPEFRUIT – ANY BITTER BOOKS? (E.G. A BOOK THAT WAS BLUE BUT MORE… DO YOU HAVE ANY BITTER RESENTMENTS TOWARDS CHARACTERS FROM A BOOK? ANY SOUR TURNED BITTER EMOTIONS? ANY UBER-HATEFUL VILLAINS?)

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, I resent the characters especially Aelin and Chaol. I felt betrayed by Sarah. She made them unrecognizable. I started hated them and they were not the same characters as the first 3 books.

12. LIMES – NAME A FUNNY BOOK THAT YOU’VE READ BECAUSE LIMES ADD FLAVOUR AND SO DOES HUMOUR WITH EVERY BOOK.

★★★★

The Score by Elle Kennedy, is a hilarious NA book. It has the right amount of funny, serious and hot scenes! It doesn’t hurt that the love interest is to die for!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part B

CHERRY – THE BOOK THAT INTRODUCES YOU TO YOUR FAVORITE GENRE.

★★★★★

Slammed by Colleen Hoover, introduced me to NA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part C

STRAWBERRIES & COCONUT & ORANGES –

Sweet characters, hot scenes = perfect vacation read!

  • single mom with amazing, vibrant kids
  • SEAL guy
  • hot summer romance

★★★★