Tombé du ciel – Nikki Godwin / eARC (MM)

  • ★★★★

    Romance: M/M (gay)

  • Maison d’édition: MxM Bookmark
  • Young Adult
  • Goodreads
  • Amazon.fr (ebook) & (broché)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Résumé & mini update lecture

J’ai adoré la relation entre Micah et Ridge. J’ai beaucoup apprécié comment le deuil est abordé. C’est une romance toute douce mais qui traite d’un sujet difficile.

Ridge est un ado complètement paumé suite au décès de son père lors d’un crash d’avion. Le camp et les poneys est une échappatoire à son quotidien pour Ridge. La rencontre entre Ridge et Micah, va sortir Ridge de son petit cocon.

Micah va séduire Ridge lentement et il vont commencé une relation adorable.

J’ai vraiment bien aimé ma lecture parce que la relation se construit doucement et elle est basée sur des sentiments (il n’y a pas de scènes de sex).

Une lecture que je recomande aux personnes qui veulent commencer avec le M/M.

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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. 

Why you need to read Now I Rise by Kiersten White / eARC Review

Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s saga #2)  by Kiersten White 

Rating : ★★★★★

Genres : YA , Fantasy

Publication Date : 27th of June by Delacorte Press

Diversity : gay main character , lesbian side character 

 

 

 

 

I received a review copy from NetGalley in exchange for a review. 

*spoilers for And I Darken*

And I Darken is a Vlad the Impaler reimagining  but Vlad is not a man but a woman!

And I Darken was one of my favorite reads of last year so I was highly anticipating this sequel and I was not disappointed! This sequel was everything I wished for and more and is definitely on my favorites list of this year.

Now I Rise gets even more complex than the first book , we follow the repercussions of the first book after the rebellion of the Janissaries. Mehmed and Radu are working on conquering Constantinople while Lada is trying to get her home country back (Wallachia).  And I Darken started out slow but Now I Rise started immediately action packed and I couldn’t put it down. The story and the characters suck you in immediately.

 

Mehmed and Radu are both left behind by Lada and both are grieving their “loss” differently. I felt bad for Radu because he thought that if Lada was out of the picture he could get closer to Mehmed and maybe a romance would spark. Their friendship really blossoms in this sequel and it’s very interesting to see how Mehmed depends on Radu. Radu is a flawed main character and I loved following him. I loved seeing his relationship with his “wife” Nazira, they have an amazing friendship. I loved how Kiersten White discusses different religion aspects from the Islam while incorporating them in the plot . Nazira and Fatima were well developed side characters and I respected Kiersten a lot for that because often they are just background noise which wasn’t the case here.

Lada continues her quest to get her country, Wallachia back. Lada is the most complex character I have seen in YA. She left her romantic interest in the first book without looking back which was impressing and I would have never expected. Normally, in YA woman are always somehow bound to their love interest but Lada didn’t hesitate a second to leave Mehmed for her own personal gain which I found incredible (girl power). We often see woman making sacrifices for their love interest but not the other way around. I love Lada because she is bloodthirsty and smart at the same time. Seeing her work along side Hunyadi. Lada proves to everyone that she is not “wife material” and breaks every stereotypical expectation. The banter between Lada and her loyal soldiers is the comic relief we need throughout this dark book.

Kiersten White manages to balance plot, religious aspects and characters perfectly. I was impressed by this sequel and highly recommend it to everyone!

 

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas / book review *spoilers*

  • Rating : 5 stars (maybe?)
  • NA, Fantasy

This was one of my most anticipated releases and I still don’t know how I feel about it. I have some mixed feelings and those feelings might get me a lot of hate so please be nice.

The Things I loved 

  • I loved Feyre’s shenanigans in The Spring Court. I loved how she tried to make Tamlin jealous by going to Lucien to seek comfort after a “nightmare”.
  • I loved how Feyre and Lucien killed the Hybern’s cousin & niece and when she made Ianthe break her own hand. Those were some brutal and action packed scenes.
  • I also really liked Lucien and Feyre trip to get to the Night Court. They both were unsure of each other’s intentions. When they were suddenly ambushed by Lucien’s “brothers” from the Autumn Court, I was so scared that something would happen but fortunately Cassian and Azriel saved the day.
  • Feyre finally seeing Rhys again was heartbreaking and it was so heartwarming to see them finally reconnect.
  •  Cassian and Nesta’s bickering and banter and off the charts chemistry was the highlight of this book. (The next book has to be from their perspective!)
  • We get to know more of Azriel & Mor’s backstory , which I loved. (I appreciate Sarah finally putting some diversity in her books.)
  • Elain is a seer! What a plot twist.
  • The meeting with all of the other high lords from the other courts was highly entertaining and full with reveals. I loved meeting all of these characters (especially Helion and Vivian).
  • I hope to see more of Helion and maybe him getting to know his son LUCIEN. Who saw that coming?!
  • The battlefields were heartwreching and I loved Nesta and Cassian sudden closeness.
  • Tamlin’ redemption at the end was what I wanted.
  • The ending was beautiful (last chapters)

The Things I Disliked

  • Seeing so little of Amren (she miss her witty remarks)
  • Only getting Feyre’s POV, this was one of the major things that bothered me with this book. I felt very hindered by only getting her POV. I would have loved to get a few different perspective on everything that was happening.
  • Cassian healing was kind of not important and I would have loved seeing Nesta take care of him.
  • Tamlin being a jerk at the meeting.
  • Nesta having a shitty personality 60% of the book. I would have loved to see Elain and Nesta training with the Inner Circle.
  • Lucien and Elain getting no progression with their mating bond.
  • Mor’s revelation felt a little forced and coming from no where. I don’t like to think that Azriel had being led on my Mor for centuries. It just doesn’t make sense. How crappy of a friend can you be to make him thing that he’s unworthy of you so you can hide your sexual identity.
  • A lot of things are left unresolved!!!! (big frustration)

Alex, Approximately & You’ve Got Mail / Book & Movie Review (non-spoiler)

 

Alex, Approximately / short book review

  • Contemporary (You’ve Got Mail retelling)
  • 391 pages
  • 4.5/5 stars
  • Published April 4th 2017

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

This book follows Bailey, also known as Mink, who is a big film buff. She has been interacting with this boy called Alex on a forum about movies. She decides to move to California, where her dad and Alex live. She doesn’t tell Alex about her moving to his town and tries to figure out who Alex is. She also gets a summer job at a local museum where she meets Porter. Their first meeting doesn’t goes great so she hates him. Porter is snarky, annoying but has a ‘dark’ past. Little does she know that Porter and Alex might have more in common. This story is loads of fun and adorable. If you love You’ve Got Mail, you’ll love the similarities (modernized) in this book.

My pros

  • sex positive
  • modern You’ve Got Mail retelling
  • boyfriend respects his girlfriend
  • great quotes from movies
  • Californian laid back setting (sea & surfers and food)
  • diverse characters
  • amazing female friendship
  • positive family portrayal

My cons

  • The ending/reveal a little dragged out & too dramatic

= Highly recommended!

You’ve Got Mail / mini movie review

  • Comedy, drama and romance
  • 1998
  • Actors: Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan
  • 4.5/5

While reading Alex, Approximately, I realized that I had never seen You’ve Got Mail. I wanted to know their similarities so I immediately started the movie. I am by no means a movie reviewer but I really enjoyed this movie. Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors so it was an instant hit for me. The movie goes very well with the book and I appreciated Jenn Bennet’s book even more because I saw small hints from the movies that she very well adapted to our time. The movie is about two business rivals (bookstores!) who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love online. The progression from hating to loving each other is so swoon worthy.

= Highly recommended!