Q&A #1

  

Hello world. I asked over on my instagram account for some questions, and, well, here are the answers ^_^ 

How many books do you have?

last time I checked I had around 330 books, but I haven’t count them in a while. 

What’s your favorite horror movie?

awh, that’s sooo hard to answer. friday the 13th is one of my favorite, but I also have to say American Mary, The Strangers, Sweeney Todd, Dark Skies, The Mist…So many moviiiies. 

Book that changed your life?

Like many others, I love to say the Harry Potter series. I would not be loving books as much without that series. I have to thanks my mom for that, she bought me the first 3 books when I was 12. So… thanks mom! 

What is your all-time favorite stand alone book?

Hard one. Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe? Vicious? Maybe Someday? Fangirl? There’s soooo many good stand-alone! 

Who’s your book boyfriend?

Jem. Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices. He’s the love of my life. 

Music that you listen to while reading?

A bit of everything really, I don’t have a typical music style while reading. 

Do you have a youtube channel?

Nah, i don’t. but i’ve been thinking about making one soon, maybe this summer when my life is not that busy with Uni. 

Favorite book?

I don’t think I have one favorite book. Anything by Edgar Allan Poe, Proxy by Alex London, the Lunar Chronicles series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and all the stand alone I have mention before. 
So, here it is, my first Q&A ever! 😀 

Review : Party Games by R. L. Stine

Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear’s birthday party at his family’s estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to be invited. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party—the game of murder. As the guests start dying one by one, Rachel realizes to her horror that she and the other teenagers are trapped on the tiny island with someone who may want to kill them all. How to escape this deadly game? Rachel doesn’t know whom she can trust. She should have realized that nothing is as it seems… on Fear Island.

  

!!! THIS REVIEW HAS SPOILERS !!!!

i don’t know why I decided to read this book, because the last time i enter a Stine’s novel i ended up hating it (my midsummer night’s scream review)

So, how was Party Games?

Well, it was better than expected, that’s for sure. i didn’t hate, but It annoyed me.

The storyline sounded interesting even if it was a big déjà vu, i enjoyed that premise. The begining was a bit slow, but when you get at the party things get interesting. People die and i enjoyed that part alot……. (SPOILERS) but, the thing is all that excitement was for nothing because well, everybody who’s suppose to be dead is not. That was such a let down, all that cool setting was actually a big joke… i hate that so much. Maybe it would have been a good twist if it was well done, but it all felt flat to me. We also get some kind of weird last part about a kidnapping and I was like WTF AM I READING AN OTHER BOOK?!? This part had no relation with the first 3/4 of the book, it came out of nowhere. At the end, everybody lives, Brendan is not that weird and everything’s fine, sorry not my type of horror. it’s also full of cheesy moments and clichés making me want to laugh out loud. 

these is no character development. They are all faceless to me, with absolutely no personality. I didn’t care for any of them. There is also a bit lack of intelligence in this group of teenager…

So, Party Games was extremely predictable, not very intriguing and even boring at some part… but I still enjoyed it a bit or maybe i just like hating it. There is something in Stine’s writing that make it hard to put down, it’s just so ridiculous you want to know how it will end. Would not recommend 

Party Games : 2/5

Review: The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough 

Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. Romeo and Juliet. And now . . . Henry and Flora.

For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.

Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance?

Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured — a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.

The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.”

  

I knew i needed this book the second i saw it’s description. Death and love playing a game together. Yes, just yes. 

The storyline is captivating from the start. absolutely love it! I don’t want to say much about the story, all you have to know is that this novel is a reflexion on love, on the act of loving and on life and it’s incredibly well-done. friendship, family, romance, this books shows how hard every aspects of love can be. It’s cruel sometimes, but also beautiful if you decide to take a chance.

The characters were very interesting. They all have something special. Henry and his big heart, flora and her dreams, I love them, I love their romance. Love and Death are also great characters, absolutely adored their interactions. Ethan also has  special place in my heart, such a smart boy, such a tragic storyline. 

And the writing is magnificent. I have found so many beautiful quotes in this story. The writer really knows how to write about love and how to create a wonderful atmosphere. Set in the 1930s in Seattle, i found this setting to be very enjoyable. The dangerous vibe of the city, the jazz music and the romance were a perfect mix. 

I adored this one guys. Highly recommend.
The Game of Death and love : 4.5/5

Review : Every You, Every Me by David Levithan 

In this high school-set psychological tale, a tormented teen named Evan starts to discover a series of unnerving photographs—some of which feature him. Someone is stalking him . . . messing with him . . . threatening him. Worse, ever since his best friend Ariel has been gone, he’s been unable to sleep, spending night after night torturing himself for his role in her absence. And as crazy as it sounds, Evan’s starting to believe it’s Ariel that’s behind all of this, punishing him. But the more Evan starts to unravel the mystery, the more his paranoia and insomnia amplify, and the more he starts to unravel himself.”

  

That is not an easy book to review because there is not much that I have enjoyed in it. 

but I also didn’t hated it.

First, lets talk about what I liked about this book. I like the writing. David Levithan is a fantastic writer and i will always enjoy his style. It’s simple and beautiful at the same time. 

I like the vibe of the story. The heavy and dark atmosphere. I enjoyed the creepy aspect. It’s the type of book you want to read on a rainy day.

now, for what i dislike…

The characters. I absoluty hate the characters. Didn’t feel any connection with them. I couldn’t bring myself to care much about what was going to happened to them. they felt pretty empty  with not personality. 

I dislike the whole struck through words. At first i found it interesting, but i swear more than half of the book is made of struck through words. The impact was less effective and even a bit annoying.

the pictures were interesting but i got bored pretty fast.

overall, not a every good book. Would not recommend, but please check out David Levithan’s other work because he is a great writer.

Every you, every me : 2.5/5

Review : Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard–a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.”

  

This book was getting a lot of attention since it’s release and i was extremely excited to finally see what the hype was all about.

Red Queen was entertaining enough. I did had a hard time really getting into it. I found the first couple of chapters to be a bit dull and even hard to follow, but the more I read, the more I enjoyed. It was a fun adventure. I love how manipulation is everywhere. you just never know who to trust and it adds a very interesting aspect to the plot. The plot twist at the end was kind of predictable, but stil interesting and well done. Obviously, the story is far from original, there is absolutely nothing new in this concept, but it was still a pretty fun read. The world was not developed enough in my opinion. I found it a bit hard to picture it, i hope we get more description in the next one. The characters were okay. We get the typical peole we find in these type of books. A dull king, a crazy queen, a perfect heir, a jealous brother and the strong girl who don’t belong. overall, i will fast forget about all these characters. They were far from incredible. 

Red Queen is definitely over hyped, but It is still a very fun and entertaining read.

Red Queen : 3.5/5

review : Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past. 
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated. 
Promises get broken. 
Rules get shattered.

Love gets ugly.”

  

This book.

this book, guys.

wow.

Here’s the thing, everytime I decided to read a book by Colleen Hoover, i tell myself that it won’t be THAT good, that my emotions won’t be destroy by the story and that I won’t let her break my heart. Everytime I am wrong. Colleen Hoover is a godess when it come to writing a complex love story. Nothing is never easy and sweet. No. It’s painful and sad, and it usualy ends with the reader feeling exhausted because of how intense it was. 

but It was glorious. So damn beautiful. The writing is fantastic. i absolutely love the way she wrote Miles’s past. The way she describes how he feels and how he fell in love, i had to reread some parts because it was so beautiful. it also kept me intrigued, I needed to know what happened to Miles and Rachel and what would happen with Miles and Tate. Colleen Hoover does know how to create a captivating storyline! And that ending. The ending was simply perfect. I like the characters, but they are not the main reason why this book was so good. 

The reason why I read Colleen Hoover’s book is the emotinal ride. Trust me, pick one of her book up, read it, and see how your poor heart will feel after. You are gonna smile, you are gonna cry and you are gonna be mad, that’s the beauty of this book, it makes you feel.

Ugly Love : 4.5/5

Review : Attack on Titan ( Vol. 1,2,3 & 4) by Hajime Isayama

What’s left of humanity survives in fear for their lives in this exciting, terrifying new manga that’s a number one bestseller in Japan. Humankind is down to just a few thousand people who live in a city surrounded by three concentric walls. The walls protect them from their enemies, the ravenous giants known as the Titans. The Titans appear to have only one purpose: to consume humanity. 

For one hundred years, what’s left of mankind has lived in the city on earth, protected by walls that tower over even the Titans. Untouched by the Titans for a century, humanity has become complacent. But Eren Jaeger has had enough. While his fellow citizens are content to hide, Jaeger has the passion to take action to not only protect the city, but to learn what the Titans actually are. But on his first mission he comes face to face with horrors beyond his imagination… and secrets from his own past that could shift the tides of war. “

  

I have to say, i don’t read a lot of manga. I’m just never really intrigued by them… but lately, my roommate bought this boxset and she kept talking about how good it was, so I gave it a go.

and I love it. The storyline is original (I haven’t read many stories with titans!). It’s also very gore and brutal and it was glorious. It’s the horror fan talking here, but damn, those monsters are so cruel. I found them to be extremely entertaining. The story is also about humanity and how humans react in a hopeless situation. trying to survive just to face a other day of fear, it’s not an easy task. The writing is great. Isayama is capable of creating a fascinating world. His writing is powerful and terribly emotional, i felt my heart break a couple of times. He also gave us some very interesting characters. I felt invested in their storyline form the start. Eren is such a passionate boy. He annoyed me a bit at first, but i discover that he was more than just an angry boy. Mikasa is so complex, i feel like even with 4 volumes down, it’s hard to get to know her. She’s badass and she will do anything to protect her friends. That is what i like about her. She’s fighter, not a damsel in distress. Armin is by far my favorite character. He is incredibly smart, but he feels weak and he hates himself for that. it’s hard for him. I can’t wait to see where is character is going to go from here. The side characters are mostly faceless for me, i don’t really care about them right now. I’m hoping to see more of them in the next volumes.

Even if i’m not a big fan of the art, i’m enjoying the storyline so very much. It’s dark, gory, emotional and well written. Would recommend!

Attack on Titan Vol. 1 : 4/5

Attack on Titan Vol. 2 : 4/5

Attack on Titan Vol. 3 : 4/5

Attack on Titan Vol. 4 : 3.5/5