Review : Alive by Scott Sigler

“A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.”

  
stop everything and go read this book. I won’t say much about it, but this is one of the most entertaining and unexpected book I have read in a while. It’s dark and brutal. I love how I never knew where this story was going, i couldn’t guess what was going to happen. It is full of interesting and shocking twists and turns, making every chapter more interesting than the last one. It’s fast-paced, thrilling and creepy. The mystery is really good, making it very hard to put this book down. Love the characters too, especially our main girl. I love having her as a narrator, such a great character with a perfect voice! i also really enjoy the writing style, Sigler’s writing in good and perfect for this kind of story! 

The less you know, the better, just jump into this story without looking for any informations before and enjoy this creepy, entertaing ride!

Alive : 4.5/5

Wrap-up : August

  

AUGUST WRAP-UP, yup, it’s this time of the month already, haha!

I have read 12 books this month : 10 novels, 1 graphic novel and 1 manga.  That is a very good reading month : 

Ruin and Rising (The grisha trilogy #3) : 4.5/5 

The Martian : 4.5/5

Love and other perishable items : 3/5

Jackaby : 3/5

All I Know Now : 4/5

Locke & Key Vol. 2 : 4/5

The Night We Said Yes : 4/5

Afterimage: 4/5

The Lightning Thief : 4/5

Slasher Girls and Monster Boys : 4/5

Alive : 4.5/5

Attack On Titan Vol. 16 : 4/5 

Review : Slasher Girls and Monster boys (Stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke)

“A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each story draws from a mix of literature, film, television, or even music to offer something new and fresh and unsettling. Even better? After you’ve teased out each tale’s references, satisfy your curiosity at the end, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here. These are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror, to the supernatural, to unnerving, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.”

  
This is one of the best anthologies I’ve read in a while. It was fantastic, there is barely any dull moments in this book. I love how every story is inspired by a book/movie/song. It was fun trying to guess what was the inspiration for each story. 

Also, best title ever, right?! 

The Birds of Azalea Street – Nora Ren Suma : Great start to the book. strangely beautiful, dark and well-written – 4.5/5 

In the forest Dark and Deep – Carrie Ryan : Insteresting retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Brutal and gore. 3.5/5

Emmeline – Cat Winters : Very romantic and haunting. A dark story full of sadness, very enjoyable. Love the writing style!! 4/5

Verse Chorus Verse – Leigh Bardugo : that was a bit dissapointing. I didn’t really enjoy the dtory, but i do love Bardugo’s writing. The ending was a bit weird, but kind of creepy. 3/5

Hide and Seek – Megan Shepherd: my favorite so far. love the concept, The writing, the story, everything. I sinply adore Megan Shepherd. 5/5 

The Dark, scary parts and all – Danielle Paige : This was a fun and dark little story. not my favorite, but still very good! 4/5

The Flicker, the Fingerd, the beat, the sigh – April Genevieve Tucholke: very enjoyable, dark and interesting, love that we don’t really have a real answer at the end. 4/5

Fat girl with a knife – Jonathan Maberry : meh. didn’t like this one, boring, not scary, very dissapointing. 2/5

Sleepless – Jay Kristoff : oh so good! Was not expecting all those twists, I really enjoyed that one! It creeped me out so much! 4.5/5

M- Stefan Bachmann : creepy and interesting, i love the writing, the whole concept and the fact that we have a blind narrator, it really adds to the strange vibe of the story. good one! 4/5

The Girl without a face – Marie Lu : fantastic story. It was scary and clever and absolutely chilling. I love Marie Lu! 4.5/5

A girl who dream of snow – McCormick Templeman : i didn’t care much about this story. I have to say I kind of wanted to skip it at some part. 1.5/5

Stiches – A.G. Howard : love, love, loveee the writing style! this story was very graphic and it surprised me alot. an other fantastic one, i really want to check out more of Howard’s work. 4/5

On the I-5 – Kendare Blake : i really liked this story. it was full of sadness, but it was a bit less scary than the other in this book. Blake is such a good writer! 4/5 

Overall, this book was great! Dark. creepy and fun. I’m so glad I read it.

Slasher Girls and Monster Boys : 4/5

Review : The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians 1) by Rick Riordan

«Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. »

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This book has been on my shelves for a very, very long time and i don’t know why I didn’t read it earlier because that was so much fun. I love greek mythology, i always did, so I was so excited to read this. The storyline is entertaining and fast-paced. You never have a dull moment. There is always something happenning. Maybe even a little too much, for such a quick read, there is alot of action and crazy events. I didn’t mind, but I could see why some people would have a problem with it. The characters are all so fantastic. Grover and Annabeth are two of the best sidekicks ever. They are incredible and I can’t wait to read more about them. Percy. Oh, Percy Jackson could easily make is way into my favorite character list. He is such an interesting narrator! His voice is funny and addictive. I couldn’t put down the book. I love how hilarious he is even in  the worst situation. The way he describes what he is seeing is simply perfect. I love him and i am so excited to see how things will go from now. I can’t wait to see him grow up and see him gain some maturity and some strength. It’s going to be and interesting ride, i can feel it! Riordan’s writing is so good, i love it! Simple and fun. This book was awesome.

The Lightning Thief : 4/5

Friday’s recommendation…

… a dark story.

Title : Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

My rating : 4/5

My review : Forbidden

Goodreads description : “She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.
Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.”

The cover :

  

Review : Afterimage (The Enertia Trials #1) by J. Kowallis

“Reggie’s dreams . . .

aren’t dreams.

Visions of the future flood her mind like shards of broken puzzles. Caged in her cell, every morning begins the same. She’s drugged, tortured, and images are torn from her memory by Public One.

Until the morning everything changes. The vision is different. The future’s never been about her, and now she knows they’re coming for her:
Nomads.
How will she convince them to keep her alive when Nate, their leader, doesn’t like or even trust her? To him, she’s a science experiment. A machine.
When Public One will do anything to keep her, Reggie must make a decision: remain a slave to her past, or risk her future to venture into a world more terrifying than she’s ever known.”

  
Copy provided in exchange for an honest review. 🙂

Holy crap that was a good book! I absolutely love it! by now, you guys probably know that there is 3 things important for me in a book : Writing, characters, storyline. This book has everything I like and enjoy. The writing is wonderful. i was hooked from the start and it didn’t let me go until the very end. Such a well written page turner. The plot is entertaining and intense. You just never know what is going to happen next or who’s going to get hurt, you are never sure if your favorite is going to survive until the end. Oh my poor little heart, I got very emotional during some parts. I also really enjoy the brutality of the story, it’s dark and bloody and oh so good. The character development was incredible, just wow. I love all of them so much. Reggie and Nate are both strong and fascinating. Their relationship is so interesting and i love watching these two together. I enjoy all the POVs, it was fun seeing a little bit of all of them. It made me care more. My only problem with this book was maybe the word building, i feel like it was not develop enough. I wanted to know more about it. I feel like I needed more details about this world and the Public One. 

This book was an intense and incredible ride and i am SO EXCITED for the sequel!

Afterimage: 4/5

Buy the book here : Afterimage 

How to be a bookworm on a budget

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One of the question I get asked the most over on my instagram is how the hell do I get that many books?

Nop. I am not rich…or a criminal. I just learned a couple of tricks over the years about where to get my books and today i will be sharing them with you.

1) Booksale :
Booksale are your new best firend. Always check your bookstore website to see if they are having any sale in the coming days. You may not find the exact book you are looking for, but you will find some interesting cheap ones that you may want to read.

2) Online book shopping:
Nothing beats the feeling of getting lost in a bookstore for hours, but online shopping does have a very good side : you can find books for a very, very good price. With websites like Amazon or Bookdepository, it’s very easy to find what you are looking for. I would also recommend checking Bookoutlet because you can find hardcover for less than 4$! It’s a magical place.

3) Netgalley :
If you are a book blogger, Netgalley is an interesting place to look at. They have a nice selection of titles for us to choose from. All you have to do is request the book you wish to read and, if the Publisher accept it, they send you a ebook. Sometimes you even get to read books before they even come out. All they want in exchange is a review.

4) Ebooks
Obviously, ebooks are not as fun, but if you are on a budget, they can be a good option for a while. Ebooks are cheaper than real books, so you can read more for your money. I use a Kobo and I really enjoy it.

5) Library
This is your best option if you can’t buy books. You basically have an entire building full of free books that you can read, USE IT.

6) Bookworm friends
Going shopping with some bookworm friends is so great because if you both want to read the same book, one of you can buy it and the other can borrow it. Share the fun people.

Hope this helps a bit, don’t buy books if you haven’t payed all you bills yet. Reponsibilities are boring, but don’t get in trouble because you need new books. 😉