Mirage – The book of my Moroccan heart

 

Mirage

Series: Mirage #1

Publication date : August 28th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Flatiron Books | Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult |Fantasy, Science Fiction

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place. Continue reading

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Want – Topical, timely, fast paced and addictive as hell

 

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Publication date : July 13th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Simon Pulse

Genre : Young Adult |Science Fiction

Page Count: 328

Synopsis : Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost. Continue reading

Not Your Villain – Thrilling, fast paced and very addicting

Not Your Villain

Series : The Sidekicks Squad #2

Publication date : September 5th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Duet Books

Genre : Young Adult | Science Fiction

Page Count: 286

Synopsis : Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants, and if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he’s got it covered. But that was before he became the country’s most-wanted villain.
After discovering a massive cover-up by the Heroes’ League of Heroes, Bells and his friends Jess, Emma, and Abby set off on a secret mission to find the Resistance. Meanwhile, power-hungry former hero Captain Orion is on the loose with a dangerous serum that renders meta-humans powerless, and a new militarized robotic threat emerges. Everyone is in danger. Between college applications and crushing on his best friend, will Bells have time to take down a corrupt government?
Sometimes, to do a hero’s job, you need to be a villain.
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27 Hours – Queer babies take over space … but colonialism

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Series : The Nightside Saga #1

Publication date : October 3rd, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Entangled Teen

Genre : Young Adult | Science Fiction

Page Count: 404

Synopsis : Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.
They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left. (From Goodreads)

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Not Your Sidekick – Cute and Silly on the outside, powerful on the inside

Not Your Sidekick

Series : The Sidekicks Squad #1

Publication date : September 8th, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Duet Books

Genre : Young Adult | Science Fiction

Page Count: 283

Synopsis : Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether. (From Goodreads)

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Warcross – Most epic, mind boggling sci-fi I’ve ever read

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Series : Warcross #1

Publication date : September 12th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Penguin Random House

Genre : Young Adult | Science Fiction

Page Count: 416

Synopsis : For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation. Continue reading

Winter – The Happily Ever After to our Futuristic Fairytales

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Publication date : November 10th, 2015goodreads

Publisher :  Feiwel and Friends

Genre : Young Adult | Science Fiction – Fantasy

Page Count: 832

Synopsis : Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.
 
(From Goodreads)

Rating:  4 stars

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Well, I’ve FINALLY had the time to finish the series and it was SO SO good, the perfect wrap-up after all the build-up and the crazy adventures BUT here’s the thing, as much as I loved reading it, I was in a funky mood and didn’t enjoy is much as I expected. I was set on giving it a 5 stars but then as I started reading, something didn’t feel right and I nelt more towards 3.5 stars THEN came the ending and it made me so happy that I decided on a 4 stars.

The book starts slow and lets the tension climb up slowly  but once it picks up, HOLY MOTHER OF MACARONY, it was so so good, everything was happening so fast and when something went right another thing went wrong to make everything all the more difficult for them to get Luna back and THAT, I really appreciated, because as much as this is a fairytale retelling, we can’t make it too easy on our protagonists, can we?

Alright, I’m having a LOT of difficuties reviewing this book, because in other circumstances I would be raving all over the place and now I’m not??? Like I have nothing bad to say but then again all the good things are numbed by this freaking mood I am in. Anyway, this book read fast, life real fast for how long it is, it didn’t feel like 800+ pages at all, I would have finished in half the time I did if I didn’t have to study *sigh* because the action in it was such a page turner that I couldn’t get enough of it and I just needed more. Speaking of which, I LOVED how that final battle scene was handled, as much as it was kick-ass and full of hope, it was also desperate and violent and just GREAT.

Though, one thing that was really peculiar is reading  from Winter‘s POV, it wasn’t bad, I actually really liked it, it was just different from all the others, having the condition that she had, we could witness her drifting between reality and her hallucinations in an instant, and even though she was conscious that those weren’t real she still couldn’t extract herself from them and in those moments even the tone of her narration changed, if that makes any sense. I loved her so so much, she has this wise, calm aura about her that was soothing and graceful. She’s also very innocent and and loveable.

Moving on to my other beloved characters, I LOVED how they all had each other’s back and fought for one another. Iko is still my favorite out of the bunch, she is so hilarious and brave, and I loved seeing her experiencing these new human feelings and relationships and how she delt with them. Scarlet is SO kick-ass, I knew she was from book 2, but here there was this new strength about her, she shone through as a leader. Cress surprised me, she had great character development and grew more confident and mature than she was before, I particularly loved the moment when she confronted Thorne, I just kept screaming YES and flailing. I obviously cannot talk about all of them one by one but these are the ones that stuck with me.

Also, the ships, ALL OF THEM!! Wolf and Scarlet’s reunion scene GAVE.ME.LIFE. Kai and Cinder are KaiandCinder and they deserve to be happy and I love them so much. Winter and Jacin were the cutest because their relationship felt so innocent. As for Cress and Thorne, CRESS AND THORNE, I LOVED how awkward and nervous, confident cocky Thorne got around Cress.

That ending was a true fairytale ending and it made me feel so warm and fuzzy inside which kind of helped with the funky mood, even if it didn’t cure it completely, and to me the 3rd book “Cress” will always be the best. May I add that I feel like Winter’s Arc is the one that stayed the truest to the original Snow White fairytale? It had almost all the elements (if not all).


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The Crown – I tried, I really did ! At least now we’re done ?

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Title : The Crown (The Selection #5)

Author : Kiera Kass

Publication date : May 3th 2016

Publisher : HarperTeen

Genre : Young Adult | Romance – Dystopia

Synopsis : When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

Rating: 2.5 stars

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“I’m in love with him, and I want to marry him. And even though he hates having his picture taken, I want to take a thousand so I can put him on my wall and wake up to us laughing every day, just like you do with Mom. And I want him to make me doughnuts, just like his mom does for his dad. Even if I have to let out all my dresses. And I want us to find our own thing or maybe find out that our own thing is everything, because I feel like if I have him, even the stupid stuff would matter.”

(No Spoilers)

This ending to The Selection series wasn’t a good one friends. I’m one of those firm believers that they should’ve left it alone after the end of that first trilogy, but nooo ! Go ahead and milk that cow. It’s not all bad obviously, I enjoyed some part so I’m sorry if you like this book and I’m offending you, I would suggest you don’t read any further though,  I don’t have the strength to run away from pitchforks.

So… We all know that the writing isn’t spectacular in this, it is just meh but I was okay with it because to be honest I didn’t go into The Crown expecting beautiful prose. But there is a minimum to be reached if you ask me, and while it was thankfully scraping it for the most part, sometimes I just facepalmed myself. Real hard. There are some mistakes done (Editing is made to correct those, people !) but the worse one that is actually one of my pet peeves that I just can’t get over is the common used “If I was …” (I actually went ahead and researched it just to be sure). I know it is very widely used in everyday language but it WRONG when the statement is contrary to fact, but I just get past it in a book’s narration.

There are also some very cheesy sentences that don’t even make any sense, like “I’m pretty sure you’re always useful. Even when you sleep.” EXCUSE ME WHAT ? I know it’s meant to be -not so- casual flirting but it just comes across as ridiculous. Here, I’m a nice person, so I’ll give you extra cheese for free :

“I walked over to him. And when he realized I was on my way, his gaze flew up to mine. In an instant, everything in the room came alive. Like the sunshine had a melody and the sounds of footsteps had a texture I could feel in my fingertips each time anyone moved”

Moving on. I went in wanting to rate this very loosely because I didn’t expect it sweep me off my feet, I just wanted a cute fairytale ending -like in The One,  and even that didn’t happen. The ending felt sloppy and rushed and didn’t answer all the questions Eadlyn’s books raised. Romantically speaking, the ending was a good one, she ended up with the guy I was rooting for so I was happy with that. But politics wise, the One ended with everything being in order, first The Heir messes everything up, then this one starts fixing things -we admittedly see the light at the end of the tunnel- but it is just not enough. I wanted to see what the people’s reaction will be to the announcements she made.

One thing I really appreciated is to see how Maxon and America (as well as all the others) turned out. We didn’t get to see much of that in The Heir because they weren’t very close with their daughter, but after what happened, Eadlyn got to see her parents’ love like she never did before, and us with her. It still is just like a fairytale after 20 years and that same old feel good vibe to it.

I didn’t review the Heir when I read it because I wasn’t blogging yet but I mentioned it in my very first wrap-up and said that I didn’t like Eadlyn, not one bit. I actually hated her. But now she changed. For the better that is. She stopped being whiny, selfish and arrogant, she’s now strong and responsible willing to do anything for her family and country, and I really appreciated that change but the one thing that I wanted to slap her for is how trusting she became. She went from 0 to 100 reaaal quick and I was sure it was going to come back and bite her in the ass. Which eventually happened.

As for the guys, I felt like the characters fell flat and were very one dimensional aside from Kile, Erik and maybe Hale who were okay. I understand that with 30 guys it is impossible to develop all of them, but with the final 5, I would’ve like a little more depth even they ultimately weren’t going to stick around, it would’ve made her choice less obvious. I must admit that in the original trilogy, the girls were better thought out than the boys in these two final books.

So, here ends the selection series. I hope. While these last 2 books were Meh, I’d recommend reading the original trilogy if you’re looking for an easy, quick read with a happily ever after.


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Cress – Don’t ever crash your spaceship in the desert

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Title : Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

Author : Marissa Meyer

Publication date : February 4th 2014

Publisher : Feiwel & Friends

Genre : YA Sci-Fi

Synopsis : Even in the future. there are damsels in distress…
In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana’s evil plan, has a slight problem. She’s been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
 
(From Goodreads)

Rating : 5 stars

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 “Maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”

(No spoilers)

If Cinder and Scarlet were strong winds blowing my hair in all ways, this would be a hurricane, the mother of all tornados. Action, wittiness, pace, romance, this thing has it all. EVERYTHING.

In my opinion, if you ask me, if you ever happen to care what I think, Cress’s story is the closest to the original fairytale out of all the ones in the series I’ve read so far and maybe, possibly, my favorite one. Girl with crazy long hair trapped in a fortress by a woman, girl is saved by a “criminal”, girl goes on a wild journey with said criminal. You guessed it, it’s Rapunzel. The fact that Rapunzel is one of my favorite princesses may or may not have something to do with how much I loved this retelling. I think I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, I love how the stories all criss-cross together  and in this case how Cress was swiftly added to the Rampion crew. The way she met with Thorne and they got to spend alone time together was a very smart idea *applause* , even if it is not ideal and very brutal, helped jumpstart the little romantic spark, though Carswell is dumb and can’t see his own feelings. It was a one way insta-love but it was perceived as such which didn’t make it annoying, it was just silly, cute and innocent.

As its predecessor, this book is action packed and very quick to go through. It is far from being a short book and I still managed to get through it in 2 sittings while still studying for my finals, this is just to tell you how addicting and fast paced it is. Each character brings new plot points and new things to the table, which means that things never get boring and now that I think about it even some parts that I thought were brushed off were clarified and everything made so much more sense.

62527907337dbcd0e4013ce4c6d4d285Okay, I don’t know if Scarlet is still my favorite out of the MCs (because yes Iko will forever be my favorite of EVER), we saw very little of  her in this installment while we a shit load of Cress, and I love her. She’s so quirky, shy – A FREAKING GENIUS- and her naivety and innocence are very funny to read about, that little girl vibe touched a soft spot in my heart. I hope we’ll get to see the kick-ass Scarlet back in the final book because I really missed her, and so I can FINALLY decide who my favorite is. As for Cinder, SHE’S ON FIRE, back to her old self that I am so fond of, brave, strong even with literally the whole world -and the moon- depending on her, and all the doubts it can bring. No biggy. No pressure.

Kai, oh very changed Kai ! I really love the growth he experienced from book 1. Though he was really sweet and humble, I thought he was a little too trusting and naive. Well, that is gone. The responsibilities that were thrown at him brought up a side of him that’s much appreciated, more mature and selfless. His reunion with Cinder MADE ME SQUEAL, nothing spectacular or even romantic, it made me laugh but just the fact that they were FINALLY in the same place was enough for me. Thorne is still my same old bae even with all the things that happen to him, he still puts on a brave face. And I am confessing my feelings now, I believe I never mentioned this, but he’s totally my boyfriend, deal with it. And his friendship with Cinder is #Goals. And I kind of ship him with Cress. And he’s just the most wonderful thing is this series *swoons*.

Throughout the book, we get to see a little bit of Winter and I can’t wait to read her own book because she’s going a little cray-cray and I want to see how that develops and what Meyer will make of it. Which made me think that quite a few things are foreshadowed that I didn’t grasp until reading this third installment.

One last thing I really like is that Cinder – the MC of all MCs – isn’t made the almighty, invincible person that can do everything on her own, without her group of friends she wouldn’t have made it very far which is a breath of fresh air from all the oh-so-perfect-can-slay-a-dragon-while-texting-and-painting-her-nails kind of MC. I can’t wait to read Winter because I don’t know how it can top this and I want to know if and how it will do so.

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Onyx – Where the romance invaded the plot (DNF)

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Title : Onyx (Lux #2)

Author : Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publication date : August 14th 2012

Publisher : Entangled Teen

Genre : Young Adult | Paranormal

Synopsis : Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.
Something worse than the Arum has come to town…
The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.
But then everything changes…
I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…
(From Goodreads)

Rating : DNF

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“That’s the funny thing about trying to escape. You never really can. Maybe temporarily, but not completely.”

(No spoilers)

Oh boy ! I want to start off by saying that this review won’t be as long as the ones I’m used to writing because well … It’s a DNF … At 39%. So yeah, I didn’t get that far . Once again, if this is one of your favorite books and think that you’ll get offended and have an urge to slit my throat by reading this review just skip it, for both our sakes.

Remember at the end of my review for Obsidian when I said that it started getting better by the end and that I was thinking about giving book 2 a try? That was a mistake, I should’ve left it alone. Because yes, it was interesting at the beginning with the new link added in, I wanted to see how that would play out in the plot, but WHERE IS THE DAMN PLOT ? I don’t seeing anywhere. Has it gone for a walk? Did it get as angry with this book as me and decided to leave it? I truly don’t know.

The romance took over everything. What’s going on in page 1? Deamon decides he wants Kat and would everything to get her to forgive him. In page 10? Kat cannot trust him and decides that she wants nothing from him. Page 20? She caves in. Page 50? She changes her mind again. Where are the aliens? Where are the fights? Where is the trouble and the heart-stopping action? I WANT IT. GIVE IT TO ME. I was really disappointed to see that the relationship went again to being the center of the story instead of continuing on like the end of book 1 on the ACTUAL plot.

If the plot was taking front stage, I wouldn’t be able to put down the book because it was promising with the DoD becoming suspicious and the Luxen being in great danger of extermination. Talking of the DoD, I feel like they were inaccuracies in their knowledge of the aliens between this book and the previous one. In Obsidian, it is said that they didn’t know that the Luxen had abilities, but then in Onyx it said that they do know but only that they use them in extreme situations and that Deamon is the strongest one. Wait, I mean WHAT THE HELL ? It really pissed me off. I don’t like when the backstory changes to conveniently fit the direction the plot is taking. Oh, and when the MC is taken by people who can potentially kill her, what doesn’t she think about ?

“Now I wish I’d let Deamon kiss me back there. Because if I was going to disappear, then at least my last memory would’ve given me some sort of completion”

Damn girl ! You sure have your priorities straight, I would take kissing over survival anytime too.

Add to that the fact that every time I started enjoying something, it got overused and I ended up despising it:

  1. The back and forth between Kat and Deamon was cute and but then it dragged on forever.
  2. The cheesiness was really funny at first but at some point I just found myself rolling my eyes. Fearing they’ll get stuck at the back of their sockets, I stopped reading.

Throw in another guy in the mix, dump info on me like I’m trash, introduce “mysterious” people whose intentions are clear and take away the little that I liked, I just couldn’t do it anymore. I lost interest in the characters, in the romance and in the little glimpses of the plot, I just couldn’t connect with anything and didn’t give 2 damns about what would happen.

I scrolled and scrolled and scrolled down the reviews in GR and couldn’t find one single negative review which was weird to me because I’m normally easily pleased by books and this is actually the second book I ever DNF.

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