Reviews

Review : Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman

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Dry

Authors : Neal & Jarrod Shusterman

Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

 

The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

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This is not the type of book I usually pick. A post-apocalyptical survival plot is something I actually shy away from, and I only got interested into it because I saw it at the library and liked Scythe, also by Neil Shusterman enough.
It was a pretty quick read, barely two sittings, which was great as I read it while I was sick. It was really enjoyable and definitely kept me entertained. It kind of reassured me about this genre, as I had hated The 5th Wave, which I believe can be put in the same category as Dry. I even thought the idea of a water crisis was pretty original in this context, as the end of society is often brought by diseases and such in other books.

It’s very basic, but here’s the plot in one word : Survive. That is the exact reason I don’t usually like those type of books, as there is no real beginning and ending. It’s just about keeping going and living. Which implies there is not much construction in the story. I always felt like the characters were running around aimlessly like a bunch of headless chickens.

As I said, it was an enjoyable read, but that’s about it. I won’t reread it. There was not much world buliding to be done, as it is set in modern America, so I can’t really complain about that. The main problem for me though were the characters.

I couldn’t feel anything towards any characters, besides some pity for Alyssa and her brother when their parents disappeared. They’re mostly basic teens, even Kelton, who is supposed to be a survivalist’s son and might have had a better story to tell if you want my opinion. Henry was absolutely insipid and I’m not too sure how he is essential, or even useful to the plot. I honestly think he could as well be a ghost. The only one I did not dislike too much was Jacqui. She’s a stray teen and actually held her own pretty well. She seemed to be the only one with some common sense in that book, when even parents went insane.

Pretty basic read, kind of average.

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If you have read Dry, feel free to share your opinion in the comments ! It’s always nice to read you guys !

See you soon,

Jade

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Top 5 favorite characters ever

Even with summer coming, I found a way to be sick… As I’m not fully capable of doing anything useful, I figured I might share with you some favorites of mine, starting with characters ! Maybe this is  part of a weekly meme I don’t know about, but since I haven’t found it, I’ll do it today !

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  1. Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, J.K.Rowlingtumblr_ooo2wrFOot1tyxm64o1_400

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    Many grew up with Hermione as a role model, and I am one of them. If Aelin was the first badass female I read about, in a warrior way, Hermione was the one who showed me it was okay to read and want knowledge, and that actually, knowledge is power. I was a pretty introvert kid who learned to read at age 4-5 and I was not very fond of friends. I had a few, sure, but I preferred books to people, and Hermione made me feel so much better about it. Her bravery and temper made me admire her x10000. I LOVE HER !

  2. Rhysand, A court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J Maasdajrv9c-3dec684e-a55e-499c-8269-042ee847f9fa

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    Honestly, Rhysand has raised the bar for all the boyfriends in the world. But not only is he a great mate to Feyre, but he’s a just leader, who managed to overcome the gruesome events of his past to protect his court and his people. Rhysand is also a character that evolved through the series, with more depth added with every chapter. He definitely deserves to be in this top 5.

    3. Max Vandenburg, The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

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Max is a piece of dream in a world of hate and war. Even though he’s being hunted, sick and would have every reason to give up on everything, he still finds happiness and solace in sharing his love for books with Liesl. The bond between the two made my heart swell with love throughout the books and brought tears to my eyes way too many times. Max is the character every one of us wishes to be in times of crisis, but let’s be real, we wouldn’t live up to him.

4.  Aelin Ashryver (let’s skip all the titles haha) – Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas

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Sarah J Maas definitely creates amazing characters ! Aelin is one of the first truly badass female character I read about. She’s got it all : brains, sarcasm, strenght, will to always get better and scars to remember where she came from. All of this makes for a deep and touching character. Her story is so much more than the description I just made, so if you have not read TOG, I strongly recommend it to you ! If you feel down, reading Aelin and friends’ adventures will make you feel empowered in no time !

5. Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

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All characters from To Kill A Mockinbird were incredibly written, and the book made my heart tighten in my chest, but Atticus Finch was the one I found the most admirable. He knows racism. He knows what obstacles he’ll face when defending a black man in this little US town, at that time. Yet, he does what HE believes is just, and teaches his children to do the same, in hope that the world will be more tolerant someday. He’s a dreamer ready to shape his dream, all while knowing he probably won’t be part of it in the end, and knowing that this will make him a target. Atticus will forever be an essential character in the history of litterature.

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Thank you for reading !

See you soon,

Jade

 

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Review : Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Nevernight

Author : Jay Kristoff

Publisher : St Martin’s Press

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Okay guys, this book  gave me all the feels. All. Anger, love, power, lust. This book made me fell powerful and ended up breaking my little fragile heart. And this guys, is how you know a book is a masterpiece : when fictional characters can actually hurt you IRL…

Nevernight is centered around the character of Mia Corvere, a young woman capable of manipulating shadows. After the murder of her father and the breaking of her family, Mia is set to avenge them. She trains for years with the best assassins, hoping to pass the tests to join the Red Church, a cult to the Lady of Blessed Murder where the most skilled killers will be able to teach her how to end the men who  killed her father and are now hunting her.

I was a bit confused diving into Nevernight, as the writing style was relatively peculiar. However, this is Jay Kristoff we’re talking about and I am not surprised about it. This thankfully did not last long and I was captivated by the book after approximately 40 pages.

What struck me most is how Mia is a deep and extremely well-written character. Besides the whole revenge seeking aspect, I actually believe she’s one of the most human and relatable character I’ve read about recently. She is completely focused on reaching her goals, while her heart sometimes doesn’t follow that, exposing her heart then. All those little moments in which Mia had to face herself wholly made my heart ache and swell with adorable-ness (let’s say it’s a thing. You know, that moment when you want to hug a character because they’re so amazing, strong and no other character see it ? That’s what I mean)

The whole plot was a basic YA one, but the honesty of the words and the crudeness of the actions made it worth reading. I mean… Jay Kristoff made me want to visit a place of worship to a blood and murder loving godess… Pretty impressive.

The best part is how you forget Mia and her companions are all technically “villains”. They’re not characters you should be cheering for, yet you can’t help but doing so. They’re the evil, the demons lurking in the shadows and somehow I still viewed Tric, a skilled warrior and assassin, as a child trying his best to impress the girl he likes. I’m definitely embracing my dark side with Nevernight hehehe !

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If you have read it, feel free to leave a comment to share your opinion about it ! I love reading you guys ❤

See you soon,

Jade

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Review : At The Trough by Adam Knight

 

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At The Trough

Author : Adam Knight

Publisher : NineStar Press

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When I picked this book I thought I would be reading a dystopia similar to Divergent and some other dystopias. Even though it started that way, it became much more and much better than this, very quickly.

In a world where people live in Plexes, huge complexes housing most of the population, going out is no longer necessary. Students learn through screens and adults work within the Plex. Jennifer is a perfect student, with top grades. Her goal is to get in the best universities and land a good job after graduating. Her girlfriend Melody is the opposite. She’s a free spirit, who enjoys the outdated things that are books and poetry. When Melody meets Charles Winston, a former teacher who remembers how life used to be before the automatisation of the world, she brings Jennifer and a couple friends along for a spiritual journey that will stick with them forever. 

As I said, I expected this books being about freeing oneself from the grasp of the screens, while the characters would be leading some grand revolution in the country. I was dead wrong. This is much more than this. This is about freeing your spirit, doing what you love and learning to share it with people you care about. The characters are leading a silent revolution to gain slivers of knowledge, through various processes, together, while the society always taught them they did not need anyone besides virtuals teachers. All in all, this is a very poetic story, which brought some peace and kindness to my heart. I’m simply a little confused about a storyline happening in the middle of the book which was kind of pointless to me, but other than that, I enjoyed the plot !

As for the characters, I mostly loved them, besides the main one… Jennifer is the one that evolves the most throughout the books, but I couldn’t connect with her. However, I loved Jean Paul and Melody, who both moved me; Jean Paul with his desire to fit in, and Melody who wanted nothing more than to get out. Winston, the teacher was a great character, and I loved the ending Adam Knight gave him, even though he was a bit stereotyped and biased regarding the way education should be. Even Peter, last member of this little club pulled one of my heart strings.

Every one of those character has something special, a soul. The writing style for this book was surprisingly good, if sometimes dragging on, and I would definitely recommend it for dystopia and poetry/litterary books fans.

Thank you to NineStar Press and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review !

See you soon !

Jade

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I Dare You Book Tag !

Hey guys !

While I was carelessly wandering around Paris this week, the sweet Noémie from Tempest of Books tagged me for the “I Dare You Book Tag” which is basically a little quizz about our book life. As I love giving my unrequired opinion, I’m definitely taking part in this 😂

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The rules are:

  • You must be honest.
  • You must answer all the questions.
  • You must tag at least 4 people.

🌼 What book has been on your shelf the longest?

If we’re speaking generally and technically, the book I’ve had the longest is The Little Prince. I’ve had it since I was a child and I don’t think I’ll ever get read of it. It’s my childhood book, the one I’ll hold on to no matter what. I’m pretty sure we all have a book like that ! If we’re talking about unread books however, that would be Kingdom of Ash that I bought when it was released, even though I had not read all the books before it… I still don’t even have Empire of Storms…

🌼 What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Ugh I’m currently reading 4 books, this is such a mess haha. I’m reading ARCs of At the Trough and Across a broken shore (which both seem amazing and I can’t wait to read more) as well as Nevernight and Dry ! Considering those will take me a little while to read, I have absolutely NO IDEA what I’ll read after that. Might be something lighter, like the Lara Jean series ! That would also go well with the weather that is starting to warm up a little here in France !

🌼 What book did everyone like, but you hated?

OMG that’s an easy one. I kept seeing everyone ranting about The Night Circus on bookstagram, so I got a copy of it. Such a disappointment. I did not catch on the magical and whimsical vibe everyone seemed to have. I DNF’ed it after ~100 pages. Not worth the hype.

🌼 What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

I actually don’t think there is one… I only have books that I have a genuine interest in on my TBR.

🌼 What book are you saving for retirement?

Is this a thing ??? I don’t have one either ! There are probably some books I’ll reread when I’m older, such as To Kill A Mockingbird, The Hate U Give or The Book Thief, but I don’t save any books for that moment in particular !

🌼 Last page: read it first or wait ’til the end?

I’m not the type who like spoiling herself, so I usually wait until the end. Sometimes though, when a character I like is in a really bad position, I check the last pages of a book to see if they are still alive.

🌼 Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?

Acknowledgment is nice for the people that are thanked, but I honestly never read them. I believe it’s more like an inside thing, like inside jokes. It makes the thanked people happy that they are recognized in public but most reader don’t really care about it. Not sure if I make sense ?

🌼 Which book character would you switch places with?

Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone ! She’s got two worlds open for her and she gets to live amazing adventures ! Also, there’s Akiva. Damn, girl !

🌼 Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (place, time, person)?

The Little Prince again ! It’s one of the first books I ever got, so I treasure it ! It also was a gift from my mom, so I guess it’s a link with her as well (she’s not dead or anything ! It’s just that I’ll always think of her when reading it !). It’s a classic in France, and is absolutely adorable. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend it to you ! If you can get your hands on an edition with pictures, it’s even better !

🌼 Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I feel really uninteresting writing this 😂 I always buy books the most normal way possible. The ONLY book I have that I did not buy or receive as a kid from family is a hardback edition of Carve the Mark, that I won during a giveaway on Instagram. And it was a signed copy ! That was my first giveaway and I was beyond excited to receive it !

🌼 Have you ever given a book away for a special reason/to a special person?

I never have ! I’m very protective of my books and I never trust people to take good care of them… I only lent my 20th anniversary copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone to a kid I’m tutoring in English, and even then, it was only for a day. I’m waaaay too paranoid with my babies !

🌼 Which book has been with you to the most places?

I don’t move around a lot with books, but I have been to the UK for a few months in 2017 and I traveled there with the first book of the Games of thrones series. I stayed in Birmingham 3 months and still did not manage to finish it in that span of time… It was sooooo long !

🌼 Any ‘required reading’ you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I was in the literary branch in high school, so we did a lot of reading. There are probably a few ones that I did not like, and I still haven’t changed my mind about them. I hated poetry for instance, and I still don’t like it much now. Most of the time however, I truly enjoyed reading the books. There was The Stranger for exemple, or Molière plays that I loved !

🌼 Used or brand new?

I’m a new book freak. Everything I get just has to be new. I love the feeling of knowing I’m the first person to own a book, to hold it and cherish it. There is an exception to the rule though. If I find a pretty edition of a classic, and if it is pristine, I’ll probably get it. I found a 1981 copy of a Jules Verne book belonging to my mom in my grandparents attic. It is good as new and is now exhibited on one of my shelves.

🌼 Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nooooooooo ! I think I tried reading the Da Vinci Code at some point when I was younger, but I didn’t understand much of the action. I might try to reread it now that I’m an adult, especially as I have been to the Louvre this week and it made me think of this book.

🌼 Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

I actually liked the Lord of the Rings movie (I’ve only seen the first) better than the books, which were way too descriptive and slow paced for my liking. I’m not a huge fan of this series but even I must admit a lot of work has been put in the movie, and it looks amazing ! A second movie I liked, not more than the book, but as much as it, was Divergent. It’s kind of an unpopular opinion, as many readers disliked the movie, but I think the cast was pretty good.

🌼 Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

The baking in Heartless and To All the Boys I’ve loved before made me want to eat, while being too lazy to actually cook or bake anything…

🌼 Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Praise the almighty bookstagram 😂 I’m very active on Instagram, and there are a few bookstagrammers that I love who have similar book tastes to mine, so I generally pick some books that they recommend on social medias.

🌼 Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g. outside of your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

One of my resolution this year was to read more historical fiction. I owned up to it and read The Tattoist of Auschwitz a few months ago. It was a really powerful read, especially when I realized this was inspired by true events, and mostly a transcription of what happened in reality, with some fiction intertwined in it. It gave me all the feels, and I am looking forward to reading the next book by Heather Morris, which will also be following a character from The tattoist of Auschwitz.

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That’s all for today folks ! I am tagging Kristin from Kristin Kraves Books, Toya from The Reading Chemist, MJ from One True Daydreamer and Fizah from Book Tales by me. Have fun girls ❤

See you soon !

Jade

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May TBR

I know it’s kind of late for a TBR but I just only finished deciding what I’m going to read… I’ve had problems reading as much as I want lately. April was not a huge reading month for me, even though I got out of a proper reading slump at that moment. As I won’t be working much in May (while still having stuff to do), I really hope to read a little more !! Knowing myself, I did not put the bar too high… Here is my May TBR !

  1. Nevernight, Jay Kristoff

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Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. Destined to destroy empires, the child raised in shadows made a promise on the day she lost everything : to avenge herself on those that shattered her world. But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, and Mia must become a weapon without equal. Before she seeks vengeance, she must seek training among the infamous assassins of the Red Church of Itreya. Inside the Church’s halls, Mia must prove herself against the deadliest of opponents and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and daemons at the heart of a murder cult.

The hype I have seen surrounding this book is HUGE. I’m currently reading it, and so far, it’s a little confusing, but I totally get why people love it. The writing style is definitely genius, and it screams Jay Kristoff. I have high expectations for this and I hope not to be disappointed in the end.

2. Dry, Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

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The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

This is typically a book I wouldn’t have picked up if I hadn’t seen it coming and going at my local library (I volunteer there and have seen several people getting it and liking it). I’m not someone who reads books marked as “thrillers” but I realised the plot of this one was pretty interesting, even though out of my comfort zone. It’s one of the first book I’m going to read that I haven’t bought and that I am timed to read haha.

3. Finale, Stephanie Garber

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Welcome, welcome to Caraval…all games must come to an end.

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything. . .

I am thrilled to receive Finale this month ! I reread Caraval and Legendary last week to be fully up to date when I receive it. I couldn’t resist the hype and got the special box Fairyloot (bookish box subscribtion) offered, and it will include many bookish items related to the Caraval world. I honestly believe I’ll read it in a day ! Way too excited about it !

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That’s all for this month ! I have a lot to do with my life, especially with college applications and a trip to Paris that’s coming tomorrow (!!!), so I’m not pressuring myself too much regarding books. It’s still a hobby that’s supposed to bring me joy and I don’t want to force myself to read only to achieve some goal.

If you recognize some books you have read, feel free to let me know what you thought about it !

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The Elder Books begins

Welcome welcome to The Elder Books blog !

My name is Jade, I’m a 22 y.o bookworm, currently living in France ! I read a lot and like to share my opinions about books, so that’s mostly what you will find here. As a fellow sci-fi addict, you’ll probably see a lot of that, but also some fantasy, historical fiction and science when I’ll feel like it. This is a place for sharing, and even though I’ll share my opinions and favorite books, I also hope to read about your own recommendations and have fun !

I’m also on Instagram if you feel like talking a little more 🙂