A Study in Treason by Leonard Goldberg

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, Book 2

Synopsis: The following case has not previously been disclosed to the public due to the sensitive information on foreign affairs. All those involved were previously bound by the Official Secrets Act. With the passage of time and the onset of the Great War, these impediments have been removed and the story can now be safely told.

When an executed original of a secret treaty between England and France, known as the French Treaty, is stolen from the country estate of Lord Halifax, Scotland Yard asks Joanna, Dr. John Watson, Jr., and Dr. John Watson, Sr. to use their keen detective skills to participate in the hunt for the missing treaty. As the government becomes more restless to find the missing document and traditional investigative means fail to turn up the culprit, Joanna is forced to devise a clever plan to trap the thief and recover the missing treaty.

Told from the point of view of Dr. John Watson, Jr. in a style similar to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, A Study in Treason is based partly on facts in our world and partly on the facts left to us by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Review: I fell in love with the cover when I saw it and when I realized that I was dealing with a Sherlock Holmes story, I could not resist! I love that kind of stories! But by cons, I must admit that I did not realize that it was a second volume, otherwise I would have waited to read the first one but I told myself that I could always try and see if I managed to understand everything.

I found that the form of the story was quite original. The author launches us directly into an investigation, and gives us the impression to follow the research step by step as if we were witnessing the arrival of the police during a crime and that we attended all hypothesis. It’s quite interesting and different to read.

However, I must say that I was sad enough not to be able to get into the story or to become attached to the characters. I do not know if it’s due to the fact that I did not read the first volume so I do not want to stop you from getting into this one, but it did not really work for me.

 

 

A Study in Treason de Leonard Goldberg (VO)

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, Tome 2

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : L’affaire suivante n’a pas été divulguée au public en raison de ses  informations sensibles sur les affaires étrangères. Toutes les personnes concernées étaient auparavant liées par la loi sur les secrets officiels. Avec le passage du temps et le début de la Grande Guerre, ces obstacles ont été supprimés et l’histoire peut maintenant être racontée en toute sécurité.

Quand l’original d’un traité secret entre l’Angleterre et la France, connu sous le nom de Traité français, est volé dans le domaine de Lord Halifax, Scotland Yard demande à Joanna, au Dr. John Watson, Jr., et au Dr. John Watson Sr. d’utiliser leurs talents de détectives pour participer à la traque du traité manquant. Alors que le gouvernement s’agite de plus en plus pour trouver le document manquant et que les moyens d’investigation traditionnels ne parviennent pas à faire remonter le coupable, Joanna est forcée de concevoir un plan intelligent pour piéger le voleur et récupérer le traité.

Raconté du point de vue du Dr. John Watson Jr. dans un style similaire aux histoires originales de Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Treason est basé en partie sur des faits de notre monde et en partie sur les faits que nous a laissés Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Avis : Je suis tombée amoureuse de la couverture quand je l’ai vue et quand je me suis rendu compte que j’avais affaire à une reprise de Sherlock Holmes, je n’ai pas pu résister ! J’adore ce genre d’histoires ! Bon par contre, je dois bien avouer que je n’avais pas réalisé que c’était un second tome, sinon j’aurais attendu de lire le premier mais je me suis dit que je pouvais toujours tenter et voir si j’arrivais à tout comprendre.

J’ai trouvé que la forme de l’histoire était assez originale. L’auteure nous lance directement au sein d’une enquête, et nous donne l’impression de suivre les recherches pas à pas comme si on assistait à l’arrivée de la police lors d’un crime et que l’on assistait à toutes les réflexions sur les évènements. C’est assez intéressant et différent à lire.

Cependant, je dois dire que j’ai été assez triste de ne pas parvenir à rentrer dans l’histoire ou à m’attacher aux personnages. Je ne sais pas si c’est dû au fait que je n’ai pas lu le premier tome alors je ne veux pas vous empêcher de vous lancer dans celui-ci, mais ça n’a pas vraiment marché pour moi.

 

Stacking the Shelves #275

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

 

Dive Smack – Demetra Brodsky

Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match.

Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze killed his mom and set his dad on a path to self-destruction. Everything else about that fateful night is full of gaping holes in Theo’s mind, for good reason. Maybe it’s better that way. As captain of the Ellis Hollow Diving Team, with straight A’s and solid friends, he’s only one semester away from securing a scholarship, and leaving his past behind.

But when a family history project gets assigned at school, new memories come rushing to the surface, memories that make him question what he really knows about his family, the night of the fire, and if he can trust anyone—including himself.

 

Why not Me – Ashley Erin

“He didn’t choose me, and now he wants his second chance.”

Allie Vincent has a good life. All of her boxes are checked off.
Sweet boyfriend? Check.
Awesome job? Check.
Great friends? Check.
Life is going according to plan. That is until the man who broke her heart seven years ago comes crashing back into her life.

Suddenly those checked boxes no longer seem important.
Her once neat life is now in turmoil as she’s caught between a past love and a current one.
A choice between two men.
One is her best friend and partner for the past six years.
The other makes her heart race, but he left her shattered.
One is safe, secure.
The other is a risk she doesn’t know if she’s willing to take . . . again.

Blood Orbit (Gattis File, 1) – K.R. Richardson

Eric Matheson, an idealistic rookie cop trying to break from his powerful family, is plunged into the investigation of a brutal crime in his first weeks on the job in Angra Dastrelas, the corrupt capital city of the corporate-owned planet Gattis. A newcomer to the planet, Matheson is unaware of the danger he’s courting when he’s promoted in the field to assist the controversial Chief Investigating Forensic Officer, Inspector J. P. Dillal, the planet’s first cybernetically enhanced investigator. Coming from a despised ethnic underclass, the brilliant and secretive Dillal seems determined to unravel the crime regardless of the consequences. The deeper they dig, the more dangerous the investigation becomes. But in a system where the cops enforce corporate will, instead of the law, the solution could expose Gattis’s most shocking secrets and cost thousands of lives–including Matheson’s and Dillal’s.

Love, Simon – Becky Albertalli

Moi, c’est Simon. Simon Spier. Je vis dans une petite ville en banlieue d’Atlanta. J’ai deux sœurs, un chien, et les trois meilleurs amis du monde. Je suis fan d’Harry Potter, j’ai une passion profonde pour les Oréo, je fais du théâtre. Et je suis raide dingue de Blue.

Blue est un garçon que j’ai rencontré sur le Tumblr du lycée. Je le croise peut-être tous les jours, mais je ne sais pas qui c’est. On se dit tout, sauf notre nom. À part Blue, personne ne sait que je suis gay.

Éclore de Jade River

Puisque c’est ma rose, Tome 1

Résumé : Lectrice acharnée, boxeuse à ses heures perdues et lycéenne à peine studieuse… Abélia se sent en décalage avec les jeunes de son âge.

Heureusement pour elle, sa nature discrète lui permet de rester à l’écart de l’agitation de ses camarades. Et surtout, loin des problèmes.

Le jour où M. Valverde, son nouveau professeur de littérature, arrive au lycée, Abby est certaine qu’entre eux le courant ne passera pas.

Mais au contraire, cette rencontre l’électrise et le contrôle qu’elle exerce tant bien que mal sur ses émotions vole bientôt en éclats.

Conscients que le lien qui se tisse entre eux est interdit, tous deux vont s’efforcer de garder leurs distances. Mais pourront-ils lutter longtemps contre leurs sentiments ?

Avis : Abélia, lycéenne en colère contre le monde, a bien du mal à être en phase avec les jeunes de son âge. Passionnée de lecture, boxeuse pour l’aider à gérer sa colère, issue d’une famille que l’on pointe encore trop du doigt (deux papas en couple), elle avance dans la vie en se faisant la plus discrète possible, s’accrochant à ses passions comme à une bouée au milieu de l’océan. Quand un nouveau professeur de littérature arrive au lycée, elle tremble. Elle aimait tellement son ancienne enseignante qui avait su déceler en elle ce que personne ne voit… Comment pourrait-elle faire confiance à cet inconnu ?

Les premiers cours donnent raison à ses craintes : ce M. Valverde ne la comprend pas.

Mais, et si en réalité il la comprenait bien mieux qu’elle ne le croit ?

Les thèmes des amours élèves/professeurs n’appartiennent pas à mes thèmes de prédilection, je dois le reconnaître, et ce n’est pas pour cette raison que j’ai voulu découvrir ce roman. Non, c’est pour Abélia. Le résumé m’a interpelée : ce mélange d’intello-boxeuse m’a rendue curieuse, et j’ai eu envie de découvrir son histoire.

La dernière page tournée confirme mon sentiment : ce qui m’a intéressée n’est pas cette histoire d’amour interdit, mais tout ce qui tourne autour. Famille de parents homosexuels, regards des autres, addictions, amitié, mal-être adolescent, déracinement, deuil, reconstruction… Les thèmes sont forts et donnent un vrai sens au récit, bien plus d’ailleurs que le personnage de M. Valverde, l’enseignant un peu trop caricatural à mon goût.  L’auteure a d’ailleurs été habile, car ce roman n’est pas qu’une histoire d’amour et là réside son point fort. Abélia est attachante, et j’ai passé un bon moment de lecture. Mission accomplie donc pour ce roman !

Céline

Starless by Jacqueline Carey

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Synopsis: Jacqueline Carey is back with an amazing adventure not seen since her New York Times bestselling Kushiel’s Legacy series. Lush and sensual, Starless introduces us to an epic world where exiled gods live among us, and a hero whose journey will resonate long after the last page is turned.

Let your mind be like the eye of the hawk…Destined from birth to serve as protector of the princess Zariya, Khai is trained in the arts of killing and stealth by a warrior sect in the deep desert; yet there is one profound truth that has been withheld from him.

In the court of the Sun-Blessed, Khai must learn to navigate deadly intrigue and his own conflicted identity…but in the far reaches of the western seas, the dark god Miasmus is rising, intent on nothing less than wholesale destruction.

If Khai is to keep his soul’s twin Zariya alive, their only hope lies with an unlikely crew of prophecy-seekers on a journey that will take them farther beneath the starless skies than anyone can imagine.

Review: This is a novel that I was looking forward to. Why is that? Jacqueline Carey! It is not possible to miss one of this author’s novels and I was very curious to discover her new story.

Khai was raised in a kind of monastery, from an early age he was educated to become a skilled assassin and even more. Yes, because he is destined to serve as Shadow to the king’s daughter. Yet he did not expect this story and link to plunge him into the midst of great dangers. But as long as he is with the person he is responsible for, he is capable of everything!

I thought the ideas about Khai were really good and I admit that I did not expect such a revelation at the beginning of the story. With Zariya, they will go on a quest that will prove much more important than expected! The universe is also interesting to discover and I was curious to see what would happen. However, I must admit that I struggled to stay immersed in the story. The pace is quite slow and I had a little trouble on that side.

This aside, it was an interesting discovery.

 

Excerpt

“Right.” On the floor of the Dancing Bowl, Brother Yarit looked me up and down, a sour expression on his face. “Here’s your first lesson, kid.” With a deft twist, he unwound the tie that bound his hair back. “Catch.”

“Always keep a garrote handy,” Brother Yarit advised me. “That’s what I damn near used to kill you.”
Oh, I remembered.

“Here,” he said. “Let me show you how to do it.” Honor beyond honor.

Those were the words I whispered in my thoughts as I suffered Brother Yarit to lay his hands on me and demonstrate, pulling my hair back into a tail and winding the cord and the pegs around it, releasing it with a twist. Those were the words I whispered to myself as he made me practice it over and over.

Several of the brothers watched from the mouths of tunnels above the Dancing Floor. It made Brother Yarit uneasy.

“I agreed to train the kid!” he shouted up at them. “I never agreed to share clan secrets with all of you!”
None of the brothers responded.
“You agreed to everything when you undertook the Trial of Pahrkun,” I murmured, twisting and untwisting the garrote around my hair. “You are Pahrkun’s instrument now, brother.”

Brother Yarit glared at me. “Let me see you jump.”

 

Starless de Jacqueline Carey (VO)

Résumé : Laissez votre esprit être comme l’œil du faucon … Destiné dès sa naissance à servir de protecteur de la princesse Zariya, Khai est entraîné dans les arts du meurtre et de la furtivité par une secte guerrière dans le désert profond; cependant il y a une vérité profonde qui lui a été cachée.

Dans la cour du Sun-Blessed, Khai doit apprendre à naviguer dans une intrigue mortelle et sa propre identité conflictuelle … mais dans les confins des mers occidentales, le dieu noir Miasmus se lève, ne cherchant rien de moins que la destruction totale.

Si Khai veut garder en vie Zariya, la jumelle de son âme, son seul espoir réside dans un équipage improbable de chercheurs de prophéties dans un voyage qui les mènera plus loin sous le ciel sans étoiles que personne ne peut imaginer.

Avis : Voilà un roman que j’attendais avec impatience. Pourquoi ? Jacqueline Carey ! Ce n’est pas possible de passer à côté d’un des romans de cet auteur et j’étais très curieuse de découvrir sa nouvelle histoire.

Khai a été élevé dans une sorte de monastère, dès son plus jeune âge, il a été éduqué à devenir un assassin qualifié et même plus encore. Oui, parce qu’il est destiné à servir d’Ombre à la fille du roi. Pourtant, il ne s’attendait pas à ce que cette histoire et ce lien le plonge au milieu de grands dangers. Mais tant qu’il est avec la personne dont il est responsable, il est capable de tout !

J’ai trouvé que les idées qui concernent Khai étaient vraiment bien trouvées et j’avoue que je ne m’attendais pas à une telle révélation au début de l’histoire. Avec Zariya, ils vont partir dans une quête qui se révèlera bien plus importante que prévue ! L’univers est aussi tout intéressant à découvrir et j’étais curieuse de voir ce qui allait se passer. Cependant, je dois bien avouer que j’ai eu du mal à rester immergée dans l’histoire. Le rythme est assez lent et j’ai eu un peu de mal de ce côté-là.

Ceci mis à part, c’était une découverte intéressante.

 

One Small Thing by Erin Watt

Synopsis: Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

Review: I heard a lot about Erin Watt and I was curious to discover her new novel. The synopsis itself was appealing with the mourning side, but there is also this amazing encounter between Beth, the sister of the deceased girl, and Chase, the one who killed her in an accident.

Beth has not had the same life since Rachel died. Her parents turned her house into a prison, watching her every move, forcing her to do what they want and leaving her with almost no freedom, but always for her safety. It is very difficult for the girl to accept it and the situation is only getting worse. So to get away from this daily life, she goes out secretly at night to go to parties and it is also to one of them that she meets with Chase. She does not know who he is and neither does he. When in high school she learns that he is the one who was involved with her sister’s death, she does not know what to do. She can not get away from this boy and yet everyone hates him, should she not be as well?

I really liked this story. It’s hard enough for Beth to know how to act … Does she renounce her sister by being friends with him? Can she let the others bring him down by their words? It is all the more complicated that everyone dictates her how to act when she does not feel the need. She wants to forgive him, he has paid for his actions, but others are far from this view, starting with her parents and friends. It’s pretty sad to see that she hates herself sometimes for not helping him, for lying not to say that she liked him. She needs him too and eventually she realizes that he is far from the monster she or the others thought he was. Chase meanwhile must try to cope with this incessant number of troubles, threats, and at the same time he knows he deserves them.

It was a touching and sad story. We observe the consequences of a terrible tragedy, but which, finally, hides some secrets.