Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Wayward Children, Book 2

Synopsis: Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

Review: When it comes to Seanan McGuire, I’m always very curious! I really enjoyed the setting of the world of Every Heart at Doorway. I admit that I did not remember much of the story but I was curious to see what the author was going to propose again.

We thus follow the life of twins in a family and it is not really simple. With parents who want to remodel them so that they have the perfect image they desire, these children will not have the opportunity to be who they really want. It’s pretty sad to watch this in fact… We follow them for a few years until they find their way and flee into a whole new world where they will spend 5 years.

It was very interesting to see them change radically in this place, to understand that they both desire things that have been denied them for a long time. I was also surprised by the end of the story and I would not have said no to a few more pages.

I had a good time again and am curious to know if we will have the opportunity to return to this universe.

 

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones de Seanan McGuire (VO)

Wayward Children, Tome 2

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Les sœurs jumelles Jack et Jill avaient dix-sept ans quand elles sont rentrées chez elle et ont dû quitter la maison d’Eleanor West pour Wayward Children.

C’est l’histoire de ce qui s’est passé en premier lieu…

Jacqueline était la fille parfaite de sa mère, polie et tranquille, toujours habillée comme une princesse. Si sa mère était parfois un peu stricte, c’est parce que forger la fille parfaite est synonyme de discipline.

Jillian était la fille parfaite de son père: aventureuse, à la recherche de frissons, et un peu garçon-manqué. Il aurait vraiment préféré un fils, mais vous travaillez avec ce que vous avez.

Elles avaient cinq ans quand elles ont appris qu’on ne peut pas faire confiance aux adultes.

Elles en avaient douze ans quand elles descendirent l’escalier impossible et ont découvert que le prétexte de l’amour n’est pas suffisant pour vous préparer une vie remplie de magie dans une terre remplie de scientifiques furieux, de mort et de choix.

Avis : Quand il est question de Seanan McGuire, je suis toujours très curieuse ! On se retrouve pour notre plus grand plaisir dans l’univers de Every Heart a Doorway. J’avoue que je ne me rappelais pas bien de l’histoire mais j’étais curieuse de voir ce que l’auteure allait nous proposer.

On suit ainsi la vie de deux jumelles dans une famille qui n’est pas vraiment simple. Avec des parents qui veulent les remodeler pour qu’elles aient l’image parfaite qu’ils désirent, ces enfants n’auront pas l’occasion d’être qui elles veulent vraiment. C’est assez triste d’assister à ça… On les suit ainsi pendant quelques années, jusqu’à ce qu’elles trouvent leur porte et s’enfuient dans un tout nouveau monde où elles y passeront 5 ans.

C’était très intéressant de les voir changer radicalement dans cet endroit, de comprendre qu’elles désirent toutes les deux les choses qui leur ont été longtemps refusées. J’ai été aussi surprise par la fin de l’histoire et je n’aurais pas dit non à un peu plus de pages.

J’ai passé un bon moment encore une fois et je suis curieuse de savoir si nous aurons l’occasion de retourner dans cet univers.

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Weird Girls, Book 8

Synopsis: Taran Wird, who commands the power to wield fire and lightning, is an oddity in the supernatural world. But neither Taran nor her unique sisters compare to the bizarre entity known as Destiny. And Taran is assigned to protect her.

Born of two witches, Destiny is revered among the supernatural elite for her acute ability to predict the future. Her biggest prophecy involves Taran’s sister, Celia, whom Destiny decreed will bear children strong enough to take on the evil that’s rising. Yet Destiny is not alone in her predictions, or individuality.

When Johnny Fate, a rock star among humans and a male version of Destiny is discovered, his powers and Destiny’s clash, triggering the start of Destiny’s demise and altering the fate of Celia’s unborn children.

Taran, her werewolf lover Gemini, and their allies must determine if it’s Fate who will decide what will become of Celia’s children, or if their lives and the world will perish with Destiny.

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Copyright © 2017 Cecy Robson

 

I’m shoved into a cold room where a band of bloodsucking fiends tear off my clothes. Their long nails graze my skin as their master watches, his cold gray eyes glinting with malice.

“Son of a bitch,” I say, smacking Edith Anne’s hand away when she cops a feel. “The demon’s in my leg, not my tit!”

There’s something you don’t say every day, but then that’s why humans are safe in the world and weird gals like me are stuck with demons burrowing under their skin.

“Just making sure,” Edith adds with a wink.

I’m ready to punch her in the face, except I’m too busy cringing at the thing crawling beneath the length of my shin, its spindly insectoid appendages stretching the skin as it curls up and over my knee cap.

“Get it out of me!” I screech, growing nauseous with each numbing tug it creates beneath the underlying tissue.

“We’re trying,” Agnes Concepcion snaps, like I’m somehow inconveniencing her by having an evil being claw its way through me.

Her tiny plaid skirt smacks against my hip as she shoves me into a massive glass and tile shower. Three other vamps, dressed like naughty Catholic schoolgirls (don’t get me started) follow us in, bottles of champagne tight in their grips.

“What the hell?” I ask, kicking as if I can somehow shake this thing loose, and certain the booze is to celebrate my grisly death.

Bottles of champagne open with a pop, the naughty Catholics pouring the bubbly over my breasts, back, and ass. This isn’t real. This is something out of a bad porno and somehow I’m the star.

But as the fluid reaches my thigh the lump with the creepy legs bounces, pulling at the muscle it’s crawling over, squirming to the left then right, trying find its way around the torrent of liquid they’re pelting me with.

“Don’t let it reach her heart,” Master Vampire Misha Aleksandr orders from the opposite side of the bathroom.

“What’s it going to do to my heart?” My head whips back and forth when none of the vamps answer. “It’s going eat my freaking heart isn’t it?”

“Don’t be ridiculous,” Agnes mutters, adjusting her tiny librarian glasses as she angles the bottle she’s holding.

“Okay . . .” I begin.

“It needs your heart to nest and lay its eggs,” she explains.

What?”

“But yeah, then the hatchlings will munch on your heart like raw steak,” Edith adds. She reels me around when additional vamps swoop in with cases of wine, drenching my chest with more alcohol.

She seems to be having fun. I’m mostly trying not to hurl and wondering how the hell this happens to me.

Agnes is more focused. She drips the wine just above the demon, forcing it back down my leg. “Quiesco,” she says, her tone as sharp and commanding. “Quiesco.”

My body shudders as the demon scurries downward. Its movement doesn’t hurt, surprising since I think it has pinchers, but the yanking motion is unnerving, like getting stitches while under anesthesia. My head flops forward and my vision starts to swim.

“I don’t feel good,” I mumble.

Agnes slaps me, the sting of the strike causing my eyes to whip open. “Don’t fall asleep.” She slaps me again when my eyelids flutter and close. “Taran, the poison the demon is spewing is numbing your skin and making you drowsy, if you succumb to it the alcohol won’t work and the demon will take you.”

Again, her palm whips across my face. “Stay awake so we can cut this thing out of you.”

I slap her back, knocking her glasses askew. “I’m awake, damn it.”

She smirks because she hits harder and maybe because she likes it, too. She returns to my leg when the vamp behind her hands her another bottle of champagne. “Quiesco,” she whispers against my leg, her breath hot against my cooling skin.

My head falls forward as I start to go under. This time, Edith smacks me.

“God damn it,” I hiss, my right arm quaking and threatening to release my flame.

“I was just taking my turn,” she replies defensively.

Her gaze locks on my arm. She eases away as a spark of blue and white escapes from my fingertips, giving me and my power ample space as the surrounding vamps shower me with alcohol.

“Master,” Agnes says, ignoring us as she concentrates on my thigh. “It’s settling. I need the knife.”

“The wolves are bringing it,” he replies.

“The wolves?” I ask. Okay. Now I’m wide awake.

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Manwhore by Katy Evans

Manwhore, Book 1

Synopsis: Is it possible to expose Chicago’s hottest player—without getting played?

This is the story I’ve been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I’m determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I’m the one discovering him…or if he’s uncovering me.

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?

Review: I heard many times about Katy Evans’ novels, but it is true that this is the first time that I try one of her books. I did not know what to expect when I started the story but finally I had a great time!

Rachel is a journalist and has been working in the same company since graduating, but now the newspaper is dying and the only solution to relaunch sales seems to turn to the most prominent man in town: Malcolm Saint. But to make a feature article, Rachel will really have to get involved, especially when we know that this man does not accept interviews easily.

I loved the interactions between the two characters. Rachel never really knows how to behave and easily loses her means. It was very touching to see her wondering about the merits of her actions, to see her reflect on how she should act. It was also very touching to see her gradually fall under the charm of Saint, while keeping in mind that it is a monumental error. Yet, despite hersef, the nets close on her and her choices will become more and more difficult. Saint is a very complex man, he does not open easily to others and it is also why it is very difficult to know what he wants exactly. Of course, he’s used to have everything he wants but he’s going to change at Rachel’s touch. I appreciated the fact that he does not act abruptly, he does not take advantage of the situation but that he is waiting while trying to charm her.

It was a really nice reading and I confess that I did not see the end coming at the time. What if I told you that the novel ends up on a cliffhanger? Aaaaah I want the sequel right now! Just two more pages at least! I want to know! In short I think I’ll have to wait.

 

 

Malcolm le Sulfureux de Katy Evans

Manwhore, Tome 1

Résumé : Mystérieux. Privilégié. Légendaire. Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint, le businessman le plus sexy que Chicago n’ait jamais connu, ne vit que pour l’argent et les femmes. Beaucoup de femmes.

Toute sa vie, il a été harcelé par la presse dont le seul but est de prouver que sa vie, en apparence parfaite, n’est que mensonges et faux-semblants. Depuis qu’il est sur le devant de la scène, ses secrets sont plus en danger que jamais, mais il est bien décidé à les garder enterrés.

Plus pour très longtemps…

Chargée d’enquêter sur Malcolm et de révéler sa personnalité sulfureuse, Rachel Livingston est une jeune et séduisante journaliste. Elle travaille pour Edge, un magazine proche de la faillite. L’avenir de l’entreprise repose sur les révelations qu’elle écrira sur Malcolm Saint.

Déterminée à faire de cette histoire le tournant que sa carrière attend, elle n’aurait jamais pensé que le playboy puisse changer sa vie.

Succombera-t-elle à la tentation que représente Malcolm le sulfureux ?

Avis : J’avais entendu parler à plusieurs reprises des romans de Katy Evans mais c’est vrai que c’est la première fois que je me lance dans un de ses livres. Je ne savais pas trop à quoi m’attendre en commençant l’histoire mais finalement j’ai passé un très bon moment !

Rachel est journaliste et travaille dans une boite depuis qu’elle a son diplôme, mais voilà, le journal se meurt et la seule solution pour relancer les ventes semble de se tourner vers l’homme le plus en vue de la ville : Malcolm Saint. Mais pour faire un article de fond, Rachel va vraiment devoir s’investir, surtout quand on sait que cet homme n’accepte pas facilement les interviews.

J’ai beaucoup aimé les interactions entre les deux personnages. Rachel ne sait jamais vraiment comment se comporter et perd facilement ses moyens. C’était très touchant de la voir se poser des questions sur le bienfondé de ses actions, de la voir réfléchir sur la façon dont elle doit agir. C’était aussi très touchant de la voir tomber petit à petit sous le charme de Saint, tout en gardant en tête que c’est une erreur monumentale. Pourtant, malgré elle, les filets se referment sur elle et ses choix seront de plus en plus difficiles. Saint est lui un homme très complexe, il ne s’ouvre pas facilement aux autres et c’est aussi pour cela qu’il est très difficile de savoir ce qu’il veut exactement. Bien sûr, il est habitué à avoir tout ce qu’il désire mais il va changer au contact de Rachel. J’ai beaucoup apprécié le fait qu’il ne la brusque pas, qu’il ne profite pas de la situation mais qu’il attende tout en essayent de la charmer.

C’était une lecture vraiment très sympa et j’avoue que je n’ai pas du tout vu venir la fin pour le coup. Et si je vous disais qu’en plus le roman se finit sur un cliffhanger ? Aaaaah je veux la suite tout de suite ! Juste deux pages de plus au moins ! Je veux savoir ! Bref je crois que je vais devoir attendre.

 

COVER REVEAL: Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway

Synopsis: He was raised in revolution. She was raised in a palace. Can their love stop a war? Code Name Verity meets The Winner’s Curse in Joanna Hathaway’s Dark of the West, a breathtaking YA fantasy debut.

Aurelia Isendare is a princess of a small kingdom in the North, raised in privilege but shielded from politics as her brother prepares to step up to the throne. Halfway around the world, Athan Dakar, the youngest son of a ruthless general, is a fighter pilot longing for a life away from the front lines. When Athan’s mother is shot and killed, his father is convinced it’s the work of his old rival, the Queen of Etania—Aurelia’s mother. Determined to avenge his wife’s murder, he devises a plot to overthrow the Queen, a plot which sends Athan undercover to Etania to gain intel from her children.Athan’s mission becomes complicated when he finds himself falling for the girl he’s been tasked with spying upon. Aurelia feels the same attraction, all the while desperately seeking to stop the war threatening to break between the Southern territory and the old Northern kingdoms that control it—a war in which Athan’s father is determined to play a role. As diplomatic ties manage to just barely hold, the two teens struggle to remain loyal to their families and each other as they learn that war is not as black and white as they’ve been raised to believe.

 

The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo

The Waning Moon, Book 1

Synopsis: The Crescent Empire teeters on the edge of a revolution, and the Five Daughters of the Moon are the ones to determine its future.

Alina, six, fears Gagargi Prataslav and his Great Thinking Machine. The gagargi claims that the machine can predict the future, but at a cost that no one seems to want to know.

Merile, eleven, cares only for her dogs, but she smells that something is afoul with the gagargi. By chance, she learns that the machine devours human souls for fuel, and yet no one believes her claim.

Sibilia, fifteen, has fallen in love for the first time in her life. She couldn’t care less about the unrests spreading through the countryside. Or the rumors about the gagargi and his machine.

Elise, sixteen, follows the captain of her heart to orphanages and workhouses. But soon she realizes that the unhappiness amongst her people runs much deeper that anyone could have ever predicted.

And Celestia, twenty-two, who will be the empress one day. Lately, she’s been drawn to the gagargi. But which one of them was the first to mention the idea of a coup?

Inspired by the 1917 Russian revolution and the last months of the Romanov sisters, The Five Daughters of the Moon is a beautifully crafted historical fantasy with elements of technology fuelled by evil magic.

Review: I admit that I am always intrigued by stories regaring the Romanovs. How not to be? There are so many mysteries surrounding them. A tragic story that continues to haunt us today. As soon as this novel was announced, I confess that I was very impatient to see what the author was going to propose us. How can we resist the paranormal and historical mix proposed? The cover also immediately charmed me. It is really beautiful !

Each chapter follows one of the sisters that the synopsis presents. I admit that from the start, I had some trouble with this type of format. I am easily lost in the number of characters and as we follow one person and we move to another in the same context, it was a bit difficult for me to situate everything. Besides, I must say that the first part of the story seemed a bit blurry … It took me a few chapters to get to understand more clearly what was going on.

Once the characters understood, I had a better time with the characters but it is true that I think I missed the basics, some explanations about the impact of the moon, on this world which is finally different and on the powers of the Gagargi. It was an intriguing and interesting story, with original ideas but I think I was expecting a little too much or maybe I was expecting something different.

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