The Revolution Trade by Charles Stross

The Merchant Princes, Book 5-6

Synopsis: For one ex-journalist, the nightmare has just begun

Miriam Beckstein has said goodbye to her comfort zone. The transition from journalist to captive in an alternative timeline was challenging to say the least. As was discovering her long-lost family, the Clan, were world-skipping assassins. Now civil war rages in her adopted home, she’s pregnant with the heir to their throne and a splinter-group want her on their side of a desperate power struggle. But as a leader or figurehead?

Meanwhile, unknown to the Clan, the US government is on to them and preparing to exploit this knowledge. But it hadn’t foreseen a dissident Clan faction carrying nuclear devices between worlds – with the US President in their sights. The War on Terror is about to go transdimensional. But Mike Fleming, CIA agent, knows the most terrifying secret of all. His government’s true intentions.

Review: After discovering Miriam through the previous volumes, we conclude her adventures with this latest volume featuring the volumes 5 and 6 of the series. I admit that I was curious to see how our heroine was going to cope with all the problems that have fallen on her earlier.

Thus we rediscover this young woman who was placed at the head of an empire that is much more difficult to manage than expected. It must be said that her plan was quickly forgotten with the accumulation of the problems and our heroine has to deal with events totally beyond her. Oh yes, from the fact that she now carries the potential heir to the Clans, she must manage her interests in each of the worlds but also to deal with the war looming more and more and that will not fail to burst soon, so yes Miriam has a lot to manage.

I will not go into too many details away because the end approaches, we find a lot of events here, but it was very interesting to see what Charles Stross has in store for us. I didn’t have the the impression of a true end , or the way I wanted it and I think that I had a little more trouble managing my attention over some of the characters. Yes, I admit that I was more absorbed by Miriam than the other characters and I was still waiting to return to her to see her next actions. In any case, her character has evolved over time and her decisions are now very important every time.

A good series to discover.

3-5 

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The Revolution Trade de Charles Stross (VO)

Les Princes Marchands, Tome 5-6

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Pour une ex-journaliste, le cauchemar ne fait que commencer

Miriam Beckstein a dit au revoir à sa zone de confort. La transition de journaliste captive dans une chronologie alternative était difficile, c’est le moins qu’on puisse dire. Autant que découvrir que sa famille perdue, le Clan, étaient des assassins capables de passer d’un monde à l’autre. Maintenant, la guerre civile fait rage dans son pays d’adoption, elle est enceinte de l’héritier de leur trône et un groupe veut qu’elle soit de leur côté pour une lutte de pouvoir désespérée. Mais en tant que leader ou potiche?

Pendant ce temps, à l’insu du clan, le gouvernement américain les surveille et se prépare à exploiter cette connaissance.Mais ils n’avaient pas prévu qu’une faction de Clan dissidente s’empare de dispositifs nucléaires entre les mondes – avec le président des États-Unis dans leur ligne de mire. La guerre contre le terrorisme est sur le point de devenir trans-dimensionelle. Mais Mike Fleming, agent de la CIA, connaît le secret le plus terrifiant de tous: les véritables intentions de son gouvernement.

Avis : Après avoir découvert Miriam à travers les tomes précédents, nous finissons ses aventures avec ce tout dernier volume mettant en scène les tomes 5 et 6 de la série. J’avoue que j’étais curieuse de voir comment notre héroïne allait se débrouiller avec tous les problèmes qui lui sont tombés dessus précédemment.

C’est ainsi que l’on redécouvre cette jeune femme qui s’est placée à la tête d’un empire qui est bien plus difficile à gérer que prévu. Il faut dire que son plan est très vite tombé à l’eau quand les problèmes se sont accumulés et que notre héroïne a dû faire face à des événements la dépassant totalement. Oh oui, entre le fait qu’elle porte maintenant le possible héritier des Clans, qu’elle doive gérer ses intérêts dans chacun des mondes mais aussi faire face à la guerre qui se profile de plus en plus et qui ne va pas manquer d’éclater, Miriam a beaucoup à gérer.

Je ne vais pas trop rentrer dans les détails car la fin approchant, nous découvrons beaucoup de choses ici, mais c’était très intéressant de voir ce que Charles Stross nous réservait ici. Je n’ai pas eu vraiment l’impression d’une véritable fin comme je le voulais et je pense que j’ai eu un peu plus de mal à gérer mon attention par rapport à certains personnages. Oui, j’avoue que j’étais toujours plus absorbée par Miriam que les autres personnages et j’attendais toujours de revenir vers elle pour voir ses prochaines actions. Dans tous les cas, son personnage a beaucoup évolué au cours du temps et ses décisions sont maintenant très importantes à chaque fois.

Une bonne série à découvrir.

3-5 

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Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels,  Book 8

Synopsis: After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

Review: As for each novel in the Kate Daniels series, I was waiting for Magic Shifts with impatient since the end of the previous volume. It must be said that every novel is always a delight to follow and to discover.

We thus find our hero, now separated from the Pack. This is a big change, and even if it is easier for Kate, Curran is struggling to return to a quieter life. Yet, with our heroine, nothing is ever really peaceful. While an army of ghouls is wandering appears in town and that nobody seems to know the reason of their presence, George comes home to ask for help. It seems that her companion, Eduardo, has disappeared and the pack does not really seem interested to save him. Our couple will then embark on a new investigation much more difficult than they thought. But as they come closer to the truth, they may realize that a new enemy is in town, and he seems much more powerful than they would have imagined.

I really liked the ideas of the authors here, including a new type of creature and I admit that I was quite surprised. It must be said that the authors keep us in the dark for a while before revealing the truth. But of course, we also have the presence of Roland and I admit that I’m really curious to understand what he really wants. And it’s true that even if we understand that he is interested in Kate and her family, it is difficult to really understand him. Moreover, this novel will help us to learn more about the mother of our heroine and the events following the escape of Voron. But that’s not all because, now separated from the Pack, Curran finds himself offered the reins of the Guild of Mercenaries and I admit that it was pretty funny to see how people were taking this decision. But I think what made me smile the most was to see Curran trying to adapt to a normal life that is perhaps not necessarily made for him and to see that although Jim is the new leader, all turn to our lion to solve their problems.

You can understand now that it is not necessarily an easy novel for Kate but we find here all the characters we know about with pleasure and as always, it is very difficult to put the book down until finishing it. Besides, if you have not already tried the series, I can only advise you to do it quickly. I’m sure you will love these colorful characters that will take you easily in their adventures and their lives.

 

5

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Magic Shifts d’Ilona Andrews (VO)

Kate Daniels, Tome 8

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Après s’être séparés de la Meute, la mercenaire Kate Daniels et son compagnon – ancien seigneur des bêtes Curran Lennart – s’adaptent à un rythme très différent. Alors qu’ils sont ravis d’échapper à toutes les luttes de pouvoir, Curran est en manque des défis constants des métamorphes.

Alors, quand lui offre ses parts dans la Guilde Mercenaire, Curran saisit l’occasion – dommage que la Guilde ne veuille rien à voir avec lui et Kate. Heureusement, en tant que vétéran merc, Kate peut prendre en charge les missions non achevées de la Guilde afin d’apporter de l’argent et de construire leur réputation. Mais ce que Kate et Curran ne réalisent pas, c’est que les petits boulots sont tous reliés.

Un ancien ennemi a surgi, et Kate et Curran sont les seuls qui peuvent l’arrêter, avant que leur ville ne tombe en morceaux…

Avis : Comme pour chaque roman de la série Kate Daniels, j’attendais Magic Shifts avec impatiente depuis la fin du tome précédent. Il faut dire que chaque roman est toujours un pur délice à suivre et découvrir.

Nous retrouvons donc nos héros, à présent séparés de la meute. C’est un gros changement, et même si c’est plus facile pour Kate, Curran a du mal à revenir à une vie plus calme. Pourtant, avec notre héroïne, rien n’est jamais vraiment paisible. Alors qu’une armée de ghoules semble errer en ville et que personne ne semble en connaitre la raison, George se présente chez eux pour leur demander de l’aide. Il semblerait que son compagnon, Eduardo, ait disparu et la meute ne semble pas vraiment intéressée pour le sauver. Notre couple va alors se lancer dans une enquête bien plus ardue qu’ils ne le pensaient. Mais alors qu’ils se rapprochent de la vérité, ils pourraient bien se rendre compte qu’un nouvel ennemi est en ville, et qu’il semble bien plus puissant qu’ils ne l’auraient imaginé.

J’ai beaucoup aimé les idées des auteurs ici, on retrouve un nouveau type de créatures et j’avoue que j’ai été assez surprise. Il faut dire que les auteurs nous gardent dans le flou pendant un bon moment avant de nous révéler la vérité. Mais bien sûr, nous avons aussi la présence de Roland et j’avoue que je suis vraiment curieuse de comprendre ce qu’il désire réellement. Et c’est vrai que même si on comprend qu’il s’intéresse à Kate et sa famille, c’est difficile de vraiment le cerner. D’ailleurs, ce roman nous permettra d’en apprendre plus sur la mère de notre héroïne et les événements suivant la fuite de Voron. Mais ce n’est pas tout car, maintenant séparé de la Meute, Curran se retrouve proposé les rênes de la Guilde des Mercenaires et j’avoue que c’était assez drôle de voir comment les gens prenaient cette décision. Mais je pense que ce qui m’a fait le plus sourire c’est de voir Curran essayer de s’adapter à une vie normale qui n’est peut-être pas forcément faite pour lui et de voir que même si Jim est le nouveau dirigeant, tous se tournent vers notre lion pour régler certains problèmes.

Vous le verrez, ce n’est pas un roman forcément facile pour Kate ici mais on retrouve tous les personnages que nous connaissons avec plaisir et comme à chaque fois, c’est très difficile de reposer le livre avant de l’avoir fini. D’ailleurs si vous n’avez pas déjà essayé la série, je ne peux que vous conseiller de le faire au plus vite. Je suis sûre que vous serez conquis par ces personnages hauts en couleurs qui vous emporteront facilement dans leurs aventures et dans leur vie.

5

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Justified by Ali Parker

A second chance romance serial

Synopsis: Lust has always been the emotion of choice; love nothing more than a silly game played by delusional fools.

Lisa Parks has been successful at everything she touches, her confidence her calling card. A recent move to Maine from New York is just the change of atmosphere she needs for a fresh start. With far too many mistakes in her past, her eyes remain focused on loving and leaving, her actions justified by far too many cracks in her damaged heart.

Marc Martin is living the dream, his college being paid for and his sights set on great things. In a quick turnaround trip to help his older sister Kari move to Maine after heartbreak, Marc meets the woman that just might be his match. Lust has been a reoccurring theme in his life, and he has no plans of changing that. He is young and free, handsome and ready to set the world on fire, and finds that he is justified in breaking hearts everywhere he goes. Besides, love is a game played by many and truly won by few.

No way would he ever consider settling down or letting someone into his heart. That is… until he meets Lisa.

Review / Part 1: Lisa is trying to figure out how she feels about Marc, her best friend’s brother. She tries to stay distracted by working and dating but can’t stop thinking of him. She finally decides to go back to New York to visit her mother for her birthday and see what will happen with Marc.

The story has a good plot, is fast paced and well written. The hot scenes are really passionate, you could see the alchemy between Marc and Lisa.

It’s a quick read with a cliffhanger end and like me, you will want the book 2 right now !!

Part 2 : Lisa and Marc’s story continues in book 2.

Lisa is back to Maine and is stuck in bed crying. Mark is in New York and can’t stop thinking of her.

Kali convinces Mark to come in Maine to resolve the situation.

Well, I can’t say more without spoiling :) I can say that it ends with a cliffhanger (again I know) and you will need the part 3 right after reading part 2 (again I know). So if you haven’t buy it yet, I advise you to buy the full serie directly, it’s less painful than waiting for the next part.

Part 3: Last part of Lisa and Mark’s story.

Lisa is heartbroken that Marc didn’t give her a chance to explain what he saw. Mark is hurt, he doesn’t understand how she could cheat on him and they are therefore unable to move on.

Lisa’s friends convince her to make the first move and so she goes to New York to explain the truth to Mark.

You’ll need to read to know more about the end :)

I have loved to read this story and I think I will read more of Ali Parker in the future.

5Cass

 

Justified de Ali Parker (VO)

A second chance romance serial

Résumé : Lust has always been the emotion of choice; love nothing more than a silly game played by delusional fools.

Lisa Parks has been successful at everything she touches, her confidence her calling card. A recent move to Maine from New York is just the change of atmosphere she needs for a fresh start. With far too many mistakes in her past, her eyes remain focused on loving and leaving, her actions justified by far too many cracks in her damaged heart.

Marc Martin is living the dream, his college being paid for and his sights set on great things. In a quick turnaround trip to help his older sister Kari move to Maine after heartbreak, Marc meets the woman that just might be his match. Lust has been a reoccurring theme in his life, and he has no plans of changing that. He is young and free, handsome and ready to set the world on fire, and finds that he is justified in breaking hearts everywhere he goes. Besides, love is a game played by many and truly won by few.

No way would he ever consider settling down or letting someone into his heart. That is… until he meets Lisa.

Avis / Part 1: Lisa essaie de définir ce qu’elle ressent pour Marc, le frère de sa meilleure amie. Elle essaie de ne plus penser à lui en se jetant à corps perdu dans le travail et en sortant avec des hommes, mais sans succès. Finalement, elle décide d’aller à New York pour l’anniversaire de sa mère et enfin voir ce qu’il peut se passer avec Marc.

L’histoire est bien écrite, cela va vite et l’intrigue est plutôt bonne. Les scènes d’amour sont passionnées et on voit l’alchimie entre Marc et Lisa.

C’est une lecture très rapide (57 pages) avec un cliffhanger à la fin et vous allez vouloir la suite comme moi, c’est-à-dire tout de suite !!

Part 2 : L’histoire de Lisa et Mark continue dans la partie 2.

Lisa est revenue dans le Maine et reste au fond de son lit à pleurer. Mark est à New York et ne peut s’empêcher de penser à elle.

Kali convainc Mark de venir dans le Maine pour résoudre cette situation.

Je ne peux en dire plus sans spoiler :) Je peux vous dire que cela finit en cliffhanger (encore, je sais). Vous allez avoir besoin de la partie 3 juste après la lecture de cette partie 2 (encore, je sais). Si vous n’avez encore rien acheté, prenez la série complète directement, c’est moins douloureux que d’attendre d’avoir la partie suivante.

Part 3 : Dernière partie de l’histoire de Lisa et Mark.

Lisa a le cœur brisé que Mark ne lui ait pas donné une chance d’expliquer ce qu’il a vu. Mark est blessé aussi car il ne comprend pas comment elle a pu le tromper.

Les amies de Lisa finissent par la convaincre de faire le premier pas. Elle va donc à New York pour expliquer à Mark ce qui c’est réellement déroulé.

Vous devrez lire le reste pour savoir la fin de leur histoire :)

J’ai vraiment apprécié ce roman et je pense relire Ali Parker dans le futur.

5Cass

 

Stacking the Shelves #151

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

The Unnoticeables – Robert Brockway

There are angels, and they are not beneficent or loving. But they do watch over us. They watch our lives unfold, analyzing us for repeating patterns and redundancies. When they find them, the angels simplify those patterns, they remove the redundancies, and the problem that is you gets solved.

Carey doesn’t much like that idea. As a punk living in New York City, 1977, Carey is sick and tired of watching the strange kids with the unnoticeable faces abduct his friends. He doesn’t care about the rumors of tarmonsters in the sewers, or unkillable psychopaths invading the punk scene—all he wants is drink cheap beer and dispense asskickings.

Kaitlyn isn’t sure what she’s doing with her life. She came to Hollywood in 2013 to be a stunt woman, but last night a former teen heartthrob tried to eat her, her best friend has just gone missing, and there’s an angel outside her apartment.

Whatever she plans on doing with her life, it should probably happen in the few remaining minutes she has left of it.

There are angels. There are demons. They are the same thing. It’s up to Carey and Kaitlyn to stop them. The survival of the human race is in their hands.

We are, all of us, well and truly screwed.

Wish Bound (Grimm Agency, 3) – J.C. Nelson

From the author of Armageddon Rules, the fanciful and fun continuation of the Grimm Agency novels…

As a partner at Grimm’s magical Agency, Marissa Locks is used to working odd jobs. But when an evil queen reappears in Kingdom, life becomes too strange to handle…

Even when she’s not starting it, trouble follows Marissa everywhere. First there was the incident with the homicidal Fairy Godmother. Then there was the time she accidentally started Armageddon. But the problems that always seem to arise on Marissa’s birthday take the cake.

This year, her annual bad-luck presents include an army of invading goblins, the resurrection of two vengeful enemies from hell, and the return of the Black Queen, the evil sorceress whose reign of terror still haunts Kingdom and who happens to have claimed Marissa as her servant.

As Marissa’s friends try to save her from the Black Queen’s clutches, Marissa fights to end a bitter war that started before her birth. But her quest for peace is about to bring up some inconvenient truths about her own past—ones that might cost her the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of…

Crucible Zero (House Immortal, 3) – Devon Monk

The national bestselling author of Infinity Bell returns to her “fresh and unique”* world where the truce between the ruling Houses has shattered and chaos now reigns. Only one woman has the power to save the world—but she could also destroy it…

Matilda Case never thought of herself as a hero. But because she is galvanized—and nearly immortal in her stitched, endlessly healing body—she doesn’t have much of a choice. Even if she doesn’t want to save the world, she’s the only one capable of traveling in time to do so.

But her rescue attempt hasn’t gone as planned. She’s stuck in an alternate universe, and her world is in danger of disappearing. Worst of all, an unfathomably powerful man who can also travel through history doesn’t want her to put things to rights. He’s willing to wage bloody war to stop Matilda, unless she surrenders control of time to him.

Now, with the minutes ticking, Matilda must make impossible decisions, knowing that one wrong choice will destroy her—and any chance of saving everything she loves…