Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny

The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

Synopsis: Amber, the one real world, wherein all others, including our own Earth, are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin’s blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne. From Arden to the blood-slippery Stairway into the Sea, the air is electrified with the powers of Eric, Random, Bleys, Caine, and all the princes of Amber whom Corwin must overcome. Yet, his savage path is blocked and guarded by eerie structures beyond imagining; impossible realities forged by demonic assassins and staggering horrors to challenge the might of Corwin’s superhuman fury.’ to ‘Awakening in an Earth hospital unable to remember who he is or where he came from, Corwin is amazed to learn that he is one of the sons of Oberon, King of Amber, and is the rightful successor to the crown in a parallel world.

Review: I didn’t know this series at all, but when a friend gave me a lot of praise, I was curious to find out what it was like. He lent me the first volume and I gladly threw myself into the story.

Corwin wakes up in a hospital with amnesia. He has no idea what happened, let alone what is going on. Gradually he goes through the clues and meets people who claim to be his siblings, characters who talk about things he doesn’t understand. But Corwyn isn’t just anyone, he’s one of the nine brothers vying for the throne of Amber and he’s determined to see it through to the end, at any cost.

It was a very nice fantasy novel and I had a very good time. Besides, I’m very curious to find out what would happen next and see how our hero would manage everything. I’m also looking forward to meeting his family and learning more about them.

A very nice first volume!

Les 9 princes d’ambre de Roger Zelazny

The Chronicles of Amber, Tome 1

Résumé : Un amnésique se sauve d’un hôpital psychiatrique après avoir appris le nom de la personne qui l’a fait interner : sa propre soeur. Celle-ci lui révèle qu’il s’appelle Corwin et qu’il est l’un des neuf frères qui se disputent le royaume d’Ambre, le seul monde réel (les autres n’étant que ses reflets). Premier volume de la série des Princes d’Ambre où Zelazny a su éclairer l’étrange modernité des contes de fées.

Avis : Je ne connaissais pas du tout cette série mais quand un ami m’en a fait de nombreux éloges, j’ai été curieuse de découvrir ce que ça donnait. Il m’a prêté le premier tome et je me suis lancée avec plaisir dans l’histoire.

Corwin se réveille dans un hôpital amnésique. Il ne sait pas du tout ce qu’il s’est passé et il sait encore moins ce qu’il se passe. Remontant petit à petit les indices, il va rencontrer des personnes qui se prétendent être ses frères et sœurs, des personnages qui parlent de choses qu’il ne comprend pas. Mais voilà, Corwyn n’est pas n’importe qui, il est un des neuf frères qui se disputent le trône d’Ambre et il est bien décidé à aller jusqu’au bout des choses, à n’importe quel prix.

C’était un roman de fantasy très sympa et qui m’a fait passer un très bon moment. D’ailleurs, je suis bien curieuse de découvrir la suite et de voir comment notre héros s’en sort. J’ai aussi hâte de retrouver ses proches et d’en apprendre plus à leur sujet.

Un premier tome très sympa !

A Fatal Flaw by Faith Martin

Ryder & Loveday Mystery, Book 3

Synopsis: 1960, Oxford

As the city of Oxford prepares itself for the inaugural Miss Oxford Honey Beauty Pageant at The Old Swan Theatre, excitement is in the air.

But when one of the leading contestants is found dead, suspicion hangs over the competition.

Poisoned, the authorities assume her death was suicide. But after a malicious series of pranks and blackmail attempts are reported, WPC Loveday and Coroner Clement Ryder are called upon to solve the case.

In an atmosphere of fierce competition, the list of suspects is endless. Could what have started as harmless fun become a deadly race to win the prize?

With time running out, the duo need to spot the killer before tragedy strikes again…

Review: I really liked the first two novels and I was curious to get into this brand new story!

Trudy has returned to her daily routine, but when her childhood friend asks her for help after the death of a contestant in a beauty pageant that she helps to organise, our heroine finds herself back in an investigation as she loves them. Fortunately for her, she is always accompanied by Dr. Clement Ryder. But this time, she will be all the more in the spotlight as she is going on an undercover assignment! This is how she will become a candidate to become Miss Honey! Perhaps she will be able to find out what goes on behind the scenes of this beauty pageant.

I had a great time with this story. It’s always a pleasure to follow Trudy, especially in a situation where we usually don’t see much of her. She will make discoveries and will have to make choices that will determine what happens next. In fact, now I’m very, very curious to see what happens next!

A very nice series!

 

Meurtre en coulisse de Faith Martin

Loveday & Ryder, Tome 3

Résumé : 1960. Alors que la ville d’Oxford se prépare pour le premier concours de beauté Miss Miel au Old Swan Theatre, une des principales candidates est retrouvée morte. Un suicide ou l’élimination d’une concurrente gênante ? Dans cette atmosphère de compétition féroce, la liste des suspects est interminable. Pour mener l’enquête, pas le choix : il faut se fondre dans la masse. Et quand, à son grand embarras, la jeune policière Trudy Loveday se voit obligée d’intégrer les rangs des prétendantes à la couronne, elle découvre un monde où, en coulisse, tous les coups bas sont permis.
Entre mauvais tours, chantages et duperies, elle et le Dr Clement Ryder doivent rapidement repérer le coupable, avant que l’événement devienne une course mortelle pour remporter le prix…

Avis : J’ai beaucoup aimé les deux premiers romans et j’étais curieuse de me lancer dans cette toute nouvelle histoire !

Trudy est revenue dans son train-train quotidien, mais quand son amie d’enfance lui demande de l’aide après la mort d’une candidate à un concours de beauté qu’elle aide à organiser, notre héroïne se retrouve à nouveau dans une enquête comme elle les aime. Heureusement pour elle, elle est toujours accompagnée par le Dr Clement Ryder. Mais voilà, cette fois-ci, elle sera d’autant plus mise en en avant qu’elle va faire une mission sous couverture ! C’est ainsi qu’elle va devenir une candidate pour devenir Miss Miel ! Peut-être pourra-t-elle ainsi découvrir ce qui se cache dans les coulisses de ce concours de beauté.

J’ai passé un super moment avec cette histoire. C’est toujours un plaisir de suivre Trudy, surtout quand une situation dans laquelle on la voit peu. Elle fera des découvertes et devra faire des choix déterminants pour la suite. D’ailleurs, maintenant, je suis très très curieuse de voir ce qui va advenir !

Une série très sympathique !

 

The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill

Captain Kit Brightling, Book 1

Synopsis: Chloe Neill brings her trademark wit and wild sense of adventure to a stunning seafaring fantasy starring a dauntless heroine in a world of magic and treachery.

Kit Brightling, rescued as a foundling and raised in a home for talented girls, has worked hard to rise through the ranks of the Isles’ Crown Command and become one of the few female captains in Queen Charlotte’s fleet. Her ship is small, but she’s fast–in part because of Kit’s magical affinity to the sea. But the waters become perilous when the queen sends Kit on a special mission with a partner she never asked for.

Rian Grant, Viscount Queenscliffe, may be a veteran of the Continental war, but Kit doesn’t know him or his motives–and she’s dealt with one too many members of the Beau Monde. But Kit has her orders, and the queen has commanded they journey to a dangerous pirate quay and rescue a spy who’s been gathering intelligence on the exiled emperor of Gallia.

Kit can lead her ship and clever crew on her own, but with the fate of queen and country at stake, Kit and Rian must learn to trust each other, or else the Isles will fall….

Review: I love stories about pirates, sailors and conspiracies, so when I heard about this novel, I was immediately intrigued. And then how could I turn down a new Chloe Neill series? I couldn’t!

Kit has a new mission imposed on her by her queen: to rescue a great spy who has been taken prisoner. But she is not free of her choices, because the queen also imposes a man she doesn’t know. Trust between them is really not easy.

I had a good time with the novel, but I have to say that I expected to hang on to the story a little more. Because while it was fun to read, I didn’t really manage to get interested in the whole thing as I would have liked.

It’s an intriguing and different novel, with lots of ideas.

The Bright and Breaking Sea de Chloe Neill (VO)

Captain Kit Brightling, Tome 1

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Kit Brightling, sauvée alors qu’elle était orpheline et élevée dans un foyer pour jeunes filles talentueuses, a travaillé dur pour gravir les échelons du Commandement de la Couronne des Iles et devenir l’une des rares femmes capitaines de la flotte de la Reine Charlotte. Son navire est petit, mais il est rapide, en partie grâce à l’affinité magique de Kit avec la mer. Mais les eaux deviennent périlleuses lorsque la reine envoie Kit en mission spéciale avec un partenaire qu’elle n’a jamais demandé.

Rian Grant, le vicomte Queenscliffe, est peut-être un vétéran de la guerre continentale, mais Kit ne le connaît pas, et elle ne connait pas non plus ses motivations – et elle a eu affaire à un membre de trop du Beau Monde. Mais Kit a reçu des ordres, et la reine a ordonné qu’ils se rendent à un dangereux quai de pirates et qu’ils secourent un espion qui a recueilli des renseignements sur l’empereur de Gallia en exil.

Kit peut mener seule son navire et son habile équipage, mais avec le sort de la reine et du pays en jeu, Kit et Rian doivent apprendre à se faire confiance, sinon les îles tomberont….

Avis : J’adore les histoires de pirates, de navigateurs et de complots, alors quand j’ai entendu parler de ce roman, j’ai tout de suite été intriguée. Et puis comment refuser une nouvelle série de Chloe Neill ? Impossible !

Kit a une nouvelle mission que lui impose sa reine : secourir un grand espion qui a été fait prisonnier. Mais elle n’est pas libre de ses choix, parce que la reine lui aussi imposé un homme qu’elle ne connait pas. La confiance entre eux n’est vraiment pas facile.

J’ai passé un bon moment avec le roman, mais je dois dire que je m’attendais à accrocher un peu plus à l’histoire. Car si c’était sympa à lire, je ne suis pas vraiment parvenue à m’intéresser à l’ensemble comme je l’aurais voulu.

C’est un roman intrigant et différent, avec beaucoup d’idées.

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Shopaholic, Book 9

Synopsis: Celebrate Christmas with the ultimate Shopaholic!

The brilliant laugh-out-loud festive novel from the Number One bestselling author.

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It’s always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.

And now it’s even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!

But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky’s parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she’ll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong?

With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear . . .

Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas?

Review: I usually have a good time with Sophie Kinsella’s novels, so I was quite curious to discover this new story. I haven’t read all the novels in the Shopaholic series, but that’s no problem, so don’t hesitate to go for it if you’re tempted.

Becky has a big change to deal with this year: she has to organize Christmas for her whole family, and everyone has their own idea of what the day should be like. It’s a lot of work, especially since nothing goes according to the plan. It’s also complicated when she has to add to this the Christmas presents that will be really far from easy to find and that will take her into some completely crazy stories. But on top of that, our heroine is going to run into an old boyfriend, who has become a famous rocker, and things will get a bit strange.

It was a very nice novel that allows us to have a very good time. Becky takes us on a new adventure full of humor and of course, shopping! It was a good surprise and I’m curious to see what the author will offer us next! It must be said that there are plenty of colorful characters that I will enjoy finding again.