Misfortune Teller by Dima Zales

Sasha Urban, Book 2

Synopsis: So I’m a seer. A Cognizant under the Mandate.

Life should be easy now, right?

Wrong.

With all the “accidents” that keep befalling me, I’ll be lucky to survive the week. That is, if my crazy boss doesn’t work me to death first…

Review: I had a really good time with the first volume and I was really curious to see how the series was going to progress and I must say I’m really happy!

Sasha comes back to her life as if nothing had happened, but everything has changed. For example, her chinchilla, which she loves, is not really a chinchilla. We understood it in the previous novel, but it actually harbors an ancient spirit and our heroine will be determined to discover what it is and if it is related to her past of which she knows nothing about. And then there is her work, which is becoming more and more burdensome, but she also have her courses to learn more about this world. What more? Oh, yes, and there are all these accidents that happen to her and from which she barely escapes every time. But who’s trying to kill her?

It was again a very good novel and I was delighted to see all the characters one more time. Ariel of course, but also Felix and all the others. What about Nero? Ah Nero! How difficult it is because we love him as much as we hate him and I must admit that my curiosity about him is only increasing! But after this end? I really wonder how Sasha’s going to get by!

It was a very good second novel and I finally bought the paper sequel to keep it! A nice surprise!

Misfortune Teller de Dima Zales (VO)

Sasha Urban, Tome 2

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Donc je suis une voyante. Un Cognizant sous le joug du mandat.

La vie devrait être facile maintenant, non ?

Faux.

Avec tous les “accidents” qui m’arrivent, j’aurai de la chance si je survis à cette semaine. Enfin, si mon patron fou ne me tue pas d’abord….

Avis : J’avais vraiment passé un bon moment avec le premier tome et j’étais vraiment curieuse de voir comment la série continuait et je dois dire que je suis vraiment ravie !

Sasha reprend la vie comme si de rien n’était, mais pourtant, tout a changé. Par exemple, son chinchilla qu’elle adore n’en est pas vraiment un. On l’avait compris dans le roman précédent, mais il abrite en fait un esprit ancien et notre héroïne sera bien décidée à découvrir ce qu’il en est et si c’est lié à son passé dont elle ne connait rien. Et puis, il y a son travail qui est de plus en plus pesant et ses cours pour apprendre ce monde dont elle ne connait rien et qu’elle aspire à découvrir. Quoi encore ? Oh, oui, et il y a tous ces accidents qui lui arrivent et auxquels elle réchappe à chaque fois de justesse. Mais qui essaie de la tuer ?

C’était à nouveau un très bon roman et j’étais ravie de retrouver tous les personnages. Ariel bien sûr, mais aussi Felix et tous les autres. Et Nero ? Ah Nero ! Combien c’est difficile parce qu’on l’aime autant qu’on le déteste et j’avoue que ma curiosité à son sujet ne fait qu’augmenter! Mais après cette fin ? Je me demande vraiment comment Sasha va s’en sortir !

C’était un très bon second roman et je me suis finalement acheté la suite en papier pour pouvoir la garder ! Une bonne surprise !

Note : Le premier tome est sorti en  Français

Bewitching the Werewolf by Caroline Hanson

Megan Stephens, Book 1

Synopsis: When witch for hire, Megan Stephens, is assigned to help the local werewolf pack leader find a mate, she thinks the job will be easy. Get in, get it up and get gone. But when she meets Zack Connor, she realizes her future might have a lot more dog jokes in it than she ever imagined.

Review: It’s a very, very short novel, but I must admit I had a good time anyway.

Of course the story is not very complicated and we know perfectly well how everything is going to end: a witch who has to help a very sexy werewolf to find a mate. There’s not a lot of suspense, but it was very nice to read.

I can’t say much more, but it’s a good transition between readings.

Bewitching the Werewolf de Caroline Hanson (VO)

Megan Stephens, Tome 1

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Lorsque Megan Stephens, sorcière à louer, est chargée d’aider le chef de meute de loups-garous local à trouver une compagne, elle pense que la tâche sera facile. Arriver, l’aider et partir. Mais lorsqu’elle rencontre Zack Connor, elle se rend compte que son avenir pourrait bien comporter beaucoup plus de blagues sur les chiens qu’elle ne l’avait jamais imaginé.

Avis : Voilà un roman très très court, mais j’avoue que j’ai passé tout de même un bon moment.

Bien sûr l’histoire n’est pas très compliquée et on sait parfaitement comment tout va se dérouler : une sorcière qui doit aider un loup garou très sexy à trouver une compagne. Il n’y a pas un grand suspense, mais c’était très sympa à lire.

Je ne peux pas en dire beaucoup plus, mais c’est une bonne transition entre deux lectures.

The Girl Who Sees by Dima Zales

Sasha Urban, Book 1

Synopsis: I’m an illusionist, not a psychic.

Going on TV is supposed to advance my career, but things go wrong.

Like vampires and zombies kind of wrong.

My name is Sasha Urban, and this is how I learned what I am.

Review: After seeing a review of one of the volumes of the series, I was curious to discover this very first novel.

It was really nice to have a different heroine, a heroine whose dream is to become a great mentalist/illusionist. She is thrilled when she can finally perform on TV. However, she doesn’t know that this performance will turn her her life down: a zombie comes on stage to kill her. From then on, she will discover a world of which she knew nothing about and which her friends share. But our heroine will not have time to understand exactly what is happening: she must try to survive!

I had a good time with the novel, it was very nice to have something different. What about Nero and Darian? Arghh, I want to know more!!!!! The style is sometimes not very fluid, but being caught up in the story, you don’t really realize it. We follow Sasha in her discovery of this new universe, of these all different creatures and especially in her understanding of what she can and cannot do. Because of course, that means she’s not quite human.

La Fille qui Voit de Dima Zales

Sasha Urban, Tome 1

Résumé  : Je suis illusionniste, pas médium.

Mon passage à la télé est censé faire progresser ma carrière, mais les choses se passent mal…

… du genre vampires et zombies.

Je m’appelle Sasha Urban et voici comment j’ai appris ce que je suis.

Avis : Après avoir vu un avis sur un des tomes de la série, j’étais curieuse de découvrir ce tout premier roman.

C’était vraiment très sympa d’avoir une héroïne différente, une héroïne dont le rêve est de devenir une grande mentaliste/illusionniste. Elle est d’ailleurs aux anges quand elle peut enfin se produire sur scène à la télé. Pourtant, elle ne sait pas que cette représentation va bouleverser toute sa vie : un zombie monte sur scène pour la tuer. Dès lors, elle va découvrir un monde dont elle ne connaissait rien et que ses amis partagent. Mais notre héroïne n’aura pas le temps de comprendre ce qui se passe exactement : elle doit essayer de survivre !

J’ai passé un bon moment avec le roman, c’était très sympa d’avoir quelque chose de différent. Et Nero et Darian ? Arghh je veux en savoir plus !!! Le style n’est parfois pas très fluide, mais en étant pris dans l’histoire, on ne s’en rend pas vraiment compte. On suit Sasha dans sa découverte de ce nouvel univers, de ces créatures toutes différentes et surtout dans sa compréhension de ce qu’elle peut ou ne peut pas faire. Parce que bien sûr, ça signifie qu’elle n’est pas tout à fait humaine.

 

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of London, Book 1

Synopsis: Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

Review: I had heard some very nice things about this series and it’s been a long time since I had this first volume. So I was happy to get into the story, curious to see what it would be like.

Peter is a boy straight out of the police academy, and one thing’s for sure, he didn’t expect to discover that he could talk with ghosts. This gift will propel him into a world he doesn’t know when he becomes Nightingale’s apprentice, a sorcerer who has been working for the police force for a long time. But there it is, their story, a mix of paranormal and much more, will lead Peter deep into a community that likes to hide their secrets.

I had a little trouble with that novel. I have to say that while I was interested regarding the background of the story, I had a hard time hanging on to it. I think the main part of the problem for me was the pace of the novel which is quite slow and I almost stopped reading several times. Apart from that, I was intrigued by every encounter and discovery of Peter in this world where the author managed to bring a nice touch of originality.

You can understand, an interesting novel, but one that I had trouble hanging on to. However, I will try the sequel with curiosity to get a better idea of the series.