Still Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley

Sucks to Be Me, Book 2

Synopsis: With vampire boyfriend George and best friend Serena by her side, Mina thought she had her whole life—or rather afterlife—ahead of her. But then Mina’s parents drop a bomb. They’re moving. To Louisiana. And not somewhere cool like New Orleans, but some teeny, tiny town where cheerleaders and jocks rule the school. Mina has to fake her death, change her name, and leave everything behind, including George and Serena. Not even the Vampire Council’s shape-shifting classes can cheer her up. Then Serena shows up on Mina’s doorstep with some news that sends Mina reeling. Mina may look a lot better with fangs, but her afterlife isn’t any less complicated!

In this eagerly awaited sequel to the popular Sucks to Be Me, Kimberly Pauley addresses many of her fans’ most pressing questions (Will Serena become a vampire? What happened to Raven? What’s next for Mina and George?) with signature humor and breezy bloodsucking style.

Review: I had had a good time with the first volume even though it did not necessarily leave me a big impact … Yet I was curious to see how the second volume was going to be. It must be said that I had volumes 1 and 2, so why not try them both, right?

I admit that I really had a good time with this second book, even better than with the first one and I am all the more curious to read more!

Having agreed to become a vampire, Mina suspected she should give up her friends one day or the other, and that day finally came. Simulating her own death and being forced to move to the other side of the country with her parents, our young heroine will have to adapt to a new life. George no longer gives any news, Serena seems taken by her family problems and Mina finds herself left to herself. But luckily for her, other vampires are in town and especially Cameron, this very enigmatic boy.

I confess that I was really wondering what this boy really wanted. He seemed perfect at first but the more we advance in the story and the more we think that he finally hides something. But is he bad? And ladies and gentlemen, that’s a good question! On top of that, it would seem that a clan of terrible vampires is in town, as does Raven. Mina can not be bored.

It was a nice novel, the intrigued is more mastered compared to the first novel. However, I have just seen that there was no sequel and for the moment, the story then remains without a proper ending.

 

 

La Clef de Kalypso Caldin

Zel l’Ange Mercenaire, Tome 1

Résumé : EN ÉQUILIBRE ENTRE LE BIEN ET LE MAL, QUELLE VOIE CHOISIRA-T-IL ?

Depuis sa naissance, Kendra dispose de pouvoirs surnaturels : elle voit les fantômes et est capable de lire les auras de ceux qui l’entourent. Elle essaye malgré tout de vivre une vie normale de lycéenne…

Une ambition simple, mais qui devient un véritable défi quand le mystérieux Zel entre dans sa vie… avec la ferme intention de l’assassiner.

Qui est-il réellement ? Pourquoi veut-il éliminer Kendra ? Et surtout, d’où viennent les phénomènes surnaturels qui perturbent de plus en plus la paix de la petite ville de Raven Hill ?

Avis :  Comment résister à une histoire de fantômes ? J’avoue que ce n’est pas possible pour moi ! Je trouve ça d’autant plus intéressant que l’auteure est Française. Je ne savais pas trop à quoi m’attendre et je dois dire que je suis finalement ravie.

Kendra a le don, même si c’est loin d’être un cadeau pour elle, de voir les morts et d’interagir avec eux. Livrée à elle-même, elle s’installe dans la ville de Raven Hill pour se poser un peu. Mais voilà, cet endroit qu’elle pensait tranquille va attirer bien des ennuis. Quand ce ne sont pas les démons, elle doit aussi gérer Zel, ce garçon énigmatique et différent qui semble vouloir l’assassiner. Mais pourquoi ? En essayant d’en savoir plus, elle va découvrir que son monde renferme des secrets dont elle ne se doutait pas.

J’ai vraiment beaucoup apprécié découvrir cette histoire et ses personnages. Bon quelque chose m’a horripilée au plus haut point. C’est un détail d’accord, mais alors j’ai eu du mal. L’héroïne a l’incessante habitude de dire « omondieu » dès qu’elle le peut et si c’est mignon de temps en temps c’est devenu insupportable pour moi. Bon, vous vous dites que s’il n’y a que ça ce n’est pas bien grave et vous avez raison parce que, ceci mis de côté j’ai été tellement emportée par l’histoire que j’avais hâte de terminer pour découvrir ce qui allait se passer. J’étais aussi très intriguée d’en apprendre plus sur Zel et sur les secrets qu’il cachait et je trouve qu’il y a quelques révélations bien sympas ! L’écriture est prenante et je dois dire que je suis très contente d’avoir pu découvrir ce roman.

C’était une bonne découverte et ceci étant un tome 1 je suis curieuse de voir ce que l’auteur a en stock pour nous pour la suite. J’espère que nous retrouverons les mêmes personnages parce que Zel et Kendra, mais aussi tous les protagonistes secondaires sont supers ! Je vous recommande le roman si vous chercher un YA fantastique de fantômes, de vengeance et de phénomènes étranges.

All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

Synopsis: The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.

Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.

Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.

Review: When I saw this book, I told myself that I had to start it. I had not read any of Jamie McGuire’s novels yet, but hearing about this one, I was really curious to discover one of her stories.

Catherine is hated since childhood. Her family does not have a good reputation and everyone thinks she’s weird. However, Elliott, this young boy who comes to spend the holidays at his aunt house, is intrigued and dreams of getting to know her. From these holidays comes a nice story of friendship and the beginnings of something else. Yet when Catherine suffers a tragedy, Elliott disappears without a trace, leaving her alone to deal with the consequences. Elliott finally returns 2 years later, but they are very different from the people they were. He is determined to explain himself and to be forgiven. But nothing will be easy especially when you know that the girl hides a secret.

Oh this secret … I confess that I was frustrated all along the novel because I wanted to know and to understand what was going on in this bed and breakfast. I had doubts but nothing was sure and when the revelation occurs then everything becomes clear in relation to the strange behavior of Catherine. However, I had to wait until the end of the story to understand exactly what was happening.

It was an intriguing and different story. I had a good time discovering the characters even though I was often sad to see what they were going through in this small town. It was touching to see how much Elliott wanted to stay with her, to make her understand that she was his world and that he was ready for anything for her. And she was happy to find her friend and see that someone was trying to protect her whatever happens.

This is a story I did not expect, but very intriguing one to discover.

All the Little Lights de Jamie McGuire (VO)

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : La première fois qu’Elliott Youngblood aperçoit Catherine Calhoun, c’est juste un garçon avec un appareil photo, et il n’a jamais vu quelque chose de plus triste ou plus beau. Elliott et Catherine se sentent comme des parias, mais ils trouvent une amitié facile l’un avec l’autre. Mais quand Catherine a le plus besoin de lui, Elliott est obligé de quitter la ville.

Elliott revient finalement, mais lui et Catherine sont maintenant des personnes différentes. C’est un athlète star au lycée, et elle passe tout son temps libre à travailler au mystérieux bed-and-breakfast de sa mère. Catherine n’a pas pardonné à Elliott de l’avoir abandonnée, mais il est déterminé à regagner son amitié … et son cœur.

Juste au moment où Catherine est prête à faire pleinement confiance à Elliott, il devient le principal suspect d’une tragédie locale. Malgré les soupçons croissants de la ville, Catherine s’accroche à son amour pour Elliott. Mais un secret dévastateur que Catherine a enterré pourrait détruire n’importe quelle chance de bonheur.

Avis : Quand j’ai vu passer ce livre, je me suis dit qu’il fallait que je me lance. Je n’avais pas encore lu de romans de Jamie McGuire mais à force d’en entendre parler, j’étais vraiment très curieuse de découvrir un de ses récits.

Catherine est détestée depuis toute petite. Sa famille n’a pas bonne réputation et tout le monde la trouve bizarre. Pourtant, Elliott, ce jeune garçon qui vient passer les vacances chez sa tante, lui, est intrigué et rêve d’apprendre à la connaitre. De ces vacances sort une jolie histoire d’amitié et les prémices de quelque chose d’autre. Pourtant, quand Catherine subit une lourde tragédie, Elliott disparait sans laisser de traces, la laissant seule gérer les conséquences. Mais Elliott revient finalement 2 ans après, mais ils sont très différents des personnes qu’ils étaient. Il est déterminé à s’expliquer et à se faire pardonner. Mais rien ne sera facile surtout quand on sait que la jeune fille cache un lourd secret.

Ah ce secret… J’avoue que j’étais frustrée tout le long du roman parce que je voulais savoir et comprendre ce qu’il se passait dans ce bed and breakfast. J’avais des doutes mais rien n’était sûr et quand la révélation survient alors tout s’éclaire par rapport au comportement parfois étrange de Catherine. Cependant, il m’a fallu attendre la fin de l’histoire pour comprendre ce qu’il se passait exactement.

C’était une histoire intrigante et différente. J’ai passé un bon moment à découvrir les personnages même si j’étais souvent triste de voir ce qu’ils subissaient dans cette petite ville. C’était touchant de voir à quel point Elliott voulait rester avec elle, lui faire comprendre qu’elle était son monde et qu’il était à prêt à tout pour elle. Et elle, de retrouver son ami et de voir qu’une personne essaie de la protéger quoi qu’il se passe.

Voilà un récit auquel je ne m’attendais pas forcément, mais très sympa à découvrir.

Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

Synopsis: A story of resilience and loss, love and family, Mark Oshiro’s Anger is a Gift testifies to the vulnerability and strength of a community living within a system of oppression.

Six years ago, Moss Jefferies’ father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media’s vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks.

Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals by their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration.

When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

Review: This is a very interesting subject and when I heard about the novel, I was curious to see how the author was going to treat it in this story.

Moss is a boy touched by discrimination and racism. Having lost his father, an innocent victim, killed by the police, he often now has panic attacks. But now, this time, he will decide to move on, to stand against the system when his school begins to turn into a prison. It is first of all the random search in the lockers, the brawls between the police and the students when they have not done anything and of course, the truth is camouflaged. Then eventually things go further, much further.

The author addresses a topic that is not simple. It shows us a horror lived daily, a completely unfair thing. And yet even peaceful resistance causes problems beyond what anyone would have thought. My heart squeezed more than once in the face of all that. I was wondering if things could work out by the end of the book, if the events would finally have consequences for the people involved. Yet nothing is simple but Moss will fight for it!

I also found that the nascent story between Moss and Javier was very touching. They learn to discover each other, to understand what they feel and I found that it was full of sweetness.

It’s a rather difficult novel but one that makes us think. An interesting novel.

Anger Is a Gift de Mark Oshiro (VO)

Résumé : Une histoire de résilience et de perte, d’amour et de famille, Anger is a Gift de Mark Oshiro témoigne de la vulnérabilité et de la force d’une communauté vivant dans un système d’oppression.

Il y a six ans, le père de Moss Jefferies a été assassiné par un policier d’Oakland. La perte d’un parent, la diffamation médiatique de son père et le manque de responsabilités ont laissé Moss avec des attaques de panique presque paralysantes.

Maintenant, dans sa deuxième année de lycée, Moss et ses camarades de classe se trouvent de plus en plus traités comme des criminels par leur propre école. Nouvelles règles. Recherches de casier aléatoire. Intimidation constante et le département de police d’Oakland stationné dans leurs salles. Malgré leur jeunesse, les étudiants décident de s’organiser et de contrer l’administration.

Lorsque les tensions atteignent leur paroxysme et que la tragédie frappe, Moss doit faire face à un choix difficile: céder à la peur et à la haine ou se rendre compte que la colère peut être un cadeau.

Avis : Voilà un sujet très intéressant et quand j’ai entendu parler du roman, j’étais curieuse de voir comment l’auteur allait le traiter dans ce récit.

Moss est un garçon touché par la discrimination et le racisme. Avoir perdu son père, victime innocente, tué par la police, il lui arrive maintenant souvent d’avoir de grosses crises de panique. Mais voilà, cette fois-ci, il va décider de bouger, de se placer contre le système quand son école commence à se transformer en prison. C’est tout d’abord la recherche aléatoire dans les casiers, des rixes entre la police et les étudiants alors qu’ils n’ont rien fait et bien sûr, la vérité est camouflée. Puis par la suite les choses vont plus loin, bien plus loin.

L’auteur aborde un sujet qui n’est pas simple. Il nous montre une horreur vécue quotidiennement, une horreur complètement injuste. Et pourtant même une résistance pacifique provoque des problèmes au-delà de ce que tout le monde aurait pu penser. Mon cœur s’est serré plus d’une fois face à l’horreur. Je me demandais si les choses pourraient s’arranger d’ici la fin de livre, si les évènements auraient enfin des conséquences sur les personnes concernées. Pourtant rien n’est simple mais Moss va se battre !

J’ai aussi trouvé que l’histoire naissante entre Moss et Javier était très touchante. Ils apprennent à se découvrir l’un l’autre, à comprendre ce qu’ils ressentent et j’ai trouvé que c’était plein de pudeur et douceur.

C’est un roman assez difficile mais qui fait aussi réfléchir. Un roman intéressant.

Blog Tour – Spies, Lies, and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts + Giveaway

Synopsis: Summers are supposed to be fun, right? Not mine. I’ve got a job at my dad’s company, which is sponsoring a college scholarship competition. I just found out that, in addition to my job assisting the competing interns, I’m supposed to vote for the winner. Totally not what I signed up for.

There’s a crazy guy running the competition like it’s an episode of Survivor. Then there’s Carlos, who is, well, very distracting –– in a good way. But I can’t even think about him that way because Crazy Guy says any fraternizing on the job means instant disqualification for the intern involved.

As if that’s not enough, an anonymous weirdo with insider intel is trying to sabotage my dad’s company on social media…and I’m afraid it’s working.

Much as I’d love to quit, I can’t. Kristoffs Never Quit is our family motto. I just hope there’s more than one survivor by the end of this summer.

Review: I did not know at all about this novel nor the author but I admit that I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis! I must say that I am very happy to have discovered this story because I really had a great time with it!

Laurel is a young girl who wants to go back to when she could spend time with her father. Since his company has grown up, she wants more than anything to spend time with him, but it is more difficult than expected. So here she has a plan, and working for him during summer would help her reach her goal! However, she did not expect to have to play the assistants for the students who participate to get a scholarship from the company, let alone to have double voice to decide on the winner. This last point does not please her at all! But as she gradually discovers the competitors, that she is particularly interested in one of the candidates, that they work together, she will develop more links with them. Links that tighten when they have to manage the right arm of her father, an intransigent and difficult man!

I really had a great time with this novel! I loved discovering Laurel and learning more about all the characters. On top of that, the author has thrilled the novel with references to Star Wars and it’s true that I loved it! It is well dosed, well brought and they made me smile several times! It’s a fresh reading, full of ideas and I loved the turn of the story at the end of the book. I was also curious to discover the person who was denigrating about the company on twitter.

You understand now that it is a novel that I really enjoyed!

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Excerpt from Spies, Lies, and Allies:

“Let’s see where helping me on my project falls on this list.” Carlos picks up a pen and clicks it, eyeing me from underneath ridiculously long lashes.

Cautiously, I take a tiny step toward his desk so I can read the list.

“Number three.” I point to the napkin. “Teamwork.”

He nods and underlines the word. I notice he’s added numbers six through ten. Nothing is written next to those numbers, except for ten, next to which he’s drawn a smiley face.

“What’s that for?” I point to the smiley face. He leans back in his desk chair and grins up at me.

“Not sure yet.”

My heart throbs in my chest and my imagination is off and running, fantasizing about number ten.

Carlos points to number five: nicknames. “I think this is where we left off at lunch.” He clicks his pen repeatedly and I resist the urge to snatch it out of his hand. “I’d prefer not to be nicknamed for a pasta, but I gave you a cereal nickname, so…” He shrugs but keeps his eyes on mine.

“I…pasta…what?” He’s not making sense.

He bites his bottom lip, and I have no trouble picturing what will make me “smiley face” if we ever make it to number ten. Also, I’m pretty sure he’s a mind reader because his gaze drifts down to my lips, then back up to my eyes.

“The Manicotti. Who is it?” He glances across the room. “Elijah? He can be sort of cheesy.”

My mind analyzes his words, sliding them around like one of those puzzles where you have to move a string through twisted metal. And then it clicks.

“You read my notebook! You’re the one who—” Panic zings through me as I remember what I wrote about him, Carlos is trouble, and his editorial comment, True. Is Carlos adorable?

Apparently I’m not the only spy around here.

“Why’d you pick this desk?” I’m desperate to change the subject.

“I like the view.”

“But it’s better by the windows.”

“Depends on which view we’re talking about.” He gives me a cryptic smile, one that makes my stomach dip. “Anyway, I saved your notebook. You’re lucky no one else read your notes.”

Mortified and defiant, I cross my arms over my chest. “You didn’t have to read it. You could’ve just returned it.”

“I was just checking to make sure you’d listed all of Mr. Mantoni’s rules.”

“Uh huh.”

Across the room, Elijah stands up and stretches. He glances at us, an amused smirk twisting his lips like he knows something I don’t.

Carlos writes on the napkin again. Number six: healthy disagreement.

“You’re kidding, right?”

His responding grin packs more heat than it should.

“I think we’ve gone off track.” I’m proud of how calm I sound, even though my nerve endings are exploding like firecrackers.