Spartan Heart by Jennifer Estep

Mythos Academy: Colorado, Book 1

Synopsis: New school year, same old problems . . .

At Mythos Academy, everyone knows exactly who I am: Rory Forseti, Spartan girl and the daughter of Reapers.

Even though I fought alongside my cousin Gwen Frost to save the mythological world from Loki and his evil Reapers of Chaos, I’m still the most hated girl at the academy because of all the horrible things my parents did. I had hoped that this school year would be different, but the other kids just won’t let me forget about my parents.

But something strange is going on at the Colorado academy. First, I run into a Viking guy who dislikes me more than most. Then I notice some odd artifacts in the Library of Antiquities. And worst of all, I start hearing rumors about a new group of Reapers who can summon mythological monsters.

I might be the most hated girl at Mythos Academy, but I’m also the only one who can save it . . .

Review: I was very happy to hear that a German publisher had asked for more novels from the author, but even more that she agreed to offer us this story in English too!

It was great to immerse in the Mythos universe again. And what to say when in addition we find some characters that we had previously met. Moreover, it is the turn of Rory, Gwen’s cousin, to be on the front of the stage. Poor Rory who hopes to make a fresh start with her aunt but it seems that as always, people are only whispering about her because of her Reapers parents. It’s really not an easy situation for the young woman. But here, besides that, she finds herself mixed up with new problems. It would seem that their enemies are not annihilated as they thought when Rory discovers that some Reapers are trying to seize powerful artifacts to dominate the world once more. Unexpectedly part of a spy team at school, Rory will discover what the shadows hide.

It was a nice story to read even if I confess that I preferred the previous novels, I had a good time with this new story. I wonder, however, how the author will continue this plot and I am curious to read what she reserves us for the future. You will see for yourself: new characters, a derivative intrigue and even a little moment with Gwen at the end of the story.

 

 

Spartan Heart de Jennifer Estep (VO)

Mythos Academy: Colorado, Tome 1

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Nouvelle année scolaire, mêmes problèmes. . .

À l’Académie Mythos, tout le monde sait exactement qui je suis : Rory Forseti, Spartiate et fille de Reapers.

Même si je me suis battue aux côtés de ma cousine Gwen Frost pour sauver le monde mythologique de Loki et de ses diaboliques Reapers of Chaos, je suis toujours la fille la plus détestée de l’académie à cause de toutes les horribles choses que mes parents ont faites. J’avais espéré que cette année scolaire serait différente, mais les autres enfants ne me laisseront pas oublier mes parents.

Mais quelque chose d’étrange se passe à l’académie du Colorado. D’abord, je rencontre un gars Viking qui me déteste plus que la plupart des gens. Ensuite, je remarque quelques artefacts étranges dans la Bibliothèque des Antiquités. Et pire encore, je commence à entendre des rumeurs sur un nouveau groupe de Faucheurs qui peuvent invoquer des monstres mythologiques.

Je suis peut-être la fille la plus détestée de l’Académie Mythos, mais je suis aussi la seule à pouvoir les sauver. . .

Avis : J’étais très contente d’apprendre qu’un éditeur allemand avait demandé plus de romans à l’auteur, mais encore plus qu’elle ait accepté de nous proposer cette histoire en anglais aussi !

C’était super de se retrouver une fois de plus dans l’univers des Mythos. Et puis que dire quand en plus on retrouve des personnages que nous avions déjà rencontrés précédemment. D’ailleurs, c’est au tour de Rory, la cousine de Gwen, d’être sur le devant de la scène. Pauvre Rory qui espère prendre un nouveau départ avec sa tante mais il semblerait que comme toujours, les gens ne font que chuchoter à son sujet à cause de ses parents Reapers. Ce n’est vraiment pas une situation facile pour la jeune femme. Mais voilà, en plus de cela, elle se retrouve par hasard mêlée à de nouveaux problèmes. Il semblerait que leurs ennemis ne soient pas anéantis comme ils ne pensaient quand Rory découvre que certains Reapers essaient de s’emparer d’artéfacts puissants pour dominer une fois de plus le monde. Faisant partie de façon inattendue d’une équipe d’espions à l’école, Rory va découvrir ce qu’il se cache dans l’ombre de l’école.

C’était une histoire sympa à lire même si j’avoue préférer les romans précédents, j’ai passé un bon moment avec cette nouvelle histoire. Je me demande cependant comment l’auteure va continuer cette trame et je suis curieuse de lire ce qu’elle nous réserve pour la suite. Vous verrez par vous-même de nouveaux personnages, une trame dérivée et même un petit moment avec Gwen en fin d’histoire.

 

Seriously Hexed by Tina Connolly

Seriously Wicked, Book 3

Synopsis: Tina Connolly continues the hilarious adventures of teen witch Camellia and her mother, wicked witch Sarmine, in this latest installment to the Andre Norton Award-nominated « Seriously Wicked » series.

Teen witch Cam has resigned herself to being a witch. Sort of. She s willing to do small things, like magically help her boyfriend Devon get over his ongoing stage fright. But tangling with other witches is not on her wishlist. Joining her mother s wicked witch coven is right out.

New acquaintance Poppy Jones is a Type A, A+ Student of True Witchery. She s got all the answers, and she s delighted to tangle with a bunch of wicked witches. She doesn t need any reluctant witch getting in her way, especially one who knows less than a dozen spells, and has zero plans for witch college.

Then a coven meeting goes drastically awry. A hex is taking down all thirteen members of the coven, one by one putting both girls mothers in jeopardy. Now the two teens are going to have to learn to work together, while simultaneously juggling werewolf puppies, celebrity demons, thirteen nasty hexes, and even nastier witches. They may have to go through hell and high water to save their mothers but they also might find a new friendship along the way.

review: I liked the first two volumes. It’s always nice to find a YA novel with witches like that! And then it must be said that Cam is really not a witch like others and she is very good at finding herself in more than delicate situations.

From the beginning of the novel, Cam has to deal with the consequences of her witch life. Indeed, she made her boyfriend Devon accidentally invisible and nothing would seem to make him reappear. But on top of that, her mother forces her to take a place in the coven of which she is a member, although she has no desire to do so. It is also during this meeting that her mother disappears without a trace and while Cam forges an alliance with Poppy, one of the fellow witches, they discover that each person present during this exchange is struck by a spell. To understand what is happening and to save everyone, our two heroines will team up and discover a story much more complicated than she thought.

I enjoyed this story once again. Cam is still accepting her condition and finally realizing that her mother is not exactly what she thought. I really enjoyed learning more about her past and her father, whom we hear a lot about since the first novel. We also discover a little more about the world of these women and what they hide.

 

 

 

Seriously Hexed de Tina Connolly (VO)

Seriously Wicked, Tome 3

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Adolescente, Cam s’est résignée à être une sorcière. Une sorte en tout cas. Elle est prête à faire de petites choses, comme aider par magie son petit ami Devon à surmonter son trac sur scène. Mais se mélanger avec d’autres sorcières n’est pas sur sa liste de souhaits. Rejoindre le couvent de sorcière de sa mère l’est encore moins.

Sa nouvelle connaissance Poppy Jones est une étudiante de type A, et A + en sorcellerie. Elle a toutes les réponses, et elle est ravie de se mêler à un tas de sorcières méchantes. Elle n’a pas besoin d’une sorcière réticente, en particulier une qui connaît moins d’une douzaine de sorts, et n’a aucun plan pour le collège des sorcières.

Puis une réunion au couvent va radicalement de travers. Un sort abat les treize membres du couvent, un par un, mettant en danger les deux filles. Maintenant, les deux adolescents vont devoir apprendre à travailler ensemble, tout en jonglant simultanément avec des chiots loups-garous, des célébrités démons, treize méchants sorts, et des sorcières encore pires. Elles devront peut-être traverser l’enfer et la marée haute pour sauver leurs mères, mais elles pourraient aussi trouver une nouvelle amitié en cours de route.

Avis : J’avais bien aimé les deux premiers tomes. C’est toujours agréable de retrouver une roman YA de sorcières comme ça ! Et puis il faut dire que Cam n’est vraiment pas une sorcière comme les autres et elle est très douée pour se retrouver dans des situations plus que délicates.

Dès le début du roman, Cam doit faire face aux conséquences de sa vie de sorcière. En effet, elle a rendu son petit-ami Devon invisible accidentellement et rien ne semblerait pouvoir le rendre son apparence. Mais en plus de cela, sa mère l’oblige à prendre une place au sein du couvent dont elle fait partie bien qu’elle n’en ait aucune envie. C’est aussi pendant cette réunion que sa mère disparait sans laisser de traces et alors que Cam forge une alliance avec Poppy, une de ses camarades sorcières, elles découvrent que chaque personne présente lors de cet échange est frappée d’un sort. Pour comprendre ce qu’il se passe et sauver tout le monde, nos deux héroïnes vont faire équipe et vont découvrir une histoire bien plus compliquée qu’elle ne le pensait.

J’ai bien aimé cette histoire une fois de plus. Cam accepte toujours un peu plus sa condition et se rend compte finalement que sa mère n’est pas exactement ce qu’elle pensait. J’ai beaucoup apprécié en apprendre plus sur son passé et sur son père dont on entend beaucoup parler depuis le premier roman. On en découvre aussi un peu plus sur l’univers de ces femmes et ce qu’elles cachent.

 

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling, Book 1

Synopsis: An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Long ago, Kelsea’s forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen’s Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.

Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen’s vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen’s Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as « the Fetch. »

Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.

Review: I have always heard great things from this series, first of all when it was released in English and even more when it was released in French. I was really curious to be able to immerse myself in the story and the release in paperback format gave me the opportunity to discover this new universe.

Kelsea always knew she had to become queen. Given up as a baby, and growing up on the margins of society she knows that when she turns 19 that it will be the day she is supposed to take the throne, but she did not expect it to be so difficult. Her uncle, the regent, is determined to prevent her from taking his place, but he is not the only one! But now, this new situation will change her, force her to make choices, to choose the people to whom she can trust and especially to face the consequences of her actions.

I will not say more about the story because you really need to discover it. It is very easy to connect to Kelsea. She is young, fresh and full of idealism even if none of this is easy when you become queen. I have supported her in all circumstances in her decisions while asking myself what would be the consequences. I was also easily attached to the people around her, without suspecting that some could change sides. Kelsea will have to evolve in a world full of plots while trying to get things done.

The author has managed to create a fascinating and complex world and it is true that I am curious to read more! I must say that I really had a great time with this first book that I read in one go and I’m impatient to get into the second volume!

 

 

Reine de Cendres d’Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling, Tome 1

Résumé : Après la mort de sa mère la Reine Elyssa, Kelsea Raleigh a grandi en exil, loin des intrigues du Donjon royal où son oncle diabolique a pris le pouvoir. Le jour de ses dix-neuf ans, une garde dévouée l’escorte de son repaire à la capitale, où elle devra reconquérir la place qui lui revient de droit et devenir Reine du Tearling.

Kelsea ne s’est jamais sentie aussi peu capable de gouverner. Pourtant, les atrocités qu’elle découvre vont la pousser à commettre un acte d’une incroyable audace, qui jette tout le pays dans la tourmente et déchaîne la vengeance de la Reine rouge.

La quête de Kelsea pour sauver son royaume et aller vers son destin ne fait que commencer. Long périple semé d’embûches, empli de bruit et de fureur, de trahisons et de combats farouches. Une épreuve du feu, qui forgera sa légende… ou la détruira.

Avis : J’ai toujours entendu de jolies choses de cette série, tout d’abord quand elle est sortie en anglais plus quand elle est sortie en français. J’étais vraiment curieuse de pouvoir me plonger dans l’histoire et la sortie en poche m’a donné l’opportunité de découvrir ce nouvel univers.

Kelsea a toujours su qu’elle devait devenir reine. Abandonnée toute petite et élevée en marge de la société pour qu’elle puisse atteindre ses 19 ans, le jour où elle est supposée prendre le trône, elle ne s’attendait pas à ce que tout cela soit si difficile. Son oncle, le régent, est bien déterminé à l’empêcher de prendre sa place, mais il n’est pas le seul ! Mais voilà, cette place va la changer, l’obliger à faire des choix, à choisir les personnes à qui elle peut faire confiance et surtout à faire face aux conséquences de ses actions.

Je ne vais pas en dire plus sur l’histoire parce qu’elle mérite vraiment à ce que vous la découvriez. Il est très facile de s’attacher à Kelsea. Elle est jeune, fraiche et plein d’idéalisme même si rien de tout cela n’est simple quand on devient reine. Je l’ai supportée en toutes circonstances dans ses décisions tout en me demandant quel en sera le revers. Je me suis aussi facilement attachée aux gens qui évoluent autour d’elle, sans qu’elle se doute parfois que certains pouvaient changer de camp. Kelsea va devoir évoluer dans un monde rempli de complots, tout en essayant de faire avancer les choses.

L’auteure a réussi à créer un monde fascinant et complexe et c’est vrai que je suis curieuse d’en lire plus ! Je dois dire que j’ai vraiment passé un très bon moment avec ce premier tome que j’ai lu d’une traite et je suis plus qu’impatiente de me lancer dans le second volume !

 

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

For Darkness Shows the Stars, Book 1

Synopsis: It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

Review: I saw this novel a lot when it was released in English but it’s true that I never looked closer. It must be said that for me the cover gave me a science fiction feeling, a story set in space and it is far from things that really interest me. However, the French release intrigued me and after seeing so many positive reviews, I told myself that I really had to try that! And I must say that I’m really happy because I had a great time.

The world is not what it was after trying to change the genetic codes of the population. Now the society is divided into different castes: the Luddites who have not accepted to undergo the treatments and who now take care of the others who can not live alone. But from these people are now the Posts, the descendants, who have very good abilities but are still used as « slaves » by some families. It is in this context that we discover Elliot, a young Luddite who tries somehow to manage her domain. Years ago, her friend Post, Kai, ran away, leaving her alone … Ever since, Elliot has been hoping that he is well and that she will one day hear from him, even though she knows it is surely futile. Yet one day, as she decides to rent the shipyard from her land, here he is back in her life. While she was hopeful, her feelings are quickly crushed when she realizes that he has no intention of talking to her and that he hates her.

I felt so bad for Elliott and I even shed tears several times. The poor girl already had a very difficult life but the return of Kai really does not help. It’s true that it’s hard to understand why he’s hurting her that way when she seems to have done nothing. It must be said that this boy was everything for her: her escape from a tyrannical father and her lonely life. We also find their exchanges during childhood in the chapters. They allow us to understand a little more the universe, to see the relationship that binds them both and to understand the social disparities between the different castes.

It was an exciting novel and I’m really glad I tried it! I just have a small question. I was wondering if there was any punishment for Post people who escaped from the estates. It seems as if and yet it seems easy. But hey, in any case, I’m conquered. I learned that there is a second volume that does not include these characters but that runs parallel to these events and I admit that I am curious to learn even more about the universe! I recommend it!