“The Secret History” by Donna Tartt : disturbing yet fascinating !


« The Secret History » intimidated me at first. So much, actually, that I waited for months to finally read it. I couldn’t explain why, maybe because of its length, or maybe because it’s a thriller and I’m not accustomed to this genre. Silly me. This book was truly incredible and it had everything I needed without even knowing it. It literally blew my mind.

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“A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab : As Travars !


Oh, boy, I need to talk about this perfection. I admire Victoria Schwab so much. I’d only read The Savage Song before starting ASDOM and I was told it was her best work so far, so obviously I had high expectations. And I wasn’t disappointed a bit. As long as there are royalty, pirates, criminals and magic, I’m totally in.

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“Lady Midnight” by Cassandra Clare : it gets better and better !


Okay so I’ll try to write a proper review but my feelings might come across and ruin everything. Also, I’ll probably tell my life – sorry for that.

First, you have to know that I haven’t read The Mortal Instruments series until this year (well, 2017). Don’t ask why, I was just a foolish girl thinking it wasn’t « that great » (hahahahahahaha *stupid*). But then I heard about Lady Midnight and all I wanted was to read that book. But… I was told that I had to read TMI first, then TID, then the Shadowhunters Academy. So I did. It was an amazing journey, I won’t lie. I fell in love with Cassandra Clare, with her world and with her characters. I don’t say it often because I feel a little bit late in the game (and therefore, not legitimate), and also because I have friends who absolutely love it and I don’t want them to think I’m stealing that from them. But yeah. Anywho, I was so excited to finally read Lady Midnight that when the time came… I just couldn’t (I’m a very logic person, everyone will tell you that). I invented excuses to avoid reading it, too afraid to be overwhelmed by my emotions. Now that I read it… boy, I’m not disappointed at all. I laughed and I cried, a lot of times actually.

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“The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black : the Queen of Faeries !


I had never read Holly Black before so The Cruel Prince was a total surprise to me. I was sure to love it, first because THE COVER GUYS, second because everyone calls Holly Black the Queen of Fairies. Of course, I had to check that out (not that I’m a pro or something). And I have to agree with this : she truly is the Queen of Faes. But I didn’t like this book as much as I wanted to ; still enough to give it 4 stars.
Actually when I finished it, I was so confused I didn’t know if I « loved » it or not that much. It’s possible I still don’t know.

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My favorites of the year!

This year was crazy.

Not only I achieved amazing things and met incredible people, but I also read too many perfect books. Some became my favorites, others changed my life. I think it was actually my best year ever in terms of books. I mostly caught up the famous ones I always forbid myself to read (don’t agiphysk why, I’m just a stubborn brat), and I obviously loved it. Unfortunately I can’t name them all because it would be too long, so I decided to write about 12 of them, one per month (14 actually, because I love to cheat). I hope that you’ll agree with me about some, or that I’ll make you want to read them if you haven’t yet. Don’t forget you can access to all my reviews on Goodreads.

Now let’s get started !

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Welcome to 2018! Towards a better me


A new year, a new beginning. It always worked this way for me.

Every year I’m full of new resolutions I know I won’t respect, but I still try. And every year, my life stays the same. 2017 was different, maybe even the best year of my life (not maybe, it was). For a lot of reasons, but mostly because for the first time since a long time, I felt complete. Whole. I felt myself. 2017 was a turning point in my life, I’m sure it was, and I can’t help but be optimistic about the year to come. That’s why I’ll continue to make resolutions, even if I still probably won’t respect them. Because I need something to hold on to, because I think it’s important to sit down and have hope to change the things we don’t like. Perhaps one day, it’ll finally happen.

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Reads for Christmas

by thebeautyandthebookstore

Hello booklovers,

If you read my Christmas Wishlist, you already know what Christmas means to me. Unfortunately, my family doesn’t think the same way. Of course they love Christmas but that’s not as important to them as it is to me. That’s why we still don’t have a Christmas tree, you see. Still, I absolutely love this time of the year. When it’s Christmas, I want to feel it. I want the cities to light up and I want the sky to snow.

50 Disney Movies Mashup – All I Want For Christmas Is You

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All I Want For Christmas is…

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… no, this is not Jamie Dornan.

Or maybe it is.

But since it would be difficult to put him under the christmas tree, I’d rather ask something else, right? Christmas is really important to me. It doesn’t have to do with presents ; this is a global state of mind. Snow, christmas songs, chocolate, family, christmas trees and foie gras… That is the best moment of the year to me. It’ll sound cheesy but December always feels magical. As if everything was suddenly possible. I love being reunited with my family and to make them happy. I also love watching christmas movies and wearing ridiculous red-and-green pajamas (that’s what I do the rest of the year but whatever).

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“Without Merit” by Colleen Hoover : a book of nonsense !


Before we start this review, you have to know that I’m a huge Cohort and that it literally breaks my heart to give this book one star. The truth is I fell in love with this woman since the moment I laid eyes on « Maybe Someday ». That was my first from her and that’s still now my favorite (for sentimental reasons). Since then, I admire her; the person she is, her words, her imagination, everything. I had the chance to meet her several times and I truly respect her talent. There was no book from her that I didn’t like…… until now. I was so sure to love « Without Merit » that the disappointment is strong and the fall is hard. I hate everything about it, truly. I just don’t understand. I don’t recognize CoHo’s style and that makes me really sad. Since a lot of you are shocked to hear that I hated « Without Merit », I’m going to explain why in details.
But know that if you liked it, that’s okay. My opinion is totally personal.

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Halloween 2017 : reads and treats !

Reads for halloween

Who says Halloween says pumpkins, candies and horror movies. Autumn may be my favorite season of all time (closely followed by winter), it doesn’t last enough to me. That is why you have to enjoy it as much as you can and don’t let October slip away! Personally, I love to associate my readings to the different periods of the year : for instance to read contemporaries during summer, Christmas books during December and of course readings related to Halloween during autumn. I didn’t necessarily do that this year because I accumulated too much late in my readings but I still want to recommend you a few books that are perfect for October.
Since I don’t particularly like horror books, the ones I’m talking about today are pretty soft. I think it will please everyone though 🙂 Let’s go, shall we?

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