April has been a big month for me. It was the end of my university year, so a lot of exams happened. Which mean I had to study a lot, plus I sarted working on the 13th and will do until May the 6th so I didn’t have as much time as usual. Still, I don’t feel this was a bad month and I managed to get a good chunk of reading done! Not as many reviews written compared to March obviously but I’m hoping to write way more in May!
1) Les silences de Thalès (Bayères-sur-Loire #1), by Hélène Louise
J’ai reçu ce livre de la part de l’auteure et j’ai vraiment aimé! Des ados authentiques, qui aiment lire, parler franglais, se retrouver au cinéma ou autour de plats de pâtes. Des ados et des adultes qui essaient de continuer leur vie malgré les deuils et les épreuves, des gens qui font de leur mieux pour accepter les différences et respecter tout le monde. Ma chronique est ici.
2) Waking Gods (Themis Files #2), by Sylvain Neuvel
That one was an eARC, sequel of Sleeping Giants that I really liked back in November (review in english and in french). I was eagerly awaiting Waking Gods and it was really a great sequel, even if I didn’t love it as much as I did Sleeping Giants.
3) Pantomime (Micah Grey #1), by Laura Lam
Really glad I won this book in a giveaway! I was really immersed in the story, all the characters were really well fleshed out, but I have to say the world-building was a little confusing at times. I also feel weird about some choices, I’ll need some more time before I’m happy with the draft of my review! I’m also looking for reviews written by intersex people since the main character of this novel is (so please, contact me if you know of any!).
I’ll definitely will read the sequel whenever I can though.
4) Qui a peur de la mort ? (Who Fears Death #1), by Nnedi Okorafor
Read that one in french since I found it at the library and the french cover is AMAZING. I had some issues with the translation, but in the end I still enjoyed the story.
Huge TW for rape, especially at the beginning when the mother tells her story to Onyesonwu. There are many other TW needed, I’ll be sure to include them in my final review.
Another review which will take me time to write!
5) Mars Horizon, by Florence Porcel and Erwann Surcouf
French graphic novel. Ohh comme j’ai adoré Mars Horizon! Je suivais déjà Florence Porcel depuis plusieurs mois sur twitter et sa BD m’intéressait énormément, quand soudain cette semaine ma sœur l’a ramené de la librairie, j’étais super contente!
Sublime BD remplie d’émotion que je recommande absolument à tout les amoureux de l’espace.
6) Under Rose-Tainted Skies, by Louise Gornall
I could have read this book in one setting but, as often, life gets in the way. While I couldn’t look away, there still were some things that kept me from giving this 4 or 5 stars, but I still would recommend, especially since this is an #ownvoices novel regarding the agoraphobia and anxiety of Norah, the main character.
TW for self-harm.
Will also try and write a review asap.
7) salt., by Nayyirah Waheed
Wonderful poetry collection. I gave this one 5/5 stars on goodreads.
Here is my review.
8) The Five Daughters of the Moon (The Waning Moon #1), by Leena Likitalo
I got an eARC of this novella from the publisher and I liked it a lot! While not a 5/5, I can’t either think of a negative thing about it at the moment. It made me want to look into who were the Romanov sisters because I’m ashamed to say I’d never heard of them before, I think?
Here are the first few lines of the goodreads description because it’s great : “Inspired by the 1917 Russian revolution and the last months of the Romanov sisters, The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo is a beautifully crafted historical fantasy with elements of technology fueled by evil magic.”
(Also, TW for rape)
9) The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, by Margaret Killjoy
Another eARC from the publisher and it was SO COOL. I really loved everything. I wasn’t expecting to love this short novella that much and… wow. I’m really hoping there’ll be more, like a novella series? please please please. Will definitely write a longer review asap.
6 in English and 3 in French
3 from publishers, 1 from the author, 1 from the library, 2 bought, 1 free on kindle and 1 won a giveway!
What I posted this month:
Here are some pictures I used:
I started reading QUI A PEUR DE LA MORT? (WHO FEARS DEATH?) by Nnedi Okorafor after finishing PANTOMIME yesterday! 💀 I usually read English book in English but since I stumbled upon this one at the library and I love the cover: I took it anyway! I hope the french translation will be good! . day 16 of #grimdragon : Happy Easter 🥚 we don't really celebrate but it's the occasion for a family dinner with grandparents, uncles and cousin!
day 19 of #grimdragon : Book edge love 📚yes that was supposed to be yesterday but I didn't have time so I'm taking and posting this one today! ☺️ These edges are from some french books, from "le mois du cuivre", a steampunk initiative from Bragelonne 🙌✨ and my gorgeous dog Daska helped with the photoshoot 😂💛
J'ai lu MARS HORIZON et ai pris cette photo avant hier mais j'ai attendu aujourd'hui pour en parler car je voulais l'utiliser pour le thème d'aujourd'hui du challenge #grimdragon 😉 . J'ai vraiment adoré, c'est une lecture courte qui m'a fait la soirée, avec des personnages attachants et passionnés et des dessins tout doux 💛 . Je compte bientôt écrire une petite chronique sur le blog 🙌✨ (oui j'ai rien posté depuis deux semaines mais j'ai un planning chargé en ce moment 😅) . . day 22 of #grimdragon : Earth Day 🌍 So this book is a french graphic novel about the colonisation of Mars and of the first few days spend on its surface by a small team. I was eager to read it (I've been following Florence Porcel for a while on twitter) and my sister bought it this week 😍🙌✨ It made me think of The Martian in some occasions, especially with all the pop culture references (and the setting being Mars obviously), but it's still very different! You can really feel how the author loves what she's talking about, and I loved all the characters ❤️
I was so tired yesterday that I forgot to post this one! So here goes now! . day 27 of #grimdragon : "Life is like a box of chocolates : character variety" 🙌 there are a lot of different POVs in City of Strife and the characters are all so differents and diverse! I loved the deep friendships, the already established relationships, how they are very lovable characters even when they are not perfect. Characters being surprised that others want to help them, getting support in the most unlikely places… loved this book in its entirety really :') PLUS the cover is gorgeous so 💚💚 . . I'm reading RAVEN STRATAGEM by Yoon Ha Lee at the moment! 🚀💛 It's an eARC so I can't post a pic of its amazing cover like I did for NINEFOX GAMBIT but I can tell you it's amazing, 4 chapters in and I'm enjoying it A LOT!
Currently reading :
While I’m LOVING this eARC of Raven Stratagem (sequel to Ninefox Gambit),
I’m trying to reach 60% (I don’t want to DNF ARCs but… ugh) into the eARC of Necessary Monsters… Really disappointed on this one 😦