October Wrap-Up (2017)

Here’s my October Wrap-Up! I really thought this would be a very small month of reading for me but it seems I always manage to find reading time no matter what haha!

1) Resistance (Aerdh Tales), by B.R. Sanders 
I won this book on a giveaway! I looove the cover. While I struggled a bit to understand the setting at first, I quickly understood the stakes and grew to care for the characters and rooted for them to overthrow the governement while coming to term with their feelings.
Will read the novel Ariah soon, I had already bought the kindle edition before even seeing about this one here but hadn’t found the time.

2) Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3), by Seanan McGuire
eARC from the publisher
I LOVED this novella. I was really looking forward to it and had read nothing about what it would focus on and I’m glad because it was a very nice surprise! No backstory here, the story starts at the Wayward House and follows a group of teens (some we already me on the first installment) through doors and worlds in a quest!

3) Open Mic Night at the End of the World, by Jessica Meyers
eARC from the author
That novella was a fresh look on the psychological effect the the end of the world can cause to survivors. Here is my review!

4) The Stone in the Skull (Lotus Kingdoms #1), by Elizabeth Bear 
eARC from netgalley
This is set in the same world as the Eternal Sky trilogy (that I haven’t read yet) but I enjoyed it A LOT.
Here’s my review.

5) Enfant du chaos (Les veilleurs, #1), by Éva Simonin
J’étais à deux doigts de ne pas finir ce livre mais comme il se lisait vite et qu’il avait un bon potentiel dans son histoire de fond, je me suis poussée à terminer. Petite déception car j’avais l’espoir de vraiment aimer, le début était top. Mais tout manquait énormément d’émotions, les relations entre les personnages n’étaient pas vraiment crédibles et j’ai détesté l’un des principaux qui ne semble pas comprendre le concept de consentement.

6) Cheerleaders From Planet X, by Lyssa Chiavari 
A very enjoyable short novel. I liked the sci-fi elements, still lacked a bit of action from what I was expecting. But the characters were nice, the f/f love story was one of the very good point of the novel! Also the fact that the main character is part of a sorority and it was shown in a very good light, something I’d need never seen before (plus I’m not very knowledgeable on that point, being french.) was a big plus.

7) The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne #1), by Myke Cole
eARC from the pubisher.
A no for me. I liked some aspects of this story but hated most of the rest. Will try to write a short review soon-ish.

8) Les Chroniques de Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles #1), by Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illustrateur), Jean-Noël Chatain (Translator)
Je n’ai pas adoré ce livre mais les illustrations étaient vraiment superbe et ce sont elles qui m’ont motivées à tourner les pages. Donc pas si déçue que ça quand même! Peut être que c’est *encore* la faute de la traduction, car certains passages avaient vraiment le potentiel de me faire rire mais ne marchaient pas sur le moment. C’est un bon petit (assez épais quand même) roman de fantasy jeunesse avec une légère ressemblance à Narnia, se passant dans une forêt avec une société secrète d’animaux et humains, avec une touche d’improbable bureaucratie.

9) It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel (Welcome to Night Vale novels #2), by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
I LOVED this book! Basically everything about this was amazing. I must find time to write a review and share some quotes because it’s too good to be ignored.

10) L’épouvantable peur d’Épiphanie Frayeur, by Séverine Gauthier and Clément Lefèvre (illustrator)
Ma chronique ici!

11) Unburied Fables, a collection by Rachel Sharp, Tiffany Rose, Saffyre Falkenberg, Dominique Cyprès, Emmy Clarke, Will J. Fawley, George Lester
I really liked this collection of short fiction. They use old tales and fables and twist them in a very good way with queer characters everywhere. My favourites were the ones involving aro-ace characters. Some used the same source material but still managed to be original. I didn’t much like the ones set in a futuristic setting or the ones that were a bit too long.

12) Stake Sauce, Arc 1: The Secret Ingredient Is Love. No, Really (Stake Sauce #1), by RoAnna Sylver 
eARC from the author.
A very nice Halloween read where a wannabe vampire hunter with PTSD, a grief-stricken human, a cute punk vampire and a mysterious witch join forces to fight evil vampires and get justice!
Here’s my review.

13) Ressources Humaines (Zombillenium #2), by Arthur de Pins
14) Control Freaks (Zombillenium #3), by Arthur de Pins
Gros non, emprunt de grossophobie ces deux titres n’ont pas été des lectures très agréables. Pourtant j’aime beaucoup le thème du parc d’attraction d’horreur géré par de réelles créatures surnaturelles et toutes les aventures qui s’en suivent, mais ce n’est pas tout et je suis assez déçue.

15) Saga, Volume 7, by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
traduit par Jérémy Manesse.
Magnifique. Cette large fresque galactique se concentrant sur de nombreux personnages (des familles, des amis, des âmes perdues…) parvient toujours à me surprendre et m’émouvoir. Hazel grandit et narre toujours cette histoire avec un recul appréciateur. Vraiment hâte pour la suite!

16) Ms. Marvel Vol. 5: Guerre Civile, by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyazawa
traduit par Nicole Duclos.
Pas très fan de l’event Civil War II mais j’ai tout de même énormément aimé ce volume. La première issue faisant se rencontrer Kamala et Miles Morales à un concours de science est vraiment sympathique et touche a des sujets importants pour leur âge (le besoin de se sécuriser une bourse et une place à l’université) et ne pas prend l’event de pleine tête. La façon que Ms. Marvel a de réfléchir petit à petit par elle même et ne pas forcément faire une confiance aveugle à son mentor (même si ça m’énerve de devoir en venir là) est intéressante. Surtout, le fil rouge sur ses origines et sa famille est magnifique et c’est ce qui m’a fait donner 5/5 à ce volume malgré un event décevant.

17) Crispin’s Model, by Max Gladstone
That was intense!
(Available here)

18) Fandom for Robots, by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
I mean the title speaks for itself. A robot come to watch an anime featuring another robot et become part of the fandom. Involves a lot of fanfiction! Loved it.
(Available here)

19) Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman
This novel is set in the same world as her previous books about Seraphina. It focuses on Tess, Seraphina’s half sister. I was very excited about this book (mostly because Seraphina was a 5/5 read for me but also that cover is gorgeous) but at first I didn’t really liked it. I’m still working on my review because I have a lot of conflicted feelings but I ended up being won over (mostly) by the novel and Tess herself. At least I can see what the author was looking to achieve here and I totally respect that.

Comics Single Issues:

Scales & Scoundrels #1
This did made me think of Nimona! Strong fearless girl with a heart of gold, good at cards, she-dragon, the looks of a scoundrel… I really liked this first issue, I’ll read the next. But I think the art (while very nice) lacked something, maybe regarding movements.

Giant Days #31
Always a pleasure to read this comic, I’m so invested in the lives of these girls!

All-New Wolverine #7-18
Laura and squirrel girl team up on issue 7, so nice and fun! Gabby also is a little ray of sunshine!
Giant green monster, Captain Marvel and Iron Man to the rescue,  + jetpacks = what’s not to like??
I gave 5/5 to issue 9 and loved the art in issue 10!
Seeing Laura with so many friends is such a pleasure ❤

What I posted this month: 

Book review: 27 Hours
Robot and/or AI as main character
Book review: Open Mic Night at the End of the World
Book review: City of Betrayal
Book review: Starlings
Book review: The Tiger’s Daughter
Chronique de livre: L’épouvantable peur d’Épiphanie Frayeur
Book review: Stake Sauce Arc 1
Book review: The Stone in the Skull

Currently reading:

So that was a relatively good month, a normal amount of books and way more reviews written than I expected!
Let’s go November!

6 thoughts on “October Wrap-Up (2017)

  1. Haha, it’s good that you have your priorities straight. I’m glad you’re still finding time to read. 😊

    I completely missed that you’ve already read Beneath the Sugar Sky! I’m so glad you liked. I’m looking forward to reading it.

    I can’t wait to read your review for Tess of the Road!

    Here’s my October recap. 😊

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    1. Haha I cannot function without some me-time and reading! I can still remember that week where I couldn’t read because of all the work I had to do and I’m still miserable just thinking about it!

      I’m waiting a bit to post my review because it’s out at the end of January but yes it was amazing!!! 😀

      Working on it 😉

      thanks for the link I’m going to read that right now 😀


        1. Exactly!

          Humm I think it would depend! I would recommend it but not to everyone, and regarding if the subjects explored are of interest to the person asking. But I’ll write about it more clearly on my review 😉 *soon*

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  2. I know what you mean with Tess of the Road. It was very different from what I was expecting and the Seraphina duology. But once I let that go I was completely absorbed in it. I do feel it kind of feels like a prequel story to something else with that ending. But maybe that ist just me?


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