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June Wrap-Up!

June, its summer days, the holiday starting… Nope, let’s do it again. June, its cold and rainy days, its hectic schedule. It sounds more like it.

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What’s New?

I don’t have any complaints regarding June. No wait, I have one. The Euro. I won’t send my thanks to the guy who had the terrible idea to host games here and create a fan zone.

My mother went back to our hometown, leaving me with the task of taking care of her dog. I spent the week with a death threat hovering over my head if anything should happen to her cutie. Living with two dogs with opposite personalities was fun, most of the time. I was not so happy to be waken up at 6am.

Last week, my student dream job became available. The university published an ad to recruit new assistants for all their libraries. I was over the moon when I noticed the English library was looking for someone too. Of course, I applied. When the answer came back 4 hours later, I was shocked. First because no one in that administration had ever replied to an email in less than a day. Second, because they had scheduled an interview for the week to come. But. Because there is always a but. Only when I agreed for the date of the interview did I spot the little warning telling me that the contract did not say 26hours a week but 26hours for the entire semester. There is a HUGE difference. I am going anyway, 26 hours in a library playing with the stamps and scolding students returning their books late is better than no job. Or a summer job handing ice creams on the beach. Or night shifts counting bottles of medicine. Or staying home. The interview went very well, but someone applied before me so now my fate depends on the other candidate’s answer.

Oh, and I bought beauty products. Yes, I know my life is very exciting! Now off to the most interesting part of my days:

Books I read in June

Portmanteau (Review next week)

The Dali Deception (Review here)

The Last Billable Hour (Review here)

The Scorch Trials (review later)

The Death Cure

The Raven Boys (Review here)

Crown of Midnight (Review Saturday 2nd July)

The Stepmother (Review to come)

Book Reviews of Stories I read in May

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Book Review: Travel to France with The Little French Guesthouse, by Helen Pollard

Books I purchased

On June 1st, I decided to go on a book buying ban…

I know. I must have misunderstood the concept. It is not that bad. I managed to buy less than in May. I promised myself to behave for the summer.

Books I received for review

Of course, the ban involved book requests. I blame The Stepmother for luring me to NetGalley again. I requested My Husband’s Son and Yoga Beyond The Mat in May, so they don’t count, right? I can’t help it if I was approved in June…!

Books I won

this fragile life

I want to thank Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for hosting a giveaway and Kate Hewitt for sending me a copy of her book. I really like the colors of the cover.

Book of The Month Award

At 4.51am a few nights ago, I realized something was missing on my blog. A Book of the Month Award! This way, when the time will come to publish my favorite books of the year, all I will only have to go back to the wrap-up posts and check the monthly award. Aren’t I a clever girl?

Because I still couldn’t sleep, I wondered about the best way to decide which story deserves the recognition and a shiny waffle made of paper napkin. The easiest solution would be to take the book with the highest rating, but sometimes the books that stay with you are not the ones you expect. This month’s winner came to me as I was writing the beginning of this post.

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My favorite book in June came from Adam Maxwell. The characters of The Dali Deception are still in my head, even after a few weeks. I changed my mind about high-risk heists. I find them so much more interesting and exciting now that I have gained an insight into what it takes to pull off such a job. The sequel is at the top of my most anticipated books!

Blogging life

I was less productive than I hoped to be in June. Still, I am satisfied with what I wrote and I am slowly getting used to scheduling.

Hype or Like Friday

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Life

Discussion posts and lists

This Week In Books


That’s a wrap! How did June treat you? Do leave your wrap-up link in a comment below and I’ll pop a visit!

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This Week In Books (June 29th 2016)

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This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧ The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater / Crown of Midnight, Sarah J. Maas

For once, the review was posted before the next Wednesday post! Therefore, you already know I adored The Raven Boys. You can read my rambles here if you haven’t already 🙂

My buddy reading with Flo @ flowlessbooks is over. I really had fun criticizing Crown of Midnight. It was as entertaining as the first book, and like Throne of Glass, the second half managed to intrigue me enough to make me want to read more.

≈ Now ≈ The Stepmother, Claire Seeber

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The perfect wife. A fairytale family. Don’t believe your eyes…

Jeanie and Matthew are a happily married couple who both have teenage children from previous relationships.
No one said it would be easy to raise a blended family under one roof but Jeanie and Matthew are strong. They will make it work.

And whilst Jeanie’s step-daughter Scarlett rejects her, Jeanie will just have to try harder to win her over.
But Jeanie has a past. A terrible secret she thought she’d buried a long time ago. And now, it’s coming to the surface, threatening to destroy her new marriage.
Someone is playing a terrifying game on Jeanie and she must put a stop to it once and for all.
After all, a fairytale needs a happy ending … doesn’t it?

I should know better by now than to pick up my thriller in the morning. Every time I do, I end up forgetting all the engagements and plans I’ve made for the day. I am almost done with this story, which means two things: it is gripping enough for me to cancel my day and stay on the couch, and I am late on posts and reviews again because I could not put it down when I had to.

∨ Next ∨ The Summer That Melted Everything, Tiffany McDaniel

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This is a hell of a synopsis. My ratio being what it is, I hadn’t dared requesting this on NetGalley, so I was delighted when Tiffany McDaniel offered me to review her debut novel. I am really enthusiastic about this book.

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading this week?:)
Do share in the comments!
Happy reading!

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Book Review: The Last Billable Hour, Susan Wolf

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Title: The Last Billable Hour
Author: Susan Wolfe
Publisher: Steelkilt Press
Release date:
June 7th 2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 218
Rating: ⭐️⭐️

The Story

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Souvenirs From Across The World: Welcome to Bordeaux!

Souvenirs From Across The World is a brilliant project launched and hosted by my adorable fellow Frenchie, the amazing and sweet Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books to help blogger connect and get to know each other better! The deal is simple but so interesting; all you have to do is share facts, pictures, books, anything you want, from your country, town or culture. Isn’t it great? Head to her post for more information and other participants’ links!

Marie created an amazing portrait of France and the different regions you must visit before you can say you’ve been Frenchised. But there is one left.

Today, I am absolutely delighted to introduce you to the one and only city I ever fell in love with.

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This Week In Books (June 22nd 2016)

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This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧ The Death Cure, James Dashner

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It’s the end of the line.
WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.
Will anyone survive?
What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.
The truth will be terrifying.
Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

This book reminded me why I am leery of series. When the first book of a series is awesome, it is natural to expect the next ones to be just as good, or even better. But when the first book of a series is awesome, it is harder to meet the reader’s expectations with the next ones. So the more awesome the first book, the harder the fall when the last one lets you down.
Long sentences for a short conviction: The Death Cure could have been so much more.

≈ Now ≈ The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater / Crown of Midnight, Sarah J. Maas

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Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Who can resist those boys? It turns out I can’t! I forgot to write posts yesterday because I could not put this book down.

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From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

I can’t stop laughing and/or rolling my eyes while reading this. Don’t get me wrong, I like it. I just simply can’t take it seriously. I have had quite a good laugh with some quotes and new … characters. I won’t say more because it would spoil the fun. Anyway, this story is perfect for some buddy-reading time.
I am only 38% in, so I will give Celaena a little more time, but she better hurry and show me her badass side once and for all!

∨ Next ∨ The Stepmother, Claire Seeber

the stepmother

The perfect wife. A fairytale family. Don’t believe your eyes…
Jeanie and Matthew are a happily married couple who both have teenage children from previous relationships.
No one said it would be easy to raise a blended family under one roof but Jeanie and Matthew are strong. They will make it work.
And whilst Jeanie’s step-daughter Scarlett rejects her, Jeanie will just have to try harder to win her over.
But Jeanie has a past. A terrible secret she thought she’d buried a long time ago. And now, it’s coming to the surface, threatening to destroy her new marriage.
Someone is playing a terrifying game on Jeanie and she must put a stop to it once and for all.
After all, a fairytale needs a happy ending … doesn’t it?

There was no power strong enough on this Earth to prevent me from requesting this book. Look at that cover. Read that synopsis. Now tell me you don’t want to read it.
See?

Have you read any of those books? What are you reading this week?:)
Do share in the comments!
Happy reading!

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SunTag: The Blogger Recognition Award

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I admit it. I avoided this award for a very long time. The first time I was nominated, I was delighted of course, but the blissful feeling was soon replaced by the pressure to give advice. As a baby blogger, I felt there was not much I could share that would be useful to anyone. The Second time I was nominated, I was a teenager blogger. My happiness was overshadowed by my acne lack of confidence. But this time, I am ready! That doesn’t mean I consider my blog to have achieved the adult stage of its life, but let’s say we reached 18. Or 21 depending on where you live.
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Hype or Like Friday: Favorite Fantasy Novels

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Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Larkin, Britt and Jill . Check out the Goodreads group to know more about it and stay up to date with the weekly discussions and book of the month.

June 17th: Favorite Fantasy Novels (Tell us why we should read them.)

This post will probably not be what to expect it to be. (How to create suspense, part 1)

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Book Review: The Dali Deception, Adam Maxwell

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Title: The Dali Deception
Author: Adam Maxwell
Publisher: The Lost Book Emporium
Release date: June 19th 2016

Format: eARC
Pages: 293
Rating: 4 and a half stars!

The Story

A professional thief returns home and must round up the perfect team to carry out a unique heist. Can they pull it off before her murderous ex-boyfriend and a psychotic crime kingpin cause the whole thing to come crashing down?

Violet Winters is a professional thief. Clever and resourceful, she can walk in to any building and leave with the goods. Betrayed by her murderous boyfriend she has spent eighteen months in exile but Violet is lured back home to Kilchester for a unique heist. She must steal a ‘painting’ — a blank canvas, signed by Salvador Dali — and replace it with a forgery. Everything is going to plan until local crime kingpin Big Terry crashes the party. With the start of the heist hours away Violet doesn’t know who she can trust, whether she is going to walk into the room with the painting and find the police waiting for her or if she’ll get beaten to death by a furious midget. And then everything goes sideways.

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