Mangatoon #1 – La BASE: Lore Olympus

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Hello les dragons! Aujourd’hui, et pour le mois d’août, je rejoins le Mangatoon créé par Sarah de  Little Red R! L’idée et simple, partager chaque jour un manga ou un webtoon (aussi dit webcomic, donc publié en ligne) que j’adore et que vous devriez ABSOLUMENT essayer! Bon j’ai déjà un peu de retard, et je ne suis pas sûre d’avoir assez de stock pour tous les jours, mais je vais faire au mieux!
Je vais aussi tenter de garder ça court, notre petit RDV du matin, votre petite lecture en petit déjeunant ou sur la plage :p
Et on commence avec mon chouchou, mon bébé d’amour, mon coup de coeur absolu: Lore Olympus!

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Cupid’s Match: a love story that didn’t match for me!

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Cupid’s match by Lauren Palphreyman
Format:
Paperback 
Pages: 
320
Release date: October 1st
Top 3 Genres:
 Contemporary, Romance, Mythology
My rating: 
Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: 
provided by Raincoast Books
To buy the book: CA • US • FR
Add to: Goodreads

Hey book dragons! Hope you are doing well and will forgive my lame word game in the title 😛 AS you probably guessed, today I’m going to tell you about Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman. I’ll try to keep it short, as unfortunately, it disappointed me :/

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An epic quest in Medieval Japan: Shadow of the Fox

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Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
Series:
Shadow of the Fox #1
Format:
Hardcover
Pages: 416
Top 3 Genres: 
Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
My rating: 
Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: 
Provided by Chapters Indigo in exchange for an honest review. 
To buy the book on Chapters: 
here
Add toGoodreads

 

Hello bookdragons! I’m really excited to share with you my last read because it was THE BOMB: I do not often read books centered in an Asian setting but every time I do, I love them. Shadow of the Fox is no exception, and I understand why it was chosen as the October Staff Pick of the Month by Chapters Indigo. I did not expect to enjoy it so much, but now, I need to tell you why!!

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Quand il y a du mystère dans l’air, quand un crime affreux reste impuni… on apelle Hermès à la rescousse: Le mystère Dédale!

Le mystére Dédale par Richard Normandon
Série: Les enquêtes d’Hermès (#1)
Format: Papier
Pages: 171
Publié par: Gallimard Jeunesse (16/05/2016)
Top 3 Genres: Jeunesse, Mythologie, Policier
Catégorie: Au feu/si vous n’avez rien d’autre a lire/A Avoir/Courrezl’acheter
Source: Service Presse
Pour acheter le livre :CA • FR
Ajouter à: Babelio

 

 

 Hello les dragons! Il est temps de faire un long voyage dans le temps et de repartir à l’époque de la Grèce Antique, au temps où les Dieux se mélaient aux hommes, pour le meilleur ou pour le lire! Ce voyage, je vous le propose avec le premier tome des Enquêtes d’Hermès de Richard Normandon: Le mystère Dédale.

« Qui a tué le célèbre architecte?
Les suspects ne manquent pas. L’inventeur du labyrinthe où fut enfermé le Minotaure s’était fait beaucoup d’ennemis. Seul Hermès, le plus malin des dieux, est capable de démêler cette énigme. Même s’il lui faut descendre jusqu’aux Enfers pour découvrir la vérité…
Le premier volume d’une passionnante série policière, pleine de mystère et d’humour. Avec Hermès, le dieu détective, plongez dans les secrets de la mythologie grecque. »

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Book Reviews #14 : Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

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Hello everyone!

You may know that I recently discovered the joy of audiobooks! And I’ve found some pretty good ones. One of them is Magnus Chase by Rick Riordan. The narrator is just perfect! And of course, Rick Riordan is there to give it all its material!

I just loved this book, the humor, and sarcasm of Magnus, it was so easy to listen to it! So living. The retelling of diverse Norse myths was also very well done ( as I had read Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman before, I had them clearly in mind and it made it even better!), as the way Gods were portrayed by Rick Riordan. Thor, Odin, Loki, they are here and they adapted to the modern world… in different ways.
The plot was more than well done, we were jumping from one adventure to another, discovering the Nine Worlds of Igdrasil. We discover with Magnus the secrets of who he is and the uncover the intrigues that could lead us to the end of the world(s).
And as with all Rick Riordan books, the characters are amazing, and friendship comes first, which is a nice change! The team in this book is eclectic and irresistible. The secondary characters are full of potential and give more dimensions to the book!
All in all, I really loved it, and would advise you to try the audio version too!

Have you read it? Some audiobook recs?

See you for a cup!

Elise

Book reviews #11: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster, and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

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I have to start with this: I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman, the universes he creates, what he does with the ones that exist, namely mythologies (Do I need to talk about American Gods?). My all time favorite is The Ocean at the end of the lane. But I won’t talk too much about this one here, as I am supposed to do a review of Norse Mythology.

Here, it is not about creating something new, but telling in his own way the Norse myths and legends. I  borrowed the audiobook version so I can only speak about it but to say it shortly: I LOVED it! Neil Gaiman himself will whisper to you the secrets of the Nordic Gods, from how they came to be, to their end with Ragnarok.

It was a bit like being sitting around a fire, and listening to old tales, visualizing them becoming alive in front of you.

I can only recommend this book, at least the audio version, if you are a fan of Neil Gaiman, of myths and legends and want to feel some ancient magic flowing in your ears!

Have you read/listen to it?

See you for a cup!

Elise

Book reviews #7: Blossom of Ash by Kennedy Vega

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 Persephone is a mortal girl, beautiful in every way,  her only flaw is that she was born with a curled foot, a deformity that her aristocratic parents believe makes her undesirable and therefore ineligible to be married. Unable to bring her parents status and wealth through wedlock, Persephone is viewed as useless and is sentenced to live her life as a servant in her very own home. 
Her parents place their hopes and dreams on the shoulders of Persephone’s younger sister, Anathema, however the young child is afflicted with a fatal disease and in a desperate attempt to save their prospect her parents make a deal with the Lord of Death himself, Hades. 
On Persephone’s eighteenth birthday she must choose whether to go live with Hades and offer her life to save her sister or to live her days in the mortal realm as the Fates intended. 
A timeless tale reimagined with a fairytale flare, Blossom of Ash is a short story about the love that blooms between a mortal girl and a dark god as she discovers that your true home can be found in the strangest of places. 

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Hello book dragons! Today I am talking about a novella, a short story writen by my Instagram friend Kennedy Vega (januaryrabbit on Ig). When I learned she was writing a retelling of Hades and Persephone, I had to jump on it! First, I am a fan of greek mythology. I used to collect all the Hercules books I could find, true story. Second, I love retelling, always did, always will.

I was not disappointed with that one! We find a young Persephone, closer to Cinderella than to a deity. Having a hard life, she finds comfort in her beautiful garden, selling her flowers in the hope to one day leave this life. Until the day the bergain her mom made with Hades catches up with her!

I loved the writing of Kennedy, there is a lot of poetry in her words, and you can feel her tenderness and love for her characters. Reading this story was like taking a break in a long day, refreshing and sweet.

My only regret is that there is not enough development of the love story between Hades and Persephone. I understand the why, you do not have room for everything when you write something the length of a tale. But I wanted to know more, all the details. Thanksfully, the author is working on a longer version of this book!!! I can’t wait!

See you for a cup!

Elise