The Rest of the Story: Indigo book box of June

Hey bookdragons! I’m still there, enjoying the sun and the pool! Slowly getting some tan and loving the time with my family <3 One of the books I read at the pool was The Rest of the Story that I got from the June Indigo book box. It was such a perfect and sweet Summer read! But I’ll tell you more about the book itself in a future review, for now, I wanted to tell you more about the box itself ;)

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We Hunt the Flame: Indigo Book Box of May!

Hey bookdragons! How is your weekend going? Here it’s super sunny (FINALLY) and today I’m seeing a friend I haven’t seen in years. I’m just SO EXCITED!! So I’ll keep it short and sweet with today’s post ;) Basically I just wanted to share with you the latest Indigo Book Box I was lucky enough to receive; it was inspired by We Hunt the Flame, and honestly, it’s my favorite box from them so far!!

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Tin Heart: a Turquish delight of a book!

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Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza
Published by:
Flatiron Books
Source: 
ARC provided by Raincoast Books
Pages: 313
Top 3 Genres: 
Young adult, Contemporary, Coming of Age
My rating: 
Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey guys! Today let’s dive in a sweet and moving contemporary, a book that left me happy and a bit emotional: Tin Heart! This book felt like a little treasure to savor, and the cover is not for nothing in it 😉 How pretty is it haha? But the inside is just as good!

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How to get (back) to reading ?

« I don’t have enough time to read », « I stopped reading and I don’t know how to get back to it », « I don’t know what to read »… I’ve heard that and many others from friends or people I know. I myself went through a time like that, where I thought I had no time (or not the will) to read.
So here are a few tips to reconnect with your books:

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Book reviews #10: The dream thieves

Processed with VSCO with  presetNow that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

The dream thief

Back with the English reviews! And not with any review, but a Maggie Stiefvater one! I’ve been in love with her since I read the Raven boys book. Her writing and humor caught my attention, and the characters she created got my heart. Plus, Blue’s family is the one I dream to have. All this feminine vibe, kinda crazy but super close, that’s my dream life! Tarot coming as a perk 🙂

I found all that and more in this second book. It was darker, as Ronan took a more important place, as Adam got lost in the deal he made, and as treasure hunters come into play. It was darker and even more addictive. Getting to know more the characters… well you just love them even more, want to live the adventure with them. That’s what I also love with Maggie Stiefvater: she makes you feel like you are part of it. She has magic in her, and she shares it with us.

If you want some of that magic too, read her books!!

See you for a cup!

Elise

PS: I could not resist sharing this other quote from the book with you:

 » A secret is a strange thing.
There are three kinds of secrets. One is the sort everyone knows about, the sort you need at least two people for. One to keep it. One to never know. The second is a harder kind of secret: one you keep from yourself. Every day, thousands of confessions are kept from their would-be confessors, none of these people knowing that their never-admitted secrets all boil down to the same three words: I am afraid.
And then there is the third kind of secret, the most hidden kind. A secret no one knows about. Perhaps it was known once, but was taken to the grave. Or maybe it is a useless mystery, arcane and lonely, unfound because no one ever looked for it.
Sometimes, some rare times, a secret stays undiscovered because it is something too big for the mind to hold. It is too strange, too vast, too terrifying to contemplate.
All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or keptfrom, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches — that’s what will be left at the end of it all.« 

Book reviews #9: 250 hours by Colleen Nelson

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( 250 hours by Colleen Nelson, Publisher: Coteau Books)

Jess and Sara Jean couldn’t be more different. He’s a loner with a criminal record; a Metis raised on the Reserve; the son of a residential school survivor. His time, when not spent with his mother and grandmother, is spent lighting fires to help him deal with the feelings he has over his father’s abandonment. She’s from nearby Edelburg, a small, conservative town. Abandoned by her mother, Sara Jean cares for her obese grandmother and writes to escape. She has been accepted to the University of Manitoba, but her obligation to her grandmother leaves her wondering what her future will hold: a life in Edelburg with her boyfriend and grandmother, or an adventure in a big city where she can escape her past and pursue her passion for writing.

When Jess is found guilty of arson after lighting an abandoned building on fire, he’s ordered to complete 250 hours of community service. His first assignment? Cleaning out Sara Jean’s neglected garage. Sorting through boxes left by her grandfather, they discover that the secrets keeping their communities apart are the very things that may well bring them together. 

A riveting bi-racial story about family love, loss, and standing up for what you believe in. 

250 hours

Hello book dragons!

Today I am talking to you about a book quite different from what I usually read: 250 hours. A contemporary novel that will bring you to think again about what you know of Canadian history and its repercussions on Native lives.

We meet Sara Jean, young Canadian from a small town where it is the « rule » to get married at 18 with one of your neighbours and raise your children where yourself grew. She has to face a choice: stay there to take care of her very ill grandma, or leave and take the life she wants by studying in the closest big city. Her boyfriend knows what he wants for her for sure.
But everything changes when she meets Jess, who comes to her house to do community service after being arrested for arson. Together, they will discover truths that were hidden, about what happened to the past generations of Natives. How they were treated and how people still close their eyes on what they endured.
Both Sara Jean and Jess will grow through the pages, and will decide which turn they want their life to take.

I loved the way Colleen Nelson introduces her characters and her story. Her writing places you with them, in this hot summer, struggling through adulthood. It was captivating and ringing so true.
The most important part, also very well brought, is the discussion on what happened in the residential « schools » where Natives were taken, against their will, breaking their bonds with their family and their culture. I was lucky enough to be introduced to the matter, and to learn about it, but way too many people ignore it and the repercussions of this forced conversion on Natives today.

If you have any interests at all in Canadian history, in what happened to all these people taken away from their home, read this book!

See you for a cup 😉

Elise

This book was part of the Emporium book box of July. This box focuses on presenting you Canadian products, including a book. Parts of the benefits go to Room to read.  Room to Read supports children’s education in third-world countries. You can read more about our subscription boxes HERE. You can use my rep code ELISE10 for 10% off upon ordering 😉

Chronique #5: la Mémoire de Babel de Christelle Dabos

Hello les dragons! Par cette très chaude journée d’été (et alors que je m’apprête à faire un plongeon dans la piscine), je vais vous parler d’un de mes derniers coups de coeur livresques: La Mémoire de Babel de Christelle Dabos!

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Deux ans et sept mois qu’Ophélie se morfond sur son arche d’Anima. Aujourd’hui il lui faut agir, exploiter ce qu’elle a appris à la lecture du Livre de Farouk et les bribes d’informations divulguées par Dieu. Sous une fausse identité, Ophélie rejoint Babel, arche cosmopolite et joyau de modernité. Ses talents de liseuse suffiront-ils à déjouer les pièges d’adversaires toujours plus redoutables ? A-t-elle la moindre chance de retrouver la trace de Thorn ?

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Quel plaisir intense de replonger dans l’univers de Christelle Dabos: unique, plein de couleurs, d’émotions et de rebondissements! Nous retrouvons Ophélie en pleine dépression sur Anima, poursuivant des recherches pour retrouver Thorn… et comprendre le mystère de Dieu!

Et enfin, un jour, les choses changent, Archibald débarque! Il entraîne Ophélie avec lui et lui permet d’attendre Babel, le lieu de toutes les réponses… ou d’encore plus de questions ?

A Babel, Ophélie va rencontrer de nouveaux amis, un nouveau monde plus ou moins hostile. Elle nous embarque avec elle dans ses recherches sur Dieu, dans son fol espoir de trouver Thorn. Et nous, nous en apprenons de plus en plus sur l’univers unique crée par Christelle Dabos, son mélange des mythologies du monde, et ses personnages tellement attachants.

Je suis tombée dans ce livre après quelques chapitres, impossible de m’arrêter. J’étais embarquée dans les folles aventures d’Ophélie, je découvrais avec elle une nouvelle arche, de nouvelles règles. Comme elle, j’espérais retrouver Thorn à chaque page. Comme elle, je voulais en savoir plus sur Dieu. Et bien, je n’ai pas été déçue! Sur aucun point. Ce livre était une merveille, à tous les niveaux.

Ophélie d’abord. Je l’adore toujours. Son personnage grandit, tout en gardant cette maladresse et se manque d’assurance qui la caractérise. Bon, c’est vrai, des fois elle m’exaspère. Mais les meilleurs personnages peuvent avoir cet effet! Ça les rend quand mepme plus intéressants que ceux qui font toujours ce qu’il faut non?

Ce que j’adore aussi chez Ophélie, c’est sa capacité à faire des rencontres fortuites qui se transforment en amitié! Par sa gentillesse et son honnêteté, elle désarçonne, elle surprend. Et elle se fait aimer. Sur Babel, notre aventurière amatrice va trouver sur sa route des personnalités hautes en couleur, qui vont jouer un grand rôle dans ses réussites, ou ses échecs. Mais chacun des personnages créés par Christelle Dabos apporte quelque chose. Toujours. Ils sont tous parfaits dans leur genre, uniques et aident à construire le monde dans lequel nous évoluons à travers les pages.

L’arche de Babel en elle même est plus qu’intéressante. Elle nous jette à la face notre capacité à se mentir, à cacher sous des couches de peintures les vérités qu’on ne veut pas voir. Et pour certains des personnages, la découverte de ce fait est difficile. Jusqu’où va-t-on pour éviter de voir le monde qu’on s’est construit disparaître?

En ce qui concerne Thorn, il s’agit d’un point un peu plus épineux (hehe). J’ai appris à aimer son personnage dans les deux premiers volumes mais là… son indifférence envers Ophélie frôle la négligence! Ce n’est pas une manière de traiter la personne que l’on aime, je suis désolée. Il se rattrape un peu vers la fin, mais pendant une bonne partie du livre, j’avais envie de le secouer un peu, je vous jure.

Enfin, un dernier aspect dont je vais parler ici est la manière unique dont Christelle Dabos mélange mythologies et théologie. Le rôle que Dieu joue dans l’histoire, le rôle des esprits de famille, et toujours, cette quête de savoir que nous partageons avec Ophélie: qui est l’Autre? comment se sont formées les Arches? Qui est Dieu?
Christelle Dabos continue de construire un univers de plus en plus complexe, et les révélations se succèdent… entraînant de nouvelles questions! Dès que l’on croit découvrir quelque chose, on se rend compte que au final, nous n’avons pas bien avancé et que beaucoup reste encore à trouver!

Et je ne sais pas pour vous, mais moi, j’accompagnerai Ophélie dans sa prochaine aventure, parce que je veux savoir aussi 😉

Bisous les dragons!

Elise