ZODIAC BOOK RECS #05: CANCER ♋ RECOMMANDATIONS ASTRO #05: CANCER

img_6296Hey guys!
My  »Book recs for your zodiac signs » series is back! After a little forced break due to Covid. (You can check my first post about it, I explain a bit more how this idea came to be!) Today is special as we are talking about my own sign, and I decided to post it on my birthday haha! So let’s dive into reads that can make a Cancer happy 😉

Hello les dragons! 
Ma série de posts »recommandations astro » est de retour! Après une pause forcée de quelques mois suite au COVID…  C’est donc le moment de vous présenter mes recommandations pour les Cancers, un signe particulier pour moi car c’est le mien haha et que je poste cet article le jour de mon anniversaire 😛
(Si vous ne savez pas de qui je parle, je vous propose de consulter mon premier article sur le sujet 
😉)

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Finale: enter the deadlier games of them all!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetFinale by Stephanie Garber
Series: 
Caraval (#3)
Format:
ARC 
Pages:
496
Published by: MacMillan
Top 3 Genres:
 Young AdultFantasy, Adventure
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 guys! You probably remember how much I loved Caraval and Legendary, I was carried away by the vivid and dream-like world created by Stephanie Meyer. Through the trilogy, our story became darker and darker… and in Finale, the game comes to an end!

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Le mois de la fantasy 2019: Ma sélection!

Hello les dragons!

Le mois de mai arrive, et avec lui, le mois de la fantasy organisé par Stephanie (je vous invite à voir sa vidéo explicative ici). Bon, bien sûr, avec moi la fantasy c’est toute l’année. Mais ce challenge, c’est l’occasion d’en parler avec du monde qui adore ou découvre ça et d’échanger sur nos lectures 😉 D’ailleurs, si vous voulez nous rejoindre, on discute sur le groupe facebook. Pour moi, il s’agit de ma .. 3ème participation je crois, et j’avais hate1

Pour cette édition 2019, l’organisation est un peu différente et il y a 10 thèmes que vous pouvez suivre pour vos lectures (ou pas), je vous laisse les découvrir en même temps que ma sélection;)

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Legendary: Caraval is just the beginning of the game…

 

a214b34b-8db8-439c-b129-76dd23eb8fa9.jpgLegendary by Stephanie Garber
Series: 
Caraval (#2)
Format: 
Paperback
Pages: 239
Published by
 Flatiron Books
Release date: 
May 29th, 2018
Top 3 Genres:
 Young AdultFantasy, Adventure
My rating: 
Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: 
ARC by Raincoast
To buy the book: CA • US • FR
Add to: Goodreads

 

 

Hello Bookdragons! I was extra super lucky to receive an ARC of Legendary (one of my most anticipated release of 2018 let me remind you!) thanks to Raincoast books. I loved Caraval, the first book of the series, dearly. It was so unique and wonderful. Well, let me tell you that Legendary did not disappoint! If you have not yet started this series, I invite you to read my review of Caraval. Otherwise, dive with Tella and me into Legendary!

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.
After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.
The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

 

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Book Reviews #3 : Caraval

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Remember, it’s only a game
Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless, she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

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Caraval

I have to say I was quite curious about Caraval, I’ve heard about it a lot, many of my friends read it, and described it as « unique », « obsessive » or « not something you ever read », and all of this is true.

The darkness surrounding the atmosphere of Caraval, against the brightness of Scarlett, the main character, created an irresistible trap for the innocent reader that I was. It is so easy to fall under the Caraval’s spell, just as Scarlett does. And despite the warnings, or the fear, we start playing the game too!  emotions painted as colors, her bravery growing with every page. I love the survivor in her, the strength she shows. We feel lost with her, we hope and love with her, and we try to understand desperately what is happening in this game that is more than just a play…

The main character, Scarlett is really the kind of character I hate: overprotective sister, wanting what is best for the other and ending up being obsessed by control. Hopefully, these characters change during the reading. I am glad it did for Scarlett. If in the first pages she was exasperating me, I soon ended up eager to see what her next move would be! It was brilliant for the atmosphere of the book to have her emotions painted as colors. I love the survivor in her, the strength she shows, her bravery growing with every page. We feel lost with her, we hope and love with her, and we try to understand desperately what is happening in this game that is more than just a play…

I loved everything in this book. Garber’s writing is unique, so vivid, full of colors and comparisons enriching so much the story. We are in Caraval with Scarlett, I could almost smell the sweet and sugary air with her, the magic all around. And that’s always something I pay attention to in a book: how easily you can fall in the author’s universe, how long it takes to imagine their world in your mind. And for Caraval, it only took me a few pages to be trapped in this mist of colors, darkness and emotions. I lived each night of the Caraval with Scarlett, and I would do it again!

The plot twist at the end made me sooo curious on what will come next! I can only recommend this book to you, if you have not read it. It is one of my 5 star read of this year for sure, and I know that if I read it again, it will only be more vivid and breath taking than the first time!

Have you read it already??

See you for a cup!

Elise