mercredi 20 janvier 2016

Lady Harriet (Les Duchesses #3) - Eloisa James

 

Titre : Lady Harriet

Série : Les Duchesses #3

 Auteur : Eloisa James

Editeur : J'ai Lu Pour Elle

Note : 4.5/5

Lu en français




Résumé :
Jeune veuve de vingt-sept ans, lady Harriet, duchesse de Berrow, s’ennuie. Lorsqu’une amie effrontée annonce son intention d’aller « perdre son innocence » dans le temple de la débauche, à savoir Fonthill, la demeure du sulfureux lord Strange, Harriet décide de l’accompagner pour mettre du piment dans sa vie. Mais impossible de s’encanailler sous sa véritable identité. C’est donc déguisée en homme qu’elle arrive chez le séduisant Jem Strange. Mais les choses se corsent lorsque ce dernier, jugeant ce « M. Cole » bien trop efféminé, entreprend de faire son éducation virile… tout en luttant contre une inexplicable attirance qui le déstabilise au plus haut point !
 (J'ai Lu Pour Elle)

Mon avis :
Je crois honnêtement que ce tome est mon préféré. Pour une fois, les Beaumont ne prennent pas toute la place et on peut enfin vivre l'histoire d'Harriet. 
Histoire que j'ai adorée tant par son originalité que par son humour. 
Harriet a été présentée dans le premier tome et ne servait à rien, pour dire. Je n'aurais pas cru apprécier son histoire lorsqu'elle viendrait. Mais ce livre m'a bien fait rire, il m'a détendue et j'ai adoré chaque page. Surtout qu'on retrouve le format classique d'un Aventures&Passions. Débarrassé de Jemma, on a enfin un tome presque parfait. 
Je dis presque parce que, évidemment, il y a quelques petits trucs qui ont cloché mais ça ne tient qu'à un goût personnel contre l'excès de clichés et parfois, le manque d'originalité dans la façon de régler une situation ou d'en créer une. 
De plus, j'ai beau avoir beaucoup apprécié le personnage de Jem, j'aurais bien aimé qu'il tienne un peu plus de sa réputation. De même, j'aurais aimé que l'auteur pousse un peu plus la "folie" de Strange quant à M. Cole et cette attirance. Je m'attendais à plus du côté de Jem mais Eloisa James n'en dévoile qu'une toute petite partie et c'est frustrant ! J'aurais voulu en voir beaucoup plus ! 
Harriet s'est révélée être un personnage attachant et bien différent des deux fois qu'elle est apparue dans les tomes précédents. Adieu la duchesse en deuil et écrasée par le suicide de son mari. Ce côté de sa personnalité est presque entièrement effacé dans ce tome et même si ça la rend plus agréable et moins agaçante et pathétique, ça reste tout de même une partie d'elle et l'avoir "oublié" comme ça... Ca me dérange un peu. 
Malgré tout, j'ai dévoré les aventures d'Harriet en version homme en quelques heures et j'ai adoré alors le reste... Ce n'est que chipotage pour dire de faire une chronique qui ne se résume pas à dire "j'ai adoré !!" Franchement, ce tome est bien meilleur que les deux premiers et j'ai hâte de voir de quoi il va retourner pour Isidore qui vient juste après.

Duchess by Night (Desperate Duchesses #3) by Eloisa James



Title : Duchess by Night

Series: Desperate Duchesses #3

Author: Eloisa James

Publisher: Avon

Rating: 4.5/5

Read in French




Summary:
Harriet, Duchess of Berrow, is tired of her title and the responsibilities that come along with it. Enough with proper tea parties and elegant balls; what Harriet really wants is to attend an outrageous soiree where she can unleash her wildest whims and desires. But to attend such an event—especially if the event in question is Lord Justinian Strange's rollicking fete, filled with noble rogues and rotters, risqué ladies and illicit lovers—would be certain scandal. That's why she must disguise herself . . .
Looking forward to a night of uninhibited pleasure, Lord Strange is shocked to discover that beneath the clothes of a no-good rake is the most beautiful woman in the room. Why is a woman like her risking her reputation at his notorious affair? And can he possibly entice her to stay . . . forever?
(Goodreads)

My review

I honestly believe this book is my favorite of the series. For once, the Beaumont aren't really there and I was able to live Harriet's story fully.
Story that I loved for its originalité and its humour. 
Harriet has been introduced in the first volume and was... useless. I never thought I would like her story when it comes. But this book made me laugh, was relaxing and I loved it. especially that I found the classic format of that kind of romance novels. Without the ever-too-present Jemma, it was finally almost perfect. 
I say almost since, of course, there are some stuff that were a bit off for me. It's just a question of personnal taste against cliché moments and, sometimes, too easy problem-solving or creation of a problem.
Moreover, as much as I liked Jem, I would have liked him a bit more... like his reputation. Same goes for wanting the author to go further in this "craziness" of Strange about that M. Cole situation. I was expecting something from Jem's point of view but Eloisa James didn't give away much of it and that was the worst! I wanted more!
Harriet revealed herself to be an endearing character and far from what I saw of her in the first two books. Say goodbye to the boring duchess who still suffers of her husband suicide. This side of her almost totally disappeared and it makes her more likeable and less annoying and pathetic but it should still have been a deeper part of her. It bothers me a bit.
Despite those few petty things, I loved this book. Harriet in a man's shoes was so good I read it in a few hours. But I had to say those few things to make a true review that just doesn't say "I loved it!!!". Seriously, this book was far better than the first two. Now, I really want to read Isidore's story to see what's going to happen to her seeing how things evolved for her!

mercredi 13 janvier 2016

Divergente 3 - Veronica Roth



Titre : Divergente 3

Série : Divergente #3

Auteur : Veronica Roth

Editeur : Nathan

Note : 3.5/5

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Résumé :
Tris et ses alliés ont renversé leurs ennemis, mais le combat ne s'arrête pas là : la ville a été mise à sac par la guerre. La société en laquelle elle croyait autrefois est rongée par la violence et les luttes de pouvoir.
Quand on lui offre une chance d'explorer le monde au-delà des limites qu'elle connaît, Tris est prëte. Peut-être qu'au-delà des frontières, Tobias et elle trouveront une nouvelle vie, sans mensonges ni trahisons. Mais le monde qu'il découvrent au-delà de la Clôture ne correspond en rien à ce qu'on leur a dit. Ils apprennent ainsi que leur ville, Chicago, fait partie d'une expérience censée sauver l'humanité contre sa propre dégénérescence.
Mais l'Humanité peut-être être sauvée contre elle-même ?
(Goodreads)

Mon avis :
Ce livre est quelque part une surprise pour moi. J'ai adoré le premier tome et détesté le second alors je ne pensais pas apprécier le troisième mais j'ai beaucoup aimé. Je ne dirais pas que c'est un final incroyable à cette trilogie dont j'attendais bien plus mais ça aurait pu être pire. 
Dans ce tome, le monde évolue encore, on apprend beaucoup de choses. Ce que j'ai le plus aimé, c'est les explications sur les Divergents et les factions. C'est très recherché et bien amené dans le tome. Tout arrive de façon fluide et c'est facile à comprendre. On voit que l'auteure a fait ses recherches et qu'elle a bien bâti ses explications. 
Comme d'habitude, Tris m'a pris la tête. Je connaissais son destin (merci les spoilers) et j'attendais quelque chose de bien plus explosif, de plus intéressant. Au final, tout ne vient que de l'une de ces décisions que je ne comprends pas tellement et qui m'énerve chez elle. On dirait que Tris a toujours le besoin de jouer à l'héroïne ce qui la rend agaçante et m'empêche de m'identifier à elle. 
Dans ce tome, on alterne les points de vue, ce qui m'a dérangée au début. Le tome 1 et le 2 sont du point de vue de Tris alors pourquoi nous ajouter celui de Tobias, d'un coup ? Quitte à alterner les points de vue, autant le faire du début comme Maggie Stiefvater avec sa série Frisson. Me retrouver devant ce dernier tome dont les points de vue s'alternent, ça m'a agacée. 
Surtout que je n'ai pas su m'attacher à Tobias. Je l'aime bien mais pas assez pour compatir face à sa vie qui est pour le moins pourrie. Lui aussi m'a donné envie de lui donner des baffes. Sur la fin, il grandit et évolue et je l'ai un peu plus aimé, je dois l'admettre. 
Les derniers chapitres m'ont parus assez inutiles. Pour moi, ils auraient pu être condensé en un seul après les deux très courts qui, eux, apportent vraiment de l'émotion. Mais ceux qui suivent auraient largement pu se combiner en un seul long chapitre de conclusion. C'était un excès de pathos, pour moi. 
Globalement, ce tome est bon. Il donne les réponses que l'on cherche depuis le début et conclut la trilogie plutôt bien. C'est une fin assez ouverte malgré tout. Ce n'est pas déplaisant. Il ne m'a toutefois pas assez réconciliée avec la série pour lire les nouvelles ou Quatre.

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth



Title: Allegiant

Series: Divergent #3

Author: Veronica Roth

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Rating: 3.5/5

Read in French




Summary:
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered - fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature - and of herself - while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
(Goodreads)

My review:
This book is somewhat a surprise for me. I loved the first one and hated the second one so I didn't think I's like the third one but I enjoyed it. I won't say it's an explosive finale since I was expecting more from it but it could have been worse. 
In this book, there's a lot of world building and we learn a lot. What I liked most was the explanations about the Divergents and the factions. It's deeply thought and well built and even well brought in the book. Everything is easy to understand and take in. The author really worked on this and it shows.
As usual, Tris annoyed me. I knew what was going to happen to her (thank you, reviews with spoilers!) and I was expecting something explosive and more interesting. All that happened was Tris acting up again, making choices I don't understand and that make me want to slap her in the face. Seriously, she only wants to be seen as a hero or what? I just can't like her.
In this volume, the points of view are alternating. It rubbed me off, at first. In the first two books, they didn't. We saw through Tris's eyes so why put Tobias's point of view now? If it was going to happen, why not doing it from the firt book like Maggie Stiefvater in her Shiver series? Finding myself suddenly with two points of view didn't do it for me.
More than that, I couldn't grow fond of Tobias. I like him but not enough to feel sorry for him even if his life really is crappy. I wanted to slap him across the face more than once. During the last chapters, he grows up and evolves and I liked him a bit more, I have to admit.
The last chapters felt useless. For me, they could have been compiled in one big chapter after the two short chapters that brought a lot of emotion. But those that came after were just too much pathos for my taste.
Overall, this book is good. It answers all the questions we had from the start and closes the trilogy pretty neatly.  The ending seems quite open. I liked it. Not enough to make me read the short stories from Tobias's point of view but it's a nice way to wrap up the trilogy.

dimanche 10 janvier 2016

An Affair Before Christmas (Desperate Duchesses #2) by Eloisa James



Title: An Affair Before Christmas

Series: Desperate Duchesses #2

Author: Eloisa James

Publisher: Avon

Rating: 3.7/5

Read in French




Summary: 
Magic under the mistletoe...
One spectacular Christmas, Lady Perdita Selby, known to her friends and family as Poppy, met the man she thought she would love forever. The devilishly attractive Duke of Fletcher was the perfect match for the innocent, breathtakingly beautiful young Englishwoman, and theirs was the most romantic wedding she had ever seen. Four years later, Poppy and the duke have become the toast of the ton... but behind closed doors the spark of their love affair has burned out.
Unwilling to lose the woman he still lusts after, the duke is determined to win back his beguiling bride's delectable affections...and surpass the heady days of first love with a truly sinful seduction.

(Goodreads)

My review:
I liked the first book but not as much as I liked this one. It's funny and different even if Poppy annoyed me at times. I loved her mother who's just incredible by being so extravagant in every word and every move. I guess she's meant to be hated but I loved her.
Fletch is a character I liked a lot too. The poor man, he's working hard from the beginning to the end. He's trying to finally get Poppy to appreciate the intimate side of marriage. Honestly, I thought he wouldn't make it. Poppy seemed almost frigid to me, unable to take any pleasure. But, in fact, the real reason is just... hilarious and unexpected. Never would I have thought of something like this! The explanation made me laugh real hard. For a moment, I was almost sorry for Poppy but I was laughing too hard to really be!
What bothered me the most (kind of) was the way of telling so much of Jemma's life and her chess games in this book. In the first book, it bothered a bit but not as much. Here, it's not really Poppy's book but Poppy's and Jemma's. 
On another side, the reveal of the Duke of Villiers...! How can a man like him have such a name?! I was expecting something more manly or serious. I would even have accepted something like Charles or Phillip! But this one...! Oh, my, how did I laugh!
In this book, we start to feel what's coming up for Jemma and Elijah and the Duke of Villiers. I have prognostics done and I hope I am right because all the clues are in this book even if the two couples are closing the series as 5 and 6. I really felt that the author wanted us to get ready for these two couples and make us read all those in between. 
In short, I really liked this book even if there are some little things that prevented me for giving it a full 4/5. Anyway, it has 4 stars on Goodread so who cares?

Le couple idéal (Les Duchesses #2) - Eloisa James



Titre : Le couple idéal

Série : Les Duchesses #2

Auteur : Eloisa James

Editeur : J'ai Lu Pour Elle

Note : 3.7/5

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Résumé : 
Après quatre ans de mariage, le duc de Fletcher tente de reconquérir sa femme, lady Perdita Selby.
(Goodreads)

Mon avis : 
Le premier tome m'avait plu mais sans plus. Par contre, celui-ci m'a bien plus enthousiasmée. Il est drôle et différent même si Poppy m'a parfois agacée par son innocence. J'ai adoré sa mère qui est juste incroyable tant elle est extravagante dans chaque parole, chaque geste. Je suppose qu'elle est censée être détestable mais je l'ai adorée. 
Fletch est un personnage que j'ai beaucoup aimé aussi. Le pauvre, il est en galère du début à la fin. Il essaie tout pour enfin avoir Poppy apprécier le côté intime du mariage. Honnêtement, j'ai vraiment cru qu'il n'y arriverait pas. Poppy m'avait tout de la frigide incapable de prendre du plaisir. Mais en fait, la véritable raison est juste... hilarante et inattendue. Jamais je ne me serais attendue à une telle explication et ça m'a fait rire à un point inimaginable. Pendant un instant, j'ai presque plaint Poppy ! 
Ce qui m'a le plus dérangée (dirons-nous), c'est cette façon d'incorporer autant de la vie de Jemma avec ses parties d'échecs dans le tome. Déjà dans le premier, ça m'avait légèrement dérangée mais pas autant que dans celui-ci. Ce n'était plus totalement le tome de Poppy mais celui de Poppy et Jemma. 
Par contre, la révélation du prénom du duc de Villiers... ! Comment un homme comme lui peut-il avoir un tel prénom ?! Je m'attendais à quelque chose de plus viril, plus sérieux. J'aurais même accepté quelque chose comme Charles ou Phillipe ! Mais celui-là...! Combien j'ai ri ! 
Dans ce tome, on commence à sentir ce qu'il va se passer pour les couples Jemma et Elijah et celui du Duc de Villiers. J'ai fait mes pronostics et j'espère avoir raison parce que tous les signes clignotent dans ce second tome et même si ces deux-là terminent la série en 5 et 6, on sent vraiment que l'auteur veut nous titiller pour nous faire continuer plus vite sa série. 
Bref, j'ai beaucoup aimé ce tome même s'il y a quelques couacs qui m'ont empêchée de lui mettre 4/5. Bah, sur Goodreads, il a 4 étoiles puisque 3, c'était trop bas ! 

PS: plus je regarde les couvertures anglaises et plus je me dis que J'ai Lu a choisi de superbes couvertures en comparaison...

lundi 4 janvier 2016

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth




Title: Insurgent

Series: Divergent #2

Author: Veronica Roth

Publisher: Harper Collins

Rating: 2.5/5

Read in French



Summary:
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so...
(Goodreads)

My review
I loved the first book. After Hunger Games, Divergent was the first dystopian book I read and I loved it. Everything about it was amazing. The cover, the story, the characters... 
Then, university happened, the impossibility to keep up with the series... But here I come! I read the second book. 
And I hated it.
I had a tough time remembering the details of the first book and I was too lazy to read it again. It was ages ago that I read the first book and I was somewhat lost. Maybe it didn't help me enter this world and caused my bad opinion about it. But there's more to it.
Tris. There's Tris. My biggest problem. I didn't remember her being so whiny and repetitive. We understood that she killed Will but there's no need to say it on almost every page! I can understand that she can't hold a gun anymore, that she's shocked, that it left a trace. But, honestly, it's not a reason to say it over and over again! 
Then comes Christina's forgiving. It was too easy. She's pissed at Tris and, without me really understanding how and why, the light shined and she realized that Tris didn't have that much of a choice and that she should forgive her. A solution way too easy for my taste.
When I closed the book, I had the feeling this volume was a weak bridge between the first and the last books. Like a transitory period. Like the author couldn't write a two-book series and so, she wrote this volume in between. 
It really was a bitter feeling because I know it comes from the romance. I love Tobias, he even is one of the only good points of the book. But those fights with Tris rubbed me off the wrong way. This book revolves around those fights, stupid and useless for most. The youth of the character stands out even more (especially because of the language they use but maybe it comes from the translation, I don't know) and it annoyed me.
But not everything is bad. There's a really good point. The fight scenes are really well written. They are powerful and they give life to this book. Without them, I don't think I would have finished it.
I know I will make enemies bu saying all this but these are my genuine thoughts. I really was disappointed by this book. I hope the last one will be better even if I was spoiled real bad... I already started it and I'm not really optimistic about it...

Divergente 2 - Veronica Roth



Titre : Divergente 2

Série : Divergente

Auteur : Veronica Roth

Editeur : Nathan

Note : 2.5/5

Lu en français




Résumé
Abandonnant une ville à feu et à sang, Tris est en fuite. Grâce à ses facultés de Divergente, elle a réussi à échapper au programme des Érudits qui a manipulé et lancé les soldats Audacieux à l'assaut des Altruistes. En trois jours, Tris a perdu sa faction, ses amis, ses parents. Pourtant, elle n'a pas le droit de baisser les bras. Elle seule peut se dresser face aux Érudits. Les combats ont repris, et le temps presse....
(Goodreads)

Mon avis :
J'avais adoré le premier tome. Après Hunger Games, Divergent a été la seconde dystopie que j'ai lue et j'avais adoré. Tout m'avait paru génial. La couverture, l'histoire, les personnages... 
Et puis il y a eu la fac, l'impossibilité de lire la suite... Mais ça y est, j'ai pu le lire. 
Et j'ai presque tout détesté. 
J'ai eu un peu de mal à retrouver mes bases dans ce monde que je n'ai pas côtoyé depuis des années. Ca ne m'a pas aidée à entrer dans le livre et peut-être ma mauvaise opinion de ce livre vient de cela. Mais il y a plus que ça. 
Tris. Il y a Tris. Mon plus gros problème. Je ne me souvenais pas d'elle comme une chouineuse qui radotte. On a compris qu'elle avait tué Will, merci, pas la peine de le répéter sur presque toutes les pages ! Je peux comprendre qu'elle ne puisse plus tenir une arme, que ça l'a choquée, que ça a laissé une trace. Mais franchement, ce n'est pas une raison pour la ressortir sans cesse ! On a compris au bout d'un moment. 
Ensuite, le pardon de Christina était juste trop facile. Elle est furieuse après Tris et sans que j'ai réellement compris comment ou pourquoi, la lumière s'est fait dans son esprit que Tris n'avait pas tant de choix et qu'elle devait lui pardonner. Solution un peu facile selon moi.
Quand j'ai fermé le livre, j'ai eu l'impression que ce tome était un pont bancal entre le premier et le troisième. Comme une période transitoire. Un peu comme si l'auteur n'avait pas su envisager d'écrire un dyptique et qu'elle avait donc ajouté ce tome entre le début et la fin.  
C'était très désagréable parce que je sais que ça vient de la romance. J'adore Tobias, c'est même l'un des seuls points fort de ce roman. Mais je sais que ces chicanes incessantes avec Tris m'ont donné envie de les frapper tous les deux. Ce tome est basé sur ces disputes idiotes pour la plupart et lourdes. Le caractère gamin des personnages ressort plus que jamais (surtout à cause de leur façon de parler mais aussi par le reste) et ça m'a sérieusement irritée. 
Par contre, puisque tout n'est pas mauvais, il y a tout de même un point fort. Les scènes de combat sont vraiment bien écrites. Elles sont entraînantes et insufflent de la vie à ce roman qui serait vraiment fades sans elles. 
Je sais que je vais me faire des ennemis en disant tout cela mais c'est ce que je pense en toute sincérité. Je suis vraiment déçue par ce tome. J'espère que le dernier tome sera bien meilleur même si l'événement le plus important m'a déjà été spoilé... J'ai déjà commencé et je ne suis pas très optimiste...  

PS: Ai-je dit à quel point je trouvais ces couvertures moches comparées à celles des US ? 

[Movie] Max



A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience. (IMDb)

Out in : 2015

RatingCOUP DE COEUR

 


I didn't think of doing something else than book review so early. But I can assure you it is worth it. I was completely overwhelmed and that's something really hard to achieve since I'm not easily touched. But with this one, I was. And it made me realize how big of a problem I had with movie that include dogs. A real problem. But among all of those I watched, this one is the most beautiful. 
From the very first minutes, feelings started to appear. Without us noticing, a lot of the plot is announced from the start. I cried real soon. Max is endearing as much as can be. Justin is touching too. He is a typical teenager and he has a hard time finding his place in the family. He's rebelling against his father, his brother...
This movie throws a lot of emotions at us, losing us in a sea of feelings, hooking us to this story so well told. After a while, we don't know what's coming next but we want more because it feels so good.
In a week, I already watched it twice. I feel the same need to cry, I shout the same bad words, I laugh as much. When we follow the story of that dog, it's impossible not to be sensitive. Just impossible. His courage, his strength, the link that unites him to Justin... Justin's story too is wonderful. We see him finding himself, finding in him a strength he didn't know he had, a sense of justice that makes him real.
The acting is really well done and it makes this movie perfect in every way. If there is a movie I would recommend to anybody, it would be this one.

[Film] Max



Revenu d'Afghanistan où il aidait les Marines, un chien est adopté par la famille de son dresseur et aide l'un des garçons, âgé de 14 ans. (Allociné)

Sorti en : 2015

Note COUP DE COEUR

 


Je ne pensais pas que je ferais un article autre qu'une chronique littéraire aussi tôt. Mais là, je peux vous assurer que ça vaut la peine. Ce film m'a mise dans tous mes états et c'est quelque chose de très dur à faire. Déjà que j'ai un énorme problème avec les films de chiens. Un vrai problème. Celui-là est sûrement le plus beau de tous.
 Dès les premières minutes, des tas d'émotions se sont succédées. Sans que l'on s'en rende vraiment compte, beaucoup de dés sont jetés dès le début. J'ai pleuré très vite. Je me suis attachée à Max autant que l'on peut s'attacher à un personnage. Justin aussi m'a profondément touchée. C'est un adolescent et on voit qu'il a du mal à se faire sa place. Il se rebelle contre son père, contre son frère. 
Ce film alterne les émotions, rendant le spectateur complètement perdu, l'accrochant à cette histoire si bien racontée. Au bout d'un moment, on ne sait même plus ce qui va nous tomber dessus mais on en veut toujours plus parce que c'est juste tellement bien fait.
En l'espace d'une semaine, c'est déjà la seconde fois que je le regarde. Je ressens pourtant les mêmes envies de pleurer, je crie les mêmes insultes, je ris tout autant. Lorsqu'on suit l'histoire de ce chien, c'est impossible de ne pas y être sensible. Juste impossible. Son courage, sa force, le lien qui l'unit à Justin... L'histoire de Justin aussi est magnifique. On le voit se révéler à lui-même, trouver en lui un courage et un sens de la justice qui le rendent réel. 
Le jeu d'acteur exécuté à la perfection rend ce film parfait à tous points de vue. S'il y a un film que je devrais recommander à quelqu'un, ça serait celui-là. 

samedi 2 janvier 2016

Losing It (Losing It #1) by Cora Carmack




Title: Losing It

Author: Cora Carmack

Publisher: Harper Collins

Rating: 4.5/5

Read in french




Summary:
Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible - a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.
(Goodreads)

My Review:
Usually, I'm not one to read that kind of books. I swear. But I heard so much good stuff about it that I couldn't resist buying it. Despite the cover. Which is just... plain awful. Let's be honest.
And I LOVED it! 
I wasn't expecting much when I started it. I knew it would be just the "guilty pleasure" kind of book. The one you hide at the bottom of your shelf hoping no one will see it. The one you enjoy reading because it's easy, fun. 
This one takes that guilty pleasure to a whole new level. I enjoyed (almost) every bit of it. Bliss is adorable and I related totally to her character. She was fun, sweet and so... real! Cora Carmack managed to give her a reality of her own and she did it well. Even if I have to admit Bliss would have become annoying if the book had been longer.
I can't pinpoint what exactly makes it so different from this others of the same genre. The story is one we all read a thousand time but, somehow, the author managed to bring a nice twist to it. 
Something bothered a bit while reading it. At some point, it felt like the author was pushing some let's say action into it to make it last a bit longer. The book didn't have the same fluidity all along. Some bits were actually quite heavy. 
Also, I would have liked a little bit more of Cade. He was there but his character wasn't developed enough and I felt like he was there just because the author needed a character to make Garrick jealous. That doesn't quite sit well with me. 
Let's talk about Garrick. I love him. Final. British phlegm and all that packaging, I'm sold. BUT, there are some little glitches in his attitude. Sometimes, he annoyed me and some other times, his reactions didn't match. I wondered for a bit if he wasn't hiding the start of a schizophrenia. 
Overall, this book is amazing for someone searching something fun and easy to read, a page-turner where you just have to enjoy the moment. If I get my hand on the other books, I'll most probably buy them since I enjoyed it a lot but they are not my priority yet.

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff




Title: The Replacement

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Publisher: Razorbill

Rating: 4/5

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Summary:
Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.
Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

(Goodreads)

My review:
I heard a lot of things about this book. That it was scary, really well written and such. I was expecting something creepy and exciting. The idea seemed cool enough for me to buy it and start reading it. I managed to go to the end of it but it didn't match my expectations.
I won't say it was bad or anything like this. It was actually enjoyable. The style was nice and I liked it. But the overall novel... Not really. 
Mackie annoyed me to no end. With him being the main character, it didn't help. Roswell seemed like a good character but he doesn't appear enough. Same for the twins. Alice is so cliché I couldn't stand her and Tate... She annoyed me too. 
The idea of the replacement, of Mayhem and all, I liked it. I didn't find it creepy or scary or anything of the like but it was well thought and well brought. Even though the characters were all annoying, the plot was pretty cool. 
What really got on my bad side was the "romance". I don't know if we can call it like that but, somehow, I guess it is some kind of romance. I hated it. I hated every bit of it. It had nothing to do with the story. [Spoilers] Mackie had his eyes on Alice and, suddenly, he kisses Tate? Please! What the heck?! [Spoilers] It makes no sense at all! And those few moments are so out of place!! Honestly, I was so upset at a moment that I just put the book away for a while. It blew it for me. 
In general, the book is pretty cool and enjoyable but it's not what I expected. At all. Not totally in a bad way. Mostly but not totally.

Wedding of the Season (Abandoned at the Altar #1) by Laura Lee Guhrke



Title: Wedding of the Season

Series: Abandoned at the Altar

Author: Laura Lee Guhrke

Publisher: Avon

Rating: 3.5/5

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Summary:
Lady Beatrix Danbury had always known she would marry William Mallory. She'd loved him forever, and she'd never doubted he loved her, too. But when she made him choose between their life together or his lifelong dream, Will chose the latter...and left two weeks before their wedding.
Will has no illusions that Beatrix would welcome him back with open arms, but six years did not dim his love or desire for her. The only problem is, she's about to marry someone else. Someone safe and predictable...the complete opposite of Will. But can he stop the wedding of the season and win Beatrix back, or is it just too late?
(Goodreads)

 My review:
 I bought this book for really cheap on a garage sale, not knowing what to expect. I like that kind of book usually. They are easy reads, fast and simple. It's just a fun, one-sitting read. I wished this review would have been similar. But it won't be.
Globally, this book is an easy read. There's no real plot except for the romance between Beatrix and Will. But even that romance isn't that great. I mean, it didn't give me any feels at all. It was good but not exceptional. The characters are boring. Beatrix has no real personality. The only thing I remember about her is that she didn't jump from Angels' Head when she was young because she got scared despite how much she wanted to do it. How could I have not remembered it since it has been repeated A THOUSAND TIMES!? It annoyed me to no end to read the same thing over and over again. It felt like the author was trying to fill the blank pages between the beginning and the end of her book. She repeated the same thing. I know it's because Beatrix has a hard time accepting that her father had a too strong hold over her life and that she always acts like a scaredy cat because of that and that she needed to move on and be stronger and more independent.
The only character I liked (let's say that) was Julia. She's fun and wild like a child, unhappy in her lovelife but strong. She's a really good friend to Beatrix and I praise her for that. I would definitely not have been such a good friend to someone that annoying... Beatrix is one of the most unnerving and boring characters of romance novels I've ever met. 
Another thing I liked in this novel is the apparition of the first cars. It's the first time in that kind of book that the author talks about the first cars ever. I found it innovative and nice. 
But overall, this book wasn't good. The characters were boring and plain, I can't even remember a personality trait about Beatrix's fiancé, Aidan. He wasn't even that present in the book. It was all about Beatrix and Will. 
The writing style is nice to read but the characters are lacking and the plot too. I don't think I will read the next books in the series except if I find them for really cheap because they aren't worth my money. 

Can't Let Go by Jane Hill




Title : Can't Let Go

Author : Jane Hill

Publisher : Arrow Books

Rating : 1.5/5

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Summary:
When Beth Stephens opens the first mysterious note, she is terrified. Someone out there, someone who seems to be stalking her every footstep, has prised open the terrible secret she's been hiding for over a decade. And he is threatening to exact revenge.
All these years, Beth has carefully built her life on a lie, kept to herself, been wary of close relationships and protective of her privacy. And now, just when she finally thinks herself safe, her days filled with new friendships, a boyfriend and a steady job as a teacher, everything starts to unravel. Suddenly, she can trust no one, seeing danger everywhere, and she realizes that she has to find the stalker before he closes in on her ...
(Goodreads)
My review:
I was expecting a lot from this novel. I'm addicted to thrillers, suspense novels and such. Being a die-hard fan of Maxime Chattam... It was to be expected. So, falling upon a novel in english and with such a summary? It was too good to be true! 
But I fell. Hard. 
This novel is almost everything I hate in novels. It's full of descriptions, everyday scenes, repeating itself over and over again. From the very first page, we know that Beth is going to confess to a friend (so it's not a spoiler so don't shoot me!). We also know from page one what awful secret she hides. We almost know everything frome page one anyway and the 200 following pages' only purpose are to make her meet Zoey and date Danny.
And make me want to kill Beth myself. 
Beth is the most annoying character ever. She's always whining and saying things like "I did something horrible and it's catching up on me", "I have no friends" and blah and blah. But hey, she's so freaking annoying I wonder how Danny and Zoey can handle it. I definitely wouldn't. Making a friend out of someone who flees for no apparent reason, pushes people off every so often and is boring as hell? No way. She has no friends and no life because she makes it that way because of that ghost. She can't let go (nice pun, right?)
Nothing happens at all. Honestly, those 350something pages were the longest I've ever read in my life. And I read Proust. And Les Miserables. Even Du Côté de Chez Swann is more enjoyable than this book!
Anyway, there's still a good point about it. Yes, I manage to find one. 
Around the end, the breaking point is pretty well thought. It's a pity that it was so badly brought up because it could have been really good. If I had felt more sympathy towards Beth maybe it would have worked somehow.  But I hate her so much that I just kept on reading without a care in the world. In fact, I just wanted Beth to die all along the novel. I don't think that was Jane Hill's plan but that's how it ended up for me.
The writing is heavy (who would describe a cafeteria tray?!!), the plot doesn't go on, the main character is whiny and there's no action. Over the whole book, we barely talk about the notes from the summary! It should have been the whole point of the novel but they aren't even evoked! It all happens in Beth's head and that didn't work for me.
I regret buying that book. It's the second one that made me feel that way and it's a tie with Alexandra Adornetto's Halo for the worst book I've ever read award. I was nice by giving it 1.5 stars...

Desperate Duchesses #1 by Eloisa James



Title: Desperate Duchesses

Series: Desperate Duchesses #1

Author: Eloisa James

Publisher: Avon

Rating: 3.5/5

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Summary:
A marquess's sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage--until he lays eyes on Roberta.
Yet the Earl of Gryffyn knows too well that the price required to gain a coronet is often too high. Damon Reeve, the earl, is determined to protect the exquisite Roberta from chasing after the wrong destiny.
Can Damon entice her into a high-stakes game of his own, even if his heart is likely to be lost in the venture?
(Goodreads)

My review:
To relax, this kind of books is a go-to. They are easy to read, light and ask for no thinking at all. Sometimes, they are quite good, sometimes, they aren't that much. 
For this one, I have to admit I have been surprised. Not all time in a good way. The romance is cliché (which was to be expected) but the chess games being so important is an originality I liked. Even if I can't stand chess...
Roberta is a young woman I liked a lot. I won't say she didn't annoy me at times, it would be lying. Her way of clinging on to Villiers just plain annoyed me. It was too easy.
Thankfully, there's Damon. He is fun and endearing. His way of being, taking, acting... I liked it a lot. He probably is the only character I really liked. He seemed more... real and developed.
Jemma was too caricatural. She overdoes everything for almost nothing. Her relationship with her husband made me roll my eyes. Nonetheless, I liked her husband (of whom I can't seem to remember the name, shame on me).
The way the author wrapped up the situation was way too easy. It really was the easiest way possible and I'm sure she could have found something else. It blew it for me. It's not because it is an easy romance that it is an excuse
Same goes for Harriet. She appears two times in the whole book. What's the use? She's useless! What she brings could have been brought another way bu another character already introduced. Honestly, I didn't understand why the author brought in Harriet to make her a more cumbersome character than a useful one.
The end didn't seemed useful to me. I'm not sure why the author has included it since her "intrigue" has already been resolved. With or without... It wouldn't have changed anything for me.
Globally, I like the book but I guess, since I liked other books from that author which were more accomplished, I expected to much of this one. Despite this, I enjoyed my reading. I had fun and read it in three hours. That's all I want from that kind of book so... I had what I wanted, somehow!

vendredi 1 janvier 2016

La débutante (Les duchesses #1 de Eloisa James



Titre : La débutante

Série : Les Duchesses #1

Auteur : Eloisa James

Editeur : J'ai Lu pour Elle

Note : 3.5/5

Lu en français




Résumé :
Affligée d’un père farfelu qui s’est mis à dos tout le comté, lady Roberta se désole de rester vieille fille. Après un énième esclandre, elle décide que la coupe est pleine et débarque du jour au lendemain chez sa cousine, l’excentrique duchesse de Beaumont. Entre deux scènes de ménage, celle-ci l’accueille à bras ouverts et promet de lui trouver un beau parti en quelques semaines. Or Roberta a déjà fixé son choix sur l’arrogant duc de Villiers, qui l’a subjuguée d’un regard et qu’elle entend épouser coûte que coûte. N’en déplaise au comte de Gryffyn, le frère de la duchesse, qui voudrait lui faire croire que l’élu de son cœur est un rustre doublé d’un suborneur. Par dépit, sans doute…
(Goodreads) 

Mon avis :
Pour me détendre, un A&P est souvent de mise. Ce sont des livres faciles à lire, légers et qui ne demandent pas de réflexion. Parfois, ils sont vraiment bons, parfois ils le sont moins. 
Pour celui-ci, je dois admettre que j'ai été suprise. Pas tout le temps de la bonne façon. La romance est clichée (il fallait s'y attendre) mais la présence des échecs est un point original appréciable. Même si je déteste les échecs, personnellement. 
Roberta est une jeune femme que j'ai beaucoup appréciée. Je ne vais pas dire qu'elle ne m'a pas agacée, ça serait mentir. Sa façon de s'accrocher au Duc de Villiers m'a agacée. Ca m'a paru bien trop facile. 
Heureusement qu'il y a Damon. Il est drôle et touchant. Sa façon d'être, de parler et de réagir... J'ai vraiment apprécié. C'est sûrement le seul personnage que j'ai véritablement apprécié. Il m'a paru plus... réel et développé. 
Jemma m'a paru trop caricaturale. Elle en fait des tonnes pour peu d'effets. Ses rapports avec son mari m'ont fait rouler des yeux. Malgré tout, j'ai apprécié son mari (dont, honte sur moi, je ne suis plus sûre du nom). 
La façon dont l'auteur a réglé la situation m'a parue bien trop facile. C'était vraiment la solution de facilité et je suis sûre qu'elle aurait pu trouver autre chose. Ca m'a tout de même sacrément refroidie. Ce n'est pas parce que c'est un A&P qu'il doit choisir la solution de facilité. 
De même pour Harriet. Elle apparaît deux fois dans tout le roman. Quel intérêt ? Elle ne sert à rien pour dire ! Ce qu'elle apporte aurait pu être amené par un personnage que l'on voit plus souvent. Honnêtement, je n'ai pas compris pourquoi l'auteur a amenée Harriet pour en faire un personnage qui m'a paru plus encombrant qu'utile. 
La fin m'a parue presque inutile. Je ne suis pas sûre de la raison pour laquelle l'auteur l'a incluse puisque son "intrigue" était résolue. Avec ou sans... Ca n'aurait rien changé pour moi. 
Globalement, j'ai apprécié le livre mais je suppose que, appréciant d'autres livres plus aboutis de l'auteur, j'en ai trop attendu. Malgré tout, j'ai apprécié la lecture. Je me suis amusée et je l'ai lu en trois heures. C'est tout ce que j'attends d'un A&P donc son but est rempli !