March is starting! || A recap of two months and what’s ahead

March

Hello, dear bookish folks! I’m alive, indeed. Yes, I’m not dead.
As usual, after accomplishing something important (which I will talk about later in the post), I started to slump. In a mix of mental tired-ness, desire to relax and thinking of nothing, plus the stress of seeing so many people with zero common sense on the internet (I won’t talk about this), I was almost tempted to drop everything.

But since blogging is a hobby that always made me proud, giving me a platform I can manage as I think it’s best, and all the promises and goals I proposed to myself for 2020… I’m back.
I’m not keeping up as I should, but after reaching a goal some people need to re-asset themselves and so I’ve too.

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Book Review || Sensational by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

Sensational

Hello again, dear bookish folks! It’s review day and I’m here with another ARC review! I’m finally catching up to my ARCs, and unless I got approved for other titles, I’ve only one book to read and take care of with a review.

The book, which has been featured in the From Bookshop To Readers of February, is the sequel to an historical fantasy novel that I loved very much, so much that it’s probably one of my favourite 2019 reads!
I even interview the author (with embarrassing typos, sadly).
But… yeah, Sensational didn’t hit as the first novel. I’ll try to explain myself in the review, but it may not be easy.

BIG BANNER

Sensational

Title: Sensational 
Author: Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Series: Spectacle #2
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages:336
Rating: ★★★

The 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris is full of innovations, cultural displays, and inventions. Millions of visitors attend over the course of several months…so no one would notice if a few were missing, right? Maybe—but someone is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the guillotine with a display of their own: beheaded victims in some of the Exposition’s most popular exhibits.

Nathalie Baudin’s ability to see murder scenes should help, but she’s suffering the effects of her magic more than ever before. Fortunately she has other Insightfuls to team up with—if they can be trusted.

TINY BANNER

Sensational. A book that I was waiting to read with an incredible joy and squealed when I saw the book on Read Now, ready for me, on Netgalley. Too bad it didn’t work out for me.
Yes, I gave three stars as a rating because I still had my fun, the book didn’t make me drop out of it, nothing reading-horrible happened. So… it was okay, but some things really need to be discussed, at least from my point of view.

I ended with a good dose of a sense I call “just why”. And sadly, as much as I hate be negative about female protagonist (they get too much unjustified shits over nothing), I couldn’t help to roll my eyes at Nathalie sometimes. But let’s go with order.

In confront to Spectacle, there are few things that I didn’t perceive to be at the same level in Sensational. I didn’t want something identical but another great impression that’s for sure.

I felt like there was very little at stake. I’m not sure where to put my finger, but maybe here lacked the fact that Nathalie was learning about her powers? Or it wasn’t personal enough? Yes, when things started to unreal, we, as readers, realize how much everything was near to the protagonist but… I wasn’t emotional about it. I didn’t go “oh” or I was shocked. I wasn’t in the first book neither, but I felt the rushing to discover the culprit to be much more intense.

As I write this review, I realize that maybe I’m confronting too much the two books, but… I don’t know, I was waiting for so much but it didn’t happen.

Another example is about the magic. Okay, one side it’s interesting to see how randomly it works from people to people, things that start to happen to Nathalie too and it will leave a big shadow on her family. But we had some interesting characters being inserted in the narration and I felt like a more closure was needed.

I can say that one thing I really appreciated in Sensational is that there are actual consequences that links the two stories. It’s pretty clear if we observe Nathalie. She’s definitely stressed, her powers and their consequences taking a tool on her, she talks much less with her loved one about such things, and she’s still grieving for her losses. It was particularly pleasant to see this, because many series tend to forget that things may drag for more than one novel.
Sensational did a great job in this.

Now, arriving the the main protagonist, I liked Nathalie but, in this book, she really made it difficult for me to don’t roll my eyes. A lot.
It’s clear that negative sensation is getting the best of her through a lot of the story, which isn’t the bad thing. What I found very absurd was the fixation over a character while being with another. Long from me to judge realizing to have done a complicated choice, feelings aren’t linear, but being irrationally irritated (if not angry) at someone having gift from their bothered ones and other manifestation of jealousy….  All of these after two years of something that can be barely qualified as a crush.

In this point, I saw characters as Jules being almost sacrificed. Did we really need him? To see him make bad decision and Nathalie being rightly angry, only to exhibit her massive privilege when he exposed her? I think that losing a great part of the forming romance played against the story. In fact, the relationship is already going on between Nathalie and Jules. I would have found much more compelling to read a romance between those two forming while reading the adventure, bad and good choices too.

In the end, I can only repeat what I wrote at the start: I had my fun but the book didn’t strike me as I hoped. I’m sure Jodie next work will deliver something amazing, but for me this wasn’t the time.

BIG BANNERTHOUGHTS

DID YOU READ ANY BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR? HAVE YOU GET THE CHANCE TO PUT YOUR HANDS ON SENSATIONAL? 

The WIP Chronicles || All the books read so far for OUAL

OUALTEXT

How are you? fellow readers and this time fellow writers too! It has been a bit since I wrote a writing dedicate post, but I finally found the time.

This won’t be a particular post at all, just a list of text that I explored for creating the world of my current writing project, OUAL. I thought about writing some more complex topic, but then I have a hard look at my face in the mirror and I realized that… I didn’t want to 😂

I’m just not in the right mood for that and there’s the whole year for being heavy. So, let’s roll on in the non fiction world!Read More »

Book Review || Trinity of Bones by Caitlin Seal

TOB

Hello, bookish folks! How are you doing? I would love to tell you something about how am I doing, but I’m just behind all of my exam and I’m not trying to freak out.
In the last days I started to balance a bit more my productivity related to the academy but in the next day’s I’ll try to do my best and conclude one of my exams project as soon as possible.

Anyway, today it’s book review day and I’m here with a lave review for an eARC. I was incredibly happy when I was approved, but I didn’t read the novel in time. Despite this, I still managed to catch up later on, and that’s why I’m finally here.Read More »

From bookshop to readers || February 2020

2020bookfeb

Hello there, fellow bookish folks! Sorry I’ve been absent during the last moment of January but my exams were calling me. And so, will this February but by now I’ve at least managed to schedule this big post for you all.

And as usual, it’s the new monthly post with all the interesting book releases I managed to spot! Don’t forget to let me know if you find anything interesting and to contribute by the list if you think a book is missing.

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