The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

 So, I finished this book quite a while ago actually (about two weeks to be more precise) but I still have some difficulties to order my thoughts and feelings about this one.

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. FOR THE LAST TIME.

A season of endings has begun.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.

It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. ”

Book synopsis from the Orbit website

After this blurb, you may still ask yourself “Okay but about what this is really about ?!”. Oh well. In this story you follow three main perspectives, Essun a fourty-three years old who just lost her son who was murdered by his own dad, Damaya a young child (around 8 years old I think) and Syenite a twenty something woman. All three of those characters are orogenes which mean that they can manipulate Earth and, on the Stillness, the continent where they live, this ability is both a power and a danger. Continue reading

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T5W : Most Hated Tropes

Hello y’all !

I just found out that today’s T5W topic was the Most Hated Tropes in books and since I really like this idea and that I have many things to say, here we are !

Top 5 Wednesdays are created by gingerreadslainey and If you want to know a little bit more about them you can check the Goodreads group here.

I – Insta-love


Yeah this.

Alright alright alright.

So, why do I hate this ?

I think that pretty much like everyone else, I don’t like the fact that people thinks that you can love somebody that you don’t know at all. Of course you can be attracted by them, you can also idealize them and you can like them but love ? I really don’t think so.

I mean if you look at a definition of love (here from the website dictionary.reference.com) you will find something along those lines :

” love : a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friends”

And this attachment needs time to be deep enough to be called love. So please, don’t try to tell me that attirance is love and that you want to change your life for a complete starnger, thank you very much.

Examples of books that answer to that trope :

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, Existence and Fallen too Far by Abbi Glines

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Paladin by Sally Slater

Paladin

a novel by Sally Slater

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Where do I start with this one really ?

 The basic idea of the plot really interested me, you follow a seventeen years old girl named Sam. One day while she’s in the wood with her mother, she’s attacked by a demon who tried to kill her. But her mother as you can guess sacrifices herself to protect her daughter so she can run away. However, too shocked to do any other things, Sam attacks the demon with a stick and… she’s rescued by a Paladin, a protector of the realm, named Tristan Lyons. He accompagnies her to her castle and leaves. You could think that this going to stop here ? It’s not because now Sam knows that she can learn to defend herself and the kingdom against those who murdered her mother. And the only way is to become a Paladin. The problem ? She’s a girl and it’s forbidden.

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