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Another good YA novel

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 11/04/2021

Brigid Kemmerer is one of my favourite YA authors. I binge-read her "Elemental" series a couple of years ago and I know that every single novel of hers is gonna be a page turner. "Call It What You Want," like many of the books I am reading in 2021, had been pending on my TBR for a long time. I had a listen to a sample of the audiobook one day and enjoyed the voices of the two narrators so much that I went for this version instead of the ebook. Go for it as well if you're hesitating between both, it was great! "Call It What You Want" deals with many themes: the fine line between what is right and wrong, friendship and loneliness... to name a few. I thought this book was really good, the writing, the sad and the funny parts too... everything except for the ending. It felt a little too abrupt considering the well developed plot and the touching cast of characters. However, I'd still recommend this book to anyone who enjoys beautifully written coming of age stories.

To question what is ordinary

Global
5 out of 5 stars
Interprétation
4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 06/04/2021

4,5 stars, rounded up. The ending felt a little bit too abrupt for my taste compared to the rest of the story. Although I sort of understand why it would seem so. Yunjae's perspective tugged at my heart effortlessly and made me smile and want to cry often. This was not too short nor too long and the words were very pleasant to listen to.

Pas mal, mais...

Global
3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 06/04/2021

J'ai trouvé la grande première moitié de l'histoire absolument passionnante, subtil mélange de roman historique et d'aventure avec un petit côté féministe presque. L'héroïne possède un bel esprit et un bon soupçon d'humour, ainsi qu'un beau sang froid. La narratrice a fait un travail formidable et a réussit à incarner une palette de personnage hauts en couleurs. Cependant, j'ai trouvé que la romance entre les deux personnages principaux était presque inopportune pour le reste de l'intrigue. Les scènes de sexe à la chaîne et le côté "eau de rose" (assez insistant à force) ont fini par rendre le tout un peu long (et il y a encore au moins une demi-douzaine de tomes après celui-ci ).

Rip my heart out, why don't you?

Global
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 14/02/2021

Reviewing books is always tricky because I always ask myself "where do I begin" and "how do I translate my emotions into words after so many words anyway?" I'm ashamed it took me so long to start "Call Me By Your Name" and now that I've finished it I want to listen to it again immediatly. On the other hand, I'm really not sure my heart could handle being shattered by all of the gorgeous evocative sentences one more time. I don't think the story needs much introducing by now, so all I'll say is that this is one of the most beautiful books I've read in my entire life. Armie Hammer's voice couldn't have been more magnetic if it could, and he served André Aciman's poetic prose beautifully. "You'll kill me if you stop." Don't stop. Or do. Yup, that's exactly it.

Jenna Evans Welch did it again!

Global
4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 10/02/2021

This one was on my to-read list for a long time before it came out and I don't know why it was so difficult for me to pick up even after it did (is it because I'm reading more than 5 books at the same time? I won't tell) but one day I decided to try it as an audiobook and I'm so glad I did! If you like your books set in Santorini, Greece, with a touch of adventure and filmmaking here and there, look no further.
The audio performance was stellar and Imani Jade Powers gave a great energy to the novel that I wouldn't have given it had I decided to read it on my own (may I just add that Powers is also insanely gorgeous to boot - ok, done). This story was as good as the other ones of the "Love &" series and I think my rating has been consistent for each of them, for obvious reasons. Welch writes relationships superbly, and the complex father-daughter one here between Liv and her dad tugged at my poor heart many times. I only wish they would communicate better and much sooner! I always dive into Welch's stories with the thought that I'm about to enjoy a cute relationship between the female protagonist and her love interest but NAY, "Love" in each titles puts an emphasis on a different type of love as well (especially in this one) and I'm all here for it.

I enjoy reading about idiots

Global
5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 27/01/2021

I've never read a Fredrik Backman story before this one so I went in completely blind. The premise of the novel is that a whole bunch of people (including a "rabbit") are being held hostage by a "bank robber" whose day has gone completely wrong from the get-go. Also, two policemen are trying to put the pieces of what the heck happened together. Also, let me just casually mention "Stockholmers." There. I love connected storylines and funny characters. I think you have to go in and not expect anything in particular about the novel to fully enjoy it. This was one hell of a ride! My emotions were all over the place as you go from laughter to sorrow and back to laughter again in the span of many chapters. I need to add that Marin Ireland was a really fun reader to listen to. Some of the voices she used were a bit childish at times (another reviewer mentioned it too). In the end though, there was just so much dialogue (and almost a dozen characters) that it was easier for me to follow who was who thanks to that.

Amazingly performed

Global
3 out of 5 stars
Interprétation
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 18/01/2021

I am extremely late on the "Hamnet" bandwagon (though it is never too late to have a go at a good story). This was one of the best reviewed novels of 2020 and I sort of understand why after having finished listening to it. Daisy Donovan has a beautiful voice and is a great performer. She was absolutely phenomenal in the first two thirds of the narration, but I found her a tiny bit overdramatic towards the end when reading Agnes' part/stream of consciousness. The story is called "Hamnet" but it revolves mainly around his mother Anne Hathaway ("Agnes" here). The prose is great in my opinion, the characterisation as well for sure although at some point it just felt like too much "Agnes" when I was really enjoying the children's relationships. Oddly enough, the character I enjoyed the least (= Shakespeare himself, fictionalised) was the one mentioned the least too (he doesn't even have a name in the novel, which is a very entertaining choice). He was the least empathetic guy I've read about in a good while and if that's a writing thing, then I'm all for it but I did not like him. The ending was a bit of a blur to me if I'm honest, and only Donovan's performance made me understand Agnes' part was meant to explore heartbreak and a how a family/mother/father deals with mourning the loss of their child when they fail at communicating with one another. The descriptions are fantastic most of the time, but I just feel like something is amiss for me to completely fall head over heels with "Hamnet."

Une histoire qui tient en haleine

Global
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 27/12/2020

C'était absolument génial. J'avais lu plus jeune les 3 premiers tomes de "Death Note" et c'était LE manga qui faisait le buzz à l'époque de sa sortie - pour de très bonnes raisons et avec un scénario assez dément. Pour des raisons financières, je ne me suis jamais procurée le reste des tomes et j'ai eu beaucoup de chance d'être à peine spoilée sur les plot twists et LA FIN. Je suis ravie de (re)découvrir cette histoire et cette version audio. La musique et les bruitages étaient au top, j'en ai eu parfois des petits frissons de plaisir. Fan de anti-héros et d'enquêtes policières, ne passez surtout pas votre chemin.

Very enjoyable

Global
4 out of 5 stars
Interprétation
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 04/11/2020

I've read my fair share of Anthony Horowitz stories (YA mostly) and I can say I've enjoyed all of them. This was no exception. To be entirely honest, I've never read Ian Fleming so I can't tell if this is true to his style, but as a casual fan of the movies, it is a great Bond story. It was really interesting to be able to read Bond's inner thoughts and Matthew Goode here as the narrator was absolutely excellent. He voiced every single character well (male or female, which is hard for male narrators to not turn them into silly voices) and I'm impressed at how fast he could switch from one character to the next. Seriously, is there anything he can't do?! He has the perfect sexiness and playful charm of Bond and I am super surprised no one thought of him for the movies! If you enjoy James Bond, I highly recommend this novel.

You should read/listen to this book

Global
3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 04/11/2020

The audiobook version read by Shvorne Marks was a real treat (all the different accents she puts on are excellent and when she voices men, it's doesn't sound forced at all). I don't think I would have wanted to finish the story had it not been for her reading. The first half of Queenie was quite depressing to get through (both for me and for the protagonist). It dragged at times and I was really baffled at how much nonsense Queenie could tolerate. I feel like her support circle only manisfested itself towards the 2nd half almost a little too late, and while realistically, people do take a long time to heal, I was desperate to see her relationship with men evolve into something healthy. I don't think it reaches that point yet in the book but there is hope for a loving future full of family and laughter and good food (food mentions were delicious I have noted!) for Queenie. I don't think you can compare it to Bridget Jones because the vibe is totally different. If you want to read about a modern British woman today and how she faces racism, misoginy and low-self esteem, this is a good portrayal. Not a comedy like it was marketed, but not a tragedy either.