{ Mini-Reviews } Three Recent Reads

Hi there beautiful friends,

I’m posting today some more of my short reviews since I find them useful for books that I don’t intend on reviewing but also for books I’ve read a long time ago and that I want to talk about on my blog. I personally like to wait to have at least four mini-reviews to post in a row,  and it can take quite some time because, more often than not, I fully review books I read. Let me know if you think that is a good number or if you find it too long or maybe not long enough.

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Batman: Nightwalker by Stuart Moore (adapted from Marie Lu)
Read in August 2019
My Rating: 3.5 ⭐

I received an ARC of Batman: Nightwalker at BookExpo, this in no way impacts my rating. However, my rating is based on an unfinished and uncorrected copy, please note that the story may differ from the final book.

Funny enough, I read this book even though I haven’t read the Marie Lu version of it yet. The story is about YA version of Bruce Waynes’ youth, or at least of a boy called Bruce Wayne since he doesn’t look like the traditional character we know. Bruce just turned eighteen and is now fully responsible for his parents’ company.  He studies criminology and therefore is eager to help to fight ‘the Nightwalkers’ who started attacking the privileged of Gotham City. After an agreement with the police, he starts his investigation in an Asylum, where he meets Madeline (also called Mads) who was arrested as a Nightwalker.

In my opinion, this book focused too much on the romance and it totally bothered me to see the one who’s supposed to become the Batman, making a girl he knew for a couple of days come before the sake of the city. I enjoyed the modernization of the initial story, the action, and the fights were well shown, however, the romance often supplanted the story. The artwork was truly amazing and fitted perfectly with the narrative. Still, there were holes and incoherence, and since I’ve read people liked this better than the Marie Lu version, and knowing my recent disappointment with her, I can now say I do not intend to read it.Capture

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SLAY by Brittney Morris
Read in September 2019
My Rating: 3 ⭐

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

I received an ARC of SLAY at BookCon, this in no way impacts my opinion. However, my opinion of this book is based on an unfinished and uncorrected copy, please note that what I’ve read may differ from the final book.

I don’t feel comfortable enough about what bothered me in this book to actually phrase it properly and to write it down myself. It’s always difficult to give an opinion on something you are not concerned with, and as a white adult girl who lives in France, I am not well placed to speak about what felt wrong in this book about black American teenage girls. I’ll link you a couple of reviews that overall summed up what bothered me in this book regarding gaming and the characterization of PoC: here & here. However, I can say that I’m absolutely shocked by the scenes that took place in France. In my opinion, the author didn’t research the French history nor the local situation. I actually laughed when a white man in the Parisian subway asked a black girl how she learned to speak French so well.

“Your French is perfect. Where are you from?” or, more loosely “Where are you from, since obviously you’re not from Paris?”

First of all, many African countries are french-speaking countries, and second, African immigration in France has been going on for quite some time now (especially after the decolonization), and most black teenagers in France were born and raised here. Personally, I would more easily assume that a black person in France speaks perfect french than not. Also, when a Parisian woman put her bag on the subway seat next to her because she doesn’t want the girl to sit down next to her, it has nothing to do with the girl’s colour, and everything to do with the woman being a bitchy Parisian. Despite being white, I’ve seen people (white and black alike) doing exactly the same because they didn’t want ME to be sitting next to them. Paris is a jungle, I’m telling you. I’m not saying that everyone in France is open-minded and tolerant, there are many bigots here, same as everywhere, unfortunately, but IMO this book misrepresented the place PoC occupy in France.

“When you think of Paris, you think of skinny white woman casually sipping tea and eating croissants in a cafe. You don’t think of bald black girls in Converse, ripped jeans, a Dave Chappelle shirt, and round glasses, but that’s exactly what I see walking toward me and Steph.”

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Nos Âmes Tourmentées by Morgane Moncomble 🇫🇷
Read in January 2020
My Rating: 4 ⭐

Here I am, coming again talking about an awesome book written by the amazing Morgane Moncomble. You must be tired of it, I know, but maybe it’ll make you want to try to learn to read French (or not). Anyways, Nos Âmes Tourmentées (or Our Tormented Souls for my English speaker friends) is once again one hell of a book. It takes place in the US, where Azalée has to come back to her hometown after her mother’s passing. She left the town of Charleston years ago to stay away from those who hurt her.

She wants to sell the house she inherited as soon as possible and be gone before she has to meet anyone from her teenage years. That is until she meets her new hot and cocky neighbour, Eden, who has everything to please her. She also meets back her old boyfriend from high school and her former best friend and she gets acquainted with one of their other friends, Alec (my favourite character of this book) who is gay and has Asperger.

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Have you read those books? What did you think about them?
What have you been reading lately?

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