Sunday, June 29, 2014

Voyager (Outlander #3)

Voyager

Rating: 5 GIGANTIC stars
Read: June 2014
Format Read: paperback






5++++++ TIMELESS, MESMERIZING AND ALL CONSUMING STARS 


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I love this quote, especially since Jamie and Claire are those characters larger than life, you can't help rooting for them, get emotional over them, feel protective...it's says a lot of an author when she makes us feel for a character,making it that way real for us.



Did I loved this book?



Well, if you saw my updates or my reviews of the previous books,that's not really a surprise. But for me to say that from books I already thought it was amazing, this one is indeed my favorite so far.

It's was FANTASTIC!!



It's been a couple of days since I finished it and I'm still thinking about it. I only didn't started the 4th book because I'm still waiting for it to arrive.


Anyway, let's crack up with the review!

**attention, some spoilers for the previous and for this book, I just can't help it. So proceed at your own risk.** 

After Dragonfly in Amber finished in that sort of cliffhanger, I started this one like a maniac. It's the biggest one so far but I believe it was the one I read more quickly. I couldn't get enough of it.


So this one starts with Claire discovering that Jaime didn't die in Culloden, so she is set to research what happened to him. If even 20 years later, are any trace of him alive. For now the question is, if he is alive, 20 years after she left him, will she try to go back to him, though time and leaving her daughter behind.



To this, we get chapters in Jamie's POV (SQUEEEEEE), from the battle of Culloden to what happens to him through the years. And it's painful, it's emotional and if it's possible, made me fall even more for him. His little prayer to Claire and the babe, how he constantly thought and try to take care of his family and kin. How even when he was down, people could still see how magnificent he is, and try to follow his lead.
It seems even when he seeks death it's not in his destiny.




We also get some flashbacks of how was life to Claire in the past 20 years, her life with Frank, she becoming a doctor and juggling with taking care of her daughter.



Ok, we all knew that Claire would go back to him...even with all the uncertainty to find him alive or the chance he had a family. 
But they reunion? I wasn't prepared for it, it made me cry and laugh (bc Jamie fainted,lol).



I won't spoil much more, just to say that Jamie's life, like always, isn't free of problems, one after another put their live at risk. And ultimately to try to save one of the family, they embark to the East Indies, to try to save him. Through pirates,"plagues",to shipwrecks, dark magic, old enemies, it will be one deathly situation after another.
We all know that this two attract problem like no one else but we also know, they'll stick together no matter what, and risk anything to save each other. *sigh

Claire 

My kick ass heroine. I love how strong and witty she is. She is stubborn and there was a particular scene I couldn't believe she would leave without speaking to him, but thank god she went back.

And well, it took so much courage, after discovering Jamie didn't die in Culloden to go back. So many what if's but she still believe with all her heart in their love.
And it's beautiful you guys, so damn beautiful.



I loved that since she went back, this time she brought some modern things, that saved them a few times.

Jamie 

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SO MUCH! GAH!
You're ruining me for all men, I just saying.
My paperback is full of stickers that mark so may of his lines. Like this one:

“I didn't say you shouldn't worry, do you think I don't worry? But no, you probably can't do anything about me.' 'Well, maybe no, Sassenach, and maybe so. But I've lived a long enough time now to think it maybe doesna matter so much-- so long as I can love you.' 

SEE?

Anyway,It was a treat to read his POV but also so painful and emotional. The things he went through, he did suffer so much, without having that much to comfort him. Only the hope his love and his baby are alive, even if they could never reunite again.

There were several things that caught me by surprise, Geneva (although he really didn't have a choice...that scene with wee Willie broke me) and Laoghaire aka the b*tch. I get it why, but I still got upset it was her, she didn't deserve a ounce of his kindness ( she even shot him, for christ sake!

Overall 

The story was full of twists and surprises that I couldn't believe. It was action packed, full of mysteries and intrigues and of course a love that transcends time. I loved that in many ways they were getting to know each other again but at the same time, they were the same. 

I loved many of the secondary character, like Lord John (you're awesome), Ian, Fergus (my fave french,aha) and Roger. So far I don't have that much connection with Bree and hopefully that will change in the next books.

Did I said already how amazing this series is? 
:)

Waiting for the next one, meanwhile lassies, don't forget our motto:

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Je suis Prest 

For you Jamie? Always!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dragonfly in Amber ( Outlander #2)




Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)


Rating: 5 huge stars
Read: June 2014
Format Read: paperback




***5 Timeless and mesmerizing stars***


“Blood of my Blood," he whispered, "and bone of my bone. 
You carry me within ye, Claire, and ye canna leave me now, no matter what happens, 
You are mine, always, if ye will it or no, if ye want me or nay. 
Mine, and I wilna let ye go.” 

And so the Dragonfly in Amber picks up the adventures of our beloved couple...

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And well,I just love Jamie and Claire <33



Anyway, back to the story shall we?

**some minor spoilers of the 1st book and the beginning of the 2nd book**
**Proceed with caution**


So the story begins in 1968...I know right, WHAT? WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? 

There we see Claire with her daughter Brianna, back to Scotland. She went back to discover what happened to the people she knew, what happened after the battle of Culloden. And that she asks the help of Roger, the late reverend adopted son.

And of course the main question is, why did she came back to her time and what happened to Jamie?


And the main book takes us back 200 years, where Jamie and Claire are in the midst of the French court, full of intrigues, conspiracies, betrayals and they are set to change the past. 
Can they stop a revolution?

Claire 

“I stood still, vision blurring, and in that moment, I heard my heart break. 
It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of a flower's stem.” 

I love Claire, she is truly one of my favorite characters. She is strong, resilient, passionate, smart, resourceful and she will do anything for Jamie. Truly, their love is stuff of legends. And this type of love, only other series touched my heart like this, and it's The Bronze Horseman Series.

Claire says Jamie is stubborn (and he is) but she also is, so you see, they're perfect for each other.
At the beginning of the book, I started laughing to myself, the times she was set to change the past, because I could only think that she must never read any sci-fi book. Why? What's the rule that's like engraved in our brains according to time-travel? Not to try to change the past! Haha, but anyway this actually made me wonder,in terms of fantasy, that one even would have bound to happen because of that same interference...
Anyway, I love how adapt she is to any situation, even if it's a french court with gossip and hidden enemies,or among the soldiers, healing them.
She goes through imaginable situations and grieve but she is one of those characters, that despite all she becomes stronger.


Jamie 

“I will find you," he whispered in my ear. 
"I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you - then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. 
For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. 
But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance.
 When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest."

His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.

Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well.” 




Damn it, I love you Jamie! <3

Seriously, can he be more romantic? Passionate? Devoted?

Besides being smart, resourceful, just and protective of his family and kin.
And well, since it's Jamie and Claire I'm talking about, trouble follows them everywhere. From ghosts of the past to the doom they're trying to prevent.
And the things he goes through? Damn it all.
[ And don't let me start about Black Jack Randall aka psycho bastard. Diana did write one redeeming quality of his (besides being a man of his word) was how much he cared about his brother Alex.
Can I just say that I KNEW Jack wasn't Frank ancestor?



Besides that, Jamie is usually the protagonist of the most hilarious moments. Oh yes, I'm talking about the sausage scene,aha.

Overall 

I decided to try to savor this book and not devoured it like a maniac. To like half of the book I succeed that, I even read other books between but then it was like I couldn't hold it anymore and I keep reading. I don't get bored in how descriptive Diana is, I'm actually fascinated by it. I can't get enough of these 2.

Regarding new characters, I love wee Fergus, the small pickpocket from the streets of Paris. I like Roger and Brianna but I still don't care that much about them, I still don't feel any pull regarding their characters.
About the plot? Just WOW! There are parts, especially towards the end, that everything happens and you gather it can't get any worse and then it gets. 
I won't spoil no one but for me it was impossible not to start immediately the 3rd one (and it's no surprise, that keeps getting better and better). 



Now lassies, before you start any of the books just say with me, the Fraser's motto:

Je suis Prest 

Oh yes I am my darling Jamie.



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Red at Night

Red at Night

Rating:4 stars
Read: May 2014
Format Read: Kindle Edition



"Thank you Jonah.
 For showing me that people can change. 
Even if its one out of a million." 

 

Here is the thing, even if I think a story is somewhat predictable, if it's beautifully written and captivating, there is a point that I don't even notice that anymore. It was what happened with this one! And I was quite surprise to enjoy and get so emotional over this little story, that made me wish it was longer.
We got a girl and a boy, one doesn't fit in school, was constantly mocked and bullied and the other, even if it was the quiet type, he was quite the popular.
And they meet in one unconventional place, a cemetery,where they can talk and that somewhat gives them peace. And now is time to let each other in, to show how they really are and change the course of their lives.

So even if it's a short story, it is quite a lovely and emotional one. I loved it



Monday, June 2, 2014

Outlander (Outlander #1)

Outlander (Outlander, #1)


Rating: 5 +++ stars
Read: May 2014
Format Read: paperback



5+++ "gripping,emotional, page turner and mesmerizing" kind of stars 

 
The WWII just ended and for Claire and Frank Randall is time for a second honeymoon in Scotland, trying to make a start in their new lives.
Enjoying the enchanting scenery and making up for lost time, Frank is also researching about one of his ancestors, “Black Jack” Randall, an English officer in the 18th century.
One morning, Claire and Frank see a sort of ritual, performed by several women of the village, in an ancient stone circle. Fascinated by it, Claire returns alone to the place only to fall through time, 200 years, to the year 1743.
Of course Claire didn't believe it at first, it’s not possible to travel in time, isn't it? But she soon realizes she is indeed in another and quite dangerous time. Besides barely escaping the threat of the read coats, she is saved by Scot warriors, that even if they think her that she isn’t telling the truth, they take her with them to castle Leoch.
Here enters Jamie, a Scot warrior that is staying with the clan MacKenzie. He is wounded and Claire is the one that treats his wounds, and a connection between them is formed. Claire is now confronted with several perils, betrayals, love, consuming passion and life threatening situations.
Will she ever return to her time? Or is her future set in the past?

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I was surprised how much I actually love her, she is a kick ass heroine! She is strong, brave, smart, witty, resourceful, curse like a sailor, passionate and loyal. Of course she have flaws (like all of us), she can be quite stubborn or sometimes not really grasp the danger in some situations. It does take a while for her to truly adapt to this new era but I really think that she survived so many situations because of her background, growing up with her uncle and being a combat nurse. 
In this new time she becomes a healer, and it’s fascinating the need she have to adapt her knowledge to it, to go back to the basis and even still, helping the best she can.
And her relationship with Jamie? Just gosh, their all consuming love just left me begging to read more. Their dedication to each other and how they risked their lives so many times, was just…wow. I loved how even if they couldn’t tell each other everything, they were still honest to it.

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*sigh* What to say about Jamie? Another fictional character that ruined me for all men (Yes, I’m also talking about you Alexander!), they set the bear too damn high!
Besides being handsome (and I read the whole book, already casting Sam as Jamie, and I think my ovaries exploded several times), he is brave, loyal to a fault, trying to always do the right and just thing, he is passionate (*blushes* like something else, really), funny and such a romantic. How can such a fierce warrior can at the same time be vulnerable and be able to give his all to his love? The things this man said and done are GOLD people, freaking GOLD. 

I loved how he started to early on in the story to open up with Claire, tell her more about him and his background. It was refreshing to see, they building a connection and trusting each other unconditionally.

So you get by now how much I love him,right? So it broke my heart, several times actually, how much he was hurt. God damn it, by the end of the book, I just coudn’t believe how he survived such horrors. I was a damn wreck just by Reading it.
It was a bit like this…


And then…

To say I was emotional invested in this story is quite an understatement. 

[ I read many reaviews about the “beating” scene and I got to say I wasn’t shocked by it. Ok, did I thought it was ok? No BUT i understood the reason why he had to. 18th century, Scotland, a place where people, man and woman were manly physical punished by their trangressions. Don’t Forget how Jamie actually saved a certain “bitch” for being flogged in public…the way Claire risked her life, Jamie’s and all the other men, because she didn’t think before she acted, if she was a man she would be punished far worse. But she still needed to be punish , to set things right with the clan. If I think that the tradition is barbaric? Sure,but it was considered a way of justice in that time. (hide spoiler)]

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*STILL FEALING INFURIATED*

I’m not talking about Frank, but his sick, twisted and psycho ancestor, Black Jack Randall…Black like his damn soul.
The things he does, the horrific things he does just makes me feel nauseated. YOU'RE A F*CKING BASTARD!!!! 


Overall 

I LOVED this book! Like LOVE, LOVE and can't stop talking about it and be all obsessed about it.
I actually had the book in my nightstand for months now, being a bit afraid to take the leap and read it! Silly, right? Well my reasons, were that this is a series with high ravings about it and I was afraid to be disappointed, I put it in a really high place and I was far from disappointed.

Oh this book is massive BUT I wasn't bored for even one second, I devoured it all, I loved how many parts were so detailed and giving us a glimpse of how was life in the 18th century. I felt I was alongside Claire, living it all (minus all those dangers,aha). And well, I do think it was quite necessary chapters with a somewhat of a “normal” life, because let’s face, otherwise I would be having constant heart attacks , because this 2 were always in danger. At least we also had plenty of sexy *cough* LAVA HOT SEXY MOMENTS*cough* between them, Oh glorious passion! 

And the great thing about this book, is that I can’t specifically shelve it in one genre, it’s such a complex and enthralling story, with fantasy, history, romance, all mixed together. But I settle to say, this one is one EPIC LOVE STORY. And I’m a sucker for those.


Now I’ll try to wait patiently while I wait for my paperback of the 2nd book to arrive! 

I need more Jamie and Claire ♥


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Chocolat



Chocolat

Rating: 4 stars
Read: May 2014
Format Read: paperback


** 4 magical and delicious stars **



V'là l'bon vent, v'là l'joli vent
V'lá l'bon vent, ma mie m'appelle. 


I've been meaning to read this book for years now, well, since after I watched the film adaptation for the 1st time. And yes, I lost count how many times I watched it... and I can't blame all on Johnny Depp,ahaha.

Anyway, it was indeed time to read it, because usually, the book is always a whole lot better than the movie. And in many accounts that happened here, except the romantic part of it. But the story in overral? I enjoyed much more the book!
So from page one, I was sucked in to an enchanting world, deliciously magic and atmospheric. 
Oh and did I mentioned all the chocolate?



*sigh* I lost count the times I was drooling on the pages...the way it's all described, it's an experience in itself. It alludes to all our scents and we can easily grasp the effect of Vianne's magic on her friends/clients.
In many ways, I thought the story had lot more depth than in the film, a lot more heart and a lot more mystic. Not so caught up in "Mayan references", the story alludes to an even more mysterious magic...and Vianne's story with her mother even more intriguing.
Still, I confess I'm still a bit upset of how Roux is different in it and his relationship with Vianne.

Another dramatic change it's of Vianne's "nemesis", who is in fact Le curé, and it did made a lot more sense to me, than the mayor of the town. It was more dramatic, more intense...I could easily see it happen in another small town, even in my own country, where the church still have such a strong hold in the people.

To sum it up,it was a delicious read that made me crave chocolate like a maniac!


“Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end."