Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene || Book review (small spoilers).

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure.

Sylvie grew up in the permanent twilight of the Dusklands among those who either feared her power or hated them. But she has always known that there was a place where she would belong: Coeur d’Or, the palais of the Amber Empress and her highborn legacies. But after only a short amount of time spent there, she begins to realize that all might not be as it seems and that the world she has always dreamt of may simply not exist. Among lies and plots, she must learn to master her legacy or the consequences could be dreadful.

I must admit, I had high hope going into this novel and was so excited to find it in my December Owlcrate box. From reading the synopsis alone, I knew that the book had all the ingredients to make me fall in love with it: court intrigues, magical powers, and adventure. I mean, what else could you ask for? And let me tell you, the book delivered even more than I expected. The world building was amazing. I love how certain moments (more specifically certain interactions between the characters) where foreshadowing. There are many instances in the books where the main character thinks back at something that has been said to her and suddenly realize the true meaning of it. And I loved finding out that meaning with her. It also goes to show how well tied is the intrigue and how much thought the author has put in it. In adition, I liked the romance. It was well-built and I do look forward to see how their relation evolves from here.

Now, let’s talk about the writing. The writing was absolutely beautiful. We also get so many pieces of information about the world in which the characters live in. Not in a way that overwhelms you or feels like just a list of characteristics, places and background story. Instead, it flowed perfectly into the story, making it all the more enjoyable.

As for the characters, I quite like the main character. At some point, I must admit that her entitlement was a bit annoying to me as it is a flow that I find quite annoying, whether it be in persons or in characters. However, I understood. From my point of view, that entitlement was what kept her standing through her hard years in the duskland and was part of what gave her a sense of self and the hope that she might one day finally find a place she belonged to. Also, I think that characters who are flawed are more interesting and realistic than the stereotypical perfect good maker characters so common in books and movies. It is what makes them interesting, relatable and real. I also loved the character of Sunder. He wasn’t perfect neither but I always had a soft spot for characters who have a darker past/have done terrible things but still try to do good. For some reason, I am always drowned to those characters (like Draco Malfoy and Damon Salvatore to name only those). He also made me think a lot of that quote from Demelza in Poldark « One bad thing does not outweigh the many goods. ‘Tis the balance that counts. ». And while the opposite is also true: one good thing does not outweigh the many wrongs, I do think that there is still hope for Sunder’s balance. I also felt so much empathy for him and how he undergoes his legacy and past. I think that circumstances made him do bad things, not that he is bad. Now, I know that everyone seems to like Lullaby and I would not say that I do not like her but I don’t fully trust her. I can’t explain why: it’s mostly just a feeling that I have. And this feeling didn’t go any weaker once I realized that all the legacies who have been gone (that we know of) were people close to her. It might just be me being paranoid but after all, Coeur d’Or is a place of lies, deceits, and betrayal. I guess I’ll just have to wait for the next book to see if I was right or not.

To conclude, I did really enjoy this novel and cannot wait for the next one to come out (December 3rd, 2019).

Overall rating: 4.3/5

Plot: 4.5/5 ; characters: 4/5 ; writing: 4.5/5.

This was my first time writing an actual review. I don’t know if I did it well but I guess I’ll improve with time. Please let me know in the comments what you thought of it.

Hogwarts Readathon TBR

If you have read my previous article, then you already know that I am having a readathon this weekend. Of course, anyone who wants to is welcome to join. Here is my TBR for this weekend. As I am quite a slow reader, I have picked only short books. However, I am still not sure to succeed. I guess we will see how it goes.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Character Guide.

For this challenge, I chose a book about the characters from the movie Fantastic Beasts.

144 pages


Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.

“Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player meet at a British all-boys gammar school. Friendship blooms quickly but could there be something more?”

This book was a Christmas gift from Amélie (@wastinginks on instagram) and I can’t wait to read it.

288 pages


All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

“This is the testatment of Paul Baümer who enlists with his classmates in the German army of WWI. These young men become enthusiastic soldiers but their world of duty, culture and progress breaks into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the hatred that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against one another – if only he cann come out of war alive.

I have wanted to read this book since first hearing of it in middle school so I guess it’s about time I finally read it.

253 pages


Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaelle Giordano

“At thrity-eight and a quarter years old, Paris native Camille has everything she needs to be happy: a good job, a loving husband, a wonderful son. Why then does she feel as if happiness has slipped through her fingers? All she wants is to find the path to joy and fulfilment. When Claude, a Sean Connery look-alike and routinologist offers his unique advice to help get her there, she seizes the opportunity with both hands. Camille’s journey is full of surprising escapades and richly meaningful lessons as she sets out to transform her life and realize her dreams one step at a time.”

This isn’t my usual type of writing but I do enjoy a feel-good novel every once in a while.

254 pages

And this is all for my TBR. I really hope I can read those 939 pages before the end of the readathon. Also, you might wonder why those covers are in French. It’s because I display them as I own them. I often read in English but somehow most of those are in French. I guess more of my short books are in French lol. Anyway, wish me luck. I will probably make an update article at some point next week to let you know how the challenge went and if I managed to read all these books or not. In the meantime, have some good reading time.

Hogwarts readathon

Unfortunately, since the beginning of the year, I have had the worst reading slump. Which means that even though we are only in March, I am already behind on my Goodreads reading challenge. Wherefore, I have decided that it is time to catch up. To give me the time and means to succeed, I have decided to host a readathon.

I am mainly hosting it for myself. Since my blog is so new and doesn’t have much following and this is a bit last minute; I do not expect many (if any) people to join. However, “the more, the merrier” so feel free to join if you want to.

I hope that a few of you will join as it would be nice to do it alongside someone else. If you are interested, the rules are down below. I have made rules because I like rules and for things to be structured. However, you don’t have to follow each and every one of them. You don’t have to follow any of them if you don’t want to. But I know I’ll try to. (Expect my TBR for this readathon very soon).

If you want to share your progress/updates/TBR, please use the tag #hogwartsreadathon


April TBR

Here are the books I want to read in April:

  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 
  • Where the Staircase Ends by Stacy Stokes 
  • The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye 
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill 
  • Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy 
  • Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young 

Honestly, I don’t think that I will read all these books as I am quite a slow reader but I like to have options on my tbr; especially since I am a mood reader.

What do you plan to read in April?

Welcome to Hogwart’s Reader.

It’s been a while now since I wanted to have a place where I could talk about books. A blog seemed the best place to share my passion. I hereby apologize for any mistakes. Please remember that English is my first language. I guess you might wonder then why to make this blog in English and not in French. Well, I’m taking this as an opportunity to better my English. Also, a lot of the books I read are in English and a lot of them haven’t been translated into French yet and might never be. So I thought it better to make my blog in English so that people who would read it might as well have read the books I’m talking about.

Now I guess you’d like to know what kind of books I read. I know that when searching for a blog/account to follow, we like to find someone that has similar reading taste as we have. I mainly read YA but also enjoy adult novels. My two favorite genres are fantasy and historical fiction. Let me know in the comments, what your favorite genres are.