Aujourd’hui je reviens avec mon haul livres du moi d’avril !
First person singluar
« A mind-bending new collection of short stories from the internationally acclaimed Haruki Murakami.
The eight stories in this new book are all told in the first person by a classic Murakami narrator. From memories of youth, meditations on music, and an ardent love of baseball, to dreamlike scenarios and invented jazz albums, together these stories challenge the boundaries between our minds and the exterior world. Occasionally, a narrator may or may not be Murakami himself. Is it memoir or fiction? The reader decides.
Philosophical and mysterious, the stories in First Person Singular all touch beautifully on love and solitude, childhood and memory. . . all with a signature Murakami twist. »
Low volume 1
« Millennia ago, mankind fled the earth’s surface into the bottomless depths of the darkest oceans. Shielded from a merciless sun’s scorching radiation, the human race tried to stave off certain extinction by sending robotic probes far into the galaxy to search for a new home among the stars. Generations later, one family is about to be torn apart in a conflict that will usher in the final race to save humanity from a world beyond hope. »
I’m waiting for you
« In the title story, an engaged couple working in distant corners of the galaxy plan to arrive on Earth simultaneously and walk down the aisle together. But small incidents wreak havoc on their vast journeys, pushing the date of their wedding far into the future. As centuries pass on Earth and the land and climate change, one thing is constant: the desire of the lovers to be together.
Through two pairs of interlinked stories stories, Kim explores the driving forces of humanity – love, hope, creation, destruction, and the very meaning of existence. »
Witches steeped in gold
« Trust no witch . . . Iraya Adair has spent her life in a cell. Heir of an overthrown and magically-gifted dynasty, she was exiled from her home on the island nation of Aiyca when she was just a child. But every day brings her closer to freedom – and vengeance. Jazmyne Cariot grew up dressed in gold, with stolen magic at her fingertips. Daughter of the self-crowned doyenne, her existence is a threat to her mother’s rule. But unlike her sister, Jazmyne has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power. Sworn enemies, the two witches enter a deadly alliance to take down the woman who threatens both their worlds. But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain – except the lengths Iraya and Jazmyne will go to win this game. Two witches. One motive. And a very untrustworthy alliance. »
Lightfall / Lightfall tome 1: La dernière flamme
« Dans le monde d’Irpa, Béa vit avec son grand-père, un Cochon-Sorcier fabricant de potions et gardien de la Flamme éternelle. Quand il disparaît mystérieusement, la jeune fille doit surmonter so anxiété maladive pour tenter de le retrouver. Sa rencontre avec Cad, un Galdurien aussi enjoué qu’intrépide, pourrait bien changer le cours de son destin. »
« This story is, in short, about a monster meeting another monster.
One of the monsters is me.
Yunjae was born with a brain condition called Alexithymia that makes it hard for him to feel emotions like fear or anger. He does not have friends—the two almond-shaped neurons located deep in his brain have seen to that—but his devoted mother and grandmother provide him with a safe and content life. Their little home above his mother’s used bookstore is decorated with colorful Post-it notes that remind him when to smile, when to say « thank you, » and when to laugh.
Then on Christmas Eve—Yunjae’s sixteenth birthday—everything changes. A shocking act of random violence shatters his world, leaving him alone and on his own. Struggling to cope with his loss, Yunjae retreats into silent isolation, until troubled teenager Gon arrives at his school, and they develop a surprising bond.
As Yunjae begins to open his life to new people—including a girl at school—something slowly changes inside him. And when Gon suddenly finds his life at risk, Yunjae will have the chance to step outside of every comfort zone he has created to perhaps become the hero he never thought he would be. »
Vinland saga volume 24
Synopsis du volume 1:
« Suivez les aventures de Thorfin, jeune Viking embarqué malgré lui avec une bande de mercenaires sans pitié.
Depuis qu’Askeladd, un chef de guerre fourbe et sans honneur, a tué son père lorsqu’il était enfant, Thorfinn le suit partout dans le but de se venger. Mais bien qu’il soit devenu un guerrier redoutable, il ne parvient toujours pas à vaincre son ennemi. Au fil des ans, enchaînant missions périlleuses et combats afin d’obtenir des duels contre l’homme qu’il hait plus que tout, le gentil Thorfinn est devenu froid et solitaire, prisonnier de son passé et incapable d’aller de l’avant. Jusqu’à ce que la vie le force à regarder le Monde différemment… »
Fire with fire
Sortie le: 08 juin 2021
« Two sisters. Divided they burn.
Two sisters raised to be fierce dragon slayers end up on opposing sides of an impending war when one forms an unlikely, magical bond with a dragon, in this exciting, fresh contemporary young adult fantasy.
Dani and Eden Rivera were both born to kill dragons, but the sisters couldn’t be more different. For Dani, dragon slaying takes a back seat to normal high school life, while Eden prioritizes training above everything else. Yet they both agree on one thing: it’s kill or be killed where dragons are concerned.
Until Dani comes face-to-face with one and forges a rare and magical bond. As she gets to know Nox, she realizes that everything she thought she knew about dragons is wrong. And, with Dani lost to the dragons, Eden turns to the mysterious and alluring sorcerers to help save her sister. Now on opposite sides of the conflict, the sisters will do whatever it takes to save the other.
But the two are playing with magic that is more dangerous than they know, and there is another, more powerful enemy waiting for them both in the shadows. »
The witch’s heart
Sortie le: 04 mai 2021
« Angrboda’s story begins where most witches’ tales end: with a burning. A punishment from Odin for refusing to provide him with knowledge of the future, the fire leaves Angrboda injured and powerless, and she flees into the farthest reaches of a remote forest. There she is found by a man who reveals himself to be Loki, and her initial distrust of him transforms into a deep and abiding love.
Their union produces three unusual children, each with a secret destiny, who Angrboda is keen to raise at the edge of the world, safely hidden from Odin’s all-seeing eye. But as Angrboda slowly recovers her prophetic powers, she learns that her blissful life—and possibly all of existence—is in danger.
With help from the fierce huntress Skadi, with whom she shares a growing bond, Angrboda must choose whether she’ll accept the fate that she’s foreseen for her beloved family…or rise to remake their future. From the most ancient of tales this novel forges a story of love, loss, and hope for the modern age. »
Sortie le: 08 juin 2021
« Kell Kressia is a legend, a celebrity, a hero. Aged just seventeen he set out on an epic quest with a band of wizened fighters to slay the Ice Lich and save the world, but only he returned victorious. The Lich was dead, the ice receded and the Five Kingdoms were safe.
Ten years have passed Kell lives a quiet farmer’s life, while stories about his heroism are told in every tavern across the length and breadth of the land. But now a new terror has arisen in the north. Beyond the frozen circle, north of the Frostrunner clans, something has taken up residence in the Lich’s abandoned castle. And the ice is beginning to creep south once more.
For the second time, Kell is called upon to take up his famous sword, Slayer, and battle the forces of darkness. But he has a terrible secret that nobody knows. He’s not a hero – he was just lucky. Everyone puts their faith in Kell the Legend, but he’s a coward who has no intention of risking his life for anyone… »
Master artificer / Le maître des chagrins tome 2
Justin T Call
Sortie le: 06 mai 2021 (sortie anglaise)
Synopsis du tome 1:
« Vous connaissez déjà cette histoire – celle d’un orphelin élevé par un vieil homme sage, d’un garçon qui découvre qu’il possède des pouvoirs et apprend à s’en servir pour protéger le monde d’un grand mal. Mais qu’arriverait-il si ce héros et ce mal ne formaient qu’un ? Sauverait-il le monde, ou le détruirait-il ?
Parmi les avatars de l’Académie, Annev de Breth est une exception. Au contraire de ses camarades, qui furent dérobés à leurs familles dans la capitale lorsqu’ils n’étaient que des nourrissons, Annev est né dans le village de Chaenbalu. Ayant survécu à un sacrifice, il a été élevé par ceux-là mêmes qui ont tué ses parents. Dix-sept ans plus tard, Annev porte le fardeau d’une magie interdite. Pris en étau entre les idées déclinantes de son mentor et les maîtres de l’Académie, il est contraint de choisir entre un avenir prometteur et ses amis proches.
Chacune de ses décisions le mène à un nouveau dilemme, jusqu’à ce qu’Annev soit contraint de se lancer dans une quête qui lui est étrangère. Acceptera-t-il de s’engager sur une voie potentiellement dévastatrice ? »
These hollow vows
Sortie le: 20 juillet 2021
« Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court.
Gaining unfettered access to the Seelie court is easier said than done. Brie’s only choice is to pose as a potential bride for Prince Ronan, and she soon finds herself falling for him. Unwilling to let her heart distract her, she accepts help from a band of Unseelie misfits with their own secret agenda. As Brie spends time with their mysterious leader, Finn, she struggles to resist his seductive charm.
Caught between two dangerous courts, Brie must decide who to trust with her loyalty. And with her heart. »
Voilà pour mon haul livres du mois d’avril 🙂