Haul livres Mai 2021


Aujourd’hui je reviens avec mon haul livres du mois de mai ! J’ai acheté pas mal de livres ce mois-ci, ou plutôt pas mal de mes précommandes sont sorties en fin avril ou en mai ce qui me fait un haul assez conséquent, mais j’ai quand même déjà lu 5 de ces livres donc ça ne trainera pas trop sur mes étagères avant d’être lu, et le mois n’est pas fini donc je vais peut-être en finir d’autres d’ici là 🙂

The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy / H2G2 vol 1 Le guide du voyageur galactique
Douglas Adams

C’est l’édition illustrée du 42 ème anniversaire et c’est la versio Waterstones avec un autocollant signé par Chris Riddell qui a fait les illustrations de cette édition. C’est un livre que j’ai lu il y a un moment déjà et que j’aime beaucoup !

« Comment garder tout son flegme quand on apprend dans la même journée : que sa maison va être abattue dans la minute pour laisser place à une déviation d’autoroute ; que la Terre va être détruite d’ici deux minutes, se trouvant, coïncidence malheureuse, sur le tracé d’une future voie express intergalactique ; que son meilleur ami, certes délicieusement décalé, est en fait un astrostoppeur natif de Bételgeuse, et s’apprête à vous entraîner aux confins de la galaxie ?
Pas de panique !
Car Arthur Dent, un Anglais extraordinairement moyen, pourra compter sur le fabuleux Guide du voyageur galactique pour l’accompagner dans ses extraordinaires dérapages spatiaux moyennement contrôlés. »

We are the fire
Sam Taylor

« All will burn.

In the cold, treacherous land of Vesimaa, children are stolen from their families by a cruel emperor, forced to undergo a horrific transformative procedure, and serve in the army as magical fire-wielding soldiers. Pran and Oksana–both taken from their homeland at a young age–only have each other to hold onto in this heartless place.

Pran dreams of one day rebelling against their oppressors and destroying the empire; Oksana only dreams of returning home and creating a peaceful life for them both.

When they discover the emperor has a new, more terrible mission than ever for their kind, Pran and Oksana vow to escape his tyranny once and for all. But their methods and ideals differ drastically, driving a wedge between them. Worse still, they both soon find that the only way to defeat the monsters that subjugated them may be to become monsters themselves. »

Jennifer Saint

C’est la version exclusive Waterstones signée par l’auteure.

« As Princesses of Crete and daughters of the fearsome King Minos, Ariadne and her sister Phaedra grow up hearing the hoofbeats and bellows of the Minotaur echo from the Labyrinth beneath the palace. The Minotaur – Minos’s greatest shame and Ariadne’s brother – demands blood every year.

When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives in Crete as a sacrifice to the beast, Ariadne falls in love with him. But helping Theseus kill the monster means betraying her family and country, and Ariadne knows only too well that in a world ruled by mercurial gods – drawing their attention can cost you everything.

In a world where women are nothing more than the pawns of powerful men, will Ariadne’s decision to betray Crete for Theseus ensure her happy ending? Or will she find herself sacrificed for her lover’s ambition?

ARIADNE gives a voice to the forgotten women of one of the most famous Greek myths, and speaks to their strength in the face of angry, petulant Gods. Beautifully written and completely immersive, this is an exceptional debut novel. »

Heather Walter

« Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love’s kiss.

You’ve heard this before, haven’t you? The handsome prince. The happily ever after.

Utter nonsense.

Let me tell you, no one in Briar actually cares about what happens to its princesses. Not the way they care about their jewels and elaborate parties and charm-granting elixirs. I thought I didn’t care, either.

Until I met her.

Princess Aurora. The last heir to Briar’s throne. Kind. Gracious. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Humiliated and shamed by the same nobles who pay me to bottle hexes and then brand me a monster. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . . . cares for me. Even though a power like mine was responsible for her curse.

But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating—and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Perhaps together we could forge a new world.

Nonsense again. Because we all know how this story ends, don’t we? Aurora is the beautiful princess. And I—

I am the villain. »

The thursday murder club / Le murder club du jeudi
Richard Osman

« Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim et Ron frisent peut-être les quatre-vingts ans, mais ils en ont encore sous le capot. Leur passe-temps favori :
s’atteler, tous les jeudis, à de vieilles affaires de meurtre, pour en découvrir le fin mot là où la police a échoué. Jusqu’à ce que la nouvelle
leur parvienne : Tony Curran, l’associé du directeur de leur village de retraite, vient d’être retrouvé assassiné dans sa cuisine.
Ni une ni deux, Elizabeth convoque ses trois acolytes et lance le Murder Club sur la piste du tueur, toutes cannes dehors. Quand il s’agit de tromper l’ennui et de doubler la police, il ne faut jamais sous-estimer les personnes âgées. »

City of the plague god
Sarwat Chadda

« Thirteen-year-old Sik wants a simple life going to school and helping at his parents’ deli in the evenings. But all that is blown to smithereens when Nergal comes looking for him, thinking that Sik holds the secret to eternal life.Turns out Sik is immortal but doesn’t know it, and that’s about to get him and the entire city into deep, deep trouble. Sik’s not in this alone. He’s got Belet, the adopted daughter of Ishtar, the goddess of love and war, on his side, and a former hero named Gilgamesh, who has taken up gardening in Central Park. Now all they have to do is retrieve the Flower of Immortality to save Manhattan from being wiped out by disease. To succeed, they’ll have to conquer sly demons, treacherous gods, and their own darkest nightmares. »

The secret talker
Geling Yan

« A woman reclaims her own story in this taut and wholly original literary tale from one of China’s literary superstars.

Hongmei is the perfect Chinese wife: beautiful, diligent, passive. Glen is the perfect American husband: intelligent, caring, well-off. From the outside, Hongmei and Glen’s life in the San Francisco Bay Area seems perfect. But at home, their marriage is falling apart. Post-its left on the fridge are their primary form of communication.  

When Hongmei receives a beguiling email from a secret admirer, naturally she’s intrigued. But what starts out as harmless flirting with an internet stranger quickly turns into an all-consuming emotional affair. As Hongmei spills more and more about her dark past as a military intelligence officer-in-training in China, she falls deeper and deeper into a tense cat-and-mouse game. Desperate and self-destructive, she embarks on an investigation into her emailer’s secret history…one that may tear her life and marriage apart forever.

A psychological story at its core, The Secret Talker elegantly examines how repressed desire and simmering silence can upend even the most idyllic marriage. As Hongmei pursues her stalker, her identity and agency come into question, and the chase curveballs into a captivating journey of self-actualization. Yan Geling pierces the human psyche to reveal devastating and emotional truths – and an ending that will leave readers speechless. »

Blade of secrets
Tricia Levenseller

« Eighteen-year-old Ziva prefers metal to people. She spends her days tucked away in her forge, safe from society and the anxiety it causes her, using her magical gift to craft unique weapons imbued with power.

Then Ziva receives a commission from a powerful warlord, and the result is a sword capable of stealing its victims secrets. A sword that can cut far deeper than the length of its blade. A sword with the strength to topple kingdoms. When Ziva learns of the warlord’s intentions to use the weapon to enslave all the world under her rule, she takes her sister and flees.

Joined by a distractingly handsome mercenary and a young scholar with extensive knowledge of the world’s known magics, Ziva and her sister set out on a quest to keep the sword safe until they can find a worthy wielder or a way to destroy it entirely. »

Project Hail Mary
Andy Weir

« C’est la version Waterstones signée par l’auteur.

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone.

Or does he? »

Master artificer / Le maître des chagrins tome 2
Justin T Call

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 ? »

The shadow of the gods
John Gwynne


A century has passed since the gods fought and drove themselves to extinction. Now only their bones remain, promising great power to those brave enough to seek them out.

As whispers of war echo across the land of Vigrið, fate follows in the footsteps of three warriors: a huntress on a dangerous quest, a noblewoman pursuing battle fame, and a thrall seeking vengeance among the mercenaries known as the Bloodsworn.

All three will shape the fate of the world as it once more falls under the shadow of the gods. »

Service presse

Six crimson cranes
Elizabeth Lim
Sortie le: 08 juillet 2021

« Shiori’anma, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

A sorceress in her own right, Raikama banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.

Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and uncovers a dark conspiracy to seize the throne. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in a paper bird, a mercurial dragon, as well as the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain – no matter what it costs her. »

Michael J Sullivan
Sortie le: 03 août 2021

« After more than five hundred years of exile, the heir to the empyre is wary about his sudden reassignment to active duty on the Goblin War’s front lines. His assignment to rescue an outpost leads to a dead-end canyon deep inside enemy territory, and his suspicion turns to dread when he discovers the stronghold does not exist. But whoever went to the trouble of planning his death to look like a casualty of war did not know he would be assigned to the Seventh Sikaria Auxiliary Squadron. In the depths of an unforgiving jungle, a legend is about to be born, and the world of Elan will never be the same. »

Voilà pour mon haul livres du mois de mai 🙂

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