Book: Frannie in pieces

I used to be a book blogger.

For five years, I shared my loved for great novels, putting special emphasis on novels that were published two, three, ten years ago.

Do you also have a thing for « old » books? Am I alone in my weirdness?

Don’t get me wrong, I love new releases! More then often, I’m sooo envious of booktubers/bookbloggers holding the ARC of a book I can’t wait to read.

Nevertheless, the library holds many great treasures simply waiting, patiently, to be discovered or re-discovered.

Must admit, what caught my attention with that book at first was the famousness of the author: Delia Ephron.

A dearly beloved role-model, friend, most important person in my life loved the movie she had wrote with her sister, You’ve got mail.

A little heartwarming literature, with a side of romance, was just what this over-tired mama needed.

The novel was borrowed for three weeks. I finished it in less than a day.

Published in 2007 (yes, more than 10 years ago), the amazing « Frannie in pieces » simply captured my imagination, all of it, and hold me captive in another world for many delightful hours.

It has been a while since a novel swept me off my feet like that.

Funny too, because at the beginning, even though I was hooked right away, at times I really wondered where this story was going.

And, before I knew it, I would keep reading, reading, reading. One more chapter, just one more.

It’s not a thriller or a suspens or anything. It’s a teen novel dans les règles de l’art. A really well-told story about a teen who experiences a great loss, and through it, experiences what it is to live… sort of anyway.

Yes, I did cry. But it’s an overall joyful story, full of colours, art, friendship and re-conquered love.
Please note: the romance is there, but in the back-ground, quiet and sweet.

Other positive note, the author stayed away from the stereotypes, and it was most, most welcomed.

Without further ado, I will let you go get « Frannie in pieces » at your local library.

Thanks for reading and happy reading fellow book lovers!


L’intrigue et la richesse du monde imaginaire de l’auteur Martin Stewart m’ont convaincu d’emprunter ce roman, publié en version française aux Éditions Milan en 2018.

Et toute l’histoire commence lentement, mais sûrement. Le personnage principal est bien vite entrainé dans l’aventure d’une vie, le long du fleuve rongé par la glace d’un hiver coriace.

Le lecteur est bien vite confronté, malheureusement, à une jolie soupe de personnages. Si l’écriture bien ficelée, détaillée avec soin, aide à maintenir la trame du récit intact, l’accumulation ne manque pas de lasser un brin, assez rapidement qui plus est.

Cependant, les mystères sont si bien noués, l’univers est si riche qu’il est impossible de lâcher ce roman!
L’histoire trotte dans la tête, les questions aux réponses à venir aussi.

Alors, bien que j’ai souvent posé le roman, un peu exaspéré par la pléthore de personnages, de lieu et de surenchères de méchants sorti de nulle part, je le reprenais aussitôt, avide de connaître le dénouement de l’intrigue principal.

Riverkeep a de quoi plaire aux amateur-es de fantasy amusante et sombre, ainsi qu’aux lecteurs-lectrices pressés de se laisser transporter dans un monde riche et intriguant.

La maman que je suis tient à préciser que ce roman s’adresse aux lecteurs aguerris de 12 ans et plus. C’est qu’on retrouve beaucoup de morceaux de cadavre le long du grand fleuve Danek…

En tout et partout, un roman YA fort chouette, satisfaisant, mais auquel je ne ferai pas de place sur les étagères bondées des bibliothèques de la maison.

Vive les bibliothèques publiques!

Books for Christmas! An​ all-time favorite book list for 1 day old to 4 years old

Already, I know I will update this list. For when I’m done writing this post, half a dozen book titles will pop in my head!

However, for now, some wonderful, delightful books on my list for 1 day old to 4 years old:

Being a book geek is the best.

I love books.

Sharing the book love is my way to say thanks to the awesome writers behind the stories that made me who I am, that make me laugh or cry or both.

I worked in indie bookstores and big chain bookstores.

I worked for a publisher.

I worked at book fairs.

I did it all, kinda. Along the way, I have discovered many, many, many wonderful books.
Nowadays, it’s a bit more work to find the hidden treasures among the many new books, many reprints of popular titles, but it’s always a joy!

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