Wednesday, 27 September 2017

The Future of This Blog

These past few years, I haven’t shown much dedication to my blog. I’ve always wanted to make something out of my blog, to build a brand from it. However, as you can see from how little energy I have invested on my blog these past few years, I haven’t managed to reach my objectives. There are several factors that affected the evolution of my blog. I was lazy, I didn’t believe in myself and I did not have a vision. Book blogging is fun but it’s not something that can bring in money. I thought about focusing on fashion or skincare as these were two topics I was knowledgeable about. The only thing is that I didn’t believe I had the means to have a proper fashion or skincare blog. Besides, my love for expensive serums and fancy pencil skirt is just not that deep. In the end, I did nothing at all. 

I’m back on Sage Noire because I finally have an aim. I’ve always wanted to become a freelance content writer, but it is only recently that I started becoming serious about it. As I don’t have a portfolio (still looking for that first gig!), I thought my blog would be the best place to showcase my writing skills to potential customers. Besides, freelance writing, there are two other things that I need to accomplish.  I think, I must have mentioned only once on my Sage Noire, but I’m attempting to write a novel. Well actually, it should be novels as I have several ideas that I want to turn into manuscript.  Anyway, I thought that documenting this on my blog would prevent me from procrastinating. Hopefully, the next couple of months will prove me right!

So what can we expect from Sage Noire? Less talk about books and more conversation about marketing, business and writing. And obviously, I will write about life, my life in particular and my struggles and successes. I hope that people will be interested by what I’m going to share and that in some ways, they will be able to find it useful.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Crazy Rich Asians #3: Rich People Problem by Kevin Kwan

Goodreads Summary: Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, is back with an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia's greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance. 

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside--but he's not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls. With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park--a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore--the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises. As relatives claw over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by his ex-wife--a woman hell bent on destroying Astrid's reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to billionaire Jack Bing, finds a formidable opponent in his fashionista daughter, Colette. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a schoolyard kidnapping to a gold-leaf dancefloor spattered with blood, Kevin Kwan's gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia's most privileged families.
Published: May 23rd by Doubleday
Genre: Contemporary



Now that I think about it, I realize that it's a bit weird that I've never talked about one of my favourite series. Written by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians depicts the crazy adventures of the extravagant Chinese elite. Admittedly, the set of three books is not for everybody. Think of it as a mashup between Gossip Girl and 90210 where the cast is in their early 30s and instead of hanging out in Barney's or Nordstrom, do their shopping between China's fanciest shops and every major fashion city. 

In the first book, Nick brought along his girlfriend Rachel to his best friend's wedding in Singapore, exposing her to his world made up of ridiculously wealthy relatives, friends and acquaintances without any preparation. In fact, prior to the trip Rachel knew little about her boyfriend's family and assumed that his silence on his background hinted at a poverty-ridden home that he wanted to hide. 

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Kate Daniels #9: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Goodreads Summary: Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar...

Kate's father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead. 

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules...
Published: September 20th by Ace
Genre:  Urban Fantasy 


Sooooooooooooo, in case you were wondering, yes, I'M STILL ALIVE! This is my first real post in a bit more than a year. What kept me away? If I wanted to sound serious and level-headed I would say that my absence was caused by yet another tumultuous but satisfying uni year. If I were honest, I would admit that I have been laaaaaaaaaaa-aaaaaa-zy *gather breath*. But who cares? I’m back! And I think it is only fitting that I review lastest release inthe Kate Daniels series which by now you should know is one of my favourite series ever as my homecoming post. 

In this one, the situation is bad, hell what am I saying it is DIRE. Kate’s main goal in life has always been to defeat her evil father Roland. Problem is, she can’t because she's simply not powerful enough AND she knows it. Thanks to a few seers, she also knows that it is not only her life that is in danger but the one of her loved one. BUUUUUT our Kate is a fighter, despite these foreboding vision, she has no intention to flee or even give up. The book resolve around her trying to find a way to turn a bleak future into a hopeful one. 

Sunday, 20 September 2015

A Broken-Hearted Fan

*In my best Skylar Grey voice*…I need a doctor…I need a doctor…. Guys, there’s a hole in my heart I can’t patch. Yes, I can eat, drink and sleep. There’s no way I can deprieve myself of these things. But that doesn't mean I don't feel the pain! It’s like I’ve been backstabbed by my bestfriend, it’s like someone that wasn’t me ate the last fried chicken in the box, it’s like I gave my seat to a pregnant woman and I have to keep standing in a journey that will take hours.

I used to mock football fans who acted as if the world had ended when their favorite team had lost, but then, on Friday last week some Italian journeywoman ejected Serena Williams from the US Open, a round away from the final. That’s when I realized I had been fooling myself all my life, I’m as much a stan as they are ! 

Friday, 18 September 2015

Working Out? Yes Duh!

Picture by Abdullah Nasser under CC BY 2.0

I stopped playing tennis a sport which I love when I stated uni. In the past months, my sister kept on telling me to start working out again. My sister is one of these people who give great piece of advices even thought they rarely follow them themselves. Proof in case, she is allergic to any kind of physical activities although she preaches their benefits to whoever is listening. 

Friday, 11 September 2015

Diversité ? Mais où ça ? Il n’y a que des livres blancs, blancs, blancs…

Cela a été un des articles les plus durs que j’ai écrit sur ce blog. Un moment, je me demandais même si ça valait le coup de le publier. Je voulais vraiment que mes arguments soient entendus sans paraitre agressive ou moralisatrice.

Ok, les gars, aujourd’hui on va ouvrir la boite de Pandore *frissonne*. Je vais parler d’un problème désagréable, bouleversant et agaçant que les pointures du monde littéraire ignorent avec allégresse ou qu’ils trouvent tout simplement sans importance. Nous allons pénétrer dans le côté obscur de la force. Il y aura des pleures, du sang, de la sueur et—Non, je plaisante. Des fois, j’ai du mal à contenir mon côté mélodramatique *soupire*. Garder juste l’esprit ouvert et tout ira bien :)

Bon, je suis noire. Oui, noire, avec un N majuscule. Originaire de Cote d’Ivoire mais née et élevée en France. Cependant, je réside en Angleterre en ce moment. Je ne sais pas du tout pourquoi, je vous fais une petite bio improvisée, mais bon, bref. 

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Kate Daniels #8: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Goodreads Summary: After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

 An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…
Published: August 4th 2015 by Ace
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Good god, I hadn’t realized how much I had missed Ilona Andrews’ writing until I read Magic Shifts, the eight book in the Kate Daniels series. Those two are wordsmiths of the highest order.

For whatever reason, even though I was excited by Magic Shifts release as I always am by any Kate Daniels books, I didn’t care about reading it right now. As you might have guessed, I gave in eventually. My feelings when I opened the book were “just read it Sarah, whatever.”