Blog Tour Stop: Iron Pendulum by Megan Curd {Review, Excerpt + Giveaway}

Blog Tour Stop:
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway

Iron Pendulum

Author: Megan Curd
Release Date: August 28th, 2014
Pages: 285 (Paperback)
Format: ebook
Genre:
 Young Adul | Steampunk Dystopia
Series: The Periodic Series #2
Idiom: English
Read: from August 17 to 21, 2014
Source & Shelf: Sent by Author | Own
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Synopsis:

Six months ago, Avery thought the world ended outside Dome Four. Thought she was one of the few of her kind. Thought the war that brought the human race to the brink of extinction was over.

But six months can change everything.

After fighting to escape a tyranny she didn’t even know existed, Avery has had to come to grips with all the secrets she’s uncovered. But more secrets continue to come to light, revealing how little of her world she truly knew. When evidence starts to show that Dome Four might be under siege, Avery knows what she must do.

Returning to the dome she longed to escape is a challenge for Avery, but now she knows there’s corruption lurking in the shadows. A massive steam shortage leaves half the dome without power, and people are falling ill. Dying.

And they’re blaming Avery.

Six months can change everything. One more month could kill everyone. The clock is ticking.


My Opinion:

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author, Megan Curd, in exchange for an honest review.

When I was invited to be part of Iron Pendulum Blog Tour I couldn’t refuse. When I read Steel Lily last year, I was really surprised with how good this world created by Megan Curd was so I had to accept the invitation and dive into the sequel.

Truth is, Iron Pendulum was such a crazy rollercoaster from the beginning I barely had time to breathe. We are thrust into this book head first and there’s not a single calm moment to relax a take a deep breath – it’s action packed, fast paced and simply amazing.

This book continues the exciting adventures of Avery but this time, after six months away from her home, she finds herself within Dome Four once again. With the help of her friends she has help those in need and try to save her Dome from the tyrants’ hands.

If I had enjoyed Steel Lily and its powerful characters, this one was even better. The steampunk elements were even more visible in this book and the whole corruption within the Dome was so well explored I feared for the main characters. The characters were even better than in the first book, more matured and grown-up, with a new idea of priorities and self-defence. Avery and Jaxon’s relationship continued to make my blood run wild – how it developed to such a deep romance makes me so happy to ship them.

There were a few surprises that I did not see coming. Some of those surprises were terribly sad and I couldn’t believe that Megan Curd would do such a thing. But when you have a war between good and evil, both sides always loose. Other surprises were shocking though I admit that one or two were slightly predictable.

The world after World War III was simply amazing. The idea of Domes supporting human life, of Elementalists giving human steam so they can breathe is a terrific idea and also terrifying. I loved how deep into this world we enter in this book, how much we get to see of it by Avery’s perspective.

Iron Pendulum is definitely one great sequel to an already amazing series. This is a kick-ass story with so much action and development that will make your jaw drop. If you like steampunk, dystopias, romance, friendship, corruption, betrayal, action, adventure and everything that makes a good book, you should try the Periodic Series.

Thank you so much Megan Curd for allowing me to be part of this amazing universe. Looking forward to see what will happen now because, let’s be honest, cliffhangers like that make us all a bit desperate 😉


Excerpt:

“Oh my God, guys.” Sari gasped as she struggled. “Get it off!”

Jaxon sprung into action, pulling a slender Swiss army knife from his ankle. “Get her mask!”

Alice fished in the mess, panic-stricken. “I can’t find it!”

“Move! She can’t breathe!” I pushed past Alice, inhaled deeply, and took off my mask.

“Breathe, Sari.” I pressed the tubing into her nostrils. “Breathe.”

She took a sharp breath, and I put the mask over my nose to take one of my own. Jaxon continued to cut away at the wire that held her aloft, but it was thick, and the knife didn’t put a dent in it. I lifted Sari a little to keep her weight off the ankle, and she pressed the mask back to her face.

“Dammit,” Jaxon said between grunts. “This isn’t. Doing. Anything.”

He threw the knife down. I prayed there were no Zeroes around, but I guessed we were safe; they would have heard the ruckus we were making. Each ragged breath Sari took was laced with pain, and Alice was still splashing around in search of the mask.

 “Here! Here, I found her mask,” Alice yelled triumphantly.

She pressed Sari’s mask to her face, then buckled mine back on as I shouldered Sari’s weight.

“Forget this,” Jaxon said. “I’m burning through it.”

Alice looked horrified. “Jax, you refuse to practice; just because you have Avery’s blood doesn’t mean you can work miracles. You could kill yourself!”

“Or we could leave her here to be murdered by Zeroes!” He roared. “What do you want me to do?”

He was right, but the thought of him dying froze me in terror.

My mind raced back to the buggy. The rubble. My mother.

Dead. Her eyes so far away.

I couldn’t bear to lose Jaxon, but Sari was just as important to me.


About the Author:

Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college.

When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Photography, traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and she doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself.

Megan currently resides in Ohio with her husband and son, where she is trying to convert them into Buckeye fans.

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Review: Flipped

Review by Carla:
Flipped

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Author:  Wendelin Van Draanen
Release Date: December 18th, 2008
Publisher: Knopf Books
Pages: 152
Format: Ebook
Genre:
 YA | Contemporary
Idiom: English
ISBN: 9780307484956

Cups:
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Synopsis:

The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh. She says: “My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss.” He says: “It’s been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.” But in the eighth grade everything gets turned upside down. And just as he’s thinking there’s more to her than meets the eye, she’s thinking that he’s not quite all he seemed.

This is a classic romantic comedy of errors told in alternating chapters by two fresh, funny new voices. Wendelin Van Draanen is at her best here with a knockout cast of quirky characters and a hilarious series of misunderstandings and missed opportunities. But underlying the humor are two teens in transition. They are each learning to look beyond the surface of people, both figuring out who they are, who they want to be, and who they want to be with.


My Opinion:

Flipped is the story of Juli and Bryce. They met the day Bryce moved into the house across the street from Juli. Obviously, she wanted to meet him and his family and to help them move. But, her help was not welcomed with enthusiasm. Bryce instantly found her annoying and wanted to be left alone.

The story is told from in two voices. We get so read both Juli and Bryce’s points of view. And is very entertaining and funny. Usually they had opposite opinions and feelings. Like when Juli assumed Bryce didn’t talk to her much because he was shy, Bryce simply found her annoying and didn’t want anything to do with her. Or when she thought she was doing a good thing, he didn’t really see it that way. There was a lot of misscommunication between them. But it’s not surprising, since they dind’t really talk much.

Both their families were the complete opposite. Bryce’s family owned the house they lived in, they lived comfortably and his father had somewhat very preconcieved ideas. Juli’s family was renting the house they were living in and they were somewhat poor, they weren’t able to afford some things and they bought pretty much everything seconhand. But we find out why in the book.

Is very interesting to the the characters’ evolution. Bryce’s ideas were pretty much alike his father’s and it’s refreshing to see him change and actually start to value the right things and start do let go of his prejudice. Even though it took him a long way and that he hurt Juli’s feelings a lot.

Juli was my favorite character. She is full of life, stubborn, determined. She is nothing like any other girls. She climbs on trees, she raises chickens, she does some heavy gardening. She pretty much achieves evertything she puts her mind into. She is alo very intelligent and very philosofical. It’s interesting to see her takes on life.

Another character I really liked was Bryce’s grandfather. A kind man who at some point is responsible for Bryce’s changing ideas. He was the one who got to him and made him see what he was doing wrong and urged him to change his ways before it was too late.

Altough the characters are very young, the writing is not childish at all. It’s an easy, funny, warming and very pleasent read.

XX Carla

{Inês} Review: A Rainha Corvo (PT)

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Review by Inês (PT):
A Rainha Corvo
(The Raven Queen)

Autor: Jules Watson
Tradutor: Inês Passos
Data:
 17 de Fevereiro de 2012 (originalmente 22 de Fevereiro de 2011)

Editora: Bertrand Editora
Páginas: 566 (Capa mole)
Género: Fantasia | Romance Magia
Série: A Lenda do Cisne #1/ A Rainha Corvo #1

Idioma: Português
ISBN: 9789722523875
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A Minha Opinião:

Esta história foi inspirada nas lendas irlandesas do Ciclo de Ulster. Esta foi a minha estreia com a autora Jules Watson. Não tive a oportunidade de ler o livro A Lenda do Cisne, mas gostaria de lê-lo, um dia mais tarde.

Confesso que a sinopse deste livro, A Rainha Corvo, me atraiu de imediato,  quando a li pela primeira vez.  Adorei a história de Maeve, a Rainha Corvo. Vale a pena ler este livro para se conhecer as personagens principais: Maeve e Ruán.

Maeve era a moeda de troca que o seu pai usava para selar alianças poderosas, obrigando-a a casar três vezes. Conor de Ulaid é o terceiro marido de Maeve, que a usou para se apoderar do seu reino de origem. 

Maeve conquista a espada de seu pai e torna-se uma guerreira que luta para ser rainha com o objectivo de proteger o seu povo, salvaguardando o seu reino. 

Maeve é uma mulher corajosa, inteligente e determinada que luta pela sua independência e pelo seu povo. É uma guerreira/cavaleira com o objectivo de ser rainha,  mas para isso tem de vencer o poder do seu pai e a hegemonia do seu irmão,  que quer ser rei. Ainda tem de enfrentar o seu terceiro marido, Conor, um líder que pretende conquistar todo o reino para si próprio. 

Maeve simboliza a Deusa, a Mãe. Ultrapassou a dor da perda, do abuso físico,  simbolizando a fertilidade e a coragem. 

Ruán encarna o misticismo, o lado sobrenatural desta história. As suas capacidades físicas desenvolvem-se no limite, lutando com a sua solidão, esperando sempre pela presença de Maeve. O druida muda Maeve para sempre e proporciona uma das partes mais interessantes desta leitura.  Filho de pescadores, que enfrenta a miséria e toma a decisão de se tornar druida,  refugiando-se nos lagos do reino de Maeve. 

As personagens secundárias são muito importantes ao longo da narrativa e acompanham os protagonistas, Maeve e Ruán, para o bem e para o mal.

A autora descreve os cenários de uma forma meticulosa e imaginativa que faz com que o leitor veja o campo de batalha e sinta a acção a decorrer. Mas, para mim, algumas descrições foram demasiado repetitivas e perlongadas ao longo de imensas páginas,  o que tornou a minha leitura lenta e demorada. 

A escrita de Jules Watson é extremamente descritiva e detalhada , o que torna a leitura interrupta, na minha opinião. 

As partes mais interessantes desta história referem-se à personagem principal,  Maeve, que se tornou a minha personagem preferida, que simboliza a força numa sociedade que remota ao século I a. C. , a chamada Idade do Bronze.

Blog Tour Stop: Wolf’s Bane by Ash Krafton {Review, Excerpt & Giveaway}


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Blog Tour Stop: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway
Wolf’s Bane

Author: Ash Krafton
Release Date: June 15th, 2014
Publisher: Narcissus Press
Pages: 370 (Paperback)
Format: PDF
Genre:
 Young Adul | Paranormal | Vampires
Series: Demimonde #3
Idiom: English
Read: from June 3 to 9, 2014
Source & Shelf: Sent by Author | Own
ISBN: 9781939056078
Cups:
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Synopsis:

When life gives you lemons, all you can do is try to avoid paper cuts.

Since becoming oracle to the demivampire two years ago, advice columnist Sophie has battled werewolves and survived a vampire attack (or two). However, not only was she powerless to save her lover Marek when he slipped to the brink of evolution, she also witnessed his transformation into a falcon, the symbol of Horus United.

Sophie’s quest to save Marek is further complicated when rock star Dierk Adeluf – who also happens to be the king of the Werekind – invites her backstage after a concert. Just when it seems she will find respite from heartache, Sophie is bitten by a werewolf and Dierk decides she is destined to be his queen.

Sophie is caught between the demivamps she loves and the Were who commands her to love him. Throw in his jealous wanna-be girlfriend and an ambush by witches, and there you have the big mess that Sophie calls her life. And, hello? Her soul mate is still a bird.

She’s supposed to be the girl with all the answers, but Sophie needs more than a little advice–she needs divine intervention.


My Opinion:

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author, Ash Krafton, in exchange for an honest review.

Wolf’s Bane is the third and final book in the Demimonde series, a series I was introduced when I won Bleeding Hearts and became not only a fan of the books but also of Ash Krafton.

Sophie’s heart is still broken after what happened to Marek in the second book. We can feel how miserable she is and how desperate she is to find her happy ending. She’s trying frantically to bring Marek back and to be with him while fighting her shattered heart and her role as the Demivampires’ Oracle.

Wrap all that with Rodrian’s change in behaviour and her now sudden thrust into the Werewolves’ world. Sure, she’s always been deep within this supernatural bubble but never so deep into Werewolves’ topic… actually, she tried to avoid it as much as she could. But after a concert and meeting Dierk, the Were King, she finds herself as the Were King’s mate.

Let me first start by saying that as soon as I met Dierk and he and Sophie had that electric jolt between them, I was extremely scared of what was going to happen. And, I also have to admit, that at first I didn’t like Dierk’s attitude towards Sophie. I felt that he was too possessive and little interested in her own opinion.

However, while I continue reading the development of their relationship, I realised that his character was just troubled and also wishing to have his own happy ending. Though I was rooting for someone else – and I’ll mention that somewhere later on this review – I couldn’t help but hoping that Dierk would find someone else.

Most of the book was centred on Sophie and Dierk. How their abrupt turn of events became something deeper. It wasn’t a love story like Marek and Sophie had in the first book but it was lovely to read Dierk’s devotion not only towards Sophie but also towards his own kind. As the Were King we got the chance to be deep inside the werewolves circle and meet this new side of the supernatural.

Sophie had to wait for the full moon to know if she was, indeed, destined to be with Dierk. And, let me tell you that the waiting almost killed me. When the fateful night of the full moon came, I was literally scared of what was going to happened. I didn’t know what Ash Krafton had reserved to us and for a moment I feared! But of course that Ash would never let us suffer much – even if we had spent the whole book suffering because of Sophie.

Sophie broke my heart during this book. I felt that she was so tired, so weak and ready to give everything up. And for a moment she was ready to do so. And that made me sad because she was so strong on the previous books and I felt her light fade. Especially because she was seeing her whole life disappear before her eyes and her identity being torn between being faithful to her Demivampires – which meant fighting to save Marek – or give herself in to Dierk and the werewolves.

Now, on my review of Blood Rush I mentioned something about changing Teams. On Bleeding Hearts I was Team Marek and then, on book two, I found myself being Team Rodrian. And, you want to know something funny, I found out in this book that I am, indeed, Team Rodrian. I’m totally shipping Sophie and Rodrian!!!

Even though I’m extremely and beyond happy with the end of the book because of Sophie, I want more Rodrian… I want him to be happy as well!

Overall Wolf’s Bane was an emotional ride, the sort of book that makes you feel so many things from sadness to frustration to delight. You end this book with such a strong connection to all characters you find yourself sad to leave them. Ash Krafton created another great book, an amazing conclusion to her supernatural series and such remarkable characters that I will never forget.

Thank you once again Ash for the book and for letting me be part of this amazing supernatural world you created. I loved it so much and will always cherish it ❤

Using a Michael Fassbender gif as a Thank You 🙂


Excerpt:

 “What are you doing?” Dierk sniffed at the air around me, frowning. “You are human, yet you command these demivampire. You wear their power. Are you a succubus?”

“A what?” I knew what a succubus was. At least, Syfy’s version. If that’s what he meant, I had better be hearing wrong or I was going to club him, superstar or not.

His lip curled. Apparently, that’s exactly what he meant. “A vampire whore.”

A condemnation if I ever heard one. I’d known vampire whores and being placed in the same category as Donna made me want to spit. “Is that what you think I am?”

He shrugged, seeming very comfortable with hurling insults. “Perhaps.”  

“How dare you!” I raised my hand, intending to slap off his smug expression.

He grabbed my hand before I could strike and held it firmly. Although it didn’t hurt, I still didn’t like it. I twisted, trying to pull out of his grasp.

“I do not mean to insult you,” he said. “But I am Wolf. This is our world. Don’t blame me because my brethren are not overly fond of your demivampire pets.”

“Look. Let’s just agree to disagree. Okay?” I struggled to yank my hand loose. His half-smile made me furious. “You don’t like my friends. I don’t like yours. Let’s just say so long and good night and let me go.”

“I cannot.” He lowered our hands to his chest and I could feel his heart beating. “There is still the matter of the Leni.”

“Which is?” His tone made me wary. I was suspicious of foreign words and foreign traditions. I was still trying to figure out the DV, for crying out loud, even with the Sophia giving me an inside track.

“The Leni is a ritual of destiny. The sensation you experience when we are separated is the sign of the soul-bond. The Leni will determine if it is a true bond.”

“A true bond meaning…?”

“It’s a mating ritual, you stupid human. Honestly, Dierk, this one? She isn’t worthy of ein König!” I didn’t have to see the owner of the ugly voice to know it was my new BFF. “She is an insult to Wölfe. An insult to our Leni. She makes mockery of legend.”

Not that I wanted to agree with the mean bitch, but still. “Dierk, I didn’t come back here for a mating ritual.”

“Can you deny what you felt when you walked away from me?” His tone was not bossy. It was tender, soft and gravelly. “I know what I felt.”

“Dierk, you must be mistaken,” Cacilia insisted.

“Cassy.” Dierk’s voice raised in dark warning. “Now is not the time.”

“It’s never the time,” she said, her words running together in a growl. “I will not abide this.”

Pushing aside the people who stood in her way, she stomped out.

“Look, Dierk,” I said. There was something big going on with that woman. I more than suspected the entire drink-down-the-back thing was in retaliation for Dierk speaking to me at the bar. “I don’t want to cause problems with your girlfriend.”

He glanced in the direction she had gone. “Cacilia is not my girlfriend.”

“Neither am I.”

“True.” His half-smile deepened and took on genuine expression. “But you may turn out to be so much more.”

“Do I have any choice?”

“Destiny is not a choice, my dear.”

Ugh. Dear? “This isn’t my destiny. I’ve already got one.”

“We will see.” He half-turned and called out: “Clear the room.”

Immediately, several large men, some of whom I recognized as the lovely gentlemen who’d asked me about a missing wallet, began ushering people toward the doors. Murmurs of disappointment trailed in their wake. Several DV spikes, questioning, suspicious.

It was the DV that were being shown out. The people I’d identified as humans, too, I noticed. Alarmed by this, I hesitantly peeked my power out.

Only Were remained in the room, and me. The sudden vacuum made me suck in a hard breath. When the doors closed with a boom, Dierk turned his attention back to me.

Gently, he raised my captive hand to his mouth and I felt the scrape of new beard mingling with the softness of his lips. It was a very courtly gesture and I didn’t appreciate it one damn bit.

“Destiny…” His voice carried to the corners of the room. The gathered people and wolves held collective breaths, me included. “Determines the path of the stars and the cycle of the moon. We can deviate from our destinies no easier than the moon or the stars can from theirs. I, Dierk Adeluf, son of Schatten, der König von Wölfenkinder, invoke the Leni to determine if it is destiny that our soul-bond become life-bond.”

Life bond? My eyes must have bulged with the disbelief I struggled to contain. Oh no, he doesn’t —

Before I could protest, he thrust our hands out and down to our sides.

A wolf bit into my hand.

The attack was silent. The pain was splintering. The stars and their destinies exploded behind my eyes.

I rocked on my feet. Heat traveled up my arm, filling my head and squeezing out my breath. My knees buckled once, twice. I tumbled forward into Dierk’s open arms. He’d been waiting for me to fall and he caught me, gently sinking to his knees with me, cradling me to his chest.

As the room and the light and the sound faded into the haze of heat and pain, the last thing I saw was Dierk’s face and his damnable half-smile.


About the Author:

Ash Krafton is a writer of all things spec fic. She believes spectacular endings make the best beginnings… Why not? One billion black holes can’t be wrong.

Her urban fantasy series The Books of the Demimonde is available through Pink Narcissus Press. It includes the titles BLEEDING HEARTS, BLOOD RUSH, and the upcoming WOLF’S BANE, expected June 2014.

Her urban fantasy novelette STRANGER AT THE HELL GATE is with the Black Rose line of The Wild Rose Press. WORDS THAT BIND is her first full-length paranormal romance and will be available through TWRP Faery Rose line.

In addition to novel-length fiction, Ash enjoys writing poetry and short fiction, some of which earned awards and distinction in several national competitions. One of her poems was selected as a Pushcart prize nominee. She’s a member of Pennwriters, RWA, Pikes Peak Writers, SFPA, and the Maryland Writers Association. She also contributes to Query Tracker’s blog at http://querytracker.blogspot.com.

Ash resides with her family in a rural town in the heart of the Pennsylvania anthracite coal region. She’ll never leave, either, because coal is just another example of a spectacular ending waiting for a brilliant beginning. (It’s kinda fitting.)

And because, like a black hole, once you’re in… …you can never get out. 

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Review: Midnight Thief

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Midnight Thief

Author: Livia Blackburne
Release Date: July 8th, 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
Format: PDF
Genre: Fantasy | YA Paranormal
Series: Midnight Thief #1
Idiom: English
Read: from June 9 to 12, 2014
Source & Shelf: NetGalley | Kobo
ISBN: 
9781423176381
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Synopsis:

Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.


My Opinion:

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was such an amazing reading. I was pretty sure I was going to enjoy this book and, truth be told, I was not disappointed. Livia Blackburne created an amazing fantasy book that I can only wish to continue being part of.

Midnight Thief tells the story of Kyra, a thief whose skills are unique and incomparable. Being the newly member of the Assassins’ Guild, she finds herself in deep trouble and not knowing where her path/decisions might lead. Then you have Tristam whose life is suddenly changed when his best-friend dies and he’s after his killer with his heart filled with vengeance. And wrapped within all this we have a sinister plot by the Assassins’ Guild which slowly becomes bigger and intricate. Not to mention wildcats that are not exactly wildcats…

All the ingredients to be an astonishing fantasy book: thieves, assassins, knights, romance, betrayal and much more.

Livia Blackburne’s writing was one of the highest points in this book. You can notice how careful she was about every detail and every character. Nothing was left to chance; everything would lead to the development of characters and plot, building up tension and leaving us wondering what would happen and eager for more. Written from Kyra’s and Tristam’s perspectives, it was easy to simply get inside these two characters and be part of them.

Speaking about the characters, they were the second highlight in this book. Kyra might be a thief but not a normal one. I enjoyed her character very much. She was strong and extremely human when it comes to help those in need. We could see this tender care she had for those who lived in the streets and how she would give everything to help them. Having being literally brought up on the streets, she knows how harsh life can be. And we can see how strong she is with the development of her own identity. Something happens that will forever change her and she still embraces her humanity with such a grip it’s almost shatter-proof.

Kyra’s best-friend Flick has been taking care of her for a while now and their friendship was sweet and affectionate. Though his character didn’t had the magnitude I was expecting, I did enjoy him and how much he cared for Kyra.

Within the Assassins’ Guild we have the leader James, a character I’m still not sure what to think of. At first his character attracted me and made me curious to know more about him, his life and, consequently, his future. But as the story unfolds, I’ve realised that he’s much more that meets the eye and I’m pretty sure he’s going to shock me even more in the continuation. His attitudes were arrogant, manipulative and mischievous and I have no idea whether to trust him or not. A pure mystery…

Tristam, on the other hand, is an open book as a character. Is easy to know what he feels and thinks. He’s a character that goes from being a page to a knight and whose heart is torn between loyalty to Forge, his friend’s vendetta and now this new person within his life who isn’t what he first thought she was. Initially he’s a character that we don’t really care that much but he then grows on you. Quite the opposite of James.

Though I was rooting for Tristam and Kyra, I know that the romance in this book was too fast and, perhaps, not too deep as I would like. In my humble opinion, Kyra’s heart is locked due to what she initially felt towards James and she’s extremely scared of being hurt. Therefore, her romance with Tristam is quite undeveloped and held down. Hopefully Livia Blackburne will explore this better in her next books.

The pace of the book was, I dare say, the only reason I didn’t gave this book more than 4 cups/stars. The beginning of the book was slightly slow for me. Though we got the chance to meet the characters and get into this new fantastic universe, I was waiting for some action to happen, something exciting. Then, after something happens – it involves Kyra meeting Tristam properly – did I have the feeling that the tension was building up and the pace getting faster.

There were a few plot twists in the end that were slightly predictable but I didn’t mind them. I wanted to read more and more only to find out the truth and get into those twists and turns. It is one of those books where you really don’t mind already knowing what’s going to happen… it makes you even more interested in getting to the point where your theory will be proved.

Midnight Thief was such an astounding book filled with remarkable characters and a world that will slowly conquer your heart. A fantasy story that I’m sure will be massive for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Trudi Canavan and Kristin Cashore and will endure for years. I definitely became a fan of Midnight Thief and will continue this series.

XX Ner

Review: Sweet Unrest

Review by Ner:
Sweet Unrest

Author: Lisa Maxwell
Release Date: October 8th, 2014
Publisher: Flux
Pages: 336 (Paperback)
Format: Paperback
Genre:
 Romance | YAParanormal
Idiom: English
Read: from May 22 to 25, 2014
Source & Shelf: NetGalley | Kobo
ISBN: 
9780738740812
Cups:
4be0c-4cups
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Synopsis:

Lucy Aimes has always been practical. But try as she might, she can’t come up with a logical explanation for the recurring dreams that have always haunted her. Dark dreams. Dreams of a long-ago place filled with people she shouldn’t know…but does.

When her family moves to a New Orleans plantation, Lucy’s dreams become more intense, and her search for answers draws her reluctantly into the old city’s world of Voodoo and mysticism. There, Lucy finds Alex, a mysterious boy who behaves as if they’ve known each other forever. Lucy knows Alex is hiding something, and her rational side doesn’t want to be drawn to him. But she is.

As she tries to uncover Alex’s secrets, a killer strikes close to home, and Lucy finds herself ensnared in a century-old vendetta. With the lives of everyone she loves in danger, Lucy will have to unravel the mystery of her dreams before it all comes to a deadly finish.


My Opinion:

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sweet Unrest is that type of book that you have no idea where it’s going but you continue reading because you want to find out. When you start reading it, your mind begins to draw different scenarios and endings but in the end it leaves you completely surprised and utterly in shock.

Lucy Aimes has always been assaulted by weird and vivid dreams. She can’t make them out but they terrify her. Her family move to New Orleans and that’s when everything begins to morph. Then she meets Alex, an enigmatic stranger who captures her attention but there’s something odd about him. When she finally begins to dig the truth, she finds herself within a bubble of mysticism, voodoo, curses, past lives and much more she wasn’t expecting and intertwine.

I enjoyed this book so much not only because of Lucy, who was a brilliant main character with a voice that was easy enough to follow, but because of the whole atmosphere surrounding the plot. New Orleans sure is the right setting for a story like this one and that was, also, one of the reasons why I enjoyed it so much.

I’ve been finding myself reading a lot of books set in Louisiana… not sure if that’s good or not but I know I do enjoy it!

Lucy was, as I mentioned, an amazing character. I loved how she was so human and ordinary, such an easy-going and down-to-earth young girl I never got tired of her. I also did like her slow development and how she embraces the truth about her dreams and Alex and everything around her.

As for Alex, I don’t really want to get into much details about him really only because he’s such a complex and unexplained and so-outta-this-world character that if I begin, I’ll spoil the whole of the book. And I’m surely trying to avoid that 😉

Lucy is thrust into a curse that is 100 years old. A curse that will break her heart, crush her dreams and open her eyes to small wonders in the world. And the end of the book was so shattering I still cannot believe there is a YA book out there that ends abruptly like this. I normally read happy endings and there’s nothing happy about this.

This is not a book to have you all swooning and squealing; this is a heart crushing book. The end will leave you completely in shock and desperate for a sequel because it cannot, but cannot, end like this.

Trust me!

Overall, Sweet Unrest is a hauntingly brave book with a spine-chilling, mystifying atmosphere filled with the wonders and bewilderment that only New Orleans can bring.

XX Ner

{Inês} Review: O Palácio da Meia-Noite (PT)

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Review by Inês (PT):
O Palácio da Meia-Noite
(Le Palacio de la Medianoche)

Autor: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Tradutor: Maria do Carmo Abreu
Data:
 30 de Maio de 2013 (originalmente 1 de Junho de 1998)

Editora: Planeta Manuscrito
Páginas: 279 (Capa mole)
Género: Romance | YA | Paranormal
Série: La Trilogia de la Niebla #2
Idioma: Português
ISBN: 9789896573881
Cups:
4be0c-4cups


A Minha Opinião:

Carlos Ruiz Zafón,  mais uma vez, emocionou – me com as suas palavras assim que li a primeira página deste livro,  palavras que demonstram uma enorme gratidão para com o “amigo” leitor,  dando uma prova de verdadeira humildade.

Zafón surpreende o leitor novamente com a sua mestria como exímio contador de histórias que é. Desenvolve um novo cenário,  de forma subtil, pois Calcutá passa despercebida com algumas descrições dos seus palácios.

A sua narrativa pode conter um ponto ou outro contraditório,  mas mesmo sem a experiência de hoje, Zafón deixou esta história com a tarimba daquele tempo, segundo o próprio autor, dando uma prova de humildade aos seus fãs.

Mesmo assim, este livro não me agradou tanto quanto todos os outros que já li do autor.

A história não me cativou como todas as outras, embora seja repleta de acção e aventura,  com jovens destemidos,  com passados complicados e vidas difíceis.

No início da narrativa, um inglês,  Peake, põe em perigo a sua própria vida ao salvar dois bebés gémeos.

Ao longo da narrativa a acção passa-se em Calcutá,  na Índia,  entre o ano de 1916 e o ano de 1932. O narrador da história é Ian, o melhor amigo da personagem principal,  Ben. Gostei do facto do autor escolher uma personagem secundária como narrador.

O epílogo da narrativa é emocionante, mas proporciona revelações um pouco previsíveis, na minha opinião. Confesso que esta leitura não me agradou tanto quanto todas as outras, mas isso deve – se à história em si e às personagens,  que não se tornaram tão especiais, nem tão próximas de mim como leitora, como muitas outras dos restantes livros que li de Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Gostei mais do primeiro volume desta trilogia (Trilogia da Neblina), O Príncipe da Neblina, o segundo volume é O Palácio da Meia-Noite e o terceiro, As Luzes de Setembro, que ainda não foi editado em português.

Estes volumes têm em comum o facto de serem dedicados ao público juvenil,  baseados em histórias de terror e suspense.

Esta trilogia, até agora,  não tem personagens em comum,  as histórias são independentes tendo apenas em comum o género Young-Adult/Paranormal.

Sete jovens fazem parte da Chowbar Society,  mas não são todos internos do orfanato St. Patrick.  As reuniões secretas tinham sempre hora e local marcados.

Jawahal é o vilão da história,  que pretende cumprir os seus planos malévolos,  com a ajuda do “Pássaro de Fogo”, um comboio de fogo que este vilão maléfico usa para instalar o pânico e cumprir os seus planos.

As personagens guardam segredos importantes que o autor vai revelando gradualmente,  o que motiva o leitor a ler mais um capítulo em busca de mais acção e aventura.

Recomendo a escrita de Carlos Ruiz Zafón,  embora este livro não tenha sido tão do meu agrado como todos os outros que já li deste autor, incentivo à sua leitura e desejo sinceramente que se deslumbrem com a escrita de Zafón,  tal como eu.

Review: Dead Until Dark

Review by Ner:
Dead Until Dark

Author: Charlaine Harris
Release Date: January 1st, 2001
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages: 326 (Paperback)
Format: Paperback
Genre:
 Vampires | UF Paranormal
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #1
Idiom: English
Read: from April 24 to 28, 2014
Source & Shelf: Gift | Own
ISBN: 
9780575089365 (Paperback)
Cups:
4be0c-4cups
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Synopsis:

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome – and Sookie can’t ‘hear’ a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the kind of guy she’s been waiting for all her life.

But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire. Worse than that, hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble – of the murderous kind.

And when one of Sookie’s colleagues is killed, she begins to fear she’ll be next …


My Opinion:

*This review might contain spoilers!*

When I began reading this book I was expecting to not even be able to finish it. Don’t ask me why, I just thought this wasn’t going to be my type of book (yah, despite the vampires which I love!!!).

Okay, maybe the reason was because I couldn’t even finish the first season of the HBO series based on this book and saga. But I kicked myself really hard and said: “you need to keep an open mind and you can’t dismiss a book based on its adaptation”!

Because, let’s face it, the books are always better, right? So, I tried to ignore the already-in-my-mind-hard-to-delete-now visual idea I had and ended up really, but really really enjoying this book.

Like, a LOT!!!!!

Dead Until Dark is told by Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress with a particular gift: she can read peoples’ minds. But there is only one “person” she can’t even hear a single whisper: the vampire Bill. While Sookie and Bill discover new feelings and whatnot, a murderer is killing off Sookie’s friends and terrifying Bon Temps.

One of the reason I enjoyed this book that much was Sookie’s great character. Although she’s 25 years-old and a little naive and innocent, she’s someone you don’t mind knowing a little bit more and appreciate her sense of humour. Plus, despite the fact that she is, sometimes, always being saved, she’s also an independent young woman. I like her!

As for the vampire Bill Compton… well, he’s exactly the sort of vampire we are used to. And the typical vampire that makes the folklore stories alive. She’s charming, disarming, mysterious, sexy and dangerous. What more can we ask for in a fang-guy? Though in the beginning I found him lacking a bit of personality, when he became the creature of the night and allowed his fangs to show, oh yeah, he was amazing!!

Having seen a few episodes of the first season, I already knew Sookie’s brother, Jason, though I guess I was expecting a bit more of him in the book. Maybe I was expecting a more detailed relationship between him and Sookie, the brotherly bound that, if I remember correctly, makes a few appearances in the show. He’s character wasn’t that big in the book whereas in the series he has a major role. I’m hoping we’ll see a lot more of him in the upcoming twelve books in the saga.

The only reason I didn’t rated this book higher in the scale were the awkward sex scenes between Sookie and Bill.

Sure, they weren’t THAT explicit (seriously, I’ve read worst) but knowing that Sookie was a virgin waiting for the right kind of guy to come and then becoming something addicted to it in just a few days didn’t felt right.  Especially the sharing Bill’s blood thing… I mean, I’m all for sharing blood (wow, that sounds weird!) but there was a specific moment in the book that Bill gives Sookie his blood that was like “WHAT THE HECK???”

The other thing that didn’t made that sense to me was Adele’s death. Sookie lost her grandmother and I didn’t felt her grief, her sorrow. Also, the fact that the virginity mentioned on the previous paragraph was taken right after this particular death. I found that not only awkward but also slightly obnoxious.

Still, those were the only things I had against it and the reasons I only rated this book 4 cups.

As for the murderer… well, I had been previously spoiled due to the TV-series but it was still a great and big mystery that caught me by surprise. There wasn’t a single clue that I could notice throughout the book that would give away the true identity of the killer. And for that, I take my hat off to Charlaine Harris. I really liked the mystery!

Overall I loved everything (almost) about this book. I loved meeting the characters, Bon Temps, the mystery and this new noir vampiric world through Sookie’s eyes and mind.

And I surely can’t wait to read more and continue this series – I want to know more about Eric who is a character that intrigues me… and Pam – and, perhaps (who knows), I might re-watch the series.

XX Ner

Review: The Dark World

Review by Ner:
The Dark World

Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
Format: PDF
Genre:
 YA | Paranormal Demons
Series: The Dark World #1
Idiom: English
Read: from April 15 to 19, 2014
Source & Shelf: NetGalley | Kobo
ISBN: 
9781743566367 (Paperback)
Cups:
4be0c-4cups
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Synopsis:

Paige Kelly is used to weird–in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn’t fazed by Paige’s propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she’ll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that’s overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.


My Opinion:

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Normality isn’t the daily base of Paige’s life. Her best-friend has been dead since the 1950s hence see can talk to ghosts as she talks to any living person. Since she saved a boy from being crushed and died for a few minutes, Paige’s life has been turned upside-down. And now, after a lethal encounter with a fire demon, she knows that her life will never be the same. Being rescued by a demonslayer and finding out that she has the ability to open portals between our world and the Dark World doesn’t really fit into Paige’s description of being ordinary.

And that was the main reason I absolutely loved this book so much!

The Dark World was an enthralling, pleasant and exhilarating reading. The plot was gripping, the characters amazing and the Dark World mysterious. It had me on the edge to find out more and more about everything. And when a book does that to me, well, you know that’s normally a good thing.

Paige’s character was simply wonderful. She had this amazing sense of humour that had me laughing all over the place. She’s one of those characters that is firm and solid despite being mocked and humiliated by her colleagues, she never lets herself down and holds her head up high, defiantly. I dare say she became one of my favourite female characters in the YA universe.

Logan, the charming demonslayer who saves Paige and who, consequently, becomes her love interest, was a surprise wrapped in a mystery that made me gawk and wishing to know more and more and more about him. His relationship with Paige was the cutest thing ever – even if too quick, I didn’t care – and I couldn’t help but root for them.

The secondary characters such as Dottie and Paige’s parents only added a bit of flavour to the whole plot. I loved everything about them and their relation with Paige. I only wished there was more of Dottie in the book but I’m hoping she’ll appear more in the continuation. Maybe a short-story about her death, perhaps?

The whole Dark World obscurity was slightly confusing at first and it kind of reminded me of City of Bones. But I didn’t mind at all the contrast because The Dark World dragged me to its webs so deeply I couldn’t stop reading. The fact that there was a parallel world just like ours but with dark creatures lurking its corners was too fantastic for me to care about similarities with other books. This one sounded original enough just because the writing and characters were unbelievably good.

Not good, great!

Cara Lynn Shultz wrote a paranormal YA book that will definitely be the pure delight of everyone who enjoys romance, a good and strong main female character, a nice sense of humour and an action-paced book.

I cannot wait to continue the series and see what will happen to Paige and Logan (because, due to something you find out in the book, you sure want to know what’s going to happen to them).

So, lady, bring me more!!!!

XX Ner

Review: Touched By An Angel

Review by Ner:
Touched By An Angel

Author: Jonathan Morris
Release Date: June 23rd, 2011
Publisher: BBC Books
Pages: 224 (Paperback)
Format: ebook
Genre:
 Doctor Who | Sci-Fi Time-Travel
Series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #46
Idiom: English
Read: from March 26 to 30, 2014
Source & Shelf: NetGalley | Kobo
ISBN: 
9781849907569 (Paperback)
Cups:
4be0c-4cups
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Synopsis:

‘The past is like a foreign country. Nice to visit, but you really wouldn’t want to live there.’

In 2003, Rebecca Whitaker died in a road accident. Her husband Mark is still grieving. He receives a battered envelope, posted eight years earlier, containing a set of instructions with a simple message: ‘You can save her.’

As Mark is given the chance to save Rebecca, it’s up to the Doctor, Amy and Rory to save the whole world. Because this time the Weeping Angels are using history itself as a weapon.

An adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor, as played by Matt Smith, and his companions Amy and Rory.


My Opinion:

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Touched by an Angel is a Doctor Who story with the 11th Doctor and the Ponds. I have to admit that, even though I haven’t read that many Doctor Who books (SHAME ON YOU NER!), this one is my by far (as of yet!) one of my favourites.

The story is very touchy: Mark’s wife died eight years ago on a car accident and since then his life has been pretty much a misery. One day he receives a letter from his past self that will change his entire life, past/present and future, forever. That’s when the Weeping Angels begin their hunt and the Doctor, Amy and Rory have to help me from creating a paradox that will, very probably, destroy the entire universe. Because that letter contains something we can’t ignore: it says he can save his wife’s life.

The plot of this book was so good even though it features one of the things I’m most scared of: the Weeping Angels. Seriously, these statues that can kill you or send you back in time are the most terrifying thing in the whole world.

DON’T BLINK!!!! 

But what I enjoyed the most about this book was the fact it wasn’t only centred around the Doctor trying to save the world but, instead, it focused more on Mark’s own life.

This is one of those stories that, were it a true visually episode of Doctor Who, it would have been one of the best ones. Because it had a little bit of everything: mystery, time paradoxes, romance, comedy, everything we all love about Doctor Who. And it would be one of those that you would be hooked since the first second – I sure was hooked since page one.

I was a little bit worried about where the story would be heading but it was very solid. The Weeping Angels background story was very well developed and the whole jump in time and the “don’t-do-anything-that-can-alter-the-course-of-history” was so brilliantly explored I didn’t had any trouble following it. 

The Doctor, Amy and Rory were so true to their characters in the series I felt like I was watching them before me. But Mark’s character was the one that had the most impact in the book. He was the true main character in Touched by an Angel and his constant battle between saving the love of his life or save the universe was so emotive I had tears in my eyes.

And since I don’t want spoil much and I can’t write a decent review without spoiling too much, I can only say that this is a must read book to all Doctor Who fans who wish a great and brilliant adventure where he, or Amy and/or Rory are not the main characters.  

XX Ner

Review: Mara

Review by Ner:
Mara

Author: Veronica Bane
Release Date: August 3rd, 2013
Publisher: Black Hill Press
Pages: 176 (Paperback)
Format: PDF
Genre:
 Young Adult | Sci-Fi Fantasy
Series: Unusuals #1
Idiom: English
Read: from March 1 to 2, 2014
Source & Shelf: Sent by Author | Own
ISBN: 
9780615846132 (Paperback)
Cups:
4be0c-4cups
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Synopsis:

For years, Mara Tucker has used her power of manipulating flames to punish those who have done her wrong. But things are changing in the town of Jericho.

Rampant disappearances have forced Mara to seek out others with special powers. In a story that confronts the violence and turmoil of adolescence, Mara and a group of other “unusuals” like her grapple with new alliances and the villains pressing in all around them.


My Opinion:

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this from the author, Veronica Bane, herself in exchange for an honest review.

Let me begin by saying that unfortunately I couldn’t read and review this book when I was invited to be part of Mara Book Tour planned by Francine @Always Lost in Books. I posted an excerpt and giveaway (go here to see it) but I couldn’t express my thoughts about it. And it’s really a shame because I enjoyed this book very much.

Mara tells the story of a young girl, Mara, who can manipulate the element of fire. She’s a troubled soul but a tough girl who doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do. She soon begins to realise that something is amiss when young people disappear. She’s later thrust into a conspiracy that could lead to serious trouble and that these people, whoever they are, want her power and her friends’.

Imagine Avatar: The Last Airbender or The Legend of Korra in our days with the whole element manipulation and conspiracies and everything going on. Are you picturing it? Right, now you have a small taste of what Mara sounds like. I kept picturing the series in my mind while reading Mara but not in a way that would be too difficult for me to disassociate both (the TV-series from the book). Mara stands on its own even though I call it myself “The Mara-benders” which sounds simply pathetic!

Mara-benders…. Not funny!

I enjoyed Mara, the character, every much. At first it was difficult to find a connection since she always pushed people aside and didn’t allow anyone to see beneath her armour. But then she unravels and we are face-to-face with someone who has been through a lot and doesn’t wish to hurt anyone… or be hurt for that matter.

There are also Mara’s new friends: Miyuki (who can manipulate water), Alex (who can manipulate – and this is really cool – lightning), Terry (who manipulates earth), Mike and Chris (who don’t have any unusual ability). Together they complete each other and stick with each other even when things look bad.

As for Veronica Bane’s writing, I just wished I could visualise the characters better. Overall her writing is amazing and brilliant but the characters’ description wasn’t that well explored.

On the whole Mara was an amazing book and I really wish to continue this saga. Veronica Bane wrote an amazing coming-of-age/paranormal/sci-fi/super-heroes book that will definitely grab you right in the first chapter and conquer you slowly with each page and character.

Plus, fans of A:TLA will definitely enjoy it 😉

XX Ner

{Inês} Review: Dividida (PT)

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Review by Inês (PT):
Dividida
(Torn)

16044844Autor: Amanda Hocking
Tradutor: Elsa T.S. Vieira
Data:
 16 de Outubro de 2012 

Editora: ASA
Páginas: 293 (Capa mole)
Género: Fantasia Urbana | YA 
Série: Trilogia Trylle #2
Idioma: Português
ISBN: 9789892321097
Cups:
4be0c-4cups


A Minha Opinião:

Nesta segunda parte da trilogia Tryllle, Dividida, continuamos a acompanhar a nova vida de Wendy, a princesa dos Trylle.

Neste volume há novidades na vida de Wendy, relacionadas com o “irmão” com quem cresceu e com o seu amigo Tove.

Os Vittra continuam a perseguir Wendy, ameaçando as pessoas que são importantes para ela.

Amanda Hocking tem uma escrita que flui rapidamente, criando um universo muito diferente do habitual, no género fantástico.

Não gostei, particularmente, do primeiro volume, os acontecimentos surgiram de uma forma um pouco incoerente, na minha maneira de ver, e, as atitudes da protagonista não me agradaram, na maior parte da leitura.

Wendy, como princesa, enfrenta vários desafios, propostos pela sua mãe, Elora, a Rainha dos Trylle.

Acontece que não gostei muito do primeiro volume, mas adorei o segundo desta trilogia e já comprei o terceiro, pois estou muito curiosa por saber o desfecho da vida de Wendy como Rainha.

Oren é o rei dos Vittra, um troll malvado que persegue Wendy e despreza Elora, a Rainha Trylle. Sara é curandeira, Rainha Vittra, causou uma boa impressão, doce , amável e simpática.

Wendy e Rhys fugiram de Forening, onde viviam com a Tribo Trylle e foram postos à prova pelo inimigo.

No fim do primeiro volume, Trocada, Wendy e Rhys fogem do Reino dos Trylle. Neste segundo livro, Dividida, Wendy volta à casa onde cresceu e reencontra o seu irmão adoptivo, Matt.

Loki é um localizador, neste volume ajuda Wendy a trazer Matt e Rhys do meio de uma situação perigosa. É interessante ver a relação de alguma proximidade entre Rhys e Matt.

A acção e o romance fazem parte desta narrativa. Willa e Matt conhecem-se e a relação de ambos vai evoluindo positivamente.

Confesso que a primeira impressão que tive da saga Trylle, de Amanda Hocking, não foi muito positiva. Considerei um universo pouco interessante e confuso. Mas decidi dar uma segunda oportunidade a esta trilogia e não me arrependo da minha decisão.

No segundo volume, compreendi melhor as temáticas e os objectivos que a autora pretende transmitir ao leitor. A sua escrita flui bastante bem, os capítulos são curtos, o que torna o livro acessível a qualquer leitor.

A Rainha Elora demonstra uma súde frágil e pretende preparar Wendy para o seu futuro cargo de Rainha.

Wendy e Finn continuam afastados. Conhecemos um lado diferente de Finn, mais pessoal, mas as suas opções não me satisfizeram, pois o afastamento, neste caso, não ajudou em nada a vida confusa de Wendy.

Tove é a grande surpresa deste livro. Ajuda Wendy a desenvolver os seus poderes, apoiando-a em tudo.

Forening é a comunidade dos trolls, onde Wendy, Tove e Elora desenvolvem a narrativa, na maior parte da leitura. Aurora, mãe de Tove, continua a apoiar Elora e os filhos de ambas, mas a relação de ambas não é pacífica.

A escrita da autora é especialmente dirigida ao público jovem. É leve, divertida, o que proporciona um certo divertimento ao leitor. Senti que neste segundo livro, a autora conseguiu explicar melhor a sua ideia inicial sobre a trilogia.

Wendy continua dividida entre dois amores, não compreendo bem alguns aspectos, que ainda estão em aberto neste livro, mas no terceiro volume, a conclusão desta história ajudará, provavelmente, o leitor a entender alguns aspectos e a satisfazer curiosidades temáticas, ainda em aberto.

Loki é um jovem cheio de si, gosta da maneira de ser de Wendy e aproxima-se dela.

Finn, volta a desiludir, com a sua obsessão pelo “politicamente correcto”, afasta-se dos seus sentimentos, tornando-se distante.

Wendy torna-se mais responsável e decide preparar-se para assumir o seu lugar como Rainha Trylle.

Elora enfraquece a cada dia, faz pedidos importantes a Wendy, para os quais esta ainda não se sente preparada. 

A pouco e pouco, Tove vai-se tornando uma personagem decisiva nesta trilogia, o seu futuro e o de Wendy podem estar relacionados e a estabilidade da comunidade sobrenatural de trolls pode depender das atitudes dos príncipes, Wendy e Tove.

Neste segundo volume, descobrimos o passado da Rainha Elora e do Rei Oren, que são de Tribos inimigas, a Rainha dos Trylle e o Rei dos Vittra. Os Vittra são uma tribo inimiga, que comete crimes para alcançar os seus objectivos.

A construção das personagens evoluiu positivamente, embora a personagem Finn não tenha tido as atitudes mais emotivas que deveria ter, mas esta é uma personagem pouco emotiva e muito racional.

A personagem Loki veio mexer com as emoções de Wendy, que se desilude constantemente com o afastamento de Finn.

Gostei bastante desta leitura e espero que o epílogo desta trilogia seja igualmente cheio de acção, romance e boas surpresas, como teve este segundo volume.

Recomendo a trilogia Trylle, de Amanda Hocking, a qualquer fã do género Fantástico, que pretenda uma leitura descontraída, divertida e emocionante.

Review: Ask Me

The Book:

Title: Ask Me
Author:
 Kimberly Pauley
Release Date: April 18th, 2014
Publisher: Soho Teen
Pages: 304 (Hardcover)
Format: PDF
Genre:
 Young Adult | Paranormal Fantasy
Series: —
Idiom: English
Read: from January 26 to 30, 2014
Source & Shelf: Edelweiss | Kobo
ISBN: 
9781616953836 (Hardcover)
Challenge: NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge

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Synopsis:

Ask Aria Morse anything, and she must answer with the truth. Yet she rarely understands the cryptic words she‘s compelled to utter. Blessed—or cursed—with the power of an Oracle who cannot decipher her own predictions, she does her best to avoid anyone and everyone. 
 
But Aria can no longer hide when Jade, one of the few girls at school who ever showed her any kindness, disappears. Any time Aria overhears a question about Jade, she inadvertently reveals something new, a clue or hint as to why Jade vanished. But like stray pieces from different puzzles, her words never present a clear picture.
 
Then there’s Alex, damaged and dangerous, but the first person other than Jade to stand up for her. And Will, who offers a bond that seems impossible for a girl who’s always been alone. Both were involved with Jade. Aria may be the only one who can find out what happened, but the closer she gets to solving the crime, the more she becomes a target. Not everyone wants the truth to come out.

My Mini-Opinion:

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Ask Me was an amazing surprise since I wasn’t expecting to be so hooked and desperate to unfold the truth around this book.

This book tells the story of Aria, a teenager who has to answer truthfully to every single question. And when I say every single question, I mean exactly that. When a murder happens and questions begin to distress the whole town, Aria is faced with a challenge that will change her life and the way she see her “curse”. And maybe she can find out who the killer is and solve the problem…

I liked Aria; she was an outcast, called a freak because of her gift, but she didn’t sounded too weak or a damsel in distress. Of course she had her moments of weakness but even still she had an altruism within her that was beyond her years.

I liked the suspense and the mystery. There were moments when I didn’t know what to think and my theories would all crumble down. Each chapter would give you new information that would make you rethink your previous idea. And that’s frustrating but also thrilling.

Overall Ask Me was an amazing mystery with a slice of paranormal mixed in it that I recommend. The characters were credible and the story interesting and entertaining enough to make you want to discover the truth.

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Review: Prince of Shadows

The Book:

Title: Prince of Shadows: A Novel of Romeo and Juliet
Author:
 Rachel Caine
Release Date: February 4th, 2014
Publisher: NAL
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
Format: PDF
Genre:
 Re-telling Romance
Series: —
Idiom: English
Read: from January 16 to 26, 2014
Source & Shelf: Edelweiss | Kobo
ISBN: 
9780451414410 (Hardcover)
Challenge: NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge

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Synopsis:

A thrilling retelling of the star-crossed tale of Romeo and Juliet, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series.

In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.

Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona…

…And will rewrite all their fates, forever.

My Opinion:

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Prince of Shadows follows the story of Benvolio Montague who is Romeo’s cousin during the day and a thief known as Prince of Shadows in the night. One night he enters Rosaline Capulet’s bedroom and his life turns upside down. Not only is Romeo madly in love with Rosaline but the battle between the two houses is getting dangerous.

This was a nice re-telling of Romeo and Juliet without these two being the main love interest. I enjoyed the fact that the main couple was Benvolio and Rosaline – even though their romance grows slowly in the book (slow but rational) – two characters that in the original story are kind of forgotten.

I read Romeo and Juliet a long time ago and remember having a really hard time with the English – as a foreign person, the old Shakespearean style can be quite difficult. And I clearly remember enjoying it a lot.

And Prince of Shadows follows the exactly same style though carefully written without being too difficult for foreign people – like me. The dialogues had this musicality to them reminiscent of Shakespeare’s own style. I absolutely adored the descriptions, the dialogues and the way the story was told by Benvolio.

I only have two negative points in the story: the curse and the ending.

It took quite a long time for the concept of “curse” to even be mentioned in the story. At first you think this is a normal romance without anything beyond that with a twist of fate. But it has a small supernatural element to it that can’t be ignored and that is the curse that Mercutio casts. It starts as something small, nothing too much but then it gets stronger and daring. It transforms into something powerful that both Benvolio and Rosaline can’t escape and it can be fatal.

After the whole “battle” between Montagues and Capulets after Romeo’s and Juliet’s death and Benvolio and Rosaline attempt to stop the curse, I felt the ending as something sudden and anti-climax.

The characters were amazing, especially Benvolio. His character made the book interesting, kept a nice and easy pace and was a character that felt so human and so plausible I completely forgot that Romeo used to be the main one in the Shakespearean love-story.  

I also enjoyed the fact that Rachel Caine took some liberties and created a whole new and fresh story. She kept faithful enough to the original but at the same time wrote something unique. 

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{Inês} Review: Metamorfose à Beira do Céu (PT)

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Metamorfose à Beira do Céu

Título Original: Metamorphose em Bord du Ciel
Autor:
 Mathias Malzieu
Tradutores: Tânia Ganho
Data:
 Janeiro 2013 (originalmente 16 de Março de 2011)

Editora: Bertrand
Páginas: 128 (Capa mole)
Género: Conto | Romance Fantasia
Série: —
Idioma: Português
ISBN: 9789722525725

 

A Minha Opinião:

A personagem principal chama-se Tom «Hematoma» Cloudman, um jovem que tem um sonho: ser um pássaro e voar. Tom faz carreira como acrobata. O seu corpo vai-se degradando com as quedas. Passa a viver num hospital e a sua vida muda para sempre.

Ao conhecer uma médica e o menino Vítor, nunca mais se sente só. Mas não desiste do sonho de voar, o seu sonho mais extravagante é o de se transformar num pássaro. 

No hospital conhece uma criatura fascinante, que é metade mulher e metade ave. Será a metamorfose possível para concretizar um sonho? Quais serão as consequências? Metamorfose significa liberdade.

Vítor é um menino doente, vive no hospital, ligado a máquinas e a fios, tornando-se amigo de Tom, considerando-o um exemplo.

Com Tom aprendemos que nunca devemos desistir de sonhar, mesmo que a nossa vida esteja condenada pela doença fatal.

A escrita de Mathias Malzieu é poética, muito criativa, cria um universo mágico, onde os sonhos se podem transformar em realidade, que ajuda o leitor a ver numa dificuldade a oportunidade que pode existir para mudar.

Mathias Malzieu apresenta ao leitor uma forte reflexão sobre a vida, e no facto de a morte ser libertadora, quando a doença é fatal para o ser humano.

Esta foi uma leitura emocionante, as personagens são encantadoras e dão lições de vida ao leitor.

A escrita de Malzieu é envolvente, emotiva e dramática. Os seus contos/fábulas são de um carácter forte, querendo mostrar as dificuldades da vida, mas por outro lado transmitem a necessidade de sonhar e de acreditar no amor.

Recomendo os contos de Mathias Malzieu!

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{Inês} Review: A Mecânica do Coração (PT)

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A Mecânica do Coração

Título Original: La Mécanique du Coeur
Autor:
 Mathias Malzieu
Tradutores: Irene Daune e Lorena | Nuno Daune e Lorena
Data:
 Junho 2010 (originalmente 2007)

Editora: Contrponto
Páginas: 143 (Capa mole)
Género: Conto | Romance Fantasia
Série: —
Idioma: Português
ISBN: 9789896660734

 

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A Minha Opinião:

Jack nasceu no dia mais frio de sempre, com o coração congelado. Foi salvo pela Dr.ª Madeleine, uma parteira, que é considerada uma bruxa por alguns, tornando-se mãe adoptiva de Jack.

A acção inicial passa-se em Edimburgo, em 1874.

Madeleine põe um coração novo a Jack, que não passa de um relógio de madeira, fora do peito, com um cuco, que lhe salvou a vida, ao ajudar a bombear o sangue pelo corpo. Madeleine avisa Jack que não pode sofrer emoções fortes, nem raiva, nem amor, senão o seu coração de madeira não resistirá.

Assim, um relógio de cuco em forma de coração associa-se à paixão e ao perigo eminente de o coração parar de um segundo para o outro.

Um facto estranho na personagem Jack é que este se lembra do momento em que nasceu e Madeleine lhe colocou o relógio de madeira.

A Dr.ª Madeleine proibia Jack de sair de casa, mas um dia o rapaz convenceu-a a levá-lo à rua, e, nessa saída Jack  ouve uma rapariga a cantar e fica completamente apaixonado. Tinha apenas 10 anos.

Quando Jack vai para a escola, conhece Joe, que se torna o seu maior inimigo, por gozar com o seu coração fora do peito.

Este conto faz o leitor reflectir no facto dos pais quererem sempre os filhos “debaixo das suas asas”, para pensarmos em como é importante lutarmos pelo que sonhamos, em vez de nos enchermos de medo e de insegurança.

Jack ao apaixonar-se pela cantora Andaluza, Miss Acácia, decide partir à aventura até à Andaluzia, para a conquistar. Nesta aventura, Jack conta com o apoio de Georges Méliès, um inventor, um sonhador da “imagem em movimento“, um escritor. Juntos tornam-se companheiros de viagem.

Jack deixa em Edimburgo a mãe adoptiva e as tias adoptivas, Luna e Anna, bem como o velhote Artur, que são a única família de Jack.

 Engana-se quem pensa que este conto tem como finalidade fazer acontecer um epílogo com “felizes para sempre”, pois a há muitas voltas.

O amor e a desilusão andam de mãos dadas neste conto de Mathias Malzieu. A sua escrita é encantadora, poética e sentimental.

Esta foi uma leitura muito agradável. Recomendo!

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{Inês} Review: Refúgio (PT)

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Refúgio

Título Original: Sojourn
Autor:
 R.A. Salvatore
Tradutor: Mário Matos
Data:
 Maio 2011 (originalmente 1 Janeiro 1990

Editora: Saída de Emergência
Páginas: 301 (Capa mole)
Género: Fantástico | Mágia Fantasia
Série: A Trilogia do Elfo Negro #3
Idioma: Português
ISBN: 9789896373443 (Português)
9781560760474 (Inglês)

 

A Minha Opinião:

Neste terceiro e último volume da Trilogia do Elfo Negro, Drizzt ambiciona encontrar um novo lugar para viver, um sítio ao qual possa chamar lar. Para tal abandonou o subscuro e partiu à descoberta da superfície.

Sob a luz de um sol radioso, que lhe fere os olhos, Drizzt descobre a superfície. Conhece florestas, lugares com água que o fascinam e assustam. 

Mas, os elfos negros são temidos na superfície. Drizzt é rejeitado e confrontado com o preconceito. Mesmo assim não desiste, tem coragem e persiste até encontrar aliados, resistindo a uma lista de inimigos. O elfo é acusado de crimes, perseguido pelo passado, sendo este facto demasiado repetitivo nesta trilogia. 

O elfo conhece sítios diferentes na superfície, mas o último lugar onde ficou, deixou-me muito curiosa em conhecer, o lugar que dá título à Trilogia seguinte: As Planícies Geladas (trilogia editada pela Editora Saída de Emergência).

Neste volume, Refúgio, a acção desenvolve-se com dinamismo, ao contrário do que acontece no segundo volume, Exílio, em que a acção era pouco desenvolvida, até um pouco estagnada.

O final desta trilogia desenvolveu-se rápido demais, para o meu gosto. Quando fechei o livro, perguntei a mim mesma: “Já acabou? Assim? “.

O meu livro preferido da Trilogia foi o primeiro volume, pela novidade, pela diferença, pela nova forma de descrever um elfo. 

Tenho A Trilogia das Planícies Geladas, talvez ao iniciar esta leitura, eu compreenda o motivo de A Trilogia do Elfo Negro ter terminado daquela forma. Talvez para continuar a desenvolver-se nas Planícies Geladas.

Drizzt torna-se um Ranger com a ajuda de um amigo, que lhe ensina a língua da superfície e o ajuda a compreender os seres humanos, as estações do ano e a luz do sol e da lua.

Recomendo a leitura da A Trilogia do Elfo Negro, mas aconselho a terem a A Trilogia das Planícies Geladas na estante!

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{Inês} Review: Exílio (PT)

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Exílio

Título Original: Exile
Autor:
 R.A. Salvatore
Tradutor: Mário Matos
Data:
 Fevereiro 2011 (originalmente 1990)

Editora: Saída de Emergência
Páginas: 285 (Capa mole)
Género: Fantástico | Mágia Fantasia
Série: A Trilogia do Elfo Negro #2
Idioma: Português
ISBN: 9789896372903 (Português)
9780786939831 (Inglês)

 

A Minha Opinião:

Drizzt Do `Urden é o drow que abandonou as tradições maléficas dos elfos drow de Menzoberranzan. 

Este segundo volume retrata os acontecimentos dez anos depois do que aconteceu no primeiro volume desta trilogia (Pátria).

Durante dez anos o elfo viveu no subscuro, na companhia da fiel amiga, a pantera mágica, Guenhwyvar.

As circunstâncias obrigaram Drizzt a transformar-se num temível caçador.

Belwar é um gnomo que acompanha Drizzt na aventura, longe da cidade natal deste, bem como, Clacker, o horror de garras, uma personagem estranha, que se torna interessante.

A família de Drizzt, com a ajuda da Deusa Aranha, Lolth, está a preparar uma vingança contra Drizzt, por ter abandonado a sua cidade e ter negado a sua natureza vil.

O leitor continua a acompanhar os acontecimentos na cidade de Menzoberranzan, com a sua sociedade cruel, que ambiciona vingar-se de Drizzt e agradar à Deusa, a Rainha Lolth.

A luta interior da personagem Clacker, o Pech que foi transformado em “horror de garras” é um ponto positivo desta leitura, que demonstra a luta daqueles que estão rodeados do Mal, mas lutam para ser do Bem. 

Os companheiros de Drizzt, nesta demanda solitária, longe da sua terra natal, tornam-se personagens próximas do leitor, transmitindo simpatia, acompanhando o elfo nos túneis perigosos do submundo.

Admiro a coragem do elfo em percorrer o desconhecido, em busca de um sonho de liberdade. Afasta-se da crueldade, mas mantém-se um guerreiro, que utiliza as suas armas para se defender das ameaças dos seres inesperados que habitam o submundo.

A pantera mágica nem sempre pode acompanhar Drizzt nos túneis, pois esta tem de regressar com frequência ao plano astral, ao qual pertence, sendo invocada periodicamente por Drizzt, através de um objecto de ónix em forma de pantera, que acompanha o elfo nesta demanda solitária.

A solidão acompanha o elfo durante muito tempo, deixando-o vulnerável, psicológicamente desequilibrado, sofrendo com alucinações e devaneios.

A decisão de abandonar os túneis labirínticos não é fácil, pois a superfície é desconhecida e os efeitos da luz do sol, imprevisíveis. Mas tenho esperança que no último volume desta trilogia, Refúgio, o elfo negro descubra que a superfície é o melhor mundo onde se pode viver.

Recomendo esta trilogia, que me fez conhecer um lado diferente da mitologia dos elfos, com uma escrita fluida e cativante.

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Blog Tour Stop: Review; Playlist & Giveaway: Rook by Monica MacDonald (CLOSE)

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Rook

Author: Monica MacDonald
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Romance
Series: Timeless Games #1
Publication Date: November 1st, 2013
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Summary:
Could you be the monster to save who you love?

Two women, separated by generations, must leave what they know to start a new life. Seventeen-year-old Kate’s senior year is ruined when she’s moved from the only home she’s ever known. After an isolating month alone in her apartment, school starts, but neither her classmates nor her teacher are who they seem. Kali, a single mother living in the nineteenth century wilds of Montana, is stalked by a malicious past. She fights to keep her daughter safe while her freedom is threatened by her less than benevolent benefactor. Both find love, and with it hope, but that is quickly ripped away as one woman must learn the lessons of the other — before it’s too late to save either.

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My Review:

Disclaimer: I received this book from Candace @Candace’s Book Blog and with the consent of the author, Monica MacDonald, in exchange for an honest review.

I am beyond amazed with this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I cannot wait to continue this series. Rook is that sort of book you can’t put down; you are so into the story you simply cannot stop reading.

When I began reading this book, I was slightly worried about the whole two perspectives from different times idea. However, it was really easy to follow both main characters’ point-of-view without straying too much from the main plot.

Rook tells the story of Kate, present time, who had to move home with her mother and whose life is about to change forever. Then, there’s Kali, set in the 19th century, whose life is a mystery for a while and who is trying really hard to protect her daughter from harm. Both characters are connected but it takes a while before we finally learn the truth about them. And, let me tell you, it’s a surprising truth.

My favourite character and favourite perspective was Kali’s. I needed to know more about her, about her past and her idea of future. I needed to know how she was linked to Kate and why the book had begun with that “bang” in the prologue told by Kali. She was an amazing character to meet, so human and protective of her daughter. She had this mystic air about her that would draw you in. And she surprised me throughout the whole book, only making me enjoy her part of the plot even more.

As for Kate, at first I couldn’t relate myself to her, feeling her character as empty and not interesting. But as soon as things begin to develop and she finds the truth about herself, we see a complete new Kate and a more open, enjoyable and interesting one.  I’m very curious to see how she’ll handle everything she has learnt in the future.

There is a character I wished had a bigger role: Shamus from Kali’s time. I’m still praying we’ll find out things about him that will be connected to Kate’s timeline. But, I won’t spill the beans because Rook is a constant rollercoaster of emotions and discoveries that make you pause and think “did not see that one coming”.

Monica MacDonald wrote an amazing fantasy book that I enjoyed very, but very much. This is simply one of those books you have to read at least once in your life. I really wish this book to have a major impact in people and be known around the globe. Because, trust me, this book deserves some attention because writing a coherent book with dual perspective can be a big fail and Rook hits the target.

Rating:

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Playlist:

I have always had an eclectic playlist.  For example, the second half of Rook was written to Macklemore and Skrillex, and whatever else was playing on their Pandora channels. But, while I write this, Billy Joel is blaring as my husband and I drive down the freeway.  With the exception of most country, I really like a little bit of everything.

I got my eclectic taste in my senior year in high school when my parents bought a piano. At that time, I was listening to a LOT of Tori Amos, who is one of the piano queens of my generation. Wouldn’t it be cool if I could sit down and play her music?  Well, it turns out that with a full eighty-eight keys, not only could I already play, but I could play by ear.  I didn’t have a lot of cd’s at the time, so I used a lot of my parents cd’s to develop my ear.  Billy Joel, Springsteen, and Elton John still have a soft spot in my heart.

My middle son is a giant dub step fan, and if wasn’t for him, I’d not have had Adventure club mixes added to my play list.  I also have Panic! At the disco, especially Miss Jackson, often on repeat.  I recently added Young Volcano’s and My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark from Fall Out Boy.

Every few months I return to my classics; Dar Williams (Flinty Kind of Woman and Family), Poe (EVERYTHING), Depeche Mode, and Daft Punk.

If I were to pick a song that would be just for this book, it would be Arise!, by Flyleaf.  It’s just so perfect!


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About the Author:

Monica MacDonaldMonica is a married graduate student with three boys.

Utah is home right now, but the need to wander has extended beyond the fantasy world of writing and into real life.

She’s lived all around the US and even into the Middle East.

The world is really a small place, only made bigger through imagination.

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{Inês} Review: Pátria (PT)

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Pátria

Título Original: Homeland
Autor:
 R.A. Salvatore
Tradutor: Mário Matos
Data:
 Setembro 2010 (originalmente 1 Janeiro, 1990)

Editora: Saída de Emergência
Páginas: 296 (Capa mole)
Género: Fantástico | Mágia Fantasia
Série: A Trilogia do Elfo Negro #1
Idioma: Português
ISBN: 9789896372552 (Português)
9780786939534 (Inglês)

 

A Minha Opinião:

A Trilogia do Elfo Negro, de R. A. Salvatore, é baseada no video-jogo Dungeons & Dragons.

A acção principal passa-se em Menzoberrazan, que é a cidade subterrânea onde habitam os elfos negros, conhecidos por drow.

Os drow são cruéis e impiedosos por natureza. Vivem numa sociedade violenta, que tem prazer em matar. As várias Casas, que simbolizam as famílias, com um nome, conspiram entre si para destruir a Casa que está à frente, na hierarquia, e , assim essa Casa vir a tornar-se mais poderosa.

As Casas têm em comum a crença na Deusa, a Rainha Aranha, Lolth. A hierarquia é comandada por Lolth, que concede regalias àqueles que cumprem as suas ordens, pedindo em troca sacrifícios, como entregar o próprio filho, ou o companheiro à morte, pelas mãos da Rainha Aranha.

A Matrona Malice é a figura principal da Casa Do `Urden. Malice teve o filho Drizzt, com o objectivo de o sacrificar à Deusa, mas factos inesperados acontecem no seio desta família, transformando este filho num Príncipe da Casa Do `Urden. Malice entrega o filho à responsabilidade de uma das suas filhas, e esta faz com que Drizzt viva os seus primeiros dez anos de vida de uma maneira indigente. 

A parte mais interessante deste livro, para mim, foi quando Drizzt entra para a Academia e começa a treinar com o Mestre de Armas, Zaknafein, que o ensina a lutar e a acreditar nas suas capacidades. 

Na Academia ficamos a conhecer melhor Zaknafein, que vem a ser uma personagem muito importante nesta trilogia, com qualidades e defeitos.

Sem Rosto é um velho drow, mestre da academia de mágicos de Menzoberranzan.

A pantera negra mágica é a minha personagem preferida, a sua história de vida vai evoluindo até conhecer  Drizzt. 

O Universo “Forgotten Realms” é composto por um conjunto de criaturas diferentes e estranhas, personagens que possuem magia e surpreendem o leitor pela diferença, algumas pela positiva, outras pela negativa.

Os drow do subscuro  acreditam que têm de matar, pois os elfos maléficos do solo superior, mandam no subscuro e exigem que tal aconteça. 

As fêmeas consideram-se superiores aos machos, maltratando-os com chicotadas e tortura psicológicas.

Esta sociedade vive de uma maneira chocante, a família só tem importância se tiver poder, senão matam os próprios familiares para adquirir estatuto.

A figura materna na família drow é cruel, assassina, usando os próprios filhos a favor daquilo que lhe convém.

Este primeiro volume está dividido em várias partes e cada capítulo tem um título, o que me agradou por tornar o livro mais interessante.

Continuarei a seguir esta trilogia, pois gostei bastante da escrita de R. A. Salvatore. A sua escrita é fluída descritiva e empolgante. Uma nova versão sobre elfos, que demonstra o lado negro duma espécie mágica.

Desejo que o elfo Drizzt consiga encontrar o seu caminho, deixando para trás o mundo cruel onde cresceu.

Recomendo esta leitura, especialmente, aos leitores que sejam fãs do género Fantástico.

Tenho esperança que os próximos volumes desta trilogia me tragam boas surpresas sobre o elfo e a pantera negra.

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