RECENZIE: AT GRAVE’S END DE JEANIENE FROST

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It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.

OPINIE PERSONALA:

Off Doamne, romanul asta a fost atat de plin de actiune, la fel ca si cel anterior. De ce e pus la +18 cand scenele sunt cat se poate de rare, putea sa se incadreze la +16… cred ca am mai repetat acest lucru si la recenzia trecuta.

Ma rog, mi-a placut destul de mult acest volum… desi Bones a inceput sa ma cam enerveze, fiecare femeie care era introdusa in roman era prezentata ca o fosta aventura de o noapte… Am crezut ca fac fire albe cand tot apareau si apareau si tot in acelasi mod erau introduse… Nu stiu cum o sa rezist cu chestia asta pana la sfarsitul seriei… Alta chestie care a inceput sa ma calce pe nervi a fost incapatanarea lui Cat, inteleg ca e incapatanata pana la un punct, dar chiar in halul asta… orice i se spunea sa faca, ea nu asculta si facea tot contrarul… Per ansamblu cartea e destul de buna, merita citita, desi pana acum, preferatul meu este volumul doi.

Cat si Bones in sfarsit ar trebui sa fie fericiti, in sfarsit se pot iubi in voie, nimic nu le mai sta in cale. Dar atunci cand cei doi sunt bantuiti de o misterioasa femeie care face parte din trecutul turmentos al lui Bones (Da, inca una -.-‘) lucrurile incep sa mearga prost. Don vrea sa aiba propria armata de vampiri, iar unul dintre soldati este transformat. Iar se pare ca exista o legatura intre Don si Cat. Dar cand Cat este prinsa si torturata de propriul tata, nimic nu poate fi mai rau. Misterioasa femeie pe nume Patra, foloseste acel moment impotriva acesteia, prinzand-o in propriul vis… Nimic nu poate fi mai rau decat o femeie geloasa, dar oare gelozie este ceea ce simte Patra, sau sunt alte motive? Anette este intoarsa si ea, din nou, trebuie sa recunosc ca in volumul asta mi-a placut de ea.

Iar problemele nu se mai sfarsesc, Tate inca e indragostit de Cat, Patra dezlantuie iadul asupra lor, iar se pare ca cineva din apropriatii lui Bones, il tradeaza si se aliaza cu Patra. Oare cine sa fie?

In scena mai apare un personaj nou, Vlad Tepesh, da, da, Dracula al nostru e prezent si el acolo, chiar e simpatic, si totusi ma bucura sa vad ca totusi uni autori se mai gandesc la noi cand scriu romane. Macar cu atat, daca cu altceva nu influentam.

Vor reusi Cat si Bones sa supravietuiasca peste toate problemele care le va cauza Patra? Va reusi sa o uite Tate pe Cat? Cine este vampirul care il tradeaza pe Bones? Ce legatura exista intre Don si Cat? Toate aceste lucruri le veti descoperi citind acest volum.

CITAT:

“You arrogant, overpublicized, showy old bat, what are you waiting for? Aren’t you the king of all bogeymen? The legend children fear will devour them if they misbehave? Come on Vlad, live up to your reputation! If you can’t burn to death one Egyptian vampire chained to a wall how did you ever drive the Turks from Romania?”

NOTA:

Povestea continua in: Destined for and early grave

destined-early-grave-xlHer deadly dreams leave her in grave danger

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

Gregor believes Cat is his and he won’t stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor’s hold over her. She’ll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she’s ever faced . . . even if getting that power will result in an early grave.

 

 

 

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NU PLANGE SUB CLAR DE LUNA CONTINUA CU VOLUMUL 3

Da, asa cum cititi, autoarea lucreaza la volumul 3 din seria ‘Nu plange sub clar de luna’ autoarea spera ca acesta sa fie publicat la sfarsitul acestei luni in format e-book. Mai jos va las o poza si cuvintele autoarei. Enjoy 🙂

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It’s been a long, busy year but I am finally in the finishing stages of Book Three of the Never Cry Werewolf series.

It’s another novella sequel that follows Shelby after her escape from the evil Senefelder Academy for girls, and it takes place mostly at the ancestral castle of the Bridges family, deep in the heart of Muldania.

I’m hoping to publish it in final form at the end of January — so stay tuned for more news on that.

COVER REVEAL: STEELHEART BY BRANDON SANDERSON

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There are no heroes.

Every single person who manifested powers—we call them Epics—turned out to be evil.

Here, in the city once known as Chicago, an extraordinarily powerful Epic declared himself Emperor. Steelheart has the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, no explosion can burn him. He is invincible.

It has been ten years. We live our lives as best we can. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans who spend their lives studying powerful Epics, finding their weaknesses, then assassinating them.

My name is David Charleston. I’m not one of the Reckoners, but I intend to join them. I have something they need. Something precious, something incredible. Not an object, but an experience. I know his secret.

I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.

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Descriere alternativa:

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

HONOR SERIES DE TERESA MUMMERT

Stateam zilele astea pe Goodreads si cercetam, si am gasit o serie destul de interesanta, care sunt sigur ca le va placea foarte mult celor care au indragit seria Cincizeci de umbre.

EROTIC LOVE STORY (✓) STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT (✓) BDSM (✓)

Honor Student (Honor #1)

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Emma lives a very self-destructive life, barely making her way through college. Her world is turned upside down after meeting Mr. Honor, her new history teacher whose idea of discipline may be a little too much for Emma to handle. While trying to figure out their new relationship, they also have to deal with the very real possibility that someone has discovered their secret and is trying to hurt them. But Mr. Honor is keeping a few secrets of his own from Emma.

Honor Thy Teacher (Honor #2)

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There are two sides to every story. Emma told of her love for William in Honor Student. Now read things from his dark and twisted perspective.

Honor and Obey (Honor #3)

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Book three in the Honor Series

Emma has found the love of her life, but his dark secrets could change everything. With a horrible accident and the loss of another loved one, the student must become the teacher. As secrets begin to unravel, will she be able to look passed them or will she have to leave William and start life new again?

Honor & Betray (Honor #4)

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Honor & Betray tells what happens after William proposes to Emma from his point of view.

NOTE FROM AUTHOR:There will be NO cheating in this book. The betrayal refers to something different.

RECENZIE+CAST: HEARTS IN DARKNESS DE LAURA KAYE

REZUMAT:

Makenna James thinks her day can’t get any worse, until she finds herself stuck in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call and juggling too much stuff, the pin-striped accountant caught only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights went out.

Caden Grayson is amused when a redhead literally falls at his feet. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he’s terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he’s trapped in his own worst nightmare.

To fight fear, they must both reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?

OPINIE PERSONALA:

Carte nerecomandata minorilor sub 18 ani!

Am citit cartea asta doar din pura curiozitate, parea ceva interesant cu o poveste oarecum noua pentru mine, dar nu pot sa spun ca am fost prea impresionat de ea… Nici nu o sa ma lungesc prea mult cu recenzia…

Doua persoane care raman prinse intr-un lift, doi straini care nu se cunosc. El e tipul aparent rau, plin de tatuaje si piercing-uri, care a folosit durerea pentru a incerca sa uite trauma din copilarie, ea e fata de afaceri oarecum cuminte, el e cel cu claustrofobie, e tipicul barbat in cazul de fata, care este judecat dupa aspect, plin de tatuaje, piercing-uri, ras in cap, cu o cicatrice urata in forma de luna care ii acopera o parte a capului…

Ceea ce ma enervat la cartea asta este faptul ca atunci cand Makenna a intrat in lift, el nu a vazut-o la fata, doar a putut observa ca are parul rosu, dar atat a fost de ajuns ca sa se indragosteasca de ea si sa-i provoace cele mai insiropate ganduri, la fel a fost si cu ea, dupa ce au ramas blocati in lift, in intuneric cei doi se joaca oarecum de-a soarecele si pisica… Iar dupa o ora de confesiuni trec la intrebari personale si intime…

Unicul lucru care pot sa spun ca mi-a placut a fost intr-un fel idea originala dar nu prea bine dezvoltata, si faptul ca cei doi nu aveau 15-16 ani, Makenna avea 25 de ani, Caden 27 (daca tin bine minte).

In mare parte cartea e destul de OK, merita citita, doar din curiozitate:)

CITAT:

“His demanding tongue tasted so damn good, and his piercing bit deliciously against her lip from the aggressive way he pursued her over and over. His hands tugged and massaged at her hair and neck. He just surrounded her. The difference in their height made Caden lean down over her. The way he forced her head back commanded her to open up to him. With the metal handle of the door pressing into her back, she felt completely enveloped in him, in his ardor, his scent. The world dropped away. There was just Caden.”

NOTA:

My Cast

Cum povestea se invarte in doar jurul a celor doi protagonisti, ei fiind si unicele personaje din carte, nu vor fi prea multe poze:)

Candice Accola as Makenna James

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Channing Tatum as Caden Grayson

RECENZIE: BEAUTIFUL DISASTER DE JAMIE MCGUIRE

REZUMAT:

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

OPINIE PERSONALA:

Ce obtii cand amesteci un caine turbat, un porumbel si o poveste de dragoste sfasietoare? Un dezastru frumos.

Nu am cuvinte pentru cartea asta, a fost atat de intensa si interesanta, povestea dintre Abby si Travis e atat de frumoasa, dar si temperamentala uneori.

Nu pot sa cred ca deja am terminat cartea, am inceput-o ieri dimineata si deja am terminat-o.

Abby impreuna cu prietena ei America, cunoscuta si ca si Mare, se muta in oras pentru a putea incepe scoala, acolo Abby il cunoaste pe Travis Maddox, baiatul rebel, tatuat si musculos dupa care toate fetele sunt moarte, dar nici una nu poate sa puna mana pe el, Travis este faimos pentru luptele care le are dar si pentru faptul ca majoritatea fetelor au trecut prin canapeaua lui, si doar atat. Travis este tot ceea ce Abby vrea sa evite, sa poata sa inceapa de la zero si sa lase trecutul furtunos pe care il are, dar odata ce Travis intra in viata ei, tot universul se schimba, da o rotatie de 180 de grade, dar nu doar lumea ei ci si a lui Travis.

La inceput Abby nu vroia nimic cu Travis, dar incetul cu incetul cei doi se imprietenesc, in fiecare zi din ce in ce mai mult, iar pentru cei de la scoala asta este un adevarat soc, Travis are o prietena cu care inca nu sa culcat.

Mergand la un meci de lupta de-al lui Travis, cei doi fac un pariu. Daca Travis primea un pumn de la adversarul sau, atunci el timp de o luna nu se mai putea culca cu nici o fata, dar daca scapa fara nici o zgarietura, atunci Abby trebuia sa petreaca acelasi timp in apartamentul lui Travis.

Relatia dintre cei doi devine tot mai stransa, iar zvonurile prin scoala incep sa umble, se pare ca pentru toti cei din jur ei doi sunt mai mult decat prieteni dar Abby inca nu vrea sa creada acest lucru

Cei doi sunt constienti de atractia care e intre ei doi, dar intr-o seara cand Abby lasa la o parte incapatanarea si isi marturiseste sentimentele fata de el. De aici incepe o tornada, un vartej de sentimente, cand ei sunt fericiti si se iubesc totul e roz, dar cand ei se cearta, sunt ca un uragan, toti din imprejur au de suferit, nu doar ei doi.

Relatia lor e un dezastru, si ei stiu asta, dar asta nu ii opreste din a se iubi, a fi impreuna si a trece toate obstacolele care li se prezinta, dar oare chiar atat de mare sa fie dragostea lor incat sa supereze nu doar umbrele trecutului lui Abby ci si impulsurile lui Travis, temperamentul lui… Va reusi dragostea lor sa fie atat de mare incat sa treaca peste toate aceste obstacole si intr-un final sa afle daca totul a meritat?

Recomand cartea asta cu cea mai mare caldura, veti rade, veti suferi veti experimenta toate sentimentele impreuna cu personajele.

Momentele dintre Abby si Travis au fost emotionante, doar ca uneori imi venea sa imi arunc telefonul pe geam din cauza lui Abby, mi se parea atat de proasta si incapatanata… ma dispera :))

Oricum, am trecut peste toate scenele acelea si in final a meritat.

Pentru cei care nu stiti cartea va aparea anul viitor la Editura Trei (probabil in luna ianuarie-februarie)

CITATE:

“To douchebags!” he said, gesturing to Brad. „And to girls that break your heart,” he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. „And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.”

“I know we’re fucked up, alright? I’m impulsive, and hot tempered, and you get under my skin like no one else. You act like you hate me one minute, and then need me the next. I never get anything right, and I don’t deserve you…but I fucking love you, Abby. I love you more than I loved anyone or anything ever. When you’re around, I don’t need booze, or money, or the fighting, or the one-night stands…”

“You can’t tell me what to do anymore, Travis! I don’t belong to you!” In the second it took him to turn and face me, hisexpression had contorted into anger. He stomped toward me, planting his hands on the bed and leaning into my face. “WELL I BELONG TO YOU!” The veins in his neck bulged as he shouted, and I met his glare, refusing to even flinch. He looked at my lips, panting. “I belong to you.”

“You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.”

“-It’s over. Go home. -You’re my home.”

“I need to hear you say it. I need to know you’re mine.”  “I’ve been yours since the second we met.”

“I clinked my bottle against his. “To being the only girl a guy with no standards doesn’t want to sleep with.” I said, taking a swig. “Are you serious?” he asked, pulling the bottle from my  mouth. When I didn’t recant, he leaned toward me. “First of  all…I have standards. I’ve never been with an ugly woman.  Ever. Second of all, I wanted to sleep with you. I thought  about throwing you over my couch fifty different ways, but I  haven’t because I don’t see you that way anymore. It’s not  that I’m not attracted to you, I just think you’re better than  that.”  I couldn’t hold back the smug smile that crept across my  face. “You think I’m too good for you.”  He sneered at my second insult. “I can’t think of a single  guy I know that’s good enough for you.”

“I know you deserve better than me. You think I don’t know that? But  if there was any woman made for me…it’s you. I’ll do  whatever I have to do, Pidge. Do you hear me? I’ll do anything.”

„You said you’re done with me, and I accept that. I’m a different person since I met you. I’ve changed… for the better. But no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to do right by you. We were friends first, Pigeon. I will always love you, but if I can’t make you happy, it doesn’t make much sense for me to try to get you back. I can’t imagine being with anyone else, but I’ll be happy as long as we’re friends.
„You want to be friends?” I asked, the words burning in my mouth.
„I want you to be happy. Whatever that takes.”

Ok, acum dupa atatea citate va las nota :))

NOTA:

Povestea  continua in Walking Disaster

Beautiful Disaster told in Travis point of view.

How much is too much to love?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire’s New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

 

 

RECENZIE: OBSIDIAN DE JENNIFER L.ARMENTROUT

REZUMAT:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

OPINIE PERSONALA:

Ohhhh Dumnezeule, nu am cuvinte, acum ca am terminat-o ma simt ca si cum ar fi explodat o mie de stele in interiorul meu si acum isi fac de cap :))

Cartea e genialaaaa, ma tinut cu sufletul la gura de la inceput si pana acum la sfarsit. Am inceput cartea Duminica seara pe la ora 12 cand stateam in pat si nu avem somn, si am zis hai sa ma pun sa citesc, si nu credeam ca o sa ma captiveze in halul asta. Am reusit sa citesc doua capitole pana sa adorm, si ca sa va faceti o idee cum aratam eu dupa ce am terminat de citit primul capitol:
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Cum aratam dupa ce am terminat de citit al doilea capitol:
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Deci da, va puteti imagina :)))

Autoarea a reusit sa creeze niste personaje atat de interesante, dar personajul lui Daemon Black e atat de…. nici nu gasesc cuvinte :))) de nepamantean si cu acel caracter respingator si intepator.

Katy se muta impreuna cu mama ei dupa ce tatal ei a murit in urma cu trei ani de cancer iar mama ei simtind nevoia ca trebuia sa continue cu viata, ce mai bine decat un nou inceput intr-un alt oras?

Iar se pare ca vecinul de alaturi e un tip sexy dupa cum zicea mama, iar asta poate confirma si Katy cand merge si bate la usa acestuia pentru niste indrumari… la usa sta un baiat cam de varsta ei, absolut superb, visul oricarei fete, iar ea nu se poate abtine sa nu-i curga balele :)) dar se pare ca totul se strica cand vecinul cel „hot” deschide gura… E clar ca Daemon si Katy nu se vor intelege niciodata.

Katy se imprieteneste cu sora geamana a acestuia, Dee, care e o raza de soare nu o felie de lamaie ca si fratele ei, dar la fel de superba, dar Daemon nu e de acord cu aceasta relatie, si mai sunt si alte persoane mai ciudate prin oras.

Timpul trece, iar Dee ii ascunde cheile de la masina fratelui ei pentru al face sa petreaca mai mult timp impreuna cu Katy, dar oare va da roade aceasta mica peripetie? In orice caz Daemon pare sa inceapa sa fie mai amabil, dar cei doi ascund un secret, un secret care ii va schimba viata pentru totdeauna. Daemon si Dee nu sunt de pe aceasta planeta, ei provin dintr-o alta galaxie, care e la milioane de ani departare de Pamant, iar cand acestia incep sa fie atacati de dusmani, Katy a promis ca nu va spune nimanui despre ei, dar oare va fi in stare sa-si tina promisiunea? Oare ce se petrece pana la umra intre ea si Daemon, sa se fi inselat in privinta sa si sa inceapa sa simta ceva fata de el? Toate astea si multe alte lucruri le veti afla citind acest interesant volum care te va tine cu sufletul la gura de la inceput pana la sfarsit fara sa slabeasca actiunea.

O actiune interesanta, un dialog amuzant, alteori sexy si incitant, si unele scene pline de umor si mister. O sa iubiti seria.
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Ce mi-a placut la Katy? Faptul ca e o bloggerita:)) Da, are un blog cu carti si scrie recenzii si toate lucrurile care le facem si noi:)) asta e primul lucru care mi-a placut la ea. Iar dialogurile ei cu Daemon sunt cat se poate de amuzante si incitante in unele cazuri. Cand se cearta, cand se impaca, niciodata nu stii cand se poate sa-i intoarca replica iar de la o conversatie simpatica sa se ridice furtuna. Ca tot vorbim de furtuna, cateodata cand citeam cartea, imi venea in cap versurile melodiei „K la meteo”:))

Daemon pe de alta parte e enervant si interesant in acelasi timp si ii place sa puna paie pe foc in conversatiile sale cu Katy…. In orice caz, recunosc ca nu ma asteptam sa-mi placa atat de mult.

Mai jos va las un mic trailer al cartii (Sa nu va lasati pacaliti, in carte nu sunt atat de multe scene „pupacioase” :)))

CITAT:

„Okay. That was it. “You know, you’re right.How wrong of me to call you a douchebag.Because a douchebag is too nice of a word for you,” I said, smiling sweetly. “You’re a dickhead.”

“A dickhead?” he repeated. “Howcharming.”I flipped him off.He laughed again and bent his head. A messof waves fell forward, nearly obscuring hisintense green eyes. “Very civilized, Kitten. I’msure you have a wild array of interesting namesand gestures for me, but not interested.” I didhave a lot more I could say and do, but Igathered my dignity, pivoted, and stomped back over to my house, not giving him the pleasure of seeing how truly pissed I was. I’d alwaysavoided confrontation in the past, but this guywas flipping my bitch switch like nothing else.When I reached my car, I yanked open the door.“See you later, Kitten!” he called out,laughing as he slammed the front door.”

NOTA:

 

Povestea continua in: Onyx

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

INTERVIEW WITH CHRYSTALLA THOMA + GIVEAWAY!

Happy Halloween, I’m gonna make a post later about that:)

Today I’m back with an interview and a e-giveaway. I hope you enjoy the interview that I do with Chrystalla:)

1.- Welcome Chrystalla! Thank you so much for stopping by. Rex Rising is your debut novel. How does it feel to have your story out there after, I can only imagine, a lot of hard work?

Hi, thanks for having me over. 🙂

To your question: it’s an amazing feeling, a mixture of elation and fear – elation because it’s out there, at last, and a tiny bit of fear whether it’s good enough, whether readers will enjoy it. Typical feelings, I suppose.

 2.- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do when you’re not writing?

Well, I’m Greek Cypriot and I lived abroad for many years – in France, England, Germany and Costa Rica. I’ve just recently returned to Cyprus to stay. I have a degree in English literature and translation and I’m working as a freelance translator and text editor at the moment.

When not writing… I’m editing. lol. OK, I have some more interests. I read a lot, mostly fantasy and science and history books. I also love watching movies, mostly science fiction. I like to wander the countryside and visit archaeological sites (an old passion of mine: I wanted to become an archaeologist). I also cook dangerously spicy Indian dishes, draw and spend time with my family. I know, very exciting… 🙂

 3.- What was your biggest source of inspiration before and while writing the book?

Difficult question… I will have to say ParasiteRex by Carl Zimmer (http://www.amazon.com/Parasite-Rex-New-Epilogue-Dangerous/dp/074320011X). This is a non-fiction book about parasites and their strange behavior and abilities. It reads like a mixture of horror and science fiction but it’s all true! Terrifying and amazing. When I read it back in 2004 (I think!), I immediately thought, “what if I could apply such facts to humans?” (most of the parasites in the book have insects and marine creatures as their hosts). In fact, there was one parasite I found so fascinating, it gave birth to my all-women race (the Gultur race). It’s called Wollbachia. This tiny parasite changes its hosts (flies) so much that they cannot survive without it, nor can they reproduce. It is a very interesting creature and worth reading about. (http://serc.carleton.edu/microbelife/topics/wolbachia/index.html)

4.- Do you have any special rituals you do when you sit down to write?

I always sacrifice a black cat and draw a pentagram… kidding. 🙂 Rituals: I brew myself a pot of strong coffee, and if it’s warm and dry, I take my laptop with me to the balcony to write. I usually have a half dozen websites open – from websites I use for research, to dictionaries, to Facebook and Twitter. I can’t concentrate for very long on one thing, so I hop from one to the other, and then back to writing. My brain appreciates small breaks. 🙂

 5.- What are you reading right now and what book(s) have you had your eye on lately but haven’t gotten to read yet?

Right now I’m reading an author I’ve just discovered, SM Reine. I’m reading her “Descent” series. Awesome gritty urban fantasy, with demons, angels, zombies and a kick-ass heroine.

As for what I have my eye on: I recently bought “The Windup Girl” by Paolo Bacigalupi. It looks very interesting, featuring the New People, a race of engineered humans, and a crazy post-apocalyptic world. It’s sitting next to me right now, and I can’t wait to read it.

6.- How many books do you plan on writing for the Elei’s Chronicles? Do you have a set plotline/ending in sight or are you just seeing where the characters and the story take you?

Good questions… There will be four books in the series. Rex Equilibrium (book 3) is coming out on November 6th, and Rex Aftermath (book 4) is scheduled to come out in late spring. I do have an ending in sight, but I admit that my characters are willful and insisted on more books than I initially planned. It’s my story, but they decided they had a lot more to say and do before we reached the end.

I also have plans for a book (at least one!) from Kalaes’ perspective, and maybe more will force themselves out of me…

 7.- How did you come up with the idea for the book?

Well, apart from getting inspiration from “Parasite Rex” as mentioned further up, I had this vision of a boy running for his life, not knowing why everyone was after him. Something like the Bourne Identity, I guess (although I didn’t know Ludlum’s work back then.) Add to that the parasites fighting each other, the post-apocalyptic world of the islands, and a situation where the protagonist doesn’t know if to trust his gut feeling or facts about the people surrounding him, and you’ve got Rex Rising.

 8.- If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play the main characters?

Funny, we had a discussion about this on the Rex Rising group on Facebook the other day (https://www.facebook.com/groups/282489681801529/)…  Someone suggested Luke Pasqualino (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_Pasqualino) for Elei. I think Zach Roerig (but with darker hair) could also be good.

I think Ben Barnes (but with spiky hair) would make a good Kalaes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Barnes_%28actor%29).

Kaya Scodelario (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaya_Scodelario) could be Hera, and Emma Watson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_watson) could be Maera…

This was fun…

 9.- Vampire or werewolf? Why?

Vampire, definitely. I don’t like furry men. 😉

Now, seriously. I prefer vampires because they’re very old and wise and cruel. They’ve been around for a very long time and they have magic. Werewolves, apart from shifting when the moon is full, don’t seem to have much going for them, (in my opinion) although I do like cat-shifters, like panther and puma shifters.

 10.- What advice would you give to aspiring writers out there?

Black magic isn’t enough; what matters is hard work. Write every day, or as often as you can. See what works and what doesn’t in successful stories, learn about story structure and characterization, and be open to criticism from other authors. Learn your craft, and trust in yourself.

Thank you for stopping by:)

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REX RISING GIVEAWAY!

In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life — until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side. Pursued for a secret he does not possess and with the fleet at his heels, he has but one thought: to stay alive.

His pursuers aren’t inclined to sit down and talk, although that’s not the end of Elei’s troubles. The two powerful parasites inhabiting his body, at a balance until now, choose this moment to bring him down, leaving Elei with no choice but to trust in people he hardly knows. It won’t be long before he realizes he must find out this deadly secret — a secret that might change the fate of his world and everything he has ever known — or die trying.

To enter to this giveaway you need to leave a comment with your name and your e-mail adress.

I will give 3 e-copies of this book.

The giveaway ends on november 14 and the winners will be chosen with random.org.

THE PATRICK CHRONICLES BY NICOLE WILLIAMS

Fissure (The Patrick Chronicles #1)

Patrick Hayward’s never been a one woman type of guy, that’s why he never dates just one. However, still reeling the loss of the one woman he took a chance on falling in love with to his older brother, Patrick is enrolled—sequestered, if you asked him—at Stanford in hopes of breaking him out of his months long, beard growing, rootbeer chugging, hygiene impaired, funk.

Something breaks when a certain Emma Scarlett storms into his life his first week on campus as he’s suntanning and cat calling when he should be in class. Emma sees through his act and calls him out like she’s seen his kind a million times before, but Patrick knows he isn’t one of a million, he’s one in a million.

Intrigued by this fascinating creature that is ignorant to his charm, surrounded by four older brothers who look at Patrick like he’s a bug they could squish, and dating the same guy for the past six years who gives new meaning to the term territorial boyfriend, Patrick gravitates to her, knowing she’s everything he shouldn’t fall for.

So, of course, he can’t help himself.

Forcing the stars to realign and slapping fate in the face, Patrick takes matters into his own hands and finds a way to wrangle his way into Emma’s life at every chance. As Emma begins to open up to him, he’s about to discover she’s thwarted by as many secrets as he is.

But hers are the kind that make you want to keep your light on at night.

Patrick never could have imagined a more unhappy ever after for himself than the one he’s about to face.

 

Fusion (The Patrick Chronicles #2)

Patrick Hayward isn’t used to feeling helpless. He’s a man of action used to controlling his destiny. But falling in love with Emma Scarlett had a way of upending everything, his sanity included. Locked away as inmate number one-three-seven-oh for a crime he didn’t commit, Patrick spends his days slopping toxic sludge onto trays, resisting the urge to tear the scratchy, orange jumpsuit from his body, and making sure every hardened criminal behind bars with him knows he’s the biggest and baddest of them all. With the help of his handy little gift of teleportation, his nights are spent watching a certain green eyed goddess from the shadows.
When he discovers a couple of Inheritors stalking her one night, he realizes the obstacle of explaining who and what he is to Emma might not be the biggest battle they face.

COVER REVEAL: SWEET PERIL (THE SWEET TRILOGY #2)

Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things.
Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.
When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

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Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1)

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

COVER REVEAL: VORTEX (TEMPEST #2)

Julie Cross’s Vortex is the thrilling second installment of the Tempest series, inwhich the world hangs in the balance as a lovelorn Jackson must choose who to save

Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson has proved himself to be an excellent agent. However, after an accidental run in with Holly—the girl he altered history to save—Jackson is once again reminded of what he’s lost. And when Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA, emerges, Jackson and his fellow agents not only find themselves under attack, but Jackson begins to discover that the world around him has changed and someone knows about his erased relationship with Holly, putting both their lives at risk all over again.

RICHELLE MEADE’S NEW ADULT BOOK: GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

Release date: June 4, 2013

THE FOREVER CONTRACT (A DYSTOPIAN YA NOVELLA)

The Forever Contract (A Dystopian YA Novella)In the very near future, the country is plunged into drought and unrest. Scare resources and constant heat are making life completely miserable. Casey doesn’t think she can stand slugging back another gel pack or working one more shift at the wells. Fortunately, there’s a solution: anyone over the age of seventeen can sign the Forever Contract and enter a utopian paradise. While people’s minds take a permanent vacation, their bodies get warehoused and hooked up to a complex array of sensors and feeding tubes. As Casey’s brother says, „You upload your consciousness to the system and you’re free to live as long as you want, however you want. No more pain, no more heat, no more awful dust, no more work. Just pure thought. It’s what our species has always been meant for. Suffering is for philosophers. Not for me.”

Casey’s ready to sign–a permanent vacation is just what she needs. There’s only one problem: her boyfriend James doesn’t trust it.

Told from his and her perspectives, The Forever Contract is a 17,000 word (60 page) novella suitable for readers in grade 8 and above.

Would you sign the contract?

COVER REVEAL: FUSE (PURE #2)

Fuse (Pure, #2)When the world ended, those who dwelled within the Dome were safe. Inside their glass world the Pures live on unscarred, while those outside—the Wretches—struggle to survive amidst the smoke and ash.

Believing his mother was living among the Wretches, Partridge escaped from the Dome to find her. Determined to regain control over his son, Willux, the leader of the Pures, unleashes a violent new attack on the Wretches. It’s up to Pressia Belze, a young woman with her own mysterious past, to decode a set of cryptic clues from the past to set the Wretches free.

An epic quest that sweeps readers into a world of beautiful brutality, Fusecontinues the story of two people fighting to save their futures—and change the fate of the world.

Pure (Pure, #1)Pure (Pure #1)

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

RECENZIE: VAMPIRE KISSES DE ELLEN SCHREIBER

REZUMAT:

In her small town, dubbed „Dullsville,” sixteen-year-old Raven – a vampire-crazed goth-girl – is an outcast. But not for long…

The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people – especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town prattle actually ring true? Are they vampires? Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander’s loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.

Ellen Schreiber’s spooky and stirring romance tells the story of two outsiders who fall in love in a town where conformity reigns, and ends with a shocking surprise.

OPINIE PERSONALA:

Sa speram ca aceasta este ultima carte citita pe telefon, am primit banii de somaj, primii si ultimii :)) si sa sper sa pot sa-mi pot cumpara un e-reader:)

Trecand la carte, e o carte draguta, nu am fost impresionat de ea, actiunea este aproape inexistenta, iar Raven ajungea sa ma dispere cu imbracamintea ei: bluza neagra, pantaloni negri, cizme negre, ruj negru, par negru, e prea exagerat. Cred ca pot sa spun ca au fost doar doua lucruri care mi-au placut la aceasta carte:

1. Trevor, baiatul rau care se ia de Raven si o batjocoreste, dar scenele din padure cand se sarutau pareau destul de credibile:)))

2. Autoarea face referinta la vampirii din carte ca provenind din Romania, Alexander si familia fiind din Romania.

Altceva nu stiu ce sa spun ca mi-a placut la carte, este o carte draguta si atat, cu siguranta voi citi si continuarea, de curiozitate, dar sper sa fie mai buna decat acest volum:D

Chestia e ca e prea mult gotic in carte pentru gustul meu :)))

CITAT:

„Trevor was completely blind in the darkness, feeling everything with his hands and lips. He kissed me all over my face and touched the small of my back. Even blind, it didn’t take him long to find the buttons on my shirt. „No, you first,” I told him. I lifted off his sweater, as unclumsily as I could. I had never done this before. He was wearing a V-neck T-shirt underneath and an undershirt underneath that. This is going to take forever, I thought. I felt his naked chest. Why not? It was right in front of me. It was soft and smooth and muscular. He pulled me closer, my lacy black rayon shirt touching his naked torso. „Now you, baby. I want you so bad,” he said, straight out of some skin flick on cable. „Me too, baby.” I sighed, rolling my eyes. I leaned him down slowly on the damp earth. I slid off his loafers and socks. He eagerly took off the rest.
He lay propped up on his arms, completely naked. I stared down at him in the faint moonlight, savoring the moment. How many girls had Mr. Gorgeous laid out by a tree, only to cast them aside the next day? I wasn’t the first and I wasn’t going to be the last. I was just going to be different. 

NOTA:

 

Povestea continua in: Kissing Coffins (Vampire Kisses #2)

Not far from Dullsville someone’s lurking in the dark.

After meeting the handsome and shadowy Alexander Sterling, Goth-girl Raven’s dark world has a bright, new glow. But as in her favourite movie, Kissing Coffins, Raven knows that love always has its complications, especially when Alexander has a big secret to guard. When Alexander suddenly disappears, Raven leaves Dullsville to begin a dangerous search to find him.

Can she stay safe, no matter who-or what-she encounters on the

 

CARTEA VA APAREA IN VIITORUL APROPRIAT LA EDITURA LEDA!

BLOOD-KISSED SKY (DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN #2)

There’s nowhere left to hide.

I thought vampires were our enemies – they controlled our lives, isolated our cities, and demanded our blood – until I met Victor. With Victor taking over as the new Lord Valentine, things were supposed to get better. Instead, they’re worse than ever.

Day Walkers, a new breed of vampires who can walk in the sun, are terrorizing the city. Blood supplies are low, and if Victor’s vampires don’t get enough, they will become infected with the Thirst – a disease that will turn them into mindless killers.

To stop it, I must journey across the desolate wasteland to the very place where the sickness began. I can only hope that the answers that await me are enough to save us all . . . before it’s too late.

 

Coperta primului volum:

 

STALKERS, SECRETS AND LIES DE KIRSTY MOSELEY

Ma uitam pe Goodreads, cand am dat peste o carte, nu de subiectul cartii am fost atras, ci de coperta… Nu stiu daca aceasta este coperta cartii dar aceasta era pusa pe Goodreads… deci va arat si voua sa va dati cu parerea 🙂

 

As freelance body guard, Ethan goes where he’s sent, protects who he’s told to and does his job perfectly.
His latest assignment is to protect an ‘Indie Rock Star’ called Johnny Brent, who seems to have picked up a particularly nasty stalker. Johnny lives in the old town where Ethan grew up.
He had moved away six years ago when his parents were killed and his uncle sent him to Military School, Ethan left behind the love of his life, Aaliyah who he hasn’t had contact with since the day he moved. Now he’s back in town, things might start to get a little bit more difficult for him, this may turn out to be his hardest assignment yet as Aaliyah has a secret, a big one that she doesn’t want anyone to know.

 

Da da, e Nina Dobrev, probabil e un fanmade dar totusi vreau si eu o carte cu Nina pe coperta, voi nu? ;))

FADE (THE RAGNARÖK PROHESIES #1)

What do you do when you realize nothing in your life is what you’ve believed it to be?

When Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him.

When they meet, everything they thought they knew about life unravels. Dace has intimate access to Arionna’s mind, and something deep within her fights to rise to the surface. They don’t understand what’s happening to them or why, and they’re running out of time to sort out the strange occurrences around them.

Their meeting sets an ancient Norse prophesy of destruction in motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than either could have ever imagined. Unless they learn to trust themselves and one another, they may never resolve the mystery surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the world.

WISHLIST: THE BOY WHO SNEAKS IN MY BEDROOM WINDOW

Amber Walker and her older brother, Jake, have an abusive father. One night her brother’s best friend, Liam, sees her crying and climbs through her bedroom window to comfort her. That one action sparks a love/hate relationship that spans over the next eight years.

Liam is now a confident, flirty player who has never had a girlfriend before. Amber is still emotionally scarred from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Together they make an unlikely pair.

Their relationship has always been a rocky one, but what happens when Amber starts to view her brother’s best friend a little differently? And how will her brother, who has always been a little overprotective, react when he finds out that the pair are growing closer? Find out in The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window.

 

STATERS DE LISSA PRICE

HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.
He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . .

WISHLIST: AFTERLIFE DE ISABELLA KRUGER


When Fleur and Louisa are orphaned and forced to stay with their horrible aunt Petiniua their lives are turned upside down. Aunt Petiniua a witch of a woman sends the sisters off to Miss Madisons Academy for girls where they endure physical pain and violence . However Louisa escapes with a dashing magician who happens to be a vampire and leaves Fleur to look after herself . Fleur vowing revenge on Jacques St Cloud leaves Miss Madisons house of horrors and finds herself faced in the midst of a dangerous romance with a dashingly handsome young vampire Daniel.

Voi ce parere aveti?

RECENZIE: ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD DE KENDARE BLAKE

REZUMAT:

Aparent, tipica poveste a băiatului care se îndrăgosteşte de o fată, dar – de data aceasta – fata ucide oameni…

Un adolescent vânător de fantome e pe urmele stafiei criminale a unei fete care îşi bântuie fostul cămin încă din anii ’50.

„Extrem de originală, minunat de inventivă şi absolut pasionantă, Anna Dressed in Blood este unul dintre cele mai bune romane horror scrise vreodată.” – Kirkus Review

„Îmbinând cu măiestrie partea de roman horror cu cea deromance, Blake ne oferă o poveste cu fantome gotică, captivantă şi inteligentă.” – Publishers Weekly

Anna Dressed in Blood este o poveste întunecată, cu un erou care-i ucide pe cei morţi, dar care este îndrăgostit el însuşi de moarte. Până la finalul cărţii, la fel veţi fi şi voi. Fascinantă şi romantică!” – Cassandra Clare, autoarea seriei Instrumente mortale, bestseller New York Times

„Vechea poveste a băiatului care întâlneşte o fată – asta dacă băiatul e un vânător de fantome cu tendinţe autodistructive, hotărât să-şi răzbune tatăl, iar fata este o fantomă ucigaşă, captivă într-o casă plină de cei pe care i-a omorât de-a lungul timpului. Cas şi Anna sunt noul meu cuplu preferat. Când am ajuns la ultima pagină, am luat-o din nou de la capăt.” – Holly Black, autoarea bestsellerului Red Glove

Cas Lowood a moştenit o meserie neobişnuită: îi ucide pe cei morţi.
Şi tatăl lui a făcut la fel până ce a fost măcelărit de o fantomă pe care încerca să o distrugă. Acum, înarmat cu pumnalul ritualic misterios şi mortal al tatălui său, Cas străbate ţara împreună cu mama lui, care este vrăjitoare, şi cu pisica lor, foarte pricepută la adulmecarea spiritelor. Împreună, merg pe urmele legendelor şi ale tradiţiilor locale, încercând să ţină pasul cu morţii ucigaşi, şi nu-şi bat capul cu tot soiul de amănunte enervante, cum ar fi viitorul şi prietenii.

Când sosesc însă într-un orăşel nou, în căutarea unei fantome pe care localnicii o numesc Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas nu se aşteaptă la ceva ieşit din comun: o va urmări, o va vâna şi o va ucide. Dar descoperă în schimb o fată captivă în propria-i furie şi în blesteme, o stafie care nu seamănă cu niciuna pe care a mai fost nevoit să o înfrunte vreodată. Încă mai este îmbrăcată cu rochia pe care o purta în ziua în care a fost ucisă cu brutalitate, în 1958: albă odinioară, acum este pătată cu roşu şi îmbibată de sânge. De la moartea ei, Anna a omorât pe oricine a îndrăznit să pătrundă în casa victoriană părăsită care i-a fost cândva cămin.

Dar, dintr-un motiv necunoscut, decide să-i cruţe viaţa lui Cas…

Roman ales de către Kirkus Reviews ca una dintre Cele mai bune cărţi pentru tineri ale anului 2011
Roman selectat în Top 5 Romane pentru tineri pe anul 2011, conform postului Naţional Public Radio

OPINIE PERSONALA:

Hmmm, nu stiu de unde sa incep, cartea a fost destul de ok, are si unele tendinte horror, cautam de mult timp o carte diferita de restul si pot sa spun ca aceasta este cartea.

Cas, este un vanator de fantome, dar mai bine sa nu-i spuneti asa, duce o viata palpitanta, el omoara persoanele deja moarte… [pate ca pentru unele persoane povestile urbane sunt doar povesti, dar pentru el nu, cand este anuntat de un prieten de o posibila poveste urbana, povestea lui Anna, Anna dressed in blood dupa cum o numesc localnicii, ea omoara orice persoana care pune piciorul in casa ei, nimeni nu a trait ca sa spuna cum arata Anna, e infioratoare? E draguta? Are doua gavane goale si negre in loc de ochi? Tanarul nostru erou este interesat de aceasta poveste si asa ca decine sa se mute in acel oras impreuna cu mama lui, vrajitoare si pisica, Tybalt, o pisica care adulmeca fantome.

Ajuns in oras, Cas o intalneste pe Carmel, cea mai populara si mai frumoasa fata din liceu, de la ea vrea Cas sa scoata adevarata poveste a fetei pe care o urmareste… El reuseste sa afle povestea, desi prietenii lui Carmel incearca mai mult sa-l sperie, asa ca ei decid sa-l duca pe Cas la casa Annei, dar planul nu iese prea bine, unul dintre ei este descuartizat de Anna iar ceilalti reusesc sa scape, de aici Cas este mai convins ca oricand ca trebuie sa opresasca… Dar ceva se petrece cu el, ceva ce este pentru toti evident mai putin pentru el, iar cand afla cum a murit Anna, parca lucrul devine si mai complicat… Dar cand in oras se petrec niste crime ingrozitoare, Cas si prietenii si cu ajutorul lui Anna trebuie sa afle cine le provoaca, iar adevarul poate fi mai zguduitor decat pare.

CITAT:

„As soon as he takes care of the hitchhiker, Cas and his mother are moving to the town of Thunder Bay so that Cas can hunt another ghost.  This ghost is called Anna Dressed in Blood because when her throat was cut she bled so much that her white dress turned completely red.  Cas doesn’t know it yet, but Anna is more powerful, more dangerous, and at the same time more human than any ghost he’s ever encountered before.  Anna might change his life … if she doesn’t end it first.”

NOTA:

 

INTERVIEW WITH MAGGIE SHAYNE

1.-Welcome Maggie! Thank you so much for stopping by. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you like to do when you’re not writing?

Hi, Sergio.  Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your fabulous blog. I just love what you’ve done with the place.  So about me, well, I’ve written everything from daytime television (soap operas) to a newspaper advice column, but my favorite thing is writing novels and short stories where love triumphs over all.  In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, kayaking, jogging.  I also practice witchcraft for real, read tarot cards, do some informal life coaching and of course I love to read.

2.- What was your biggest source of inspiration before and while writing the Portal series?

I’ve always to write about real witches practicing real magic.  And I’ve always been fascinated by the civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia, particularly Sumer and Babylon.  I’ve studied about them for years now, since the mid-nineties.  So combining these two loves seemed like a natural progression.

3.-How many books do you plan on writing for the Portal series? Do you have a set plotline/ending in sight or are you just seeing where the characters and the story take you?

For now, there are three full length novels and the shorter prequel.

LEGACY OF THE WITCH (prequel, ebook only)

MARK OF THE WITCH

DAUGHTER OF THE SPELLCASTER

BLOOD OF THE SORCERESS

4.- Who is your favorite character, and who do you think will be/has been the most challenging for you to write?

In this series, my favorite character is Indira.  I love her sassy, sarcastic attitude and her struggle to quit smoking, one I’ve been through myself, many many times before I finally was able to kick the habit.  I smoked vicariously through her as I wrote those scenes.

Most challenging in this series was the hero of BLOOD OF THE SORCERESS, Demetrius. A most unusual character. I had to figure out to convince him to trade immortality and invulnerability for mortality and the ability to experience the human senses and emotions fully.  It was a tough sell.

5.- If you had to describe Mark of the Witch in three words, what would they be and why?

Inspired. Because once I got the notion clear in my mind, the story flowed as if on its own. I love when that happens.

Honest. Because I was adamant about being factual with the practices of the witches in the story.

Personal. Because it delves into some of my most deeply held spiritual truths. (Disclaimer: my truths are not necessarily true for anyone but me.)

6.- Would you tell us some quick fun facts about the Portal series as well as what we can expect from the books (romance, action, etc.)?

In MARK OF THE WITCH the hero and heroine are a Witch and a Priest. I wanted a Catholic priest, but my publisher wouldn’t quite let me go that far into controversial territory. Just know that to me, that’s who Tomas is/was.

In DAUGHTER OF THE SPELLCASTER I was inspired by the 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby. I watched it several times during the writing of the book and tried to capture that eerie feeling. My editor felt I succeeded.

In BLOOD OF THE SORCERESS I had no idea who one of the side characters really was until I got almost to the end of the first draft, and then had to change everything to accommodate this new twist. And it really was a twist!

I like action in my books.  I don’t write a lot of sex. In fact, I enjoy the attraction, desire, resistance play that happens as they get closer and closer to finally making love, far more than I enjoy detailed descriptions of the sex act.  I almost never include more than one or two sex scenes per book. It’s not about sex to me. Romance is about love, about finding your true love and about overcoming every obstacle in order to be with him.

7.- What are you reading right now and what book(s) have you had your eye on lately but haven’t gotten to read yet?

I’m still reading Anne Rice’s latest, The Gift of the Wolf. I am dying to read The Hunger Games which others have raved about.

8.- If you were given the option to be able to look into the future, would you take it? Why or why not?

I believe we create the future. Every time I sit and worry over something that might happen, I’m creating it.  So I don’t do that.  Every time I sit and think about something wonderful that might happen, I’m creating it. So I do a lot of that.

9.- Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?

I’m a witch.  Card carrying, pedigreed, lineaged Wiccan High Priestess, legal clergy, Elder, founder of a branch of the faith.  To some, I already am a mystical creature.  Though I really wish my broomstick would actually fly.

10.- Who are your favorite authors? And books?

Anne Rice: best title: THE MUMMY or RAMSES THE DAMNED (that’s the title, one book)

Stephen King. Everything the man writes is golden.

Anne Stuart: Night of the Phantom is my fave of hers but I love them all.

Emma Cane: Her Valentine, Colorado Series is a favorite of mine right now, very country, down home (not paranormal) type books.

Heather Graham, Teresa Medeiros, Sandra Brown, Christina Dodd: these are the writers I always always read, everything they release, every single time.

11.- Would you like to say something to your Romanian fans?

I think the place I most want to visit in all the world is Romania.  When I ended (and I use the term loosely) my Wings in the Night series with the final pair of books, TWILIGHT PROPHECY and TWILIGHT FULFILLED, my vampire family had to go into hiding and allow the world to believe they had been exterminated. The place they went was Romania, because who’s going to really believe there are vampires there? It’s too expected, too cliche. Any vampire sightings coming from Romania would be discounted. (I don’t know if you know it there, but the idea of vampires in Romania is about as common as the idea of leprechauns in Ireland. So if someone said, “No, there really ARE leprechauns in Ireland!” they would not be taken seriously. It’s a cliche. So that’s where my beloved vamps are hiding out.  In Romania.  I will bring them out of hiding someday, and when I do, I’m going to need your help. I’m going to need to be able to feel as if I’ve been there, seen it, even before I have. I have to feel the energy of Romania in order to be able to really write about it.  So if you locals would like to help me, send me pictures, post them on my Facebook page or email them to me, tell me your stories, tell about where you live and what it’s like there. Make me feel as I’ve visited your homeland. I would SO enjoy that, and can use what I learn later one, when I someday revisit my vampire series.

 

Thank you so much for this interview, Maggie, it was a pleasure to have you here.

The pleasure was all mine!

In strainatate: The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Foreign Books Challenge #1

Andrei de pe blogul Heaven4books a dat startul unui nou proiect intitulat Foreign Books Challenge pentru publicarea cartilor preferate in Romania.
Scopul proiectului:

Proiectul are scopul de a atrage atentia editurilor asupra gusturilor in materie de literatura a cititorilor din Romania.Mi-am propus ca in cele cateva luni in care se va organiza proiectul sa facem impreuna o adevarata munca de redactie.Cele mai interesante,captivante si frumoase carti vor fi alese de voi cititorii blogurilor participante si de administratorii acestor bloguri.Doar voi puteti decide care este cea mai asteptata carte in Romania!

Detalii despre desfasurare: Perioada:18.08.2012-TBA
EtapaI-PRESELECTIILE:
In aceasta saptamana si in urmatoarea,vor incepe simultan pe 5 bloguri propuneri pentru lista de 10 carti.Cinci dintre cele 10 carti vor fi alese de administratorul blogului,urmand ca celelalte cinci sa fie alese de comentatorii blogului(primele cinci recomandari de carti printr-un comentariu-nu anonim-se iau in considerare).Daca nu comenteaza nimeni,asta e.Adminsitratorul alege toate cartile.

Initial,m-am gandit ca preselectiile sa dureze 4 saptamani,dar trebuie sa fie un proiect interesant si frapant asa ca va voi ruga ca in doua zile sa incercati sa alegeti 10 carti.In functie de ordinea in care v-ati inscris blogurile va voi programa-ca sa zic asa.Sper sa nu va deranjeze ca vreau ca aceasta etapa sa se desfasoare foarte repede.Puteti sa-mi spuneti daca nu va place ordinea in care v-am pus.Sunt dispus sa fac modificari!

Etapa II – GALELE:

In functie de numarul de carti voi stabili si numarul galelor. Teoretic ar trebui sa se stranga 240 de carti, dar sunt sigur ca unele se vor repeta. Ca principiu, cu fiecare gala veti putea vota favoritele voastre pe care sa le treceti in urmatoarea gala. De la gala la gala, numarul cartilor se vor injumatati, dar veti avea ocazia sa salvati cateva de la eliminare

Ultima gala se va numi – Booktip si va dura 2 saptamani. In aceste doua saptamani veti face recenzii, interviuri, concursuri, posturi cu cartile favorite/ autorii cartilor favorite. (nu e obligatoriu!)

 Etapa III – SEMIFINALELE:

Toate cartile ajunse in semifinale vor primi cel putin cate trei recenzii. De asemenea, vom posta si recenziile pozitive/ negative ale acestor carti de pe siteul Goodreads.

Etapa IV – FINALA:

O singura carte castiga, dar ambele carti ajunse in finala vor fi aduse in atentia editurilor din Romania.

Asa ca acum vin eu cu cele 5 propuneri, iar voi, prin comentarii lasati propunerile voastre, iar primele 5 carti, vor intra in aceasta lista.

1.- Delirium de Lauren Oliver

2.- Moonlight de Rachel Hawthorne

3.- Las lágrimas de Shiva de César Mallorquí

4.- Partials de Dan Wells

5.- The Pledge de Kimberly Derting

UPDATE:

6.- Vestige de Deb Hanrahan

 

7.- The Stone Girl de Alyssa B. Sheinmel

 

8.- Die for Me de Amy Plum

9.- Hereafter de Tara Hudson

10.- Everneath de Brodi Ashton

Recenzie: Delirium de Lauren Oliver

 REZUMAT:

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love – the deliria – blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

 OPINIE PERSONALA:

Ok… nu am cuvinte pentru recenzia aceasta, sau am prea multe, una din doua! Cazul este ca inca sunt in soc. Mereu am vrut sa citesc o carte cu un final tragic, o carte in care sa nu fie sfarsitul „si au trait fericiti pana la adanci batraneti” dar asta a fost prea mult! Sfarsitul a fost prea… dur, crud (?) Reactia mea cand am inchis cartea?

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Eram socat… Pe cartea Eve de Anna Carey scrie: „O noua imagine, plina de prospetime a ceea ce inseamna adevarata dragoste.” Cred ca acel lucru se potriveste mult mai bine la cartea asta.

Trebuie neaparat sa ma apuc de volumul 2, desi cred ca daca sfarsitul e la fel de socant ca si la acest volum o sa mor :)) Si stiti cum zicea Lena „I’d rather die my way than live yours.”

Cred ca asa a ajuns sa fie cartea mea distopica favorita, ceea ce e ciudat pentru ca dupa fiecare carte de acest gen spun acelasi lucru :))

Lena traieste intr-o lume aparent perfecta, o lume in care dragostea este considerata o boala, boala care a distrus omenirea, iar acum exista antidotul acestei boli, care este antidotul acestei boli? O operatie pe creier, care iti defragmenteaza creierul iar sentimentele de orice natura sunt inlaturate, adica mai sunt acolo, dar nu le poti simti la aceiasi intensitate ca inainte de operatie. Nu mai poti sa iubesti… Lena are 18 ani si mai este putin pana la operatia ei, si a celei mai bune prietene, Hana, Lena viseaza la aceasta operatie de mica, abia asteapta sa fie protejata de acest virus care intra in tine si te mananca pe dinauntru pana la moarte!

Lumea pare aparent perfecta, toti sunt fericiti dupa operatie, dupa moartea mamei sale, matusa Carol a luat-o in grija pe Lena, mama Lenei s-a sinucis din cauza acestei boli, acum ea vrea sa fie in siguranta cat mai repede. dupa operatie nu va mai trebui sa fie acasa la ora 21:00, vindecatii pot sta afara pana la 23:00 [parca asta era ora]

Dar intr-o zi cand merge la alergat cu Hana, aceasta il intalneste pe Alex, un baiat operat care este dragut dar putin enervant la prima vedere (?) De acum incolo viata Lenei incepe sa se schimbe, Hana se schimba, incepe sa asculte muzica neautorizata, sa mearga la petreceri dupa ora limita a celor nevindecati, iar asta ar insemna o operatie grabita, care ar putea avea consecinte fatale, dar dupa ce incearca sa o salveze pe Hana de la o petrecere intr-o noapte de control, totul se schimba, ea se indragosteste de Alex iar tot ceea ce stiuse se schimba, tot ceea ce stiuse si despre invalizi, oamenii care refuza operatia si traiesc in salbaticie, totul se schimba, iar Lena vede lumea altfel, dar vara se aproprie de sfarsit, iar operatie se aproprie cu pasi repezi, iar o lume fara dragoste ar insemna o viata fara Alex, ar insemna o viata alaturi de Brian, baiatul pe care ea la ales ca „coleg” pe viata, un baiat asmatic, si alergic la toate lucrurile posibile :)) cand Lena il intalneste pe Brian prima data si il aude spunand ca nu este la fel de frumoasa ca in poze primul ei gand? „Macar eu nu sunt alergica la viata.” :))))

Unica scapare ar fi sa fuga impreuna spre taramurile salbatice, dar vor reusi oare sa faca acest lucru? Vor reusi oare ei sa fuga departe pentru a se putea iubi in voie, fara limite, fara nevoia de a se ascunde? Ei, asta veti descoperi doar citind cartea.

NOTA: 5/5

CITATE:

Deci cum de data asta nu ma pot rezuma doar la un citat o sa scriu mai multe :))

“Love, the deadliest of all things: it will kill you when you have it, and when you don’t.”

“You know you can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes, right?” she whispers, and her voice is hoarse, as though she’s just been crying.”

“Hearts are fragile things. That’s why you have to be so careful.”

“He is my world and my world is him and without him there is no world.”

“And now I know why they invented words for love, why they had to: It’s the only thing that can come close to describing what I feel in that moment, the baffling mixture of pain and pleasure and fear and joy, all running sharply through me at once.”

“And I love you too.” His fingers skate the edge of my jaw, dance briefly over my lips. “You should know that. You have to know that.” 

 

 

 

Vreau sa citesc… +Movie!

Altered de Jennifer Rush

Cand nu poti avea incredere in tine, pe cine poti sa crezi?

Totul despre viata Annei este un secret. Tatal ei lucreaza pentru Filiala la conducerea celui mai nou proiect: monitorizarea si administrarea tratamentelor date celor patru baieti modificati genetic in laboratorul de sub ferma lor. Nick, Cas, Trev… si Sam, care i-a furat inima Annei. Cand Filiala decide ca e timpul sa-i ia pe baieti, Sam planuieste o evadare, omorand agentii trimisi sa ii recupereze.
Anna trebuie sa aleaga intre urmarea lui Sam si ramanerea in urma in siguranta vietii ei de zi cu zi.Dar tatal ei o forteaza sa fuga, facandu-l pe Sam sa promita ca o va tine departe de Filiala, cu orice pret. Insa exista o singura problema. Sam si baietii nu isi amintesc nimic inainte de zilele petrecute in laborator – nici macar identitatile lor adevarate.
Acum pe fuga, Anna descopera ca ea si Sam sunt conectati in mai multe feluri decat oricare dintre ei s-a asteptat. Si daca amandoi vor supravietui, ei trebuie sa puna cap la cap indiciile despre trecutul lor inainte ca Filiala sa-i ajunga din urma si sa le fure totul.
Siiiiiii vreau sa ajung zilele astea la cinema sa vad noul film in care joaca Ashley Greene, THE APPARITION mai jos va las si trailer-ul filmului.

INTERVIU CU SUZANNE JOHNSON

1.- Welcome Suzanne! Thank you so much for stopping by. At the beginning tell us something about you.

Thank you for inviting me to be here! I have spent most of my career as a journalist, writing for college magazines. I live in Alabama now, but have also lived in Illinois, California, Texas, and Louisiana. I lived in New Orleans for fifteen years before moving to Alabama in 2008. I am single and have two very spoiled dogs named Shane and Tanker.

2.-Royal Street is your debut urban fantasy novel. How does it feel to have your story out there after, I can only imagine, a lot of hard work?

It has been a lot of fun to finally see it on store shelves and online, and to get to talk to people about it and see what they liked. I turned in the manuscript for the third book in the series the week before the first one went on sale, which was weird. I have to be careful not to give away things that happen in the second and third books!

3.- How the story came out in your mind?

I consider New Orleans my hometown, and was living there when Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. Levees around the city collapsed, and 80 percent of the city went underwater, some areas for as long as two months. Many people died; everyone I knew either lost their homes or had a lot of damage. It was a hard time, and I wanted to tell a story that would be entertaining but also honor my hometown and the amazing people who have called it home, past and present. I decided to write the story as an urban fantasy because that’s the type of stories I like to read.

4.- Who is your favorite character of the book?

The one I’d most like to hang out with is my main character, DJ, because she’s not the strongest wizard in the world but she is funny and honest and loyal and puts her whole heart into whatever she does. But my favorite character to write about is the pirate Jean Lafitte. The real Lafitte was a French-born pirate in New Orleans in the early 1800s and a very interesting man. In Royal Street, he is an immortal who comes into the modern city from the “Beyond”—the Otherworld—after the hurricane tears down the barriers between worlds. He is charming and devious, so I have fun with him. He plays an even bigger part in the second and third books.

5.- Do you have a favorite chapter that you enjoy and have fun writing it?

I think it would be chapters 8-9, which is when DJ first meets her new partner, Alex, who is a gun-wielding assassin for the wizards’ elders. DJ has been in a fight with Jean Lafitte and, just when she thinks she’s getting the upper hand, Alex comes in and starts bossing her around.I like their chemistry together because they’re so different. DJ is impulsive and emotional. Alex sees everything in black and white.

6.- What was your biggest source of inspiration when you first started the book?

My own experiences in Hurricane Katrina, and being homesick for New Orleans because I’d just moved away to take another job. Royal Street started as a personal project, but I found I really loved writing fiction and creating this fantasy world on top of the New Orleans I knew.

7.- Who are the authors that inspire you on writing the series?

My favorite author is Stephen King. I grew up reading his novels and think he’s still one of the best storytellers out there. In urban fantasy, I enjoy Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series and Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. I also like some paranormal romance—J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series is amazing!

8.- Do you have a favorite book or books that you loved reading it?

So many! Besides the authors and series I just mentioned, I enjoy reading author Rick Bragg, who writes memoir-type books about his family. I grew up in the same part of the U.S. in a family not that different from his, so I love his books All Over But the Shouting and Ava’s Man.My favorite book of all time is probably Stephen King’s The Stand.

9.- What are you reading right now and what book(s) have you had your eye on lately but haven’t gotten to read yet?

Right now, I’m reading Stephen King’s Wizard and Glass, which is the fourth book in his Dark Tower series—I read a few chapters each week and then write about them on the website www.tor.com. The book I have my eye on to read next is called Dark Companion, a Young Adult book written by my friend Marta Acosta. It will be released in July and I’ve been waiting forever to read it!

10.- On a movie, who will you like to play the main characters of your book?

That’s hard! I think the actress Emilie de Ravin would make a good DJ. Maybe Gilles Marini for the pirate Jean Lafitte—he already has that French thing going. A younger Josh Holloway for Jake. And then there’s Alex….I’m still trying to cast Alex!

Thanks again for stopping by, it was great having you and best of luck with the series. I can’t wait to see where it goes. 

Thank you–I enjoyed being here!

IN STRAINATATE: ROYAL STREET DE SUZANNE JOHNSON

As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ’s boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.

Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.

While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover.

To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.

IN STRAINATATE: THE CATASTROPHIC HISTORY OF YOU AND ME

Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning…. Welcome to forever.

BRIE’S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn’t love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.

But now that she’s D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there’s Patrick, Brie’s mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.

With Patrick’s help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she’s ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

WISHLIST: GLITCH (GLITCH #1) DE HEATHER ANASTASIU

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network. When Zoe starts to malfunction (or „glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers. As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse. In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

COPERTA SAPTAMANII: TOUCH OF FROST (MYTHOS ACADEMY #1)

My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy—a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.

But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why—especially since I should have been the one who died. . .

CARTEA SAPTAMANII: NIGHTFALL (DARK AGE DAWNING #1)

First in a stunning new post-apocalyptic paranormal romance trilogy. 

Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought in her wildest nightmares that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her-one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna’s father. Skilled and steadfast, he’s ready for the prophesied Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and mutant dogs attack-vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.

When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion-a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.

LA NOI: UCENICIA LUI VIKTOR FRANKENSTEIN DE KENNETH OPPEL

Elixirul Vietii (Ucenicia lui Viktor Frankenstein #1)

Cea mai bună carte pentru tineri a anului 2011 în topurile The Times şi Quille & Quire

CELE MAI BUNE INTENŢII
POT DA NAŞTERE
CELOR MAI ÎNTUNECATE OBSESII

Viktor şi fratele lui geamăn, Konrad, au explorat toate coridoarele secrete şi camerele tainice din somptuosul lor castel Frankenstein. Cu excepţia uneia.
Biblioteca Întunecată adăposteşte tomuri străvechi, misterioase, scrise în limbi ciudate şi pline de cunoştinţe interzise. Tatăl lor îi obligă să promită că nu vor vizita niciodată biblioteca, însă în clipa în care Konrad cade grav bolnav, Viktor înţelege că trebuie să descopere cartea ce conţine reţeta pentru legendarul Elixir al Vieţii.
Elixirul necesită doar trei ingrediente. Dar astre nefaste, o alchimie periculoasă şi un triunghi amoros nefericit pun în pericol, la fiecare pas, reuşita strădaniilor lui. Viktor ştie că nu poate să dea greş. Însă sorţii săi de izbândă depind de cât de departe poate împinge graniţele naturii, ale ştiinţei şi ale iubirii – şi cât de mult este dispus să sacrifice!

Romanul Elixirul Vieţii a fost ales de ziarul britanic The Times şi de revista canadiană Quill & Quire drept cea mai bună carte pentru tineri a anului 2011.

Drepturile pentru ecranizarea cinematografică au fost achizitionate încă înainte de publicare de Summit Entertainment, producător fiind Karen Rosenfeld (Amurg).

„Oppel a reinventat thrillerul gotic pentru cititorii moderni. Naraţiunea vibrează de tensiune, emoţiile sunt intense, iar atmosfera este cât se poate de întunecată şi lugubră.” – Rick Riordan

„Povestea lui Oppel este melodramatică, incitantă, neliniştitoare… un amestec delicios de ştiinţă, ficţiune şi horror.” – Publishers Weekly

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WISHLIST: UNEARTHLY (UNEARTHLY #1) DE CYNTHIA HAND

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.