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vineri, 28 februarie 2014

Cărţi la lumina lunii (februarie 2014)

28 februarie 0 Comments

carti la lumina lunii


Cred că a sosit vremea să mă desprind de celebrul In My Mailbox, de care oricum nu mă ţineam prea bine din cauza lipsei de timp, şi să vin cu propria-mi versiune. Pentru că nu îmi cumpăr cărţi în mod regulat, săptămânal, ci mai degrabă multe deodată, voi încerca să postez în ultima zi a fiecărei luni. Acestea fiind spuse, să vedem ce cărţi şi-au găsit locul pe rafturile mele luna asta... şi pe spaţiul de stocare a dragului meu Kindle.

În format fizic






  • Arta conversaţiei de Ileana Vulpescu

  • Genţiane de Cella Serghi

  • Mathias de Anna Vary

  • Comedianta de Wladislaw Reymont

  • Colas Breugnon de Romain Rolland

  • Paper Towns de John Green

  • Miss Peregrine de Ransom Riggs

  • The Gondola Maker de Laura Morelli (cu autograf)

  • Cursa de Dean Koontz

  • trei cărţi pentru facultate, pe care le-am pozat pentru amuzamentul propriu :P


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joi, 27 februarie 2014

Boxed Set Blitz (&Giveaway): Shattered Worlds

27 februarie 0 Comments


Shattered Worlds
Boxed Set
Publication date: February 26th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

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Read these bestselling tales of survival against the odds, dark worlds, dystopian regimes and heroic rebels.
Shattered Worlds features six full-length novels from bestselling authors. Immerse yourself in post-apocalyptic civilizations and bleak near-futures where hope still lives.
Featured authors and books are:
Elle Casey: Apocalypsis
Shalini Boland: Outside
Zoe Cannon: The Torturer’s Daughter
Scott Cramer: Night of the Purple Moon
Sarah Dalton: The Blemished
Katie French: The Breeders


Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords

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luni, 24 februarie 2014

My Thoughts on: Exposed by Kyra Davis

24 februarie 0 Comments
Exposed (Just One Night #2) by Kyra Davis {18+}

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Erotica, Chick Lit

Part 2 of the Just One Night series. One passionate night with a stranger turned Kasie’s world upside down, and just when she thought she was getting the hang of things, her fiancé finds out... 
You should sleep with a stranger —those words whispered in her ear by her best friend became a challenge Kasie took to heart. Suddenly, the man who gave her the most shocking pleasure in that upscale Vegas hotel —a man whose name she never bothered to find out —is her company’s biggest client.
As this unknown man becomes Mr. Dade at the office, and Mr. Dade becomes Robert in the bedroom, Kasie’s passion won’t let her deny him anything he wants. But when her fiancé, Dave, finds out, there’s no telling what he will do to keep her, or what Robert will do to steal her away once and for all.


My rating


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My thoughts


 


Meh... I don't know what I was expecting. It wasn't worse nor better than the first book in the series that I received from NetGalley and read a little over a year ago.
The things I do for the sake of knowing the end of a story...
But hey - don't listen to what I'm saying! The book was good, really... if you liked the first one, you'll probably enjoy this one too. Me, on the other hand... I'm kind of disappointed with Kassie's evolution as a character. She went from being totally devoid of any hint of personality to becoming a strong woman... only to be end up being in Robert's control.

Bravo, Kassie! What can I say? What's the saying? Oh, right. You fell out of the frying pan into the fire. That's what you did. Now be a good girl and do whatever "Mr. Dade" tells you to do... he's hot so it's okay and totally worth it. Right? Right?

WRONG!


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marți, 18 februarie 2014

My Thoughts on: Looking for Alaska by John Green

18 februarie 1 Comments


A deeply affecting coming-of-age story, Looking for Alaska traces the journey of Miles Halter, a misfit Florida teenager who leaves the safety of home for a boarding school in Alabama and a chance to explore the "Great Perhaps." Debut novelist and NPR commentator Green perfectly captures the intensity of feeling and despair that defines adolescence in this hip, shocking, and emotionally charged work of fiction.
Miles has a quirky interest in famous people's last words, especially François Rabelais's final statement, "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." Determined not to wait for death to begin a similar quest, Miles convinces his parents to let him leave home. Once settled at Culver Creek Preparatory School, he befriends a couple of equally gifted outcasts: his roommate Chip―commonly known as the Colonel—who has a predilection for memorizing long, alphabetical lists for fun; and the beautiful and unpredictable Alaska, whom Miles comes to adore.
The kids grow closer as they make their way through a school year filled with contraband, tests, pranks, breakups, and revelations about family and life. But as the story hurtles toward its shattering climax, chapter headings like "forty-six days before" and "the last day" portend a tragic event―one that will change Miles forever and lead him to new conclusions about the value of his cherished "Great Perhaps."


My rating:

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“If people were like rain, I was like drizzle and she was a hurricane.”

I don't know how much of a hurricane Alaska Young was. She sure was a mystery, but the real hurricane was what John Green caused yet another time in my heart when I read this book.

“It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn’t the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things.”

Truth be told, I knew I was going to go through a lot of feelings with this one from the moment I saw it was divided into parts entitled "X days before". Before what? My heart knew the answer, and there I was, lying to myself it might be something else. But then... why would everyone have said they cried reading this book? So... I didn't cry, fortunately. Or maybe it would've been better if I did. Here I am, one hour after finishing this, and I feel hopelessly lost.

"“Thomas Edison's last words were 'It's very beautiful over there'. I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful.”"

I can't even put it in words... all that I feel right now. It basically put out there everything each and every one of us questions about life, love, death. But there are no answers to those, there never will be any. I guess we each have to find them on our own. This is not a review, this is just myself trying to get over this book... this book that I don't even know why I liked so much.

“He was gone, and I did not have time to tell him what I had just now realized: that I forgave him, and that she forgave us, and that we had to forgive to survive in the labyrinth. There were so many of us who would have to live with things done and things left undone that day. Things that did not go right, things that seemed okay at the time because we could not see the future. If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can’t know better until knowing better is useless. And as I walked back to give Takumi’s note to the Colonel, I saw that I would never know. I would never know her well enough to know her thoughts in those last minutes, would never know if she left us on purpose. But the not-knowing would not keep me from caring, and I would always love Alaska Young, my crooked neighbor, with all my crooked heart.”

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Leapşa indiscretă :)

18 februarie 0 Comments
Am preluat această leapşă de pe Walking on Letters şi oricine o citeşte este liber să facă acelaşi lucru. Iată aici lista de întrebări pentru cei care vor să răspundă provocării.

1. Când mă uit spre biblioteca mea...

 îmi vine să iau de pe raft fiecare carte pe care nu am citit-o şi să o încep în secunda aia.

2. Atunci când cineva îmi vorbeşte în timp ce citesc...

de cele mai multe ori nici nu îmi dau seama că vorbeşte cu mine.
3. Când deschid pentru prima dată o nouă carte..

mă uit câteva minute la ea, o strâng la piept, o miros, o răsfoiesc.
4. Atunci când păşesc într-o librărie...

mă rog la Dumnezeu să nu ies de acolo cu mai multe cărţi decât pot duce.
5. Când mi se pune pata pe o carte..

o cumpăr, o încep imediat ce ajung acasă şi, dacă mi-a plăcut, înnebunesc pe toată lumea până când fac pe cineva să devină la fel de obsedat de ea ca mine.
6. Primul lucru pe care îl fac după ce termin de citit un roman..

e să mă uit în gol la ultima pagină până îmi revin.
7. Cred că un blog bun de cărţi este acela care...

e întotdeauna sincer în recenzii şi articole. Promovarea cărţilor proaste de dragul unui exemplar cu autograf mă face să-mi pierd orice urmă de încredere în persoana care îl scrie şi, prin urmare, nu mai citesc blogul respectiv.
8. Atunci când îmi cumpăr cărţi le aleg pe baza...

unui impuls de moment, dar de regulă majoritatea mi le doresc de multă vreme sau am auzit în perioada respectivă multe lucruri pozitive despre ele.
9. Atunci când îmi aleg viitoarea lectură mă bazez pe..

din nou, impuls de moment.
10. Când o carte nu mă prinde de la început şi o citesc greu..

mai încep una, dar nu o abandonez de tot pe prima, pentru că nu îmi place să las treburile neterminate.
11. Cred că atu-ul blogului meu constă în..

faptul că atunci când scriu, o fac din plăcere şi nu din obligaţie, şi asta cred că se vede. :)
12. Atunci când trece o perioadă mai lungă de timp în care nu citesc..

înseamnă că am înnebunit şi nu sunt eu însămi.
13. Legat de obsesia mea pentru cărţi, părinţii..

au încetat să se mai minuneze.
14. Pentru mine, un roman bun e..

unul care te face să trăieşti cu intensitate acţiunea cărţii chiar şi după ce ai încetat să mai citeşti.
15. Am o atracţie puternică pentru personajele...

în care mă regăsesc.
16. Pentru mine, o carte este..

aerul pe care îl respiră mintea mea.
17. Dacă cineva îmi cere cu împrumut cărţi..

mă fac că plouă. Dacă ţi-am dat o carte împrumut, înseamnă că eşti foaaarte special.
18. Atunci când aflu că un roman va fi ecranizat..

prima reacţie e să ţopăi de fericire... după care îmi amintesc că puţine ecranizări se ridică la standardele mele şi îmi revin.
19. Atunci când cineva spune despre o carte pe care am iubit-o că e

proastă..

e pe lista mea neagră deja.
20. Oamenii care nu citesc..

mă fac să îi strâng de gât... doar în mintea mea, fireşte.
21. Cred despre cărţile scrise de scriitorii români..

că merită mai multă atenţie şi promovare.
22. Dacă ai avea şansa să te căsătoreşti cu un scriitor/o scriitoare,

acela/aceea ar fi..


aş fi zis John Green, dar mi-a frânt azi inima în Looking for Alaska, so... Christopher Paolini? Just... dragon love. XD


23. Părerea mea despre cititoarele electronice este..

că mi-au salvat viaţa... portofelului.
24. Cred despre leapşa indiscretă..

că a fost amuzant să o completez.


Aştept şi răspunsurile voastre. :)
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duminică, 16 februarie 2014

Character Interview & Giveaway: ​Envelope Red by K. Baskett

16 februarie 1 Comments


Unemployed with no prospects, Dorian Wells is a young man trying desperately to stay afloat and be a good father to his toddler son. While already struggling to pay the bills and earn proper visitation with his child, Dorian’s tumultuous life is thrown into further upheaval when his mother is suddenly hospitalized.
On the verge of losing everything, it seems Dorian finally has a stroke of luck when he inadvertently learns of a potential opportunity with Jakkaru, a decadent, cut-throat organization that pays handsomely by the body count. Dorian’s lifelong friend, Rafe Ibadiah, is his ticket into Jakkaru and soon Dorian is training to be a professional hitman. But learning how to properly kill for a living is not as easy as it seems, and he quickly discovers the short arms of theory are a far reach from reality as the harrowing journey makes him question everything he believes.
The final test before full acceptance into Jakkaru is a contract Dorian must complete alone. Delivered to him via a small red envelope, the name inside propels the stakes of this dangerous game higher than ever before. Dorian will sacrifice anything for his son, but it’s not until he is ordered to do the unthinkable that he grasps the horrific depth of his commitment.
Award-winning author, K. Baskett, expertly weaves a chilling tale of suspense in Envelope: Red that culminates in a shocking look at the prickly nuances of loyalty. Gritty and authentic, Dorian’s story is ultimately a poignant examination of the human condition - what lies within the heart of us all.

Character Interview

Vanilla Moon: Dorian, tell us a little about your relationship with your son.

Dorian: My son, Josiah, means everything to me. From the moment he was born, my entire life changed because my focus went from being about me, and what I want, to being about him, and what he needs. I mean it when I say I would do anything in the world for Josiah. Anything. So when his mother started making it difficult for me to see him, I knew I was going to have to fight for my son. At that point it was no longer about ‘saying’ I would do anything for him. It was time to do it.

VM: Why did you choose to join Jakkaru? Were you that desperate?

D: I truly believed that I had no other options. Everything was going wrong for me and I had no way to provide for my son or afford the lengthy court battle that was underway for my visitation with him. Then I’m seeing my best friend, Rafe, who was living large - with no monetary problems whatsoever. I have to admit I was a little bit jealous of his lavish lifestyle. I needed that type of financial security and to be honest with you, I don’t have the education or experience to go the white collar route. I knew that Rafe was going to be able to get me into Jakkaru. I wanted what he had. As my best friend, he was almost obligated to help me get it.

VM: What was the most difficult part of your training?

D: I had to learn how to separate myself from the job. I always battled with the ethical issues around the assignments and basically had to force myself to remember the reason why I was doing any of it (Josiah). This was particularly hard in the very beginning.  It was also difficult for me to leave my ego at the door. My mentor led me every step of the way, and there were many times that I questioned his expertise when I really shouldn’t have. Eventually, I did learn to just keep my mouth shut and do what I was told.

VM: Do you have any funny moments from your training that you'd like to share?

D: It’s a little embarrassing for me to talk about it, but I’ll tell you this much: on one of the jobs we had to tranquilize two very big dogs. Let’s just say that the tranquilizer darts didn’t work as quickly as I thought they should and I panicked a little bit. My mentor teased me about it, too. The details are in my story so I’ll leave the rest of it for you to read for yourself.

VM: If you knew from the beggining exactly what you were getting into, would you still do it?

D: Honestly, looking back on the situation, I must admit that I never would have joined Jakkaru had I known then what I know now. I thought I was going to be able to handle anything they threw my way, but I never could have imagined what they ultimately asked of me. I was in an impossible position, and for me, there was no “good” option. I did what I had to, but if I could do it all over again, I would have probably just got that job at the fast food restaurant like my girlfriend, Sekoya, wanted me to.

VM: Finally, a piece of advice for us readers.

D: Things aren’t always what they seem. Sometimes you want what other people have, and you think you are willing to do whatever it takes to get it, but you cannot possibly know what goes on behind closed doors. You’re better off making the best of your own situation instead of wasting any time comparing yourself to someone else.

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miercuri, 5 februarie 2014

Top 5 Wednesay RO (3): Favourite Covers

05 februarie 0 Comments
Top 5 Wednesday este un tag care a circulat atât în blogosfera din străinătate, cât şi pe YouTube. El constă în construirea unui top 5, în fiecare miercuri, bazat pe o temă dinainte stabilită. El a fost creat de un booktuber – gingerreadslainey şi adus în blogosfera din România de Pzzike.

Se pare că de data asta avem parte de o provocare şi mai dificilă. Cum să alegi numai 5 coperte? Cum? Of! Nu mai zic nimic...





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