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joi, 26 martie 2015

Recenzie: Tuturor baietilor pe care i-am iubit de Jenny Han

26 martie 0 Comments

Tuturor băieţilor pe care i-am iubit

de Jenny Han


Titlul original: To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Publicat─â prin acord cu Folio Literary Management, LLC ┼či Agen┼úia Literar─â Livia Stoia
Limba original─â: englez─â
Traducere de: Teodora Constantinescu
Anul apariţiei: 2015

Format: 130 x 200 mm,paperback cu supracopert─â
Nr. de pagini: 392


C├ónd iubirile secrete ies la iveal─â... Ce-ar fi dac─â to┼úi b─âie┼úii de care te-ai ├«ndr─âgostit vreodat─â ar afla ce-ai sim┼úit pentru ei... ├«n acela┼či timp? Lara Jean p─âstreaz─â cu sfin┼úenie ni┼čte scrisori de dragoste ├«ntr-o cutie de p─âl─ârii r─âmas─â de la mama sa. Scrisori pe care ├«ns─â... nu le-a primit, ci doar le-a scris. C├óte una pentru fiecare b─âiat de care a fost ├«ndr─âgostit─â. C├ónd scrie, Lara ├«┼či deschide inima ┼či m─ârturise┼čte tot ceea ce n-ar avea curajul s─â spun─â cu voce tare. Scrisorile sunt secretul ei. Nimeni altcineva nu trebuie s─â le vad─â. Numai c─â ├«ntr-o bun─â zi cineva le expediaz─â, iar lumea imaginar─â pe care Lara o ┼úinea ascuns─â scap─â dintr-odat─â de sub control.

Criticii spun:

Felul de a fi al Larei Jean – cu capul ├«n nori, timid─â, capabil─â de emo┼úii puternice ┼či complet naiv─â c├ónd vine vorba de b─âie┼úi – spore┼čte farmecul acestei pove┼čti speciale. – Publishers Weekly




„Nu sunt scrisori de dragoste ├«n toat─â puterea cuv├óntului. Scrisorile mele sunt pentru momentul ├«n care nu vreau s─â mai fiu ├«ndr─âgostit─â. Sunt de r─âmas-bun. Pentru c─â, dup─â ce ├«mi termin scrisoarea, nu mai sunt consumat─â de propria dragoste, care devoreaz─â totul.
Dacă dragostea e ca o posedare, poate că scrisorile mele sunt propriile exorcizări. Scrisorile mă eliberează. Sau cel puţin ar trebui."


Jenny Han a scris primul s─âu roman, Shug(2006) pe c├ónd era ├«nc─â la colegiu. Au urmat seriile de succes The Summer I Turned Pretty(bestseller New York Times) ┼či Burn for Burn(scris─â ├«mpreun─â cu Siobhan Vivian).
Sensibil ┼či amuzant, Tuturor b─âie┼úilor pe care i-am iubit (2014) sondeaz─â tr─âirile unei adolescente ├«n pragul maturiz─ârii, care descoper─â c├ót de important este s─â-┼úi asumi sentimentele ┼či s─â-┼úi ascul┼úi inima.




Vreau s─â ├«ncep aceast─â recenzie prin a v─â spune c─â am avut o mic─â reticen┼ú─â ├«nainte s─â m─â apuc de aceast─â carte. Se ├«nt├ómpl─â adesea ca o carte at├ót de popular─â ┼či discutat─â pe internet s─â fie o simpl─â promovare intens─â care s─â duc─â la un bestseller, o carte despre care e "la mod─â" s─â spui c─â e genial─â ┼či dragu┼ú─â ┼či extraordinar─â. Spun aceste lucruri pentru c─â, dup─â o perioad─â ├«n care toat─â lumea vorbea despre ea pe internet, mai ales ├«n Booktube-ul american, a urmat o t─âcere care mi-a dat de g├óndit. Dac─â romanul lui Jenny Han a fost at├ót de bun, de ce nu mai spune nimeni nimic despre el? Totu┼či, c├ónd s-a anun┼úat publicarea lui la Editura Trei, mi-am dat seama c─â vreau s─â ├«i dau o ┼čans─â, s─â v─âd ┼či eu care e treaba de fapt. Dac─â ratingul meu de 5 flori de vanilie nu v─â spune nimic, atunci da┼úi-mi voie s─â o scriu ┼či eu aici: best decision ever!


Romanul o are ├«n centru pe Lara Jean, care la fel ca autoarea, e pe jum─âtate coreeanc─â. Apropo, numele de familie al autoarei se pronun┼ú─â "Han" ca ├«n rom├ón─â, nu ca g─âina englezeasc─â (am observat c─â lumea are tendin┼úa asta explicabil─â s─â poceasc─â numele ei). Protagonista noastr─â, ca toate fetele de altfel, a avut parte de c├óteva "├«ndr─âgosteli" p├ón─â ├«n clasa a 11-a. Cu toate acestea, nu a fost niciodat─â ├«ntr-o rela┼úie, ci a iubit doar de la distan┼ú─â. Cred c─â acest lucru este u┼čor de explicat dac─â ne g├óndim la firea ei - Lara Jean poate fi considerat─â ca f─âc├ónd parte din categoria acelor fete naive, copil─âroase, mereu "cumin┼úi ┼či devreme acas─â." Ceea ce nu e un lucru r─âu. Ea ┼či-a f─âcut un obicei de a a┼čterne pe h├órtie o scrisoare de dragoste neconven┼úional─â, ├«n sensul c─â le scrie acestor b─âie┼úi tot ce are pe suflet, f─âr─â nicio team─â, neav├ónd ├«n plan s─â le expedieze vreodat─â. 


Via┼úa Larei se d─â peste cap ├«n momentul ├«n care dispare cutia de p─âl─ârii de la mama ei r─âposat─â ├«n care ├«┼či ┼úinea scrisorile, iar b─âie┼úii c─ârora le-a scris ├«ncep s─â le primeasc─â, r├ónd pe r├ónd. Pentru a ie┼či din ├«ncurc─âtur─â f─âr─â s─â strice rela┼úia de prietenie cu unul dintre ace┼čtia, Lara va n─âscoci un plan care o va lua ├«n surprindere p├ón─â ┼či pe ea. Am s─â v─â las vou─â bucuria de a descoperi care este acest plan, a┼ča cum v-am obi┼čnuit ┼či p├ón─â acum, s─â nu v─â dau spoilere ├«n recenziile mele.

Misteriosul expeditor este o enigm─â doar pentru Lara, pentru c─â din exterior, din postura cititorului, ├«┼úi este clar cine e f─âpta┼čul. De aici ├«ncolo, de┼či previzibil─â, povestea este extrem de simpatic─â, ba chiar amuzant─â de-a binelea. Cred c─â nu am mai stat niciodat─â treaz─â dup─â miezul nop┼úii s─â termin o carte ├«n timpul s─âpt─âm├ónii, av├ónd cursuri de diminea┼ú─â a doua zi. 


Personajele sunt de-a dreptul adorabile - mai ales Lara ┼či surioara ei mai mic─â (mie sora ei mai mare mi s-a p─ârut antipatic─â ┼či egoist─â), dar ┼či Peter - cel mai popular b─âiat din liceu. C─â tot veni vorba de Peter, m-am bucurat s─â descop─âr al─âturi de Lara c─â exist─â mai mult─â substan┼ú─â ├«n acest personaj, c─â ├«n spatele imaginii pe care acesta ┼či-a creat-o exist─â o persoan─â extraordinar─â, care merit─â cunoscut─â ┼či iubit─â, ├«n ciuda aparen┼úelor, a impresiilor pe care acesta le las─â cunoscu┼úilor Larei ┼či care o avertizeaz─â ├«n nenum─ârate r├ónduri.

Ce mi-a pl─âcut la nebunie a fost c├ót de real este tot ceea ce se ├«nt├ómpl─â, cum m-am putut reg─âsi ├«n anumite sentimente ┼či situa┼úii prin care trecea Lara. Cred c─â orice fat─â ├«┼či va recunoa┼čte ├«ntr-o oarecare m─âsur─â propria prim─â poveste de iubire ├«n ceea ce este descris ├«n carte. E cu siguran┼ú─â o lectur─â obligatorie pentru iubitoarele de c─âr┼úi dr─âgu┼úe despre iubiri adolescentine. 


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Am ┼či o veste bun─â pentru cei care au citit deja romanul. ├Än mai, va fi publicat volumul 2 ├«n America ┼či sper─âm c─â ├«n cur├ónd ┼či la noi.

miercuri, 25 martie 2015

Recenzie: Octopussy de Cristina Boncea

25 martie 0 Comments

Octopussy 

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Hyena, o adolescent─â de aproape 14 ani, se ├«ntoarce acas─â dup─â o lung─â perioad─â de absen╚Ť─â din mijlocul familiei. Este primit─â deopotriv─â cu entuziasm ╚Öi scepticism de c─âtre Becks, sora sa geam─ân─â, care ├«ncearc─â s─â reconecteze rela╚Ťia lor ╚Öi s─â recupereze to╚Ťi acei ani pierdu╚Ťi. Dar secretele mamei, ale tat─âlui vitreg ╚Öi ale ambelor fete sunt amenin╚Ťate s─â ias─â la iveal─â odat─â cu sosirea straniului unchi din America. Citind aceast─â carte, e╚Öti obligat s─â la╚Öi deoparte toate cli╚Öeele pe care le-ai auzit despre tinerii de azi. Sex, droguri, alcool, nop╚Ťi ├«n cluburi, haine de fi╚Ťe? Pentru Becks si Hyena sunt doar punctul de pornire al propriilor reflec╚Ťii ╚Öi raport─âri fa╚Ť─â de via╚Ť─â – o foarte ciudat─â raportare, de altfel… Un roman ca o c─âl─âtorie fascinant─â ╚Öi ame╚Ťitoare, cu umor sumbru ╚Öi, ├«n acela╚Öi timp, o atent─â celebrare a individualit─â╚Ťii extreme.

Cred c─â asta e una din cele mai greu de scris recenzii din ultima vreme, asta pentru c─â a trecut ┼či foarte mult timp de la ultima pe care am scris-o ├«n limba rom├ón─â. Cristina Boncea este o coleg─â bloggeri┼ú─â ┼či booktuberi┼ú─â, iar curiozitatea ┼či dorin┼úa de a o ajuta s─â ├«┼či promoveze romanul de debut, dar ┼či de a ├«n┼úelege care sunt punctele ei slabe pentru a se ├«mbun─ât─â┼úi pe viitor, m-au f─âcut s─â accept o copie ├«n schimbul unei recenzii. De asemenea, am c─âzut de comun acord cu cei patru mei prieteni minuna┼úi - Diana, Irina, Adrian ┼či Simona s─â citim ├«mpreun─â cu voi aceast─â carte ┼či s─â o discut─âm ├«n cadrul Cartepidemiei.

Chiar ├«nainte s─â ├«ncep s─â citesc romanul Octopussy, au ap─ârut pe internet simultan mai multe opinii, majoritatea ├«ntr-o extrem─â sau alta - fie ridic├ónd ├«n sl─âvi genialitatea operei, fie condamn├ónd autoarea pentru scenele pornografice ┼či limbajul vulgar, recenziile lor d├óndu-mi impresia c─â se face o confuzie mare ├«ntre narator ┼či autor, aduc├óndu-se ├«n discu┼úie v├órsta autoarei ┼či a┼ča mai departe.



Mie, uneia, romanul mi se pare un ├«nceput promi┼ú─âtor, mi-a┼č fi dorit s─â ├«l pot cota cu mai multe flori de vanilie, ├«ns─â experien┼úa at├ót ├«n tentativele de a termina un roman, c├ót ┼či ca pasionat─â cititoare, m-a f─âcut s─â v─âd mult prea clar lacunele acestei c─âr┼úi.

Povestea, ├«n sine, porne┼čte de la o premiz─â extrem de interesant─â, marea gre┼čeal─â fiind lipsa unui indiciu evident c─â romanul vrea mai mult dec├ót s─â ┼čocheze. Un atu ar fi faptul c─â se cite┼čte extrem de repede, este foarte captivant tot ceea ce se ├«nt├ómpl─â ├«n via┼úa gemenelor ┼či cunosc├ónd din alte recenzii c─â subiectul se va dovedi a fi o boal─â mintal─â, am a┼čteptat cu ner─âbdare s─â v─âd mai concret despre ce este vorba. 

Nu am putut s─â nu observ o lips─â a consecven┼úei ├«n personalitatea personajelor - lucru care mai apoi s-ar putea explica, pe baza a ceea ce ni se reveleaz─â ├«n capitolele finale. Cu toate acestea, anumite lucruri mi s-au p─ârut a fi sc─âp─âri. La pagina 38, Hyena ├«l descrie pe unchiul Phil ca ie┼čit din comun fa┼ú─â de fratele lui, "scos parc─â dintr-un film clasic", ca la pagina 40 s─â se afirme c─â pentru ea, el ar─âta "mai mult sau mai pu┼úin ca un homeless oarecare". De asemenea, nu am reu┼čit s─â simt nimic fa┼ú─â de niciunul dintre personaje, poate ┼či pentru c─â sunt o familie at├ót de disfunc┼úional─â ├«nc├ót mi-au dat senza┼úia de irealitate.

Romanul are nevoie de o editare mai serioas─â, a┼ča cum s-a men┼úionat ┼či ├«n alte recenzii. Exist─â at├ót gre┼čeli de tastare, c├ót ┼či dezacorduri, mai des dec├ót mi se pare normal pentru un roman tip─ârit la o editur─â. Aici poate nu e vina autoarei, ci a persoanei care s-a ocupat de corectur─â. Exist─â por┼úiuni ale c─âr┼úii unde am g─âsit c├óte o gre┼čeal─â la fiecare pagin─â, sau la 2-3 pagini.

Cristina a recunoscut ├«ntr-un articol pe blogul ei c─â a scris ini┼úial cu g├óndul s─â a┼čterne cele mai ┼čocante scene la care se putea g├óndi, lucru care mi-a fost evident ┼či ├«n timp ce citeam. Romanul, totu┼či, nu se rezum─â la at├ót, ├«ncerc├ónd s─â aduc─â ├«n discu┼úie ┼či anumite aspecte psihologice referitor la boala mintal─â de care sufera ├«ntreaga familie. 

Vocea autoarei este pl─âcut─â, un stil care pe mine nu m─â deranjeaz─â, dar despre care ┼čtiu c─â unora nu le este deloc pe plac, ┼či anume cel al propozi┼úiilor scurte, uneori f─âr─â predicat, stil ├«nt├ólnit spre exemplu ┼či ├«n Mincino┼čii de E. Lockhart. De asemenea, se folose┼čte romgleza, combina┼úia de cuvinte ┼či expresii rom├óne┼čti ┼či engleze┼čti. Din nou, mi se pare o alegere potrivita, av├ónd ├«n vedere faptul c─â majoritatea adolescen┼úilor ┼či tinerilor folosesc acest gen de limbaj, unii mai pronun┼úat dec├ót al┼úii.

Ce mi-a┼č fi dorit cel mai mult ar fi fost ca autoarea s─â lase mai mult romanul la "dospit". La numai 17 ani, mi se pare extraordinar ceea ce a reu┼čit, dar cred c─â ideea ei merita mai mult─â documenta┼úie, pentru ca s─â se poat─â pune accentul ┼či pe partea psihologic─â. 

Octopussy a fost o lectur─â rapid─â, u┼čoar─â, pl─âcut─â ├«n ciuda tuturor problemelor pe care le-am detaliat. Autoarea vine cu ceva nou ┼či speran┼úa mea e ca ea s─â revin─â asupra acestei c─âr┼úi ┼či s─â o aduc─â la versiunea cea mai bun─â posibil─â, pentru c─â ├«mi dau seama ce poten┼úial are povestea dac─â ea este exploatat─â mai bine.

Cartea merit─â citit─â, ca de altfel majoritatea romanelor contemporane rom├óne┼čti. Cred c─â ar trebui s─â sus┼úinem tinerele voci ale literaturii noastre ┼či s─â ├«ncerc─âm s─â le ├«ndrum─âm spre a deveni c├ót mai buni reprezentan┼úi ai genurilor ├«n care ┼či-au propus s─â scrie. 

Blitz&Giveaway: Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd

25 martie 1 Comments

Deep Blue Eternity 
Natasha Boyd 
(Deep Blue Eternity #1) 
Publication date: March 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult,Romance



Livvy is on the run. And she’s escaped to the one place nobody will ever find her. But the isolated cottage isn’t empty. Her refuge is home to a troubled stranger, Tom, there for reasons of his own. In the intimacy of the abandoned cottage, and the remote wilderness of the island, the electrifying connection between them is impossible to ignore. Both running from their histories and shielding dark secrets, their pasts catch up with them and collide in an unimaginable way. Deep emotions and powerful chemistry face a painful battle with the tangle of lies, and scars of the past. When the truth emerges, hearts will be shattered. “Beautiful … and deeply moving. I could not put it down and am still thinking about it!” ~ Mia Sheridan, New York Times bestselling author of Archer’s Voice.



AUTHOR BIO:
Natasha Boyd is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author with a background in marketing and public relations.  Her debut novel Eversea was a finalist in the 2013 Winter Rose Contest for Contemporary Romance and won the 2014 Digital Book Award for Adult Fiction.  She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers and Island Writer’s Network in coastal South Carolina where she has been a featured speaker on book marketing.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and lives with her husband, two sons and the cast of characters in her head. 




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joi, 5 martie 2015

Review: Mind the Gap, Volume 1: Intimate Strangers

05 martie 0 Comments

Mind the Gap, Volume 1: Intimate Strangers(Mind the Gap #1)

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Elle Peterssen is young, wealthy, and beautiful - and there is a reason someone tried to kill her. Only, Elle doesn't remember any of this. Mind the Gap, the new series by the Eisner Award-winning writer JIM McCANN (Return of the Dapper Men), is a mystery with a paranormal twist. Elle, in a spirit form detached from her comatose body, must not only unravel the mystery of her attacker's identity and motive but her entire life as well. Who can she trust, in both this word and in the gap she exists in that lies between life and death? Filled with twists and turns, Elle's life isn't the only one turned upside down by the attack on her life. Deceit, secrets, and hidden agendas are everywhere in a story where everyone is a suspect, and no one is innocent. Collects Mind the Gap #1-5.


After reading this graphic novel, I was really surprised to see it was published a few years ago. NetGalley usually offers new books, mostly advance reader copies. While I definitely enjoyed it, I can't help being worried since the latest issue came out a year and a half ago and the story doesn't end there. Will it be continued? I want to find out what happens next, but I am not willing to risk reading the following volumes and end up with a cliffhanger that will never be solved if the comic book series doesn't continue.


Mind the Gap tells the story of a young, wealthy, beautiful woman - Elle - who is in a coma after someone whose identity we don't know tried to kill her. She "lives" in a place as a sort of ghost, being able to see what is happening in the hospital and can also visit other places. Elle can also see other comatose patients and has long conversations with them. She suffers from memory loss and it is not clear if the ghosts she is speaking to are real or they are just manifestations of her consciousness.


The story is very confusing, but the artwork is absolutely beautiful and it is very clear this first volume is meant to just introduce you to the story. 


As I have mentioned before, I am very curious about what happened, but the story is progressing slowly and the first 16 issues came out in the years of 2012 and 2013, with only issue 17 released in 2014 - which introduces the second act of the story. 

I am more than willing to dive into the story more but I just fear it won't be continued anymore by the author. Hopefully, NetGalley promoting this after 3 years from its original publication date is a sign the publishers want to test if readers are interested and also re-promote the series. *Fingers crossed*

miercuri, 4 martie 2015

Review:Outcast, Vol. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him

04 martie 0 Comments

Outcast, Vol. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him

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NEW HORROR SERIES FROM THE WALKING DEAD CREATOR ROBERT KIRKMAN! Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it. Collects OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #1-6.


Having recently read the fist volume of The Walking Dead graphic novel, I was excited to get my hands on a digital advance reader's copy of Outcast Volume 1 by the same creator - Robert Kirkman.

While the illustrations are obviously well done and the color scheme was perfectly chosen to give the reader that eerie feeling, the book was nothing out of the ordinary. 

The story certainly seems promising but not much happens in these first six comic book issues. Could it perhaps be too complex and an entire volume was needed to introduce you to what is happening? While the reason of the strange phenomenon occuring in both comic books by Kirkman is not explained in either, I felt it was neccesary for this story. 

Kyle Barnes is surrounded by people who get possesed by demons and he seems to have the power to cast some of them out. They call him an "Outcast" and fear his touch, who seems to make them suffer physical pain. 



His mother was possesed - she is now in a hospital because of Kyle's touch who cast the demon out - and other similar things happening where he is involved make the townsfolk fear and avoid him. The pastor is apparently his only friend, him also involved in trying to cast the demons out of people.


If the occasion should arise, I will definitely read the following issues, in hopes of getting answers. But it is clearly not a priority in my TBR.

duminic─â, 1 martie 2015

Blitz: Memory’s Wake Trilogy by Selina Fenech

01 martie 1 Comments

The Memory’s Wake Trilogy 
Selina Fenech 
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult




Synopsis book 1: Lost in a world full of monstrous fairies, a troubled sixteen year old has to find out who she is and why her memories were stolen before she is found by those who want her dead. She takes the name “Memory” and knows she has just one goal – to find her way home, wherever that is. But this land is strange. No technology to be seen, and iron is banned, thanks to a pact the humans have with the magical creatures who share their pre-industrial era world. In her t-shirt and torn jeans, Memory knows she’s different, even before she performs impossible magic. Haunted by her past, chased by a dragon, wanted by the king and stalked by the strange, handsome savage that seems to know her, everyone is after Memory, and she suspects it’s not just for her eye-catching outfit. Her forgotten past holds dangerous secrets that will challenge everything she believes and risk the lives of everyone she loves. Memory’s Wake contains over 45 illustrations by the author and artist.

Synopsis book 2 - Hope's Reign: 
Everything is slipping away from Memory. The bond of friendship between her, Eloryn, Roen, and Will, that was formed while running for their lives is tearing. In a world that doesn’t feel like home, with a mind filled with nothing but questions, Memory struggles to be true to herself… whoever that is. When her past self starts haunting her, she knows her sanity could be the next thing she will lose.

Synopsis book 3 - Providence Unveiled: 
A wicked plot dating back to the very beginning of Avall is coming to its end, and Memory is a vital part. In order to save her friends, Memory will break all the rules. With all worlds put at risk by her actions, she will have to step up and make the greatest sacrifice to repair Avall and make the world something better than before.

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