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duminic─â, 24 mai 2015

Recenzie - Regatul umbrelor de Leigh Bardugo

24 mai 3 Comments
Regatul umbrelor (Trilogia Grisha - volumul 1)
de Leigh Bardugo

Magnific. Epopeic. Irezistibil. Magic. Falia Umbrei, un ┼úinut ├«nv─âluit ├«n bezn─â, populat de mon┼čtri, distruge treptat Ravka, o na┼úiune alt─âdat─â m─ârea┼ú─â. Alina, o fat─â orfan─â, singuratic─â, descoper─â c─â posed─â o putere unic─â, ce o face s─â p─âtrund─â ├«n lumea elitei magice a regatului – Grisha. Ar putea ea s─â destrame vraja demonic─â a Faliei Umbrei, eliber├óndu-┼či ┼úara? ├Äntunecatul, o fiin┼ú─â cu o putere de seduc┼úie teribil─â, este conduc─âtorul Grishei. Dac─â ├«┼či va ├«mplini destinul, Alina va fi nevoit─â s─â descopere cum s─â se foloseasc─â de harul s─âu ┼či cum s─â reziste atrac┼úiei periculoase pe care o simte fa┼ú─â de temutul st─âp├ón. ├Äns─â ├«n timp ce-┼či contempl─â viitorul n─âucitor, Alina nu-l poate uita pe Mal, cel mai bun prieten al s─âu din copil─ârie.


Bogat─â ├«n descrieri, magie ┼či r─âsturn─âri de situa┼úie, aceast─â aventur─â memorabil─â ne ofer─â o intrig─â abil condus─â, ├«nso┼úit─â permanent de o re┼úea subteran─â dominat─â de iubire ┼či pericol. -- Publishers Weekly

Leigh Bardugo creeaz─â o poveste magic─â, av├ónd o scriitur─â luxuriant─â, personaje pe care le ├«ndr─âge┼čti pe loc ┼či o lume exotic─â, plin─â de via┼ú─â. Cu siguran┼ú─â ve┼úi vrea s─â citi┼úi continuarea aventurii. -- RT Book Reviews

Nu se compar─â cu nimic din ce-am citit vreodat─â.
Veronica Roth, autoarea bestsellerului DIVERGENT


O (i)realitate ingenios construit─â, plin─â de himere ┼či mitologie, populat─â de personaje ├«n ├«ntregime credibile. Regatul umbrelor, o carte ce abund─â ├«n imagini de o frumuse┼úe tulbur─âtoare ┼či ├«nt├ómpl─âri ce au ├«n centru o eroin─â de neuitat, este alegerea perfect─â pentru fanii lui J.R.R. Tolkien. -- Booklist



"— A┼čtepta┼úi! am protestat eu, dar ├Äntunecatul deja se ├«ntorcea cu spatele, a┼ča c─â l-am apucat de bra┼ú, f─âr─â s─â iau ├«n seam─â icnetele de uimire ale grupului de Grisha din jurul nostru. E o gre┼čeal─â la mijloc. Eu nu… nu sunt…
Vocea mi s-a stins, iar ├Äntunecatul s-a ├«ntors lent spre mine, cobor├ónd privirea spre locul de unde ├«l apucasem de m├ónec─â. I-am dat drumul, dar nu aveam de g├ónd s─â renun┼ú at├ót de u┼čor.
— Nu sunt ce crede┼úi c─â sunt, am ┼čoptit eu cu disperare.
├Äntunecatul s-a apropiat de mine ┼či mi-a spus cu glas sc─âzut, astfel ├«nc├ót numai eu s─â-l pot auzi:
— Nu cred c─â ai habar de ceea ce e┼čti."


 Leigh Bardugo s-a n─âscut la Ierusalim, a crescut ├«n Los Angeles ┼či a absolvit Yale University. ├Ä┼či hr─âne┼čte pasiunea pentru glamour, spirite ┼či deghiz─âri ├«n cealalt─â via┼ú─â a ei ca make up artist la Hollywood. Uneori c├ónt─â al─âturi de trupa sa, Captain Automatic. 



 De fiecare dat─â c├ónd v─âd o serie care provoac─â at├óta entuziasm la noi ├«n ┼úar─â, ┼čoricelul de bibliotec─â din mine vrea ┼či el o buc─â┼úic─â. De multe ori, ├«ns─â, cum a fost cazul seriei Casa Nop┼úii, am pornit cu a┼čtept─âri mari ┼či am dat de o carte mediocr─â. Am urm─ârit de la distan┼ú─â toat─â v├ólva din jurul seriei Grisha de Leigh Bardugo ca o diabetic─â ├«n fa┼úa cofet─âriei ┼či am a┼čteptat, ┼či am a┼čteptat. ┼×ti┼úi cum e, multe trilogii ┼či serii nu sunt terminate la noi. ├Äntre timp, editura Trei ┼či-a f─âcut o reputa┼úie foarte frumoas─â din a nu abandona serii, iar cum al treilea volum ┼či ultimul a ap─ârut de cur├ónd, am profitat de parteneriatul cu ei ┼či am cerut primul volum pentru recenzie.

Cum nu era singurul primit ┼či cum ├«nc─â mi-era pu┼úin team─â s─â nu pornesc cu a┼čtep─âri mult, mult prea mari, am mai a┼čteptat iar─â┼či pu┼úin p├ón─â s─â o ├«ncep efectiv. ┼×i c├ónd am f─âcut asta ├«n cele din urm─â... I was mindblown.


Cartea se prezint─â ca orice Young Adult fantastic tipic: avem o domni┼čoar─â cu respect de sine la p─âm├ónt, simpl─â la ├«nf─â┼úi┼čare, ba chiar boln─âvicioas─â, mereu ├«ncerc─ânat─â, orfan─â ┼či... cum ar putea lipsi interestul romantic? Desigur, avem ┼či prietenul din copil─ârie care se uit─â la toate reprezentantele sexului frumos numai la ea nu. Vi-i prezint pe Alina Starkov, ucenic cartograf ┼či pe Malyen Oretsev. ┼×i da, a┼úi ghicit, universul ─âsta are miros de Rusia. 

├Än ┼úinutul Ravka, Grisha, membri ├«n Armata a Doua a Regelui, sunt acei oameni ├«nzestra┼úi cu tot soiul de puteri magice. Spre deosebire de restul locuitorilor, tr─âiesc ├«n lux ┼či sunt admira┼úi printre altele ┼či pentru frumuse┼úea lor izbitoare. Dintre ei, cel mai de temut e ├Äntunecatul, sau dac─â e s─â spunem lucrurilor pe nume, cel care conduce de fapt Ravka.


La ├«nceput ne este prezentat─â pe scurt rela┼úia dintre cele dou─â personaje - Alina ┼či Mal - dup─â care suntem arunca┼úi direct ├«n ac┼úiune, c├ónd cei doi trebuie s─â traverseze Falia pe o barc─â al─âturi de o mul┼úime de al┼úi oameni. Ce este Falia? Ei bine, ├«n urm─â cu mult timp, unul dintre vechii ├Äntuneca┼úi, ├«nsetat de putere, a creat accidental aceast─â Nemare ├«n care domin─â bezna ┼či mi┼čun─â volcrele - ni┼čte mon┼čtri zbur─âtori care au obiceiul prost s─â pape oamenii. ├Än aceast─â c─âl─âtorie ├«nc─ârcat─â de ac┼úiune, Alina Starkov descoper─â c─â nu este a┼ča de obisnuit─â precum credea - este ┼či ea o Grisha, iar ├Äntunecatul devine foarte interesat de t├ón─âra noastr─â domni┼čoar─â.



Nu cred c─â este de mirare, dar ea ┼či Mal vor fi separa┼úi, iar Alina va locui al─âturi de elita magic─â a regatului Ravka, unde va fi instruit─â, iar al─âturi de ea vom ├«nv─â┼úa ┼či noi mai multe despre ace┼čtia ┼či despre lumea fantastic─â a lui Leigh Bardugo.

La o prim─â vedere, a┼úi zice c─â sun─â a 70% din c─âr┼úile fantastice pentru tineri pe care le-a┼úi mai citit sau de care a┼úi auzit. V─â asigur ├«ns─â c─â, la un moment dat, v─â va deveni foarte evident c├ót de extraordinar─â este aceast─â carte de fapt. V─â dau c├óteva indicii: intrigi de curte, mitul unui cerb str─âvechi, personaje misterioase cu inten┼úii ascunse, un conduc─âtor de temut sexy, periculos ┼či pagini care parc─â se dau singure.

Este un debut incredibil pentru o trilogie ┼či chiar ast─âzi voi continua cu volumul doi. Va fi una dintre pu┼úinele serii pe care o citesc ├«n ├«ntregime ne├«ntrerupt. Dac─â nu a┼úi pus m├óna pe ea p├ón─â acum, nu ┼čtiu ce face┼úi cu via┼úa voastr─â.

- Adela C.

mar╚Ťi, 19 mai 2015

Concurs aniversar cu coltisori :)

19 mai 0 Comments


Regulament concurs:
 Va fi un castigator al celor doua volume din Casa Noptii, ales prin random.org. Concursul se incheie in 5 iunie.

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Marea calatorie a pisicilor in Regatul Umbrelor | Book Haul #9

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Un book haul plin de peripetii, cu pisici si carti care cad din senin. :) 

Recenzie Apocalipsa dupa Ceausescu: 
http://vanillamoonbooks.blogspot.ro/2013/04/recenzie-apocalipsa-dupa-ceausescu.html

Booktube Romania - grup de Facebook - fii la curent cu noi booktuberi romani si noi videoclipuri despre carti
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BookTubeRO/

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luni, 11 mai 2015

Cerul e pretutindeni - in curand la Editura Epica

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Cerul e pretutindeni
de Jandy Nelson


CERUL E PRETUTINDENI ╚Öi ├«ncepe de la picioarele tale Ar fi trebuit s─â mor de at├óta suferin╚Ť─â, nu s─â m─â ├«ndr─âgostesc… Lennie este o t├ón─âr─â de 17 ani, c├ónt─â la clarinet ╚Öi iube╚Öte foarte mult c─âr╚Ťile. ├Ä╚Öi duce via╚Ťa, lini╚Ötit─â ╚Öi mul╚Ťumit─â, ├«n umbra expansivei sale surori mai mari, Bailey. ├Äns─â, c├ónd Bailey moare subit, Lennie e catapultat─â in mijlocul scenei propriei sale vie╚Ťi - ╚Öi, ├«n pofida experien╚Ťei sale nule ├«n privin╚Ťa b─âie╚Ťilor, se treze╚Öte dintr-odat─â oscil├ónd ├«ntre doi. Toby este fostul iubit al lui Bailey; durerea pierderii din sufletul lui o oglinde╚Öte perfect pe cea a lui Lennie. Joe este sosit recent ├«n ora╚Öul lor, tocmai din Paris, ╚Öi este posesor al unui z├ómbet at├ót de magic precum talentul lui, fiind un foarte bun interpret la chitar─â clasic─â. Pentru Lennie, unul e soarele, iar cel─âlalt luna. Unul ├«ncearc─â s─â o scoat─â din suferin╚Ťa crunt─â, iar cel─âlalt o consoleaz─â ├«n aceasta. Dar c├ónd cei doi se intersecteaz─â, universul lui Lennie e pe cale s─â explodeze…


Jandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sky is Everywhere, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling second novel, I’ll Give You the Sun, received the prestigious Printz Award, Bank Street's Josette Frank Award, and is a Stonewall Book Award honor. Both Sun and her debut, The Sky Is Everywhere, have been YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults picks (Sun, a Top Ten on Both YALSA and Rainbow Lists) and on multiple best of the year lists including the New York Times, Time Magazine, NPR, have earned many starred reviews, and continue to enjoy great international success, collectively published in over 47 countries. I'll Give You the Sun has been sold to Warner Brothers and screenwriter Natalie Krinsky is currently writing the adaptation. Jandy, a literary agent for many years, received a BA from Cornell University and MFAs in Poetry and Children's Writing from Brown University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently a full-time writer, she lives and writes in San Francisco, California—not far from the settings of her novels. Visit Jandy at www.jandynelson.com. Follow her on twitter: @jandynelson or Facebook: Facebook.com/jandy.nelson. Author photo credit: Sonya Sones. 


duminic─â, 10 mai 2015

Review: Talonsphere (Legends of Marithia #3)

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Talonsphere

Series: Legends of Marithia, Book #3
by Peter Koevari



(Legends of Marithia 3 can be read in its own right or in sequence in the Legends of Marithia series) The glowing stronghold of Marithian resistance, Greenhaven, has been recaptured from the Forces of Darkness in a victory overshadowed by a dark secret's revalation. Vampire-sorceress Kassina is hell-bent on seeing out the Blood Red Moon prophecy and enact a grim conclusion to the world as they know it. As the realm of the underworld merges with Marithia, the Lord of Darkness, Shindar, is ever closer to marching into Marithia with his army. Prince Vartan must walk his fated path and seek out Talonsphere, the ultimate weapon that will save them all that resides in the elusive location, Daessar. He is aided by the legendary dragons, a woman from the stars, a demon hunter, and a trusted knight. Everything they fought for has led to this moment, and the gods watch from the stars above as the prophecies collide. Who will be left standing?

Peter Koevari is a writer that holds fantasy dearly close to his heart. From an early age, he was immersed in all media of fantasy that he could get his hands on. Memories of movies such as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Star Wars, Conan, The Last Starfighter, The Princess Bride, and many more are cherished memories of fantasy nostalgia.

Peter’s hunger for storytelling was growing from a young age. Feeding off movies, video games, and books, the hunger had never been quenched. There was a yearning for something, as if he was enchanted by a spell and did not know how to release it.
The worlds held inside his imagination had to be shared with readers of the world.

It took over 10 long years to unlock the doors to worlds such as Marithia, and to pen them into books to share with anyone willing to travel to his worlds, but once he found the key and began to write… everything made sense.
Peter’s writing will surprise you, may shock you and take your emotions by its talons, but will transport your mind into a world of fantasy like you have never read before.



It is always difficult to review books that are part of a series without giving spoilers, but as always, I will keep it spoiler-free, and hopefully convince you to give Peter Koevari's books a try.
Before my feelings get all over the place, let me warn you that this series is intended for adults, as it contains violence, sex and a Dark Fantasy theme in general.

I also feel obliged to let you know that after reading and reviewing the first two books in the series, I have become friends with the author, and actually proofread most of the novel years ago, before the first two books in the series were re-edited. There's also a new character in this third book named after me and based on my personality. However, I believe this doesn't influence my rating in any way, nor does it mean I will start praising it for reasons other than its awesomeness. 



Since I've read the second book in the series around 2 and a half years ago, I was afraid at first that I wouldn't remember all the characters and plot. The good thing though, is that the book was written so that it could be written on its own, which was perfect, as there are quite a few new characters in it, with old characters being reintroduced. 

Legends of Marithia - Talonsphere tells the story of Prince Vartan, who is ready to follow his destiny and give up anything to save Marithia from Shindar, the Lord of Darkness, who plans to take over the world. While powerful and all that, he is banished in the Underworld, and Kassina, vampire and sorceress, acts in his name. Apart from elves, dragons, seers, gods, demons and skeletons, which are present in the previous installments, the book also introduces new creatures, my favourites being the mermaids. Oh, and we also have pirates.


The first part of the book is a little bit slow (as in lacking of battles and deaths), but as you know from previous reviews of mine, I actually like that in Fantasy books, as long as it has a purpose for my understanding of the fictional world. But after a while, I had to buckle up because it gets so action-packed, full of surprises and plot twists that you have to stop and take it all in. 


I must admit, there was a certain battle in which a certain character dies and I found it so frustrating and unfair, knowing it was necessary for the main character to fully embrace his mission, but I somehow felt it was a pointless, pointless death other than for the plot, and it was the only thing I disliked about the book. Reading more and nearing the ending, I realised what I thought was the author pulling the strings for the plot's sake was actually... not quite true. Someone other was pulling them. 


It was also the reason I decided I'll rate it 5 stars instead of 4. But I'll let you discover that as hopefully, I've convinced you to start (or continue) the series - which doesn't end here.

mar╚Ťi, 5 mai 2015

Wrap Up #4 | Aprilie 2015

05 mai 0 Comments


Cartile despre care vorbesc in acest video sunt:

Volumele 1-3 din The Bride of the Water God de Yun Mi-kyung
Regina adevarata de Erika Johansen (Recenzie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIO95AZ9ywo)
Numerele 8-10 din The Walking Dead RO
Legends of Marithia - volumul 3 - Talonsphere de Peter Koevari

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