Archive | September, 2012

After Hello – Lisa Mangum (Review)

28 Sep

Description

What if the first day of your relationship was the only day you had?

Seventeen-year-old Sara is a seeker. She’s always on the lookout for the perfect moment to capture with her ever-present, point-and-shoot camera, especially on her first trip to New York City.

Sam is a finder. He has a knack for finding what other people can’t—a first-edition book or the last two tickets to a sold-out Broadway show. In New York, there is always something interesting to find.

When Sam and Sara’s paths cross, neither one of them is prepared for what they will find out about each other—and about themselves when they form an unlikely partnership in search of a seemingly elusive work of art. They have one day to find the impossible. Fate brought their talents together, but what happens when time runs out? Will love be able to overcome fate? This new novel from award-winning author Lisa Mangum explores what happens after hello.

My thoughts

*Book received from NetGalley.

I thought it was going to be a cute, typical YA romance, but it was more than that…it had depth.

I liked it very much because it was captivating, it was realistic, it taught the reader a lot of lessons and it delivered a message: “If you don’t know what you want, you’ll never get it. What’s more, if you don’t know what you want, you’ll never know when you do get it.”

The story was fun but serious at the same time. The main characters dealt with their own issues, sad events which had happened in their pasts and changed the way they were looking at life. I liked that the story was told from alternating points of view because the reader was able to connect with both of the characters, to read about their emotions and be able to know their thoughts.

I also enjoyed the fact that the plot was set in New York and I think the author did an amazing job describing the city…it was almost like you were really there.

The ending was a little bit sad, but it was an open ending which left the possibility of another book maybe?! but even if it’s not going to be a sequel, the ending was satisfactory enough.

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Nemira susţine campania “România, citeşte!”

27 Sep

Editura Nemira susţine campania „România, citeşte!”, un ambiţios proiect naţional de promovare a lecturii.

Federatia Editorilor şi Difuzorilor de Carte din România (FEDCR) demarează în această toamnă campania naţională de promovare a lecturii „România, citeşte!”, menită să încurajeze lectura în rândul publicului larg.

În contextul actual în care piaţa de carte din Romania este plasată pe ultimul loc în cadrul ţărilor din UE, organizatorii îşi propun să atragă atenţia asupra importanţei lecturii ca motor de dezvoltare personală şi socială. Semnalul de alarmă care a dus la iniţierea acestei campanii a fost dat de studiile recente care arată că 22% dintre români nu citesc nicio carte, în timp ce unul din cinci români citeşte doar o carte pe an.

Campania va include concursuri, lecturi publice, lansări de carte şi o serie de evenimente cu şi despre cărţi organizate în Bucuresti, Arad, Câmpina, Targovişte, Galaţi, Craiova, Brasov şi va beneficia de sprijinul a numeroase instituţii de cultură şi a autorităţilor.

Echipa Nemira se bucură să participe la un astfel de proiect, cu încrederea că tot mai mulţi dintre noi vor descoperi plăcerea şi beneficiile lecturii.

Oferte Nemira

25 Sep

Pachete 45Editura Nemira îți oferă în această săptămână posibilitatea de a achiziţiona pachete de cărți cu o reducere de 45%. Printre pachetele aflate la promoție se numără Cântec de gheață și focRobyn YoungJocurile foameiEleganța sau Noblesse, dar și cărți scrise de Raymond Chandler sau Julian Barnes.

Nascut in septembrieDacă sunteţi născuţi în luna septembrie, profitaţi de ocazia oferită de Nemira pentru a primi reducerea de 50% la orice comandă de cărţi publicate în print de Editura Nemira.

Promotie Noutati

Editura Nemira îți oferă în această săptămână toate noutățile cu o reducere de 40%.

Intră în librăria virtuală Nemira și alege cartea potrivită pentru tine.

Promoțiile se desfășoară în perioada 24 – 27 septembrie. Reducerile nu se cumulează cu alte promoții sau gratuități.

FEMEILE DIN CEALALTĂ LUME SE ÎNTORC… LA FEL DE INTELIGENTE, DE SEXY ŞI DE SUPRANATURALE

25 Sep

MAGIE DE DOI BANI
Un roman din seria FEMEI DIN CEALALTĂ LUME de Kelley Armstrong

După cum probabil mulţi dintre voi ştiu, registrul narativ e schimbat, personajul principal este, de această dată, Paige Winterbourne, dar ritmul de thriller paranormal rămâne, ţinându-te cu sufletul la gură de la prima până la ultima pagină.

Pentru Paige, o tânără şi încă neexperimentată vrăjitoare, nu este uşor să o călăuzească pe micuţa Savannah, în vârstă de treisprezece ani, pe drumul de iniţiere spre maturitate şi să o apere de toate pericolele care o pândesc. Aceasta din urmă şi-a pierdut nu de mult mama − adeptă a magiei negre −, şi se anunţă a deveni la rândul ei o vrăjitoare de temut. Totul se complică în momentul în care Leah, femeia semi-demon care i-a ucis mama, doreşte custodia lui Savannah. În acţiune intră Sabatul vrăjitoarelor, Străbunele, membrii unei atotputernice Cabale, demoni, creaturi din Cealaltă Lume, dar şi avocatul vrăjitor Lucas Cortez (implicat nu fără oarecare interes, dar mânat de bune intenţii şi atras de farmecele încântătoarei Paige)… personaje suficiente pentru ca iadul să se dezlănţuie pe pământ!
Personaje bine conturate, răsturnări de situaţii, umor, mister, romance şi multă acţiune, într-un univers supranatural pe care Kelley Armstrong ştie atât de bine să-l apropie de lumea reală.
Mai trebuie să vă pun în gardă că personajele din primele 2 volume ale seriei apar doar episodic şi fără o implicare în acţiunea cărţii, deci prezentul volum poate fi citit independent.

Cartea are 480 de pagini, formatul 13×20 cm, este cartonată fără supracopertă. Preţul de listă este 39,90 lei, iar la precomandă beneficiaţi de 25% reducere şi transport gratuit.

Alte variante ale copertii 

 

The Replacement – Brenna Yovanoff (Review)

21 Sep

Description

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

My thoughts

I don’t know where to start. I loved the cover, I liked the description, I thought I was going to love the book. That wasn’t the case because I basically struggled to finish it.

I was happy that the story was told from a guy’s perspective and I really enjoyed the first 20 or so pages, but then the story started to go downhill for me, mainly because it was too slow. The atmosphere was dark and creepy but the story was also very confusing. The author didn’t explain very well what was happening in that city and what the main character was. The last part was the best part of the book because it contained some action but even that seemed a little forced.

The characters were dull and weren’t developed at all. I didn’t like any of them except for maybe Mackie’s friend (unfortunately I don’t remember his name) and Emma. I couldn’d stand the main character for a great amount of time, because he was so whiney, he was always complaining for different reasons and he acted in an awkward way. Plus, many of his choices made no sense at all. I didn’t like Tate either because she was constantly angry and she acted like a total stalker.

Overall, I really didn’t care for this book, even though there are many people who enjoyed it.

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The Chase & The Kill – L.J. Smith (Review)

21 Sep

The Chase

I didn’t like this book as much as I liked the first one. Some characters really got on my nerves, mostly Tom and Jenny.
Also, it wasn’t as creepy and entertaining as The Hunter and Julian – the villain- made his appearance only after the first half of the book.

The Kill

To rescue her boyfriend Tom and her cousin Zach from the evil Julian, Jenny Thornton and her friends–Audrey, Michael, and Dee–venture into the Shadow World, armed only with a set of runes that hold the key to the doors of hell.

This was definitely better than The Chase. It was creepy, entertaining, intense and full of action. I liked the fact that all the characters evolved throughout the series and in the end they were very different from the persons we met in the first book.
Even though the ending was sad, it was also perfect because the series couldn’t have ended any other way.

The Hunter – L.J. Smith (Review)

18 Sep

Description

When Jenny buys a game for her boyfriend, Tom, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the guy behind the counter. There is something mysteriously alluring about Julian’s pale eyes and bleached-blond hair. And when he places the Game into her hands, she knows their connection is comething deeper.

But as Jenny and her six friends begin to play the Game at Tom’s birthday celebration, a night of friends and fun quickly turns into a night of terror and obsessive love. Because the Game isn’t just a game – it’s the seven friends’ new reality, where Julian reigns as the Prince of the Shadows.

One by one the friends must confront their phobias to win the Game. To lose the Game is to lose their lives. And that is only the beginning…

My thoughts

This book is the first one in the Forbidden Game trilogy. I actually have the bindup which contains all three books, but I decided to do separate reviews.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it that much since it is written by L.J.Smith and I have a love-hate relationship with this author. She wrote The Secret Circle series, which I didn’t really like and The Vampire Diaries series, which is a guilty pleasure of mine.

The Hunter reminded me of Jumanji, a movie which I loved when I was younger. Jenny and her friends(Tom, Zach, Audrey, Dee, Summer, Michael) decide to play a game and they end being sucked into it where they meet the Shadow Man – the villain of this book who happens to be in love with our main character. He gives Jenny two options: give in and remain in his world or play the game, save her friends by facing their worst nightmares and go home.

I liked the idea of this book and the world created by the author. It was creepy and the nightmares were quite creative. The characters were ok, especially the bad guy. He actually was my favorite one, along with Dee. Jenny reminded me a little bit of Cassie(TSC) and Elena(TVD), not because she was also blonde, but because she was a little too “perfect”. Other than that she wasn’t annoying as the other two girls.

The Hunter was definitely an entertaining read and I would recommend it to you. I must warn you though that the story ends with a cliffhanger.

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Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins (Review)

17 Sep

Description

Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more.  So she’s less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris-until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true.  Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

My thoughts

I went into this book with very high expectations because many people were praising it and I must say that it sort of disappointed me. I didn’t hate it but I wish I could have liked Anna and the French Kiss more than I did.

There were so many moments in which I felt like throwing the book against the wall. 3-4 pages in the book and Anna-the main character- falls in love with literally the first boy she encounters in Paris, Etienne St. Clair- French name, English accent, American school, the hottest guy in school,maybe in the whole city- and of course he has to fall in love with her, even though he already has a girlfriend.

My biggest problem with this book was that I didn’t like Anna or Etienne. She annoyed me from the very beginning. Anna is constantly complaing. Firstly, she’s angry for being sent to Paris then,when she goes home for the Christmas vacation, she starts complaining about America…like she is suddenly too good for it, because, you know, she is a true Parisian right now. Anna is hypocritical, she tends to judge everyone else and she’s very selfish, making almost every situation about herself. Etienne: I have mixed feelings about him. I mean, he cheats on his girlfriend and he is afraid of breaking up with her, but take Anna out of the picture and I might have liked him.

All in all, this book just didn’t live up to my expectations.

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City of Lost Souls – Cassandra Clare (Review)

17 Sep

Description

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

My thoughts

This is an improvement from the previous book, but I feel that nothing happened in it. I guess it’s just a filler for the final book. It went very slow and it also included many scenes that weren’t needed.

It wasn’t captivating at all. The first 300 and something pages contain only make-out sessions and sex scenes that are very annoying and repetitive. In fact, almost every chapter had at least one very long kissing scene in it and all of them had the same description. There wasn’t much action, except for the last 100 pages. How many times does Clary have to say that Jace is not Jace? I mean, come on, we understood that he is controlled by Sebastian..you don’t have to remind that to us every ten pages. Also, this is the fifth book in the series so we already know how Jace looks like. There is no need for Clary to describe over and over again his hair, scars, skin, eyes etc. We got it: he looks like an angel. Can we move on now?!

Clary is a little bit sronger than she was in the previous books, but at the same time she is very selfish and acts without thinking. Alec was my least favourite character because I just couldn’t understand his actions. I can’t say much about Jace because he wasn’t really himself, but Jocelyn, Isabelle and even Simon were annoying most of the time. Sebastian was one of the most interesting characters because of his multiple personalities.

Overall, I think the series could have perfectly ended with the third book.

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Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld (Review)

17 Sep

Description

Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

My thoughts

It was a great story. I haven’t read anything else written by Scott Westerfeld, but I can say that the author has an extraordinary imagination.

Leviathan is a steampunk novel, a retelling of World War I. The world is devided into Clankers (who rely on machinery) and Darwinists (who rely on genetically modified animals). I liked the fact that the book included a map which showed how the world was set up. There were also many excellent illustrations, very detailed which helped me understand exactly how the animals and machines looked like.

Both the main and secondary characters were enjoyable and I really liked the interaction between the main ones, Alek (the prince of Austria) and Deryn (a Brithis girl, disguised as a boy in order to be able to join the Air Service).

I absolutely loved Leviathan and I can’t wait to read the second book in this series.

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