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On my Wishlist (4) – Shades of Grey / Nuanțe de cenușiu- Jasper Fforde

24 Oct
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Hodder (first published December 29th 2009)


Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour.

Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood. Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane – a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed.

For Eddie, it’s love at first sight. But his infatuation will lead him to discover that all is not as it seems in a world where everything that looks black and white is really shades of grey…

If George Orwell had tripped over a paint pot or Douglas Adams favoured colour swatches instead of towels . . . neither of them would have come up with anything as eccentrically brilliant as Shades of Grey.

Different cover



Shades of Grey is the beginning of a dystopian trilogy (the next books are Painting by Numbers – 2013- and Gordini Protocols) and it has nothing to do with 50 Shades of Grey.


Tocmai am vazut ca aceasta carte a fost publicata si in Romania, de editura Litera. Iata descrierea si coperta:


În lumea lui Eddie Russett, culoarea înseamnă destin. Odată testată, percepţia culorii le determină oamenilor locul în Cromatocraţie. Nimeni nu poate vedea preponderent decât o culoare şi nimeni nu ştie de ce –, dar sunt o mulţime de necunoscute apărute după Ceva Ce s-a Întâmplat, dezastrul care s-a abătut asupra omenirii şi care a fost urmat de deFaptizare şi de Retroziuni.

Ca pedeapsă pentru răzvrătirea împotriva birocraţiei Colectivei, Eddie – un Roşu, aşadar cu doar o treaptă deasupra Cenuşiilor, clasa muncitoare – este trimis să facă un recensământ al scaunelor în Carminul de Răsărit, în Hotarele Îndepărtate, un ţinut unde locuitorii au un mod aparte de a interpreta Regulamentul. Într-o lume în care întrebările şi cei care le adresează nu sunt văzuţi cu ochi buni, Eddie se îndrăgosteşte, se răzvrăteşte împotriva Prefectului, află un mare secret şi este înghiţit de un copac carnivor.

Nuanţe de cenuşiu este un roman provocator, sofisticat şi plin de substanţă.


On my Wishlist (3) – Ten – Gretchen McNeil

12 Oct
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Balzer + Bray


And their doom comes swiftly.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?
I really want to read this book since it’s a retelling of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None which I absolutely loved (you can find my review here).
You can buy the book from Amazon or The Book Depository.

On my wishlist (2) – The Archived – Victoria Schwab

6 Oct

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: January 22nd 2013 by Hyperion


Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous-it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

My thoughts

I read the sneak peak offered by NetGalley and all I can say is that I’m definitely going to buy this book when it comes out.

I admit that it was a little confusing at first, but after that I couldn’t put it down. The author’s writing style is different, in a good way, and some parts were like poetry. I liked the way in which she described the Narrows and the Archive (spooky places), the pace was good, the characters were interesting.
I enjoyed the flashbacks between Mac and her grandfather because they made me understand more about the world created by the author and about Mac herself. My only concern is that there will be a case of insta-love (Mac and Wesley).

On my Wishlist (1)

16 Sep


For anyone who’s ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes Wreck This Journal, an illustrated book that features a subversive collection of prompts, asking readers to muster up their best mistake- and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them). Acclaimed illustrator Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in “destructive” acts-poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, and more-in order to experience the true creative process. Readers discover a new way of art and journal making-and new ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.

I really want this. It seems that you can have a lot of fun by “destroying” it.