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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Music Time

Do not be fooled by the picture, enjoy the music!
It's beautiful!

Printed Books Giveaway Hop International

 Ebooks are becoming more and more popular but there are still many people who prefer printed books
Click here to see the list of blogs participating to this hop.

You can choose any book you want in print format up to 10 Euro (~13 $)! 

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New Cover: Found (The Crescent Chronicles #3) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Description:
 
Levi might be hot, strong, and have a cool set of wings, but it's not enough to make up for keeping Allie in the dark.
Allie's tired of being left with more questions than answers. She's tired of loving a guy who refuses to level with her. Most of all, she's tired of her life spinning out of control.
Desperate to save Jess no matter the personal cost, Allie has to face the possibility that the only one she can trust is herself.

Descriere:

Levi poate ca este sexi, puternic si  dotat cu un set bun de aripi, dar asta nu e de ajuns pentru a o tine pe Allie in intuneric. Ea este satula de atatea intrebari lasate fara raspuns. 
Disperata sa o salveze pe Jess indiferent cat ar costa-o, Allie trebuie sa accepte posibilitatea de a nu putea avea incredere decat in ea insasi.

                  The Crescent Chronicles                     #1                                      #2

Silver-White (The Great North Woods Pack #1) by Shawn Underhill Book Blast


The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep
.”
~ Robert Frost


*Evie’s family has been holding out on her …

Big time.

On an unexpected visit to her grandparents’ house in New Hampshire’s secluded North Woods, the sixteen-year-old literally runs into the truth of the long-hidden family secrets, and finds herself thrust without warning into the clandestine world of the Great North Pack—a wild and exhilarating world of rugged beauty, heart-pounding adventures, and long nights running under a sea of stars … but as she’s set to discover, a world also fraught with potential dangers lurking in the shadows.

Praise
 "Simply put, this book was amazing. I've read more fantasy novels than than I can count, but this one is certainly one of the best. The heroine isn't some wishy-washy pansy that screams at everything, and the focus of the story isn't on some unbelievably beautiful teenage girl who suddenly becomes the biggest, baddest member of her species falling in love with some big, bad, sexy member of her newfound species. It's about a girl becoming something she never knew existed, finding her place within the pack family she values more than ever before, and an age-old feud that threatens everything she loves." ~Morgan


Author Shawn Underhill
Shawn is a part-time writer from New Hampshire, where he spends his free time hiking in the mountains, camping, racing dirt bikes, or anything else that keeps him outdoors. Dogs are his very favorite people. He is also the author of the novel All Things Different.


BookBlast $100 Giveaway
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Unbeautifully Loved (Unbeautiful Life #1) by Emma Grayson

Description:

After being on the run from her dark and painful past, Lexie Todd is finally forced by her best friend Mollie into settling into a new place for the first time in months. Having been hurt in more ways than one in the past, the last thing Lexie is expecting or wanting is to meet someone as persistent and annoying but incredibly gorgeous as Lukas Gunn.

When an incident leaves Lexie banged up and rattled, Lukas knows there’s more to her than meets the eye as something is haunting her to the core making him nothing but determined to make her his and protect her from whatever it is that casts the dark painful shadow behind her eyes.

But when her past shows up and pulls Lexie back into the nightmare she already once escaped while leaving her closest loved ones in danger it’s up to Lukas to save her from her darkest nightmare relived.

Will Lukas be able to save Lexie? Or will Lexie succumb only having known what it’s like to be Unbeautifully Loved?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Castigator Magic Bites

Castigatorul este:

STAN DANIELA
(aka GFC Stan Dana)
Castigatorul poate fi vazut in formularul Raffle aici.
Felicitari!
Regulile le stiti; daca nu, mergeti pe pagina "Concursuri"!

Music Time

Save Tonight

Concurs Sfantul Valentin - 10 lucruri pe care le-am facut (si probabil n-ar fi trebuit)

Hei! Cred ca ati aflat de noua editura EPICA care promite multe carti Young Adult si New Adult frumoase !
Pentru ca tocmai am primit precomanda cu prima carte publicata de Epica, am zis ca cea mai buna ocazie pentru un concurs cu ea e tocmai sarbatoarea iubirii. Asadar sunteti invitati sa completati formularul.

E unul dintre lucrurile pe care trebuie sa le faceti!

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Concurs Sfantul Valentin - Sange albastru (#1-4+1) de Melissa de la Cruz

De împrumut sau românească, nu contează cât timp săbătoarea prețuieşte ceva frumos. Aşa că ne-am hotărât să avem un concurs şi de Sfântul Valentin.

Premiul îl reprezintă cele patru volume+1 apărute la noi din seria Sânge Albastru. Dacă nu ştiți despre ce este vorba, atunci reveniți un pic mai târziu azi şi o să puteți citi despre ea. Până atunci, dacă vreți să vă încercați norocul, completați formularul de mai jos.

Menționăm că volumul 4 nu a apărut încă, este în precomandă. Dacă intervine ceva în planurile editurii în ceea ce-l priveşte şi nu va apărea pe piață la data programată, acesta va fi oferit atunci când va fi disponibil .
Succes!
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The Bones of Others by Vickie McKeehan

Descriere:
Publicata pe 28 ianuarie 2013

La vârsta de doisprezece ani Skye Cree a fost răpită. Dar Skye a reuşit să scape. Acum ca adult, este o supraviețuitoare pe urma monştrilor la fel ca cel care a luat-o în acea zi din parc punând capăt copilăriei sale.

Josh Andre este un mic ciudat şi bogatul proprietar al unei companii producătoare de jocuri. Noaptea în care drumul i s-a încrucişat cu Skye Cree i-a schimbat viața pentru întotdeauna, ducând-ul pe o cale total diferită de cea pe care şi-o plănuise.

Din momentul în care şi-au unit forțele, se vor aventura în partea întunecată a Seattle-lui unde traficul de ființe umane e în floare şi copiii sunt cumpărați şi vânduți în fiecare zi. Dar nu toți pot fi salvați. Va fi nevoie de un instinctul unui lup pentru a găsi ceea ce monştrii îngroapă – oasele altora.

Description: 
Published on 28th January 2013
At the age of twelve Skye Cree was kidnapped. But Skye managed to get away. Now as an adult, a survivor, she’s on the prowl for monsters like the one who took her that day from the park, putting an end to her childhood.

Josh Ander is the geeky, wealthy owner of a gaming company. The night he crosses paths with Skye Cree, changes his life forever, putting him on a different path entirely than the one he’d planned.

Once Josh and Skye join forces, they’ll venture into the dark side of Seattle where human trafficking thrives and kids are bought and sold every day. With girls disappearing off the streets in alarming numbers, with young lives hanging in the balance, they’ll do whatever it takes to hunt down the ones preying on kids. But not all can be saved. It will take a wolf’s instincts to find the monsters burying—the bones of others.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Review The King of Plagues (Joe Ledger #3) by Jonathan Maberry

"The miserables have no other medicine
But only hope." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
Naturally I had to present to you the volume three before fourth, but I do not remember why I didn’t at the right time, so I'll tell you now about this third book of the Joe Ledger series. The book, The King of Plagues, continues the hero’s adventures after the events of The Dragon Factory.

The novel comes out a bit of pattern series, not in terms of the action that is as exhilarating as always, but by the fact that here you’ll not going to have part by some strange creatures (fantasy?) like zombies as in the book #1, genetic mutants in the second or vampires as in the fourth volume. Instead of obvious monsters we will have to deal with normal physically individuals, but who are mentally... Beasts with a human face, I could not describe them better. The mystery ... mystery will not fail us and if we are not enamored of mythology anymore, we'll have part of secret societies. Yes, also in this book, where the enemy can stay with you at the table without you suspecting anything it takes something more than brute force and sophisticated weapons to prevail, because in a war of terror enemy will never fight openly. In these cases prevails the intelligence and the need to keep the initiative and to be one step ahead of your opponent: a secret organization that wants to destabilize the world, to establish global chaos and terror just to earn money and power from disorder, and nothing, but nothing is forbidden or exaggerated. A truly terrifying opponent that will give hard times to the DMS who will throw again Joe Ledger plunged into battle. DMS manages to find the ideal composition between their specialist intelligence and Ledger’s intuition, talent and warrior experience and to create that unique opportunity to be the ones who will have the last word.

The author maintains book’s freshness and thrill with some surprises about the characters that, when you least expect it, will prove to be different than you thought.

It’s a true suspense thriller, where the action is at home. You’ll not have only punches and guns everywhere, but also the opportunity to put your mind (a bit) to work.

The author's unmistakable style is present, the story is great and you will real enjoy it.

Romanian:
"Săracii nu au alt leac/Altul decât speranța."  Wiliam Shakesperare/ Măsura pentru măsură
Normal că trebuia să vă prezint volumul trei înainte de patru, dar nu îmi mai aduc aminte de ce nu am făcut-o la timpul potrivit, așa că o să vă vorbesc acum despre a treia parte din seria Joe Ledger. Cartea, The King of Plagues, continuă aventurile eroului după evenimentele din The Dragon Factory.

Romanul iese un pic din tiparul seriei, nu prin prisma acțiunii care este tot atât de antrenantă, ci prin faptul că aici nu o să mai aveți parte de creaturi ciudate (fantastice?) de genul zombie ca în prima, mutanți genetici ca în a doua sau vampiri ca în volumul patru. În locul monștrilor evidenți vom avea parte de indivizi care sunt normali fizic, însă sufletește... bestii cu față umană pe care nu i-am putea caracteriza altfel mai bine. Misterul... misterul nu ne va părăsi şi dacă nu mai suntem vrăjiți de mitologie, o să avem parte de societăți secrete. Da, și în această carte unde inamicul poate sta cu tine la masă fără să bănui nimic este nevoie de ceva mai mult decât forță brută și arme sofisticate pentru a ieşi învingător, căci într-un război al terorii inamicul nu va lupta niciodată pe față. În aceste cazuri primează inteligența și necesitatea de a nu pierde inițiativa și de a fi cu un pas înaintea adversarului: o organizație secretă ce vrea să destabilizeze lumea, să instituie haosul și teroarea la nivel mondial doar pentru a câștiga bani şi putere de pe urma dezordinii și pentru care nimic, dar nimic nu este interzis sau exagerat. Un adversar cu adevărat terifiant ce va scoate peri albi celor de la DMS care-l vor arunca pe Joe Ledger din nou în vâltoarea luptei. DMS reuşeşte compoziția ideală dintre inteligența specialiştilor şi intuiția, talentul și experiența lui de luptător creându-şi astfel unica oportunitate de a fi cei ce vor avea ultimul cuvânt.

Autorul menține prospețimea şi tensiunea cărții prin unele surprize pregătite în privința personajelor care când nu te aştepti se vor dovedi a fi altceva decât ați fi crezut.

Un adevărat thriller de acțiune unde suspansul este la el acasă. Nu o să aveți parte doar de pumni și pistoale la tot pasul, ci şi de ocazia de a vă pune mintea (un pic) la lucru.

Stilul inconfundabil al autorului este prezent, povestea este deosebită şi vă va cuceri.

Cover reveal Rogue (Croak #3) by Gina Damico

If you live in US you can participate to the author's giveaway here

Description:

Lex is a teenage Grim Reaper with the power to Damn souls, and it’s getting out of control. She’s a fugitive, on the run from the maniacal new mayor of Croak and the townspeople who want to see her pay the price for her misdeeds. Uncle Mort rounds up the Junior Grims to flee Croak once again, but this time they’re joined by Grotton, the most powerful Grim of all time. Their new mission is clear: Fix his mistakes, or the Afterlife will cease to exist, along with all the souls in it. 

The gang heads for Necropolis, the labyrinth-like capital city of the Grimsphere. There, they discover that the Grimsphere needs a reboot. To do that, the portals to the Afterlife must be destroyed…but even that may not be enough to fix the damage. Things go from bad to worse, and when at last the fate of the Afterlife and all the souls of the Damned hang in the balance, it falls to Lex and her friends to make one final, impossible choice.

The New Hunger (Warm Bodies 0.5) by Isaac Marion


Description:

New York is a bayou. New Orleans is a reef. The entire country has been devastated by natural disasters and governmental collapse, and on top of everything else there is the annoying problem of zombies trying to devour you at every turn. But sixteen-year-old Nora and her younger brother Addis are about to discover the most frightening thing yet: being abandoned in this horrific world by their own parents.

Left with only a bag of clothes and a first-aid kit, Nora and Addis begin a harrowing journey to connect with anyone who isn't looking to rob them or eat them. A wounded man wrecks a meal of green beans and French fries at the top of the Space Needle in Seattle. An attempt to get a good night’s sleep in a fortified motel is ruined by an undead face staring at them through the window. And they just can’t seem to shake someone – something – that’s been following them everywhere they go….

Meanwhile, a girl named Julie is traveling toward the city in an SUV with her parents. She is only twelve, but has already seen friends die and her school burn. She has watched her father become nearly as cold and remorseless as the Dead. All she wants is someplace to call home, even if it never really will be.

And somewhere nearby, a tall man awakens in the woods, unsure of exactly where he is, or even who he is. As he struggles to remember details of his life, a single consonant comes to him: R. He is…a name that begins with R….

Isaac Marion once again demonstrates his remarkable gifts as a storyteller as he brings the world of WARM BODIES back to life. Grounding his characters in real emotion, Marion makes you root for them to save the world even as they simply try to stay alive.

Cover Reveal Crimson Flames (The Crimson Series #2) by Ashley Robertson

Description:

Half-vampire Abby Tate is determined to learn more about the sorceress powers that were awakened inside her when she was turned into a vampire—making her a whole new hybrid species. There’s a group of rogue vamps banding together and forming a Resistance against the vampire governing body, The Head Council, and Abby’s newly discovered powers are the key to the Council’s victory. Now the Resistance will do anything possible to remove the hybrid threat, and with no other options, Abby is forced to rely on the aid of the Council, yet can she trust the very vampires that hunt for her human lover? And even worse, can she fight the unwelcome attraction that’s growing between her and one of those ancient vampire rulers?

Click here if you want to read the first chapter (the author's blog)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Young Adult Giveaway Hop International

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Mythical Books lets you choose your book! We just make suggestion, you'll can choose any YOUNG ADULT book you want up to 12 Euro (1 Euro ~ 1,30 $).


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Giveaway Happy Birthday Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Nu era programat, dar am aflat ca azi se sarbatoresc 200 de ani de Pride and Prejudice!!


Deci trebuie sa sarbatorim si o facem cu un concurs in cinstea acestei nemaipomenite carti si scriitoare.
Tot ceea ce trebuie sa faceti e sa lasati un comentariu cu numele si numele GFC- asta pana duminica 3 Februarie ora 20:00.

Cum e de preferat sa citim toate cartile asa cum au fost scrise (sau cel putin asa as fi vrut sa pot eu) cartea premiu este Pride and Prejudice in limba engleza. Si pentru a nu se plictisi pana duminica, o sa fie insotita de Northanger Abbey de Jane Austen

Succes!
Se pot inscrie si cei ce prefera cartea in limba romana, dar vor primi DOAR Mandrie si prejudecata nu si Manastirea Northanger.

Jack Templar Monster Hunter by Jeff Gunhus - Book Blast

Description:

Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack's fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it's great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend "T-Rex" from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he's the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he's destined to be in the family business. Second, that there's a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits...until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.

As if that weren't enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the "One?" Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.

Descriere:
Orfanul Jack Templar nu îşi aminteşte nimic despre părinții săi şi ştie prea puține detalii despre moartea lor de la Mătuşa Sophie. Lucrurile încep să se schimbe cu o zi înainte de a împlini paisprezece ani. La început e bine: dobândirea pe neaşteptate a unei noi puteri îl ajută să-l apere pe băgăciosul său prieten “T-Rex” de bătăuşul şcolii şi fata de care e îndrăgostit, Cindy Adams, îl remarcă. Dar apoi, o fată misterioasă pe nume Eva soseşte şi îi spune două lucruri care îi vor schimba pe veci viața. Primul, că face parte dintr-o lungă linie genealogică de vânători de monştri şi că îi este predestinat să aibă aceeaşi ocupație. Al doilea, că există un armistițiu între monştri şi oameni şi anume acela că nu pot fi atinşi copiii sub paisprezece ani. Astfel, Jack mai are o singură zi înainte ca sute de monştri să năvălească în micul său orăşel Sunnyvale şi să încerce să-l ucidă.

Ca şi când asta nu era destul de rău, lucrurile se vor complica mai mult când Jack va descoperi că Lordul Creach-ului (aşa cum îl cunosc toți monştrii) are o râcă personală împotriva lui şi ar face orice să-l vadă pe Jack murind încet şi în chinuri. Pentru a rămâne în viață şi a-şi salva prietenii, Jack va trebui să înfrunte: vârcolaci, vampiri, harpii, troli, zombie şi alții. Dar poate cel mai periculos lucru pe care trebuie să îl înfrunte este adevărul despre trecutul său. De ce ceilalți vânători îl numesc ultimul templier? De ce şuşotesc că el ar putea fi “Cel Ales”? De ce monştrii sunt atât de înverşunați să-l vadă mort? Deşi aceste întrebări îl chinuie, el descoperă repede că supraviețuirea este un serviciu “full-time” şi că în lumea vânătorilor de monştri, nimic nu este ceea ce pare.

Author Jeff Gunhus
Jeff Gunhus grew up in Cyprus, Greece, and Saudi Arabia where there was a distinct lack of television. He quickly found books were the gateway to incredible adventures, fascinating characters and unbelievable discoveries. Now, with five children of his own (all who watch too much television, in his opinion), he has enjoyed revisiting his old books and reliving those adventures all over again.

Jeff Gunhus a crescut în Cipru, Grecia şi Arabia Saudită unde nu a avut parte de prea mult televizor. El a descoperit repede prin cărți scăparea în aventuri incredibile, caractere fascinante şi descoperiri incredibile. Acum, cu cinci copii (şi mult prea mult televizor, în opinia sa) el găseşte bucuria recitind vechile cărți şi retrăind toate acele aventuri.

 
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Who is hotter?

Maybe this post will become one of those "Parerea Voastra" post. In this case, the prize will be one of the Vampire Knight volumes (up to 6 E). Your participation will decide. You can debate, present, leave more comments, reply to the others comment etc, BUT you must stay on topic.
(The idea it's come to me after I saw a Facebook post and your comments yesterday.)


Zero
Kaname
Kaname
You have time till Sunday 3 February, 14:00 hours (our time) and yep, you must be our GFC friend.
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Old and New Covers Damian’s Assassin (War of Gods #2) by Lizzy Ford

Description:
With the White God in Europe, Dustin is left alone in Miami to protect the Grey God, a man-god struggling with his identity, and the White God’s mate. One of the Black God’s vamps in Miami suddenly goes rogue and starts killing humans by the dozen. Dustin initially doesn’t think much of the ruthless, human-hating thug, Talon, until it becomes clear that the vamp is receiving help from otherworldly beings whose intentions are nothing short of destroying humanity. To make matters even worse, Dustin’s begun to dream of his dead sister, who tells him he’ll be seeing her soon.

Dustin rescues Bianca and her troubled brother, a Natural whose mysterious talent makes him vital to Talon’s plans. Bianca, a woman as sunny and sweet as Dustin is hard and cold, has the rare Natural gift of healing. She can bring the recent dead back to life or turn a vamp back into a human. She can even reach Dustin’s heart, which he locked away long again after his sister’s death. Convinced he’ll be killed soon, Dustin won’t risk his heart or Bianca’s, despite their mutual attraction, and Bianca discovers even her incredible talent can’t save both the men she loves.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Winner Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop International

The winner is:
ANTONIA JUJNOVIC

Congratulations!
You have 7 days to send us your book option, full name and your address (please write the address in the "BookDepository form").

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Review daynight by Megan Thomason Blog Tour and Giveaway

"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. (Genesis 1:3-5) If light is good, what does the dark bring?"
From the first moments of people’s self-awareness, they began to wonder what is "beyond" and begin to forge stories and hopes of an afterlife, a world of second chances.

"daynight" by Megan Thomason has a little strange prologue, but it assures you about the existence of the second chance. Then, a linear beginning starts to grow so that you’ll get to be on nettles. What’s next? What's it gonna be? Who's good, who's bad and especially who is right and who isn’t, what really matters?

What if this second chance is not as good as you hoped to be? What if the second chance world is a world of heaven and hell alike? In such a world, unwittingly awakens Kira, our heroine. A seemingly ideal society, where there’s no material difference and everyone is happy bringing their own voluntary contributions. The problems arise when good intentions are tainted by lust for power, the ideals of racial purity and the use of genetic selection. Of course, the point of view always matters. How far can you push it up, where "the end justifies the means"?
"Everyone starts at neutral and ascends towards inclusion in the ‘Grand Council’ through compliance, and descends towards Exile through disobedience, a typical carrot and stick system."
Kira’s qualities are obvious and I loved her from the start. Central pawn in a game that she has no control over and where any opposition has serious consequences, Kira is trying to survive and to save those she loves. And because I brought up love, I must tell you that there is a triangle. I warn you not to choose a favorite! The action is so complex, there are so many secrets and variables, the people involved are so determined or so tied up about what they consider their imperative, that twists occur at every step and love seems to complicate everything. Apparently the boys are all different, born and raised in different environment, both have to face their fathers who use them to fulfill a specific purpose. If at first is only a mission or a revolt, the intimate struggle of the two "candidates" of what they must and what they really want to do is hard and requires sacrifices from both of them and from Kira. Some sacrifices will be made, for others will be too late. The author entwines very well the characters’ feelings, their love story with the social realities and battles that will have a devastating impact on it.
"“By the way, it’s not fake to me anymore. I’m falling for you, Kira.” Then he lets go and the river swiftly carries him away."
By subtle clues in chapters’ mottos, by alternating the narrator and by flashbacks, the author will outline the full picture of the evolution of the characters feelings and their reasons for what they decide.

In general book’s note the end is one unexpected. It may not be one to please everyone, but it certainly is a good one.

I took the risk to oblige myself to write about a book I didn’t read yet, and I won. What did I win? Let's see: the pleasure of an alert action, full of surprises, feelings, disappointments, with a well-placed humor, small consolation and hope for another kind of second chance.
"Kira’s tirade continues for a few minutes and my brain hurts from her psychoanalysis. Man I’m so happy I’m not a chick. They think way too much and over complicate everything."
Conclusion: read immediately this book!
Thank you Megan Thomason! (I received the book for review as part of  Book Tour)
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Romanian:
„Şi Domnul a zis: Să fie lumină şi a fost lumină. Domnul a văzut că lumina e bună; Domnul a despărțit lumina de întuneric. Şi Domnul a numit lumina zi şi întunericul noapte. (Geneza 1:3-5). Dacă lumina e bună, ce aduce întunericul?”
Din primele momente ale conştiinței de sine, oamenii au început să se întrebe ce este „dincolo” şi să înceapă să făurească poveşti şi speranțe cu privire la o lume de apoi, o lume a celei de-a doua şanse.

„daynight” de Megan Thomason are un prolog un pic straniu, dar care te asigură de existența celei de a doua şanse. Apoi un început linear care se dezvoltă astfel încât ajungi să stai ca pe ace. Ce urmează? Ce-o să fie? Cine-i bun, cine-i rău şi mai ales cine are dreptate şi cine nu, ce contează de fapt?

Dacă această a doua şansă nu este chiar atât de bună pe cât se speră? Dacă lumea celei de-a doua şanse este o lume a raiului şi iadului deopotrivă? Într-o astfel de lume se trezeşte fără să vrea eroina noastră, Kira. O societate aparent ideală, unde diferențele materiale nu există şi toată lumea este fericită aducându-şi benevol propria contribuție. Problemele apar atunci când bunele intenții sunt întinate de dorința de putere, de idealurile purității rasei şi folosirea selecției genetice. Bineînțeles că întotdeauna contează şi unghiul din care priveşti. Până unde poți întinde coarda, până unde „scopul scuză mijloacele”?
„Toată lumea începe de la acelaşi nivel şi prin obediență se îndreaptă în sus spre a fi inclus în „Marele Consiliu” sau coboară spre Exil prin nesupunere, un sistem clar de tip morcov şi băț.”
Calitățile Kirei sunt evidente şi am îndrăgit-o de la bun început. Pion central într-un joc asupra căruia nu are control şi în care orice împotrivire are consecințe grave, Kira se străduie să supraviețuiască şi să îi salveze pe cei care îi iubeşte. Şi că am ajuns la iubire trebuie să vă spun că există un triunghi. Vă avertizez să nu vă alegeți un preferat! Acțiunea e atât de complexă, atât de multe secrete şi necunoscute există, persoanele implicate sunt atât de determinate sau atât de legate de ceea ce consideră datorie încât întorsături de situație au loc la fiecare pas, iar dragostea pare să complice totul. Aparent total diferiți, proveniți şi crescuți în medii diferite, ambii trebuie să facă față unor tați ce i-au crescut şi îi folosesc pentru îndeplinirea unui scop precis. Dacă inițial este vorba de o misiune sau revoltă, lupta intimă a celor doi „pretendenți” dintre ceea ce au fost educați să facă, ceea ar trebui să facă şi ceea ce ar dori cu adevărat să facă este dură şi cere sacrificii atât din partea lor, cât şi a Kirei. Unele vor fi făcute, pentru altele va fi prea târziu. Autoarea îmbină foarte bine trăirile personajelor, povestea lor de dragoste cu realitățile şi luptele sociale care au un impact devastator asupra acesteia.
„Apropos, nu mai e falsă pentru mine. Mă îndrăgostesc de tine, Kira.” Apoi îşi dă drumul şi râul îl smulge îndepărtându-l rapid.”
Prin indiciile subtile din motto-urile capitolelor, prin alternarea povestitorului şi prin flash-back-urile acestuia, autoarea va contura tabloul complet al evoluției sentimentelor personajelor şi motivele acestora pentru ceea ce decid.

Şi în nota generală a cărții sfârşitul e unul neaşteptat. Poate nu va fi unul pe placul tuturor, dar cu siguranță este unul bun.

Ai mari emoții când te obligi să scrii recenzia unei cărți despre care nu ştii nimic. Mi-am asumat riscul şi am câştigat. Ce am câştigat? Să vedem: plăcerea unei acțiuni alerte, plină de surprize, sentimente, dezamăgiri, cu un umor bine plasat, mici consolări şi speranța unei altfel de a doua şansă.
„Tirada Kirei nu se opreşte pentru câteva minute şi mă dor creierii din cauza psihoanalizei ei. Sunt atât de fericit că nu sunt tipă. Ele gândesc mult prea mult şi complică lucrurile mai rău decât sunt.”
Concluzia: cititi imediat cartea!
Multumesc Megan Thomason! (Am primit cartea pentru recenzie in cadrul Turului Cartii)
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Concurs Rapid! A 16-a luna de Kami Garcia si Margaret Stohl

Sunteti un pic cam armotiti? Vremea va pune bete in roate? Atunci e cazul sa va trezim cu un concurs rapid. Premiul este A 16-luna de Kami Garcia si Margaret Stohl. 

De a treia "sarcina" trebuie sa va dati seama voi, dar are legatura directa cu activitatea blogului de azi, asa ca nu e prea greu de ghicit. Aceia care isi vor da seama si o vor indeplini vor avea parte de 2 intrari in plus.
Succes!

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De cand o astept!! Secta asasinilor -seria Razboaiele Lumii Pamantene de Licia Troisi

In sfarsit apare pe pagina editurii la "In curs de aparitie", desi initial era anuntata pentru 2012.
Este o "continuare" a seriei Cronicile Lumii Pamantene.

Descrierea editurii:

Au trecut 40 de ani de la marele război care a pus capăt setei de cuceriri a lui Aster Tiranul, dar Lumea Pământeană încă nu şi-a găsit pacea. Dohor, Cavaler al Dragonului, devenit rege al Pământului Soarelui, îşi extinde încetul cu încetul influenţa asupra restului Lumii Pământene, reuşind să înfrângă rezistenţa puţinilor care i se mai opuneau.

 

Review Assassin's Code (Joe Ledger #4) by Jonathan Maberry

Assassins Code by Jonathan Maberry is the fourth book in the Joe Ledger Series. I know that I wrote only about the first two parts of the series, and forgot about the third, it’s happen sometime even to me, but even if the main characters are the same and even if the overall story has continuity, each volume has an ending and is freestanding. To say that again the hero saves the world? That is again a race against time? You may say that you’ll get bored, but if I already told you about a few similar themed books, as the saying is: looks like, but is not the same. And how I’ll not give you any spoiler, will not be a problem to present you the third volume later.

So set aside the "Die Hard" scenes because the author had prepared for you some bloodthirsty enemies. Does this sound familiar? Sound good for you? Anyway they are not the kind that you cherish and I don’t think that you’ll be attached to them or you’ll pity them. They will be enemies to mach and unfortunately they’ll not be the only ones. Our hero found himself trapped in a game that began with nearly a thousand years before, and to solve it there will be necessary much more than a warrior wit. And until he’ll have a clear picture of the enemy, he will be chased by all sorts of people who want to knock-off him intentionally or just because he went in their way at the wrong time and place. An unequal struggle and the more dangerous as the one who wants him dead looks like it’s out from a long forgotten legend. But unknown friends will appear and just for this Ledger will break through confrontation only serious wrinkled and not definitely dead. We’ll get all sorts of strange happenings, ancient mysteries, strange alliances, betrayals, incredible creatures, ruthless and highly efficient killers... all sorts of characters and events that you don’t expected.

You will enjoy explosive action, unexpected twists, tension from one end to the other. The author will keep you out of breath throughout the novel in an incredible adventure that is well built and cleverly balanced. A new story in the characteristic style of Jonathan Maberry that make impossible for you to leave the book out of your hand.

Romanian: 
Assassin’s Code de Jonathan Maberry este a patra carte din seria Joe Ledger. Ştiu că v-am scris doar despre primele părţi din serie, de a treia am uitat, mi se mai întâmplă şi mie, însă chiar dacă personajele principale sunt aceleaşi şi chiar dacă povestirea generală are continuitate, fiecare volum are finalitate şi este de sine stătător. Să vă spun că eroul salvează din nou lumea? Că este din nou o cursă contra cronometru? Poate ziceţi că o să vă plictisesc, însă dacă v-am spus de câteva cărţi cu tematică asemănătoare, totuşi, vorba aia „seamănă, dar nu se adună”. Şi cum nu o să vă dau niciun spoiler, nu o să fie nicio problemă să vă prezint volumul al treilea mai târziu.

Aşa că lăsaţi la o parte scenele „Die Hard” căci autorul v-a pregătit nişte inamici însetaţi de sânge. Vă sună cunoscut? Pe placul vostru? Totuşi aceştia nu sunt de felul celor pe care îi îndrăgiţi şi nu cred că o să vă ataşaţi de ei şi nici nu o să-i compătimiţi. Vor fi inamici pe măsură şi din nefericire nu vor fi şi singurii. Eroul nostru se va găsi prins într-un joc ce a început cu aproape o mie de ani înainte, iar pentru rezolvarea lui este nevoie de mult mai mult decât isteţimea unui războinic. Şi până va avea imaginea clară a duşmanului, se va găsi fugărit de tot felul de indivizi care vor dori să-i facă intenționat de petrecanie sau doar pentru că le-a ieşit în cale la momentul şi timpul nepotrivit. O luptă inegală şi cu atât mai periculoasă, cu cât cel ce te vrea mort pare scos dintr-o legendă de mult uitată. Dar prieteni necunoscuţi vor apărea şi doar aşa Ledger va ieşi din înfruntare doar serios şifonat şi nu mort de-a binelea. Vom avea parte de tot felul de întâmplări stranii, de mistere străvechi, de alianţe ciudate, trădări, creaturi neverosimile, ucigaşi nemiloşi şi extrem de eficienţi, ce să vă mai spun... tot felul de personaje şi întâmplări la care nici nu v-aţi aştepta.

Veți găsi acţiune explozivă, întorsături neaşteptate, tensiune de la un capăt la celălalt. Autorul vă va ţine cu sufletul la gură pe tot parcursul romanului într-o aventură incredibilă, bine construită şi ingenios dozată. O nouă poveste în binecunoscutul stil al lui Jonathan Maberry ce vă va face să nu lăsaţi cartea din mână.

Glory Alley and the Star Riders (The Glory Alley Series, #1) by C. Deanna Verhoff

Description: 
Published October 31st 2012 

A girl rock collector risks everything for the chance at a better life.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION: Glory Alley's life is out of control. A foreclosure notice hangs on the front door, classmates make fun of her hand-me-down clothes, her siblings are in trouble with the law, and Dad seems to have given up on the entire family.

The future looks bleak, but Glory has a plan. She'll strike it rich in Queen's Mesa, saving the house and her reputation. Then one fateful morning it actually happens, she finds a rock beyond compare, but three otherworldly guardians arrive to spoil the party.

They say moving the rock will disrupt magic-based worlds like their own. In order to set things right again she must give up the stone, sealing her family's fate. If she refuses, alien civilizations will be plunged into chaos. Surely, there's another option, but can she find it before everything falls apart?

Recommended for ages 10 to 110.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Suspense Magazine

SUSPENSE: A state or condition of mental uncertainty or excitement, as in awaiting a decision or outcome, usually accompanied by a degree of apprehension or anxiety.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Originals by Cat Patrick

Description:

A riveting new story from Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten and Revived.

17-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up as identical triplets... until they discovered a shocking family secret. They're actually closer than sisters, they're clones. Hiding from a government agency that would expose them, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, attending social engagements, and a group mindset has always been a de facto part of life...

Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, a guy who seems to see into her very soul. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she's not a carbon copy of her sisters; she's an individual with unique dreams and desires, and digging deeper into her background, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created