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4 books I loved in 2018

Hey, lovelies. How are you? Have you read anything good this year? I hope so. 2018 was a good reading year for me. My challenge was to read 50 books because I didn’t want to be pressured to read what I wasn’t comfortable with. But looks like instead of just 50 books, I’ve read 72 books so far and I plan to read at least 5 more till the end of 2018. But 4 books keep coming up in my mind every time when I get asked what was the best book I’ve read this year.

Are you ready?

The simple wild by K.A Tucker

This book was everything! It had one of my fave places in the world- Alaska. I’ve never been there, but since I was a kid I was fascinated by beautiful Alaska and I couldn’t believe it when the story was set in Alaska. And the characters. I love them! Even if it made me cry at 9 a.m, at work because I had to finish it. I really want you to pick this book up and give it a try. You’re welcome.

Arrogant devil by R.S Grey

The first thing that got me reading this book was the title. How can you not want to read a book with such a title? I really liked it. It gives me that Sandra Brown vibes from the ’90s and I loved it because I so love SB books and this book was perfect.

Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews

This time I had to pick a series because I loved the first 2 volumes of this series and I couldn’t pick just one. This was my first urban fantasy/ paranormal romance series I’ve read because one of my friends recommended and really enjoyed. Mad Rogan was everything! Like seriously. I can’t believe I’ve postponed this series for that long. I still have to read volume 3 and the novella, but I’ll probably read it till the end of the year.

Warcross series by Marie Lu

Warcross was the first book I’ve read this year and this series has one of my fave characters -Hideo Tanaka. I so love Hideo! I included Warcross too in this because both books were absolutely amazing and I can’t recommend them enough. The world that Marie Lu build was fascinating. I won’t be surprised that in, let’s say, 50 years will have elements from Warcross world in real life. And for my army family, Wildcard has BTS and Jimin between the pages.



These are my top 4 best books of 2018 and I hope you will give them a try. Enjoy!

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Review Fire and blood by George R.R Martin / Harper Voyager

Fire & Blood

By George R.R. Martin,

Doug Wheatley

 

REVIEW

 

Synopsis: With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling author George R. R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why did it become so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What is the origin of Daenerys’s three dragon eggs? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire and Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros. 

 

Fire & Blood quenches the thirst of any ASOIAF fan seeking to know more about the history of the glorious Targaryens, along with their dragons and wars. Covering all the kings from Aegon I to the end of the regency of Aegon III, this book adds much more detail about the lives of the Targaryen kings than TWOIAF did, providing more insight into their characters and actions. The Dance of Dragons is especially well covered, which is in my opinion the most intriguing conflict in Westerosi history. Although it is only a „dry history book“ I did not find it dry at all and greatly enjoyed reading it. 

 

I’ve always wanted to know about the other continents of this world- Essos, Sothoryos, and Ulthos. FAB has given me more information than watching the TV series or reading the first 3 books of ASOIAF or the tale of Dunk and Egg did. FAB, however, is far from sating my hunger of knowledge, instead it made me want more and yes, I am contemplating in getting myself The World of Ice and Fire, for what better way to learn this world’s history from East to West than the book that tells about the First Men and The Andals of Andalos from Pentos?

 

This isn’t some book that only contains informations you already know, we learn so much. This is like reading an amazing, highly informative and greatly written History book, except in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire. It is written like related by a learned master of the Citadel, Archmaester Gyldayn like the title says, and delivers all you could possibly want to know about the Targaryen House, from Aegon the Conqueror to Aegon III as the title says. So much characters and important events, like Maegor the Cruel and Aegon’s conquest like Bookdragon Sean mentions in his great review, but also more informations about his reign, about Jaeherys and Alysanne, about the Dance of the Dragons…

How much you enjoy Fire and Blood will depend on several factors. The first is your pre-existing investment in the ASoIaF/Game of Thrones setting. If you really enjoy reading about fictional backstory, about the socio-economic underpinnings on why certain things happened, and if you like treating fantasy like real history, with the more lore and detail the better, then absolutely Fire and Blood is worth picking up. Although the broad strokes of the story are familiar from the main series, there’s an absolute plethora of new information here, and dramatisations of key moments from the history of the Seven Kingdoms (when the high and somewhat remote style of much of the book gives way to almost novelistic out-takes of key scenes). There’s also lots of completely new material, minor episodes, even small wars and skirmishes which have gone unmentioned so far in the main series.

 

Reading this book is a labor of love. There are parts that are tedious. I found my attention flagging and doing a lot of re-reading. Martin likes to be detail oriented and I appreciate that but I don’t think this book needed THAT much detail with random names and stories. Thus, finishing this book left me with the same feeling finishing other Martin books does: received that it’s done, exhilarated from what I read, missing it and wishing I was reading the next in the series.

A big big THANK YOU to Harper Voyager for sending me this beauty. I loved it!

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Recenzie Ready Player One de Ernest Cline /Editura Nemira

Ready player one

De Ernest Cline

 

Sinopsis: In 2045, lumea noastra nu este locul in care ai vrea sa traiesti. Singurele momente cand Wade Watts se simte in viata sunt cand evadeaza in OASIS, o utopie virtuala vasta, unde aproape toti oamenii isi petrec zilele.

Cand excentricul creator al OASIS-ului moare, lasa in urma o multime de enigme bazate pe obsesia lui pentru cultura pop din deceniile trecute. Iar cine le va rezolva primul va mosteni imensa lui avere si controlul total asupra OASIS.

Wade reuseste primul sa rezolve puzzle-ul cu care incepe jocul. Deodata intra in joc cu rivali care sunt gata sa ucida pentru premiul cel mare. Cursa pe viata si pe moarte a inceput si nu poate supravietui decat daca o castiga.

Ready player one este o calatorie aventuroasa intr-un concurs virtual unde castigatorul are sansa de a detine cea mai importanta franciza de jocuri din lume si de a deveni  mai bogat decat Jeff Bezon! Actiunea devine 

interesanta atunci cand elementele realitatii se imbina cu 

cele virtuale cum ar fi: moartea, iubirea si aliantele nu doar 

virtuale.

 

Apreciez cartea deoarece pentru mine a fost ca o oda in cinstea evolutiei calculatoarelor si a 

jocurilor video. 
Pentru cineva care a trăit călătoria, într-adevăr apreciez transformarea magică a tehnologiei care a crescut de nicăieri pentru a crea o lume nouă, cu o serie de noi probleme și oportunități pe care le avem astăzi. Doar mai puține informatii legate de istoria lor, de dragul firului narativ, ar fi funcționat mai bine pentru mine. Insa, daca sunteti pasionati de asa ceva, aceste detalii sigur nu va vor deranja.

 

In roman este vorba de o gasca de copii care trebuie să lupte împotriva bătrânilor răi (în viața reală) care conduc o corporație la fel de insidioasă, care intenționează să câștige premiile jocului OASIS și să le folosească pentru a exploata lumea. Deci, sunt adolescenți împotriva adulților, băieți buni împotriva băieților răi semnificativ mai puternici … și speram sa castige echipa potrivită.

 

OASIS este o utopie virtuală, în care utilizatorii se pot conecta și pot fi într-o lume, similară celei reale, o realitate virtuală pe scurt. Sincer, OASIS este jocul meu de vis de când eram copil, așa că am fost foarte entuziasmata înainte de a citi aceasta carte. Am avut așteptări înalte cat un munte și am fost șocatcă am ramas nu numai mulțumita, ci și uimita după ce am citit acest roman. Mi-am luat timp sa citesc asta, mi-a luat in jur de 3-5 zile pentru a citi, si singurul motiv pentru care am stat atat de mult la el este pentru ce mi-am dorit sa ma bucur de roman. Fiind un standalone, trebuia să mă bucur de fiecare clipă.

 

Voi citi cu siguranță acest roman din nou în curând. Nevoia de a ma scufunda intr-un roman superb este o necesitate, iar Ready Player One este alegerea mea pentru asta. O plimbare plină de distracție, cu referire ocazional la unul dintre jocurile / filmele mele preferate din toate timpurile. Acest roman este o nevoie, nu o dorință.

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Christmas cozy books

Who doesn’t love Christmas? Everyone does! Sitting by the fire, drinking a nice cup of hot cocoa and reading a good book. But what books are perfect for this season? For me, a good Christmas book is one that has to have a happy ending and some snow. If I find a hot cowboy too, hallelujah!  I always liked to read romance books around Christmas time because of the happy ending and the fact that they make you warm inside. Am I right or not? But in this post, you’ll find recommendations for any taste.

I made two sets of pictures with books – one for my Romanian friends with books in Romanian, and one for my foreigner friends with English books.

This time of year, I personally read a lot of romance books, the majority with cowboys. I hope you like them too. If you have any suggestions, please leave me a comment here.

So these are my Christmas recommendation for a warm and cozy winter read. Enjoy!

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Cover reveal River Wild by Samantha Towle

Did you see the cover and blurb for Samantha Towle’s upcoming release RIVER WILD?! coming January 14th, 2019!

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SYNOPSIS:

A new town. A new identity. Pregnant and alone.

And far away from a past that can never find me.

River Wild.

Moody. Sullen. Asshole.

And my new neighbor.

I have no interest in befriending River. And he definitely doesn’t want to be befriended by me.

Then, he helps me rescue anabandoned dog. And, that day, I see something in his eyes that reflect back in my own. Sadness. Pain. Loneliness.

I know all of those things well.

An unwanted and unexpected friendship that somehow works. Then, without warning, it turns into something more.

River and I both have our secrets,and that’s okay. Because I understand him. And he understands me.

For the first time in my life, I have something I never thought I would have—happiness.

But happiness isn’t forever. Not for people like me.

Especially not when my past is waiting just around the corner, ready to come and take it all away.

PhotoCredit: Wander Aguiar Photography

Model: Andrew Biernat

Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs

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5 reguli de aur pentru o recenzie de calitate

We are Women of Letters

În această eră a tehnologiei și-a internetului, când toată lumea este online și-și spune părerile ca să le vadă toată lumea, modul prin care și le exprimă a devenit din ce în ce mai neglijat, deși ar trebui să fie cel mai important aspect de luat în considerare înainte de a se apuca să scrie. Articolul meu va oferi câteva sfaturi, imposibil de neglijat, pentru scrierea unei recenzii, calitative. Ideea mi-a venit cu câteva seri în urmă, când am văzut pe instagram o postare care se referea la scrierea recenziilor. În ultimul timp au apărut zeci de bloguri care scriu despre cărți, toate postările reunite sub denumirea de recenzie. Însă nu toate o fac calitativ.

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Recenzie Colivia Regelui de Victoria Aveyard /Editura Nemira

Colivia Regelui

De Victoria Aveyard

“Colivia regelui” a fost cea mai puternică, adâncă și contradictorie carte din seria “Regina rosie” de până acum. Prima jumătate aproape m-a facut sa ii dau trei stele , a fost insuportabil de lentă și mi-a pus la îndoială decizia mea de a continua seria de mai multe ori. M-am simțit ca și cum m-aș îneca într-o mlaștină, încercând să mă mișc, încă blocată în același loc de atâta timp. Dar în cele din urmă se părea că nenumăratele pagini în care nu s-a întâmplat nimic au fost necesare pentru a înțelege personajele și pentru a pune bazele celei de-a doua jumătăți, care a fost fără îndoială mind-blowing, plină de secvențe și momente de luptă epice, care sa te tina in suspans.

Mare petrece șase luni închisa, torturata, trăind la mila unui rege rău care o ține într-o cușcă, asta fiind singura metoda de a o avea langa el, care o folosește pentru a-și sluji propriile scopuri și în fiecare zi fură o parte din ea și o înlocuiește cu speranțe și mânie, în timp ce Garda Stacojie face noi aliați și se străduiește să pună capăt domniei sale de minciuni. Cu amenințări de război civil, răzvrătirea unor case care pretind puterea și sângele nou-născut,care schimbă echilibrul dintre rosii și argintii, regatul Norta va fi fie reformat, fie înghițit de flăcări. Căci există un singur tron și doi fii Calore, împărțiți prin trădare, ambisiune și o fată cu fulgere.

Cine este Mare Barrow? O ipocrita centrata pe sine. O ucigasa. O tradatoare. Așa v-aș fi spus la începutul cartii. Nu este nici un secret că nu o indragesc foarte mult pe Mare. De fapt, o parte sadica și destul de crudă din mine a apreciat torturile și disperarea ei, toate momentele în care a simțit, în cele din urmă, greutatea greșelilor ei și a deciziilor de urgență. Mare a avut greselile ei, care pe mine m-au inmanat sa ii port o oarecare pica. Seria asta oricum m-a facut sa o urasc si sa o plac pe Mare in acelasi timp, si chiar daca nu aveam de gand sa termin “Regina rosie” vreodata,acest volum m-a convins ca trebuie sa o fac. Recunosc ca intr-o oarecare masura aceste carti sunt placerea mea vinovata, pentru ca daca trebuie sa fiu sincera cu voi, seria aceasta nu este ceva wow, dar are ceva care ma convinge sa o citesc in continuare.

Va las pe voi sa descoperiti adevarata lume din spatele Coliviei  regelui.

Multumesc mult celor de la Nemira pentru ca mi-au trimis aceasta carte.