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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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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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Recenzie Urmasii de sange si os de Tomi Adeyemi /Review Children of blood and bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Carte publicata la Editura Epica in format hardcover. Acum in librarii

Sinopsis: Zelie Adebola isi mai aminteste de vremea cand pamantul Orishei vibra de magie. Arzatorii aprindeau flacari. Mareicii chemau valurile, iar mama Secerator a lui Zelie chema sufletele mortilor.

Dar totul s-a schimbat odata ce magia a disparut. La ordinele unui rege nemilos, majii au fost vanati si ucisi, lasandu-i pe Zelie fara mama si pe poporul ei fara speranta.

Acum Zelie are o sansa sa aduca inapoi magia si sa riposteze la prigoana regelui. Cu ajutorul unei printese fugare, Zelie trebuie sa dejoace si sa scape de urmarirea printului mostenitor, care este pornit sa starpeasca magia pentru totdeauna.

Primejdia ameninta la tot pasul in Orisha, unde leopanarii de zapada dau tarcoale dupa prada si spirite razbunatoare pandesc ascunse in ape. Totusi, cea mai mare primejdie poate fi Zelie insasi, care se lupta sa-si controleze puterile nou-dobandite – si sentimentele din ce in ce mai adanci pentru un dusman. 

Doamne! Nu am mai citit o carte asa de buna de ceva vreme. Sau poate am criticat prea dur cartile pe care le-am citit in ultimul timp. Multe dintre cartile fantasy pe care le-am citit pur si simplu nu s-au ridicat la standardele mele. Insa, aceasta carte a curprins fiecare element favorit cand vine vorba de fantasy si cred ca a ajuns in topul anului acesta.

Lumea din Urmasii de sange si os a fost ilustrata minunat, sistemul a fost pus la punct foarte bine, personajele sunt extraordinare si chiar mi-a placut faptul ca exista gemeni. Animalele, zeii si locurile unde se intampla actiunea au fost fabuloase. Sa nu mentionez ca si coperta cartii m-a cucerit cu totul! Cartea este plina ochi de actiune si aventura bine plasata, personajele se dezvolta pe tot parcursul firului narativ, totul este exact cum trebuie sa fie. Mai apoi ajungi la final unde se afla nota autoarei care este scrisa ca raspuns la violenta si brutalitatea asupra oamenilor de culoare din America, iar asta adauga si mai multa dedicare povestii.

O sa mai spun un singur lucru: As muri pentru Amari. Atat! Vreau cat mai mult de la acest personaj. Amari este personajul meu preferat, ea este cea care a avut cea mai complexa personalitate in opinia mea. Ea si Inan de asemenea. Si Inan a fost bine conturat si am apreciat asta destul de mult. Insa, am gasit personajul Zeliei fiind destul de simplu si nedezvoltat. Pe Tzain, nu stiu, nu l-am iubit, nici nu l-am urat, dar mi s-a parut ceva straniu legat de el.

Adeyemi explora atat de multe teme importante in aceasta carte: bigotismul, ura, moartea, prabusirea culturii, evazivitatea dar necesitatea sperantei, increderea, inselaciunea, dezamagirea, iubirea de toate felurile, pretul iertarii, mila, harul dat si primit, si importanta increderii in ceva mai maret decat tine.

Pe scurt? Cartea aceasta a fost glorioasa, de la inceput pana la final si m-am indragostit de ea

Children of Blood and Bone

by  Tomi Adeyemi

Synopsis: They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy. 

Oh. My. God. I haven’t read this good of a book in a long time. Or it could just be I’m overly critical when it comes to books. Many of the fantasies I’ve read simply didn’t meet my standards and I didn’t really enjoy them. This book just encompasses some of my favorite elements in fantasy, and I think it as also topped my list for best 2018 release so far. 

The world was beautifully portrayed. The magic system is established nicely. The characters are wonderful, and I really enjoyed the fact that it features two pairs of siblings. The animals and the gods and the settings are fabulous. The cover is STUNNING. It’s full of action and adventure and it’s well paced. There’s plenty of character development. And then you get to the end and the author’s note says that Adeyami wrote this in response to police brutality and violence towards people of colour in America, and it adds a whole extra level to the story. 

So let me just say this one thing: I would die for Amari. That is all. Also, if I could date Amari, that would be great, too. Just give me more Amari. Amari was my favorite character – she was one who I found had actual dimension to her and I loved that. Her, and Inan, too. Inan felt multi-dimensional, too, and I loved that. However, I found Zelie’s character to fall a bit flat and be a bit one-sided. Tzain… I don’t know, I didn’t love him, I didn’t hate him, but I found his characterization to be a bit off. His character would do complete 180s every few seconds, which just frustrated me… But other than Tzain and Zelie, the characters were great. I loved what we got to see of the side ones!

Adyemi explores so many important themes in this one book. Bigotry, hate, death, the tearing down of culture, the elusiveness but necessity of hope, working through justifiable fears, trust, betrayal, disappointment, love (familial, romantic, and friendship), the cost of forgiveness, mercy, and grace both given and received, and the importance of believing in something bigger and more important than yourself. 

In short? This was glorious, from start to finish.

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Fire and blood by George R.R Martin /Harper voyager

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From the masterly imagination behind A Game of Thrones – one of the greatest fantasy epics of all time and an unmissable HBO hit series – comes a definitive history of Westeros’s past as told by Archmaester Gyldayn.

Unravelling events that led to A Song of Ice and Fire, Fire and Blood is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros. Revealing long-buried secrets and untold lasting enmity, it sets the scene for the heart-stopping series conclusion, The Winds of Winter.

300 years before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire, long before the schism that set the houses of Westeros at each other’s throats, one house ruled supreme and indomitable. House Targaryen, the house of the last remaining dragonlords.

After surviving the Doom of Valyria the Targaryen’s established themselves on Dragonstone. This volume traces their legendary lineage from Aegon the Conqueror to the bloody Dance of Dragons; a civil war that pitted Aegon II and his half-sister Rhaenyra in a bitter conflict for the throne of their father, nearly wiping out the Targaryen dynasty forever.

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.

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 guide to Westeros’s past. Featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley this is an essential volume for any Game of Thrones fan’s library. For the first time the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed

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Review The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby / Harper360 UK

The Other Side of Lost
By Jessi Kirby
Synopsis: Mari Turner’s life is perfect. That is, at least to her thousands of followers who have helped her become an internet starlet. But when she breaks down and posts a video confessing she’s been living a lie—that she isn’t the happy, in-love, inspirational online personality she’s been trying so hard to portray—it goes viral and she receives major backlash. To get away from it all, she makes an impulsive decision: to hike the entire John Muir trail. Mari and her late cousin, Bri, were supposed to do it together, to celebrate their shared eighteenth birthday. But that was before Mari got so wrapped up in her online world that she shut anyone out who questioned its worth—like Bri.
 
With Bri’s boots and trail diary, a heart full of regret, and a group of strangers that she meets along the way, Mari tries to navigate the difficult terrain of the hike. But the true challenge lies within, as she searches for the way back to the girl she fears may be too lost to find: herself.
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I really enjoyed this, plus I am now desperate to go on a decent hike somewhere gorgeous.
It is a lighthearted and easy read, even while touching on grief and feelings of inadequacy. Mari is not always 100% likable, but she is trying which I liked. And I like that we see her doubts about her life before, and see her grow through the book in an effort to change how she thinks and reprioritize. I was a little let down at the end as we don’t really get to see that change take effect, but I liked the journey.
I really loved the progression of the story and the way in which Mari learned to carry her grief and figure out whom she really was, what kind of person she wanted to be, and what she wanted to contribute to society. She also meets some really fun trail friends along the way who are immediately accepting of her and in the end help her work out her issues. Everyone has something different they’re going through, but together, they are one giant support group learning to face their problems and push through them effectively.
But with this story, in particular, there were so many little anecdotes and life lessons almost that stuck with me and I think will stick with me for a long time. The aspect of loss and grief with Bri’s death and Mari (who I have decided to pronounce Mar-E vs. Mary) honoring her legacy really drew me in and made me shed more than a few tears. I also liked the aspect of being a social media influencer, as I work in media and know a bit about that side of things. For one, it seems absolutely exhausting, having to live every moment of your life thinking about what the next picture or video or caption is going to be.
I can’t think of any aspect of the book that I didn’t enjoy, as I stayed up late into the night reading until forcing myself to set it down and finish the next day. I definitely don’t think it’s a question whether or not I’ll be rereading it. It’s more of a matter or not if but when, as well as if I can stop myself from rereading it in less than a week from finishing it the first time.
A big Thank You to Harper360UK for sending me a copy.
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Review The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by  Mackenzi Lee / Harper360 UK

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
by  Mackenzi Lee
Synopsis: A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.
 
But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.
 
In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.
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I don’t want to be overdramatic but this book might be the most extraordinary, realistic, inspirational young adult book I’ve ever read. I really felt every character’s emotions and loved basically everything about the book.
The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was one of my best reads of 2017 but this-this is something that we need more in YA literature.
Felicity is the newest addition to my all time favorite heroines list. She felt so real; she had goals, flaws, doubts, struggles, resolve, friendship, growth, and ingenuity that made her whole. I enjoyed her adventure, both her internal and actual continent-crossing seafaring ones. Felicity Montague is sick and tired of having to fight for her right to simply exist.  As a young lady intent on becoming a physician, every door open to education is slammed in her face simply because she isn’t a man.  Men either refuse to listen to her or worse, mock her dreams. Without a penny to her name, Felicity has no hope of making it to Germany until the mysterious Sim offers to pay if she can travel with her disguised as Felicity’s maid.  Suspicious of the pirate’s intentions, Felicity still agrees because she believes her only hope of becoming a doctor is by learning from Dr. Platt. One thing I really admired about Felicity’s character is her recurring mantra — “You deserve to be here.” She gives herself pep talks throughout the book, and it might be beneficial for me to take a page from her self-care book. It’s a good tool for dealing with being “raised in a world where you’re taught to always believe what men say” and “doubting yourself at every step.” Misogyny aside, she’s also dealing with a medical community that wants to treat people instead of preventing disease, because treating people makes more money. Another theme sadly still relevant today.
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is such a wild ride of a novel. Starting it, I didn’t much know where it would go, but as the story developed, I was beaming the whole way through. In between the growing friendship between the girls, the cameos from Monty and Percy, and the fierce intersectional feminist message, I was completely in my element. Read this book when it comes out! You won’t regret it!
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A big thank you to Harper360 UK for sending me a copy.
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Review Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

 

Review The
Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson

 

Synopsis: A princess must find her place in a reborn
world.

She flees on her wedding day.She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone
world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s
never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning
of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two
mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted
prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia
finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may
unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

Rating: 4.5/5
stars
Genres: high fantasy,
romance, adventure, young adult
My thoughts:
Hello there, instant book obsession.

Hello there, instant need for sequel.

Hello there, instant love for Rafe and Kaden.

I welcome you all with open arms, because I brought this upon myself by reading
The Kiss of Deception.

Gods above, this book is unputdownable deliciousness and it is
totally worth the raves and hype. So this review won’t exactly be a review —
my lips are sealed and my hands tied because I’d hate to give anything away
from the glorious slow-burn and anticipation this novel sparks. I’ll just be
vague and I’ll ramble and I’ll gush and I’ll fangirl. I probably won’t even
make much sense because I’m this close to turning into a pile of mush and I’d
suggest you go with the flow and stop hunting for clues to why this book is
awesome. It just is. Now I need to breathe.
“Today was the day a thousand
dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”
The aspect that told me that I’ll have a fine time reading
TKoD was actually its first line. Shattering dreams and forging new ones is my
guilty pleasure and when a girl manages to accomplish that by fleeing on her
wedding day, to say that I’m completely enraptured would be an understatement.
This girl is strong, compassionate and unyielding. Lia, as
she likes to be called, is an independent and fierce young woman who happens to
be the princess of The Kingdom of Morrighan being sent off to marrying Prince
of Dalbreck, a neighbor-hooding land, to set an alliance. What happens from
then on is a true testament to the girl’s desire for free-will and simplicity.
Her adventure is fascinating and it depicts wonderfully both
the delightful and awe-inspiring elements Pearson has created in this universe,
but also the sorrowful, darker and merciless ones. Coupled with an exquisite
world-building that teases us with the lovely Terravin, hellish Cam Lanteux and
everything in between, we are assured that the world portrayed is far from
perfect and just, but also full of miracles, wonders and almost magical
possibilities.
“I see only reminders that
nothing lasts forever, not even greatness.”

“Some things last.”

I faced him. “Really? And just what would that be?”

“The things that matter.”

In this regard, I have only words of approval. The spin on the
fantasy the author wove through the plot sucked me right in with a teasing
flavor that ensures the next installments will provide a fair amount of
kick-ass developments in this area. At the same time, the mythology and
historical background Pearson offered only amplified the feeling that the
possibilities where this story could be taken are endless. I’m quite psyched to
see what it is headed towards.
My one slight complaint would be — as obvious from my read
stats — the lack of action in the beginning. TKoD is the kind of read that
keeps building and building (including the romance department, ahem) until a
high note is achieved, leaving you awfully satisfied even though you didn’t see
a whole lot of fights and bloody corpses. The author throws you bits and pieces
of violence and gut-wrenching scenes, enough to cut the story with cold, hard
edges and imprint it with the necessary dangerous atmosphere. It still allows
you to breathe and analyze, but somehow it traps you in and blocks every
attempt at enjoying the book as a light, heartwarming story even though these
nuances are present. It’s still high fantasy, after all.
The topic I’ve avoided and I’m certain you’ve been waiting
for — the romance. I’m sure you’ve heard some things about it as I’m sure you
know there’s a love triangle. There is, in fact, a love triangle and I’m going
to bluntly say that it is brutal. Expect deception. Expect swoons. Expect
secrets. Expect stomach butterflies and sighs. Expect sexiness and intensity. 
Expect everything, because with
the plethora of twists (the holy shit kind; Bravo, Pearson!) you’ll love both
the boys vying for Lia’s heart even if one of them will crush your heart in the
process. The betrayal is bittersweet, somewhat understandable because it
tethers the line between love and duty and there’s never an easy way to choose
the one most powerful.
“And if one can’t be trusted in
love,” I added, “one can’t be trusted in anything.”
However, I did pick my favorite and I’m honestly intrigued
how (or whether) the author will try to sway my opinion in the follow-up, since
the tables have turned and the true faces behind the masks were unveiled,
leaving us judging humanly flaws dead on, which is never an easy feat.
“When I’m not with you, I wonder
where you are. I wonder what you’re doing. I think about how much I want to
touch you. I want to feel your skin, your hair, run every dark strand through
my fingers. I want to hold you, your hands, your chin.” His face drew nearer,
and I felt his breath on my skin. “I want to pull you close and never let you
go,” he whispered.”
Some other aspects I’d like to applaud would be: the
presence of strong, well-defined secondary characters I haven’t expected —
especially Pauline; the bravery to kill us a little by making us love a certain
character we haven’t deeply explored in order to have the chance to do so
chopped away; the balanced pace that, considering its lulls, allowed the
plotline to move along nicely and, of course, the gorgeous capability of Mary
E. Pearson of weaving such an enchanting tale.
Now I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do until The Heart of Betrayal comes out in a few
months. I’m quite obsessed. Consumed. Bewitched. An ARC would come in handy (am
I being subtle enough?).
Hopefully, you’ll pick this book up and hopefully, you’ll
enjoy it as much as I did. The Kiss of
Deception
is a grand example of how a well-written novel can perfectly
blend elements of original fantasy, electrifying love and thrilling stakes. In
a game of hide and seek, there’s a possibility you might get lost forever, but
true beauty unravels when you fight with everything you’ve got to find the path
where you belong, just like Lia — and that’s why my admiration for her story
currently knows no bounds.
ENJOY! ❤