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Mini recenzie Cinder de Marissa Meyer Editura Epica

Cinder

de Marissa Meyer

Sinopsis: La 126 de ani dupa Al Patrulea Razboi Mondial, oamenii si androizii aglomereaza strazile zgomotoase ale Noului Beijing. O molima letala face ravagii printre cetateni. Din spatiu, un popor lunar nemilos priveste cu atentie, asteptand sa actioneze. Nimeni nu stie ca soarta Pamantului atarna pe umerii unei singure fete…

Cinder, o adolescenta de saisprezece ani, mecanic talentat, e cyborg. Provenind dintr-o regiune defavorizata, e urmarita de un trecut misterios si detestata de mama ei vitrega. Dar cand viata ei se intrepatrunde cu cea a chipesului print Kai, fata se trezeste in centrul unei lupte intergalactice si a unei atractii interzise.

Captiva intre datorie si libertate, loialitate si tradare, tanara trebuie sa descopere secretele trecutului ei pentru a putea proteja viitorul omenirii. Intrucat exista ceva neobisnuit in legatura cu Cinder, ceva pentru care unii ar face moarte de om.

Pentru mine Cinder a fost ceva nou, fiind prima repovestire a unui basm pe care am citit-o eu. A fost o carte usoara si scurta, pe care am terminat-o in mai putin de o zi pentru ca nu am putut sa o las jos din mana. Trebuie sa recunosc ca acest fantasy impletit cu SF-ul si distopia ma intriga. Autoarea a facut o treaba excelenta in a-si pune semnatura pe povestile preluate si facandu-le ale ei.

Am iubit scrisul Marissei Myer si lumea pe care a creat-o, iar intreaga poveste a fost intr-adevar magica si plina de imaginatie. Cinder este o protagonista uimitoare, pe care nu am gasit-o deloc enervanta. I-am adorat sarcasmul si umorul, iar ea este cea care pune un twist asupra povestii, ceea ce o face unica. Este un personaj care evolueaza usor pe parcursul firului narativ si abia astept sa vad in ce punct va ajunge aceasta la finalul seriei.

Antagonista, Regina Levana este, pai…o urasc din toata inima mea. Si asta este exact ceea ce imi doresc de la un antagonist. Nu imi place sa citesc despre raufacatori care nu sunt intelesi sau poate nu chiar atat de rai, imi plac cei care au sete de sange, care au un egoism salbatic.

Ceea ce nu m-a surprins a fost finalul. Avand in vedere toate cartile pe care le-am citit deja prevad anumite plot twist-uri, acesta nelasandu-ma surprinsa. Dar cu toate acestea, cartea mi s-a parut la fel de placuta si abia astept sa citesc Scarlet.

Va recomand cu toata inima aceasta carte, mai ales daca sunteti noi in lumea cititului.

Cinder poate fi gasita si la noi la editura Epica.

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Review Blind love by Kelly Elliott / Piatkus Books

Blind Love

by Kelly Elliott

Harley and I had our whole lives planned out, until her plans changed, and those plans didn’t include me.

After years spent trying to get the love of my life out of my head and repair my too-damaged heart, I thought I was finally moving on…but life sure has a funny way of letting you know when those best-laid plans are about to be turned upside down.

My entire world was rocked when Harley unexpectedly moved back to Oak Springs. Every miserable moment I’d spent trying to get over her and every hour I’d wasted trying to erase her from my life came back to haunt me the minute she walked into my office, fear in her eyes, and asked me for help. Would I…or better yet, could I walk away from her this time after all that she had put me through?

What I really needed to know is would I be able to forge ahead with the future I had so meticulously planned—one that didn’t include Harley—or will her return finally open my eyes to a future full of endless possibilities?

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Loved Tripp and Harley’s story. Their love really shined through in every interaction they had. I loved that it was finally explained why she left and I loved that she became such good friends with the rest of theParker women. The Chloe moments were fantastic and cute, fun as usual. Even though I am really looking forward to Trevor’s book now more than ever. I am really starting to anticipate Cord’s story too and I am hoping a family members secret is revealed in that story.

Kelly Elliott has such a way of creating beautiful characters it is so easy to love them. From the start, the Parker family have become a favorite for this reader and seeing they are happily ever after and which Parker sibling will fall was awesome. Tripp was a goner from the beginning and though he is easy to hate in the beginning we see he is also just a man deeply in love. Cannot wait for Cord and Trevor’s story and see how they will try to escape the matchmaking when it comes to Mama Parker.

As always, Kelly Elliott did not let us down in this series. The Parker brothers are sexy and hard headed and Tripp proved he lives up to the Parker name. If you love easy flowing can’t put your book down till it’s finished kind of series, this Cowboy and Angels series is the one for you! Believe me, once you start this book you will not put it down until you have finished. One hell of a must read!

Thank you , Piatkus Books.

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Review Good luck charm by Helena Hunting / Piatkus Books

The Good Luck Charm

By Helena Hunting

Synopsis: Lilah isn’t sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she’s no longer that same girl and never wants to be again. 

 

Ethan Kane wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that. 

 

Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let him in, though, she finds out their reunion has nothing to do with her and everything to do with his game. But Ethan’s already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he’ll do anything to keep from losing her again.

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Lilah is having the worst day ever. After being hit with one bad thing after another, she doesn’t think it could get any worse. But it can and it does. On her way out of the hospital at the end of her shift, she learns that the man who has been an important father figure to her since she was young has suffered a stroke. Rushing to his beside she never anticipated running into his son. The boy who broke her heart. The boy who is no longer a boy.

This is all too much. I’ve already taken too many punches to the heart today. And in this moment I feel like I’ve barely recovered from the punch he delivered eight years ago.

Ethan made a decision when he was a teenager that he has to live with. Now he’s back in town and wants to explain the situation. He finds himself drawn to her as he was in the past, his feelings still very real. He flips Lilah’s life upside down once again as he makes his way back into her world and it seems like the universe is trying to bring them together. Is there a second chance for these childhood sweethearts, or is the past too painful to overcome?

Second chance romances are some of my favorite stories and The Good Luck Charm has all the makings of a good one. This story has humor, heart, and heat, a whole lot of depth, and is full of feels. The plot is well developed and I enjoyed the twists and turns the story takes. I also really loved the characters. Lilah and Ethan are real and relatable, and I enjoyed watching their story unfold.

Lilah was awesome. She was a hardworking, determined woman who refused to give up her dream even if she got a little lost along the way. My heart broke when hers did and I understood why she had to guard her heart, especially when Ethan walked back into her life.

I fear my heart remembers loving him more than it remembers how he broke it.

Ethan was a wonderful hero but he was far from perfect. His choices in the past broke me. I wanted to scream at him but I felt his own heartache clear as day. He had to come a long way before he could fully grasp who Lilah really is to him.

I know now why I never found anyone else who compared to her, why she never let me go because she’s meant to be mine just as I’m meant to be hers.

This story is deeper than I expected and the emotion is solid. I felt it all. My heart hurt along with theirs and everything they went through. The heartache and regret are forefronts but the love was there too, hidden behind the pain. It began as a young love but it was a real love. It is so clear that the connection was never severed even when their hearts were broken. They are intense, passionate, and downright HOT together.

I really enjoyed watching them open up as they reacquaint themselves with each other. They go on a journey and must find themselves before they can ever truly love without conditions. The character growth and self-discovery is well written and I loved watching them accept the difficult realizations that come to light as they grew closer.

Past and present are merging, and I don’t know how to separate them.

I felt the insecurities and vulnerabilities as they accept what’s best for them as a couple and individually. Learning to balance everything in their lives, I could imagine the story playing out in my mind as I turned the pages. The issues that arise are believable and I feel the resolution was well done. There was no added angst for the sake of angst and I appreciated it.

Overall, The Good Luck Charm was an entertaining, emotional read that will make you believe in second chances, and I loved it.

 

Thank you, Piatkus Books, for the book.

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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! ❤

 

Posted in By Andreea M., Must read, Recenzie

Review Most of All you by Mia Sheridan / Piatkus Books

Most of All You

By Mia Sheridan

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Synopsis: A broken woman . . .

 

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

 

A man in need of help . . .

 

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

 

Only love can mend a shattered heart… .<

 

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world, which had stolen everything from them, would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far, and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

Most of All You is very intense and emotional story. It’s a tale of two broken people, broken in two different ways who need mending in ways they never thought.

Gabriel (Gabe) went through a horrific ordeal during the adolescent years that caused him to have issues with connecting to people. Through time, he was able to heal and move on and come to the point that he was ready for more than just communication to others, he wanted to be able to touch others without having a panic attack.

Eloise (Ellie/Crystal) has hardened and guarded her life against everyone since childhood. Her consistently abused by anyone around her and had an ugly idea of what love was. She had a very jaded look on life; she believes that her life was the way it was supposed to be.

I could see (yes, see) how tender, sweet and loving Gabe was from the very beginning. For someone who should have given up on love so long ago, he held on to what he knew and infused that into Ellie.

Ellie was a tough cookie to crack. She would slowly let Gabe in and then close right back up and shut down without any explanation. She had a hard time figuring out to move forward. And she knew she had to do it alone.

“You can’t fix me, you know.” “No, I can only love you.” 

Gabe and Ellie may have both had rough childhoods, but they couldn’t have been more different when it came to healing. One knew what true love was and the other believe she was never destined to have that kind of love – her love was always taken away.

I want to say so much more about this book, but feel that I have given too much away already and I have only given you snippets of their stories. This story is so unique and so beautifully written that it captivates you start to finish. While it was a bit slow at the beginning for me, after about the 35% mark, I was totally vested in this story and nothing was stopping me from reading it.

Thank you Piatkus Books for this book.  You can buy Most of all you with a click HERE 

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Review Bad for you by J. Daniels /Piatkus Books

Bad for You

By J. Daniels 

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Synopsis: Shayla Perkins isn’t the kind of girl who makes the same mistake twice, especially when it comes to Sean “Stitch” Molina. So when he gives her the world’s biggest rejection, that’s it—she’s done. Until the sexy, silent, unavailable Sean makes Shay a very personal offer. Of course, it still doesn’t mean he’s interested in her. Or does it?

 

Sean has done things in life. Bad things. And he’s paid the price. All he wants now is to make up for his past by doing good in the present. And no one deserves more good than Shay. Beautiful on the inside and out, Shay is the kind of woman who should be cared for and protected—especially from a man like Sean. He’s tried to keep his feelings for her in check, but a single, reckless impulse pulls them closer than ever before.

 

Soon the two are sharing their biggest dreams and satisfying their deepest desires. But what will happen if the only way to truly give one another want they want most . . . is to let each other go?

I have read and loved all of J. Daniels books but this is by far my absolute favorite. There was just something about Sean and Shayla’s story that was so heartbreaking and so heartwarming all at the same time. From the Prologue, Mrs. Daniels had me hooked and my heart was breaking for Sean.

Sean had such a horrendous upbringing that you would automatically figure he would grow up to be so hard on the outside as well as the inside. But this man had the most beautiful heart and soul and you could just feel the emotion coming off the pages.

Shayla has had a thing for Sean for over a year. She thought they were going somewhere but then he completely brushed her off and just never talked to her again. Needless to say, she was heartbroken. She wouldn’t talk to him unless necessary but that didn’t stop her from seeing him. Then one day he sees her breaking down in her car and against his better judgment, he goes over to her to see what was going on.

There’s always been something about Sean that Shayla couldn’t resist. From the moment he started working with her, she was drawn to him. Unfortunately, he turns her down and things get awkward. What she doesn’t know is that Sean shares those same feelings but he’s been trying to keep it hidden. All it takes is for Sean to see Shayla struggling and his resolve is snapped. Now the two must figure out how to become friends while keeping their feelings at bay. But as we all know, that never works.

I didn’t expect Bad for You to be as gut-wrenching as it was. Sean’s story and his self-awareness had my heart hurting. All I wanted to do was wrap him up in my arms and hug him for the rest of my life. It’s clear that Shayla is exactly what he needs. She’s such a bright light and has just a beautiful personality. She’s perfect to help Sean mend. Plus, just like Sean, I adore her fiery side. She had me cracking up.

This was the start of a beautiful friendship that turned into the most amazing love story Mrs. Daniels has written to date. I can honestly say there isn’t one thing about this book that I would change…except I really didn’t want it to end. Even though the story was wrapped up in a pretty red bow, I wish it would have gone on longer.

All the character’s in Bad for You are like one big family. It’s so warm and so welcoming that I can’t help but beg for each and every one of their stories. Their family is what we all strive for. Full of love, support and good times.

Bravo Mrs. Daniels on your best book yet. This book will stick with me for a long time and I can say that this is one of my top 5 books of the year. I can’t wait for the audio version so I can fall in love with these characters all over again.

If you are looking for a heartbreakingly beautiful story that will rip your heart apart but mend it back together, this-this is the book for you. I’m pretty sure everyone is going to fall in love with Sean and Shayla.

Thank you Piatkus Books for this lovely book. You can buy  Bad for you with a click HERE 

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Review The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang / Atlantic Books

The Kiss Quotient

by Helen Hoang

I’m going to be real honest with you for a second here, romance novels typically just aren’t my thing. I have just never been able to get into them personally. However, a few come around and I don’t mind them or I enjoy them at least a little. Never have I ever loved a romance novel as much as I loved The Kiss Quotient. It was addicting and I didn’t ever want to put it down. It was super steamy, which I can’t say is something I have ever really particularly enjoyed in a novel before, but damn there was just something about this one!

I promised myself no more Contemporary Romance, since I have been proven, time and time again, that they’re simply not for me. For someone who can’t stand romcoms, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Yet once in a while I hear some buzz words surrounding a new release, such as math geek, own voices for autism and Asian rep, and *wiggles eyebrow* the mighty fake relationship trope (which is one of the few that doesn’t make my skin crawl).

I have to admit that I didn’t read the blurb before I began reading The Kiss Quotient. I rarely do read blurbs, preferring to go in blind and feel everything without assumption or indication about what’s to come. I didn’t know what to expect with this storyline but it certainly wasn’t THIS. This was sexy. This was steamy. This broke my heart. This was inspiring and beautiful and romantic. This was refreshing and different and a little awkward and unbelievably sweet and so unlike anything I’ve ever read. This was thoughtful and devastating and fantastic and I never wanted it to end.

The Kiss Quotient is an eye-opening, thought-provoking storyline about a fierce attraction growing between two unlikely people who don’t believe they’re worthy of love. I so appreciate a storyline that pushes boundaries, that breaks stereotypes, that changes the way I see the world. The Kiss Quotient did all of these things within just a few chapters while simultaneously delivering a breathtaking romance rife with heartache and sensuality. This is a story I never saw coming, one that made my heart twinge and my stomach knot with angst. It’s a story that made my heart soar with joy and hope and possibility and romanticism. Helen Hoang, with her superb writing and stellar storytelling, took my breath away with The Kiss Quotient and my only regret is that I waited so long to read it.

There’s something so fun about this novel, and I think it’s because Stella and Michael are two completely different people who come together and find this unique connection that they don’t have with anyone else. Stella is the type of person who doesn’t trust easily and is somewhat awkward in social situations, meanwhile, Michael is suave, sexy, and sure of himself. What I loved about their relationship dynamic was the fact that they both learned more about themselves, with the help of one another. Their relationship was also full of consent which was just a breath of fresh air. The times when Michael warns Stella that he’s going to kiss or touch her was such a small detail in the novel that I enjoyed to read.

If you’re looking for a great, diverse read that showcases the complexities of sexuality, family relationships, trust, confidence, and love, then you must read The Kiss Quotient. This is a book that I can’t recommend enough. And I am in love with the cover for the UK edition.

Atlantic Books, you rock! Thank you for sending me this beautiful book!

You can buy The kiss quotient HERE