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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.

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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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Review The other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn /Piatkus Books

The Other Miss Bridgerton

by Julia Quinn

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (20 Nov. 2018)
  • Language: English

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Synopsis: She was in the wrong place…

Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers’ hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain’s bed…

He found her at the wrong time…

Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he’s stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real—and his duty to the Crown means he’s stuck with her.

Can two wrongs make the most perfect right?

When Andrew learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal—though Poppy has no idea that he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew’s secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart…?

 

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The thing with Julia Quinn’s books (at least the Rokesby books) is that nothing really happens, there’s really no great action or drama, it’s just two people really getting to know each other, and it’s lighthearted pure entertainment. It’s so much fun! This entire series, the characters are so good and intelligent and just pure fun, you just have to love them!

The story of well-born Poppy being kidnapped by a handsome, aristocratic, charming, privateer/spy, with a heart of gold and a French chef to cook all of his meals was, of course, utterly unrealistic. However, I don’t mind (and even) like improbable romance plots as long as the writing and chemistry are there and spoiler alert, they definitely were. Poppy and Andrew were incredibly well-matched and their verbal sparring was great fun to read.

The romance was fun, the adventure was well-played, and the Bridgerton name carries on as one of the best literary families to read. But I think that what I loved most about this book was that I can really see the changing tide of the romance novel inside of this historical romance’s pages. At the beginning of romance novels, it was 100% female submission (the “bodice rippers,” if you will). Then it became strong women, but stronger men (the woman who had to learn to accept that she did not always know best because, actually, the “alpha” hero did). But now, there’s a tide towards true feminism – equality.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and it’s a great read for you all out there who want an easy and fluffy time.

The other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn will be released on November 20 by Piatkus Books and you can buy your copy with a click HERE  

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Review Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman/ Walker Books

Dry
by Neal Shusterman
Jarrod Shusterman
Synopsis: The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a war zone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

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Every time I pick up one of Neal Shusterman’s books I’m simply amazed by how intense and thought-provoking it is and this book was no exception. I have the manuscript version (with very clear warnings not to post, share, or copy) and I don’t know how much the small stuff will have changed once the novel is released, but at the core, this story is about survival and human nature.
Alyssa and her family are a typical suburban family. They have a few water bottles in the fridge, some Gatorade, but they certainly did not stock up for a national emergency. Her parents, little brother, Uncle, and dog all need water and there isn’t enough to last a day.
Alyssa is a typical teenager, who is mostly worried about her homework and college when everything starts to go to hell. She has a fierce love for her family and will do anything for them. I really liked her little brother Garrett, he was also a kid with a good heart.
Kelton comes from a family that is survivalists, they are prepared for the worst. But they were not really prepared for what their neighbors will do to survive.
The story was beautifully written, although I’ll admit that I never really bonded with any of the characters. And, speaking of characters…there are a LOT of them. While I loved the snapshots of other people affected by the crisis, it did make it harder to deeply bond with anyone. Although I have to say that the ending made all of it worthwhile. Seeing how everything happened…yes, please! As for the ending, well, I didn’t love it. I mean, much of it was fine, but certain people…Ugh. Not gonna say more.
As I stated before this is a very plot-driven story that is very hard to put down. The story is very topical and very realistic. I don’t want to say much about it, because it is something that you just need to experience for yourself. There are very real passages about how society will break down and what it is like to die of dehydration. I always like to think that society will behave better in the face of catastrophe, but I think I know that it will really come down to chaos and everyone out to save themselves.

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Review Damsel by Elana K Arnold /Harper360 UK

Damsel

By Elana K. Arnold

Review

Synopsis: The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

 

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

 

However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her.

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Damsel is a brilliantly reimagined traditional fairy tale story of brave price who rescues a damsel in distress, over and over again. Behind the usual tropes of the fairy tale, we get layers of dark and uncomfortable truths, that if you are willing you can not even notice. Which is the beauty of this book, that gives you the story that disguises as a simple fairy tale, but is nothing but a fairytale.

Fantasy is designed to whisk you away to magical realms of spectacular beauty. Oh, how we long to go to these places ourselves…usually. You will sometimes get that rather gritty, overly realistic fairy tale romp that leaves you thinking, “Visit Westeros? Emm… Pass.” The world of Damsel is much the same. The whole story is an uncomfortable journey that follows a naive ‘Damsel’, Ama, as she slowly navigates a centuries-old tradition upheld by a purely patriarchal kingdom. The good news is that you’re supposed to be uncomfortable. The focus of this narrative lies not in the world, but in Ama’s role as a Damsel and her interactions with those around her. It’s an examination of a corrosive relationship, of a woman caught in a kingdom that’s conspired to rob her of her will and freedom. As the reader, you are forced to suffer along with her but also rise with her when the time comes. This was an interesting retelling of a classic happily-ever-after where the rescued Damsel is finally given a brain and a voice of her own.

Arnold’s writing is not graphic, despite some of the other reviews I’ve read—it is evocative, with prose that’s careful to attend to many different senses, which can sometimes feel more intense than if it were descriptively graphic. Whatever Ama feels, the reader feels. And in this book that means a sense of foreboding, a creeping dread, the absolute knowledge of your own powerlessness.

Finally, while this is being shelved as YA, I would advise caution to younger readers due to the content and nature of the novel. There are darkly fantastic tales and then there is simply dark tales.

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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.