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sâmbătă, 28 februarie 2015

ACUM IN LIBRARII: Regina Adevarata de Erika Johansen!

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REGINA ADEVĂRATĂ
Autor: Erika Johansen
Traducere din engleză de Laura Sandu
Colecţia: Young Fiction Connection
Nr. de pagini: 536
Preţ: 45.00 lei
Editura Trei

Primul volum al seriei Regina Ţinutului Tearling


Trecerea, un cataclism misterios, a făcut să piară cea mai mare parte a umanităţii, alături de tehnologia ultramodernă. Regresând în epoca feudală, dar aflându-se totodată undeva în viitor, supravieţuitorii o iau de la capăt pe un teritoriu nou, numit Tearling: un ţinut sărăcit, prădat de propriii săi nobili şi de regatul Mortmesne, condus de Regina Roşie.
Singura speranţă a poporului îngenuncheat este moştenitoarea tronului, Kelsea Raleigh, o fată de 19 ani care nu cunoaşte decât lumea cărţilor şi, mai ales, istoria omenirii de dinainte de Trecere.
Călătoria viitoarei regine este începutul unei iniţieri dure, pe parcursul căreia înfruntă moartea sub diferite chipuri şi îşi descoperă darul clarviziunii.

O lume fantastică şi înfricoşătoare, ce aminteşte de Jocurile Foamei!"O lectură epică! Johansen construieşte un roman fabulos, cu răsturnări de situaţie la tot pasul şi personaje memorabile." – New York Post"Johansen inserează cu o mână de expert coliere magice, coduri de onoare, intrigă politică şi un grăunte de mister într-o poveste ce străbate spaţiul şi timpul." – Booklist"Autoarea imaginează o maşină a timpului întunecată şi năucitoare. E posibil să fim în secolul XXIV, dar totodată şi în Evul Mediu? Această întrepătrundere a epocilor ne face să privim lumea de astăzi – şi mai ales tehnologia şi educaţia – într-o lumină cu totul nouă." – Glamour

"Cineva o apucă de subsuori şi o răsuci pe spate. În faţa ochilor îi jucau pete negre. Rana din grumaz i se deschise şi mai mult şi începu să-i pulseze cu sânge cald. Picioarele îi căzură fiecare într-o parte, nervii i se treziră la viaţă şi o lovi o durere nemaivăzută, de parcă gamba i-ar fi fost străpunsă deodată de nenumărate cioburi. Deasupra ei apăru un chip de culoarea morţii, cu două găuri negre, impenetrabile. În loc de ochi şi cu gura pătată de sânge. Kelsea nu putu să-şi oprească un ţipăt, până să-şi dea seama că nu era decât o mască."Erika Johansen şi-a luat masteratul la Iowa Writers' Workshop, una dintre cele mai importante destinaţii pentru scriitorii în devenire. A început să lucreze la seria Regina Ţinutului Tearling încă din 2007, inspirată de un vis: "imaginea unor corăbii la linia orizontului". "Am vrut să-mi imaginez un scenariu de coşmar, o lume în care cărţile nu mai au nicio valoare, şi să văd ce se întâmplă", declara Erika Johansen într-un interviu.
Regina Adevărată a fost numită versiunea feminină a celebrului Urzeala Tronurilor, însă autoarea crede că seria Dune, a lui Frank Herbert, e mai apropiată de naraţiunea ei.
Warner Bros. şi David Heyman, producătorul seriei Harry Potter, au obţinut drepturile de ecranizare, iar pentru rolul lui Kelsea Raleigh a fost aleasă Emma Watson.

miercuri, 25 februarie 2015

Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

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The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3)

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561 pages

Published July 15th 2014 by Viking Adult 


After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches--with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

I remember how much I enjoyed the first two books in the All Souls Trilogy and I feel sad. The long detailed descriptions charmed me in a way I cannot describe and I loved the general slow pace of the story. It is rather confusing how the same things I loved about the rest of the series made absolutely annoyed with it conclusion.

Reading a massive book of more than 500 pages requires devotion. For you to be engaged in the story, it has to make you feel that it is worth finding out what happens. However, the majority of this book seemed rather pointless to me. The answers I had eagerly waited for were unsatisfactory and sometimes even not given. It saddens me to admit the only reason I made the decision of finishing the book was my stubborness. I simply did not wish to abandon a trilogy when I had passed a quarter of its final book. 

Since two years had passed since the publication of the previous volume, I was rightfully afraid I would not remember the characters and plot. This was not the case. All the important characters and key story elements were still there in my head, waiting to be triggered by reading page after page. But I must say the author didn't make it easy for me. So many new characters were introduced and old minor characters re-entered the story that confused me to no end. 

All the action takes place in the last 10% of the book. The rest of it? Boring conversations between characters, irrational decisions being made, dragging the story to the point where I just didn't care anymore. 

What probably saved a little of the book was the author's obvious writing talent. Everything sounds wonderful, the book is very well written in terms of language use... but it's just that. Like the delicious-looking fake cakes you see in sweetshops - they are not edible so rather pointless when your mouth is watering.

Some people seem to have enjoyed it, so if you want to know how the story ends, you should give it a try.

luni, 16 februarie 2015

Review: Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter

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Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter (Manga Classics)

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A powerful tale of forbidden love, shame, and revenge comes to life in Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter. Faithfully adapted by Crystal Chan from the original novel, this new edition features stunning artwork by SunNeko Lee (Manga Classics: Les Miserables) which will give old and new readers alike a fresh insight into the Nathaniel Hawthorne's tragic saga of Puritan America. Manga Classics editions feature classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions. Proudly presented by UDON Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing.


The Scarlet Letter is the third Manga Classic I read and I must say this is getting rather addictive. I seem to be making a habit of reading this kind of adaptations to sample classics that have been on my to be read pile for quite some time.

For this one, I remember seing the movie when I was little, but just the ending, and I actually own an ebook copy just waiting for me on my Kindle. I must say, this manga adaptation made me want to move it higher on my TBR list.

The story, for those unfamiliar, is about a young woman who gives birth to a perfectly healthy girl. The problem, you are wondering? Well, it's just that she is not married to the man she conceived her with, and because of this, she is forced to wear a red letter "A" on her chest, which stands for Adultery. It is meant as a form of punishment and everyone in the village despises her and shows her to their children as a bad moral example. The identity of the father is kept secret by the poor mother, but it soon becomes very clear to the reader who he is.



The illustrations are beautiful as expected from the Manga Classics series and as far as I've seen in other people's reviews, the story remains true to the original.

As always, I recommend this to fans of the original novel, those who are thinking of reading it or anyone who loves manga in general.



It is a fast read, an engaging, emotional story and a great way to relax after a bad day or when trying to get over a reading slump.



If anyone involved in the making of this series of amazing manga adaptions of classic novels is reading this review, please add Jane Eyre to your collection and I will be the most grateful person in the whole wide world. It is my favourite classic of all time. Scratch that. It's my favourite book ever and that's all.

miercuri, 4 februarie 2015

Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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Yes Please

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In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book is full of words to live by.




My rating stands somewhere at 3.5 stars, but as I listened to the audiobook, it was much more entertaining. 

I didn't know much about Amy Poehlr when I started it, so I definitely didn't get upset about not finding more about certain aspects of her personal life or career. I was in for a good laugh, and I got it.


The beggining of the book was what I loved most, how Amy simply talks about things like childhood, the inner voice that tells you how imperfect you are, giving birth or several chapters later about her career and careers in general, motherhood, or drugs. I was surprised of how honest she was about her experiences, admitting her faults and mistakes she had made in the past.

The thing that bothered me was how it went on in certain parts with "I did this, and then that and they did this..." like the author couldn't wait to get to the next part.

I know I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if I had read it myself, but as an audiobook, for the most part I felt as if I was drinking tea (or coffee) with Amy while she was telling me little moments of her life. It was funny and at the same time, inspirational. 


“It’s called Yes Please because it is the constant struggle and often the right answer. Can we figure out what we want, ask for it, and stop talking? Yes please. Is being vulnerable a power position? Yes please. Am I allowed to take up space? Yes please. Would you like to be left alone? Yes please. I love saying “yes” and I love saying “please.” Saying “yes” doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no, and saying “please” doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission. “Yes please” sounds powerful and concise. It’s a response and a request. It is not about being a good girl; it is about being a real woman. It’s also a title I can tell my kids. I like when they say “Yes please” because most people are rude and nice manners are the secret keys to the universe.” 

“That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me.” 

“Because what else are we going to do? Say no? Say no to an opportunity that may be slightly out of our comfort zone? Quiet our voice because we are worried it is not perfect? I believe great people do things before they are ready.” 

“Hopefully as you get older, you start to learn how to live with your demon. It’s hard at first. Some people give their demon so much room that there is no space in their head or bed for love. They feed their demon and it gets really strong and then it makes them stay in abusive relationships or starve their beautiful bodies. But sometimes, you get a little older and get a little bored of the demon. Through good therapy and friends and self-love you can practice treating the demon like a hacky, annoying cousin. Maybe a day even comes when you are getting dressed for a fancy event and it whispers, “You aren’t pretty,” and you go, “I know, I know, now let me find my earrings.” Sometimes you say, “Demon, I promise you I will let you remind me of my ugliness, but right now I am having hot sex so I will check in later.” 

“However, if you do start crying in an argument and someone asks why, you can always say, "I'm just crying because of how wrong you are.” 

“Everyone lies about writing. They lie about how easy it is or how hard it was. They perpetuate a romantic idea that writing is some beautiful experience that takes place in an architectural room filled with leather novels and chai tea. They talk about their “morning ritual” and how they “dress for writing” and the cabin in Big Sur where they go to “be alone”—blah blah blah. No one tells the truth about writing a book. Authors pretend their stories were always shiny and perfect and just waiting to be written. The truth is, writing is this: hard and boring and occasionally great but usually not. Even I have lied about writing. I have told people that writing this book has been like brushing away dirt from a fossil. What a load of shit. It has been like hacking away at a freezer with a screwdriver. I wrote this book after my kids went to sleep. I wrote this book on subways and on airplanes and in between setups while I shot a television show. I wrote this book from scribbled thoughts I kept in the Notes app on my iPhone and conversations I had with myself in my own head before I went to sleep. I wrote it ugly and in pieces.”