sâmbătă, 30 aprilie 2016

Review:Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2) by Leigh Bardugo



Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.


Review:


"I am a soldier. I am the Sun Summoner. And I’m the only chance you have."

If the first book made me love the story,this one made me want to know more about what will happen with Alina,Mal and the Darkling.About Ravka and the Grisha's.If the first book was a masterpiece,i don't even have words to describe my opinion about the second book.Honestly,it was the best way to  continue what started in the first book,even if there were times when i wished that some things could have happened different.Because this journey was more complicated and it was an epic battle between two powerfull characters.

In this book Alina manages to do the unthinkable,always running and trying to stay away from the Darkling.But step by step,her life changes again,transforming her into an different person- someone who makes things she never thought she'll ever do.And,because of that,step by step,her relationship with Mal suffers,the distance makes them wish for something more ,for freedom and a real life,away from all the troubles.Yet,in her mind Alina knows that her life will never be the same again and that the Darkling won't let her go.In this book Alina makes new alliances ,she finds out about the history of the amplifiers and manages to control her power...But what if that isn't enough?What if the battle between her and the Darkling won't end exactly how she wants?What if...

“I got used to seeing him waiting for me at the end of corridors, or sitting at the edge of my bed when I fell asleep at night. When he didn’t appear, I sometimes found myself looking for him or wondering why he hadn’t come, and that frightened me most of all.”

Good God,i never thought that a book will keep me on my toes..But ,well,this one did that and it made me feel like a lunatic.It was crazy,because at the beginning i never knew what to believe or if this book will be good enough for me.So far,i'm still trying to process the whole thing with those two amplifiers and i keep wondering what will happen next..Yikes,spoiler.Pfft,sorry.
Yet,the battle between Alina and the Darkling?After i've read that scene,my emotions are all over the place,because i still wonder if the Darkling will change or if he will be the enemy until the end..I hope not,because even if he is a bad guy,deep down in my heart i hope for a miracle.

This whole book drove me a little insane.So many things happened and it was fantastic,but i've read about so many new characters and i still can't think about what happened with a few of those characters.
I guess,at some point i started to hate what was happening.It was messing with my head,especially what was happening with Alina and the way the Darkling appeared everywhere.But reading about those new creatures?The way they were described made my skin crawl ..And ,of course,i tried to imagine them..What i saw in my mind?It was..Yikes.

“He tapped the sun over his heart. "I came here for you. You're my flag. You're my nation.”

This time everything was different.The characters evolved and the story transformed into something more complicated and this time it had an obvious message:find a way to destroy the Darkling.I loved that somehow a few of those characters were stronger and more determined,especially Alina.And Mal?I admit that i enjoyed reading about him and i loved the fact that he was sooo determined to keep protecting Alina..Yet,i hated him a little when he started to act like he knew everything and that Alina didn't want him.But a part of me felt sorry for him,because in a way he was trapped in a place he hated ,a place where he felt he didn't belong.In a way it was like the roles changed,now it wasn't Alina who felt like she didn't belong..Now it was Mal.Yes,i know,i know i said that i hope that Darkling will change,but that doesn't mean i don't hope for something good to happen to Mal.And,yes,i can't choose between those guys!

“Watch yourself, Nikolai,” Mal said softly. “Princes bleed just like other men.”
Nikolai plucked an invisible piece of dust from his sleeve. “Yes,” he said. “They just do it in better clothes.”


And,yet,here comes Nikolai Lantsov and makes my head spinn,because holy heck,where did you come from?This feels like a love triangle-or how it is called when there are three guys involved and just one girl?I don't know..Strange or not,this was brilliant.I liked Nikolai.He was fun and charming.Brilliant and with an amazing attitude,Nikolai was exactly how a prince should be..But he was full of surprises and he managed to change a few things.
I loved reading about everything,about the way they were trying to find a way to fight,to save Ravka.It was fun and a surprise,because between Alina,Nikolai and the rest of the characters ,always one of them found out something surprising to say.
Also ,besides Nikolai,there were two more characters who made me enjoy reading about the Grisha society more..Tamar and Tolya,twin brothers -fighters and Grisha.Deadly and strong,capable do to anything.

I admit that a lot of things that happened in this book took me by surprise.It was full of epic moments,especially those in which Alina faced the Darkling,fighting those nichevo’ya created by the Darkling.Epic and brilliant,but now i keep wondering what will happen next..Will Alina be able to destroy him?What will the Darkling do next?So many questions..So many..



You can find my review on Goodreads: Siege and Storm .

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miercuri, 27 aprilie 2016

Review:Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) by Leigh Bardugo


Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.

Review:


“People, particularly big men carrying big rifles, don't expect lip from a scrawny thing like me. They always look a bit dazed when they get it.” 

The fact that i'm a huge fan of books like this one,it was easier to me to get used to the whole idea of a world full of magic(even if in this story it was called small science),full of mysteries and great adventures. Full of darkness and light. Full of lies..And betrayals. But you know what they say:You can always find light in the darkness.
Since i started reading this book i was fascinated and it was the perfect adventure,exactly how i like it. Given the fact that it was full of badass characters made everything pretty epic,but ,still,the story and everything was what made me enjoy this book more than i thought.
It wasn't an easy read. It was full of complicated moments and you could say that it was the perfect picture of a world in which the Darkness could destroy everything,but that doesn't mean that you have to stop believing in hope,in light. I loved it and it was fascinating how the whole story transformed from something interesting into something incredible and brilliant. You could say that it's a masterpiece,a brilliant way of telling how a young girl's life twisted,turning into something that she never asked for,transforming her into a hero,or maybe a villain..One wrong step into the wrong direction and it could transform her into monster..But now i know who the real  monster in this story is..Despite that,and i hate to admit this, that monster was too fascinating and a real mystery..A mystery that one day i hope i'll find the truth about. I refuse to believe thst he won't change.

Alina Starkov was used with the idea that she'll never be a Grisha.But her life wasn't easy at all. Being a part of the war,Alina was a mapmaker assisstant in training,trying everything in her power to help her people..But one step into the Shadow Fold changed everything for her..Making her realize that her life was more important,because somehow one day she'll become exactly what the people needed..But what Alina never thought about was that the one who helped her learn who she was,was the one who will betray her...Making her see that she could be a pawn or she could fight with all everythin she has.

You want to know what i really loved about this book?The characters,their stories and the way they evolved step by step,changing everything and making everything better and perfect. But some of them are still a mystery to me and i kind of hate that.

My heart was beating like crazy when i started to read more about what was happening,when the story started to complicate,showing who was a friend and who was a foe..It was awesome!Because like i said above,it was fascinating to read about Alina,The Darkling and all those characters.

“The problem with wanting is that is makes us weak. How right he was. I'd wanted so badly to belong somewhere, anywhere. I'd been so eager to please him, so proud to keep his secrets. But I'd never bothered to question what he might really want, what his true motives might be. I'd been too busy imagining myself by his side, the savior of Ravka, most treasured, most desired, like some kind of queen.”

There were times when i thought that Alina was a little annoying,at the beginning.Yet,with each chapter i started to see the real Alina,the one whose life was too complicated from the beginning,the one who fighted to survive and wanted something for herself.The one who never thought that inside her was hiding something huge,a power capable of saving everyone.She was a fighter,born to change everything in her path,but also her destiny was to endure everything that was thrown at her,good or evil.I loved her strenght,her way of thinking,even if i wanted to shake some sense in her ,because she was easily trapped into the charms of a man who was capable of anything.I admired her loyalty to those who she loved,especially Mal,even if that meant she had to do something drastic,something like letting the world endure the Darkling's wrath.

“I've been waiting for you a long time, Alina" He said. "You and I are going to change the world.” 

Honestly,all the time,from the moment i started to read about the Darkling i started to wonder what happened to him,why he became what he was in that moment and how everything will end up for him.There were times when i hoped that maybe he won't be the bad guy,because his whole being was a pure mystery for me,and i know i'm not the only one who's thinking that.But still..He fooled me a lot of times,making me feel things i shouldn't feel for a bad guy,yet i couldn't stop myself.It seems that my heart refuses to believe that he can't be saved or that he can't change.Yeah,i do love a mystery,especially if it comes into the form of a man dressed in black and one who is powerfull enough to change the world.

“Mal,"I whispered into the night. 
"What?"
"Thanks for finding me."
"Always.” 

From time to time i was constantly thinking about Alina's best friend,Mal.Best friend or not,at first i started to believe that Mal won't have a huge role in this story,but once i started to see the truth i was relieved ,because deep down in my heart i knew that Alina needed him,more than anything else.He was the kind of character who was strong enough to do harm,but at the same time the kind of character who was thinking twice before doing something.I liked the way he was thinking ,but what i liked the most about him was the fact that he never gave up,alwasy helping Alina,always there so she'll never be alone.

This adventure was full of beautiful being,i found myself enjoying the Grisha's way of living,despite the fact that i hate it when i find that once again the world was divided,between those with power and those without power.It makes me angry,but i understand the reason behind that,something that it made everything easier for me.
It was fascinating reading about the Little Palace,where Alina learned everything about her powers and about the Grisha society.I loved the fact that there was something that showed the difference between all the Grisha,the piece of clothing called kefta.Unique and very interesting,but in my mind i couldn't imagine how a kefta might look.My heart almost jumped out of my chest when i've read about what colour the Darkling choose at first for Alina.How am i supposed to hate that guy?How?

“They are orphans again, with no true home but each other and whatever life they can make together on the other side of the sea.”

But never in my mind did i imagined what would happen next,how the story will twist and turn everything.It was a complicated path,one who helped Alina realize that her purpose was bigger and that in that world ,twisted and bitter,she had to do everything in her power to keep the Darkling away from her.Something made her open her eyes,seeing the truth behind the words of an manipulating and dark man,a man who wanted to show the world that he could rule the world.

Fascinating,exciting,thrilling and mind-blowing.A real masterpiece,waiting to win your heart and make you want to know more.


You can find my review on Goodreads: Shadow and Bone.

luni, 25 aprilie 2016

Review:Crash & Burn (Cut & Run, #9) by Abigail Roux



It’s been five years since Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett first worked together to solve the Tri-State murders, and time has been both harsh and kind. Engaged now, they face the challenge of planning a deeply uncertain future together. Zane is at the pinnacle of his career with one last mystery to solve, while Ty is at sea in a world where he’s no longer the tip of a spear.

There’s just one more hurdle in the way of their happy ever after: a traitor from their inner circle who threatens to burn their world to the ground.

Squeezed between the Vega cartel, an unknown mole, and too many alphabet agencies to count, Ty and Zane must gather all their strength and resources to beat the longest odds they’ve ever faced. To make it out alive, they’ll need help from every friend they’ve got. Even the friends who might betray their trust.
 


Review:


“- Some roads to love aren't easy, and I've never been more thankful for being forced to fight for something. I started this journey with a partner I hated, and a man in the mirror I hated even more. The road took me from streets of New York to West Virginia, from the place I born to the place I found a home. It forced me to let go of my past and face my future. And I had to be made blind before I see. (...) I promise to love you until I die. (...) - I promise to never leave you alone in the dark, he whispered.”

I can't believe that i will start my review like this,but ,honestly,i can't help it:i hate it when all my favorite series end,and right now i hate it even more because this time this series was about Ty and Zane..Grr.But i admit that every single book was amazing and i'm really ,really glad that i got the chance to read it.

This book deserves more than 5 stars.Full of suprises,full of action-a roller coaster of crazy events in which i found both funny and serious moments...And there were a few heartbreaking moments, something that made me wish that this wasn't the end.
And i loved every single chapter.It made me laugh and smile.It made me want to punch my fist in the air when i thought something wasn't fair.It made me sad,when bad things happened(especially when i thought that all my favorite characters will die,mainly Ty and Zane).It made my heart beat like crazy ,because this time i got the chance to read about Ty and Zane finally getting married(It was the best moment ,even if that chapter wasn't so glorious like it should have been.).And,of course,i loved it because it gave me the chance to read about them in action,this time it was mind-blowing and epic.But the best part?I loved reading about all of them together: Owen,Digger,Ty,Zane, Nick,Kelly, Liam,Cross and the others.It was fun and epic.

Sadly,i have to admit that before i started reading this series i never thought that i will read a book about FBI agents.Why?Because i'm not a big fan of those stories,but now..Darn it,i'm so glad that i didn't pass this.

“I'll always find you, Zane”

Love.Betrayal.Friendship.Secrets..Loyalty.

Ty and Zane know that something bad will happen soon,but they never thought that the future will bring more betrayals and pain.FInally getting their plans in actions,Ty and Zane found out soon that Nick has more secrets and that Liam Bell's plans involves them all,but at the same time Liam knows that the Cartel wants Ty and Zane dead.But what Liam doesn't know is the fact that the Sidewinders and Zane are willing to do everything in their powers to stop the Cartels and all those who want them dead.But the betrayal is too high..Will Ty be able to forgive Nick?What will happen with all of them when they face the Cartle?Or the NIA?Will they survive?

Once again i fell in love with Ty and Zane's relationship.Pretty amazing.Why?Because it's a twist between friendship,partnership and a lot more.From the beginning it was fun reading about them ,but in this book?They went through pain,loss,betrayal,anger and all those ugly emotions,but in the end they managed to do the right thing..To forgive and fight for those who they loved.I loved the way they were working together and they made me laugh a lot,but there were a lot of moments when my heart broke because of them.Oh,god,how much i will miss those two freaking amazing Agents... *sigh*
In this book everything was crazy complicated and everything changed,everything was so twisted and full of surprises,that even i couldn't keep up with everything that was happening.So far this is the best book,because it had a lot of epic moments and there were a lot of moments that made me forget to breath,and it made me feel like i was on the edge, one step away from falling,because it was too much.

After everything that happened,more secrets were revealed,secrets about what Burns was doing and how all his plans involved Ty and Zane.It was crazy!I swear.But i always had this feeling that Burns was doing something behind Ty and Zane's backs.Why?Because everything he made them do was strange and crazy.Yeah,it was bad,but if i start thinkin about how this series would have been without Burns doing those evil plans of his,i can't imagined Ty and Zane's life.
The way everything happened wasn't how i expected it to be,especially when i started to read about how Liam was involved once again and it made me think that everything will go to hell.It did,big time!Yikes.But..After all Liam's involvement wasn't a bad thing .Yeah,i hated that guy ,but now i don't know..

“You're not a thing in the dark," Kelly said under his breath.
"No." Nick clutched his fingers tighter. "But I can be."
Kelly stared at him for a long time, nodding, blue-gray eyes turning to quartz granite. "Then we'll be things in the dark together.” 

Nick?Somehow i knew,deep down in my heart,that he was keeping something huge and bad from everyone else,but i never expected that.But i understand him and i hated the way Ty reacted when he found out the truth.Yet,i don't blame Ty.The whole time ,reading about Nick's pain and everything that happened to him?It was like a knife in my heart,being twisted ,making me wish those bad things never happened to him.Why?Because besides Ty and Zane,Nick managed to win my heart.
Kelly?The Doc was a firecracker,always fighting and alert.Always keeping his eyes on Nick .I loved every single moment when Kelly started throwing punches,especially when those punches were aimed at Liam.Oh,how much i enjoyed those moments.But ..My heart broke for him every single time when he thought something bad had happen to Nick.
Owen and DIgger?Those guys were pretty crazy and shady as hell,but they made me laugh a lot.I don't have much to say about them,but  since they were a part of the whole actions,everything was pretty much mind-blowing.I loved their connection,how much they were willing to fight for each other.
The rest?Since they weren't present in all the chapter,only they names were brought up a few times,i can't say much about them.My whole attention was on Ty,Zane,Sidewinders and Liam.Those were the characters who made everything interesting and crazy.

Right now i'm still trying to process everything,but in my mind i keep repeating the fact that this couldn't be the last book..I want more.More crazy moments.More action.More intense moments between Zane and Ty.More jokes and sarcasm.More adventures.More badass characters.My mind refuses to understand that it really was the end..But at least this series had an epic end.


+ 1 star.

You can find my review on Goodreads: Crash&Burn

marți, 19 aprilie 2016

My heart..My Soul..And a lot of books.Yikes.



Reason..

De cand am inceput sa citesc,de cand am inceput sa ma pierd in diferite carti-aproape orice fel de gen,am fost intrebata de o mie si o suta de ori de ce citesc sau alte lucruri stupide.
Stiu ca am mai scris despre asta pe blog,insa simt nevoia sa lamuresc un lucru,chit ca persoanele care continua sa imi puna aceasta intrebare zilnic nu o sa citeasca aceasta postare.

De ce citesc?

Cum sa incep sa raspund unei intrebari ca aceasta?Exista oare un raspuns care o sa ii satisfaca pe toti?Sa-i faca sa inteleaga rapid si simplu?Nu este chiar asa usor,deoarece atata timp cat acele persoane nu o sa puna mana pe o carte vreodata,sau nu o sa citeasca povesti care ,datorita mesajelor pe care le ascunda,iti schimba viata.Ei nu vor intelege vreodata ce inseamna sa traiesti mereu cu dorinta de a afla mai multe despre un personaj fictional sau despre ce se va intampla intr-o carte care te tine in suspans,care te face sa iti tii respiratia sau care te face sa simti lucruri care nu ai crezut ca le vei simti vreodata.Carte care te face sa te simti:fericit sau trist;te face sa zambesti sau sa te incrunti;care te face sa razi pana nu mai poti sau care te face sa plangi.Carte care te face sa uiti de tot si toate,care te face sa uiti de probleme sau te ajuta sa te relaxezi.
Un cititor traieste mai multe vieti..Are parte de mai multe aventuri,de mai multe momente incredibile si cunoaste o multime de persoane,chit ca acestea sunt fictionale.



Eu am patit-o de foarte multe ori si cred ca nu sunt singura care a trecut prin asta.

De foarte multe ori am patit sa citesc ceva care mi-a captat atentia,facandu-ma sa uit de persoanele din jurul meu,ceea ce uneori este amuzant,deoarece atunci cand citesc ceva amuzant si incep sa rad sau sa zambesc,ii face pe cei din jurul meu curiosi si pun tot felul de intrebari,amintindu-mi ca nu sunt singura in camera respectiva.
It happens,you know?Yet,i don't really care.

Confuzie..

Inca imi aduc aminte de zilele cand faceam naveta-ori pentru scoala,ori pentru lucru.Imi aduc aminte de felul in care se uitau oamenii la mine cand scoteam cartea din geanta,imi bagam castile in urechii si preferam sa imi vad de lectura mea,in loc sa fac ceea ce facea ei.Unii radeau,altii vorbeau..Altii se uitau pe geam la peisaj..Eu?Eram atat de atenta la ceea ce citeam incat nici macar nu imi dadeam seama uneori ca mai aveam un pic si ajungeam la destinatie.Dar..nu o sa uit niciodata privirile pe care le primeam,de parca ceea ce faceam eu era cel mai ciudat lucru ,de parca faceam ceva atat de rar incat ei trebuiau sa se uite se zece mii de ori la mine,ca si cum se asteptau ca a doua oara sa vad altceva.Amuzant,dar iritant uneori.
Dar..Recunosc ca mie imi placea sa le arat ca nu era o gluma.Pentru ca nu este.Lumea trebuie sa se obisnuiasca cu idea ca mai exista persoane care adora sa citesc.




Nu sunt revoltata..

Scriu asta pentru ca asa vreau eu.Pentru ca simteam nevoia sa ma descarc un pic,chiar daca poate ce am scris mai sus nu prea are sens.Dar poate nu sunt singura care simte aceste lucruri.Keep your head up and do whatever you want.

Stiu,stiu..Nu am mai postat cine stie ce pe blog de mult timp,doar recenzii(in engleza),insa stau cam prost cu ideile,tocmai de aceea nu prea am mai postat cine stie ce.Still,daca inca mai urmariti blogul :Va multumesc din suflet!

Wattpad stories..

Am inceput recent sa citesc povesti scrise de diferite persoane pe Wattpad.Pot sa spun ca foarte multe persoane au talent si scriu povesti foarte interesante.Nu sunt surprise,deoarece stiu ca avem toti cate un talent ascuns,insa nu toti il descoperim.

Pe langa faptul ca gasesc zilnic ceva nou de citit acolo,unele persoane adauga melodii/versuri in ceea ce scriu si uita asa raman blocata ,ascultand aceasi melodie de o mie de ori.Hmm.
De data asta am ramas cu o melodie cantata de James Arthur pe repeate..And,honestly,it's driving me insane!Versurile...Love it.



Ultima poveste pe care am citit-o pe Wattpad,de la cap la coada,se numeste Too Late si este scrisa de Colleen Hoover.Ador povestea si ,dupa cum stim cu toti,Colleen are un talent incredibil,insa de data asta pot sa spun ca finalul a fost ca un cutit ascutit infipt in inima mea..Well,i hate it,but i love it.

Cartea pe care am inceput sa o citesc recent se numeste Saving Everest.Este o carte superba ,care merita citita,insa in acest moment am citit toate capitolele postate..And i want more!Melodia Long Live the King de James Arthur o ascult din cauza unei scene din aceasta poveste.

Ceea ce vreau eu sa spun de fapt este..Intrati pe Wattpad ,daca va plac fanficurile scrise de alte persoane,deoarece puteti da peste povesti incredibile.Also,daca dati click pe Too Late si Saving Everest,puteti intra sa le cititi.Un simplu click..

Review:Calico by Callie Hart



Coralie

Twelve years ago, I ran to stay alive. 


Port Royal, South Carolina, was my home. I was born there. I fell in love there. And I nearly died there. I never thought I’d go back. Now, after so many years, I have to return to bury the man who made my life a living hell. Some nights, I used to cry myself to sleep, praying my father would die. Other nights were different. Other nights, there was him. 

Callan Cross. 

My first confidante. My first kiss. My first love. My first everything: Callan was the glue that held me together when everything else was falling apart. He was my savior. He was there for me whenever I needed him…

Until he wasn’t.

Every night, I’ve seen the love of my life in my sleep.
I just never thought I’d have to face him again.



Callan

Twelve years ago, I f*#@ed up big time.
 

Living life through a camera lens is sometimes easier than dealing with it head on. Scratch that. It’s always easier. For over a decade, I’ve been a master of my art, taking photographs all over the world. Yet despite all of the countries I’ve visited, the amazing things I’ve seen, the beautiful women I’ve screwed, my heart has remained in pieces.

Coralie’s the only woman I’ve ever loved, will ever love. And I’m determined to show her that we’re meant to be together. Even if it means unearthing the bones of the past in the process. 

A lifetime and a thousand miles have stood between us.
Now, there’s no length of time I won’t wait, no distance I won’t travel, in order to make her mine.


Review:

Rating:6/5 stars.

“Hey, bluebird,” he whispers. “I’ve been dreaming about you.” 

So far i've read a few books that were heartbreaking ,but that doesn't mean that each time i start another book,one that i know it has an difficult subject,i expect the same time. Each time it gets my by surprise,making me feel things i never thought i would feel-because even if those things didn't happen to me,the way they were described,the way the author wrote them it makes you sad,happy,heartbroken or it makes you feel a lot of mixed emotions,it's like you can imagine a little . So,yeah,right now after reading Calico my emotions are all over the place because this book was a roller coaster of emotional and heartbreaking events. And i'm not kidding.
Even if i didn't finish this book ASAP,like i wanted , at some point i got so overwhelmed by what was happening and i didn't know what to think or how to react.

For those who don't like reading books that have abuse as a subject i suggest you don't read this book. This type of abuse is the kind that changes one of the mains characters life completely making her take some decisions-harsh decision- that  changes everything. That's why it's heartbreaking,because it is a book about true love,about a love that started between two teenagers- a love that changed them,but despite that the horrible things that happened with one of the main characters managed to separate them.

I fucking know you, Coralie Taylor.” He stabs his own chest with his index finger. “I fucking know you. I took one look at you back in that library and I knew you. I always have and I always will. That’s never going to change. You can run away for ten years. You can change your hair… wear different clothes… but there’s not a damn thing you can do to hide your soul from mine. It’s far too late for that.”


Coralie's life was a living hell. Not because of who she was right now,but because of things that happened in her past. Things that haunt her . Nightmares that force her to live her life like a ghost. But going back in Point Royal-the place where all the bad things happened to her-to bury the one who hurt her the most,all Coralie wanted was to move on with her life,to let the past in the past..But she never thought that she'll see him again. To boy who made her life better,the one who showed her that you can find light in the darkness. Yet,here they are forced to face the past.
Callan Cross never thought he'll go back in Point Royal,the place where he grew up and where he met her. But hearing that the one who was guilty of destroying their life died,all Callan knows is that maybe,just maybe,by being there he'll get the chance to see her again and maybe,jusg maybe,they'll fix what was broken between them. But what if it isn't that easy?What if there are more ugly secrets that she never told him? What if....

Heartbreaking or not,i couldn't stop myself from reading this book. It was painfull to read those chapter from Coralie's past,the ones that made me understand all her reasons why she left Point Royal and Callan behind. And i admit thati hate her father with all my heart.  Yeah,i know ,he is a character,but heck if i care.

“I know you. I see into you. Your heart is my heart. Your breath is my breath. Your soul is my soul. Your pain… your pain is my fucking pain. So don’t expect me to believe you when you say you stopped loving me, because I looked you in the eye when you said goodbye to me, bluebird. My heart broke when yours did. My lungs stopped breathing when yours did. My soul hurt when yours did. My pain felt like it was killing me, just like yours did. You loved me then. You never stopped. You still love me now, the same way I still fucking love you.”

What i liked about this book? The fact that it was written from Callan and Coralie's point of views. It was perfect,because it gave me the chance to understand them both,to read about everything from two point of views,even if Coralie's chapters were harder and full of paint. Besides that,i love the fact that the author included chapters in which  i got the chance to read about how everything started between those two and it was perfect. Still,i wish that that perfection wasn't ruined by whst was happening with Coralie when she wasn't with Callan.

Being beaten and traumatized by her own father,made Coralie take so many bad decisions,but she was a strong character full of life and with an amazing future. The fact that she was strong enough to face her demons made me like her even more and i admit that her journey is full of ups and downs. From the beginnig until the end.
And Callan? Even if he had an amazing childhood,Callan life changed completely after he met Coralie. Handsome,charming and smart,but haunted by memories of what happened between him and Coralie. Haunted by what happened to her.

''You were raised in violence, but your soul doesn’t crave it, bluebird. Despite everything, you’re still gentle inside. You’re still you.''

Both,Coralie and Callan's characters evolved and transformed step by step ,they became stronger and more determined,but they story isn't an easy one.
Like i said above,it was a heartbreaking story because it shows us what could happen if one person is abused and tries so hard to hide everything from everyone.


This story changes step by step,transforming into something beautiful-a second chance at everything. It was heartbreaking ,but at the same time beautiful.My opinion?This book deserves more than 5 stars.


 + 1 star.

You can find my review on Goodreads: Calico.

sâmbătă, 16 aprilie 2016

Review:That Thing Between Eli and Gwen by J.J. McAvoy.



**A multicultural new adult romance from bestselling author, J.J. McAvoy** 

Eli thinks he’s found the perfect woman to be his wife. She’s a doctor, like he is. She’s brilliant, like he is. And she’s wealthy, like he is. 

Gwen thinks her fiancé is the perfect man. He’s handsome, successful and he was her first… 

But when Eli’s bride runs off with Gwen’s fiancée on his wedding day, they are left to pick up the broken pieces of each other... 


Review:


“People are sometimes unlucky in love, but I’d rather be unlucky a dozen more times than close myself off and never have the chance to have that with someone.”


When i first saw the description of this book i said to myself that i have to read it,so when i finally got the chance to request it on Netgalley ,i hoped that my request will be accepted because i really ,really wanted to read this book.And here i am now writing my review after reading this book ASAP like a crazy person,because (honestly!!) it was pretty much how i expected it to be:Awesome and perfectly imperfect.Don't ask why,just read the damn book!

Being an artist,Guinevere Poe's life isn't simple at all.It's full of life and colours,but her life is turned upside down when her fiance decided to run away with another woman.And that's they day when Gwen realizez that everything can change in a blink of an eye,but that doesn't mean she has to.
Eli Davenport never thought that something so horrible could happen to him.Being left at the altar wasn't something he saw in his future,but the bride had different plans and that changed everything for him.But not only for him.

''Pefectly imperfect,and the more you look at her the more confused you become but even still you can't look away.''

So,how two people, whose fiances left them in the same day,could recover from something like that without reacting in some way?
First,i have to admit that i loooved how Eli and Gwen reacted to each other,the conversation between them were hilarious,especially at the beginning when they were acting like they didn't stand each other.It made me laugh so much because it was obvious that that won't last long and they were really cute.

I loved Gwen's weird way of be,She was smart,beautiful and very talented,but her attitude was weird and that's what i liked the most about her.She wasn't acting like she deserved the moon and the sun because she was famous.Not at all.I loved her weird sense of humour and ,of course,Taigi(her dog).
And Eli?When it comes to Eli i admit that i wanted to shake some sense in him,because at the beginning he was acting like he knew everything about Gwen and he was awfull to her,but step by step i started to change my opinion about him.And..When i finally started to read about the real Eli?Well,damn!,he wasn't bad at all.Charming,handsome and really sexy,Eli Davenport managed to change my opinion about him really fast.

''You,Guinevere Aurora Poe,are the most beautiful woman in the world to me.Let me say it.You should hear it.''

This book wasn't perfect,but it had so many amazing scenes and it made me realize that somehow this book managed to show us what happens in reality :when two people fell in love without thinking,two people being left by those who they thought will be with them forever,a doctor who tries every day to save everyones life or a womans love for art.It's not the perfect combination,but it makes you think about a lot of things.
It had a lot of hilarious moments and i can say that i needed that .From the beginning this book was interesting in a lot of ways.The chemistry between Eli and Gwen was obvious,but it was fun reading about the way they were acting at first-always trying to show each other that they had nothing in common and that they didn't stand each other.Fun!I swear.And i loved it.Why?Because in the end it was worth every single word.

“The one thing I love about us, Guinevere, is that we talk, we laugh, we tease each other, we laugh more, and we drink. Before being my girlfriend, you were my friend; I love that.”

Perfectly imperfect-the right way to describe this story,because everything started with a beautiful day ruined, twisting and turning until it transformed into something beautiful and life changing for the main characters of this book.


You can find my review on Goodreads: That Thing Between Eli and Gwen .

vineri, 15 aprilie 2016

Review:The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1) by Julie Kagawa



Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.
 


Review:


“Combat doesn't have to be with swords... Emotions can be deadly weapons, and knowing your enemy's breaking point can be key to winning a battle.” 


Once upon a time there was a girl who thought her life was simple and normal like everyone elses,but what she never thought was that in another world,a magical world where fairies ruled and magical creatures existed,she was a princess whose mission might change everything and everyone's lifes.And everything started with this:someone kidnapped her brother,forcing her to do things she never thought will do ,forcing her to open her eyes and see Them.

This book was the first book about fairies that i've read and loved so much.Since this isn't the first time when i read this book( i can't remember how many times i picked up the book and read it,but every single time it feels like the first time.),i can honestly admit that i enjoyed it the same and it made me feel like it was the best book that i've ever read.
Julie Kagawa created a magical world full of adventures and amazing characters.A world that fascinated me from the beginning ,making me imagine everything and how things happened ,because it was easy for me to imagine every single scene that happened.'

The Iron King is the beginning of an adventure into an magical world ,a world you can only hear about it in fairytales.A world in which the impossible can happen,where you can find creatures you can never see in the real life,creatures that will show you things that will take your breath away,and they will keep you in suspense until the next step.A dangerous world,but at the same time a charming world.Full of promises and deceptions,the world of fairies isn't like our world.Every creature can be a  threat or it can be an help.You never know what could happen.
This book is the kind of book that will charm you from the beginning,that's something that i can say from my own experience,because once i started reading i couldn't stop myself.
You want to know the reason why i loved this book so much?Because of the way it was written,the way the story transformed and the way the characters evolved.And since i love reading a good book about magical creatures and badass characters,i couldn't pass this and so far The Iron Fey is still my favorite series and that won't change.Ever.The best things?The story wasn't rushed and every scene was described well.Speechlees and breathless,that was how this book left me.

All Meghan Chase wanted was to be left alone and mind her own buisness,but something strange happened to her after her sixteenth birthday,something that makes Meghan wonder if she was crazy or if the things she started to see were real.But everything changes completely after Meghan finds out that her brother was kiddnapped and replaced with a changeling,and that her best friend is a mytical,old and very powerfull fairy.From there,Meghan starts an dangerous adventure into the land of fairies too save her brother..But what if Meghan's life changes completely?What if there are truths that will make her see that her entire life was a lie?What if something huge happens and Meghan is forced to stay in Nevernever?What if...Being half human,half fairies isn't something that Meghan wished for.A secret destiny,full of ups and downs.

“You're scared?'
He shook his head. 'Floppy's scared.'
'What's Floppy scared of?'
'The man in the closet” 


When i say that this book has an adventure that you can't ignore,i'm not lying.And,honestly ,why would i do that?Right now my brain is trying to find the right words to describe this amazing book and it seems that i have a lot to write!
The fact that the characters were strong was the best things,because i couldn't have delt with an annoying and a drama queen main character.But Julie Kagawa managed to surprise me ,writing about an amazing,strong and beautiful character,one whom managed make me love this book even more.Why?Because she wasn't a drama queen.

I know many of those who have read this book hated Meghan and because of that they didn't like the book.But me?I have to disagree with them.Meghan was exactly the type of character that this series needed.Strong,determined,fierce and very loyal,Meghan started her journey with her head up ,even if she didn't know what she was getting into.And besides her determination and her stubborness,i liked that she was strong enough and didn't make me want to strangle her.That's a bonus.A lot of things happened,and i guess it's normal when she was a little weak or confused.But the rest?She surprised me in each chapter.Another bonus.

“Me? Die? Didn't they tell you, princess? I'm Robin Goodfellow.”

When i described this story a little i mentioned Meghan's best friend,the one who i said about that the was a fairy,but i never said his name.
Robin Goodfellow aka Puck.I loved him.He was the funny one,but he was determined to keep Meghan safe.Doing a lot of dangerous things,yet he was always funny and always making all kind of jokes.The type of character that makes you smile ,even if something bad happens.Like all the fairies,Puck was handsome and charming ,but i knew from the beginning that something was strange.Yet,he made me laugh a lot and the way he was acting was funny.Funny and dangerous,who would have thought?

“I licked my lips and whispered, "Is this where you say you'll kill me?" 
One corner of his lips curled. "If you like," he murmured, a flicker of amusement finally crossing his face. "Though it's gotten far too interesting for that.” 


I loved reading about the Summer court.About Oberon and Titani,and the other characters from there.It was fascinating and it made me want to re-read it over and over again,because i loved the way the author described the court.Yet,when the chapter with the Elysium happened ,something happened ,something that left me breathless:The Winter Queen arrived with her peoples.Another scenes well written.But what i enjoyed the most?Meeting Mab's son,the Prince of Winter,Ash.
Being a prince of Winter Court,Ash is handsome and charming,but very dangerous.He was the one who managed to make my heart beat like crazy and wish for something amazing to happen.Despite all the warnings in my head,i knew that Ash will become an important character and that i will enjoy reading about him.Yes,he won my heart just by being:mysterious ,dangerous and very handsome.

“But if the Nevernever dies, won’t you disappear, as well?”
“I am a cat,” Grimalkin replied, as if that explained anything.”


Oh,well,another character that i liked was Grimalkin,a cait sith,who will help Meghan in her journey.Strange?Yes.Powerfull?Well,he is a cat and knows a lot,but i admit that he was the kind of character that makes you wonder a lot of things.And like Puck,there were times when he made me laugh.

Step by step,everything changes,transforming into something more dangerous and fascinating. Reading about Nevernever and about what was happening there was worth it.It was amazing.But i loved the way everything turns out,how Meghan ,Puck,Ash and Grimalkin journey through Nevernver changes and becomes something huge,mainly when they find out who kidnapped Meghan's brother.I loved read about Seelie and Unseelie Courts,but imagine my surprise when i started reading about the Iron Fey.The whole reason why everything started from the beginning.
Fascinating?Check.Full of surprises?Double Check.Want more?Yes,yes..and Heck Yes!I loved it and yeah,i could read this book a thousandth times and i would never get tired of it.




You can find my review on Goodreads: The Iron King .

Cover Reveal + Teaser : Beyond Here Lies Nothing by C.J Duggan





Book Title:Beyond Here Lies Nothing
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Author: C.J Duggan
Publisher: Independent
Genre: Contemporary New Adult – Stand-alone
Release Date:July, 2016
Cover Designer:Keary Taylor www.indiecoverdesigns.com/




Blurb:
He came from nowhere — just another stranger blowing into our backward town. They come, they go; no one ever stays in Pretty Pine for long. Except he wasn’t just anybody, he was very much a somebody: a very talented, a very sexy, a very famous somebody.

Breathe, Sadie. Just. Breathe.
***

When a big city agent wants to rent the abandoned chapel on the Bowen’s property for an obscene amount of money, it seems like a deal of a lifetime … there’s just one small catch.

Nathaniel Black.

Disgraced, broken-down, whisky-swilling Rock God Nathaniel Black is set to make a comeback, or at least that’s what his long-suffering agent is hoping.

It’s Nathaniel’s last chance for salvation, to lock himself away from the temptations of his wicked life. With no women, no booze, no drugs: only the music. The one thing he didn’t count on was forming a complex, life-changing bond with a reclusive, talented songbird, Sadie Bowen.

Eighteen-year-old Sadie has all of Nathaniel’s vinyl records under her bed and his poster lining the inside of her wardrobe door. And now he was here, in her backyard, eating her food and sharing her bathroom—a dream come true, right? Until Sadie soon realises her teenage idol is the most infuriating, arrogant man-child she has ever met. 

Will seclusion lead to destruction? Or will Sadie finally get a chance to learn who the real man is behind the music? One thing is clear, despite every voice inside her head telling her to stay away, she couldn’t. 

She couldn’t help it, couldn’t fight it. 

Nathaniel Black was about to become her favourite mistake.




Author Bio:


C.J Duggan is a number one internationally bestselling Australian author of seven independent titles of her popular New Adult Summer series. In addition to her chart-topping indie novels, C.J has published two titles with Hachette, Australia with her brand-new Paradise Series (Paradise City and Paradise Road).

C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.
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Teasers :






Also by CJ Duggan:

The 'Summer Series'
The Boys of Summer
Stan
An Endless Summer
Max
That One Summer
Ringer
Forever Summer

The 'Paradise Series'
Paradise City
Paradise Road

Look out for:

The 'Kiss Series'
Kiss the Girls
Kiss the Boys