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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Uprooted

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I have only read one book from this author and it was the first book of Temeraire - I started the second, but got stuck (one day I'll finish the series). Uprooted seems my kind of book as it mentions folk stories and legends - also, there is a comparison to Grimm fairy tales. The book will be released on May 19th.

http://www.bookdepository.com/Uprooted-Naomi-Novik/9780804179034//?a_aid=MyLovelySecret
"Naomi Novik, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale.

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose."
Tuesday, 28 April 2015

TTT. Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
First of all, I'm going to cheat on this challenge. I chose five characters from five book series who always find trouble - or maybe trouble finds them. I mention more than ten books (each series has at least three books or more), but I only write about five characters. Please, forgive me.


Mercy Thompson from Mercy Thompson series. Mercy seems to attract all kind of trouble - her honeymoon ended with a trip to the hospital. I guess when you are a walker and live in a town full to werewolves, fairies, vampires and many other creatures still unknown, it's your destiny to be constantly in danger situations. 

MacKayla "Mac" Lane from Fever series. Wishing to unveil the truth about her sister's death, Mac ended up in a world where things she thought unreal were pretty much real. But at least being always in trouble has its perks: Jericho Barrons. Mac is such an unlucky lucky girl.

Yelena Zaltana from Study series. Everywhere Yelena goes, she finds trouble. She found it in Ixia and she found it in Sitia. Where can she go without having to run for her life? Maybe if she wasn't such a powerful magician... Yelena just seems unable to find a break. Poor girl.

Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Being a demi-good means being a light to mythological monsters. But being Percy, son of Poseidon, means attracting all sort  of dangerous situations along with mythological monsters. The kid keeps fighting for his life.

Harry Potter from Harry Potter series. When you're the Boy Who Lived, it's a known fact that your studying years at Hogwarts will be full of dangerous situations - from killing a basilisk to flying in a enchanted broom. Harry is another character that attracts danger - he even ends up in the middle of it without wishing to. But in the end, we all wish we had lived the adventures Harry did.

Coming Out Today - An Ember in the Ashes & The Shattered Court


An Ember of Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


"Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire's impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They've seen what happens to those who do. But when Laia's brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire's greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school's finest soldier--and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he's being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined--and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself."

http://www.bookdepository.com/Ember-Ashes-Sabaa-Tahir/9781595148032/?a_aid=MyLovelySecret

The Shattered Court by J.M. Scoot



"The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth--ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden. Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed--or perhaps cursed--with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion's ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown. Then Sophia's powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power...."

http://www.bookdepository.com/Shattered-Court-Scott/9780451465399/?a_aid=MyLovelySecret

Monday, 27 April 2015

Bout of Books 13 Read-a-Thon - Sign Up

"The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog."
It will be my fifth Bout of Books read-a-thon. Once again, I'm very excited and I just can't wait for it to start. I hope you all have lots of fun as I always do. ;)
Saturday, 25 April 2015

[PT] Guerra dos Tronos - 4ª Temporada

Só ontem soube que a 4ª temporada de "A Guerra dos Tronos" se encontra à venda com a revista Visão (a partir 23 de Abril)  e o jornal Expresso (a partir de 25 de Abril). São cinco DVDs (um por semana) e cada um custa 5,95 €


"Nesta emocionante quarta temporada, baseada nos livros de sucesso de George R.R. Martin, o controlo do Trono de Ferro pelos Lannister mantém-se intacto - mas conseguirão eles sobreviver aos seus próprios egos bem como às constantes ameaças à sua volta?

Enquanto um inabalável Stannis Baratheon continua a reconstruir o seu exército em Dragonstone, um perigo mais preocupante emerge do sul, na pessoa de Oberyn Martell, conhecido como a “Víbora Vermelha de Dorne”, que chega a King’s Landing para o casamento de Joffrey. Na Muralha, a Patrulha da Noite é intimidada pelo cada vez mais opulento exército de Mance Rayder, que por sua vez é perseguido por um inimigo ainda mais poderoso.

Entretanto, Daenerys Targaryen acompanhada pelo seu destemido trio de dragões e os Unsullied, um impiedoso exército de escravos, está determinada em “libertar” Meereen, a maior Cidade de Escravos situada no Leste, jogada que poderá proporcionar-lhe o poder e a força necessários para levar a cabo o seu plano de conquistar o Trono de Ferro para a sua família."
Podem-se encontrar mais informações aqui.
Friday, 24 April 2015

Looking For... Magic Study, Maria V. Snyder

As many readers, when I buy the first book of a series, I like to own the sequels from the same edition. I really hate when there are significant changes in the same edition. 

I feel in love with the covers from this edition of the Study series and, even though I knew the edition wasn't recent, I decided that it was the edition I wanted to own. I was able to buy Poison Study and Fire Study, but sadly it seems I can't find this edition of Magic Study anywhere. And, the few times I found an available copy or it couldn't be sent to Portugal (Europe) or the shipping was very - but very - expensive.

So, I was wondering if someone could help me. Do you know where I can find this edition of Magic Study?

Publisher: Mira Books
Format: Paperback | 425 pages
Publication date: 1 September 2007
ISBN 13: 9780778323921 
 
Thank you for your attention.
Thursday, 23 April 2015

Happy World Book Day! Dia Mundial do Livro!

Image from here.
There is nothing better than celebrating this day with a new book. ;)

http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=MyLovelySecret

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - The Fill-In Boyfriend

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West. I found this book after reading "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" by Jenny Han and I instantly fell for its summary. I guess I like reading about fake relationships that turn out into something more."The  Fill-In Boyfriend" will be released on May 5th.


http://www.bookdepository.com/Fill-Boyfriend-Kasie-West/9780062336385/?a_aid=MyLovelySecret
"When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship."
Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Bookish Kinda News 3. We Have Jace Wayland


The actor Dominic Sherwood will play Jace Wayland in the new adaptation of The Mortal Instruments series. What do you think of the choice?

http://tmisource.com/2015/04/20/dominic-sherwood-cast-as-jace-wayland-in-shadowhunters/
Dominic Sherwood (25)
I would have loved Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower to reprise their roles, but sadly it would have never happened. Hopefully, the TV series will have better luck than the film launched in August 2013. I make part of that very small group of people who enjoyed the film.  And, yes, I did read the book before watching the film.

If you have never read The Mortal Instruments series, you can find the first book, City of Bones, on Book Depository with discount. 

http://www.bookdepository.com/City-Bones-Cassandra-Clare/9781406346428/?a_aid=MyLovelySecret

http://www.bookdepository.com/City-Bones-Cassandra-Clare/9781406346428/?a_aid=MyLovelySecret
"This is the movie tie-in of book one in the international number-one bestselling series The Mortal Instruments. Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City - and the dangers of forbidden love. The Mortal Instruments series has over four million books in print. It has been sold in more than thirty countries and has appeared internationally on bestseller lists, including in the UK, USA, Germany, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada."

TTT. Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Let's face it: I've more than 10 all time favorite authors. And, I'm sure I'm not the only who has more than ten favorite writers. So, I decided to narrow this list to the authors who had more impact in my life and which opened me doors to new genres. 

http://www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=j%20k%20rowling&search=Find+book/?a_aid=MyLovelySecrethttp://www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=robert%20Jordan&search=Find+book/?a_aid=MyLovelySecrethttp://www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=Juliet%20marillier&search=Find+book/?a_aid=MyLovelySecret

No matter how much a I hated the last two books of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling made me dream for many years of receiving my own Hogwarts letter (well, I'm still waiting for it!). She is one of main reasons I love reading so much, so she has to belong to this list even if I'm mad at her. If it wasn't Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series (which I still have to finish reading), I wouldn't have read George R.R. Martin, one of my current favorite writers. If it wasn't him, I wouldn't have fallen in love with epic fantasy. Thank you Robert Jordan, may you rest in piece. Juliet Marillier is the one to blame for my love for fairytale retellings. As I wrote before, Heart's Blood is one of my all time favorite books and because of it I've been following her amazing stories. Marillier is the Queen!

http://www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=George%20RR%20Martin&search=Find+book/?a_aid=MyLovelySecrethttp://www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=Licia%20Troisi&search=Find+bookhttp://www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=Maria%20V.%20Snyder&search=Find+book/?a_aid=MyLovelySecret

As I mentioned above, George R.R. Martin is one of my current favorite writers, so he needs to be part of this list. I just want The Winds of Winter to have a release date so badly (even if it'll probably break my heart). Licia Troisi is an Italian writer who isn't very well-known, but I enjoy her work. I read Niall's trilogy in a week - yes, it was the first time I read three books in a week. Maria V. Snyder is another current favorite writer of mine. I've been reading The Chronicles of Ixia and I just can't put the books down.

http://www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=Karen%20Marie%20Moning&search=Find+book/?a_aid=MyLovelySecrethttp://www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=Patricia%20Briggs&search=Find+book/?a_aid=MyLovelySecrethttp://www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=Anne%20Bishop&search=Find+book/?a_aid=MyLovelySecret

Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series and Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series opened doors to a new genre: urban fantasy. Also, Mac and Mercy are two of my favorite heroines. Must love these two ladies and their work. Anne Bishop is the best dark fantasy writer I've met until now. If it wasn't for her, I would never known of the existence of this genre. 

http://www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=Jane%20Austen&search=Find+book/?a_aid=MyLovelySecret

Last, but not least, is the one and only Jane Austen. She's the reason I'm a hopeless romantic; the reason I dream of finding a Mr. Darcy in a world where a Mr. Darcy isn't real. She pretty much ruined my conceptions of love with Pride and Prejudice.
Friday, 17 April 2015

Bookish Kinda News 2. Shadowhunters


Good news to every single fan of The Mortal Instruments Series. "Shadowhunters", the TV series based on the books, is set to premier in early 2016. Let's hope it will be in January because the wait is killing me. And, even though the cast hasn't been announced yet, the filming of 13 episodes will start next month.

Aren't you excited? I know I am. Now, if they could just announce the cast....


Note: If you wish to find tons and tons of new informations about The Mortal Instruments series and the TV show Shadowhunters, you should visit TMI Source.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - The Shattered Court

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott. The summary has everything I like in a fantasy genre book. Also, the cover is really pretty - yep, I'm a cover girl. A great cover doesn't mean the book will be great, but an alluring cover can be the first step to read the book. "The Shattered Court" will be released on April 28th.


http://www.bookdepository.com/Crimson-Bound-Rosamund-Hodge/9780062224767/?a_aid=MyLovelySecret
"First in a new fantasy series from the author of the Novels of the Half-Light City.

Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…

The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.…
"
From Goodreads

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

TTT. Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
I believe our favourite quotes tell a lot more about us than we could every possibly tell. So, probably the quotes I chose will tell you how dysfunctional I'm. And that I'm a hopeless romantic even though I try not to be.

1) “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
by J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

2) “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
by Jane Austen in Pride And Prejudice

3) “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
by George R.R. Martin in A Game of Thrones

4) “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
by George R.R. Martin in A Dance with Dragons

5) “The movie is all illusion. How people wish things were.”
by J.A. London in Darkness Before Dawn

6) “If love is like a possession, maybe my letter are like my exorcisms”
by Jenny Han in To All the Boys I've Loved Before

7) “I'm not asking for forever," Tamani said. "Yet. I'm just asking for a moment.”
by Aprilynne Pike in Illusions

8) “I had been waiting, all my life, for someone undeceived to love me.”
by Rosamund Hodge in Cruel Beauty 

9) “I’m scared of everything. And I’m crazy. Like maybe you think I’m a little crazy, but I only ever let people see the tip of my crazy iceberg. Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept, I’m a complete disaster.”
by Rainbow Rowell in Fangirl

10) "Just because one person's problem is less traumatic than another's doesn't mean they're required to hurt less"
by J.A. Redmerski in The Edge of Never 
Monday, 13 April 2015

My Bookish Week #1


I confess I haven't  been reading much these last couple of weeks. It has been one of those times that I pick up a book, start reading it and even though I'm enjoying the story I find it very difficult to read more than twenty pages. A few times, I even felt sleepy while reading.

But even if I haven't been reading much, I did read something! This week I finished The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas and started its sequel,  The Perilous Sea. Hopefully, I will finish it a lot sooner than the first book of the series - and then, I'll have to wait for The Immortal Heights, the conclusion of The Elemental Trilogy

http://www.bookdepository.com/Burning-Sky-Sherry-Thomas/9780062207296/?a_aid=MyLovelySecrethttp://www.bookdepository.com/Perilous-Sea-Sherry-Thomas/9780062207326/?a_aid=MyLovelySecrethttp://www.bookdepository.com/Immortal-Heights-Sherry-Thomas/9780062207357//?a_aid=MyLovelySecret

PS.: Aren't the covers simply beautiful? *.*

How was your bookish week?
Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Crimson Bound

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge. This fairytale retelling is inspired by tale "Little Red Riding Hood" - I haven't read many retellings inspired by this tale. I hope it will be as good as Cruel Beauty, which was published by the same author last year and was inspired by the tale "Beauty and the Beast".


http://www.bookdepository.com/Crimson-Bound-Rosamund-Hodge/9780062224767/?a_aid=MyLovelySecret

"When Rachelle was fifteen, she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption."
 From Goodreads
Tuesday, 7 April 2015

TTT. Top Ten Characters We Wish We Could Check In With

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Spoiler alert! SPOILER ALTER! SPOILERS AHEAD! Don't say I didn't tell you.
Also, I chose five couples which give us ten characters. Hopefully, it isn't cheating. 
 
http://www.bookdepository.com/Hearts-Blood-Juliet-Marillier/9780451463265/?a_aid=MyAffiliateNamehttp://www.bookdepository.com/Darkness-Before-Dawn-London/9780062020659/?a_aid=MyLovelySecrethttp://www.bookdepository.com/Matched-Ally-Condie/9780141334783/?a_aid=MyLovelySecret

Caitrin & Anluan from Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier. I loved their story so much - by now, you already know it because I'm always writing about this book - that when the ending came, I just wasn't ready for it. I wonder what happened next. How many more adventures did they live together? And, they were going to have a baby together! I just want more Caitrin and Anluan.

Dawn & Victor from Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy by A.J. London. I shipped these two from the very beginning. Being Victor a vampire and Dawn a dhampire, the trilogy ending gave me some uncertainty. I'd love to check in with them to make sure their sightly differences didn't pulled them apart.

Cassia & Ky from Matched series by Ally Condie. A new society was being built when the series ended. After everything Cassia and Ky went through - the lies, the separation, the evil society -, it would be good to know they finally had a break and had their happily ever after.

http://www.bookdepository.com/Duff-Kody-Keplinger/9780316084246/?a_aid=MyLovelySecret

Cara & Aelyx from Alienated series by Melissa Landers. Their life together in the colony! Cara left everything behind to be with Aelyx in a strange planet, so I just want to know how things worked out for her - for them.

Bianca & Wesley from The Duff by Kody Keplinger. I just need to know if a relationship between these two worked out. "Wesley Rush doesn't chase girls, but I'm chasing you"? That really does make me believe it did, but I would like to check in just to be one hundred percent sure.