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Friday, 29 May 2015

Bookish Kinda News 6. Jamily is Back!


I never promised a blog one hundred percent professional. With that said, Clary and Jace are back together. Err, sorry Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower are back together. Pure gossip, I know. I apologize, but to share the news. The two actors first met in the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. After an year of dating, sadly, they broke up. However, after a weekend of sharing on her Instagram account photos of herself with Jamie, on Tuesday, Lily shared the photo below that confirmed that the couple is back together.


Now, if only this meant the sequel of City of Bones - not that excited anymore with Shadowhunters. The casting was so promising and then just went so wrong for me.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Review 2. Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Title: Thorn
Author: Intisar Khanani
Publisher: Createspace
Published: May 15th 2012
Pages: 248

Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and the court’s contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future. But powerful men have powerful enemies—and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman’s, giving Alyrra the first choice she’s ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she’s never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometimes the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.

Review:

Thorn is a perfect retelling of the Goose Girl with lots of magic. Truthful to the Goose Girl tale, Thorn is a story about a princess afraid of taking her place and when faced with a choice she has to decide which road to take - to be a princess or be a goose girl?

Intisar Khanani writing is beautiful. It is detailed and vivid - the descriptions were simply perfect; I could easily imagine the scenarios. It was a delight to read a a story fast-paced with so many twists. Also, the character growth was amazing - Alyrra, the main characters, grew from a scary princess to a good-hearted strong princess.

I loved this book very much, but there were two things that bothered me:
I got mad at Alyrra a couple of times because after all she had seen and heard, how could she think a fraud would be a better princess than her? It's natural for Alyrra to have doubts about her place. The time she spends as Thorn working in the barn as a goose girl was essential for her to understand what kind of princess she wanted to be. She already had everything to be a good princess - a gentle heart - but her doubts needed to be soothed. Her mother and brother were far from good examples. 

Also, Alyrra suffered abuse at the hands of her family - I hated her brother so much! For her it wasn't easy to trust other people. But after meeting Kestrin (the prince she was supposed to marry with), how could she keep thinking that he was playing games with her? He knew who she was and he gave her a choice - he did try to convince to return to her rightful place, but he would never force her to do it.

I recommend Thorn to everyone who loves fairy-tale retellings.

I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

P.S. Intisar Khanani liked my Goodreads review! *happy dance* 

Waiting on Wednesday - Spelled

"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 Spelled by Betsy Schow. Surprise, surprise: another retelling! I'm not sure if I can consider it a retelling of a fairytale because the story is based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Sadly, NetGalley denied my request and I've been pretty much counting the days until I can get Spelled. The book will be released on June 2nd

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"Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after.

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse...before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story."
From Goodreads
Tuesday, 26 May 2015

TTT. Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
I don't plan to have these books in my beach bag because I don't go to the beach. I live so near the beatch (5 minutes away by foot) that I simply got tired of it. But I plan to have these books in my shelves/Kobo this Summer. Also, every book in this list has yet to be released


Faking Perfect, Rebecca Phillips - I discovered this book on NetGalley. I've been trying to read more contemporary romances and this seems a good one. Also, it kinda reminds me of The Duff - and I adored The Duff.

Mechanica,





Sunday, 24 May 2015

Bookvision by Book Depository [PT/English]

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Para comemorar o Festival da Canção (Eurovisão), o site Book Depository criou Bookvision: uma lista que inclui vinte livros que visitam vinte dos países participantes. Por que é que não dás uma vista de olhos?

"Eurovision is now 60 years old (and yet we haven't aged a day). To celebrate this along with Australia's first ever participation, we created Bookovision. Check out our fiction picks from 20 participating countries and discover your next great read!"

Why don't you take a peek? ;)
Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Waiting in Wednesday - P.S. I Still Love You

"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 P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. I read To All The Boys I've Loved Before back in January and I simply fell in love with it. I just loved it so much... So many people called Lara Jean childish, but I completely understand how it's to be afraid of driving or taking care of things. We all go through that! I only hope the sequel doesn't ruin a story that loved so much. The book will be released on May 26th


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 "Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing."

From Goodreads

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

TTT. Top Ten Favorite Fairy-Tale Retellings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Today for Top Ten Tuesday everyone was allowed to choose their own topic. I decided to create a list of my Top Ten Favorite Fairy-Tale Retellings.


What do have in common the first three fairy tale retellings? Yes, you're right: all of them are retellings of the tale Beauty and the Beast - as most of you already know, my favorite fairytale. Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier, as it's obvious is my favorite fairy-tale retelling of all time. Something you already know as well. But I've recently fall in love with A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I read it during Bout of Books 13 and I loved how this retelling included fairies. I had high expectations for the book and was so happy when it didn't disappoint. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge is also one of my favorites. Beauty and the Beast mixed with Greek mythology? Pretty obvious I was going to love it. These three  may all be retellings of the same fairytale but they are completely different. 

I've also read Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge during Bout of Books 13. It's only a novella, but I wish it was a novel. Hodge did such an amazing job retelling Cinderella's tale - she even used its dark side. I loved Maia. It's my favorite work from the author. Cinder by Marissa Meyer is another retelling of Cinderella. This one is set on the future and our Cinderella is known by Cinder and she is cyborg. So different from the usual fairy-tale retellings.

Back to Juliet Marillier. Do you know as I'm always saying that she's the Queen? That's because I pretty much adore everything she writes. Daughter of the Forest, part of the Sevenwaters trilogy, is a retelling loosely based on The Six Swans. It's incredible well-written. I feel very angry at myself because I haven't read its sequels yet. Wildwood Dancing was the first book I read from Marillier. It's based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Also, it is set in 1500s Transylvania, which means the Night People were inspired by vampires. Dreamer's Pool is the first of a fantasy trilogy for adults. I can't tell you in which tale it's based on or I'll spoil it for you, if you haven't read it yet - and if you haven't read it yet, you should read it as soon as possible. 

Now, you all know I always cheat on TTT, right? I haven't read yet the following two books - one still hasn't been published and the other I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley to review. But I feel I'll enjoy them a lot. The first because is the sequel of Dreamer's Pool, Tower of Thorns (which I pre-ordered today). I'm suspicious about the tale its based on because of the cover (Rapunzel) but I'm not one hundred percent sure. The second, Thorn by Intisar Khanani, because its based on The Goose Girl and has received so many good reviews. Also, I loved the summary so much! I wanted so badly to be approved by the publisher. I did my happy dance when my request was accepted.


Which topic did you choose for your Top Ten Tuesday?

Monday, 18 May 2015

Bookish Kinda News 5. An Ember in the Ashes Movie Adaption


I've recently read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and I instantly feel in love with it. I've now learned that the book rights have been bought by Paramount Pictures. Hopefully the casting and the movie will be prefect. But the most important is: due to these news,  it seems Razorbill, an young adult imprint at Penguin, will announce today that a sequel will be published. Aren't you excited?


"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."

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


And another Bout of Books comes to an end. I always feels sad when it comes to this moment. :( But after spending hours reading until my eyes hurt, I can now take a break  - when I say I can take a break, it means I'll start reading again this afternoon instead of starting this morning. Well, congratulations survivors! We did again! 

My goals for Bout of Books 13 were:
  1. To read every day;
  2. To participate in two challenges;
  3. To write at least one blog post per day.
To read every day? Check. To participate in two challenges? Check. To write at least one blog per day? Check. I fulfilled all of my goals. =D

About my readings:

  • read four out of the five books I propose myself to read at the beginning of the Bout of Books 13. I've also read two out of the four novellas I planned to read. I wasn't expecting A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir to have so many many pages. If I had, I wouldn't  had propose myself to read as much as I did. But I loved both books to death (I gave both 5 stars on Goodreads) and I can't wait to know what happens next. 
  • The day I read more was May 17th (Sunday) and the day I read less was May 13th (Wednesday). On Sunday I read 239 pages and on Wednesday I read 180 pages
  • From May 11th to May 17th I read 1200 pages from four different book and two novellas (two physical books, two eBooks and two novellas). 
Here are photos of the books I read (the covers belong to the ebook - An Ember in the Ashes can be seen in my Kobo):
 



About the challenges:
 Bout of Books 13 Read-a-Thon - May 14th
Bout of Books 13 Read-a-Thon - May 15th
 Bout of Books 13 Read-a-Thon - May 16th
 Bout of Books 13 Read-a-Thon - May 17th

The next Bout of Books will only be in August (I wish it was a lot sooner). I hope we meet again in three months. :)

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Bout of Books 13 Read-a-Thon - May 17th

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Pages read today: 125 pages of An Ember in the Ashes [ebook] + 42 Gilded Ashes [ebook] + 62 pages of The Guard [ebook]
Total of pages read: 1200 pages
Books read today: An Ember in the Ashes & Gilded Ashes & The Guard
Books read: Requiem by Lauren Oliver
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge 
Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge [novella]
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Guard by Kiera Cass [novella]  

Challenge: Sadly, there was no challenge today. 

Come back tomorrow for the wrap-up post. :)
Saturday, 16 May 2015

Bout of Books 13 Read-a-Thon - May 16th

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Pages read today: 185 pages of An Ember in the Ashes [ebook] + 30 Gilded Ashes [ebook]
Total of pages read: 1171 pages
Books read today: An Ember in the Ashes & Gilded Ashes
Books read: Requiem by Lauren Oliver
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Challenge: Favorite Read Photo Challenge hosted by Once Upon a Chapter

"My challenge is fairly simple: take a photo of your favorite read so far in Bout of Books 13 and share that link with me."

My favorite reading so far in Bout of Books 13 has been A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I shared this photo on Instagram a few days ago (I used for another challenge as well) and I must confess that I'm very fond of it.

Instagram

Friday, 15 May 2015

Bout of Books 13 Read-a-Thon - May 15th

Pages read today: 218 pages of Crimson Bound [ebook]
Total of pages read: 1061 pages
Books read today: Crimson Bound
Books read: Requiem by Lauren Oliver
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge


"Pick a color(s). Find four books with covers almost completely in that color/those colors. List the books somewhere or paste the pictures of the books online in a post on your blog or on another site."

I chose the color red. I only took photo of A Court of Thorns and Roses because it's the only book in own in physical format. Cruel Beauty and The Elite are ebooks - if I took a photo, the covers would be black/white/grey.

http://www.bookdepository.com/Cruel-Beauty-Rosamund-Hodge/9780062224736/?a_aid=MyLovelySecrethttp://www.bookdepository.com/Elite-Kiera-Cass/9780007466702/?a_aid=MyLovelySecret

Which color did you choose?

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Bout of Books 13 Read-a-Thon - May 14th

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Pages read today: 174 pages of A Court of Thorns and Roses + 50 pages of Crimson Bound [ebook]
Total of pages read: 843 pages
Books read today: A Court of Thorns and Roses & Crimson Bound
Books read: Requiem by Lauren Oliver
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


"Share one book that you believe will be considered a classic in 100 years time. Simple? I do have a few caveats, the book must have been published in or after 2005 and you need to provide two reasons for why this book will be a classic." 

My first choice was Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, but sadly it was first published in 2002. So, I picked another book of hers. And for your huge surprise, I chose Heart's Blood (2009). Not a surprise at all, I know. Now, into the reasons.

1) Juliet Marillier is the Queen. Her writing is simply beautiful. At least, one of her books will have to be considered a classic in 100 years. It will be very unfair - and sad - if her amazing stories fall into oblivion.

2) Fairy-tales are part of the classics. Who doesn't know the work of the Grimm brothers? Heart's Blood is a wonderful retelling of the classic tale Beauty and the Beast. It is one of the best retellings of this generation. As fairy-tales, a fairy-tale retelling should be also considered a classic. And there is no better choice than Heart's Blood.


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Bout of Books 13 Read-a-Thon - May 13th

Pages read today: 180 pages of A Court of Thorns and Roses
Total of pages read: 621 pages
Books read today: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Books read: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Challenge: Book Haiku hosted by Kristina Horner

"Write a haiku about whatever book you’re reading right now."

I don't like writing poetry. And writing a haiku is a lot more difficult than writing some verses. Sadly, I won't participate in this challenge.

Waiting on Wednesday - A School for Unusual Girls

"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 A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin. I found this book thanks to WoW. I think I wouldn't have heard of this book if it weren't for WoW. And, it would be really sad, because it seems my kind of book - I have a thing for the Regency period. The book will be released on May 19th.


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"It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don't fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts..."

From Goodreads
Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Bout of Books 13 Read-a-Thon - May 12th

Pages read today: 156 pages of Requiem + 50 pages of A Court of Thorns and Roses
Total of pages read: 441 pages
Books read today: Requiem & A Court of Thorns and Roses
Books read: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Challenge: Character Face Off hosted by LuLo Fangirl

"Create the ultimate character face-off. Pick two of your all-time favorite characters. They can be from the books you chose for the read-a-thon (or not — totally up to you). Even though they are both your favorite, you HAVE to choose one as the winner. And tell me why. Sell me on why this ONE character is your favorite character of ALL characters."

Let the fight begin...

Adam Hauptman from the Mercy Thompson Series

Who: Alpha of the Columbia Basin Pack

Cons: His devotion to Mercy (Mercy is a trouble magnet; Adam will always stand by her side and protect her). Has a hot temper.

Pros: His devotion to Mercy. He's a werewolf. 

Jericho Barrons from the Fever Series

Who: The enigmatic owner of  Barrons Books and Baubles

Cons: His authoritative character. Good at evading questions.

Pros: Can shape shift into a dragon/cat like form. He is very protective when it comes to Mac.

And the winner is... Adam Hauptman! I love you Jericho Barrons - I even like cats a lot more than I like dogs - but Adam is more a bit more charming. Adam defies his pack to make Mercy his mate. He may have a hot temper - the perks of being an Alpha werewolf - but he only shows it when someone hurts a  member of his pack, Mercy or his daughter Jess. And, let's face it, he can so sweet and there is nothing he won't do for those he love. 

TTT. Top Ten Authors I Really Want to Meet


Only ten authors? But I really want to meet so many more author.... This is my Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors all over again.


Juliet Marillier - You know my love for her books. You know I mention her every single time I've an opportunity to do it. So, of course, I would like to meet Juliet Marillier.

J.K. Rowling - I would love to thank her for giving me Harry Potter. But I would like to tell her how much she ruined the last two books for me. I felt pretty miserable after reading them and seeing the characters that I loved had changed so much.

Maria V. Snyder - She gave me Yelena. And Valek. And all the amazing world of the Study Series. And she seems so nice when answering questions on Goodreads.

Patricia Briggs - I just love the Mercy Thompson series. I was so happy to find that it will have, at least, three more books.  

Melissa Marr - I was going through a difficult time when I came across with Wicked Lovely. The book had impact in my life at that moment - it saved kinda me from "drowning". I just want to tell her how grateful I'm.

Sophie Kinsella - I adore this woman because she has the ability to make me laugh - I don't think any other author has ever made me laugh with her characters as much as Kinsella did.

George R.R. Martin - I'd love to meet Martin and ask him tons of questions about A Song of Ice and Fire. Also, when is The Winds of Winter coming out because I need to know what happens next (the TV series is starting to separate from the books so much).

Christopher Paolini - When Inheritance came out, it was the end of a cycle. All the series I started reading in my childhood were now over. Paolini was so young when his first book was released and inspired so many, so I would to meet him.  

Agatha Christie & Robert Jordan - I know both authors have already passed away. But I wish I had met them. Agatha Christie created a genius known as Poirot. And Robert Jordan made me love epic fantasy. There are so many questions I would like to ask both of them.