Same model, different cover (2)

Of, de când n-am mai postat în rubrica asta… Bine, nu e ușor să găsești două coperți diferite de la două cărți diferite cu același model pe ele. Pentru cei care nu sunteți familiarizați cu rubrica acesta, puteți vedea prima postare aici.

De data aceasta, avem iarăși un cuplu, și cei doi sunt nimeni alții decât cei de pe coperta cărții Zece Lucruri Pe Care Le-am Făcut ! Ia uitați ce-am găsit:

Click pe copertă pentru pagina de Goodreads a cărții.

Nu-i așa că seamănă cu cei de-aici:

Da, uite ce coincidență…. Și cu asta-am terminat! Ne citim mai târziu!

Recenzie – Zece lucruri pe care le-am facut (si probabil n-ar fi trebuit) de Sarah Mlynowski

Titlu: Zece lucruri pe care le-am făcut (și probabil n-ar fi trebuit)
Serie:
Autor: Sarah Mlynowski
Titlu original: Ten things we did (and probably shouldn’t have)
Editură: Epica
Anul publicării: 2013
Nr. de pagini: 336
Sursă: Carte cumpărată de mine
Adaug-o pe Goodreads
Cumpără: Epica | Libris.ro | Elefant.ro

Rezumat:

April se gândește la seara în care va petrece momente pasionale alături de iubitul său, Noah, când tatăl său și mama ei vitregă îi dau vestea cea mare: se mută în Cleveland. Lui April nu-i vine să creadă. Ea nu este de acord, și prin urmare, coace un plan împreună cu prietena ei Vi, pentru a rămâne în Westport. Astfel, ajung să îl convingă pe tatăl lui April să o lase să locuiască cu Vi și mama ei pentru semestrul acesta. Ceea ce ele omit să îi spună, totuși, este faptul că mama lui Vi este în turneu, jucând rolul lui Mary Poppins într-o piesă de teatru prin întreaga Americă și nu va fi acasă.

Ajung să dea petreceri trăsnite, să mănânce nachos la ora două noaptea, să își piardă virginitatea, să cumpere un jacuzzi în rate, să plătească o mie de dolari pe o Gogoașă și tot felul de alte nebunii. Dar problemele nu întârzie să apară, și după un moment de neatenție și nechibzuință, April ajunge într-o situație dificilă, fiind nevoită să își regândească întregul plan. Va reuși oare April să își reclădească viața și să fie fericită din nou?

Părerea mea:

Știți acel sentiment când te aștepți ca o carte să îți placă mult și ajunge să te dezamăgească, mai mult sau mai puțin? Așa mi s-a întâmplat și mie cu Zece Lucruri… .  Sincer, cartea asta chiar îmi atrăsese atenția și am crezut că va fi amuzantă, explozivă, distractivă și cu distracție maaaaxiiiiiiimă + un moment de regăsire spre sfârșitul cărții, cum se întâmplă de obicei. Dar, nu, n-a fost așa. Cartea aceasta mi-a dat impresia unui pliant informativ cu privire la riscurile sexului neprotejat. Totul într-un decor ”adolescentin”, să pară mai realistă treaba.

Din primele pagini, povestea părea promițătoare. Părinții lui April o lasă în sfârșit singură acasă și acum își poate face de cap, dând o mulțime de petreceri etc. Când colo, ce să vezi! Cu toate acestea, April duce o viață destul de banală, cu excepția ocazionalelor petreceri și vizite la ore târzii (și a escapadelor cu iubitul ei, Noah; și a escapadelor prietenei sale Vi, cu nu-știu-exact-ce-planuri-are-cu-el Dean).

Dintre personaje, mi-a plăcut de Vi cel mai mult. Deși era puțin serioasă și ciudată uneori, și m-a enervat situația în care se pusese când a fost vorba de Dean, mi s-a părut cea mai realistă și iubitoare de distracție. April a fost prea naivă și prostuță, din punctul meu de vedere, de aceea nu m-am atașat prea tare de ea. Noah m-a enervat la culme, știam eu că e ceva putred la mijloc cu el de prima dată. Hudson și Dean au fost foarte dulci (mai ales Hudson) și amuzanți (în special Dean).

Acțiunea s-a petrecut într-un ritm destul de alert, și nu a fost cazul să mă plictisească unele pagini, cum se întâmplă cu majoritatea cărților. Mai degrabă, am fost furioasă pe personaje. Și cum am spus, m-a cam dezamăgit povestea.

În concluzie, cartea nu mi-a plăcut atât de mult cât aș fi dorit eu să îmi placă, dar asta poate doar pentru că eu am avut așteptări mult prea mari cu privire la ea. Eh, se mai întâmplă și de-astea, ce să-i faci? 😀

My rating: 3.50-Sterne

Citate Zece lucruri pe care le-am făcut:

”- Și cine-o să fie juriul?
– Pinky, normal, a început ea, lungind cuvintele. Ea are cea mai multă experiență la făcut cu mâna în concursurile de frumusețe.
Mi-am dat ochii peste cap.
– Bun. Pinky.
– Și eu.
– Tu nu ești prezentatoarea?
– Pot să le fac pe amândouă. Sunt multilaterală.
– Bine, atunci. Și?
– Și Lucy, a continuat Vi. Pentru că poate să-i pironească mai bine cu privirea. Și pentru că a crescut în ochii mei. Și Marissa. Pentru că-mi place de ea. Și Joanna, pentru că și de ea îmi place, chiar dacă a fost prietena cea mai absentă în ultimul timp. Și tu. Pentru că e cadoul tău!”

”Am sunat-o pe Vi de pe bancheta din spate a mașinii tatălui meu.
– Bună! am ciripit veselă în microfon. Cum e?
– Au plecat toți. Slavă Domnului. Nu suntem decât eu și Gogoașă. Poți să-l aduci liniștită înapoi pe Tata Urs.
– Ce? am zis, mai tare față de cât ar fi trebuit. Mama ta avea deja programare?
Penny s-a răsucit spre mine, încruntându-se.
– O, sigur că da, mi-a răspuns Vi. O programare la o întâlnire cu perna, cel mai probabil. Sau cu o sticlă de Merlot. Adoră astfel de întâlniri.”

The Prophecy by Rachel Deagan Blog Tour

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I am happy to be part of The Prophecy book tour, as this sounds like a really good book! Full of suspense, action, humour and of course, love.  Set in an urban fantasy world, this books was released on february 8th 2013 and is set to be a great read. Below is the synopsis and a little bit about the author:

ProphecyThe Prophecy by Rachel Deagan  
Publication date: February 8th, 2013
Genre:YA Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction
“The cards tell me of the children of the stars.”Jacey thinks her life is worthless, when she finds herself in a psychiatric hospital after a failed attempt to end her life; her wounds miraculously healed. Devin, who claims to kill on touch, is also there. When Michael arrives, bearing telekinetic powers, he insists the government, and an even darker, more powerful force, wants them dead.In a desperate attempt to escape for their lives, the three teens find they must confront an even greater adversary, themselves – and with a prophecy forced upon them, they must find a way to accept their fate, or rebel together, as one.
AUTHOR BIO
Rachel Deagan 
Rachel

Rachel grew up in small town Massachusetts where she spent most of her time writing about strange paranormal creatures instead of paying attention in class. She has always been considered the ‘dreamy’ one with her head in the clouds. She now lives in Nevada with her two sons, a cat, and a rat named Sam.

 And now, the most interesting part! Three excerpts from the book and an interview with Rachel Deagan!

Excerpt 1

Trees swept by Devin as he ran. Their gangly tendrils grasped at his clothes, tearing scratches at his skin. He almost welcomed it. The ache to have physical contact with something, anything, burned as a residual longing deep inside of him, but that was what the men wanted. They knew his touch would kill, and he would not fall to that level.

It hurt, knowing he had to always stay away, but he refused to care. No one gave a crap about him anyway. The abuse and torture from Lament and his crew proved that was true, but they would not break him.

He would not become their weapon. They could go to hell.

The sound of footsteps moved behind him, and he quickened his pace, scrambling as best he could through the darkened branches. Sweat broke across his brow, and his lungs heaved for air. Even in the cool, night breeze, the gray tee shirt he wore clung to his chest, hot and damp. It had seemed like hours since he had broken free of Lament’s hell-hole prison of a lab, and he had no idea where he was headed. All he knew was that he had to run. He couldn’t live like that. He would not become a monster.

If only he could find a way to blend in and hide amongst the canopy of darkness, perhaps the idiots would pass him by unseen. Maybe he could be free.

He couldn’t go back. He would rather die.

Excerpt 2

Michael grabbed us both by the arms, as he bolted for the fully closed and barred window, which faced nothing but blacktop and honking cars below. “Don’t worry, we’ve got Jacey. Heal us, love.”

I didn’t have time to think about what that meant. He let go of me briefly as he extended his arm in front of him. The bars snapped and the glass exploded free from the pane in an array of pixilated fragments—colored jewels against the starry sky. “Close your eyes,” Michael said, as he took my arm, and leapt through.

Everything dropped away as I fell. Time had momentarily suspended, and the air around me hollered in my ears. In the distance I heard men yelling, and even the crack of a gunshot—at least it sounded like one—but that commotion was soon drowned out by the low hum of car engines and blasting horns. My senses caught up to me as I saw the pavement closing in.

I was going to die.

Tuck your chin and roll” Michael’s words sounded faint through the rush in my ears. “It’ll lessen the impact.”

A billion thoughts flushed through my mind faster than I would have thought humanly possible, the main one being: He’s insane. What’s the point?Even so, in a last-ditch effort to survive, I closed my eyes and bent my chin to my chest, just as the ground met me.

The bones in my upper back cracked with the impact, along with a stinging roar of pain. I felt my legs bounce, as I rolled out onto the blacktop. A buzz sounded in my head. I couldn’t move. The sound of a car skidding, its tires ripping with the smell of burnt rubber, shuddered through me, and then everything went white.

Excerpt 3

We need to head down to the lower floor. The crematorium is off of the cell block.” He rolled his emerald eyes at me, with a toying smirk. “Yeah, I know. Figures, huh?” He mock shivered. “Kudos to them on the ominous creepy. They should get a job in some underground Italian horror flick.”

I gently side-checked Michael with my elbow, giving him a mock glare. I couldn’t believe he was trying to find humor in this. Devin could be cooking alive right now.

What, you don’t find it funny?” he asked, and this time the weight of my gaze was real. Michael shook his head, tossing me a weak, sympathetic half smile. “Oh come on. We can’t let them get to us, Jacey, love. It’s how they win.”

I sighed. “No. I know. I just feel guilty.”

It’s okay, Jacey,” he said, bumping me back through his cloak in the arm. “It’s called surviving.” He paused and swallowed. “Devin would want that for you.”

He turned from me, before I could respond, hitting an elevator button on the side wall. I found the fact that they had elevators in this strange, alien place rather weird, but my focus stayed on Michael. He didn’t look at me until the sliding metal doors had opened and he slipped inside. Extending his arms in welcome, he grinned against the fluorescent lights. “Welcome to Instant Death. For those who may be pregnant or have severe motion sickness, please kindly step to the left so that you may die a horrible death in another way and not on this crazy, insane mission.” He grinned.

Did they hurt you?” I asked, my tone a bare slip from usual. .

Michael stared at me, his arms seemingly frozen in their outstretched pose, as if he didn’t even know how to respond.

Michael?” I asked, stepping into the elevator in front of him. The silver doors swished shut behind me, and the lights above our heads flickered.

Don’t ask me that.”

Interview with the author

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

No. I wanted to be an actress and an Olympic Equestrian Rider first. Funny thing is, in fourth grade I wrote my first ‘book’. It was about horses. Although, the equestrian dream has fizzled over the years, I do think my love of acting helps greatly in developing and feeling out the characters I write.

What authors inspire you?

As far as authors go, I love Cassandra Claire’s flare for characterization and storytelling. Although, I didn’t start reading her work until after my first book, Caged Moon, was into the editing phase. My original inspiration stemmed mostly from Maggie Steivater’s Shiver, Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely Series. Julie Kagawa, and her Iron Fey Series are definitely a favorite of mine now.

Is your family supportive of your writing?

Yes, once my parents realized the seriousness of my writing, they became some of my most forefront advocates. My boys two little boys are also probably my best cheer squad.

Does your characters talk to you when you’re writing?

All the time. They never shut up and sometimes we even argue when they want to go in a direction that I hadn’t planned. The happened numerous times over the course of writing, The Prophecy.  They told me to throw out my book outline numerous times. I finally gave up on that. 😉

Do you like it quiet or do you need noise when you write?

It honestly depends on my mood.  Sometimes it’s hard for me to focus with music on, because I end up listening to it instead of zoning in on the writing, but sometimes it helps set the mood if I can put into the ‘background’ and focus. It can aid the emotional mood of a scene. If I do have music on, it’s usually non-vocal thematic music from movies.

Are you currently writing anything?

Yes! The Prophecy is the first book of a series. There is a book two in the works. I’m also finishing up Book two to my Caged Moon Series, which will be out shortly. Right now, we’re looking at an early April release date.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I have two little boys that keep me pretty busy, but when I do find time to myself, I always enjoy watching a good movie/tv show. I’m hooked on The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural. I also love reading, and have recently taken up Zumba.

And you can also join the giveaway below! Good luck! (Click on the ”a Rafflecopter giveaway” text to be taken to the giveaway page),

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P.S. The giveaway is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours, and not by me. I’m just spreading the word, as part of the book tour.

Clockwork Princess Teasers!

Pentru fanii seriei Dispozitive Infernale (*waves hi* sunteți de-ai mei, atunci!), mai jos sunt niște teasers din al treilea volum, Clockwork Princess (Prințesa Mecanică), în lb. engleză:

“Would you?” said Gabriel to Will, hotly. “If it was your family?” His lip curled. “Never mind. It’s not as if you know the meaning of loyalty —”
“Gabriel.” Gideon’s voice was a reprimand to his brother. “Do not speak to Will in that manner.”


Tessa put a hand against the wall as she made her way numbly down the stairs. What had she almost done? What had she nearly told Will?


Gideon touched her cheek, lightly, with the tips of his fingers. “Did you know your name means ‘wisdom’? It was very well-given.”

Jem drew the bow back and let the arrow fly; it struck the creature in the side. The massive demon worm writhed in agony, undulating as it swept its great, blind head from side to side, uprooting shrubbery with its thrashings. Leaves filled the air and the boys choked on dust, Gideon backing up with his seraph blade in his hand, trying to see by its light.
“It’s coming toward us,” he said in a low voice.
And indeed it was, the arrow still protruding from its wet, grayish skin, humping its body along with incredible speed. A flick of its tail caught the edge of a statue, sending it flying into the dry ornamental pool, where it shattered into dust
By the Angel, it just crushed Sophocles,” noted Will. “Has no one respect for the classics these days?”

“A very magnanimous statement, Gideon,” said Magnus.
“I’m Gabriel.”
Magnus waved a hand. “All Lightwoods look the same to me.”

“You are not really dying,” Will said, the oddest tone to his voice, “are you?”

“There will be other lives.” Jem held his hand out, and for a moment, they clasped hands, as they had done during their parabatai ritual, reaching across twin rings of fire to interlace their fingers with each other. “The world is a wheel,” he said. “When we rise or fall, we do it together.”

Will tightened his grip on Jem’s hand, which felt thin as twigs in his. “Well, then,” he said, through a tight throat, “since you say there will be another life for me, let us both pray I do not make as colossal a mess of it as I have this one.”

Tessa craned her head back to look at Will. “You know that feeling,” she said, “when you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing tight around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if being dragged behind a carriage and you cannot let go or turn the course aside.” His blue eyes were dark with understanding — of course Will would understand — and she hurried on. “I feel now as if the same is happening, only not to characters on a page but to my own beloved friends and companions. I do not want to sit by while tragedy comes for us. I would turn it aside, only I struggle to discover how that might be done.”

“You fear for Jem,” Will said.
“Yes,” she said. “And I fear for you, too.”
“No,” Will said, hoarsely. “Don’t waste that on me, Tess.”

Si… ce mai citim?

De acum înainte, în fiecare miercuri, vom vorbi și noi despre ce citim la momentul respectiv, ce știri noi din lumea cărților am mai aflat și daca e cazul, despre achizițiile noi. Ca dacă tot le-am cumpărat, să ne și mândrim cu ele, nu? 🙂

Deci, eu prima, eu prima! Încă citesc Zece lucruri pe care le-am făcut (și probabil n-ar fi trebuit) de Sarah Mlynowski. Drăguță carte, deși mă așteptam la ceva mai fun și mai exploziv, așa, adolescentin. Am ajuns la pagina 140 din ea.
(Acuși vine și recenzia, imediat ce-o termin :D) Ah, și urmează (și mai curând) și recenzia la Ce-aș fi eu fără tine?. Fiți pe fază!

Voi ce mai citiți?

 

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