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Noi apariții editoriale: După ce cărți ne uităm la Bookfest 2018?

Bună!

Nu am mai scris de mult timp în română, așa că m-am gândit să vă vorbesc despre câteva cărți publicate recent pe care le puteți achiziționa la Bookfest.
Pentru cine nu știe, Bookfest este un târg anual de carte la care sunt prezente numeroase edituri.


     Editura Corint

Titlu: Orașul de bronz (cartea întâi din Trilogia Daevabadului)

Pășiți, fără teamă, în orașul de bronz, în Daevabadul cel construit de făpturi

mitice, unde djinn-ii din basmele arabe și-au construit o lume fascinantă, în care magia și miraculosul se împletesc cu intrigile politice și amoroase, iar fanatismul religios, cu lupta de eliberare a celor oprimați din cauză că aparțin unei rase declarate impure, într-o poveste care va reuși să fie pe cât de pasionantă, pe atât de realistă.

„O carte ca un ospăț extravagant – picantă și sângeroasă, amețitor de magică și, totuși, cumva, cu totul și cu totul credibilă.” LAINI TAYLOR

Întotdeauna am adorat mitologia și legendele, iar „Orașul de bronz” le îmbină într-un mod captivant. Singura carte asemănătoare pe care am citit-o este „The Forbidden Wish” de Jessica Khoury, însă din păcate nu este tradusă în română. În orice caz, cred cu tărie că și „Orașul de bronz” îmi va plăcea la fel de mult.

 

Titlu: Jack Spintecătorul. Crimele din Whitechapel

Audrey Rose Wadsworth, fiica unui controversat lord britanic, duce o viață dublă. Ziua, tânăra de doar 17 ani își împarte timpul între ceaiuri dansante, spectacole de circ și probe la croitoreasă. Seara, studiază în secret medicina și își ajută unchiul să facă autopsii. Când diabolicul Jack Spintecătorul începe să terorizeze întreaga Londră, ucigând femei nevinovate, Audrey Rose pornește o investigație pe cont propriu. Ancheta însă o va aduce în fața unor adevăruri greu de digerat, iar adolescenta va trebui să ia decizii care îi vor frânge inima.

„Un debut captivant, plin de răsturnări de situație neprevăzute, perfect pentru iubitorii romanelor istorice cu tentă polițistă.” School Library Journal

Seria „Jack Spintecătorul”, scrisă de Kerri Maniscalco, este una dintre cele mai cunoscute și apreciate din America.
Eu mi-am cumpărat acum mai mult timp primele 2 volume în limba engleză, însă mă bucur că sunt publicate și de editura Corint, întrucât vor fi citite de mult mai multă lume.
Cred că cel mai interesant aspect pe lângă elementul de mister este pasiunea lui Audrey către medicină. Ținând cont de perioada în care se petrec evenimentele, acest interes îi poate aduce, foarte ușor, moartea.
Primul volum urmează să fie lansat la Bookfest, așa că vă sfătuiesc să îl puneți pe wishlist.


Editura Epica

Image may contain: 1 person, textTitlu: Călărețul de aramă 

O minunată poveste de dragoste se înfiripă în Leningradul ocupat de nemți, în timpul celui de-al Doilea Război Mondial.

Tatiana are doar șaptesprezece ani, când naziștii invadează Rusia, în 1941. Locuiește împreună cu familia ei într-un apartament micuț din Leningrad, ducând o viață modestă, dar liniștită. Războiul n-a atins încă acest oraș mărturie a unei glorii apuse, unde mai există speranță.

Fire romantică, Tania simte că perioada copilăriei a luat sfârșit când îl cunoaște pe Alexander, un locotenent din Armata Roșie de care se îndrăgostește la prima vedere. Dar întâmplarea face ca rivala ei pentru inima ofițerului să fie chiar Dașa, sora ei mai mare. Prinsă între dragostea de soră și iubirea pentru Alexander inima Tatianei devine, și ea, un câmp de bătălie.

Cei doi îndrăgostiți, Tatiana și Alexander, vor fi angrenați în iureșul evenimentelor și vor avea de dus o luptă aprigă, plină de sacrificii, pentru a-și câștiga libertatea și dreptul de a-și trăi iubirea.

Un fascinant roman despre pasiune, secrete ascunse, trădare și supraviețuire, în care realismul evenimentelor se împletește magistral cu trăirile intense ale personajelor.

 

Am auzit atât de multe despre această carte încă de când am început să o urmăresc

pe Youtube pe Sasha Alsberg. Mă intimida destul de mult mărimea romanului, mai ales ținând cont de faptul că ar fi trebuit să îl citesc în engleză, însă cred că în română îl voi termina destul de repede. Sincer, este exact genul meu de carte.


Editura Storia

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Cartea lui Naomi Alderman, „The Power” („Puterea”) va apărea la editura Storia cândva în luna mai. În acest roman, fetele se trezesc cu puteri inimaginabile, autoarea punând în lumină ce s-ar întâmpla dacă „balanța” s-ar schimba. Ce s-ar întâmpla dacă femeile ar fi mult mai puternice fizic decât bărbații?
Personal, ideea cărții mă atrage foarte tare. Egalitatea este ceva ce susțin cu tărie și mă bucur foarte tare că aceasta este explorată și în literatură.

 

 

 

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Tot la editura Storia apare, pe 30 mai, renumita carte „Eliza and Her Monsters” („Eliza și monștrii ei”) de Francesca Zappia.

„Eliza and Her Monsters” este una dintre cele mai aclamate cărți ale anului 2017 care pare perfectă pentru cititorii pasionați care fac parte din diferite fandom-uri.
„O descriere sfasaietoare a depresiei și anxietății, a respectului față de fandom, a prieteniilor online și a beneficiilor și pericolelor faimei pe internet”- Kirkus Review


 

Editura Trei

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Titlu: Ura cu care lovești 

Ura cu care lovești, romanul de debut al Angelei Thomas, este inspirat de mișcarea Black Lives Matters și a ajuns pe locul întâi în topul bestsellerurilor New York Times. Volumul este în curs de ecranizare la Hollywood și a obținut două premii Good Reads Choice pe anul 2017: Cel mai bun debut și Cel mai bun roman Young Adult.
Cartea spune povestea unei adolescente de culoare, Starr, care se confruntă cu nenumărate nedreptăți din cauza rasei sale. Consider că este o carte de actualitate care trebuie citită de toată lumea.
Romanul urmează să fie publicat la Bookfest, la standul editurii Trei.

      Acestea sunt doar câteva dintre cărțile care au apărut recent/ urmează să fie publicate la târgul de carte.
Vă recomand să mergeți și la standurile editurilor Litera, Rao, Polirom, Art și Herg Benét pentru mai multe romane minunate.
       Ne vedem la Bookfest!
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Chatting with a Slytherin: Anticipated 2018 Diverse Books (Part One)

Diversity is a very important aspect in today’s literature, as it should be. Whether it’s PoC (Person of Colour) main characters, LGBTQIA+ characters/ romances, I think it’s great that we’re finally getting books that feature different diverse aspects.

That is why I want to share with you some of the diverse books I’m excited for that are coming out this year.

Of course I cannot list all of the diverse books that are coming out in 2018, so I will be doing these posts more throughout the year!


Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

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A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape–perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.”

Release Date: January 16th

Love, Hate & Other Filters is about Maya Aziz, a seventeen-year-old girl, who is torn between following the path that her Indian family wants her to- go to a college that’s close to her home and marry a Muslim boy- and following her dreams- attending college in New York.

It’s a story of self-discovery and standing up for what you want, what you believe in. I think many young girls will relate to this story, no matter their skin colour or religion. Everyone has to make some tough decisions during their lifetime.

You can read the full synopsis here.


A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

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A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved.”

Release Date: February 27th

When I read the synopsis of this book, I was surprised. I honestly thought it was just a contemporary novel, but it seems like a lot more. Even if I tried, I don’t think I can explain what this is about so I will just leave you with the Goodreads synopsis.

„Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school.  You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that. ”

„This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers. It tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion, and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal. „

You can click here to see the Goodreads page.


Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

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Release Date: June 19th

Not The Girls You’re Looking For is a book that focuses around friendship between girls. In YA literature you rarely read about pure support between girls. They usually fight or go against each other, so I think this alone is intriguing enough for one to pick this up.

Aminah’s novel is also all about that #girlpower and, honestly, so am I. I am a huge feminist in real life, but I don’t think I’ve read more than a handful of books that promote it.

As for the diverse aspect, I think this features a Muslim main character, but there may be others as well.

The reviews of this book are spectacular. You can read them and also the synopsis here.


Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1) by Roshani Chokshi

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Release Date: March 27th

Aru Shah and the End of Time is a middle grade book that features an Indian main character (I’m not 100% sure about this, but from what I can gather it is true, Indian mythology and a lot of adventures.

It reminds me of Rick Riordan’s books in many ways. Since it is published under his imprint, I’m sure it is going to be fantastic.

Long story short, Aru Shah frees an ancient demon and the book is about her journey defeating it.

I don’t usually read middle grade but I want to give this one a chance. I think I might like it!

Have a look at the synopsis here.


Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

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Let’s Talk About Love is a story about a biromantic asexual black woman, Alice, in college, living with her two best friends who are dating, and working at a library where she meets Takumi, who changed her life forever.

I’ve read the reviews this book has on Goodreads and everyone loves it. I’ve even stumbled upon a few biromantic asexual reviewers who said the representation is really good!

I am really excited to pick this up!

Click here for the full synopsis.


From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon

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From Twinkle, with Love is Sandhya Menon’s second novel.

Like When Dimple Met Rishi, this is also a contemporary. The main charcter, Twinkle, is an aspiring film director and, at the beginning of the book, she gets an awesome opportunity that also gives her the possibility to see her crush, Neil, but she falls in love with his brother.

I’ve read some reviews and those say Twinkle is Indian.

This book sounds like the perfect light summer read!

Click here to see the Goodreads page and read the full synopsis.


Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Release Date: April 24th

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.”

Since this is contemporary, I don’t really have an exact synopsis and prefer going into it that way.

Leah is bisexual, but she hasn’t told anyone yet (except from her mother), not even her best friend, Simon.

Becky Albertalli’s books are really fast paced reads, and so I think this is going to be the perfect summer read.

Check out the full summary here.


Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

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„Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.”

Release Date: August 28th

I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I AM FOR THIS BOOK!

Before reading A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness I wasn’t a huge fan of witch books but honestly now I’m more of a ALL THE BEAUTIFUL WITCH BOOKS kind of person.

This is an anthology that features stories from some amazing authors like Anna Marie McLemore and Zoraida Cordova.

You can bet I am going to buy it as soon as it comes out.

„From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. TOIL & TROUBLE delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points-of-view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.”

How good does that sound?! And if I haven’t convinced you to read this yet, have a look at the next paragraph:

„Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth.”

You can check out the Goodreads page here.


All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

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I can’t tell you much about this anthology since the title already gives it all away.

Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens. „

Click here to see the Goodreads page.


Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Justina Chen

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Now, how do I even start? This book sounds so amazing!

When our main character, who is Asian, discovers she has an extreme case of photosensitivity, an allergy to sunlight, she has to give up on her whole life and live inside, but she doesn’t want to.

She meets this boy who is a Thor lookalike. You guys probably don’t know but I am a huge fan of Thor! Honestly, that sentence alone and the fact that she’s Asian sold me. I’m getting this as soon as it comes out!

You can read the Goodreads synopsis here.


Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

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The Hate U Give, Dear Martin and now Tyler Johnson Was Here.

This is a powerful novel featuring a black main character. The synopsis is short, so I think it’s best you read for yourself:

When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.”

You can read more about it by clicking here.


My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

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My So-Called Bollywood Life sounds like such a cute, fun and fluffy read!

Long story short, our main character, Winnie Mehta, thinks Raj is the love of her life. It’s literally predicted by a pandit and he meets all of the qualifications, until she finds out he’s cheating on her.

She then meets a cute Greek boy and the story goes on from there!

I think this is one of the books I’m most excited about!

Winnie loves Bollywood films and I think she wants to be a Bollywood film producer, hence the title 🙂

More info on this beautiful book here.


As always, I hope you enjoyed reading this and that you discovered some new diverse books that interest you.

Let me know which ones you’re most excited about from this list or any other book you know about!

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Reviews

Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – Is It Worth The Hype?

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Author: Margaret Rogerson

Published by: McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover, 300 pages

Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.”


It has been so long since I’ve written a book review, I honestly don’t even know where to start.

I love faerie books and I love flowery writing, but I have never managed to find a book that features both elements, until now. Margaret Rogerson describes everything so vividly, so beautifully, it took my breath away. Even if you don’t enjoy reading books about Fae people, read this one. You will be captivated and enchanted by Rogerson’s writing style and you will not be able to stop reading.

“We were in the autumnlands.
Dim as it was, the forest glowed. The golden leaves flashing by blazed like sparks caught in the updraft of a fire. A scarlet carpet unrolled before us, rich and flawless as velvet. Rising from the forest floor, the black, tangled roots breathed a bluish mist that reduced the farthest trees’ trunks to ghostly silhouettes, yet left their foliage’s luminous hues untouched. Vivid moss speckled the branches like tarnished copper. The crisp spice of pine sap infused the cool air over a musty perfume of dry leaves. A knot swelled in my throat. I couldn’t look away. There was too much of it, too fast. I’d never be able to drink it all in…”   


Our main character, Isobel, is appreciated by the Fair folk for her Craft –  a form of human creativity that cannot be done by Fair Folk without risk of harm – and she is often visited by them because of that. She paints Fair folk for a living. In exchange of the portraits she does, she receives enchantments from the Fae.

“One raven for uncertain peril. Six for danger sure to arrive. A dozen for death, if not avoided. The enchantment is sealed.”

One day, she is visited in her parlor by Rook, the autumn prince. She gets to know him more intimately than her other clients and paints mortal sorrow in his eyes. For that, Rook must take Isobel to his home, the Autumnlands, to stand trial for what she has done. However, they might never make it there with all the obstacles that awaits them.


The Fae in this book are portrayed so flawed and so differently from anything else I have previously read. They are hurt by iron, cannot lie, have humanoid skins they wear to hide their true form and they do not have emotions. At least, they’re not supposed to.

“I wiped off my fingers, but it wasn’t the mold or maggots making my stomach revolt… No, it was the knowledge that all around me sat empty people in rotting clothes, nibbling on flyblown trifles while they spoke of nothing of consequence with fixed smiles on their false faces.”


Isobel, the main character, is really well portrayed. She knows what she wants and what she doesn’t want. She doesn’t change her whole life just because of her love interest, like other female protagonists in YA.

You experience her confusion and the battle that constantly goes on between her brain and her heart. You see her going through her first real love.

She feels very real, sharp-minded, intelligent and, overall, relatable.

“Frankly, I had no idea how anyone knew if they were in love in the first place. Was there ever a single thread a person could pick out from the knot and say “Yes—I am in love—here’s the proof!” or was it always caught up in a wretched tangle of ifs and buts and maybes?”   

One Fae woman, who was once human but drank from the Green Well, told Isobel this:

“No. You surpass us all.” Beside me she looked colorless and frail. „You are like a living rose among wax flowers. We may last forever, but you bloom brighter and smell sweeter, and draw blood with your thorns.”   


I adored Rook, the autumn prince. You can see his character development through the entire book and it almost feels impossible it’s the same person you’re reading about, but not in a bad way.

Something happened to him a long time ago that made him different. He’s not like the others of his own kind, but he is one of the most powerful Fae that live. He doesn’t show his weakness and his life starts turning around when Isobel, a human girl, sees his true self.

Rook is good, always apologizes when he thinks he did something wrong (even though he did not) and finds human emotions terrifying.

I can’t and won’t tell you more about him because I don’t want to spoil the book for you, but I found these gorgeous pictures on Pinterest of him that I really want you to see. I’m really sorry but I don’t know who the artist is.

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I hope I convinced you to read this fantastic book. It has earned its place among my favorites.

You can click here to see the Goodreads page.

“Isobel, I love you wholly. I love you eternally. I love you so dearly it frightens me. I fear I could not live without you. I could see your face every morning upon waking for a thousand years and still look forward to the next as though it were the first.”   

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Chatting with a Slytherin: 2018 Winter Anticipated Releases

Hello bookworms and happy new year!

It’s been a very long time since my last post and I apologize for that. I don’t really know what happened, I guess I just needed a break from everything.

Right now it’s a new year, so a fresh start. I’m starting to be active again on my bookstagram, @letsrunawaytobooks. You should follow me there if you want to hear from me more often.

What better way to kick off the new year than with a list of some of my most anticipated releases for the first two months of 2018? I hope you find some new books through this post.

Something else before we start: If you want me to do a „Diverse 2018 Book Releases”, make sure to comment down bellow or on my Instagram account.


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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Publishing date: January 2nd

Holly Black writes some of the best books that feature faeries/ creatures in general. This is, I hope, no exception. I read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by her and it’s one of my favourite books.

„Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.”

You can check out the full summary if you click here.


                                                

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Publishing date: January 2nd

Everless is a debut novel and it sounds fantastic. It’s a YA novel that centers around time. Long story short, in this world, you don’t pay with money. You pay with time that is extracted from your blood. I remember seeing a movie similar to this once, but I can’t remember the name. I know that I really enjoyed it though.

You can read the full summary here.

 


 

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Reign the Earth by A. C. Gaughen

Publishing date: January 30th

Fantasy is my favourite genre to read during winter, and this book sounds incredible. The summary doesn’t give away too much, but it’s enough to make me interested. From what I read, the main character, Shalia, discovers she has this dangerous power that can get her killed by her own villainous husband.

„A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction.”

Make sure to check out the full summary here.


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Publishing date: January 30th

From the Goodreads description, this seems like the perfect winter read. It’s about a girl whose mother goes missing. Then, our main character is forced to search for her. Where, you may ask? Well, her grandma, who dies, is the author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, which take place in the Hazel Wood. That’s where Alice has to go.

„To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.”

See the full summary here.

 

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Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk

Publishing date: January 16th

„The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus…”

I need this book in my life. I think it has so much potential! Strong female main character who is a warrior, Rome and Spartacus? Sign me up!

„For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.”

See for yourself how amazing this book sounds here.

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Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Publishing date: January 2nd

I know I previously said I only read fantasy during the winter months, but I must admit I won’t pass a good thriller. From what I gathered, the mean girls from the town of Cape Bonita are getting murdered, and our main character is afraid she will be next since all the crimes are linked to her… and a mysterious boy with a dark past.

„Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.”

See the full summary here.


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The English Wife by Lauren Willig

Publishing date: January 9th

From the New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous New York Gilded Age novel full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder.”

This book is a historical fiction novel, as well as a mystery/ thriller and it definetly sounds intense. Lately I’ve been slowly getting into historical fiction and this seems like the perfect read for me.

I haven’t read the whole summary because I want to go into it not knowing a lot, but you can check it out here.


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The Wife Between Us by  Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Publishing date: January 9th

I feel like I know nothing about this novel, even though I’ve read the summary twice. I am so excited to read it though. I’ll just leave the Goodreads description here:

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.”


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The Forgotten Book by Mecthild Glaser

Publishing date: January 2nd

A Jane Austen-inspired YA tale about a sixteen-year-old girl who finds a magical book—and discovers that anything she writes inside it comes true.”

A Jane Austen-inspired YA tale? That was honestly all I needed to hear to be interested in this. You will probably see this on my bookstagram when I buy it. Have you seen this gorgeous cover? I love it.

Here is the full summary.

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Sinless by Sarah Tarkoff

Publishing date: January 9th

In Grace Luther’s world, morality is physically enforced. Those who are „good” are blessed with beauty, while those who are not suffer horrifying consequences—disfigurement, or even death. When the cleric’s daughter stumbles onto information that proves her world is more complicated than it seems, she finds herself at the center of an epic battle where good and evil are not so easily distinguished. Despite all her efforts to live a normal teenage life, Grace is faced with a series of decisions that will risk the lives of everyone she loves.”

Personally, I have not read anything like this before and I’m really intrigued. I feel like it could be a great read for the YA community that explores the concept of beauty and morality. I cannot wait for it to come out in a little bit over a week.


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Reign of The Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Publishing date: January 23rd

An epic fantasy where gender equality is the norm, that centers around necromancers, deadlands and amazing women? I’m interested. Again, I’ve never read anything like this before. It seems like 2018 will be a great year for reading.

You should read the full Goodreads summary to see what this novel is about. Click here.

 

 

 


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Publishing date: January 9th

This is the third book in a companion series by Seanan McGuire, Wayward Children. I only read the first one, Every Heart A Doorway, but that one is a favourite of mine. You can see my review if you click here.

No one knows a lot about Seanan’s upcoming novel, since the summary is only three lines, but it sounds incredible.

„Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic. „


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The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Publishing date: February 6th

I’ve heard a lot about this book from people who have ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) and they tell nothing but great things about it.

I find the concept very interesting. Very quickly, this book is about Camellia Beauregard, who is a Belle. She can control beauty in a world where people are born gray, damned and very ugly. But that’s not enough for her. She wants to be the best Belle, the one who lives with the royal family. That’s where her adventure begins.

You can read the full summary here.


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The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

Publishing date: February 6th

The Queen’s Rising is a YA fantasy/ dystopian novel, in which each person is born with a talent for either art, music, dramatics, wit or knowledge. Everyone has to choose what they want to study and, during a ceremony, be chosen by a patron. Our main character doesn’t know what her talent is and so her ceremony doesn’t go well: she isn’t chosen by anyone. Months later, a disgraced lord offers her patronage and she accepts it, even though she doesn’t know why he would do this. From what I understand, the lord wants to take down the current king of the land and he needs her help.

Rebecca Ross’s book kind of reminds me of Divergent/ The Selection but with a lot more complexity added to it. I cannot wait for it to come out!

Click here for the full summary.


 

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Ink, Iron and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

Publishing date: February 20th

Can she write a world gone wrong?

A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother—a noted scriptologist.”

Elsa’s home world is attacked and her mother abducted, so she needs to use her own skills to find her. She has to create worlds herself and that’s what the plot centers around.

Again, as many books on this list, Ink Iron and Glass sounds like something I have never read before and, in my opinion, it has a lot of potential.

See the full summary on Goodreads here.


 

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The Traitor Prince by C. J. Redwine

Publishing date: February 13th

The Traitor Prince is the third book in the Ravenspire companion series by C. J. Redwine.

Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.”

Have you seen that movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, The Man in the Iron Mask? This is what Redwine’s novel reminds me of. I’ve seen that movie many times and I really like it so I’m very excited for this book. I want to read the first two books in the Ravenspire series soon, even though you don’t have to read one to understand the rest.

Click here to read the Goodreads description.


 

34501087The Forgotten Girl by Heather Chapman

Publishing date: February 13th

The Forgotten Girl has only 5 reviews/ ratings on Goodreads, but all of them are 5 stars. It also has a very short and vague summary so I’m going to insert it here:

It is 1906, and sixteen-year-old Stella’s life in Durliosy, Poland, is bleak. Her only hope of surviving is to travel to America, a land of freedom and opportunity, and reunite with her brother in Baltimore. There she’ll find new challenges, and perhaps, if she can put her painful past behind her, a new chance for love and lasting happiness.”

I’m glad I found this hidden gem on a list made by Goodreads. It sounds incredible, emotional and real.


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She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop

Publishing Date: February 6th

I haven’t even read the full summary, but She Regrets Nothing reminds me of Gossip Girl (specifically, Lola’s life story on Gossip Girl) and I absolutely love that TV show.

From what I’ve read, Laila, our protagonist, is reunited with a family she never knew she had just as she comes of age. She finds out she is the granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men.

„Caught between longing for the love of her family and her relentless pursuit of the lifestyle she feels she was unfairly denied, Laila finds herself reawakening a long dead family scandal—not to mention setting off several new ones—as she becomes further enmeshed in the lives and love affairs of her cousins. But will Laila ever, truly, belong in their world? „

Basically, Andrea Dunlop’s book is a family drama, a seductive story about fortune and fate.

Click here to read the full summary.


 

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Publishing date: February 6th

The title was what firstly caught my eye. When I read the summary, I was completely hooked. In my opinion, By A Charm & A Curse is similar to Caraval or The Night Circus, but definitely more intriguing.

Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for.

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.”


And that’s it!

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. I’m glad if you saw anything that got your attention.

Let me know which book from this list you want to pick up in the future!

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#TheReadingQuest TBR

Hello everyone!

I haven’t read anything in more than two weeks and I just found out about this amazing readathon. It’s basically inspired by video games. You choose a character out of four options and you get points for doing certain reading challenges. At the end, the person with the most points wins a price. You can read everything about #TheReadingQuest here.

The Reading Quest Character Classes

Reading Quest Board

I decided to join as a MAGE.

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I’m not sure I’m going to stick to my TBR pile 100%, but I’m going to try. Each character class has different reading challenges and, if you finish those, some extra ones.


A book with a one word title

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I really want to read Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente for this challenge but I’ve heard it’s a very slow read. If I can’t get through it fast enough, I’ll probably end up reading Hopeless by Colleen Hoover instead.


                                                                                                       A book that contains magic

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova has been on my TBR since my birthday, which was on Christmas last year. It’s one of the only books on my shelf that features magic so it’s perfect for this challenge.


A book based on mythology

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I think this is based on Greek mythology, at least I hope it is. If not, please tell me in the comments of this post and I will find something else for this challenge. I’ve heard some great things about this book and I’m really excited to read it.


                                                                                                             A book set in a different world

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There are so many books I could choose for this challenge, but for now I’m going with Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I think I’ve waited long enough to start this after finishing the Grisha trilogy (6 months…). Everyone has read this book already and I know I am going to fly through it and end up loving it.


The first book of a series

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I have quite a few first books in series on my bookshelves, but I own the whole Firebird trilogy so I might as well just start it. I absolutely love the cover and I hope the story will be as beautiful on the inside.


I’ll be travelling these whole 3 weeks so I’m not sure how much I will manage to get done in that time, but I will try to read as much as possible.

I advise you to join because I’m sure it’s going to be tons of fun.

Make sure to sign up in time though! There’s still 4 hours left!
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Reviews

Recenzie: Go Ask Alice

(English review coming soon!)

Pentru această postare colaborez cu Okian, cunoscutul site unde puteți găsi extrem de multe cărți în limba engleză, dar și română. Ei mi-au trimis câteva romane pentru a putea scrie un articol numit „Vara cu Okian”, despre care veți afla mai multe în curând.
Ce doresc să fac este să vă recomand câteva cărți pe care le consider niște lecturi perfecte pentru vară/ vacanță/ relaxare, niște lecturi pe care nu le veți putea lăsa din mână.
Cartea de care vă voi vorbi astăzi se numește „Go Ask Alice” („Întreab-o pe Alice”), și o puteți achiziționa de aici. Este în stocul lor imediat și vă poate fii livrată extreme de repede.

Go Ask Alice

 

Autor:  Anonim
Editura: Cornerstone
Număr de pagini: 176
Nota mea:  5/5

Cartea este de fapt un jurnal real ce a aparținut unei fete care s-a apucat de droguri. Cum scrie și în prezentare, aceasta a mers la o petrecere unde băuturile aveau LSD, un drog destul de puternic, folosit mai ales la petreceri/ în cluburi, iar de atunci nu a mai putut să se lase. Oricât încerca, o perioadă rezista, însă mereu ceda în final.


Cred că este o carte foarte importantă, pe care orice adolescent ar trebui să o citească, întrucât abordează un subiect dur, dar real. Probabil că oricui îi este greu să creadă prin ce a trecut personajul principal, cum mi-a fost și mie, însă totul este bazat pe evenimente adevărate.

Nu am văzut multă lume vorbind despre această carte și am fost șocată să văd că, pe Goodreads, multe persoane i-au dat note extrem de mici. Părerile sunt extrem de diferite, iar din câte am văzut, cititorii îi dau ori o stea din cinci, ori cinci din cinci. Din punctul meu de vedere merită cea mai mare notă, pentru că este un roman din care rămâi cu ceva. Este foarte controversat, însă eu consider că trebuie citit. Are numai 176 de pagini, însă în acestea ne învață mai multe decât orice roman contemporan de 4 ori mai lung. Mi-a deschis ochii asupra unor probleme din zilele noastre.

Este înfricoșător cum fiecare dintre noi este și poate fi Alice. Alice este o adolescentă normală, cu niște probleme precum greutatea sau școala, până când i se strecoară LSD în paharul de Cola. Duce o viață perfect normală, la fel ca noi toți, și nu are de ce să bănuiască că i se va schimba radical din cauza unui joc. Să fii în mintea unei persoane care trece prin așa ceva este foarte greu, însă autoarea (inițial anonimă, însă din câte am înțeles o chema Beatrice Sparks) reușește să ne arate cât de bine se poate ce gândește un dependent de droguri. De fiecare data când protagonistă reușea să se controleze pentru o scurtă perioadă, cineva sau ceva intervenea și o lua de la capăt. Pe lângă asta, atunci când a vrut cu adevărat să se lase, și îi reușise, a început să fie presată de copii din școală, care își băteau joc de ea și îi făceau viața un coșmar.

Ce mi s-a părut interesant este faptul că se povestește ce a făcut „Alice” sub influența drogurilor, respectiv pentru droguri. Din punctul meu de vedere, sunt precum două personane complet diferite, și cred că asta a vrut și autoarea să arate: că nimeni nu se poate controla când este sub influența drogurilor, și că suntem capabili de lucruri pe care nu le credeam posibile. Nu vreau să dau detalii și să vă stric lectura, însă protagonista suferă mult de pe urmă faptelor sale.

Pe de altă parte, în carte este evidențiată și importanța anturajului pe care îl avem. Dacă nu s-ar fi dus la petrecerea dată de „prietenii” ei, personajul principal nu ar fi urmat o cale greșită, chiar dacă nu a fost vina ei. De asemenea, în carte se împrietenește cu o fată puțin mai mare decât ea, care o îndrumă mai adânc în această lume a drogurilor. Probabil că, dacă nu ar fi fost prietenă cu fata aceasta, povestea ar fi avut un final complet diferit.
Ce am învățat eu din această carte, pe lângă tot ce v-am spus deja, este că faptele au consecințe, iar consecințele respective sunt uneori grave. Nu putem să dăm înapoi după ce am luat o decizie importantă, iar viața noastră se poate schimba radical din cauza unei greșeli.


Cum am spus la început, fiecare are de învățat din acest roman atât de important și fascinant. Vă rog să îl citiți, din punctul meu de vedere chiar merită și ar trebui să fie wishlistul vostru. Când postez articolul, „Go Ask Alice” este redus pe Okian, așa că vă sfătuiesc să vă uitați pe site.
Vă mulțumesc mult de tot echipa Okian pentru oportunitatea de a citi cartea!