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City of Bones - Greenhouse scene from Jace’s POV

Thursday, June 28, 2012
I think that this was  my favorite scene from the book. It was sweet and cozy(yeah, I think that greenhouses are cozy :)) ) (^_^) This is a must read for the fans of the book, since is from Jace's POV. So Enjoy!!!
Ps: I will read it later and make a super short review.
[Cred ca asta este scena mea preferata din carte. Mi s-a parut foarte draguta. (^_^) Pentru fanii seriei, cred eu ca este un paragraf ce trebuie neaparat citit, din moment ce este din punctul de vedere a lui Jace. Lectura placuta. Voi citi si eu ceva mai tarziu paragraful si voi scrie o recenzie foarte scurta.]
Source

Jace’s point of view of his first kiss with Clary
I kissed your lips and broke your heart
The Institute’s bell begins to toll, the deep loud heartbeat of the apex of the night.
Jace sets his knife down. It’s a neat little pocketknife, bone-handled, that Alec gave him when they became parabatai. He’s used it constantly and the grip is worn smooth from the pressure of his fingers.
“Midnight,” he says. He can feel Clary beside him, sitting back amongst the remains of their picnic, her breathing soft in the cool, leaf-smelling air of the greenhouse. He doesn’t look at her, but straight ahead, at the shining closed buds of the medianox plant. He isn’t sure why he doesn’t want to look at her. He remembers the first time he saw the flower bloom, during horticulture class, sitting on a stone bench with Alec and Izzy on either side of him, and Hodge’s fingers on the stem of the blossom — he had woken them up at nearly midnight to show them the marvel, a plant that normally grew only in Idris — and remembered his breath catching in the wintery midnight air, at the sight of something so surprising and so beautiful.
Alec and Isabelle at been interested but not, he remembers, caught by the beauty of it as he had been. He was worried even now, as the bells rang on, that Clary would be the same: interested or even pleased, but not enchanted. He wanted her to feel the way he had about the medianox, though he could not have said why.
A sound escapes her lips, a soft “Oh!” The flower is blooming: opening like the birth of a star, all shimmering pollen and white-gold petals. “Do they bloom every night?”
A wave of relief goes through him. Her green eyes are shining, fixed on it. She is flexing her fingers unconsciously, the way he has come to understand she does when she is wishing she had a pen or pencils to capture the image of something in front of her. Sometimes he wishes he could see as she did: see the world as a canvas to be captured in paint, chalks and watercolors. Sometimes when she looks at him that way he finds himself almost blushing; a feeling so strange he almost doesn’t recognize it. Jace Wayland doesn’t blush.
“Happy birthday, Clarissa Fray,” he says, and her mouth curves into a smile. “I have something for you.” He fumbles, a little, reaching into his pocket, though he doesn’t think she notices. When he presses the witchlight runestone into her hand, he is conscious of how small her fingers are under his — delicate but strong, callused from hours of holding pencils and paintbrushes. The calluses tickle his fingertips. He wonders if contact with his skin speeds her pulse the way his does when he touches hers.
Apparently not, because she draws away from him, her expression showing only curiosity. “You know, when most girls say they want a big rock, they don’t mean, you know, literally a big rock.”
He smiles without meaning to. Which is unusual in and of itself; usually only Alec or Isabelle can startle laughter out of him. He had known Clary was brave the first time he’d met her — walking into that room after Isabelle, unarmed and unprepared, took the kind of guts he didn’t associate with mundanes — but the fact that she made him laugh still surprised him. “Very amusing, my sarcastic friend. It’s not a rock, precisely. All Shadowhunters have a witchlight rune-stone. It will bring you light even among the darkest shadows of this world and others.”
They were the same words his father had spoken to him, upon giving him his first runestone. What other worlds? Jace had asked, and his father had only laughed. There are more worlds a breath away from this one than there are grains of sand on a beach.
She smiles at him and makes a joke about birthday presents, but he senses that she is touched; she slips the stone into her pocket carefully. The medianox flower is already shedding petals like a shower of stars, lighting her face with a soft illumination. “When I was twelve, I wanted a tattoo,” she says. A strand of red hair falls across her eyes; Jace fights the urge to reach out and push it back.
“Most Shadowhunters get their first Marks at twelve. It must have been in your blood.”
“Maybe. Although I doubt most Shadowhunters get a tattoo of Donatello from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on their left shoulder.” She is smiling, in that way she does when she says things that are totally inexplicable to him, as if she is fondly remembering. It sends a jealous twinge sparking through his veins, though he isn’t even sure what he is jealous of. Simon, who understands her references to a mundane world Jace can never be a part of? The mundane world itself that she could one day return to, leaving him and his universe of demons and hunters, scars and battle, gratefully behind?
He clears his throat. “You wanted a turtle on your shoulder?”
She nods, and her hair falls back into place. “I wanted to cover my chicken pox scar.” She draws the strap of her tank top aside. “See?”
And he sees: there is some sort of mark on her shoulder, a scar, but he sees more than that: he sees the curve of her collarbone, the light dusting freckles on her skin like a dusting of gold, the downy curve of her shoulder, the pulse at the base of her throat. He sees the shape of her mouth, her lips slightly parted. Her coppery lashes as she lowers them. And he is swept through with a wave of desire, a kind he has never experienced before. He’s desired girls before, certainly, and satisfied that desire: he had always thought of it as hunger, a need for a sort of fuel that the body wanted.
He has never felt desire like this, a clean fire that burned away thought, that made his hands — not tremble, exactly, but thrum with nervous energy. He tears his eyes away from her, hastily. “It’s getting late,” he says. “We should go back downstairs.”
She looks at him, curiously, and he cannot help the feeling that those green eyes can see through him. “Have you and Isabelle ever dated?” she asks.
His heart is still pounding. He doesn’t quite understand the question. “Isabelle?” he echoes. Isabelle? What did Isabelle have to do with anything?
“Simon was wondering,” she says, and he hates the way she says Simon’s name. He has never felt anything like this before: anything that unnerved him like she does. He remembers coming to her in that alleyway behind the coffee shop, the way he had wanted to draw her outside, away from the dark-haired boy she was always with, into his world of shadows. He had felt even then that she belonged where he did, not to the mundane world where people weren’t real, where they passed just beyond his vision like puppets on a stage. But this girl, with her green eyes that pinned him like a butterfly, she was real. Like a voice heard in a dream, that you know comes from the waking world, she was real, piercing the distance he has set so carefully about himself like armor.
“The answer is no. I mean, there may have been a time when one or the other of us considered it, but she’s almost a sister to me. It would be strange.”
“You mean Isabelle and you never—”
“Never.”
“She hates me,” says Clary.
Despite everything, Jace almost laughs; like a brother might, he takes a certain delight in observing Izzy when she’s frustrated. “You just make her nervous, because she’s always been the only girl in a crowd of adoring boys, and now she isn’t anymore.”
“But she’s so beautiful.”
“So are you,” Jace says, automatically, and sees Clary’s expression change. He cannot read her face. It is hardly as if he has never told a girl she’s beautiful before, but he can’t remember a time it wasn’t calculated. That it was accidental. That it made him feel like going to the training room and throwing knives, and kicking and punching and fighting shadows until he was bloody and exhausted and if his skin was flayed open, it was only in the way he was used to.
She just looks at him, quietly. The training room it is, then.
“We should probably go downstairs,” he says again.
“All right.” He can’t tell what she’s thinking from her voice, either; his ability to read people seems to have deserted him and he doesn’t understand why. Moonlight spears down through the glass panes of the greenhouse as they make their way out, Clary slightly in front of him.
Something moves ahead of them — a white spark of light — and suddenly she stops short and half-turns to him, already in the circle of his arm, and she is warm and soft and delicate and he is kissing her.
And he is astonished. He doesn’t work like this; his body doesn’t do things without his permission. It is his instrument as much as the piano, and he has always been in perfect command of it. But she tastes sweet, like apples and copper, and her body in his arms is trembling. She is so small; his arms go around her, to steady her, and he is lost. He understands now why kisses in movies are filmed the way they are, with the camera endlessly circling, circling: the ground is unsteady under his feet and he clings to her, small as she is, as if she could hold him up.
His palms smooth down her back. He can feel her breathing against him; a gasp in between kisses. Her thin fingers are in his hair, on the back of his neck, tangling gently, and he remembers the medianox flower and the first time he saw it and thought: here is something too beautiful to properly belong in this world.
The rush of wind is audible to him first, trained as he is to hear it. He draws back from Clary and sees Hugo, perched in the crook of a nearby dwarf cypress. His arms are still around Clary, her weight light against him. Her eyes are half-closed. “Don’t panic, but we’ve got an audience,” he whispers to her. “If Hugo’s here, Hodge won’t be far behind. We should go.”
Her green eyes flutter all the way open, and she looks amused. It pricks his ego slightly. After that kiss, shouldn’t she be fainting at his feet? But she’s grinning. She wants to know if Hodge is spying on them. He reassures her, but he feels her soft laughter travel through their joined hands — how did that happen? — as they make their way downstairs.
And he understands. He understands why people hold hands: he’d always thought it was about possessiveness, saying This is mine. But it’s about maintaining contact. It is about speaking without words. It is about I want you with me and don’t go.
He wants her in his bedroom. And not in that way — no girl has ever been in his bedroom that way. It is his private space, his sanctuary. But he wants Clary there. He wants her to see him, the reality of him, not the image he shows the world. He wants to lie down on the bed with her and have her curl into him. He wants to hold her as she breathes softly through the night; to see her as no one else sees her: vulnerable and asleep. To see her and to be seen.
So when they reach her door, and she thanks him for the birthday picnic, he still doesn’t let go of her hand. “Are you going to sleep?”
She tilts her head up and he can see that her mouth bears the imprint of his kisses: a flush of pink, like the carnations in the greenhouse, and it knots his stomach. By the Angel, he thinks, I am so…
“Aren’t you tired?” she asks, breaking into his thoughts.
There is a hollow in the pit of his stomach, a nervous edginess. He wants to pull her back to himself, to pour into her everything he is feeling: his admiration, his new-born knowledge, his devotion, his need. “I’ve never been more awake.”
She lifts her chin, a quick unconscious movement, and he leans down, cupping her face with her free hand. He doesn’t mean to kiss her here — too public, too easy to be interrupted — but he can’t stop touching his mouth to hers lightly. Her lips part under his and he leans into her and he can’t stop. I am so —
It was at precisely that moment that Simon threw open the bedroom door and stepped out into the hall. And Clary pulls away from him hastily, turning her head aside, and he feels it with the sharp pain of a bandage ripped off his skin.

I am so screwed.

Deal Hunter (#8): Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Where to buy it:  Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright - $ 4.59


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          Valerie's sister was beautiful, kind, and sweet. Now she is dead. Henry, the handsome son of the blacksmith, tries to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast for another: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life far from home.
          After her sister's violent death, Valerie's world begins to spiral out of control. For generations, the Wolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But now no one is safe. When an expert Wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them--it could be anyone in town.
          It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of the creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the blood moon wanes...or everyone she loves will die.

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Romanian Cover & Link de precomanda pentru SACRIFICIUL, vol. 2 din seria EVE de ANNA CAREY

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Precomandă cu 25 % reducere și transport gratuit.

Original Cover:
When you're being hunted, who can you trust?

For the first time since she escaped from her school many months ago, Eve can sleep soundly. She's living in Califia, a haven for women, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America.

But her safety came at a price: She was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. When Eve gets word that Caleb is in trouble, she sets out into the wild again to rescue him, only to be captured and brought to the City of Sand, the capital of The New America.

Trapped inside the City walls, Eve uncovers a shocking secret about her past--and is forced to confront the harsh reality of her future. When she discovers Caleb is alive, Eve attempts to flee her prison so they can be together--but the consequences could be deadly. She must make a desperate choice to save the ones she loves . . . or risk losing Caleb forever.

In this breathless sequel to "Eve," Anna Carey returns to her tale of romance, adventure, and sacrifice in a world that is both wonderfully strange and chillingly familiar.


     În Cartea întâi a seriei, într-o lume distrusă de o molimă care a făcut ravagii, Eve este obligată să se despartă de Caleb. În Sacrificiul, o găsim captivă în Oraşul de Nisip, capitala Noii Americi, acum aflat sub conducerea Regelui. Şi asta, după ce încercase să-l salveze pe Caleb, despre care aflase că este în pericol. Acum, după ce descoperă multe lucruri dureroase legate de trecutul ei, ar putea avea o viaţă liniştită şi lipsită de griji în Palatul Regelui. Dar Caleb reapare şi ea se strecoară afară din palat să-l întâlnească – pe el şi pe rebelii care intenţionează să pornească lupta împotriva monarhiei care i-a transformat pe oameni în sclavi. Lucrurile nu merg însă conform planului, iar Eve ajunge în situaţia disperată de a fi obligată să accepte un târg cu Regele.
     Într-o lume ostilă şi dură, în care orice pas poate fi ultimul, iubirea reuşeşte oare să supravieţuiască? Şi cu ce preţ? Cu un dureros SACRIFICIU!

Review (Recenzie): City Of Bones (Orasul Oaselor) by Cassandra Clare

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
“That to love is to destroy and that to be the one loved is to be the one destroyed.” 

“It's your gift, to see the beauty and the horror in ordinary things. It doesn't make you crazy, just different.” 

          When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
          This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . . 


          I should be ashamed that I waited this long to read this series, when everyone told me to read it. I actually enjoyed it and could not put it down. What I absolutely loved about it was Clary, a character that  did not had to stay 100% of the time under the overwhelming protection of the good looking, strong boy, half bad boy, but not quite. She is brave ... well, brave enough for a normal girl, plus, that she is funny and this kind of reminds me of Buffy. Yep. Whenever I see a reference to Buffy I go nuts. :))
          Another thing that I liked: the new world that Cassandra Clare created, the world of shdowhunters, with all their details and weapons and the entire history of the half human, half angel warriors. Unfortunately I still had some questions about the shadowhunters world due to the lack of description, but let's keep our fingers crossed since there are still 5 books of the series.
          As for the style, somehow I can tell that the author is a Harry Potter fan and maybe a Buffy one (yeah yeah, this again), since the dialogue has that funny sarcasm which we find in the famous TV show (see? I haven't said Buffy).
          On the other side, what I did not like is the fact that I could not "feel" the evolution of Clary and Jace relation. Of course they know each other for only a week or so and there is no obvious reason for them to be deeply in love. And the other big thing that I did not like: the lack of useful description. There were moments when I wanted more and there was no one to show me, still they do talk a lot, maybe to much sometimes, revealing everything ... so there is not that much of a mystery anywhere.
          I will definitely read the other books of the series, first because I just adore the covers (I plan to collect them all) and second, because I need to know what happens with the gang next. (^_^)     

 Clary Fray, o fată de cincisprezece ani, are darul Vederii... un dar pe care ceilalţi oameni nu-l au. Ea vede vampiri, vârcolaci, zâne, demoni şi alte creaturi care populează Lumea din Umbră.
În Oraşul Oaselor, cartea întâi din seria Instrumente mortale, mama lui Clary, Jocelyn, dispare şi ea însăşi e atacata de un demon – un ravener înspăimântător. Astfel, tânăra ajunge să-i cunoască pe vânătorii de umbre, războinici a căror misiune este să-i apere pe oameni de demoni şi să-i controleze pe vampiri şi vârcolaci.
De asemenea, Clary îl întâlneşte pe Jace, un tânăr fermecător, şi, împreună cu el, încearcă să dezlege nenumaratele taine ale Lumii din Umbra. Cine a răpit-o pe Jocelyn? Unde se află Pocalul Mortal şi ce puteri are acesta? Cine l-a transformat pe Simon, cel mai bun prieten al lui Clary, în şobolan şi cum poate fi desfăcută vraja? Cum a reuşit Clary să dobândească dintr-odată Vederea? De ce sunt demonii interesaţi de o mundană oarecare?
Nu în ultimul rând, Clary încearcă să-şi înţeleagă propriile sentimente – în ce relaţie se află ea de fapt cu Jace şi Simon?

   

          [Ar trebui să îmi fie ruşine că am aşteptat atât de mult să încep seria, când toata lumea m-a îndemnat să o citesc. Chiar mi-a plăcut şi este genul de carte pe care nu o poţi lăsa jos. Ceea ce mi-a plăcut la nebunie la Oraşul Oaselor a fost Clary, un personaj care nu a simţit nevoia să se ascundă 100% din  timp sub grija exagerată a unui tip arătos, puternic, pe jumătate “bad boy”, dar nu prea. Este curajoasă … cât de curajoasă poate să fie o fată aparent normală care pe deasupra mai este şi amuzantă, în stilul lui Buffy. Dap. De fiecare data când văd vreo referire la Buffy, o iau razna.
          Un alt lucru care mi-a plăcut: lumea nouă creată de Cassandra Clare, lumea vânatorilor de umbre în detaliu, armele lor şi întreaga istorie a luptătorilor pe jumătate îngeri. Din păcate înca aş mai fi avut câteva întrebări legate de lumea vânătorilor de umbre din cauza lipsei descrierilor detaliate.
În ceea ce priveşte stilul, cumva îţi poţi da seama ca autoarea este fan Harry Potter şi probabil şi fan Buffy (da da, asta din nou), datorită dialogului amuzant şi sarcastic pe care îl putem găsi în faimosul serial (vedeţi? Nu am mai zis Buffy).
          Pe cealaltă parte, ceea ce nu mi-a plăcut foarte mult este faptul că nu am simţit evoluţia relaţiei dintre Clary and Jace. Bineînţeles că se cunosc doar de vreo săptămână şi nu există vreun motiv pentru care să fie înnebuneşte îndrăgotiţi. Celălalt lucru care nu mi-a plăcut: lipsa descrierilor utile. Au fost momente în care voiam să ştiu mai mult şi nu era nimeni care să mi le arate. Bineînţeles, personajele vorbesc mult, poate prea mult câteodată făcând să dispară misterul din acţiune.
          Cu siguranţă voi citi şi celelalte cărţi din serie, în primul rând pentru că ador coperţile (plănuiesc să le colecţionez) şi în al doilea rând pentru că încă mă interesează ce se v-a întâmpla în continuare. (^_^)]

International Giveaway: Win GHOSTLAND BY JORY STRONG

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
          Would you like to win GHOSTLAND BY JORY STRONG, Booktown Lover is inviting you on he's blog to take part at this great giveaway which has as a prize this amazing book. So go on and enter HERE (^_^). Good Luck!!!

Open: Internationally
Ends: July 20th
[Concursul este international asa ca nu ezitati sa intrati. Da-ti o fuga pe blogul lui Booktown Lover, concursul este deschis pana pe 20 iulie. Bafta!!!]

Deal Hunter (#7): Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Where to buy it:
-$ 5.52

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About the book:
Three angels – Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They must work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.
Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong. Then comes the brooding and popular new transfer, Jake Thorn... who just so happens to be in Bethany's class. Something about Jake seems to be hiding something darker, something more powerful than expected. That thing, and Xavier, distracts Bethany to a point that Gabriel and Ivy are concerned.
The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?


 [Ador sa dau de oferte excelente pe Bookdepository mai ales ca Romania dispune de transport gratuit. Pentru cei ce vor sa citeasca Halo by Alexandra Adornetto , cartea este disponibila pe site la pretul de $ 5.52.]
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Winners Romanian Giveaway / Castigatori Concurs de Vara

Saturday, June 16, 2012
          Astazi a fost o zi agitata si foarte calduroasa. Practic ma topesc pe tastatura. Vreau sa va multumesc tuturor ca v-ati inscris la concurs si imi pare rau ca nu va pot da tuturor cate un premiu, dar va ofer tuturor celor care v-ati inscris cate un cupon de reducere de 10% pentru Raftul cu Jurnale(numai pentru jurnale). Ca sa il folositi astept un mail cu nick-ul cu care ati participat la acest concurs si design-ul dorit la adresa: raftul_cu_carti@rocketmail.com. Cuponul v-a fi valabil o luna incepand de acum. (^_^)


Si acum castigatori:

Pachetul 1 (2 postere twilight):
 Bella
  
Pachetul 2 (accesoriu twilight+un mini jurnal)

-D-

Pachetul 3 (un mini jurnal)
Claudiu

          Vreau cate un mail cu adresa ca sa va pot trimite premiile pe raftul_cu_carti@rocketmail.com
 -D- si Claudiu de la voi mai vreau si niste informatii: serialul preferat, filmul preferat si cartea preferata. :)

Deal Hunter (#5): Die for Me by Amy Plum

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
          I just love BookDepository deals: free shipping, low prices...just haven for me!!! (^_^)

          Where to buy it: Die for Me by Amy Plum - $4.56


About the book:
          In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.
When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.
Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.
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On my Wish List (10): House Of Night - Legacy - Graphic Novel

Monday, June 11, 2012
          Yes, it's here...well, it will be here in about 36 days and I would love to have it since I simply adore the cover. Tell me that you haven't fallen in love. (^_^)


Synopsis:
          Zoey Redbird was an average high-school student worrying about grades, boys, and breakouts. But priorities have a way of changing when you're Marked as a vampyre, enroll in the vampyre academy House of Night, and have to figure out a whole new social hierarchy, affinities for elemental magic, and physiological changes that make you crave blood.

Where to pre order: HERE

Review: The Fallen (Nine Lives of Chloe King #1) by Celia Thomson

Thursday, June 07, 2012
“Flying daggers don't kill people, Chloe thought, leaping sidewise at the last minute to avoid one, grabbing the pedestrian rail. People kill people.” 

Synopsis:
          Chloe King is a normal girl. She goes to class (most of the time), fights with her mom, and crushes on a boy…or two. But around her sixteenth birthday, Chloe finds that perhaps she isn’t so normal after all. There’s the heightened night vision, the super fast reflexes – oh, and the claws.
          As she discovers who she is – and where she comes from – it is clear she is not alone. And someone is trying to get her.
Chloe has nine lives. But will nine be enough?

Where to buy: The Fallen by  Celia Thomson

My Review: 

           This was a super fast reading, I was really amazed that I finished the book in about 6 hours. I was really skeptical about it since it seems that the book series hasn't got that many fans. As most of the readers I decided to give it a try mostly because of the TV Show since it was canceled and I still have a couple of questions. Like I said, this was a light reading,entertaining and ignoring some sexual tensions, it was rather sweet. Except the superpowers, Chloe is a normal 16 years old teenager, having trouble with her mother, missing her father, arguing with the best friends and boys, boys, boys and boys, oh and lets not forget about the armed psycho that wants to kill her. Just like I said, normal teenage stuff.
           Chloe seems to think a lot at boys, but I also think that it was because of the changes she's been through. Otherwise, until the end of the book she evolved as a fighter and she learned how to detach herself from what she initially thought  it was important and fight for those that really were important.
           Now THE LOVE TRIANGLE....yes, it has one of those, maybe is cool these days to have love triangles in the books, movies, TV shows, but what I really enjoyed the most at this one is that none of the boys is actually what they seem to be. And if i were to play the "I am Team" game, I definitely would be Team Alek. I just liked him more because he seems more open towards Chloe than Brian.

Cover Reveal: Finale (Hush Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Wednesday, June 06, 2012
          Here it is, the last of the Hush Hush series, Final cover is here. The cover style is the same as the first 3 books of the series: black and white. I actually adore this style, but I am more a fan of the Hush Hush and Silence covers,still here it is the Final cover:

          "Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean that they will always be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. But now they face their biggest challenge. Can their love survive a seemingly insurmountable divide. And in the end, will there be enough trust left to rebuild what has been broken? The lines are drawn - but which sides are they on?"

On my Wish List (9): Anna dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Wednesday, June 06, 2012
          I must admit that although I've seen everyone getting excited over this book I wasn't really interested in the subject  of it. Now the book will be released in Romania at Leda Books and today was the first time I've actually read the description. I don't know how on earth could I've missed such an original book, not to mention that I've always loved the cover.

Synopsis:

     Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
     When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
Where to buy: Anna dressed in Blood by  Kendare Blake

Some Goodread thoughts:
Lisa Desrochers rated it 5 stars 

"This book is just bunches of WOW and OMG! You won't be able to put it down! Promise!
 Emily May rated it 4 stars
"Anna Dressed in Blood was a surprisingly good read. I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting, something typical of young adult urban fantasy perhaps... same old characters, lots of romancing, maybe even an interesting little mystery to give the book some semblance of plot if we're lucky. I was really quite pleased with this exciting, slightly spooky, and wholly entertaining start to the series."

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Sunday, June 03, 2012
How can something that's a part of me hurt?”


          I like different, I enjoy reading a story in which the author tries to avoid clichés. One of the things I really enjoyed was that even if Katy was really attracted to Daemon she ignored the temptation and was aware of the fact that there was not love, at least not at first sight. Could you blame her? Daemon’s attitude really sucked at times. Still, Katy is strong, intelligent and courageous (almost sacrificing herself for her friends) and my favorite part is that she is a book blogger, kind of obsessed with books when she is not chased by evil aliens. As a plus, the dialogue, especially the one between Katy and Daemon was so funny, the way they always argued made me constantly laugh.
          Bonus points go to the fact that there was no love triangle; Jennifer L. Armentrout found other ways to keep the lovers apart and no, I did not found Ash a threat to Katy and Daemon’s relationship. Like I’ve said, Daemon is doing a great job in pushing her away, he doesn’t need help.
          Third, I enjoyed the final battle; it was epic in a Buffy kind of way. Really well described, it had drawn me in the middle of the action and I was surprised with the end of it, surprised in a good way. All of the fight scenes were so realistic described and I loved them, I loved that it had action in it; it wasn’t based only on the two main characters ‘relationship.
           Fourth or as a general statement: I liked the aliens, their powers, their true form, I just loved this new world.
          I will definitely read Onyx as soon as I will have the chance. (^_^)

Where to buy:
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

On my Wish List (8): Ember by Madison Daniel

Saturday, June 02, 2012
          I loved the cover since I've seen it for the first time and after all this time I've watched some reviews and I ended up to actually want it desperately. I still hope it will also be published in our country. So here it goes:

          Ember is the story of Max Valentine, a teenager with secret abilities and many inner demons. His life revolves around music and his love for it. When his father dies he seeks answers with his last living relative, his fathers brother Frank. Frank lives on the island of Maui and eagerly takes Max in as his own. Max soon learns that healing his past will be more difficult than he could have ever believed. Two major complications will tempt and torment him as he tries to make sense of his abilities.

The first temptation comes in the form of a mysterious island girl. Asia Lyn Michaels is rich, spoiled, angry and beautiful. Her path crosses with Max on the beach one afternoon, forever changing both of their lives. Max saves her life and she discovers his secret. From that moment on they are connected, no matter how much they fight it.

The second temptation will test Max’s very soul. Samantha Ann Summers is sweet, artistic, smart and confident. She will help Max find his smile again and maybe even heal his past mistakes. She is possibly his soul mate and Max will fight that with every fiber of his being.

Max’s temper and indecision with the girls will send in motion events that will cost him dearly. He will test the limits of his powers and the new relationship with his protective uncle. He will gain a powerful love and lose another.


Some Goodread thoughts:

Teresa rated it 4 stars
"To say the least I found this book hard to put down. The writing was clever in the sense that it was nearly impossible not to ignore the break in chapters and continue on..."
 Tammy Owens rated it 5 stars
"This story was so refreshing and different!
I loved the style used with the song play list at the beginning of chapters as you read along. I could hear the song playing in the background (in my mind) as I read along.
"
 Mauna rated it 5 stars
"Wow! When I saw this cover it spoke to me and I knew I had to read this book. Next I found that the author included music. When there is music that goes along with the story I find myself more emotionally connected. I listened to the soundtrack while I waited for my book to arrive...I wanted a hard copy of that cover."
Where to buy:
Ember by Madison Daniel

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