Book review

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

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THIS COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL! I CAN’T EVEN!

 

Gooreads synopsis: A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beastwith faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

REVIEW: Now, I know why there are so many people that love Sarah J. Maas! This book is so addictive! Maas created fantastic and credible characters and she has such a detailed writing, which is pure magic and somehow poetic. Also, it’s such a great “Beauty and the Beast” retelling!

P.S- There will be times that I will call this book as ACOTAR, to be easier for me to write my review ^^

Anoterh P.S- There may be minor spoilers! I just talk a little about the world Maas created, you know, I give some little details, but I don’t think they are really spoilers. Anyway, here’s a warning 🙂
Also, I’m sorry if there are mistakes! English is not my main language. ^^

Let’s talk about the writing first: Maas is an extremely talented author. As I said, it is detailed and even poetic, but her writing can also be concise. Maas shows all her splendour in the descriptions not only of the spaces or the environment, but also the feelings of the main character, Feyre, which is the narrator. Immediately in the first chapter, thanks to the clarity of speech and rich vocabulary, I connected, instantly, with Feyre, a 19 year old girl who does everything and anything to keepher family safe. It’s a mesmerizing writing! We just want to continue to “devour” the pages and learn more about the story. By the way, yesterday, when I finished reading, I could not believe it when it ended because I wanted more and I realized I should have read more slowly. So, congratulations,Sarah J. Maas, you can indeed write breathtaking Fantasy stories! Thank God I have Throne of Glass in my bookshelf!

Now, about the world-building: I was fascinated, despite the fact that there aren’t many details. All we know is that there is a world that is split into two: the humans and the Fae. Within the world of Faes, there are two distinct territories, Prythian and Hybern, but let’s focus on Prythian, which has seven Courts: Spring Court, Summer Court, Autumn Court, Winter Court, Dawn Court, Day Court and Night Court. Prythian should be ruled by the High Lords of each court, but in this first book, there is a woman who wants to rule the entire territory. This woman, Amarantha, declares herself as the Queen of Prythian and she controls everything and everyone from Under the Mountain. There isn’t much information about Hybern; we only know that it is also a Faes kingdom that is not divided into Courts or, at least, is ruled by a single king. As for Prythian courts, there isn’t mucn information either. We only know a little about the story of three Courts: Spring, Fall and Night. However, I believe there will be more details in the following books because when there is Fantasy series, the best thing to do is to split the information in every single book and not provide details all at once, in just one book. In some reviews I read, some readers criticized the lack of information about the worl Mass created, but I think they don’t understand that the author made the right choice by not revealing too much about this world of Faes in the first book of her trilogy.
So, it’s good that we only have the main details about this world. The author gave us basic information that could satisfy the reader and that information is interesting enough. Would you rather have a book that has too much info-dumping? I really don’t like when that happens and thank God it didn’t happen in ACOTAR! I mean, I know that you want to find out more about these new worlds that these fantastic writers create, but seriously? Chill, you’ll get the information eventually. I swear, I prefer to get it slowly rather than have info-dumping books.

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Now, FINALLY, about the characters: All I can say is  that they were very well built and planned. The introduction of each was taken flawlessly, and the development was natural and, in some cases, surprising. I loved Feyre! I loved her altruistic side, I loved her passion for painting. She’s an honest, courageous and strong character who is able to fight and protect herself and others. I also liked the fact that she didn’t blame herself for falling in love in the middle of a serious situation. Often in YA books, the main character feels very guilty when she/he falls in love, since they associate the idea of  love to the idea of weakness. In Feyre’s case, I did not feel it. On the contrary, the love Ishe felt only made her stronger. Thus, I loved the fact that the author chose to create a character who thinks that love is capable of giving us strength.

Feyre | A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas:
I found this on Pinterest. Isn’t this amazing?

 

Then there is Tamlin. Well, he is a wonderful Fae, indeed. I also loved his character development evolution because, at first,  he seemed to be cold and distant, but he just created walls to protect himself from the world around him. Later, he turned out to be a kind, protective and selfless. He can be affectionate and he is against the perverse and cruel practices of his father when he was the High Lord. Tamlin is the High Lord of Spring Court now, but never wanted to hold such a position, but still, he is fair and cautious. As this is a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”, I can already tell that he is the monster, but not for being bad. He may have his flaws, but he is not cruel. He simply can turn into a scary, big strong bear, which can kill anyone with his sharp claws and teeth. Speaking of the story, I can already say that I loved the way the curse was broken! But, anyway, I won’t say much more. I think there are enough (minor) spoilers already!
So, yes, I really liked Tamlin!

Tamlin | A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas:
This is also from Pinterest.

Then, there is Lucien, who is sarcastic, charismatic and loyal. I loved the friendship between him and Feyre, as the protagonist also likes sarcasm. But I really loved how much he cares about Tamlin! That’s why I said he is loyal because he really is! He would anything to help Tam! And, of course, I loved his sarcasm. He really loved to tease Feyre, and I loved that! I felt so bad about his past, tho. His family doesn’t deserve him! But no, I won’t say much more now! Ops!

Lucien:
Pinterest is a beautiful world, indeed.

 

Now, about Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court. For me, he is the most interesting character of them all. He is vain, arrogant and manipulative, but he also kind of have an affable side, like, I think is able to love, to protect and to make sacrifices for the greater good. For me, he’s the most mysterious character in the story and I am glad that we will know more about him in the next book! He is one of those “gray” characters. He is manipulative and cold, but he turns out to be protective and careful when it’s about Feyre. I believe that all his actions were based on his feelings for Feyre, something that will be explored in the second book. I mean, does he really feel something for her? I don’t know, but I think I’ll find out once I’ve read A Court of Mist of Fury!

Rhysand:
More from Pinterest!

By the way, my fancast for Rhysand is definitely Benedict Cumberbacth. I don’t care, he is my choice for Rhysand! I mean, look at him:

Beautiful eyes. Nice hair. One word: PERFECT

And, have you seen him has Khan? Because OMG:

 

He would freaking slay as Rhysand!

Also, another thing: this fanart of Feyre and Rhysand is so beautiful (I found it on Tumblr):

 

This was on SJM her ACOTAR pinterest board as Feyre and RhysFangirled so hard when I saw this
THE FREAKING COLOURS! AND THEY BOTH LOOK FANTASTIC! DAMN!

Ok, ok, let’s finish this review.

In conclusion, A Court of Thorns and Roses is an excellent Fantasy book filled with deep characters that have their own characteristics. It is a magnificent fairy story that was very well built and I love how the retelling worked so well! Don’t forget it’s a retelling “Beauty and the Beast”! To make the book even better, we have the phenomenal writing of the author that only makes us want to devour page after page.

I can’t wait for the second book, A Court of Mist and Fury, which will come out in the US on May 3 this year.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)
Cover and synopsis taken from Goodreads

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

 

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Awards · Sem categoria

Dragon’s Loyalty Award!

dragons-loyalty-awardRules:

Display the award on your blog.

Announce your win with a post link the blogger who awarded you.

Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award.
Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.

Write seven interesting things about you

 

As you can see, I was nominated for the Dragon’s Loyalty award! Twice! Yayyyyy!

Thank you, @fireheartbooks and @trustinthewords!!!

Here are the 7 interesting things about me (not that interesting, tho):

  1. I live in Azores (in Portuguese, Açores), a group of nine islands that belong to Portugal.
  2. My favorite colours are blue, green and purple.
  3. This is my first year as a college student!
  4. I LOVE CAPPUCCINOS!
  5. I just found out today (Thank you, Pottermore) that I’m a Ravenclaw and my wand is a Hazel wood with a phoenix feather core, 12 ¾” and hard flexibility! Actually, before all the changes in Pottermore, I took the test and it said I was a Hufflepuff. Don’t get me wrong, I love all Houses, but I’ve never felt I belonged to Hufflepuff. There was a time I told myself I was a Gryffindor girl, but that was only because of the Golden Trio! However, I have always felt that Ravenclaw was more suitable for me. And it is! Ravenclaw and proud!!!
  6. I have been in Paris (in 2014), and I loved it! Now, I really want to go to London! Or Venice! I also would like to go to Greece! **
  7. If I were a fictional character, I would probably be the female version of Simon Lewis (The Mortal Instruments, bu Cassandra Clare), or the female version of Harry Potter!

 

Now, I nominee:

@bookcomablog

@theorangutanlibrarian

@freadomlibrary

@thatbookshelfbitch

@sophievandenakker

Book Travelling Thursdays · Sem categoria

Book Traveling Thursdays- Because some books stay with us forever!!

 

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Book Travelling Thursdays is a weekly meme that was created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. All you have to do is to post covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group. You have to post the original cover, the one that exists in your country, and finally your favorite covers and least favorite ones.

Today’s theme is: Because some books stay with us forever!! Choose a book you want to re-read in 2016.

For this, I chose Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling.
The thing is, I reread the 1st and 3rd last year, and I read for the first time, also in 2015, the 2nd book. When 2016 began, the first book I read was the 4th Harry Potter book, and it was the first time I have ever read. This means that the only Harry Potter books that I have ever read before 2015 were the 1st, the 3rd and the 6th, which is weird, I know. I should have followed the rigth order, but these were the only books that I had on my shelf, and I was thought that I would read the others once I had them on my shelf. Of course I could go to the library and get them, but I wanted my own copies, you know? Yes, it’s weird, but that’s what happened.
Now that I have read from the 1st to the 4th, I’ll read, this year, the last 3 books, which means I’m going to reread the 6th book! Sorry for the mess, but I had to explain this!

Anyway, let’s do this awesome meme!

 

 

Original cover: I think this is the first cover ever. And it looks good!

 

Cover(s) from your country-Portugal: There are three different covers:

 

This is the one I have, and I love it!
From this Harry Potter edition, I think this one looks nice. But I don’t know why they published this collection again with these covers! They look too artificial! I mean, I don’t see “magic” in these covers!
This is the current Portuguese cover… CAN I HAVE IT??? I MEAN… IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND BLUE! I WANT IT!

By the way, my copie kind of looks old… The pages don’t look nice and some are damaged… Maybe I should get this blue cover one.

 

 

Favourite covers: Actually, the one I have isn’t my first choice!

 

 

THIS ONE IS DEFINITELY MY FAV! I LOVE IT! CAN I HAVE IT, TOO????

 

Ok, the cover I have is my 2nd choice! It does look amazing!
But look at this one!!! I MUST HAVE IT, TOO!

 

The Swedish edition looks aweome, too!!!
Actually, I think this French cover is nice!

 

Least Favourite: Oh, boy, there are some ugly covers out there…

 

 

This is from Italy. I really don’t like it.
This one is from Ukraine. It doesn’t look that bad, but there’s something “wrong”, you know?

 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Denmark
This one is from Denmark. Actually, it doesn’t look bad, at all! I kind of like it! But this is not good for a kid, I guess…
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Finland
This one is from Finland. What the hell is going on with their noses?
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Netherlands
My least favourite cover is definitely this one from The Netherlands. What is going on here? It gives nothing special about the plot!

 

 

So, that’s it for now! I think I’m going to post other things later! See yaaaa!

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: Freebie week!

 

Here’s a little introduction about the meme, which was created by The Broke and the Bookish:

“Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.”
Those paragraphs were taken from The Broke and the Bookish. For more information, here’s the post.
As you can see, I should have done this yesterday, but I didn’t because, well, I felt lazy…. What’s new, anyway?
But, yesterday theme was: Freebie Week! Pick a topic near and dear to your heart! Something you wished was on our official list!
For this, I chose Ten Portuguese Books I Want to Read in 2016!
The thing is, of course they wouldn’t have this topic on their list; after all, I think that none of these people are Portuguese. Anyway, I chose this because I want to know more Portuguese authors. Sometimes, I only read them if I need them for school (now, for college). Now, I want to read because I WANT to read.
I won’t post the official synopsis of these following novels because mostly all of them aren’t available in English. However, I will tell, in a few lignes, what the book is about.
So, here we go:
  1. A Desumanização, by valter hugo mãe: Possible English title- “The Dehumanization”.A Desumanização

    The narrator of this book is a 11-year-old girl who lost her twin sister and who is trying to deal with it. The story takes place in Iceland and the book is described as being melancholic, poetic, intense, and heartbreaking.

    This author was born in Angola, which has Portuguese has the official main language. I really want to read his books because many people love them! Also, he is coming to my island soon and I want to go to the meeting knowing some of his books. This is one of his books that I really want to read.

  2. Contos de cães e maus lobos, also by valter hugo mãe: Possible English title- “Tales of Dogs and Bad Wolfs”.Contos de cães e maus lobos

    This one is a bunch of novellas and, according to the (Portuguese) synopsis, “dogs and wolves are only a symbol for anxiety towards life and the fundamental learning values and the capacity to love.”
    This book caught my eye because the cover is simple, but pretty. Also, when I saw it in the bookstore, I found out that it has illustrations and they are BEAUTIFUL!
    I actually got this on my birthday and I can’t wait to read it!

  3. Para onde vão os guarda-chuvas?, by Afonso Cruz. Possible English title- “Where are the umbrellas going?”.Para onde vão os guarda-chuvas

    This book is about life, loss, deat, and family. I think it is some Middle East references, but I’m not really sure. Anyway, many people, here in Portugal, LOVE this book. And I really want to read it.

  4. Flores, by Afonso Cruz: The English title could be something like “Flowers”.

    Flores
    Isn’t this cover BEAUTIFUL??? *-*
    Here’s some quotes taken from the (Portuguese) synopsis: “A disturbing story about memory and what remains of us when we lose it. A poignant novel about love [..]”.
    Now that I have some money (that I got on my birthday party), I can finally buy this book!

  5. Livro, by José Luís Peixoto: Possible English title- “Book”. Yes, I know.

    Livro

    This book is about the Portuguese emmigration to France which happened a lot 19th/20th century, but also happens nowadays. I read a Portuguese review that said that this book can be split in two parts: the first one is about a love story between two portuguese people, but the woman has to go to France, and, therefore, is a sad part. But the second part is happier and brighter and it ends after The Carnation Revolution, which happened on 25th April 1974.

  6. Cemitério de Pianos, by José Luís Peixoto: Possible English title- “The Graveyard of Pianos”, or “Pianos’ Graveyard”.

    Here’s a translation of a little part of the (Portuguese) synopsis: “The narrators, father and son, unravel the story of the family, which lives in Lisbon, and talk of death: death as hopeless fate, uninterrupted cycle, renewal and link between generations”.
    I think it sounds interesting!

  7. Ensaio sobre a Cegueira, by José Saramago: The official English title- Blindness.

    Here’s the English cover.

    José Saramago is the only Portuguese author who has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. This happened in 1998. I’m still hoping that another Portuguese writer will win this!
    There are English editions of this book, so here’s the Goodreads synopsis: “From Nobel Prize–winning author José Saramago, a magnificent, mesmerizing parable of loss

    A city is hit by an epidemic of “white blindness” that spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and assaulting women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides her charges—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and their procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. As Blindnessreclaims the age-old story of a plague, it evokes the vivid and trembling horrors of the twentieth century, leaving readers with a powerful vision of the human spirit that’s bound both by weakness and exhilarating strength.”

    I have only read one of his books and I didn’t really enjoy it. I only read because it was one of the novels we have to study in highschool. I admire his writing, but I think the plot was kind of boring.
    However, I really want to read this novel because REASONS.

  8. A Filha do Barão, by Célia Correia Loureiro: Possible English title- “The Baron’s Daughter”.

    A Filha do Barão

    It’s a Historical Fiction novel and it takes place, of course, in Portugal, in 1809, during the French Invasion. I think I have only read two Historical Fiction novels, and I didn’t really enjoy them… However, this book has many positive reviews and it’s on my TBR list now.

  9. O Cavalheiro Inglês, by Carla M. Soares: Possible Englis title- “The English Gentleman”.

    O Cavalheiro Inglês

    Here’s another Historical Fiction portuguese novel that takes place in Portugal, but in 1892. It happens during the time the Portuguese people wasn’t happy with the English/British Ultimatum. Another novel on my TBR list.

  10. O luto de Elias Gro, de João Tordo: Possible English title- “The grief of Elias Gro”.
    O Luto de Elias Gro
    Whenever I see this cover, it reminds me of sadness.

     

    This is about a man who goes to a little island in the middle of Atlantic Ocean, searching for solitude and oblivion, but ends up finding much more.
    This another author that many people love here, so I am really curious about his books.

 

 

So, here’s my Top 10 Tuesday that I should have posted yesterday! See you soon!

 

Bye_daniel

Sunday Song

Sunday Song #10

Helloooooo, bookish people! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and I wish this new week is good for you!

For today, I chose another Halsey’s song because GODDAMNIT, SHE IS FREAKING BRILLIANT! *o*

By the way, if you listen to her music, don’t you feel that you could write an awesome book thanks to her lyrics? I mean, whenever I listen to “Castle”, I kind of make a story in my head, and then I wish I could write it somewhere, but then I feel that I’m not ready to be a writer because I’m too lazyyyyyyy…. Yup.. *shame on me*.
Anyway, her music inspires me to create fantastic stories and I love when this kind of thing happens!

Once again, have a good week!

P.S- This Saturday was my birthday party because I couldn’t have a party on 19th January (which was in fact my bday!). So, yesterday, I got 2 books, lots of money (for books, obviously) and I already bought one! I’ll write a book haul post tomorrow!

Book Travelling Thursdays · Sem categoria

Book Travelling Thursdays- Everyone loves movies… Choose a movie that is going to be adapted in 2016.

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Book Travelling Thursdays is a weekly meme that was created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. All you have to do is to post c covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group. You have to post the original cover, the one that exists in your country, and finally your favorite covers and least favorite ones.

I should have posted this yesterday, but I didn’t have time to go to my computer. But, anyway, here I am!

This week’s theme is: Everyone loves movies… Choose a movie that is going to be adapted in 2016.

For this, I chose a book that is on my bookshelv, but I haven’t read yet… I am talking about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs!

Original Cover:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

Cover from your country (Portugal): I’m glad they kept the original cover.

Favorite cover(s): The original/Portuguese cover and the Brazilian edition.

I think the other countries that published this book kept the original cover or changed it a little bit, but I do like this Brazilian cover! It’s like fresh air in the middle of all editions that didn’t change the cover.

Least favorite cover(s): The German cover (the green one) is just awful! The darker cover is from Vietnam and I don’t know why they changed it… I mean, it looks awful, too! It’s too dark! It doesn’t even look spooyk, it looks terrible, honestly.

Die Insel der besonderen Kinder

Trại Trẻ Đặc Biệt Của Cô Peregrine (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

Well, have you read this book? If so, did you enjoy it?
Are you ready for this movie? 😀

Bookworm stuff · Sem categoria

My Birthday Book Haul!!!

So, yesterday (19th January) was my 19th birthday! Yayyyyy!

Therefore, I went to the mall and had a fun lunch with some friends! Then, we watch The Big Short movie. I didn’t want to watch it, but The 5th Wave didn’t come to my city, so… Yup… But it is a good movie! It’s the kind of movie that makes us think, you know?

Anyway… HERE ARE ALL THE GIFTS I GOT!!!! All the books I got are in Portuguese. Only one of them was written by a portuguese author. But, first, let me say the ones I got that maybe you have heard about before:

 

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My mom bought me The Bone Season, by Samantha Shannon!

Goodreads synopsis: The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

I can’t wait to read this book! I mean, I have to wait because there are so many unread books on my bookshelf, but you know what I mean.

 

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MY BFF GAVE SKY KEY TO ME AND, OMG, I REALLY WANT THIS BOOK SO BAD!!! SHE’S SUCH AN AMAZING FRIEND!

Goodreads synopsis: The sequel to the New York Times bestseller and international multimedia phenomenon, Endgame: The Calling.

Endgame is here. Earth Key has been found. Two keys—and nine Players—remain. The keys must be found, and only one Player can win.

Queens, New York. Aisling Kopp believes the unthinkable: that Endgame can be stopped. But before she can get home to regroup, she is approached by the CIA. They know about Endgame. And they have their own ideas about how it should be Played. Ideas that could change everything.

Kingdom of Aksum, Ethiopia. Hilal ibn Isa al-Salt narrowly survived an attack that leaves him horribly disfigured. He now knows something the other Players do not. But the Aksumites have a secret that is unique to their line. A secret that can help redeem humanity—and maybe even be used to help defeat the beings behind Endgame.

London, England. Sarah Alopay has found the first key. She is with Jago—and they are winning.But getting Earth Key has come at a great cost to Sarah. The only thing that keeps the demons at bay is Playing. Playing to win.

Sky Key—wherever it is, whatever it is—is next. And the nine remaining Players will stop at nothing to get it.

Guysssssss…. I FREAKING LOVE THE FIRST BOOK OF THIS SERIES AND I TOLD MY BFF THAT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THIS SECOND BOOK FOR MY BIRTHDAY AND SHE BOUGHT IT! OMG! Damn, I want to read it now, but there are other books I want to read first! Oh, the struggle!

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All the Light We Cannot See was given to me by one good friend of mine!

Goodreads synopsis: WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

I love WW2 fictional books, and I really wanted to buy this book someday! I’m glad that this friend of mine gave it to me!

Now, this last book is the one thta was written by a Portuguese author, and there is no synopsis in english. However, I can tell you that I really wanted this book, which has novellas, and according to some reviews, it’s beautiful! So, I’m also happy that another friend of mine got me this!

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I also got two necklaces, as you can see below.

Well, that’s all I got yesterday. Amazing, right? This Saturday, I’m going to have my birthday party with family and family’s friends, so maybe I’ll get some books, but I’m expecting money, so that I can buy some!

Yes, I already know what I might get because I have these birthday parties since I was really little and I got used to certain gifts. Of course that, when I was a kid, people gave me clothes, toys and money, but since everyone found out I love books, they either give me books or money. Yayyyyy!

Well, that’s it for today! Byeeee!

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

 

Here’s a little introduction about the meme, which was created by The Broke and the Bookish:

“Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.”
Those paragraphs were taken from The Broke and the Bookish. For more information, here’s the post.
I should have done this yesterday, but it was my birthday  and I didn’t spend much time on my computer. Yup, I am 19 years old now **
For yesterday, the theme was: Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR. Well, thank God I have a Goodreads account to control that.
While I say the books I added to my Goodreads TBR, you can read the Goodreads synopsis as well:
  1. What We Saw, by Aaron Hartzler: Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

    But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?

    This story—inspired by real events—from debut novelist Aaron Hartzler takes an unflinching look at silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

    What We Saw

  2. Air Awakens, by Elise Kova: A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

    The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

    Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

     

    Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)
    This cover is pretty **

     

  3. Star Wars: Lost Stars (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens), by Claudia Gray: The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy is nothing less than a dream come true for both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule.

    Bitter and disillusioned, he joins the fledging Rebellion–putting Ciena in an unbearable position between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she’s known since childhood.

    Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes ever find a way to be together, or will duty tear them–and the galaxy–apart?

    Star Wars: Lost Stars
    GIVE THIS TO ME!!!! I NEED IT!

     

  4. A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel and the Farm Boy (Star Wars Illustrated Novels #1), by Alexandra Bracken: The galaxy is at war.

    Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to unveil the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen–the Death Star. The Rebels’ only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy….

    A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (Star Wars: Episode IV)
    Who doesn’t love Star Wars? I LOVE IT! u.u

     

  5. Heartless, by Marissa Meyer: Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

    Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

    At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

    Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

    Heartless
    I will have Cinder and Scarlet on my bookshelf soon!

     

  6. The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker: Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.

    Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

    The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

    The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni, #1)
    Someone on Goodreads said that this is a good novel for anyone who loved The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. Well… I FREAKING LOVED THE NIGHT CIRCUS! So… CAN I HAVE THIS NOVEL?

     

  7. Front Lines, by Michael Grant: Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name Verity, New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that reimagines World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines.

    World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

    Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families—to go to war.

    These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.

    Front Lines (Soldier Girl, #1)

  8. Sword and Verse, by Kathy MacMillan: Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

    Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

    Sword and Verse (Sword and Verse, #1)
    Wow, this was released yesterday, on my birthday! **

     

  9. The Art of Being Normal, by Lisa Williamson: Two boys. Two secrets.

    David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl.

    On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan.

    When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…

    The Art of Being Normal

  10. Riders, by Veronica Rossi: For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

    Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

    Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

    They fail.

    Now–bound, bloodied, and drugged–Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for–not to mention all of humankind–he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

    But will anyone believe him?

    Riders (Riders, #1)
    OMG, this is about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse! HOLY CRAP! I NEED THIS!

     

 

Well, that’s it for this weekly meme! I won’t post the WWW Wednesday meme, so my next post is about the books I got for my birthday yesterday! See yaaaaaa!

Sunday Song

Sunday Song #9

Hey, bookish people! I hope that this new week is good for you!
For today, I bring you another Halsey song because “goddamn right” SHE IS AMAZING!!! *o*

Also, have I told you that I turn 19 this week? Yes, this Tuesday, on 19th January!!! *o*

Not only I’m going to spend some good time with my friends, but I’m also going to get books and money! And that money is for books, of course! MUahahahahah!

Anyway, damn, 19 years old already! I can’t wait to spend some quality time with my friends ^^

Well, have a nice week! **

 

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R.I.P Alan Rickman

This post isn’t going to be huge. After all, I am speechless at the moment. All I can say is that he was truly a remarkable actor. I do feel sorry that I haven’t watched many of his movies, only the Harry Potter ones, Sense and Sensibility and Love, Actually. However, I always felt fascinated by his acting, specially how he portrayed Severus Snape. From these movies I’ve watched, my favorites are the last three of Harry Potter saga. He really touched my heart.

Damn, I wish I could say better things than what I’m saying in this post, but as I said, I’m speechless. I wasn’t expecting this, I mean, no one was. I didn’t even know he was fighting against cancer… This monster is winning too many battles…

Anyway, this is the tribute  I posted on Instagram:

The first thing I saw when I checked Instagram was a photo of Alan Rickman and, in the caption, someone said: RIP Alan Rickman. I couldn't believe it and I even thought it was a sick, bad joke. But then I saw many other people posting more pictures pf him. Then, I turned on the TV and I chose an international channel, and then I saw it: Alan Rickman has passed away. I still couldn't believe it, but then I started to cry. Actually, while I'm writing, I'm feeling my tears trying to leave my eyes. Yes, I am really sad because he was fantastic. I only saw him in the Harry Potter movies and in a Sense and Sensibility book- to- movie adaptation. He was phenomenal, but he really touched my heart in the HP movies, specially in the last ones. This photo is my way to raise my wand. This is a little tribute for him. Alan Rickman, you were perfect as Severus Snape, so I'm posting this beautiful illustration for you. I also chose to take a pic of Half-Blood Prince because of the character you portrayed so beautifully. Thank you, Alan Rickman. Because "after ll this time", I keep saying "Always". Rest in Peace, Alan Rickman. ❤❤❤ #RIPAlanRickman

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Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, posted such a beautiful text about his friendship with Alan Rickman on his Google + page. Really, my heart couldn’t handle it while I read it:

“ALAN RICKMAN IS UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF THE GREATEST ACTORS I WILL EVER WORK WITH. HE IS ALSO, ONE OF THE LOYALEST AND MOST SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE I’VE EVER MET IN THE FILM INDUSTRY. HE WAS SO ENCOURAGING OF ME BOTH ON SET AND IN THE YEARS POST-POTTER. I’M PRETTY SURE HE CAME AND SAW EVERYTHING I EVER DID ON STAGE BOTH IN LONDON AND NEW YORK. HE DIDN’T HAVE TO DO THAT. I KNOW OTHER PEOPLE WHO’VE BEEN FRIENDS WITH HIM FOR MUCH MUCH LONGER THAN I HAVE AND THEY ALL SAY “IF YOU CALL ALAN, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE IN THE WORLD HE IS OR HOW BUSY HE IS WITH WHAT HE’S DOING, HE’LL GET BACK TO YOU WITHIN A DAY”. PEOPLE CREATE PERCEPTIONS OF ACTORS BASED ON THE PARTS THEY PLAYED SO IT MIGHT SURPRISE SOME PEOPLE TO LEARN THAT CONTRARY TO SOME OF THE STERNER(OR DOWNRIGHT SCARY) CHARACTERS HE PLAYED, ALAN WAS EXTREMELY KIND, GENEROUS, SELF-DEPRECATING AND FUNNY. AND CERTAIN THINGS OBVIOUSLY BECAME EVEN FUNNIER WHEN DELIVERED IN HIS UNMISTAKABLE DOUBLE-BASS. AS AN ACTOR HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST OF THE ADULTS ON POTTER TO TREAT ME LIKE A PEER RATHER THAN A CHILD. WORKING WITH HIM AT SUCH A FORMATIVE AGE WAS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT AND I WILL CARRY THE LESSONS HE TAUGHT ME FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE AND CAREER. FILM SETS AND THEATRE STAGES ARE ALL FAR POORER FOR THE LOSS OF THIS GREAT ACTOR AND MAN.”

 

And he also posted this photo with this caption: “I like this photo. It was taken, if I’m not mistaken, while rehearsing a scene where Alan clipped me and Rupert round the back of a head with a book. We all, apparently, found this hard to do without laughing.”

 

 

Well, today is a sad day, my friends….

Rest in Peace, Alan Rickman. You were superb, you were perfect as Severus Snape, and of course I bet you were amazing in other roles you played. We will ALWAYS remember you.