Bookworm stuff · Welcome to Portugal

Welcome to Portugal! (#3)

Heyyyyy, bookish people! How are you?
God, I can’t believe that I haven’t been writing posts lately! It’s just that I’ve been feeling lazy! I’m sorry :c

It’s not like I have exams these days. The next ones are only in May, but I do have one in 2 weeks, which is an English exam, but it will have easy stuff, so…

Anyway, here I am posting a meme (is it a meme? I have no idea) that I created a few months ago. In “Welcome to Portugal”, I talk about some books that are released in Portugal and are famous in the international bookish community. I didn’t do this last month, so I’m going to post one March book and one April book!

One of the March releases that many Portuguese people loved:

Yes! An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir, was a huge success around the world and it has finally come to Portugal! As you can see, they kept the original cover (thank God!), which is so awesome!
I have read some reviews from people that I trust and they all loved it! I think one gave 4 out of 5 stars, but everyone else gave 5!

It’s a pity that Portuguese publishers take so much time to release international books. I mean, the original edition was released on 18th April 2015 (I think) and the Portuguese edition was released last month! What the hell? Why do they take so much time? After all, the second book, A Torch Against the Night, is coming out in August and they should totally publish it here as soon as possible. But,as usual, it will probably happen next year… That’s why I buy English books now! Not only I want to improve my English, but also because Portuguese edition are too expensive and they take too much time to come out.

Anyway, I’m glad that so many Portuguese bookish people loved this book!

Here’s the English synopsis of An Ember in the Ashes: “Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.”

By the way, my aunt (who loives in Canada) hasn’t sent me An Ember in the Ashes yet… I told her that I wanted this book last summer… She’s a very busy woman and I’m so thankful for her buying 3 books for me (she already gave me A Court of Thorns and Roses, the other book she is going to buy is The Wrath and the Dawn, bye Renee Ahdieh), but I’m getting impatient :c

And here’s come one April release:

The same Portuguese publisher that published (wow, no sh*t, Sherlock!) An Ember in the Ashes has released The Queen of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen on 6th April!

Once again, they kept the original cover, which is the US version. I do like it, but I love the colors of the UK one!

Did you know that this book is going to get a movie adaptation? And did you know that Emma Watson is going to paly the main character? Hell yeah, I really need to read this book!

However… Despite all these wonderful news and many positive reviews, there are also many people that say this book kind of sucks. They also say that the main character is annoying… I don’t know if I’m going to buy it (well, definitely not in Portuguese because it’s expensive), but before I do, could you tell me if you enjoyed it? I mean, I LOVE Fantasy books and this seems like a good read for me!!

Here’s its Goodreads synopsis: “An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Long ago, Kelsea’s forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen’s Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.

Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen’s vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen’s Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as “the Fetch.”

Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.”

OMG, this was released on 8th July 2014 and it has only arrived now to Portugal? Amazing…

So, have you read these books? Did you enjoy them? 😀

Bookworm stuff · Welcome to Portugal

Welcome to Portugal #2 (February)

Here I am again with this post that I started in January! I actually only did it once, and I think I will do it one time in each month of this year. Of course that there are many book releases in Portugal every month, but I choose the ones that are already kind of famous in the book community!

For February, I choose three books that you probably have read already or, maybe, you have read reviews about them. Let’s start with the one that I REALLY WANT TO BUY:

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Goodreads synopsis: “With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.”

You don’t know how much I loved Red Rising! That book has everything that I love: it has a futuristic society, it’s sci-fi, it has mythology references and FREAKING AMAZING AND BADASS CHARACTERS!!!! AND THE WRITING IS SO GOOD!
Of course I could have read Golden Son (the second book of the Red Rising trilogy) already, but if I have the first one in Portuguese, I think I should get all the books in Portuguese as well. So, Golden Son is about to get released, but sadly Morning Star will only be published next year. I mean, probably. But I wish they could publish this year, too *sighs*.

Portuguese release date: 17th February

Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy, #2)
Original cover (which also looks AMAZING).


Goodreads synopsis: “Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.”

Yes, this is The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend. I know, the Portuguese cover is beautiful. Hell yes.
Now, let me ask you this: if you have read it, did you like it? I mean, it has some mixed reviews on Goodreads, but I read the first chapter (which is available in the Portuguese publisher website) and I liked what I read. I already like Bianca. But I don’t want to waste money in a “bad” book, you know? So, did you like it? Do you think I should buy it? Because my head and heart are saying: yesss, buy it. You need more YA contemporary books in your life!

Portuguese release date: It has already been released.

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
Original cover. It also looks good, but I really prefer the Portuguese one!

This is P.S. I Still Love You. They kept the original cover, which is really lovely. They also kept the original cover of the first book.

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

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

I actually don’t want to buy these books. Don’t get me wrong, if you liked/loved them, good for you, really! I’m glad you enjoyed them. However, I don’t think I would like to read a book about a sixteen year old girl who actually acts like a 12 year old girl. Also, I think it’s so full of cliches. Anyway, maybe I’ll give it a try this summer. I think that, at least, I will go to the library and get the first book of this super popular duology.

Portuguese release date: It’s already out.

Ok, that’s it for today!!!! Have a nice weekend, bookish people!!!