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? 😀