Book releases: March 2016

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but this month so many awesome books are being published, I must share them all with you. Keep reading 😉

One of the most awaited books of this year, Lady Midnight promises – am I the only one who is dying to have one copy on my hands? I believe not!

Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

8th March

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The third and last of book of the series – I’ve only read the first one, much to my embarrassment, I know I’m missing out, or so tells me Ana.

The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski

29th March

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of Wendy Higgins, and this one is a Fairy Tale retelling! Need I say more?

The Great Hunt (The Great Hunt #1) by Wendy Higgins

8th March

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Speaking of fantasy, I’ve never read anything by this author, but I’m a total junkie for beautiful covers, so this one has a direct pass to my TBR.

Burning Glass (Burning Glass #1) by Kathryn Purdie

1st March – comes out today folks!

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Ughh, another final book! And once again I’ve only read the first book of the series!

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy #3) by Sally Green

29th March

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I love me some Mia Sheridan, I have no words for how much I love her books – I haven’t even read this one and I already feel myself swooning.

Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan

1st March – TODAY!

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We’re missing a historical romance!

Not anymore 🙂

Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1) by Julia Quinn

29th March

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Who likes Allie Condie? You’re in for a treat!

Summerlost by Allie Condie

29th March

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And who missed Melissa Marr?! I know I did 🙂

Seven Black Diamonds (Untitled #1) by Melissa Marr

1st March – Today people!

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And at last, but definitely not least, a new series by Shelly Crane! I love the Significance series so much, I’m expecting big things from this one 🙂 I mean, what else could I want, it’s sci-fi, it has an UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL COVER…

The Other Side of Gravity (Oxygen #1) by Shelly Crane

15th March

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With nothing to add, I bid you an amazing reading month, happy reading!

Book Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

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Series: Uninvited (#1)

Published: January 28th 2015

Publisher: Harper Teen

Goodreads:The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she’s destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.”

Review:

This book is the shit. It was one of the best books I read last year.

As you were able to read on the Goodreads blurb the story takes place in a society where this HTS/ killer gene exists. Scientists found a way to distinguish violent people from non-violent people, separating them as if they were two different species.

The main character, Davy Hamilton, used to be the high school homecoming queen , a musical genius, used to have the perfect GPA and a rugby captain boyfriend. Then suddenly, due to obligatory tests it is found out that she is a carrier of the HTS gene. She is then immediately uninvited from her school, and pretty much normal society.

Later, she enrolls in a public school, on a special class with all carrier classmates, there she meets Sean, who is, in my opinion, drool-worthy.

But once Davy loses her mind when her jerk ex-boyfriend humiliates her in a party, she slaps him. Afterwards, thanks to a complaint filed by her ex,  the police takes her away and brands her with an H on her neck, to distinguish her from the other people.

However, stuff get even more complicated when Davy and Sean are taken from the public school, only to be transferred to a psycho-like facility, where HTS carriers, carefully chosen for certain skills they possess, are trained to become government killing machines.

This book ends with Davy, Sean and their friends escaping from this facility to a remote place near the Mexican border.

4.5 Chibis

Book Review: Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole

 

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Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole

Series: The Arcana Chronicles (#3)

Published: January 6th 2015

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Playlist: Three Day Grace and Skillet

Goodreads:Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.

Heartbreaking decisions
Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her—until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, the Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts…and stolen glances from a former love.

Uncertain victory
Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on the Lovers. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana—or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

Two heroes returned
There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first…?”

Review:

I’m going to go straight to the point:

This book was AWESOME, EPIC and MIND-BLOWING.

If I hadn’t read City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare this year I would say that Dead of Winter was the best book so far… And we’re still in January!

I had this book on my bedside table for 2 weeks until I told myself that I had to read it, so I had the brilliant idea of reading the whole series straight. I did it, of course, and I broke my personal reading record, four books in a day *applause*

Yes guys, I’m just that good! I first read Kyland by Mia Sheridan, then Poison Princess, Endless Knight and at last Dead of Winter. I started at midnight and stopped at 8 am, in the middle of Dead of Winter, slept a little bit and continued at 1 pm to finish this masterpiece of a book at 3 pm.

I thank the holly God of Bookworms for making this day happen.

Dead of Winter continues from the part where Death coerces Evie into sleeping with him, in exchange he would save Jack, our hot Cajun boy who was kidnapped by the homicidal Violet and Vincent, aka The Lovers, Duke and Duchess Most Perverse. But our dear Evie decides to poison Aric (Death), and he falls asleep. She then runs away to save Jack, despite being mad at him.

I have to admit that I don’t really intend to fully review this book, as such I won’t go further with it.

One thing I will tell you, this book is so outright amazing, I really don’t have enough words to describe it, I just want the fourth book so much! I had told Ana that I wanted this series to end at Dead of Winter, but after I finished reading it… Dear Miss Kresley Cole, please go ahead and write your heart out *I’ll be dying over here, waiting*

So if you thought Endless Knight ended with a cliff-hanger, trust me, Dead of Winter will make you scream in frustration and want to build a time-traveling machine to go to the future and read the next book. Unfortunately wanting and doing are not the same, so I guess I’ll have to wait another year *cries*.

Thank you for reading, please comment, like or share 🙂

To read my review of Poison Princess click here  ; to read Ana’s review of Endless Knight click here

5 Chibis

Book and Television series talk: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Series: Outlander (#1)

Published:1991

Publisher:Dell Publishing Company

Goodreads:“The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.”

 

 

 

The Rambling:

First of all, hi guys, it’s Sofyy here. Today I’m going to talk about a book and a Tv Series. I’m sure you’ve heard of Outlander, even if you’ve just heard of the Tv Series.

I first heard of Outlander from Ana, she told me to watch the series, like a hundred times, until I actually watched it by myself. The veredict: It is awesome! The only thing I’m sad about is that the second part of the show will only air in April… in a long timeeee.

The cast is amazing, the scenery, and the opening song as well, of course I love the Scottish accent, especially when a certain highlander speaks *coff Jamie Fraser coff*.

This Tv series is pretty amazing and worth your time! I’ve already convinced a lot of my friends to watch it (they love it!), and this Winter holidays, when I go back home for two weeks, I’m so making my mother watch it! I know how much she a appreciates a good historical fiction tv series.

Here are the youtube links to watch the trailer and the opening song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIBSn_M75OI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ledHVF1ZtDI

And also, here’s some gifs for you to fangirl and drool over:

Now about the book series:

I finaly got my copy of the first installment!!! For almost 3 months I’ve been looking everywhere like crazy for the Portuguese edition, and today it finally arrived from the mail!

So far, I’ve only read the small introduction Diana Galbadon wrote before the first part. In the Portuguese version is writen the following:

“Há sempre pessoas a desaparecerem. Perguntem a qualquer polícia. Melhor ainda, perguntem a um jornalista. Os desaoarecimentos fazem parte do dia-a-dia dos jornalistas. Adolescentes fogem de casa. Crianças desgarram.se dos pais e nunca mais são vistas. Donas de casa chegam ao limite da sua paciência, pegam no dinheiro das compras e apanham um táxi para a estação. Banqueiros internacionais mudam o nome e desaparecem no meio do fumo dos seus charutos importados. Muitos dos desaparecidos acabarão por ser encontrados, vivos ou mortos. Afinal, os desaparecimentos têm explicação. Quase sempre.”

In the English version:

People disappear all the time. Ask any policeman. Better yet, ask a journalist. Disappearances are bread-and-butter to journalists.

“Young girls run away from home. Young children stray from their parents and are never seen again. Housewives reach the end or their tether and take the grocery money and a taxi to the station. International financiers change their names and vanish into the smoke of imported cigars. Many of the lost will be found, eventually, dead or alive. Disappearances, after all, have explanations. Usually.”

So what do you thing guys? Will you give it a try? I sure am!

Book Review: Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt

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Series:The Lost Souls (#1)

Published:12th June 2012

Publisher:Entangled Teen

Soundtrack:Moonlight Sonata; Chopin; Ed Sheeran

Goodreads: “Life is bleak but uncomplicated for sixteen-year-old Tess, living in a not-too-distant future where the government, faced with humanity’s extinction, created the Chosen Ones, artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.When Tess begins work at Templeton, a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets James, and the attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to Templeton than Tess ever knew. Can she stand against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?”

 

 

 

Review:

 I’m really glad I read this book, totally worth the money and the time! I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy!

Tess, a sixteen-year-old girl lives in a postapocalyptic time. Her people are divided into Naturals (Tess being one) and the Chosen Ones (only males), before you ask, no, the Chosen Ones aren’t a little army of Harry Potters… although they do have some kind of magic.

The Chosen Ones were created by scientistS to fight the war, they are stronger, smarter and faster. The Chosen Ones were also created because they are Earth’s future. Normal human beings can no longer be born, for some reason. Women can get pregnant, but once they try to give birth, both them and their babies die. That being the reason why sex is seen as something disreputable.

Of course there are still some people who like to make some whoopee, usually those being the Chosen Ones, who sometimes don’t really choose the “good old” normal act of intercourse, they would rather force a couple of girls.

On the other hand, there are also people among the Naturals who are “married”, not from the council’s eyes, of course. Afterwards, such disasters as the wife getting pregnant and then dying along with the unborn child happen quite frequently. This happened with Tess’s older sister, Emma, Emma married Robert and then got herself pregnant, despite Tess’s warnings. I had the impression that Tess was way older than 16, the poor girl had to grow a lot faster than normal people, due to the society she was born in… that and of course, the fact that both her parents were dead (the father had been absent from her life and the mother had been an alcoholic -oh the joy!). Also, Emma, despite being older than Tess, was reckless and too innocent (not to mention annoying, even dead I felt she was annoying as fuck). After the funeral of her sister, Tess had then to take care of her younger sister Louise, who is in my opinion, a spoiled little brat. I wished Tess had just told Louise the truth about the Chosen Ones. Louise had this illusion of the Chosen Ones, she believed they were their saviors, that they would never harm them. Louise was not the only to be fooled, of course, most Naturals were deceived by the council.

Anyhow, as I was saying, after Emma’s death, Tess has to take her sister’s place at the Templeton, where the Chosen Ones live and train. There she has to do gruesome tasks…Yet, it is also at the Templeton she meets James, a Chosen One, who likes reading and classical music. James, as all Chosen Ones are, is quite handsome, and after a few encounters, she becomes his personal maid.

As life seems hopeless, Tess find happiness with James, though never allowing herself to relax or pretend the world around her is fine. She begins to notice that some things she was taught to believe in aren’t right at all, she opens her eyes to the atrocious acts happening in front of her eyes.

I loved reading this book, especially the hidden meaning… James had this weird obsession with the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, he identifies himself with the creature of that book, partly because he feels like he doesn’t belong, and also because he didn’t feel human at all, even if he is the most human of all the Chosen Ones.

A couple of quotes from Chosen Ones for you:

“Stories enabled you to forget your life and your limits. They urged you to reach for a world that was never meant to be yours. There was nothing more dangerous that an imagination.”

“Maybe it’s better to live in a world you don’t understand, because if you understand it, it becomes unbearable.”

“Stories enabled you to forget your life and your limits. They urged you to reach for a world that was never meant to be yours. There was nothing more dangerous than an imagination.”

Yes, this book is sad and Tess is constantly breaking my heart, I feel for the poor girl. But this book also has its “Do I dare to dream” moments and “ASDFGHJKL” moments.

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I believe this gif pictures what I meant PERFECTLY!

So read it guys! Totally worth reading this book!

4 Chibis

Book Review: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

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The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Series: The Pledge (#1)

Published:15th November 2011

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Soundtrack: Eivor (every album)

Goodreads:In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.”

 

 

 Review:

Reading my third Kimberly Derting series opposes no challenge at all.
As usual, her writing is compelling, you don’t really need to read half of the book to finally get into it, 30 or so pages are enough to know this book will be one amazing read.

Ludania is a country ruled by a very old, yet still very lucid and scary queen, a country that is constantly threatened by rebels and the neighboring countries. And in Ludania lives the seventeen-year-old Charlaina, Charlie, who possesses a strange skill, a skill that must be hidden at all costs from everyone and everything. Moreover, in Ludania, its population is divided into classes, which have their own language. It is strictly forbidden for people of the lower classes, like Charlie to speak or understand other languages but their own. Lower classes are only allowed to speak Englaise, the universal language and one or two dialects. Which is why Charlie’s talent must be hidden at all costs… Charlie can understand any form of communication, even if she hasn’t ever heard it before. This talent of hers makes her vulnerable, she must pretend she doesn’t understand any language bu her own, no matter how hard it may be.

Brooklyn, Charlie’s best friends convinces her to go out at night, to some club, there they see the three handsome men they had first seen at the restaurant, owned by Charlie’s parents. Once Charlie approaches Brooklyn, to ask her to leave, she hears something quite disturbing in a language she had never heard… she panics and makes Brooklyn leave. Although she thought nobody had taken a notice… someone did, that someone being the handsome Max, who she later finds out to be someone very important to the Kingdom.

Then there’s Xander, the mysterious man she meets at the club, he is scary and seems to know everything about her.

I enjoyed reading this book, it’s pretty fluid, although I have to admit it wasn’t one of my favorite ones by Kimberly Derting. The Taking and especially The Body Finder series were near perfection. I’m not so sure about The Pledge.

When I finished reading The Pledge I asked myself whether I would read the second one or not. I probably will, but not now.

In my opinion, there was something that this book is missing… Perhaps the problem is with the main character? Or the story itself? I have no idea, because that’s the thing, I enjoyed the book, but I do think it had the potential to be an awesome read and when I finished it I didn’t feel that way. I expected to be one of those “life-altering” reads, but this one wasn’t. In fact, The Pledge was just another book I’ve read.

3 Chibis

Pawn by Aimée Carter

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Pawn by Aimée Carter

Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion (#1)

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Published: 26th November 2013

Summary:YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING. 

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. 

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter. 

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand. Previously titled Masked.”

Review:

The summary given on Goodreads is just awful, it just doesn’t explain the plot well enough… it makes things seem shallow.

Anyway, I have to criticize the name of the main character, Kitty… well Kitty, it’s a baby cat you know? It’s also the name perv guys like to calls girls xD but like the main character explains, her mom must’ve been crazy when she had named her Kitty – I can only agree with that statement, my grandma wanted to name me after her aunt, who happened to enjoy throwing acid on people’s cars, and who’s name was Teodora T.T , thank God my mom didn’t allow that –

Kitten is introduced to us as a rather “interesting” 17-year-old girl. She steals an orange, yeah, she steals an orange and risks getting caught and killed because of an orange, no, she wasn’t that hungry, she was just mad because after taking The Test that would decided her future, she is graded with a III, a III means she will live a miserable life, not as bad as a I or a II, but still, as a III she’s considered as a useless member of society. Her boyfriend who’s only one month younger, one moth until his 17th birthday, tries to calm her down, tells her that he will run away with her. Kitten doesn’t accept that, she knows the risk, she knows that both of them will be killed if caught. Kitten then makes the decision to work for Tabs, a hooker, for one month until her boyfriend comes to her rescue after he becomes 17.

Kitty get’s her first client, on this scene I asked myself if what I was reading was really YA ahaha, but don’t worry, nothing sexual happens between her and her client. You see, her first client is the dangerous Prime Minister, who makes a her a proposal she can’t refuse; she can either spend the rest of her days as a III or become a VII. Obviously she notices that there must be a catch but the Prime Minister only reveals her task after she had agreed.

Kitty wakes up in a hospital bed, completely different, she went through a plastic surgery, a hardcore one, she is Masked and turned into the Prime Minister’s niece, Lila Hart, who had a very doubtful accident. You are perhaps asking why was Kitty chosen instead of another girl, well, Kitty happens to have eyes exactly like Lila’s, and eyes are the only thing that can not be changed.

Kitty must learn how to impersonate Lila in perfection, so nobody will ever find that she’s not really who they think she is.

 I wrote a list of most characters so the story will be better understood:

– Kitty – main character; Benjamin – Kitty’s boyfriend; Daxton Hart -the Prime Minister; Augusta – Daxton’s mother; Celia- Daxton’s sister; Knox -Lila’s fiance; Lila -Celia’s daughter; Greyson – Daxton’s son

So as you can see, there’s this family, the Harts, aka bunch of “hartless” bastards *I made a funny*, honestly they’re all a bunch a back-stabbing, conspiratorial twats, truly, I just felt so mad and frustrated, cause this book, it’s always about plots, secrets, Kitty finding out stuff that were a lot predictable… I was undoubtedly, discontented with Kitty’s stupidity! Seriously, it was obvious from the very beginning that she would be a PAWN used by everyone. Even though she tried to follow Daxton’s rules at first, it’s was quite conspicuous that everyone wanted to use her for their own selfish reasons…

The thing that really angered me the most was the end of the book, again I couldn’t help but feel mad, cause honestly, that shit could be avoided! Stupid Kitty!

Don’t get me wrong, this book was still a great one to read, I genuinely did not stop reading until the very end, I ought to praise Aimée for that. I recommend it to you if you like dystopia, romance and political strategies – lmao –

Playlist: B.A.P. -1004 ; Power; One Shot; No Mercy; Hurricane.

3.5 Chibis

*Galley received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*