Review: “Marker of Hope” (“Creatura” #3) by Nely Cab

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Blurb:

Who will save her from herself?
Upon her return from Greece with three new friends and a broken heart, Isis’ hunger for human flesh is stronger than ever. She’s a miserable mess after losing David following her betrayal. Her mutation into Creatura is all but over when she receives the surprise of her life, compelling her to seek out David’s family. Only, they’ve broken all ties with her, and she doesn’t know how to reach them.
Turpis, the demonic beings that attacked Isis in Greece, have tracked her whereabouts. Now, in order to fend for her life, Isis must join forces with deities she doesn’t trust.
Is Isis truly the Marker of Hope as she’s believed to be, or will she lose the battle to her starving inner beast and demons, obliterating humankind from existence? Find out in the epic finale of the best-selling CREATURA SERIES.

About the author:

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Nely Cab is a Writer of stuff, a Master Coffee Drinker, a Food Maker & Eater, an Imaginary World Conqueror, and an Air Breather. She talks to herself—a lot—in her South Texas home while she plots stories about fantasy worlds and sips coffee from a pitcher. She’s known for cooking far too much food and has a tendency to overdo…well, everything. It is rumored that she’s fabulous. Nely Cab is the best-selling author of the Creatura series.

Keep up with Nely Cab on her blog:
www.nelycab.blogspot.com

Visit the website:
www.nelycab.com

Follow her on twitter:
www.twitter.com/nelycab

Check out her Instagram:
www.instagram.com/nelycab

Buy her books on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Nely-Cab/e/B0056QMZKQ

Review:

It is with a heavy heart that I write this review. “Creatura” is one of my all time favorites. I read the first book when I was thirteen and barely knew anything about Greek mythology. I had just moved to Greece from Romania and I was struggling to learn the language and adapt in this new country. Everything was pretty tough, but suddenly, there was this book full of romance and fantasy and adventure that made me feel infinitely better. For me, “Creatura” was a turning point in my life as a reader. It gave me a new perspective, it made me love books even more and it helped me through a rough time. For that, this series will forever have a special place in my heart.

I fought for “Creatura” to be published in Romania. I reread the book at least three times. I waited for the sequel. I read and loved the 2nd book, “Fruit of misfortune”. And then I proofread the final book and even though I was incredibly honored to be able to go on a journey towards the end of the series along with the author, there was this sadness that followed me until the end of the book. One of my favorite series was coming to an end and that is always a tragic moment for me. I was so in love with this series, with Isis, David, Eros and every character, that the thought of not reading any more of their adventures was sometimes too much. But enough of that. Let’s celebrate this amazing closing to a marvelous series.

“Marker of Hope” is hands down one of the best and most captivanting books I’ve ever read. I don’t think there could’ve been a better way to end this series, to be quite honest. Nely Cab definitely put her heart and soul into this book, and the result is a story that not only captivates you, but it fascinates you and it makes you forget about the real world around you. After two amazing books, “Creatura” and “Fruit of Misfortune”, the story of the characters we love comes to an epic end.

I adored “Creatura” and definitely loved the 2nd book, but “Marker of Hope” is something else. Nely took it to another level with this book. Even though she put a lot of hard work into this book, her talent shines like never before in “Marker of Hope”. I truly feel that this is her best work, even though “Creatura” will always be my favorite book in the series, but that has more of a sentimental value for me. “Marker of hope” though is pure talent, dedication and hard work. And the result is amazing.

 

There is an obvious development in Nely writing skills. The text flows effortlessly. Sometimes it feels like her words literally run through your veins. The voices she uses are way more real, and the character development is a strong point of this book. David, Isis, Eros, any character you can think of, they are all much more mature and their voices match their age, the situations they’ve been through and the burdens that they carry. Isis is trying to save everyone, David is trying to save Isis, Eros would do anything to have Isis, Galilea is protecting Isis in her own, unique way. But the enemy doesn’t stay away, and they keep attacking our beloved characters. Brave as they are, they always fight for the ones they love.

Throughout the book, secrets are revealed, alliances are being made, fights are being fought and love is present everywhere, even in the hardest situations. This series has thought me that true love can in fact be lethal, but it will always survive and win. But, above all, “Marker of hope” taught me that being brave is a virtue and a way to save yourself. Facing your demons is essential to your survival, but also caring for the ones close to you.

There are so many plot twists and things that absolutely blew my mind in this book that sometimes, it was hard to keep up with them. Whenever I was thinking that this is it, the situation will calm down now, Nely surprised me with a new bomb. The fact that I could never guess what would happen next is definitely something that made me love the book even more. The fights between Isis & co. and their enemies were also very captivating for me and I followed them with my heart in my throat, turning the pages as fast as I could.

The plot is very well thought and the dynamic of the action is just right. Not too slow, not too rushed. Just right. The suspense builds up towards the end and you can feel their sorrow, all the despair and the hope of the characters as they fight for their lives. One specific plot twist left me shocked and heartbroken. But the ending, overall, mended my broken heart, made me shed a few tears and left me wanting for more of Nely’s words.

Overall, “Marker of Hope” is an excellent closing to a fantastic series. It answers all your questions and then some more. The plot twists captivate you, Nely’s words absolutely enchant you, David will make you fall in love with him again and you will live every page of this book along with the characters, feeling their emotions and cheering for them. Even though I will forever miss this series, I am excited for everyone to read this third book. Yes, I do recommend “Marker of Hope” and the “Creatura” series. It’s a must-read!

Rate: 5 stars out of 5

Author interview: Whitney Barbetti, author of “Ten Below Zero”

Hello, my dear friends! Today, 14 February 2015, Valentine’s Day, I have a small surprise for you!

I have arranged an interview with the author Whitney Barbetti, the one that wrote Ten below Zero, an amazing book which I have read (and loved!) this year. If you remember, I’ve posted the review a few days ago. If you don’t remember it, you can always read it here. Be aware, please, that the review is written in Romanian since… well, 90% of my readers are from Romania. I will try to translate the review in English these days, so everyone could read it.

Whitney accepted my interview request (thank you again, Whitney!) and today I have the pleasure to offer you an interview with her! I am very excited for it and I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂

But first, let’s take a look at “Ten Below Zero”:

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Description:

“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you’re ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”

My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.

A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.

His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.

He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.

Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.

He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he’s dying.

The book can be bought from Bookdepository.

Now that we all know what one of her books is about, let’s see the interview.

1.Hello, Whitney! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Would you like to tell us something about you,please?

I live in southeast Idaho, a land of potatoes and windmills.

2.Could you please tell us something about your books?

Ten Below Zero is my standalone novel. He Found Me and its sequel, He Saved Me are about Andra, a runaway, who unexpectedly falls for Julian.

3.Describe “Ten Below Zero” in five words, please.

Here’s what I hope: poignant, emotional, thought provoking, romantic.

(I can assure you, Whitney, that your book is exactly these things. 😉 )

4.How did you come up with the story for “Ten Below Zero”?

Ten Below Zero is based on true people and a true story. I felt like I ripped a piece of my soul writing Ten Below Zero.

5.When did you start writing?

When I was probably ten years old.

6.Who or what inspires you?

Really rich, evocative writing.  Stephen King, Tarryn Fisher, and a whole slew of great poets. I particularly love William Faulkner, Poe, Shakespeare, and more modern: Christopher Poindexter, Mary Kate Teske, and Tyler Knott Gregson.

7.Which is your favourite book series or book? Why?

I have so many, but The Bible stands out among them all. There’s a lot of poetry in the Bible and I’ve never been unable to find a verse that speaks to me when I really need it.

8.What other things do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy baking, cooking, reading, watching terrible television. 😉

9.What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?

Never stop writing, and always be true to yourself. Accept that you will never please every single reader out there.

10.What kind of music do you enjoy?

Mostly alternative, but I love classic rock too.

11.What are your future plans?

I’m going to keep writing! I’ll write until I’ve worn the pads of my fingers.

Do you have a message for our readers today?

If you are reading a book that is easy to put down, chances are it’s not the book for you. Don’t waste your time reading literature that doesn’t set your soul on fire.

 

Ok, people! This was Whitney Barbetti for you! Hope you all enjoyed this interview. Please give us your thoughts in the comments below.

You can contact Whitney and learn more about her by checking out her website.

Next on my TBR list… (4)

Daca acum o saptamana n-aveam nici cea mai mica idee despre ce sa citesc si ma gaseam intr-o pana completa de carti bune, acum sunt pe cale sa termin a doua carte extraordinar de buna in mai putin de o saptamana si stiu de ce ma voi apuca pe cat de repede voi termina “Norwegian Wood” de Haruki Murakami. Mi-a fost extraordinar de usor sa gasesc urmatoarea carte pe care o voi citi, pentru ca imediat ce am gasit-o am stiut ca trebuie sa o citesc neaparat. Asta, si una dintre bloggeritele mele preferate a recomandat-o. 🙂

Sper ca v-am facut curiosi… Pentru ca am sa va spun imediat despre ce carte este vorba.

Hm…

All the bright places de Jennifer Niven!

Sunt sigura ca ati auzit de ea pentru ca, desi a fost lansata in Ianuarie 2015, isi aduna deja un numar mare de fani si face multa valva pe toate blog-urile din afara. Pe mine una descrierea m-a convins si abia astept sa vad despre ce este vorba! 🙂

Ador, de asemenea, coperta, am citit numai recenzii bune, iar premiza unei carti care sa fie (asa cum spune descrierea) o combinatie intre The Fault in our Stars si Eleanor & Park imi face inima sa bata mai tare. Abia astept sa o incep!

Haideti sa vedem despre ce e vorba.

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The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
 
This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

Includes a PDF Help Line Resource Guide and a Note Read by the Author.

“Soon to be a major motion picture!” Deja! That’s freaking amazing! I have to read it!

Ce parere aveti? A citit-o cineva? Sunt tare curioasa sa aud parerile cititorilor mei favoriti! 😉

Recenzie: “Let it snow” de John Green & Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle

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Descriere:

The New York Times bestseller!

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

“Tender without being mushy, these carefully crafted stories of believable teen love will leave readers warm inside for the holidays.”—School Library Journal

“Contemporary culture, humorous romantic developments and strong characters enhance this collaborative effort.”—Kirkus Reviews

Cartea poate fi comandata in engleza de pe Bookdepository, iar in romana de pe site-ul editurii Trei.

Recenzie:

Vreau sa incep recenzia asta prin a va spune sa nu va asteptati la o recenzie foarte mare si detaliata. Aceasta carte nu necesita o analiza foarte amanuntita si nici nu sunt nevoita sa ma gandesc la toate substraturile si metaforele din ea. De ce? Pentru ca, pur si simplu, nu este una dintre cartile acelea. Asa cum scrie sip e coperta, ‘Let it snow’ este o carte care contine ‘three holiday romances’, adica o carte de vacanta.

Am cumparat aceasta carte prin Mai, pentru ca vroiam sa imi completez colectia de carti scrise de John Green. Deci putem spune ca am cumparat-o numai pentru el. Adevarul este ca nu am mai citit nici o carte scrisa de Maureen Johnson sau de Lauren Myracle inainte, deci nu stiam la ce sa ma astept. Nici macar nu auzisem de ele inainte de aceasta carte, asa ca a fost un mix de teama si entuziasm in momentul in care am cumparat-o.

Inca de cand am pus-o pe raft stiam cand o voi citi. De Craciun. Mi-am jurat mie ca nu ma voi atinge de ea pana la Craciun. Am vrut ca de Craciun sa citesc, pentru prima data, o carte despre Craciun. “A holiday read”, asa cum spun prietenii nostril Americani.

Ei bine, uite ca a sosit si Craciunul si este aproape pe sfarsite. Am inceput cartea de Ajunul Craciunului si am terminat-o in a doua zi de Craciun.

Nu am foarte multe de spus despre carte, poate pentru ca nu m-a lasat cu o impresie foarte spectaculoasa. Este o carte buna, mi-a placut, dar nu si-a pus amprenta asupra mea intr-un mod special. A fost o lectura usoara, draguta, dar pe care nu mi-o voi aminti si anul viitor. Pana la urma, asta este si idea cartii: sa te relaxeze, sa fie usor de citit sis a fie in ton cu sarbatorile de Craciun. Ma bucur ca am citit-o si da, o recomand.

Cartea este compusa din trei povesti. Prima este scrisa de Maureen Johnson si se numeste “The Jubilee Express”.  A doua este scrisa de al nostru John Green si are titlul “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle”, iar a treia este scrisa de Lauren Myracle si se numeste “The Patron Saint of Pigs”.

Toate povestile se invart in jurul aceluiasi subiect: dragostea. Sunt trei povesti de dragoste foarte dragute care, binenteles, mai trateaza cateva subiecte pe langa, subiecte ca si prietenia, increderea, minunile de Craciun, sarbatorile, familia si bunatatea.

Prima poveste mi-a placut extreme de mult. Asa cum am zis, asta a fost prima data cand am citit ceva scris de Maureen, dar nu m-a dezamagit deloc. Mi-a placut mult povestea ei, personajele hilare si diferite si felul in care a reusit sa puna intr-o lumina buna situatia atat de penibila prin care a trecut Jubilee. Mi-a placut, de asemenea, foarte mult de Stuart. Si Jubilee mi-a placut, chiar daca uneori putea fi foarte imatura. Mi-a placut povestea lor de dragoste, chiar daca mi s-a parut usor cliseica. Fata il intalneste pe baiat, fac cateva activitati impreuna, fata are iubit, iubitul e nemernic, baiatul bun pe care de-abia l-a intalnit are inima franta, fata il place, fata se desparte de prieten si uite asa fata si baiatul bun ajung sa se sarute! Dar, in afara de asta, mi-a placut totul la aceasta poveste, in special spiritual de Craciun, pe care mi s-a parut ca Maureen l-a capturat cel mai bine. Ea a aratat ca de Craciun miracolele se intampla, iar oamenii sunt, intr-adevar, mai buni. Cred ca aceasta poveste mi-a placut cel mai mult din toate.

Trecem la povestioara lui John Green. Am citit toate cartile lui Green, asa cum bine stiti, deci stiam la ce sa ma astept. Ei bine, John nu a dezamagit nici de aceasta data. Mi-a placut povestea lui. Este scrisa in modul lui caracteristic: personaje amuzante (create aproape ca niste caricature), situatii penibile, dar totusi reale si amuzante, dialoguri hilare, scris usor, voci reale. Nu stiu, insa, cat de bine a reusit sa transmita atmosfera de Craciun. Cred ca situatiile in care si-a pus personajele au avut cel mai putin legatura cu Craciunul.

Ultima poveste, cea scrisa de Lauren, mi-a placut cel mai putin. Are legatura cu o dragoste esuata, multa compatimire, un porcusor si Starbucks. Nu am gasit ceva care sa ma impresioneze si, din nou, nu cred ca spiritual Craciunului a fost prezent. Personajul principal – Addie –  m-a enervate la culme, iar sfarsitul mi s-a parut brusc si foarte… cliseic. Pana la ultimul capitol, Addie se plange ca nu are ce vrea de Craciun si ca toata lumea o considera egoista, iar deodata, isi da seama ca se poate schimba si ca poate face mai bine si hop! Apar toate personajele din povestile anterioare in Starbucks si toti au parte de sfarsitul dorit. Nu zic ca nu mi-a placut (pana la urma, vorbim despre o carte de Craciun. Sfarsitul trebuia sa fie bun), dar a fost un pic cam brusc si prea… de telenovela.

Cred, insa, ca autorii se potrivesc si au facut treaba buna. Povestile lor se intrepatrund foarte bine, iar personajele sunt bine create si reale. Ca si adolescent, m-am putut regasi in multe dintre problem lor. Cred ca cel mai mult mi-au placut personajele lui John Green, iar faptul ca absolute toate personajele aveau legatura intre ele m-a incantat mult.

In concluzie, a fost o lectura frumoasa, usoara, in ton cu Craciunul. A reusit sa faca atmosfera de Craciun sa fie inca si mai accentuate sic red ca asta au vrut sa faca si autorii. Cu siguranta v-o recomand, dar cred ca cel mai bine ar fi sa asteptati pana la Craciunul viitor sa o cititi. Atunci are cel mai mult farmec! 😉

Nota: 4 stele din 5

50 Shades of Grey – Teaser Nou

Sper ca in momentul asta voi face seara mai buna tuturor fanilor si fanelor seriei ’50 Shades of Grey’.

Desi nu am citit cartile, sunt abonata la pagina de Facebook a autoarei. Binenteles ca am ajuns, in sfarsit, sa ma relaxez, asa ca de vreme ce stateam pe Facebook, am vazut imediat link-ul la care a dat share E.L. James. Ghiciti ce era! Un nou teaser, o scurta scena din ecranizarea cartii ei. Repet. Nu am citit cartile, dar sunt extraordinar de entuziasmata pentru filmul asta. Am urmarit trailer-ul de nenumarate ori, iar acest teaser m-a pus pe jar. In special sfarsitul, care anuna ca pe 14 Noiembrie vom avea parte de un nou trailer. Yay! Sunt entuziasmata si nu cred ca sunt singura.

Insa pana pe 14 mai este, asa ca va las cu scurtul teaser:

Just let me fangirl!

Review: “The only boy” de Jordan Locke

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Mary is stuck in Section One, living with three hundred women in a crumbling hospital. She wonders what life was like two centuries ago, before the Cleansing wiped out all the men. But the rules—the Matriarch’s senseless rules—prevent her from exploring the vacant city to find out.

Taylor’s got a dangerous secret: he’s a boy. His compound’s been destroyed, and he’s been relocated to Section One. Living under the Matriarch means giving up possessions, eating canned food and avoiding all physical contact. Baggy clothes hide his flat chest and skinny legs, but if anyone discovers what lies beneath, he’ll be exiled. Maybe even executed.

Mary’s never seen a boy—the Matriarch cut the pictures of men from the textbooks—and she doesn’t suspect Taylor’s secret. If she knew, she might understand the need to stop the girls from teasing him. If she knew, she might realize why she breaks the rules, just to be near him. Then again, she might be frightened to death of him.

Taylor should go. The Matriarch is watching his every move. But running means leaving Mary—and braving the land beyond the compound’s boundaries.

You can order your own copy here. 

Review:

Let me kick off this review by saying that I am a sucker for dystopia. I read everything I can find from this genre, because I usually love everything that comes with a story about our future. There were few times when I couldn’t get into a dystopia book, but I can’t even remember the titles of the books. I do remember one, though. And it’s called “The Only Boy”.
This is not my style. Writing negative reviews. I would rather not write a review at all then write a negative one. But this time I have to do it.
I was so excited when I found out about this book. The premise was amazing and the synopsis so intriguing! BUT! I had a problem from the beginning with it. In my opinion, the synopsis is too long and it says way too much about the book. I think there would’ve been a lot more mystery and suspense if the author would’ve let us guess who’s the boy and not tell us from the beginning.
Besides that, my biggest problem with this book was the main character. Mary. She annoyed the hell of out of me. She was so childish and I still don’t know how old she is, but she seemed like a 13 y/o horny teenager to me. She was always trying to be someone else, someone prettier for the boy. I don’t engourage this idea at all, that the girl should try to be someone else for a guy. Plus, she was ALWAYS changing her mind. Every hour, there was a new idea and opinion about either Taylor or their love in her hair. I was confused half of the time while reading this book.
And not only because she was always changing her mind, but because of the exchange of POV’s between Mary and Taylor. I saw that some people appreciated, but I wasn’t one of those person. For me, it was confusing and way too quickly and abrupt and it confused me.
The book was too fast-paced and because of that, there was no mystery or suspense. I hated the fact that the author chose to tell us things and facts, not show us. Everything was on fast forward and felt shallow and emotionaless.
The idea of insta-love usually annoys me. But this time? It annoyed me even more! Because sometimes, the insta-love is so well done and so not cliché, that it doesn’t bother me. But Mary and Taylor’s love story was so full of cliches that I couldn’t stand it.
So basically Mary sees Taylor and is attracted to him even though he’s supposed to be a girl. Ok. And then BAM! They kiss ONE TIME and then they think that they’re in love with each other. Seriously? Then, throughout the book, they don’t talk too much, they don’t get to know each other, they such kiss a couple of times. The dialogues between them are so meaningless that I still don’t understand why they love each other so much. And I couldn’t feel the chemistry between them either. Or feel the love. I couldn’t do that.
And this is probably because I couldn’t connect with the characters. This time, they were just characters to me, not person, as I usually see and feel some characters.
“The only boy” was a huge disappointment for me. I personally don’t recommend it if you are not a fan of dystopia or fast forwarded love story.
Rate: 1.5 star out of 5

In my mail! (15)

Daca urmariti pagina de Facebook a blogului cred ca stiti ca in lunile Martie, Aprilie si chiar si in Mai am cumparat o multime de paperback-uri. Astazi am de gand sa vi le arat pe toate. Atentie, sunt multe! Cam… 21. 🙂

La inceputul anului mi-am facut o lista cu toate cartile pe care vreau sa le cumpar. Ei bine, din lista aia mi-au mai ramas doar 3 carti: “Shatter me”, “Unravel me” si “Ignite me” . Ba din contra, am cumparat multe pe care nu le aveam in vedere.

Mi-am completat, in primul rand, colectia de .carti John Green. Le am pe toate! Uitati:

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Si, cireaasa de pe tort…

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Am innebunit cand am vazut-o acolo! Are si fotografii din film! ❤

Fotografie de grup!

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O alta serie pe care mi-am completat-o este seria ‘Divergent’, pe care am si citit-o.

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Pentru ca nu m-am putut hotari asupra unei editii, am cumparat cate una din fiecare. Group photo!

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Intr-o seara stateam si ma gandeam la seria ‘Jocurile foamei’ si cum i-am dat-o lui frate-miu sa o citeasca. Si ma gandeam ca mi-ar placea sa o am in engleza. A doua zi, eram la librarie…

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O carte pe care o vroiam de mult si de care ma bucur enorm…

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Acelasi lucru as putea spune despre…

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Ca sa nu mai spunem de…

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O carte pe care am luat-o din cauza filmului…

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Iar cartile astea le-am luat pentru ca aveam bani, le-am gasit si le-am vrut, dupa ce am citit descrierea.

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(Ador coperta!)

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La care am si autograf:

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Din Romania, de la Herg Benet (Multumesc!) am primit:

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De la anticariat mi-am luat un DVD care m-a facut sa zambesc larg:

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Dar si mai larg am zambit cand mi-am cumparat CD-ul lui David Garrett:

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Sunt, cu siguranta, o fata fericita! Am facut rost de mai multe carti decat ma asteptam. Am ce citi vara asta, pe plaja. 😀

Voi ce-ati mai primit/cumparat in ultima vreme?

Blog Tour: “Fruit of Misfortune” by Nely Cab (Book excerpt)

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Hello! I’m really glad that you’re here! Since ‘Creatura’ is one of my favorite series, I’m really excited to share an excerpt today with you. You can asl read my review for ‘Fruit of Misfortune’ here.

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TITLE: Fruit of Misfortune

RELEASE: May 1, 2014

AUTHOR: Nely Cab

GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal

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Isis and her boyfriend, David, are on the brink of a horrible transformation and they are eager to stop it. Together, they set out on a quest to Greece to find Isis’ biological father—the only person that may be able to help them. Their journey comes to an abrupt stop before it even begins when Isis falls ill, and Eros, David’s best friend, arrives in Athens, unannounced and curious…with a plan of his own.

The hunt for her father leads Isis on the turbulent path of deceit, death, and demons as she anticipates the dawning of the beast that stirs inside her.

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I opened my mouth to deny it, but closed it just as fast, knowing there was no sense in arguing. Nyx could sense these things. I lowered my head, my cheeks on fire from embarrassment. She knew that she was right, and so did I.

“I’m not judging or reproaching you, Isis.” Nyx’s porcelain face rested on her fist.

“I haven’t admitted to anything.”

Her lips lifted at the corners with a confidence I had come to relate with deities. “Nor have you denied it.”

That was the end of my defense. A crow cawed, hiding some-
where in the tree branches—mocking me, no less. I traced the white, scrolled, metal arm on the patio chair, busying my hand to keep from biting what was left of my nails.

“Does it make you uncomfortable that I know this much?”

“It has since I met you.”

 “Oh.” Nyx looked surprised. “I’m sorry you feel that way. I don’t know the limit on how intimate mother and daughter-in-law talks should be.”

Daughter-in-law? That word was too awkward to use in this conversation. I felt like an ant under a magnifying glass, churning under the intensity of the rays of commitment.

“I won’t dwell on it anymore, and you can rest assured that I won’t tell.”

“What are you two gossiping about?” A voice came from behind me.

David’s hand landed on my shoulder and I tensed. His lips touched the side of my forehead for a moment.

“Girl talk,” Nyx said. “You should know better than to ask.”

About the author:

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Nely Cab has lived and resided in a small, quiet South Texas town most of her life. She worked in banking for several years, before she relocated to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 2001, where she dedicated time to the study of culinary arts and the art of oil painting. After her return to the U.S., Nely resumed her employment in banking and later transitioned to the field of Social Work.

Today, Nely Cab writes from the comfort of her home, where she lives with her husband and son. Her life goal is to check-off Bucket List Item No. 95,623,351: To Conquer the World. While she aspires world domination, Nely can be found lost in other fantasy worlds in front of her computer, sipping coffee.

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Blog Tour: “How to say Goodbye” by Amber Lin (Excerpt)

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How To Say Goodbye by Amber Lin
Publication date: April 7th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Amy has a secret: no one has ever held her hand. She doesn’t even know how to hug. Everybody thinks she’s brilliant, but that’s because school was all she had. Then she meets Dane, a golden-haired surfer whose easy charm and hot touch teach her what she longs to know.

Dane lives for the salty breeze and a sweet wave, because that’s all he has. He’s lived on the streets since he was fourteen. A drifter. Homeless. But Amy changes everything. Smart and accomplished, she’s everything he’s not. He wants to be the sort of man who deserves her.

Except that means facing down his past—and that past might very well swallow them both.

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He smiled with the barest hint of irony. “Guess you have better things to do than build a sand castle.”

She hated how his words echoed her thoughts, how they put him down. Didn’t he know how much she would give to be like him? Relaxed. Confident. God, she didn’t want to be afraid anymore.

“I’ve got time.”

He pointed behind the castle. “There’s an enchanted forest right there.”

She knelt down. “Here?”

“No, over. A few inches to the left. Don’t you see it?”

He was…teasing her. It took her a second to understand just because it had never happened before. Not that she could remember.

She looked down to hide her smile. “I think I’ve got it now.”

He grinned. “Then get building, Cornell.”

Her first attempt was more like a molehill with a pointed top. By her second she’d learned to pack the sand more tightly, earning a brief nod from him. After that she worked steadily, forming the little conical pine trees in varying sizes. A vision sketched in her mind, of lush trees and woodland creatures, of fancy and imagination.

Kneeling in her oh-so-practical shoes was impossible, so she took them off. Her skirt hiked up her thighs as she scooted around the forest. Sand squeezed between the mesh of her stockings.

She hoped it would never come out.

When he finished carving arched windows, he stood back and dusted the sand from his palms. She trailed a finger down the last tree—this was how he’d feel, gritty and soft—before standing up to join him.

He was tall. His height shouldn’t have been a surprise; she was often the shortest one in the room. But she’d been equal to him on the ground, both of them dirty and eager in the sand. Now he was the tall, handsome stranger, and she the shy girl who hardly spoke.

She’d aced fluid mechanics, for God’s sake, so why should this matter? It didn’t, it didn’t. But her heart double-timed when she asked, “What do you think of the forest?”

With mock solemnity he studied the trees. They lined up neatly in rows like a Christmas tree farm she’d passed once in rural New York.

“It’s pretty,” he said, repeating her words. Then he smiled, almost shy. “Very pretty. Do you want to grab some dinner?”

Her breath caught. Had he just asked her out? It had sounded like that. Exactly like that. Her heart beat a rapid pace.

Daylight traced tiny lines radiating from his eyes, from the corners of his mouth. A smattering of blond hair covered the tanned skin of his chest, highlighting lean muscles beneath. Even the tips of his eyelashes were bleached, every part of him touched by the sun. A golden boy, a rippling-surface stereotype, while hidden depths lurked beneath. What would it take to dive under? In that moment she wanted to find out. Right then she wanted to drown.

But she’d had a lifetime of treading water, of survival. Only one answer made sense.

“I’m sorry.” Her voice sounded hoarse with disuse, as if she hadn’t spoken in years instead of seconds. “I’m not going to be here long. In Florida.”

She kicked herself. He hadn’t asked her to marry him, for God’s sake. He’d only wanted a date, and she should be able to do that. If she were more normal, she could have.

Fleeting emotions flickered across his face. Disappointment first, followed by others she couldn’t understand. But resignation—that one she recognized like an old friend.

“All right. Take care then.” His voice rang with finality. They would part now. She wouldn’t see him again, because she didn’t know how to be close to another human being. No textbook had ever taught her. No monthly phone call had told her how to feel.

Her face heated.

“You too,” she murmured. “I’ll see you around.”

But even that presumed too much. A slight shake of his head said no, she wouldn’t. His lips curved in a cold shadow of his former smile.

“Bye, Cornell.” He crossed the beach, heading for the water.

He walked right past the frothy edge and dived underneath, leaving only ripples in his wake. His head came up once for air, and again, and again, growing smaller, farther away.

She waited for hours. Or seconds, really. She stood with sand caked to her hands and her knees, feeling abraded and raw. Every other time in her life, she’d pretended not to want this. Friends and laughter. Easy camaraderie. Touch. Standing on the cooling sand, her stomach grumbling with hunger, she could no longer pretend.

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Amber Lin is an author of edgy and emotional erotic romance. RT Book Reviews gave her debut, Giving It Up, 4.5 stars and called it “truly extraordinary.”
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Cover Reveal: “Fruit of Misfortune” by Nely Cab (Creatura #2)

It’s that time of the year! May 1st is coming fast, and Nely’s ready to reveal the cover for the 2nd book of the ‘Creatura’ series, called ‘Fruit of Misfortune’. I personally think that the cover fits the story and I hope that after you’ll read the book, you’ll feel the same way.

If you’re reading to see the cover, take a look! 🙂

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Coming May 1st 

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TITLE: Fruit of Misfortune

RELEASE: May 1, 2014

AUTHOR: Nely Cab

GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal

BLURB:

Isis and her boyfriend, David, are on the brink of a horrible transformation and they are eager to stop it. Together, they set out on a quest to Greece to find Isis’ biological father—the only person that may be able to help them. Their journey comes to an abrupt stop before it even begins when Isis falls ill, and Eros, David’s best friend, arrives in Athens, unannounced and curious…with a plan of his own.

The hunt for her father leads Isis on the turbulent path of deceit, death, and demons as she anticipates the dawning of the beast that stirs inside her.

Book Trailer:

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About the author:

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AUTHOR BIO:
Nely Cab has lived and resided in a small, quiet South Texas town most of her life. She worked in banking for several years, before she relocated to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 2001, where she dedicated time to the study of culinary arts and the art of oil painting. After her return to the U.S., Nely resumed her employment in banking and later transitioned to the field of Social Work.

Today, Nely Cab writes from the comfort of her home, where she lives with her husband and son. Her life goal is to check-off Bucket List Item No. 95,623,351: To Conquer the World. While she aspires world domination, Nely can be found lost in other fantasy worlds in front of her computer, sipping coffee.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website | Blog | Goodreads

CREATURA BUY LINKS: AudibleAmazonBarnes and Noble, and iTunes
PRELUDE BUY LINK: Amazon