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:
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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

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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

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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Excerpt:

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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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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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.

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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.

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ARC Review: “Assembly of Shapes” by Danielle Weiler

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Blurb:

“I need a place, just for me, a place to escape, a place to just be. If I could create an assembly of shapes on endless pages…I do believe my life would be complete.”

Chas lives in a town where kids just want to get wasted, where one party melts into the next and they don’t think about life beyond school. Unless you’re one of the lucky rich kids, of course.

Chas’s I-don’t-give-a-rats persona doesn’t match his secret: he loves drawing. He sketches the girls he sleeps with; all but Kira, though not from lack of trying. Worse, the guys abide by a code, and Chas wants to break the most important rule.

He’s desperate for a way out. A future that doesn’t involve juvi or abusive stepfathers or friends who blame him. All he has to do is figure out how.

Review:

*I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!*

I have previously read another book written by Danielle Weiler, “Reckless”, and I loved it. I fell in love with Danielle’s writing style, and when I finished the book, I planed on reading another book of hers. When she told me about “Assembly of Shapes” I was so excited by the premise of the book. Plus, I was so eager to read something else written by her! I wanted to see what she came up with again.

I really enjoyed reading “Assembly of Shapes”. It’s a book that has its ups and downs, but you still love it, because it got a good story, an amazing writing style and an ah-mazing hero!

The best thing and the thing I love the most about any of Danielle’s books is, of course, the writing style. When I read “Reckless”, I fell in love with the writing style. It’s simple, yet it has something poetic and it “sounds” really good. The text flows just in the right way, not giving a rushed nor a dragged pace to the book. It’s just… right, you now? It flows well, it sounds well, it’s beautiul and poetic. Every time I read a book writing by Danielle Weiler, I fall in love harder with her writing style. I also feel like her writing style is better than the writing style from “Reckless”, if this is even possible.

The story between the pages of “Assembly of Shapes” is beautiful, tragic, captivating and sad. I wouldn’t exactly describe it as a romance, though maybe a quarter of this book is about love and relationships. But I don’t feel like it’s a romance. It’s more a book about life and about the problems that a teenager goes through. The author has  a very tough, yet realistic way of showing us the real face of the life. This book really shows us that life isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. It also shows us how happy and lucky we are, in fact, and that some people have it harder than us. We should be happy with what we have while we have it, because we could lose it any moment. This book sends a strong message about everything: life, friends, enemies, relationships, love, teenager years and love. Also, the author wanted to show us that there’s always something that’s an escape (In this case, it was art and drawing.) and that we should do what we love. And that we must always watch our back. Whoever was our friend yesterday can be our worst enemy tomorrow. And… always tell the truth.

I really liked this thing about “Assembly of Shapes”: it’s full of life lessions and it sends a message. It’s also very realistic. Sometimes, so realistic that it’s shocking.

My favorite character from “Assembly of Shapes” was Chas. He’s smart, talented, but broken. He’s tragic, but he always finds an anchor, something that he can escape into if like gets too hard. Chas is also very charming and oh-so sexy! He’s got a way of acting around girls that’s just… awesome! 😀 Even if he’s tragic and broken, his irony and sarcasm makes you laugh. He’s not afraid of telling what he thinks. I liked how he cared about Kira and about his mom. I felt sorry for him most of the time. It was so unfire for him, everything he went through! Oh, and that makes me think of another thing.

What was that ending? What happened? OMG, that was such a cliffhanger! I don’t even know if the author will write a sequel. I just hope so, because I need to find out what exactly happened to Chas.

Kira and Chas were perfect together. Kira was a little too naïve for my taste, but she was cute. I hated Ben, I liked Cole, but I wasn’t much of a fan of Con. He was just… unappropiate, let’s say.

Attention, a short spoiler is coming!

I liked the story, but some things were a little predictable and ireal. I mean, there’s not explanation on why did Chas think  that Billy is his father. He suddenly thinks it, but never explains why he feels this way.  There’s also a short passage when things happened too fast and seemed a little forced. But, fortunately, it was short.

Spoiler’s over.

Overall, it was an enjoyable novel, a real New Adult book. I really believe that “Assembly of Shapes” has the potential to be a bestseller because it’s a fascinating read. The story will hold you captive and you won’t be able to escape until the end. The writing style is very beautiful – I loved it. You’ll love Kira and you’ll fall in love with Chas. Definitely a book that I recommend!

Rate: 3.5 stars out of 5

 

Review: “Tethered Wings” by Cameo Renae (“Hidden Wings” #3)

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Blurb:

Back from their quest into the Underworld, with the threat of Lucian hanging over head, Emma is faced with yet another problem—the Immortal Bond. The bond surpasses any reason and is something so complex, not much is known about it. Once an Immortal Bond is made, it is forever. A conjoining of two fated hearts, destined to be perfect companions.
Emma’s heart, already bonded with her Guardian, Kade, has unexpectedly and inconveniently bonded with Ethon, the son of Lucifer. Now she is faced with a decision she doesn’t want to make. Both want nothing more than to love and protect her.
With the arrival of new company and old friends, things are bound to get heated.

Review:

*I was provided with a free copy of this book from Cameo, in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!*

I feel like I’ve waited for this book for, like, forever! The 2nd book in the ‘Hidden Wings’, ‘Broken Wings’, left me with a huge cliffhanger and I had to read the 3rd book as soon as possible! The waiting was horrible, believe me! But finally, on March 21st, I got the book. And I was so, unbelievable happy to be able to finally read it! I even dropped ‘The picture of Dorian Gray’ right in the middle for ‘Tethered Wings’.

Even though I enjoyed ‘Tethered Wings’ a lot, ‘Broken Wings’ remains my favorite book in the ‘Hidden Wings’ series.  Comparing this book with the other two, there was hardly any action in it. Yes, there were some dangerous situations, but they were easily passed, so ‘Tethered Wings’ is very different from ‘Broken Wings’.

This book basically focuses on Jeremy and Lia’s visit and on the love triangle between Kade, Emma and Ethon. It might sound boring, but it’s not. Of course, I would’ve liked some more action, since I was used to lots of action from Cameo’s books, but there still are many great things about ‘Tethered Wings’ that didn’t let me put the book down. Let me mention that I was never bored. There was always something that would make me turn the page, something that would make me want to read.

First, there was Lia and Jeremy. O em gi, I love these two. They are so crazy, and funny, and such amazing friends! I love Lia’s enthusiasm and craziness. I love how upbeat she is, how everything she does, it has a note of drama in it. I loved how she would make fun of Jeremy, and I loved Jeremy. He’s so… ugh, he’s so cute! He’s so moody, but he’s so adorable! And he’s such a great friend! They both are!

I love the relationship between Emma, Lia and Jeremy. I love their friendship. I love how they make fun of each other.

This book has so many funny scenes that you will laugh until you cry. There are more reason why this book is funny.

First, Lia, Jeremy and Emma. Lia always makes fun of Jeremy, and Jeremy’s responses are so funny! Plus, he’s such a dork! His awkwardness is so funny!

Than, Ethon and Kade. Maybe it’s inappropiate to find them funny, but it was so funny how they would get all moody around each other and how they would (literally) throw flames with their eyes.

Let’s not forget about the scenes between Dominic and Malachi. OMG, these guys are so funny! There are some scenes where there are both Malachi and Dominic, and Jeremy and Lia. God, those scenes! They cracked me up!

One of the reasons why I kept reading, was Kade. Jee, this boy is perfect. Literally perfect. He’s so romantic, so hot, so charming, so protective, so… so… I cannot find the right words to describe him. He’s everything a girl can ask for and so much more. I really hope he won’t get his heart broken, because Emma and Kade make the perfect couple.

When I was a kid, I loved love triangles. No? Not so much. So this aspect also made me rate this book with 4 stars. I don’t like love triangles. And I hated how Emma would say that she hates Ethon, but hug him the next second. I understand that was part of the bond, but it was clear that she could resist the bond if she wanted to. Plus, how could she let him do those things to her and still say she loves Kade? I think Emma’s choice is pretty simple and obvious, but now, after I’ve read the short preview from ‘Gilded Wings’, I am not so sure about that choice.

I think you’ve already understood that Emma was not my favorite characters this time. Even though I loved her in the first two books, in ‘Tethered Wings’ I wanted to kick her so many times! First, I felt like she was playing with Kade. Let me say it again. She proved that she can resist the bond. But she would still blame the bond for everything she did with Ethon. She was so whiny and she always cried. I understand that this was an emotional period for her, but still, she would cry without a reason. I thought she was strong! I hope she gets back to her old self in the next book!

It was so good to see some of my favorite characters again! Caleb, Courtney (love these two), Samuel, Jeremy, Lia, Kade, Emma’s ‘aunt’… everyone! The character development was great in this book. Except of Emma. I felt like she had kind of a downfall in ‘Tethered Wings’.

Cameo’s writing is as beautiful as always. Seriously, how can she write such beautiful things? I am amazed by her writing, and I will always be. Cameo, you have my respect. You are such an amazing author, and so talented! But please, please, writing the 4th book faster, because…

The ending was such a huge cliffhanger. And I don’t mean the mind-blowing last chapter, where Lucifer makes his appearance (ugh, Lucifer, I would tell you to go to Hell, but it wouldn’t be such a big deal!), but the short preview from ‘Gilded Wings’. Like, what was that?! UGH I want the 4th book, right now!

I think I’ve already said this, but Cameo’s characters are all so real. They feel so real, and you feel like you know them forever! I love this thing. I love how those characters feel like your bffs.

Caleb and Lia were so cute, but I don’t quite understand the thing between them. Lia was always saying how hot Dominic is, how much she wants him, she even eyed Emma with jealousy for dancing with him. Than she hooks up with Caleb? It kinda felt like it happening with no reason or explanation, but they were still cute. I hope this develops in the next books.

I don’t know if it was just my copy, but I found many grammar and punctuation mistakes. Which was weird, because Cameo’s books are always perfectly edited. But it might be only my copy, since it’s a copy for review, so this doesn’t change in any way my rating.

“Tethered Wings” was a great sequel that I truly enjoyed. The ending left me craving more of Cameo’s amazing love story and beautiful writing-style. The last chapter left me really sad, for both Emma and Kade. I hope they will find their way through it.

I can’t wait to read the ‘Gilded Wings’. I bet it will be amazing!

Rate: 4 stars out of 5

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