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My name is Marina. I was born on a Friday of a beautiful day of March. The year was 1991 and the place was the idyllic Rio de Janeiro.Ok, enough with the David Copperfield crap. Although I actually love that book (I would marry Charles Dickens if I had a time machine). I've been reading all my life, honestly I don't know how to do anything else. The prove is that I actually work with books now that i'm a full grown woman of 22 years old! I'm a critic analyst for a brazilian publisher and if you have never heard of this profession...shame on you! Every editor needs a critic analyst. Basically i'm going to use this blog as tool to A) Work on my english!(I can read just fine, but writing is another Hell Level for me. Don't get me wrong, i love the language, i'm graduating on it!) B) Have some kind of control over what i'm reading (out of work) and my thoughts on it. If you want to become a stalker (what would leve me scared and flattered at the same time) here is where you can find me. E-mail marina.blogmvl@gmail.com Blogger http://www.minhavidaporumlivro.com.br Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Marina.blogmvl

 

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How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
Mortimer J. Adler, Charles Van Doren
Progress: 154/426 pages

Oh no...

Dark Witch - Nora Roberts

Well, as a Nora Roberts fan, this is going to be really painful to write…

When I found out that the new work of one of my favorite authors of all time was a trilogy placed in the magic green mountains of of Erin (Ireland), I was sooo excited! My favorite trilogy by Nora is “Gallaghers of Ardmore” where I first met the amazing Ireland setting, and those who know Nora’s work can tell that she have a talent for portraying scenarios. Obviously I was anxious to get my hands on “Dark Witch”.  But the Nora let me down…again. Lately I’ve been quite disappointed by Robert’s novels. Indeed i loved the setting,  I’ve an obsession for Ireland that can’t be cured. I love that country to bits and I don’t think any modern author can fully describe Ireland’s geography, culture and people like Nora Roberts. The magical environment created by the author is tangible and genuine. However, the fantasy plot was deeply tiring, with no dynamic and fairly repetitive.

About the heroine, Iona, I don’t believe the author gives enough information on Iona’s past and background. We, the readers, know close to nothing about the protagonist history, family, past relationships. Nada.  I'm not even sure of how old she is. Iona is an onedimensional character as well as the love interest Boyle, the horse breeder. The relationship  between Iona and Boyle (the Main Characters) was well-knit but the romance lack chemistry. I was waiting for a “destiny” love story, starcrossed lovers…and the author delivered a run of the mill romance. Guess I’ll have to wait for Brenna and Fin’s story, both support characters have more depth and intense moments than Iona/Boyle. I was definitely frustrated by the romance in this book and it was a big issue to me, ‘cause when It comes to Nora Roberts I have the highest standards.

 I miss the  spark Nora’s older novels used to have. I miss the powerful, intense books of Nora’s early carreer. At this point, I can’t help to think: What happened? Is she writing “too much”? Maybe Nora should take a long vacation. And I say this with love and respect, because I’ve been reading her novels since I was a rebel teenager.

I still believe in you, Nora! Hoping that the second book in the trilogy exceeds the first one.

Emotions, emotions, emotions...

Making Faces - Amy Harmon

Let’s talk about how much I loved...and i mean LOVED this apparently innocent book. In “Making Faces”, Amy Harmon deals with tough subjects of life, those things we rather not think about, specially death and sickness. We are so scared to think about how fragile our life is, that we somewhat become to focus in the wrong things. Shallow things like looks, youth and what people think of us. Although "Making Faces" is a work of fiction, i think the whole point of the story is to create a deep, thoughful study on tragedie and how it affects our internal world, particularly when one lose everything one thought was important. If the walls around us crumble, we (our essence) is the only thing that remains. So you better work on what it is inside you, and care less with package. Essence is, as Harmons tells us in her story, the only thing that can make us endure and survive.

I don’t know why, but I thought I could actually go grossure shopping while reading “Making Faces”. The result was embarrassing. Imagine a girl crying her heart out in the middle of a packed store. I felt that my emotions were being completely playid by this talented author. Harmon uses words like a quarterback throws a bal. Hard, Sharp, Fast. I did not knew what had hit me. We get to know Ambrose and Fern when they were only children. I loved how much I could empathise with Fern’s character. I know how is like to be the shy, bookworm in love with a guy out of my league. Ambrose was more complicated to understand; he is the epitome of the conflicted, tortured hero and his character has much more to deal than Ferns. Ambrose is so caught up in his own pain and guilt, that he can’t see how blessed he was. That’s where Bailey, Fern’s sick cousin, enters the story. Bailey is there to teach Ambrose what really matters in life.

When I finished the book I took a deep breath and lost a few minutes only reflecting on the story, and how much it marked me, leaving me sore, but satisfied and hopeful. Don’t underestimate the book due to the cover and the summary. This is not a hot New Adult book to read and forget. This is a real work of literature.

Now I’m going to crawl into bed and cry some more…

I oficially hate sequels...

Endless Knight  - Kresley Cole

Oh boy. I have waited so long for this book. When I finished the first book in the trilogy, “Poison Princess”, I wanted to throw my kindle on the wall. That was such an unfair ending. And than I waited a YEAR to read the sequel, to know more about the cards and swoon with Evie and Jack’s relationship. All this expectation led me to…a HUGE disappointment.

 

I don’t understand what the hell happened with the story. Honestly, the more I read the more I did not recognized Cole’s writing. The story picks up right where PP left us. Evangeline knows what she is and the spoiled girl is gone, she is strong now, she have abilities and know what to do with her power. Evie had a purpose: Find her grandmother and descover how to end the mess with the cards. So I assumed that “Endless Kinight” would be about  Evie meeting her grandmother, gaining more knowledge (and control) over her powers and destroying the creepy Death. Well, I missed the mark…Actually, I couldn’t be more wrong.

 

The author developed a whole new suplot that envolves Evangeline and Death. Yeah, we have a love triangle here. Miraculously the bad guy have the hots for the heroine. Our rude and gorgeous Cajun is pale in this story. Where is the hot headed, strong and protective guy we met in the first book?

 

It felt like the author did not developed the plot. When I finished “Endless Knight” it became clear that the story is stuck in the same conflicts of the first one. I’m so tired of being disappointed by series…

 

Still, I will read next book and find out how the author resolves the mess she made in this sequel.

Endless Knight  - Kresley Cole

*squee* nuff said.

Who would say...that our Isaiah is the prince charming?

Crash into You - Katie McGarry

If you read the first two independent novels in the series (Pushing the Limits and Dare You To) you probably remember Isaiah's reputation. He is the ultimate bad boy. Tattoos, muscles, atitude and...yeah...a love for cars that makes you wonder "if this guy fall in love with a girl, he will be this devoted to her?". Well, I guess i have my answer now. Isaiah is the Prince Charming of the series. He calls Rachel (the female protagonist) his angel. Few nicknames have the power to make me squee and "angel" is one of them.

Let's understand a little bit about the plot in "Crash Into You". Isaiah is a foster kid brought by the american system. He is a very down to earth guy and have only one gol in life: finishing his course and work with cars. When his mother, who was convicted years ago comes back to the scene, he becomes a very very angry young man and makes a few mistakes that...*surprise* lead him to our heroine, Rachel. Poor girl, she have her problems too. Rachel was born after the death of her older sister (who suffered from a long sickness). She spent her whole life being the understudy for her deceased sister, her parents put so much pressure in her, that as child Rachel developed a severe case of panic attacks. Some people may not know anxiety as a true disease and think “this is generally a bad case of poor control or bullshit” (I have heard that before). As someone who suffered from this mental disease since an early age, I can tell you that there is no fun about this condition. It's like having an internal enemy, always trying to ruin-your-life. So I get Rachel and I get her fears. This is really personal for me, I wish I had a Isaiah looking out for me.

When this two meet, you feel this chemistry everywhere. You feel it inside you as you read Isaiah’s fascination for the blond, angelic girl with a mustang. Katie McGarry is a master in crating real romance, which obviously mean REAL human characters. There is nothing fake about the two protagonists and the support characters. In some levels, “Crah into You” is less intense that the previous books, Noah and Echo (Pushing the Limits) still have the winner prize for messed up life. But “Crah into You” is a true, full love story. The main conflicts revolve around the couple, their relationship and how they deal with the differences between them.
I have become a huge fan of Katie and I eagerly wait for her books. I was totally surprised by how much i loved Isaiah and Rachel, and to descover that Isaiah is a throughbreed Alpha Prince Charming.

In short…I lost my heart AGAIN. Thanks to this amazing author who knows how to write about feelings and people who overcome their fears to become more confident, strong and, consequently, the person they were meant to be all along.

Crash into You - Katie McGarry

Guess who is going to read "Crash into You" this weekend? Yep! Fabulous me!

Fire & Flood - Victoria Scott

This was such a surprise to me. It's hard to run from the Hunger Games comparison, because the book deals with a very close formula. But as we got to know the characters and the whole ideia behind the Brimstone Bleed and the Pandoras (Love those cute wild things)the story becomes more real and unique. Tella is a very HUMAN main character and have motivations that make sense throughout the book. She's is only a teenage girl and not a heroine (at least in the beggining of the story). And Guy...well, this boy-man really won my heart. I think he hide too much secrets...but good heroes always do.

Great read, hopefully other readers will think so too.

Obs: The book is not out yet, so I'll hold further comments

Looks interesting (and maybe hot?)

The Last Hour of Gann - R. Lee Smith

I have so many recommendations of this book on my Goodreads page. So I go (all innocent) read the summary and......a lizardman as a hero? As in ROMANCE HERO? Oddly enough, it seems hot. So what if the guy have scales? We accept werewolfs and vampires, right.  

 

Just bought de ebook on Amazon and the plot looks really interesting.

 

Let's wait and see...

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18589656-the-last-hour-of-gann?ac=1
"“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”

The Fellowship of the Ring ― J.R.R. Tolkien"

Controversial and Thought provoking

Reblogged from Words for Words:
The Whole Golden World - Kristina Riggle

This was  an unexpected treat. I have not read other books by this author and must say i'm impressed with her narrative. Riggle has a way of showing feelings and povs that can really twist the readers mind. In this book the author addresses the problematic of a society that treats they're teenagers as adults. Adolescents wear adult clothes (particularly the girls), act like adults, smoke and have sex. So what is the limit line between a young adult and an adult? Does a teen have the right to make certain choices? When a seventeen years old have an affair with her teacher, who is to blame? Her parentes? The girl herself? Or the man who technically manipulated her?This was an interesting reading with a consistent plot and a stunning character development.  I hope this hit the bestseller list.

 

Obs: The book is not out yet, so I'll hold further comments.

Controversial and Thought provoking

Reblogged from Words for Words:
The Whole Golden World - Kristina Riggle

This was  an unexpected treat. I have not read other books by this author and must say i'm impressed with her narrative. Riggle has a way of showing feelings and povs that can really twist the readers mind. In this book the author addresses the problematic of a society that treats they're teenagers as adults. Adolescents wear adult clothes (particularly the girls), act like adults, smoke and have sex. So what is the limit line between a young adult and an adult? Does a teen have the right to make certain choices? When a seventeen years old have an affair with her teacher, who is to blame? Her parentes? The girl herself? Or the man who technically manipulated her?This was an interesting reading with a consistent plot and a stunning character development.  I hope this hit the bestseller list.

 

Obs: The book is not out yeat, so I'll hold further comments.

Controversial and Thought provoking

The Whole Golden World - Kristina Riggle

This was  an unexpected treat. I have not read other books by this author and must say i'm impressed with her narrative. Riggle has a way of showing feelings and povs that can really twist the readers mind. In this book the author addresses the problematic of a society that treats they're teenagers as adults. Adolescents wear adult clothes (particularly the girls), act like adults, smoke and have sex. So what is the limit line between a young adult and an adult? Does a teen have the right to make certain choices? When a seventeen years old have an affair with her teacher, who is to blame? Her parentes? The girl herself? Or the man who technically manipulated her?This was an interesting reading with a consistent plot and a stunning character development.  I hope this hit the bestseller list.

 

Obs: The book is not out yet, so I'll hold further comments.