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sobre o feio e o bonito. a minha rotina é ler.

 

Sinopse:

Melanie Stryder recusa-se a desaparecer. 
O nosso Mundo foi invadido por um inimigo invisível. Os Humanos estão a ser transformados em hospedeiros destes invasores, com as suas mentes expurgadas, enquanto o corpo permanece igual e a vida prossegue sem qualquer mudança aparente. A maior parte da Humanidade não consegue resistir. 
Quando Melanie, um dos poucos Humanos «indomáveis», é capturada, ela tem a certeza de que chegou o fim. Nómada, a Alma invasora a quem o corpo de Melanie é entregue, foi avisada sobre o desafio de viver no interior de um humano: emoções avassaladoras, excesso de sentidos, recordações demasiado presentes. Mas existe uma dificuldade com que Nómada não conta: o anterior dono do corpo combate a posse da sua mente. 
Nómada esquadrinha os pensamentos de Melanie, na esperança de descobrir o paradeiro da resistência humana. Melanie inunda-lhe a mente com visões do homem por quem está apaixonada - Jared, um sobrevivente humano que vive na clandestinidade. Incapaz de se libertar dos desejos do seu corpo, Nómada começa a sentir-se atraída pelo homem que tem por missão delatar. No momento em que um inimigo comum transforma Nómada e Melanie em aliadas involuntárias, as duas lançam-se numa busca perigosa e desconhecida do homem que amam.

 

Review:

O que é que se diz numa review a Nómada? Coitada, estou sem palavras.

Pelas cinco estrelas não é difícil adivinhar que adorei. Foi uma história viciante como a Steph já me habituou. A escrita dela é extremamente simples de rápida de ler, encanta o leitor com uma facilidade indescritível e...não sei, há qualquer coisa de especial nas palavras dela.

Adorei as personagens, apesar de não terem sido todas exploradas por igual, tendo em conta a extensão do livro. Tocando nesse ponto, acredito que a história poderia ter sido condensada em menos páginas, mas ainda assim não pareceu muito pesada enquanto a lia. 

Não penso que seja um livro previsível, já que não tomou a linha habitual do seu género. Não adivinhei de todo o que iria acontecer e, não sendo um livro com uma plot cheia de acção, deu-me uma perspectiva maravilhosa sobre o que é ser-se humano. 

Gostei muito, porque apesar de ser fã de Crepúsculo não encontrei neste semelhanças com o anterior. Penso que o tipo de amor tratado aqui foi mais abrangente; Nómada trata muito mais do amor múltiplo que do amor romântico e reduzido a duas pessoas. 

Alguns pormenores irritaram-me como a maneira, por vezes, demasiado agressiva com que Jared e Ian a trataram. Reduziram-na um pouco enquanto pessoa e enquanto mulher, especialmente em todas as vezes em que a puxavam pelo pulso como se fosse uma boneca de pano. Também rangi os dentes quando a Melanie sugeriu "Jogas como uma menina" como insulto...odeio detectar o sexismo no meio das linhas e se não fosse isso, seria um livro perfeito. 

O final foi maravilhoso. Eu gosto de finais felizes e a Stephenie dá-nos isso. Tenho consciência de que muitas gente critica este facto, mas o que é que distingue um livro bom de um livro mau? É mesmo a questão do final amargo que dá qualidade? Se é, então discordo com as normas, peço desculpa.

No geral, aconselho. Vão de cabeça aberta: como disse, este livro tem falhas. Mas é uma leitura agradável e rápida.

 

Classificação:

5 out of 5 stars

 

Sinopse: 

The windswept moors of England, a grand rustic estate, and a love story of one woman caught between two men who love her powerfully—all inspired by Emily Bronte’s beloved classic, Wuthering HeightsSolsbury Hill brings the legend of Catherine and Heathcliff, and that of their mysterious creator herself, into a contemporary love story that unlocks the past.

When a surprise call from a dying aunt brings twenty-something New Yorker Eleanor Abbott to the Yorkshire moors, and the family estate she is about to inherit, she finds a world beyond anything she might have expected. Having left behind an American fiance, here Eleanor meets Meadowscarp MacLeod—a young man who challenges and changes her. Here too she encounters the presence of Bronte herself and discovers a family legacy they may share.

With winds powerful enough to carve stone and bend trees, the moors are another world where time and space work differently. Remanants of the past are just around a craggy, windswept corner. For Eleanor, this means ancestors and a devastating romantic history that bears on her own life, on the history of the novel Wuthering Heights, and on the destinies of all who live in its shadow.

 

Review:

Thanks to Netgalley and to the publisher for providing me with an advance reader copy in exchange of an honest review.

I was contacted by the publisher because I had read and reviewed Wuthering Heights recently. I was truly happy about the offering and started reading Solsbury Hill with high hopes. It promised me something similar to Wuthering Heights but, unfortunately, I think it lacked its passion. 

Eleanor wasn't annoying to follow but the author gave her too much time alone and when a character is left alone, she tends to overthink about everything. I guess it wasn't the right kind of book for me.

The story is slow paced and at the beginning I just found the writing pretentious. This is not to stay that the book is bad written because it isn't, but some things don't suit books set in the modern times. 

Mead was ok, but I didn't see much character development along the book. None of the characters compares to the vivid, strong characters of Emily's novel. 

It's a good book but it has nothing to do with the mood set inWuthering Heights and the love story can't be compared to the haunting romance between Catherine and Heathcliff. The love triangle didn't really feel like a love triangle to me and the decision was always obvious. It was kinda predictable. 

 

 

Classificação:

3 out of 5 stars

 

 

Sinopse:

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can’t read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can’t be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf’s mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she’s dragged deep into a hidden world of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

 

Review:

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an advance reader copy in exchange of an honest review.

This is becoming an habit, unfortunately. Maybe I'm just bad at picking books, but I keep hoping something like And We Stay or Witch Finder will find its way to me. For now, this is another negative review.

I didn't like this one bit. The base idea was compelling enough, but the protagonist wasn't. I didn't like Kira, Raf was too flat and Simon was creepy. Once again, there was a love triangle and the female character couldn't make up her mind. How original.

Simon offended me at many levels. I felt uncomfortable, really. Half of the time he was just pushing Kira around like she was some kind of puppet and she didn't even try to stand for herself. Was he supposed to be the bad boy? Was I supposed to like him? Because generally I do like the bad boys, but this one was insulting and had little to no charm.

The pace was too slow, the conflict wasn't exciting. Not even the fact that there was a character from my nationality (Raf) kept me interested.

 

Classificação:

1 out of 5 stars.

 

Sinopse: 

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose... 

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks... This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory. 

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price...

 

Review:

Provavelmente, não devia começar uma review no exacto momento em que termino o livro. Devia dar-me tempo para pensar, ganhar perspectiva. Mas eu sou uma wild child como a Rose, peço desculpa.

Três estrelas e uma menção à protagonista, logo no início da review. Pode perceber-se que gostei mais deste, não pode? Na verdade, a minha intenção era não tornar a olhar para a série depois do primeiro livro, no entanto, com o alarido em torno do filme eu resolvi dar-lhe uma hipótese. As classificações não eram más e, como referi na review de Vampire Academy, podia dar-se o caso da autora ter feito melhorias na obra. Ela fez.

Aprendi a gostar da Rose. Consegui perceber um certo crescimento, contrariando o meu medo de que não houvesse qualquer desenvolvimento de personagens. Quanto à Lissa, gostaria de ter visto mais dela e gostaria também que ela estivesse mais presente para a Rose.

Vejamos, YA sobre amizades entre pessoas do mesmo sexo não acontece com frequência e é uma pena. Os autores tendem a criar triângulos amorosos (também os houve, mas já falo nisso) e a esquecer que há mais do que amor romântico na vida. Neste caso, o aspecto maravilhoso é que a relação central não é Rose/Dimitri, nem sequer Lissa/Christian, mas sim Rose/Lissa. O nível da Rose em relação à melhor amiga é incrível e admirável. A maneira como os guardiões colocam a própria segurança em segundo lugar é assombrosa, especialmente no caso da protagonista que tem apenas dezassete e, embora não se afaste demasiado da imagem de adolescente, consegue apresentar uma maturidade acima do comum, no que toca aos seus deveres. O que desiludiu foi a falta de comunicação entre as duas raparigas que eu já tinha notado no livro anterior, mas que se intensificou neste - quero ver a Lissa a ter uma participação mais activa na vida da Rose.

Em termos da relação principal foi esse o problema que encontrei: a falta de comunicação entre as duas. Uma amizade funciona dos dois lados e gostaria de ter visto a Rose confiar os seus pensamentos à Lissa. 

Continuando com a Lissa, quero um papel mais movimentado nos próximos livros. Quero vê-la lutar, defender-se e quero realmente conhecê-la melhor. Ainda assim, há que salientar o quão diferente as duas parecem e agem; a Rose defende a Lissa como pode, através da força física, e a Lissa defende-la através da diplomacia, a força das palavras (e compulsão, sim, mas não deixa de opor a defesa mental à física).

Quero saber mais sobre todas as personagens. Quero saber especialmente sobre a Mia, se ela vai corresponder àquilo que eu desejo para ela. Fiquei positivamente surpreendida por vê-la ganhar controlo sobre a situação e acho óptimo que a autora a afaste da ideia de menina supérflua e bully que já está tão batida. As pessoas nunca são uma só coisa e para a Mia eu espero um monte de character development para ficar satisfeita.

A estrutura da comunidade vampírica é interessante e original. A luta final deixou-me num estado de extremo entusiasmo e dei por mim a torcer fervorosamente pelas personagens, a sofrer os choques ao mesmo tempo que elas. Este livro teve mais acção e esse é um ponto a favor.

Ainda não merece as quatro estrelas, mas o ritmo foi mais acelerado e sinto que houve mais coisas a acontecerem. Cativou-me de uma maneira que o primeiro não conseguiu. Afastou-se, em certa parte, do estereótipo associado a este tipo de livros e isso é estupendo.

 

Classificação:

3 out of 5 stars

 

Sinopse:

For centuries, the Furies have lived among us. Long ago they were called witches and massacred by the thousands. But they’re human just like us, except for a rare genetic mutation that they’ve hidden from the rest of the world for hundreds of years.

Now, a chance encounter with a beautiful woman named Ariel has led John Rogers into the middle of a secret war among the Furies. Ariel needs John’s help in the battle between a rebellious faction of the clan and their elders. The grand prize in this war is a chance to remake the human race.

 

Review:

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an advance reader copy in exchange of an honest review.

I didn't like it, that's it.
The book didn't start bad, I was enjoying the idea of witch trials and witch hunters and all but then it shifted to modern times and it kinda ruined everything.
Lets just say that John wasn't the greatest of main characters. In fact, I didn't care for him at all. He wasn't interesting and the way his relationship with Ariel started was kinda creepy. 
Ariel didn't convince me either, mostly because she was there just to be a love interest. If that wasn't the author's intention, then he didn't do a good job showing it. 
Seriously, I could continue to read if the book wasn't this long and boring. Gang fights is not my thing. This entire book is not my thing.
So, after going through sixty pages of a story I didn't enjoy with main characters I didn't relate to and a love story that felt gross to me, I decided to stop.
Gorgeous cover, though. Very deceiving. 

Classificação:

1 out of 5 stars

 

Sinopse:

One of the most passionate and heartfelt novels ever written,Wuthering Heights tells of the relationship between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, the orphan boy her father adopted and brought to Wuthering Heights when they were children.

While Catherine forms a deep attachment to Heathcliff, her brother Hindley despises him as a rival. Heathcliff becomes torn between love for Catherine and the rage and humiliation he suffers. Finally he can stand it no longer and, in the violence of a summer storm, leaves the Heights for three years. During his absence Catherine has married, but her tormented heart belongs eternally to Heathcliff who is now prepared to exact his tyrannical revenge.

With its freedom from social convention and its unparalleled emotional intensity, Wuthering Heights is a highly original and deeply tragic work.

 

Review:

This is the first time I feel so insecure about rating and reviewing a book, because I think that Wuthering Heights is one of those books you either love or hate. I can't even tell you for sure what this book made me feel.

The writing is amazing, honestly! It's obviously a classic and it would be a shame if books like this simply disappear from our shelves. It felt consistent and I had no problems reading it. The characters were very fleshed out, they were strong and captivating. I'm not really sure about the POV, I guess it could have been made differently...it would be interesting to have access to the real feelings and thoughts of the characters with another type of narrator. I wasn't especially interested in Lockwood and even if I liked Nelly, maybe first person is just not my type of narration. 

Wuthering Heights is kind of a suffocating book. You end up in their world, having a very personal perspective about everything. I suffered reading some parts, particularly with Linton and the young Catherine. Heathcliff is a brutal man and I hated him from the start, Catherine (the first) is equally hateful. Well, if you're reading the book expecting to find charming and generous protagonists, then you're at the wrong place. I always thought that maybe they were that kind of character that you're suppose to hate, but you find yourself loving them anyway; maybe they would have reasons to be bad and you would ultimately forgive them because of those. No, that's not what happens here.

Even if most of the characters are pure evil, you have Edgar Linton, Ellen Deans and even Catherine Linton who loves her father unconditionally and sacrifices herself because of her selfish cousin. 
They always say that the reader must create empathy with the main characters but I disagree strongly. I didn't feel empathy with Heathcliff, not even slightly, and I still think he's a great character, very well written and hoped he and Cathy would be together - after all, they deserve each other.

My favorite characters were Hareton, the kind and smart boy who were turned into an uneducated and violent man because of Heathcliff's cruelty, and Miss Cathy Linton because of the duality of her personality.

I understand that people who suffered from domestic violence or had a troubled family will most probably dislike this book. I have to confess that I hated the first few pages myself. But it's a great book and it proves that literature does not have to be about kind people...it's about a sick, possessing love and it doesn't try to hide that fact. They all felt real to me and it shows a different side to the human being that we're not used to see in novels.

As I said before, you either love or hateWuthering Heights. Nevertheless, it's a brilliant piece of art and you should at least try it.

 

Classificação:

5 out of 5 stars

 

Sinopse: 

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.

 

Review:

At first I liked it, especially because the story was in a reform school and, well I don't know, I just like reading about it. But then Daniel came in and I couldn't feel even just a little fascinated by him. It was like the author was trying to force me to think he was incredible...and then his physical description didn't exactly match my personal taste so it was one of that cases when I would prefer less description and more left for my imagination. I don't like when the character is supposed to be super hot and then the author describes all about him, leaving me no space to create an image in my head according to what I thing is hot.

So, yeah, I didn't like him and I just thought he was an asshole when he flipped her off. Luce was also pretty irritating, she had no personality at all, she cared about nothing but her obsession and, honestly, I wanted to slap her when she became all enchanted by a guy who was plain rude. 
The pace of the book was the slowest thing ever and I kept reading like five chapters a day because it was easy to read them and because I was always hoping the next chapter would provide some action.
I liked Cam's looks. It fits my definition of hot. But apart from that, he and every other character in this book is not flashed out at all. They are all just looks, dumb dialogue and...yeap, nothing more. I know it's fiction, but it's also suppose to imitate real people, right?
The secret of the main characters was pretty clear all along and the book had no suspense even if the author seems to think differently. There were no surprises. And actually there was no plot. Nothing happened, the chapters were a bunch of useless information and you could perfectly cut half of it, making it a much shorter book.
Since Cam was the only character that I remotely liked (and for very shallow reasons, as I said), Fallen just became even worst in the last chapters when he was so annoying he made me want to punch him. 
I find the story very frustrating because Kate took an absurd amount of chapters to tell us something and when she did, it was really nothing amazing. There were many things I didn't understand and it didn't gave Fallen a sense of suspense but, on the contrary, it made it boring and irritating. 
I don't understand how this kind of books can sell. Must be the gorgeous cover, I absolutely love it and I confess I wanted to read the book just because of it, even after I saw the negative feedback. 
From now on, I will just contemplate the covers, but I shall not read Torment or any of the other books in the Fallen series and I recommend you to do the same.

 

Classificação:

1 out of 5 stars

 

Sinopse:

From a life raft cast adrift in the middle of the ocean to the attic of a suburban garage; from the heart-pounding moments just after the dead begin to rise, to the ravaged world generations later, the five stories in The Dead and Empty World present a chilling portrait of what it takes to survive – or not – the zombie apocalypse.

 

Review:

The Dead and Empty World was a gift for my NaNoWrimo victory and, to be honest, it quite surprised me how good it was. Don't take me wrong, NaNo is an amazing place but I'm a very suspicious person and since it was a free book, my hopes were not really that high.
Oh boy, I was wrong!
I checked the reviews on Forest of Hand and Teeth and some of them were kind of negative. I don't know if the style of writing changes that much or if it's because this is a collection of short stories but I liked it.
I was unsure about giving it four stars and I would give it three and a half if I could, but I ended up rating it with three stars instead.
I don't like to evaluate the writing skills because I'm reading this in English and I'm not a native speaker, so I don't think I have the right to do it. I could, if the writing was astonishingly good or surprisingly bad but neither of those were the case with this book.
As I said before, it's a collection of short stories, which makes the reading pretty easy and not tiring at all. I loved the different points of view on the subject of zombies and some of the stories were better than the others but I enjoyed them in general - apart from the last one. I don't know exactly why, but Tabitha's story was too long and I became bored at the middle. 
Nevertheless, it was a good book and I recommend it for people who like zombies or just want to read something short and entertaining.

 

Classificação:

3 out of 5 stars

 

Sinopse:

London. 1880. In the slums of Spitalfields apprentice blacksmith Luke is facing initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum, the fearsome brotherhood dedicated to hunting and killing witches.

Luke’s final test is to pick a name at random from the Book of Witches, a name he must track down and kill within a month, or face death himself. Luke knows that tonight will change his life forever. But when he picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, Luke has no idea that his task will be harder than he could ever imagine.

 

Review:

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an advance reader copy in exchange of an honest review.


Pretty, pretty cover. Interesting synopsis. I liked the figures in the beginning of each chapter too (the bird, the locket, etc).

The idea behind the books was good. A secret brotherhood, Luke's power...it all drew my attention. Also, the beginning was quite great with the ritual of knife, fire and hammer. 

The characters weren't greatly detailed, they didn't have much of a personality and Rosa was pretty flat, to be honest. But I liked Luke, he was ok. The most frustrating thing about this was Rosa's inaction - she was a witch who barely used her powers and let everyone abuse her. 

Sebastian is a truly evil character. You couldn't like him even if you wanted; but why would you, anyway? He's controlling, possessive, abusive...There's also the mystery about his little sister and his mad mother. I would like to know more about them and I'm hoping the next book will give me some answers. 

Minna was interesting and I'm also hoping to see her again. Her friendship with Luke was cute and I'm glad they didn't become a love triangle as I feared at first.

This story has a lot of animal abuse, some of it done by Sebastian and those were the most shocking parts of the book. It also deals with forced marriages and the pressure that young girls at that time suffered. Rosa supposedly has to marry in order to save her family from poverty and her father's house, which is full of memories of him.

I understand she felt bad about letting Matchenham be sold out, since it had so much meaning to her but was it really so imperative that she married to save it? Sometimes, the characters reasons didn't felt strong enough to justify their actions.

The love between Rose and Luke was too sudden. They barely knew each other and just because she was all so pretty, he didn't feel capable of killing her and considered dying himself to save her.

It was predictable and had a lot of cliches. The boy was hot and had hazel eyes (hazel eyes are becoming almost a necessity in all YA books), the girl was a damsel in distress who did nothing to save her own skin and was too weak to be consider a good protagonist. I don't mean she had to kick ass in order to be awesome or anything, but she was merely a puppet throughout the story and I still don't know anything about her - apart from her love for animals.

This sounds like I didn't like the book at all but I did, I really did! I'm just advising any future reader not to wait for lots of action and totally fleshed out characters, because you won't find them. But, it's an amusing story. I enjoyed myself reading it and, hey, cliches exist for a reason, right? They work sometimes. 

This is a light reading for sure, but I felt the need of keep reading it. I liked the story, the century in which it takes place and the concept of a witch finder who can read the witches auras, as the magic floats around them. As I said before, Luke is a good character and even if it's a slow paced story, it's still a compelling romance (it's way more about romance than paranormal).

So, I'm sorry, I can't really tell you why but I liked it. It was beautifully written, it made me want to read many chapters at once and it didn't bored me at all. I know most people don't recommend it but I do. 

 

Classificação:

4 out of 5 stars

 

 

Sinopse: 

Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only are she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.

 

Review:

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange of an honest review.

I didn't like it, I'm sorry. I couldn't even finish it.

Somebody told me the first thirty pages of a novel should be the most important ones because if I read thirty pages and I'm still not enjoying myself, I never will. I waited for page 40 to completely give up.

The synopsis is interesting, the cover it's not the best but I like the colors and I was really hoping for an awesome story. 

First off, why does every YA book have to be written in first person? While this can be pretty amusing sometimes, at some cases it just ruins things. I didn't like the protagonist, which makes it harder to like the book. And I didn't like the narrative either; it was poorly written, in my opinion.

It had a lot of cliches in it and I honestly didn't care about any of the characters, as they were just tropes and nothing more. 

Oh, and please please please let me get what I want, stop creating female protagonists who go all dumb just because a pretty boy talks to them. It's annoying and insulting for me, as a woman (this book is written by a woman afterall, so she should be more careful, I guess).

I don't have much more to say. I'm so sorry for giving up on Runes, especially because I got it through Netgalley and I don't want to sound rude. I know it's really hard to write a novel and the author must have worked very hard to do it, but I just can't bring myself to like it.

 

Classificação:

1 out of 5 stars