27 feb. 2013

La biblioteca de los muertos (Will Piper #1) de Glenn Cooper

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Paperback, 430 pages
Publicado 11 Enero de 2011 por Grijalbo (Primera Publicación: 1 Enero de 2009)

Bretaña, año 777. En la abadía de Vectis crece Octavus, un niño sobre el que pesa una maldición: es el séptimo hijo engendrado por un séptimo hijo y la leyenda le vaticina poderes diabólicos. Octavus comienza a escribir una lista con fechas y nombres sin sentido. Cuando uno de los nombres y su fecha coinciden con una muerte en la abadía, el miedo se apodera de los monjes. Siglos después, los miembros de la Orden de los Nombres, descendientes todos de aquel niño, siguen escribiendo sin descanso para completar un misterioso listado de nombres y fechas... Hasta que empiezan a suicidarse.

Estados Unidos, en la actualidad. Nueve personas han aparecido muertas en Nueva York, desconocidos que nada tenían en común. Solo una cosa les unía: todas las víctimas recibieron postales de ataúdes, que anunciaban el día en que morirían, poco antes de su fallecimiento. Son las aparentes víctimas de un asesino en serie difícil de atrapar, cuyas muertes desafían toda lógica.


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Reseña
Esta es una excelente lectura. Es un buen libro de ficción histórica que utiliza acontecimientos conocidos para darle otro giro a la historia. La pregunta en su contraportada me dejó atónita cuando la leí por primera vez.. ¿Que harías si supieras la fecha de tu muerte? ¡Que pregunta! [ Supongo (y espero) que soy FDR. (Eso espero de verdad)

Will Piper es un agente del FBI que espera con ansías su jubilación y cuenta los días para ello. En sus tiempos fue un gran agente que atrapó a muchos criminales, pero su comportamiento deja mucho que desear para un agente serio. Y está, además, el problema de la bebida. Todo está tranquilo, un par de crímenes que atender, nada fuera de lo común, ya no más asesinos en series. Cuando de repente, le asignan el caso del Juicio Final. Un maniático manda postales a la gente con un ataúd dibujado y con la fecha de su supuesta muerte.
Will se adentra junto a su nueva compañera de trabajo, Nancy, en una investigación fuera de lo común. Donde cada pista es valiosa porque el asesino es casi impecable en su trabajo. Tienen que poner todo de sí para atraparlo. Poco saben, que detrás de esos asesinatos está un secreto muy bien guardado que sí es conocido por la humanidad habría caos. Un secreto más grande que todos.

Este libro es tan intenso que desde el momento en que empiezas a leer te adueñas de la historia y se convierte en algo más. Es tan difícil de describir pero me encantan los libros como estos, que pueden transportarme tan fácil dentro de sus páginas, sintiendo el temor, la dicha, las ansías, la decepción o las alegrías de los personajes.
Me gustó como todo se va desenmarañando poco a poco. Las historias que datan de siglos atrás para comprender mejor toda la situación. ¡SUSPENSO TOTAL!

Es un excelente thriller, que no debes dejar de leer. Y el final... MI CORAZÓN LATÍA A MIL POR HORA.
 


 
Recomendadísimo.


 
*Tomé prestado el libro de la biblioteca de mi universidad* 

~Liss~

26 feb. 2013

Dualed by Elsie Chapman Review

 Dualed (Dualed #1) by Elsie Chapman
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: February 26th 2013 by Random House

Blurb

You or your Alt? Only one will survive.

The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.




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 Review
 
I can't do this review without spoilers so.. 



WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!



 

Honestly, this book was a little disappointing. Don't get me wrong. It has action, lot of action, but there are so many things that were nonsense to me. I couldn't understand why some decisions were made. It was a matter of life and death. How can be that hard? First 50 pages were most about explanations of how the world was built, the things about your Alt and bla bla bla. Then it all comes too fast. There was the "unexpected" Hmm.. Ok. It was expected that West fight with her Alt at some time, but why did she kept running away? She had OPPORTUNITIES and she wasted them. There were other ironic things, like, that the government wanted to have the best warriors of the country, but, why did they kept activating children to fight each other? Why just didn't they expect for them to have, at least, take the course of fight and weaponry? I didn't swallow that! 
 
END OF SPOILERS!! 

I expected a dystopian book with fights against the government. Not just a girl who fights and becomes like everybody else. I didn't saw anything special on her. I ended up with this question: why? Why????????

Gave it two stars instead of one, because at the begining it was really exiting. It was like being on the top of a beautiful mountain, just to come in peek to the ground where there's no beauty at all. :(


I know it wasn't my cup of tea, but I'm sure many of you will enjoy this book. I just couldn't see nothing that hold my attention. So I would recommend it to anyone who likes dystopians.

*Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC*

 ~Liss~

25 feb. 2013

Cover Reveal: Knotted Roots by Ruthi Kight

Author: Ruthi Kight
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: March 29th, 2013

Cover Artist: Regina Wamba, Mae I Design and Photography

Blurb:


Partying with friends and scoring a flawless tan is about all Roxie has on her list of things to make her Hampton's summer perfect.
Her parents, however, have other plans and Grandma Betty's farm is just one of them.
Just as her life is in shambles and the quaint town is suffocating her, she meets Chase.
Somewhere in the mix of bummer summer and small town doldrums, he becomes the boy she can't seem to avoid falling for. Just adding him to the picture, her stay starts to get better, even if she knows it has to end with the summer holidays.
That is until Betty drops a life-shattering bomb.
Roxie must make a choice that will change her life forever. What happens when a spoiled brat from New York learns the true meaning of love, loss, and forgiveness?
Can Chase and Roxie find a way to be together or is this just another summer romance?



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I'm posting this excerpt of the book, so you could all be teased by it! :)


“I think she will understand,” I said as I reached over and turned off the truck. As I leaned back my hand brushed his thigh, causing a sharp intake of breath from both of us. I looked at him and found his eyes staring at me hungrily.
“I don’t think...I can’t stay away from you Roxie,” he replied, his voice tense and strained.
“Then don’t,” I replied as I leaned towards him. I placed my hand on his arm and pulled his body closer to me. I lightly kissed him on his cheek, the stubble on his face scratching my lips gently. His smell intoxicated me, drawing me closer to him. Before I knew what was happening, he had his hand at the back of my neck, guiding my mouth to his.
When our lips met I thought my body would explode right there in the cab of his truck. A strange tingling sensation shot from my lips all the way to my toes, causing them to curl in upon themselves. It felt like he was lighting my entire body on fire. Our mouths worked together, our lips parting slightly to draw in a breath. When his tongue slipped between my lips I nearly fainted. The feel of him in my mouth caused a heat to stir in my stomach, the burn letting me know I was truly alive.

  

~Liss~

24 feb. 2013

Announcements!!

Hello! How's everybody doing? I'm so excited because my blog will be turning 6 months old on March 1st. YAY! *Throws confetti* So, I was thinking... Should I do a giveaway? 

¡Hola! ¿Como la están pasando todos? Estoy muy emocionada porque mi blog va a tener 6 mesesitos el 1ro de Marzo. SII!! *Tira confeti* Asi que, estaba pensando... ¿Debería de hacer un concurso?

But, I don't know. Maybe I'll do it, or maybe just save for my big ONE blogoversary :) How that sounds?

Pero, no lo sé. Tal vez lo haga, o talvez ahorre para mi gran bloganiversario de UN año :) ¿Como suena eso?






On another topic.. I'm behind my reviews. I've been posting them on Goodreads but not here. So I hope to catch up. And it's worse for the reviews of movies, because I have been posting them on my facebook profile. Hmm.. Time.. Where are you? Thanks for being around!

En otro tema.. Estoy atrasada con mis reseñas. Las he estado posteando en Goodreads pero no aquí. Asi que espero pueda ponerme al día. Y es peor para las reseñas de las películas, porque solo las he posteado en mi perfil de facebook. Hmm.. Tiempo... ¿Donde estás? ¡Gracias por pasar!

~Liss~

23 feb. 2013

All Over You by Emily Snow Review

All Over You (Devoured 0.5) by Emily Snow


http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1353434576l/16161536.jpgBefore Sienna was devoured, before Lucas was consumed, they were all over each other . . .

Lucas Wolfe is used to getting what he wants—from everyone but one person, that is—so when he meets the wardrobe assistant hired to work his band’s newest video, he’s got to have her. From the moment Sienna first obediently whispers “Yes, Mr. Wolfe”, he knows she’s perfect for him.

Three days.

And he’ll have her stripped down and bound to his bed.

Set two years before the events of DEVOURED, ALL OVER YOU is the story of Sienna and Lucas’s first encounter.
ebook. 57 pages
Published: Jan 1st, 2013


Review
 I can't remember how I ended up with this book on Amazon. I was intrigued because it has the same models as the ones on the cover of Easy by Tammara Webber. When I read the blurb.. I knew it wasn't like it. At all. They can share the same models on cover but not the same story. Though, they do coincidentially, have the same principal character's name: Lucas. It was free, it was a good blurb, only 57 pages. Why not read it?
After I started reading, I was literally drawn into the world of Sienna and Lucas... OMG! A ROCK STAR!!! The chemistry between them was so HOT! And poor Lucas, he really has problems. I think he could have done better if he only had look for her after what happened, but the end, definitely left you hungry for more. I HAVE TO BUY the next book: Devoured.
4 Stars!!
~Liss~

22 feb. 2013

Disconnect by Imran Siddiq Book Blitz

 
Disconnect by Imran Siddiq
Series: Divided Worlds Trilogy, #1

Publication date: February 22nd 2013
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
In space, love has boundaries.

Dirtying fingernails in sewers is fast approaching worthlessness for Zachary, a 16-year old Underworld scavenger. When footage of an Overworld girl, Rosa, is discovered, his intrigue heightens at why she expresses sadness with a lavish lifestyle.

In meeting Rosa, Zachary is scorned by her opinion of the deprived. She pities him and provides a means for them to communicate. With time, friendship and something he’s never felt grows; love for another human. Knowing Rosa calls him when it suits her isn’t enough; he wants to meet her, but how? Relationships in Underworld are few, let alone the impossibility with those above the ceiling.

Underworld will suffer when plans to conquer Jupiter’s moon, Europa move ahead. Worse is Rosa’s father, a disgraced Overworld ambassador, approving the plan.

Zachary must defeat the prejudice of the worlds, sneak within opposing forces, lose friends and challenge Rosa’s sadness. In doing so, a twisted secret is uncovered that may devour the reason he lives; Rosa.


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AUTHOR BIO
Imran Siddiq may have tried to leave Leicester a few times, but its become his place to wake up to two cats, freeze when the heating’s off and most of all, get down to writing. At a young age, his primary school teacher commented on his creativity and ability to tell stories.  At the age of 29, during a night in the jungle, the bug inside awakened, and for the last 5 years he’s been sacrificing every second that he can to write. A veteran of writing festivals, a presence on Twitter and gobbling up all forms of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, he hopes he can bring a smile to others in the same way that he had, aged 5, reading with a torch under his duvet. Imran’s preferred genre  is YA Sci Fi, and he has a tendency to throw a droid in every novel.

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Excerpt!
Chapter 2 - Hacked

The orange glow of internal lamps within Shantytown blurred above Zachary’s rush. The home he shared with his dad lay on the ground floor of a tower, a short distance from the entrance to the town.
He altered his grip of the supple package so as not to alert the attention of the beggars that lived along the gutter-trenches. Yanking keys attached by string from a pocket, he undid four door-locks on his front door. The inside offered a stove, table, and two chairs in the first section. Opposing corridors in the middle led off to the two bedrooms and at the far end was the bits-and-pieces zone. From behind ragged cloths attached to the corrugated iron-sheeted walls, he took a match from a box and lit the single lantern to illuminate the area above the table. Shadows formed like creeping creatures, moving deeper into the dark at the rear.
He peered down at the contents of the saucepan on the single electric plate of the stove. Minced rabbit meat. Spores of white fluff covered it. A putrid smell, worse than the sewers, invaded his nostrils. With his thoughts attached to the Intercom, he’d trusted the claim that it was fresh meat when he bought it. Zachary retched. Nothing came out.
Shekhar’s seven Leo-coins would have purchased an armful of potatoes instead, but it’d been months since he’d consumed something worth chewing. Almost all his dad earned disappeared to the slumlords of District Two and the Resourcers, who didn’t deserve payment for their volt-line stealing induction coils.
With one cup from a tub of water into the saucepan, then, nostrils squeezed, he slid the lid over it.
Zachary drew back the curtain next to the stove. Inside the alcove, a Haulage- 404 droid hung mid-way from bolts secured to the wall. The Haulages were ancient, labour-efficient droids used for construction purposes. Oblong headed with two circular eyes and a blocky plated jaw, the droid resembled a muscular human clad in copper armour. With one defunct eye, its left arm removed, and nothing below its waist this was a little more complete than the one on Biro’s table. Skin. Zachary wriggled the image from his mind as he stroked the droid’s torso. No – this was how droids were meant to be. Metal and screws.
To the rear section of his home sat the Bombay core-generator. He often wondered how his bulky-framed dad managed to step over the toilet-hole to reach it. Five LEDs along the Bombay’s top remained empty. Zachary swapped two crocodile clips over, and then rotated the generator’s wheel. The LEDs remained unchanged, even after a third rotation.
“Come on.”
His dad had paid the Resourcers their twice-weekly charge – hadn’t he? Loosening his tense fingers, he banged the top of the generator. An internal component whirred as two of the LEDs lit up with a soft aqua tone.

“Next time you do that, I’ll shove my screwdriver in and dismantle you,” Zachary growled at it.

Back at the droid, Zachary took the coiled-tube that ran the length of his home from the stove’s socket. Clearing dust from an exposed chest-plate on the droid, he thrust the coiled-tube inward. A current sizzled along twisted circuitry. Tiny blue lights illuminated its functioning eye.

“Hello, Patch,” said Zachary pulling over a chair.

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21 feb. 2013

Cast of Stones FINALE!



On Tour with Prism Book Tours















The Herbwomen of secret lore

The World of The Staff & the Sword

The Readers of the cast lots

The Watchmen, elite warriors

The Clergy of power



LAUNCH-DAY BLAST! 



1/23 - Backing Books - Herbwomen Beginning

      the herbwomen were the seeds of a reformation      

1/24 – Christian Novels – Review – World Creation

"I elected to use a setting I knew very well: Rock Island State Park in Tennessee. It’s a beautiful place with waterfalls and lush hills and rugged terrain".

1/25 – I Am a Reader, Not a Writer – Readers Patrick Carr on Origins 

If I didn’t come up with some kind of limitation, I was going to have a book filled with the equivalent of a bunch of super-wizards



1/27 – Reads to Reels – Watchmen Beginning

Why do the men of the watch wear black? How come none of them have last names?

1/28 – LDS & Lovin’ It - Clergy Origins

I decided to name the collection of benefices the judica. In Latin, judica means judge. So the catch phrase of the benefices became “Judica me Deas” which would be the equivalent of “Judge me, O Lord.”

1/29 – Proud Book Nerd - World Visuals

I am very much interested to see where this series is going, and will be eagerly waiting for Book 2, The Hero’s Lot.

1/30 – Open the Page - Herbwomen Goals

we find that the herbwomen had perhaps the biggest secret of all

1/31 – Wonderings of One Person – Review - Readers Goals

Errol became my Luke Skywalker and I needed to come up with an Obi-wan Kenobi.


2/1 – RELEASE-DAY BLAST! 



2/3 – Simple Wyrdings - Watchmen Elite Warriors

I really really liked this book!

2/4 – Bookworm Lisa – Review – Clergy Goals

This book is very well written and appealing.

2/5 – Passion & Life – Readers Excerpt from Patrick Carr

This is probably one of my favorite excerpts from the entire series. It was so much fun to write...

2/6 – Kari’s Crowded Bookshelf – Review Herbwomen Visuals

I like how the whole book had a very medieval feel to it... I couldn't put it down.

2/7 – Coffee, Books & Me - Readers Visuals

  


2/8 – Backing Books – Review – World Goals


Errol is perhaps the most realistic hero I have ever read about.

2/10 – Letters to the Cosmos - Watchmen by Patrick Carr

The next guy, Merodach was easy. As soon as I described him as having hair so blond it was almost silver and blue eyes, I knew Rutger Hauer was the perfect model. I loved him in the movie “Ladyhawke.”

2/11 – Colorimetry – Clergy Excerpt

"Only a fool could fail to see you have a story to tell and I would not
have it said that I kept an injured man on his feet."


2/12 – ADD Librarian Herbwomen Excerpt

Sometimes a book comes along that you didn’t know you were waiting for until you read it, and somehow your world is more complete.

2/13 – Worthy 2 Read – Review - Watchmen Excerpt

Forsaking their names, they called themselves the watch and... swore an oath never to outlive their king in battle again.

2/15 – Pieces of Whimsy – Review - Readers Excerpt

I was hooked from the first page. I fell in love with the writing, the style and the way the words flowed. The story also grabbed from the beginning, it was exciting and adventurous and deep, and I couldn't stop reading!



2/17 – CTF Devourer – Review

 The best spiritual reference is actually the night Errol stays with the priest he delivered a message to. Not having gone this long without a drink in years, he is sick the whole night through, but rather than the judgment and condemnation like he receives from his local church leader, this priest shows compassion and grace, promising and following through on the promise, to help Errol through the night.

2/18 – Pause Time - Readers Visuals

I'm a difficult reader to please within the fantasy/medieval genre, because I'm not really into it... Now I'm pleased to say that A Cast of Stones is another one of the rarities  that manages to captivate me with its world and that Patrick Carr is definitely one to watch.

2/19 – A Backwards Story – Review – World Excerpt

Sudden pains shot through his calves and he grimaced, struggling against unaccustomed weariness. He shouldn’t be tired. He’d run this trail and others as difficult a thousand times.

2/19 - Christy’s Cozy Corner – Herbwomen Excerpt


Errol stepped toward the herbwoman. Her head rested against the bars in front of him, her eyes milky with blindness.

One shriveled hand stretched through, touched him on the face. It was warm. A voice too soft to carry past the bars greeted him. Old eyes gazed at him in wonder. “You’ve been touched by Aurae. Thank the creator! I did not know any of the solis yet lived.” She paused. “Deas’ hand is on you.”



2/20 – Min Reads & Reviews – Watchmen Excerpt


“Errol Stone.” 

The lieutenant nodded. “An
orphan."


2/21 – FINALE BLAST

2/25 - Winner TBA

Jill Williamson – Review 

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