jueves, 23 de julio de 2015

The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)The Magicians by Lev Grossman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was really hard for me to finish reading it, too long, too boring at some points, too many recalls to other books, what about that Fillory/Narnia thing?, I know it was the intention but it is just TOO much.

I do not liked this book, it wasn´t bad, but I am not sure I will continue reading this saga.

Hope you enjoy it better.

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Uff it have been a long time!!

More than a year without being around here, fortunatelly for me and for you too, lol, things have change at my job, so know I can have and will have more time to spend around here.

A bomb of reviews lost in time will follow.

In the meantime let me take you a picture, so I don't forget you too soon...


martes, 24 de diciembre de 2013

Feliz Nochebuena!! ... Merry Christmas Eve!!

Pues Feliz Nochebuena he dicho!!! Días sin escribir, esta vida que nos trae muy ocupados.

Este día me he levantado muy temprano, ya que Santa Claus les escribió una carta a mis hijos y alguien tenia que recibirla, también Santa tenia pendiente envolver algunos regalos, y me pidió ayuda, por que como todos los hombres, no consigue hacer todo; y puesto que la Sra. Claus se quedó en el Polo Norte, haciendo cosas propias de las sras. de la casa, pues no me ha quedado mas remedio que ayudarle yo en los pendientes que tenía.

En fin les deseo una Nochebuena llena de dicha, acompañados por familia y amigos y que puedan disfrutar de una maravillosa velada juntos.

Que Santa Claus les traiga todo lo que han deseado y que haya mucha paz en sus vidas.

A pocos días de terminar el año, lo cierro sin haber cumplido con el numero de libros que quería leer, pero si he roto mi record de los últimos tres años, así que ya es algo, termino el año leyendo The Fiery Heart de Richelle Mead, hasta ahora va muy bien.

Besos y abrazos desde mi lugar en el mundo que sean muy felices hoy y siempre!!



Merry Christmas Eve everyone!!!

I don't know you, but in the place I live is pretty much important this day than tomorrow, basically because today is when the families get together, have dinner, and sing, and pray and drink, and have fun, and tomorrow is just open gifts and maybe eat the leftovers of today.

Anyway Merry Christmas Eve!!!

Today I woke up pretty early cause Santa Claus send I letter to my kids, and someone had to be up to recieve it, also Santa needed my help to finish wrapping some presents, and because Ms. Claus stayed at North Pole, doing the things housewives do, well I had no choice but to help him.

So, I'm finishing this year and unfortunatelly I didn't acomplished my tbr list, I didnt get to read 60 books, buuut I read more books than the past 3 years , so that has to be something,  my last book of this year is The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead, so far so good.

Kisses and hugs from my place in the world, wish you happiness today and always!!


viernes, 15 de noviembre de 2013

Follow Friday: Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia


Jennifer Murgia
Young Adult Fiction – Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: September 9, 2014
ISBN10: 9781937053 - ISBN13: 9781937053567
Cover Designer: Lisa Amowitz
Formats: Trade Paper, e-book

Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago... and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to—one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder—a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.

About the Author:

Jennifer Murgia has long loved the dark and speculative—and it’s from these dark places that she weaves fantastical stories, often hoping to find truth in them. Her Young Adult Fantasy & Contemporary novels include the upcoming Historical FOREST OF WHISPERS (9/9/14 – Spencer Hill Press), BETWEEN THESE LINES, ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, her two children, and a very spoiled cat. Jennifer is represented by Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary Agency. amanda@macgregorlit.com

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Website: www.jennifermurgia.com

Email: jennifermurgia8@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.murgia

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenniferMurgia

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jennifermurgia

Goodreads TBR: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18506004-forest-of-whispers

martes, 2 de julio de 2013

Author Interview and Giveaway: Shannon Delany

Shannon Delany on  Weather Witch...

June 25, 2013
St.Martin's Griffins

In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party–but certainly not the one she gets!Jordan Astraea,
who has lived out all of her life in Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhood, is preparing
to celebrate her birthday with friends, family and all the extravagance they might muster.
The young man who is most often her dashing companion, Rowen Burchette, has told her a surprise awaits her and her best friend, Catrina Hollindale, wouldn’t miss this night for all the world!
But storm clouds are gathering and threatening to do far more than dampen her party plans because someone in the Astraea household has committed the greatest
of social sins by Harboring a Weather Witch.

So recently I had the pleasure of reading Weather Witch, and being honest, first I was a bit skeptical, but page by page Shannon Delany and her awesome and imaginary view of Philadelphia earned every bit of my attention. I loved this book, the atmosphera, the characters, the story, I'm sure that you will love it too. So to know a bit more about it and the way it was created Shannon share some of her time with us, and we love her for that.
1.For you, and your writing process, how different was 13 to Life series, from Weather Witch?
It was very different because, in order to give proper respect to the time period, I had to do more research throughout the writing and I found it necessary to take a different voice and point of view. After writing 5 novels in 1st person POV, it would have been an easy (and probably lazy) choice to continue a brand new series that way. Weather Witch is allowing me to stretch and explore as an author and I appreciate my fans allowing me to do that.
2. Do you think, writing a historical paranormal novel was a risk? If so, why?
Absolutely! People freak out when it comes to history. You either risk having readers who will crucify you for taking too many artistic liberties with history (a subject which we are still discovering!) or you risk having readers who don't even pick it up because they think if it's history it has to be boring. Let's face it: paranormal YA with significant amounts of romance is a safe genre to write in. And I could write it forever. But what would I learn as an artist by doing that? Art is about risk. It's scary but necessary.
3. What novels do you prefer writing and reading, contemporary or historical, and why?
I love a little bit of everything and it really depends on my mood. I devour fluffy historical romances but love the spice and speed of contemporaries and the imagination of high fantasy and science fiction. Give me a good character and I'll read anything.
4.I have to say I wasn't a big fan of Jordan, because I felt her like a very spoiled girl, but I feel she will grow a lot more in the next book, did you have any real life inspiration for this character?

I believe you don't have to like a character immediately to be able to connect to him or her eventually--to understand their motivation and issues. Yes, there is plenty of real life (and historical) inspiration rolled into Jordan. Jordan's a child of privelege (and few of us can say the same). She's never wanted for anything except her parents' attention (or that of her absentee sisters) until the dramatic end of her seventeenth birthday party. Even then she reacts the way many of us would--with disbelief. She's rattled--stunned. She's sure this shouldn't have happened to her, it'll all be fixed by someone other than her--she's not even attempting to take control of her life for quite a while. In today's society that's hard for us to understand (but historically many women did just this--they waited and held out hope for rescue). Today we're big on independence and being individuals. We think we can fix everything (and often blunder our way around trying). SPOILER: I love Jordan because as much as Bran tries to break her, he fails. It's her breaking heart that Makes her in the end--it's her heart that Makes her head toward her own power.

5. I read a comment of yours a couple of days ago, refering to a surprise Rowen gave to you. How does it feel when you realize your characters are very much alive, sort of?

I always think of my characters as living (that's why it's so hard to hurt them the way I have to sometimes). But, because I let them take the lead in my stories it makes the writing far more interactive for me. I basically let them do what comes naturally and I record it as accurately as I can, like a news journalist should.

6.I love romance and I miss it in weather witch, are we are going to have a bit more of it in the sequel? If you can't answer this is totally ok, is just big fan curiosity.

I knew I was taking a big risk by separating my love birds so fast in Weather Witch (it flies in the face of the romance formula), but Jordan and Rowen wouldn't have had a real chance at growing out of being spoiled and protected except by tearing them apart and throwing them into the real (fictional) world of 1844 Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. I can tell you that in Book 3 there is romance but things for these two aren't going to be easy and in that way they are far more realistic than Jess and Pietr in 13 TO LIFE.
7. I like to question this to all the authors. What is the best moment for you, while writing a new book?

The actual writing--when you're zipping along throwing words on paper and seeing through another character's eyes and then BOOM they change everything and you not only discover something about them, you also learn something about yourself. It's the act of discovery that's inherent in the writing process that I love most.
Crazy Book Reader will like to thank very very much to Mrs. Shannon Delany for her kind generosity and share her time with us.
About the Author
 Shannon Delany has always been surrounded by books! Her aunt was a head librarian and her father was always trying some new creative endeavor. She grew up with a fierce love of history and studied social studies education and foreign language and culture in college. After substitute teaching in every grade level and subject area in Pennsylvania and Maryland she taught for five years in Florida and then moved back north to be around family. With the birth of her son she decided to become serious about writing and worked freelance jobs until she landed a contract with St. Martin's Press for the 13 TO LIFE series--all because of a contest one critique partner warned her against!


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miércoles, 8 de mayo de 2013

Reseña: The Immortale Rules de Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules
de Julie Kagawa
Harlequin Teen
464 pg.
Marzo 2013
"No hagas duelo por lo perdido, simplemente sigue adelante"-Allie

Decadas después de que el Viros Rojo Pulmonar ha diezmado la población humana, las ciudades han sucumbido y un nuevo orden a tomado el control del mundo, los Vampiros.

Los inmortales, también fueron afectados por la epidemia. Ahora principes vampiros decadentes, gobiernan con puño de hierro las destruidas ciudades, cuidando con recelo sus proveedores de alimento, su ganado de sangre. Los humanos han sido registrados y enlistados para sus donaciones regulares de sangre.

Eta es la realidad de Allison Sekemoto. Los vampiros se han llevado la familia y los sueños de Allie. Sola y sin enlistar, pepena el Fringe para sobrevivir. Anhela escapar de la destruida ciudad, pero nadie sobrevive por mucho tiempo fuera de la muralla. Hay peores pesadillas afuera que adentro.

Pero al enfrentarse a la muerte Allie escoge convertirse en lo que mas odia. Es convertida por Kanin, un enigmatico vampiro que va en contra de la ley, quien le enseña también impresionantes y sorpresivas cosas, como pelear, como alimentarse, como entender sus nuevos sentidos. Ella es un mounstro, pero es ella quien debe decidir que clase de mounstro será.

La última prueba llega cuando Allie conoce a un grupo de humanos que estan en busca de un legendario lugar llamado Eden. Y es el segundo en comando, un joven, de ojos azules quien la desarma. Valiente, noble e inocente Zeke cree que Allie es una buena persona. Persona. Por cuanto tiempo podrà ella oculatr su verdad? Todo se resumira, en cual de sus apetitos sea mayor.
Escribir esta reseña no fue fácil, así que empezaré con decir, que me encanta Julie Kagawa, sus historias y su manera de escribir, estoy completamente enamorada de la saga The Iron Fey, así que esperaba bastante de este libro. En alguna ocasión leí un comentario de Julie, diciendo que no estaba interesada en escribir ningun libro de vampiros, pues ya habia mucho material al respecto, y debo decir que tenia razon. A primera vista, o leida, el libro me recordo mucho a libros previamente leidos, como Black City de Elizabeth Richards y a todos los libros de las saga Morganville Vampires. Hay muchos detalles que no son solo parecidos, sino completamente iguales. Afortunadamente este sentimiento fue borrado una vez que la acción empezó, una vez que Allie es convertida en vampiro la situación cambió y pude disfrutar de la lectura, el libro en general es un tanto predecible, pero la historia de suspenso, el terror y un malvado por ahi que anda haciendo de las suyas, hacen que valga la pena leer el libro. Allie es ruda y valiente y eso me gusta en todos los personajes principales femeninos, y Kanin, el vampiro que la convirtio es un tipo fresco que no se involucra mucho, solo busca ayudarla un poco y en el inter tratar de solucionar sus errores del pasado; también me encantó el hecho de que ella no se enamorara de él, eso hubiera sido un patetico cliche. Allie lucha constantemente entre mantener vivos o comerse a los humanos con quien esta. Ella empieza a enamorarse de Zeke, el segundo al mando en este grupo de humanos, pero la relación entre ellos se vuelve confusa y queda inconclusa. Me entusiasma leer que pasará con ellos y si podrán o no estar un juntos en un mundo post apocaliptico en donde o te estas muriendo de hambre, o tu mismo eres la comida.
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Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa nacio en Sacramento, California. Pero ahi no le paso nada emocionante. Asi a la edad de 9 años, su familia se mudo a Hawai, la cual, la pronto, estaba habitada por grandes colonias de insectos carnivoros y colonias de geckos, y frecuentes huracanes. Paso mucho de su tiempo en el oceano, cuandono estaba siendo perseguida, por tiburones, medusas o extrañas anguilas.
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Book Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To
by Katie McGarry
Harlequin Teen
480 pg.
May 2013
"I dare you…"
If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does….
Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock—with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.
But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams—and his life—for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

Ok, this was definitely a page turning, Once I started it I couldn't stop, I barely did anything else, I read it in just one day, I'm used to paranormal and fantasy, so reading someting different was refreshing.

This book is amazing, the love story ,yes it is so great, but beyond it, Beth story, all her tragedy, the world she lives in, it is so well written, disturbing but at the same time, you can totally understand her and the way she acts.

There is so much to like about Ryan, he is cute, handsome. athletic, smart, a gentleman and also his life is not a piece of cake.

It is a really good book, it is enterteining, different, it portraits really well real life.

But over all in Dare You To, we can see that there is no need of paranormal, to read about real disturbing monsters, because the monsters are within ourselfes, and McGarry makes such an amazing job, by telling us about monsters in such a dramatic way but still she does it so soft that you don't want to cry out all the way.

With this book I laughed, I cried and I hoped.

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KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

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martes, 7 de mayo de 2013

Book Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules
By Julie Kagawa
Harlequin Teen
464 pg.
March 2013
Writting this review for me is not easy, so first I will start with what I loved about this book. First, I love Julie Kagawa and her work, I'm in love with The Iron Fey series, also of Julie Kagawa, so I expected a lot of this book. I read a comment that once Julie said that she didn't want to write a vampire book, because there were so many of them already, and I agree, although she manage to make a different story, it still remind me about some books previously read, including Black City of Elizabeth Richards, and  Morganville Vampires Series of Rachel Caine. This feeling was soon washed out when the action started, Allie is such an unexpected character, I mean she is rude and brave, someting different in a main character, and Kanin OMG, he is awesome, I like that he is not the cool guy with all the anwers he is just a vampire trying to get on with his life and fix some of his biggest mistakes, I loooved that fact that they two weren't and issue, that have been such a cliche.
This book tells us the story of Allie's journey, between being a human starving to death all time, and worrying of being eaten, to being a newborn vampire not wanting to turn into a monster but realizing this is maybe her only choice.
Discovering her alternatives, Allie decides to help a group of humans she met, and the adventures begin. Allie struggles between trying to keep them alive and not to eat them, and also with the feelings she is having for this sweet and noble guy Zeke, who will give his live for the other humans with him. The story between Zeke and Allie is not concluded, although it is obvious they like each other, we still need to see what will happen next. I'm excited about seeing them together, but will that  be possible in a post apocaliptic world, in which you are either food or starving?
In order not to spoil more this book, I will stop my review here, in the end it was a good book, I didn't love it, but really liked it, I must read tne next book in the series.
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Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn't getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
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