PREVIEW | Sarah J. MAAS: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

Ad un anno esatto dall’uscita del primo volume, A Court of Mist and Fury di Sarah J Maas, secondo volume della serie A Court Of Thorns and Roses (anche titolo del primo volume), ha finalmente una cover, una trama e una data. Il 5 maggio 2016 A Court of Mist and Fury sarà infatti acquistabile  sia negli USA che in UK.

 A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Editore Bloomsbury
ISBN 9781619634466
Pagine 432
Prezzo $ 18.99 hardback
$ 13.99 ebook
Uscita 03 may 2016
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A Court of Mist and Fury
Sarah J Maas

A Court Of Thorns and Roses, book 2

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Il primo volume della serie:
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

REVIEW | Naomi NOVIK: Uprooted

Finally my review of Uprooted, a book written by Naomi Novik and published in may 2015 by Penguin Random House. Uprooted is a fantasy that takes its root from fairytales and spins a tale of magic and love.

Review Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Rating: ★★★★½
Editore Penguin Random House
ISBN 9780804179034
Pagine 448
Prezzo $ 25.00 hardback
$ 12.99 kindle
Uscita 19th may 2015
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Naomi Novik

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

Review Uprooted by Naomi Novik

He was a thing of books and alembics to me, library and laboratory.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik has that particular feel of an old tale told in front of the fireplace, surrounded by a warm, old and comfy blanket, with a cup of tea or chocolate at hand. It makes you imagine  a tale of adventures, foe, great feat and, maybe, an everlasting love. I don’t like to spoiler things for anyone and with this book it can happen easily. Thus I will not tell anything too specific about the story, you can already decide if it is intriguing or not by reading the plot and the excerpt. I will tell you only this…. Uprooted gave me all of what I listed above and even more. I’m sorry to be so late in speaking of this book because it was one of the best of 2015 for me but it’s not always so simple to put my thoughts on words after reading a book I liked so much.
It starts with a premise non truly original but then takes unespected turns because of the story behind. A story that the author keeps firmly secret till the end, when all is finally clear to the reader. Therefore it’s all revealed by degrees so as to truly appreciate the world Novik has invented. It was this author’s skill that made me appreciate the book more…it’s not really common to find an author that can keep the reader oblivious for the majority of a story, much less for an entire book! And we can’t forget about the MCs! Both the female and male MC are truly inspired. The opposite one of the other. Him, the Dragon. A gruff, rude, sophisticated, sociopathic know-it-all (yeah, I know but he is such a character XD). Her, the peasant. A common, ignorant, wild, unkempt young thing. It is obvious that the clash of wills soon makes any kind of fear Agnieszka could have ever felt pass quickly.
Before this book, I hadn’t read anything of this author but it’s sure now that she has gained a new follower.

PREVIEW | Mindy McGINNIS : A Madness So Discreet

From HarperTEEN an interesting new novel about a girl who is sent to an insane asylum but finds a new life helping a criminal psychology doctor. A novel that combines murder, madness and mystery in a beautifully twisted gothic historical thriller.

 A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Editore Katherine Tegen Books
ASIN/ISBN 9780062320865
Prezzo $ 10.99 ebook
$ 17.99 hardcover
Pagine 384
Uscita 06 october 2015
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Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

REVIEW | Christy CARLYLE: One Scandalous Kiss (Accidental Heirs #1)

 One Scandalous Kiss (Accidental Heirs #1) by Christy Carlyle
Rating: ★★★½☆
Publisher Avon Impulse
ISBN/ASIN 9780062428004
Prezzo € 1.99 ebook
€ 6.99 paperback
Pagine 432
Uscita 8 september 2015 ebook
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One Scandalous Kiss
Christy Carlyle

Accidental Heirs #1

When a scheming marquess’ daughter offers her one hundred pounds to publicly kiss a nobleman, a desperate Jessamin Wright agrees. She believes the money will save her failing bookstore and finally free her from her father’s debts. But when Jess bursts into an aristocratic party and shocks the entire ton, she never expects to enjoy the outrageous embrace she shares with a grim viscount.

Lucius Crawford, Viscount Grimsby, has never met, or kissed, anyone like the beautiful suffragette who unsettles him with a single touch. He has always strived for control and avoided passion at all costs. Lucius is determined to protect his title and restore the estate he’s unexpectedly inherited, but Jess’ appearance in his life poses a threat to his plans and his heart. After a country house party brings them together once more, neither can resist temptation, and both find that one scandalous kiss just isn’t enough.

Because of a kiss started for the wrongest of motives, Jess and Lucius find a true and profound love. (I cannot say I wouldn’t want a Lucius for myself…I do love the brooding types that smile only for me. 😉 )

This book is one of those you need to savor. It is slow paced and full of feelings. It’s also set in a period of which authors don’t write enough. Jessamin, in fact, is a suffragette who writes speeches for meetings and, at the same times, tries to make ends meet with a bookshop that her father has left heavily indebted because of his gambling addiction. When a Lady offers a hundred pounds for a stolen kiss to a Lord Grim(sby) because she feels rejected by him (in a childish and seflish way if you ask me) Jess, desperate to save the shop, rashly accepts… and in so doing starts a series of events to which no one would have thought.
I really enjoyed Christy Carlyle’s style of writing. I found it perfect for the time she is speaking about, “fluent” and rich. I liked all her characters too, the likeable ones and the ones not so much (I couldn’t stand his sister and I would have slapped her a time or two…or three XD). Even if the story is not perfect, many can say it is too slow, for me it was a very good “first read” from this new author. The perfect book to read when you want something that can soothe your mind and engage your feelings.