Primeiras quickies de 2013

Este post será bilingue, because I said so (e para as autoras entenderem o que raio é que eu estou aqui a dizer) 

Magnificent devices
Magnificent devices #3
Shelley Adina
Editora: Moonshell Books
Kindle Edition
216 páginas

Sinopse:

An air voyage to remember turns into a disaster no one may survive.
With her orphaned charges, Lady Claire Trevelyan joins the Earl of Dunsmuir’s family on an airship voyage to the Americas. If she can stay out of Lord James Selwyn’s way until her eighteenth birthday, she will be of age and cannot be forced into marriage. What she doesn’t know is that Lord James is in the Americas, too, with Andrew Malvern closing in on him—and the wonderful device he stole. But when a storm cripples the airship and air pirates swoop in like carrion birds, Claire and the children must live by their wits to make their way across a harsh landscape. Will Andrew ever see her again and right the wrong he believes he has done? Will Lord James succeed in his monumental thievery? And how exactly does Rosie the chicken evade the soup pot?
Tighten your goggles, pull on your gloves, and prepare yourself for stratagems and strangeness in the third book in the series, Magnificent Devices!

Tal como todas as séries, este terceiro livro é mais de transição, que impulsionará o próximo livro da série (estando programados pelo menos sete livros). Pouca coisa acontece neste terceiro livro, apenas dois momentos são importantes: primeiro quando Claire e a airship Lady Lucy é atacada por piratas do ar, e num segundo momento quando James reencontra Claire e volta-se ao ambiente tenso que fechou o livro anterior. Contudo, nestes dois momentos temos uma séria exploração de conflitos, resolução dos mesmos e acção para não deixar o leitor dormir! James está cada vez mais detestável, enquanto Claire tenta proteger as crianças e acaba por ter de lutar pela sua vida. Andrew, por outro lado, está a ficar um pouco mais apagado, mesmo que isso signifique que quero puxar cabelos, chegar à beira dele e dizer “Casa com a gaja e cala-te!”. A nova personagem de Alice poderá ser um novo estorvo ao pseudo-relacionamento de Andrew com Claire (que é platónico), mas que é uma bela aquisição para a série. 
O quarto livro da série chega em 2013 e a capa já foi revelada. Quem quiser, poderá ler um excerto no site da autora (que é um amor de pessoa).

English version:

Magnificent devices represent a book of transition inside the series. Whereas the previous book was full of twists and surprises, this third one slows the pace of action, taking some time to explore more items of steampunk and worlbuild. The books can be parted in two moments: the skypirates attack and the train scene. These two scenes suffice to explore more about the character Claire, who is still trying to make her path into the world, trying to survive with her rebel wards. 
Shelley Adina is aware that conflict makes the world turn, which is the book even a transition one, never lacks action and ends with a cliffhanger for the next book: Brilliant devices. The conflicts are all solved and only in the end, the reader is left with something more for the next one. The characters suffer little development, only Andrew appears less in Magnificent devices and James is still detestable, though for some times it makes us really wonder if he is the villain of the series or the books, as he became the villain only in Her own devices. 
The series are a good way of writers to explore plot and how plot can be planned through a major conflict and then smaller ones. Also it is nice to see real steampunk with lots of action, a hint of feminism AND Rosie! Who thought hens and steampunk would blend so well? The fourth book will be available this year and an excerpt can be read here.

Mark of the rose
Tudor Vampire Chronicles #3
Kate Pearce
Editora: Penguin group
309 páginas
Sinopse: 

After hearing that Vampires have returned to the court of Henry VIII, Rhys Williams must form an unwanted alliance with Verity Llewellyn, a lady-in-waiting to the new queen. His childhood companion has grown into a clever and beautiful woman, but she is completely untried as a Vampire hunter. The revelation that the queen is pregnant only makes the situation all the more dangerous. Who is systematically draining her blood and how, without being noticed?
As Rhys and Verity work together to untangle the mystery, the battle to save the queen and the heir to the throne heats up—as does the uncontrollable passion between them.

Têm noção que eu ando a contar as mulheres do Henry VIII para ver até quando a série dá para esticar?  (sim eu sei, it may sound ridiculous, mas eu ando a ver as personagens secundárias e pensar “ora bem ainda falta um par para esta e aquela, o que já dá mais dois livros… yeeeeey. Pelas minhas contas ainda faltam três mulheres, por isso!)
Neste terceiro livro da série encontramos a prima de Rosalind, Verity, que vive na sombra da sua prima e com um casamento falhado. A série apresenta um twist engraçado da história dos Tudors, de forma light, com detalhes históricos interessantes (o motto da Jane Seymour: Bound to serve and obey era um claro contraste à mentalidade de Verity, que representa a mulher moderna, consciente da sua sexualidade, que quer domar o seu futuro consciente do seu passado). Elias continua a ser uma das personagens favoritas, frio e calculista, sempre pronto para ajudar de acordo com os seus interesses. Gostava de dizer que Rhys perdera a força, mas julgo que já nos livros anteriores, o que mais nos atrai nas personagens são os constantes erros que elas fazem. Rhys neste terceiro livro comete alguns erros para com Verity: duvida da força dela, manda-a para casa, diz o nome da Rosalind enquanto estão enrolados (you’re a fucking idiot, Rhys). Mas claro que no fim tudo acaba bem… menos para as mulheres do rei. O epílogo faz com que o leitor berre e implore por um 4º livro, embora duvide que haja um. Este foi publicado em 2011 e os outros dois em 2010, o que é uma pena, porque esta série é infinitamente melhor que a do House of Pleasure. Por isso, mrs. Pearce escreva pelo menos uma história para o Elias… pweety pwease?
English version:

The third book (and probably last one ;_; oh cruel world) of the Tudor Vampire Chronicles explores the character of Verity, Rosalind’s cousin, who lives in her shadow. This trilogy represents a funny twist of the Tudors in a light form, with interesting historical facts, such as the motto of Jane Seymour: Bound to serve and obey, which is the opposite of Verity’s way of life. Verity resembles the modern woman, aware of her sexuality, who wants to take full control of her future with the mistakes of the past fresh inside her mind. Elias is THE favourite character, he is still cold and always ready to help as long as it serves his purposes (what else would you expect from a vampire?). 
Though at the beginning, I really thought Rhys had lost some strength, him being the main character of this book, I still believe that all characters make mistakes in this series. Rosalind made plenty of mistakes in the last two books (not to mention the king, yes, go ahead, kill your wives). Hence, Rhys mistakes towards Verity: him doubting about her skills, sending her home, moaning Rosalind’s’ name while kissing her, makes me think he was an idiot and Verity would probably be better left with Elias. Everything ends up well… except for Henry VIII wives. 
The epilogue shouts for a 4th book starring Elias, buuuut as this one was published in 2011 and the previous two in 2010, I have no faith that a 4th book will come, which is a shame, as I consider this series so much better than the House of Pleasure. So pleeeease, Mrs. Pearce can you write at least one more, one more book starring Elias… pweety pwease? We still have three wives left, there’s plenty of room to kill another two at least!
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About Adeselna Davies

Occasionally works as an English and German teacher, also loves to read all kind of books and wish someone would pay her to read and write reviews forever. She is also a magazine designer and writes short-stories.

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