Novidade Quinta Essência: Lago perdido

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SARAH ADDISON ALLEN
Ano da Edição / Impressão / 2014
Número Páginas / 280
ISBN / 9789897261367
Editora / QUINTA ESSÊNCIA
Tradução/ Inês Castro

Disponível a partir de 08/07

Sinopse:

Uma história bela e arrebatadora sobre amores antigos e novos, e o poder das ligações que nos unem para sempre…
A primeira vez que Eby Pim viu Lago Perdido foi num postal. Apenas uma fotografia antiga e algumas palavras num pequeno quadrado de papel pesado, mas quando o viu soube que estava a olhar para o seu futuro.
Isso foi há metade de uma vida. Agora Lago Perdido está prestes a deslizar para o passado de Eby. O seu marido George faleceu há muito tempo. A maior parte da sua exigente família desapareceu. Tudo o que resta é uma velha estância de cabanas outrora encantadoras à beira do lago a sucumbirem ao calor e à humidade do Sul da Georgia, e um grupo de inadaptados fiéis atraídos para Lago Perdido ano após ano pelos seus próprios sonhos e desejos. É bastante, mas não o suficiente para impedir Eby de abrir mão de Lago Perdido e vendê-lo a um empreiteiro.
Este é por isso o seu último verão no lago… até que uma última oportunidade de reencontrar a família lhe bate à porta.

A autora:
Sarah Addison Allen nasceu e cresceu em Asheville, na Carolina do Norte. O Jardim Encantado, a sua obra de estreia, foi distinguido com o prémio SIBA Novel Of the Year, da Associação de Livreiros Independentes do Sul, para melhor romance de 2008, e em Portugal já tem mais de dez mil exemplares vendidos. O Quarto Mágico foi eleito, em maio de 2009, Romance Feminino do Ano, referente a 2008, pela revista Romantic Times.

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Novidades Saída de Emergência

image002Histórias dos Sete Reinos
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
Tradução de Jorge Candeias

Chancela: Saida de Emergência
Coleção: BANG
Data 1ª Edição: 04/07/2014
ISBN: 9789896376420
Nº de Páginas: 336

Leia as primeiras páginas aqui

Uma obra composta por 3 contos passados cerca de 100 anos antes do início da saga e que ajuda a compor e a entender melhor o mundo criado por George Martin.
– O Cavaleiro de Westeros
– A Espada Ajuramentada
– O Cavaleiro Mistério

PDF do artigo: O regresso a Westeros; as aventuras de Dunk & Egg por Safaa Dib

Sinopse
Cerca de cem anos antes de A Guerra dos Tronos, um cavaleiro desafia as leis dos Sete Reinos…

Nos últimos dias do reinado do Rei Daeron, com os Sete Reinos em paz e a dinastia real Targaryen no seu apogeu, conhecemos a história de um jovem escudeiro de nome Dunk que parte em busca de fama e glória num dos mais famosos torneios de Westeros.

Mas ele desconhecia que o destino pode pregar estranhas partidas e que o caminho para a honra e nobreza em Westeros está ladeado não só de perigos, mas também de amizade e coragem. Quando conhece Egg, um rapaz misterioso e inteligente, mal sabe que os laços estreitos que forma com ele irão mudar a sua vida para sempre.

Com “Histórias dos Sete Reinos” George R. R. Martin transporta-nos para o mundo fascinante e repleto de intrigas de Westeros, com a mesma mestria com que escreveu a sua obra-prima: “A Guerra dos Tronos”.


Florbela, Apeles e eu
VICENTE ALVES DO Ó

Chancela: Chá das Cinco
Data 1ª Edição: 18/07/2014
ISBN: 9789897101090
Nº de Páginas: 288

Sinopse
Um romance intenso e inspirado no filme de sucesso do autor

Florbela Espanca casa pela terceira vez. É mulher, nora, irmã, filha, amiga. É tudo, menos poeta. Vive entre a realidade de Matosinhos e a ficção de uma outra existência que abandonou no papel. E todos os dias se questiona, todos os dias é real na sua guerra privada entre aquilo que os outros querem e aquilo que ela ambiciona. É neste intervalo mágico e possível que o autor se revela.

É neste período entre o casamento com o Doutor Lage e a morte do irmão Apeles que tudo acontece, numa viagem ao mais íntimo poema de uma mulher que viveu fora do corpo, fora do género, acima do chão, rasgando a condição e tentando sempre encontrar uma verdade que nunca chegou. Ou será que chegou? Nesta viagem iniciática, Florbela, Apeles e o autor questionam tudo ou questionam a existência pura do sonho e da vida – como se todos nós fossemos feitos do desejo, da dor e dessa constatação trágica de não saber viver.


Em Agosto, autores portugueses

Isabel, a Condessa Cercada
PEDRO L. TORRES

Chancela: Saida de Emergência
Data 1ª Edição: 08/08/2014
ISBN: 9789896376604

Sinopse
Um obscuro desejo de conquista no deserto africano do Sultão.

No início do séc. XVI, a expansão portuguesa avança sobre as praças mouras do norte de África, conquistando importantes posições do inimigo. Arzila, grandiosa praça costeira, recebe então um novo capitão, o Conde de Redondo, a quem o Rei D. João III, anos mais tarde, concedeu grandes louvores pelos seus serviços.

Mas como conseguiu este conde resistir aos cercos de um inimigo muito mais numeroso e ainda tomar posições pelo deserto fora? A razão ainda hoje é um mistério, mas rezam as rónicas que o conde gozava de boas relações com um alcaide mouro que entrava sorrateiramente na praça portuguesa.

Com base neste fragmento verdadeiro da História de Portugal, Pedro Torres desenha uma ficção que revela as motivações das misteriosas visitas, o jogo perturbante de paixões e intrigas por detrás das impossíveis conquistas portuguesas. Um jogo doce, elaborado pelas mãos de uma condessa portuguesa, na terra violenta e sensual dos Xarifes…


Desculpe Sr. Nobel
MARIA HELENA VENTURA

Chancela: Saida de Emergência
Data 1ª Edição: 08/08/2014
ISBN: 9789896376291
Nº de Páginas: 304

Sinopse
Uma história de traição e perda, mas também de esperança por um recomeço onde menos se esperava

Joana Cabral Cid, jornalista e investigadora forense, viaja até Estocolmo quando a Academia Sueca se prepara para anunciar o vencedor do Nobel da Literatura. O motivo: tentar descobrir quem matou Thomas Moonland, o grande candidato ao cobiçado prémio.

Depois de se encontrar com a psicóloga criminal Klara Drottning, que investiga o estranho homicídio, Joana vê-se envolvida numa investigação paralela e privada. Rapidamente mergulha num clima de insegurança que contraria a imagem idílica que sempre tivera de Estocolmo.

Ainda fragilizada pelo fim da única relação séria da sua vida, Joana procura um colega que conhecera na capital sueca, Kendryck O´Brien. Precisa desse apoio para diluir o medo que sente pela sua vida e, quem sabe, descobrir a teia de conspiração por trás do homicídio.

Mas quando ninguém é quem parece ser, e tão longe da segurança a que se habituou em Portugal, Joana mergulha numa espiral de traição e perda, mas também de esperança por um recomeço onde menos se esperava.

Booking Through Thursday: R. Rated

How do you feel about explicit detail in your reading? Whether language, sex, violence, situations and so on … does it bother you? Faze you at all? Or do you just read everything without it bothering you?

Hey guys, while I am packing… again to move in, I decided to take this BTT because the first part means a lot to me. Lately I’ve been doing some blog tours and one thing I notice is how much swearing the characters used. There was one book that I couldn’t go past page 10 because there was one fuck/shit per page. I thought: I don’t mind swearing, so why am I finding in every page the same curse words? Truth is, like always if you do your language right, if it fits the character nobody will notice. Imagine that the character is having a nervous breakdown or he or she just killed a person – that is a situation where you would go: well … shit! – and that is fine, because while a book is a book it feels right to make your characters real. However if you overdo it, it feels fake and an invisible wall is set between reader and writer/story. Sometimes I really wish I could tell the author: dude, you’re going too far, this needed an editor and if your editor warned you and you ignored him/her then you deserve a 1star for fucking it up.

As for sex let’s be honest we all love sensual/sexual scenes where you feel the lust between the characters. I like when characters are bold without being stupid/rude. A little dirty word here and there won’t hurt and it is SO much better than the cliché: you’re so beautiful, when making love. Seriously don’t you know any other sentences? You’re making love, not in a compliment competition. Especially when you’re building this sensual tension and the characters won’t shut up. No need for you’re lovely, you’re so strong, you’re so pretty, you’re so sexy… That is stuff for you to say outside the sex zone. Once you’re done, you can admire your partner and say I am luckiest person ever.

Violence, I’m all for gore and blood, there’s never too much gore in one book! So bring it on!

A sword upon the rose

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Brenda Joyce
Harlequin HQN
Date of release: 24th June 2014
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3star

 

 

ARC provided by Harlequin via Netgalley for an honest review ❤

A Sword upon the rose was a pleasant read and surprise. Mainly due to the fact that most HQ historical novels hardly focus on the period itself, Joyce’s newest story has everything typical of a medieval romance: war, politics and love.

The main character was most of the times pleasant and reminded me a lot of Anya Seton’s protagonists: strong, independent, victims of the period and yet controlling everything and manipulating to achieve their ends. Alana certainly swings between the acceptance of her father and loyalty to the only man who loved her (even if he is the enemy). The entire novel is written using the 3rd person however we only have Alana’s point of view which sometimes caused some distress, being almost blind to Ian ‘s feelings and opinions. He is an alpha male. He demands obedience and Alana does not bow. She does what she thinks it is right even knowing that it will anger him. Ian seems rude sometimes and their love might not be romantic, however being a medieval romance I personally think it turned out quite well (I mean I was almost wishing that Ian would die so we could have some medieval epic vibe… but this is Harlequin romance, I think the readers would hate the author if she murdered Ian).

Godfrey was another pleasant surprise. You cannot help to despise him at the beginning and for a while you believe that he is the main antagonist, but in the course of the story he changes so much that I would love to read a novel where he would be the main character. He forces Alana to have visions but only because he fears the ire of his father and when Alana is in danger or lost he helps her proving to be a great ally. I was not a big fan of the word “friend” used as today’s friend. It may be just in Portuguese language but friends meant lovers in Portuguese medieval context so it was always weird when Alana said: you are my friend. But maybe in English it was different at the time. Also I always thought that family in medieval times were not so important as today, however as a bastard I guess that Alana’s obsession with being accepted by her father is, somehow, justified. In that field, I believe that George R. R. Martin captures perfectly the essence of medieval families.

As for the plot itself it is action packed with great descriptions of battles and politics especially the use of manipulation. Alana’s visions were a great way to create expectation. If a character appears dead, we will want to know when and how in the story and not many authors can pull that out.

The only thing I would eventually change was Alana’s fears for Ian’s love. Even though it is clear that he is in battle, she feels insecure sometimes and tends to repeat her thoughts which can be tiresome for a character that has showed us she could manipulate and get what she wants.

A sword upon the rose mixes some medieval themes in a delicious cocktail of love and war with strong characters without sacrificing the authentic of its period.

Chloe By Design: Making the Cut

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(ARC copy given by NetGalley)
Author: Margaret Gurevich
Publishing House: Stone Arch Books
384 pages
Publication:  1st July 2014
Review by Lady Entropy

For viewers that love Project Runway comes a series that puts fashion at the forefront. 16-year-old Chloe Montgomery has always loved everything to do with fashion. Clothes, accessories, designing–she knows it all. And when she finds out Teen Design Diva, a new reality series for aspiring teenage designers, is holding auditions in her town, she’s desperate to win a spot on the show. She knows this is her chance to finally get her designs noticed. But before Chloe can realize her dreams, she has to survive the competition.

I have to confess I liked the designs a lot more than I liked the story, but I suspect that was because of problems with pacing. Chloe was endearing and passionate and so I was, obviously, rooting for her to win, so my few issues with this book came not from the characters but rather how it was organized.

It’s possible that this book would have worked better if split into two, allowing for the first part to be Chloe preparing for the competition, and the second being the competition itself — instead, whatever little conflicts there were, they had to be diminished because the “big payoff” was still to come. Plus, the competition section felt incredibly rushed through, with multiple challenges happening on top of each other, characters being shipped off in hordes and with flimsy excuses to reach as quickly as possible to the top three – even if the book is 400 pages long and a good chunk of it was dedicated to the competition.

Plus, Nina, who was the closest thing to a villain, was barely a villain — the worst thing she did was steal a hemline cutter — and it was so very easily replaced that it wasn’t even a challenge. There were was no conflict, no drama other than the main character stressing constantly with “Can I make this”. She doesn’t change, she doesn’t grow that much. And that is a huge pity because Chloe is likeable, has a good relationship with her mother and her friends and the rest of her family.

Still, maybe the next book will come out and we’ll see Chloe at her internship and the book will feel less rushed.

Hacker: Getting Inside My Mind

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(ARC copy given by NetGalley)
Author: Ted Dekker
Publishing House: Worthy Publishing
280 pages
Publication:  10th June 2014
Book 3 of the Outlaw Chronicles
Review by Lady Entropy

 

Nyah Parks is a hacker extraordinaire with an interesting way of building her client base. Obviously, corporations don’t like it when you can hack into their systems. They pay hackers lots of money to try to exploit any flaws in their security. Nyah likes doing things backward. Compromise the system, then offer to show them where the flaws are. Except this time she’s gotten in over her head.

 

Now on the run, and under watch from the FBI, Nyah holes up with Austin, a fellow hacker whose been studying a computer unlike any other—the human brain. Austin opens Nyah up to a world of new possibilities, possibly even another plane of existence. Nyah is able to jump out of her mind like a modern-day prophet and see the future. And what she sees is personally devastating.


I made the serious mistake of reading this book and not reviewing it immediately (because a few days later I left the country) — as I consequence I can now barely remember my feelings about it other than a big resounding…”Meh”.

The book ends up being a lot more philosophical than cyberpunk (which, I admit, was what I was looking for) so maybe that is where most of my disappointment comes from. That and the frequent shifts between 3rd person narrator and 1st person narrator. Personal pet peeve of mine, and something I only allow to Charles Stross to do.

I also remember the dreadful disappointment at the cheap romance (put in, no doubt, so we’d get an emotional kick when bad things happened to the boy, but it never materialized since it was so obvious that it would happen that I just didn’t care). For some reason, another scene that stuck with me that was a near “Throw the damn book against a wall” was when the FBI found the corpse of a person who ODed on heroin — and immediately assumed he was a junky even though a friend swore he never did drugs, the whole thing was a set up from the villains. Here’s the thing — if the boy was a junky, he would have needle tracks on his arm. But since he obviously wouldn’t have any (as I said, villain’s doing) it should be obvious what had happened. But of course it takes the FBI forever to figure this out.

Finally, there were some cool scenes and concepts, and some heart-wrenching moments but all in all, I wound up finding the book way too forgettable for the potential it could have had.

Sidekick: Stylish (Almost)Super Heroines

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(ARC copy given by NetGalley)
Author: Auralee Wallace
Publishing House: Escape Publisher
173 pages
Publication:  1st June 2014
Review by Lady Entropy

Heroes meets Bridget Jones in this brilliant, hilarious debut novel about a girl who just wants to save the world…
Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.

This is a fun, sweet, very funny book that can be considered “light reading”. And I say it as a compliment because it was just what I needed at the time. The book is lighthearted and it doesn’t try to be pretentious nor attempt to be more than what it is: the tale of a poor rich girl who found out her father was a monster and couldn’t bear to look at him any more, so she left her world of comfort.
Also, superheroes.That’s right, this very poignant and human drama is set in a city populated by superheroes and their supervillain counterparts. Our heroine has no powers (or money) to speak of, and yet, she is drawn to do the right thing, even if at a great personal cost. Her struggle is half desperate, half funny, and I think it’s what makes it all so endearing. She’s the proverbial woobie, everything goes wrong with her (her rent money gets stolen TWICE, she has the mafia breathing down her neck, and her boss wants her to strip) and she still keeps on, tenaciously.

The cast of characters is the strongest suit, from the villain to the heroes, although her twin sister was a disappointment — even if set up to be very interesting, the sisterly relationship tight and unique, suddenly gets thrown out just to add more plot convenience and make the scene more dramatic. That being said, she wasn’t as bad as the love interest who was the blandest, most boring and least fleshed out male interest to ever grace any book I’ve ever read. He was… nice. And muscular. AND stupid as a goddam brick — he hates Bremy’s dad but he’s absolutely ready to believe anything he says. Really?

Still, I enjoyed this immensely and I’ll definitely pick up the next volumes.

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: Remakes Done Right.

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(ARC given by NetGalley)
Author
: Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
Publishing House: Touchstone
400 pages
Publication:  24th June 2014
Review by Lady Entropy

A modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice based on the Emmy Award-winning phenomenon, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

When rich, handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck-up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets—and for Lizzie’s viewers. Suddenly Lizzie—who always considered herself a fairly normal young woman—was a public figure. But not everything happened on-screen. Luckily for us, Lizzie kept a secret diary.The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

provides more character introspection as only a book can, with revelatory details about the Bennet household, including Lizzie’s special relationship with her father, untold stories from Netherfield, Lizzie’s thoughts and fears about life after grad school and becoming an instant web celebrity.


This book is the companion book to the NetSeries (on Youtube) The Lizzie Bennett Diaries — which I had watched and loved. This is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, which, as a book and love story, I never particularly was a fan of, but I couldn’t help but ADORE in the video format. Maybe it was the actresses, maybe it was the writing, the fact is that I loved it, and this book helped to fill some of the gaps. Obviously that 5 to 10 minutes episodes were limited in scope, so the writers had to cut out quite a lot and just leave the strictly necessary — between episodes there was often a jump of several days or even weeks, and Lizzie would give a quick description of what had happened and move on — plus, there was always the awareness that she was talking to “real people” so it was easy to guess the character would hold back and keep some things secretive. Especially at the end of the story when her sister’s reputation is in danger, she keeps some details secret as the subject is clearly private and sensitive, so the audience is left to mostly guess what happens.
But this book presents the perfect reason to fill in the gaps, to add small details and make the main narrative awesomer. Lizzie has a quick wit, and she doesn’t try to make herself look good – she’s as critical to herself as to anyone else.

On the one hand, I admit, it kills off a bit of the mystique, on the other hand it does clarify and presents some awesome plot points, so I am glad I read it. Plus, it dubs very well as a stand-alone book, and a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice whether or not you have watched the WebSeries.

Still, I would recommend this to anyone with a sense of humour or who loves Jane Austen — and I would also recommend picking up the WebSeries to watch while you read — it’s free, after all, and definitely worth it.

Deadly Curiosities: The Human, the Gay Best Friend and the Vampire

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(ARC given by NetGalley)

Author: Tim Waggoner
Publishing House: Angry Robot
464 pages
Publication:  24th June 2014
Book 1 of the Deadly Curiosity Series
Review by Lady Entropy


Welcome to Trifles & Folly, an antique and curio shop with a dark secret. Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670—acquiring and neutralizing dangerous supernatural items. It’s the perfect job for Cassidy, whose psychic gift lets her touch an object and know its history. Together with her business partner Sorren, a 500 year-old vampire and former jewel thief, Cassidy makes it her business to get infernal objects off the market. When mundane antiques suddenly become magically malicious, it’s time for Cassidy and Sorren to get rid of these Deadly Curiosities before the bodies start piling up.

This book is a decent Urban Fantasy romp: girl with some powers needs to rely on stronger friends and allies to solve problems, while still remaining useful. It has several creature types, some truly scary and poignant moments, and manages to wrap it all up without making a mess of itself.

Unfortunately, I read it right after another, alas, far superior Urban Fantasy book so I couldn’t but be left with a sense of “meh” at the end. I am sure I would have thought far better of this book were it not for the unfortunate timing.

I can say it works very well as a light read, with a refreshing character who’s not supposed to be all-powerful or a bitch, that is not desired by all men that she comes across. She was sensible, smart, and a good person who (almost never) fell into the Too Stupid To Live category.

My pet peeve was the Sassy Gay Best Friend, who I felt was such a specimen of perfection and awesomeness (great cook, appreciates the arts, incredible smart, expert armed and unarmed fighter, with magical powers that dwarfed the heroine, incredibly attractive, sensitive and thoughtful to his lover) that I wondered why weren’t we reading the story from his point of view, instead. It felt that the writer was trying to compensate for something, or she was so afraid to be dismissed for writing a “bad” gay character that she had to heap all the awesomeness on him to protect herself.

And also, our adventurers tended to rely too much on magical artefacts to get themselves out of problems. No, literally, there is a “suit up” scene. I couldn’t but help feel that, in the process of increasing the stakes, the writer wound up coming up with a threat that the heroine simply couldn’t sort.

Funnily enough, the side and minor characters (like clockman and the hunter) wound up being my favourites and I would have liked to know more about them.

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