duminică, 30 iunie 2013

Melodia lunii #24: Adele - Turning Tables

Ştiu melodia de când citeam Jocurile Foamei, anul trecut, încă îmi trezeşte multe amintiri legate de carte.

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (născută pe 5 mai 1988, în Tottenham, Londra), cunoscută sub numele de Adele, este o cântăreață și textieră britanică. Ea a fost primul beneficiar al premiului „Critics' Choice” din cadrul BRIT Awards și a fost numită „Talentul anului 2008” în urma sondajului efectuat de BBC, Sound of 2008. La Premiile Grammy din 2009, Adele a câștigat premiile pentru „Cel mai bun artist debutant” și „Cea mai bună voce pop”.
Melodia Turning Tables face parte din albumul intitulat "21".


sâmbătă, 29 iunie 2013

Primele 100 de cuvinte #13

Eu acum recitesc o carte: Harry Potter şi Piatra filozofală, una din cărţile copilăriei mele.

Capitolul I 
BĂIATUL DE ODINIOARĂ 

 Domnul şi doamna Dursley, de pe Aleea Boschetelor, numărul 4, erau foarte mândri că erau complet normali, slavă Domnului! Erau ultimii oameni de la care te-ai fi aşteptat să fie amestecaţi în ceva straniu sau misterios, fiindcă, pur şi simplu, nu credeau în astfel de aiureli! 
Domnul Dursley era directorul unei firme, numite Grunnings, care făcea burghie. Era un bărbat înalt, mătăhălos, aproape fără gât, dar avea o mustaţă foarte bogată. Doamna Dursley era blondă, foarte slabă, şi avea un gât, cam de două ori lungimea normală, ceea ce îi era de mare folos, deoarece

miercuri, 26 iunie 2013

Impresii de vacanţă #1

Hei! N-am mai reuşit să intru prea mult pe blog de când am plecat din ţară. Aici e foarte, foarte cald, aşa că îmi petrec puţinul timp liber sub aerul condiţionat sau pe terasă la umbră. Bine că e o climă mai medă, pentru că altfel nu aş putea reliza, sunt zilnic în jur de 35 de grade, chiar mai mult, ieri cred că au fost 40, o căldură îngrozitoare. Chiar şi aşa e foarte frumos, locurile sunt geniale. 
Evident nu am venit aici doar pentru vacanţă, trebuie să şi învăţ. Aşa că acum fac desen tehnic, eu care nu am nicio treabă cu desenul, care abia pot să trag o linie dreaptă. E destul de interesant, deşi la început, chiar în prima zi am avut dureri de cap din cauza desenelor. Şii am ocazia să vorbesc în spaniolă! E foarte tare! Nu am avut până acum ocazia să o fac. Aici, în Spania, lumea nu prea ştie engleză, adică mai deloc, şi vorbesc cu ei în spaniolă pentru că le vine lor mai uşor. Eu credeam că germanii vorbesc repede, ei spaniolii vorbesc de zici că sunt pe fugă mereu.
Ieri am fost şi am văzut câteva atracţii din Sevilia, oraşul în care stăm şi arată aşa drăguţ.

vineri, 21 iunie 2013

Oficial e vacanţă!


Unu. doi. Trei. Bucurie! Vacanţă!
Nici nu vă puteţi imagina cât am aşteptat eu ziua asta. Dacă mai mergeam încă o săptămână la şcoală cedam nervos. A fost un an plin de toate, şi bune şi rele, dar stresant, mai rău ca a 9a. Oricum azi a fost premierea la noi la liceu şi am terminat oficial şcoala. Voi cum o duceţi? Aţi terminat şcoala? Apropo, baftă a 8a şi a 12a, ştiu că mai aveţi Evaluarea Naţională şi BAC-ul, aşa că vă ţin pumnii strânşi să luaţi note mari.


Şi acum puţină geografie. Ştiaţi că astăzi este oficial prima zi de vară? De ce? Pentru că stăzi, 21 iunie, a avut loc la 8:03, ora României, Solstiţiul de vară!

În astronomie, se numesc solstiții cele două momente din an când planul determinat de centrul Soarelui și de axa de rotație a Pământului este perpendicular pe planul orbitei Pământului. În cele două momente ale anului unghiul făcut de razele soarelui cu orizontul la amiază este cel mai mare (vara) sau cel mai mic (iarna) din an.

Mai pe înţelesul tuturor, astăzi e ziua cea mai lungă din an în emisfera nordică, al noi, şi cea mai scurtă în cea sudică, adică în Australia, America de Sud, Polul Sud, etc. Ziua are 15 ore şi 32 minute, iar noaptea numai 8 ore şi 28 minute. La noapte dormim mai puţin!

Legat de Solstiţiul de Vară am mai găsit câteva legende şi credinţe populare

  • Eveniment marcat în fiecare an în data de 21 iunie, solstiţiul de vară se spune că este favorabil unor magii puternice. Energia solstiţiului de vară este considerată a fi o energie a pasiunii, a vitalităţii, a creativităţii şi a belşugului.
  • În ţările europene , după convertirea la creştinism, s-a înrădăcinat tradiţia sărbătoririi zilei Sfântului Ioan Botezatorul în ziua de 24 iunie. Ioan Botezătorul este omagiat în ziua naşterii lui. Această sarbatorire este fixată la câteva zile după solstiţiul de vară, la fel cum Crăciunul a fost stabilit la câteva zile dupa solstiţiul de iarnă. Se spune că aşa cum Ioan l-a precedat pe Isus, la fel solstiţiul de vară îl anunţă pe cel de iarnă. 
  • La români , solstiţiul de vară este apropiat şi legat de sărbătoarea Sânzienelor.

www.realitatea.net

  • Pentru celți, anul nou începea atunci când vechiul dragon era ucis şi apărea un alt dragon. Druizii, preoţii din regiunile celtice, sărbătoreau Alban Heruin, solstiţiul de vară, situat la jumătatea intervalului de timp dintre echinoxul de primăvară (Albam Eiler) şi echinoxul de toamnă (Alban Elfed). Acest festival al miezului de vară celebra apogeul Luminii, simbolizat uneori prin încoronarea "Regelui Stejar", zeul creşterii anului. 
  • În China antică, ceremonialul Solstiţiului de Vară consta într-o sărbătoare dedicată pământului, forţei feminine şi principiului Yin. În vechea Galie, solstiţiul era denumit "Sărbătoarea lui Epona", după numele zeiţei cailor, personicarea fertilităţii, independenţei şi agriculturii.
http://www.gandul.info


Era să uit! Aţi văzut cât de simpatic e Doodle-ul de la Google? 

Cum plănuiţi să vă petreceţi vacanţa de vară?

marți, 18 iunie 2013

Book Blitz: Vulture by Rhiannon Paille + Giveaway







Vulture by Rhiannon Paille
Series: The Ferryman and the Flame #3
Publication date: June 18th 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy

How far would you go to betray everything you've ever known?
Kaliel didn't think second chances came with this much turmoil. Exiled from her home, surrounded by strangers and in love with a boy she barely recognizes, she can't take it. She has her best friend, a new mentor, and a chance to win the war against the Valtanyana, but it's all wrong. Desperate to salvage some semblance of her former life, she makes a deal that shatters everything
Rhi was never a normal girl. Her life was an urban fantasy wrapped in a paranormal romance and served with a side of horror. To escape her everyday weirdness she began writing fantasy. She studied at U of Sedona and MIMT, obtaining a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. She's married to a chef/comic book shop owner and has a fondness for architecture. She frequents twitter and facebook, but if you really want to get to know her you should visit her site: www.yafantasyauthor.com

luni, 17 iunie 2013

Book Blitz: Visted by Janine Caldwell





Visited by Janine Caldwell
Publication date: May 25th 2013
Genre: YA coming-of-age fantasy


Seventeen-year-old Joanna Murphy has lost faith in her life. Vying for her mom’s attention, she’s resentful of her stepdad’s intrusion to their family. Her best friend, Tommy, has no clue she’s in love with him as he dates girl after girl without noticing how it tortures her. The final kicker, though, is God’s sick joke to make her freakishly tall when everyone knows boys prefer petite girls.
Then in a bizarre accident Joanna meets James, a breathtaking teen who appears to her after an unusual falling star sighting. Suddenly, her dream for an alien encounter becomes all too real. But when she finds her life has been made unrecognizable, she’s forced into an explosive study of the original design for her life that just may have her regretting every wish she ever made.
Janine Caldwell was born in Concord, CA and raised in the small San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after her high school graduation, Janine attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in English.
Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. As a lifelong literature fanatic, she knew it was only a matter of time before she would become obsessed with writing her own work. With relatives like the Brothers Grimm and Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), she figured fantasy writing had to be in her DNA.
Books published by Janine include Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy, Rematch and Double Fault—the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released fall 2013.

sâmbătă, 15 iunie 2013

Greşeli din cărţi #1

Da, ştiu că nu am mai postat de o săptămână, dar am avut un examen şi am avut ceva de învăţat, vestea bună e că l-am promovat şi nu oricum, ci 97% din răspunsuri au fost corecte. Oricum cred că deja aţi sesizat titlul, spuneam cu ceva timp în urmă că multe din cărţi au greşeli. Normal, atunci când o carte trece prin mâna unui editor, n-ar mai trebui să aibă astfel de erori, totuşi le întâlnim peste tot... până şi în manualele şcolare!
Chiar aşa, sunt greşeli în manuale. Cum se aşteaptă cineva ca elevii să trecă BAC-ul sau Evaluarea Naţională la Română, dacă ei nici măcar nu au manuale scrise corect? (Asta dacă tot suntem în perioada examenelor) Îmi făceam eu eseul la psihologie (da foloseam manualul, eu care nu deschid manualele mai niciodată) şi ce să văd? În cartea mea de psihologie sunt greşeli de tastare! E una când vezi o astfel de greşeală pe un blog, un site de socializare, chiar şi într-o revistă, că sunt şi acolo multe, dar într-un manual de pe care se presupune că trebuie să învăţăm? Este deja prea mult. 
În cazul în care vreţi să vedeţi cu ochii voştrii, pam, pam:
Aţi găsit recent vreo greşeală în vreo carte? Dacă da în ce carte?

vineri, 7 iunie 2013

Book Blitz: Snow White Sorrow by Cameron Jace





BOOK ONE:
Snow White Sorrow by Cameron Jace
Series: The Grimm Diaries #1
Publication: May 30th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fairy Tale



What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?
Sixteen year old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His only friend is a red Cadillac that talks to him through the radio. He looks like an Angel but acts like jerk. No wonder he has been banned from Heaven, which is the least of his troubles. Loki needs a job to pay for school and support himself.
Still, Loki has a rare gift: He is a Dreamhunter. One of the few in the world who can hunt and kill immortal demons in their dreams so they never wake up again.
When Loki is sent to kill a sixteen-year-old vampire girl the locals call Snow White Sorrow, he is pulled into a magical but dangerous world. The locals believe the monster to be Snow White.
The real Snow White... living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wickedly lovely.
What he finds instead is a beautiful monster girl filled with rage and hurt, who has an epic untold story to tell of things such like why the Brothers Grimm altered the fairy tale, who the Evil Queen really is, where the mirror came from, and who possessed it.
Snow White has killed every person who has dared come near the castle where she once lived with the queen. Mysteriously, she lets Loki live, and whispers two words in his ears; two words that will change his life forever.



Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome.
Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV - it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales. I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.

marți, 4 iunie 2013

Review (42): The Edge of Darkness by Melissa Andrea



Gener: Drama Romance
Publishing date: May 31st 2013
Pages: 390
Author: Melissa Andrea
Published by: -
Review: Ştefana Alexandra
Add on: Goodreads
Buy from: Kobo, Barnes&Noble



When you are forced to give up your dreams what can you do? Nothing. There is nothing that can get you out of your own darkness. Or it is? To believe, a simple verb that can make you change. To love, a verb that will hit you out of nowhere. There is one major incident that can change our life, or there are two? Three? How many of them? You can never know. The only thing you have to do is live and hope for something to happen.
When darkness meets light there is a flame that lights the dark.
Araya Noelle is drowning into her own darkness after the accident that takes away her passion: dance. She is finally accepting that there is nothing that she could change. No hate, no resentments, just resignation. In her own shell, she has no contact with the outside world and it’s starting to be worse. What can be done? “Nothing” she would have said, but the she met Ryland Dare.
Dare. Dare. Dare. Only his name is daring her. Forcing his entry into Araya’s world, Ryland is the light in the middle of the obscurity.
The Edge of Darkness is written by Melissa Andrea. This author is just amazing. I never thought that a story with such a simple plot could make me so emotional. I enjoyed every single page. Araya’s life was something that I cannot really explain, it was a mess and her family did not make it easier for her. However she was ok with how she lived, because she did not have something to compare this to. What was different at this book? Well, there was the way things were between Araya and Ryland, they haven’t that messy love that makes everything complicated, no it was easy, and they did not really have something. It was the way they react that made everything better. Beside Ryland, Araya and her family it was his family, Dare family. If I was thinking that Araya’s relatives were not quite a family, Ryland’s was worse. His father was the kind of guy that wanted everyone to do as he says, as he wants it to be. So there is where all the problems start because the entire Dare family is like this.
The characters were really nice built; they had good and bad sides. You know the books where the main character, the boy, is that charming guy with a bad temper? Not really sounds like Ryland. And Araya, even if she had her moments of weakness she had proven that she can take care of herself and be independent.
I don’t know what impressed me more: the way it was written the book or the story. I was happy to see that we could be in two worlds in the same book: Araya’s and Ryland’s, we had the two sides of the story. I am quite limited when I know only one side of the story, I like being everywhere and this gave the book some pluses from the beginning.
Maybe you wander what is with the title or you make assumption about it, I can tell you that you won’t guess, it’s something that I could not imagine, I didn’t even think about it, I had a whole different interpretation. This is an example of a good choice of title, because is amplifying the mystery.
The end of the book was wow! I was expecting only one book, but it is a series. So I was dazed about how it ended. Even if there are many books, I was hoping that I could find out the answer to the question that has tortured me through the story, but no, I haven’t, so I am planning to read the next book, or books, I want to find out the answer. There isn’t a closure. Nevertheless this was not everything. The final of the first book has something special. I mean you expect a bum, you know those big things that mess with your head? You expect the main characters to fight, to cry, but there was something which all of us could learn: how to be selfless.
The Edge of Darkness was a nice book, and a recommend you to read it if you have the opportunity, because it is more than a romantic story, it is life put on paper.
9/10

Interview Melissa Andrea

So before you can read my review, I thought that you would understand it better and would feel more connected if you would know some of the author's thoughts. Thank you Melissa for this interview!


1. How would you describe yourself in a few words?
Girly, Sassy, Strong, Motivated, Determined, A softy, Loyal, Stubborn for sure haha. I will always be there for my family and my friends, no matter what.

2. What was your dream as a child?
It changed constantly! Like seriously, weekly, but I love animals and at one point I wanted to work at Sea World, but I have horrible eyes and I have to wear contacts, so that kind of blew that dream out of the water. I loved writing, but I don't think I thought I could be an author one day. I'm glad I was wrong!

3. Have you ever imagine that you would become a published writer?
Opps, I guess I jumped the gun on this question haha

4. What would you say to a teenager that would want to become a writer? Which would be your advice?
I will have the same answer every time! Always believe in yourself! Don't be your own worst enemy! It's very easy to psych yourself out. So step back, read a book, eat some ice cream, watch a movie - do anything to relax your mind & then try again. Don't give yourself limitations, writers know no such thing.

5. Would you want to describe a little your book (The Edge of Darkness) from your point of view?
I'm all about doing something different. When everyone was writing about Vampires and Werewolves, I introduced a an entirely NEW breed of fantasy/paranormal, with Flutter and it's the exact say with The Edge of Darkness. I wanted to do something different than the broken girl and bad boy. Don't get me wrong, Ryland and Araya are broken in their own ways, but I feel like I put a refreshing twist on my characters. I may be the only one who feels this way though haha.

6. Who is your favorite book character? Describe it in a few lines.
Can they be my own? Of course they can be mine own. I love my characters and especially the entire cast in TED. They've made me laugh quite a few times :))

7. What was your starting point? From where did come your inspiration to write this book?
I wanted to be different. I wanted to do something new. I wanted to open and inspire a different kind of broken. I'm excited to see if I pulled it off!

8. If your book were made into a movie, who do you picture playing the main characters part?
Yikes, that's a hard question. I don't know that I would want anyone currently in Hollywood to play my characters. I think I would want fresh new faces!

9. I saw that Araya is a dancer, at least was. Why dance and not something else like music, drama?
That's just who she is. When I created Araya, she was tiny, feminie, graceful - It's just who she is. She embodies everything I imagine a dancer would be.

10. What can you tell us about your future project?
I will be working on the second book my Fantasy Series, Flutter & then I will work on Book two in the Darkness Trinity Series, A Beautiful Kind of Darkness. I will also be working on Allure later in the year, which is another fantasy series I'm starting. & I also I have a few more NA Contemporaries I hope to get out soon. Did that make anyone else eyes cross??

11. How did you choose the book cover and the title?
I don't want to give too much away with the title because it actually explains a lot in the book. It's part of the twist in The Edge of Darkness and I am both very excited and very nervous to see everyone's reactions! The beautiful girl on my cover was actually picked by Sarah, my cover designer at Okay Creations. and I just helped with minor details, but I love it. It's dramatic and eye catching. Just like I think my characters are!

12. Let a message for all those who are reading this interview.
That's dangerous because I could write an entire book in itself for readers!! I know it's been done a million times over, but honestly and sincerely thank you so much for taking the time out of life to read my books, to read any books really! I'm honored to be apart of your insanely huge TBR list!! Thank you for all the support and I REALLY hope you like The Edge of Darkness!! MWAH!!

No Regrets Blog Tour: The Edge of Darkness


Hi, guys! So I am participating at this tour and I have so awesome things prepared for you. But first of all, I have to introduce the book, the the author, then... my own opinion about this book!! So we'll have a full day.


The Edge of Darkness After a tragic accident, Araya Noelle is left with a constant reminder that nothing is forever.
She is forced to give up her chance to be the youngest dancer accepted into Julliard & taking over their high society school by a graceful storm of determination is no longer an option. Instead of dwelling over her loss, she accepts the new future she’s been dealt. In a world as black as hers, there's no room for bitterness, no time for regret. Sheltered from the outside world, Araya has become suffocated by a life she has no control over. Until Ryland Dare comes crashing into her life.
You don’t know true darkness until you've felt light…
Like a firecracker, showering her with colorful sparks of freedom, Ryland quickly sweeps Araya away from her grey existence. For the first time since the accident, living in darkness is no longer something Araya wants to do willingly. Unleashed by the shadows of her reminder, being with Ryland, Araya touches light. Together they will learn what it’s like to feel alive for the first time.
At the edge of darkness, a ray of light, will dare them both to HOPE.
DARE them to LOVE
DARE them to LIVE


I find it hard to sum up my
life in a paragraph, but I’ll try.
I am the author of Flutter, The Discover Series! Reading
has always been a passion for me, and writing as instinctive as breathing.
Every inhale is an idea; every exhale a creation. The only thing I do better than writing you ask? Making beautiful girls. My daughter’s will always be my greatest accomplishment.
I was born in Denver, Colorado–but I will always think of sunny Arizona as my home. I don’t have a big family, but I’m close with my sister, brother & my mom. My mom is my hero, my inspiration, and I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing person to be raised by.
4 things you should know about me: I’m very girly, but I can get down and dirty with the best of them. I adore the color pink and things that sparkle (including vampires), I am a firm believer that chocolate cures ALL and I like even numbers (hence 4 things about me, not 5) Okay, maybe I cheated a little with my list, shhhh.

duminică, 2 iunie 2013

Versatile Blogger Award

Trebuie să-i mulţumesc Mariei de pe Everything and anything pentru aceast premiu, mulţumesc frumos pentru nominalizare! Şi mai departe eu nu o să respect chiar regulile, o să spun 7 lucruri despre mine, dar nu o să numinalizez, oricine doreşte acest premiu îl poate avea.
Editat mai târziu: Am văzut că am şi de la Emyy de pe From Dawn to Dusk acelaşi premiu, mulţumesc.
Şi ca să vedeţi premiul:



Regulile sunt:
1. Mulţumește-i persoanei care te-a nominalizat.
2. Include link-ul către blogul respectiv.
3. Selectează 15 bloggeriţe pe care le-ai descoperit recent sau pe care le urmăreşti constant.
4. Lasă un link la ultima lor postare pentru a le anunţa.
5. Spune-i persoanei care te-a nominalizat 7 lucruri despre tine.

Şi trebuie să mă gândesc la cele 7 lucruri despre mine.

1. Cea mai mare pasiunea a mea este muzica. Îmi place foarte, foarte mult să când, la pian, la fluier, vocal, nu prea contează atâta timp cât eu cânt. Totuşi, deşi mereu am avut pasiunea aceasta nu am avut posibilitatea să când. Până prin clasa a şasea nu am putut să cânt, adică da cântam, dar foarte încet pentru că aveam senzaţia că nu sunt în stare să cânt. Ei, dar de atunci lucrurile s-au mai schimbat şi acum iau lecţii de pian şi mai cânt vocal când am timp, deşi nu la nivelul la care aş vrea.

2. Îmi place mult să scriu proză, dar nu am prea avut curaj să arăt cuiva ce scriu, adică am mai postat pe blog o proză, am mai participat la câte un concurs, dar în rest deobicei evit să arăt celor cunoscuţi ce scriu pentru că nu vreau să aud păreri rele sau să aud că n-am talent.

3. Citesc destul de mult, cu toate acestea nu am vocabularul pe care l-aş vrea, dar cred că acest fapt se datorează genului de cărţi pe care le citesc, adică am citit şi clasici, realişti, dar tot cei contemporani îmi plac mai mult, deşi prima în topul meu e un roman din secolul douăzeci.

4. Mi-e frică de animale, orice fel de animale. Am o mare problemă cu ele pentru că am avut diferite "conflicte" cu acestea.

5. Dacă am dat de o carte bună pot să stau şi o noapte întreagă ca să o termin, nu contează că sunt ruptă de oboseală, dacă e o carte superbă stau şi o termin.

6. Am recitit Harry Potter de mai multe ori. De mai multe, multe ori şi plănuiasc în această vară să recitesc măcar primele trei cărţi, asta depinde cât de mult timp liber am.

7. Sunt o persoană foarte leneşă. Deşi când vreau pot să mă mobilizez şi să fac multe lucruri, în general sunt leneşă.


 
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