Book reviews

Môže byť láska zlá?► Veiled Innocence

2. října 2017 v 9:39 | Perla Torkan

Ella Frank

"Show me all of you, Addison."

Názov: Veiled Innocence
Séria: ...
Diel: standalone
Vydavateľstvo: Putnam Juvenile
Počet strán: 275
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.07
Anotácia:
Tick, tick, tock.
Time.
That's all I have now.
A small room, a photograph, and time.
They want me to trust them and confess my sins.
They told me they wouldn't judge me-they lied.
I thought we could convince the world that this wasn't a crime.
We were wrong.
Time doesn't stand still.
The clock keeps ticking, the world is unconvinced, and now…
Now he is gone.

"The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman as the most dangerous plaything."

Keďže som si povedala, že tento mesiac prečítam knihy, ktoré budú mať v sebe nejaké to mystery, táto kniha sa mi zdala ako perfektný štart. Nemýlila som sa.
Obsah, sám o sebe, znie tajomne, a neprezradí človeku veľa. Núti vás vyhľadať si túto knihu a prečítať ju, aby ste zistili, o čo sa v tomto príbehu jedná.

Vi Keeland ► Bossman

29. září 2017 v 21:16 | Perla Torkan

Vi Keeland

"A dirty office romance novel."

Názov: Bossman
Séria: ....
Diel: standalone
Počet strán: 319
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.25
Anotácia:
The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn't exactly make a good impression.
I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.
He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice. So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.
When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date. I couldn't help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.
When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.
But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.
My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting. When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I'd never see him again.
I mean, what were the chances I'd run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again...
What were the chances a month later he'd wind up being my new sexy boss?

"You have my heart. Promise me you'll keep it safe.'
'Only if you promise never to give mine back."


Keď som si šla o polnoci ľahnúť a nemohla zaspať, rozhdovala som sa, čo si trochu prečítam a čo ma donúti aj zaspať. Ja blbá som ešte vtedy netušila, že ako náhle začnem čítať prvú kapitolu, neskončím, kým tam ešte stále bude nejaké pokračovanie. A tak sa stalo, že som šla spať o piatej, vyškierajúca sa do tmy a rozplývajúca sa nad koncom...

Vyvolená, no bezmocná ► The Conspiracy of Us

29. září 2017 v 10:53 | Perla Torkan

Maggie Hall

"An ancient puzzle. A trial of clues. An unwanted destiny."

Názov: The Conspiracy of Us
Séria: The Conspiracy of Us
Diel: prvý
Vydavateľstvo: Putnam Juvenile
Počet strán: 330
Hodnotenie na GR: 3.81
Anotácia:
Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.
To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle-beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family--but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she's falling in love with.

"Because it's worse to wish for something that's never going to happen and be disappointed than to never wish for anything at all,"


O tejto sérii som veľa počula, no nikdy som a o ňu bližšie nezaujímala. Nie som veľký fanúšik konšpiračných teórií, ale keď som videla, že tohto roku vyšla posledná časť, na ktorú boli len samé kladné ohlasy, neodolala som. Vedela som, že ju chcem prečítať, a tak som si objednala. Škoda je len to, že k nej nemám hneď dvojku, do ktorej by som sa najradšej pustila.

Kto mlčí, ten svedčí► Come Closer

23. září 2017 v 0:24 | Perla Torkan

Brenda Rothert

Come Closer

Názov: Come Closer
Séria: ....
Diel: standalone
Počet strán: 224
Vydavateľstvo: Silver Sky Publishing
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.07
Anotácia:
Sometimes appearances deceive. Take me, for instance. I look like a respectable doctor with his shit together, but the rural Montana mental hospital I work at is actually a sanctuary from my demons. At just thirty-five years old, I've already failed on an epic scale. Treating patients at Hawthorne Hill is part of my atonement.
I've found peace when a new patient turns me inside out. Allison Cole is a beautiful, haunted survivor who fell into silence after witnessing a murder. But even without words, I'm drawn to her. The closer we get, the more I'm tempted to cross my professional boundaries and give in to my desire.
Soon I find myself in a desperate race to put the pieces of Allison's silence together. Her life becomes inextricably entwined with mine as I fight to save the second chance I never thought I'd have. I'll break whatever rules I have to in order to protect this woman who's been to hell and back. For her, I'll do harm.

"Only you hold the key, Allison. Tell me who killed your sister."


V poslednej dobe som stihla prečítať viacero contemporary príbehov a síce mám pocit, že skoro každý druhý je rovnaký ako ten predošlý, niekedy sa mi podarí naraziť aj na svetlé výnimky, ktoré potvrdzujú toto pravidlo. Myslím, že k týmto príbehom môžem zaradiť aj Come Closer, príbeh, ktorý mňa osobne milo prekvapil.

Blízki cudzinci ► Never Never pt. 1/2/3

21. září 2017 v 12:57 | Perla Torkan

Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

"Just remember."

Názov: Never Never
Séria: Never Never
Diel: prvý, druhý, tretí
Vydavateľstvo: Hoover Ink
Počet strán: 159 / 158 / 92
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.12 /4.11 / 3.48
Anotácia:
Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He'll do anything to remember. She'll do anything to forget.

"How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you've never met."

Na túto "sériu" som bola zvedavá hneď z viacerých dôvodov. Prvým bolo asi to, že z obsahu som netušila, čo čakať. Bol krátky, strohý a dokázal človeka navnadiť. Druhým dôvodom bola, ako inak, autorka. Colleen píše skvelo a dokáže do príbehu vložiť emócie ako máloktorí autori tohto žánru. A ako posledné ma zaujímalo, ako asi bude vyzerať spolupráca Colleen a Tarryn.
Nakoniec som touto knihou rozpoltená viac ako som kedy bola pri ktorejkoľvek inej.

Z nenávisti je len krôčik k láske ► Maybe Not

20. září 2017 v 9:30 | Perla Torkan

Colleen Hoover

"Maybe. Maybe Not."

Názov: Maybe Not
Séria: Maybe
Diel: druhý
Vydavateľstvo: Atria Books
Počet strán: 130
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.13
Anotácia:
When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.
Or maybe not.
Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.
Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?
Maybe.
Maybe not.

"The only difference between falling in love and being in love is that your heart already knows how you feel, but your mind is too stubborn to admit it."


Jedna z vecí, ktoré na Colleen obdivujem je tá, že v jej príbehoch má každá, aj tá vedľajšia, postava, vlastný príbeh. Niekedy sa jej podarí vypovedať ich a niekedy ostanú len na pozadí hlavného príbehu. V Maybe Someday sme sa zamerali na Sydney, tentoraz sme však mali možnosť nahliadnuť do života jej spolubývajúcej, ktorá rozhodne mala čo ponúknuť. A jediné, čo kazí zážitok je dĺžka, pretože skôr, než ste pripravení, je koniec. Aj preto trochu menšie hodnotenie.

Nemôžeš sa skrývať večne ► Falling Away

17. září 2017 v 23:55 | Perla Torkan

Penelope Douglas

"For these two, it is all or nothing..."

Názov: Falling Away
Séria: Fall Away
Diel: tretí
Počet strán: 429
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.28
Anotácia:
Jaxon is the guy she's supposed to avoid.
K.C. is the girl he won't let get away....
K.C. Carter has always followed the rules-until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she's stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.
Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn't give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life-except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As the bond between them grows, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother's shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.…

"I guessed we've all built ourselves up through sadness, disappointment, and experience. It just happens at different times and in different ways."

Penelope Douglas je jednou z tých spisovateliek, ktoré každým príbehom prinášajú do popredia iné, nové problémy. Postupne sa rozvíjajú ďalšie a ďalšie postavy, ktoré sme v predošlých častiach možno ani radi nemali.
Tento príbeh posúva do popredia postavy, s ktorými sme sa mohli stretnúť už v predošlých častiach, avšak nikdy sme im nevenovali väčšiu pozornosť. Našťastie sa znova stretávame aj so staršími postavami, ktoré sme mohli vidieť v predošlých príbehoch Bully a Rival.

Pretože srdcu nemožno rozkázať ► Maybe Someday

8. září 2017 v 11:22 | Perla Torkan

Colleen Hoover

"For her I bend, for you I break."

Názov: Maybe Someday / Možná jednou
Séria: Maybe
Diel: prvý
Vydavateľstvo: Atria books/ YOLI
Počet strán: 385 / 392
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.33
Anotácia:
Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble-she's a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….
Maybe someday…

"We try so hard to hide everything we're really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most."

Colleen Hoover patrí medzi autorov, ktorí môžu písať stokrát o tej istej veci a stále si ich diela prečítam, pretože do nich vloží niečo zaujímavé a doposiaľ takmer nevidené. Podobne tomu bolo aj v tejto knihe, hoci na začiatku som o nej nevedela nič viac než to, že to napísala dokonalá Colleen. A na čo som prišla? Že som urobila len a len dobre. Do jej diel sa naozaj oplatí ponárať bez očakávaní, bez obsahu a hlavne so servítkami, pretože vás jej slová rozcítia.

Keď mytológia ožíva ► Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

28. srpna 2017 v 17:43 | Perla Torkan

Rick Riordan

"Go on with what your heart tells you, or you will lose all."


Názov: The Lightning Thief / Zlodej blesku
Séria: Percy Jackson and the Olympians / Percy Jackson
Diel: prvý
Vydavateľstvo: Disney Hyperion / Fragment
Počet strán: 377 / 400
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.23
Anotácia:
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends-one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena-Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

"Knowing too much of your future is never a good thing."

Percy Jackson sa stal za posledné roky podobne veľkou ikonou ako aj Harry Potter. Rick Riordan sa vďaka tejto sérii o mladom chlapcovi (polobohovi) stal jedným z najlepšie platených spisovateľov a už roky svojim čitateľom prináša nové knihy a dobrodružstvá zo sveta, v ktorom ožíva grécka mytológia.
Mne sa však táto séria akosi vyhla, ale keďže ma knihy s mytológiou vždy zaujímali, rozhodla som sa to napraviť. Objednala som si ich a po dlhej dobe sa ponorila do sveta, ktorý si ma od začiatku podmanil.

Ako to všetko skončilo ► Untamed

12. srpna 2017 v 21:29 | Perla Torkan

A.G. Howard

"Return to Wonderland"


Názov: Untamed / Běsnění
Séria: Splintered / Šepotání
Diel: zbierka sprievodných noviel
Vydavateľstvo: Amulet Books / CooBoo
Počet strán: 288 / 312
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.17
Anotácia:
A post-Ensnared collection of three stories- available in both print and e-versions.
Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.
In Six Impossible Things, Alyssa recalls the most precious moments of her life after Ensnared, and the role magic plays in preserving the happiness of those she loves. Alyssa's mother reminisces about her own time in Wonderland and rescuing the man who would become her husband in The Boy in the Web. And Morpheus delves into Jeb's memories of the events of Splintered in The Moth in the Mirror, available in print for the first time.

Take things into your own hands. Power is the only path to happinnes, and I can help you acquire it."

Trilógia Šepotání sa svojho konca dočkala v knihe Zrcadlení, avšak autorka v nej nechala veľa nezodpovedaných otázok a hlavne... fanúšikovia si museli domyslieť kopec vecí medzi poslednou kapitolou a epilógom. Možno aj preto sa rozhodla napísať niekoľko noviel, ktoré v krátkosti zhrnuli to, čo sa malo stať pred epilógom v tretej knihe. Teda, len jedna to zhrnula, tá druhá sa zameriavala na jej mamu a otca a tretia sa odohrala ešte pred druhou knihou. Časové zaradenie týchto noviel bolo fakt na zaplakanie.
Moja hlavná otázka však znie: Načo bola táto kniha dobrá?

 
 

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