Grimm Diaries: Book Blitz

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 I’m very happy to be a part of this book blitz hosted by Xpresso Reads, and I hope you’ll like my post! As part of the promotional tour, I have an excerpt from the book (below) as well as a giveaway.

ABOUT GRIMM DIARIES PREQUELS:

This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series. The first 6 diaries are told by The Evil Queen, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, the Devil, Prince Charming, and Alice Grimm
The first book in the Series will be out in February 2013, called SNOW WHITE SORROW. (Goodreads).

The Grimm Diaries, Volume 11-14

Synopsis:
10.5) Happy Valentine’s Slay by Wee Willy Winkie The real Sandman Grimm sheds a light on what happened in Jawigi, and tells about how some of the teens in Sorrow spend their Valentine’s Day.11) Children of Hamlin by the Devil The Devil tells the story of the Piper of Hamlin, who he really is, the historical events he witnessed, and his relationship to Ladle Rat. Most of all, why they call him the Black Death.12) Tooth & Nail & Fairy Tale by Jack Madly Jack Madly stole a sack full of baby teeth from Bluebeard’s enchanted castle, which reminds him of when he first met the Tooth Fairy when he was a child; a memory he wishes to forget.13) Ember in the Wind by the Little Match Girl All the Little Match Girl wants is to sell her matches so she uses the money to eat and find  shelter from the cold. But no one in the cruel city of crowded London helps her. Eventually, she learns something about who she really is, and it changes her life forever.14) Jar of Hearts by the Queen of Sorrow The Queen of Sorrow, still trapped in the Dreamworld summons Cassandra, the fortuneteller, to ask her about the identities of Lost Seven. The problem with Cassandra is that she’s cursed that her predictions will never be believed. The Queen is still determined to believe her, but it will cost more than she can bargain for.

CameronAUTHOR BIO

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.
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Excerpt from Snow White Blood Red

Dear Wilhelm Carl Grimm,14759955

She is not that giddy, naïve, and helpless princess she pretends to be. Please don’t let her fool you with her innocence if you see her sing to the birds in the forest. Resist her charm from bringing joyful tears to your eyes, and shield yourself from her devious beauty before she deceives you into wanting to kiss her awake. It’ll  be a kiss of death. Your death. That’s how she fooled the Huntsman, Prince Charming, and me, her birth mother.

I still remember the original script of the fairy tale, the one you wrote in 1812. It clearly stated that she was my own flesh and blood daughter. I don’t have the slightest idea why you altered it fifty years later.

What was the point of turning me into an evil, narcissistic, and heartless stepmother, blinded by jealousy and envy of the young princess?

For years, I have been looking forward to telling you the truth about her, but you were impossible to reach.

I am glad I found your brother, Jacob. He told me that you wanted to tone the stories down so children could sleep better at night, instead of having nightmares about the Queen who sought to eat her daughter’s heart and liver.

Shame on you, Wilhelm.

You, of all authors, knew why I wanted to kill her. My actions were justified. I was trying to save my kingdom from her wrath, before everything we loved was destined to an end. The same way you had to rewrite the true fairytales after cursing us, so the War of Sorrows would end forever after.

Night after night, and year after year, parents fed their children false bedtime stories, until your lies grew into inescapable memories. Your happily ever after lies, Wilhelm, shaped the so called fairy tale world.

I wondered why you didn’t burn the original scripts, instead of rewriting them. You must have figured out that sooner or later someone would dig up the truth and expose you. Altering it was the smarter solution. You let children believe that the bites were resurrecting kisses, and that torturing glass coffins were made for sleeping beauties, waiting for a prince to come and kiss them awake.

A wise man once said that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he was someone else. You did the same with us, Wilhelm. You turned us into pastiches of the immortals that we really are, and made it harder for us if wanted to persuade the world otherwise.

I know that you did it to save us from her. And I appreciate how you concealed our real names, or we would have ended up like Rumpelstiltskin, tortured by those who knew of his real name.

But sometimes, I can’t help but wonder why no one ever questioned why I was called the Evil Queen, and why I was never given a real name in the books.

Was I so superficial to the world, so stereotypical and mundane? Why was I treated as if I were the monster of the week?

You know what I think? I think that the world never got the time to hate me. It just wanted to hate me long before it met me.

If I tell those who detest me about the true nature of their little princess, would they ever care about me half as much as they care about her?

I know that deep inside, they adore me. They like the way I talk, walk, dress, and even the way I kill.

They are just afraid to admit how much they love me. I am the Snow White Queen, strong enough that I don’t need anyone’s pity or love, because I am loved by the greatest and most majestic heart in the world:

Mine.

GIVEAWAY

Open internationally

You can win one copy of each Grimm Diaries bundle.

Ends 11th Feb 2013

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Winners will be chosen randomly via Random.org

The prizes will be sent in the week of April 15th.

Also, the first and second bundle will be 0.99 each from the 28th until the 31st.

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2 )http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AA4JIWC

GOOD LUCK!

Have a nice day,

Roxi

Reached – Ally Condie

ReachedAllyCondieSeria Legaminte are toate caracteristicile unei distopii YA: o fata frumoasa, Cassia, care intr-un final va juca un rol important in salvarea civilizatiei; un triunghi amoros care va sfida toate regulile impuse; o Putere (in cazul nostru Societatea) care controleaza vietile oamenilor de la cel mai mic aspect, si bineinteles: o Revolta pentru un happy ending.

Am ajuns la finalul acestei serii. Nu am putu sa astept pana va aparea la noi ultimul volum, asa ca l-am citit in engleza. Si bineeeee am facut. A fost FE-NO-ME-NAL!!!

Daca in primul volum, firul actiunii l-am putut privi din perspectiva Cassiei, o adolescenta naiva care se afla in cautarea liberatii, iar in al doilea volum a fost adaugata perspectiva lui Ky si prezentata supravietuirea celor doi in conditii drastice, acum a venit si randul lui Xander. Cele trei puncte de vedere  se imbina foarte frumos. M-am intrebat mereu ce simte Xander in legatura cu Ky si Cassia.

Cassia s-a schimbat mult in acest ultim volum. A devenit mai puternica si mai confidenta in fortele proprii. De asemenea si-a asumat riscuri pentru binele persoanelor iubite si nu numai.

Ca tot suntem la personaje, ei bine, pentru mine KY ramane favoritul. Motivele ar fi numeroase:  incercarile prin care a trecut, statutul pe care il are, sau pur si simplu modul in care actioneaza.

Actiunea acestui volum are multe urcusuri si coborasuri. Ne aflam in plina revolta. Societatea a cazut din varful piramidei, iar Pilotul si adeptii acestuia i-au luat locul. Oamenii au fost infectati cu un virus, asemanator ciumei. Iar atunci cand salvarea ar fi trebuit sa vina din partea Pilotului, infectia a degenerat intr-o boala fara leac. Ei bine, sa nu credeti ca v-am spus toata actiunea cartii. Acesta mica parte formeaza doar intriga. Incepand cu aceasta situatie, parcursul firesc al actiunii va fi deviat , vor fi anihilate sperantele, si vor fi multe pierderi de vieti omenesti. Trebuie sa va pregatiti sufleteste sa va luati adio de la persoanele, pe care cu siguranta le-ati indragit de-a lungul celor trei volume.

Mi-a placut foarte mult si faptul ca au fost clarificate urmatoarele astecte: povestea Pilotului, natura celor 3 pastile oferite de Societate (verde, albastra si rosie), aventurile si modul de supravietuire al oamenilor din Canioane.

Finalul a fost oarecum previzibil. Nu o sa va spun cu cine sfarseste Cassia. Va las pe voi sa cititi si sa descoperiti. Sunt de parere ca Ally a ales foarte bine acest epilog si a planuit destine potrivite fiecarui protagonist in parte. Intr-un final lucrurile s-au echilibrat.

Volumul primeste nota 5/5.

Voi ati citit aceasta serie? Cum vi s-a parut finalul?

Va las mai jos trailerul cartii:

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Leapsa

Am primit o leaspa de la Raluca, dar nu avut timp sa o fac pana acum. Tinand cont ca am mai rezolvat-o odata, voi raspunde doar la intrebarile ei si NU voi nominaliza mai departe! 😀

Acestea sunt:

1. Ce te atrage mai mult la o carte?
Pai ma atrag muuulte lucruri la o carte. In primul si primul rand, ar fi coperta. Am avut „norocul” sa nimeresc si carti proaste, dar cu coperti superbe. Iar apoi, ar fi descrierea. Daca ma entuziasmeaza destul de tare, urmatorul pas este achizitionarea sa.
2. Când te-ai hotărât să-ţi faci un blog şi care a fost motivaţia ta?
Am blogul de cateva luni. Insa, pana sa il infiintez, urmaream restul blogurilor care erau active. Asta m-a ambitionat intr-un fel sa imi fac si eu unul. Iar mai apoi, sa descopar un univers mai mare decat m-as fi asteptat si foarte placut. Mi-am facut noi prieteni cu ajutorul acestui blog. 😀
3. Numeşte un alt hobby în afară de blogging şi de lectură.
Ar fi fotografiatul (si editatul pozelor). Este o place vinovata. Abia astept sa se incalzeasca afara sa fac cateva sedinte frumoase. Poate va voi arata si pe blog cateva. In orice caz, puteti vedea aici cateva poze: http://www.facebook.com/RoxanaMPhotography?fref=ts
4. Care e locul tău preferat de citit?
De obicei citesc in pat, sub o paturica si o cana de cafea. Imi place sa citesc si pe plaja (atunci cand nu bate vantul) 😀
5. Ce părere ai de cărţile digitale?
Pana acum cateva luni, nu prea citeam carti digitale deoarece imi oboseau ochii. Acum insa, mi-am luat Kindle si pot spune ca le ador! Recomand oricui un ebook reader. Este o investitie buna.
6. Care era povestea ta preferată în copilărie?
Hmm…Alba ca Zapada si cei 7 pitici? :)))
7. Când nu îţi place o carte, o abandonezi sau te străduieşti să o termini?
Depinde…de obicei ma straduiesc sa le termin. Nu prea imi place sa las lucrurile neterminate, dar au fost destule cazuri in care le-am lasat balta.
8. Preferi să citeşti o singură carte o dată sau să începi mai multe şi să le alternezi?
Niciodata nu pot sa citesc o singura carte :)) Aproape constant am vreo 2-3 carti incepute. In prezent citesc vol 3 din Legaminte si volumul 4 din Cantec de Gheata si Foc.
9. Care e cartea care te-a făcut cel mai tare să plângi? Şi care te-a înveselit cel mai mult?
Am plans la destule carti. Cele mai recente ar fi Oscar si Tanti Roz si Climate.
10. Cu ce personaj literar crezi că te asemeni?
Voi trece peste aceasta intrebare :))
11. În afară de ficţiune, te mai atrag şi alte genuri de cărţi? (ex: lecturi motivaţionale, ghiduri,  dezvoltare personală, biografii, jurnale…)
Bineinteles. Imi citesc cu placere cartile de psiho si pe cele care dezvolta si dezbat anumite evenimente reale (vezi recenzie – Efectul Lucifer).
O zi frumoasa,
Roxi

In my mailbox #11

Ce faceti dragilor? Eu am cam ramas in pana de net zilele acestea, din cauza vremii. Profitand de ocazia revenirii acestuia, am spus sa va arat repede ce mi-am mai achizitionat!

Avem:

CUMPARATE:

Uratii si Frumosii de Scott Westerfeld

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Spulbera-ma de Tahereh Mafi

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Num3re de Rachel Ward

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CASTIGATE:

Frumosii de Scott Westerfeld – Uitasem ca am castigat cartea pe blogul Sabinei, si mi-am cumparat-o. Mi-am adus aminte in momentul in care am primit pachetul! Asa ca, m-am ales cu 2 exemplare :))

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LA SCHIMB:

Evermore de Alyson Noel

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PRIMITE:

Article 5 si Breaking Point de Kristen Simmons – Thank youuu!

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Lies Love Tells de Gina Dickerson – Thank you!

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2 postcard-uri cu Hemmingway’s Girl – Thank you Erika

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 6 postcard-uri cu The Vanishing of Katharina Linden – Thank you Helen

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Si o poza de final:

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Voi ce ati mai primit/cumparat/schimbat etc?? Sa aveti o zi frumoasa!

Diana Nixon – Love Lines – First Birthday Celebrations

I’m very happy to be a part of this blog tour and I hope you’ll like my interview with Diana Nixon, the author of  Love Lines.

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INTERVIEW

  1. Hello Diana! Thank you for granting me this interview. I’d like to talk first about Love Lines. How did this story come into being?  Love Lines was my debut fantasy novel. When I started writing it, I wasn’t thinking about the series of books. But when I realized that one book wasn’t enough for the amount of ideas I had in my head, I turned LL into a series of novels:) The main thing that I wanted to show writing LL was the beauty of love and those emotions that overwhelm you when you are in love. In addition, I wanted to create a fantasy world where everything would be magical. I like creating complicated plots where everything is not what it seems. That’s why my Love Lines series if full of mysteries, adventures and secrets. I like when readers say that my books are unique, that they are not like many other stories of the same genre. And it inspires me to create something new:)
  2. What was the most challenging aspect of creating this character of Eileen Clark? The biggest challenge in creating Eileen was her inner world and character. I didn’t want her to be weak or insecure. I wanted her to be strong and brave, and sure about everything she did. It was hard to strike the right balance between being strong and annoyingly self-confident, but I hope I did a good job:) Despite the fact that two characters tell the story, Eileen is the main narrator, who is supposed to attract readers’ attention and make them want to read more.
  3. How did you approach the research needed for these books? There were a few things I needed to work on love lines32before writing a book. For example I used flowers to describe people’s emotions and thoughts. I looked through a few books and articles explaining their meaning to be more accurate in my words. I also needed some information about people’s auras, British landscape and weather.
  4. What are your current/future projects?  At the moment I’m working on the LL next book named Diamond Sky and a new series, or to be exact a trilogy about the guardian angels. My editor thinks I should try writing a contemporary romance, so maybe I will follow her advice and write one:)
  5. If you had to be one of your protagonists, who would it be?  It’s a good question. Can I say I would like to be Evan Murray?:) Apart from being my favorite character he’s an example of everything I would never dare to do or say. He’s very brave and strong and he never gives up. He’s an optimist just like me, but unlike me it’s almost impossible to discourage him.
  6. Who are your favourite writers and why? There are many writers whose books I like to read. For example now I can’t wait to get the second book of the Beautiful series by Jamie McGuire and Reckless by S.C. Stephens:)
  7. What was the book that most influenced your life — and why? I don’t know. Really:) I’ve became a fantasy author because I like reading fantasy stories. And there were many of them I liked a lot. From Twilight and Hush Hush to Harry Potter.
  8. What are your 5 favorite books —and why? Can I name my own books? Just kidding:) Okay so let it be Breaking Down by Stephanie Mayer, Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead, Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick,  Evernight by Claudia Grey and Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. All of them left something special inside my heart:)
  9. What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career as an author? Writing itself:) Everything about it is a challenge, from creating characters and gathering ideas for a new book to proofreading and publishing. Every on these aspects have some difficulties we face every day.
  10. Describe your writing room. I can describe it in one word – kitchen!:) Yes, it’s my favorite place to write. When I wake up in the morning, I go to the kitchen, make a cup of coffee, open my notebook and start checking my e-mail and Facebook. When I go to get another cup of coffee my writing part of the day begins:) But when it’s summer outside, I like working on a terrace.
  11. Take us through a typical day in the life of Diana Nixon. So I have already told you how my morning starts – with a cup of coffee. They say that life starts after coffee, so yes, it’s about me:) Usually I write 1 or 2 chapters per day. And with the amount of e-mails, my little daughter’s playing I get to my books somewhere at noon and work on them for about three hours. There are days free of writing, but I hate them, because I can’t stay without work for too long:) My evenings I spend with my family, making diner and talking about the events of the day.
  12. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you guys for everything! Your support, your amazing review and 5 stars ratings  make my days:) And it’s the best reward a writer can get. I hope you will enjoy reading my books and I will try to do my best to make them great:)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

100_199552Diana Nixon was born in Minsk, Belarus, where she still lives and works on her series. Before becoming a writer she received a Master of Law degree from Belorussian state University. She has always liked reading fantasy novels, so when she came up with the idea of writing a book, she already knew what genre to choose. At the moment Diana is working on her Love lines series.

Links: http://diananixon.webs.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Diana-Nixon/203165316483322?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianaNixon9

Buying books: http://diananixon.webs.com/buyingbooks.htm

ABOUT LOVE LINES

The traces of supernatural powers have always been crossing the world of human beings. Many people know about the existence of healers, mind readers, oneiromancers and wizards. But for centuries their lives have been kept secret and no one has ever heard about one special place, where those gifted people studied.
Neither has Eileen Clark, whose life has never been different from the one other teenagers have.
But one day everything changes. Eileen finds out that she belongs to the mysterious world of unnatural and the destiny leads her to Dever – a closed university for the people like her.

Nothing will ever be the same again…

New life, new friends, new enemies…

But the true love will never let her down. It will help to go through everything….

Diamond Sky (Love Lines, # 3): book trailer released!!!

Have a nice day,

Roxi

Raspantii – Ally Condie

raspantii-1975Raspantii  reprezinta volumul 2 din trilogia Legaminte, scrisa de Ally Condie. Am citit cartea pe nerasuflate. M-am apucat ieri seara de ea, si nu am avut liniste pana nu am terminat-o. Nu m-am gandit ca actiunea ar putea lua o asemenea intorsatura. Cartea te atrage de la primele pagini.

Mi-a placut foarte mult faptul ca a fost scrisa din doua puncte de vedere: al Cassiei si al lui Ky. Astfel am putut intelege mai bine motivele si gandurile ce au stat la baza deciziilor luate de cei doi. De asemenea am putut afla mai multe amanunte privind povestea lui Ky. Amintirile acestuia sunt prezentate ca niste flashback-uri din vremurile „apuse”. Din vremurile in care Societatea nu isi manifesta inca puterea, iar Ky nu era clasificat o Aberatie.

La un moment dat, isi face si Xander aparitia in aceasta carte. Cu toate ca acesta nu ia parte la aventura celor doi (Cassia si Ky), ceea ce a fost dezvaluit despre el, m-a cam pus pe ganduri. Inca nu pot sa imi dau seama care ar fi mai potrivit pentru Cassia: Xander sau Ky?

Mi-au placut foarte mult si personajele secundare: In primul rand l-am adorat pe Eli – un pusti care fuge de  Societate alaturi de Ky. Este inocent, curios, si proaspat reclasificat ca o Aberatie. Nu ar fi avut nici cea mai mica sansa de supravietuire in Provinciile Exterioare si indeplinind noile conditii impuse de catre Societate.

O avem apoi pe Indie – o adolescenta si noua partenera (de calatorie) a Cassiei. Cele doua vor evada din Provinciile Exterioare si se vor aventura in Canioane si Vale. Cu toate ca, s-a dovedit de multe ori a fi de incredere, este totusi ceva „suspect” la ea care ma pune pe ganduri.

Plotul mi s-a parut destul de interesent. Avem actiune din plin, si ne sunt dezvaluite mai multe amanunte din istoria Societatii si de asemenea, cum a fost aceeasta infiintata. Inceputul volumului mi s-a parut fooooarte echivoc  si atroce: nu eram sigura daca nu citesc ceva de King sau Martin :)) Adica, are cateva amanunte prea explicate ce mi se par foarte foarte triste.  Insa, dupa vreo 50 de pagini, intelegi de ce Condie a fost nevoita sa apeleze la acele descrieri.

Dupa ce mi-am scris recenzia, am vrut sa vad ce cred si restul cititorilor. Si am ramas un pic socata: am vazut ca 3 sferturi din recenziile facute sunt negative. Sincer nu cred ca acest roman a fost chiar asa de infiorator. Intr-adevar, a fost un pic mai slab ca precedentul, dar pot sa spun ca a meritat din plin sa il citesc. Si acum va intreb pe voi: ati citit cartea? Ce impresie v-a lasat?

In concluzia ii voi da nota 5/5 si astept cu nerabdare sa ma apuc de volumul 3.

O zi frumoasa,

Roxi

Castigatori Daynight

Normal trebuia sa postez ieri castigatorii, dar am fost plecata din judet. Scuze pentru intarziere 😀

Castigatorii celor 2 carti sunt:

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Felicitari! Astept adresele voastre pe mail, in decursul a 5 zile!

 

PS: va trebui sa mai aveti un pic de rabdare pentru acel mini-maraton de concursuri! Astept sa mai primesc cateva pachete, pentru a fi totul complet!!

O seara frumoasa,

Roxi