I've been a bad little blogger, I know I have.

I haven't been very active, I know.

I've been neglecting my blogging duties, but now I have an explanation.

You see, this is more of a combination of factors than just a single reason. Firstly, I've been seriously busy: with Advanced Maths, Advanced Physics and Chemistry, Advanced Biology and Geology, Portuguese, English and German- not to mention the bane of my existence, Philosophy, I simply haven't had the time to review and blog as much as I did, which is to say, at all. However, those of you who are familiar with school breaks and terms know that school has only started... a few weeks ago. Really, that first reason is just an excuse. The truth is, blogging simply isn't that much fun anymore, and I'm not the kind of person who keeps doing stuff willingly without gusto, so that is the real reason this has been, well, dead for the past few months.

HOWEVER, I doubt this will be like this forever, so I will not delete this blog because I'm way too lazy to start another one when I'm tired of being tired so I'll just keep this one, maybe write a post or two occasionally, change the blog layout (that is definitely a must) and eventually keep going like nothing's happened.

Meanwhile, even if I post nothing in here, know that you can read my magnificent,wonderful, very unique point of view (insert sardonic coughing) on my other blog, the group blog, the one I'm incapable of abandoning (unless they kick me out, which would be a pity), the blog I like to visit to read my co-authors' very interesting and often insightful POVs, For the Love of Reading.

I am writing this because of the emails that come occasionally from authors and publishers which I don't have the guts to answer, and (mostly) because of the people who may come here and check this out even though it is only one tumbleweed roll away of being officially deserted.

So, this is what happens, and what will happen. I think you should know.
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Hey all!

My For the Love of Reading co-author Zakiya is hosting a contest at her blog about What's Your Status. WYS is her meme. This is how she describes it:

This post was inspired by, well, my previous Reading Status posts. I wanted to make it something that everyone could particpate in. Every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday), I will post what I've finished in the past week, what I'm currently reading and where I am in the book/s, what I plan to read next, and possibly what I want to buy/get.

If you're interested, go here, if you're not, be nice and share the message ;)

beijos
Stray
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Book Name:
Awaken
Author/s: Katie Kacvinsky
Language English
Publisher, year: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011
Page total: 352
Date Read: December 5-8 2010
Genre/s: YA, Dystopia, Future, Fiction
Synopsis/Description: Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.

Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.

In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
First line of Book:My mom gave me an old leather-bound journal for my seventeenth birthday.

Review: The moment I heard of this book, I knew I had to have it. The concept is amazing: in the future everything will be lived through the computer. It’s at the same time scary and strangely not that hard to see, considering our growing dependence of computers and technology. So I was really curious of how it would be like to live in a place like this. And I have to say I really enjoyed this book.
The main character, Maddie, is sweet and likable and as independent as the can be (which is not that much in the beginning, but that changes throughout the story).
Justin is quite likable too, but sometimes I was confused of his feelings, but then it all got cleared up really nicely ad his dorky side is so. Cute. (It wouldn’t hurt if we got a more detailed description of how he is either ;)
I really liked Kacvinsky’s writing, the plot is not entirely unpredictable, but it flows really well and makes sense; The ending, though, killed me. I can’t think of another way to end that book, but it really killed me. Overall, I’d recommend Awaken, and though it’s obviously about the people’s constant and growing need of technology, and it gets a little preachy about that, it’s really good.
Rating: 4/5
Quotes from book:
"Intuition works closely alongside fate, like they're business partners working together to alter the course of your life."

"I used to think talking was all about words. But you can say so much more with your eyes and your fingers and your touch. Words just make us one dimentional."

"It's like our bodies. We're a chain of veins and organs and they're all interconnected. If something isn't going right in one area, the whole system can get out of whack. Tha's the way I see the world. We're all connected. I don't see myself as this separate entity. i see things in a much larger scale. Everything I do directly affects another person, all the way down the chain. Every person I help can help another; we're all connected. Change happens one person at a time. And i want to commit my life to seeing that through."

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Hi, sorry I've been MIA, but I haven't had time to blog at all! I HAVE been reading though, just nothing worth reviewing, some non-fiction books, and IO don't review those because they're not fiction. Those things really happened and though I can review the writer's way of expressing him/herself, I just don't like to.

Anyway, my blogoversary is getting closer and closer, and there are a few changes I'd like to make:

  • Blog name and URL:
I'm so tired of Books are like People
  • Layout
  • Posting:
I don't want to just post reviews. I want to be more... unique than that
  • if I remember anything else, that too, will go to this list
Why don't ou tell me what you think? Got any suggestions?
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Hi!

First of all, let me explain what this is. I know authors like to see the international covers for their books (which is totally understandable) and if you follow me on Twitter, you know I sometimes tweet the authors their Portuguese covers (I live in Portugal, after all...) but the other day I went to the book shop and noticed the amount of new books (famous books in the blogosphere and the YA world) and I decided to make a blog post about it because there were so many! Hopefully, this is the first of many.

Enjoy!



Wish, by Alexandra Bullen
(I'm reading this right now, so I decided to post it)


Wings, by Aprilynne Pike
(I think this cover is a lot prettier than
the original, don't you think?)



Spells, by Aprilynne Pike
(Same as Wings)


Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


Crescendo, by Becca Fitzpatrick
(A new release with many fans,
there was even an angel with black wings and no
shirt in the mall once)



Evernight, by Claudia Gray
(In some reviews I read, people complained about
the US covers. This is me showing the prettier one)


Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White
Comes out this month!
(Kiersten posted about the Italian cover
on her blog. i think this is also pretty)


A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray



Firelight, by Sophie Jordan
(loved the book)


Matched, by Ally Condie
(they changed the title a little. União is more correct for Union.)

I hope you liked. If you have a post with more international covers, please put your link on the comments section
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Book Name:
Rage
Author/s: Jackie Morse Kessler
Source: NetGalley
Publisher, year: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
Page total: 228
Date Read: April 03 to 04, 2011
Genre/s: YA, fantasy, Paranormal
First line of Book:The day Melissa Miller killed her cat, she met the Angel of Death.

Missy didn’t mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don’t find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different.
That’s why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade—a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it’s with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control.

A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.


After reading Hunger (and not enjoying it that much), I wasn't really sure whether I'd want to read Rage, but since I usually give things second chances, and I got this from NetGalley, I decided to give the author another chance. Well, I am really happy that I did, because this is so much better than Hunger!
It deals with an almost completely new cast of characters (I don't think Death could be replaceable anyway), and we're introduced to Missy, a girl who cuts herself to escape to the pain. Personally, I liked Missy a lot more than Lisabeth; while Lisabeth was really flat to me, Missy was truly alive to me. She had so much emotion and it was a lot more realistic, I think. I also appreciated that her life outside her Horseman job was more developed, it was great to see why she had her problems. Sometimes I was just as outraged as (or even more than) Missy. her sister, especially mad me want to pull off some hair... her hair. She was SO obnoxious! And it really pissed me off that her parents were blind to everything (though not as much as knowing there are parents like that in real life). The things I loved the most, though, were how she ended up finding her inner strength, no matter how cliché that sounds, and the ending. It was so much better than Hunger's. And I could see it happening with Missy!
The writing was also a lot better, and it didn't bore me to death. Personally, I don't think you need to read Hunger to appreciate Rage, but if you want to anyway, go for it.

4/5



"If Melissa Miller were an artist, she would have painted the world in vicious streaks of red. Nothing like Picasso's rose period, all soft and cheerful and so optimistic that it made you want to puke. Missy's red phase would have been brutal and bright enough to cut your eyes. Missy's art would have been honest."
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Book Name:
Need (Need #1)
Author/s: Carrie Jones
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, 2008
Page total: 306
Date Read: April 03, 2011
Genre/s: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
First line of Book:Everybody has fears, right?

Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear.


When I started reading this book i wasn't really sure of what it was about. I'd refrained from reading all the reviews and the synopses of the other books in the series and this one's blurb wasn't that clear. What I wasn't expecting, though, were the pixies.
Yes, your eyes aren't failing you, I mean PIXIES. But not those cute little Tinkerbelish things you'd imagine. Apparently pixies are evil, even more than fairies. I have to admit I wasn't expecting that. (And by the way, I'm really sorry if this has already spoiled part of the book to you!)
I wasn't sure if I liked Zara, I'm still not. In one hand, she's all goody-goody with her Salvation Army thing but at the same time it just felt off. It was weird. Despite that, I really liked the other aspects of her personality: she's brave, unselfish and she's got spunk. Her hollowness in the beginning, though, and her gradual normalization were not very clear to me, and I think that could've been better written and explained.
Nick and Ian were kind of obvious. I mean, they were notoriously against each other since the beginning and when a certain piece of information came up it was completely obvious! Of course I can't say much about it, otherwise I'd be spoiling the book but it was SO. DAMN. OBVIOUS. And even they, individually, were OBVIOUS.
And I just have one more thing to mention. Zara's obsessiveness with phobias is amazing! I had no idea there was a phobia of having peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth (and, dude, I checked)

"The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage."

"There are people who like cute, furry things and people who eat cute, furry things "
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