Book Name: Deuses Americanos
Author/s: Neil Gaiman
Language Portuguese
Original Title: American Gods
Publisher, year: Editorial Presença, 2009
Page total: 493
Date Read: July 26-29
Genre/s: Fantasy, Fiction, Satire
First line of Book:"Shadow had done three years in prison."
Review:
Synopsis: After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the days, then the hours, then the minutes, then the seconds until his release tick away, he can feel a storm building. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in apparently adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr. Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But they are being pursued by someone with whom Shadow must make his peace... Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Neil Gaiman's epic new novel sees him on the road to finding the soul of America.

I really like the idea of gods being among us, literally living like one of us humans. I also really liked the idea of a huge battle, and I think I like the end even more. (By the way, you know Mr. Wednesday is a nasty bastard but you have no idea of just how big of a bastard he is x)
Also, I think I should mention the fact that somewhere in the middle of the story, there is a goddess named Easter and I love that scene. It's not particularly well written or anything but the message is
very interesting.
And I now have lots of deities to google ;P

But why not five stars? Well, there are some seemingly random stories mixed in too. None of them is directly related to the story, some are for you to know a character that'll appear later on better, but the others are just there.
Rating: 4/5
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Quotes from book:
"The bird turned, head tipped, suspiciously, on one side, and it stared at him with bright eyes.
"Say 'Nevermore,'" said Shadow.
"F*ck you," said the raven."

"I'll be your puppy. What do you want me to do? Chew your slippers? Piss on the kitchen floor? Lick your nose? Sniff your crotch? I bet there's nothing a puppy can do that I can't do!"
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Book Name: O Sorriso das Estrelas
Author/s: Nicholas Sparks
Language Portuguese
Original Title: Nights in Rodanthe
Publisher, year: Editorial Presença, 2002
Page total:174
Date Read: July 25-26
Genre/s: Romance, Fiction, Chick-lit
First line of Book:"Three years earlier, on a warm November morning in 1999, Adrienne Willis had returned to the Inn and at first glance had thought it unchanged, as if the small Inn were impervious to sun and sand and salted mist."
Review: It's never too late for a second chance.
Adrienne, divorced, mother of three, goes to an inn in Rodanthe to help her friend, who'd gone to a wedding. She was waiting for the only guest there would be, Paul Flanner, a doctor who is on his way to help his son on the Equator.
The more time they spend together, the more they fall in love, but will this end well?

I really enjoyed this book. I don't usually love NS, but this was the best book I've read by him.
Rating: 4/5
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Quotes from book:
"The greater the love, the greater the tragedy when it's over."
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Book Name: Graceling
Author/s: Kristin Cashore
Language English
Publisher, year: Harcourt Children's Books, 2008
Page total: 471
Date Read: 24 July 2010 (2nd time)
Genre/s: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction
First line of Book:"In these dungeons the darkness was complete, but Katsa had a map in her mind"
Review:

There is a place with seven kingdoms where some people have an extreme skill and are feared by the "normal" people. They have what is called a Grace. Graces may be the most tiny and silly things, like talking backwards or climbing trees, but some are useful and those Gracelings are at the King's service.
this is Katsa's story. Her Grace is killing. She's at her uncle Randa's command, the King of the Middluns and is expected to kill and torture for him the ones that do not follow his command.
She never thought life could be different, until she meets Prince Po and everything changes. Especially when she finds out not everything's what it seemed at first. Not even her own Grace. There are so many questions and the answers may be surprising.

I loved this book. I loved, loved, LOVED it. Katsa and Po are wonderful characters and they complement each other. What one has, the other lacks and vice versa. Also, despite what many of you might think, I don't think Po is weak. Sure, he's not the Knight In Shiny Armour. But Katsa doesn't need a guy who can fight with ten men at a time, thats
her job. She needs a guy who gets her, who can make her see reason and calm her, and that is humble enough not to care that she's better than him in things that are usually considered "guy stuff". And in that, there is no other like Po.

The first time I read it and reached the part where the truth about Katsa's Grace is discovered, I was shocked. Awestruck. But the second time I read Graceling, I noticed little things that had escaped me at first.
The writing is, well, unusual. I'd never heard the terms "Lady Princess" or "Lord Prince" but this is written in a whole different world so this is actually very fresh. Also, I like the idea of Gracelings being only known by their eye color and that every Grace is different. I can't wait for Bitterblue.
Rating: 5/5
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Quotes from book:
"How absurd it was that in all seven kingdoms, the weakest and most vulnerable of people--girls, women--went unarmed and were taught nothing of fighting, while the strong were trained to the highest reaches of their skill."

"Something caught in her throat at this second thanks, when she'd threatened him so brutally. When you're a monster, she thought, you are thanked and praised for not behaving like a monster. She would like to restrain from cruelty and receive no admiration for it."
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Book Blogger Hop


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This week's question:

TELL US ABOUT THE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING!

I'm reading Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier and i'm halfway through it, but it's not the best book I've read. Honestly, I'm disappointed. I'm also reading Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman and I think there are several short stories in it. I'll be writing a review for both of them!!
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Book Name: Romeu e Julieta
Author/s: William Sahespeare
Language Portuguese
Original Title: Romeo and Juliet
Publisher, year: Europa-América 2003
Page total: 208
Date Read: July 20-21
Genre/s: Classics, Fiction, Romance, Drama
First line of Book:"SAMPSON: Gregory, ó my word, we'll not carry coals."
Review:
Romeo and Juliet is the star-crossed lovers tale.
Capulets and Montagues have been rivals for a long time, and they could never imagine that Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet would fall in love.

The writing is very beautiful, though I didn't read it in English, I did check some parts in the original part (it has in both languages) and they were very beautiful. Since it is a play, I won't complain about the time thing (everything happening so quickly) because thats a characteristic of plays, which I don't like very much but understand why is needed.
Rating: 4/5
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Quotes from book:
"My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite."

"Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night."

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Book Name: Amor e Amizade
Author/s: Jane Austen
Language Portuguese
Original Title: Love and Friendship
Publisher, year: Europa América 2006
Page total: 119
Date Read: July 19-20
Genre/s: Classics, Romance, Short Stories, Fiction
First line of Book:"How often, in answer to my repeated intreaties that you would give my daughter a regular detail of the misfortunes and adventures of your life, have you said 'No, my friend never will I comply with your requests till I may be no longer in danger of again experiencing such dreadful ones.'"
Review: This is a novel made of several short stories in letter format. It was a very interesting read though you notice this is Jane Austen's first novel (she was 14 years old!).
They all talk about life's misfortunes, love and society and always with some humor...
Rating: 3/5
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Quotes from book:
"Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint!"

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The Story Siren is hosting a really cool challenge. Know all about it here.

Anyway, this is my list:

NEVERMORE not reviewed


I'm so excited!
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I've completed the challenge, HURRAY!

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Oh+My+Blog+Award!!.bmp.jpgHi,Ijust got a blog award thanks to Heather (hi Heather!!).
Here are The Rules:

1. Get Really Excited that you got the coolest award EVER! (check)
2. Choose one of the following options of accepting the OMB Award :
  • Get really drunk and blog for fifteen minutes straight , or for as long as you can focus.
  • Write about your most embarrassing moment.
  • Write a "Soundtrack Of Your Childhood" post
  • Make your next blog a "vlog" (video blog). Basically your talking to the camera about whatever.
  • Take a picture of yourself first thing in the morning, before you do anything else (hair, makeup, etc,) and post it
3. Pass the award on to at least three, but preferably more, awesome bloggers. Don't forget to tell them.

Okay so I can't get drunk. I have many embarrassing moments (I'm clumsy, very clumsy. Since my childhood is not over yet, I can't make a soundtrack. I don't like vlogs that much and there's no way that anyone's going to see me when I wake up.
Which means, I'll share one very embarrassing moment:
I was in school and I was with my friends. There are some benches in our schoolyard and they're just little cement blocks, so there's no place to put your back on. I was tired so I literally jumped to the bench and I fell in the mud with everybody looking at me and laughing.
I'm not going to describe it any further because it was very bad, especially when it happened the second time on that day... Lousy school benches.

I will now pass it on to Elyssa's and Jen's blog A World of Personality, to Jordan's Read, Write, Live and also to 5-squared. Bye

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Hi, this is a "meme" by The Story Siren.
Here are the books I got this week!


I got Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman. I've read it already, and you c
an find my review here.
Language: Portuguese




I also got Beautiful Malice , by Rebecca
James.Read my review here.
Language: Portuguese



Another book I got and rea
d is The Giver, by Lois Lowry. Here's my review.
Language: Portuguese





I got this a few days ago and it's
awesome. Unfortunately it's not available in English.





I got this too, and I cant wait to read it! Also not available in English, unfortunately.




but I want to read The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants before, so it'll have to wait.



And last but not least, I got Smoke and Mirrors, also by Neil Gaiman. I can't wait to read this, I love his works!


Hope you like this week's IMM

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Book Name: The Giver: O Dador de Memórias
Author/s: Lois Lowry
Language Portuguese
Original Title: The Giver
Publisher, year: Everest Editora 2010
Page total: 240
Date Read: July 18th
Genre/s: YA, future, sci-fi, fiction
First line of Book:"It was almost December and Jonas was beginning to be frightened."
Review: Jonas lives in a so-called utopian society where everything is decided by the Elders. At the age of 12, every boy and girl get a career assignment. Jonas is about to get his.
In the Ceremony, Jonas becomes the new Receiver of Memories. The Giver will now pass him all memories, good or bad, that have ever existed. Now, Jonas realizes this utopian world may not be as perfect as he thought.

This was enough to convince me: I love Lois Lowry!!! It was such an easy read and, well, I'm going to re-read it for sure!
It's a very interesting utopian/dystopian world because it depends on your perspective. Okay, so there are no wars, no one starves and no more killings but where re the colors, the music, all those little things that make life worth living?
This is a must-read for everyone.
Rating: 5/5
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"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."


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Book Name: Não Há Bela Sem Senão
Author/s:Rebecca James
Language Portuguese
Original Title: Beautiful Malice
Publisher, year:Suma de Letras , 2010
Page total: 312
Date Read: July 14 2010
Genre/s: YA, fiction, thriller, Mystery
First line of Book:"I didn't go to Alice's funeral."
Review:
"So. Were you glad, deep down? Were you glad to be rid of her? Your perfect sister? Were you secretly glad when she was killed?"
After her sister's murder, Katherine moves to another city and changes schools. After Rachel's death, she got lots of attention from the media but now all she wants is not to be noticed. But then, she meets Alice. Alice is funny, joyous, nice, seductive and popular. And she can spread happiness wherever she goes. She and Katherine become best friends, but then Katherine notices Alice's erratic behavior: she's either a complete and utter bitch meanie or the nicest person you've ever met. She can be uber sweet and a great friend or she can be narcissistic and cruel. It all depends.

The thing is, Alice has a secret. A huge secret.

I loved this book. I've been reading a lot of unexpectedly good literary stuff lately, but this...whoa. I swear, I could feel exactly what Katherine was feeling, and I didn't want to keep reading, because I felt very frustrated but I couldn't! Don't you just hate when that happens? I don't.

I really liked that the narrative changed from present to past to longer past. It really gave me a complete view of the story, but without giving everything over at once - that's one of the causes of my frustration, by the way.

it was very well written, I really liked Robbie and Mick and Philippa and Katherine's parents and I really
hated Alice. With all my guts. Isn't that a magnificent show of characterization?
Rating:5/5
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