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.


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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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.


"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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Book Name:
Where She Went
Author/s: Gayle Forman
Source: NetGalley
Publisher, year: Penguin Group, 2011
Page total:208
Date Read:March 26 to 27, 2011
Genre/s: Contemporary Fiction, YA
First line of Book:Every morning I wake up and tell myself this:' It's just one day, one twenty-four-hour period to get yourself through. '

It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the futureÑand each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

After reading If I Stay (okay, I reread it because of WSW, 'cause it sounded so incredibly awesome!!) I immediately got my hands on Where She Went (and I do mean immediately) and started reading it.
In case you've been in space/on a desert/ under the sea/hiding under a rock and living like an eremite, or if you simply have not been on the Internet much, you don't know how much hype this book's been getting. And it is a lot. But it sure is deserved...
Anyway, although the writing style is pretty much like If I Stay, while it was Mia's story, this is all about Adam and I'm really grateful for that. Sure, Mia still appears, but now I got to know Adam a lot better (if you've read my review of IIS, you know I thought Adam was underdeveloped. Well, that's fixed now!) and I LOVED him! I understood what drove him, why he acted the way he did, I understood how his life'd become so empty when he understood it, I felt his anger, his loss, his betrayal, his hurt, his emptiness and his love. And a lot more, because Adam's this lovely messy and tangled emotion ball.
I admit it, I was mad at Mia for leaving Adam, but once I knew why, I couldn't stay mad anymore. And I must say I'm very satisfied with the ending of the book.
Other than that, what I really, really liked in the story was that the characters, as characters and as people, all were very realistic- they didn't stay the same they were in IIS, and there were some awkward moments between A and M because of that. Basically, I could imagine it happening in reality, right here, right now*.


Needle and thread, flesh and bone
Spit and sinew, heartbreak is home
Your suture lines sparkle like diamonds
Bright stars to light my confinement

She left for Juilliard the day after Labor Day. i drove her to the airport. She kissed me good-bye. She told me that she loved me more than life itself. then she stepped through security.
She never came back.

My first impulse is not to grab her or kiss her or yell at her. I simply want to touch her cheek, still flushed from the night's performance. I want to cut through the air that separates us, measured in feet—not miles, not continents, not years—and to take a callused finger to her face. I want to touch her to make sure it's really her, not one of those dreams I had so often after she left when I'd see her so clear as day, be ready to kiss her or take her to me only to wake up with Mia just beyond reach.

But I can't touch her. This is a privilege that's been revoked.


* That was a compliment, by the way
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Book Name:
the Lipstick Laws
Author/s: Amy Holder
Source: Netgalley.com
Publisher, year: Graphia, 2011
Page total: 240
Date Read: Read from January 05 to 12, 2011
Genre/s: YA, Chick-Lit, Contemporary fiction

At Penford High School, Britney Taylor is the queen bee. She dates whomever she likes, rules over her inner circle of friends like Genghis Khan, and can ruin anyone's life with a snap of perfectly manicured fingers. Just ask the unfortunate few who have crossed her. For April Bowers, Britney is also the answer to her prayers. April is so unpopular, kids don't even know she exists. But one lunch spent at Britney's table, and April is basking in the glow of popularity. But Britney's friendship comes with a high price tag. How much is April willing to pay?

First line of Book:Sitting near Darci Maddison on the school bus is enough to put anyone with woman-sprout issues over the edge.

This was a really cute book!

For some reason, when I read the book's title, I thought it would be like a teen version of Sex and the City, but it was not. I was very surprised because it was very different from what I was expecting. This was a cute, humorous, girly read I really enjoyed.

April was a believable character, though maybe not as a high school student, she seemed younger to me, more like a Middle Grade heroine. I thought it was so cute that she was a bra-stuffer! Okay, wrong expression. What I mean is, I'm glad she did that because there are girls who do it but I've never seen a character who does, so this was really nice. And since she looked like a sensible girl, I was extremely disappointed when she didn't stay away from Britney, who she knew was a total..err, baddy.
Britney, as I said before, is a baddy and huge control-freak, which annoyed me, as it should. Yet, I liked that there was a reason for her to be that mean.

When April decides to stand up for herself and creates The Lipstick Lawbreakers, and they make all sorts of plans to get back at Britney, that's the best part! There were so many hilarious moments!

What I loved though, was the end, when April understands what matters the most- is it getting back at someone or just living your life and having fun?

If you like fun, light, girly reads, this is for you.

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Okay, so first of all, I'm really sorry I haven't been posting lately, but I've been really busy with school and music and running and exams and whatnot. I'll make it up to you all, I swear!

Book Name:
If I Stay
Author/s: Gayle Forman
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: Dutton Juvenile, 2009
Page total: 234
Date Read: January 23 to 26, 2010 and March 26 2011
Genre/s: YA, Death, contemporary fiction, Realistic Fiction
First line of Book:Everyone thinks it was because of the snow.

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

This is actually the second time I read this book. The first time I thought it was a really boring, really depressing story I couldn't wait to get over with. Not now, though.

If I Stay was a terribly sad story (which I'm sure you know already- in fact there's not much I can say about this book that has not been said before in other people's reviews) but also a beautiful one. And though I'm not a big fan of the whole spirit-out-of-body thing, it worked here.

I think what I liked the most about the characters is that they were like real people- not characters, but real people I could have met or not at some point of my life. They had their own characteristics, their flaws and qualities, their fights and day-to-day conversations... (By the way, that was also really well showed in the flashbacks) It was like I was Mia and I was living what she did, though to me Adam and Kim were... I couldn't call them flat because I could see there was ore to them that what I read, it was more like I knew them, but I didn't know them very well, like we were acquaintances. That was a pity.

The story is told from Mia's perspective -as I'm sure you've guessed by now- both in the present in the hospital and with flashbacks from her life before the accident and I think that really works: even though I knew what he ending would be, I wanted her to like, because thanks to the flashbacks of her former life, I cared for her, and that is a very important thing to me, character-wise.

Anyway, the hype turns me off, but not enough for me not to enjoy this book. It shouldn't turn you off either.


"I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard."

"And that's just it, isn't it? That's how we manage to survive the loss. Because love, it never dies, it never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it."

"But I'd understand if you chose love, Adam love, over music love. Either way you win. And either way you lose. What can I tell you? Love's a bitch."
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