November 28, 2010

"No Hope for Gomez!" Birthday Party. Win kindles, iPods, and get free books!

This is a guest post of Graham Parke, author of No hope for Gomez. I promised him I'd post this a bit earlier, but better late than never, right? And, here it goes:

“It's the age-old tale:
     Boy meets girl.
     Boy stalks girl.
     Girl already has a stalker.
     Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.”

It's hard to believe, but it's been a year since I handed in the final proofs for my weird little book ‘No Hope for Gomez!’ To celebrate this, and the fact that it just became a finalist in 2010's Best Book Awards, I decided to throw an international party. As I’ve had a debilitating fear of throwing parties and no-one showing up since early childhood, I’d be more than delighted if you’d come!

Of course, with every cool, international party comes a gift bag. Here's just some of the stuff attendants will get:

  • ‘Unspent Time’ exclusive short story collection
  • No Hope for Gomez: The Lost Chapters
  • Making of Gomez: behind the scenes eBook
  • Signed hi-res poster + bookplate

(These are all exclusive items and will not be available again.)

Additionally, several lucky attendants will win a Kindle or an iPod!

Oh yeah, you can bring as many friends as you like, just don't bring your crazy uncle who drinks too much and then tries to get me to go to the attic with him to see something wonderful. I've fallen for that before and I don't mind telling you, I came away very disappointed!

Find out how to attend HERE.

Review: The Cinderella Society – Kay Cassidy

I'm here today to talk about a wonderful, pink and full of Girl Power book called The Cinderella Society. If you have issues with things too pink or too feminist, well, maybe this isn't the place for you, but I promise, I am a person that's totally against "girl stuff" and I loved the book, so I think it's worth at least to read the review, right? ;)
The Cinderella Society tells the story of Jess, who's a person that's constantly moving, because of her father's job, but when her mother gets pregnant of twins, the whole family goes back to her mom's original city, where they plan to stay, for the first time in Jess's life.
Despite the fact that she's a cheerleader, she's not popular at all and very lonely. When she arrives, she joins the Cheerleading Squad and she ends up "stealing" (deserving it, actually) the spot of a popular girl who is particularly mean, called Lexy.
That alone would get us a story, but soon at the begging of the book we're introduced to a Secret Society called The Cinderella Society that puts together the best, most beautiful, brightest and most charitable women of the world, split into local "pieces" that, each, is responsible for protecting the "reggies" or regular people from the "wickeds" or mean people, like, of course, Lexy
Jess spends the whole book thinking she's not worth it. It's a bit annoying, sometimes. And, of course, everything is more complicated, because she is comepltelly in love with Ryan, Lexy's brother (of course, it couldn't be easy, right?), who is REALLY popular and, according to Jess herself, never noticed her.
She goes through a major makeover, not changing who she is, but showing how she, as she is, is beautiful. Actually, that is the big "lesson" the books wants to show - sort of like the Ugly Duckling, you know? That she is beautiful, as she is, and that she's always faithful to whoever she is, not try to be someone else and trust herself - specially trust - and fight for what she believes in, other people will see that in you. But it requires a lot of work and willpower. And a lot of support.
Of course Jess ends up being much more important than the other Cindys, because, afterall, she is the main character! hehe But, you know when you're there, waiting for the story to really start to pick up and when the main character finally starts picking up the "girl power" idea and starts accepting herself and stop pushing herself down, when stuff starts to happen... And the book ends? Yeah.
Anyways, it is a really cute book, super fun and ful of girl power (did I repeat that too much? It's my Spice Girls cover past y'know) ;)  But it leaves you with a sad taste, and makes us want more... 

Hopefully, Cindy on a Mission will be published soon, so I can keep on with the story ;)
Originally published at Sobre Livros

November 18, 2010

In My Mailbox

Hello there kids!

This has been a busy busy week, several events last weekend, lots of freebies (oh my gee bookmarks!!) and several books from last and this week :D
Check it out:

 I got Radiance from a giveaway... It went to one of my friends in the USA, then he sent me, but it took a nice while between us, so it's something I won back in August... And I can't find the exact link from where I got it, so I'll have to leave it link-less...
Radiance is a lovely book, I've almost finished it in two days, it's a middle-grade, tween book, light, nice and fun, I love Riley. :)

 Fall of Giants, the Brazilian edition. First impression: oh my. 900 pages. It's huge. But past the initial shock, it's Ken Follett, which I've been wanting to read for a while and it's historical fiction, which I love and I also love large books, so I'm feeling pretty good, really :)

 Where the river ends (free translation).. I admit I didn't look much into it yet, I got it as a gift from a friend, but it seems to be a drama or romance of some sort... Has anyone read it? Heard of it?
 The last Lady of the Fire (free translation) is a book by brazilian author Marcelo Paschoalin, who is a nice friend of mine and I happen to blog on his rpg-related blog Dark Fate RPG.
He also sent me a handful of signed bookmarkers <3

 Halo. I'm almost scared of reading this one.. The nice people at Ediouro Publisher sent it to me and I was really excited and then I read some bad reviews saying it was too soft or disconected... And kind of pushed me down... Now, is it good? I guess I'll find out!

Also, Therese Walsh sent me two copies of her The Last Will of Moira Leahy. The cover is just SO beautiful I just want to keep both to me haha... But fear not, I'll be good and give one away ;) I'll let you guys know :)

November 09, 2010

In My Mailbox

Hi guys! I know, I'm such a bad bad blogger, but here is my IMM for the past 2 weeks, I put them all together, so they look better... hehe

I got Soulless from Book Lovers Inc. It was a US$ 10 credit at the Book Depository and I couldn't have chosen a best book, look, it is BEAUTIFUL!

Ken Follett's A Place Called Freedom that I found at a used book's store. It's not in perfect condition, but's decent and, well, you don't see many books in English here in Brazil so it's a major find (for like US$ 2,00).
The Three Musketeers  by Alexandre Dumas. A classic, of course. Hopefully it's not an edited, altered version but the original story, since I found at the used book's store I couldn't really ask anyone if they knew...
Verne's "From the Earth to the Moon" is another classic that I managed to find at the used book's store... Hopefully not an edited version.
This is a Goodreads Firstreads win, my first one actually, it's part of the Nebador Series, it's book one, called The Test. Sounds like a good sci fi, been a while since I last read one of those :)

November 05, 2010

Review: The Genesis Secret - Tom Knox

I'll be reviewing today The Genesis Secret by Tom Knox, written by british writer Sean Thomas under the name Tom Knox. Sean was born in Devon, in 1963, he wrote 2 books under Tom Knox and has another one coming in 2011.

The Genesis Secret is perfect for Dan Brown lovers who wish he had written his stories just a little bit different one of the other... The pace of the story is incredibly similar and the story has that polemic "thing", even though he exaggerates a LOT on the secret's repercussion.

The story is divided in two parts, that alternate chapters until a certain part where, of course, they gather as one story. One of the stories is about Rob Lutrell, a war reporter, stuck in Middle West and sort of traumatized because of a terrorist attack that he witnessed in Bagdad. 
The other story is about a series of highly brutal murders (with lots of cruelty and some traces of human sacrifices) that takes place in England and are investigated by a Scotland Yard detective.

Rob is writing a story about Gobekli Tepe, on Curdistan, a monument with some resemblance to Stonehendge but thousands of years older than that, when theoretically human kind couldn't build something of that magnitude.

The whole story is pretty slow at first (around page 200), which really bothered me. But after that it catches the pace and goes on, full of action and suspense... It's impossible not to compare with The Da Vinci Code, that has a slow story at first with many explanations and descriptions that, sure, are necessary, but not so much, and suddenly starts rushing with the story and all the action bits happen all at once.

I also can't stop mentioning that I thought the consequences of the "secret" extremelly overreacting. Ok, cool, it really is something different and, if it was revealed, it'd give place to many debates and arguments... But not so much.
I don't think that it would happen as they predict, actually, I don't think many people would care if something like that came up, for both the reason and the evidence, which are quite weak and also for the reason that, really, doesn't make much of a difference.

Positive points now? Gobekli Tepe is wonderful. Sure Tom Knox exaggerates and places several unrealistic facts there, but... Around 9.000 bC?! 11 THOUSAND years ago or more than that? When human couldn't do pottery, weren't even farmers? It's amazing they could build something that huge - and pretty mcuh no one knew about it. besides, after building the whole thing, around one thousand years later, they bury it. Really, I mean that. And no one knows why. Just for presenting that wonder to mankind, he gets brownie points, in my opinion.

After the slow start, when the story picks up the pace, it's great! The sacrifices are cruel, bloody, frighteningly real and well written: whoever has a weak stomach should definitly skip these paragraphs. Really! Most characters is deep and well written, with a few exceptions like, for example, Rob's ex wife. Dumb and badly written, is what she is.

It's a heavy book, meaning it has a lot of history, archeology, politics, culture... But very light on the Dan Brown style: it manages to approach such subjects on a "for dummies" style and in the end, takes like 3 pages to explain exactly what he was trying to figure out during the whole book, just in case you didn't get it, which actually helps, since they don't share with you what they're thinking all the time, leaving you to guess.

If you hated Dan Brown, stay away from this book. To everyone else, I recommend you to read it, it's nice, it's cool and you may learn something about history and archeology, which is pretty cool too!