Friday, 20 January 2017

Review: The Chosen Knights (The Angel Knights #1) by Mary Ting

28266640Author: Mary Ting
Publisher: Kindle Edition
Publication Date: March 22nd 2016
Source: ebook (given by Netgalley)


When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.
There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen. 

*The publisher provided this book in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley.*
Lucia and her brother are half-angels who have just finished their training. When teens start missing in Crossroads, Hawaii, they are sent there with their "uncle" in order to discover what is really going on. Seems simple right? Well, it's not.
When they get to their destination they quickly realize something strange is going on. There seems to be a presence of many supernatural beings in the high school they are going to (as a cover). This all seems to be related to a book passed down by the Knights Templars and a greedy devious demon, Cyrus, who wishes to unlock whichever power or knowledge they contain.
Unusual alliances are made in order to try and stop Cyrus from achieving his end goal. Many long forgotten truths are rediscovered and many previously unknown feelings and sensations flourish as this adventure goes on.
My hopes for this book were mediocre and I have to admit that they were surpassed (with style). In a way it is a very diverse book that is able to mix magical folklore and biblical aspects, making them work together as if they were meant to. I didn't expect to see stories of the Knights Templars intermingled with stories of an Ice Queen who had powers (don't worry it's not a spoiler).
One aspect that I have to note is that the characters actually evolve! They are not mentally stagnated subjects who are just waiting for things to happen to them. Even though they are good in general I can see various things that could have been better.
Overall this is a good book and I have high hopes for the following instalments, since this story is a tiny bit addicting. I advise this book to anyone who is willing to read something different but not that uncommon (I know; my description abilities should award me a Pulitzer).

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Almourol Castle, Templar Castle in Portugal

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Cover Reveal | Giveaway: Inquisition by Jennifer Carole Lewis

Jennifer Carole Lewis
(The Lalassu, #3)
Publication date: March 8th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Police detective Joe Cabrera used to have a pretty good life. Promising career, plenty of flirtations, and he never once needed to question the nature of his reality. All of that changed when he discovered the truth of the lalassu. Suddenly, he fell deep into a rabbit hole of paranormal powers, shadowy conspiracies and millennia-old secrets. Now, his old no-nonsense approach to his job just doesn’t work any longer. If he wants to stop his old enemy, André Dalhard, from hurting anyone else, Joe will need to find a more flexible option.A master of disguise, Cali has assumed so many identities over the years that remembering who she was born to be is impossible. Abandoned on the streets as a child, she was rescued by André Dalhard. She’s served him loyally for many years, using her shape-shifting abilities to take on new personas in the blink of an eye, such as Boomerang, the master thief. To save Mr. Dalhard from prison, she becomes Colleen Avila, a meek and mild personal secretary.
Joe initially planned to use Colleen as a confidential informant, but wasn’t prepared for the intensity of his feelings for her. When he meets the arrogant and brash Boomerang and the determined and fearless Cali, he finds himself torn between the three women. For Cali, she knows she must inevitably either break Joe’s heart or turn against the man who saved her from a life of uncertainty and poverty.
As Joe and Cali work together, they discover an even greater threat to the lalassu, one that could send everyone tumbling down into a new rabbit hole. If their fears are realized, neither their friends nor their enemies will be able to escape.
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Author Bio:
Jennifer Carole Lewis is a full-time mom, a full-time administrator and a full-time writer, which means she is very much interested in speaking to anyone who comes up with any form of functional time-travel devices or practical cloning methods. Meanwhile, she spends her most of her time alternating between organizing and typing.
She is a devoted comic book geek and Marvel movie enthusiast. She spends far too much of her precious free time watching TV, especially police procedural dramas. Her enthusiasm outstrips her talent in karaoke, cross-stitch and jigsaw puzzles. She is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction and always enjoys seeking out new suggestions.


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Review: Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes

Author: Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: December 3rd 2013
Source: ebook (bought)


The road to power... is paved with blood and magic.
Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.
Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.
Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.
After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over...
At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas's hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia's, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus's, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.
When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius's road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.

Cleo's world has been turned upside down: her whole family is gone and she is a prisioner in her own palace. She is a queen without a crown and at the mercy of her greatest enemy. The princess is forced to be an embassador to her people as the King of Blood lies to them...
Magnus is still obsessed by his unnatural feelings for Lucia and she keeps distanciating herself from him. She is haunted by her display of powers that was able to create such great destruction...
Auranos, Limeros and Paelsia are now all under king Gaius control and something dark and scary is brewing! The rebels are trying to take their kingdoms back but this king is cunning and cruel. A road, a very strange road is being built and its pavement is full of blood... human blood.
In this second installment of the "Falling Kingdoms" series we see a very changed world. Anything is the same. Most people are suffering and others are blissfully unaware of what is coming for them.
A group of rebels is rising! Jonas changes so much, he is so much stronger, he has finally gained a very big goal for his life: he must fight for Paelsia. Peculiar people start to join him in his fight and the king starts to see that this "little" group might actually do some damage to his new acquired kingdom union under his rule (his bloody rule).
There is no gain without hurt or suffering and that is a very important message this book transpires in every page. We must fight for our goals and when it is needed we must also fight for our freedom and our peers lives.
I can't stress enough that this is a book that covers a great variety of topics and that reflects our society in a very peculiar way. It actually shows how the fight for power destroys and kills even is you never even know about it.
I advise this book to everyone, really you should give it a try. I?m already reading the next one!

I think this music is very related to the feels this book gives me! So please, enjoy!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Review: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes

Author: Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: January 1st 2012
Source: ebook (bought)


In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.
As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed... and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.
The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
It's the eve of war.... Choose your side.
Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.
Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.
Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword.... 

In the three kingdoms of Mytica things are changing... The hard won peace that has lasted for centuries is at risk and something evil might be brewing in the sidelines.
As the rulers of each kingdom fight for power there are four people whose life is turned upside down and people that wouldn't even cross paths in their lives end up meeting... There's a princess, a rebel, a sorceress and an heir... But it doesn't end with them, they are only the beginning, the changes in their lives are just a preamble to what's about to come.
In a changing world where magic is fading and love is fleeting people strive to keep their lives and their freedom, when everything else might become out of reach...
I've heard talk about this book (more exactly this series) for years! While never gaining the courage (or having the time) to be able to dive into this amazing story of a world where magic may still exist my curiosity about it has never left me. I finally indulged myself and found the time to read it.
Even after all I heard about this book still managed to surprise me in more than one aspect. Its characthers are original and not too predictable. Rhodes was able to write in multiple points of view while giving each characther its individual voice and did not forget that all people are good and that not everyone is made of good intentions.
If you are really alert while reading this book you may (as I did) uncover some political and social dualities with the world we live in. The masks people put on, how perception about a person may be completely different from their true self, how the strive for power is addictive and how war leaves many victims in its wake. Opression, slavery, conquer and others are themes that are really well developed in this book and that actually made it more complex and "real" as a whole.
While I did find it a little bit confusing and off the point at times this was still a very enjoyable read and I have great expectations for the following installments. I recognize that this may not be a book at everyone's liking but it covers a variety of "themes", from magic to power struggles and ill fated love, which leeds me to believe that a great number of people will find that it as at least one aspect they love.

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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Opinion: Couldn't Read It At First But Loved It On A Second Try!

So I have a small big confession to make... There is a very well loved book series that I actually hated when I first tried to read. I know this may come as an enormous shock for you but that series is the "Shatter Me" series by Tahereh Mafi. In case you don't know what I'm talking about here are the covers and the synopsis of the first book (no one likes spoilers).

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
The first time I tried to read this book was a couple of years ago during a summer vacation. Since the first moment I opened the book I was a little bored with the story. I have to admit that futuristic dystopian wasn't really my thing but still I decided I should try to read this book everyone was talking about.
Maybe it was my immaturity or my lack of taste for that kind of story and scenery but I started to really hate it! I was actually a die-hard fan of love at the first sight and the romantic aspect of the book wasn't going where I wanted it to go. It also could have been the theme of abandonment and loneliness it talks about and hoow close to home it actually hit in my heart.
Many things have changed since that time. My sense of romance and romantic relationship changed, my life canged, I grew up, my taste in books evolved and expanded... Between these things I really don't know which was more preponderant in changing my opinion about these books but it has changed indeed.
Last week I decided that I should pick this series up again. Very slowly I started reading them again. I actually started to appreciate the beautiful writing and relating to the struggles that it describes. Recognition that Tahereh Mafi is one of the best writers I have ever known also hit me, the lyrical feeling her words transpire is beautiful and original, it is a very subtle lyrical prose.
What this experience has taught me is that books, just like people, deserve a second chance. You may not enoy them at the first try but you change and maybe past some time you'll come to like them. Tastes change and sometimes you're just not ready to read them at a certain time.

I hope this post makes you take a look inside yourself, just as writing it made me.

Love, Ana

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Book Haul: University Book Haul

University is still going! As the first semester is coming to an end I have already bought more books for the second semester. I love to be studying literature in university and the things I study are generally very good. Some of the books I have to read are a little boring but mostly they are quite alright. 
In this post put the info of most books but also took their photos. Maybe you can use them for future references for your own courses or maybe just for leisure. I hope you like it.

The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers by Paul Torday

Hector Chetwode-Talbot, Eck to his friends, has left the army and is slightly at a loss as to what to do next, when he is approached by an old army pal, Bilbo Mountwilliam. Bilbo runs an investment fund company and business is booming. Bilbo persuades Eck to join the company as a 'greeter' for moneyed clients. All Eck has to do is supply the contacts with entertainment and large G&Ts and then the fund managers will do the rest. Soon Eck is able to buy himself a luxury sports car and decadent flat. It is on a golfing trip to France that Eck first meets Charlie Summers, a fly-by-night entrepreneur whose latest scheme is to import Japanese dog food into the UK. Soon Charlie lands on Eck's doorstep with his suitcase, intent on staying and relaunching his dog food business in the area. But with the financial crash looming, Eck begins to ask himself if they are so very different...

Sintaxe do Português by André Eliseu

A sintaxe é o conjunto de regras estruturais que torna possível associar som e significado. A sintaxe ocupa, assim, o lugar central na arquitectura da gramática das línguas naturais e o seu estudo constitui um dos campos em que o avanço da linguística foi particularmente significativo nos últimos cinquenta anos.
O essencial sobre A Sintaxe do Português pretende introduzir conceitos fundamentais da análise sintáctica e apresentar algumas das propriedades que caracterizam a sintaxe do Português Europeu, a partir da descrição, quer das suas construções básicas, quer de estruturas que são típicas desta língua.

How To Talk About Books You Haven't Read by Pierre Bayard
If cultured people are expected to have read all the significant works of literature, and thousands more are published each year, what are we supposed to do in those inevitable social situations where we're forced to talk about books we haven't read?
In this delightfully witty, provocative book, a huge hit in France that has drawn attention from critics and readers around the world, literature professor and psychoanalyst Pierre Bayard argues that not having read a book need not be an impediment to having an interesting conversation about it. (In fact, he says, in certain situations reading the book is the worst thing you could do). Using examples from such writers as Graham Greene, Oscar Wilde, Montaigne, and Umberto Eco, he describes the varieties of "non-reading"—from books that you've never heard of to books that you've read and forgotten—and offers advice on how to turn a sticky social situation into an occasion for creative brilliance. Practical, funny, and thought-provoking, How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read is in the end a love letter to books, offering a whole new perspective on how we read and absorb them. It's a book for book lovers everywhere to enjoy, ponder, and argue about—and perhaps even read.
Ouvir Falar: Introdução à Fonética do Português by Maria Raquel Delgado Martins

Revela os caminhos percorridos pela autora ao longo de 30 anos (1971 2001) de intensa investigação teórica e experimental e de docência na área da Fonética, na Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa.

Mythology by Edith Hamilton
For nearly seventy years readers have chosen this book above all others to discover the thrilling, enchanting, and fascinating world of Western mythology. From Odysseus's adventure-filled journey to the Norse god Odin's effort to postpone the final day of doom, Edith Hamilton's classic collection not only retells these stories with brilliant clarity but shows us how the ancients saw their own place in the world and how their themes echo in our consciousness today. An essential part of every home library, Mythology is the definitive volume for anyone who wants to know the key dramas, the primary characters, the triumphs, failures, fears, and hopes first narrated thousands of years ago - and is still spellbinding to this day.

 Harry Potter e la Pietra Filosofale by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry's first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Hamilton
Milton's Paradise Lost is a poem of epic proportions that tells of Satan's attempts to mislead Eve into disobeying God in the Garden of Eden, by eating from the tree of knowledge. His interpretation of the biblical story of Genesis is vivid and intense in its language, justifying the actions of God to men. In his sequel poem, Paradise Regained, Milton shows Satan trying to seduce Jesus in a similar way to Eve, but ultimately failing as Jesus remains steadfast.

Prontuário Ortográfico e Guia da Língua Portuguesa by Magnus Bergstrom and Neves Reis
Resolva todas as suas dúvidas referentes ao uso da língua portuguesa:
o que vai alterar com o novo Acordo Ortográfico;
quais as regras de acentuação;
como empregar o hífen;
problemas de concordância e de pontuação;
o uso das maiúsculas;
quais as abreviaturas mais usuais;
o aportuguesamento dos vocábulos estrangeiros;
o muitas outras questões.

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
In 1855, Walt Whitman published — at his own expense — the first edition of Leaves of Grass, a visionary volume of twelve poems. Showing the influence of a uniquely American form of mysticism known as Transcendentalism, which eschewed the general society and culture of the time, the writing is distinguished by an explosively innovative free verse style and previously unmentionable subject matter. Exalting nature, celebrating the human body, and praising the senses and sexual love, the monumental work was condemned as "immoral." Whitman continued evolving Leaves of Grass despite the controversy, growing his influential work decades after its first appearance by adding new poems with each new printing.
This edition presents the original twelve poems from Whitman's premier 1855 publication of Leaves of Grass. Included are some of the greatest poems of modern times: "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," and "There Was a Child Went Forth," works that continue to upset conventional notions of beauty and originality even today.

 King Lear by William Shakespeare
King Lear, growing old and too tired to reign, decides to divide his realm amongst his three daughters, leaving the largest share to the one who loves him the most. His two eldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, foolish and deceitful children, are rewarded for their insincere flattery. His youngest daughter, Cordelia, however, speaks honestly and truthfully, which enrages the old king. He disinherits Cordelia, and then drives himself to madness, left to wander the heath with only his Fool, his servant Caius, and the madman Tom O’Bedlam for company. Once reunited with Cordelia, Lear is too late repents his rashness, and must face the tragic consequences of his choices.

The Tempest by William Shakespeare
This joyous play, the last comedy of Shakespeare's career, sums up his stagecraft with a display of seemingly effortless skill. Prospero, exiled Duke of Milan, living on an enchanted island, has the opportunity to punish and forgive his enemies when he raises a tempest that drives them ashore--as well as to forestall a rebellion, to arrange the meeting of his daughter, Miranda, with an eminently suitable young prince, and, more important, to relinquish his magic powers in recognition of his advancing age. Richly filled with music and magic, romance and comedy, the play's theme of love and reconciliation offers a splendid feast for the senses and the heart.

Comunidades Imaginadas by Benedict Anderson
What makes people love and die for nations, as well as hate and kill in their name? While many studies have been written on nationalist political movements, the sense of nationality--the personal and cultural feeling of belonging to a nation--has not received proportionate attention. In this widely acclaimed work, Benedict Anderson examines the creation and global spread of the 'imagined communities' of nationality.
Anderson explores the processes that created these communities: the territorialization of religious faiths, the decline of antique kingship, the interaction between capitalism and print, the development of vernacular languages-of-state, and changing conceptions of time. He shows how an originary nationalism born in the Americas was modularly adopted by popular movements in Europe, by the imperialist powers, and by the anti-imperialist resistances in Asia and Africa.

O Mito das Nações by Patrick J. Geary
Modern-day Europeans by the millions proudly trace back their national identities to the Celts, Franks, Gauls, Goths, Huns, or Serbs--or some combination of the various peoples who inhabited, traversed, or pillaged their continent more than a thousand years ago. According to Patrick Geary, this is historical nonsense. The idea that national character is fixed for all time in a simpler, distant past is groundless, he argues in this unflinching reconsideration of European nationhood. Few of the peoples that many Europeans honor as sharing their sense of ''nation'' had comparably homogeneous identities; even the Huns, he points out, were firmly united only under Attila's ten-year reign.
Geary dismantles the nationalist myths about how the nations of Europe were born. Through rigorous analysis set in lucid prose, he contrasts the myths with the actual history of Europe's transformation between the fourth and ninth centuries--the period of grand migrations that nationalists hold dear. The nationalist sentiments today increasingly taken for granted in Europe emerged, he argues, only in the nineteenth century. Ironically, this phenomenon was kept alive not just by responsive populations--but by complicit scholars.
Ultimately, Geary concludes, the actual formation of European peoples must be seen as an extended process that began in antiquity and continues in the present. The resulting image is a challenge to those who anchor contemporary antagonisms in ancient myths--to those who claim that immigration and tolerance toward minorities despoil ''nationhood.'' As Geary shows, such ideologues--whether Le Pens who champion ''the French people born with the baptism of Clovis in 496'' or Milosevics who cite early Serbian history to claim rebellious regions--know their myths but not their history.

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Other Works by T.S. Eliot

( I couldn't find a summary for this one. Sorry guys)

Friday, 30 December 2016

Loot Crate | Dream Crate: It feels like fantasy to me!

Hello my lovely readers! I was challenged by Loot Crate, a monthly geek subscription box to put together a Dream Crate. This means that I had to put all my neurons to work and come up with an original crate with things I would love to receive. They are also challenging all their fans to do the same so if you want to you can put your own Dream Crate together.
Firstly, I had to think of a good theme so I (not surprisingly) chose: It feels like fantasy to me. I tried to put something together that would appeal to both tv and book fans.

  • Game of Thrones Funko Pop
If there is a thing that both book lovers and tv addicts would love is a Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) Funko. At least I've been dreaming of getting one for years.
  • A Shakespearean Insult Mug
Hot beverages combine perfectly with our favorite movie, series or book and have it covered in Sakespearen insults only makes it better. You could simply wave the mug on the direction of the person(s) bothering you.
  • A "Throne of Glass" (by Sarah J. Maas) Coloring Book

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Painting, coloring and drawing are things that hel us relax! What better to do that than a coloring book of our favorite stories. Also this could prep all of those who don't know this series since it's being adapted to a tv show (screams of joy).

  • A Court of Terrasen tote bag
Terrasen Tote Bag
The "Throne of Glass" vibes continue but jut look at how pretty and utilitarian this tote bag is! We all want to be queens/kings of something.

I hope you liked this post and that it has inspired you to come up with your own Dream Crate! If you want to know more details about this amazing company you can check their site at:

Loot Crate, the monthly geek subscription box, is looking for fans to get creative share what they would do if they were able to box up their own Dream Crate.