martes, 24 de septiembre de 2013

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent - Veronica Roth
"In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her."

It is an easy entertainment book. Although the book is so obvious.

Everybody was talking about 'Divergent', saying that the book was so cool, so I started to read it. But I was really dissapointed. I have to say that I read the book in less than one afternoon, because of this I said the book was easy.

'Be divergent', I wish that Veronica explains better this word in the future.

What can I say about Beatrice? And about Four? Its so evident that Four is in love with her, He is making things all time for save and help her. Although there is one more obvious thing: Four is Tobias. Since the first of the book when they are having dinner and they talk about Tobias and his family, you know that it is so obvious that something will happen with him. And the first time you see Tobias, you realise that WOW, Tobias is Four. It is so pretty obvious.

The only word I think in my mind when I remember the book is OBVIOUS. Obvious, Obvious... I was hoping some surprise when I started reading the book.

I think the book was entertaining but it would be more entertaining, enjoy or fun if the book would have been less obvious. I read the second part and I will read the third part, but I am still hoping SURPRISE.

I give 3 stars to the book.
3 stars? Why? It's so entertaining, easy and quickly action!

sábado, 14 de septiembre de 2013

7 Books that you should read before the Movie comes out

If you have read the books before the books was adapting to film, you (almost) always realise that movie is always dissapointing you.
You have too many expectations, you hope that everything you have read in the book will be on the movie. But it never happens.
And if you watch movie first, you like the movie with all your heart and you decide to read the book, but when you read the book you realise that obok is totally different than the movie, and You are dissapointed again.
So to prevent that this happens and  that you won't get dissapointed with the book after watch the movie first because it is totally different, I recommend you to read these 8 books before that you will find them in the cinema really soon.

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 'It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
There was once a world where the nights were long and Death had his own story. Once upon a time a thief who stole books and gave words.
In the village lived a girl who wanted to read, a man playing the accordion and a young Jew writing beautiful stories to escape the horror of war. After a time, the girl became a thief who stole books and gave words. And with these words he wrote a beautiful story and cruel.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time'  
 'The book thief' t will be in movie theaters on November 15, 2013.
Watch the trailer if you want: here (Read the book before watch the movie :D)

  2. Fifty shades of Grey by E.L.James
Christian, Chritian, Christian... Who has not read the book yet? You can read my post about the choose of the protagonist: Here.

'When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.' 
You have time for read it! We don't know when the movie will be on theaters.

  3. Catching Fire  by Suzanne Collins

 HUNGER GAMES! If you have read the first book, I am sure you have read the second, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, but If you haven't read the first book, start for it! Second book takes us again to the katniss's life, the war between the bad or good and of course, love.

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

  4. Divergent by Veronica Roth.
 In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
 Trailer: here

  5. The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Dhaney
"I was going to learn how to protect farms and villages from things that go bump in the night. Dealing with ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties would be all in a day's work. That's what the Spook did, and I was going to be his apprentice." Twelve-year-old Thomas Ward, as the seventh son of a seventh son, has no inheritance and is bored with farm work, and even though his new job will mean the superstitious villagers will forever shun him, he is eager to go off to adventure with the tall, hooded man he calls the Spook. His mother, a magical person herself, approves, and the Spook's teaching is strict but kind. But when Tom has only learned enough to be able to control their house-boggart, he is tricked by Alice, the young daughter of a witch family, into inadvertently releasing and then killing Mother Malkin, a witch the Spook has imprisoned in a pit. This is no polite wicca-type witch, but a snuffling, slime-trailing, cannibalistic creature reminiscent of Tolkien's nasgils. The story of Tom's escape from the reincarnated witch's hideous revenge is full of horrible details, as Alice helps, and then once again betrays him. This well-crafted novel marks an auspicious start for an exciting and fast series for young teens.

  6. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE by Laini Taylor.
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

  7. Fallen by Lauren Kate

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

 I hope you enjoy reading this books! They are amazing, be quickly before the movie comes out! :D

jueves, 12 de septiembre de 2013

5 Ways to Get Cheap books

If you don't live in USA, you may have noticed that books in paperback or hardcover format are really expensive. (For example: Spain)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Paperback format): $7,39

And Harry Potter and the Globet of Fire (Spanish version): Hardcover format (Because in Spain paperback format doesn't exist, you have to buy hardcover format yes or yes.): 23€ = $30,33...

 Can you see?! I have to spend millions for have 5 books!

For that reason I started thinking about ways to have cheap books. Someone can think 'Amazon' is the best option, it is not.  'Amazon' has the same prices of other shops. So I started (again) thinking about other ways to have cheap books and I found 5. Do you want to read them?!(ilegal things are not included)
After that you will have new ideas of get books!

5 ways of have cheap books:

    I know I told you Amazon was a bad idea for buy books if you are not in USA, but sometimes you can get some cheap books in 'Used book section', if you find someone who lives in the same country as you

4. Books without copyright:
    Problem(?): You can't read new releases, only books which copyright is expired or books from non famous authors that share their book without any cost for you! (that's cool!)
      1. Proyecto Gutenberg
           'Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks. Our ebooks are free because their copyright has expired. The webpace works with colaborators who become books in e-books. In his statement, is the freedom to publish and then use those books in which the reader considers reasonable, such as adapting the story into a play. It has an online catalog is easy to navigate and to download publications in different formats, depending on the reading device.
        This website has a catalog of more than 29,000 available eBooks including formats for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most eReaders available on the market. You can filter by language titles to proceed to download. The publications are available for free under Creative Commons licence.

        3. Librodot
            This website collects about 11,000 royalty free books classic authors, little known or unpublished. Among its holdings are also scientific manuals and dissertations.

    Cost: FREEEEEEEE (If you win the contest).
    In this section you can find books or ebooks that author of the giveaway (Usually Author of the giveaway is Author of the book), raffles the book between the people who participate in the giveaway. (If you are lucky as me, you can win a lot of new books, and meet a lot of new authors that maybe you are going to love).
In adiccition, when author sends you the book, you can ask him/her some questions about the book, about other books he/she has written...
And giveaway section woks really good! Authors always send the book! Even in paperback format!
It is amazing, right?!?!

2. Book Market and 'Daily deals' section!!
     In this kind of places you can have a considerable discount in the price of the books.There you can find new releases and you can find a big discount or just a discount in the book different from the ordinary book shops.
Price is not too low for considerate a 'cheap book' but I put this place in the number 2 because you can buy book have just released on market with a discount that you wouldn't find on ordinary book shops.

   - 'Daily deals' section! (Only for people who wants to buy on and Shipping costs aren't gigant...)

1. Ordinary Market
      Between clothes and food, you can find people selling books almost by free! The other day I was in a ordinary market, and there were a lot of people selling used books and I bought 13 books only for 14€!!!!
And the best thing of all if you find a book that you really like, you can negotiate the price! Always you can negociate the price! So maybe you can get a book for less than 1€ or $2! Amazing, right?!?!
This sellers sell all kind of books, maybe you find a new release or a book from 50's. I foound 'Harry Potter and the prisioner of Azkaban' and 'Sex and the city'!!!! Only 1€ for each book! I found some books from Nicholas Sparks or the last book of Dan Brown!
In the market you can find almost a million of books! And if you are a lover of old books, omg this is the heaven for you! and if you love new releases is a heaven for you too!!!
Maybe you can't go with a preliminar idea of what you would like to buy, you have to go with no idea about what you will buy, just with the idea: I am gonna buy books!  And you have to look for among books and books, and I am sure you will find a treasure!!!!

JK Rowling: New movie

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - J.K. Rowling This afternoon my friend sent me a link on Twitter.  The link was from the Jk Rowling Facebook account, before open it I couldn't imaginate what I will read... What I read was AMAZING.

J. K. Rowling are going to write the script for a series of films based on the magical world.

Warner Bros. announced on 12th September 2013 that J.K. Rowling would be making her screenwriting debut with 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'!!!!!, the first in a new film series which is part of their expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling.

The films will be inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

JK told us that the idea of make a film came from Warner Bros, the suggestion of turning 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' into a film.
Jk thought It was a fun idea and why not. But she didn't like the idea of other writer talking about "Newt Scamander". She has lived for son long in the fictional universe and she feels very protective of it and She knew a lot about Newt. She liked Newt a lot, because that She married Newt's grandson, Roft, to her favorite Harry Potter Character, Luna Lovegood.
As she considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that she couldn’t dislodge. That is how she ended up pitching her own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Aren’t all Potter fans always craved to know just a bit more about Harry’s world? I am sure we must have all wondered if there are more kinds of dragons other than the four mentioned in Goblet of Fire. Or are pixies really all that nasty as described in Chamber of Secrets? Or what exactly are grindylows and kappas?

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where she was so happy for seventeen years, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

So for celebrate this news I will make a small review about the book! The book is really small but JK will write the movie, so We will discover a lot of new things!
"A copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them resides on almost every wizarding household in the country. Now, for a limited period only, Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats, and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to improving and saving the lives of children around the world, which means that the dollars and Galleons you exchange for it will do magic beyond the powers of any wizard. If you feel that this is insufficient reason to part with your money, I can only hope most sincerely that passing wizards feel more charitable if they ever see you being attacked by a Manticore."
It is a Harry Potter book that I rarely read but always it make me laugh when I do. They were perfect for the charity they were written for: Comic Relief, because they offer just that, some comic relief.
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is written as Harry’s school book and has humoristic comments in the margin, like many school books do. The book itself is funny at times but it is really the comments that are the highlight of the book.
These books are not necessary to understand the Potterverse but they certainly add a bit of flavour to them.
It was (too) short and interesting, written in the amazing style of Rowling and it wowed me. In this book you will find many interesting creatures, some mention in the books, some not. I felt like it was too short, there could be a whole encyclopedia on these creatures and I'd read it all.
The beasts are categorized by alphabet and they all have the dangerous level of Xs by their name. There are nice descriptions and bottom page notes and there's also a foreword by Dumbledore and an introduction to the book. It looks like a real textbook.
I enjoyed reading it very much.

miércoles, 11 de septiembre de 2013

Top 10 bestseller in Spain

The other day I was walking in books section in a big supermarket and I could check out the Top 10 of the bestseller during the month of July in Spain. it was really interesting.
This top 10 has increased consider selling books in physical format. If you go to other page on internet like amazong or bookdeposit, you will see that the bestseller are other books. (Because the cheap price :D) (Other day I will take about the top 10 of digital bestsellers).
Well, While I was seeing the top 10, I realized about some really interesting things. 2 o 3 things really surprised me.
5/10 was about erotic! the erotic genre! That was really surprising. Almost the majority of bestsellers have erotic as genre! I can see that Christian Grey has helped a lot to this genre!
And I have another interesting thing to tell you. A thing which impressed me! 3/5 bestsellers was written by the same author: Megan Maxwell. It is incredible, right?! I think it hasn't been seen before in Spain!

TOP 10:

    10. 'Ask me whatever you want' (Pídeme lo que quieras) - Megan Maxwell. Erotic genre. (It hasn't been translated into english).
"After the dead of his father, Eric Zimmerman, a german suscefull bussiness man, decided to travel to Spain for supervise the delegations of his company in Spain. In the Madrid office, he knows Judith, a young witty and sympathetic girl. He immediately fall in love with her and he wants to have her.
Judith surrender and she felt into his arms. She accepts to be part of his sexual games, they are full of fantasies and erotic things. Together, they will learn that everybody has inside a voyeur... but the time flys, the relationship gets moreintense and Eric starts to be afraid about if Judith discovers his secret, something that can make the end of the relationship'.

  9. 'The Juliette Society ' (La sociedad Juliette) - Sasha Grey. Erotic genre.
"Catherine, a blossoming film student whose sexuality has been recently stirred, finds herself drawn into a secret club where the world’s most powerful people meet to explore their deepest, often darkest sexual fantasies.
But even as these new experiences open intense new pleasures for Catherine, they also threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. In her debut novel, Sasha Grey takes us inside a private, high-profile sex society where anything and everything can happen.'

"The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts, and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires...
From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn't resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside--so much like my own.
I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.
No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I'd been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.
Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession..."

  7. 'The happiness is a te with you' (La felicidad es un té contigo) - Mamen Sanchez. Fiction genre. (it hasn't been translated into english)
"Atticus Craftsman, is the kid of a famous editor in London, he hasdisappeared.The last thing that is known about him is that He traveled to Spain, he was sent by his father, to fire five women who write on 'Librarte' magazine, magazine which is a family property.
Due to the economic crisis, the magazine has been losing money, and the end of the magazine is near, but the employers don't let  the family close the magazine easily.
The inspector, a man who is a bit crazy, will be responsible to unravel this mystery".

  6. 'Compasses That Seek Lost Smiles' (Brújulas que buscan sonrisas pérdidas) - Albert Espinosa. (It hasn't been translated into english)
"We never'll lie each other ... Listen, that means more than just being honest ... In this world many people are fake ... There are lies around you ... To know there is an archipelago of people who will tell the truth always worth much ... I want you to be part of my sincerity archipelago ..."You know you can trust the other person, you never lie, you always tell the truth when you ask, is priceless ... It makes you feel strong, very powerful ... And the truth moves worlds ... The truth makes you feel happy ... I actually think that is all that matters ... True love, family, revenge, second chances, sincerity ... In his new novel, Albert Espinosa us into an exciting story featuring unforgettable characters that will make us reflect and  discover what is really important in life."

  5. 'A Dance with Dragons' (Danza de Dragones) - George R.R. Martin. Fantasy
"n the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance once again--beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has three times three thousand enemies, and many have set out to find her. Yet, as they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.
 To the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone--a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge yet. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.
And from all corners, bitter conflicts soon reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all. . . ."

"After  she has been fired from the Müller company, Judith is willing to walk away forever from Eric Zimmerman.
To do this and to redirect her life, she decides to take refuge in her father's house, in Jerez.
Eric was sad by his departure, so he decided to follow her to her and discover where she is.
There is still passion between them and the latent sexual fantasies are more alive than ever, but this time  Judith will be the one  who would impose their conditions, he will accept because he loves her with all his heart.
Everything seems back to normal, until an unexpected call forcing them to interrupt their reconciliation and move to Munich.
Far from this environment, the appearance of the nephew of Eric, a mishap happened, she must decide if she will give him another chance or, conversely, to start a new future without it.
Ask what you want, now and forever is an intense love story, full of sexual fantasies, curiosity and eroticism, in which the protagonists speak face to face with passion."

"Judith and Eric return from their honeymoon after a dream wedding. He feels the happiest man in the universe and can not imagine his life without her, but Eric is too much jelaous and protective, it will make start a fight between them.
Meanwhile, Judith is delighted with her particular Iceman, she always tries to see everything on the positive side, although more than one occasion ronchones fill neck ... Enjoy Eric and their sex play, except when he whispers that one of his greatest desires is to have a child with her.
Ask me whatever you want or leave me is an intense and daring love story, full of curiosity and eroticism, in which the protagonists struggle to preserve their relationship, even though the price they will pay for it too something.
Megan Maxwell concludes one of the most popular erotic sagas of Spain."

"In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.
 Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered."

"Who killed Nola Kellergan? This is the big question that the book reveals. This Crime fiction and romantic novel is based in three years −1975, 1998 y 2008− about the murder of a fifteen years in the small town of Aurora in New Hampshire. In 2008, Marcus Goldman, a young writer, visits his mentor Harry Quebert, author of an acclaimed novel, and discover that he had a secret relationship with Nola Kellergan.Shortly after, Harry is arrested, charged with murder, Nola's body found buried in his garden. Marcus starts to investigate and to write a book about the case. While he does this, he tries to prove the innocence of Harry, a lot of secrets are revealed, The truth only comes at the end of a long, intricate and exciting journey."