[RO] În ultima lună a anului trecut, am citit 17 cărți cărora le-am acordat, în medie, 3,05 steluțe. Acestea sunt cărțile pe care le-am citit în luna decembrie 2018:
[EN] In the last month of the last year I read 17 books to which I gave an average of 3.05 stars. These are the books that I’ve read in December 2018:
Origin (Lux, #4)
– Jennifer L. Armentrout
[RO] La sfârșitul celui de-al treilea volum al seriei Lux, misiunea de la Mount Weather este un succes, dar în drum spre scăpare, Katy rămâne ostatică la Daedalus. Volumul patru începe și prezintă, astfel, activitatea pe care o desfășoară cei de la Daedalus văzută prin ochii lui Kat, dar și posibilitatea ca cei pe care îi consideram dușmani -echipa Daedalus- să nu fie cei răi: lupta se dă între Daedalus, Luxen și chiar oameni. Daemon ar face orice pentru a o salva pe a sa Kitten, ar expune și rasa extraterestră doar pentru a o salva.
[EN] At the end of the third book of the Lux series, the Mount Weather mission is a success, but on their way out to freedom, Katy is held hostage by Daedalus. The fourth book begins and presents the activity done by Daedalus seen through Kat’s eyes, and the possibility that the ones that were considered the enemies – the Daedalus team – not to be the ‘bad guys’ in the whole story: a fight starts between Daedalus, the Luxen and the mankind. Daemon would do everything to save his Kitten, he would even expose the Luxen just to save her.
Opoziție (Lux, #5)
– Jennifer L. Armentrout
Sinopsis: În noaptea în care Luxenii au venit pe Pământ totul s-a schimbat – Daemon pleacă cu ei și pare că urmează planul noilor veniți: distrugerea rasei umane și a hibrizilor de pe Pământ.
Synopsis: The night the Luxen came to Earth changed everything – Daemon leaves with them and it looks like he follows the newcomers’ plans: the extermination of the human race and the hybrids that exist on Earth.
Monstrul (Monstrul, #1)
– Walter Dean Myers
Sinopsis: „Monstrul” – asa il numeste procurorul pe Steve Harmon, un adolescent in varsta de 16 ani, acuzat ca a fost complice la un jaf intr-o drogherie, soldat cu omor deosebit de grav. Dar oare a fost Steve cu adevarat cel care le-a dat cale libera faptasilor sau pur si simplu s-a aflat in locul nepotrivit la momentul nepotrivit? In timp ce asteapta in sala de judecata, Steve, care viseaza sa ajunga regizor, imagineaza evenimentele sub forma unui scenariu de film, presarat cu insemnari de jurnal. Astfel, cititorul devine atat jurat, cat si martor in procesul care va decide soarta adolescentului.
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for murder. A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookout.
Guilty or innocent, Steve becomes a pawn in the hands of „the system,” cluttered with cynical authority figures and unscrupulous inmates, who will turn in anyone to shorten their own sentences. For the first time, Steve is forced to think about who he is as he faces prison, where he may spend all the tomorrows of his life.
As a way of coping with the horrific events that entangle him, Steve, an amateur filmmaker, decides to transcribe his trial into a script, just like in the movies. He writes it all down, scene by scene, the story of how his whole life was turned around in an instant. But despite his efforts, reality is blurred and his vision obscured until he can no longer tell who he is or what is the truth. This compelling novel is Walter Dean Myers’s writing at its best.
Harry Potter: Cinematic Guide: Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter Cinematic Guide)
– Felicity Baker
About this book: This Cinematic Guide is the essential companion for fans of the Harry Potter films! The Essential Film Companion for ALBUS DUMBLEDORE™! Albus Dumbledore founded the Order of the Phoenix, guided Harry Potter through his hunt for Horcruxes, and was known as the only wizard the Dark Lord, Voldemort, ever feared. This treasured collection of photographs, quotes, and memories from all eight HARRY POTTER™ films celebrates the moments that made Professor Albus Dumbledore an extraordinary wizard, and one of the greatest headmasters ever to teach at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The Get Over (Monster, #0.5)
– Walter Dean Myers
Synopsis: Word on the street is that a robbery is about to go down in Harlem, and Steve Harmon is right in the middle of it. Everyone is trying to prove who’s the toughest. Steve gets caught up in the talk and wonders about the difference between right and wrong. Should he turn these guys in? Stay quiet? What choice will Steve make?
Long Way Down
– Jason Reynolds
Sinopsis: Jason Reynolds e nebun.
Jason Reynolds e, de asemenea, sătul. De a fi pe lângă tineri care sunt sătui de a se simti invizibili. Prin urmare scrie cărţi (o sumă de carţi) şi chiar a câştigat câteva premii, însă niciunul nu i se pare atât de important ca o tânară persoană care spune că se simte vazută. Cu cât mai des i se întâmplă asta, cu atat mai puţin sătul e Jason.
Dar, în oricare dintre situaţii, el tot nebun e.
ŞAIZECI DE SECUNDE
Shawn, fratele mai mare al lui Will, a fost împuşcat. Şi ucis. Will simte o tristeţe atât de mare, încât n-o poate explica. lar în cartier există nişte REGULI:
NR. 1: SĂ NU PLANGI
1. N-o face.
2. Orice-ar fi.
NR. 2: SĂ NU PÂRĂŞTI
1. N-o face.
2. Orice-ar fi.
NR. 3: SĂ TE RĂZBUNI
2. Orice-ar fi.
Dar gloanţele ratează. Poţi să-I nimereşti pe cel care nu trebuie. Şi e mereu câte cineva care nu ştie să urmeze Regulile…
Synopsis: 1 hour, 43 minutes
An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.
A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.
And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.
Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.
For Every One
– Jason Reynolds
Synopsis: Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.
For Every One is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. Then eighteen. Then twenty-five. Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them. All the kids who are scared to dream, or don’t know how to dream, or don’t dare to dream because they’ve NEVER seen a dream come true. Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. They involve countless struggles. But no matter how many times a dreamer gets beat down, the drive and the passion and the hope never fully extinguish—because just having the dream is the start you need, or you won’t get anywhere anyway, and that is when you have to take a leap of faith.
A pitch perfect graduation, baby, or love my kid gift.
– Joseph Keatinge & Bret Blevins
Synopsis: Stellar was taken as a child and transformed into the ultimate weapon, one that would end an intergalactic war. She succeeded…at everything except finding peace. Reduced to a bounty hunter, she scours the worlds she’s broken, searching for redemption. But there are other weapons loose in the galaxy, who just can’t leave the war behind them.
Cum eram cândva
– Amber Smith
Sinopsis: Lumea lui Eden, o fată timidă și liniștită, se învârte în jurul familiei, a clarinetului și a micului ei grup de prieteni. Până într-o noapte, când, în siguranța propriei case și la adăpostul propriului pat, este violată. Pentru Eden nimic nu va mai fi la fel. Va ajunge să urască tot ce a iubit vreodată. Toate acelea lucruri pe care le știa dintotdeauna ca fiind adevărate se transformă brusc în niște minciuni. Eden nu se poate întoarce în timp ca să schimbe acea noapte, dar poate schimba ce se întâmplă în continuare.
A Sea Change
– Veronica Henry
Synopsis: Jenna is known as The Ice Cream Girl. She doesn’t mind the name one bit. After all, it’s a happy name, and there are far worse jobs than selling ice creams on Everdene beach. Craig spends as much time as he can at the beach hut in Everdene he rents with a few of his mates. As a policeman, it is a restful change from his daily life, and he’s surfing mad. One weekend he’s down there on his own when he notices a girl on the beach. He’s young, free and single and she catches his eye. But on this particular summer weekend, both Jenna and Craig’s lives are about to change . . .
Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah’s Scribbles, #2)
– Sarah Andersen
Synopsis: Sarah Andersen’s second comics collection picks up right where the first left off – huddled under a pile of blankets avoiding the responsibilities of the real world. These new comics (and illustrated personal essays!) follow the ups and downs of the unrelenting self-esteem roller coaster that is young adult life: budgeting woes, cramps, the nuances of sweater theft, and the joy of staying home all day with a box of pizza. All aboard
Herding Cats (Sarah’s Scribbles, #3)
– Sarah Andersen
Synopsis: Adjusting to life as a world-famous cartoonist isn’t easy. Terrifying deadlines, piles of junk-food wrappers under a glowing computer screen, and an ever-growing horde of pets….umm, never mind–it’s pretty much the same.
With characteristic wit and charm, Sarah Andersen’s third collection of comics and illustrated personal essays offers a survival guide for frantic modern life: from the importance of avoiding morning people, to Internet troll defense 101, to the not-so-life-changing futility of tidying up. But when all else fails and the world around you is collapsing, make a hot chocolate, count the days until Halloween, and snuggle up next to your furry beacon of hope.