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review 2016-07-28 18:32
Los juegos del hambre con vampiros, un poco de sexo y un amor imposible
FESTUM. Corre por tu vida (Spanish Edition) - Rafael Alcolea Harold

La descripción de esta novela me recordó Los juegos del hambre de Suzanne Collins, y como me había gustado mucho no me pude resistir.

El autor de esta novela juvenil post-apocalíptica (es un género muy popular, particularmente en novela juvenil) la sitúa en un mundo que no se parece nada al nuestro. O bueno, se parece algo, si nosotros en lugar de ser los que estábamos en lo más alto de la escala del mundo animal, fuéramos las víctimas de otros depredadores más poderosos, en este caso, vampiros. Los vampiros lo dominan todo y se han extendido tanto que les han prohibido convertir a otros en vampiros como medida para evitar la sobrepoblación (saque cada cual las conclusiones que quiera). Los seres humanos han quedado reducidos a ser usados para criar más comida (pero explotados de tal forma que duran pocos años) o si no ofrecen garantías de procrear buenos ejemplares, los usan para abastecerse de sangre hasta que mueren.

La única otra opción (que ofrece una cierta libertad) para los humanos es participar en el Festum, donde treinta jóvenes humanos intentan sobrevivir una noche no solo a los cazadores vampiros sino también a otras criaturas depredadoras, y si al llegar el amanecer siguen vivos, se les perdona y se exilan a una isla donde viven libres.

Mara, la protagonista, es hija de dos de los vencedores de Festum, y se ha criado en libertad, hasta que los vampiros deciden que no merece la libertad al no haberse enfrentado al Festum, y por sus características creen que dará buen juego esa noche (el Festum es televisado por todo el mundo y se hacen apuestas sobre quién sobrevivirá). A Mara la entrenaron sus padres en técnicas de supervivencia, pero va a necesitar todas sus fuerzas (incluyendo unos poderes especiales que ha adquirido desde su llegada a la isla de la Muerte de forma accidental) y mucha suerte, ya que la balanza está muy desequilibrada en favor de los vampiros.

El autor sitúa la acción y explica el mundo en el que se desarrolla la historia en un par de capítulos sin dar excesivos detalles, y otros los vamos descubriendo sobre la marcha (aunque la historia daría para mucho más). Mara se ha criado de forma muy distinta al resto de los humanos de ese futuro terrible y eso hace que parezca una adolescente de lo más normal (incluyendo sus fantasías del amor imposible, sus dudas sobre el sexo, aunque incluso en las circunstancias la historia de amor a primera vista entre ella y Caleb, el hijo del jefe de los vampiros, me pareció poco probable). Debido a lo frenético de la acción y a lo corta que es la novela no llegamos a conocer bien a ninguno de los otros personajes, incluyendo los demás participantes en Festum (Ethan, el tercero del triángulo amoroso es introducido tarde y entra poco en acción, casi al final). En mi opinión, algo más de detalle sobre el resto de personajes (incluyendo Caleb), habría aumentado aún más el impacto de la historia.

La acción es narrada en tercera persona, la mayoría desde el punto de vista de Mara, aunque también se nos ofrecen algunos fragmentos desde el punto de vista de otros personajes, como Caleb y Ethan, e incluso el jefe de los vampiros (lo que nos pone en situación de ventaja ya que sabemos más que los personajes, pero eso no le resta emoción).

La novela se puede leer interpretar en varios registros, desde la historia paranormal de vampiros con caza incluida, una historia de romance prohibido con unos toques de sexo, una novela con una protagonista femenina fuerte que ejemplifica la victoria del débil sobre el fuerte (David y Goliat), se pueden analizar las posibles implicaciones sociales y políticas del escenario y las similitudes con el presente,  y sin duda es una historia de aventuras con mucha acción y emoción. A mí me gustaron en particular las criaturas extrañas, las armas, y el final (que no os contaré en detalle).  Aunque la historia es mucho más corta y menos complicada y detallada que la de Los juegos del hambre gustará a lectores que disfruten de ese tipo de historias, especialmente si son fanes de los vampiros y los romances complicados.

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PopSugar Reading Challenge 2016

 

A book of Poetry: El amor, las mujeres y la vida by Mario Benedetti

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review 2015-11-27 00:00
Freddie Mercury: Su vida contada por él mismo
Freddie Mercury: Su vida contada por él ... Freddie Mercury: Su vida contada por él mismo - Greg Brooks,Simon Lupton,Freddie Mercury Three days ago was the 24th anniversary of Freddie's death. What a talented artist. I loved this biography. It is different from others because there is no "he was born XX date", or "when he was a little boy, this and that happened". No, it is a compendium of interviews Freddie gave throughout his life, all in his own words.

Reading the book is like being in the same room with Freddie, he sitting on a couch, smoking his cigarette (I can't believe he used to smoke, with that voice! but he said he wanted to have a husky voice, so that's why he did it...). He was so honest about his love for the music, for Queen, about death, money... A diva, a rebel, a man who lived on the edge, who liked to live the present (never thinking about the future). I love his extravagant and dry wit, the way he was (ironic), the way he expressed himself. There were more than a couple of times where I was laughing at his expressions. He truly had a sparkling personality. I did not read it in English, but he liked to addressed people with something like "my dears/darlings", something that always made me smile. He did not take himself very seriously, but he did love and live for music.

When he talked about death, it was like he knew about his future... He said that, if he died it was going to be hard to replace him, and so true he was (although I do like Adam Lambert). He also talked about his fear of dying of AIDS. Very sad.

You will not know more about his life, like, how it was for him in school, or about his family, his childhood, etc, but you will "listen" to him talk about anything and everything, and as it is, I think it was more real and more revealing than knowing single facts about his life. Amazing book, and amazing quotes from Freddie himself.
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text 2015-11-16 16:06
Vampire Romance Heroines
A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark) - Kresley Cole
Serpent's Kiss - Thea Harrison
The Lady Is a Vamp (Argeneau, #17) - Lynsay Sands
Vamps and the City (Love at Stake, Book 2) by Sparks, Kerrelyn (2006) Mass Market Paperback - Kerrelyn Sparks
Cross Your Heart (Broken Heart, #7) - Michele Bardsley
Tall, Dark, and Vampire - Sara Humphreys
Tall, Dark & Fangsome - Michelle Rowen
The Vampire's Wolf - Jenna Kernan
La Vida Vampire - Nancy Haddock
Lover Revealed - J.R. Ward

I love paranormal romance. I am not burned out on in in any way but I do have a pet peeve. I like a known world. I don't like one of the leads discovering the paranormal world exists. Bleh.  I like it even better if the supernatural world isn't unknown to humans but I can live with that trope as long as it isn't unknow to the leads.

 

With that in mind, here are some wonderful Paranormal Romance Novels with Vampire Heroines (they have always been vampires or have been turned before the book begins) 

 

 

1. A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole 

 

A mythic warrior who'll stop at nothing to possess her . . .

 

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him. 

 

A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy . . .

 

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents -- until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae -- and their notorious dark desires -- ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings. 

 

An all-consuming desire . . .

 

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

 

2. Serpent's Kiss by Thea Harrison 

 

Recently, Vampire Queen Carling's power has become erratic, forcing her followers to flee. Wyr sentinel Rune is drawn to the ailing Queen and decides to help find a cure for the serpent's kiss-the vampyric disease that's killing her. With their desire for each other escalating they will have to rely on each other if they have any hope of surviving the serpent's kiss...

 

3. The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands

 

One late night leads to . . .

 

Kidnapped! When Jeanne Louise Argeneau left work, she never thought she'd end up tied down by a good-looking mortal. More attracted than annoyed, she quickly realizes there is more to her abductor than meets the eye.

 

One desperate act leads to . . .

 

Love? Paul Jones has need of a vampire, and only Jeanne Louise will do. He just has to convince this beauty of a Vamp to help him . . . never imagining that he would fall in love. But with the immortal world's answer to law enforcement hunting them, their time together is running out . . . and Paul and Jeanne Louise will need to risk everything to spend an eternity together.

 
 

4. Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks 

 

Who says a vamp can't have it all? 

Darcy Newhart thought it was a stroke of genius—the first–ever reality TV show where mortals vie with vampires for the title of The Sexiest Man on Earth. As the show's director, Darcy's career would be on track again. And she can finally have a life apart from the vampire harem. Okay, so she's still technically dead, but two out of three's not bad. Now she just has to make sure that a mortal doesn't win. If only she wasn't so distracted by a super–sexy and live contestant named Austin... 

 

But Darcy doesn't know the worst of it. Austin Erickson is actually a vampire slayer! And he's got his eye on the show's leggy blond director. Only problem is, he's never wanted any woman—living or dead—as badly. But if he wins her heart, will he lose his soul? And if it means an eternity of hot, passionate loving with Darcy, does that really matter anyway?

 

5. Cross Your Heart by Michele Bardsley 

 

Even vampires can be afraid of ghosts... 

After the death of her husband-and her dreams of motherhood-Elizabeth Bretton returned to the family estate in Broken Heart, Oklahoma. Little did she know she would also give up her life as the Silverstone heiress. 

But escaping the past isn't that easy-especially with a vengeful ghost trying to kill her, a 150-year-old mystery to solve, and an outrageously hot were-jaguar named "Tez" trying to get into her boudoir...

 

6. Tall, Dark, and Vampire by Sara Humphreys 

 

She always knew Fate was cruel...

The last person Olivia expected to turn up at her club was her one true love. It would normally be great to see him, except he's been dead for centuries. Olivia really thought she had moved on with her immortal life, but as soon as she sees Doug Paxton, she knows she'd rather die than lose him again. And that's a real problem...

 

But this is beyond the pale...

Doug is a no-nonsense cop by day, but his nights are tormented by dreams of a gorgeous redhead who's so much a part of him, she seems to be in his blood. When he meets Olivia face-to-face, long-buried memories begin to surface. She might be the answer to his prayers...or she might be the dead of him.

 

7. Tall, Dark & Fangsome by Michelle Rowen 

 

arah Dearly's vampire life is not all B-positive cocktails. A curse made her a nightwalker, the most vicious vamp there is; the charm she wears to curb her deadly tendencies is losing its juice; and a hunter from hell is turning up the heat. Gideon Chase will kill the ones she loves most if she doesn't obey his orders. That includes breaking up with master vampire Thierry and turning Gideon into an immortal vamp so he can escape a doom of eternal hellfire.

Making things worse are Sarah's growing feelings for Gideon, a bad boy who keeps showing a vulnerable side . . . but is it for real? Will Sarah's dark side take over? Or can she cure herself of the nightwalker curse in time to stop Gideon and finally live happily ever after with Thierry . . . forever?

 

8. The Vampire's Wolf by Jenna Kernan

 

As a werewolf and a marine, he's duty-bound to protect his enemy 

Brianna Vittori is running from vampires. After receiving a mysterious warning, Bri has no choice but to seek refuge with an enemy she never thought she'd run to: werewolves. They're the only ones who can save her…if they don't kill her first. 

 

As a werewolf, marine captain Travis MacConnelly should be immune to the deadly attraction of female vampires. But Bri ignites his most primal desires. When Mac realizes that his beautiful prisoner doesn't even know what she is, it's up to him to provide her with answers as well as protection. As the bond between them grows, so does the danger they're in….

 

9. La Vida Vampire by Nancy Haddock 

 

eing dead isn't all it's cracked up to be. Take it from Francesca Marinelli, trapped underground for over 200 years and rediscovered during the renovation of a Victorian mansion in historic St. Augustine. A tourist attraction herself, she's well suited for a job as an Old Ghost Town Tour guide. Francesca's due for a new lease on afterlife-and with enough sunblock, she can finally live it. 

Unfortunately, everything she learned about men is a little dated. And when people in her tour group turn up dead, naturally the police suspect her. After all, she is a vampire. Which is why a crazed vampire-hunting vigilante squad is out to get her as well. Between the dead bodies, the stalkers, and a seriously non-existent love life, she's starting to wish she was dead. Or at least buried, where she was safe.

 

10. Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward 

 

Butch O’Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex–homicide cop, he’s the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world. He’s got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic beauty who’s way out of his league. If he can’t have Marissa, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers....

Fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he’s found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back. But even her love may not be enough to save him....

 

 

Did I miss your favorite? Let me know! Vote on my Goodreads list: Vampire Romance Heroines 

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review 2015-11-05 00:00
Pura Vida
Pura Vida - Sara Alva
3.5 stars

Pura Vida is the story of a boy around college age who goes on vacation with his family. His family is fairly well off. He has a decent life. But something is missing. He doesn't have a satisfied accomplished feeling about himself or the direction his life is moving. While on vacation, he meets a local guy that changes his outlook, which makes a big impact on his future.

This is a wonderful short read. I believe most of us can identify with parts of the storyline. It left me with a good feeling.


***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***

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