pondelok 22. januára 2018

Počiatok konca | End of Days

Autor: Susan Ee
Názov: End of Days
Séria: Penryn and the End of Days (čes. Penryn a Konec dní)
Diel: tretí
Slovenské alebo české vydanie: zatiaľ nie je
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.1
End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

“Power is best held by the ones who don’t want it.”

sobota 20. januára 2018

Apokalypsa sa blíži | World After

Autor: Susan Ee
Názov: World After (čes. Svět poté)
Séria: Penryn and the End of Days (čes. Penryn a Konec dní)
Diel: druhý
Slovenské alebo české vydanie: Motto, 2014 (ČR)
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.21
When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.
Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.
Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

“It’s amazing how many times we need to go against our survival instincts to survive.”

štvrtok 18. januára 2018

Vražední anjeli | Angelfall

Autor: Susan Ee
Názov: Angelfall (čes. Pád andělů)
Séria: Penryn and the End of Days (čes. Penryn a Konec dní)
Diel: prvý
Slovenské alebo české vydanie: Motto, 2014 (ČR aj SR)
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.18
It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

“Sometimes, as we're stumbling along in the dark, we hit something good.” 

pondelok 15. januára 2018

Monštrá proti démonom | Our Dark Duet

Autor: Victoria Schwab
Názov: Our Dark Duet (čes. Temný duet)
Séria: Monsters of Verity (čes. Divoká píseň)
Diel: druhý
Slovenské alebo české vydanie: CooBoo, 2018 (ČR; 30. 6.)
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.28
Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost
Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be.
When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

“I’m willing to walk in darkness if it keeps humans in the light.”

piatok 12. januára 2018

Zbytočné plytvanie potenciálom | The Cruel Prince

Autor: Holly Black
Názov: The Cruel Prince
Séria: The Folk of the Air
Diel: prvý
Slovenské alebo české vydanie: zatiaľ nie je
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.4
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

“There’s always something left to lose.” 

pondelok 8. januára 2018

Filozofický rozmer smrti | Scythe

Autor: Neal Shusterman
Názov: Scythe
Séria: Arc of Scythe
Diel: prvý
Slovenské alebo české vydanie: zatiaľ nie je
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.31
Thou shalt kill.
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

“Hope in the shadow of fear is the world’s most powerful motivator.” 

nedeľa 7. januára 2018

Top 10 #12: Fascinujúca historická fikcia

Starý rok sa skončil a začal nový. Preto prišiel čas na ďalší článok do tejto rubriky. Prekvapivo som narazila hneď na niekoľko žánrov, ktoré by som rada spracovala, preto som si vybrala pre mňa dosť netradičný, ktorý pre zmenu nemá nič spoločné s fantasy alebo sci-fi. Aby som zachovala rôznorodosť a trochu si rozšírila vlastné obzory...

piatok 5. januára 2018

Lyrický fanatizmus | Smrtná zima

Autor: Kate A. Boorman
Názov: Smrtná zima (angl. Winterkill)
Séria: Smrtná zima (angl. Winterkill)
Diel: prvý
Slovenské alebo české vydanie: Host, 2014 (ČR)
Hodnotenie na GR: 3.51
Nikdo neopustí osadu, pokud chce přežít.
V imaginárním světě připomínajícím středověk žije v osadě uprostřed tajemných lesů patnáctiletá Emmeline. Puritánská komunita dodržuje přísná pravidla, která mají ochránit její členy před nebezpečím pocházejícím z okolních hvozdů. Emmeline ví, že vydat se mimo osadu je přísně zakázané, avšak stromy v lese jí cosi šeptají a táhnou ji na zapovězenou cestu.
Když zůstane tady, čeká ji manželství, o které nestojí, a život vedle kluka, jehož nemůže mít.

„Spása a přežití nemusejí vždy znamenat totéž.“

utorok 2. januára 2018

Epické dobrodružstvo | Ďaleká cesta za domovom

Autor: Richard Adams
Názov: Ďaleká cesta za domovom (angl. Watership Down)
Séria: Wathership Down
Diel: prvý
Slovenské alebo české vydanie: Slovart, 2017 (SR); Mladá fronta, 2010 (ČR)
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.06
Ďaleká cesta za domovom patrí medzi okúzľujúce klasiky detskej literatúry. Richard Adams napísal nielen fenomenálny celosvetový bestseller, ale aj jednu z najobľúbenejších kníh posledných desaťročí.
Malebný anglický vidiek v okolí panstva Berkshire bol kedysi najlepším miestom na život. V tomto príbehu o dobrodružstve, odvahe a ceste za prežitím sleduje čitateľ životné osudy malých hrdinov na úteku pred ničivou spúšťou, ktorú má na svedomí ľudská chamtivosť. Vedení dvomi odvážnymi bratmi putujú hrdinovia v ústrety lepšiemu životu. Cestou sa však musia vystríhať predátorov i nepriateľov, ktorí im neraz skrížia cestu do nového, tajomného a zasľúbeného domova.

„Čo čaká králika, ktorý opustí skrýšu pod cezmínovým stromom a pustí sa po chodníku?“

nedeľa 31. decembra 2017

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štvrtok 28. decembra 2017

Rozprávka končí | Veins of Magic

Autor: Emma Hamm
Názov: Veins of Magic
Séria: The Otherworld
Diel: druhý
České alebo slovenské vydanie: zatiaľ nie je
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.5
Heartache dogs the steps of Sorcha of Ui Neill. Although she is home with her family, she is unable to shake the memories of her time in Hy-brasil. She heals with a heavy heart, tells stories with melancholy words, and cannot forget the magic of the Otherworld. When an opportunity arises to return to her beloved Fae Prince, she makes a questionable deal. Dark magic, druidic curses and a witch open a portal and send her tumbling into the middle of a war she must end for the sake of all who dwell in the Otherworld. 
The once banished king battles his way through the Otherworld, freeing the Lesser Fae with each swing of his sword. Each attack turns Eamonn into something far more beastly than before. Geodes multiply and hinder his movements, harden his heart, and crystalize his resolve. 
Together, they face the King of the Seelie Fae and his golden army to end the war that will change the fate of the Otherworld forever. 

“War is dark and dangerous, there are many who fall prey to its nightmares.”

pondelok 25. decembra 2017

Starý príbeh, nový šat | Heart of the Fae

Autor: Emma Hamm
Názov: Heart of the Fae
Séria: The Otherworld
Diel: prvý
České alebo slovenské vydanie: zatiaľ nie je
Hodnotenie na GR: 4.19
Once upon a time…
A plague sweeps across the emerald hills of Uí Néill, leaving a young midwife’s father with months to live. To save her people, Sorcha makes a deal with a dangerous Fae. She must travel across the sea, through merrow and kelpie lands, to find a forgotten king on a crumbling throne.
Born king of the Seelie Fae, Eamonn fought battles unnumbered to uphold honor, duty, and freedom… until his twin brother sank a blade between his shoulders. Crystals grew from the wound, splitting open skin and bone. His people banished him to a cursed isle for his disfigurement, now king of criminals and fools.
With the help of brownies, pixies, and will-o’-the-wisps, Sorcha battles to break through his crystalline shell and persuade him to take back his stolen throne.
This determined beauty could come dangerously close to stealing his beastly heart.

“It‘s not a shameful thing to want to save your family.”

štvrtok 21. decembra 2017

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