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Foreign Books Challenge #1

Andrei, adminul blogului Heaven4books a demarat un proiect foarte interesant numit Foreign Books Challenge. Iata despre ce este vorba:

“Ce ziceti de un proiect pe mai multe bloguri care sa se numeasca: “Foreign Books Challenge”? M-am gandit ca blogurile care vor sa participe sa selecteze cate 10 carti din strainatate a caror drepturi sa nu fi fost achizitonate in Romania. Perioada de desfasurare o vom stabili ulterior in functie de numarul blogurilor participante. Putem convinge astfel editurile din Romania sa achizitioneze cele trei carti finaliste. Va place ideea?”

Scopul proiectului:

Proiectul are scopul de a atrage atentia editurilor asupra gusturilor in materie de literatura a cititorilor din Romania. Mi-am propus ca in cele cateva luni in care se va organiza proiectul sa facem impreuna o adevarata munca de redactie. Cele mai interesante, captivante si frumoase carti vor fi alese de voi cititorii blogurilor participante si de administratorii acestor bloguri. Doar voi puteti decide care este cea mai asteptata carte in Romania!

Detalii despre desfasurare:

Perioada: 18.08.2012 – TBA


In aceasta saptamana si in urmatoarea, vor incepe simultan pe 5 bloguri propuneri pentru lista de 10 carti. Cinci dintre cele 10 carti vor fi alese de administratorul blogului, urmand ca celelalte cinci sa fie alese de comentatorii blogului (primele cinci recomandari de carti printr-un comentariu – cele anonime nu se iau in considerare). Daca nu comenteaza nimeni, asta e. Adminsitratorul alege toate cartile.

Initial,m-am gandit ca preselectiile sa dureze 4 saptamani,dar trebuie sa fie un proiect interesant si frapant asa ca va voi ruga ca in doua zile  sa incercati sa alegeti 10 carti.

Etapa II – GALELE:

In functie de numarul de carti voi stabili si numarul galelor. Teoretic ar trebui sa se stranga 240 de carti, dar sunt sigur ca unele se vor repeta. Ca principiu, cu fiecare gala veti putea vota favoritele voastre pe care sa le treceti in urmatoarea gala. De la gala la gala, numarul cartilor se vor injumatati, dar veti avea ocazia sa salvati cateva de la eliminare

Ultima gala se va numi – Booktip si va dura 2 saptamani. In aceste doua saptamani veti face recenzii, interviuri, concursuri, posturi cu cartile favorite/ autorii cartilor favorite. (nu e obligatoriu!)


Toate cartile ajunse in semifinale vor primi cel putin cate trei recenzii. De asemenea, vom posta si recenziile pozitive/ negative ale acestor carti de pe siteul Goodreads.

Etapa IV – FINALA:

O singura carte castiga, dar ambele carti ajunse in finala vor fi aduse in atentia editurilor din Romania.

Articolul este preluat de pe blogul Heaven4books

Acestea fiind nevoie de ajutorul vostru! Trebuie sa alegem impreuna 10 carti. Eu aleg 5 dintre ele, iar voi ar trebui sa ma ajutati cu inca 5 propuneri. Asa cum scrie si mai sus, propunerile din primele 5 comentarii vor fi cele care vor ajunge pe lista. V-as ruga sa transmiteti cate un comentariu diferit pentru fiecare propunere, in cazul in care aveti mai multe idei. De asemenea, in masura in care este posibil, v-as ruga sa nu propuneti carti sau serii ale caror drepturi de autor au fost deja achizitionate de o editura din Romania. Dar daca se nimereste vreo propunere care nu poata fi luata in considerare din aceste motive, nu-i problema, o inlocuim cu altceva.

Acum..ajungem si la primele 5 carti propuse de mine. Va garantez ca nu a fost o treaba usoara, din mai multe motive. In primul rand, parca nu am citit indeajuns de multe carti in engleza. De citit, dar majoritatea erau continuari ale anumitor serii, volume ce inca nu ajunsesera sa fie traduse si la noi. In al doilea rand, din mii de carti cu recomandari grozave si care promit sa te transporte intr-o poveste incredibila, cum poti sa alegi doar 5? Recunosc ca am evitat sa ma uit pe recomandarile celorlalti bloggeri tocmai pentru a nu fi influentata sau pentru a nu descoperi ca toate ideile mele au fost deja propuse de alte persoane. Mai jos gasiti cele 5 carti, descrierile lor si principalele motive pentru care le-am ales:

1. Delirium de Lauren Oliver (seria Delirium, volumul 1)

Pentru ca ne plac distopiile, iar Lauren Oliver a adus o idee incredibila in aceasta carte: aceea a unui viitor in care dragostea este o boala.


Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

2. Monster in my closet de R.L. Naquin (seria Monster Haven, volumul 1)

Pentru ca aceasta carte are absolut orice ti-ai putea dori: mult (foarte mult!) umor, personaje adorabile, o intriga bine construita, un strop de romance si un stil care da dependenta.


I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn’t imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I’d seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?
After all, I’ve always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain. Don’t get me wrong, I like helping people—and non-people. But this ability has turned me into a gourmet feast for an incubus, a demon that feeds off emotional energy. Now, brides are dropping dead all over town, and my home has become a safe house for the supernatural. I must learn to focus my powers and defeat the demon before he snacks on another innocent woman and comes looking for the main course…

3. The Immortal Rules de Julie Kagawa (seria Blood of Eden, volumul 1)

Pentru ca romanul este realizat printr-o imbinare a doua elemente atat de populare in in ultimii ani: vampirii si viitorul postapocaliptic.


“In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.”Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of “them.” The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked–and given the ultimate choice. Die…or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend–a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what–and who–is worth dying for.

4. Snow White Sorrow de Cameron Jace (seria The Grimm Diaries, volumul 1)

Pentru ca seria lui Cameron Jace rescrie mult iubitele povesti ale fratilor Grimm, combinandu-le cu elemente fantasy si creaturi supranaturale, aducand cititorul in punctul in care nu va mai privi niciodata basmele copilariei in acelasi mod ca pana atunci. Si da, pentru ca are o coperta care intriga 🙂


What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?
Sixteen year old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His only friend is a red Cadillac that talks to him through the radio. He looks like an Angel but acts like jerk. No wonder he has been banned from Heaven, which is the least of his troubles. Loki needs a job to pay for school and support himself.
Still, Loki has a rare gift: He is a Dreamhunter. One of the few in the world who can hunt and kill immortal demons in their dreams so they never wake up again.
When Loki is sent to kill a sixteen-year-old vampire girl the locals call Snow White Sorrow, he is pulled into a magical but dangerous world. The locals believe the monster to be Snow White.
The real Snow White… living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wickedly lovely.
What he finds instead is a beautiful monster girl filled with rage and hurt, who has an epic untold story to tell of things such like why the Brothers Grimm altered the fairy tale, who the Evil Queen really is, where the mirror came from, and who possessed it.
Snow White has killed every person who has dared come near the castle where she once lived with the queen. Mysteriously, she lets Loki live.

5. Soulless de Gail Carriger (seria Parasol Protectorate, volumul 1)

Pentru ca intram intr-o poveste steampunk ce se desfasoara in Londra victoriana, avem vampiri, varcolaci, shape shifters, catifea, ceai si rochii de bal. Ce altceva sa iti mai doresti?


First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire – and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

Acum e randul vostru sa veniti cu propuneri! Retineti: carti care sa nu fi fost traduse la noi pana acum si despre care sa nu fi auzit ca sunt in portofoliul vreunei edituri (gen..Goddess Hunt, Fever sau Anna dressed in blood care vor aparea in lunile urmatoare la Leda). Perioada acestei etape este de 2 zile, dar tine-ti cont de faptul ca primele 5 comentarii sunt cele care vor completa lista de 10 carti. Abia astept sa vad ce alegeti!


S-a completat lista! 😀 Mai jos gasiti ultimele 5 propuneri. Multumesc mult celor care au contribuit la finalizarea etapei!

6. Before You Go de James Preller


The summer before his senior year, Jude (yes, he’s named after the Beatles song) gets his first job, falls in love for the first time, and starts to break away from his parents. Jude’s house is kept dark, and no one talks much—it’s been that way since his little sister drowned in a swimming pool seven years ago when Jude was supposed to be watching her.
Now, Jude is finally, finally starting to live. Really live. And then, life spins out of control. Again. 
Acclaimed author James Preller explores life, death, love, faith, and resilience in his first young adult novel that will grip readers from the book’s dramatic first few pages to its emotional end.

7. Touch de Jus Accardo (seria Denazen, volumul 1)


When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.
Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.
Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.
A secret Kale will kill to protect.

8. Unholy Ghosts de Stacia Kane (seria Downside Ghosts, volumul 1)


The departed have arrived.
The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

9.Storm de Brigid Kemmerer (seria Elemental, volumul 1)


Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys – all the ones she doesn’t want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.
And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.
Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.
The storm is coming.

10. Sweet Evil de Wendy Higgins (seria The Sweet Trilogy, volumul 1)


Embrace the Forbidden
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Sa vedem ce urmeaza in etapa a doua, cand incepem sa votam in gale!





9 thoughts on “Foreign Books Challenge #1

  1. Seria Denazen de Jus Accardo :). Mi-a placut foarte mult primul volum, Touch, a fost plin de actiune si captivant. Abia astept continuarea, Toxic.

    1. Multumesc, Nya! Aproape e gata etapa asta, imediat ce se ocupa si ultimele doua pozitii fac update la postare cu lista finalizata 🙂

  2. Elemental de Brigid Kemmerer si Sweet Evil de Wendy Higgins :). Mi-au placut foarte mult primele volume din ambele serii.

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