Thursday, 21 March 2019

Džodžo Mojes - Zauvek moj dragi


Izdavač - VULKAN IZDAVAŠTVO

“Uživam u tome što svakog dana mogu iznova da osmišljam ko želim da budem.”

Posle depresije i u sred ljubavi kad je konačno otvorila svoje srce da opet zavoli, život Luizu Klark odvodi u Njujork. Novi posao asistenta Agnes, poljakinje udate za bogataša Leonarda Gopnika.
Limuzine, glamurozan život, balovi i mnogo tajni koje saznaje u ovoj porodici promeniće Klarkovoj tok života.
Nedostaje joj Sem, ali veze na daljinu ne uspavaju uvek, naprotiv. Još je teže održati ih kada se u njegovom životu pojavi nova zgodna koleginica, a u njenom neko ko mnogo podseća na Vila koji joj je još uvek u mislima.

“Zatvarala sam se godinama Seme. Govorila sebi da mi je potrebno da se osećam bezbedno. A sad... pa, sad pretpostavljam da mi je potrebno da forsiram sebe. Moram da znam za šta sam sposobna i da ne gledam na dole.”

Luiza i njen jedinstveni stil oblačenja odvode je u jednu vintidž prodavnicu gde otkriva dragulje garderobe koji su baš po njenom ukusu i to je jedna od stvari koja će joj sasvim magično promeniti snove.
Jedna starija gospođa i njen pas će baš njoj otvoriti srce i vrata doma kada joj se čitav svet bude rušio.
Jer ponekad, nešto što i ne znamo o sebi čeka nas odmah iza ugla, i kad se sudarimo sa takvim slučajnostima, treba da ih zagrlimo, umesto da samo protrčimo pored njih.

“Samo preguraj dan, rekla sam sebi. Ako me je život nečemu naučio, bilo je to da će se odgovori uskoro sami naći.”

Dok nisam srela tebe je knjiga koju i dan danas obožavam.
Drugi deo, Posle tebe mi je nekako bila mlaka i siva.
Zauvek moj dragi mi je opet otopila srce, Lu i njene žuto-crne čarape na pruge su tu i njena vedrina, upornost i romantična strana su u punom sjaju.
Promene, želja da konačno otkrije ko je i šta samo ONA zapravo želi da bude, tako sama u Njujorku bez porodice i prijatelja, padovi i ustajanja... sve to čini ovu knjigu posebnom.

“Zar su ti ljudi takve budale da ne mogu da izađu na kraj s nekim ko se ne oblači kao oni? Zašto moraš da se pretvaraš da si neko ko nisi? Želiš li da budeš jedna od onih žena?”

Lu mi je omiljena ženska junakinja iz svih knjiga koje sam do sada pročitala.
Jer ona nosi snažnu poruku da nije bitno koliko godina imate - uvek možete da se oblačite kako želite i da ne marite šta ostatak sveta o tome govori.
Da je u redu biti osoba koja se srcem prepušta drugima, ali da uvek dolazi trenutak kada je vreme za ostvarivanje ličnih snova.
Da neki ljudi ponekad odlaze i da onda patimo - koliko god da je potrebno, ali da je važno da na kraju stresemo prašinu sa sebe i da ustanemo.
Da je detinje srce nešto najlepše što postoji kad se zadrži u nama i kada odrastemo.
I naposletku, da ljude koji gaze preko mrtvih za mrvicu koristi treba pustiti da to rade i ne upadati u tu zbrku, već polako nastaviti dalje jer je najbitnije da budeš srećan i na tom putu dok ostvaruješ svoje snove. Možda ide sporije, ali je pošteno, a srce ostaje na mestu.

“Nemoj to govoriti, u redu? Ne pominji potencijal. Snishodljivo je i uvredljivo i... Pa, ne želim da mi to ikada više kažeš. Ikada. U redu?”

Kraj je onakav kakav treba da bude i mislim da je ovo savršen završetak jedne ovakve priče.
Iskreno se nadam da će snimiti  filmove i po nastavcima.

“Čitavog života brinula sam o drugima, uklapala se u njihove potrebe i želje. U tome sam dobra. Počinjem to da radim i pre nego što shvatim šta činim. Verovatno bih to uradila i sa tobom. Ne znaš koliko silno u ovom trenutku želim da kupim kartu i budem sa tobom.
Ali ovih poslednjih nekoliko meseci nešto se sa mnom desilo. Nešto što mi ne dozvoljava da to uradim.”

4,5 zvezdice jer mi i dalje nedostaje Vil sa svojim mudrostima o životu.

“Nekada davno živela je jedna devojka iz malog mesta u malom svetu. Bila je savršeno srećna, ili je barem govorila sebi da je srećna. Kao i mnoge devojke, volela je da isprobava različite izglede, da bude neko ko nije bila. Ali kao i suviše devojaka, život ju je polako lomio i ona se naposletku, umestu da otkrije šta joj zaista odgovara, prerušila i sakrila one delove sebe koji su je činili drugačijom. Neko vreme je dozvolila da je svet udara, a zatim je odlučila da je bezbednije da ne bude to što jeste.
Mnogo je verzija nas samih, i mi možemo da odaberemo koja ćemo biti. Nekada davno, mom životu je bilo suđeno da se meri najobičnijim koracima. Naučila sam mnogo toga od čoveka što je odbio da prihvati verziju sebe koja mu je bila preostala, i starice koja je, sasvim suprotno, videla da može da se preobražava čak i u trenutku kada bi joj svi rekli da joj više ništa nije preostalo.
Imala sam mogućnost izbora. Bila sam Luiza Klark iz Njujorka ili Luiza Klark iz Stortfolda. A mogla je tu biti i jedna sasvim nova Luiza, koju još nisam upoznala. Ključno je da to ne mogu da odluče drugi i prikuju vas kao leptira u staklenoj kutiji. Ključno je da znate da uvek možete ponovo da izgradite sebe.”

Fredrik Bakman - Brit Mari je bila ovdje


Izdavač - NOVA KNJIGA

“Ako stojiš na balkonu nikada nisi usamljen, svuda su automobili, kuće i ljudi na ulicama. I među njima si, a opet nisi. To je najbolje od svega.”

Brit Mari ima 63 godine, voli cveće, balkone, sodu bikarbonu (jer soda bikarbona sve rešava), faksin (samo to sredstvo za prozore je dobro ako nju pitate), uzrečica joj je jedno kratko ha kad se nešto ne razume i voli da je sve čisto i na svom mestu.
Posle 40 godina braka odlučuje da se razvede jer je muž prevario i da potraži posao. Posebne veštine nema, ali je odlučna i odlazi na biro za zapošljavanje. Uporna, kakva jeste, dobija radno mesto u Borgu gde je gotovo sve zatvoreno zbog finansijske krize. Preostala je picerija i fudbal.
Brit-Mari ne voli ništa od toga, ali joj život donosi gomilu dece, ljudi koji su siromašni ali imaju dušu i posao fudbalskog trenera.

“Teško je reći kad ljubav procvjeta. Jednog dana se samo probudiš i tu je. Isto je i kada uvene. Jednog dana je odjednom prekasno. I tom smislu ljubav ima dosta zajedničkog sa cvijećem na balkonu. Nekako ni soda bikarbona ne pomaže.”

Sa likom Brit-Mari se prvi put srećemo u Bakmanovom romanu Moja baka vam se izvinjava i već tad je bilo nemoguće da vam ne privuče pažnju sa svojim pravilima. Ako ste se čitali tu knjigu i ako ste se pitali zašto je tako čudna i gde se uputila, ovde se nalaze svi odgovori.

“Mnogo je toga što ne znaš o osobi dok ne postaneš ona. Za šta je sposobna. Kakvu hrabrost poseduje.”

Žena koja je 40 godina brinula o suprugu, njegovoj deci i njegovim poslovnim sastancima, naučila je da se oslanja samo na neka svoja pravila. I ona se tih pravila čvrsto drži. Sve mora da bude čisto, pristojni ljudi ručaju u 12h, a večeraju u 18h. Pristojni ljudi nikada ne nose izgužvane košulje, imaju lepe frizure, čiste prozore, ne šetaju sa svakim a posebno ne noću... jer ako prekrši nešto od toga, šta će svet da kaže?!
Ha!
Da, ona živi po tom sistemu.
A onda su u njenom životu odjednom deca, koja imaju samo fudbal i prljavu loptu. Baš ta deca će joj smekšati srce. Potom i Sven, policajac koji se udvara gotovo stidljivo.
Jedna žena u invalidskim kolicima.
Druga žena koja je slabovida i koja voli da pije.
I ona najvažnija iz biroa za rad koja joj je pronašla to radno mesto.
I jedan stariji brat kome je život nepravedno natovario breme na leđa.

“Moja majka je radni vijek provela u socijalnoj službi. Uvijek je govorila da usred svog tog sranja, od sve te grozote, desi se priča koja te obasja kao sunce. I zbog toga sve ostalo vrijedi.
Ti si moja osunčana priča Brit-Mari.”

Ovo nije samo priča o Brit-Mari i njenom putu, već je delić srca svakoj stanovnika Borga utkan u ovu knjigu. Njihove nesreće, sreće, tragedije, ljubavi, boli, suze i osmesi.

“Ali Bog, znaš, taj ti je slab račundžija. Dijeli srčke i kome treba i kome ne.”

Saznaćete ponešto o Parizu, o rasporedu večeranja jednog pacova, o tome šta znači kad neko navija za određeni tim, o tome kako izgleda odrasti bez roditelja, ili kako je kada niste dete miljenik i kad niko ne veruje u vašu sposobnost.
Saznaćete i koliko čisto srce i lepa reč mogu da promeni stvari kad se spoji sa upornošću.
A sasvim sigurno, shvatićete da neki ljudi samo nose maske džangrizala jer ne znaju drugačije ili da bi se zaštitili od sveta.

“Ne bi trebalo da budeš sama. Velika je šteta za nekog ko ima tako lijepu frizuru da nema nikoga.”

Ja sam jedna od onih koja obožava Bakmanove knjige.
U svakoj me je nasmejao bukvalno do suza da bi me na kraju svojim pisanjem “poklopio” onim teškim suzama tuge.
A to volim u knjigama, da svaka emocija koju izvuku iz mene bude do suza.
Tako da, velika preporuka za svako slovo koje ovaj čovek napiše.
Mene je još Uve “kupio” i od tad se radujem svaki put kada uzmem njegovu novu knjigu u ruke.

“Ali, kada je osjetila da će pasti, pronašla je snagu da se uspravi. Jer žene kao što je Brit-Mari to čine, kada moraju, pronalaze snagu zbog drugih.”

Snimljen je film i Laguna će takođe uskoro prevesti ovaj emotivni rolerkoster od knjige.

“Kada se zađe u izvjesne godine, gotovo svako pitanje koje čovjek sebi postavlja svodi se na jedno: Kako da živim svoj život?”

5 zvezdica

“Ljudi bol i očaj doživljavaju na različite načine, ali bol joj je bio najjasniji kad neko ne može da jede.”


Monday, 18 March 2019

COVER REVEAL: Cavalieri Della Morte Series


Beautifully Brutal – Dani René
Cavalieri Della Morte
Cover Design: Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art)
Photog: Eric Battershell
Model: Zeke Samples
Release: Date: April 04

Blurb
In a world ravaged with violence, I still think about the beauty who was taken from me. I’ve turned rabid in her absence. The dormant beast she had tamed is ravenous, feeding on brutality and bloodshed.
I focus on the kill, until Arthur confesses his trump card, shattering every hope I had of reclaiming her. Focused on the job at hand, I step into the lion’s den, only to find nothing is as it seems.
My beast hungers to be satiated.
And my beauty is the only one who can feed it.
A dark treacherous journey where happily ever after may be just out of reach.

Vow of Obedience – Brianna Hale
Cavalieri Della Morte
Cover Design: Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art)
Release Date: April 11

Blurb
Don’t cry, little girl. Daddy will forgive you.
The job was meant to be impossible, even for the Cavalieri Della Morte.
Kill Adelmo Lange, the reclusive crime boss who murdered my brother.
Until her. Adelmo's daughter.
Branwen has taken a vow of silence to atone for her sins, but I don’t need her to say a word.
She’s the bait that’s going to draw my target out.
Now she’s going to swear another vow. A vow of obedience. To me.
Together, we’re going to take down her father. If she does exactly what I tell her, she may even escape with her life.
Do as daddy says.

Martyris – Yolanda Olson
Cavalieri Della Morte
Cover Design: Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art)
Release Date: April 18

Blurb
I like to think of myself as the good guy.
The kind of man that will take a beating or a bullet for my brothers and not think twice about it. But anyone that knows my story has only seen the tip of the proverbial iceberg and my intentions sometimes resemble the Titanic.
It's when I lose control.
I do my best to love and respect everyone because some people need it more than others—even the ones that don't deserve it.
My name is Gareth Bresett and the only thing that matters to me in this world is Bentlee Gains. I'll do every evil in this world, including myself.
Because while I like to think that I'm the good guy, I find more pleasure in taking out a mark than I do being in her arms.
Regardless of who that mark happens to be.

His Salvation – Claire Marta
Cavalieri Della Morte
Cover Design: Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art)
Release Date: April 25

Blurb
I’ve been betrayed. A hit gone wrong. I'm hurt and hunted.
She helps me out of fear--an innocent snatched up in my bid to escape. I can’t let her live because she’s seen my face.
No survivors. No witnesses. That’s a code I live by and one I’ve always upheld. Yet when it comes to my petal, she makes me hesitate.
I want to taste her and make her mine in the most primitive way. Ravage her. Devour her. Allowing my need for her to take hold.
Unsure of who to trust, I feel the enemy closing in. I should set her free, but I can't. I’ll discover who has a price on my head and I'll end them, meeting blood with blood, and bullet with bullet.
Would she still want me when she sees me kill? Or will it scare her off for good?

Ivy’s Poison – India R. Adams
Cavalieri Della Morte
Cover Design: Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art)
Release Date: May 02

Blurb
Bors is hungry for revenge after one of his assignments spins out of control. Not only is he tortured by the man he was hired to murder, the president of a notorious and ruthless motorcycle club, but he’s also left in the care of the man’s deranged daughter, Ivy. And she knows exactly who is chained and at her mercy, the one she has wanted dead for three years.
During captivity, Bors witnesses what has become of Ivy’s life, and finds himself trapped between hatred and sorrow for his female tormentor.
“It only took one day for me to hate her more than my worst enemy.
Only took two to start planning her death.
And only three… to fall in love with her.”
Bors is an avenger. Especially Ivy’s.


A Cruel Love – S. M. Soto
Cavalieri Della Morte
Cover Design: Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art)
Model: Jacob Cooley
Photog: Wander Aguiar
Release Date: May 09

Blurb
As a hitman for hire, Percivale is no stranger to violence.
From the moment he saw Blossom Jaymes through the window of her bakery, he knew he was in too deep. Not only was she as sweet as her perfectly crafted treats, but she was a soft-spoken, golden-haired angel that shone like a bright beacon in his dark world. And Percivale didn’t deal in angels. He dealt in death and crime. The even bigger issue? Percivale’s next hit is on said sweet little baker who doesn’t seem to realize how much danger lurks around her with each passing day.
If he doesn’t get the job done, who will?
When Percivale has to decide what’s more important to him—the life of a woman who may very well be innocent or getting his revenge on the men who murdered his family—the lines become blurred. Morals are twisted and a deathly chase ensues that can only result in one thing—Blossom buried six feet under.
Or can it?
Can Percivale let his lust for revenge go in order to save Blossom from the bounty on her head, or will the power she unknowingly holds over him be what gets her killed?

Darkest Deeds – Cora Kenborn
Cavalieri Della Morte
Cover Design: Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art)
Release Date: May 16

Blurb
No one is innocent in the eyes of the Cavalieri Della Morte.
If your name ends up on my list, your time is up.
NO REGRETS. NO MERCY. NO CONSCIENCE.
UNTIL THE ENEMY BECOMES MY TWISTED OBSESSION.
Two days ago, I paid a price to fulfill a vendetta. Twenty minutes ago, I threw it all away.
Stolen in the night. Held against her will. Bound to a monster.
I came to take her life but claimed it instead.
I warn her not to trust men with sin on their lips and ice in their veins.
She cautions me not to be deceived by my own eyes.
NEITHER OF US LISTENS.
What started out as a quest for retribution has become a game of survival.
They say three can keep a secret if two of them are dead.
Challenge accepted.

Scarlet Mark – Lexi C. Foss
Cavalieri Della Morte
Cover Design: Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art)
Photographer - CJC Photography
Models - David Wills & Riley Rebecca
Release Date: May 23

Blurb
Deceit requires punishment.
But what happens when the mark is innocent?
Killian “Dagger” Bedivere
My latest assignment has evolved into a game of deciphering whom to trust—the renowned politician who hired the Cavalieri Della Morte, or the runaway bride?
She’s gorgeous, conniving, and everything I crave in a woman.
She’s also my target.
Rule number one: Never fall for the mark.
Rule number two: Fuck rule number one.
Amara “Scarlet” Rose
I never wanted this world, but the decision wasn’t mine to make. I always belonged to him. Now there’s a new player on the board—one hell-bent on destroying all my plans.
He’s lethal, handsome, and everything I should fear.
Rule number one: Don’t trust anyone.
Rule number two: Do everything you can to survive, even if it means breaking rule number one.
And rule number three: When in doubt, kill.

Delinquent – Ally Vance
Cavalieri Della Morte
Cover Design: Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art)
Release Date: May 30

Blurb
Seth Galahad
Reckless rule-breaker with a taste for violence.
It's what I’ve been called time and again.
Carving my way through the names I’ve been given, I’ll rise through the ranks.
Collecting your blood as payment for your debts
I’m young, I’m hungry, and I won’t be stopped.
I take what I want, when I want. Nothing can hold me back.
The cross on my back speaks of a past I know nothing about.
The history of my family drenched in mystery.
Leeann Mallory
My brother's string of gambling debts has raged out of control.
An insurmountable sum that he’s racked up over time.
Out of money and out of luck, he did something unthinkable.
Playing with my life in a game of chance, he lost.
My brother did nothing to prevent me from being taken.
The debt collector came in the night, and he snatched me from my bed.
Debts must be cleared, and I'm going to be the one to pay it.
The question is will it be in blood? Or will it be with my heart?


Redemption – Anna Edwards
Cavalieri Della Morte
Cover Design: Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art)
Release Date: June 06

Blurb
My name is Gawain Vincent—one of twelve assassins of the Cavalieri Della Morte.
Steadfast to those I claim as my brothers in arms.
An experienced fighter when ordered into battle.
I’m an admirer of women in any amount or position.
A lover full of stamina and exceptional skills.
But that is about to change.
Because of her. Because of Megan.
She’s scared, battered, and damaged.
Rescued from circumstances beyond horrifying.
The blonde girl with piercing blue eyes who I can’t refuse.
Her future survival seems destined to destroy my family.
But will it allow me hope of redemption?

Valor – Measha Stone
Cavalieri Della Morte
Cover Design: Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art)
Release Date: June 13

Blurb
My orders were clear.
Get in, get the job done, and get the hell out.
No loose ends, no witnesses.
It's what I do. And I don't fail.
Until now.
She shouldn't have been there.
And now I have a new job.
Find and eliminate Cherise Styles.

Sorrow’s Queen – Ashleigh Giannoccaro
Cavalieri Della Morte
Cover Design: Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art)
Photographer - Jes Hunter Photography and Makeup
Model - Tristan Adam Sinclair Wrench
Release Date: June 20

Blurb
Sorrow slips in quietly when no one is looking — just like I do.
It robs them of life and joy — just like me.
Sorrow is a killer in the night, murdering hearts and leaving destruction in it’s wake — and so am I.
I am Tristan Sorrow, I stole happiness, and now she is mine.
He came in the dead of night to steal me, to take me home. He was sent to rob me of my happiness and murder my hopes.
Creeping in slowly, he was an unexpected twist in my tale.
But he stole the wrong thing, he made me his Queen.
Tristan Sorrow stole my heart — and my life.
Every love story is written tragically in the blood of those who fell.

Inexorable – Jo-Anne Joseph
Cavalieri Della Morte
Cover Design: Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art)
Release Date: June 27

Blurb
They call me a God, Demon,
Depends on which side of me they've faced.
I'm cold, with an insatiable thirst for blood, lust, and money.
If you've got my attention,
You're either next on my list, or about to slip into my sheets.
I'm Arthur Calthorpe, leader of the Tabella Della Morte.
I don't trust, I own.
I don't love, I desire.
I don't ask, I take.
And I want Gaia.
The Silver Haired tyrant is a ruthless criminal,
The first time I saw him was in my mother's bed,
But the monster has set his sights on me.
He's ruthless, and he's found my achilleas heel.
When he offers me a bargain, I'm hard-pressed to refuse.
What lengths am I willing to go to be free of him, and how far will he go to stop me.
The trouble is those eyes and the fact that I want to know the story behind them.