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Servant Of The Empire
Raymond E. Feist, Janny Wurts
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Philip K. Dick, Robert Zelazny
The Winter King
Bernard Cornwell
A Drink Before the War
Dennis Lehane
Shark & The Wolf: Predators and Prey - Daniel D. Shields Shark & The Wolf is a modern tale for adults. I am not talking about a cute fairy tale here because the book doesn't save the reader from brutal scenes, bloodthirsty schemes or heartbreaking chapters.

The book paints a real picture about the cruel men's world - about us actually - through personification of the animals. In this world the animals have evolved to a degree where they can speak, they can live among people, some of them have lost some of their features (arms and legs instead of fins), but still they are slave to the people, without any rights. They play the way people want them to play and their only use is to entertain people.

Still despite of the sometimes cruel environment, Daniel D. Shields managed to spice things up with fine humor; a shark who hates to swim and getting wet in water? :) Considering the author's background in pool related things I wasn't surprised to see that our heroes were pool aces, real pool sharks as well :)

I called this book a tale for the reason that in the end the evil and the good ones will get what they deserve, but the author left one question open to me: until there will be demand for these kind of sick "animal hunger games" just for the purpose of entertainment, what will prevent it from happening again?

I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway program. I want to thank Daniel D. Shields for the opportunity to read his great book and for the kind letter he sent me with the book. Thank you again! :)
The Ride - Keara Kevay This short story was not that bad though it contained a lot of unrealistic element for me.

I mean come on, if 2 people meet and they feel that deep lust toward each other they won't start out with a dildo, they just rip each other's clothes apart and booom...

Also talking about batteries during petting made me laugh out loud...

This book was free, and took me 1 hour to read, so I guess I got what I paid for :)
Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson This was a very special book, I can say it ripped through my flesh...

Anderson used very effective tools to describe Lia's situation: the writing style, the synonyms, the metaphors made the book so alive, I could even feel the smells, the tastes, the lights and the shadows.
The books is from Lia's point of view and as I have never met anyone with this problem before it made me understand her much better, now I can relate how false her self-concept was, how dissatisfied she was with her body and how different she saw herself in the mirror.

While I was reading the book one thought was in my mind constantly: what would I do if it turned out that my child had the same problem? How could I help her in such a devastating situation where she wouldn't listen to others around her and all the war should happen in her head?

Who is responsible for this kind of disorder? Parents? School? Environment? All of them together? What is that tiny trigger that is needed in order to fall to the other side?
Sempre - J.M. Darhower All my credits to J.M. Darhower because she managed to write such a brilliant story where there are no werevolves, angels, or supernatural and still the reader is tossed into hell and lift to heaven through this book.

This is a contemporary novel about 2 young adults who had grown up in two totally different worlds.
Haven is a slave girl and Carmine is the son of a Mafia member and their fates connect in one point from where none of them can return.

The book talks about existing serious problems like modern-day slavery and I'm sure this topic is not even known to some of us as we have never met this before. According to http://www.slaverymap.org/, there are 27 million people living in slavery today, and it is unbelievable in the 21. century.

Still Darhower shows the situation very-well through the eyes of Haven when she just couldn't do or know normal things we encounter every day, she has fears of little things even to call the people around her on their names.
Darhower makes these unbelievable things believable to the reader.

The characters in the book are not just white or black, no one is pure evil or pure saint and that made the book so enjoyable to me. Of course as time goes by we got to know the motives of the characters, so we can understand why they did something or why not.

Sempre was a really good book, a well-written story about love, hope, connection of two different worlds and of course sacrifice.

(Disclaimer: sorry for my English, it is not my mother tongue :) )
The Snowman: A Harry Hole Novel - Jo Nesbø Brilliant, exciting all the way to the end!
Story of O - Pauline Réage, Sabine d'Estree Real French classic!
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You - Ally Carter Actually 4.5 stars.
Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson I just can't say anything else but BRILLIANT!

If you are a fantasy fan, this book is a must read. If you have enough of the usual orcs/elves/dwarves/etc creatures then this book is a must read.

Unique world, exciting plot, lovable characters.

Thank you Mr Sanderson for creating this awesome book :)
Succubus Blues - Richelle Mead Funny, lightweight reading, I loved Georgina :)
City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare OMG, now this was a total disappointment :((
Stardust - Neil Gaiman Liked it but the movie was waaaaaay better.