Hajime Isayama – Attack on Titan, Volume 03 (Attack on Titan #3)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

The last thing Eren remembers before blacking out, a Titan had bitten off his arm and leg and was getting ready to eat him alive. Much to his surprise he wakes up without a scratch on him, with a crowd of angry soldiers screaming for his blood. What strange new power has he awakened, and what will happen when the boy devoted to destroying the Titans becomes one himself?

Includes special extras after the story!

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Kodansha Comics

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

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Tess Gerritsen – John Doe (Rizzoli & Isles #9.5)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

It should have been a night to remember, but Maura Isles can’t recall a thing.

Maura is at a party. A handsome man approaches. He’s charming and sophisticated. She flirts and drinks champagne. And then nothing. Total blackness. Nothing, that is, apart from these two facts: a man is dead and her address is found in his pocket . . .

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

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Emily Carroll – Through the Woods

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

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Greg Iles – The Devil’s Punchbowl (Penn Cage #3) (Audio book)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

The shocking new thriller from the king of southern gothic.

When he was a prosecuting attorney Penn Cage sent hardened killers to death row. But it is as mayor of his hometown – Natchez, Mississippi – that Penn will face his most dangerous threat.

Urged by old friends to restore the town to its former glory, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling. Five fantastical steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market like props from Gone With the Wind. But one boat isn’t like the others. Rumour has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull the big players from Las Vegas. And with them comes an unquenchable taste for one thing: blood sport, and the dark vices that go with it.

When a childhood friend of Penn’s who brings him evidence of these crimes is brutally murdered, the full weight of Penn’s failure to protect this city hits home. So begins his quest to find the men responsible. But it’s a hunt he begins alone, for the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy. With his family’s life at stake, Penn realizes his only allies in his one-man war are those bound to him by blood or honour.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: ISIS Audio Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Noklausījos, izmantojot Audible sniegto izmēģinājuma iespēju.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

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Brian K. Vaughan, Niko Henrichon – Pride of Baghdad

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

From one of America’s most critically acclaimed graphic novel writers – inspired by true events, a startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War.

In his award-winning work on Y THE LAST MAN and EX MACHINA (one of Entertainment Weekly’s 2005 Ten Best Fiction titles), writer Brian K. Vaughan has displayed an understanding of both the cost of survival and the political nuances of the modern world. Now, in this provocative graphic novel, Vaughan examines life on the streets of war-torn Iraq.

In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation – can it be given or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity?

Based on a true story, VAUGHAN and artist NIKO HENRICHON (Barnum!) have created a unique and heartbreaking window into the nature of life during wartime, illuminating this struggle as only the graphic novel can.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Vertigo

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

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Cathy Kennedy – Meeting of the Mustangs

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

A black colt is born into a band of wild mustangs and soon learns that life can often be difficult. Follow his story as he goes from a free spirit to being captured for profit, and discover how one man gains the trust and extreme loyalty of a very special horse.

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

E-grāmata eksemplārs no autores apmaiņā pret recenziju.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

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Jean Nicole Rivers – Black Water Tales: The Unwanted (Black Water Tales #2)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

In the remote, eastern European town of Borslav there is St. Sebastian orphanage, a place where people discard theirunwanted children. For the American, Blaire Baker, it’s the perfect place to volunteer her services. Paired with a cheerful volunteer nurse, Blaire is enthusiastic about the possibilities, but is quickly discouraged when she encounters the nefarious nature of the staff and the deplorable conditions of the facility and the children.

Upon arrival, one of the children informs Blaire, “There’s something in the basement.” It isn’t long before strange things begin happening, including Blaire’s flashbacks of the accident that killed her parents. The children soon suffer injuries that Blaire, first, fears may be the deeds of the callous workers but she soon thinks the abuse may originate from a source that is less than human, something unwanted.

The unwanted is coming but in order for Blaire to fight it, she must dig into St. Sebastian and herself in search of truth. Blaire wants nothing more than to help the children, but when discovers the tragedy that happened in the basement and learns that the same evil forces are still at work, it will be Blaire who needs help…There’s something in the basement.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: JNR Publishing

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

E-grāmatas eksemplārs no autores apmaiņā pret recenziju.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Blēra un Treviss ir divi brīvprātīgie, skolotāja un māsiņa, kuri ierodas St. Sebastian bāreņu namā ar domu palīdzēt citu novārtā atstātiem bērniem un uzlabot viņu ikdienu. Jau pats sākums, kad abi galvenākie varoņi ierauga, kur viņiem būs jāpavada nākamais gads, nevēsta neko labu. Treviss pa humoram ēku salīdzina ar Drakulas mītni; arī darbinieku un finansējuma nav pietiekami, lai apmierinātu iestādes vajadzības.

Stāsts pamatā norit no Blēras skatpunkta, tāpēc arī vairāk uzzinām par viņas pagātni. Lai gan viņai nav jāuztraucas par to, ka maks varētu palikt tukšs, un varētu domāt, ka arī ģimenē un personīgajā dzīvē viss būtu daudzmaz labi, tad bāreņu nams liek atcerēties apspiestas atmiņas par autoavāriju, kurā zaudēti abi vecāki un no kuras pati knapi izglabās. Kā arī Blērā nebija tā populārākā meitene skolā, ar to domājot klasesbiedru attieksmi.

Autore prasmīgi izmanto valodu un dažādus elementus vajadzīgās atmosfēras radīšanā. Kad vajag, kaut kas iečīkstas vai nograb. Kad gribi tikt prom, kā par sodību laukā sākas sniegputenis un līdzīgi. :)

Kamēr Treviss visu jocīgo un neparasto mēģina loģiski un racionāli izskaidrot, Blēras uztvere un maņas ir stipri vien jutīgākas. Pirmā būtiskā pārmaiņa un dīvainība sākas ar fotogrāfijām, jo ilgāk viņi uzturas bāreņu namā, jo vairāk deformētas sejas paliek katrā jaunā fotogrāfijā. Arī daļa no bērniem uzvedas ērmoti, tā ka pat šermuļi reizēm uzmetas. Var vien atklāt, ka priecājos, ka tuvākajā laikā nevajadzēs doties pagraba virzienā. :D

Pagātne atkārtojas!

P.S. Nebiju gaidījis tik bēdīgas beigas.

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Blaire and Travis are two volunteers, a teacher and a nurse. They arrive at St. Sebastian orphanage with hope to help children unwanted by others and to improve their day to day lives. Already the beginning isn’t telling you anything good when both our main characters see their home for the next year for the first time. Travis jokingly compares it to the home of Dracula; St. Sebastian also don’t have enough workers and/or money to satisfy their needs.

The story is mainly from POV of Blaire; therefore also find out more about her past than about Travis’. Although she doesn’t have to worry that she might run out of money herself, but suddenly the orphanage make her to remember suppressed memories of a car crash in which she lost both of her parents and barely survived herself. And besides that she was also bullied in the school and wasn’t the popular girl.

The author masterfully uses the language and all kinds of elements to create the right atmosphere and vibe. When it’s needed, something creeks or clatters; when you want to leave, a sudden and heavy snow storm confines you in.

While Travis explains away everything weird and odd thing and tries to find logic and rationality behind it, Blaire’s senses and perception is much more acute. The first significant things that she notices is in the photographs, the longer you stay at the orphanage the more twisted your face is in each new photo.  Plus, some of the children are acting quite weird and even bone chilling. I only can say that I’m glad that I will have no need to go to the basement anytime soon.

And lastly a bit creepy rhyme:

‘’Mommy, mommy take me home, far away from the unknown. Pick me up and fly away into the light of another day. Rescue me from the halls of the haunted, the desperate, the evil, unloved, and unwanted.’’

Kazu Kibuishi – Amulet, Vol. 3: The Cloud Researchers (Amulet #3)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

Emily, Navin, and their crew of resistance fighters charter an airship and set off in search of the lost city of Cielis. There they hope to find help from the Guardian Council’s powerful Stonekeepers. It’s a mission that Alledia’s survival depends on, and time is running out–Emily’s got to find Cielis before th Elf King finds her

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Graphix

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

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Nelson DeMille – Plum Island (John Corey #1)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

Taking the best elements from two of his most outstanding bestsellers, The Gold Coast and The General’s Daughter, Nelson DeMille combines the breathless suspense of an expertly wrought murder mystery with his wry perspective on a peculiarly American social scene to deliver an enthralling and compelling story. Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide detective John Corey convalesces in the Long Island township of Southold, home to farmers, fishermen — and at least one killer. Tom and Judy Gordon, a young, attractive couple Corey knows, have been found on their patio, each with a bullet in the head. The local police chief, Sylvester Maxwell, wants Corey’s big-city expertise, but Maxwell gets more than he bargained for. The early signs point to a burglary gone wrong. But because the Gordons were biologists at Plum Island, the offshore animal disease research site rumored to be involved in germ warfare, it isn’t long before the media is suggesting that the Gordons stole something very deadly. Suddenly a local double murder becomes a crime with national and worldwide implications. John Corey doesn’t like mysteries, which is why he likes to solve them. His investigations lead him into the lore, legends, and ancient secrets of northern Long Island — more deadly and more dangerous than he could ever have imagined. During his journey of discovery, he meets two remarkable women, Detective Beth Penrose and Mayflower descendant Emma Whitestone, both of whom change his life irrevocably. Ultimately, through his understanding of the murders, John Corey comes to understand himself. Fast-paced and atmospheric, marked by entrancing characters, incandescent storytelling, and brilliant comic touches, Plum Island is Nelson DeMille at his thrill-inducing best.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Samainīju ar citu Latvijas Grāmatu izstādes maiņas punktā.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Tonijs un Džūdija Gordoni, vīrs un sieva, kā arī divi zinātnieki tiek atrasti nošauti (bet pašas lodes nogrimušas) pie savas mājas laivu piestātnes. Viņu darba vieta Plum Island piesaista arī lielo zēnu, kā FBI un CIA, uzmanību. Uz šīs salas tiek pētītas dažādas slimības un to izraisītāji. Gan tādas, kuras apdraud vien dzīvniekus, gan arī cilvēkiem bīstamas un nāvējošas, tāpēc visu pirmā doma, kāpēc nogalināti Gordoni, ir tā ļaunākā.

Ņujorkas detektīvs Džons Korijs jau kādu laiciņu Longailendā atgūstas un atkopjas no apšaudē iegūtās traumas, kas visai tuvu bija viņu pietuvinājusi aizsaulei. Tā kā Džons īsajā laikā būdams uz salas bija iepazinies ar Gordoniem, un neko labāku tāpat nav ko darīt, tad vietējās policijas priekšnieks Maksvels piesaista Džonu izmeklēšanai kā konsultantu. Lai gan konsultanta darbam diemžēl vai par laimi nav ilgs mūžs, tas netraucē Džonam turpināt meklēt savu draugu/labu paziņu slepkavu.

Džonu varētu nosaukt par antivaroni. Viņš nekautrējas pārkāpt un apiet dažādus likumus un normas, ja vien rezultāts un mērķis ir labs un tā vērts. Plus, Džonam ir patīkams melnais humors, kā arī bieži mēdz izteikt jokus un sarkastiskas piezīmes gan tam piemērotā brīdi, gan arī nevietā. Par spīti savam raksturam un statusam izmeklēšanā Džons atrod sabiedroto detektīvē Elizabetē Penrouzā. Neizbēgami sižetā iezogas romantika, piedevām ar nosacītu trīsstūra piešprici.

Ja ir vēlme lasīt kriminālromānu ar neviennozīmīgu galveno varoni/izmeklētāju, tad Plum Island var droši lasīt. Bet, ja tas nepārliecina, tad varbūt uzmanību piesaistītu pirāti un apslēpti dārgumi. : )

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Tony and Judy Gordons, husband and wife, and also two scientists are found dead shot in the head near their house, and the bullets themselves have drowned to never be found again. Their workplace Plum Island attracts the attention of the big boys (FBI and CIA). On this island deadly diseases both for animals and humans are studied, and because of that everyone’s first thought why Gordons were killed is worst imaginable.

NYPD homicide detective John Corey for a while have been recovering on the Long Island after being very close to the other side after GSW during the work. Because during this short time on the island John had befriended Gordons and their isn’t much else for John to do, local police chief Maxwell hires him as a consultant to this case. Although the consultant job for good or worse doesn’t last too long, that doesn’t prevent John from finding who killed his friends.

John could be called an anti-hero. He is not shy to break and bypass few rules if the ending result and the cause are worth it. Plus, John has a good sense of humor and also he has a habit to make jokes and sarcastic remarks not only when it’s appropriate but also when it’s not. Despite all that and his status in the investigation John finds an ally in the detective Elizabeth Penrose. Inevitably romance finds its way into the plot, moreover with a relative triangle.

If you want to read a crime novel with an ambiguous main character/investigator then Plum Island might be for you. And if that doesn’t convince you then maybe pirates and hidden treasure will. : )

Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples – Saga, Volume 2 (Saga: Collected Editions #2)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

From award-winning writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN (Pride of Baghdad, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist FIONA STAPLES (Mystery Society, Done to Death), SAGA is sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and horrific monsters, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters her strangest adventure yet… grandparents.

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Marko un Alanai joprojām jāuztraucas par savu un Heizelas drošību, bet tagad viņi nav vieni. Līdzās ir arī bērna vecvecāki, un saistībā ar to interesantas situācijas, kā viņi mēģina saprast dēla izvēli.

Marko māte pirmajā mirklī ar maģiju aizdabū Izabelu, spoks/Heizelas auklīte, prom uz pavisam citu planētu, un no tā izrietošie piedzīvojumi; īpašs plusiņš par milzi.

Pirmoreiz ieraugām Gvendolinu, kura nebūt nav priecīga, ka Marko viņu pametis un tā vienkārši nesamierināsies. Joprojām ik pa brīdim kāds labs komentārs no Heizalas puses no kāda nezināma brīža nākotnē. : )

Patika atmiņu ainas kā Marko un Alana iepazinās, un sekojoši izdomāja bēgt. Pieļauju, ka fiziskā eksemplārā māksla būtu vēl iespaidīgāka.

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Marko and Alana still must worry about their and the Hazel’s safety but now they are not alone. Together with them are their daughter’s grandparents, and that creates some interesting situations as they try to comprehend their son’s choices.

In the first moments Marko’s mother with magic sends away Izabel, ghost/Hazel’s babysitter, to a planet, and then the resultant adventures because of that; a special plus to the giant.

For the time we get to see Gwendolyn and it’s clear that she isn’t happy that Marko left her and won’t accept that. We still see few comments from Hazel from unknown time in the future. : )

I liked the flashback of how Marko and Alana met and eventually ran away. The art probably would be even more impressive in a physical edition.