Crónicas de uma Leitora: Novembro 2016

terça-feira, 29 de novembro de 2016

Book Blitz | The Fighter and the Baroness | Sunniva Dee | Xpresso Book Tours

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The Fighter and the Baroness
Sunniva Dee
Publication date: November 29th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Victor Arquette knows the meaning of sacrifice. Destined to legendary status in mixed martial arts, his life is founded on it. Dedication equals sacrifice, and sacrifice means around-the-clock training, no partying, no junk food, no alcohol—and no women.
Helena von Isenlohe is the heiress to Kyria Castle. Due to her father’s lack of financial prowess, the restoration of the ancient German estate rests on Helena’s shoulders. A failed attempt leaves a wealthy man alone at the altar—and the fleeing bride on a plane to the United States.
A chance meeting, and Victor and Helena’s chemistry is undeniable. Except, her presence clutters his focus. Victor shouldn’t crave their nights, shouldn’t be concerned where she is or with whom. And meanwhile in Germany, Kyria Castle deteriorates at a suspicious speed, indebting Helena further to the man she left behind.
Victor and Helena believe in duty. They embrace sacrifice. But when love strikes, it strikes hard, and sometimes you have to choose where your heart is truly at home.
EXCERPT:
HELENA
My cheeks warm with embarrassment at the people waiting behind me. A female employee helps me unclasp the diamond bracelet and matching necklace. The crown though is impossible to get out of my princess ’do.
“Can I wear it through the security portal?” I ask, broken shoes in one hand.
“No, I’m sorry. It will buzz,” the security person explains. “The portal is created to alert us to most metals besides gold and silver.”
I can’t tell him I wear gold. Real, irreplaceable, century-old heirlooms. He wouldn’t believe me anyway. “If it’s okay with you, I’d like to try.”
He lifts his arms in subtle agreement, a have-it-your-way, and I enter the booth, walk out without incident. Employees from two checkpoints stare at me while I pick my stuff off the band. I shake my head, slowly at first, but then I have nothing to say, no witty comeback, and my flight instinct kicks in. I get up on my toes so I don’t stumble in the too-long skirt and stride as slowly as I can into the transit hall.
I need to not stress the hell out. Just, I wish someone was with me to talk me down. I could call Elfriede. I don’t have my phone. I need a new phone. God, how pathetic am I?
Once I’m sure security isn’t following, I haul butt down the corridor. Tiles are cold under bare feet, it turns out. I’d step into my shoes again, but one of them is broken. Would people stare less if I limped and my heels creak-clacked against the floor?
A high-end fashion store beams in the distance. “We’ll help you blend in. Hurry, hurry,” it calls. I run. Benches are in the way. I’m getting clumsy. I’m panicking. Suddenly, a potted palm tree appears out of nowhere, half-blocking my view of the Promised Land, and my torso doubles around it as I slam to the ground.
I let out an ungraceful oomph. And realize I’m not on the ground after all. No, there’s an arm around me, and miraculously I’m on my feet, wobbly but sort of erect.
“You all right?” an American accent asks.
“I was going to Cloe’s over there,” I explain in German, pointing feebly and not feeling as regal as I’ve been taught. Dark eyebrows contract from within a tanned face above me.
“Sorry?” His arm is still strong around me, really freaking strong, and somehow I’ve got a death grip around it while trying to pry him off.
I translate the same stupid sentence to English. “I was going to Cloe’s. It’s over there.”
His brows are perfectly thick or thin and their arcs are so perfectly perfect they look like they’ve been combed, but then the furrow between them smoothens and I discover his eyes.
Oh.
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Author Bio:
Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.
Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece--Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.
Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it's contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon's Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).
This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

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Book Blitz | Royally Wed | Palmela DuMond | Xpresso Book Tours

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Royally Wed
Pamela DuMond
(Ladies-in-Waiting, #2)
Publication date: October 13th 2016
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance
Ring the wedding bells, pour the champagne, and get thee to the cathedral for Royally Wed, the LOL sequel to Part-time Princess (Ladies-in-Waiting, #1)!
Lucy Trabbicio, former cocktail waitress and down-to-earth American commoner, is about to marry the man of her dreams, Prince Nicholas of Fredonia in the posh royal wedding of the year.
But something goes very wrong on the way to the altar. Now it’s up to Lucy, her party-hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting, and Nick’s opinionated Royal Nana to solve the debacle, and get her back into sexy Prince Nick’s arms in time to be Royally Wed, as well as royally bed.
A modern day, sexy tale with romance, twists and turns, laughter, and a whole lot of hanky-panky!
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EXCERPT:
“Hang on.” Cheryl slipped a silver flask from the bustle of her bridesmaid dress. “This is cause for celebration. We don’t get to cheer on one of our own all that often. We’re always stuck buying fancy presents for the girls getting married who we don’t care that much about because we know they don’t care that much about us, either.”
“Here, here!” Joan said as Cheryl took a shot from the flask.
“And then,” Cheryl said and wiped her mouth on her sleeve, “those bitches complain behind our backs, but we always find out about it through the royal grapevine, that we should have bought them a pricier item on their registry. So here’s to our Lucy, who we care about, who would never say bitchy things behind our backs.”
“I’ll say them straight to your face.”
“That’s one of the reasons I like you. Here’s to Lucy’s wedding day.” She slugged back a shot and handed it to Joan. “May it be everything you ever dreamed and more.”
“Cheers!” Joan knocked back a shot and handed it to Alida.
“Salute!” She took a sip, grimaced, and passed it to Mr. Philips who took a quick sip.
“Nicely done, ladies. Prince Harry’s Private Reserve?”
Cheryl nodded. “I don’t skimp for weddings.”
“You don’t skimp for anything.” Esmeralda took the flask from Philips and downed a shot, then dabbed a little behind her ears and on her cleavage. “One of the reasons I like you.”
“You’re wasting good liquor,” Mr. Philips said.
“I prefer to think it’s an investment. The scent of Prince Harry’s Private Reserve is practically an aphrodisiac for any titled man at a wedding reception,” she said and passed the flask to me. “I’m tragically single, you know.”
“Not so tragic,” Cheryl said. “You told me you never wanted to get married.”
Esmeralda put her finger to her lips. “Shh!”
“No thanks on the shot.” I shook my head. “The Champagne finally wore off. I’m only getting married—for real—once. I’m not walking down the aisle tipsy, let alone with scotch on my breath.”
“But you have to,” Cheryl said. “It’s tradition.”
“Not where I’m from.” I grabbed a bottle of Fredonia Mineral Water, raised it high in the air, and toasted my Ladies-in-Waiting and the boys. “Cheers!” I took a healthy slug.
“Dios mio!” Alida exclaimed.
“Merde!” Joan said.
“Crap!” Esmeralda leapt toward me and knocked the bottle out of my hands. It flew across the room, splattered Mr. Philips tuxedo trousers and landed open-mouthed on his shoe as it poured out.
He stared down at it and sighed.
“Why’d you do that?” I asked.
Alida crossed herself. “Don’t you know, Lucy?”
Cheryl’s face turned ashen. “It’s terrible luck to toast with water.”
“That’s just an old wives tale,” I said and waved my hand at them. “Go forth and march down that aisle now because I am finally getting married. My worries are over. Does anyone have any chocolate? I’m a little lightheaded. Probably my low blood sugar. I’m good. I’m ready. Besides, what could possibly go wrong?”


Author Bio:
Pam pitched Erin Brockovich's story to 'Hollywood'. ERIN BROCKOVICH the movie earned 4 Academy Award nominations, and Erin became a household name for environmental activism.
Pam writes Romance, YA, Mysteries, and even Self-Help. All her stories have humor and heart.
She's addicted to TV shows -- The Voice, The Blacklist, and GOT. She likes dogs and cats equally, prefers her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, and her foods non-GMO. She lives for a good giggle in Venice, California with her fur-babies.
Sign up for her NEWSLETTER for info on upcoming books, deals, and special events on her website at www.pameladumond.com and check her out on Facebook at PamelaDuMondAuthor.

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Cinema | Estreias da Semana

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M12
Título Original: Allied
Realizador: Robert Zemeckis
Com: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris
Género: Ação, Drama
País: EUA
Ano: 2015
Duração: 121 min.

Sinopse:
Ano de 1942. Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) é um espião ao serviço dos Aliados que se encontra em Casablanca (Marrocos) para eliminar uma alta patente do Exército de Hitler. Ao seu lado está Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard), da Resistência Francesa. Depois de cumprida a missão, os dois aproximam-se e tornam-se amantes. Quando chega a hora da partida, decidem ir juntos para Londres, onde se casam, têm uma filha e vivem felizes. Mas tudo muda quando ele é avisado de que os oficiais ingleses suspeitam que Marianne possa ser uma agente dupla com ligações aos nazis. As ordens que tem são simples: se ela estiver de facto do lado inimigo, ele terá de a executar com as suas próprias mãos ou será enforcado por traição. Vatan tem agora 72 horas para descobrir se o que eles dizem é verdade ou se tudo não passa de um teste à sua lealdade…


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Escola: Os Piores Anos da Minha Vida

M12
Título Original: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Realizador: Steve Carr
Com: Lauren Graham, Griffin Gluck, Rob Riggle
Género: Comédia
País: EUA
Ano: 2016
Duração: 92 min.

Sinopse:
Rafe Katchadorian é um adolescente que, para além de ter uma imaginação muito fértil, sempre teve dificuldades em cumprir regras. Quando vai parar a uma escola secundária cujo director é um maníaco do controlo, pensa que é o local indicado para dar azo à sua imaginação e quebrar as quase cem restrições daquela instituição. A ajudá-lo nesta arriscada missão terá Leo, um rapaz tímido e introvertido que se tornou o seu amigo mais próximo. Como seria de esperar, essa ideia, apesar de divertida, vai trazer-lhes problemas muito sérios…


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Estive em Lisboa e Lembrei de Você

M12
Título Original: Estive em Lisboa e Lembrei de Você
Realizador: José Barahona
Com: Paulo Azevedo, Renata Ferraz, Amanda Fontoura
Género: Drama
País: BRA/POR
Ano: 2015
Duração: 94 min.

Sinopse:
Sérgio de Souza Sampaio (Paulo Azevedo) nasceu em Minas Gerais (Brasil) e toda a vida trabalhou na Companhia Industrial de Cataguases. Quando, por força das circunstâncias, se vê sem emprego, sem a mulher e sem o filho, resolve dar uma volta à sua vida e emigrar para Portugal. É assim que chega a Lisboa, em busca de oportunidades de trabalho e cheio de esperança numa vida melhor. Mas o que ele vai encontrar é algo muito diferente do idealizado: os empregos escasseiam e as poucas vagas que sobram são mal remuneradas. Longe da família e do país que o viu nascer, vai ter de enfrentar a solidão, o desprezo e a estranheza de um povo muito diferente do seu.



M12
Título Original: I, Daniel Blake
Realizador: Ken Loach
Com: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy
Género: Drama
País: GB/FRA/BEL
Ano: 2015
Duração: 100 min.

Sinopse:
Diagnosticado com um grave problema de coração, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns), um viúvo de 59 anos, tem indicação médica para deixar de trabalhar. Mas quando tenta receber os benefícios do Estado que lhe concedam uma forma de subsistência, vê-se enredado numa burocracia injusta e constrangedora. Apesar do esforço em encontrar um modo de provar a sua incapacidade, parece que ninguém está interessado em admiti-la. Durante uma espera numa repartição da Segurança Social conhece Katie (Hayley Squires), uma mãe solteira de duas crianças a precisar de ajuda urgente, que se mudou recentemente para Newcastle (Inglaterra). Daniel e Katie, dois estranhos cujas voltas da vida os deixaram sem forma de sustento, vêem-se assim obrigados a aceitar ajuda do banco alimentar. E é no meio do desespero que se tornam a única esperança um do outro…



M12
Título Original: Remember
Realizador: Atom Egoyan
Com: Christopher Plummer, Kim Roberts, Amanda Smith
Género: Drama/Thriller
País: GB/HUN/FRA
Ano: 2015
Duração: 115 min.

Sinopse:
Max Rosenbaum (Martin Landau) é um sobrevivente a um campo de concentração que não consegue esquecer o passado. Com 80 anos e a viver num lar de idosos há já vários anos, ainda não desistiu de se vingar de Otto Walisch, o homem responsável pela sua detenção e pela morte de toda a sua família. Mas, como está preso a uma cadeira de rodas, vê-se incapaz de resolver a questão sozinho. Por isso, pede a Zev Guttman (Christopher Plummer), o colega de quarto, para tratar do assunto. O grande problema é que Zev, apesar de estar bastante bem em termos físicos, sofre de Alzheimer e as suas falhas de memória têm-lhe causado grandes complicações nos últimos tempos. Percebendo que o tempo urge e que não podem esperar muito mais, Max faz algo um pouco inconsequente: anota todas as instruções num caderno para que Zeg as possa seguir meticulosamente.


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Um Pai Natal para Esquecer

M12
Título Original: Bad Santa 2
Realizador: Mark Waters
Com: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox
Género: Drama/Terror
País: EUA
Ano: 2016
Duração: 93 min.

Sinopse:
Billy Bob Thornton é Willie, um Pai Natal irritadiço, vigarista, alcoólico e ordinário que, com a ajuda de um anão enraivecido (Tony Cox), anda a roubar tudo o que são lojas, centros comerciais, eventos de caridade e outros locais onde possa reinar o espírito natalício. O plano, usado durante anos, é simples: mascaram-se de Pai Natal e Duende, descobrem o sistema de alarme e, no dia 24, fazem os assaltos. Mas, este ano, as coisas vão complicar-se, pois durante o evento de caridade que eles planeiam assaltar, a aterrorizante mãe de Willie junta-se ao "gang" com constantes imposições e exigências. Ao mesmo tempo que tem de manter o plano de pé e lidar com os caprichos da matriarca, Willie começa a sentir-se atraído pela voluptuosa Diane, a directora do evento.


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Underworld: Guerras de Sangue

M12
Título Original: Underworld: Blood Wars
Realizador: Anna Foerster
Com: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Charles Dance, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Tobias Menzies
Género: Acção/Terror
País: EUA
Ano: 2016
Duração: 92 min.

Sinopse:
A vampira Selene continua a sua luta contra o clã Lycan e a facção de vampiros que a traiu. Agora, há quem deseje capturá-la para que o seu sangue e o da sua filha possam ser usados para aumentar os poderes dos vampiros. Selene tenta desvendar os segredos que estão na origem da guerra entre os vampiros e os lobisomens. Para alguém que já nada tem a perder, o conflito transformou-se numa forma de vingança pela morte de todos os que amou. E, desta vez, ela está determinada a levar a batalha ao limite…


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Versus: A Vida e os Filmes de Ken Loach

M12
Título Original: Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach
Realizador: Louise Osmond
Género: Documentário
País: GB
Ano: 2016
Duração: 93 min.

Sinopse:
Com assinatura de Louise Osmond ("Deep Water", "Dark Horse"), este é um documentário sobre Ken Loach, um dos mais controversos (e premiados) cineastas da actualidade. Com testemunhos de colaboradores, actores e especialistas em cinema, a realizadora vai revelando acontecimentos sobre a sua vida pessoal, ao mesmo tempo que percorre as quase cinco décadas ao serviço do cinema de cariz social, que defende o indivíduo das injustiças do sistema. Realizada em 2015, em simultâneo com a rodagem de "Eu, Daniel Blake", esta obra tenciona ser uma homenagem a Loach, realizador de muitas obras notáveis, entre elas "Terra e Liberdade" (1995), "A Canção de Carla" (1996), "O Meu Nome É Joe" (1998), "Bread and Roses" (2000), "Sweet Sixteen" (2002), "Ae Fond Kiss..." (2004), "Brisa de Mudança" (2006) – vencedor da Palma de Ouro em Cannes –, "Neste Mundo Livre..." (2007), "O Meu Amigo Eric" (2009), "Route Irish - A Outra Verdade" (2010), "A Parte dos Anjos" (2012) ou "O Salão de Jimmy" (2014).

Nota: Pode haver alterações ou adiamento nas estreias da semana.

Fonte: Jornal Publico, Sapo Cinema e NOS Cinema

segunda-feira, 28 de novembro de 2016

Book Blitz | Air | L. B. Gilbert | Xpresso Book Tours

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Air 
L.B. Gilbert
(The Elementals #2)
Publication date: November 28th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal

Despite being the junior Elemental, Logan’s never had to worry about failing a mission before. Not until an overgrown and annoyingly attractive shifter comes along.
Being an Elemental is in Logan’s blood. Hers is the gift of Air, a vast power she’s still struggling to control. Then a Were named Connell hunts her down. His wolf is missing, and he blames her.
A den of werewolves is the last place Logan wants to be. The testosterone alone is enough to make her choke. But she has a mystery to solve. She will find out who is stealing wolves even if kills her.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the enemy has planned…

Book 1: Fire
Book 2: Air, Available November 28th
Book 3: Water, Coming Soon
EXCERPT:
Connell tried to drag the Elemental toward him, but she didn’t budge. Instead, she glanced at his hands. For a second, he could have sworn amusement flashed across her face. Then she was gone—wind whipping him in the face so hard it stung.
Fuck!
He turned around in a circle, scanning the air and the land around him. God, he couldn’t lose her now. He needed to get his wolf back. Not having the extra other in his head was tearing him apart. The empty space inside him was like a crawling emptiness. Sometimes, it was in his head. Other times, it was in his heart.
I can’t believe I lost her. He’d had her in his hands, and then poof. At this
point, she could be anywhere. A strangled sigh escaped from deep in his chest. It sounded pathetic and broken, even to him. He checked the house to make sure she wasn’t there, and then he walked back out to his rented jeep. Damn it, he was going to have to start tracking her all over again.
“Hey, what’s your name?”
Stunned, Connell tripped. Pivoting on his heel, he turned to see the sprite standing on a huge boulder in the distance. He was so damn surprised to see her that he lost his tongue. He just stared at her like an idiot.
Apparently, she agreed. “I can’t keep calling you tall, dark, and stupid, now can I? Whatisyourname?” she repeated, over- enunciating each word.
He was too relieved to get upset over the fact she was talking to him as if he were slow. “Connell Maitland.”
The imp turned away and started addressing the air around her, “He says he’s one of the Maitlands. American accent, so one of the Colorado ones. Yeah. It’s severe. I haven’t seen anything like it. It’s like his wolf was torn out of him somehow. He thinks we did it. Hold on a sec—” Her words broke off as Connell started to run toward her.
A gust of strong air slammed him down to the ground before he cleared the rise.
“Stay there,” the sprite ordered in a glacial tone.
Frigid as the wind, he thought as he regained his footing. Hell, everything about her should be ice-cold. Instead, he felt like he was burning up around her. It was disconcerting. So was the hard edge in her voice. That kind of steel shouldn’t be coming out of such a tiny, doll-like girl.
“Yeah, yeah. It’s fine. He’s on a leash,” the imp said a touch smugly.
Connell growled low in his throat. At least that hadn’t changed. Prey the world over would still react instinctively in fear at that sound.
But the imp didn’t even blink. And she had heard him. She just hadn’t cared. She kept on talking like some gossipy housewife on the phone. Except she was addressing no one.
“Who the bloody hell are you talking to? Invisible fairies? Can anyone even hear you?” he asked incredulously.

Author Bio:
USA Today bestselling author L.B. Gilbert spent years getting degrees from the most prestigious universities in America, including a PhD that she is not using at all. She moved to France for work and found love. She's married now and living in Toulouse with one adorable half-french baby.
She has always enjoyed reading books as far from her reality as possible but eventually the voices in her head told her to write her own. And so far the voices are enjoying them. You can check out the geeky things she likes on twitter @elementalauthor, facebook www.facebook.com/elementalsauthor, or www.elementalauthor.com
*If you like a little more steam with your Fire, check out the author's Lucy Leroux titles*

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sexta-feira, 25 de novembro de 2016

Novidades da semana de 28 de Novembro a 4 de Dezembro

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quarta-feira, 23 de novembro de 2016

Book Blitz | Catalyst | Kristin Smith | Xpresso Book Tours

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Catalyst
Kristin Smith
(The Deception Game, #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: November 21st 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

Too pretty.
Too smart.
Too perfect.

In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teenagers, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she’s ever known and loved changes in an instant.
With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she’s falling for as bait.
In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who’s too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.
Catalyst is a thrilling adventure of danger, romance, intrigue, and deception.
EXCERPT:
“You need to learn a little hand-to-hand combat.” Trey puts his fists up by his face. “Always protect your soft spots—your face being numero uno.” He glances at my bandaged arm. “You right-handed?”
It’s after breakfast and we’re in the training facility, a large, gym-type room with thick mats, punching bags, weights, and a long wall of mirrors. The smell of sweat and stinky feet assault my nose as I stand across from him on the pile of black mats used to create a “ring”. We have the gym to ourselves. Most likely because everyone else is too smart to work out right after a meal.
I nod and flex my right hand, the one that’s not bandaged.
“You should be fine, then. I’ll take it easy on you.” He grins. “Go ahead—hit me.”
I take a step back and shake my head. “I’m not gonna hit you.”
He moves forward to decrease the distance between us. “I said, hit me.”
I raise my arms as if I’m about to fight him, but all I can think is how much he’s done to help me. How can I punch the man who saved me from the government facility, removed my tracker, and is willing to help rescue my mother?
When he realizes I won’t fight, he lowers his hands. “Remember, Sienna, these men don’t care that you’re a girl. They don’t care how old you are. If given the opportunity, they will hurt you.” His eyes harden. “Now hit me.”
I punch him as hard as I can, and he’s not expecting it. The force of the blow to his face knocks him backward, and my hand throbs from the impact. He looks stunned, especially when a trickle of blood makes its way out of his nose. But then he grins.
Wiping his nose on his shirt, he motions with his hands for me to come closer. “Nicely done. Now, hit me again.”
Surely, he must be crazy. I’m about to walk away, but his words echo in my mind. If given the opportunity, they will hurt you. I can’t give them that opportunity.
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Author Bio:
Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels. When she’s not writing, you can find her dreaming about the beach, beating her boys at Just Dance, or belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to chocolate, you can visit her at kristinsmithbooks.com.

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terça-feira, 22 de novembro de 2016

"Porquê ele?" com James Franco e Bryan Cranston | Trailer

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SOBRE O FILME:

Durante as férias, Ned (Bryan Cranston), um pai dedicado mas superprotetor e a sua família visitam a filha em Stanford, onde ele conhece o seu maior pesadelo: o namorado bilionário bem-intencionado mas socialmente estranho de Silicon Valley, Laird (James Franco). Desenvolve-se uma rivalidade e o nível de pânico de Ned dispara quando ele se encontra num glamoroso ambiente high-tech, e descobre que Laird estás prestes a fazer o pedido de casamento.

22 DEZEMBRO NOS CINEMAS

Book Blitz | Shadow Fall | Audrey Grey | Xpresso Book Tours

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Shadow Fall
Audrey Grey
(Shadow Fall, #1)
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.
The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.
When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive.
The question is who?
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My legs wobble as I step into the now lukewarm water. I sink to the bottom. Tiny bubbles escape my nose as I watch all the ugly remnants from the last seven years leave my body.
Lungs burning, I rise and come face-to-face with Pit Boy.
I glare at him. “You really have to work on the knocking thing.”
Despite the fact that I’m indecent, his attention never falls from my face. I almost wish it would, just to give me a break from the intensity of his focus.
“I only get a few more hours to be the ‘one-eyed freak’ from the pit. Might as well take advantage.” He doesn’t dare crack a smile, so it’s hard to tell if he’s joking or serious.
“Don’t worry. In my heart, that’s exactly who you’ll always be.”
His words remind me that soon we’ll be reconstructed using forbidden nanotech. But it won’t just be our flesh they’ll reengineer. It will be our brains, too.
I don’t foresee my rewiring being too complicated, but Riser needs to upload almost twenty years of false memories. That will be tricky and time-consuming.
And time is the one thing we don’t have.
Riser flicks his gaze to the mirror. He lifts a hand, touches the patch of mottled flesh where his eye should be.
“How did it happen?” I ask.
“Careful, my lady.” His gaze settles on my face. “You’re beginning to sound like you care.”
I roll my eyes. “And I thought I was lacking in conversational skills.”
He focuses his attention on the graffiti sprayed across the mirror.
“It’s written language,” I blurt, even though all I want to do is end the conversation so Pit Boy can leave. His presence unnerves me more than the other Pit Leeches ever could. “It’s how we communicate.”
“I know what it is.” He examines his jagged thumbnail. “I just . . . can’t read it.”
“It’s just stuff about the Chosen. You know, insults.” The populace is finicky. As much as they love watching the Chosen with their petty intrigues and court life, they would be just as happy to see their heads on a pike.
“Chosen?”
Time to explain what you are, Everly, Nicolai’s voice grates inside my head. Riser’s eyes flutter just enough that I know he’s heard Nicolai’s voice too.
You do it, I think, watching Riser’s reaction. But his face remains emotionless; either he’s a good actor or only Nicolai can hear my response.
“The Royalist astronomers discovered the asteroid twenty-one years ago,” I begin. “It’s actually a slow moving planet called an earth-crosser, meaning its orbit and ours intersect every twenty-thousand years. Usually it’s too far away to affect us, but this time it will pass close enough to wreak havoc and make the earth uninhabitable for years.” I stir the water with my big toe. “Before I was born, the Emperor decided that creating a population of genetically superior humans would be a great idea, you know, just in case the Caskets don’t work or the asteroid does more damage than predicted.”
Riser’s hyper-focused gaze bores through me. “You’re one of them?”
“Yes.” I run my hand through the filthy water. “But my father’s a Bronze, so even though my mother comes from a Gold House, the Emperor only allowed them one Chosen instead of the customary twins. So it’s just me . . . not Max.”
“What makes being Chosen so special?”
“I don’t know . . .” I bite my lip, trying to remember everything my parents told me. “My genes are perfect, I guess.”
For some reason, talking about my body makes me remember that I am naked in a room with a boy. As if reading my mind, Riser slowly lets his gaze fall, his expression both curious and unapologetic as he takes me all in, his thoughts cryptic.
“What are you staring at?” I blurt, smashing my breasts beneath my hands. Not like there’s much there to cover. “Haven’t you seen a naked girl before?”
A smile twitches his lips. “Not one that’s genetically flawless.
“It doesn’t work that way! You can’t just look at us and tell. We look like everyone else—”
“No.” Riser shakes his head, a dark swath of hair covering his damaged eye. “You don’t. Whatever you are.”
“You must be happy . . . about our reconstruction, I mean,” I mumble, trying desperately to change the subject. “They’ll fix your eye . . . and . . . and all those horrible scars.”
I freeze as he slides off the counter, unable to look away as he hooks one finger beneath his shirt and lifts.
Scars ravage his anemic body in varying shades of red and silver and white. Some deep and pitted like the craters of a far-away planet, others smooth and neat. One particular nasty scar carves down his shoulder, tunneling across his chest and stomach. A fresh red wound nestles just below his throat.
He carefully touches the long ugly one. “I’m not ashamed for surviving.”


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Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.

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A Infância de um Lider

M12
Título Original: The Childhood of a Leader
Realizador: Brady Corbet
Com: Robert Pattinson, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo
Género: Drama/Terror
País: GB/HUN/FRA
Ano: 2015
Duração: 115 min.

Sinopse:
França, 1918. Uma criança, filha de um alto representante do Governo norte-americano, vive com os pais nos arredores de Paris, durante o período da criação do Tratado de Versalhes, o acordo de paz assinado pelas potências europeias que encerrou oficialmente a Primeira Guerra Mundial. O principal ponto do tratado determina que a Alemanha aceitasse as responsabilidades por causar a guerra e que fizesse reparações a um certo número de nações. Os encargos suportados pela Alemanha são frequentemente considerados a grande causa do fim da República de Weimar – o governo republicano criado na Alemanha logo após a Primeira Guerra Mundial, que durou até ao início do regime nazi, em 1933. Aquilo a que este rapaz assiste, ao longo do processo, vai moldar a sua personalidade. Aos poucos, sem que ninguém se aperceba, as crises de génio, tão comuns à sua faixa etária, vão transformar-se em algo mais enraizado: surge uma personalidade que, apesar de doentia, revela um enorme poder de liderança, tão característica de um ditador…


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A Primavera de Christine

M12
Título Original: Maikäfer flieg
Realizador: Mirjam Unger
Com: Hilde Dalik, Zita Gaier, Konstantin Khabenskiy
Género: Drama
País: Áustria
Ano: 2016
Duração: 100 min.

Sinopse:
Áustria, 1945. O mundo vive o rescaldo da Segunda Grande Guerra. Depois de ter perdido a casa nos bombardeamentos, Christine (Zita Gaier), de nove anos, sobrevive com a família numa mansão abandonada nos arredores de Viena. Quando, após a vitória dos Aliados, os soldados alemães se vêem obrigados a fugir, as populações aguardam o exército soviético. Mas a sua fama de desordeiros faz com que todos temam a sua chegada. Apenas Christine, determinada a não deixar que as coisas regressem à "normalidade" da guerra, os vê como mensageiros de melhores dias…



M12
Título Original: Nocturnal Animals
Realizador: Tom Ford
Com: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Género: Drama, Thrille
País: EUA
Ano: 2016
Duração: 117 min.

Sinopse:
Susan Morrow, uma negociadora de arte de Los Angeles (EUA), sente-se cada vez mais distante de Armie, o marido. Um dia, recebe pelo correio a cópia de um romance escrito por Edward, o seu primeiro marido, de quem não tinha notícias há já vários anos. A obra, que lhe é dedicada, conta a história de um casal com uma filha pequena. Ao mesmo tempo que se sente impelida à leitura, Susan sente-se profundamente incomodada com a violência contida no livro, acabando por se ver forçada a reavaliar as escolhas que a trouxeram até ali e as consequências de todas as decisões. E, na sua interpretação da história, vê tudo aquilo como uma forma de vingança de Edward, que nunca superou o facto de a relação ter fracassado.


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Blood Father - O Protetor

M12
Título Original: Blood Father
Realizador: Jean-François Richet
Com: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna
Género: Drama, Thrille
País: FRA
Ano: 2016
Duração: 88 min.

Sinopse:
John Link é um ex-presidiário que põe em risco a liberdade condicional quando Lydia, a filha adolescente, é falsamente acusada de roubo por um poderoso cartel de droga. Consciente de que nunca cumpriu verdadeiramente com as suas obrigações de pai, Link encontra aqui a oportunidade por que sempre esperou para se aproximar da filha. Empenhado em marcar presença no momento mais decisivo da sua vida, ele fará o que estiver ao seu alcance para a proteger. Mas depressa descobre que tudo não passa de uma armadilha para o colocar novamente atrás das grades…



M6
Título Original: Moana
Realizador: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams
Com: Dwayne Johnson (Voz), Jemaine Clement (Voz), Auli'i Cravalho (Voz)
Género: Animação, Aventura
País: EUA
Ano: 2016

Sinopse:
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Eis o Admirável Mundo em Rede

M12
Título Original: Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Realizador: Werner Herzog
Género: Documentário
País: EUA
Ano: 2016
Duração: 98 min.

Sinopse:
Com entrevistas e testemunhos de diversas personalidades ligadas à tecnologia, o realizador Werner Herzog ("Grizzly Man", "Rescue Dawn - Espírito Indomável", "Polícia sem Lei", "Rainha do Deserto") faz uma viagem pela internet, robótica e inteligência artificial, desde as suas origens até aos dias de hoje. Apresenta uma reflexão sobre a forma como a evolução tecnológica alterou as vidas reais de milhões de pessoas, dos negócios à educação, das viagens espaciais aos sistemas de saúde, até à própria forma de abordagem nas relações interpessoais. Herzog questiona ainda alguns comportamentos nocivos ligados à tecnologia: o poder do anonimato, a compulsão dos videojogos, o crescente vício nas redes sociais ou, em casos mais extremos, os perigos do ciberterrorismo.



M12
Título Original: Miss Violence
Realizador: Alexandros Avranas
Com: Themis Panou, Reni Pittaki, Eleni Roussinou
Género: Drama
País: GRE
Ano: 2013
Duração: 98 min.

Sinopse:
A vida em casa de Aggeliki é perfeita e organizada. Ali, tudo está planeado ao milímetro e nada parece falhar. Até que, no exacto dia do seu 11.º aniversário, a menina cai da varanda de casa. Quando é encontrada, já morta, tem um sorriso no rosto. A polícia e os serviços sociais são chamados a avaliar o que terá acontecido. A família, que não admite a hipótese de suicídio, afirma que se tratou de um acidente e tenta avançar o melhor possível. Tudo parece acontecer como habitualmente até, numa conversa com a polícia, o mais pequeno da família revelar pistas sobre um facto horrível que, durante anos todos têm mantido em segredo…



M12
Título Original: Bacalaureat
Realizador: Cristian Mungiu
Com: Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Rares Andrici
Género: Drama
País: BEL/ROM/FRA
Ano: 2016
Duração: 128 min.

Sinopse:
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Nota: Pode haver alterações ou adiamento nas estreias da semana.

Fonte: Jornal Publico, Sapo Cinema e NOS Cinema

segunda-feira, 21 de novembro de 2016

Comic Con Portugal | Divulgação | Convidados BD & Literatura

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Além de um grande destaque das artes cinematográficas e televisivas, Comic Con dá ainda bastante destaque aos escritores, quer de banda desenhada que de literatura. Os convidados nesta secção são até mais extensos que os em Cinema & TV. Isto porque sendo um evento de cultura Pop acaba por ter bastante expansão a nível de Banda Desenhadas e heróis da ficção que, muitas vezes, começam no papel antes de serem adaptados no grande ou pequeno ecrã. Sem mais longas demoras apresento-vos os convidados BD & Literatura de Comic Con 2016.

Banda Desenhada

Alexander Maleev - Daredevil e Hellboy

Achdé - Lucky Luke
Retomou a série depois do desaparecimento do seu criador, Morris.

André Lima Araújo - Avengers A.I. e Spider-Verse
Um dos autores de BD mais reputados de Portugal, com grande colaboração com a Marvel Comics.

Esad Ribic - Silver Surfer e Wolverine

Chris Claremont - X-Men e Wolverine


Miguel Mendonça - Wonder Woman e Teen Titans
Português que em colaboração com DC Comics ilusta vários números de Wonder Woman e Teen Titans.

Jorge Coelho - Sleepy Hollow e Loki Agent of Asgard
Cartoonista e ilustrador de várias empresas americanas de renome como BOOM! Studios, Marvel Comics e Image Comics

Brian Michael Bendis - Daredevil, Age of Ultron e Civil War II
Conhecido pelo seu trabalho na série Jessica Jones, Ultimate Spider-Man e Civil War 2.

Rafa Sandoval - Catwoman e X-O Manowar
Artista espanhol que colabora com Marvel Comics e DC Comics

Filipe Melo e Juan Cavia - Vampiros, Dog Mendonça e Pizza Boy
 

Gabriel Hernández Walta - Magneto, Vision e Astonishing X-Men

Julian Lopez - Superman, Wonder Woman e Batman & The Outsiders

Francis Manapul - The Flash e Batman


Literatura

Nuno Caravela - O Bando das Cavernas
Autor português de vários trabalhos infantis.

El Torres - The Veil, Nancy in Hell e The Suicide Forest
Guionista, editor e empreendedor especializado em histórias de terror e aventura.

Daniel Estorach - Crónicas de Un Héroe Urbano
Argumentista espanhol.

Madalena Santos - As Terras de Corza
Autora de quatro livros histórico-fantásticos da Saga "As Terras de Corza"

Filipe Faria - Crónicas de Allaryia

Rui Madureira - Abaddon e Depuração

Paper Girls - Pedro Cleto e Ana Lopes (Devir)

Nuno Galopim - Os Marcianos somos nós

E estes são, até ao momentos, os celebres convidados de BD & Literatura. Algum que anseiam ver neste magnífico evento?