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La chimera di Praga

La chimera di Praga

Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Fazi Editore
ISBN: 886411601X
Pages: 400
Year: 2012-04-25T00:00:00+02:00
Già finalista al National Book Award, con La chimera di Praga Laini Taylor ha visto confermati il plauso e l’interesse della critica oltre al successo di pubblico. Il suo romanzo, finalista all’Andre Norton Award è stato tra i migliori dieci libri del 2011 per Amazon, segnalato da New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews e School Library Journal come uno dei libri migliori del 2011. Ambientata tra Praga, città magica degli alchimisti, e la casbah fumosa di Marrakech, la storia di Karou è un modern fantasy nel quale reinterpreta la mitologia legata alle chimere. I diritti di traduzione del libro sono stati acquisiti in 25 Paesi e quelli cinematografici dalla Universal Pictures, dopo un’infuocata asta tra 5 major.
Sogni di mostri e divinità

Sogni di mostri e divinità

Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Fazi Editore
ISBN: 8876259627
Pages: 576
Year: 2016-07-14T00:00:00+02:00
La misteriosa Karou è una chimera unica nel suo genere: al contrario dei suoi simili, l’eroina della trilogia La chimera di Praga ha sembianze umane, impreziosite da meravigliosi capelli blu. È innamorata di Akiva, un angelo dalla bellezza eterea. Angeli e chimere sono però nemici naturali, in lotta da secoli. C’è solo un modo per ristabilire la pace: tentare un’alleanza fra le chimere e quegli angeli che, come Akiva, hanno deciso di ribellarsi al loro imperatore. In questo terzo e conclusivo capitolo della saga entriamo subito nel vivo dell’azione: l’esercito degli angeli discende sulla Terra, in pieno giorno, in una Roma sfolgorante di sole, con uno stuolo di telecamere intente a riprendere e un pubblico sbalordito a osservare la scena. Nel frattempo, dopo il tradimento che ha portato la sua specie allo stremo, Karou sta ricostruendo l’esercito delle chimere e, grazie a un inganno ingegnoso, è ora alla guida della ribellione contro gli angeli. Il futuro della sua specie dipende da lei, ed è giunto il momento dello scontro finale. Riusciranno Karou e Akiva a realizzare il sogno di una realtà in cui i loro popoli smettano di distruggersi e in cui, forse, potrebbe esserci spazio per il loro amore? Con queste pagine mozzafiato, caratterizzate da una tensione costante e una serie di personaggi indimenticabili, Laini Taylor conferma il suo grande talento. Un finale stupefacente per una trilogia fantasy davvero epica, una suggestiva rivisitazione moderna della mitologia classica e cristiana che ha appassionato milioni di lettori in tutto il mondo.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0316192147
Pages: 432
Year: 2011-09-27
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
Days of Blood & Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight

Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Turtleback
ISBN: 060632285X
Pages: 513
Year: 2014-02-25
The otherworldly Karou struggles to come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people.
Night of Cake & Puppets

Night of Cake & Puppets

Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0316369853
Pages: 100
Year: 2013-11-26
In this stand-alone companion to the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone series comes the story of Mik and Zuzana's fantastical first date. Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her "rabid fairy," her "voodoo eyes" are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or "Violin Boy," her courage deserts her. Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to make the first move, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It's a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter's night before leading him to the treasure: herself! Violin Boy is not going to know what hit him. New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor brings to life a night only hinted at in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy--the magical first date of fan-favorites Zuzana and Mik.
Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 031628016X
Pages: 624
Year: 2014-04-08
What power can bruise the sky? Two worlds are poised on the brink of a vicious war. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera's rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her. When the brutal angel emperor brings his army to the human world, Karou and Akiva are finally reunited--not in love, but in tentative alliance against their common enemy. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves. But with even bigger threats on the horizon, are Karou and Akiva strong enough to stand among the gods and monsters? The New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion as--from the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond--humans, chimaera, and seraphim strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.
Notte di marionette e torte

Notte di marionette e torte

Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Fazi Editore
ISBN: 889325073X
Pages:
Year: 2016-07-04T00:00:00+02:00
CONTENUTO EXTRA: IN ANTEPRIMA I PRIMI DUE CAPITOLI DI «SOGNI DI MOSTRI E DIVINITÀ», VOLUME CONCLUSIVO DELLA SERIE «LA CHIMERA DI PRAGA» In questa novella autoconclusiva di Laini Taylor, autrice della trilogia bestseller «La chimera di Praga», prende vita la storia di un divertente e fantasioso primo appuntamento. «Notte di marionette e torte» racconta di una notte solo accennata nella trilogia: il magico primo appuntamento tra Zuzana e Mik, due personaggi amatissimi dai fan. Narrata da prospettive alternate, è la storia d’amore perfetta per i fan della serie ma anche per chi non ha ancora letto la trilogia. Per quanto piccola, Zuzana è tutt’altro che timida. La sua migliore amica, Karou, la chiama “fata rabbiosa”, si dice che i suoi “occhi vodoo” gelino il sangue e persino il fratello maggiore teme la sua ira. Ma quando si tratta di parlare con Mik, o “il ragazzo violinista”, il coraggio l’abbandona. Ma ora basta, quando è troppo è troppo. Zuzana è determinata a incontrarlo, accompagnata dalla sua magia e da un ingegnoso piano. È una caccia al tesoro meravigliosamente elaborata che porterà Mik in giro per tutta Praga in una fredda notte d’inverno prima di arrivare al tesoro: Zuzana!
Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0316341649
Pages: 544
Year: 2017-03-28
An instant New York Times bestseller and Michael L. Printz honor book! Eleven best of lists including an NPR Best Book, a Goodreads Best YA Fantasy and Science Fiction Nominee, and more! From National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor comes an epic fantasy about a mythic lost city and its dark past. The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around--and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old, he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the form of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? And who is the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams? In this sweeping and breathtaking novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage. The answers await in Weep.
La città di sabbia

La città di sabbia

Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Fazi Lain
ISBN: 8876251758
Pages: 480
Year: 2013-04-18T00:00:00+02:00
«Un romanzo colto, che cita Michelangelo e Hieronymus Bosch e fa fare al lettore il giro del mondo». Il Venerdì di Repubblica «Ogni libro che si apre con un “C’era una volta” genera grandi aspettative. È una frase che inevitabilmente rimanda alle fiabe e ai classici rilegati in pelle che trattano di grandi avventure, e che preannuncia ai lettori mondi carichi di magia». The New York Times «Laini Taylor sforna un altro magistrale mix di realtà e fantasia con il fascino del cross-over. Squisitamente scritto, e dal bel ritmo, il racconto è ambientato in una spettrale e romantica Praga». Publishers Weekly «La chimera di Praga è una bestia rara: un romanzo che parte dall’ordinario e lo fa apparire sorprendente e nuovo. Taylor ha abbracciato la mitologia degli angeli riadattandola in una forma straordinaria, così che, alla fine di questo esaltante e indelebile libro, avevo voglia di credere davvero nell’esistenza di questi esseri violenti e tormentati». John Connolly «L’autrice descrive abilmente una spietata eroina, chioma blu acceso, tatuaggi, abilità marziali, il suo attaccamento crescente a un guerriero dall’eccellenza innaturale, ma non completamente sano di mente, e, negli episodi a venire, un esercito di angeli assassini da affrontare. Raramente una serie ha preso il via così squisitamente». Kirkus Reviews «Un’avventurosa ricerca della propria identità, La chimera di Praga è scritto con uno stile raffinatissimo e un tocco di umorismo, e pone profonde domande sull’identità, le aspirazioni, la fiducia, il tradimento e il senso di appartenenza». The Los Angeles Times
Blackbringer

Blackbringer

Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101138858
Pages: 448
Year: 2009-05-14
When the ancient evil of the Blackbringer rises to unmake the world, only one determined faerie stands in its way. However, Magpie Windwitch, granddaughter of the West Wind, is not like other faeries. While her kind live in seclusion deep in the forests of Dreamdark, she's devoted her life to tracking down and recapturing devils escaped from their ancient bottles, just as her hero, the legendary Bellatrix, did 25,000 years ago. With her faithful gang of crows, she travels the world fighting where others would choose to flee. But when a devil escapes from a bottle sealed by the ancient Djinn King himself- the creator of the world- she may be in over her head. How can a single faerie, even with the help of her friends, hope to defeat the impenetrable darkness of the Blackbringer? At a time when fantasy readers have an embarrassment of riches in choosing new worlds to fall in love with, this first novel by a fresh, original voice is sure to stand out.
You Drive Me Crazy

You Drive Me Crazy

Author: Anna Premoli
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
ISBN: 1784978973
Pages: 295
Year: 2017-02-01
What girl doesn't dream of an amazing promotion working on the other side of the world? This once in a lifetime opportunity is presented to 28-year-old investment banker, Maddison Johnson and instantly fills her with abject fear. It isn't the New York transfer she had set her heart on... she's going to South Korea, instead. To make things worse, her boss Mark Kim doesn't go out of his way to make it easy for her to adapt to her new environment. Plunged into a world she knows nothing about with a man she can't stand, Maddison finds herself forced to adapt and grow up quickly. Maybe in the process she will stumble over something wonderful and quite unexpected... What people are saying about YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY: 'I found myself gutted I had to put the book down and go to bed after my first stint of reading' 'Very entertaining, really interesting that the storyline revolved around working life as well as the personal'
Furthermore

Furthermore

Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101994789
Pages: 416
Year: 2016-08-30
This captivating and colorful adventure that reads like a modern day fairy tale, from the bestselling author of the Shatter Me series is the perfect gift! "Brimming with color and magic." —New York Times Book Review ★ New York Times bestseller! ★ Featured on "Late Night with Seth Meyers," NPR, TIME, and Entertainment Weekly ★ A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year ★ A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year ★ A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year ★ Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly Holiday Gift Guide selections Inspired by her childhood love of books like A Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi crafts a spellbinding new world where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places. There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other. But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. It will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss. “Tahereh Mafi is a maestro of words, and Furthermore the most magical painting that ever existed, bursting with color and heart and humanity. I wanted to stay inside this masterpiece forever.” – Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend and The Young Elites series "A place so full of enchanting beauty and topsy-turvy adventure, it even calls to mind Wonderland and Oz.... Friendship, family and self-acceptance. What makes this book truly sing is the lush world Mafi has created, brimming with color and magic." —New York Times Book Review ★ “Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi is a surprising, sensuous, delicious fantasy to devour.” –Shelf Awareness, starred review ★ "A fast-paced, funny, and richly imaginative story that embraces and celebrates individuality." —Publishers Weekly, starred review ★ "Rich, luscious, clever prose." —Kirkus, starred review
The Stolen Kiss

The Stolen Kiss

Author: Brenna Lane
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 1477221506
Pages: 168
Year: 2012-07-11
Rella Cherish, who has been brought up in a well-to-do proper English home, understands what high society expects from her. But when she goes to visit her grandmother for the summer in the city, a surprising event happens. In order to escape from pursuing lawmen, a young man swings her into his arms and steals a kiss. Before Rella can find out who this mysterious stranger is, he vanishes. She must discover who this young man, who has not only stolen a kiss but possibly her heart, is before her father unexpectedly calls her home. Will her dream of marrying for love come true or will she bow to her father’s wishes and be separated from the man she truly loves?
Hearts at Stake

Hearts at Stake

Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802721877
Pages: 256
Year: 2010-05-23
On Solange's sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that's not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective older brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black-agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father's killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family. Luckily she has her own secret weapon-her human best friend Lucy-who is willing to defend Solange's right to a normal life, whether she's being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. Two unlikely alliances are formed in a race to save Solange's eternal life-Lucy and Solange's brother Nicholas, and Solange and Kieran Black-in a dual romance that is guaranteed to jump start any romance-lover's heart. Even fans of the genre who've seen it all will find a fresh read with kick-butt characters and family dynamics that ring true for all brothers and sisters-vampire or otherwise. Look out for the other books in this series: Blood Feud, Out for Blood, and Bleeding Hearts-out next year!
Sogni e mostri di divinità

Sogni e mostri di divinità

Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher:
ISBN: 887625885X
Pages: 570
Year: 2016