Hiatus

This group with be on hiatus until further notice. Most members have lost interest in writing reviews. CK and I have been busy with various things.

I lost a family member whom was in the hospital for two months before passing away. I was also struggling with the semester (one of the heaviest I have ever had). I am still dealing with emotional stuff and finishing up my course work.

I have not lost the yearning to read constantly. However, since my last review in the end of January (which coincides when my family member was admitted to the hospital) I have only read two books.

We may pick back up in the future, but for now we are taking an official break.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Blurb: 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 grows 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?

5 stars

Read Via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts: I started listening to this when the new semester started, and I had a really hard time just listening to it in the car. I would have finished it much sooner if it wasn’t for school stuff.

I love how the story unfolded. I love how my mind was changed about some characters. The world that Laini created was amazing. I just enjoyed it so much.

The mystery of it all was just at the right level. It was revealed a little here and a little there, but it kept you wondering.

Read January 13, 2015 — January 27, 2015

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

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Blurb: Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood…life before she became a vampire.

All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don’t draw attention to yourself, and above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn’t know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.

3 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (own it)

My Thoughts: I had bought this a long time ago, when I found it existed because I really enjoyed Twilight. I thought now was a good as time any to read it, hoping I did not forget too much of the series.

It took my a while to get back into the world of Twilight. And honestly, I do not remember Bree at all in the series. Anyway, the characters were likable, surprisingly. Even when she was showing what it was like to be like the “bad” vampires I liked Bree. It it hard to describe her without spoiling too much, but she seemed like a honest person.

So, the ending is already known because it is stated in the beginning or if you remember her from the series. However, I hoped for a different ending. I was heart broken for her.

Read January 11, 2015 — January 18, 2015

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Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling

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Blurb: Did you know that: there are 700 ways of committing a foul in Quidditch? The game first began to evolve on Queerditch Marsh – What Bumphing is? That Puddlemere United is oldest team in the Britain and Ireland league (founded 1163). All this information and much more could be yours once you have read this book: this is all you could ever need to know about the history, the rules – and the breaking of the rules – of the noble wizarding sport of Quidditch.

 

 

 

4 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (own it)

My Thoughts: Just as I stated with the Fantastic Beasts books, this would have helpful when I was reading Harry Potter. However, this one was my least favorite of the short novels. I probably would have been more entertained when I was younger.

Read January 10, 2015 — January 11, 2015

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

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Blurb: A copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them resides on almost every wizarding household in the country. Now, for a limited period only, Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats, and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.

4 stars

Read via: Hardback book (own it)

My Thoughts: This would have been interesting to read as I read the Harry Potter series years ago. There was so much information about all the creatures. It was really interesting. If you enjoyed Harry Potter, I suggest you read these stories.

Read January 8, 2015 — January 10, 2015

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Will GraysonBlurb: Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and Iives intertwine.

It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chiacago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.

4 stars

Read Via: Hardback (own it)

My Thoughts: Cute book. I enjoyed this novel, but I wished it was a bit longer. I liked that the writing styles were different. It helped under the characters better. I was surprised that it never really bothered me. I also wish there was more romance. I felt that I could relate to some of the characters in different ways, which I did not really expect.

Read January 3, 2015 — January 8, 2015

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Ruri no Kaze ni Hana wa Nagareru volume 1 by Kairi Yuki & Arisa Maki

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Story by: Arisa Maki
Art by: Kairi Yuki
English Name: Flowers Flow in the Lapis Lazuli Wind
Status of Series: Complete (3 volumes)

Synopsis: “You’ve always belonged to me since long ago.” In order to get revenge against the enemy nation, who destroyed her own country, Hina decided to become their crown princess… However, she cannot help being attracted to Ashiru, who’s supposed to be her enemy… (Source: Aerandria).

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My Thoughts: I can’t stand that whole trend in manga and anime that someone can do also anything to someone else and they still can “fall in love.” This manga was not of the rape kind, but it still is annoying at so many levels. She seems completely helpless, even thought she acts like she is brave. The story line was predicable and not enjoyable. I will not be reading the last two volumes.

Read January 5, 2015

Book Haul #8 (the biggest so far!)

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I do not think I have ever go this many books within a week!

I received the following as gifts for Christmas from my parents:

  • Wolf Children by Mamoru Hosoda & Yuu (Art)
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Paper Towns by John Green

I bought the following from Books-A-Million:

  • The Rift Part 3
  • This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther, Lori, & Wayne Earl
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
  • Hogwarts Library by J.K. Rowling

Books I bought from Bookoutlet (and only spent $33 total!)

  • Lux Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  • Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Starters by Lissa Price
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

Bambi by Felix Salten

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Blurb: Bambi comes into the world in a forest glade, loved by his mother, protected by a thicket. He grows up frolicking in the meadow, befriending butterflies and screech owls, and learning about the dark fear of all the woodland creatures: man. Over time, Bambi seeks out the wisdom of the prince of deer, a magnificent old stag who walks alone through the paths of the forest. Bambi is torn between his desire to be with his beloved mate, Faline, and his yearning for the knowledge and solitude the prince represents. He is also conflicted about his friend Gobo, who has returned to the forest after a winter living among humans. Gobo behaves unnaturally by strolling through the woods by day when other deer are sleeping, showing no fear of his natural mortal enemy.

4 stars
Read Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: I seen the movie adaption when I was very young, so it is hard to try to not to compare the movie with the book. It was very interesting. The messages seem quite different from the movie. I enjoyed it. However, I feel like the characters were too humanized in some ways. The end was predictable. I have not decided if I will be reading the sequel, Bambi’s Children.

Read December 20, 2014 — December 23, 2014

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

4020390Blurb: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

4 stars

Read via: Hardcover (library)

My Thoughts: I haven’t heard too much about this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the detailed stories that tied in the the world of Harry Potter, which I miss. Each story seemed like it would a true bedtime story.

Read December 18, 2014 — December 19, 2014

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