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

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

Ruri

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).

2 stars smaller

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

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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Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership DownBlurb: Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.

4 stars

Read Via: Audiobook 60% (library) & paperback (library)

My Thoughts: A friend of mine had me watch the movie adaption when I was in junior high. It changed my view of the world forever. Therefore, I wanted to read the book. This book is so detailed and covers so much. It is an amazing book, and I really enjoyed reading it. It opens your eyes of the lives of other animals. The development and adventure was just great. I liked the ending as well.

Read November 25, 2014 — December 16, 2014

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

One Plus OneBlurb: Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.

4 stars

Read via: Hardback (own it)

 My Thoughts: At first, I had a hard time getting into this novel, but that quickly resolved itself. I loved all the characters, and the adventure they had. The romance was sweet. It was an overall awesome book.

Read October 29, 2014 — December 11, 2014

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Blurb: When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships,gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.

3 stars

Listened via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts: This was one of the classics that I knew little to nothing about. I ended up enjoying it much more than I thought I would. The whole language from that time was hard to understand at times, but I found it entertaining.

I think that the idea of love and romance is interesting in the book. It was hard to comprehend at times. However, I liked the romance between the characters (no spoilers. Lol).

Listened to October 22, 2014 — November 24, 2014

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Rot & Ruin

Blurb: In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

3 stars

Read Via: Paperback (own it)

My Thoughts: This the first book in the Benny Imura quartet. I really got into the world within the this series. I liked the characters and the action. The world was set up nicely and it was easy to understand the rules. The character development was great also. However, I will not be reading the rest of the series. I am just wanting different things from this book.

Read September 25, 2015 — October 24, 2014

Brooke by Veronica Rossi

17616704Blurb: The only fight she can’t win is the one for Perry’s heart. Following the stunning climax in Through the Ever Night, the Tides have been forced to seek shelter from the Aether storms in a dismal, secluded cave. But Brooke’s memories of the cave go back much further, to when she and Perry used to come here together. That was before Perry fell in love with Aria and before Vale’s dealings with the Dwellers altered the course of the Tides forever.

3 stars

Read Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts: I did not like this novella as much as the other one. It was interesting to find out more about Brooke though. I don’t dislike her. That doesn’t mean that I like her. I feel like I am understand her better though.

Read October 10, 2014 — October 12, 2014

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Roar and Liv by Veronica Rossi

15754052Blurb: After a childhood spent wandering the borderlands, Roar finally feels like he has a home with the Tides. His best friend Perry is like a brother to him, and Perry’s sister, Liv, is the love of his life. But Perry and Liv’s unpredictable older brother, Vale, is the Blood Lord of the Tides, and he has never looked kindly on Roar and Liv’s union. Normally, Roar couldn’t care less about Vale’s opinion. But with food running low and conditions worsening every day, Vale’s leadership is more vital—and more brutal—than ever. Desperate to protect his tribe, Vale makes a decision that will shatter the life Roar knew and change the fate of the Tides forever.

4 stars

Read Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts: Even thought this is technically before the trilogy, I would suggest reading this after the main books. There are several spoilers. I liked this novella. It was sweet and revealed more about Liv. I guess I misunderstood the whole time frame that the series took place. I thought it was a much longer span of time.

Read October 8, 2014 — October 9, 2014

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Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into the Still Blue

Blurb: The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do – and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave, they’re using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess …

5 stars

Listened to Via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts: Amazing! This last novel was so action packed. I hope no one has seen me driving while listening to this book, because I have tried to tear my steering wheel off a couple times. There were so many emotions that I have felt while reading this book. I have come to love Aria, Perry, and Roar. I really enjoyed this trilogy and I am upset to see it end.

Also, I was so happy to have the same reader from the first novel in this one. I feel like her voice is Aria’s voice.

Read September 24, 2014 – October 7, 2014

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