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 Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

 

The Angel StoneBlurb: For Callie McFay, a half-witch/half-fey professor of folklore and Gothic literature, the fight to save the enchanted town of Fairwick, New York, is far from over. After a hostile takeover by the Grove—a sinister group of witches and their cohorts—many of the local fey have been banished or killed, including Callie’s one true love. And in place of the spirit of tolerance and harmony, the new administration at Fairwick College has fostered an air of danger and distrust.

3 starsRead Via: Kindle (library book)

My Thoughts: The main issues I had with the second book carried over into this final book. Some parts are described nicely, while supposedly important ones are rushed through. Callie’s true thoughts are not really really looked at. I feel this book should have been told from a different point of view. Everything is still super convenient, but if you read the whole blurb there may be a reason for SOME of it.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I dislike it for the reasons above, but I kind of like it. I wouldn’t call it an okay trilogy. I dunno! I think the redeeming have to do with the demon lover. At first I didn’t like him, but now I totally do. I understand him now.

Read July 1, 2014 — July 11, 2014

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The Water Witch by Juliet Dark

Water Witch

Blurb: To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit—risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart.

2 stars smaller

Read Via: Paperback book (library)

My Thoughts: I came so close to giving up on this book. Some of the actions of the characters do not make sense to me, and it drives me crazy. The only reason I am going to read the last book is because it is that last book. Everything just seems super convenient sometimes. Callie’s decisions leave me baffled at times. There were so many points that I thought needed to be expanded. Seemingly important points.

The story is told from Callie’s point of view, but it her thoughts are almost never really shared. I often wonder what she is thinking. Just like the first book, it feels like everything is a huge mess. I am not liking it.

Read June 2, 2014 — June 11, 2014

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The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

The Demon Lover

Blurb:  Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of her having written the bestselling book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she’s found herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.

3 stars

Read Via: Paperback book (library)

My Thoughts: I was really looking forward to reading this book, but half way through it kind of rubbed me the wrong way. It was seeming to not be my cup of tea. Everything just seemed mixed up and weird. However, the ending did provide much excitement. I was going to give it four stars, but with the middle causing me much trouble I notched it down a star.

Read May 19, 2014 — May 28, 2014

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