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).

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

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

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

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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