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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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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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never SkyBlurb: Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.

5 stars

Read Via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts: I really like this book! I love the plot, characters, pacing, and the action. It was really hard for me to just listen to this in my car, or leave my car because I wanted to know what was going to happen! I think Perry is going to be one of my favorite characters and fictional crush.

Each chapter switch perspective, which I think was done very well. I really got a good understanding of what each character was feeling and thinking. However, it was not always spoon feed. Also, I liked how not everything was made into a big deal.

At first, as always, I was not sure if I was going to like the narrator (Bernadetta Dunne Flagler). That quickly passed. I really like how she read the novel. Some parts were annoying, but overall I enjoyed her reading.

Read August 25, 2014 — September 9, 2014

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Vassalord Volume 7 by Nanae Chrono

Vassalord Volume 7Story/Art By: Nanae Chrono
Japanese Name:
Vassalord
Status of Series:
Complete (7 volumes)

Synopsis: The climax of the story!!

5 stars

My Thoughts: Amazing! This final volume was so suspenseful! I had to keep myself from flicking through the pages. There was a surprise near the end. I am pleased with the ending, but I am sad that it is over. This is definitely one of my favorite manga of all time.

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This Star Won’t Go Out by Lori & Wayne Earl

17675031Blurb: A collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Photographs and essays by family and friends will help to tell Esther’s story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her.

5 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: Before this book I have never read any type of biography at all. This book is very modern because it ties together all aspects of Easter’s life. I would like to make it clear that Ester’s story and Hazel’s (TFiOS) is not the same. Ester seems like an amazing person, and I wish I could have met her. This book has made me remember some of the important things in life. I have so many emotions and thoughts from this book, I may have to add more when I have more time.

Read June 11, 2014 — June 15, 2014

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Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo

th_1000_600_595634Blurb: When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed–a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts: This was a good little book. It had read book like this before. Obviously, it is quite religious. Some parts were sad, but overall it turned out well. I would to watch the movie soon.

 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

11870085Blurb: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

5 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (own it)

My Thoughts: To be completely honest, when I first heard of this book I did not want to read it. I am ashamed to admit that I thought it was some historical educational book. I had no real idea what it was about until I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie months ago.

Oh, how dumb I feel now. I devoured this book of 313 pages in three days. I was surprised how the pages seemed to fly by. However, I feel I have been cheated from the true experience of this book from the internet. My methods may be odd to some, but when I see a book I am interested in I will read the blurb once and then try to forgot about it. I LOVE not having an idea what will happen. Hence, why I try to avoid spoilers. I do not look for stuff on the internet or look a too many things in fear of running he story. I saw one picture on pinterest, and boom the whole book was ruined. To me, I felt I could not get as into the book as I feel like I should have.

I really liked this book. I like Augustus and Hazel. This book also gave me many things to think about. I like that I feel smarter since reading this novel. The overall mood was not  depressing as I thought it would be. I am just happy that I was able to read this book.

Read May 28, 2014 — May 31, 2014

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before YouBlurb:  Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time

5 stars

Listened to Via: Book on CD (library)

My Thoughts: (added 3/29/14) I was not completely honest if my first review. I said I really like this book, but I did not mention that I almost really hated the book too. This novel makes you concern your thoughts on a very serious issue, which I will not say, but I still have not completely sorted out my feelings on the subject. Also, about the different points of view, there was a person didn’t get a say from their side, which kind of makes me mad. (/add)

As you can tell, I really liked this book. It is a sweet story. I really like the characters. Some parts were in the point of view of different people. It also makes you become aware of the struggles of people who are paralyzed. I am not going to say too much about the story line, because that would spoil everything and ruin the whole experience!

The main narrator, Susan Lyons, did a really good job. She gave each character life. The parts that were in the different points of view were voiced by other people. I like most of them.

Listened to March 19, 2014 — March 28, 2014

Mrs. Maddox by Jamie McGuire

Mrs. MaddoxSynopsis: Travis and Abby celebrate their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple. This is a short story.

5 stars

Read Via: Web (Author’s Website)

My Thoughts: This short story was adorable. Very sweet. I wish there were more of them. I tried to cover up spoilers, but the title just gives it away.

Read February 24, 2014

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After Daybreak by J.A. London

afterdaybreakBlurb: Our last hope lies with our oldest enemies. When we lost the war with the vampires, our world changed. The Old Family overlords trapped us in a few scattered cities and demanded our blood. Then Victor- the first vampire I’ve ever trusted, ever loved- came to power, and I hoped for peace between our kinds. Only now a new type of monster, Day Walkers, has emerged, and their maniacal leader is threatening to destroy us all, human and vampire alike.

5 starsRead Via: Paperback book (library)

My Thoughts: Very nice ending, but I wish there were more details about certain things. There was a lot of action in this book. I like how Dawn’s and Victor’s relationship moved along. They are probably going to be one of my favorite couples of all time. Overall, the series was awesome. I really enjoyed it. I am sad that is finished.

Read August 5, 2013 — August 12, 2013

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