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

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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Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska'Blurb: Miles “Pudge” Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.”

Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.

3 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (own it)

My Thoughts: In all honesty, I have mixed feelings about this book. They are not feelings of dislike. I am just not sure how I can take this book.

I think my problem is that I do not feel connected to the story. I never really did any crazy things in high school (or college for that matter). I cannot say too much more because I don’t want to spoil it.

It almost seems like I am missing something. Like the ending dwindled down, and I missed the main point. Maybe I already understood the message John Green was trying to say. I don’t know.

This was recommended by mahraalhosani.

Read September 4, 2014 — September 11, 2014

 

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One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

One Man Guy

Blurb: One Man Guy is a romantic, moving, laugh-out-loud-funny story about what happens when one person creaks open your world and helps you see everything — and, most of all, yourself — like you never have before.

3 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (own it)

My Thoughts: I liked how this book was about people of different cultures. I am not sure if all the information given was true, but it was still interesting to read about. However, I had a hard time with the different foods and stuff because I had to look up a bunch of the stuff. That was just so I could get an idea of how things looked in the story.

I might have enjoyed it more if the characters were closer to my age, but it was nice reading about kids going through a awkward time in their life. I feel like this could have been longer. I liked both of the main characters.

August 30, 2014 — September 3, 2014

We Were There Volume 9 by Yuki Obata

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Story By: Yuki Obata
Art By: Yuki Obata
Japanese Title: Bokura ga Ita
Status of Series: Complete (16 volumes)

Blurb: In my memory I link together fragments from the past when we were together … to create a clear image of him in my mind. But I no longer know if that image is really him. That moment I see in my mind may have never existed.

3 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts: This book is different because things have changed but you need to read it so you can understand what I am saying without me ruining it!. I wish you the best of luck and hopefully  you like this manga its interesting!

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We Were There Volume 8 by Yuki Obata

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Story By: Yuki Obata
Art By: Yuki Obata
Japanese Title: Bokura ga Ita
Status of Series: Complete (16 volumes)

Blurb: I don’t know if I’m following my fate… …or going against it. But there is one thing I want… …and that is for Yano’s wish to come true. Nanami Takahashi falls for Motoharu Yano, the most popular, carefree boy in class. For Nanami, it’s first love, but Yano is still grieving the death of his girlfriend who died the year before.

4 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts: It took me awhile to get back into the manga after such a long break from it. Yano and Nanami is so cute. They made some promises along the way. Near the end of this book they grow into adults.

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Breathe by Abbi Glines

Breathe (Sea Breeze, #1)

Blurb: Sadie White’s summer job isn’t going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother’s increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother’s job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn’t spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn’t impressed by Jax’s fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationships never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can’t breathe without Sadie.

My Thoughts: I really loved the love story in this book. Even though it’s been done a few times it was still different some how. I actually cried a few spots throughout the book but I couldn’t tell you if it was because it was sad or because my hormones are still a little out of whack. I was really happy with the ending of the book and I’m not sure if there is another book with these characters in it because so far the other books in this series are from other characters that we meet in this book. I might read them so I can find out more about them because I think it will be fun but I’m not sure. I just don’t see them being as good as this couple but I guess I’ll never know unless I read them. I gave this book a 4 stars instead of a 5 because I feel there could have been more to it instead of a few things getting repeated throughout the story.

4stars

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)

 

Blurb: Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment; exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a, witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

My Thoughts: Loved this book. I didn’t want to put it down. I know people compare it to Harry Potter but I’ve never read Harry Potter so I couldn’t tell you. Maybe I’ll get to that series if it’s as good as this one. I loved all the details that the author put into this book. I felt like I was in the main characters world and meeting the people she was meeting.

 

5

We Were There Volume 7 by Yuki Obata

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Story By: Yuki Obata
Art By: Yuki Obata
Japanese Title: Bokura ga Ita
Status of Series: Complete (16 volumes)

Blurb: I know what Yano was like before he started going out with my sister… And what he was like after she died. How he held the tears back and looked as if he wanted to die… I understand him a whole lot better than you. Nanami Takahashi falls for Motoharu Yano, the most popular, carefree boy in class. For Nanami, it’s first love, but Yano is still grieving the death of his girlfriend who died the year before.

3 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts: Again, I do not know what to say. I really want to know what happens to my favorite characters so I will definitely continue reading this series!

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We Were There Volume 6 by Yuki Obata

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Story By: Yuki Obata
Art By: Yuki Obata
Japanese Title: Bokura ga Ita
Status of Series: Complete (16 volumes)

Blurb: What would be a present that’s better than your past?It’s simply this…You’re here, and I’m here

3 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:  I don’t know how to explain it. It’s nothing bad just read it and find out what comes next!

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