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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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

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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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

Blurb: Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

4 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: This was a really interesting story. I do not think I mentioned before, but I used to write fanfictions when I was 15-18 or so. They were anime fanfictions, but I read countless others (like Harry Potter!). I loved it, and I still enjoy reading them.

I felt like I really connected with Cath. The way in reacts to things and how she feels is similar to myself. I think I am not as attached to Harry Potter as the other people who may have read this novel. Yeah, I read it as it was coming out and I liked it …. but I dunno.

This book was super adorable. I really like how their relationship evolved. I feel like their story could have continued. There were some parts that I did not like, but they were far and few in between. I will be look into her other books!

Read August 22, 2014 —  August 29, 2014

 

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

The Forever SongBlurb: Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, Allie and her companions – her creator Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost – the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has on final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

 

4 starsRead Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts: I am not sure what to say without spoiling. I really liked how everything turned out, even though I was shocked and sad. I saw some parts coming, but not all. There was just a little too much fighting for my taste and this book seemed a little dragged out. There parts that made up for it. I ended up liking characters I was sure I would loathe.Overall, I would say I really enjoyed this trilogy. I am sad to see it end.

Funny story. I was trying so hard to finish this book Wednesday (yesterday). I started at 55% and made it to 94% before I had to leave for work. I planned to finish it on my breaks, but it ended up only being like three pages left of the story! So, I technically finished it after midnight … today.

Read August 11, 2014 — August 22, 2014

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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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The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

The WeddingBlurb:  After thirty years of marriage, Wilson Lewis, son-in-law of Allie and Noah Calhoun (of The Notebook), is forced to admit that the romance has gone out of his marriage. Desperate to win back his wife, Jane’s, heart, he must figure out how to make her fall in love with him… again. Despite the shining example of Allie and Noah’s marriage, Wilson is himself a man unable to easily express his emotions. A successful estate attorney, he has provided well for his family, but now, with his daughter’s upcoming wedding, he is forced to face the fact that he and Jane have grown apart and he wonders if she even loves him anymore. Wilson is sure of one thing–his love for his wife has only deepened and intensified over the years. Now, with the memories of his in-laws’ magnificent fifty-year love affair as his guide, Wilson struggles to find his way back into the heart of the woman he adores.

4 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: I was surprised by this book. Unlike the first novel in the series, I did cry with this one. I love how everything turned out. I will not even give a hint of what is because I was so surprised and loved it. However, I will say that at first I did not like that it switched main characters. I really enjoyed this book. I am sad to part from this story line.

Read May 13, 2014 — May 17, 2014

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The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook

Blurb: Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned form the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories…until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.

4 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (own it)

My Thoughts: I was very hesitant to read this novel. I have never seen the movie, I know … crazy, right? Anyway, it just didn’t seem like something I would like. I don’t know what made me change my mind. I am glad I decided to read this. I don’t think there are many romance novels that involve love during the end of live. I work at a nursing home, so I can understand and related to this story to a certain degree. The love story is very sweet, however I never cried. I enjoyed it and I am looking forward to reading the squeal.

Read May 9, 2014 — May 12, 2014

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