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

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

Fantastic Beasts

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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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).

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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

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

4020390Blurb: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

4 stars

Read via: Hardcover (library)

My Thoughts: I haven’t heard too much about this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the detailed stories that tied in the the world of Harry Potter, which I miss. Each story seemed like it would a true bedtime story.

Read December 18, 2014 — December 19, 2014

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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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 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

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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.

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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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A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton

A Beautiful Evil

Blurb: Myth and mayhem inhabit a richly re-imagined New Orleans in this sequel to Darkness Becomes Her.After the epic graveyard battle at the end of Darkness Becomes Her, Ari and her friends know what they’re up against: Ari is facing the Medusa curse and is haunted by the image of what she will become. To make matters worse, the heinous goddess Athena has kidnapped young Violet and is threatening to destroy Ari.

4 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: So much happens in this book! I had mixed feelings about some of the actions the characters took, but I decided to look at it differently. Fictional characters are people too (I know that sounds weird), who make mistakes and don’t think clearly. I liked the ending of this book, and look forward to reading the final novel!

Read March 12, 2014 — March 18, 2014

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