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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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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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

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

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Rot & Ruin

Blurb: In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

3 stars

Read Via: Paperback (own it)

My Thoughts: This the first book in the Benny Imura quartet. I really got into the world within the this series. I liked the characters and the action. The world was set up nicely and it was easy to understand the rules. The character development was great also. However, I will not be reading the rest of the series. I am just wanting different things from this book.

Read September 25, 2015 — October 24, 2014

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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The Only Boy by Jordan Locke

The Only BoyBlurb: Mary is stuck in Section One, living with three hundred women in a crumbling hospital. She wonders what life was like two centuries ago, before the Cleansing wiped out all the men. But the rules—the Matriarch’s senseless rules—prevent her from exploring the vacant city to find out.

1 starRead Via: Paperback (own it … for now)

My Thoughts: I had really high hopes for this book. It sounded interesting and I liked the concept. I had to force myself to finish the book. The consistent switch from character perspectives (both in the first person) was really confusing. A lot of the actions did not make sense. Character development was extremely poor. Even though the perspective was in the first person, the true feelings of the characters was not clear.

Read September 12, 2014 — September 24, 2014

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through the Ever NightBlurb: It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both. Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

4 stars

Listened to Via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts: So much action! I am loving this trilogy more and more! I think all the events are tying together nicely. The emotions and connects with the characters is stronger. I simply cannot wait to start the final book.

Read September 10, 2014 — September 22, 2014

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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