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

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

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Blurb: Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood…life before she became a vampire.

All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don’t draw attention to yourself, and above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn’t know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.

3 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (own it)

My Thoughts: I had bought this a long time ago, when I found it existed because I really enjoyed Twilight. I thought now was a good as time any to read it, hoping I did not forget too much of the series.

It took my a while to get back into the world of Twilight. And honestly, I do not remember Bree at all in the series. Anyway, the characters were likable, surprisingly. Even when she was showing what it was like to be like the “bad” vampires I liked Bree. It it hard to describe her without spoiling too much, but she seemed like a honest person.

So, the ending is already known because it is stated in the beginning or if you remember her from the series. However, I hoped for a different ending. I was heart broken for her.

Read January 11, 2015 — January 18, 2015

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Ruri no Kaze ni Hana wa Nagareru volume 1 by Kairi Yuki & Arisa Maki

Ruri

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).

2 stars smaller

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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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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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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Vassalord Volume 6 by Nanae Chrono

Vassalord Volume 6

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

Synopsis: Secret plans are revealed. Will everyone be able to make it through?

4 stars

My Thoughts: So much action! Oh man, I couldn’t put this down! I am so glad I am finally finishing this series. It is just amazing. This volume had me on the edge of my seat!

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Vassalord Volume 5 by Nanae Chrono

Vassalord Volume 5Story/Art By: Nanae Chrono
Japanese Name:
Vassalord
Status of Series:
Complete (7 volumes)

Synopsis:  Johnny and Charles are still dealing this their imprisonment. The past is slowly piecing together. (Sorry I suck at these!)

4 stars

My Thoughts: This is the farthest I have ever read in this series from my previous attempts. Let me say again, that I LOVE this series, and I have no idea why it took this long to read it (besides the fact that it not fully officially translated in English).

I am still loving it. There is so much more revealed in this volume. It is so exciting! I am not as confused because of all the stuff coming to light. I am upset with what is going on, but the author still is able to make me laugh at times.

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Vassalord Volume 4 by Nanae Chrono

Vassalord Volume 4

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

Blurb: Together again at last after their excursion into Italy, it’s going to be a hot and heavy reunion for Charley and Rayflo. And apparently a short-lived one. Still on edge about Barry and his machinations, Rayflo is reluctant to get his favorite vassal involved and so as soon as they escape Yaoding, he’s off again.

4 stars

My Thoughts: I really liked this volume. I feel I got a better understanding. There was more revealed. The nice scene from the end of the last volume carried over from the previous one. Their feelings for each other seemed to be confirmed in this volume.

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