Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

 

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 hairactually 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?

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Bear with me as I attempt to articulate my love for this book–my mind was BLOWN and now I’m trying to scoop up all the brain matter splattered around the room so that I might form some coherent thoughts.

 

WAAAAAHHHHHHH?!

 

This was two epic and enduring stories bundled into one. Two stories that flow so fluidly together that it didn’t have me confused or leave me scratching my head. These two worlds were blended flawlessly.

 

From the very start of this story, I loved Karou’s seemingly carefree attitude and cool demeanor. But do you know what made me love her even more? Learning that the Karou she lets others see is a facade for the real Karou, and that deep down she feels alone and hollow.

 

Who wouldn’t respond to that on some level? 

 

And the chimaera aspect of this story is executed on a level that blew me away. Not once did I question the credibility of these creatures, because it never even crossed my mind–I had zero reason to doubt that no matter how fantastic the characters may seem, they were real. They are real to me. 

 

And Akiva? The swoons grew stronger the longer I read until I was blown apart by the devotion and passion and soul-wrenching love he possesses. 

 

Laini Taylor has managed to weave two worlds, two stories, two lives together seamlessly with an unrestrained imagination that enhances fantasy in a way that makes the story real for me, no matter how fantastic the plot. I can guarantee you this is one of my favorite reads to date!

 

 

 

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Rating: 5

 

 

Stacking the Shelves (24)

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I’m a little late on the post, but I am posting . . . That has to count for something, right?;) 

 

 

Isla and the Happily Ever After #16thingsithoughtweretrue Six Months Later Reached Demonglass Gameboard of the Gods Promise of Shadows DR 1 - Something Borrowed DR 2 - Something Blue Baby Proof Love the One You're With Heart of the Matter Where We Belong 

 

 

The first three are purchases, and the rest are all on loan from my oh-so-stellar friends;) 

 

Oh, and I saw IF I STAY today!!! You better believe a softie like me had some prominent tear tracks by the time the movie was through. And I have to say, they did an absolutely FANTASTIC job with the movie, I LOVED it!

 

 

Happy Reading!;)

 

Stacking the Shelves (23)

STS Official

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I know, it’s been a while. A long, looooooong while. But I’m back! And because it’s been so long since I’ve posted a STS and you know I was still purchasing and borrowing books like nobody’s business, I’ve got quite a few booklings to share with you all. 

 

From Book Outlet, Amazon, Half Price Books, LibraryThing and borrowing from friends–bear with me!

 

 

The Face on the Milk Carton Whatever Happened to Janie The Voice on the Radio What Janie Found What Janie Saw Janie Face to Face Just Like the Movies Aces Up If You Find Me The Beginning of After The Faerie Ring The Iron Knight Landry Park Pawn This is Not a Test Summer State of Mind Slammed Ugly Love 

 

 

This is going to sound terribly embarrassing, but I remember reading the first four books in the Janie Johnson series and thinking, “That’s not the closure I was expecting,” upon finishing What Janie Found. Come to find out two weeks ago that the fourth book was not the end of the story! So I’m going to reread the first four and finish out the series. 

 

I also own The Iron Knight in kindle form, but the other three books I own physical copies of, and I felt like I needed TIK in physical form to round out the series right;) 

 

And if you haven’t read anything by Colleen Hoover, you are missing out! I read Ugly Love the other day and was fighting off tears with all of my might–she is extraordinary at connecting readers to her characters. 

 

Feeeeeeels.

 

Welp, that’s all I’ve got for you as a catch-up this week!

 

Happy Reading;)

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Midnight Thief

Waiting on WednesdayHosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

 

 

 

 My Pick:

 

Midnight Thief

Midnight Thief
By Livia Blackburne
Publication Date: July 8

 

Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

 

 

This only sounds inundated with INTENSITY. And enemies turned allies turned friends turned more than? One can only hope! I need this to release so that I can live in this story and watch it play out;)

 

 

What book are you waiting for?

 

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR

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Oh TBR, how very long you are! Attempting to narrow down all the books I want to read this summer into a Top Ten is a bit of a challenge, but one that I’m up to tackle;) Let’s not waste any time–here’s my Top Ten Summer TBR!

 

 

 

Ruin and Rising

This is such an imaginative and strong series.

 

 

 

 

Heir of Fire

Speaking of strong–Celaena Sardothien.

 

 

 

 

Silver Shadows

After the perilous cliffhanger in The Fiery Heart.

 

 

 

 

I need everything Huntley Fitzpatrick.

 

 

 

 

Strange and Ever After

Creepy and cool, need I say more?

 

 

 

 

Opposition

Daemon and Katy.

 

 

 

 

Isla and the Happily Ever After

MORE STEPHANIE PERKINS.

 

 

 

 

Just Like the Movies

Adorable. And if you pre-order, you can win prize packs from the author!

 

 

 

 

The Kiss of Deception

This only looks fantastically intense.

 

 

 

 

Fan Art

And this looks real.

 

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon

 

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…
Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

 

 

 

 

 My Thoughts

 

Any time I see a mermaid-y book, I’m always a little hesitant because mermaids aren’t something I jump up and down for, you know? But this one was actually fun!

 

And what a way to hook a reader! (Get it? HOOK?XD) Throw you right into the middle of some devastating action. I didn’t even think what was happening was real, it was shocking!

 

The banter from Galen and Emma and then between Toraf and Rayna was priceless. I think I actually snorted while reading the dialogue between these pairs.

 

And seeing Toraf with Rayna was about the most precious thing ever. A big, tough guy who’s protective and caring and gentle with his lady is freaking adorable! Especially with all the hell Rayna puts him through. And Galen and Emma have some hot and swoony moments themselves, yes they do.

 

And I looooove me some swoons;)

 

Now I know Galen was trying to distance himself from Emma because she’s supposed to marry his brother, Grom, but come ON! Stop with the push and pull act, it’s killing Emma and quite frankly it’s killing me as well. I know it was the honorable thing to do–that he didn’t really have a choice but to try to prevent anything from forming between himself and Emma–but darn it all, I want them together!

 

*huff*

 

There were some times with Emma, though . . . I was going to strangle that girl! One aspect of her personality (because of what she is) is that she has a temper in her–it’s ingrained in who she is. But most of the time it seemed like more tantrum-throwing than temper. Her one fight with Rayna, though–that was a legitimate fight and some real exciting stuff!

 

Like I said, sometimes the mermaid angle is hard for me to swallow, and I found myself thinking exactly that whenever the Syrena transformed into their fins. I can read about almost anything paranormal or fantastical and visualizing it isn’t odd, but for some reason the image of a mer-person still looks weird in my mind . . .

 

BUT my difficulty with mermaids aside, this story was fun and angsty and well worth the read:) And the ending snuck up on me and left me needing to read the next book! Good thing I bought both books at the same time;) Also, the covers are FANTASTIC. 

 

4/5 stars;)

 

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire

 

ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID. 

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance?

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

**SPOILER ALERT: THis review contains spoilers, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED**

 

If that wasn’t one of THE ALL-TIME BEST endings to a series, I don’t know what is.

 

*bulgy eyes* I don’t even know where to start!

 

I guess I’ll start off how the book does (though I may end up rambling by the end because FEELS). Clare does a really good job of introducing us to and incorporating Emma Carstairs and the Blackthorn children into this story–the main characters of the next series in the Shadow World, The Dark Artifices. You’re with them as the Los Angeles Institute is attacked and they’re all left orphaned. You grow attached to them and are invested in their future.

 

Especially since Emma is a Carstairs.

 

Which leads me to the whole Brother Zachariah situation. Holy heavenly fire, I was NOT expecting Zachariah to become Jem again when he tried to help Jace reign in the heavenly fire. The ending of The Infernal Devices was bittersweet to me, but here we have Jem back and at the end of the book, Tessa is with him and it made the ending to their story even sweeter! Yet it’s not really the end, is it? Because you know they’re going to Los Angeles and will end up in TDA.

 

If you only read TMI and never read TID, I’d DEFINITELY recommend reading TID. It enhances the story so much! It adds a whole nother layer of feels and emotional attachment!

 

Speaking of emotional attachments–COUPLES!

 

We didn’t see as much of Magnus and Alec together because of the break up and how Magnus was one of the kidnapped Downworlder representatives on the Council. But even though they aren’t technically together throughout the book, you can still feel how devoted they are to each other as Alec does everything he can to save him.

 

Jace and Clary. Can I just tell you how much I LOVE Jace and Clary? alotalotalotalotALOT! This book did not disappoint in the hot and heavy swoons department–HOLY HELL (<-multiple puns right there, folks). Clary uses her power with runes and Jace no longer has to fight with the heavenly fire, so you know what that means–things went down. Hot things. Swoony things. It was perfect, and they deserved it after everything they’ve been through throughout the ENTIRE series, you know?

 

*STILL SWOONING*

 

Isabelle and Simon had me just about dying multiple times throughout this book, let me tell ya. You see Isabelle start to trust more, which is definite growth on her part and adorable to see her needing Simon. And there’s Simon spouting off his love for her when his faculties aren’t really present, which is also adorable. But then there’s that moment when they’re all being attacked by demons and Izzy gets her leg all razored to shreds by demon teeth, and she’s dying and you know Clare said there would be deaths and I think my heart might have stopped beating because I was dreading her dying . . .

 

But Simon saves her.

 

All to have been for naught when they’re trapped in Edom with no way out, save for sacrificing either Simon’s or Magnus’ immortality. I cried when Magnus offered himself up, because in no way did I want him to die yet it seemed like that was the only option. Because I forgot Simon was a vampire. And once Simon offered his own immortality, along with all of his memories of the Shadow World–Jace, Alec, Magnus, Isabelle, Clary, everything–I was bawling. He paid the price and forgot all about them, almost but not entirely everything. And the book ends with the hope of him remembering everything, and knowing that he remembers enough.

 

*tears*

 

And Luke and Jocelyn FINALLY get married!

 

You know what did break my heart in a weird, twisted way? Sebastian’s death. Did anyone else get this way?? It comes down to Clary and Sebastian, brother vs sister, as we all knew it would. But once Clary uses the heavenly fire contained in Heosphorus and burns out all the evil in Sebastian, we get a glimpse of the person he could have been–Jonathan. Jocelyn holds him and cries as he dies and apologizes for what he’s done and tells Clary how to defeat all the Endarkened. It made me ache with thoughts of what could have been, and for the Jonathan that never had a chance to be good because that choice was taken from him before birth.

 

It was hard to watch.

 

Then were the other deaths that had an impact on me. Meliorn’s was more of a shock because Alec took his life and had no hesitation about doing so, which is entirely different from how he was in City of Bones. But then, he had Magnus to find and he would do anything save him.

 

I never really felt a connection with Raphael before this book, but seeing him and Magnus together when they were chained up had me feeling for him. And then Sebastian kills him, and a little piece of my heart felt broken.

 

And Jordan–I honestly was not expecting that to happen, and it happened so soon that I was completely stunned by it. Like when Hedwig died in The Deathly Hallows–it was a stressful situation but I was COMPLETELY OBLIVIOUS to the fact that someone was about to die.

 

I was expecting more devastating deaths, though. But that doesn’t mean I’m disappointed IN THE LEAST. The characters I love lived and it was a happy ending, but it didn’t feel as though it wasn’t earned, you know? Which is why I love it so much. Everyone I loved lived but their lives weren’t handed to them and they didn’t survive easily.

 

Pretty much Cassandra Clare gave the fans the perfect ending to this installment of the Shadow World. And even as intense and gut-twisting and bloody as this book is, it still delivered the humor that is entirely unique to this story and these characters. I don’t think I’ve read another series that makes me laugh as hard as this one does, ever.

 

I. Die. Of LAUGHTER.

 

So this is my thank you to Cassie Clare for her storytelling genius and devotion to her Shadowhunter fans. We love you and we love your characters, and they will live on in our hearts forever (and hopefully we see some in TDA, yeah?;)) This was the perfect ending to a series that will forever be close to my heart, and I can’t wait for the countless times I will undoubtedly reimmerse myself into the Shadow World and reread your series.

 

 

5/5 stars;)