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

 

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Unmarked

Waiting on WednesdayHosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

 

 

My Pick:

 

Unmarked

Unmarked (The Legion #2)
By Kami Garcia
Publication Date: September 30

 

He is here… and he could be anyone.

Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us–a demon she accidentally set free.

Now Kennedy and the other Legion members–Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared–have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. With the clock ticking and the life of someone she loves hanging in the balance, Kennedy has to ask the question she fears most: what is it about her past that has left her Unmarked?

 

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I happen to LOVE paranormal creepfests. I haven’t been that freaked out reading a book in possibly forever. That cliffhanger? I am dying to get my hands on this book! AND when I finished Unbreakable and went to put it back on the shelf, I saw movement to my left and no joke my basement door was opening ON ITS OWN! 

 

 

What book are you waiting for?

 

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

 

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.

 

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;)

Waiting on Wednesday: Unmade

Waiting on WednesdayHosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

 

 

 My Pick:

 

Unmade

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3)
By Sarah Rees Brennan
Publication Date: September 23

 

 Who will be the sacrifice?

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

This final book in the Lynburn Legacy is a wild, entertaining ride from beginning to shocking end.

 

 

 

THE LYNBURN LEGACY YEEEEEEEEEES!!!!! New to the series? Don’t be shy, grab a copy of Unspoken for yourself! Seriously, Kami’s voice kills me, in absolutely the best way. She is hilarious and adventurous and there’s MAGIC. And for the love of all that is holy, I NEED to know what happens to Jared!!! It was a cruel joke that Untold ended the way it did. I need the big finale!

 

 

What book are you waiting for?

 

 

A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard

A Darkness Strange and Lovely

 

Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone.

 

 

 

 

 My Thoughts

 

Zombies.

 

Magic.

 

Zombie Magic.

 

Can you tell where this is going?

 

This book is BLOODY BRILLIANT. The whole series is addicting, really. If you have not yet tried out a zombie novel, I would say go with this one.

 

DID I MENTION IT HAS MAGIC?

 

Eleanor is back and has sold off nearly all of her possessions to be able to afford her mother’s medical bills, because hearing about your daughter’s encounters with Spirit-Hunters and the Hungry Dead can sometimes push you past the brink of insanity. (^^understatement^^)

 

The Spirit-Hunters have left Philadelphia to deal with the les Morts roaming the streets of Paris. That leaves Eleanor to handle the fallout from the Philadelphia deaths and Dead when BAM! Seemingly out of nowhere Eleanor is being chased by Hell Hounds. Which, if caught, would cause her soul to be permanently obliterated.

 

Sounds like a bad day, yeah?

 

So off she runs to Paris to find the Spirit-Hunters and en route encounters a demon. At the time I couldn’t help but wonder how she has the worst luck in the entire world. And then she’s forced to bind to the demon (or face death–not much of a choice there)! AND she’s constantly being pulled by her magic. Did I mention she’s a necromancer? Yeah. She has magic and can control the dead, no big deal. The problem?

 

It’s black magic and as addicting as opium.

 

Well, and there’s the problem of how things ended between Eleanor and Daniel.

 

Ohh Daniel Sheridan.

 

D   A  N   I   E   L .

 

I love him. He keeps doing things for Eleanor because he obviously loves her even though he “doesn’t love her.” He’s always there and he’s a charmer and would do anything for Eleanor and he’s a brilliant inventor and . . .

 

Uh, where was I?

 

Through all of this, there’s something sinister lurking in Paris–it’s creating les Morts left and right and it’s up to the Spirit-Hunters, Eleanor and her demon to figure it all out before it’s too late. Oh yeah, and JIE HAS GONE MISSING. The common theme seems to be that everything that can go wrong, WILL GO WRONG. Good luck with that!

 

I’m going to be honest–many instances I found myself scrubbing my hands down my face because I just wanted to strangle Eleanor! It always happens, though–the MC will think that they have to hide things and that as long as they keep it a secret everything will all work out but SURPRISE! It never works. People are going to feel betrayed and you’ll be labeled as a liar and untrustworthy aaaaand yeah. Don’t hide sketchy things, it won’t end well.

 

But I also feel bad for Eleanor because she’s lost everything and everyone. What’s a girl to do? Apparently go kick some Dead a**, that’s what!

 

Sometimes when I am in love with a book, I ramble on and on about it . . . like I did just now. I love it, I love it, I LOVE IT!

 

 

5/5 stars;)

 

 

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Hemlock

 

Fans of Maggie Stiefvater and the hit television show True Blood will flock to this first book in the supernatural mystery series set in a town where werewolves live in plain sight.


Mackenzie Dobson’s life has been turned upside down since she vowed to hunt her best friend Amy’s killer: a white werewolf. Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country, and bloodlust is not easy to control. But it soon becomes clear that dangerous secrets are lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, Mac’s hometown—and she is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her in grave danger.

Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling debut novel provides readers with a mystery that Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder, calls “clever and frightening,” while Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Firelight, raves: “Forget every werewolf book you’ve ever read. This one breaks the mold.”

 

 

 

 

 My Thoughts

 

If you’re looking for a book that throws action at you right off the bat, sucking you helplessly in from the first page, it’s right here.

 

Sweet mercy alive, this book is inTENSE!

 

Mac seems to be pretty emotional throughout the book, but seeing as her best friend was killed by a werewolf and she’s losing everyone around her for various reasons, added to the fact that she almost dies about a BILLION times, I’ll let her emotional displays slide. Because how on earth is anyone expected to deal with the life she has?

 

Good gracious.

 

Not to mention all the mental blows from the abundance of secrets and betrayals that are hurled her way. Seriously, who knew one town could harbor so many secrets?! It’s like every character we meet throughout the book is hiding something, and it blew my mind every time one of their secrets is revealed.

 

There was a little while at the beginning that I was worried that the stereotypical love triangle was going to form and I was going to go lay back outside in the sun until it actually incinerated me (because that would be preferable). So I wasn’t too sold on Mac’s love interests because of that shaky, what-if-this-turns-into-one-of-those-triangle-debacles fears I harbored, and it looked like it might go that direction. But the love triangle vibes died down and I was able to believe her relationships more, and not feel like it was just a plot point.

 

*silent cheers*

 

So the story is this whole action-filled mystery-thriller where danger is thrust in your face at every turn and whenever I guessed at who I thought the murderer was–as I was constantly trying and failing to do–someone else would pop up on the radar as a possible suspect. Until that complete WHAT THE BLEEP moment where I realized who it was and I’m fairly positive my eyes almost snapped out of their sockets and my jaw flopped open limply.

 

I’m over-the-top impressed by this book’s ability to blindside me.

 

Over and over and over again.

 

Also, let’s talk about how creepy Amy-the-horribly-slaughtered-best-friend-who-haunts-Mac’s-every-dream is. Even I dreaded when Mac would fall asleep, because that meant another interaction with that overly eerie version of Amy.

 

C-R-E-E-P-Y.

 

And that ending? Creepiest moment of the entire story! GAH why do authors just leave you hanging by your fingertips, your grip slipping on loose gravel as you try to hold on until you get the closure only the following book will bring?!

 

So yeah. You want an acutely intense and paranormal read? Read Hemlock. I loved it, and I hope you do too!

 

 

4.5/5 stars;)