Monday, October 16, 2017

Book Review: Days Of Blood And Starlight (Daughter Of Smoke And Bone #2) by: Laini Taylor

Release Date: November 6, 2012
from Little Brown Books for Young Readers
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"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?"

My Thoughts:

You know… I didn’t really need another obsession… but with this series I got one. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to adequately express my undying love for these books. This book was agony to read but at the same time it was amazing.

Like I said, this book was agony to read. Both Akiva and Karou are so alone and everything seems so hopeless. With the way things left off it’s hard to believe they will ever make it work but my gosh I want it to work so badly. I love those two so damn much and they are breaking my heart. And not even just in terms of their relationship but just everything. They both have so much going on and with every step they take they get shoved back three steps. This book continually takes me by surprise. It’s been a long time since I’ve been so caught off guard by a book and I absolutely love it.

This book delivers such a great world and wonderful side characters. I so adore Zuzana and Mik. Those two are something special. And not only characters I love but characters I hate. Ohhhh there are a few characters I wanted to throw into the pit of despair. And that brings me to my next point. See these characters come from both sides of this war. I love that this isn’t good vs evil and is so much more complex. Both sides of this war have horrible people and both sides have stooped to horrible lows. Its gut wrenching and I love the complexity of it. It’s too simple to be just good vs evil with one clear good guy. This dynamic makes the story so much richer.

Laini Taylor created a stunning world here and her writing is absolutely gorgeous. The way she weaves this all together is amazing and the way she tells the story is beautiful. I love the differing perspectives and I never know who I want to spend more time with. I just love it all.

Days Of Blood And Starlight is a book that destroyed me but I also loved it more than I can say. This series is simply amazing.

Friday, October 13, 2017

On My Shelf: Rush by: Eve Silver

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.

I know this will be surprising to some people... but I got this one on Book Outlet! I've actually snagged the entire trilogy and hopefully I can binge them one day. I love the cover and it sounds like such an awesome series. But of course I have this tendency to collect books and then never read them. So hit me with your feedback.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mini Review: Knocking Her Up (Temperance Falls) by: London Hale

Release Date: October 10, 2017
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"She wants a baby
All I’ve ever desired is a family of my own. Too afraid I’ll follow in my late mother’s footsteps, I plan to have a baby before time runs out. Problem is, I fell in love with someone unattainable. John Hamilton is kind, thoughtful, and generous...and it doesn’t hurt that he’s built like a Mack truck. I’m ready to throw caution to the wind and ask him to be the father of my child. The only problem? He’s my stepbrother, and it could destroy our family.

He just wants her
The first time I met Emery Collins, she was a scrawny teenager...and my new stepsister.  She’s a grown woman now, and every long, hard inch of me has taken notice. But with our family ties, she’s officially off limits. Too bad she’s come to me with something she wants, something she needs from me. Now I can’t stop dreaming of filling her...of watching her belly swell with my child. What she’s asking for could tear apart our cobbled-together family. I’m just not sure it’s enough to stop me from taking what I want."

My Thoughts:

Temperance Falls is always such a great place to visit. I loved Emery and John and they were super sweet together. John was so endearing with his protectiveness and he was easy to fall for. He and Emery had such great chemistry and they worked so well together. I loved how their relationship built over years and they really got to know one another well. I loved that they wanted the same things and were on the same page. And John is just ugh. He is such a good guy and I loved how all in he was. And of course the book was deliciously dirty. So much smut and I loved it. Temperance Falls is always fun to visit and I can’t wait to go back.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #242: Brave by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame
her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…" 

I can't wait for this one! I am dying to know how this series wraps up. Love Ren and Ivy and TINK!

Brave will be released on December 11, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Recent Reads: Dragons and Assassins and Puppets

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of dragons, assassins, and puppets.

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