Book Review: Delirium

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Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: February 7th 2012
Genre: Fantasy | YA

 

synopsis
Delirium is about a world where love his been outlawed and cured. The cure happens at 18 and everything from then on is easier, happier, or so says the government. Lena has never questioned the cure or the sickness that is love. She knows that the cure didn’t work on her mother and that is, or was, her only fear. But then she meets someone new, a boy, who makes her rethink everything in her life. Her eyes are open now and things are not as simple as she once believed them to be.

review
Delirium, while not the best book I have ever read, made me really think about my own world and the things I take as truth. This story can be compared to our own lives in some ways that it’s scary. Lena’s world has been run by loveless people and the world is a loveless place. At 18 everything is decided for her, from who she will marry, to where she work, how many kids she will have, and where she will live. She has no choice in the matter of her life. Even the girl she has known most of her life, her best friend, will never be as close to her as she is now.

This is an amazing book because of the fear I got from reading it. Not just the fear, but the sadness. There are people living without love, doing the same thing over and over again and not caring. They want this bland life because it is easier than feeling anything other than content. But it makes you wonder if they even feel content, deep down they have to feel some kind of sadness for what they have lost.

I do like the way love is pinned as a disease and how well the author explained why it was a problem. When I first started reading it all I could think was how stupid the concept was, but the more I thought about love and the effect it has on our bodies, it actually made sense. I found myself at one point thinking how I wouldn’t mind having a procedure to remove love from my brain, but as I continued reading the story I realized how much love is needed in the world. These people don’t just lose love for the opposite sex, they don’t just lose the need to be with someone, they lose the need and love for family and children. That is no life to live.

By the end of the book my heart was racing for Lena to get out and away from this crazy world. I wanted her to save all of the poor souls who had been corrupted. With that being said, I can still see the draw of a life that is chosen for you. Not having to make your own big life decisions could be such a stress free way to live, but is it really worth it.

I like a book that puts me into deep thought, and this book did just that. It made me question my own reality.

rating3starsI enjoyed it, but I may not finish the series and one read through was enough.

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Book Review: Ensnared

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Title: Ensnared
Author: A.G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Published: January 6th 2015
Genre: Genre: Fantasy | YA | Retelling

 

 

synopsis
Ensnared is the final book in the Splintered trilogy by A.G. Howard. In the final installment, Alyssa travels into the looking-glass world, where everything is distorted and backwards from Wonderland, to save her human Knight and her Wonderland King.

review
I honestly hated most of this book. I had to force myself to finish reading it. The first book was so magical and fun and probably should have ended there. The second book was okay, but really unnecessary. Then this last book was just boring and stretched out.

I was okay with the love triangle until we reach this last book. Then it gets really annoying. For me, it annoyed me that she was so stuck on Morpheus when Jeb had sacrificed so much for her. Morpheus just pulled at her until she did what he wanted her to do the whole time.

There wasn’t much about this book that I liked. I thought the ending would make me happy, as I had already read the last chapter before I read even the second book. I couldn’t help myself, it was sitting on the shelf at the library so I picked up the last book and read the last chapter. Had I stopped then and there I would have been okay with this trilogy. But reading the last book put a bitter taste in my mouth.

rating2starsI would suggest the first book, but stop there.

Book Review: How To Hang a Witch

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RATING

5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Adriana Mather
Release Date: July 26th 2016
Series: How to Hang a Witch
Genre: Fantasy | YA | Paranormal
Pages: 368
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Buy it : Amazon

First Thoughts: When I first found this book I instantly fell in love with the book. The cover is fantastic and the title…I am pretty much sold when it comes to witches. After reading the blurb for the book I knew I had to give this a read. The Salem Witch Trials is probably my favorite thing to check out when it comes to history.

Review: Samantha Mather’s has moved to Salem, Massachusetts with her stepmother. Her father has been in a coma for 4 months and the medical bills have forced them to sell their home in New York and move into her fathers family home that was left to him when Samantha’s grandmother died. 

Sam quickly finds out that Salem is not going to be a friendly place for her. Her ancestors had a big part in the Salem witch trials and they still hold a grudge. Things quickly spiral out of control as threats are thrown through her window and even a ghost decides to make his dislike of her known.

What I found great about this book is that there is actual history mixed in with the entertainment. It made me want to research the Salem witch trials more, just to see what all from the book was inspired by true stories of the Salem events.

Samantha Mather is such a fantastic lead character. She is stubborn and she stays that way through the entire book. She is strong to a fault. She doesn’t want anyone to know what she is dealing with, which causes more stress and doubts then it actually helps. I felt like I could really connect to who Samantha was, being the new girl that no one liked. I could feel the emotions of being so alone and not being able to trust anyone.

Of course, there is a little romance in the story, but not to the point where it overcomes or BECOMES the plot of the story. The story, in the end, is about a girl figuring out her history and trying to make right the things that had gone wrong so many years ago. The quote “The sin of the father” comes to mind, paying for sins (or wrongs) done by those before you. 

The End: WARNING! Their are spoilers in this section. Please skip to the “Final Thoughts” section if you do not want to read spoilers.

I loved the relationship between Sam and Jaxon. I thought it was cute and it was great that Sam had a friend even when things were troublesome. 

But….I loved Elijah. I wanted Elijah to some how find a way to become human again and finish out a life that was ended too soon. Maybe Jaxon would have been with Sam the whole time had she told him what was really going on, but Elijah was there, through everything. It could also be that Elijah basically hated Sam at the beginning and then fell in love with her. I don’t know, but I may have weeped a little when Elijah said goodbye.

Final Thoughts: I have read a few reviews written about this book and I realize that it’s not for everyone. I thought it was an amazing book. It was fast paced and full of action. Although, if you are not a fan of history, then maybe this book is not for you. The beginning of the book could possibly be a little slow, but I was hooked from the first chapter. There are so many questions hovering around Sam and her strange life, and everything is answered in the end. 

I would suggest this to friends, at least to give it a chance. There is a lot of hype around it at the moment, but I think the story was well worth the time. 

What Are you Reading?

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Hello Friends! Guess what…I’m still reading the same books as last week. Except one different one. I finished one book and moved on to another. So…Let’s get too it.

The Bitches of Everafter by Barbra Annino

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Now…I love any kind of fairy tale re-telling. I just love them. I love seeing my favorites in a new light. So far this book has been pretty hilarious. All the princesses have done something bad and are having to complete community service. My only problem so far with this book is that it is supposedly part of a trilogy, but there is only one book. This book was released in 2014 and I actually almost stopped reading it for that fact. I have a feeling this book will end with a ton of questions and we will never get the answers. But it’s still entertaining so I will continue to read it.

End of Watch by Stephen King

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I’m at the end of this book and it’s so good. I don’t know why I ever go into a Stephen King novel afraid I will dislike it…because I am always pleased with the story. My only complaint with this book is that I only listen to it when I am driving and I just want to listen to it until the end. I pace myself with audio books so they last the whole month. But I can’t wait to see what happens! I have been battling myself to keep my fingers from typing into goggle to find out how this book ends.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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Seriously…the magic is still alive.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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All other books may be put on hold this week so that I can finish this book. I really wanted to finish it before I saw the movie and the movie releases this Friday. Of course, I may wait until next week to see it so that the crowd dies down. I’m not comfortable in crowds. So far this book has been interesting, but I have yet to read anything about the peculiar children. It’s been all about Jacob and his search to learn more about his grandfather.

Curio by Evangeline Denmark

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I am going to be honest with you. I am so close to just putting this book away. It just can not hold my interest and I’m kind of just bored with it. I think it has to do with the fact that there are so many questions floating around the story and it is taking so long to get any answers as to what is going on. Maybe I will just skim read what is left just to get to an end to it. I don’t know.

That is what I am reading this week. My hope is to get at least three of these books done this week, but we will see what my schedule has in store for me. With me being back in school, it’s hard to make more time for reading.

What are you reading?

What Are You Reading

What are you reading

Hello Friends!

Miss me? I had a bit of a re-think. Actually, it was more of a comment that someone made and I decided to step away from my blog for a little bit. I will tell you more about it in another blog.

Let’s move on to why you are here today. What am I reading?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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For my birthday my brother got me the entire Harry Potter Series that comes in the spiffy little suitcase looking box. So, I decided it was time to re-read the entire series and I am so glad I started! I forgot how amazingly fantastic these books were. The movies are great, but the books are so much more magical than the movies could ever be.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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I have been putting this off for so long. Now that the movie comes out at the end of this month I decided that I needed to read the book before the movie came out. I am not very far in it and I hope to finish the book in time to see the movie. But, as you will see, I have a lot of books going at once so…who knows when I will actually finish a book.

Curio by Evangeline Denmark

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I have been reading this book for over a month now…It’s interesting, but it just hasn’t been able to hold my attention for long. I don’t know what it is. Some parts are a little boring, but not boring enough for me to abandon the book completely. I will finish this book and hopefully I will finish it this month!

How to Hang a Witch by Andriana Mather

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I started reading this at work one day. I haven’t been reading at work, but I was bored and didn’t want to play games. So…I opened my Kindle app on my phone (I left my kindle home that day) and started reading this book. OMG! If I were to allow myself to just sit and read this book, I believe it would have been finished in a day. To be honest, I should probably let myself binge read this book. It has been so good this far. It’s just enough mystery and romance to keep me on the edge of my seat and my eyes flying across the page (even if it’s an electronic page.)

End of Watch by Stephen King

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This is my audio book for this month. I haven’t wanted to listen to any heavy books the past few months, but this month I realized I could not put this book off any longer because…Stephen King! Also, so far I have loved the other two books in this trilogy and I was so excited to see how it all ends. I will tell you right now, this book has been a roller coaster of emotions! It’s exhilarating and I sometimes can’t bring myself to cut it off and get things done…like getting out of my car and going into work.

 

Am I reading a lot of books at once?? Yes, of course I am. But you know what? That is what works for me. I have tried reading one book at a time. But my reading is just like everything else in my mind, I have a ton of stuff going on at once and reading one book at a time is just too boring for me. I think that is where my reading slump came from. I was trying to power through books, but I would get bored reading the same story and I would just put it away and go to sleep. Now, when I get bored with one story, I pick up another book and continue on with that story. It works for me.

There is one thing I have learned in the book community. We all do things differently. Some of us read slower than others and trying to keep up with your favorite book bloggers or booktubers will just put you in the slumps. So take a little advice from me…reading is just like life…you do you and I will do me.

What are you reading?

And what are your thoughts on reading more than one book at a time? Do you read more than one at a time or is it just not for you?

Prompt Challenge: 080316 Secret Pets

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Hello Friends! I realize that I missed posting a story last week. I’m sorry! I was on vacation and the internet at the hotel I was staying at sucked. So, I posted nothing last week. Actually, I didn’t read or write much last week. It was weird. It was a nice vacation though.

Anyways, let’s get into the story!

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I live across the street from a lady. Just 2 weeks ago I noticed her walking to her back yard with a tray of food. She doesn’t have any pets, as the neighborhood I live in doesn’t allow pets.

I am not a social person and I don’t get into other’s business, but I am curious. I had made a decision to introduce myself to my neighbor and I planned on finding out what she was doing with the food she takes to her back yard. Maybe she is hiding a secret pet that she hoped no one would notice. Well, I noticed and I am going to find out.

I walked to the old lady’s house right at sunset. Just about an hour before her usual routine and I knock on her door. I noticed the name on the mailbox was ‘Foster.’

“Hello, Mrs. Foster.” I say as the lady opens the door.

“Hello, Lizzie.” I smile, but wonder how the old lady knows my name. Maybe she has been reading my mail, or maybe she has been watching me like I have been watching her. “What can I do for you?”

“Well, I noticed every night you take food to your back yard.” I say, getting straight to the point. I did mention that I am not a social person right?

“Yes, that is correct.” The old lady says with a smile. She steps back and motions for me to come into the house. I walked in and she shut the door behind me. My flight reflexes were lighting up at this point, but I thought ‘it’s an old lady, what could she do?’ I wish I had listened to myself.

“I am just finishing up the tray for tonight, would you like to help?” I shrugged off my unease and followed Mrs. Foster to her kitchen.

“What do you do with the food?” I ask as she starts cutting up the apples.

“I feed it to my pet.” I knew it! I almost jumped for joy, but I held back.

“Your pet has great taste in food.” I say, looking at the tray of meats, cheese and fruit. “What kind of pet do you have?”

“Why don’t you come with me and see. You will love him.” I am a sucker for animals so I didn’t resist. Why didn’t I resist? Why didn’t I listen to my instincts? Why did I have to be the curious cat?

“Sure thing, Mrs. Foster. I would love to meet your pet.” I grab the tray off the counter. “You do know that we are not allowed to have pets, right?” I ask as I follow Mrs. Foster out the front door and around the house.

“Yes.” She says. “The contract said no dogs, cats, or anything with fur or feathers.” She laughed. “I found a way around the contract, so should I be caught with my pets, I wouldn’t be in trouble with the landlord.”

We made our way to a door at the back of the house. Mrs. Foster fished out a key from her pocket, it was one of those old style skeleton keys. It was old and rusty. I almost ran then. I almost made up and excuse to suddenly need to go home, but again I told myself ‘little old lady.’ I can be such an idiot sometimes.

I followed Mrs. Foster into the door. She let me walk past her and she shut and locked the door back. Great, now I was stuck in this damp dim room. It smelled horrible, like urine and something else, but I wasn’t sure of the smell. I had smelled it before, but I couldn’t remember what it was. Not to worry though, only a few moments later I figured it out.

Mrs. Foster…the little old lady, opened a cage door and told me to set the food on the table in the corner. I did as I was told, but as I sat the food down I heard the cage door slam shut. I turned to face the old woman and watched as she smiled at me.

“New pet.” She said, clapping her hands. Yep, the little old lady had tricked me into a cage. Little old lady…Then I caught the smell again and found it’s source. In a cage beside me I saw a stain on the floor. Bright red and metallic smelling. Blood. Oh yeah, there was blood on the floor. And near that blood lay a body, I am sure it was breathing. The guy looked up at me, his bright blue eyes pained. One hand had been cut off. His limbs were thin as was his body, but not a starved thin. Mrs. Foster took good care of her pets. I shook my head.

“You live across the street?” The guy asked me. I nodded and he nodded back. “Curiosity may not have killed this cat, yet, but it sure did get me in trouble. He sat up and leaned against the cage. You will be safe for a little bit, until Mr. Foster dies any way. She will keep you nice and clean until she gets bored with the boys.”

“Have you tried to escape?” I asked. Surely a man as my cage neighbor could take the old lady.

“Sure, that’s how I lost the hand.” He showed me the stump of his arm. “She doesn’t play around. We may never escape.”

I just had to know where the woman took the food. I had to be nosey, I had to be social. I should have just stayed in my room watching YouTube videos.

But I was sure of one thing. I wasn’t going to sit around like Mrs. Foster’s husband or the man beside me, whose name I later found out was Matt. I was going to break free and let the landlord know that the old lady across the street had pets.

Book Review: The Star-Touched Queen

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Rating

5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: April 26th, 2016
Series: The Star-Touched Queen
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Romance
Pages: 342
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griggin
Buy it : Amazon

First Line

Staring at the sky in Bharata was like exchanging a secret.

Read the Blurb at Goodreads

 

Cover

This cover is so gorgeous. The colors are warm and bright and dark all at the same time. And I love the border around the book. It actually gave it a steampunk feel. Just enough mystery and just enough beauty to draw in a reader from the cover alone!

Review

This book was a last minute decision. I hadn’t realized that the book I wanted to get on audible wasn’t even released yet. This was suggested and I just jumped on it. I had heard so many great reviews but I wasn’t really convinced that it was going to be a great book. The blurb on this book just does not do it justice.

Maya is a princesses, but she is not in line for the throne, she is just another daughter for the king to sale off. Except, she may actually be her father’s favorite daughter. She was also born with a cursed horoscope that promises death and destruction when she marries. Despite all of that, the king is forced to make Maya marry, but she finds herself in a different kind of arrangement than she had in mind.

You know that song with the lyrics “found love in a hopeless place.” I feel like that should have been the tagline for this story.

The writing was so beautiful. The imagery is something to be desired. Roshani has really woven a wonderful story of mystery, love, and magic. There is no instant love in this story. At least not for Maya. Amar, the king that wisks her away may have fallen in love with Maya instantly, but there is so much more to his story.

This was such a great listen. I wanted to speed up the book so I could find out what happened next, but I was pacing myself so I would have something to listen to all month. I finished it about two weeks before the end of the month, but I would read this book again and again. The story was fresh and not something that reminded me of 50 million other books in the YA world. There was romance, mystery, suspense, and…MAGIC. I seriously love magic. I also love the idea of different worlds. Who wouldn’t want to be taken away to a whole new world with a king who will cherish and love you for all of eternity?

I want to read this book, instead of listening to it. I feel like there is more to see by reading it, things that I may have missed while driving home and trying to avoid a wreck on the road. Also, there is a different connection to a book that you have read with your own eyes. The voices are different, the atmosphere is different. I can’t wait to get a copy of this book for my own personal collection.

This book could easily be a standalone, but I noticed on Goodreads that there is a second book due out next year.  Though, reading the description it seems that Maya and Amar will be taking a back seat to a new lead character. While it still in the same world, there is an ending to the first book and a new story for the second. I can’t wait to read it.

Did you read this book? What did you think about it?

A little bit of a extra!! The first chapter of the next book! 

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Prompt Challenge: 080216 Fireflies

Prompt Challenge

Hello Friends! Welcome back to Prompt Challenge Wednesday! I actually enjoyed writing this story and had to stop writing towards the end. It was getting to long, so if the ending sounds a little rushed…it was. It is just a short story after all. I think this one might be another for my file of stories that may become more.

Enjoy the read!

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I have been watching the lady that lives beside me. I noticed one night that she had walked to her back yard with a tray of food. It wouldn’t have been so suspicious if it hadn’t been a try full of fresh food. Had it been slop, I would have thought nothing of it. I watched her walk around her house and go through the gate, where I lose sight of her. I even tried to see her from the upstairs window, but she goes to a part of the yard that is covered in trees.

I watched her for 2 weeks, and it never failed. Every night at the same time she would walk out of her house with a tray full of food and disappear into her back yard. I finally built up the courage to peak through the fence that separated our yards. But even that had its limits and gave me no new information. I decided that I needed to find out what she was doing, so I started talking to her more.

After a few days I confessed that I had seen her taking the tray of food into her back yard. I was always the type of person to not beat around the bush. If I wanted to know something, I just came out and asked.

The day I asked her about it, she told me to come over that night and she would show me what she does with the food. Her smile was friendly and her eyes sparkled. It was like she was going to show the world her first born or something. She seemed so excited to show me. I didn’t think much of it, I just showed up that night, helped her prepare the food and followed her into the back yard.

The spot of the back yard that was hidden had a picnic table. There was nothing special about it, just a family picnic table. The lady lit the candle that sat in the middle of the candle and sat the tray down. She sat at the table and patted the seat beside her.

“Have a seat.” She said, smiling up at me. “They can be a little shy when new people are around, but they don’t meet a lot of new people, so they will still come.”

“Who?” I asked. I was more curious now than I had been before.

“My parents.” She whispered. I thought the woman was crazy. I was planning on calling the police after I was done, after no one showed up, and get the poor woman some help for her delusions.

“Do they live back here?” I asked her, trying to figure out how crazy she was.

“Silly, no, they don’t live back here.” She shook her head and laughed. “They just come to check on me every night, make sure I am fairing okay in the world.” She looked at me, her eyes lit by the candle light, giving her an eerie other worldly look. “It’s hard to make friends in this world.”

“Yeah, it is.” I said. I was feeling sorry for the woman. She had created some kind of crazy place in her back yard where reality didn’t exist. I knew the woman lived alone and that she never had visitors. I was mad at myself for not being a better neighbor, or even a better human, and looking out for the people that lived around me.

“Here they come.” She said, clapping her hands. I looked at the seats in front of us and saw nothing but two fireflies. They were common around this time of night. But they changed before my eyes. They grew larger, taking human shapes and before I could even blink, two people sat in front of me.

“Daughter.” The male said. He looked at me and smiled, holding out his hand. I stared at his hand. “Is this not what humans do? Shake hands, I think they call it. When they meet someone new.” I shook his hand and nodded.

“Of course.” I mumbled. “I am sorry, but you just…” What had I just seen?

“What is your name, human boy?” The woman asked.

“This is Nick.” The lady said. “He is my neighbor. My new friend. He asked me why I brought food to my back yard every night.” She smiled over at me. I was wondering if I had lost my own mind. Maybe the lady had drugged something she had given me. I did eat cookies when she gave them to me. Maybe that was a stupid idea. Maybe this whole thing was a stupid idea. I was going to have to call the doctor the next morning to get myself checked out at the mental ward.

“What a strange person.” The man said, looking over to his wife. “I think we have shocked him.”

“I bring the food for my parents.” My neighbor spoke to me. “They just love human food, and they can only get it when it is given to them. And they bring me fairy food.”

“Fairy food?” I choked.

“Really?” My neighbor asked. “You haven’t figured it out yet?” She laughed. “My parents are fairies. I meet them out here because it is the only safe place for them to come. No one can see them here and they can’t stand to be inside a house. They say it is unnatural for a fairy to be trapped by four walls.”

“So…You are a fairy?” I asked her.

“Sort of.” She said. She looked at her mother and frowned. “My father made a mistake when he was younger and I was born to a human woman. That human woman didn’t want me, so my father took me to his world and I was raised by him and his wife, which I have grown to love just as if she were my biological mother.”

“Okay.” I said, rubbing my head.

“It’s okay, Nick.” She said laughing. “It’s a lot to handle.” They were all staring at me. “The only reason I have allowed you into this secret is because you are part fairy as well.” She frowned. “Your mother was half fairy and your father was human, so you are not even half fairy, but your mother was the child of a very important fairy.”

“My mother disappeared when I was only 16.” I snorted.

“But I am your grandfather, your mother’s father.” The man spoke to me.

“I’m your aunt!” My neighbor shouted, causing me to jump. “Isn’t it great?” She asked with a clap of her hands.

I felt like my entire life had just become a lie. I was part fairy? What did that mean for me? My mother left when I was a teenager, she just disappeared. Now I have a grandfather sitting in front of me and an aunt beside me. It’s the most family I have had my entire life.

“I am also the king of the fairy realm.” The man who claimed to be my grandfather said. “And while you are not even half fairy, we need you.” The man tried to smile, but his face was hard and unkind. “All of my sons and my sons, sons, have died. You are the only heir to the throne and there is much to learn, much to figure out, and immortality to be found.”

“Yeah, okay. I’m okay with that.” I said, shrugging my shoulders. Obviously, it was all a joke or a dream one.

But it has been ten years since that night. I have married a fairy and we have a child. I have taken the throne and I have won my immortality and the love of the fairy people. I keep asking when I will wake up, but I think I am finally starting to believe that this is real. If it is just a dream, no one wake me up because this is so much better than the human life I was living.

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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RATING

3 Nerd Girl Rating(Is it refreshing to know I don’t rate EVERY book at 5 stars?)

Author: Laini Taylor
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Genre: Fantasy | YA
Pages: 418
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line: Walking to School over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonictions about the day.

Read the Blurb at Goodreads

Cover

The cover is gorgeous and promises wonderful things.

Review

 Karou was raised by monsters. She is all she knows as family. Brimstone, the head of this family, makes wishes and sends Karou out to collect teeth. What the teeth are for, she has yet to find out. Her life is full of questions and secrets. But that all soon changes when angels show up,  marking the doors Karou has used all her life to get to Brimstones Shop. Without warning, Karou is cast out and all the doors are destroyed. She begins her quest to find her family and figure out the truth about who she is and what is going on.

Okay, this book started out fantastic. I loved the idea of a human girl being raised by monsters. I was in love with the book almost from the very beginning. And even though Brimstone is such a tough character, I knew there was something more and loving with him. Though there is not much character development with him, he is still my favorite character.

I think I lost interest in the story at the end. I promise, no spoilers other than, Karou does figure out who she is and what she has to do with everything that has happened recently.

I felt like the story was promising for something amazing. I was intrigued from the start, but then it just kind of fell flat towards the end. I can’t really explain it. At the end I instantly opened the next book, but only a few chapters in I was bored again. There are just too many slow and bland parts in between the other parts.

Spoilers

Okay…a few spoilers here. (HIDE) (Just scroll to conclusion to skip spoilers)

One thing I didn’t really understand is the fight that Akiva had with his ‘siblings’. (I’m too lazy to look up their names.) Akiva has fallen in love with this creature that they have been fighting, and they want to kill him or fight him because of it…yet they would throw themselves in front of the enemy to save one another? It doesn’t make sense. They have covered for Akiva before because he disappeared. Why couldn’t they cover for him again, or even say he had died in battle or something? I doesn’t make sense that they would kill or die for him, yet they wouldn’t allow him to love what they consider a monster/enemy.

There is also the ending that really ticked me off. Karou has seen her past life. She knows who she is now and everything that has gone on with her and Akiva. She knows why Akiva has a sudden hatred for the monsters he had grown to…appreciate(?) but when she finds out that in his rage (caused by her death!) he has killed all of the chimera. I get it…he killed her people, but in the end, wasn’t it because of her, for her?

Spoilers over

 

Conclusion:

I had high hopes for this book. I had heard so many fantastic things about it and a few people were just so in love with this book. I thought I would fall in love with it too, but I didn’t. In all honesty, I am probably going to trade this entire series for credits at my local book store, or keep it only for the gorgeous covers. Who knows.

The concept is fantastic. The whole wish making thing, the battle between the angels and chimera, and the human girl being raised by monsters. I loved the idea, but the story fell a little flat for me. Maybe the love story messed it up for me…I don’t know, I just don’t think I will be finishing this series. It feels like it would be a waste of my reading time to even try. Then again, I could get super curious later on and come back to it. But as it stands right now, this series will be moved off my TBR list and to the bottom shelf where I put the books I don’t really like. Sorry, to those of you who loved it. Maybe you could share with me what you loved and I could try to understand?

Prompt Challenge: 080116 The Beast

Prompt Challenge

Hello Friends! Sorry this is a day late. Not only is it a day late, but I also don’t like it. As I was writing it I was in pain and feeling a little sick. That is what working a 10 or 11 hour shift will do to you. Yeah yeah. I know people do that kind of shift all the time, but my shifts are usually 8 hours at the most. And it was truck day. I was hot and sweaty, didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before, and not to mention the pain in my ankle. It was a rough day and my story isn’t so good. So please forgive me. Next week should be much better.

Prompt

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I noticed it not too long after I moved in. The little lady across the street comes out her front door with a plate full of something, and returns without it. At first I didn’t think anything weird of it. I just thought she had a dog or something in the back yard.

A few days after I noticed her do it the first time, I introduced myself. We spoke for a few minutes and I asked her about her pets. It was then that she informed me she had no pets. When I asked her about the food, she laughed it off and told me not to “worry my pretty little head” about it.

Of course, I have always been the curious girl that got herself into more trouble than most. I just had to know the truth. What was the food for? So I waited the next night. I watched her take the food out to the back of the house and come back with nothing in her hands. It wasn’t long before she turned out her lights in her house. I tiptoed to the back of the house, looking for any animals that may be eating the food. I was quiet and tried to stay to the shadows.

I spotted the dish the food was brought out in, but it was already empty. Not even a crumb was left. Frustrated I hurried back home before someone saw me.

The next night I came up behind the old lady’s house from the woods. I had taken a walk to the end of the street and then slipped into the dense woods, making my way back to the old lady’s house. I sat behind a tree and waited for her to bring out the food. I was determined to find out what was eating the food. Of course, I assumed at this point that it was nothing more than a few wild animals. Maybe the lady had some wild furry friends that she just wanted to keep well fed.

The sun had gone down and I watched as the lady made her way around the house with the dish full of food. She sat it in the grass where she had left it the night before. It was hard to see much, as the moon was not even out. I heard the woman clicked her tongue and call out “Come and get it.” She waited for a few minutes and smiled into the forest. It was then that I realized I may have made a big mistake.

I heard the growl come from beside me. Just over a little, right were the old lady had looked with a smile. It never crossed my mind that she may be waiting for something bigger than a raccoon or some other kind of wild animal. I didn’t expect anything bigger than a dog. As I looked over I realized that my curiosity had landed me in a predicament that I would be lucky to escape. I watched as the shadow made its way out of the woods and across the back yard. The black creature towered over the old woman, but she wasn’t afraid. She reached out her hand to it, petting what looked like a muzzle. I would have thought it was a bear, if the thing wasn’t standing on two legs and laughing.

“My baby.” The woman said. “I brought you more tonight.” She smiled and her eyes landed on me. I had fallen into the old woman’s trap. The woman sat on the ground and picked up the plate of food. “It’s much fresher then this food.” She began eating the food herself and the creature turned to the woods. Its glowing blue eyes settled on me and it lunged for the woods. I turned and ran, but I knew I wasn’t going to be fast enough. My fate was sealed the moment I moved in across the street from the old lady. There was a reason the house was so cheap. I should have listened to the realtor . He had told no one ever stayed in the house more than a few weeks. I was just in such a hurry to start a new life, to get away from my messed up past.

And now, here I was running from some kind of beast. I only had seconds to wonder if maybe the realtor was in on the plan as well. Maybe my whole life had lead to this. Who knows, but I never imagined that I would be the dinner of some old lady’s deformed child.

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