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review 2017-04-28 01:33
Beautiful Prose (of course) but all in all not as yummy as I expected from the ever amazing Mrs. Laini Taylor
Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor


"Some things, thought Sarai, were too lovely to devour, while others were too lovely not to."

 

It pains me...yes physically hurts me to give one of my all time favorite, beautifully minded, creatively unique and the current undisputed queen of poetic prose anything less than 4 stars...I feel like Vizzinni...it's simply inconceivable!!
Now it is true, for anyone who might not have read any of Mrs. Taylor's earlier works (though I doubt there are many of you out there especially those on my Friends list), her writting is usually very deep/evocative and many say "flowery". I personally LOVE how she sees and relates to the world and her imagination and skill are incomparable. Having said that, Strange the Dreamer was slow to start and once it began to pick up pace I found the direction of the plot as well as the major plot twists easily foretold. Also, that ending...that ending...how I LOATHE, how I DETEST that ending!! No spoilers here but be prepared to be disappointed. Laini (if I may be so bold as to call you that), I love you... I truly do...BUT this is nowhere near the callibre, grandeur, the resplendence of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Yes, both the character and world building were excellent! Yes, your imagination and vivid imagery are unparalled BUT the plot was slow to simmer and even harder to savour. The love story was lukewarm, the "Evil" was tame and the ending...I can't even bring myself to dignify that unsatisfying end with another mention...I promise, that's it.

 

 

"You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.” “Beautiful and full of monsters?” “All the best stories are.”


Read it if you want something Strange in your life but don't expect emotional resolution...see, I didn't mention the ending again. Go ahead and read it, you know you want to. After all, at the end of the day it still is a glimpse into the magical brain of Mrs Laini Taylor (so amazing my spell check names her after just 3 letters).

 

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review 2017-04-18 22:39
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor

I closed the book after the final page and wondered to myself... why did I wait so long to read this book?  The story, the characters, the writing... all of them were so enchanting and engrossing.  Everything about this book was magical!

 

Set in the city of Prague, Karou lives alone in a flat and attends art school.  Her sketchbooks are filled with fantastical drawings that her best friend and fellow students yearn to see.  But she has secrets, secrets that not even her best friend knows.  And as many secrets as she herself keeps, there are secrets kept from her, too.  The kind of secrets that change everything.  These secrets also make the feelings she comes to have for Akiva even more tumultuous and chaotic.

 

The author's writing is beautiful, as is her world building.  It was like reading a fairy tale with its lyrical prose.  The mythos of the angels is very different from the traditional Christian conception that most of us are familiar with.  And even more interesting is that these angels are generally on the "evil" side of the "good versus evil" construct.  But the insights into the world of the angels through Akiva make one thing very clear... there are two perspectives to be had for each and every situation.

 

This is a story of love and coming together, but it is also a world about perceptions and fighting for what you believe in.  It's about the struggle that comes from within and without when your ideology bucks against that which is expected.  It is, simply put, beautiful.

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text 2017-04-09 17:53
Reading progress update: I've read 248 out of 624 pages.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) - Laini Taylor

Girl on the bridge: the blue haired beauty who'd fought angels in Prague, hands held out before her and inked with indigo eyes. They'd made the cover of Time Magazine, and had since become synonymous with demon.

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review 2017-03-27 06:30
Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) (Paperback) - Common - Laini Taylor

I predicted that this book was going to be really heavy after the way the first one ended, and I was not disappointed. 

 

This book's focus was not so much on the love story between Karou and Akiva, but rather, the atrocities of the war between their peoples, and the parallels between them. The author does an excellent job of making this equivalent. Both peoples have leaders who would probably view Hitler as a font of ideas. Perhaps one could argue that they're too evil in that regard, but I think human history shows that such evil certainly exists and has throughout history.

 

I really liked the new characters that were introduced. I found Ziri charming, but the character who I really fell in love with was Liraz. I initially disliked her, but as the developed and her complexity became apparent, I found her totally captivating. I wanted to read more about her, and have found I really care about her. This makes me nervous, as a reader. I'm sorry to say, but I have bad luck with favorite characters, but I'll cross my fingers.

 

I still have the same issue with everybody being beautiful, like in the first book. There are a couple of spectacularly ugly exceptions, and those exceptions are also spectacularly evil as well. I really, really, desperately want to see a physically repulsive character who is also heroic and compassionate. I don't expect to find that in YA, for the most part.

 

I made it through this book very quickly. The story went in directions I really did not expect, and I can honestly say I have no idea what will happen in the next book, but I'm about to find out. After I look at some pictures of puppies to cheer myself up.

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review 2017-03-25 14:01
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) by Taylor, Laini (2012) Paperback - Laini Taylor

I found this book charming almost immediately as I began reading it, the author painting a beautiful picture of Prague, with a smart, likable main character whose life is filled with fantastic creatures known as Chimaera. I wanted to know more about them from the start. I really got into this quickly, and it made it difficult for me to be productive.

 

I liked the way the story unfolded to start, revealing details a little at a time. I was less interested in the love story than I was in learning Brimstone's secrets. I really wanted to know about Karou's origins, and when I finally did, they were tragic and compelling.

 

I appreciate her friendship with Zuzana. Not just because it's nice seeing close friendships portrayed between females, but I also really appreciate when supporting characters have their own lives and own interests. Zuzana is her own person, who is supportive of Karou without serving the sole purpose of being a cheerleader for the main character. 

 

Akiva, I'm less sure about. I generally disliked him at first, and even as he seemed to soften, I still wasn't really sure I could see him as much of a romantic figure, as a soldier who knows nothing but killing. How can a person as complex as Karou have anything in common with him? He's a tragic figure and more interesting than I initially gave him credit for as I was reading, at least. 

 

I'm less thrilled with everybody being ridiculously beautiful. Akiva's widow's peak is mentioned several times in the book, and I don't think that is a feature I have ever paid attention to on another person before. I guess it's something the author likes, though! Anyway, the impossibly beautiful true love just is a trope that seems overdone. It's forgivable, though, because Akiva at least grew on me.

 

Still, the most interesting character in here to me was Brimstone. I really wanted to see so much more of him. Mostly I felt his presence was there in glimpses, and it was never enough for me.

 

The story, ultimately, was a sad one, which wasn't unexpected with the things that were hinted at. I enjoyed seeing the mystery unfold, and I look forward to seeing what happens next, although I'm also worried that book two might be even more unhappy, so I'm bracing myself.

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