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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-06-25 01:01
book review- daughter of smoke and bone by lani taylor
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) - Laini Taylor

April 8- May 23

Summary -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 grown 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 hair actually 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?

 

This review Contains Spoilers you are warned

 

 

Review - Karou lives two lives she's a teenager that lives in Prague and has sketchbooks filled with different creatures and the other life where those monsters are actually real she is the errand girl to the chimera a man monster named Brimstone and it involves teeth Brimstone has teeth Karou doesn't know what is with the teeth and where the shop really is he says it is in Elsewhere . other characters that I loved are zuzana is karou's best friend . then we meet Ackiva who is an angel with vengeance for the chimera he and the rest of the angels are putting black handprints on portals when Ackiva and Kauro meet he tries to kill her and then stops Karou gets away and gets back to the portal she sees the door that has always been closed open and goes in and brimstone is there and this other creatures he throws her out goes home and she tells zuzanna and she believes her when kishmish is flying dead into her hands and the portal is gone. ackiva wants to know who Karou is and when he finds her Karou bares her hamsas and hurts him they go to talking and then something happens she starts to feel for him and when he notices her wishbone necklace and he says he knows who she is then his angel family appears he tells her to run and ackiva tells them that he fell for a chimera and they left . before I get into something big that I was not expecting I want to talk about the wishes so the wishes comes from pain scuppies are not that bad but bigger it's worse and Brimstone said hope is bigger than wishes . so when they break the wishbone it goes back to madrill I knew of her because she was akiva's love and she died but this was like the biggest thing I liked hearing all the stuff but when Mad is sentenced to death for being an angel lover that's when resurrection comes into play so apparently when you die you can take the soul and put it in another body and that's what happened to hide Mad from thiago the white wolf Brimstone put her as Karou WHAT! I didn't see that coming and the ending there all dead I loved this book so much I recommend it .

Favorite quotes Who are you ? he asked she almost didn't recognize the language he spoke as chimera so soft on his tongue don't you usually find that out before you kill someone.

Daughter of smoke and bone by lani Taylor

You haven't come up here before ? He asked she turned to him oh yes I bring all the boys up here . And if they don't meet your approval he said you can always push them off. Page 218

Fiala would so eat her words . You should bring him in to model on monday . Right said Karou I'm sure he wouldn't mind stripping for a bunch of humans disrobing said zuzanna ,prim .For art page 236


It's a wishbone , she told him , holding it out . you hook your finger around the spur , like this , and we each make a wish and pull. whoever gets the bigger piece gets their wish. Magic ? akiva had asked . what bird does this come from that it's bones are magic . oh it's not magic . The wishes don't really come true then why do it ? she shrugged . Hope ? hope can be a powerful force . Maybe they're no actual magic in it , but when you know what you hope for the most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen , almost like magic . Page 288

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review 2014-06-18 22:08
A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager
A Tale of Two Daddies - Vanita Oelschlager

A copy of this book was provided free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A Tale of Two Daddies is the brief story of a young boy and girl on the playground. The boy has heard from a friend that the girl has two dads, and he asks her about it; the little girl is content to answer all of his questions about her Daddy and Poppa and their roles in her life. It's a cute and quickly-read pro-LGBT story about a pair of loving, same-sex parents seen through the eyes of their daughter.

If you're looking for a picture book about male/male parenting couples (or LGBT themes in general), A Tale of Two Daddies is a fine place to start.

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review 2014-06-17 22:07
I Came From the Water: One Haitian Boy's Incredible Tale of Survival by Vanita Oelschlager
I Came From the Water: One Haitian Boy's Incredible Tale of Survival - Vanita Oelschlager,Mike Blanc

I Came from the Water is the purportedly true story of an orphaned boy named Moses whom the author met in Haiti. The art style is appealing and while the story evolves in a very "this happened, then this happened, then this happened" sort of way, it very much comes across as how a child might explain their life story to an interested stranger.

The book definitely has a religious presence, as it focuses on a child under the care of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, a Christian organization whose mission is "to provide shelter, food, clothing, healthcare and education in a Christian family environment based on unconditional acceptance and love, sharing, working and responsibility", so readers who want to avoid religious elements might want to give this one a pass. I, however, wasn't particularly bothered in this case... though I must admit that the term "Christian family environment" leaves a very sour taste in my mouth.

Anyway, it's a perfectly readable story and the profits are apparently going to support for orphans and "efforts to help rebuild Haiti", so it should at the very least be an interesting way to introduce a child to the country of Haiti itself and the reality the world's less fortunate children.

 

A copy of this book was provided free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2014-06-02 23:30
Swords of Lankhmar / Fritz Lieber
The Swords of Lankhmar - Fritz Leiber

A plague of rats overrun Lankhmar, the capitol city and glittering gem of the land of Nehwon. Commissioned to guard a ship of grain from the cursed rodents, brother-in-arms Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser soon discover the plague has progressed to a fatal point. Mustering the strength of sorcery, they descend into the depths of Lankhmar and rise to battle in order to save the soul of the ill-fated city.


This is certainly not the strongest of Fritz Lieber’s series about Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, but not a complete stinker.  It would seem in this book that he took the Pied Piper of Hamelin story and reworked it for his two familiar rogues.

Fafhrd and the Mouser get themselves into trouble, as they often do, by returning to Lankhmar broke and attempting to regroup.  They are hired to accompany a marine shipment of grain and are lead astray when they think with their little heads, not with their big heads!  Women have always been a weak spot for these two, but they seem particularly blind in this pursuit in Swords of Lankhmar.  I was actually a bit offended on their behalf—neither Fafhrd nor the Mouser is a great intellect, but they are usually street-smart and highly concerned with their own welfare.  Lieber makes them irresponsibly distracted in this adventure, not really a fair treatment.

Often Lieber’s use of language redeems these novels for me, but I found this version almost devoid of the wonderful vocabulary that I love and instead it is very focused on the tricks of magic spells.  For instance, there is an Alice in Wonderland sequence, complete with potions that increase or decrease size, where the Mouser is plunged into the Rat World.  There is also a strange fixation on hair—a ruler who abhors it and orders all his servants completely shaved, the fur of the rats, and an unusual number of comments on the hairiness of Fafhrd’s chest.  A man/beast distinction, perhaps, with Fafhrd on the edge between the two?

Not as enjoyable as the previous books, but I’m still glad that I read it.

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text 2014-06-01 21:00
May Recap
All Fired Up (DreamMakers) - 'Vivian Arend', 'Elle Kennedy'
Hope Flames - Jaci Burton
The Innocent Liar - Elizabeth Finn
Tempt Me - Melissa Schroeder
Touch Me - Melissa Schroeder
Bet On Me (Bedroom Games) - Alisha Rai
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More - Janet Mock
TAINT - S.L. Jennings

May was very busy in every other way except reading. I'm continuing to chip away at the TBR though.  Not much time to do reviews for all those I did read this month unfortunately.  I may come back to fill in the links later if I decide to write proper reviews. We shall see... 

 

Here are my May reads:

 

Bet on Me by Alisha Rai - 5 stars

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock - 4.5 stars

 Innocent Liar by Elizabeth Finn - 4 stars

Tempt Me by Melissa Schroeder - 4 stars

Touch Me by Melissa Schroeder - 4 stars

All Fired Up by Vivian Arend & Elle Kennedy - 3.5 stars

Hope Flames by Jaci Burton - 3.5 stars

Taint by SL Jenning - 3 stars

 

 

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