Teaser Tuesday for May 20th

Teaser Tuesday New

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” And even though she is taking a well-deserved break, that doesn’t mean we can’t play in her sandbox for a bit. 🙂

Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Let these angels live. That this could even be in question: Akiva’s life, and Liraz’s. They had come back here to warn them. The real Thiago wouldn’t have hesitated to gut them for their trouble. Akiva didn’t know this wasn’t the real Thiago, and he’d come back anyway. For her sake.

– Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

I had taken a break from this book for a bit, but now I’m back at it. According to my podcast co-host, the ending is a doozy.

Please leave your teasers in comments!

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Teaser Tuesday for April 29th

Teaser Tuesday New

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

In the Far Isles it was night, and the new bruise that blossomed in the sky would not be visible till dawn. It wasn’t like the others. Indeed, it soon engulfed the others – all of them lost in its dark sprawl. From horizon to horizon it spread, deeper than indigo, nearly as black as the night sky itself. It was more than color, this bruise. It was warp, it was suction. Eidolon of the dancing eyes had said the sky was tired, and ached. She had downplayed the matter.

The sky was failing.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

This was a fair bit more than two sentences, but I love this description here! I still don’t quite know what’s going on with the sky, since it’s only happening in one place which is kind of off to the side of the central storyline, but you can tell it’s going to be a big deal. Can’t wait to figure it all out.

Please leave your teasers in comments!

Book Review: Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

Whew! It’s been a rather crazy time at my house, mostly because everyone has been sick. Including me, unfortunately, which is why I disappeared from the blogging world for a bit. Starting to get back in the swing of things, thank goodness.

Time to get caught up on some book reviews. Today’s review is Days if Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor. You may remember my love for the first book in this series, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, and book two did not disappoint. It was so so good! Unfortunately, it’s hard to talk about book two without spoiling book one, so the rest of the review will be below the picture. Don’t read on if you don’t want to be spoiled!

days of blood & starlight

First off, I want to say that not only do I love the cover art for these books, I just love the titles. Book two has a lot going on, which is good, but there was one main thing I was worried about going into it. Book one relied heavily on the mystery of Karou’s identity – how she came to work with Brimstone, where she came from, her strange connection to Akiva. Now, we know exactly who (and what) she is: she’s a chimaera, reborn into human form, who had been executed for falling in love with an angel, the chimaeras’ sworn enemies. Karou has rejoined her people and is working in Brimstone’s stead as their resurrectionist, but none of them trust her. Particularly not Thiago, the White Wolf, her one time suitor who was incensed that she rejected him. Karou doesn’t know when they will decide that she has outlived her usefulness, but for now, she tries to help rebuild their army.

And then there’s Akiva, who thinks for a good portion of the book that Karou is dead. He is tired of fighting, tired of being nothing but a drone in the army of angels, despite the fact that this was the life he was created for. Most of all, he misses the dream of peace and happiness that Karou represented. Once he discovers that Karou is alive, the whole book changes, and it is full steam ahead.

This was an excellent book, a great sequel to Daughter of Smoke & Bone. The third book, Dreams of Gods & Monsters, comes out in April and I will be anxiously awaiting its release. I love the story, the mythology, and most of all the characters. Good stuff.

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

First book review for the new year! This book is also the first book to be listed as a series I must complete before the end of 2014. Here is my review of Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor.

daughter of smoke & bone

Check out that cover. Is it not gorgeous?

Our main character is Karou, a young art student living in Prague. Outwardly, she seems to have a normal life: going to her art classes, hanging out with her friends, dealing with her crazy self-obsessed ex-boyfriend. She also has blue hair. Blue hair that grows out as blue hair. She has tons of sketchbooks full of drawings of fantastical creatures, all with names and stories to go with them: Brimstone, massive with great rams horns growing from his head; Issa, beautiful part human, part snake; Yasri, with a beak like a parrot; and Twigga, with the head of a giraffe. She talks about them conversationally, as though they were actually real and not just stories.

Because, of course, they are real.

Karou grew up in Brimstone’s workshop. She doesn’t have a real human family, just a handful of humans who work for Brimstone and who would pose as Karou’s legal guardian as needed. The portal to Brimstone’s shop can open to many different cities – Prague, Paris, Marrakesh – and Karou travels through them often to transport things for Brimstone from the various collectors he works with – namely teeth. Brimstone’s workshop is full of teeth of all kinds, human and animal. Karou doesn’t understand what he does with them, but she gets paid for her tasks in wishes, or rather, scuppies – beads that can be used for wishes.

Slightly off topic, but there’s a very funny scene towards the beginning of the book, where Karou’s ex-boyfriend is trying to get her back. He volunteers to pose for her drawing class – in the nude, of course – in order to flaunt himself in front of her. She uses the scuppies, strung on a necklace, to make him itch. Very. Badly. It gets worse and worse until he has to run from the room. It’s a really funny scene.

Enter Akiva. He’s an angel. No really. An angel. He finds Karou and knows that she is working for Brimstone, who is his enemy. They fight, and Karou is able to get away, but just barely. There is something about Karou that keeps Akiva from killing her. He has killed many people and creatures, but can’t kill her. He feels nothing inside, due to a tragedy that happened back in his past, which makes him an excellent soldier. One by one, he and his comrades burn black hand prints into the doors of Brimstone’s portals, until one day they all go up in flames. Karou now has no way of getting back to Brimstone and the others, cut off from the only family she has ever known.

Karou goes off hunting down Brimstone’s associates to get some of their wish tokens in order to try and wish herself back to Brimstone, using one of them to give herself the ability to fly. Akiva, who can’t stop thinking about her, tracks her down and tries to explain. There is something about Akiva, aside from the fact that he’s beautiful, that draws Karou to him, and the two of them start to fall in love. It’s an almost idyllic time, until Akiva sees the wishbone that Karou has around her neck. It had once belonged to Brimstone, but he had sent it to Karou just before the portals burned. Akiva now knows exactly who Karou is and, if they break the wishbone, she will know too. Which, of course, is what happens.

Throughout the whole first part of the book, you wonder who Karou is and how she happened to be part of this crazy family of strange creatures (or chimaera). Once the wishbone is snapped, there is a whole flashback sequence that explains a lot about Karou’s past and the things she can’t remember. It goes on for several chapters, which would usually annoy me, but it’s really well done here. The story is fascinating and it changes everything.

This book was fantastic. I loved every second of it and could not put it down. I had to get the second book immediately and, in fact, I’ve already finished that one too. Which means that I’ve completed this series! Well, until April when the third book comes out. But more on the second book later. You need to go out and find this book first. It is ah-ma-zing!

Teasers Tuesday for January 7th

Good Tuesday morning to everyone! Are things as cold for you as they are for me? Actually, depending on where you live, you’re probably a lot colder, but 7 degrees is pretty darn cold for North Carolina! I’m shivering in my boots! But it’s still Tuesday, which means I get to do my favorite blog post of the week. Yay!

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

At Cape Armasin he had been lucky: in the north, there had been no one left to kill. Here it was another story. Fleeing villagers, freed slaves, chimaera trying to make their way to the Hintermost, where they believed they might find sanctuary, a way through the mountains to a new life. And now he was supposed to hunt them down?

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Y’all, this series is so good. Please leave your Teaser Tuesday posts in comments!

And yes, I usually do my Top Ten Tuesday with this post, but it’s getting it’s own separate post today. 🙂