Book Review: The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lanini Taylor

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

This book was published September 2011 so I’m a little late to the party.  Let me clarify party, yes there are literally thousands of fans ringing in the praises of this story.  Rightfully so, it’s a good one and the writing is great, an author to watch & read more of.  My biggest issue was pace of the story and I was/am grumpy about the ending for a solid book of 418 pages.

This is a fantasy young adult book and appropriate for this age and older (a proud salute to those older adults such as myself).   This story tackles themes about love, war, right, wrong and the perceptions of each.  To learn more, see some of my favorite quotes from the book and check out my book review below.

My Book Review (click on link):  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/813659020

Smoke and Bone“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.  It did not end well.” ― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

“Hey! My body may be small, but my soul is large. It’s why I wear platforms. So I can reach the top of my soul.”
― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

“It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry ‘Monster!’ and looked behind him.” ― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

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Book Review: The Professional Part 2 by Kresley Cole

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.

Sorry not a great read in my mind.  I love author Kresley Cole’s other series and books, in fact Endless Knight from The Arcana Chronicles (young adult) is my favorite book of 2013 and additionally I’m a fan of her IAD series as well.  This new erotic series, falls short.

Book Review (click on link): https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/814974832

Did you read this one, agree or disagree with my review? Please comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

Book Review: Blood Tithe by Glenn J Soucy

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Starting out my 2014 with my first book review – and it’s worth it!! Have you already read this book? If not, it should be on your ‘reading list’ for sure.

My Book Review (click on link): https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/787585702

My Top 5 Fiction Books Read in 2013

The Goodreads book challenge for 2013 commitment I made was 25 books. I read not only for my pleasure but for my education while working on my 1st novel.   For my year-end review I knocked my goal outta the park with 33 books read this year.  There were certainly some favorites along with some stinkers, and also note not all books where newly published in 2013.  In this blog I am going to focus on my top 5 favorite fiction books of the year from the books I read.  For fiction I enjoy Romance (Paranormal and Contemporary), Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery and Comedy.

Below are the books along with their jacket summaries.  I did write reviews on a few of them via Amazon and Goodreads, therefore my challenge for 2014 is to write reviews, especially ones where I think the author knocked it outta the park and share in my blog.

I am really taken away by #1, although the summary is brief it really packs a punch this book.  I couldn’t stop talking about it, whomever would listen to me right after I read it – heard about it.  I just love the concept of this book and the author’s ability to weave the story and characters growth is fantastic.  I honestly don’t care it’s classified as young adult.  Also, dare I say it, I have some love for Death (a new character) and excited to see where this series of books will go.

Are there any fiction books you where super excited about this year that you’d like to share? If so please leave a comment below!  I’m curious on your thoughts to my Top 5 as well and would love to hear from you.

#1 – Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole

Endless Knight

Evie has her full powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. Teens reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle for mankind. She must trust new allies against other Arcana, Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals. But she’s also drawn to Death, the Endless Knight, who shares history with the Empress. She can’t remember; he can’t forget.

#2 – Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies

‘R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows – warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can’t understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.

This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won’t be changed without a fight…

#3 – Styxx (Dark-Hunters #22) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Styxx

Just when you thought doomsday was over…

Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge.  As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother’s side. They’ve spent more centuries going at each other’s throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he’s willing to trade his life and future for Acheron’s.

The Atlantean goddess of Wrath and Misery, Bethany was born to right wrongs. But it was never a task she relished. Until now. She owes Acheron a debt that she vows to repay, no matter what it takes. He will join their fellow gods in hell and nothing is going to stop her.

But things are never what they seem, and Acheron is no longer the last of his line. Styxx and Acheron must put aside their past and learn to trust each other or more will suffer.  Yet it’s hard to risk your own life for someone who once tried to take yours, even when it’s your own twin, and when loyalties are skewed and no one can be trusted, not even yourself, how do you find a way back from the darkness that wants to consume the entire world? One that wants to start by devouring your very soul?

#4 – Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

Enders Game

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

#5 – Real by Katy Evans

REAL

A fallen boxer.

A woman with a broken dream.

A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.  He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . .

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me. I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations. If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

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Others by honorable mention, in no particular order, enjoyed as well in 2013:

Lover at Last (Black-Dagger Brotherhood #10) by JR Ward

Blacklisted by Luke Romyn

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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