Daughter of Smoke and Bone Reread

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Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 2011

About The Book

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

Around the world, black hand prints 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 grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly 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?

– Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

I reread Daughter of Smoke and Bone (henceforth referred to as DOSB) with the lovely @orangutan librarian. It was so fun, mainly because she’s so amazing! (Go give her a follow here).

I first read DoSB 2 year ago. I loved it so much then. I remember being drunk on the lyrical prose. I remember wanting to be like Karou, get my hair dyed blue and eye tattoos on my palms (In fact, I used to draw them on my palms with pen and pretend they had real magic).

For some crazy reason, I didn’t continue with the series.

A few months ago, I was going through my Goodreads list, looking for books to reread. When DoSaB came up, I was shocked to find that I remembered nothing! NOTHING! I didn’t even remember the character’s names! Appalling, I know!

I love rereads because I feel I’m able to relax and enjoy the books more. I’m not rushing through it, dying to know what happens.

So I was able to enjoy DoSaB more this time.

My favourite is of course the writing. It’s so, so pretty! Taylor’s world of Angels and Demons is vibrant and alive because of her beautiful prose.

I really want to visit Prague after this (@orangutanlibrarian has and I’m so jealous). I remember this kid from my class got to go to Prague as part of this student exchange program. I was dying from envy lol.

My favourite part was the back story, the flashbacks surprisingly. I enjoyed it more, while the last time it was my least favourite part.

My only problem was that the romance was a bit rushed. I was annoyed and it put me off. But after all the flashbacks and stuff (Madrigal and Akiva’s story), I fell in love with it.

Again, Madrigal and Akiva’s romance is instalove. But the way it is told makes all the difference. Like, you don’t question why the prince needed Cinderella’s shoe to find her. Hadn’t he seen her face? (or am I missing some part of the story?). Taylor’s writing makes Madrigal and Akiva’s story seem like a fairytale.

I LOVED this book so much! I’ll be picking up the rest of the series soon!

My Rating-

5 stars

Quotes

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”

“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.”

“Happiness. It was the place where passion, with all its dazzle and drumbeat, met something softer: homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort. It was all those things, intertwined with the heat and the thrill, and it was as bright within her as a swallowed star.”

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Prisoner of Azkaban Reread

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Title: Prisoner of Azkaban

Author: J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: July 8th 1999

About The Book

“Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transportation for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.”

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves… But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss…

-Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

I reread Prisoner of Azkaban after so many years! This time it was more fun, as I read with the lovely Zainab from @abibliophilesobsession.

I first read Harry Potter when I was 13 ( Yes, 13 years too late). I read it during the summer holidays, and I became quite obsessed*. The whole year, I only read Harry Potter. Honestly, I don’t remember the number of times I’ve read the books.

Prisoner of Azkaban was my first read of 2018. I wanted to start the year with a bit of magic and happiness. That plan obviously backfired cos I was crying and wailing the whole time reading this.

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Author: Leslye Walton

Publisher:  Candlewick Press

Publication Date: March 2014

About The Book

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Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

– Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

First off, let’s appreciate that title. Say it out loud. Doesn’t it make your heart flutter?

I know you cannot say if a book is good from the title, but I knew I was going to love The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Henceforth referred to as TSBSAL, because it’s a loongg title).

I have never read any magical realism books before. Frankly, it is an intimidating genre (for me).

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Reviews: Girl Online

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Title: Girl Online

Author: Zoe Sugg

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: August 2015

About The Book

GIRL ONLINE is the stunning debut romance novel by YouTube phenomenon Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella.
I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has – I can’t believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! – and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes…
Penny has a secret.
Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.
But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

– Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

If you’ve been wondering what Girl Online is about, it is this-

Introduction to our main character Penny’s life, embarrassing things happen, Penny meets cute boy, they fall in love, they do happy stuff, the obvious twist and finally a happy ending.

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Mini Reviews: Wonder

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Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date:  February 14th 2012

About The Book

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I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

Wonder is the most adorable book I’ve read in 2017. I just wanted to hug the book and lay on my bed ( with that silly smile I had after reading it).

So Wonder is about Auggie ( who has facial deformity) who is starting 5th grade. He was homeschooled and had never studied in a mainstream school. Wonder follows Auggie’s journey through 5th grade.

What blew me away was how well all the characters’ POV chapters worked together. There are multiple POVs. So many POVs. It’s a recipe for disaster. It’s not supposed to work! But it does!

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Reviews: Everything Everything

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Title: Everything Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

 

About The Book

Summary from Goodreads:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am
certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
My Thoughts

If I’m being honest, I didn’t have high hopes for Everything Everything. I remember being excited when I first added it to my TBR 2 years ago. But now, the blurb just didn’t draw me in. So I think the main reason I didn’t like it is because it’s not really my kind of book.

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Mini Reviews: The Iron Butterfly

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Title: The Iron Butterfly

Author: Chanda Hahn

Publisher: Word Circus

About The Book

The Iron Butterfly

Summary from Goodreads:

Imprisoned, starved and left with no memories, Thalia awakens to find herself at the mercy of an evil cult known as the Septori. Their leader has chosen Thalia as the test subject for a torture device of untold power, designed to change and twist her into something that is neither human nor Denai.

Escaping, Thalia finds an unwilling warrior to protect her and an unlikely Denai to befriend her. After finding a home at the Citadel as a servant, Thalia’s worst nightmare comes to life and she begins to show signs of power. Scared and unable to control her gifts, she tries to hide her past to fit in among the Denai. But the Septori want their latest test subject back and will stop at nothing to retrieve her, dead or alive.

My Thoughts

“Down in this hell, silence was more than golden; it was the difference between life and death.”

Chanda Hahn is one of my favourite authors and I adore her ‘An Unfortunate Fairytale’ series. So I was really looking forward to reading The Iron Butterfly, which unfortunately didn’t win my heart.

The Iron Butterfly follows Thalia’s journey after she escapes torture and imprisonment by a mysterious group called the Septori.

I felt the first few chapters were the best part. The world Hahn creates is both new and captivating. I enjoyed Thalia’s journey to the the Citadel, along with Joss and his uncle.

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