Showing posts with label Laini Taylor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Laini Taylor. Show all posts

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Friday 56 (101) & Book Beginnings: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE
Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.
28449207Synopsis from Goodreads...

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real? Welcome to Weep...
Beginnings: "Names may be lost or forgotten."

56: "Without his books, Lazlo felt as though a vital link to his dream had been cut."
Comments: Strange the Dreamer is my current read. The beginning was a little slow, but I've just gotten to the point where the story is starting to pick up. My beginning this week comes from chapter one instead of the prologue because I liked this quote.

What 2017 book releases have you read or plan to read soon?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)Title:Days of Blood & Starlight (Click title for Synopsis)
Source/Format: Purchased, Hardback
Age Range: YA
Publisher/Publication Date: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, November 6, 2012

My Thoughts:

     I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into Days of Blood and Starlight, but I sure as heck wasn’t disappointed.  Laini once again did a fanciful job on capturing the world Karou lives in.  The writing was just amazing, descriptive, and really kept the story going. 
     Days of Blood and Starlight, was a true sequel, which continues Karou’s story.  As always the characters were fantastic and their reactions to things were realistic.  This book was set up way different than Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  Zuzana was just awesome, and she kept right on looking for Karou, which just showed how much of a friend she was to her.  I’m glad that Zuzana found some happiness in Days of Blood and Starlight.  Then there was Karou and Akiva.  Both were facing major changes in their lives, and I’m glad that they were able to work through some of them.  Still, I was rooting for Karou and Akiva—and their complicated relationship—from the start.
     The plot moved at a fast past, and with each chapter I found out something new. It was a truly amazing story, and I definitely recommend this one to anyone.  Now I just have to wait for the next one to come out.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Click title for Synopsis)
Source/Format: Purchased, Paperback
Age Range: YA
Publisher/Publication Date: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers September 27, 2011

My Thoughts:

     Wow, I think this book goes beyond the meaning of fantastic.  I admit that I was hesitant on reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone, because the last book I read that had a lot of hype about it fell kind of flat for me.  But I got the book, and I loved it.  Taylor presented a book that was about angels and demons, but the way she did it just set Daughter of Smoke and Bone apart from all the others.
   We are introduced to Karou, a girl with blue hair, and a sketchbook full of monsters.  What no one knows is that the creatures in her sketchbooks are all too real.  Brimstone by far was one of my most favorite secondary characters, along with Zuzana.  Brimstone was a real mystery from the start, and it isn’t until later in the book that we find out what he really did.  Akiva was also mysterious, from the moment he first appeared; you got the feel that he was tortured and conflicted by something that happened in his past.
   The concept of the story showed how awesome Taylor is when it comes to making up plots, and twists.  I also found the usage of bones and teeth and the meaning that they held fascinating.  I really liked this book and I can’t wait to read Days of Blood and Starlight.
I absolutely loved it. I would recommend it to everyone.

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