The Diverse Books Tag

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Hey guys, how’s your summer going? Next week I’m going on a brief vacation, hopefully the weather is better there than here. I swear the arctic isn’t the place to be when you love summer. Anyway, let’s do a book tag! Thanks to Jenna @ Fictional Neverland for tagging me, I love this tag. 

Without further ado… 

A BOOK STARRING A LESBIAN CHARACTER

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I have plenty of books with wlw main characters on my tbr but I haven’t gotten around to very many of them yet. I have to pick from a larger cast, so I’ll go with the Gone series by Michael Grant where the character Dekka is a lesbian (or at least interested in girls, I don’t remember if her orientation was specified), as well as African American. This series is a guilty pleasure of mine. It gets ridiculous at times, but I ate it all up. 

A BOOK WITH A MUSLIM PROTAGONIST

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I can’t think of any books I’ve finished that has a Muslim protagonist, but I’m reading And I Darken right now and that applies. Mehmed is a Muslim, and if I know my history right then Radu eventually converts to Islam too. Nice coincidence right in time for this tag. 

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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor [REVIEW]

22363172Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Series: Daugher of Smoke and Bone #2
First published by in November 2012 by Little, Brown and Company
Tags:
Young Adult, Fantasy
Buy: Amazon | Book DepositoryB&N

Source: Purchased

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Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.


Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.


In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed
Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For
hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Read my review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone here.  

What do I say about this book? It was good. It was amazing. It was emotional and funny and just as beautifully written as Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Goddamn it, Laini Taylor. This book is poetry. Every sentence is so wonderfully crafted and nothing feels forced to me. I mention this because I’m reading Shatter Me at the moment and the metaphors are killing me, they’re so forced and cheesy and a lot of the time don’t even mean anything. Ugh. 

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.

And its snap split the world in two.”

See, that type of writing says something. It says something about the war and its effect. It’s visual and has an impact, you can hear the snap of the wishbone and the crackle of the earth when you read this. Or maybe that’s just me. But that’s why I love this writing so much.  

Moving on from the writing style, this book is quite different from the first one. What’s changed between these two installments is that the focus is no longer on the romance, even though the core of the story is  still very much about love and hope, that hasn’t changed. The forbidden love is strong in this one, and if that is your thing then this is most definitely the series for you. However, now Karou and Akiva are separated and heartbroken, working on opposites sides of the war. And the war gets brutal. 

In fact, the way this series is built up reminded me of Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking. I’ve only read the first two in both series, but they’re similar in the sense that the first book is more narrowed in on one specific problem, as well as certain characters, then second book comes around and pans out, focusing on the larger war where the two main characters have been forced apart to the opposite sides. 

This book is darker and more intense than the first. There’s more action, more plot, and more war-related horrors. And the twists in this book are still as amazing as they were in the first one, I love me some good plot twists. I absolutely loved the final section of the book. 

The only reason this one gets half a star less than the first one is because it was a little bit slow in the beginning. We get a lot of new POVs in this book and it took a while to get into it. And I wasn’t always as interested in what Akiva and his siblings were getting up to, even if what they do is super important, I’m just more invested in the other characters. My favorite parts were definitely the parts in Marrakesh. I love Zuzana and Mik, they’re such relationship goals. Zuzana is just hilarious, her comment about Thiago: “Anyone who would wear all white like that clearly had issues” made me laugh. And I’m still emotional at the fact that a certain character appeared. ;_;

All in all, this series is fantastic. If you want good world-building and unique characters I couldn’t recommend this enough. 

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Have you read this book? Did you like it more or less than Daughter of Smoke and Bone? How does the last one compare? 

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Book Traveling Thursday (23) | My Summer Read

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It’s Thursday and time for another Book Traveling Thursday. This weekly meme was created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Visit their Goodreads group to learn more about Book Traveling Thursday 🙂

The rules are to share covers related to the weekly theme where you include the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite, and your least favorite. I’ve decided to go for a top 3 and bottom 3 arrangement, because that’s more fun and I get to showcase more covers. 


This week’s theme is “a book you want to read this summer.” I’m planning on finally getting to I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I don’t know if the book itself is summery, but the title and cover is so it fits. 

ORIGINAL COVER

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Simple and colorful, I love it. 

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Top 5 Wednesday (13) | Favorite Blog and Instagram Posts

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Hello guys, it’s been a while! I haven’t felt much like blogging so far this month, for no reason in particular, but I’m always around on twitter if anyone wants to chat! 🙂 Anyway, I decided to do this week’s top 5 Wednesday to remind you that I’m still here lol.

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey @ gingerreadslainey and is currently hosted by Sam @ ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to join Top 5 Wednesday take a look at the Goodreads group!

The topic of today is 

Favorite Videos/Posts
–This is a chance to showcase some of your favorite posts you’ve ever done! These are your own posts, not shouting out someone else’s. These do not have to be past T5W topics. They can be anything from your favorite discussion post you did, to your favorite review, to your favorite photo you’ve posted on Instagram!

The Book Love Tag

book love tagI made this tag, so obviously I like it. I made it for Valentine’s Day this year and it focuses on ships and OTPs. And I think the post looks quite pretty too, so overall, not bad. If you want to do the tag feel free ;)))

 

 

 

 

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May 2016 Wrap-Up

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Hey, guys! My wrap-up this month is a little bit later than usual, but who cares, right? I read quite a lot this month, at least it’s a lot for me, so I’m happy about that. Here’s to June being at least half as good in terms of reading. 


BOOKS READ

22363172Days of Blood and Starlight
by Laini Taylor

This series is still so, so good. Hopefully my review will be up soon, I always have a harder time writing positive reviews than negative. 

4.5/5 stars

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Eva’s Eye/In the Darkness
by Karin Fossum

Another Norwegian audiobook I listened to on Storytel. This detective is a childhood favorite of mine so I really loved finally getting into the books. I’ll have to rewatch the episodes as well after I’ve read some more.

3/5 stars


22910900The Rest of Us Just Live Here
by Patrick Ness

I hadn’t planned on reading this, at least not yet, but I saw it at the library and figured why not. I read this in pretty much one sitting, it was quick and easy and actually pretty good. I’m not always the biggest fan of contemporary (and this functions a lot like a contemporary, minus a few elements) but this was a nice read, I loved the characters.

4/5 stars


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban5
by J.K. Rowling

A re-read! As good as always, I can’t wait to start Goblet of Fire because that’s the book I’ve read the least for some reason. 

5/5 stars

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by Matthew Quick

Oh man, this was great. It was dark, twisted, touching, and had me on the edge of my seat. I’d figured out most of the big reveals before they were revealed, but pssh, who cares. Loved it. This book has one of the most frustrating mothers I have ever read. Pay attention, woman! Goddamn. Also, Leonard Peacock is the most wonderful name. 

5/5 stars


29505971Come What May
by A.M. Arthur
[review]

I got this ARC from NetGalley and it was pretty good. It was cute, but overall not much different from a lot of things I’ve read before. In my review I talk about how this is my experience with the NA genre this far. 

3/5 stars

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3715490Don’t Look Back
by Karin Fossum

This is the second book in the Konrad Sejer series (my favorite detective from childhood). I liked the plot of this one more than Eva’s Eye, it’s one of the stories I remember most clearly. 

3/5 stars

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25451555Saga Volume 5
by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

I finally got my hands on volume 5! I found at at the comic book shop, woohoo. This series is still great, I adore it. I especially like Hazel’s narration. 

4.5/5 stars.
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by Libba Bray

This. is. awesome. It’s a very in your face satire on several things such as beauty standards, sexism, racism, and the patriarchy overall. It’s hilariously funny yet perfectly serious in its message at the same time. If you love satire, feminism, and social commentary you must read this asap.

5/5 stars

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Book Traveling Thursday (22) | I Wish I’d Read This As A Child!

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It’s Thursday and time for another Book Traveling Thursday. This weekly meme was created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Visit their Goodreads group to learn more about Book Traveling Thursday 🙂

The rules are to share covers related to the weekly theme where you include the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite, and your least favorite. I’ve decided to go for a top 3 and bottom 3 arrangement, because that’s more fun and I get to showcase more covers. 


This week’s theme is “a book you would read in your childhood if you could go back in time.” I interpret this as a book you’ve read as a teen/adult but wish you’d read as a child instead, so I’m going with A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I read the first book, The Bad Beginning, in 2014 and I enjoyed it but I probably would have devoured this series whole as a child. I wish I’d seen these in the library back then. I’m especially mad I missed this whole train because of the Netflix series. 

ORIGINAL COVER

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I love these. Love, love, love them. They look so nice together on a shelf. 

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WWW Wednesday #6 (June 1st 2016)

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It’s June! How in the world did that happen, we’re almost halfway to Christmas again! Hope you’re all having a great summer this far! And if you’re in Australia, well… TOO BAD FOR YOU. Though let’s be real, it would probably still feel like summer to me. 

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha @ Taking On a World of Words where you answer the following questions: 

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading

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I’m listening to one audiobook at the moment, and that’s The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler, which is the first book in the crime series about the detective Joona Linna. I’m listening to it in Norwegian because it’s originally written in Swedish so that’s close enough. It’s a really long audiobook, I’ve heard 6 out of almost 18 hours, but I’m enjoying the story this far.

Yesterday I started Irène by Pierre Lemaitre, another first in a crime series, but this time it’s originally written in French. Sadly I didn’t have enough French lessons in school to be able to read it in French, but oh well. It seems good this far but I’m barely 10% in. Imagine my disappointment though when I found out Camille is a unisex name in France LOL. I was looking forward to a female detective. 

And last but not least, I picked up my ARC of And I Darken by Kiersten White. It’s gotten some glowing reviews already and I’m looking forward to seeing what the fuss is about. It’s a re-imagination of history, what if Vlad III, aka Vlad the Impaler aka the inspiration of Dracula, had been born female? That alone should get you excited. He was vicious. And you know how much I’ve loved reading about dangerous teens lately. This is another one I’ve barely started though, so I can’t say much about it yet. 

Recently finished

9464733Yesterday I finished Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Oh man oh man I have so much to say about this book, I worry my review will turn into a full-blown thesis. It was amazing, hilarious, and spot-on satire. That’s all I will say for now. 

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Reading next

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Hmm, I’m really not sure. I’ve ordered The Raven Boys so I might read that. I’ve also wanted to get to The Forbidden Wish, which is the book I received in the March Fairyloot box. It’s an Aladdin retelling and I love me some Aladdin. We’ll see! 


What are you reading right now? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of these?

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