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As if you needed proof…

….that I was a crazy fan of Daughter of Smoke and Bone! (I’m DYING for the sequel!!)  I know most of you haven’t read this book, but I feel the need to share this anyway! And again, I know I haven’t posted a review in forever. It pains me too, y’all. I’m stuck reading dumb summer reading stuff. But I’ll try to get a few more up before summer’s over! It’s weird, but I actually get WAY more book reviews done during the school year. More of a schedule. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway coming soon! 😀 (on that note, if you’re an author or publicist, let me know if you want to donate something for me to giveaway! ) Also, my review of it is here.

Now for the main purpose of this post. There was one particular part of Daughter of Smoke and Bone that made me want to do this. In this book, Karou (the main character) has wishes on a string, in the form of beads. When she pinches one, it disappears and her wish comes true! I spent days after I read this thinking about how amazing it would be to actually have some scuppies, ‘the pennies of the wishing world’. Well, I can’t get beads on a string (….. or can I? ;)) but I’ve had my eyes peeled for the perfect beads for months! And I finally found them! I bought them, ran to the store for some leather cord, and BAM!

Cool, right?!

The neat part of this is that I made it exactly like the book describes it. I can’t for the life of me find a quote explaining it, but maybe I’ll add one later! Anyway, it’s basically a long strand of beads that you can wear as almost anything.

A bracelet..

A headband… (hey look! It’s my hair! :D) Or my personal favorite…

An anklet! Just wearing these beads has made be feel… different. Sounds weird, but there is something really cool about wearing a piece of jewelry that to your average Joe is beads, but to you is wishes.

I love it so much!

Some of my favorite quotes from Daughter of Smoke and Bone:

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“Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic.”

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“It’s not like there’s a law against flying.”
“Yes there is. The law of gravity.”

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“Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens. I need you to remember that I love you.”

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“She had been innocent once, a little girl playing with feathers on the floor of a devil’s lair. She wasn’t innocent now, but she didn’t know what to do about it. This was her life: magic and shame and secrets and teeth and a deep, nagging hollow at the center of herself where something was most certainly missing.”

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“Until a few days ago, humans had been little more than legend to him, and now here he was in their world. It was like stepping into the pages of a book — a book alive with color and fragrance, filth and chaos — and the blue-haired girl moved through it all like a fairy through a story, the light treating her differently than it did others, the air seemed to gather around her like held breath. As if this whole place was a story about her.

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I think this is my favorite book EVER. READ IT!!

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Book Review: Lips Touch: Three Times

Once again, Laini Taylor did not disappoint! As you probably know, I LOVED Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and it left me very impatient to get the sequel, or at least some more of the lovely writing! Molly (here’s her blog) suggested I try Lips Touch: Three Times. I’m so glad she suggested it! I probably wouldn’t have picked it up on my own, given the strange-ish cover. But now you guys know not to judge this book by it’s cover!

I’m actually going to use the Goodreads summary on this one, because I can’t think how to describe it.

Three tales of supernatural love, each pivoting on a kiss that is no mere kiss, but an action with profound consequences for the kissers’ souls:
Goblin Fruit: In Victorian times, goblin men had only to offer young girls sumptuous fruits to tempt them to sell their souls. But what does it take to tempt today’s savvy girls?
Spicy Little Curses: A demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test her curse.
Hatchling: Six days before Esme’s fourteenth birthday, her left eye turns from brown to blue. She little suspects what the change heralds, but her small safe life begins to unravel at once. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?

Wacky summary, right? That’s probably because this isn’t your average book. Not only are there 3 short-ish stories, but they each have that cool, quirky style that I love so much about Laini Taylor. It sort of reminds me of John Greene (I’m not his biggest fan, but I do enjoy his books) and how every one of his books has a little bit of his weirdness in it. This book is especially great for anyone who liked Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and if the summary on this one didn’t catch you, check that one out. It’s a lot less weird, but just as awesome.

It also has awesome illustrations by her husband Jim Di Bartolo. They are even more amazing after you read the stories!

The stories are the perfect length to read, because even though they leave you wanting more, it is easier to stop and sleep (in my case) than a chapter book that keeps you hooked until the end. The writing was just as beautiful as that in DSB, almost more because she got to explain settings and characters 3 times more than the other! (if that makes sense…) They were a little strange, because they are meant to be a type of legend. But that’s what makes them so great, you’ve never read anything like this before. I know people who groan and sigh when you say “Well, it’s a short story collection..” but even if you don’t like short stories, you’d enjoy this. If I had to choose my favorite story (so hard!) I’d choose Spicy Little Curses. I just think it’s so heartbreaking and sweet. Goblin Fruit is awesome as well!

I just thought I’d tell you guys about this before I go! My friend Alice and I were talking about this book, and she told me that the Amazon synopsis began with: “In the style of Stephanie Meyer,…” and I couldn’t believe it! But sure enough, that’s what it says. I just find this so funny, because Laini Taylor’s stories and books could not be farther from Stephanie Meyers’. It’s crazy.

I hope everyone checks this book out! (though I recommend reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone first!)

Olivia

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Book Review- Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Dude. I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. In fact, I loved it. Like LOOOVVEED it. Like dream-you’re-in-that-world, I-want-a-guy-like-that, wish-you-lived-in-Prague loved it. Honestly. I guess I’m going to have to add this too my favorite books ever list (along with Divergent and Shatter Me). 😉

This book is about a girl named Karou. Karou is slightly strange… the monsters she draws in her sketchbook actually exist, and she doesn’t dye her hair blue- it grows out of her scalp that color. Karou is living her ‘normal’ life in Prague as an art student, as much as she can while balancing ex-boyfriends and running errands for her sorcerer foster father. On one of her errands for teeth (that’s right, teeth), and angel of fire and sparks tries to kill her. But when he shows mercy from his unyielding mask of solemnity and lets her escape, everything changes.

I can’t even tell you how insufficient that summary is! That is the first few chapters, but when I say everything changes, I really mean it! We learn more of the monsters (a race called the Kaimera) and the angel and his people (a race called the Serafim) and why the angel (his name is Akiva) and Karou can’t seem to stay away from each other…

It is so much more than I expected, so much more than you will expect! I can’t even describe more than this without ruining the book for you, but the title is totally fitting and the romance is tender and wonderful. I loved the romance especially much because, as much as it tears me apart, it wasn’t just sunshine and rainbows. They had trouble, actual life problems that got in the way. (to those who have read the book- and I’m writing this in code so as not to spoil anything- I believe Madrigal and Akiva will end up together, somehow!)

I have to mention the audiobook aspect. As you all know, I was planning on listening on this on the drive to Florida, because this audiobook is a whopping 14 hours long! Well,  that didn’t quite work out, because my CD player broke (you know, the portable kind that saps batteries like crazy and also breaks down like crazy). So I had to listen to it when I got home, and that was way more of a pain. It took me a while to complete this book because of it! But, while some audiobooks frankly, suck,  this one was AWESOME! The narrator was fabulous, and did the wide variety of accents perfectly, in a way that made them come to life with richness and sound much better than I EVER could have imagined in my head. Not to mention the fact that Laini Taylor’s writing is pure magic. Such beauty in her words, I imagine it would be a learning experience for even the most experienced writer. After I finished, I felt like saying, “Wow. Now that is writing.” It is safe to say that Laini Taylor is my writing role model. I have my own style, but I want her way with words, vivid imagery, and just the way her words sound like they were meant to be spoken. They are practically poetry! This audiobook is TOTALLY worth a listen, TOTALLY worth the time. I’m sure the paper copy is awesome too, but the audiobook adds and extra level of magic. The only drawback is the time it takes to listen to the whole thing, but once again very worth it, especially if you have commute time you could listen to it on!

Wow. You know I love a book when I have so much positive and no negative to say about it. I recommend this to everyone! The type of book that IF YOU DON’T READ THIS I WILL DIE. OK, so not really. But trust me, you won’t regret it.

Special thanks to the wonderful ladies Gaby and Molly for getting me pumped for this book, listening to me rant about it, and being supportive of my surely-awful Karou hand drawing. ‘Preciate it!

Bye bye!

Olivia

P.S. If anyone shows up at a book signing for this, pretty please get me a signed copy! I will pay yooouu! Oh, and I think there won’t be ARC’s for the sequel (November) but if there are I WANT ONE SO VERY BADLY.

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