Monday, August 12, 2013

Days Of Blood and Starlight - Laini Taylor

(I apologize for the format of th review. I'm using the Blogger app on my phone as the mini M is being difficult to get down in bed tonight)

Laini Taylor: I'm starting to wonder if you are related to Stephen Moffat. Why's that you ask? Because I do hate to love the way you rip my heart out my chest and show it to me. Ugh!! The feels!!

"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?"

So if Daughter of Smoke and Bone rocked my world, Days of Blood and Starlight totally destroyed me. There few books that leave me in the end completely devastated. I was myself on the verge of tears throughout this whole story. This was a tale of war and the price we pay for it.

Most sequels in book series now a days seem to merely be filler and fluff to satisfy the masses until the big finale in the final book. Oh no. Not this book. There is much that is revealed in this book that was left open wide for the in the first book. As I don't want to give anything away I will be vauge and cryptic. We see more of Karou's past and the depth of her relationship with Akiva. Both Karou and Akiva are dealing with guilt that weighs them both down, changing them for the better and the worse.

Karou is in the desert wasting away and bruising and breaking not only her body, but also her strong will and spirit. She mourns the death of Brimstone (sorry if I spoiled that for you but you should have read the first book by now!), and blames herself. While she brings back her people and creates a vicious army, Akiva believes Karou is dead and has distanced himself from the other angles. It is when they are ordered to hunt down and kill innocent demon refugees feeling for their lives that Akiva discovers that this is the only way to seek redemption for what he has done.

And real quick, can we talk about Laini Taylor's angels? What a bunch of dicks. Really. Unbelievable in their terrony and lust to destory the demons. But it was not about the demons themselves, but the lust for power and control. Taylor did a great job creating an antagonist that I wouldn't mind Judi chopping to death.

Like in the first book, Taylor beautifuly crafted a world that pulled me in and enveloped me fully. However, this story was more raw. It was a deep cut that was exposed to rubbing alcohol and salt. It made me yearn for everything to be okay for Karou and Akiva. I wanted so badly for there to be a measure of closer and peace for these two characters because Taylor totally through them into the deepest and darkest pit of despair in the inner most ring of Bell and told them "good luck getting out!" But in theend, we are left hanging in a shakey balance of uncertainty and wobbly alliances that stand on the edge of a blade.

Oh! The feels!!

My heart aches in anticipation for the next book. I need to know what happens next! There are so many secrets and so many things that could go horrifically and catastrophically wrong. But then, maybe, just maybe, Karou and Akiva get their happy ending that they truly deserve. My heart wants the happy ending, but rational brain tells me Laini Taylor is probably going to leave me a snot nose and tear stained mess sobbing on the floor. And you know what? I'm okay with that.

Remember to always be yourself. Unless your a pirate...them always be a pirate. Go forth and read!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Hell's yeah! I'm Back! Along with my dog Momo...

That’s right ladies and gents! I’m back! After a month of none stop writing (I didn’t write for one day, but it was the 4th of July) for Camp NaNoWriMo, I have returned triumphet in that I reached my 50k word count goal. I am a winner! My novel, which is tentatively called End is the Beginning but will more than likely change to Doll Parts, is not quite done story wise. My main characters, Ruby and Finn, decided to yank the reins of the story away from me and well now they are in a pickle I’m trying to write them out of. I believe I have come up with a writing schedule that will work for me, which will included blogging time. I miss reviewing books: the good, the bad, the ugly…miss it so much.

But, to start off my immersion back into the blogging world, I bring to you a feature that I thought was just too cute: Momo’s Choice. For those of you who don’t remember or don’t know what the hell Momo’s Choice is, it’s where I take pictures of my teacup Chihuahua, Momo, with books that she “picked out.” It’s honestly a way to mess with her. She hates getting her picture taken so it’s a fun challenge to sneak up on her and, POW, take her picture.

So let me stop with my yammering and bring to you lovely folks Momo’s Choice!

God’s Behaving Badly
By Marie Phillips

Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse--and none too happy about it. And they've had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ.

Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning, and even turning mortals into trees--a favorite pastime of Apollo's--is sapping their vital reserves of strength.

Soon, what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed-but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world?

Why it’s Momo’s Choice:  It’s got a sassy cover.

Why I do think of the book? This book I bought a few years back and I remember it was because of the cover (shocker there. Are you surprised?). Then I read the story and I loved it. The gods are seen for what they are and that is completely selfish and Alice and Neil are really just as Plain Jane and Joe Schmo as you can get. I groaned at out loud and I laughed hysterically at the surprisingly idiotic human jealously and revenge that the gods do to each other. If you are looking for a great read to break up the monotony of what you normally read, I highly recommend this book.  

There you have it! Momo's Choice. I'll try to keep up with Momo's Choice on a weekly to biweekly basis. Depends on how crazy things are around my neck of the hood.

Remember folks, to always be yourself. 
Unless you can be a pirate...then always be a pirate!
Arrgh me maties and yoo hoo!