Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor


Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (2011)
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Book 1
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 418 pages
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads Description

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?


Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of the longest-standing books on my TBR. I’ve wanted to read it the moment it was published — five years ago — but put it off for various reasons. Last month, though, I finally picked up a copy from the library and got around to reading it. Was I blown away? Well… not really.

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Book Review: Uprooted – Naomi Novik


Title: Uprooted (2015)
Author: Naomi Novik
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Genre: Fantasy
Extent: 438 pages
Release Date: May 21, 2015
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.


My first thought when it comes to Uprooted is: finally, a fantasy standalone! It seems like most of the fantasy releases recently have all been part of some series — if not a trilogy, then it’s a tetralogy, a pentalogy, or something else with even more books. I enjoy long series as much as the next person, but sometimes I just want something that finishes when I close the back cover, you know? Uprooted, thankfully, delivers not only that but also a thrilling novel with an awesomely creepy villain.

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Book Looks: Heartless – Marissa Meyer


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Title: Heartless (2016)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Read the first lines…

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Book Review: Just Listen – Sarah Dessen


Title: Just Listen (2006)
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Extent: 371 pages
Release Date: April 6, 2006
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Description

Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.


I first picked up Just Listen as a teen — I was maybe 14 or 15, going through middle school and totally blind to the ways of the world. A friend let me borrow her copy and from then on, my life was forever changed. Sounds too dramatic? Well, this book solidified my friendship with her and she’s still one of my closest friends now, so I’d say nope, just realistic. It is also one of my favourite books of all-time, so I’m warning you now: this review is basically 100% praise and appreciation.😛

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