Thursday, October 8, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [84]

This is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows.The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Click the links to the blogs to see how to join up &  upcoming topics.

Rename the books from Draco's Point of View

Draco Malfoy and the Forbidden Forest
Draco Malfoy and the Heir of Slytherin
Draco Malfoy and Hippogriff Injury
Draco Malfoy and the Durmstrangs
Draco Malfoy and the Inquisitorial Squad
Draco Malfoy and the Task
Draco Malfoy and the Lost Wand


Draco Malfoy and How Not to Make Friends
Draco Malfoy Wishes He Was Slytherin's Heir
Draco Malfoy and the Slap Heard Round the World
Draco Malfoy and the Dreaded Mad-Eye Moody
Draco Malfoy and Weasley Really is our King
Draco Malfoy and It.Gets.Real.
Draco Malfoy and He Just Wants to go Home

What would your titles be?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Review: Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor

Published: November 6, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads Summary

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?

Once upon a time, a girl lived in a sandcastle, making monsters to send through a hole in the sky.

Delicate Beauty

Days of Blood and Starlight was written just as beautifully as the first. However, Karou is not in the same place, mind or body, that she was before. She's living with the remaining Chimeara far away from her best friends Zuzana and Mik and so very alone. She is working beside someone she hates, but doesn't have a choice. I was constantly feeling so bad for Karou and teared up repeatedly while reading. This one is much darker than Daughter of Smoke and Bone yet still full of hope. She's doing this beautiful and important work for the Chimeara, and is treated like the cardboard tube of the toilet paper roll, so necessary but easily discarded. It seemed like as soon as she was given a bright light in the form of a friend and ally, that person would be ripped away for one reason or another.

There are two groups in this story, the Seraphim and the Chimeara. As with every group, it's so easy to see that there are both good and evil within on both sides. Akiva is with the Seraphim working from the inside trying to get others of his kind to show mercy and begin living another way. Karou is working tirelessly to bring more kind souls out in the Chimeara and is blocked at every pass. Together they are in parallel during the middle to the end of the story with similar circumstances happening on both sides. It was such a great and poignant read. I absolutely loved the inclusion of Zuzana and Mik and the bouyancy that they brought with them.

Black Hands and Splintered Souls

Really the only hard part about reading this one for me was how sad it got. I've never enjoyed being sad, and this one definitely pulled on my heart-strings.

It was also hard to watch Karou through the beginning of this one because she was so bent on revenge, but at the same time disgusting herself. She is so intensely mad at Akiva for his need for revenge, but reacts in the same way at first.

Like Magnets

Akiva becomes someone to really get behind, but Karou is heart broken and decides that her instant attraction to him was an incredible mistake. In this one, she questions what she really knows about him and whether she can move past the things he's done. Akiva, however, never wavers in his love for Karou.

Zuzana and Mik are the IT couple in this one. They are incredibly adorable together.

There is an attempted rape scene as well.

Never Seen Stars so Bright

Days of Blood and Starlight was full to the brim of conflict, hope for redemption, characters to loathe and characters to adore, incredible story-telling, and an interesting plot with a ton of development from the first one. Very recommended.


What exactly was her crime? Loving the enemy, that was a grave thing; setting him free, graver still, but they didn't know she had done that, and anyway...she had not told Akiva the chimeara's deepest secret. Thiago had. The White Wolf was blaming her for his own breach, keeping her isolated from the rest of the company, feeding steady lies in both directions. All to control her, and her magic, and it had been working neatly for him..."

Ziri will never forget Akiva's screams - absolute despair, rage, helplessness. It remained the worst thing he had ever heard. He had seen Thiago that day, too, a chill white presence on the palace balcony, motionless and unmoved. Ziri had begun to hate someone on that day, and it wasn't Akiva. "I don't know why, Karou," he said. "But I think the angel saved my life."

She let herself imagine, just for a moment: If Brimstone were here, what would be different? One thing, at least. I would be loved.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Fandom Mashups [2]

Fandom Mashups is a feature hosted by Lunar Rainbows Reviews. There's a different scenario each week, and you choose a "dream team" of five characters from five different fandoms whom you think are best suited for the situation.

This week's topic is:
You discover an injured animal but to help it, you have to be able to communicate with it.  Who do you ask for help?

1) Radagast the Brown - The Hobbit

He has a strong affinity for animals. He is mainly concerned with the well being of the plant and animal world.  In the Hobbit movies, we watched him bring a hedgehog back to life and he communicates with rabbits which pull his sled.

2) Wonder Woman - DC Comics

I'm obviously more of a Marvel fan overall, but one of my favorite DC characters is Wonder Woman. One power that people forget that she has is the ability to speak any language known to man and some that aren't. One of these is the ability to communicate with animals.

3) Professor Grubbly-Plank - Harry Potter

I don't think we ever saw Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank in the movies except in the background at the teacher's table, but she was the Care of Magical Creatures teacher that filled in every time Hagrid was away. She took care of of Hedwig one time when she showed up in Harry's class with a torn wing.

4) Claire Bennet- Heroes

Claire Bennet on the original Heroes show has rapid cellular regeneration which basically means the only ways she can die is by decapitation or being blown to bits. Further to that is that her blood can heal others. She had a dog on the show called Mr. Muggles that licked up her blood in one episode and was never able to be hurt afterwards and even showed up in an episode set far into the future when natural death should have happened for him. I'm so happy that Heroes Reborn is on because I love this show!

5) Tarzan

Tarzan can learn new languages in days. He lives with animals and communicates with them naturally. He also is very protective of them.

Who would be on your dream team this week?

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday Cover Scramble [138]

Let's have some fun! I am going to post covers on here every Sunday that are scrambled up graphically, making it hard to tell what cover it is. I would like your guesses on what cover you think I've posted. I won't answer you until I'm posting the next one to let you know if you are right, allowing others to guess as well. Some will be hard, and others may be easy. Let me know in the comments if you'd like some more hints and I'll offer some more if no one guesses it correctly.

I am pulling covers off the Most Popular Page on Goodreads.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

Published: September 27th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads Summary

Around the world, black handprints 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 otherwordly 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?

It seemed like just another Monday, innocent but for its essential Mondayness, not to mention its Januaryness.

I had just read an epic book that left me with a book-hangover and was seeking out a new one that could match its greatness in order to move on. This one had been on my to-read list for quite some time and it did not disappoint.

Light to Fill the Darkness

The writing is the first thing I noticed. The descriptions are unique and beautiful though definitely not overly wordy. I've always loved stories about angels, in this case Seraphim, but part of what sets this one apart are the Chimeara. There are a lot of angel stories, but I assure you that this one is a complete original. In this series, the Chimeara are creatures of all kinds blended together with some human element. There is also a great back story and so many things that I haven't seen before like the collection of teeth and the dispense of wishes as coins.

The characters are a lot of fun. Karou is a human student that was raised by Chimeara and has no knowledge of where she came from. While she goes to art school during the day, she travels the world for her Chimeara guardian, Brimstone, by night running his errands in the collection of teeth. She constantly has to lie about her home life and job. I felt for her immediately. Her human best friend, Zuzana, is a tiny ball of fire (though not literally) and her Chimeara family are easy to love.

The Tears of the Moon

I wish there wasn't an insta-love to tarnish such a beautiful story, but it was explained away in an acceptable and fitting manner and overall ended up increasing the depth of the story.

Like Moths to a Flame

Akiva meets Karou and is drawn to her. She feels like her emptiness is filled when he is near. They are enemies from birth due to Akiva's war with her Chimeara family so they have a definite Romeo and Juliet feel of star-crossed lovers. I can only hope it doesn't end in the same tragic way for them.

To the Top of the Cathedral

Such a great start to the series! The back story and elements of the world are explained well and are not only unique but deeply interesting. The characters are full and loveable all with their individual priorities and personalities. The writing flows smoothly and the imagery is poetic. Definitely recommended.


Zuzana arched an eyebrow. She was a master of the eyebrow arch, and Karou envied her for it.

And Brimstone, of course - he was the star of the sketchbooks. Here he was shown with Kishmish perched on the curl of one of his great ram's horns. In the fantastical stories Karou told in her sketchbooks, Brimstone dealt in wishes. Sometimes she called him the Wishmonger; other times, simply "the grump."

His answer had neither confirmed nor denied her fear.
"Your life? You mean, your body? Your body is nothing but an envelope, Karou. Your soul is another matter, and it is not, as far as I know, in any immediate danger."
"An envelope?" She didn't like to think of her body as an envelope - something others might be able to open up and rifle through, remove things from like so many clipped coupons.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [83]

This is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows.The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Click the links to the blogs to see how to join up &  upcoming topics.

Favorite Quote from Sorcerer's Stone


There are so many amazing quotes from this series.

My absolute favorite quote in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a wise one:

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” - Dumbledore

Some of my other fav's: 

“Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!” - Dumbledore

“I hope you're pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed - or worse, expelled. Now if you don't mind, I'm going to bed.”  - Hermione

“There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.” - Rowling

“Now, you two – this year, you behave yourselves. If I get one more owl telling me you've – you've blown up a toilet or –"
"Blown up a toilet? We've never blown up a toilet."
"Great idea though, thanks, Mum.” 

“Do you mean ter tell me," he growled at the Dursleys, "that this boy—this boy!—knows nothin' abou'—about ANYTHING?"
Harry thought this was going a bit far. He had been to school, after all, and his marks weren't bad.
"I know some things," he said. "I can, you know, do math and stuff.” 

Which quote is your favorite from Sorcerer's Stone?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review: Demon Dance (A Sundancer Novel #1) by Brian Freyermuth

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Format: ebook
Source: provided for honest review
Goodreads Summary

You can run all you want, but the game's in your blood. And blood never forgets…

Nick St. James was born different. His extraordinary gifts have saved him time and time again, but they couldn't save the one thing he loved most: his wife.

Now he just wants to forget his old life, but more importantly, he wants to forget the magical underworld that lives beneath the "real" world. A place where a man's faith can determine the very fabric of reality. Where ancient forgotten gods walk hidden among us, and angels and demons fight for our very souls. 

But nothing stays hidden forever. Nick's peaceful world is ripped apart when a demon slaughters his ex-partner and marks him for death. Now he must use all his gifts to find the one who summoned the nightmarish creature, but more importantly, he needs to find the one thing he lost long ago.


Demon Dance (A Sundancer Novel #1) by Brian Freyermuth

“I wish. Spending my hard-earned cash on dancers and cheesy shows sounds like paradise compared to the mess I’m in.” The minivan swerved to miss a slow-moving Honda, and my ribs began a riotous argument with my stomach. I gasped.

“Compared to the crap you’re always in,” Jake grumbled. “I thought you retired.”

“I keep trying to tell the monsters that. They won’t listen.”

The Good

Nick St. James is my type of hero. He’s far from perfect, isn’t all powerful yet he knows how to win.  He’s the guy you root for just wanting something to go right and not blow up in his face. I personally really enjoy the detective style books involving the super natural. Plus there is plenty of action to go along with an entertaining story.

The Bad

The bad for me would be lots of interesting characters popping up throughout the book that I would love to get to know better. But if this leads to follow up books where I get to learn more about them count me in.

The Romance

While the romantic overtones are there between our hero and a young woman named Thelma, Nick is still haunted by the death of his true love Ann.


If you enjoy action and supernatural with an imperfect hero, then you will love this book. The main demon Nick fights with is new and interesting. I had little problem breezing through this one. It’s really a hard book to put down.


I slowly put the dragon scale in the pocket of my jacket. The wind picked up again, sending a chill deep into my bones. Rain was coming. The blond woman was nowhere in sight. I wasn’t sure she had ever existed. When one as powerful as Coyote takes notice of you, the fabric of the reality tends to bend a bit. He told me a storm was coming, and looking at the sky I believed it. Now, if it was only the weather I had to worry about.

“Hey, Jake’s on his way over. You have help this time. This isn’t Boston.” 
I patted her hand and put the croquet ball down on the table. The cheerful red paint mocked me. “I know. We’re the three Ghostbusters, except the marshmallow man’s from Hell.”

“Some say they’re Illuminati, some say Masons,” I explained to her, “but no one knows. They constantly work to keep normal people innocent of the whole supernatural world, and they have the power to do it.” 
“So they’re the good guys?” 
I laughed without humor. “It depends on your definition. They’re only interested in keeping the status quo. They don’t care about fairness or who’s in the wrong.”

My smile disappeared as I stood up. “I’ve seen things you couldn’t imagine. Ghosts, legends come to life, demons, and angels. But I don’t have faith in any of it. Life is all chance, and it’s just our job to muddle through it.” 
She stood with me, leaned forward, and gave me a kiss on the cheek. Once again the smell of jasmine washed over me, but this time the Pain drowned it all out. “And yet you still fight,” she whispered with a smile. “That’s courage.”

The girl walked up to me as I looked at the picture. “You squashed the bad man,” she whispered. “Are you an angel?” 
I looked at her. “Me? I’m no angel. Just…kinda like a superhero. My power is the power of sarcasm. The word is mightier than the spur…” I stopped. “And you have no idea what I’m talking about.” She giggled again. “But thank you for the picture.”

Demon Dance (A Sundancer Novel #1) by Brian Freyermuth