Reading slump

I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while! School has been hectic and reading seems to be a lot of effort compared to being on YouTube 😓 I haven’t gotten through a book in like two months! But I’m still trying!  Hopefully a review will be up soon! Sorry you guys! 

What Do You Wanna See Next?

Guys, I don’t really know what to review next, so I think I’ll just list books that I have read or just currently own right now and see what you guys are up for to hear my review on. Please let me know what you’d like to see:

Books I’ve read: 

Thrown of glass series (the first two books)  by Sarah J. Maas

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

The Immortal Instruments series (only read the first two) by Cassandra Clare

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meghan Spooner

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riodan

The Legend trilogy (or the first two) by Marie Lu

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Vampire Academy by Michelle Mead

Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

50 Shades of Grey Trilogy (almost done the last book)  by E.L. James

The Darkest Minds Trilogy (again the first two books of the series) by Alexandria Bracken

The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Just One Day/ Just One year by Gayle Forman

Books I haven’t read yet: 

Midnight thief by Livia Blackburne

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The Knife of Never Letting Go (currently reading) by Patrick Ness

Harry Potter and the Philospher’s stone by J.K Rowling

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Hex hall by Rachel Hawkins

Anything but Ordinary by Lara Avery

The Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy (the last two books) by Laini Taylor

Why We Broke up by Daniel Handler

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers

That’s not all my books but those are the majority of books I hope to review in the future. And I’m well aware that I need to get on with completing series but there’s just so many books to read and so little time 😐

Thanks for reading!

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

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Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (4.5/5)

Daughter of smoke & bone cover
Daughter of smoke & bone cover

Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Book 1)

Page: 418

Reading Pace: Fast

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Genre: Young Adult: Fantasy and Romance

“Once upon a time, and angel and a devil fell in love. 

It did not end well” 

A Romeo & Juliet story with a twist.

Surprise, surprise another first book in a series! This Line! THIS LINE! The first line in the book and I was hooked!

Synopsis:

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 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?

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Prague sounds so beautiful. The setting of the book was definitely a nice change. I’m pretty sure this is the only book I’ve read that’s based (mainly) in Prague.

Another aspect I loved about this book were the characters names I mean Karou, Akiva, Madrigal, Zuzana. They’re all so unique and that makes them stand out more than past characters I’ve read about.

Towards the beginning of the book Karou talks about a missing, empty piece inside of her. She wanted someone, and she wanted romance. I thought this was the line that hinted that the ‘boy’ we’d meet later on in the book would fill all her romance needs. I didn’t realize there was an entire previous life she was totally unaware of!

Now for the romance aspect, the way they met pretty much starting in a fight, dammnnnnn. And how he started following her around, watching her, pretty much reminded me of the movie “City of Angels” and the song “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls played in my head. Akiva is so sweet and romantic, his way with words and actions! AWH! The intense attraction between them and the empty feeling Karou always felt, just made so much sense. They were once in love in Karou’s (Madrigal) past life. We learned Akiva was born solely to become a soldier for the angels in the war between the angels and the chimaera (devils). Madrigal spared Akiva’s life and they fell in love. Sure, it took two years! But, Akiva spent nights learning how to speak Chimaera through the slaves talk and how he snuck into the masquerade ball! (Where she happened to be ‘claimed’ by Thiago) You guys I couldn’t contain myself, I was melting! It tore my heart that they’re forbidden for having such feelings for each other! I imagine Akiva much like Stefan Salvatore from the Vampire Diaries because they’re both very reserved, but when they love, they love with all they got. The way they ended, with Karou enraged at Akiva for killing her family, left me sulking at school for the rest of the day.

You guys, sugar powder? Uhhmmmmm it sounds like a good (kinda hot) idea but like that would irritate my skin so bad haha!

My Favorite Part: 

Page 370-371

“Your dress,” he said, noticing it. “It’s torn. Did he–?” Madrigal felt heat, a ripple of anger flashing off him like a draft off a bonfire. She saw that Thiago was dancing with Chiro, and was staring right between Chiro’s sharp jackal ears at her. She waited until the revolutions of the dance brought Akiva’s broad back between them, shielding her face, before answering. “It’s nothing. I’m not used to wearing such fragile fabric. This was chosen for me. I crave a shawl.”

He was tense with anger but his hands remained gentle at her waist. He said, “I can make you a shawl.” 

She cocked her head. “You knit? Well. That’s an unusual accomplishment in a soldier.” 

“I don’t knit,” he said, and that’s when Madrigal felt the first feather-soft touch on her shoulder. She didn’t mistake it for Akiva’s touch, because his hands were at her waist. She looked down and saw that a gray-green hummingbird-moth had settled on her, one of many fluttering overhead, drawn to expansiveness of lantern light that must seem like a universe to them. The feathers of its tiny bird body gleamed, jewel-like, as its furred moth wings fanned against her skin. It was followed shortly by another, this one pale pink, and another, also pink, with orange eyespots on its lacework wings. More floated out of the air, and in a moment, a fine company of them covered Madrigal’s chest and shoulders. 

  “There you are, my lady,” said Akiva, “A living shawl.” 

She was amazed. “How—? You are a magus.”

“No. It’s a trick, only.” 

“It’s magic.”

“Not the most useful magic, herding moths.” 

“Not useful? You made me a shawl.” She was awed by it. The magic she knew through Brimstone had little whimsy in it. This was beautiful, both in form — the wings were a dozen twilight colors, and as soft as lamb’s ears— and in purpose. He had covered her. Thiago had torn her dress, and Akiva had covered her. 

“They tickle.” She laughed. “Oh no. Oh.” 

“What is it?” 

“Oh, make them go.” She laughed harder, feeling tiny tongues dart from tiny beaks. “They’re eating my sugar.” 

Sugar?” 

The tickling made her wriggle her shoulders. “Make them go. Please.”

He tried to. A few lifted away and made a circle around her horns, but most stayed where they were. “I’m afraid they’re in love,” he said, concerned. “They don’t want to leave you.” He lifted one hand from her waist to gently brush a pair from her neck, where their wings fanned against her jaw. Melancholy, he said, ” I know just how they feel.” 

Akiva is such a romantic person! My heart! OMG! CAN HE PLEASE BE IN LOVE WITH ME TOO?!

Overall:

Overall every aspect of this book is so unique and just so well thought and amazing! I’m ecstatic that I bought the hardcover box set of this series so I can start the rest of the trilogy anytime I please! The romance in the story is so easy to visualize even though the Chimaera aspect of it can be a little difficult to picture. I can’t wait to see how Akiva and Karou’s paths cross again and how the angels and chimaera’s war comes into play. You guys, if you like heart-breaking romance, unexpected plot twists and high fantasy, read this book. You.won’t.regret.it.

Thanks for reading my review! And I promise to post more often!

Here, enjoy some beautiful fanart stuff I found:

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Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (5/5)

Throne of Glass cover
Throne of Glass cover

Series: Throne of glass (Book 1)

Page: 404

Reading Pace: Fast

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children Books

Genre: Young Adult: Fantasy

Throne of Glass is the first book to the Throne of Glass series. Thrown of glass is a high fantasy, filled with action and a sprinkle of romance. This book has some aspects that reminded me of the Hunger Games BUT is still completely different. I think everyone should read this book because I LOVE this book and there is so much happening in Thrown of Glass that there will be something for everyone to enjoy. And this has quickly became one of my favorite books.

In this story, we meet Celaena Sardothien who had been sent to die and work at the salt mines of Endovier. The once most notorious assassin of all of Adarlan ends up being chosen by the Crown Prince to compete for the title of the King’s Champion. In other words, becoming the King’s Champion means leaving Endovier to become the King’s personal assassin. Throughout the book, it’s clear that Celaena’s main objective is to get her freedom back and win the competition, but throw in a flirty Prince, a moody Caption of the Guard, a vile King and a mysterious murderer, it’s quite difficult for the proud assassin to keep her eye on the prize.

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Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandria Bracken

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandria Bracken (4.5/5)

The Darkest Minds Cover
The Darkest Minds Cover

The Darkest Minds is the first book in a dystopian trilogy. In this world, there is a plague spreading around America that is affecting all the children called Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration (IAAN) . Most of the children end up dying from this disease but those who do not die, end up with these special abilities. In this book, the government divides the abilities the children gets into colours, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red. The children with Orange and Red abilities are seen as the most dangerous and very rare to come by. Children are placed in these Rehabilitation camps that remind me much like concentration camps and are divided by their colour and gender. In the beginning of the book we meet Ruby at a camp called Thurmond, which I find to be the Auschwitz of these rehabilitation camps. In the book we learn Ruby is an Orange posing as a Green. As the story progresses Ruby finds a way to escape Thurmond and we go on a journey with her and her new friends, Liam, Zu and Chubs to discover the Slip Kid and finally find answers to their long-awaited questions. This book is filled with Action and a side of Romance, and frankly, all you need in a classic dystopian novel. Those who enjoy the Hunger Games, Divergent or Legend Trilogies will enjoy this book. It’s definitely worth checking out!

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Introduction

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by Books and Cafes! I guess by the title of my blog, you’ll know what this blog is about, but I’m gonna repeat it anyways. Basically, my blog will revolve mainly around books. I’ll write things like book reviews, review on book-to-movie adaptations, upcoming books and much more! I also think I’ll blog about wanting to become an author and maybe mt experiences and tips. I’m still debating about that though, because I’m definitely not a professional. Just to let everyone know, I’m not that great at tech stuff and blogging is really new to me, unless you count my Tumblr ( pamper-blossom.tumblr.com/), so please bare with me as I try to work out this blogging thing. I hope to be posting soon and hearing about what you think and suggest I should do with my blog! Thank you again for stopping by my blog and I hope you enjoy!