Daughter of Smoke and Bone by laini taylor

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Once upon a time,
an angel and a devil fell in love.
It did not end well.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone tells the age-old tale of forbidden love with a beautifully constructed mythological twist. I held off reading this series as I had heard so many positive review I was worried that it would not live up to the hype . That was a mistake I wish I had taken the time to read this sooner.

Through the leading characters Karou and Akiva, Laini Taylor has managed to create and capture a story of  love, loneliness and desperation.

Karou is a art student living in Prague. She gossips with girlfriends, works on her art and has to deal with a nightmare of an ex-boyfriend who won’t take the hint. Throught her life she has kept a series of sketch books that tells the story of another world in incredibly, that her friends and class mates cant wait to see what happens next. But Karou has a secret. This isn’t a world she dreamed up it is real.
In this secret world, wishes are the currency and monsters will do anything for their ultimate wishes to be fulfilled. Living between worlds, Karou senses that she doesn’t quite belong in either. That there is always a part of her missing. But when she runs into Akiva, her life will change forever .

Laini Taylor, unlike numerous young adult authors, never patronises her readers. With a well developed story and characters.

The thing that really struck me most was the way Laini Taylor uses the traditional Ideas of  forbidden love, the divine battle of angels and devils, fallen angels… and manages to turn them into something entirely new and extraordinary.

There’s also a wicked sensuality amidst the darkness that’s just irresistable. A truly fantastic read!
If you have held of reading this series don’t wait any longer!!!

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 grown 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?

original title Daughter of Smoke and Bone
ISBN 0316134023 (ISBN13: 9780316134026)
url http://www.daughterofsmokeandbone.com

Bad Land Cover Reveal

Coming September 2013…

 Bad Land

Synopsis:

 

At only twenty-three Marshall Montgomery is the youngest reporter to have ever worked at his newspaper in Los Angeles county. His life has been his job. But something is about to happen that will force him to confront the painful memory of his sister’s death and open him to a world very much apart from his own.

A young girl has been found dead in Wakan Canyon. A place Marshall will find that has a past filled with violence and bloodshed. Hundreds of years ago Native American’s fought over the land and even today lives are being taken to protect a secret.

Deep within the canyon there is a power that has been hidden by generations of the area’s inhabitants. There is a dark force that has corrupted every single one of its owners since the beginning of time. Now, trying to discover the truth, Marshall finds himself caught in a web of lies, manipulation, secrecy and death.

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/book/show/18515556-bad-land

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Jonathan Yanez was born and raised in a Christian household in Oxnard, CA. He was involved in everything from piano and saxophone lessons to swimming and track. Growing up his parents encouraged him to read, and he did – anything he could get his hands on. Soon he developed a fascination with storytelling and characters that would follow him the rest of his life.

Graduating from BIOLA University with his BA in English Literature he never lost his love for writing and creating. He now works part-time as a personal trainer and hopes to one day make the move to writing full-time.

Other than reading and writing, his passion is living life to the fullest. He loves; spending time with his wife and pets, watching movies, participating in mud runs, traveling, going to the gym and pushing his limits in everything. This desire takes him anywhere from skydiving and motorcycle riding, to surfing in Hawaii and various types of martial arts. He has his eyes set next on archery and running with the bulls in Spain.

He is married to the love of his life and resides in Southern California with his husky, Daphne and cat, Helen.

 

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/JonathanAYanez

 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JonathanYanezAuthor

Website and Blog: http://jonathanyanez.blogspot.com

 Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/13858613-jonathan-yanez

 

Death & co by D. J. McCune

Adam comes from a family of Lumens. Their only job in life is to guide you into whatever is waiting in the next life. Adam doesn’t necessarily share the same dream as the rest of his family. He throws up and gets blood noses when he goes out with his father and brothers. Adam wants to stay in school and be a doctor. He wants to save lives, not to feel like he is ending them. Can he challenge the fate? There are a couple of  smaller stories that feel like they are being intertwined into the overall story. 1. Adam and his friends messing with a bullie of a teacher who’s son is also bulling Adam
Adam trying to live a normal life part of that is trying to go on a date with the girl of his dreams.  If your life was set out before you would you take the path you were told to or would you create your own destiny?

Synopsis

Adam is a Luman, and it runs in the family. Escorting the dead from life into light, Adam must act as guide to those taken before their time. As his older brothers fall into their fate however, Adam clings to his life as a normal kid -one who likes girls, hates the Head and has a pile of homework to get through by Monday morning. When Adam gets a terrible premonition he realises that he must make a devastating choice, risking his life, his family and his destiny

Series: Death & Co. Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Hot Key Books (May 2, 2013) Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1471400926

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Random fact Monday

The following words were invented by William Shakespeare: boredom disgraceful hostile money’s worth obscene puke perplex on purpose shooting star sneak Until his time, people had to have their conversations without these words.