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November 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

    I bet you guys thought I was going to choose a photograph of a turkey or some delicious Thanksgiving treat for my November 2012 Young Adult Book Releases post. I just couldn’t do it. I thought that might be too cruel. I don’t know about you, but my stomach is growling just thinking […]

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November 11, 2012 - 4:41 pm

VeganYANerds - Nov 13 is a busy day for books this month! I want Meant to Beeeeeeee!

Magan: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight (Book #2) by Laini Taylor [twitter | website] Daughter of Smoke and Bone Review Publication Date: November 6, 2012 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 528 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: angels, book series, animal humans, war, forbidden love Format read: e-book received from Little, Brown (Thank you!) Summary: Akiva has burned […]

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April 5, 2013 - 6:44 am

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor | Tripping Over Books - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading: “What a beautiful, wonderful, incredible book by Laini Taylor.” […]

November 11, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I agree about not rushing through this book. Taylor’s books are written in such a way that they should be read slowly and savored. There’s so much going on in them and the language is beautiful. I am glad that reading Days of Blood and Starlight was such a positive experience for you! I can’t wait to read it myself!

November 11, 2012 - 1:24 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Such a fantastic review … as usual! I’m SO excited to read this one, and even more excited to hear that it surpasses the first book! Eagerly waiting for my copy to arrive at the library =)

November 10, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - So my heart is basically bursting to hear that this does NOT suffer from middle book syndrom!

I totes agree that taking your time with this book is totally the way to go. I CANNOT WAIT.

November 10, 2012 - 8:01 am

November 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor Goodreads | Amazon Magan’s Review […]

November 10, 2012 - 7:18 am

Lori - I felt the same way! I loved it even more than the first one. I read it slowly and savored it as well. Now I need book 3!

November 8, 2012 - 6:41 pm

Kelly - I just don’t know how my heart is going to take this. She can’t hate him forever…right? I’m so excited to start this. As soon as my copy gets here in the mail, you can pretty much count me out of action until it’s done!

November 8, 2012 - 6:27 pm

tonya. - love this review, and your blog setup. so cute! 🙂 i know what you mean about not being able to get through Laini’s books quickly; she writes the kind of prose you just want to savor. and i totally agree about second books being iffy usually; this blows every middle book out of the water.

November 8, 2012 - 5:40 pm

elena - AGH this review! love that you put bullet points in this one because that is VERY helpful. i have a heard time imagining if akiva and karou’s relationship can be rekindled either, it looks pretttty dire. i read this pretty quickly but wish i soaked up the little details more because laini taylor is such a fantastic writer. LOVE this review. <3

November 8, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Morgan - I just started this last night (darn Electon results delayed me a day!) and just the first few chapters reminded me of why I love her writing style. Her ability to craft a story is incredible – and yes, I totally understand the HP comparison. I am so excited!

November 8, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - YES!! Yes, yes, yes! I feel the same way about this book. I fell in love with so many more characters this time, which really says something about Laini’s skills. Her writing is something else. Great review, Magan!!

Estelle + Magan: Shelve It (10/21/2012)

Happy Sunday, friends! We decided to do a joint “Shelve It” this week because someone was a little preoccupied with a move last weekend. Lots of fun books to look forward to for both of us! estelle. Hi. Hi. Hi. Last week, I had a bunch of fun hanging out with Elena (Novel Sounds) and Alexa […]

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October 25, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Estelle - Thanks M! The move went well & but the unpacking is slow going 🙂

October 23, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Tara - You both have such exciting things going on right now! And this is a bit creepy Magan, but I’m almost positive Anna has one of those canvases in her bathroom haha.

October 23, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Hooray for blogger outings! E, I had so much fun with you and Elena. Our adventures at the Strand + over dinner were great, and I wish we could all hang out more. Plus, you did get some pretty darn awesome books…

M, LOVE the prints. LOVE LOVE LOVE. One of the things the truly excites me about getting married is the fact that I’ll finally get to live in a place where I can decorate any way I want to! Prints + photos will DEFINITELY be prominent.

October 23, 2012 - 11:22 am

Lena - AHHH, so jealous of Estelle’s blogger outing. Why do all my favorite people always hang out without me? *cries*

SUCH A RUSH is amazeballs, and I really enjoyed Virtuosity.

And Magan, I love your prints, especially the big one. So pretty! I really liked TIME BETWEEN US, and you must let me know what you think of DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT.

Happy Reading Ladies!

*MWAH*

October 22, 2012 - 9:10 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Estelle, I am so happy to share LTT with you! I can’t wait for you to read it so we can discuss in depth 🙂 Magan, I LOVE your new art work! Both of you got some fab books this week. Can’t wait to read your reviews on some of them.

October 21, 2012 - 10:46 pm

Monica - Awesome books.
I cant wait to read Uses for Boys and Eleanor & Park also.
Feel free to stop by and check out my haul…
http://asoutherngirlsbookshelf.blogspot.com/2012/10/in-my-mailbox-imm-3.html

October 21, 2012 - 9:35 pm

elena - estelle – “yet has a terrible sense of direction.” STORY OF MY LIFE! it was so fun to hang out with you & alexa! thank you so much for talking me through directions and being generally awesome. i hope to do it again one day soon and hopefully with m! <3

magan – your wall is so pretty! i have eleanor & park too except in a paperback form. we should do a readalong! also days of starlight and blood looks so gooood, can't wait for it.

October 21, 2012 - 8:51 pm

VeganYANerds - E – I hope the move went well and I understand how hard it can be to leave a place 🙂

Yay for hanging out with Elena and Alexa – looks like you girls had a great time!

M – love the artwork, as you know! We’ve been in out place almost 2 years and it took me until this year to starting hanging prints etc And awesome stack of books 😀

Top Ten Tuesday: In Which the Worlds Felt Real, Yo.

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! The topic chosen by the awesome peeps over at the Broke and the Bookish is vivid worlds and settings in books. For me, that means things GOT REAL. I could picture myself in the world, imagine the city or the journey — whatever it may be. World building is […]

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July 29, 2012 - 8:05 am

Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog: 7/29/2012 - […] Marisa Calin. + Author Carley Moore stopped by for an interview + a GIVEAWAY! + Magan shared 10 books with vivid settings + A review of  Pushing the Limits by Katie […]

July 25, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Magan - Jen, thanks so much! I did make them myself. I whipped them up in Photoshop – I wanted it to be easy for people to see why I chose books if they didn’t want to read my longer write-ups. 🙂 I really appreciate the compliment and you stopping by!

July 25, 2012 - 12:38 pm

Jen @ A Book and a Latte - This a fantastic list! I love that you picked Such a Rush :). And, BTW, I love your countdown graphics :). Did you create them?

July 25, 2012 - 11:45 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Your graphics for this TTT are BEAUTIFUL and I love them all. I love your picks, though I’m especially pleased that you have Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Alanna & Such a Rush on the list! Such a Rush has a great setting, and yes, I totally felt like I could fly a plane after reading it too!

July 24, 2012 - 11:34 pm

Aimee @ Penmanship Smitten - I’ve heard so much about THe Book Theif. I know it’s an emotional read, but I think I’m definitely going to have to check it out. It sounds amazing.

I loveeeeee the wizarding world of Harry Potter so much, and though it scares me, I found Panem from THG fascinating.I wouldn’t want to live there, but Delirium has definitely one of my favorite dystopian settings. I’m reading This is Not a Test right now, and I can’t wait to explore this world more. The otehr books, though I have yet to read them, sound fantastic. Adding them to my TBR immediately!

Thanks for the list!

Aimee | My TTT

July 24, 2012 - 11:26 pm

Randi M - Ahhh, can’t wait for Meant to Be!! After today, I’m thinking Daughter of Smoke and Bone might have to be my next read. Great list – I loved your explanations! 🙂

July 24, 2012 - 6:19 pm

Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog - Such a Rush sounds like a fantastic read. I’ll have to look into that one. Thanks so much for sharing. Would love for you to stop by and check out my Top Ten.

July 24, 2012 - 3:20 pm

Becki @ TheFlutterbyRoom - Great list! Loved the graphics – they were awesome, and brilliant summaries. Really enjoyed hearing your reasoning for the books you picked.

July 24, 2012 - 2:39 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ooh some really great choices! HP & THG of course- but how did I pass up Delirium!? One of my favorites! And I can’t wait to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone! So many great reviews for that.

July 24, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - The world of HP and Panden couldn’t NOT be on these lists! I love both worlds SO MUCH! I just got the Alana books this weekend so I’m hoping to read them!

~Kailia @ Reading the Best

July 24, 2012 - 11:56 am

Tara @ Hobbitsies - YES Meant to Be is TOTALLY on my list too! HOW DID I MISS THE HUNGER GAMES? I’m asking this on every list I see it on because I am shaking my head at myself.

Tamora Pierce fangirl #1 right here!

July 24, 2012 - 10:17 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I keep seeing Tamora Pierce everywhere and I’ve never read any of her books. BLOGGER, READER, & PERSON FAIL. (hides face forever)

July 24, 2012 - 9:55 am

Tara - First off, I love how you formatted this post! (I know, nerd alert to geek about your formatting skills, but I LOVE).

Second, your quote about Harry Potter and The Hunger Games is so, so true.

Third, I agree on every other book… that I’ve read 😉

July 24, 2012 - 9:48 am

Jamie - SO almost put Delirium on my list! Also, I really need to read Daughter of Smoke & Bone..everyone RAVES. As well as Such a Rush and Meant To Be. I have a lot of reading to do! And I don’t know how I forgot to put The Book Thief!

July 24, 2012 - 9:34 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Every time I see Daughter of Smoke & Bone I think, hmm I need to read this! Why do I keep forgetting about it?! I like most of your picks (for the ones I read).

July 24, 2012 - 9:11 am

Nicole - I need to read Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA series like nao. DOSAB had a great world — and who doesn’t love Hogwarts!? Great list!

July 24, 2012 - 8:15 am

Jessica - I had The Book Thief too, great book. I like your list, I have read a lot of them. Never heard of Meant To Be before, but I just added to my TBR list! Thanks!

July 24, 2012 - 6:59 am

Lori - I was very close to putting Delirium on my list…I probably should have. Great list and I agree that it’s nearly impossible to have a list without Harry Potter. 🙂
My Top Ten

July 24, 2012 - 5:20 am

Cassie @GreatMunchieReads - Great picks and so pretty to. I love your page 🙂

-Cassie
GreatMunchieReads

July 24, 2012 - 4:41 am

Adina - Great list Magan. I too imagined I could fly after reading Such a Rush – the plane wants to fly!

July 24, 2012 - 2:41 am

Scarlett - Harry Potter forever! Great list, although I haven’t read quite a few of the ones that you have listed. I REALLY liked how you did the covers and the numbers, very schnazzy!

Here’s a link to mine!

July 24, 2012 - 1:52 am

Jenny - This might be the prettiest list I’ve ever seen! A few of these are on my list as well, but I love all of your picks. Amazing list! 🙂

July 24, 2012 - 1:19 am

elena - I LOVE HOW YOU DID THIS! Harry Potter should be on ALL these lists. People can say what they want about HP but they can’t deny it has great world building. Also, I read Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers and really liked it! I have Some Girls Are right now but I don’t think I’ll read it since it makes me feel really uncomfortable. I definitely want to check out This Is Not a Test though! Ha to number nine. Fab list, M. 🙂

Magan: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Released: September 27, 2011 Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Pages: 418 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Library book Why I picked it up: It was brand new at my library! Summary: Karou is studying art in Prague; she has no family to speak of except for the monsters (that […]

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November 8, 2012 - 8:06 am

Book Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor - […] of Blood and Starlight (Book #2) by Laini Taylor [twitter | website] Daughter of Smoke and Bone Review Publication Date: November 6, 2012 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: […]

February 21, 2012 - 10:20 pm

France - Taylor perfectly balances drama and action with wit and passion, the kind of read that tickles the imagination and seeps into the soul. Readers will delight in the mystery of the devil’s teeth, the brutal war between worlds and the truth of Karou’s identity, never knowing where this colorful saga will take them next. Taylor’s storytelling is stark and exquisite and lyrical, but also haunting, dark and sometimes tragic. When the many strands come together to reveal a stunning and heartbreaking truth, readers will never know what hit them. This is a fast-paced and high-soaring adventure that spans continents and worlds, generations and families — but ultimately it all comes down to one girl, one special, strange girl with a secret sadness and a forgotten past.

January 15, 2012 - 6:01 pm

Magan: In My Mailbox (2) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] reviewed Daughter of Smoke and Bone and LOVED IT. Share this: Posted in In My Mailbox, Magan, Memes by Magan, Week in ReviewTags: […]

January 15, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Magan - Mands, you should definitely give it a try! It was super different for me as well, but I think that’s what makes us better readers/reviewers. I think you’d really enjoy it! Don’t give up on it – read it all the way through. Their love is so… INTENSE and addicting. Wowza!

January 15, 2012 - 4:25 pm

Mands - I’m not sure that I will love this either but I’ve read so many good reviews (including this one!) that I want to read it anyway. None of my local libraries have and I don’t know if I should buy it I think I’m going to have to!

January 14, 2012 - 4:07 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - With a review like that, it makes me want to bump this book all the way to the top of my reading pile! I’ve always meant to check out this novel, but with your enthusiastic endorsement, it’s definitely getting more of a priority on my list of books to read in 2012 🙂

January 14, 2012 - 7:59 am

April Books & Wine - I love what you say in your review about family being the people you surround yourself with and absolutely agree that Daughter of Smoke And Bone does an amazing job showing this. I remember having an ache at the end of this book for Karou, mostly because of her family and their pain.

Absolutely this is a recipe for awesome 🙂

January 14, 2012 - 1:43 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Oooo! I have been so iffy about this one, but since you liked it I bet I will too. I either hear that people loved it or hated it, and books with reviews like that scare me. Haha. It sounds good, though, and I think you’ve convinced me I need to read this one. Thanks for the review!