Book Review: A Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Title: A Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Published date: September 27th 2011 September 27th 2011

Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal

Number of pages: 418 pages

Source: US paperback (Purchased)

My rating: 5 stars



Book Blurb

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?



Book Review

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.
It did not end well.”
Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

I’m regretting for not picking up this book sooner because this book is just so…AMAZING! Now, the book cover was the reason why I didn’t picked up this sooner! So please guys, PICK THIS BOOK UP! DONT JUDGE THE COVER! The cover doesn’t matter, what matter most is the story inside!!

I was in a reading slump before I read this book and IT BROUGHT ME OUT OF IT! This story is fast paced and the writing is so magical. The world and the premise is just so… spectacular. The world and character development is just OMG SO GOOD! Not to mention the plot twist as well! I flew through this book and I’m so happy I did.

I was drawn into the story in the first few chapters! It was so hilarious and I was laughing out loud. I loved Karou so much because she’s so hilarious and brave. Her thoughts are amazing and it’s interesting to be in her POV everytime!

I’m very well impressed with the author’s writing. Her writing was lyrical, lovely writing blows me away. Her imagination.. GOB BLESS HER.. I’d love to take a peek into her brain and see who/what lives there. All the plot was very well planned and I enjoyed it a a lot! She gave little hints here and there and ended up to be like HOLY CRAP! I was sitting at the edge of my chair and was like WAIT…NOO…WHAT from the second half of the book to the epilogue.

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”
Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

In the end, I was very happy really happy to pick up this book and devoured it. I can’t wait to pick up the next book and get ready for my mind to be blown again. Just go and read this book guys and I promise it’s soo GOOD! Don’t let the cover hesitate you from picking this magical book up guys!

Book Review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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Title: Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Burjas #1)

Author: Zoraida Cordova

Date Published: September 6th 2016          

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire 

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy & Paranormal

Number of pages: 336 pages

Source: Ebook

My Rating: 4.75 Stars



Book Blurb

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.


I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.
The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…
Beautiful Creatures meets Daughter of Smoke and Bone with an infusion of Latin American tradition in this highly original fantasy adventure.



Book Review

“We all get scared and want to turn away, but it isn’t always strength that makes you stay. Strength is also making the decision to change your destiny.”
Zoraida Córdova, Labyrinth Lost   

This is my first book based in a witch world and I FREAKING LOVED IT! This book reminded me about Alice in the Wonderland!!! The writing was very mysterious and eerie and it was so good. As the author’s first book, I would say she did a very good job in writing this book!

Brujas and brujos. A hidden world of darkness and despair down the rabbit hole. A powerful witch, Alex who denies her powers. And a dangerous adventure with a brujo boy, Nova she can’t trust to rescue an entire family.

I was hooked in the first chapter and flew through it. This book was fast paced and wasn’t too draggy. I really love the premise of this book! The cover is just stunning isn’t it? It was a exciting-filled read with loads of interesting details on Latin-American culture and beliefs which I really loved. This book also had diverse characters; that includes people of colour as well as bisexuality.

I have to admit I didn’t enjoyed our main protagonist, Alex in the first few chapters.  Growing I’ve learnt to appreciate and be grateful of things, so when I read Alex wasn’t grateful enough I was annoyed. Alex’s character development was excellent and thankfully in the second half of the book, Alex was a loveable character. She became a strong and with a passionate heart to rescue her family.

“I’m not the encantrix everyone thought I would be. Right now, I’m just a girl, and there is also magic in that.” ― Zoraida Córdova, Labyrinth Lost

The ending was soo great and I cant wait to get my grabby hands on the 2nd book in this series. I believe the second novel is about Alex’s sister,  Lula which is one of my favourite character. She was a strong and a kind-hearted lady and I cant wait to read from her POV.

I enjoyed this book a lot and I highly recommend this book to everyone if you’re a fan of magic, witches and also Alice in the Wonderland.

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Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

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Title: A Darker Shade of Magic ( Shades of Magic #1)

Author: V.E Schwab

Date of published: 24th February 2015

Publisher: Titan Books

Genre: Fantasy, young Adult

Source: UK edition Paperback (Purchased)

My Rating: 4.2 stars



Book Blurb

Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.
There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.


Review

This is my first V.E Schwab book and I can say she’s a talented author. I went into this book blindly other than hearing such great reviews from the bookish community. I would say I’m amazed by the author’s writing.

The beginning of the book, about 50 pages in, the pace of the book was slow. In the first 50 pages, I just couldn’t get myself into the book. After those 50 pages, I could say that everything was insanely brilliant and I flew through it! The world building was absolutely amazing! I got pulled into the world of darkness and in a multi-dimension which is really cool! Now, the world building was amazing! The concept of the fantasy elements were very interesting! I personally love multi-dimensions and time travelling elements in books.

Not to mention, the character development was superb too especially Delilah Bard. She’s a badass character that has great sense of wisdom and bravery. She was a absolute brave character which I adored very much. Her POVs are my favourite thing to read!! Sadly, I didn’t enjoy our main character, Kell that much. I think he was a flat character compared to Lila. In short, I enjoyed Kell’s POVs too but not as much as Lila.

That being said, I highly enjoyed this book! It’s totally my go-to type of books because of fantasy and has multi-dimensions. I can wait to pick up the sequel; A Gathering  of Shadows sometime soon!

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Book Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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Title: The Star-Touched Queen

Author : Roshani Chokshi

Date Published : April 26th 2016

Published by : St. Martin’s Griffin

Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Ratings : 3.75 stars

Source : Ebook



 

Book Blurb

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?


Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…


But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.


Review

““No matter where we are, we’ll always share the same sky. We can always find each other in the same constellation.”
Roshani Chokshi, The Star-Touched Queen   

Fantasy novels are definitely my go-to type of books but in this book, it wasn’t the genre that attracted me to read this book. It was the fact that this book is a standalone! In the world of books, we rarely get to see fantasy books that are standalones! Besides, this book is mythology and has Hindu elements in them which we rarely see them in books.

Now, this book is beautifully written. The writing was splendid. It was written in a way of eerie and mysterious way. However, I had some problem understanding the words. In my preference, the vocabulary was slightly a bit too deep for a young adult reader. Words takes a huge part in the book and I constantly had to refer to my phone on the words which kind of destroyed the pace of my reading.

Now, speaking of pace, I had some problems with the pace of the book. This book is divided into 2 parts. The beginning of the book (Part 1) was exciting. I would keep guessing what was happening and it was a fun ride. Unfortunately, Part 2 was disappointing, it gotten less exciting and I simply just want to put the book down and read something else.

Despite the slow pacing, the world development of this book was phenomenal! We are introduced to the Hindu cultures such as attire and food. The world was slowly being introduced and was at the right pace. This is the main reason why I gave this book a higher rating.

When I first when into this book, I thought that it was going to have different POVs but it has just one POV which is from Maya. Unlike other fantasy novels, it was fun and calm to read from only one POV but in my preference, I would personally like to have another POV which is from Amar. Although it’s from one POV, I still enjoyed it but Maya wasn’t my favourite character.

“My star-touched queen,” he said softly, as if he was remembering something from long ago. “I would break the world to give you what you want.” ― Roshani Chokshi, The Star-Touched Queen

Overall I didn’t highly enjoyed this book. As said, the pace was slow in the second half of the book that made me really want to put down the book. By the way, the author is writing another companion novel which will be following Maya’s sister POV which will be out next year so make sure to check it out!

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Book Review: Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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Title: Girl In Pieces

Author: Kathleen Glasgow

Date Published: August 30th 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Press 

Genre: Young Adult, Mental Health, Contemporary

Source: Paperback (Purchase)

My Rating: 3.8 Stars



Book Blurb

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
A deeply moving portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.


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How I Got Into Reading!

Hey Lovelies! I’m back with another post! So this post I’ll be sharing why/how I got into reading as an avid reader. I thought you guys could get to learn about me more in this post…. So here I go. 🙂

So growing as a little girl/child, my mother always wanted me to be an avid reader. But sadly when I was young I didn’t adored reading that much. Maybe once I would only read one book in a month (or probably not ) So earlier this year, my mum told me that when I was in her womb, she read stories to me everyday. ( though I have no idea what she reads to me hahahah) and I was surprised and asked my mum, ” Mummy do you even think I would understand what were you telling me? ” ( LOL ) but my mum put high hopes in me and said, ” I just hoped that by that I could bring you into reading but I guess it didn’t helped *sigh* ”

So I was quite sad to watch my mum being disappointed at me. With that, I tried to pick up a book and read. ( I’m not that noble hahahahha ) I remember I read Me Before You during April and I LOVED IT. So I asked for my bookish friend’s recommendation and she recommended me Red Queen. So I read it and feel in love more. By then, my reading habit grew. I read a minimum of 10 books every month since then. One day, after school, I was waiting for my mum to arrive (my mum is always NOT punctual) (shhh don’t tell her I said that ahahhaha). I was immersed in reading this book (I forgot what was it) but I was reading while waiting for her. When she came, she was beaming from ears to ears. I asked her why and she said “….because my dream finally came true that one of my child likes reading” I melted and I told my mum “Well mum, it’s two peas in a pot. Well, your dream came true and fell in love in reading and I don’t know what I would do in my daily life if I didn’t love reading” To be honest, yes, I have no idea what I would do without reading in my daily life besides than doing homework/revisions. Maybe I would just laze around and god knows do what ahahhaha.

And in reading too, I’ve met this amazing penpal through the Book Animos community that has a big heart. We would communicate everyday and sometimes do some buddy read. Although I have bookworm friends at school, but it feels a total different to have some to talk about books, though I have no idea why I feel that but I just do, you know (hahahahah I’m so weird)

See? I’ve practically earned so many many benefits by just reading. All Thanks to my mum who have casually/ indirectly helped me into reading. I LOVE YOU MUM! That’s all! I hoped you guys enjoyed this post. Feel free to comment down below on anything/what you felt about this blog/ how did you got into reading?

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Introduction

Hey lovelies! So I’ve been meaning to start a blog fro ages and I finally found the time to do it! Well.. from the URL above, edelladellereads, you would be wondering ( or some of you might already know ) I’ll be talking about books! Books reviews, wrap up and TBR ( to be read ) So I hope you guys would tune in to my blog and i’ll appreciate it 🙂

So in my first ever blog post, as you can see from the title above, it’s going to be a introduction which is more like Facts About Me! So, let’s start

#1. My full name is Edelweiss Low and I’m 14 this year ( which mean I was born in 2002 incase you were wondering)

#2. Yes, I’m an Asian. I’m from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (hello, if you’re a Malaysia)

#3. I’ve just started reading this next which is 2016 during April. When I was young, I did enjoy reading but I wasn’t so much of an avid reader as I am right now. Honestly I don’t really know what/which book got me in reading but since April 2016 I feel in love with reading

#4. I’m the youngest in my family. I came from a family of 5 and I have an older brother which is 3 years older than me 🙂 ( incase you were wondering who’s the fifth family member I have, it’s my Grandmother xD )

#5. I read Fantasy, Contemporaries and Young Adult ( though I really want to try reading New Adult )

#6. Honestly I’m quite generous on give ratings to books but here my ranting

5 Stars: Absolutely LOVED this book

4 Stars: Loved it but had some issues

3 Stars: MEh

2 Stars: Ermm……..

1 Stars: DNF books ( Did Not Finish) / Didn’t enjoy it at all 😦

#7. I have a Bookstagram Account which I share with my best friend which is @foldedbetweeenpagess so make sure to check us out

#8 I have a goodreads account which is just Edel so check me out too

#9 I have a Book Animos account which is Edelweiss but I rarely post things there but you can check me out too

#10. Last but not least, I’ll post bookish related here which includes Book Review, Wrap Up, TBR and some challenges 🙂

I hope you guys would give me some support and yea 🙂