Theme Song Saturday (30)



Welcome to Theme Song Saturdays, a new weekly meme, hosted by yours truly, in which we share our love of music and books! Since I love books and music, this meme is for fun to try to incorporate those two loves! Whenever I read a book, a certain song -- kind of like a soundtrack or theme song -- plays through my head.

Want to know how to play? Head over to this post to read the rules and get the code.

Here's my pick this week:






 Walk Like a Zombie by HorrorPops will always come to mind when I read a zombie love story!  I am not far enough in the book to know whether Marcus and Angel really do stick together, but I still think of this song whenever I pick up this book.  With it's snappy tune and cute lyrics, I cannot help thinking Angel herself would like the song.






 Whats your choice this week?  Leave a link in the comments.
Much love, Sinn

Follow Friday

Follow My Book Blog Friday is hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee's View and Alison at Alison Can Read. The point is to follow as many book blog as you can and make new friends! As part of the adventure, she gives a weekly question.

Here's this week's question:

Q: What blogger inspires you? It can be any kind, it doesn't have to be a book blog.





A:

I would have to say I am inspired by I'm Loving ♥ Books, Small Review, [Fikt]shun, and The Bookish Brunette. The amazing things those ladies have done with their blogs are just simply awesome!

Much love, Sinn

Theme Song Saturday (29)



Welcome to Theme Song Saturdays, a new weekly meme, hosted by yours truly, in which we share our love of music and books! Since I love books and music, this meme is for fun to try to incorporate those two loves! Whenever I read a book, a certain song -- kind of like a soundtrack or theme song -- plays through my head.

Want to know how to play? Head over to this post to read the rules and get the code.

Here's my picks this week:





Broken by Seether fits so many aspects of this book.  For me, it could show Karou's relationship with Brimestone, Akiva's love for Madrigal, or Akiva's fascination with Karou.  This song is about love on a level that is deeper than mere romance. 

It's Been Awhile by Staind reminds me of the relationship between Akiva and Madrigal. Further, I couldn't help thinking of his mistake while I was listening to this song. Even though this song is very likely about addiction, the mood and lamenting of this song really fit the later part of the book.




What's your pick this week?  Leave a link to your pick in the comments!



Much love, Sinn

Follow Friday

Follow My Book Blog Friday is hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee's View and Alison at Alison Can Read. The point is to follow as many book blog as you can and make new friends! As part of the adventure, she gives a weekly question.

Here's this week's question:

Q: What would you do over if you were to start your blog again from scratch?

 

 

 

A:

I would probably try to reach out to publishers a lot sooner than I did. Just starting out, I was afraid to approach any of them about reviewing books. Aside from that, I am fairly happy with out things started.


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Much love, Sinn

Book Review — Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: YA fantasy/urban fantasy
Published: September 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
Pages: Hardback, 418
ISBN: 978-0-316-13402-6
Opening Lines: "Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day."
Author Links: WebsiteTwitterFacebook
Rating:

 
"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 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.

~ Jacket copy



Thoughts: This book has been sitting on a shelf since I received it as a Christmas present. Before that, it has been on my wishlist since it was first announced. I have no idea why it has taken me so long to read it; however, it was well worth the wait!

When I first read the jacket copy, I was not sure what to expect in this book. After watching Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, part of me wondered whether it would be a pseudo tooth fairy story. There was not way I could have expected the truth about it.

The book follows the 17 year-old Karou, a young art student living in Prague. She spends her time drawing what she sees in her 90+ sketchbooks. Her friends believe the monsters inside are born out of her vivid imagination; however, they would never begin to expect that she is, in essence, a runner for the very same creatures. Trafficking in human teeth and wishes, Brimstone seems an unlikely caregiver and father figure. It is through her connection with her strange family that Karou is brought into a centuries old war. To save her family, she must uncover a past that has been hidden from her and find out whether peace is really worth everything.

This book is beautifully written. The characters, descriptions, and worlds have been masterfully crafted and are rich with detail. Never for a minute did I wonder whether these places were real or not. Taylor did a wonderful job bringing them to life and making me long to go there. I found myself hoping against hope that Poison existed, because I desperately wanted to sit at the coffin tables and eat the famed goulash.

The relationship between Madrigal and Akiva was so real. My heart swelled at the budding of their romance, and I had to fight back tears at their parting. Even the ending of the book, my heart was broken. Through their love and past, I felt that Taylor tackled a lot of huge issues. The subjugating of races as slaves, internal politics, interracial relationships, etc. was masterfully worked into the story. Also, her lesson about wishes and hope. I felt that this book was jam packed full of huge, complex topics. However, she was able to handle it in a delicate and precise way.

Honestly, I think that this book is one of the best I have read this year. I found myself tearing through the book, and then forcing myself to back off in order to forestall the conclusion. I was sorry when I turned the last page. If you're looking for a magical story, this should be at the top of your list!

Pages: 10,907
Current Progress:
34/50 books


Much love, Sinn

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the follow:
  • Grab your current read
  • Opening toli a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Share Title & Author, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!

Here's my teaser this week:

"As Madrigal had said, the general's fetish for purity was hypocrisy: He himself had been through many resurrections, and his hypocrisy was twofold — not only was he not "pure," he had not been born high-human.

"The Warlord was Hartkind, with a stag's head: creature aspect, as were his wives, and so had been Thiago, originally."
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, page 339
Much love, Sinn

Book Review — Flesh & Bone

Title:  Flesh & Bone
Author:  Jonathan Maberry
Genre:  Post-apocalyptic YA with zombies
Published:  September 11, 2012
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Pages:  Oversize paperback, 469
ISBN:  9781442439894
Opening Lines:  "Benny Imura thought, I'm going to die."
Author Links:  Website  ♠ Twitter  ♠ Facebook
Rating:


"Benny Imura and his friends are reeling from the tragic events of Wawona and the second Gameland, but there's no time to stop and mourn fallen comrades. Survival in the great Rot and Ruin requires movement, and so, with heavy hearts, Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong continue their quest to find the jet that they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists, then humanity itself must have survived . . . somewhere. Finding it is their best hope for having a future and a life worth living.

"But the Ruin is far more dangerous than any of them can imagine. The zoms seem to be mutating in terrifying ways that could change everything they know about surviving among the walking dead. And even worse, a death cult has arisen that is gathering new followers at a frightening rate, and is devoted to sending every living person in the Rot and Ruin into the waiting arms of death."

~ Jacket copy

Thoughts:  After Dust & Decay ended, I had no idea how Maberry was going to continue the series. Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong are left in the Ruin without a guide or a clue as to their next step. Aside from Lilah having ample experience in the Ruin and amazing survival skills, the teenagers are basically town kids who have stumbled into some horrid situations. Without the guidance of Tom, I really wondered how they would function and whether they should return to Mountainside.

Feeling as if they have nothing to return to and wanting to honor Tom's memory, the teenagers continue on their cross-country trek to find the jet Nix and Benny saw in the first book. However, things are not easy. Things continue to be strained between Nix and Benny. Everyday Nix seems to be changing into someone Benny doesn't know, and she closes herself off more and more from the people around her. Reeling after Tom's death, Benny has also retreated into himself, started to become stoic, and views that he needs to take Tom's place. And, on top of that, Benny seriously doubts their decision to leave Mountainside. With Nix's growing obsession with the plane and seeming lack of concern for her comrades, Benny is unsure how to handle everything.

Things in the Ruin are starting to change. The teenagers have noticed changes in the zombies. Some of them are getting faster, and animals are getting infected. And if the evolution of the zombie plague is not enough, they are surrounded in the Nevada desert by a strange religious death-cult calling themselves the Reapers, who intend the open "red mouths" in all the heretics and lead them into the darkness.

Maberry put a lot of thought into the Reapers. While their religion seems extremist, living in a post-apocalyptic world where disease, famine, and death run rampant, it is easy to see where a death-cult could take hold. However, I did not find it to be coincidence that the head of the church was Saint John and his loyal follower was Brother Peter.
"You have been the rock on which I built the Night Church . . . You, Peter. Not her." (327)
Even though they worship the god Thanatos, the resemblance to Christianity is striking! Chapter 74 mirrors the discussion Jesus had with Peter before His crucifixion.

From the first page until the end, this book was emotional and raw. For me, the introduction was the perfect way to describe this book. It was about loss and grief. At one point or another, all of the main characters come face-to-face with loss and try to pull themselves through their own grieving process. Once again, Maberry tackles deep issues in this book and really forces the audience to look at human nature. He also shows the depravity and complete helplessness of suffering, loss, and grief. In his books, zombies are not the enemies, merely an aftershock of an already corrupt world.

This book is a tour de force! I found myself on the edge of my seat during all of the action and crying bitter tears with the teenagers as they continue to learn the harsh realities of life. If young adult novels allow teens to be voyeurs and experience things they might never have to, I think this series will go a long way in opening discussions, cause them to ask tough questions, and really start looking at the world around them. As Tom says, "You can fix the world. You, Nix . . . Your generation. You can fix the world and make it right."

**Note:  This book was received from the publisher for a fair and honest review.


Currently Reading:  Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Pages:  10,489
Current Progress:
33/50 books


Much love, Sinn

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