• Book Reviews

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone Spoiler-Free Review

    *Oh. My. Goodness. Guys. This is my new favorite book! I love finding a new series and just falling in love with it. I am not new to Laini Taylor’s writing as I’ve read Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares, but this story is on another level! Please enjoy my spoiler-free review for Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book in the trilogy.

    spoiler free review of daughter of smoke and bone

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    Author: Laini Taylor
    Rating: {4.9/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️}

    C is for Character: 5/5

    I so loved the characters in this book! I especially loved Issa, Brimstone, and Zuzana. Madrigal and Akiva are such sweet characters. I rooted for Karou the whole time. My favorite character was Karou. I don’t always like the main character so this kind of surprised me. I absolutely love how complex all of the characters are. Even the secondary characters have substance to them. They are as much a part of the story as the main characters.

    W is for World: 4.5/5

    Obviously, as with any new book, nothing made sense at first. I also thought there was too much mystery. It was borderline annoying and I was scared that I wouldn’t like the book. But then so much was revealed and I fell in love with the world and the characters. I love that Laini lets the way the world works to provide some of the plot twists rather than the character’s decisions deciding all the plot twists. I mean, the character’s decisions are super important to the story but so is the world that it’s written in.

    P is for Plot: 5/5

    The plot was super good! I was intrigued from the first sentence. “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.” There were amazing aspects to the plot that I just loved. I loved how everything fell together at the end. The story is nowhere near finished but I got the closure that I needed from this book. 

    W is for Writing Style: 5/5

    I’ve read Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares by Laini. The writing style in Daughter of Smoke and Bone is not quite as poetic and lyrical but it is still beautiful. I love the way Laini describes things and the way the characters talk. I just love Laini’s writing.

    E is for Enjoyment: 5/5

    I struggled for a bit during the first half of the book. It was good and holding my interest but there was just too much mystery. The characters were withholding too much information. But, by the middle of the book, everything changed and things started to be revealed. It was such a good book. I can’t wait to read the next two novels in the trilogy!

    In Conclusion.

    I absolutely loved this book! I recommend it to people who loved Strange the Dreamer and those who like darker fantasy. If you love enduring love stories then I think this book might be for you.

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. You can read all the books I plan to read in June 2019 here!

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  • Book Reviews

    My book review for Winter by Marissa Meyer

    *Hello! So I’m trying something new. I have been keeping my reviews of the books I read in my bullet journal, but I’ve come to not really enjoy handwriting the reviews. It hurts my wrist to hand write all of that. I’ve decided that I should just put them on my blog. So here’s my spoiler-free book review for Winter by Marissa Meyer.

    Here's my spoiler free book review for Winter by Marissa Meyer. I loved this book so much. It was such a great ending to The Lunar Chronicles!

    If you’ve been here a while you know I’ve created my own book reviewing process (which is inspired by @book_roast). You also know that I’ve changed the process a few times. Anyway, you can read about my current process in this blog post.

    Here’s my book review for Winter:

    Winter is the fourth book in The Lunar Chronicles written by Marissa Meyer. It covers the final leg of Cinder’s quest to dethrone the biggest baddie I’ve ever met in a book. I don’t like to disclose a lot of the plot because I feel that’s not fair to you as the reader. And I’m all about fairness.

    C is for Character {4/5}

    So, it’s going to be hard for me not to gush through this review, but I will try. My favorite character is Iko. She is so sassy and fun! I also have a warm spot in my heart for Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf. I like Thorne as well. Characters I didn’t like were Amiery and Levana. Cress, Winter, and Jacin were not my favorites but they were still really well written. I think my favorite thing about all of the characters is how well they work together. The Rampion crew are one of the greatest group of friends I have ever come across and I am going to miss them!

    W is for World {4.5/5}

    By this point in the series I’m very well versed in the world. I love how this is sci-fi without being sci-fi. It’s set in the real world, just in the future. So there’s lots of advanced tech and it’s all really exciting! Winter takes place on Luna, which is basically a colonized moon. It was very cool to see how life was lived on a moon that has no atmosphere

    P is for Plot {5/5}

    Be still my heart, this book was so good. It was full of the perfect amount of plot twists and revelations! It’s my favorite book in the series after Cinder. I was very invested in the plot as I just wanted my babies to live happily ever after!

    W is for Writing Style {5/5}

    As I said before, by the fourth book in the series I am very used to Marissa Meyer’s writing style. It was easy to get back into the story and I had no troubles following the story progression.

    E is for Enjoyment {5/5}

    Overall I adored this book. It had such a satisfying ending with a small promise for more. I think I will be rereading this series at some point.

    In conclusion.

    I gave Winter an overall score of 4.7/5 {⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️}. I’m so glad I kicked off my June reading with this book. It touched my heart in all the right places. It was exciting and heart-pounding and just perfect.

    I hope you enjoyed this short review of Winter by Marissa Meyer. I loved this series and I was really sad to say goodbye to the Rampion Crew. If you’ve read The Lunar Chronicles what do you think about it?

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. Have you read any of The Lunar Chronicles? If so which book is your favorite?

    P.P.S Check out my June 2019 TBR right here!

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