June passed me by a little too quickly this year, but I am excited for everything July is going to bring. Not only does today mark the first day of my 22nd year on this planet, but there is so much to look forward to–Camp NanoWriMo to help me make more progress on my WIP novel, #bookstajuly18 on bookstagram, and so much more.
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 one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored 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?
As someone who makes a point of avoiding the romance genre and has a particular distaste for any story that even remotely has the true-love-conquers–all trope, Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone caught me by surprise. This is a fantasy novel where the whole premise is based on the fates of star-crossed lovers–and yet, this story has so much more to offer: this is a story that explores colonization, racism and the pointlessness of war in a way that very few Young Adult (and even Adult) books have been able to do.
You’d think that after nearly three years of blogging, I’d be somewhat less awkward at first posts right?
Which is why I am going to keep this first post super short and simply tell you that this blog here is my personal outlet for things that I cannot stop thinking about and things I cannot seem to speak enough about. I hope you find things here that will make you laugh at my stupidity, or make you feel hopeful and inspired or motivated. I hope when you come here, you can relate to some of the stories I share, and you leave feeling happy and a little less alone.
Ten Reasons Thursday is a weekly meme originally created here on Bookish Freaks to help you get ideas for discussion posts. Do link back to me if you try this out.
While the name of the meme is Ten Reasons Thursday, you can do as little as two or as many as 15. This is simply a discussion prompt meme to help you churn out more discussion posts. Feel free to do this however you like, and even do a little spin-off on each week’s topic. You may even try out past topics if you want.
December 3: Ten Reasons To Join _____ site (or Ten Reasons to Not Join ___ site)
December 10: Ten Reasons Why WordPress Is Better Than Blogger (or vice versa. If you want you can choose any two different sites and give reasons why one is better than the other)
December 17: Ten Reasons To Not Abandon That Book Until The Last Page (you can do it the other way too and give reasons why you DNF certain books)
December 24: Christmas Freebie
December 31: New Year Freebie