The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (The Grishaverse 0.5, 2.5, 2.6) by Leigh Bardugo

Basically, anything by Leigh Bardugo is amazing and fascinating and takes you to other worlds so mesmerizing, you aren’t even terrified of getting lost. No. Instead, you’re terrified of coming back to the real world. Back to reality. Leigh Bardugo is one of the best at making a world, a universe that you don’t ever want to escape.

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Each story was like a little taste. I wished some were longer, as I always wish for more from Leigh Bardugo. These were dark and creepy fairy tales that fit so perfectly into the Grisha-verse. Another book to come back to again and again.

To top it off, the illustrations are stunning. I loved watching them transform from page to page to the end of each individual story.

Ayama and the Thorn Wood

The Too-Clever Fox

The Witch of Duva

Little Knife

The Soldier Prince

When Water Sang Fire

They all deserve the typical 6/5 stars. Let’s face it, Leigh Bardugo is my favorite.

Rating: 5 captivating stars!!

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Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

Blood on Snow (Blood on Snow #1) by Jo Nesbø

This was a totally different read for me, but I follow some other bloggers who love his work, so I decided to give Jo Nesbø a go. While this wasn’t a fantastic and thrilling read for me, it was still good.

I enjoyed the plot. It kept me intrigued and curious as to what would happen next. The characters were nothing to write home about – which for me is kind of a big deal. I LOVE in depth character development. If you’re like me, this will be a bit of a let down.

Overall, it was a good read. Not my favorite thing in the world, but still quite interesting! There is a second book that I plan to read at some point.

Rating: 3 stars

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516k0p1qs5l-_sx315_bo1204203200_From the internationally acclaimed author of the Harry Hole novels—a fast, tight, darkly lyrical stand-alone novel that has at its center the perfectly sympathetic antihero: an Oslo contract killer who draws us into an unexpected meditation on death and love.

This is the story of Olav: an extremely talented “fixer” for one of Oslo’s most powerful crime bosses. But Olav is also an unusually complicated fixer. He has a capacity for love that is as far-reaching as is his gift for murder. He is our straightforward, calm-in-the-face-of-crisis narrator with a storyteller’s hypnotic knack for fantasy. He has an “innate talent for subordination” but running through his veins is a “virus” born of the power over life and death. And while his latest job puts him at the pinnacle of his trade, it may be mutating into his greatest mistake. . . .

Black Book of Poems by Vincent K Hunanyan

This book is much darker than what I typically find nowadays with “modern poetry books”. And I like it. This book fits a little more closely with classic poetry, as with the style and continuous rhyming. It was refreshing, and a fun, quick read.

Vincent is someone I had never heard of, but the book caught my eye on Amazon one day. Not because it looks anything fancy or had all 5 star ratings. It didn’t. There was just something there, and I knew it was what I have needed.

Lately, “modern poetry” reads all the same. Everyone copying everyone else for a slice of “fame”. But this was nothing like those. This has an ere of the classic that I truly loved. While the content isn’t anything that pulled me in deep and left me hungry for more, it was still a good read and something I enjoyed for an evening.

Rating: 3.5 stars!

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35218279Black Book of Poems is the debut title of the Armenian-born writer, Vincent Hunanyan, and is a collection of poems dealing with loss, love, pain, happiness, depression and abandonment.

Moon Theory by Robert M. Drake

As someone who own’s and read(s) all of Drake’s books, I have to say that this is a beautiful collection. Now by all means, this is not my favorite Drake book. It’s not his best, but by no means does that make it a bad book either. I love the fact that he had longer pieces throughout the book.

This collection isn’t quite what I was expecting. The more I weaved my way through the pages, the more I thought he was not only considering his life, but the coming years his daughter will have. And that melted my heart.

I’ve always enjoyed Drake’s words. This book is another great add to his poetry collection, and I will likely pick it up again soon.

Rating:  4 stars!

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36421958This is something about self-love—something they don’t teach in school. Something that’s very hard to learn on your own. This is something about putting yourself first because it’s okay to love yourself before anyone else. This is something about doing what’s best for you, no matter what people say, because only you know what you deserve. This is something about being real, being real to who you are and accepting things as they come and change. This is something about your mistakes, about your flaws, and about how beautiful it is to get up and try again. This is something about being you, about using your voice when you’re afraid. About building enough courage when you feel like standing up to something you don’t believe in, something that’s wrong. This is about you, and every day should be about you, and that’s something you should always consider.

Night of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2.5) by Laini Taylor

This is exactly what I needed. I’ve been in the biggest book funk since SOC. I’ve read books, yes, but not like I usually can. Not with speed and hunger. But this book was the perfect light read. A short love story combined with magic, oddities, and so much humor. I literally took pictures of so many pages and passages that had me LOL.

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This story is so gosh darn precious. If you’ve read the series, or at least the first two books, pick this up. It’s totally worth it.

Rating: 4 stars!

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34733250In this stand-alone companion to the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone series comes the story of Mik and Zuzana’s fantastical first date—as a gorgeously illustrated gift edition with bonus content included.

Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her “rabid fairy,” her “voodoo eyes” are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or “Violin Boy,” her courage deserts her. Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to make the first move, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It’s a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter’s night before leading him to the treasure: herself! Violin Boy is not going to know what hit him.

New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor brings to life a night only hinted at in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy—the magical first date of fan-favorites Zuzana and Mik. Originally published as an ebook, this new print edition will include breathtaking black and white illustrations, plus bonus content in a gorgeous package perfect for new and current fans of the series.