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.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

There was a lot in this that I liked. There was also a good amount that I didn’t. Overall, I am a little disappointed. There were a few poems, however, that jumped off the page and nestled into my heart. One in particular that reached in and felt like it was written by me – my current and exact feels. I shared that piece below.

The short pieces really bothered me. The one-liners. The few words. I’m never a fan of those short blurbs that ANYONE COULD SAY. But I was thrilled to see some longer pieces in this book, which Milk and Honey did not have.

There was also a section on immigration. Which I could understand, but for some reason (maybe the organization?) it felt out of place. I know it was the section called rooting, so from that standpoint, I can understand discussing her personal roots, but at the same time, it just didn’t feel like it fit or blended with the rest of the book. But maybe that’s just me.

Overall, this book was okay. It’s not a favorite. I probably won’t pick it up again to read. But it’s good for an afternoon read at a coffee shop.

Favorite poem:

i hardened under the last loss. it took something
human out of me. i used to be so deeply emotional i’d
crumble on demand. but now the water has made its
exit. of course i care about the ones around me. i’m just
struggling to show it. a wall is getting in the way. i used
to dream of being so strong nothing could shake me.
now. i am. so strong. that nothing shakes me.
and all i dream is to soften.

-numbness

Rating: 3 stars

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35606560From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
fall
root
rise
in order to bloom

Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park #1) by Michael Crichton

“The planet has survived everything, in its time. It will certainly survive us.”

This review is a hard one to write. You know how they say the book is always better? Well, I’m actually surprisingly on the fence about this one. *cringe* Don’t judge me!!! I think it’s mainly because I saw the movie when I was a little tyke, and it’s been with me for so long that it holds a special place in my heart.

But the book. Let’s talk about that. The ending- CLIFFHANGER!!!

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I’m chomping at the bit to read book 2, The Lost World. The key points in the movie match up with the book, but the details are all different. And wonderfully so. It’s like I got two chocolate chip cookies made differently but taste equally amazing.

The book is a captivating adventure into new territory that the men in charge believes can be controlled. But what we all know and love about nature is that: LIFE FINDS A WAY.

If you haven’t read it like me because you’ve seen the movie, trust me, this is nothing like the movie. All the details are different and will take you on a whole new adventure.

Rating: 4 stars!

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6424171A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.

The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson

I hoped to like this even a little, but I didn’t. The writing style isn’t my cup of tea. The stuff she writes about doesn’t resonate with me. None of it.

The content of the book is depressing, highly sexual, and vulgar. Not my cup of tea for poetry.

Rating: 1 star

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30325231The Chaos of Longing is a prose and poetry collection draped in raw honesty, ache, and eroticism. The collection explores trauma, love, heartbreak, and the realizations from it all.

The book is divided into four sections. “Inception” briefly examines formative years and its effects on how one loves. “Longing” reflects on love and sexuality. “Chaos” explores toxic relationships, unrequited love, and heartache. After chaos, there is order with self-love and healing poems in “epiphany”.

Some content may be triggering.

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)

The last book. The conclusion to all the greatness of this tale. The epic ending of Clary’s story. Words… Where are the words…

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If there is a reason to read the series, the last book is the reason. It is everything. This conclusion will suck you into a new level of the world of Shadowhunters, and the characters will fill your heart.

Rocking back and forth, she clutched the sword like it was the only thing she had ever loved, and let the blood spill down instead of tears.

THE WAR IS ON!!!

The action, the intensity, the struggle, and the unity. IT’S MAGICAL.

“Weapons, when they break and are mended, can be stronger at the mended places,” said Jace. “Perhaps hearts are the same.”

I can’t say a lot here because if I did I’d be spoiling a lot of the other books, and I just can’t do that to you! This book is worth all the others. And all the others are already great, so basically, just read this series. You won’t regret it!

Rating: 5 stars!

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24944889In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!