Black & White – A Poem

Hey there everyone! I hope your week is going well. Here’s another poem for you. Enjoy 😊


Black & White

Ambiance of chaos encircles misery,
trapping agony in her fragile heart.
Memories regurgitated in cycles.
There is no escape.

Icy eyes grow distant and cold.
The pain coagulates in his soul.
A void of stillness grows stronger.
There is no escape.

Flamboyant skies turn black and white.
Disoriented silence grows deafening.
Both fall to the masquerade of joy.
There is no escape.


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September TBR Wrap Up & October TBR

Happy October! September flew and I kind of failed…okay, failed miserably at my TBR challenge. πŸ™ˆ No excuses, it is what it is. I still wanted to do a wrap up and I plan to dominate October. So, let’s do this 😁

September TBR Wrap-Up

Days of Blood and Starlight – Read. You can read my review here.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters – Read, still need to review.

Passengers – Started.

Six of Crows – Not started.


October TBR goals:

The Call – Peadar O’Guilin

172 Hours on the Moon– Johan Harstad

Nightfall – Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

Bonus:

Review Dreams of Gods & Monsters (this will definitely happen).

Finish Passengers & Six of Crows (This might happen πŸ˜‚).


Hopefully this month will be more successful than last. If so, I will review each book upon completion and do a wrap up at the end of the month on my success. Let me know what your October reading plans are.

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No Turning Back.- A Poem

Hello! Happy Monday. This weekend didn’t quite go as planned. I didn’t get chapter one of Alter Reach revamped enough to post, and I didn’t finish Dreams of Gods and Monsters (but I still am on track with my September TBR challenge), but that’s okay. Not every day will be perfect and I had a great weekend.

I wanted to do a quick post today, so I thought I would share another poem. Enjoy ☺

No Turning Back

Like a fallen star,
on a cold winter’s day,
wandering, waiting,
I have lost my way.

Like a broken tree,
covered in thick ice,
I have learned my lesson,
and paid the price.

Like a winter wonderland,
suddnely turned black,
I have reached my fate,
there’s no turning back.

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Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor – Book Review (September TBR)

I flew through the first book in my September TBR challenge. As promised, I will be reviewing each book upon completion.

The next book I’ve chosen to tackle from my list is Dreams of Gods & Monsters – Laini Taylor; the last book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I’m excited to see how the story wraps up, but let’s get on with the review of Days of Blood & Starlight.

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Synopsis taken from GoodReads:

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she isβ€”and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Review:

This book picks up right after the events of Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Karou has vanished, and Zuzana, her best friend is worried. Okay, more like terrified, that Karou has met her end. Meanwhile, the media is in a frenzy and Kaz, Karou’s ex is profiting off her disappearance, much to Zuzana’s dismay.

She tried to pray, but she had only ever prayed at night, and it seemed to her that the moons made poor protectors when angels chose to hunt by day.

Karou is of course, alive, because what kind of trilogy would kill their main character off page? She has joined the Chimera vs. Seraphim conflict; aided by her memories from her previous life as Madrigal.

Akiva is wrought with guilt. Without spoiling too much, what he did destroyed Karou’s life and aided the Angel’s advances. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. His goal remains the same though, and the dream of peace Madrigal and he had so long ago is what he is still fighting for now.

The revelation of Akiva’s betrayal at the end of Daughter of Smoke & Bone, could have gone two ways. Karou could have unrealistically forgiven him and continued to persue their relationship, or hated the very thought of him. I love that Laini Taylor was brave enough to make this story real instead of giving into fan desires of a relationship. How unhealthy and annoying it would have been for Karou to easily forgive such an atrocity. Thank God for YA writers who still craft meaningful stories.

What are we fighting for? What are we killing for? What do you see when you look into the future?

As with her first novel in the series, Taylor’s writing is beautiful. The vivid images I am able to imagine by reading her words is incredible. She provides a consistent, complex world that never ceases to amaze me.

Karou is an interesting and complex lead. She is frustrating and weak at times, and then comes out of nowhere with all of this strength and power. Her choices are never easy, and her character gets more and more compelling as she grows.

A dream, dirty and bruised, is better than no dream at all.

Zuzana plays a more critical role in this novel, which is great. Her personality is a joy to read and when the story gets heavy, she is there to give you a bit of humor and lighten the mood a bit. I also enjoyed Mik. While not as critical, he is great to keep Zuzana level headed and I love their relationship.

Once upon a time, a girl lived in a sandcastle, making monsters to send though the sky.

Akiva’s character has me conflicted. I want to root for him. It’s clear he is stricken with guilt and only wishes to atone. At the same time, I’m so angry with him for Karou’s sake, I’m not sure I want her to forgive him. I enjoyed getting to know Hazel and Liarz more in this novel as well.

As long as you’re alive, there’s always a chance things will get better.

Thiago is utterly terrifying. I won’t say much more for fear of spoiling, but he is a very well written character.

I will give them nightmares to haunt their dreams long after I’m gone.

I enjoyed getting into a few more character’s heads this time around. It was interesting to see the perspective of different sides of the war. Like the first novel, this story is very character driven and it stays gripping and entertaining throughout.

Mercy breeds mercy as slaughter breeds slaughter. We can’t expect the world to be better than we make it.

This book is heavy and intense, with themes of atonement and mistrust. While there are brief bits of joy, the majority of the time, you feel the bleakness the characters are feeling. This will not be an easily won battle. The enemies are too great, and smart. Hope is all anyone has left, and it will be interesting to see if it’s enough to generate the peace many are longing for.

Bitter, bitter, this desolation of angels.

Final thoughts:

Many times, the second book in a trilogy only serves one purpose: bridge the gap between the first and the third. This is not one of those books. If anything, I actually found this book be stronger and more compelling. An interesting look at how each choice has a repruccsion, and not all choices lead to happy endings.

Rating:

5/5 β˜†

What did you think of Days of Blood & Starlight? How are you doing on your TBR list?

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Reading Habits Book Tag

Hello there! Since I’m working through my SSeptember TBR, I thought it would be fun to do a reading book tag. I came across the tag here.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Either on the couch or in bed. Some day, I will have a special place in my house for reading and writing, but for now, I make do with the apartment.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Normally, I use a random piece of paper, but I purchased a few pretty bookmarks from our church’s bookstore, so I use them.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

I have page number goals for my September TBR challenge. If I don’t have a page number goals, I need to stop at the end of a chapter. I definitely can’t stop in the middle of one.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Water, mostly. I am trying to lose some weight, so snacking while reading or writing is out of the question at the moment.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I can listen to music with no lyrics, but that is it. As with writing, TV or songs with people singing will distract me from the task.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

One book at a time. When I attempt more than one at a time, I don’t finish any of them.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

At home or on break at work. I don’t sit in a restaurant to read, but I will read anywhere that’s appropriate.

8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?

Silently in my head…unless I want Paul to hear a sentence for some reason.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

No way.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Like new.

11. Do you write in your books?

Nope. If I’m taking notes for a review, I write them down in a separate notebook. I love my books too much to do anything to them.

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Well, that’s all I have for you today. Per usual, I tag anyone that would like to do the tag. I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend if you have it off. If you don’t, I hope work is going by quickly for you.

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Until next time –

Jessica

Phoenix- A Poem

Hello and Happy Labor Day weekend. Here is another poem for you. Enjoy. 😊

Phoenix

Embrace the chaos,
as a white dove awakens,
on the red horizon,
of bleached reality.

Silence the destruction,
as a white dove falls,
on the cold stone of earth;
another fatality.

Reach across the moon,
to the birth of a Phoenix;
a breath of fresh air,
and an end to brutality.

What are your Labor Day weekend plans?

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You can still read chapter one of Alter Reach here.

Until next time –

Jessica

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- Book Review

Hey there! Two posts in one night. Crazy right? I just finished reading Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. This book isn’t part of my September TBR (because I finished it before September), but I still wanted to review it since I plan to read the other two books in the triology during September.

Review

Karou, a blue haired, 17 year old, Prague art student lives a double life. Juggling her human life and her life with the Chimera who raised her proves to be a difficult task. And while this fact sets her apart, she is and struggles to find the answer the one question that has haunted her, her entire life; who is she?

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.

It did not end well.

I had pretty high expectations going into this book. I’ve heard and read a great deal of positive reviews, and let me just say, I was NOT disappointed. This story is the age old “forbidden love” story, but it is so unique in its mythology.

Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war or does war make monsters?

Laini Taylor created such a diverse world that captivated my attention through the entire book. There was not one page that left me bored. Every word had me on edge, waiting to find the answers to the many questions posed through the chapters.

Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic.

The language in this novel is beautiful. It really sets apart Taylor as an author. She weaves such a vivid picture into the readers mind without drawn out descriptions. This is a very character driven plot, which I love. Every character introduced has a unique personality, and I never felt like I was reading the same person over and over again.

Love is an element.

This is one of those novels where you aren’t really sure what is going on through the majority of the book, but you’re just so invested and intrigued, it doesn’t matter. You keep flipping the page with the hope and expectation that you will understand in the end. And you do…sort of. Taylor ends the first book in this trilogy in the right way. I had planned to read a different book outside of this series next, but I changed my mind. I need more of this world.

Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace is accord. Harmony.

I recommend this book to anyone who is into mystery and fantasy. The names take some getting used to, but once you get past that, you’re in for one beautiful experience.

Rating:

4/5 β˜†

Let me know what you thought in the comments below.

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You can still read chapter one of Alter Reach here.

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Jessica

September TBR

Hey there, Happy Thursday. I have a very long list of books to read on my shelf. As a writer, I think one of the most important things to do is read. I’m going to try something new, and see if it helps me work through my TBR list a little quicker. At the beginning of the month, I am going to select 4 books I would like to complete. I will do reviews on each book after completion, and at the end of the month, I will do a wrap up on my success.

September TBR (in no particular order):

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Passenger – Alexandra Bracken

Days of Blood & Starlight (Book 2 in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy) – Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Book 3 in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy) – Laini Taylor

Let me know what your September reading plans are.

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Until next time –

Jessica

The Cure – A Poem

Happy Tuesday! Another poem for you. I wrote this one nine years ago. Enjoy. 😊

The Cure

Synchronise the flow of injections,
catalogue episodes of heartache.
Go to sleep, floating into reverie,
soon the pain will be worthwhile.

Cut the entangled spiderweb of lies,
turn flashbacks into ruins of hope.
Open your eyes to the gleaming sun,
and breathe in deep, heaven’s scent.

The cure to inner helplessness,
let agony be disintegrated within.
Flee from occurrences of false love.
Challenge the truth, fight illusions.

I hope you have a great week. A new book review is coming soon!

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Until next time –

Jessica

Alter Reach Inspiration

Hey everyone,

If you are following me on social media, you may recognize these. I took some of the images I pinned on Pinterest and created “story boards” for some of my characters.

NOTE: I do not own the rights to these images.

MARCI

FAELYN

ALYSON

ZEKE

WREN

BRASTON

I hope you enjoy checking these out. I can’t wait to share this story with everyone.

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Jessica