Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 #51 ~ Daughter of Smoke & Bone (w/Review)

*Book Beginnings on Friday hosted by Rose City Reader
*Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are currently reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.
*The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.

10763598Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1)

Author: Laini Taylor

Published by: Little. Brown Books for Young Readers; September 27, 2011

Format/Source: Purchased Kindle Book

Rating: 5 Stars

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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 grows 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?

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2nd Quarter Challenge Updates ~ April – June 2015

2015 Book Challenges 2nd Quarter Update

I can’t believe this year is already half gone. Time goes by way too fast. I’m finding that some of these challenges are easier for me than others. I’ve made some good progress with a couple of my challenges, but I’m struggling on the others. I think the challenge I’m enjoying the most so far is the audiobook challenge. I read quite a few of them in the last few months. The challenge I need to work on most is the TBR challenge, kind of behind on that one.

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1st Quarter Challenge Updates ~ January-March 2015

Here’s a quick 1st quarter progress update for all my 2015 Reading Challenges. I’m about where I expected to be on most of the challenges. I’m glad I decided to participate in these challenges, I’m having a lot of fun. I’ve read books I might not have read if not for the challenges, including books that have been sitting on my shelf for far too long.

Keep reading to see my progress.

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2015 What’s In A Name Book Challenge


This looks like a fun challenge and I am excited to participate. I will be listing the books I am planning to use below, but keep in mind that those may change as the year progresses. If you are interested in participating, click on the banner to go to the sign-up page.

All the review posts for these books will be categorized under 2015 Book Challenges and What’s In A Name.

The basics

The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories (examples of books you could choose are in brackets):

  • A word including ‘ing’ in it (The Time Of Singing, Dancing To The Flute, Lex Trent Fighting With Fire) My examples are verbs but you can of course use other words.
  • A colour (The Red Queen, White Truffles In Winter, On Gold Mountain)
  • A familial relation (Daughter Of Smoke And Bone, Dombey And Son, My Cousin Rachel) By all means include in-laws, step, and halves.
  • A body of water (The River Of No Return, Black Lake, Beside The Sea)
  • A city (Barcelona Shadows, Shanghai Girls, Under The Tripoli Sky)
  • An animal (Black Swan Rising, The Leopard Unleashed, The Horse And His Boy)

Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.

Extra information

  • Books can be any format (print, audio, ebook).
  • It’s preferred that the books don’t overlap with other challenges, but not a requirement at all.
  • Books cannot overlap categories (for instance my example of Black Swan Rising for ‘an animal’ could be used for the ‘colour’ category or ‘animal’ category, but not both).
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!
  • You don’t have to make your list of books beforehand, you can choose them as you go.
  • You don’t have to read your chosen books in any particular order.

The Books:

*Clicking on the title will take you to the Goodreads page of each book. As each book is read I will be updating this post with links to the reviews.

If you choose to join the challenge, good luck and have fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Happy Reading!