Flowers are in full bloom. The sheep are waiting for completion of the lion and the lamb.
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Flowers are in full bloom. The sheep are waiting for completion of the lion and the lamb.
Audiobook review by Elisa DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERSWritten by: Laini Taylor Narrated by: Khristine Hvam Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book 3 Format: Unabridged Release Date:04-08-14 Publisher: Hachette Audio Program Type: Audiobook Audible In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive AkivaAdd a Comment
Veteran Hollywood film and TV writer Laurice Elehwany Molinari bursts into the children’s book world with an outstanding debut novel, The Ether: Vero Rising—a fantastical middle grade story on good vs. evil.Add a Comment
Book: Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, Book 3)
Author: Laini Taylor
Age Range: 13 and up
Dreams of Gods & Monsters is the final books in Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. (See my reviews of Book 1 and Book 2). If you have read the previous books, you will certainly wish to read Dreams of Gods and Monsters. I think that it wraps up the series in a quite satisfactory manner, while leaving the door open for other books set in the same world.
As in all of Laini's books, the prose in Dreams of Gods and Monsters is rich and evocative, particularly when addressing love and longing. The characters are so fully developed that even when they surprise you, you find their change/growth consistent. The world-building in this series is very strong, with this third book in particular making the history of Eretz (and Earth as conceived by Laini) more clear. The plot is full of twists and surprises, including a character newly introduced in the final book who plays a pivotal role.
I will confess that I had to put this book aside about half-way through, and read something else. The characters were facing so much suffering that I needed a break. But once I came back to Dreams of Gods and Monsters, I read eagerly to the end, and was pleased by the interweaving of plot strands as well as the personal resolution for Karou.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes (though in truth one could open this book at random and find something lyrical and worth quoting on nearly every page):
"Out of betrayal and desperation, amid hostile beasts and invading angels and a deception that felt like an explosion waiting to happen, somehow, here was a beginning." (Page 30, Karou)
"So much to rue, but to what end? All unlived lives cancel one another out. She had nothing but now. The clothes on her back, the blood in her veins, and the promise made by her comrades. If only they would keep it." (Page 110, Karou)
""My wife likes to say that the mind is a palace with room for many guest. Perhaps the butler takes care to install the delegates of Science in a different wing from the emissaries of Faith, lest they take up arguing in the passages."" (Page 274, a Professor of Science)
"No one would understand it, but who cares? She'd just glare at them until they went away. That worked in almost any situation." (Page 419, Zuze)
Dreams of Gods and Monsters is a must-read conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. If you haven't read the first two books, and you enjoy fantasy novels with strong characters (particularly strong female characters) and lavish world-building, you are in for a treat. Gather up all three books, and immerse yourself in Laini Taylor's world of angels and monsters, battles and resurrections, suffering and love.
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (@LBKids)
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Source of Book: Purchased it on Kindle
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5 Stars The Shepherd Girl of Bethlehem: A Nativity Story Carey Morning Alan Marks 32 Pages Ages: 4 + …………………….. Inside Jacket: The shepherd’s young daughter helped with the sheep every single day. How she longed to help through the night as well; but her father said it was too dark and she needed sleep. [...]Add a Comment
A reworking of an image/card from two years ago. This one is on my December promo postcard. Sure is a lot of fun to change this up from time to time and add new angels and animals, etc. My personal favorites are the dog-angel, cat-angel and mouse-angel!Add a Comment
On Tuesday, 10 AM Pacific, I will be interviewed as part of the Guardian Gateway Telesummit. It looks super cool. My topic is The Part-Fairy Survival Kit! I’ll cover:
I am excited to share with you a FREE one-of-a-kind event taking place this month: The Guardian Gateway Telesummit.
Twenty teachers are coming together to show you how to connect and work with the high-vibrational Beings—angels, unicorns, faeries, dolphins, plant spirits, power animals, and more—who are guardians and supporters of your gifts and soul purpose.
My colleague Kim Wilborn will be interview 20 powerful teachers who will show you how to work with the Guardian Energy that is SO wanting to help each one of us… and the world.
There’s no cost to attend, and even if you can’t attend the talks live, you will get access to each replay for 48 hours.
I cordially invite you to be my guest at this wonderful event. You’ll learn how to work with the High-Vibrational Beings who are waiting to:
If you would like your life to be easier, happier, and more in alignment with your Soul Purpose, register today for the FREE [http://www.mcssl.com/app/?Clk=4956000] Guardian Gateway Telesummit.
“See” you there!
The ONE series is about raising awareness and raising funds for charity. Along the way, we get a little emotional, but sometimes have some fun. The latest story has a little of both.
Short Stories of Heaven is a wonderful resource for children and their families who are dealing with loss and terminal illness, as well as people who are looking for a way to explain the afterlife to children.Add a Comment
Print Length: 250 pages Publisher: Entangled: Teen (January 7, 2014) Sold by: Macmillan Buy the book: Amazon Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sentAdd a Comment
DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS Daughter of Smoke & Bone 3 by Laini Taylor Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Hardcover: 624 pages Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 8, 2014) Mark on Goodreads Buy on Amazon Review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone Review of Days of Blood and Starlight In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not readyAdd a Comment
Now, I’ve asked her everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about her! Be prepared for a wacky and fun read!
If you were a superhero (or villain!) what would your power be? Would you wear a cape?
If I was a skinny superhero, I would wear no cape. If I had a little junk in my trunk, I would wear a cape to help hide it
Chocolate, Strawberry or Vanilla?
ChocolateChocolateChocolateChocolate Hehe I guess you get the point!!
The light side or the dark side?
The light side, I can’t help it, I’m a big fat chicken.
Do you have deep dark secret? How about a shallow grey one?
LOL!! Yes many of both
What sort of coffee would you order? Simple coffee, complicated soy-non-fat-extra-espresso-half-caff-nightmare?
Um somewhat simple, with cream and sweet & low.
Have you ever given someone who asked for decaf, regular coffee just to see what would happen?
Nope, but I have jacked up many kids from my class on sugar just before they go home hehehehe )
Is there any food you refuse to eat? (Other than brussel sprouts because NO ONE likes them)
ONIONS!!! I absolutely HATE them!!
What is your favorite breakfast cereal? Are you opposed to those brands with tiny marshmallows in them?
They make cereal without marshmallows??? Ick that’s just wrong.
If you could live off of chocolate would you? What kind?
Dove chocolate all the way. I’m such a chocolate snob.
What do you think the coolest pet to have would be?
Lion, tiger, leopard, panther…..you get the point. A big cat would be super sweet.
If you could visit any world (real or imagined) where would you go?
I know everyone gets sick of hearing me say this but HARRY POTTER hehehe.
Have you every done anything really crazy? Do you regret it?
Yes, I’ve done many kooky things but no I don’t regret any of them (Okay well maybe some of them).
What kind of person drives you nuts? (personality trait)
Annoying Know-It-Alls. You know, “Oh, I went there, oh, I met him, oh, I’m related to her sister’s third cousin etc.” The ones that always feel they’re the Yoda of everything and anything.
Do you prefer tapered candles, pillars or tea lights?
Yankee Candles all the way. I have about a half a dozen in my house at any given time. I love it when my house smells yummy!
What do you think about scarves? Do you wear them or prefer a turtleneck?
Eek neither!! What if they got mad at me and decided to strangle me?? After all I can be sooooo annoying at times, since I’m such a Know-It-All
Do you like making up strange new words? (ie awesomesauc
"I see dead people..."
This famous line from the very popular movie, The Sixth Sense, has been quoted over and over, but for Maureen Hancock communing with the dead isn't a joke, it's a way of life.
Halloween is fast approaching, and when I think of Halloween I always think of ghosts and spirit visits. Of course! Fun huh? Obviously, spirit communication is a fascination and a passion for me. It may be for you, too. So, here’s my favorite past posts on the subject to enjoy:
We’re sensitive. Our animals are usually going to be sensitive. In my animal communication practice, I tend to attract and relate to the sensitive animals. In my people practice, I attract the sensitive folks. Like attracts like, right? Our sensitive animals are ones that tend to need the special dog food, may take on our stuff more and be very empathic, and have similar issues being sensitive that we do.
The animals were getting jealous that all these people were taking the Care of the Sensitive class but they didn’t have one of their own to give them tools!
Sign-ups begin this weekend for this fun 3-week mini class for your animal. The class is loaded with stories and fun lessons to help your animal, but most importantly, I share a whole bunch of tools and resources that will make your dog or cat much happier and life much easier being sensitive. Cool, huh?
Sign up this weekend and you get the discounted price but it only last until Monday so rush on over HERE.
Emma Lou gives the class two paws up and your animal companion will too!
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S.R. Johannes is the author of Untraceable, as well as the newly released MG novel On the Bright Side. Shelli dropped by the virtual offices to share why she thinks angels are so popular in fiction.
The Rise of Angels in YA by S.R. Johannes
Angels seem to be popular these days, especially in young adult. With On The Bright Side, I wanted to expand the talk of angels into tween and middle grade. Which meant it needed to be fun and interesting.
But why have angels been so important in recent years?
One – I think angels offer some a connection to religion that may not be addressed enough in fiction today. I think kids begin questioning God and the world at a very young age. And sometimes, they may have questions that they can’t voice or even understand.
Two – Good angels show us balance– with the pure white angel on one side representing the good side; while the dark angel is on the other side representing the darker side. This relates to us as humans struggling to balance the parts of us that are good with the pieces of us that may be negative or angry. I think that is why dark angels and demons have shown up in fiction lately – the dark side is a curious place to investigate. With angels – we know there is a good side so it provides comfort. I think kids struggle with balancing these 2 sides of themselves even from a young age.
Three – I also think with the difficult things our society has gone through since 911, angels have been discussed more because they can be comforting to some people. They also represent safety in the unknown.
I wanted Gabby to be an angel. But I wanted her removed from religion and everything we think angels are. So I called her a Bright and called Heaven, Cirrus. All to break through the religious perceptions. I also made Gabby human-like – she has a good side and a bad side. I think this allows kids to relate to her and understand – we all have those moments we are not proud of.
I hope On The Bright Side allows kids to step away from their religious beliefs and the idea of perfection. To look at some of the questions we all have about life and death. Also show them about balancing all those good and bad feelings or decisions that sometimes come with puberty. I want kids to realize that no one – not them, their parents or even angels are perfect. That we all make mistakes and it’s okay.
You can purchase On The Bright Side by clicking the link below (it is only .99 for a limited time, so grab it now!)
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Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café. I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share. More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents. There is an allure to a beautiful cover. Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?
Angels are still new for me, so I am intrigued by this book. The cover for Archangel of Mercy by Christina Ashcroft is beautiful! The fact that the premise looks interesting, too, is a bonus. I love the textures and the colors, and the wispy spread of his wings. His hair doesn’t quite do it for me, but the rest of this cover is so pretty!
Between an angel and a desperate woman comes salvation and a raw passion that challenges them at every turn…
When Aurora Robinson attempts to open a rift between dimensions to embrace her true heritage, an arrogant Archangel is the only one who can save her from the jaws of hell. And while she owes Gabriel her life, she’s determined not to fall at his feet-despite the desire she feels whenever they’re together.
After his wings were brutally destroyed millennia ago, Gabriel has no compassion for humans like those who ruined him and betrayed the ones he loved. But when he inexplicably finds himself defying ancient protocols to rescue a woman from a fate worse than death, he is shocked by the searing attraction he feels for a mortal.
As the ancient forces that seek to punish Aurora for her actions close in, Gabriel offers the tempting woman protection at his private sanctuary. But as they both succumb to their desires, they discover an even deeper connection-one that threatens to consume them.
In stores December 2012
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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011, 432 pp, ISBN: 0316134023
"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well."Doesn't that just grab you? And really, that could have just been my entire recap. Because this book has a lot going on, but those two lines get at the crux of the whole thing.
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?
I've got a story for you.
It's about a couple and the night they almost lost their baby girl.
One cold winter night, this couple slept in their bed while their baby girl slept in her crib close by. Sometime during the night, the woman noticed her grandmother standing in front of their bed.
Ami Blackwelder stopped by the virtual offices to chat about her new book, She Speaks to Angels. After the interview, you can enter for a chance to win a digital copy! Check out what Ami has to say her book.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Ami Blackwelder] Ami Blackwelder is a romance suspense writer in the paranormal, scifi and historical genres. Growing up in Florida, she graduated UCF and in 1997 received her BA in English and additional teaching credentials. Then she packed her bags and travelled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. Thailand is considered her second home now. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand.
Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University), her short fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the USA. Later, she achieved the semi-finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about She Speaks to Angels?
[Ami Blackwelder] She Speaks to Angels
"I tried not to sound hysterical, but it’s not every day you find out the paranormal is hunting you."
What if everything you believed was a lie?
Seventeen year old Allison Maney attends Millennium High School in Manhattan. Nothing out of the ordinary, unless you consider the occasional suicides at the school. At least that is what everyone is told, what everyone believes. But Tommy Bachelor was a popular football player; why would he jump off the roof of the school?
When Dameon pays attention to Ali, she couldn’t be more excited, because for the past three months he was all she could think about. But now that Dameon is finally pining for her affections, she is becoming more and more wrapped up in a clique of three who, as new transfers to the school, are proving to be trouble. But at least Dameon loves her, doesn’t he?
A Soul Purpose
The underworld of angels and demons have one thing on their mind: Earth. Demons want to do what they want. Angels want to protect humans from these rogue angels, AKA: Demons
A Suspenseful Romance
Caught between Dameon and Kian, the suicide and the clique of three, Ali won’t know who to trust…or who to love, because for Allison Maney, everything i not exactly what it seems.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Ami Blackwelder] I like thrillers/mysteries and I like angels and weaved the two together. The characters just flowed out of me. I knew I wanted certain characters, like Ali and her two friends that she had since middle school. I knew I wanted DaAdd a Comment