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Three More Mini-Reviews

Posted by Caitie F on April 10, 2015

Well, I said more and more of my reviews would be mini and it turns out that is true! I will be posting three more mini-review tomorrow and will be all caught up.

Title: Days of Blood and Starlight days of
Author: Laini Taylor
Hardcover: 517 pages
Pub Date: Nov 2012
Publisher: Little Brown for Young Readers
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

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.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—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.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

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?


I liked this books, but I didn’t love it until that last 250 pages. The characters are really good throughout, but it was much harder for me to feel invested in the plot until the very end. I felt like this is because it was so (understandably) different after the first book and I just missed it a little.

That said, it is completely worth reading because those last 250 pages were some of the best I have read and I don’t want to wait another year to read book 3.

Title: Blood Red Roadblood
Author: Moira Young
Hardcover: 459 pages
Pub Date: June 2011
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books
Rating: +++

Summary from goodreads:

Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries.

Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.


This book was very exciting, but the characters could have been more developed. It was a fast-paced and quick read, yet not memorable. I finished it four days ago and can’t really remember much of the supporting characters. I won’t be continuing this series.

It isn’t that this book is bad, I have just read better dystopians and am getting to the point that I can’t read many more.

Title: Play19095025
Author: Kylie Scott
Paperback: 304 pages
Pub Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller LICK Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl. Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?


I love this series so much. Rock star romances are among my favorite and these characters are awesome. I didn’t like Mal quite as much as David, but I thought he was interesting and I really thought that Anne was a complex and wonderful character. That she is such a big fan made it so much fun because I could imagine it actually happening.

I am really looking forward to getting to the third book in this series! Also – there covers are amazing!


One Response to “Three More Mini-Reviews”

  1. […] Walker Mar 1: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Mar 12: Fire by Kristin Cashore Mar 26: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Mar 31: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo Apr 6:  Blood Red Road by Moira Young Apr […]

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