Book Crafts: Book Cover Coasters

Finished Product!

Things you’ll need:

  1. Pictures of your favorite book covers printed on regular paper or with photo paper
  2. Mod Podge Clear Gloss
  3. Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer
  4. Ceramic tiles 4×4 (found in your local hardware store)
  5. Peel and Stick Felt
  6. Sponge Paint Brush

 

Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

First things first: THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. I loved this book so much that I ended up dedicating an entire BookTube video to making Strange the Dreamer themed cupcakes while I talked a bit about what I liked so much about the novel.

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Now, let’s get to the meat of the review.

As I mentioned in the review, I fell in love with Lazlo himself within the first few chapters of this book. How pure and wonderful is my tall crooked-nosed son with his love for reading, learning, and dreaming (see what I did there?)? Lazlo may not have any idea about his heritage, but unlike some book characters, this doesn’t weigh him down with questions of “who am I,” “what is my purpose in life,” etc.  I think his acceptance of that, or even the fact that he doesn’t consider it to be a problem in his life, is what makes him such a humble and caring character that helps those who need it without expecting anything in return.

Speaking of those people who probably should given him something in return, I was extremely irritated by the golden godson and all of his nonsense.  I found myself eye-rolling through a bunch of his scenes, which is exactly what I think Taylor intended, but still. I’d kick him in the shin if I could.  At least he does have intelligence, although we all know that he wouldn’t be able to do anything without help from the best crooked-nose librarian there is (this isn’t spoilery…well, kind of).

I’ve read some reviews where people found the pacing a bit slow at the beginning, but I didn’t find this a problem at all.  I really loved the development of Lazlo as a character, and while I do think it would have been fun to see more of the journey from their home to Weep, I know this wasn’t the point of the novel.  However, the action does pick up significantly after the arrival of Lazlo and the other characters to the mythical Weep, so even if you are struggling to get to that point, push through it! I promise it’s worth it.

Since I was so fond of Lazlo and his character development, I must say that the only one of the Godspawn that I truly felt connected to, and I’m sure this is because Sarai was the other point of view in the novel, was Sarai.  She is such a complex character with an odd gift, to say the least, but it allows her to grow and have empathy for humans in a way the others don’t.  This becomes a major plot point as well.  But the others kind of felt almost like unnecessary background noise (all except Minya, of course), but I anticipate they will play a much larger part in the second book.

I loved this book and I cannot wait to pick it back up again and read carefully for clues about the twist at the end.

5 Bards!

 

Strange the Cupcakes

In honor of finishing and LOVING Laini Taylor’s  Strange the Dreamer, I present to you: STRANGE THE CUPCAKES:

 

Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

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Release Date: September 27, 2016

Strange the Dreamer is the story of:

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths
and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Top Ten Tuesday

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Authors I’ve only read one book from but NEED to read more

1. Jennifer Echols
Such a Rush is on my favorites bookshelf and I own a few more of her books, but I always get distracted reading other books. I need to get on this!

2. Ava Dellaira
-It will be a little hard for me to read another book by Dellaira when she hasn’t published any more than Love Letters to the Dead. But believe that I will be stalking the shelves for another book by her.

3. Markus Zusak
– I think part of my reason for not reading more of Zusak’s work is due to the fact that I love The Book Thief so much, I just don’t want that reading experience and my idea of this author to be tainted if his other work doesn’t measure up.  I need to suck it up and read them anyway.

4. Laini Taylor
– Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of my favorite books the year it came out, and I own the other two books (such is the case for a lot of authors on this list) but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet!

5. Morgan Rhodes
-Oh, Falling Kingdoms, what an excellent example of high fantasy you are in the young adult genre.  I own the second book and already have the third on pre-order. So what am I waiting on?

6. Jeffrey Eugenides
The Virgin Suicides is an amazing novel and it really was the first book I read that showcased what depression and isolation can do.  After TVS Eugenides won a Pulitzer, so I definitely need to read more of his work.

7. Lucy Christopher
Stolen was an amazing book, and Christopher hasn’t put out a whole lot of work since then, but I need to read her other novels ASAP.  I can only hope they live up to the wonderful story and writing that comprised Stolen.

8. Alexandra Bracken
– I read and enjoyed The Darkest Minds, and I’ve had an ARC of Neverfade since BEA 2013, but I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. I need to do that since the third one is coming out soon!

9. Jennifer L. Armentrout
– Armentrout is a big deal.  I mean at Book Expo America she had about 4 different signing opportunities, and they were all for different books.  Everyone and their Mom was in line to see her.  So after LOVING Don’t Look Back, I’ve taken it upon myself to purchase more of her books, and I can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about.

10. Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Naturals was by far one of my favorite books of 2013, and I already have a copy of the sequel that comes out in November.  So I will read a second book by her, which I suppose is cheating, but I NEED to read it. Loved this story.

 

What are some of your authors you ABSOLUTELY have to read more of?

Top Ten Tuesday

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

1. The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls by Emilie Autumn
– This book just sounds amazingly creepy and unique. It really bums me out that this book is currently unavailable!

2. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
-I just really love Armstrong’s series that she has done for young adults, and I always figured I would love her adult series as well.  I mostly just keep forgetting to buy a copy when I go to the book store! *facepalm*

3. Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth Century American Culture by Benjamin Reiss
– I totally enjoy learning about the history of the treatment of the mentally ill and this book just seems right up my alley.

4. Life is but a Dream by Brian James
– A fictional tale of a girl struggling with her diagnosis as a Schizophrenic. Yes, I want to read this.

5. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
-Okay this one probably shouldn’t still be on this list since I recently ordered it from Amazon. But since it hasn’t arrived yet, then it still counts, right?

6. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
– I have the first two, now I need this one!

7. Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce
– This is the fourth installment in Pearce’s fairy tale retellings, and I’m super disappointed in myself for not owning this yet!

8. Endless Knight by Kresley Cole
-I absolutely adored Poison Princess, but somehow I managed to never get a copy of the 2nd one.

9. The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler
– This book just has a nice premise and I just really want to read it!

10. The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon
– More fairy tale retellings please!

What are some of the books on your list?!

 

Waiting on Wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on: 
 
 
Release Date: April 1, 2014
By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz. 
 
Common enemy, common cause. 
 
When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. 
 
And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love. 
 
But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world. 
 
What power can bruise the sky? 
 
From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy. 
 
At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?
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