Friday, June 20, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday!

Alison Can Read: Feature and Follow Friday

Question of the Week: What are your favorite books of 2014 so far?

Well, I took last year off from blogging and read almost nothing (yes, it was THAT crazy of a year!) so this year I've been doing playing catch up on some books that I didn't get to last year while still trying to get to the new ones I really want to read.

I'd say my top three reads for this year so far have to be:

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor

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 was late reading this sequel but it was SO SO good. I'm looking forward to book 3, which came out in April, but I haven't got to it yet.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wicker

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899. 

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world. 

The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were really interesting and it was a story I found easy to slip right into. I had no idea what was going to happen while reading it.

The Sound by Sarah Alderson

When aspiring music journalist Ren Kingston takes a job nannying for a wealthy family on the exclusive island of Nantucket, playground for Boston's elite, she's hoping for a low-key summer reading books and blogging about bands. Boys are firmly off the agenda.

What she doesn't count on is falling in with a bunch of party-loving private school kids who are hiding some dark secrets, falling (possibly) in love with the local bad boy, and falling out with a dangerous serial killer...

I love anything Sarah Alderson rights, so no surprise here.

and that's my tops so far for the year. 

If you want to follow me GFC is great, I've also just set up my Bloglovin account today so it could really use some love if you want to follow me that way!


  1. WOOWHOO I am your 500 follower on GFC how exciting! Great book picks! GFC and bloglovin follower

    My Feature&Follow

  2. I loved the Golem and the Jinni so much! I listened to the audiobook last year! New follower on Bloglovin' :)

    Here's my FF!

  3. Ooooh I'll definitely check your faves. I haven't read any book you've listed over there. <3 BTW, I'm a new GFC follower of your blog! Hoping you'll check out mine too! @FandomlyBookish

  4. The Sounds going on my to read list! Thanks for the idea!
    Kelsey @OCA

  5. Those all sound really interesting! I'll have to check them out when I get time.
    New follower :)
    My FF


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