Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Karou  learned early on in life that the way to avoid having to keep up with the lies was to just say the truth with such a straight face that everyone just assumes you’re being sarcastic. How else was she going to explain the frequent disappearances and the cuts and bruises on her skin when she’s shows back up?

Karou is mysterious even to those who are closest to her and she spend her days filling sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real.  Those who see her work applaud her at her creativity. But maybe these creatures aren’t things of just her imagination?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone takes place in the beautiful back drop of Prague, but also takes us to many exotic locals. Karou is charged with running errands for a devil with a dwindling stock pile of teeth. She has no clue what his need of the teeth is but that’s not the only thing she is unaware. She’s unsure of who she is herself and where she came from and she is quickly being brought into the middle of an otherwordly battle that’s been going on for decades. She’ll have to learn quickly and may find the details to her own past along the way.

This novel was beautifully written. The world Taylor has created is rich with detail and interesting characters. Daughter of Smoke and Bone has filled my need for a new epic fantasy world. I did feel that the book got a little slow in the middle, but there was a turning point for me that totally had me hooked at the end and I can’t wait for the sequel.  I’m hoping that the characters get flushed out a  bit more and I can’t wait to see where she takes the story.

Interestingly my library had this book in the young adult section. I feel like it’s definitely on the upper range of young adult, along with book of the hunger games sort. There’s nothing completely explicit in it but there are battles and there is some other qualities that I think wouldn’t be easily understood by the younger YA crowd.

Why I Haven’t Been Posting/I Finally got a Job!

Hello everyone!

Okay I know I’ve been completely a bad blogger and I don’t even want to look back to see how long it has been since I made a post. I know it’s been a long time.

It’s not that I haven’t been reading, I have read a few books since my last post. I got busy with having  job interviews. And as luck would have it…I finally got a job!

I’ve been job searching for quite a while. I graduated in 2010 with my Master of Public Health. I’ve been job searching since then and have been unemployed since February of last year when my fiancee and I moved back home because he found a job here.

So needless to say, I’m super excited. I finally was able to land a job in my field. That being said I’ve been completely lazy the last week or so, trying to enjoy my time off without having to job search. My first day is March 1st. I’ve also been trying to focus on getting the house cleaned because I’m honestly afraid of what state it’s going to be in after we’re both working full time jobs.

As for the state of this blog, I want to say that I’m going to try to keep up with it. I’m going to try to utilize the ability to plan ahead and scheduling post feature of wordpress. I might get behind a bit though, please don’t hate me or give up on me! I think I’m going to need books and book friends to keep my sanity.

Well with that bit out of the way, I wanted to tell you all a bit of what I’ll be doing from what I understand so far. The position was advertised as a Cancer Information Specialist but they told me in the interview that they want to change it to a Health Information Specialist position because they want me to also work with a heart health program. I will be attending coalition meetings, charity walk meetings, organizing expo days, and doing other activities to help under insured or uninsured women to get breast and cervical cancer screenings and provide knowledge about services. I will also be doing the same for heart health issues.

The job involves frequent travel, when I asked in the interview about the travel requirements they said I would be in my office about one day a week, which may be a few hours spread out over the week. During down time I may have a little more time in the office. I’m responsible for a six county region and will also have to travel to a few of our major cities for trainings and statewide meetings.

I’m really exited to get to work with something I’m really interested in and exactly why I went to school. I welcome any advice you may have for those who do frequently travelling with work as this will be my first experience. Thanks and happy reading!

Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

 

I am using Room by Emma Donoghue for the What’s in A Name Challenge 5 for category 4. A book with a type of house in the title  You can find the challenge by clicking the image above to go to the Beth Fish Reads blog.

 

Why you might ask? A  room isn’t a house you might say. But in this story, Room is a house, in fact for 5 year old Jack, it’s the entire world.

We open the novel on Jack’s 5th birthday. Right a way you notice something a bit odd. Jack refers to all the household objects as proper nouns, like Table, Wardrobe, and ultimately his space as Room. As if it is an entire world and the objects it’s population. Jack and his mom spend the entire time in Room. They cook and eat, have exercise time, and even a bit of television time. How can Jack still believe that Room is all there is when they have a television? Well television is fake world, but Room is real world. At night, Jack hides in Wardrobe while Old Nick visits his mother. Old Nick brings food and Sunday treat, but Jack never sees him. His mother doesn’t want him to see him.

Thus opens the traumatic world of Jack and his mother. Jack’s mother is starting to realize that Room will be getting too small for Jack soon and he really needs to know about the real world. But how will she tell him? Will Jack even believe her? She knows that she needs to figure out a plan to get them out, and unfortunately she knows she will have to involve Jack.

This story can be quite heart wrenching. However, I really liked this novel and found it masterfully crafted around this difficult subject. The part I found most interesting was the psychology behind it, basically the state of mind of the characters and also the bonds that they formed. The bond between Jack and his mother amazed me. Especially how she adapted into being in Room and trying to make Jack feel normal. I wonder how I would be in that situation? Would I form the same loving bond? Or have resentment? It’s hard to imagine, I don’t think anyone could know what they would do.

 

I haven’t given much of the story here, because I believe the enjoyment of the book is watching the story unfold, reading the interactions yourself. It is beautifully written. There are some disjointed sentences and made up words, but it adds to the story, because you could see how it would come about in the situation, especially with a five year old boy. I think Emma Donoghue did a great job giving Jack a voice, and really getting into the how the mind of a five year old in that situation may act or think.

 

If you’ve been avoiding Room by Emma Donoghue because of the hype give it a shot. I agree with others though, I think this is the type of book that is a hit with some people and a miss with others. It will possibly be too heart wrenching and difficult for some to read. But one thing that I’ve been learning lately is to not avoid a book because of the hype or because everyone is reading it. Sometimes that hype is much deserved!

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