You Don’t Know Me From Adam (The Space Between – A Book Review)

The Space Between
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Published: 2011

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21/25

 

Once, my mother told a whole host of angels that she rather die than go back to a man she didn’t love.

When you’re half-angel and half demon from Lilith and Lucifer life can be…complicated. Daphne’s life is nothing but an endless expanse of time filled with soap operas and knick-knacks from Earth. When her brother, Obie, goes missing up on Earth, she thinks she may be to blame. She’ll do anything to get him back.

She sets out to find her Obie, but she’ll need the help of possibly the last person to see him. Truman. Together they trek through the cold streets of New York City in search of her brother. It grows increasingly dangerous for them. Daphne delves more into her demonic half as Truman tries to figure out his strange dreams. The both of them struggle with their growing feelings for one another while hoping they’re not too late to rescue Obie.

 

This book marks 20 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. Brenna Yovanoff is an author that I’ve heard quite a bit about, so I was glad to find a few YA novels by her.

 

Angels and demons. Some think of this as quite the taboo subject when it comes to fiction of any kind because of how it reflects on the Bible and beliefs. I, however, get fascinated. It’s got a mythos base just like Egyptian Gods and Greek Gods. So, I was pretty intrigued when I spotted this book. The cover art was pretty freaky too.

Given the notion of a hellish ride, I’m not sure it got that far for me. If it didn’t seem to jump all over the place, I think I would’ve been much more immersed it it. The story jumped between first person POV of Daphne two third person POV of Truman and that was really conflicting.

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More so, I couldn’t get a grasp on any chemistry between Truman and Daphne. That was a bit of a downer. Her desperation to find her brother, and his inner turmoil was stronger than the attempted pairing of them. I was in this for the adventure!

The details and depictions in the book were really interesting. Yovanoff really pulled me into this realistic world of heaven, hell, bringing it to our world in a very real sense. It was dank and dark with a sliver of hope. The creatures that slithered in the darkness were creepy! However, this world only felt scary when with the characters. They gave it life more than any other element.

The ending of the book made reading it all worth it. Quite a few surprises. Even a special cameo by the one and only Lucifer. It was chilling! I’m not talking about the dapper, heart-melting grinner that we’re waiting to reappear on Netflix either. This Lucifer’s presence made me stop breathing. He didn’t make any other appearance in the book, but the build-up around him throughout the story was so good!

 

Overall

This was a nice little page-turner with freakishly, hellish originality. The Winchesters would approve. I enjoyed the mythos that was touched on as well as the side of depression I feel like some people don’t understand. I do wish some parts had been more clear

 

Quotables:

“Open your eyes and look at yourself. That’s you, undisguised. That’s your black, revolting heart.” (shadow man to Truman, p. 125)

“All my life, I’ve understood the nature of where I come from, but I never thought I might be wicked until now.” (Daphne, p. 143)

“Love. The word makes me feel unsteady, like something is moving under my skin. I’m not about any kind of love, but I don’t tell him that. Love is for people with a certain amount of humanity.” (Daphne, p. 160)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

It’s the most hectic time of the year! With Christmas right around the corner, here is a festive book tag!

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This tag was originally created by Lizzie Loves Books. 


ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite stand alone?

My favorite never changes. For those of you who have been with me, you know my favorite stand alone. LOL

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Blood and Chocolate

Author: Annette Curtis Klaus


ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TWO TURTLE DOVES.

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

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This one is so hard! I’m struggling! I’m going to go with Evie Green and Jackson Deveaux of The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole.


ON THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: THREE FRENCH HENS.

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

Wither

The Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano.


ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: FOUR CALLING BIRDS.

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favorite series?

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Easy pick for me. Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine has always been one of my biggest favorites and Shane Collins and Claire Danvers are another of my utmost favorite pairings.


ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: FIVE GOLDEN RINGS.

One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

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Count Olaf is definitely one of my favorite villains. A Series of Unfortunate Events is one of those series that you’re never to old to read and Olaf is entertaining and memorable and surprisingly terrible yet genius villain.


ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: SIX GEESE A LAYING.

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favorite world/world-building?

Arcana Rising

I live for the life and death, action-packed, you never know what minute may be your last, intense, adrenaline driven kind of world. I simply loved the apocalyptic world of The Arcana Chronicles. It was raw and stripped down and on the verge oblivion.


ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: SEVEN SWANS A SWIMMING.

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favorite animal sidekick?

Secondhand Souls

Author: Christopher Moore

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An itty-bitty girl, given the task of being death is gifted with two hellhounds, which is totally epic. She’s funny and also conniving and sadistic. She refers to her lovely sidekicks as her goggies and it’s so adorable you swoon.


ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: EIGHT MAIDS A MILKING.

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level?

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I’ve always the Percy Jackson universe with their Nectar was mouthwatering.


ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: NINE LADIES DANCING.

Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favorite kickass female lead?

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Mare Barrow of Red Queen is just one of many that have surprised me as a kickass leading lady. With electric abilities like hers, I’d hate to be on her bad side.


ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TEN LORDS A LEAPING.

How about your favorite leading lad?

Arcana Chronicles

Jackson Deveaux of The Arcana Chronicles is brash, bullheaded, but strong, and determined. Currently, my favorite leading man.


ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: ELEVEN PIPES PIPING.

What is your favorite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

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The Hobbit

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien


ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: 12 DRUMMERS DRUMMING.

Drum roll please…what is your favorite read of this year?

Children of Blood and Bone

Definitely Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.


Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Hoped the holidays are special for all of you.

 

I tag anyone who wants to do this fun Christmas tag! 

 

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Tea is at Four (The Hobbit – A Book Review)

The Hobbit
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Published: 1937

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20/25

 

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

Bilbo Baggins of Bag End, in The Shire, is visited by a group of dwarves and Gandalf the grey. They seek a burglar for their travels to take back the Lonely Mountain from the dangerous dragon, Smaug. Gandalf assures the dwarves that Bilbo is the one.

Bilbo wants no part of this adventure. He likes his way of life just fine with his books, garden, and tea. However, convinced, he joins the dwarves on an unexpected journey he’ll never forget.

 

This book marks 20 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. I’ve always meant to read this book as well as Lord of the Rings. I’m glad to finally get the chance.

 

Where to begin!

I really enjoyed this. This is a classic for a reason. Light and humorous. Adventurous and filled with friendship. Non-stop action too. This truly was a journey I was not ready to get to the end of. From dumb trolls to escaping cunning elves and defeating the terrifying dragon, Smaug. The action was non-stop. This wasn’t the kind of story that had me holding my breath, but reading faster, eagerly.

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I have seen the movies and they were good. They even left me with that longing at the end with the beautiful score of music, but they don’t compare to the book. I am still surprised they made one book into three movies though. The book was beautiful in the way that it was simple rather than complex. It swept me away so easily.

The setting was brought to life with incredible imagery. Vivid in color and action. This is only a piece of Middle Earth, but it’s still stunning. And music. The songs in the book were so colorful and added to the story, making it lively and even joyous. Plus, it’s not a road trip without some tunes.

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I was thrown a little bit by the dwarves’ strong dislike for Bilbo. It’s worse than in the movies. They really thought of him as useless and a burden and it was heartbreaking. Although, it did make for great satisfaction when Bilbo proved them wrong even though he’s very honest about how afraid he is. As I’ve said before, it’s okay for the hero to be afraid. That’s when courage comes into play. Courage is when you push through those fears to the other side.

The dwarves were an interesting bunch. Quite lazy too. LOL. While a joyous bunch most of the time, they relied on Bilbo for nearly everything. Who knows what they would’ve done without him.

And Gollum! A lot creepier in the book. For sure. And I felt an even deeper pang of pity for him.

 

Overall

I really enjoyed this and can’t wait to get started on Lord of the Rings. Such a fantastic read that tickled my inner adventurer. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.

 

Quotables:

“Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway.” (p. 51)

“Why, O why did I ever leave my hobbit-hole!” (Bilbo, p. 66)

“Third time pays for all.” (p. 233)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song today? Long Time Traveller by The Wailin’ Jennys.

 

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Let It Snow – A Book List

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My bookworms,

Let’s cuddle up in our favorite sweats. Cocoon in a favorite blanket. The snow is falling outside. It’s coming down so hard and so much that you’re shocked it’s so silent. That white fluffy stuff has blocked in the car, so you’re not going anywhere. Make some hot cocoa. Overfill it with marshmallows. The big ones. And pull out a good book or series to keep you company.

Here’s some good snowy days reads. Got a little bit of everything. Not one is the same. Like snowflakes.

 

Lord of the Rings trilogy
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

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A classic journey of adventure, friendship, and bravery. All because of a ring.

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Stealing Snow
Author: Danielle Paige

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Snow White locked up in the psychiatric unit…but she isn’t crazy. Her kiss just turned her boyfriend psycho and he’s taken away before

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The Lunar Chronicles series
Author: Marissa Meyer

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Fairytales take a modern, tech twist in this action-packed series where Cinder aka Cinderella is a badass cyborg mechanic.

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Fracture
Author: Megan Miranda

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By the time Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy cold water, her heart stopped beating. But somehow…she survived.

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Dear Evan Hansen
Author: Val Emmich

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A letter meant to never be read puts a boy in the middle of a family’s grief and soon he’s too far in and the damage is done.

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Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
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To earn a place among the High Court of Faerie, Jude will have to defy a cruel prince and face the consequences along with it. Can she bear it?

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Red Queen series
Author: Victoria Aveyard

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Divided by blood and power—red and silver. Reds are the commoners. Silvers are the gods. When a red possesses the god-like powers of a silver, she’s swept away into the elite life, but she must be careful. One misstep could mean her death.

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To All the Boys I’ve Love Before trilogy
Author: Jenny Han

To All the Boy I've Loved Before

Love letters have been mailed. When they get answered all kinds of craziness breaks out for Lara Jean Covey.

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Dead to You
Author: Lisa McMann
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When a boy is abducted at seven years old and then returned at sixteen it’s a miracle…at first.

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The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak

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Stealing a The Gravedigger’s Handbook is the first act of thievery. The start of an affair with books and words in this intense book taking place during Nazi Germany.

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More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Midnight Tease

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Bookworms! My loves!

It is the midnight hour and if you’re awake like I am right not then you’re an insomniac. Just kidding! But, you do live the night owl life. Since you’re awake, this is what’s coming up this snowy month.

Mostly I’m just trying to keep it together. It’s getting busier by the day with Christmas coming up. People are getting crazier trying to accomplish their holiday lists. I don’t know about you guys, but I could live with only getting books for Christmas. Well, books and a new pair of earbuds since mine broke a week and half ago. I’m a woman that CAN’T live without music and so I’ve been in dreadful withdrawal without earbuds. Come on, Santa, send a pair my way. I’ve been a good girl this year…sort of.

Also, my brother who is in the Army just got home from his time overseas and he and his fam will be joining us for Christmas. I’m very excited. It’s been a few years since we’ve seen him. Thought it’ll be crowded, it’ll be a very happy Christmas.

Now for books! Here’s what I’ll be reading, what I am reading, and what’s up on the chopping block of reviews!!

 

Coming Soon…

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A Wild Swan
Author: Michael Cunningham
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I love delving into short stories and especially love trying out new books.

 

Shadow of the Moon
Author: Rebecca York

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A full moon. Werewolves? I’m not drooling. You’re drooling.

 

The Princess Diarist
Author: Carrie Fisher

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The late and great! I don’t read many nonfictions or memoirs but I LOVE Carrie Fisher.

 

The Time Keeper
Author: Mitch Albom

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Another author I haven’t read from yet!

 

 

Currently…

Currently

 

Something Strange and Deadly
Author: Susan Dennard

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Kissed by an Angel
Author: Elizabeth Chandler

Kissed by an Angel

 

The Traveling Vampire Show
Author: Richard Laymon

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Up For Review…

Up for Review

 

The Darkest Star
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Space Between
Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Space Between

 

Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber

Caraval

 

So many good ones coming up for the end of the year and just in time to complete my New Year’s Resolution of reading from twenty-five authors I’ve never read from before, even though some of those review won’t be up until 2019. I’m still counting them as read. Geeeeez, I can’t believe it’s nearly 2019. Anywho, I’ll have a brand-new book blog New Year’s Resolution coming and I’m quite excited!!

Bring on December!

 

More to come soon…

-K

 

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Speedy Quote Sunday

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Bookworms!!

I am so sorry I’ve missed a Sunday. Life took a turn for the busy, but here’s a fresh Speedy Quote Sunday.

Some quotes stick to our lives, allowing our hearts to expand and make room for meaning and dreams. At least that’s how it is for me from time to time. Here are a few quotes for you.

 

“If you ask me if I’m okay again, I’m going to smack myself in the face just to punish you.” (Midnight Alley, Rachel Caine)

I’ve read the Morganville Vampires series so MANY TIMES that I’ve had to buy new copies. It filled with wit, sarcasm, and the occasional ‘oh shit, I’m going to die’. This line is one that always makes me burst out laughing because we all have that person that you know this would work on. This is a special kind of relationship.

 

“Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?” (The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien)

Such a logical question, especially if you’ve just woken up and haven’t had your coffee or breakfast yet, or your second breakfast. But then again, if you’re like me, you tend to skip a good part of the morning so that you don’t have to think about such a complex question.

 

“The right thing and the easy thing are never the same.” (Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia)

For the right thing is not always easy and the wrong this is not always difficult.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – November 2018

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Hello book clan!!

It’s the end of November and this is the Sundown Rundown. It’s been a stressful month, honestly. Thanksgiving was special. I’m thankful for the things I do have in my life. I’m lucky to have my mum and my family.

So, while the sun is setting, and much earlier thanks to Daylight Saving Time, so get cozy, maybe grab a snack and take the opportunity to catch up on any reviews you’ve might’ve missed this month. Orr, if you’re looking for new books to read, you may just find one here.

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Bloodlines

Author: Richelle Mead

A baby vampire needs protecting when she’s nearly assassinated. Trouble follows her and her new protector, alchemist, Sydney Sage to the boarding school in Palm Springs that they’ve been relocated to. Kids are getting strange tattoos that give them supernatural abilities. Sydney’s teacher is delving into the alchemical arts.

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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

Author: Krystal Sutherland

Facing your fears is easier said than done, especially when your family is cursed to die from a fear specially picked out for them. One person will step up to help to remove the curse and face death in the face.

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What a Girl Wants

Author Lindsey Kelk

It’s not easy to have choices. Choosing between two men. Choosing between two amazing jobs. What’s one to do?

The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic

Author: Alice Hoffman

The Owens family have always been the talk of the town and not in the good way. It doesn’t stop them from living wildly and free. From a legacy of witches, Vincent, Jet, and Franny will confront the family curse, that an Owens can’t have true love. They might even beat it.

Practical Magic

Practical Magic

Author: Alice Hoffman

The Owens family have always been whispered about, but that doesn’t stop them. Sisters, Sally and Gillian each go on their own journey to find love and happiness. Sally is grounded and Gillian is carefree. Both will come to realize their love for each other triumphs everything, even evil.

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From Here to You

Author: Jamie McGuire

Darby is on the run, and Trex is just settling down from his life as a Marine. When their lives collide, Trex is sure he’s found the one, but Darby is still recovering from here last relationship and almost marriage to an abusive man. Trex will do anything to have her, but she knows he’s hiding things. With so many variables, can they make it work or will their pasts come between them?

Tis the season to get merry, drink hot cocoa, and watch cheesy Christmas movies while decorating the tree. It’s also the time of year when you hope your road gets plowed so you can get to work without playing slip-n-slide the whole way there.

Stay warm and cozy and see you in December.

More to come soon…

-K

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