The Friday 56, #2 – Days of Blood and Starlight + Stars Above

Hi guys! Happy Friday! 😀

the friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

For a weightless, airless moment she didn’t know up from down, and then she hit the ground. Bones jarred. Blood rose up her throat, filled her mouth and nose.

DoBaSDays of Blood and Starlight is the second book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite trilogies, and I think this sequel will end up on my Goodreads favorites shelf just like the first book did. I’m currently on page 108 and already so much has happened. I can’t wait to find out what the rest of the book contains. 😀

Here’s the Goodreads synopsis for Daughter of Smoke and Bone:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

It’s a brilliant YA fantasy that puts a whole new spin on the angels and demons concept. If you’re interested, you can find the Goodreads page here and my (spoiler free) review here. 🙂

“Would you like to meet your new sister?” he asked, turning back to face the hover. He seemed surprised at the empty pathway behind him. “Come on out, Cinder.”

stars aboveStars Above is a bind-up of nine novellas for The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, which is one of my ultimate favorite series. I’m only on page 65, which is in the middle of Cinder’s prequel novella Glitches. I’m so happy to have this book and get more about one of my favorite sets of characters. And I got it the day after it came out, which almost never happens! 😀

Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:

The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

If you’ve read TLC, I’d definitely recommend this. If you haven’t read TLC, I’d definitely recommend you do. It’s an amazing series of fairytale retellings in a sci-fi setting! If you’re interested, you can find the Goodreads page here. My review for this bind-up will be up in the next couple of days. 🙂

Have you read either of these series? Are they on your TBR? If you have read them, what did you think? I’d love to know! 😀

I should have my reviews up for both of these books up soon. Until then, I might also post something about how I’ve organized my bookshelf since I just redid it last night. 🙂

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