#Tattuesday

Alright, since it’s #Tattuesday today I thought I’d share one of the books that inspired my second tattoo “From the Ashes we are Arisen”.

This quote comes directly from the book:

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DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT

For those of you that don’t know, Days of Blood & Starlight is the 2nd book in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series that wrapped up in July of 2015. And WHAT A WONDERFUL WRAP UP IT WAS. The Daughter of Smoke & Bone series is probably one of my favorite book series to date. (Obviously since I have a permanent reminder of it) Laini Taylor is a fantastic writer who knows how to hook you from the first page. Literally the first page says,

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”

That was enough for me. DoS&B followed a strongly independent, blue haired heroine named Karou. She was raised by a family of “monsters” or Chimera (creatures made up of multiple animals). They are involved in a long standing war vs. the Angels. We assume angels are wonderful right? Wrong. This series is the ultimate, “What is the other side of the story?” kind of book. Maybe there was another story that needed telling. The quote on my back is the climax of this battle for the second book. Without giving big spoilers, this was a time where the “monsters” were considered dead and gone. But then we see the phrase “From the ashes we are arisen” written on blood by said Monsters. Perfect quote for Echoes of a Firebird am I right?

This series also begs the question, if angels DID come to Earth what would be our reaction? And this series completely covered this perfectly. We would have the worshipers, the conspiracy theorists, the scientists trying to keep up or fight it….all put together? We would have mass chaos.

I have always adored books that look at the other side of things. I’m not saying angels are bad in real life, or “What was Lucifer’s side of the story, maybe he’s good?”, but I just like the fact that in this story, maybe races aren’t all good or all bad. Maybe no one or nothing is perfect. Maybe an angel can be corrupt, and maybe a so called monster can be a father, a loving mother, a lover. Maybe these two races can love each other. And what better setup for a YA novel? To tell young adults and even grown adults that no one is perfect. We live and we learn. Some alliances will fall, some will hold through everything, and some things are just meant to be. Maybe it’s okay to go against the status quo, to be different. Maybe it’s okay to fall in love, no matter who that other person is. Even if others disagree.

All in all, this is one of my favorite book series ever and I will always carry a piece of it with me to always remind me that maybe there’s another side to this story. Or maybe when all falls down, I can rise above it and keep going forward. Thank you Laini Taylor for creating a work of art that I hope everyone takes the time to see.

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