The Friday 56 (5)

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

This week I chose 56% of  of Scythe of Darkness by Dawn Husted.


He reached his hand up. I breathed in slowly, holding my breath. What was he about to do?”


I’m about 25% of the way through this book and can’t put it down. I also participate in “First Lines Friday”, to see the first lines of this book head over to that post by clicking here


Scythe of Darkness

For Mia Hieskety, surviving high school meant focusing on exams and avoiding stupid parties. After breaking up with the only boyfriend she ever had, dating was off the agenda. That is, until Thanatos came along.

Inexplicably drawn to Thanatos, she’s determined to find out who he is and why he insists on wearing gloves to school. Something is off about him. And it’s as if she can feel him when he’s near.

Without warning, she’s thrust into a sinister world and discovers a truth that she never expected. When a supernatural connection puts Mia’s life at risk, she doesn’t know who to trust—especially Thanatos. But what if she’s in love with him?


First Lines Friday (12)

First Lines Fridays is hosted by Wandering Words.

Here are the rules (as outlined by Wandering Words):

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book

This week’s book is an ARC I received from the author. I’m about 25% into it and can’t put it down! I’ll likely be done with the book by tomorrow and hopefully have the review up by Monday! I’m using this book for my Friday 56 as well, so if you’re interested check it out here


The compulsion to find him made me slightly crazy”


Scroll down for more info about the book.


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For Mia Hieskety, surviving high school meant focusing on exams and avoiding stupid parties. After breaking up with the only boyfriend she ever had, dating was off the agenda. That is, until Thanatos came along.

Inexplicably drawn to Thanatos, she’s determined to find out who he is and why he insists on wearing gloves to school. Something is off about him. And it’s as if she can feel him when he’s near.

Without warning, she’s thrust into a sinister world and discovers a truth that she never expected. When a supernatural connection puts Mia’s life at risk, she doesn’t know who to trust—especially Thanatos. But what if she’s in love with him?


Top 5 Wednesday (13)

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….


I’ve got a a couple “summer-y” ARCs that I’m dying to get into. I like to read romance over the summer as well!

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Watch me Disappear from Janelle Brown is a new Thriller set to be released this summer! I was really excited to get an ARC for this and will be reading / reviewing closer to the release date in July.

Who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are.

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a solitary hiking boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie’s death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage; Olive grows remote, from both her father and her friends at the all-girls school she attends.

But then Olive starts having strange visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife. Who was the woman he knew as Billie Flanagan?

Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, but also about themselves, learning, in the process, about all the ways that love can distort what we choose to see. Janelle Brown’s insights into the dynamics of intimate relationships will make you question the stories you tell yourself about the people you love, while her nervy storytelling will keep you guessing until the very last page.”


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Be True to Me is another ARC I was lucky enough to receive. It’s released in June so another perfect beginning of summer read!

It’s the summer of 1976 on Fire Island, where sunbathing, lobster bakes, and the Bicentennial celebration reign.

Jean, a sometimes cruel, often insecure, and always envious rich girl, is accustomed to living in her glamorous older sister’s shadow. So when Gil Burke, a handsome newcomer with uncertain ties to one of the most powerful families in the exclusive enclave of Sunken Haven, notices Jean—not her sister—Jean is smitten.

Then Fritz, a girl from outside the gilded gates who humiliated Jean in the Island’s tennis championship last year, meets Gil. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and she quickly falls Gil herself. Soon the girls are competing for much more than a tennis trophy, with higher stakes than either of them can imagine.

Through the alternating perspectives of Jean and Fritz, Adele Griffin captures the angst of feeling like you don’t belong and the urgency of first love with vivid language and perceptive wit.”


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The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter is the latest installment of the Lords of the Underworld Series. It is another June release. I’ve listened to the audio of the other 14 books so I’ll likely be getting the audio to this one as well. 

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn’t allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption. 

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him—until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile…and seduce her into his bed. 

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they’ve forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever…”


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Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. I just bought this book because I read the little sample on Amazon and was bawling by the time I got to the end of the sample. I’m not usually one to read books like this, but the stories hit me hard. 

This bestselling book from the author of Wild collects the best of The Rumpus’s Dear Sugar advice columns plus never-before-published pieces. Rich with humor, insight, compassion—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.

Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills—and it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice.”


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By the end of the summer I will be rereading Empire of Storms in preparation for Chaol’s novel, Tower of Dawn!


That’s it! What’s on your Summer Reading list?

Top Ten Tuesday (8)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I haven’t done a Top 10 Tuesday in a while, and to be honest I almost skipped this one due to the topic. Mother’s Day used to be a really hard holiday for me, and sometimes still is. I’m going to be real for a minute here and tell you a story. It’s long, you’ve been warned. 

The topic this week is….

There once was a girl who got pregnant when she was only 16 by a man whom she didn’t love. She decided to keep the baby and gave birth to a little girl the winter of her senior year in high school. After high school the teenage mother took to partying with her friends and instead of finding babysitters for her baby she locked the baby in her bedroom closet for 10-12 hours without food or changing diapers. This continued on for about a year before the baby’s paternal grandmother paid the mother a surprise visit and saw the living conditions of the baby. Several days after this confrontation the baby was dropped off at her grandmother’s with a note that the mother would return in a few weeks.

The baby became a little girl and did not see her mother again for years. The little girl, desperate for her mother’s approval, decided to try living with her mother when she was 10, where she was subsequently abused by her mother and mother’s husband. After two years the little girl moved back to her dad’s house. The little girl would spend the next 10 years wondering what it was that made her so unlovable and easy to throw away. It didn’t make sense to the girl why she would feel this way. Her grandmother, who helped to raise her, and her dad were the best. They never mistreated her and loved her more than anything in the world.

But the girl had a mom shaped hole in her heart, and thought she would never fill it….until one beautiful little boy, followed by another less than 2 years later, came along. Over time, that mom-sized hole was almost completely filled with her own motherly love for her children. There will probably always be a tiny pocket of longing and bitterness for a mother that was never meant to be, but the girl finds solace in the fact that her own children will never have to feel the kind of despair or desperation that she felt as a child and into adulthood. 


So this week as part of my freebie I chose the mothers I wish I had. I am including TV/Movies as well. 

The second part is appreciation for awesome grandmother’s/aunts/substitute mothers (excluding dads from this because there will be a dad post in June for Father’s Day).


Moms I wish I had

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Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls

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Lorelai was always so supportive of Rory and loved her unconditionally. I loved how they were always part of a team!


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Maura Sargent from The Raven Cycle Series

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Image found on Pinterest – Link to image here

Maura trust Blue to make her own decisions, for the most part, and actually reminds me a lot of Lorelai.


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Molly Weasley from The Harry Potter Series

Honestly, I think even people who had good moms probably wanted Molly Weasley as their mom sometimes, lol. I love her so much!


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Maria from Mordacious and Until the End of the World

Mordacious (The City Series Book 1) by [Fleming, Sarah Lyons] Until the End of the World (Until the End of the World, Book 1)

Maria loves her daughters so much that she sacrificed her own safety and nearly her own life for them. When I see Maria I picture not only the mother I wish I had, but the mother I would like to be. 


Awesome grandmother’s/aunts/substitute mothers

 

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Michelle Benoit, Scarlet’s Grandmother in The Lunar Chronicles

CAUTION—–SPOILER FOR THIS BOOK BELOW! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles Book 2)

Ya’ll. I ugly cried in this book for Scarlet’s grandmother. My own grandmother (who helped to raise me) had just died before I read this book and I was a damn mess. 


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Calla from The Raven Cycle Series

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I’m including Calla here too, because I just love her. I’ve always wanted a crazy aunt like her! I love this fan art of Calla because I love how it captures Calla’ sassy ass attitude. 


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Nan and Pop from An Ember in the Ashes

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I know we don’t get to know them very well, but we do know they loved Laia very much. The way Laia speaks of Nan reminds me of my own grandmother. 


That’s all I can think of right now. Sorry it’s not a full top 10! 😁

Make sure to leave your link for your top 10 in the comments if you want me to check it out! I look forward to seeing everyone else’s picks this week. Thank you for reading!

 

First Lines Friday (11)

First Lines Fridays is hosted by Wandering Words.

Here are the rules (as outlined by Wandering Words):

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book

I couldn’t decide which “first line” I wanted to include because there is a prologue, but I love the first line from chapter one as well. So I’m including both 🙂 


PROLOGUE

A secret is a strange thing.”


CHAPTER ONE

Theoretically, Blue Sargent was probably going to kill one of these boys.”


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Since this is a sequel I won’t add the description due o potential spoilers. If you want more info just click on the photo and it will take you to Amazon.

If you want to read my review for the first book in the series click here.  


First Lines Friday (10)

First Lines Fridays is hosted by Wandering Words.

Here are the rules (as outlined by Wandering Words):

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book

Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.”


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It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them – not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all – family money, good looks, devoted friends – but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the best-selling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.”


I’m actually listening to this on audio, and I love it so far! 

Top 5 Wednesday (12)

I’m actually doing this post on time! *go me!*

This is actually surprising because my whole life has been consumed by ACOWAR the past couple of days. I’m only about 1/2 way through though, so no spoilers! 😉 


This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….

 


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Illuminae and Gemina – I mean, come on. The Hardcover editions are particularly awesome. Read my review of Illuminae here


.2.

Wintersong….Admission–I haven’t actually read the book yet! *hangs head* Here’s why though. Once I found out it will have a sequel I wanted to wait. I’ll probably read it closer to the release date of Shadowsong (January 30, 2018)


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I actually didn’t like these covers for a while because I thought they were a little bland and overall meh. They’ve grown on me though and I love them now. Maybe I’m biased to the covers because I love the books so much though, lol.


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I didn’t love Cruel Beauty (3/5 stars, read my review here) and I haven’t read Crimson Bound yet, but the covers of the series are great!


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Six of Crows by [Bardugo, Leigh] Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows by [Bardugo, Leigh]

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. I haven’t had a chance to Insta these books yet (I have a Kaz candle coming in the mail <3 ), but the hardcover versions are pretty awesome. Not only is the cover art bad ass, but the page edges are gilded (or colored? IDK if it’s still gilded if it’s not a gold color?) black and red. I’m just hoping they don’t come off when I’m reading, as I have heard some complaints about that. :/

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I wonder how many lists had Sarah J. Maas books on them? #UnpopularOpinion….I love the books but I dislike the whitewashed look of Celeana on the covers of the Throne of Glass Series because I was completely surprised in the book when I read she had blonde hair, and I still picture her with more white hair than blonde because of the covers. I think I would probably love the covers if it wasn’t for this one thing because I thought Empire of Storms in particular was awesome, if not for this one peeve of mine. 


The Friday 56 (4)

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

This week I chose 56% of  of The Star Touched Queen from Roshani Chokshi. 

I plunged the knife into the tree, pushing all my force, my heartbreak, my broken dreams, into the tree’s thick bark. “


I’ve only read a few chapters of the book so far, but I am really enjoying the author’s writing style. I also participate in “First Lines Friday”, to see the first lines of this book head over to that post by clicking here


The Star-Touched Queen by [Chokshi, Roshani]Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.”


First Lines Friday (9)

First Lines Fridays is hosted by Wandering Words.

Here are the rules (as outlined by Wandering Words):

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book

Staring at the sky in Bharata was like exchanging a secret. It felt private, like I had peered through the veil of a hundred worlds.”


Scroll down for more info about the book.


The Star-Touched Queen by [Chokshi, Roshani]Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.”


I have had this on my library wait-list forever (seriously, I’ve been on it since March 11th!) because I received an ARC of the second book in the series A Crown of Wishes. I’m finally starting it today! I am also participating in the Friday 56 using this book as well —->click here to see that post 🙂

Top 5 Wednesday (on Thursday? Oops) (11)

Remember a couple weeks ago when I said I was going to do these every week again?

… oops

I am going to try and do what I used to do and have scheduled posts for when I know I will be having busy weeks at work. The biggest reason I have been so far behind on EVERYTHING is because my sons’ baseball seasons started. I have a 5 year old and 7 year old who both play. Of course they are on different teams, and practice at different times AND days of the week, including two practices a week where I have to leave work an hour early to make it there. SERIOUSLY, who makes practice START at 5pm?! Oh, and their games are at two different field locations.

My cup runneth over and I still have another 2 months of it. Wish me luck.


Well now that my whine fest is over, let’s move onto the goods. 

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….


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Tahereh Mafi

In light of the announcement made yesterday, she moved to the top of my list. I adored the Shatter Me Series and have been waiting for her to release a new YA novel. I didn’t read her middle-grade novel because it’s not really my taste, but I’m so excited for more Warner Juliette. 😉


.2.

Sarah Lyons Fleming

I will literally read anything this woman writes. I’m currently waiting for her to release the second book in her City Series (review on first book here), and I have already re-read her Until the End of the World Series (review here) twice now. It’s possible that another re-read will happen before the next book is released (she says she’s shooting for a June release). 

I’ll just be here…waiting:


.3.

Sarah J. Maas

God, I feel like this one is obscenely obvious, but I’m waiting on ACOWAR right now (like thousands of others, lol). I had to include it though, forgive me. 😂😂 


.4.

Suzanne Collins

I loved The Hunger Games so I will definitely read anything new she releases. I haven’t read Gregor the Overlander because again, middle grade isn’t my taste. 


.5.

Colleen Hoover

I’ve read 4 of her books, but I’m currently working my way through the rest. She does contemporary romance so well and has complex characters with unique backstories.