The Friday 56: The Cruel Prince

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.

Rules:

*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.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“We ride over the cliffs and then the sea, watching mermaids leap in the spangled waves and selkies rolling along the surf. Past the fog perpetually surrounding the islands and concealing them from mortals.

I picked up the much-hyped The Cruel Prince by Holly Black because of said hype. This can sometimes mean I’ll be utterly disappointed, but I actually really enjoyed this novel. The protagonist was such a complex character and I loved what the author did with her arc. I am really excited for its sequel. You can read my review of this one hereCover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
      To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
      In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Wish Were More Popular

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Freebie (create your own topic).” Freebie week is always fun because I love seeing all the different topics other blogger’s choose. For freebie week, I am sharing ten authors I wish were more popular in the blogging community because I am in serious need of fangirling time. If you’ve read any of these authors and love them as much as I, let me know in the comments. We’ll probably become instant friends. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Lily Anderson

2. Tiffany D. Jackson

3. Courtney Alameda

4. Silvia Moreno-Garcia

5. Rhoda Belleza

6. Zen Cho

7. Elizabeth May

8. Destiny Soria

9. Margaret Rogerson

10. Lilliam Rivera

Are you a fan of any of these authors’ works? Which author do you wish more people in the community read and loved? Leave me a link to your own TTT post in the comments, so I can visit.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Title: Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Series: Legacy of Orïsha, #1
Pages: 525
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 6th 2018

      “Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
      But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
      Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
      Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.”

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“I gasp as the sweltering jungle heat around us snaps to a freezing cold. The chill bites through my skin, cutting straight to the bone.But the icy rush only lasts an instant. As quick as it comes, it vanishes, leaving us bewildered on the mountainside.”

Tomi Adeyemi’s much-anticipated debut, Children of Blood and Bone, is full of breathtaking adventure and features a world that is both stunning and complex. The land of Orïsha once overflowed with magic. The maji worked wonders, but hatred and a thirst for power turned the crown against them. When magic mysteriously disappeared, King Saran ordered the eradication of the defenseless maji, robbing the world of any trace of magic. Zélie knows intimately the injustices of Saran’s enmity toward those like her mother. As a divîner, Zélie and children like her who bear the mark of a once-promised magic, cannot hide what they might have become. Though magic no longer exists, it does not protect them from the prejudices held against them. When Zélie is unexpectedly thrust into an impossible scheme by Saran’s daughter Amari to restore magic to the divîners of Orïsha, she embarks on a journey that will test her resolve and courage.

Adeyemi has build a world that is inventive and multi-layered. In Orïsha, magic has divided its people. The divîners, those who would have become maji if magic still existed, remind King Saran and those who think like him of the corruption of magic. Those like Zélie are treated as inferior, subjected to daily prejudice and harsh punishment. She, along with other divîners, have trained in secret for years, knowing that one day Saran may come for them the way he came for their parents. The gods once occupied an important part of this world, but since magic’s disappearance, many believe the gods have abandoned them for good.

Told in three perspectives, Children of Blood and Bone, gives its readers an in-depth look at the young people who will ultimately shape the fate of this world. Zélie is an easy character to like. She’s tough and determined, and even when she is reckless, it’s hard not to admire her for wanting to do the right thing despite the consequences. Her doubts about her abilities are what ultimately make her a relatable character. Zélie lost her mother at a young age to Saran and his war against the maji. Magic is the strongest tie Zélie has to her mother; it’s a link to a past where those like her were able to thrive; it’s freedom from the oppression of Saran and a chance to right the wrongs she and those like her have endured. Her relationship with her brother, Tzain, is one of my favorites in the novel. He feels a strong obligation to protect her, but finds it hard when Zélie is more of a leap-first, think-later kind of person. She loves her brother, but finds his protectiveness to be stifling.

As princess of Orïsha, much is expected of Amari. Expectations that both her parents are disappointed that Amari fails to meet. She’s timid and soft-hearted. Though her father has wanted to raise both of his children to be strong and unrelenting, Amari has refused to raise a hand against those she cares about. I loved Amari’s entire arc, how she learns to embrace her own strengths when much of the world sees such traits as weak. Inan is destined to take over Orïsha from his father. He has learned to hate magic and will do anything to keep it from returning. His mission to retrieve a stolen artifact takes an unexpected turn when he crosses paths with Zélie. I loved his early interactions with Zélie as he is forced to face truths about himself and Saran, but does so very reluctantly. His relationship with Amari has been poisoned by their father. I really wanted to explore this aspect of both of their characters more. Saran is such a strong influence in both their lives, but we hardly get to see them interact with him.

Children of Blood and Bone is an impressive debut that takes readers on an epic journey full of hope and heartbreak. With an ending that will shake you to the core, Adeyemi has introduced readers to a world you won’t soon forget.

4/5

★★★★

2018 First Quarter Book Haul: A Moderate Haul

I should have posted this before going on hiatus, but I completely forgot that I needed to put it together. I had/have a 2018 resolution to buy less books this year, but I totally underestimate how hard such a simple thing can be. I find it really hard when there are really great deals out there (I totally folded when it came to B&N’s 3 for $30 YA sale, but managed to resist Book Outlet this time around). Technically I was supposed to be on a book buying ban in March through the middle of April, but I’ll confess here it lasted only a couple of days. I know! I am the worst. I am going to do my best to not buy any other books until the end of April though. Alright, let’s get to the good stuff. Titles linked to Goodreads.

Pre-orders:

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1. Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza – I really enjoyed Empress of a Thousand Skies and though I haven’t yet gotten to the sequel, I’m still really stoked about it.

2. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – If there’s one preorder that I’m frustrated I haven’t gotten to yet it’s this one. Soon. Soon!

3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – This one was so amazing. My review is going up tomorrow!

4. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – I cannot wait to read this one (but yet I can as I haven’t read it yet). Maybe my next read? Ugh, why are there so many amazing books and just not enough time to read them?

B&N Deal:

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5. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – I did not expect to enjoy this one as much as I did, but when I saw B&N’s YA deal, I had to include it. Can I have the sequel now?

6. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – I have been meaning to read this one for ages and after reading a sample, I knew I had to have it.

7. American Panda by Gloria Chao – I’ve heard nothing but amazing and funny things about this one and decided to go ahead and buy it. Now I must find time to read it.

I Just Couldn’t Resist:

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8. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I waited ages for this one to be in stock again. Now I can finally reread it!

9. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – Coupons are dangerous! Had one, saw this and the rest is history. But how can I resist killer sirens?

10. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin – I wasn’t planning on buying the sequel to The Fifth Season so soon after finishing it, but sometimes I am weak.

Giveaways:

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11. & 12. Want by Cindy Pon & The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes – I won both of these through giveaways hosted by Rich in Color. The former is one I’ve been dying to read and the latter was such a cute debut. I’m glad I’ve got a copy of it now.

13. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – I won Cristina @ Girl in the Pages blogiversary giveaway and selected this debut. I haven’t read it yet, but am really looking forward to doing so.

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Have you read any of these books? Which book from my haul should I read next? What’s your favorite book purchase so far this year? Let me know in the comment and if you have a recent book haul post, include the link in the comments!

The Friday 56: When Dimple Met Rishi

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.

Rules:

*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.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“She wondered whom she’d be paired with. Hopefully not that frosty blond girl who looked like she ate little kids for dessert…

It took me far too long to pick up Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi. I absolutely adored the two leads. This rom-com was just so much fun. You can read my review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
      Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
      The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
      Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.”

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings where bloggers share their most anticipated reads that haven’t been released yet. Join us every Wednesday and watch your TBR list multiply. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Before we get started, can I just say how much I love the cover for Lily Anderson’s Undead Girl Gang? I have a mighty need to rock a denim jacket again after seeing this cover. Unfortunately, I don’t think the one I owned as a kid would fit me now. Lily Anderson has become an auto-buy author for me. Her contemporary books are fun, witty, and so smart. Undead Girl Gang is different from what we’re used to seeing from her, but I have no doubt that this book is going to be a delight. Also, this one comes out the day after my birthday and the MC is Mexican, so it kind of feels like she wrote this for me. Thanks, Lily 😉 

 width=Title: Undead Girl Gang
Author: Lily Anderson
Series: N/A
Pages: 272
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: May 8, 2018

      “Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.
      So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.
      Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.”

Are you participating in Can’t-Wait Wednesday or Waiting on Wednesday? Is this book on your TBR? Be sure to leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll visit!