The Friday 56: Bruja Born

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!**

“My breath catches at the sight of the scars, red like a nest of snakes settled on his chest. I hold my hand over his heart. I release a pulse of magic. His heartbeat reacts to it, like he recognizes me.

I enjoyed Zoraida Córdova’s Bruja Born, the sequel to Labyrinth Lost, even more than the first novel and feel like I’ve gotten a better grasp on the characters thanks to this book. If you like magic and sister relationships, this is the series to pick up. Read my review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.
      Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister’s newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula’s bruja healing powers can’t fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.
      Then a bus crash turns Lula’s world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back…”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fifteen Books On My Summer TBR

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 “Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach.” This week I am sharing fifteen books that I plan to read this summer (haha, I’m laughing too). I always feel like there aren’t a ton of summer releases that I’m ever excited for, so this list will consist mostly of books I’ve had on my shelf for far too long and need to get to already. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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Have you read any of these? Tell me one summer release you’re most looking forward to. Be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post in the comments, so I can visit.

There’s only one week left to sign up for the Summer 2018 Comment Challenge for the month of July! Every month we pair bloggers and they spend the month getting to know one another through comments on each other’s blogs. Join us and meet a new blogging friend. Sign-ups for July are open through June 25th. Click the image to the left for all the info.

The Friday 56: The Poet X

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!**

Mami leans down: “Mira, muchacha, go take God.
Thank him for the fact that you’re breathing.”

She has a way of guilting me compliant.
Usually it works.

But today, I feel the question
sticking to the roof of my mouth like a wafer:

what’s the point of God giving me life
if I can’t live it as my own?

I’m delighted to share with you today one of my favorite reads of the year. Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X is a novel in verse that is equal parts lovely and heartbreaking. My mini-review can be read hereCover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.
      Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
      But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.
      So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.”

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings where bloggers share which upcoming releases they’re most looking forward to. Join us every Wednesday and watch your TBR list multiply. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

I loved Naomi Novik’s Uprooted and cannot express how stoked I am for Spinning Silver. I feel like I haven’t picked up as many fairy tale retellings as I have in the past, but I really enjoy them and can’t wait to see what Novik does with Rumpelstiltskin.

 width=Title: Spinning Silver
Author: Naomi Novik
Series: N/A
Pages: 480
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: July 10, 2018

      “Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.
      But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.”

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!

Signups for the Summer 2018 Comment Challenge for the month of July are now open! Join us and meet a new blogging friend. Every month we pair bloggers and they spend the month getting to know one another through comments on each other’s blog. Sign-ups for July are open through June 25th. Click the image to the left for all the info.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Want to Travel In Unconventional Ways

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 “Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me.” I…am not a big fan of airports and when I think of traveling, I think of airports and customs and all that hassle. Ideally, I wish you could travel somewhere without having to deal with jetlag and uncomfortable airplane chairs. This is why this week’s travel-themed post is inspired by books that involve magic/science and traveling instead of world-renowned locations. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – Where does one book a seat on a time-traveling ship because yes, please.

2. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente – I feel like the title says it all.

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Why yes, I’d love to travel to alternate Londons using blood magic. Well, hopefully not my own blood.

4. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Can’t quite decide if I’ve like to travel by broom, thestral, floo powder, or just Apparate.

5. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – Read a few words and be instantly transported into a novel? Sign me up now.

6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – Why, yes, I would love to travel the universe by tessering. I just saw the recent movie adaptation of this and it was so charming.

7. Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda – Despite the fact that space kind of creeps me out and this book does this nothing to alleviate this fear, I wouldn’t mind traveling on a spaceship at least once.

8. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – I’m not sure if I’m prone to sea sickness, but traveling to different countries via a pirate ship doesn’t sound all that bad.

9. The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh – No one who grew up watching Aladdin didn’t immediately want a magic carpet of their own.

10. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – Black’s descriptions of traveling by ragwort steed is one of my favorite things about this novel.

Would you be interested in traveling in any of these unconventional ways? Has any book made you want to travel in a unique or odd way? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own TTT post in the comments, so I can visit.

Signups for the Summer 2018 Comment Challenge for the month of July are now open! Join us and meet a new blogging friend. Every month we pair bloggers and they spend the month getting to know one another through comments on each other’s blog. Sign-ups for July are open through June 25th. Click the image to the left for all the info.

The Friday 56: The Fifth Season

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!**

“There is no warning jangle of sesuna, as there would be if the movement of the earth came from the earth. That’s why people like these fear people like you, because you’re beyond sense and preparation. You’re a surprise, like a sudden toothache, like a heart attack.”

I loved N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season. There are so many layers to this world that long after I finished, I was contemplating the many different political and personal relationships in this one. One thing that really stuck out to me was the use of second person narrative, which I took too really easily. You can read my mini-review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.
      Three terrible things happen in a single day.
      Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world’s sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
      But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes — those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon — are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back.
      She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.”