The Friday 56: Pride

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!**

“These spirits and unseen things, as Madrina calls them, don’t make sense to me. Of course they don’t. I can’t see them. But it’s Madrina’s wisdom that unties the tight knots of my life…”

Ibi Zoboi’s Pride is a fresh retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. I fell in love with the community in this one and love how important Zuri’s family was to her. You can read my review of this one hereCover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.
      When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.
      But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.
      In a timely update of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic.”

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Wicked King by Holly Black


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.

Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince was a truly fascinating read. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but the hype ended up being too much for me to resist. I ended up really taking to the protagonist, Jude, and loved that she got to be the bad guy in this twisted world of fairies. I feel like I’ve been counting down the days until The Wicked King‘s release and over Black Friday weekend, I ended up preordering the sequel. Now if only time would move faster.

 width=Title: The Wicked King
Author: Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air, #2
Pages: 336
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 8, 2019

      “You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
      The first lesson is to make yourself strong.
      After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
      When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.”

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!

Top Ten Tuesday: Fantasy Reads Perfect for Winter

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 “Cozy/Wintry Reads.I always associate contemporary books with spring and summer and mysteries/horror with fall. For winter, the kind of books I think are perfect are thick fantasy books. I imagine curling up by the fire on a cold night and falling deeply into the fantasy world I’m reading. Here are ten (mostly) thick fantasy reads for anyone who also likes to reach for these kind of reads during the winter months. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

2. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

4. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

5. Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

7. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

8. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

10. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Which kind of books do you associate with the winter? Which fantasy reads would you recommend this upcoming season? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Sibling Relationships

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 “Platonic Relationships in Books.” I am currently on hiatus, but saw that this topic was coming up when I was working on posts before my hiatus and decided to participate anyways. I won’t be responding to comments until this upcoming Sunday, but feel free to drop a link to your post in the comments and I will visit you then. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Mortiz sisters from Brooklyn Brujas series by Zoraida Córdova – Sibling relationships can be complicated as it is, but throw in magic and a need to want your sibs to be happy even when this means making bad decisions and you got a recipe for chaos.

2. Song sisters from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han – Lara Jean will forever remain one of my favorite literary characters, but one of the highlights of the series that I don’t think gets talked about enough is the Song sisters’ relationship. Lara Jean and Margo are more like friends because of their age, but their relationship with Kitty is so important because unlike her, they have such clear memories of their mom and they become Kitty’s strongest link to her.

3. Blanca and Roja from Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore  – This is one of my favorite relationships to read about, where siblings are so different from one another and yet have one of the strongest bonds.

4. Jane and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Another sister relationship where the two are quite opposite, but always willing to take steps to ensure the other’s happiness.

5. Kell and Rhy from Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab – These two are brothers in all but blood. I’m starting to think polar opposite personalities in sibling relationships are my thing. One of my favorite things about this series is how both of these characters were the biggest cheerleaders for one another.

6. Nomeolvides cousins from Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – I’m including the youngest generation of Nomeolvides women on this list because they were raised more like sisters. They all suffered the same curse, fell for the same girl, but never let that deter them from loving each other.

7. Tom and Benny from Rot& Ruin by Jonathan Maberry – This is also one of my favorite sibling relationships to read about, where one character learns to appreciate the other especially in a coming-of-age story. Still not over what ultimately happened though.

8. Sorcha and her brothers from Daughter of the forest by Juliet Marillier – This one still hurts. Sorcha does absolutely everything she can to free her brothers from a curse and it almost destroys her.

9. Lada and Radu from And I Darken by Kiersten White – I told you I have a thing for siblings who are opposite. Lada is fierce and cold and finds it hard to tolerate her brother’s softness. I’ve only read the first book in this series, so I don’t know how their story ends, but is a reconciliation too much to hope for?

10. The Weasleys kids from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – The Weasleys will forever be one of my favorite literary families and one of the reasons is it always felt like the Weasley kids were free to be whoever they chose to be, and despite their differences, they remained close.

Are you a fan of any of these siblings relationships? Which fictional sibling relationship is your favorite? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Non-Bookish Items I Collect

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 “Bookish Items/Merchandise I’d Like to Own.” I am one of those rare bookworms that don’t own a lot of bookish items (seriously, all I can think of is my Hogwarts sweater and pajama pants) and who is not really interested in buying any. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind owning a Pride & Prejudice scarf or having one of those cute bags made from a book. But I can’t picture myself spending money on these things. I’d just rather spend money on books than bookish items. So to do something a little different, I’m listing non-bookish items I tend to collect. Sometimes by accident and sometimes on purpose.

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1. Pretty Notebooks and Journals – If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you probably already know this, but I love notebooks. I am really bad at writing in them, but really good at collecting them. This I am embarrassed to admit is only a fraction of the notebooks I own. I haven’t written in any of these, but they are so pretty.

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2. Pens – From highlighters to sharpies to gel pens, I love buying new sets of pens. Based on this picture, I might love it a little too much. I justify my buys by remembering I have a blogging planner that deserves to be pretty and colorful.

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3. Washi Tape – I also use my blogging planner as an excuse to buy all the washi tape. But I only buy washi tape when it is on sale because they can be down-right expensive. I love washi tape so much. Not only does it make my planner look more lively, I use it to organize which posts go up when during the month and using tape makes it easier to move posts around if need be. Also, they are so pretty.

Nonbookish

4. Cardstock – Michaels loves me because I am always in there looking at their collection of cardstock. I have a hard time resisting these packets of cardstock when they go on sale. I use these when I make bookmarks and recently when I take photos of my books.

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5. Decorative Boxes – I have such a weakness for pretty decorative boxes. I have so many in my closet, but I put them to good use. It helps me keep all those notebooks, pens, and washi tape I can’t stop buying organized. I confess that I buy more boxes than I need. I’m particularly prone to buying floral pattern ones and then never using them. But the pretty…

Which non-bookish items do you collect? Do you also collect the things I’ve listed? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

The Friday 56: Proof of Lies

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!**

“Keira walked out, and breath instantly expelled from my lungs. Tears flooded my eyes. It was an involuntary response. There was my sister. Alive. Healthy. No blood.”

Today I’m sharing an excerpt from another book I never got around to reviewing. Diana Rodriguez Wallach’s Proof of Lies was an enjoyable thriller/mystery about a girl trying to find her missing sister and the truth she uncovers along the way about her parents. I think if I was more a fan of the genre, I would have liked this one more. Still, I was impressed with the intricate plot and may continue the series at a later date. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Some secrets are best kept hidden…
      Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages.
And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead.
She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true.
      Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility.
      She will find her sister.”