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.

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!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved and Own, But Will Never Reread

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 I Loved but Will Never Re-Read.” I wish I could reread all the books that I’ve loved, but there is never enough time to do so. I will say that the books I own have a better chance of getting reread by me, but I’m also very aware that this is a more optimistic view. If I’m being completely honest, I probably won’t ever have time to reread the majority of the books I own. And it fills me with such guilt! Here are ten books that I’ve loved and own, but I’m kind of okay with not rereading them. At some point, I may end up giving them away. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand – One of the few angel series that I loved. It’s been a long time since I read this one and even though I have all three on my shelf, I will probably never touch them again. Still, how can I let go of my dear Tucker?

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – There was a time when I might have binge-reread this series, but years have tempered my enthusiasm. I may unhaul these sooner rather than later.

3. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – I loved this one when I read it 84 years ago. It was actually one of the first YA books I fell in love with, so I’ll be keeping it for sentimental reasons for now.

4. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter – I still think of this series fondly after so many years. In fact, I am determined to save these books for my niece when she’s old enough to read them.

5. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill – This is one of the few time-traveling books that I’ve enjoyed. Still, I will probably not revisit it. No particular reason why not.

6. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – The more I think about the second book, the angrier I get, so this book, once a favorite, has kind of been shunned by association. Might unhaul very soon.

7. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron – I’ve had the sequel for this one for years and realize I will probably not read it. I probably won’t be touching this one again, so to the unhaul pile it will probably go.

8. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry – Loved this entire zombie series, but will never have time to reread them. Will probably keep them just in case one of the nephews or nieces become interested in zombies.

9. The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams – I don’t really remember anything about this novel and it might be time to donate it.

10. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – I still need to finish this series, but know I will probably not reread the first before doing so. A pretty cover is plenty of reason to keep a book though, right?

How do you decide which books to keep and which to unhaul? Leave me a link to your own TTT post in the comments, so I can visit.

The Friday 56: The Beautiful Ones

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!**

“Nobody interrupted Cecilia Gugeno, and as soon as Nina had spoken, she realized her grievous mistake. Not only did Valérie stare at her, but all the other women turned their heads in Nina’s direction and pursed their lips besides. Nina twitched her fingers and without meaning it, she made the the windows pop open with a loud bang, the shutter clacking against the wall.”

I am delighted to share an excerpt from my first five-star read of the year. I was impressed with Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s world-building in her previous novel Certain Dark Things and fell completely head over heels for The Beautiful Ones, a historical romance with a touch of fantasy. You can read my full review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads. 

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be.
      Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valérie Beaulieu, she hopes to find a suitable husband. However, the haphazard manifestations of Nina’s telekinetic powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.
      Yet dazzling telekinetic performer and outsider Hector Auvray sees Nina’s powers as a gift, and he teaches her how to hone and control them. As they spend more and more time together, Nina falls in love and believes she’s found the great romance that she’s always dreamed of, but Hector’s courtship of Nina is deceptive.
      The Beautiful Ones is a sweeping fantasy of manners set in a world inspired by the Belle Époque.”