The Friday 56: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

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.
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“I tried to tell you these stories at bedtime when you were young,” said Mom. “You never wanted to listen back then. But here goes…”

I thoroughly enjoyed F.C. Yee’s The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. Genie was a funny and relatable protagonist and the book was so action-packed. If you’re looking for something different in the fantasy genre, consider picking up this one. You can read my review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.
      But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tale and penchant for peaches.
      Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of Heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.

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The Friday 56: An Enchantment of Ravens

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.

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*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.
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“Dazzled by the moon shining directly into my eyes, I found myself marching after him across the yard toward the shoulder-high wheat. My legs moved in fits and jerks, like a marionette’s legs controlled by a puppeteer.

Margaret Rogerson’s An Enchantment of Ravens was a beautiful fantasy that I’m really surprised hasn’t gotten better reception. I ended up falling in love with the setting and Rogerson’s writing and am really looking forward for more projects by her. You can read my mini-review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.
      Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.
      Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

The Friday 56: Daughter of the Pirate King

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.
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“Even a man who’s spent his whole life at sea has reason to fear her when she’s angry.

But not I. I sleep soundly. Listening to her music. The sea watches over me.”

Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King is perfect for those looking for a lighter fantasy with plenty of romantic tension. This one definitely has its flaws, but it was still a treat to read. You can read my review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.
      More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

The Friday 56: The Merciless II

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.

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*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
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“Pain pounds through my knees. I clench my hands together so tightly that my fingernails leave tiny, crescent-shaped marks on the backs of my hands.”

Danielle Vega’s The Merciless was a bit of a guilty pleasure read last October. I picked up the sequel The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores not expecting to be super impressed, but I was pleasantly surprised by this horror novel. It was creepy and compelling and plain horrifying at times. You can read my full review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads. Excerpt taken from page 156.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Sofia is still processing the horrific truth of what happened when she and three friends performed an exorcism that spiraled horribly out of control. Ever since that night, Sofia has been haunted by bloody and demonic visions. Her therapist says they’re all in her head, but to Sofia they feel chillingly real. She just wants to get out of town, start fresh someplace else . . . until her mother dies suddenly, and Sofia gets her wish.
      Sofia is sent to St. Mary’s, a creepy Catholic boarding school in Mississippi. There, seemingly everyone is doing penance for something, most of all the mysterious Jude, for whom Sofia can’t help feeling an unshakeable attraction. But when Sofia and Jude confide in each other about their pasts, something flips in him. He becomes convinced that Sofia is possessed by the devil. . . . Is an exorcism the only way to save her eternal soul?
      Readers won’t be able to look away from this terrifying read full of twists and turns that will leave them wondering, Is there evil in all of us?

The Friday 56: Wild Beauty

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.

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*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
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Azalea nodded to them. The other four took off their shoes so their feet would be silent. They rushed up the dark wood staircase and tore through Reid Briar’s things.

Estrella and Dalia threw aside clothes and cuff links, books and boar-bristle shave brushes.

“Don’t go so fast,” Gloria said. “We have to put everything back where it was.”

Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty is one of my favorite novels of 2017. If you enjoy magical realism or even if you haven’t given it a shot, try this author’s books. I’m continually impressed and she is one of the few writers that I auto-buy. You can read my review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.
      The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

The Friday 56: Bad Blood

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.

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*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.
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“Maybe it wasn’t me…If I was terrified and fighting for my life, the first chance I got, I would go to the door.”

Unless I was looking for a weapon. Unless I had a reason to believe I could fight and win.

I finally got around to finishing Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s final installment in The Naturals series. Bad Blood pits an unconventional team of teens working for the FBI against a group of serial killers, resulting in a fast-paced thrill ride. In this excerpt, the protagonist is profiling a kidnapping victim in an attempt to understand the crime scene. Read my review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “When Cassie Hobbes joined the FBI’s Naturals program, she had one goal: uncover the truth about her mother’s murder. But now, everything Cassie thought she knew about what happened that night has been called into question. Her mother is alive, and the people holding her captive are more powerful—and dangerous—than anything the Naturals have faced so far. As Cassie and the team work to uncover the secrets of a group that has been killing in secret for generations, they find themselves racing a ticking clock.
      The bodies begin piling up, the deaths hit closer and closer to home, and it soon becomes apparent that this time, the Naturals aren’t just hunting serial killers.
      They’re being hunted themselves.