The Friday 56, #98: Bone Gap

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’re 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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“…To her dad, I’m just another brown kid.”

“What’s wrong with that?” Finn said, though he knew what Miguel was talking about. Roza was the sort of color that older ladies first called ‘dark’ and then later called ‘olive’, as if being green was somehow nicer.”

Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap was weird and thrilling and I loved it. Magical realism is a genre that I find myself continually drawn to and this novel so good. My full review can be found here if you are interested. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Goodreads Synopsis:

“Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.”

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The Friday 56, #97: My Heart and Other Black Holes

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*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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“Roman turns the radio off. ‘Sorry. I didn’t know you were a music snob.’

‘I’m a nothing snob,’ I say.

‘Not a snob and not a soccer mom,’ he says. ‘You have a lot going for you.'”

Jasmine Warga’s My Heart and Other Black Holes takes a candid look at depression and suicide. It deals with topics not many people feel comfortable dealing with, but never romanticizes mental illness. Read my review here. Cover linked to Goodreads.

Goodreads Synopsis:

“Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution—Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together.”

The Friday 56, #96: The Master Magician

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’re been reading.

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*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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“The first thing Ceony sensed was the smell of dust—metallic and rotten and dry. Then she registered the throbbing at the back of her head, the stiffness in her neck, the tight, bruise-like pain encircling her arms and torso. Dim light prodded at her eyelids, and she pulled them apart, blinking. A groan escaped her throat.”

The Master Magician, the final book in the Paper Magician series by Charlie N. Holmberg, was a great conclusion to a charming fantasy series. The magic in this one is utterly unique and I look forward to seeing more from this author. Excerpt taken from page 156. Cover linked to Goodreads.

My reviews for the Paper Magician series:

The Paper Magician     The Glass Magician     The Master Magician

The Friday 56, #94: The Rose Society

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“The illusion breaks without warning. The brightly lit temple, the steaming water and statues–all disappear in an instant, leaving us back in the dark recesses of the broken bathhouse and its overgrown shell. Spots of light still float across my vision. I have to adjust to the darkness, almost as if I’d been blinded by something real.”

You know when you read a sophomore novel and it doesn’t live up to the first? It’s a huge disappointment. I’m happy to say that Marie Lu’s The Rose Society, the second book in her Young Elites series, was not disappointing. In fact, I found myself liking this second novel more than the first. You can read my review of The Young Elites here and my review of this one here.

The Friday 56, #94: Jane Eyre

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“As yet I had spoken to no one, nor did anybody seem to take notice of me; I stood lonely enough: but to that feeling of isolation I was accustomed; it did not oppress me much.”

I totally forgot to type up the excerpt I was going to use from The Wolf Wilder for this week’s 56 and when I eventually remembered, I had already returned the book to the library. So this week I’m pulling Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre off the shelves. I really want to reread this book this year. Excerpt begins at the end of page 55. Cover linked to Goodreads. Happy New Year!

 

The Friday 56, #93: The Fill-In Boyfriend

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’re been reading.

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“My tongue felt two sizes too big for my mouth. Now was the time when I should come clean, tell them what she could dig up and how stupid I was for lying. That way she’d have nothing on me.”

I don’t read a lot of contemporary books, but every now and then it’s nice to pick up something a little on the light side. Kasie West’s The Fill-In Boyfriend was exactly that. Cover is linked to Goodreads. Oh, yes, and a very Merry Christmas to those celebrating!

From my review:

“Gia has just been dumped in the parking lot right outside her prom. To make matters worse, her friends have never believed her boyfriend Bradley ever existed. Desperate to prove to them she hasn’t been lying, Gia enlists the help of a stranger to play the part of her fill-in boyfriend. When the night ends, Gia is sure she’s gotten away with a little white lie, but when the fake Bradley’s sister insists she return the favor to her brother, Gia’s life gets a little more complicated, especially when she begins to develop feelings for him. Gia’s web of lies starts to unravel with the return of her ex and when the girl who’s always been out to get her becomes convinced Gia is hiding something.” Read my full review here.