Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 #3

Happy Friday everyone! I’m going to be participating in Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice!

Book Beginnings &the Friday 56

Book Beginnings: Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56: Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in an eReader. Find any sentence, or a few and Post it!

This week my sentence(s) are from Inquest by DelSheree Gladden, my current eBook read!

Chapter 1: I never thought someone I loved would try to kill me. But when you know you’re going to do something worse, does that make it okay? Should you hope for that person to succeed?

56%: That wasn’t what he was going to say a second ago. I know him too well not to see that he’s hedging. The people surrounding him are the reason for it. He won’t be honest with me because too many influential eyes are watching him. I can feel my anger being renewed despite the begging expression he’s wearing. I pull my hand out of his grip and shake my head at him.

I’m actually really excited for this book, I’ve read the Aerling Trilogy by DelSheree Gladden and it was really great so I’m really hopeful for this trilogy as well!

A little more information on Inquest:

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Synopsis via GoodreadsFor Libby Sparks, turning sixteen means only one thing…death. Guardian rule demands she attend the ritualistic Inquest that will unveil her talents and secure her place in society. But that isn’t all that will be revealed in Libby’s case.

The more talents you have the better, at least to some degree. Four or five talents will guarantee you a life of luxury, but seven…that is the mark of the Destroyer. Libby knows her Inquest will reveal her to be the Guardians’ greatest enemy. Their law requires her death before her eighteenth birthday. If she lives, prophecy foretells that the world will fall into chaos and destruction.

Once her destiny is revealed, Libby is abandoned when her mother throws her out, her boyfriend tries to kill her, and her best friend shuts her out. Only Milo, a slightly grungy outcast, seems willing to be her friend—but Libby soon realizes he has secrets of his own. His secrets may very well have everything to do with her own destiny.

In order to make it to her eighteenth birthday, Libby must bury her talents and convince the world she is harmless. Her plan only lasts until Milo is put in danger and Libby is forced to choose. Abandon her friend to save her own life, or embrace her destiny and truly become the Destroyer.

 

 

 

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #4 – Apocalypsis

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Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts is a weekly meme hosted by (un)Conventional Book Views. The idea of Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. This week is from Apocalypsis by Elle Casey.

A small, handmade soccer ball created with about a hundred yards of twine landed in the middle of our grilled vegetables.

“Do you mind?” asked Peter in an offended voice. “We’re trying to picnic over here.”

Trip came running over, all sweaty, his long, black hair a mess. “Toss it here, babe! I’m on the run!”

I have been struggling the last couple days to find food in a book, we’ve been so busy packing and getting ready to go home for my little brothers graduation this week, so I’ve hardly had any time to read! But, when I finally saw something about food, I made sure to mark it down right away! Not the most exciting food, but I mean who doesn’t love grilled vegetables!

Shelf Control #3 – The Uninvited

Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read and already own! Sometimes the best books are right underneath our noses!

Each Wednesday, following Bookshelf Fantasies I will be highlighting one book off of my large pile of unread books that I own! Hopefully it will spark some interest and encourage me to read just a little more!

My Shelf Control pick of the week is:

The Uninvited

Title: The Uninvited

Author: Tin Wynne-Jones

Published: May 12, 2009

Length:  353 Pages

Synopsis via GoodreadsMimi Shapiro had a disturbing freshman year at NYU, thanks to a foolish affair with a professor who still haunts her caller ID. So when her artist father, Marc, offers the use of his remote Canadian cottage, she’s glad to hop in her Mini Cooper and drive up north. The house is fairy-tale quaint, and the key is hidden right where her dad said it would be, so she’s shocked to find someone already living there — Jay, a young musician, who is equally startled to meet Mimi and immediately accuses her of leaving strange and threatening tokens inside: a dead bird, a snakeskin, a cricket sound track embedded in his latest composition. But Mimi has just arrived, so who is responsible? And more alarmingly, what does the intruder want?

Part gripping thriller, part family drama, this fast-paced novel plays out in alternating viewpoints, in a pastoral setting that is evocative and eerie — a mysterious character in its own right

How I Got It: I have had this book so long (shame on me), I really have no idea!

When I Got It: April 21, 2013

Why I Want to Read it: It sounds interesting, and sometimes I do enjoy a good mystery, but it’s definitely not what I’m usually drawn to. It doesn’t have the best ratings compared to what I usually read, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be bad! I will have to pick this one up soon!

 

 

Little Free Library

I often end up having a pile of old books, or books I didn’t particularly enjoy pile up near the thrift store bag with old clothes and random items. Usually they just go straight to the thrift store with the clothing, but I decided to something a little different this weekend. I had seen a post on one of my family’s FaceBook pages about their Free Little Library. I had visited one before but had never thought anything else of it. So this time I decided to look up their website. And now it is already my new favorite way of donating old books.

If you’ve never heard of Little Free Library I urge you to go on their website and check them out and see if there are any in your town/city!

Little Free Library is a non-profit “take a book, leave a book” free book exchange. More often than not they are little wooden boxes filled with books! People most commonly have them in their front yards, sometimes they are near schools or parks. As of June 2016 they have reached 40,000 Libraries worldwide.

The Little Free Library mission: “To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.”

It was really fun finding these Libraries and looking through the books. It’s such a good way to get new books! We went to four different libraries, I only took one book out, but I put three in. (One library was too full for any more books!)

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My very first Library visit!

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Beautiful artwork on this one! This is the Library that I took a book from. I got:

Give Your Heart to the Hawks: A Tribute to the Mountain Men by Win Blevins

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This Library was actually on the yard of a school! Really beautiful artwork on the back!

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This was the last one we visited and it was packed full of books! You can fit a surprising amount of books in there!

The book I got is way different than the fantasy/paranormal/dystopian books I usually read, but I think that’s the fun of the Libraries. You get to expand your reading horizons!

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56! #2

Happy Friday everyone! I’m going to be participating in Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice!

Book Beginnings &the Friday 56

Book Beginnings: Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56: Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in an eReader. Find any sentence, or a few and Post it!

This week my sentence(s) are from Mystic City by Theo Lawrence. (My next read after The Hidden Oracle.)

 

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Prologue: So little time is left.

“Take this.” He folds the locket into my hand. It throbs as if it has a pulse, giving off a faint white glow. “I’m sorry for putting you in danger.”

“I would do it all again,” I tell him. “A thousand times.”

Page 56: “He stands. Simply looking at him makes my heart beat faster. I want him to stay, but there is nothing that ties him to me. We really are strangers. The thought makes my insides ache.”

Well there definitely sounds like there will be a little bit of romance in this book! The last YA I read, the romance didn’t turn out so well! Hopefully Mystic City will be better!

 

 

 

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #3 – The Hidden Oracle

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Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts is a weekly meme hosted by (un)Conventional Book Views. The idea of Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. This week is from The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan.

“Cheer up,” Meg told me. ” Who’s that guy you wanted to see-the guy on the Upper East Side?”

“Another demigod,” I said. “He knows the way to a camp where I might find shelter, guidance, food-”

“Food?” Meg’s ears perked up almost as much as the points on her glasses. “Good food?”

“Well, normally I just eat ambrosia, but, yes, I suppose.”

Ambrosia – In Greek mythology, ambrosia was considered the food or drink of the Olympian gods, and it was thought to bring long life and immortality to anyone who consumed it.

Definitely not the food that we eat, but if the Gods eat it then I’m sure it’s delicious.

 

Carnival of Secrets – Melissa Marr

Carnival of Secrets (Untamed City #1) – Melissa Marr

(Formally Carnival of Souls)

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Kaleb, Zevi and Aya live in The City, a city of daimons. Once in a generation, The City holds a deadly fighting competition. If you win the competition you get to be a part of the ruling class. If you don’t win, you die.

Mallory lives in the human world, with her witch step-father. Mallory’s step-father has told her that one day the daimons will come for both of them, so she trains to fight them every day. Mallory knows very little about The City, but some inhabitants of The City know about her.

Sounds good right?

It could have been great, had it not turned into paranormal love story. This book goes from deadly fight matches into:

“I love you.”

“But you just met me.”

“I will do anything to protect you.”

“You know you felt the connection instantly.”

I’m really not a huge fan of young adult paranormal love stories. Some Paranormal YA books have a love story written so well into the story because it doesn’t take away from the actual story. Some, like Carnival of Souls, have an amazing story starting, and turn this beautiful setting into nothing but cheesy romance.

I only really liked Aya and Zevi. Aya is strong and powerful and she has secrets of her own. She’s a strong fighter in the competition and it’s so fun to read about a strong female character fighting (and being good at it.) Zevi isn’t in the story as much as Aya, Kaleb, and Mallory; but he made the most impact as a character for me. He’s dedicated and he cares more than any of them do. He seems to care out of friendship not romance, which was a welcome break from the cheesiness.

“You are my whole pack. My entire life is based on you…your choices, your whims, your schemes. For years, I’ve trusted you, but I can’t keep doing that if you keep trying to get killed.” – Zevi, pg.279

However, the Carnival of Souls and The City were really interesting. Had the story stuck to the daimons and witches and fights to the death I think this book could have been great.

If you really enjoy paranormal romance I actually think you’ll enjoy this book, if you’re looking for more story building and character building, you might wanna look elsewhere.

 

Shelf Control #2 – Lion of Macedon

Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read and already own! Sometimes the best books are right underneath our noses!

Each Wednesday, following Bookshelf Fantasies I will be highlighting one book off of my large pile of unread books that I own! Hopefully it will spark some interest and encourage me to read just a little more!

My Shelf Control pick of the week is:

Lion of Macedon

 

Title: Lion of Macedon (Greek Series)

Author: David Gemmell

Published: 2010 (Originally published May 15th, 1991)

Length: 502 Pages

Synopsis via GoodreadsOver and again, the aged seeress Tamis scried all the possible tomorrows. In every one, dark forces threatened Greece; terrible evil was poised to reenter the world. The future held only one hope: a half-caste Spartan boy, Parmenion. So Tamis made it her mission to see that Parmenion would before the deadliest warrior in the world — no matter what the cost. Raised to manhood in Sparta, bullied and forced to fight for his life every day, Parmenion had no notion of the unseen dimensions of magic and mystery that shaped his fate. He grew in strength and cunning. His military genius earned him the title Strategos in Sparta. His triumphs for the city of Thebes made him a hero. And finally his fate led him to the service of Philip of Macedon. As Tamis had foreseen, Parmenion’s destiny was tied to the Dark God, to Philip, and to the yet-unborn Alexander. All too soon the future was upon them. Parmenion stood poised to defeat evil — or to open the gate for the Dark God to reenter the world.

How I Got It: I believe I got this one at a book sale! (I mean that’s where most of my books come from anyways!)

When I Got It: May 16, 2015

Why I Want to Read it: I’m really into ancient Greece & Rome and love fantasy books!

Link to Bookshelf Fantasies latest Shelf Control post!

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Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #2 – Carnival of Souls

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Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts is a weekly meme hosted by (un)Conventional Book Views. The idea of Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. This week is from Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr!

“Zevi nodded, brought over a mug with willow bark, poppy extract, and who knew what else, and then he walked to a pile of blankets in front of the fire. Without any seeming discomfort at resting in front of an outsider, he stretched and settled himself on the blankets.”

Natural foods and oils is something we have been spending a lot more time researching in our family, so I found this drink mixture very interesting! Reminds me a lot of tea, which I drink all the time!

 

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 #1

Happy Friday everyone! I’m going to be participating in Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice!

Book Beginnings &the Friday 56

Book Beginnings: Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56: Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in an eReader. Find any sentence, or a few and Post it!

This week my sentence(s) are from Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr.

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Prologue: “The man-witch- who’d summoned Selah was nothing like what she’d expected. In truth, he looked no different than many daimons she’d met: implacable expression and a musculature that would serve him well in one of Marchosias’ fighting competitions. It was only his eerie blue-and-gold witch eyes that revealed his true nature-and those eyes were fixed on her.”

Page 56: “Mallory preferred to do her morning run in the quiet hours just before sunrise. Once people were headed to work or school, she felt self-conscious. They rarely commented on her odd attire, but they looked.”

I really find these two excerpts a little funny because they don’t sounds like they come from the same book!