Friday, May 1, 2015

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Unhinged by A.G. Howard


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.
  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.

This week I'm spotlighting my next read, Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G. Howard.  I'm super excited to start in on this one - I was pleasantly surprised by the first novel in the series, so I've got high hopes for this Alice in Wonderland retelling.  



Book Beginning: 

My art teacher says that a real artist bleeds for her craft, but he never told us that blood can become your medium, can take on a life of its own and shape your art in vile and gruesome ways.

56:

I bite my lip, searching for a subject change.  Something positive.  "You and Dad.  You're on his good side again."

Jeb winces. "Yeah, but now your mom hates me more than ever."

I study the window behind him.  "You know how overprotective she is.:

"It's not helping, you lying for me.  I heard what you said..."


Based on these two excerpts, I can tell you right now that I need to know more.  Especially regarding that 56 - what's happened between Jeb, Alyssa, and her parents, I wonder.  And that opening definitely seems to fit the tone of the previous novel.  I can't wait to begin this novel and see what's going on!

30 comments:

  1. Every time I see this book's cover, I'm reminded of Johnny Depp in "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory." It sounds like a good series that I'd enjoy.
    My Friday post features MIDDLE-AGED CRAZY.

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    1. So do I! With maybe a hint of Edward Scissorhands thrown in for good measure. If you're interested in dark retellings, you may like it. :) Thanks for visiting!

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    2. Ack -- I was just going to put in that very same comment! Lauren, based on the snippets, I can tell that this isn't some light hearted novel. It kind of creeps me out ...

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    3. It definitely take a creepy and dark turn, or at least the first one did.

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  2. This book series has been very popular in my library. I should check it out. My Friday Quotes

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    1. I wouldn't doubt it! :) Thanks for visiting.

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  3. I love it based on the quotes and cover alone. One shouldn't judge by a cover I know but its amazing. I hope you enjoy reading this one.

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    1. Thanks! The photo doesn't do it justice - it looks much more purple in person. :)

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  4. I was also so surprised by the first one! I mean, there's retelling a story and almost reinventing it, the way Howard did! I liked it, a lot, and also can't wait to start 'Unhinged'! You're teasers only make me more excited! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. Your welcome and thanks! I felt the same way. :)

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  5. I love the cover for this novel, I hope you enjoy it!

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  6. Oo, I like that beginning. Blood being used for art? Sounds nice a gruesome. Thanks for sharing.

    My book beginning is here: http://www.bookpunks.com/so-it-begins-this-is-the-way-the-world-ends-by-james-morrow/

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    1. Your welcome and thanks for visiting my blog! It's definitely eye catching - the cover and the opening line. :)

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  7. I hope you enjoy this read. It wasn't one of my favorites even though I really wanted to like it. :-(
    Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend.
    Amanda

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    1. I hope I do, too. I really want to - we'll see what happens. Thanks for visiting my blog and have a happy Friday!

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  8. This one does sound captivating...and I love the cover! Haven't read the first one...but now I must check it out. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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    1. You're welcome and thanks for visiting mine too. I hope you like it!

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  9. The cover is VERY creative. Creating art in blood definitely is different.

    Will all the photos be in red? :)

    Thanks for sharing.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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    1. You're welcome! The text is actually a purplish red. :)

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  10. Hi Lauren,

    First of all, thanks for stopping by Fiction Books today. I love 'meeting' new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

    Down to business ... I have to admit that I am not a fan of the classics being re-hashed and modernised, so this probably won't be a book for my TBR pile.

    However, like everyone else, I really do find the cover art of this book, very alluring, intriguing and definitely very clever!

    The opening lines, if I were to read them in isolation, are very powerful and would make me want to find out more and I can understand why, as a fan of the genre, you are looking forward to reading the book.

    Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing :)

    Yvonne

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    1. Hi Yvonne, I do too and I love getting responses like this! :)

      The first one doesn't quite rehash the original - it's more like the main character's great-grandmother was Alice Liddell, the real inspiration for Alice, who really went to Wonderland and came back kind of messed up. The oddness/ insanity has passed down to the female relatives, including the main character who learns that what she thought was just a story is all to real.

      With the way Splintered ended, I'll be very interested to see where it goes, especially considering those snippets.

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  11. I wasn't too big a fan of the first book, but these covers are breathtaking!

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  12. Awesome pick! Omgoodness I love love love the Splintered Trilogy I finished reading Ensnared a couple of months ago and I absolutely loved that book and I dare say it was my favorite book from the trilogy! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    1. No problem and thanks for visiting mine as well. I'm really looking forward to the rest of this series - glad you liked it!

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  13. Splintered is one I still need to read!
    Happy weekend!

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  14. That is a very cool cover. That opener has me wondering about the book and about the author's perspective on art. Intriguing!

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    1. You'll have to check out the series. Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

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