Friday, July 31, 2015

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


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 current read, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  I'm excited to start in on this one!  I've heard so much about it already - good and bad - so I've decided it's time to see what I think of Aveyard's debut.  I'm just starting so I can't really say one way or another yet.  Based on these snippets, though, I'm excited to dive further into this book!

Book Beginning:

I hate First Friday.  It makes the village crowded, and now, in the heat of high summer, that's the last thing anyone wants.  From my place in the shade it isn't so bad, but the stink of bodies, all sweating with the morning work, is enough to make milk curdle.  The air shimmers with heat and humidity, and even the puddles from yesterday's storm are hot, swirling with rainbow streaks of oil and grease.

56:

"What's happening today?"  I dumbly ask.  A lock of my dark hair falls in my eyes, and before I can try to swish it away, Walsh pushes the hair back and fastens it with a tiny pin, her motions quick and precise.  "Is that a stupid question?"

30 comments:

  1. I have heard good things about Red Queen and I keep meaning to try it, the snippets have me more interested in getting to it. Happy Friday!

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  2. What is the time frame for the book? Is it yesteryear, current, or in the future? I pictured yesteryear as I read the quotes.

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  3. I have been noticing this one around, and now I am curious. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  4. I enjoyed this story. I hope you like it too. This week I am spotlighting Public Enemies by Ann Aguirre. Happy reading!

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  5. I really want to read this one! From what I've heard I don't think the negatives with bother me since this isn't a genre I read a lot of. Love the excerpts and this is definitely one of my favorite covers!

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  6. The description in the opening definitely sets the stage for a hot, sticky day. This author and book are new to me, and now I'm curious. I hope you enjoy the story.
    My Friday post features The Reluctant Midwife.

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  7. I really liked this book, even though I seemed to be in the minority. Hope you liked it. Happy weekend. :)

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  8. This one is new to me. Like the sound of it. Hope you are enjoying it. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  9. I have heard of Red Queen, but I still don't know if I would want to read it.

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    1. I'm kind of torn but the whole Hunger Games / X-Men thing reeled me in!

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  10. I have not heard of the book but the quotes do have me wondering about it. I will need to see if my library has it and get to reading it...when I have time...wait is that such a thing?

    Here are mine: http://afoldinthespine.weebly.com/home/the-friday-50-1
    http://afoldinthespine.weebly.com/home/book-beginning-friday-1

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  11. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and now it's been sitting in my kindle! Must get reading.

    Here's my 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/07/31/the-friday-56-71-night-and-day/

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  12. I've read this book and although I did not particularly love this, I think this one's pretty cool. Happy reading!

    Jane @ the bookdragon

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  13. The Red Queen is an okay book (for me) - the twist was definitely twisted, but I found the title a little misleading. Thank you for hopping on my post for Book Beginnings and The Friday 56.

    Jayne VS Books

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  14. I heard mixed reviews for this one but still want to read it myself. To each his own, right?! Hope you like it! Happy weekend!

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  15. Red Queen is on my stack for this month. I'm excited to read it. Enjoy!

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