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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

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, Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare.  I've only just started it, but I'm very, very excited to be back in the Shadowhunter world! 
Without further ado:

Beginning:
Prologue
Los Angeles, 2012
Shadow Market nights were Kit's favorite.  
They were the nights that he was allowed to leave the house and help his fa…

Starting Sparks: April Edition

Welcome back to the April edition of Starting Sparks, a monthly writing link-up hosted by Emily @ Ink, Inc. and Ashley G. @ [insert title here].  The idea behind it is to spark your creativity and write on a theme posted at the first of the month by the co-hosts.  You can write whatever you like be it a short story, a scene, a poem, a piece of dialogue, or simply an exploration of an idea.  This month the selected theme is the following:


The Well-Dressed Time Traveler

I'm convinced that I saw a time traveler at work on three separate occasions this week - and no one else seemed to notice.  The first time I spotted him was when he hurried in front of the department desk at precisely 11:00 a.m. on a bustling Monday.  He looked like he had just stepped out of the 1880s, in a suit and top hat that wouldn't have looked out of place on an undertaker.  Two days later on Wednesday at the exact same time I saw him go by again looking worriedly over his should at nothing in particular, …

Infinity Dreams Award

I've been nominated by Emily @ Ink, Inc. for the Infinity Dreams Award!  Thanks very much Emily - if you guys haven't visited her blog, you're really missing out on one of the best!

Rules:

1. Give 11 facts about yourself.

2. Answer the 11 questions set to you by the blogger who nominated you.

3. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award

4. Ask the bloggers you have nominated to answer 11 questions (bonus points for those who answer in a vlog).

11 Facts About Me:

1. The next two movies I plan on seeing in theaters are Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse.


2. I'm looking forward to seeing how Spider-Man is introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


3. I'm looking forward to the cool visual stunts Ant-Man will get to do - I mean, this part from the trailer where he's riding Hawkeye's arrow is pretty cool!


4. The trailer for the movie adaptation of Stephen King's Cell starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson was released yesterday and I ca…

Supernatural Fog (Supernatural Freak #2) by Louisa Klein - Review

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I received a free ecopy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Robyn Wise is still learning to adjust to life as the Spirit of the Cat's incarnation and she has a lot of things on her mind. She still has to learn to use her new found abilities and find the other animal spirits who are supposed to help her. She isn't having much luck in either department. To top it off, she's realizing that she's falling for her best friend, James, when she really just wants to stay friends. Then, the mysterious Dark Cloud attacks the city, and Robyn and James have to team up in order to defeat this new threat and survive.

Supernatural Fog by Louisa Klein is the second installment in the Supernatural Freak series, and I can honestly say I'm glad to be dropped back into Robyn's world. I enjoyed seeing her world expand more and more. This novel has so much to like from butt-kicking action, a variety of paranormal creatures, a sharp sense of humor, and even some r…

These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks #1) by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas - Review

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Evelyn is bored and fed up with society and her parents expectations. When Evelyn's sister, Rose, mysteriously disappears, she travels to London against her parents (who are doing nothing to find Rose) wishes to find her with her dashing friend Mr. Kent by her side. They quickly realize that they aren't the only ones looking for Rose. The young, and irritatingly Byronic, Mr. Sebastian Braddock is also searching for Rose, claiming that both sisters have special healing abilities. Evelyn, already convinced Sebastian is mad from previous encounters, believes she needs no further proof of his insanity until she stumbles upon the truth, which leads her to realize that Sebastian isn't as crazy as he sounds. Her sister may be in a much different kind of danger than she feared - it's not just her reputation that's at stake now.

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas is a fun YA debut. I was intrigued as soon as I heard it's billed as Jane Austen me…

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights

Happy Tuesday!  Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week's theme is Bookworm Delights.  This particular post is inspired by this post on The Perpetual Page-Turner.  I will be listing 10 delightful items I would love to own as a bookworm.


Library scented candles


Cait @ Paper Fury'sPlan To Rule The World Tote


Book Pendant


Sherlock Holmes Throw Pillow


Carpe Librum Throw Pillow


Floating Bookshelves


Finger Print Bookmark



Book Comforter


Thumb Thing Book Page Holder


A Book Lover Tote Bag


So, what do you think of my list this week?  Do you have any of these items, or something similar?  What Bookworm Delights made your list?  As always thanks for visiting my blog!  All comments are appreciated and I try to respond to everyone.

Blog Tour and Giveaway - Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks' Secret by Paula Berinstein

Welcome to my stop on the Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks' Secret by Paula Berinstein blog tour hosted by organized by Lola's Blog Tours.  This blog tour runs from April 18th - May 1st and you can see the full tour schedule here.  Currently, Berinstein's new middle grade series includes four books with Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy (Amanda Lester, Detective #1), Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis (Amanda Lester, Detective #2), and Amanda Lester and the Purple Rainbow Puzzle (Amanda Lester, Detective #3), and now Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks' Secret (Amanda Lester, Detective #4).  You can get the first book in the series for only .99 cents on Amazon.  Read on for blurbs of each installment, an excerpt from the newest installment, to learn about the author, and for the chance to win a tour wide giveaway.



Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks' Secret by Paula Berinstein Genre: Mystery/ Detective/ Fantasy Age category: Young Adult Release Da…

Music Monday: My Chemical Romance

Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

 Every Monday share one or two of songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up at the bottom of this post by sharing your post's url.

This week I'm sharing three of my favorite My Chemical Romance songs.  I listened to this group a fair bit while I was back in high school.  These three are the ones that have stuck with me since then.

"Welcome to the Black Parade" (2006) - This is the one I still probably listen to the most now.



"Helena&qu…

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Island and the Kite by Aurora Zahni

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 Kindle read, The Island and the Kite by Aurora Zahni.  I won a copy of it from the author during Chelsy's Book Review MileStone Event on Facebook and I can't wait to start in on this short novel.

Beginning:

Book One: Mary Susan

11:45 PM Tuesday: The Middle of a Long Day

Mary Susan always traveled in her sleep.

If she was walking, she’d have…

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman - Review

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Just before Lady Helen Wrexhall's presentation before the Queen Charlotte, one of her family's housemaid's turns up missing and Lady Helen finds herself drawn into the darker side of Regency era London in her quest to learn the truth behind the disappearance. Lord Carlston, a man a girl of her station should not be seen anywhere near or else their reputation will suffer, is one of the few people who knows the truth and has the ability to stop the the perpetrators. The truth is almost unbelievable: the perpetrators are demons who have infiltrated all levels of society. And, he reveals another secret, Lady Helen is actually a member of The Dark Days Club, like him, and has all the skills that go with it, she just needs training to learn how to use her abilities to fight the demons.

Alison Goodman's The Dark Days Club has been one of my favorite reads so far of 2016. The level of detail and the world-building are absolutely exceptional. The historical setting fee…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Laugh (Or At Least Chuckle)

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week's theme is Books That Will Make You Laugh (Or At Least Chuckle).  The ten books listed below are some of my recent reads that definitely tickled my funny bone - and all of these are quite different - from age group, genre, and sense of humor.  Each is listed in order from most recent read and each title is linked to my review.


Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles #4) by Kevin Hearne


Hawkeye, Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction


Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter


Hostile Takeover (John Lago #2) by Shane Kuhn


Stand-Off (Winger #2) by Andrew Smith


Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets by J.A. Buckle


Dodger by Terry Pratchett


The Martian by Andy Weir


Sidekicked by John David Anderson


What do you think of my list this week?  Have you read any of the ones that made my list?  Do you have any recommendations for me?  What made your list this week?  As alw…