Friday, October 7, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes + 50/50 Friday


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 Kindle read, which I received free from the author in exchange for an honest review, is The Ugly Teapot, Book One: Hannah by Fred Holmes.  So far I'm about five percent through it, but it's very interesting so far.  This YA novel follows fourteen-year-old Hannah, the daughter of a photographer who would travel all over the world, often to dangerous locations for his work.  To help set her mind at ease, he would always bring her presents back, things that he said had "magical" powers - the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyes, even Aladdin's Lamp.  Of all of them, the Lamp looked the most unbelievable since it resembled an ugly teapot, but her father assured her of it's powers and made her promise to save her three wishes for something good.  Then six months later her father got killed while on assignment in Baghdad.  On the day of his funeral, she did something she never thought she'd do, she took out that ugly teapot and gave it a rub.

Beginning:

Hannah Bradbury opened her eyes, feeling forty, not fourteen.  Every part of her ached: head, stomach, neck, back - which was weird because she had felt perfectly fine two seconds ago.  Plus now she was freezing.  That part, at least, made some sense, for it was cold outside and she was lying next to her cupola window.

But the weird part? --the seriously bizarre, mind-blowing part? --two seconds ago she had been lying in her bed across the room.

56:

"I like this.  It is very invigorating to speak to a girl so intimately.  Yes, I do like our conversation together.  Do you?"

"Yeah, sure.  Most of the boys back in Green Park have a three-word vocabulary.  Me, me, and me.  Except when they're around other boys.  Then they're like monkeys in a zoo - yakety-yakety-yakety - I can beat you up, no you can't, yes I can, no you can't, yes I can - you know, you can tell me to shut up at any time."


This week I'm also taking part in a brand new linkup called 50/50 Friday, which is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they'll have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - this week for example the topic is Underrated book/ Overrated book.  For this topic, I'm actually going to go with the same author: Rick Yancey.

Overrated book:


The 5th Wave - As much as I enjoyed this book and it's sequel (still haven't had the chance to pick up the finale yet), I'll have to admit that looking back it's a bit overhyped and overrated, at least in comparison to -

Underrated book:


The Monstrumologist - This is the first book in my favorite four book series by the Rick Yancey (it concluded the same year that the first 5th Wave book was released).  It's an addicting gothic horror fantasy novel that for whatever reason never got anywhere near the attention it deserved.  If you're looking for the perfect Halloween read, you should definitely try The Monstrumologist!

30 comments:

  1. I really want to read The Monstrumologist but its so hard to get a hold of where I live - it does look perfect for Halloween though! 50/50 Friday looks interesting - may have to check it out next week.
    Here's my Friday Reads

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    1. I hope you can find a copy because it's so great! Feel free to join in!

      Thanks for sharing, Clare.

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  2. I love the concept of this book and the cover is definitely eye catching. I'm curious about just where exactly she is! Sounds like a good read.

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    1. So far it's very good! Thanks for visiting, Katherine.

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  3. I haven't heard of The Ugly Teapot before, but I like the sound of it. Thanks for mentioning the book! I'm going to add it to my goodreads TBR.

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    1. I'm glad I could pique your interest, Breana!

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  4. The Ugly Teapot sounds like a delightful story. I'm definitely wondering what happens when she rubs it and curious about her three wishes.
    Thank you for leaving a comment on my Friday blog post.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

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    1. Let's just say she wants to resurrect her dad, but things don't go quite as she expects. :)

      Thanks for sharing!

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  5. The Ugly Teapot sounds very interesting. I look forward to seeing your thoughts of it when complete. And I completely agree with your choices for 50/50 (which is such a cool meme!). I loved Monstrumologist but was not a fan at all of The Fifth Wave.

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    1. I'm a little over half way through now and it's wonderful.

      I'm glad you liked The Monstrumologist! Such an awesome series!

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  6. The Ugly Teapot sounds good. I'll have to add it to my wishlist. Mine is from a cute middle grade mystery - Friday Barnes Under Suspicion by R. A. Spratt. Happy reading!

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  7. I agree with you on The 5th Wave, Lauren! I was expecting so much more based on the hype (and maybe I just got over-hyped, but still) and I was really disappointed with it. I'm going to have to explore some of Rick Yancey's other books, though! Thanks for linking up!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. I mean, I liked it at the time, but I definitely prefer his other series. I have also tried the first Alfred Kropp book and that was pretty adventurous. :)

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    1. I'm really liking where it's going so far!

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  9. I am wondering why the girl gave the ugly teapot a rub on the day of her Dad's funeral?

    I wouldn't say that the Fifth Wave was my favorite book but I'm surprised you think it is overrated. It is pretty exciting.

    My Friday Quotes

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    1. One word: resurrection!

      I do like it, I just prefer the other over it.

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  10. I love the beginning and the 56 of The Ugly Teapot - it sounds really good! Here's my Friday meme

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  11. I'm going to have to try the Ugly Teapot. It sounds interesting. I've not read any of the 5th Wave series yet, surprisingly. They are all sitting at home in my bookshelves. I'm curious but it'll be awhile before I get to them.

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    1. If you haven't tried the Monstrumologist, you should try it too!

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  12. I agree The 5th Wave was good but not great. It's very overrated!

    Thank you for joining the meme :)

    Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader

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    1. No problem, thanks for making up a new link up!

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  13. I love the snark in your 56. Sounds like a good read! Happy weekend!

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  14. Now I am curious about The Ugly Teapot. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  15. The Ugly Teapot sounds really good.

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  16. The Ugly Teapot, that just sounds like a cute book to begin with. I haven't read The Monstrumologist, but it's been on my TBR forever. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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