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, RoseBlood by A.G. Howard. I'm not very far into it yet, but I'm really looking forward to seeing how this Phantom of the Opera retelling works out! I've never read the source material, but I love the story (I've seen it on Broadway and I love the movie musical. Plus, I have a soft spot for the silent horror film with Lon Chaney).
At home, I have a poster on my wall of a rose that's bleeding. its petals are white, and red liquid oozes from its heart, thick and glistening warm. Only, if you look very close, you can see the droplets are coming from above, where a little girl's wrist - camouflaged by a cluster of leaves - has been pricked by thorns as she reached inside to catch a monarch.
"Rune," he muttered in hushed tones. In ancient times, runes were mystical, divine liturgies, powerful enough to cast spells. That explained why he was bewitched by her.
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 the topic is Best/ worst book you read in January.
This was a difficult decision because I read several great books in January including The Alchemists of Loom, And the Trees Crept In, A Gathering of Shadows, The Invisible Library, My Lady Jane, and Pulse: The Trial. Out of those, though, I'd say my favorite was A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab - and I'm beyond excited for the next book!
Unfortunately, this was a pretty easy choice. I was really looking forward to The Fireman by Joe Hill, but it dragged too much and Kate Mulgrew's performance as the narrator wasn't so great.