Friday, February 24, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo + 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 one of my current reads, Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo.  I've had this on my shelf for ages and I'm finally taking the plunge into this series.  It sounds amazing and I've heard so many wonderful things about this author that I can't put it off any longer.  I'm really looking forward to this - I've got my fingers crossed that I'll love it!


Beginning:

The servants called the malenchki, little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke's house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches.

56:

The soldier disappeared, closing the door behind him.  The driver didn't hesitate.  With a cry and the snap of a whip, the coach lurched forward.  I felt an icy tumble of panic.  What was happening to me?  I thought about just throwing open the coach door and making a run for it.  But where would I run?  We were surrounded by armed me in the middle of a military camp.  And even if we weren't, where could I possibly go?


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 Most/ Least Intricately Built World.

Most:



The four Londons of the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab - I can't wait to begin A Conjuring of Light!  Then again, I just don't want the series to end...

Least:


Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu - Unfortunately, I thought the world-building was one of the weakest points of this series.  I could have used more detail about Day and June's Republic of America.

35 comments:

  1. Eh, I didn't really enjoy this one but I still plan on reading the rest of the series since I already have the books.

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    1. I hope you'll end up liking the other books a little more. :)

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  2. It sounds like it might be interesting. I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. Little giggling ghost? Better than others I've heard of. ;-) I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine ... http://tinyurl.com/Lisa-Ks-Book-ReviewsFBF

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    1. I know - much better than most of the ones I usually read about! :D

      Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

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  4. Love the opening, ran as a movie through my mind.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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  5. I've been noticing this series everywhere...I am definitely curious. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. Enjoy!

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  6. I enjoyed the Grisha series. I hope you do too.
    I have a fantasy and final book in a trilogy this week - Freedom's Slave by Heather Demetrios. Happy reading!

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  7. I love the Grisha Trilogy. I am curious how you are going to feel about how it all ends. People have some mighty opinions about that. I personally really love how the series ended. I have both Six of Crows books on my shelf but I have yet to start them, and I am SO looking forward to Leigh Bardugo's novel on Wonderwoman that's coming out in August.

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    1. Yay! I can't wait to read more! I'm just glad I'm enjoying Bardugo's style. :)

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  8. I have been curious about that series, I hope you like it!

    Stormi
    Friday Memes

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  9. I need to read this book!! Happy weekend!

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    1. I hope you like it when you do! Thanks, Freda!

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  10. This is cool because I've read the Grisha series and the quote you pulled from 56, I remember that exact scene! I also read the Legend series and it was just ok for me.
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review
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    1. Cool! That must mean it's great if it stood out to you that much! :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  11. This series doesn't really tempt me for some reason. But since you are very excited for it I hope it'll live up to your expectations!

    My Friday post

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  12. I read that one a while back. I hope you enjoy it.

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  13. I've only read this one in this series, but own all of them. I'm planning to binge read them soon though. I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Cool! I hope you enjoy how it works out!

      Thanks for visiting, Alicia!

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  14. I'm curious about the Grishaverse and will be reading the Six of Crows books so I will be checking it out soon. :) Those dimensional warning looks fun and make me curious about those...

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    1. I really want to try Six of Crows, but I figure it would be better to start with Shadow and Bone. :)

      Shades of Magic is awesome - you need to try it out!

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  15. I still haven't read any of the Shades of Magic series and I keep meaning to start it! I've heard such good things about it and now, after hearing that it has simply fabulous world building? How can I delay? I agree with you on Legend: while it was a great story, the world itself wasn't fleshed out too well (even with the map).

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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  16. I really want to read the Grisha series! It looks so good! I'm also super curious about Shades of Magic. I've heard nothing but raves and I love really intricate world building.

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    1. I'm really enjoying Shadow and Bone so far! :)

      You'll love it!

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