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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare + 50/50 Friday

On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


Happy Friday and welcome to the first Friday 56 …

Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge - January Update: Call Down the Hawk & Our Dark Duet

It's already the end of January 2020?  It doesn't seem possible!  Anyway, this means that I've completed 2 out of 24 books of Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge!  I've got a lot of great books lined up for this year's challenge and I've already started off strong.  The tasks I completed required me to read a book that takes place in a rural setting and the LAST book in a series.  For the tasks, I selected Call Down the Hawk (The Dreamer #1) by Maggie Stiefvater and Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for February:



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Just like I expected: I loved every second of Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater. Of course, my hopes and expectations were absolutely sky high for this spin off series opener and so how it managed to live up to the hype. Luckily, this is probably the most Stiefvater-esque book I've had the pleasure to read. Ronan was my favorite character from The Ra…

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Covers

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Favorite Book Covers.  The first five are favorites from books I've recently read and loved and second five are my favorites covers of upcoming releases.  Here we go:

Read:


The Disasters by M.K. England


The Girl With No Face (The Daoshi Chronicles #2) by M.H. Boroson


The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow


Titanshade (The Carter Archives #1) by Dan Stout


Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

Upcoming Releases:


Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 2 by Jordie Bellaire


The Gilded Ones (The Deathless #1) by Namina Forna


Goddess in the Machine (Goddess in the Machine #1) by Lora Beth Johnson


Prosper's Demon by K.J. Parker


Shorefall (Founders #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett


Have you read any of these or are you looking forward to them?  What are some of your favorite covers?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down b…

Music Monday: French Cooking Music, Pt. 2

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 a few 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 by sharing your post's url.


Happy Monday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting a couple of songs I heard that I loved on Pandora's French Cooking Music station.  My library happened to be playing this quietly playing this station in the adult fiction room and I just happened to catch these songs while I was working.  I'm going to have to look up more from these musicians. Giv…

Caster by Elsie Chapman - Review

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Aza Wu knows that real magic is dangerous and illegal. After all, casting killed her sister, Shire. As with all magic, everything comes at a price. For Aza, it feels like everything in her life has some kind of cost attached to it. Her sister had been casting for money to pay off Saint Willow, the gang leader that oversees her sector of Lotusland. If you want to operate a business there, you have to pay your tribute. And now with Shire dead, Aza must step in to save the legacy of Wu Teas, the teahouse that has been in her family for centuries. When Aza comes across a secret invitation, she decides she doesn’t have much else to lose. She quickly realizes that she’s entered herself into an underground casting tournament, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Real magic, real consequences. As she competes, Aza fights for her life against some very strong and devious competitors. When the facts about Shire’s death don’t add up, the police start to investigate. When the tributes to S…

Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith - Blog Tour with Excerpt

Happy Saturday everyone!  I'm very excited to welcome you all to my leg of the Don't Read the Comments blog tour!  Today, you'll find the details and summary for this novel,  an excerpt from the first chapter, and an about the author, Eric Smith.  Thanks for visiting my stop on this blog tour!




Title: Don't Read the Comments Author: Eric Smith Publisher: Inkyard Press Publication Date: January 28, 2020 Price: $18.99 Format: Hardcover Pages: 368
Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-MillionKobo, Indie Bound, Google Play
Slay meets Eliza and Her Monsters in Eric Smith’s Don't Read the Comments, an #ownvoices story in which two teen gamers find their virtual worlds—and blossoming romance—invaded by the real-world issues of trolling and doxing in the gaming community. Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when she’s playing Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest online game. Divya—better known as popular streaming gamer D1V—regularly leads her #AngstArmada on quests throug…

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer + 50/50 Friday

On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


Happy Friday everyone!  This week I'm spotli…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Most Recent Additions To My TBR

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Ten Most Recent Additions To My TBR.  Here we go in alphabetical order by title:


The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann


Inkdeath (Inkworld #3) by Cornelia Funke


Inkspell (Inkworld #2) by Cornelia Funke


Music From Another World by Robin Talley


A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell


Spindle and Dagger by J. Anderson Coats


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi


Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari


Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer


Have you added any of these books to tbr?  As always, thanks for visiting my blot and perhaps even commenting down below!

Finna by Nino Cipri (ARC) - Review

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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When an elderly customer at a Swedish big box furniture store — but not that one — slips through a portal to another dimension, it’s up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company’s bottom line. Multi-dimensional swashbuckling would be hard enough, but those two unfortunate souls broke up a week ago. To find the missing granny, Ava and Jules will brave carnivorous furniture, swarms of identical furniture spokespeople, and the deep resentment simmering between them. Can friendship blossom from the ashes of their relationship? In infinite dimensions, all things are possible.

Finna by Nino Cipri is an all new favorite for me. Even though it's still only midway through the month of January I think this will be one of the best reads of 2020. The author's style and sense of humor is right up my alley. If you're looking for an epic and diverse sci-fi novella th…

Music Monday: French Cooking Music

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 a few 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 by sharing your post's url.


Happy Monday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting a couple of songs I heard that I loved on Pandora's French Cooking Music station.  My library happened to be playing this quietly playing this station in the adult fiction room and I just happened to catch these songs while I was working.  I'm going to have to look up more from these musicians. Giv…

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell + 50/50 Friday

On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


Happy Friday everyone!  This week I'm spotli…