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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

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 upcoming read, Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto, a February 2016 debut.  I've heard quite a few interesting things about it since it's release, plus I've had my eye on it for several months.  It sounds like it will be a cool YA Steampunk Western.  In fact, the blurb on the back of the dust jacket by author Gretchen McNeil likens it to "Lovecraft meets Firefly" - and that sounds like a good combination to me.  I'm giving away my hardcover copy of this book as a part of Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight's February New Release Giveaway Hop.  If you interested in winning this new book, you can enter my giveaway here (US Only).

Book Beginning: 

Westie had left the valley at dawn to head home. The sun had risen soon after and followed her throughout the day.  By four, it just felt spiteful  Though her skin was burned and blistered, she preferred the sun over darkness during her travels.  The road between the valley and Rogue City was a long, perilous one with dense woods on either side.


Olive looked at her mother, who was staring curiously at Westie.  The little girl frowned and strangled her doll.  It was handmade, similar to the dolls Westie's mother used to make her, and had a pink dress with a crisscross pattern all over it.  The girl twisted its head until it popped off.


  1. You had me with Steampunk Western. I will look for this book.
    My Friday Quotes

  2. That's a really pretty cover, and the excerpts are really well written and descriptive.

    Marie @ Pages to Explore

  3. It sounds ... well ... Shiny!!! Heading over to the giveaway like a leaf on the wind ;)

  4. I heard great things about this so I really want to read it. I went had checked out the giveaway. :)


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  5. What? Strangled her doll? Guess I'll head over to enter the giveaway to learn about her.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  6. Guess she didn't like the doll, or someone! A steampunk western sounds fun!

    My 56 -

  7. Lovecraft meet Firefly is definitely a description that would make me start a book! Both the teasers have me curious although I'm not quite sure what's going on! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great next week!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

  8. I'm not a fan of steampunk or westerns, but I do like the BB and 56 snippets. I'd love for everyone to check out mine...

  9. Curious to see what the little girl becomes as she grows up.

  10. Oh, dear, I wonder what is behind the doll strangling incident? Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “MULTIPLE LISTINGS”

    1. I haven't made it that far yet so I can't wait to find out too!

  11. Wow! That 56 sounds crazy! I'm curious about this one because I've enjoyed the one steam punk I've read and the Western aspect is definitely different.

    1. You might like it, Katherine. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  12. Everything about this book seems right up my alley. From the cover to the "Steam Punk Western" description to that snippet from page 56. Thanks!
    Here's mine on CARRY ON

  13. The girl has issues... strangling a doll. LOL
    Interesting cover.
    Happy weekend!

    1. Really looking forward to that scene. Thanks, Freda!

  14. I have to agree with Freda...that little girl has some serious issues! course I say this and I used to cut all of the hair off of my barbies and try to drown'm adding this book to my GR list - love the sound of it. Thanks for visiting my my Friday meme

  15. Had me at steampunk western. Sounds awesome and now I want to read it just for that.


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