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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Trial (Pulse #1) by R.A. Crawford + 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 upcoming reads, The Trial (Pulse #1) by R.A. Crawford.  I just received a free ecopy by the author of this action-packed sci-fi novel starring an all female cast in exchange for an honest review.  I'm really looking forward to starting in on as it sounds like it will be epic.


The most important day in the life of a girl hoping to become a Soldier is Trial Day.  Today each girl would either become the soldier she had so long dreamt of becoming, or die and be nothing more than a name on a list, somewhere in the addendum of a report of failed Academy students.  Success or death.  These are the margins of a life as a PULSE Soldier.


Placing her hand firmly down, she yanked herself upwards, elevating her head over what appeared to be the top of a cliff, and seeing only an area of flat land around her.  For the first time in hours, there was no more mountain.  They had reached the peak.

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 food in a book (that you'd want to eat).


Pumpkin pasties from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - I actually made these from The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz and they were great!


Stoat sandwiches from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - Hagrid serves the Trio this during a visit, but they turned them down.  At first, I didn't realize that a stoat is a kind of weasel... Yeah, good thing they take up Hagrid on his cooking with that one!


  1. The Trial does sound good....I don't usually read Sci-Fi, but this one could possibly pull me in.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

    1. It just might! :)

      Thanks for visiting my blog as well.

  2. I'm getting kind of a Dune vibe from that cover.
    Here's My Friday: Marie @ Pages to Explore

  3. I like the idea of the yummy Pumpkin Pastries. Did your turn out good? My Friday Quotes

    1. Yes, they were delicious! Some family members even agreed!

  4. When I saw the cover, I thought Dune or Tremors. I like the idea of an all-woman cast. I'm looking forward to your review.
    Thank for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

  5. Sci-fi is not my usual genre, but I'm intrigued by the all-female cast. May have to give this one another look.

  6. I don't really care for Sci-Fi books, however, this sounds like an interesting read. I'd love for you and your readers to checkout my BB & 56 . . .

  7. Love that cover, has me :)

    Week in Review

  8. The Trial looks interesting though I don't read much sci fi. I hope you enjoy it!

  9. That cover is mesmerizing. There's something about the colors and detailed illustrations. Although I do have to admit the giant jaws do bring to mind Dune.

    The best food/worst food meme is too fun. Harry Potter has many, many possibilities. You could write an entire essay just about the food in those books.

  10. If it's even close to Dune, which that cover had me thinking of immediately, it could be a good fit for me!

    My Friday 56 from Guarded

  11. I have some students who would probably be interested in Pulse. I'm excited to find out more.

    eli @ the (book) supplier
    My 56

  12. Hahaha stoat is a kind of weasel? That actually fits Hagrid's personality perfectly (except for the whole harming innocent animals thing). Harry Potter definitely had some unique foods! Thanks for linking up, Lauren!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  13. You had me with female soldiers. :-) Wishing you the best in 2017!


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