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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero + 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.

This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads, Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero, which is one of my Fall Bookish Bingo reads.  It will fulfill the horror square and it's been described as Scooby-Doo meets Welcome to Night Vale meets H.P. Lovecraft which sounds like it's right up my alley!  I'm not that far along yet, but so far so good.


It starts when you pull the lamp chain and light doesn't come.  Then you know you will never wake up in time, you will not make it to the end of this paragraph alive.  Desperate reassuring thoughts try to rise over the panic in your head; it's okay, you don't need lights, you are practically awake already.  You are lying on your bed, you can guess the familiar shape of the side lamp in the morning twilight and hear the old radiator clunking in the night; you are safe.


NATE: The pants fit, Kay.  Thanks for those. (He sits down next to Kerri and across from Andy, and waits for the dialogue to resume.  It doesn't.)  What's up?

KERRI: Andy was in jail!

NATE: (To Andy.) Wow. (To Kerri.) Well, you have that in common.

ANDY: What?!

KERRI: It's completely different.

50/50 Friday: Best/ Worst Book You Read In September

Worst: The Dark Intercept by Julia Keller - I was hoping this would be something like a YA dystopian 1984 or Minority Report, but it fell quite short.  Not enough world building or character development for me to be invested.  I gave it only 2/5 stars.

Best: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee - This totally lives up to it's name - epic!  I couldn't have asked for more (except hopefully more of Genie and Quentin's adventures in the future).  If you haven't read this yet, you really need to pick up a copy!  One of my favorite reads of 2017 and Genie is now one of my favorite YA heroines!

Have you read any of these books?  If so, what did you think of them?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!


  1. I can't believe I've never heard of Meddling Kids before. It sounds like a book that I would like. I'm adding this one to my goodreads TBR.

  2. Hi Lauren!

    I love the Scooby reference! And you know I already want to read F.C. Lee's book.

    Two great choices.

    Here’s my choice for this week

    Close to Home, by Cara Hunter.

    Have a great weekend!

    Hope you get lots of relaxation and reading time. x

    1. Thanks, Sassy! I bet you'd love Yee's new book! :)

  3. I don't often read books of this genre, but it reminds me of the Hardy Boys books, which I loved; so this one sounds tempting. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  4. The Epic Crush sounds like something right up my alley, going to have to check it out!

    Thanks for linking up!

    1. Yes, you'll love it! :)

      Thanks for coming over, Carrie.

  5. Meddling Kids is new to me. I also enjoyed The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. I am featuring Death Overdue by Allison Brook this week. Happy reading!

  6. It's so unfortunate that The Dark Intercept has such a beautiful cover but didn't live up it your expectations :( I'll have to take a look at The Epic Crush of Genie Lo something, though! Thanks for linking up, Lauren!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  7. Great beginning! I hope you and your readers will check out mine . . .

  8. I love the Scooby Doo reference, but they all look good.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  9. Sounds like a book I might enjoy! Happy weekend!

  10. Meddling Kids looks like a really fun book, though I have heard a few mixed things. I totally gave in, Lauren, and bought Genie Lo. I can't wait to read it.

  11. I can do nothing but rave about Genie Lo (and beg Yee to write a sequel).


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