Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge - February Update: Hellboy & Fun Home


February seemed to fly by - and that means 4 out of the 24 tasks for Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge are complete!  The tasks I completed required me to read a comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image and a comic written and illustrated by the same person.  For the tasks, I selected Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola and Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel respectively.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for March:


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I have no idea why I haven't started in on this graphic novel series before now because I like the movies. Needless to say I had pretty high hopes for the source material (the books are usually better, right?), and for the most part my expectations were met. Hellboy is just so much fun. The art and the characters feel like they could just walk off the page. Plus, there's a bit more depth to the comics and Hellboy is a bit more philosophical here than he is in the movies. Overall, I highly recommend this graphic novel - and I will definitely be continuing on with the series.


I read this graphic novel from February 3 - 5, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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I went into this is fairly blind - I had the most basic idea of what this graphic memoir's about. I'm not sure how I managed to go in that way since I'm coming in twelve years late. Either way, I was fully engaged from the beginning. I wanted to help unravel the mystery of Alison's father's life alongside her as she's coming to terms with herself and her newfound knowledge about him. This memoir is practically the epitome of the dysfunctional family and is full of raw emotion. If you haven't already tried Fun Home by Alsion Bechdel, you need to pick up a copy soon.


I read this graphic novel on February 6, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.


Next Up For March:

A book published posthumously


My choice: The Opposite of Loneliness by Maria Keegan - Keegan passed away in a 2012 car accident, this collection of her stories and essays was published two years later.  I've heard so many great things about this bestselling collection, and it's about time I see what it's all about.

A celebrity memoir 


My choice: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes - The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies, so, of course, I feel like I should have read this yesterday.  Plus, I plan on trying it on audio which is narrated by Elwes and features the voice talents of many others from the film.


Have you read any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Road to Eugenica by A.M. Rose (ARC) - Review


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I received a free ecopy in exchange for an honest review.

Yesterday, Drea was a regular high school student. Today? Today, she's suddenly super smart, can speak many languages, and she instinctively knows how to fight. She has no clue where her new skills came from, but she's not complaining. But, someone knows her secret and they're after her - in fact, they've been looking for her her whole life. With Dylan, her best friend, and Maddox, a new guy at school, they're going to get some answers once and for all. Drea will have to push her abilities to her limits as she begins to learn that nothing is quite as straightforward as it seems.

I'm so glad I tried this debut YA sci-fi novel. The concept sounded so fascinating that I could resist. It really hits its stride about a fifth of the way in, so don't be discouraged by the slower pace it takes in the beginning. It takes a little time to get going, but once it does you won't want to put it down. I particularly enjoyed solving the mystery with Drea, Dylan, and Maddox and all of the twists and turns that come at us. I also particularly liked the sci-fi elements, which we don't see often enough in YA - I'd go on, but I'd be getting deep into spoiler territory. In my opinion, the weakest aspect of this story is love triangle, but then again love triangles usually aren't a favorite, but it's handled here pretty well. We get a good sense of all three characters - in fact, that some of the reveals about these characters leave me absolutely dying for more.

Overall, Road to Eurgenica by A.M. Rose is a YA sci-fi debut that's well picking up - just be sure to give it plenty of time in the beginning to get going because it's going to be good. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this series will go. After that conclusion, I'm dying for more from this author.



I read this ARC from February 14 - 21, 2018 and my review is also on GoodreadsRoad to Eugenica was released on February 5th, 2018.

Futura by Jordan Phillips - Review


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I received this novella from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

By 2050 the Invisibles have practically taken over and this is no different for Paris, France. Some are in the microchips embedded nearly everywhere, but some are slightly more visible since they power robots. Either way, though, humans have been very underutilized. Ruby, an American living in Paris, is going to have to learn how to thrive in a her utopian new home.

I really like the concept behind Futura with Paris as a futuristic utopian society, but I honestly found this meditation incredibly dull. I went from not caring about any of the characters to actively disliking Ruby, our leading lady. I think I would have preferred a story on the Basics and especially the Holdouts. I also could be reading to hard into this, but I'd say this could have the makings of a much more interesting dystopia.

Overall, I think Jordan Phillips has a lot of potential with an intriguing concept. In the end, though, it wasn't for me as a utopian story. There's so much more I would have preferred to see covered.


I read this novella from February 22 - 24, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Re-Read Forever


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, which is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  The rules are exactly the same as they were before - this week's topic is Books I Could Re-Read Forever.  I don't re-read often, but here are some books I've re-read and some books I'd like to re-read in the future.  All of the ones I've selected today are part of a series, a couple of which I haven't yet finished, but I would love to experience again from the beginning.  Here we go, in alphabetical order by series title:


The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher


Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling


Jackaby by William Ritter


The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer


Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan






Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Have you read any of these series?  What books would you like to reread?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Music Monday: To Kill A King


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.


This week I'm spotlighting the band To Kill A King, a British rock band.  I've just started hearing their stuff on Sirius XM's Alt Nation and I love their sound.  I'm definitely going to get my hands on a copy of their newest album called The Spiritual Dark Age (2018).  Here are a couple of my favorites from the album so far - "No More Love Songs" and "And Yet".  Enjoy!




Sunday, February 25, 2018

StoneKing Blog Tour

Happy Sunday everyone and welcome to my stop on the StoneKing Blog Tour from Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC.  Read on to learn more about this book, the author, see an excerpt from the story, and to watch the book trailer!  On to the tour:


StoneKing by Donna Migliaccio
February 20, 2018
Fantasy
The Gemeta Stone Book 3
Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC
They call him StoneKing: the lord of four countries, the vanquisher of the Wichelord Daazna, the man who will restore his people to prosperity and peace.
But there is no peace for Kristan Gemeta. Already weighed down by the cares of his new realm, Kristan carries a secret burden – the knowledge that Daazna is not dead. He isolates himself in his ruined castle in Fandrall, where he struggles to control the destructive Tabi’a power that may be his only hope of defeating the Wichelord once and for all. 
And there’s trouble elsewhere in his realm. His Reaches are squabbling in Dyer, Melissa and Nigel are experiencing heartache in Norwinn, and Heather’s command in Hogia is in jeopardy. Unaware of this turmoil, Kristan receives an unexpected gift – one that forces him, his knights, an inexperienced squire and a crafty young shape-shifter into a hazardous winter journey.

Excerpt from Chapter 1:

“Let me do that, my lord.”

“You couldn’t light a decent fire if your life depended on it.” Kristan dug in the tinderbox for kindling, and Quinn threw his hands up in frustration.

“That’s what I’m trying to say, my lord! You don’t pay me to light fires. You pay me to be your councilor – right now your only councilor. You should have more. You should have more of everything. You’re the lord of four countries, and yet you live like a pauper here in Fandrall while in Hogia, Dyer and Norwinn your Reaches have every comfort. Why?”

Kristan finished laying the logs and lit the kindling with a firesteel. “Are appearances so important to you, Quinn?”

“With respect, my lord, they are, and they should be to you as well.”

“Then think on this.” As the kindling began to crackle and snap, Kristan dusted off his hands and with difficulty, pushed himself to his feet. “Two years of Daaznan occupation destroyed my kingdom and impoverished my people. You know how poor their harvests were this autumn. Should I surround myself with pomp and splendor while they struggle through the winter to put bread in their mouths?”

“You’ve bolstered Fandrall’s economy out of your own pocket.” There was an unusually dogged glint in Quinn’s eye. “You bought seed for winter crops and gave it to farmers without charge. You replenished their herds and flocks, again without charge.”

“They’ll repay me from the spring births and summer harvests. That was our agreement.”

“Of course. But after you showed them such generosity, would they begrudge you a proper household?”

More eyes watching me, Kristan thought; more mouths yammering at me. He sat down at the table and pulled the treasury reports from the nearest stack of paper.

“We can’t keep limping along this way,” Quinn went on. “Everyone is so preoccupied with menial tasks that they can’t focus on their real work. My lord, experienced servants are available in Norwinn and Dyer. Instruct your Reaches to send the best of them here. And recruiting in Hogia has gone so well; why not ask Lady Heather to send you some likely candidates for squire?”

Kristan’s heart gave a sudden heave and just as abruptly, sank. Heather, he thought. It only needed the mention of her name to make this miserable morning complete.


Booktrailerhttps://youtu.be/ssT6F0CwJHk

Buy Links  Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Kobo ~ iBooks


About the Author:


Donna Migliaccio is a professional stage actress with credits that include Broadway, National Tours and prominent regional theatres. She is based in the Washington, DC Metro area, where she co-founded Tony award-winning Signature Theatre and is in demand as an entertainer, teacher and public speaker. Her award-winning short story, "Yaa & The Coffins," was featured in Thinkerbeat's 2015 anthology The Art of Losing.

Social Media:  Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest ~ Goodreads
 

Sadia by Colleen Nelson (ARC) - Review


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

Canadian Syrian Sadia is a Grade 9 student who is incredibly passionate about basketball. She jumps at the chance to join this year's co-ed tournament team and her talent speaks for itself. The hijab that she wears as a Muslim, though, can pose a problem on the court. Surrounded by her teammates, her coach and teacher, and a new friend, a Syrian refugee named Amira, she learns to stand up for herself and fight for what's right.

This novel does a very good job to raise awareness and promote compassion between people. It's also a decent story if you're reading it for the basketball elements. This quick novel has been promoted YA, but it definitely reads tonally as MG. It's actually quite tame, but it still manages to raise several important questions - both on a personal and institutional level. In regards to the characters, as much as I liked getting to know Sadia, her friends, and family, I actually found myself rooting for their coach a little more. He's the sort of teacher I would have been honored to have as a high school student.

Sadia by Colleen Nelson is an inspiring story of a girl standing up for what she believes in and is passionate about. That said it doesn't particularly standout of the crowd. I also have to admit that I was expecting more from some of the basketball games we see on the page after all of that buildup. Just so you know, this novel doesn't qualify as #OwnVoices, but Colleen Nelson still offers insight as she is also a Canadian teacher who has taught refugee students.

I read this ARC from February 21 - 22, 2018 and my review is also on GoodreadsSadia will be released on February 27th. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles #6) by Kevin Hearne + 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 #BeatTheBacklist reads, Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles #6) by Kevin Hearne.  Anyway, I'm so excited to be back with Atticus and Granuaile so soon after finished up the fifth book in the series.  If you love urban fantasy and are into mythology, you need to try this series if you haven't already, especially if you like The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.


Beginning:

It's odd how when you feel safe you can't think of that thing it was you kept meaning to do, but when you're running for your life you suddenly remember the entire list of things you never got around to doing.  

I always wanted to get blindly drunk with a mustachioed man, take him back to his place, do a few extra shots just this side of severe liver damage, and then shave off half his mustache when he passed out.  I would then install surveillance equipment before I left so that I could properly appreciate his reaction (and his hangover) when he woke up.  And of course I would surveil him from a black windowless van parked somewhere along his street.  There would be a wisecracking computer science graduate from MIT in the van with me who almost but not quite when all the way once with a mousy physics major who dumped him because he didn't accelerate her particles.

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"Oberon, what do you smell?" Granuaile asked.

His nose twitched for a few moments before he gave a mental shrug. <You guys.  Swampy birchy grassy stuff.  Nothing to eat.>

50/50 Friday: First/Last ___ Book You've Read (specific genre, etc)

For this prompt, the genre I've selected is noir - I love the genre, but I always feel like I don't talk about it enough. 


First (that I can specifically remember, anyway) - The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett - I loved it and I haven't looked back from there!


Last - Revival, Deluxe Collection Volume 1 by Tim Seeley - Rural noir horror - with zombies! As soon as I caught wind of this from Chew I knew I needed it in my life.  Now, I absolutely need to continue the series.

Have you read any of these books?  What are you reading today?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Oathing Stone (The Rituals Trilogy #2) by J.Z.N. McCauley (ARC) - Review


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I received a free eARC in exchange for an honest review.

After spending the last year together, Catherine and Bowen are finally ready to take the next step in their relationship and get married. As a couple made up of an ancient druid doctor and a woman with druid magic from the sacred oak tree, they'll have to have a traditional Celtic marriage ceremony. In order to connect with their ancestors and the sacred location of their discreet ceremony, they'll have to select an oathing stone. On the wedding night, Catherine's magic becomes unstable. Meanwhile, the Fae Kings send a Fae spy to check out Catherine's magic disrupting her life and her friend Bella's life when she becomes the spy's obsession. After Bella goes missing, it's up to Catherine to find her. Really, though, their problems are just beginning because they've just landed right in the middle of a Fae civil war.

Although I was slightly underwhelmed by book one in this series, Oak and Mistletoe, I was still interested in seeing where the sequel would go, especially with the way the first installment ended. Here, I particularly liked that we got to see a little more magic and how McCauley incorporates the Fae. Unfortunately, though, Catherine's a bit flat here - she flips back and forth between weak and helpless to strong and magical enough to give me whiplash. I have to admit that her relationship with Bowen kind of bugs me too, especially considering what happened to her twin in book one. Also , in regards to the magic which was fun to see more of, I really wish we learned more about the why and the how it works for Catherine other than the fact that she is favored. On the same note, I was also left wondering more about why the Fae are after her in particular.

Overall, The Oathing Stone is still fun and fast, almost too fast at times, with many elements I enjoy. However, there are still more things that I wish had been addressed. Perhaps that's a good reason to come back for the final book in the trilogy to see how everything turns out and where that leaves our cast. If you're interested in Ireland, druids, mythology, and romance, you may want to try this second book of an NA trilogy.


I read this eARC from February 9 - 12, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, which is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  The rules are exactly the same as they were before - this week's topic is Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading.


Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver - I don't know, the whole dystopian world without love premise just doesn't sound that appealing anymore.


The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass - I'm not even 100% sure why this was on my tbr to begin with since I've never been a fan of The Bachelor.


Nevermore (Nevermore #1) by Kelly Creagh - I like the sound of the Edgar Allan Poe element, but I'm getting Hush, Hush vibes from summary, and I don't think I want to do that again.


Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman - I liked book one well enough, but a sequel just doesn't seem all that necessary.


Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman - This sounds like She's the Man which was pretty funny, but I just look at the cover and feel annoyed by that finger mustache... is that just me?


Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins - After There's Someone Inside Your House, I don't think I'm interested in coming back for her contemporary romance.


The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold - The Lovely Bones is one of my favorites, but I have to admit that I'm pretty disheartened by all of the poor reviews I've seen for this novel.


The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion - A few of my close friends have tried this and let's just say their feedback has turned me off of this.


Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga #2) by Orson Scott Card - I've always liked Ender's Game, but I anymore I'm just not interested in continuing on with the series.


Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi - This used to be pretty high on my tbr, but it just isn't anymore unfortunately - no particular reason.

Have you read any of these?  Do you recommend any of these that I should read?  Thanks as always for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Oak and Mistletoe (The Rituals Trilogy #1) by J.Z.N. McCauley - Review


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I received a free ecopy in exchange for an honest review.

Catherine Green, her twin sister, and her brother have the opportunity to travel to Ireland as a college graduation present. Catherine's visit becomes permanent when she lands a job at a museum. She finds herself oddly attracted to Bowen, a stranger who's a sort of expert on local history who warns her to leave the country before it's too late. Catherine quickly begins to realize that she's actually the key to a centuries old curse as she frees a psychotic druid and his followers. Tragedy ensues and Catherine is forced to work with Bowen and together the two get swept up on an adventure involving Celtic myth and long-forgotten knowledge. The two going to have to work together to make sure sure Conall doesn't put his evil plans in motion, and they'll have to do whatever it takes.

Oak and Mistletoe is the first book in The Rituals Trilogy by J.Z.N. McCauley, and is a New Adult fantasy with a clean romance. The overall concept behind the story is pretty cool and I love that it features druids and Irish mythology. Since I was reading a novel of The Iron Druid Chronicles while reading this story, I have to admit that I would have been very pleased indeed if Atticus O'Sullivan could have had a cameo. Between Catherine and her twin Kathleen, I was definitely more interested in Catherine, but I have to admit Kathleen does get a moment of really great character development before she meets her untimely fate. In regards to the magic, I liked what we got to see of it and I would have preferred to learn more about how it all works - I'm just not all that sold on what makes Catherine the key (it's all to do with Bowen). On that note, I couldn't really get behind their romance since he withholds a good deal of vital information from her (view spoiler) in order to "keep her safe".

Overall, though, Oak and Mistletoe is a fast paced, fun read despite my issues with the story and characters because there are still so many elements that I enjoy. If you're interested in Ireland, druids, mythology, and romance, you may want to try this series opener.


I read this ebook from February 3 - 7, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Music Monday: Dylan Price


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.

This week I'm spotlighting the music of Dylan Price - if you'd like to learn more about him, you can visit his websiteFacebook, TwitterInstagram, or YouTube channel.  Anyway, I just recently learned that my mom works with him - and she just told me about his music, so l had to look into it.  I really like his sound and a couple of my favorites are "Ode to the Whispers" (2016) and "Everyone Wants to Rule the World" (2011)




Thursday, February 15, 2018

Yellow Locust by Justin Joschko (ARC) - Review


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I received a free eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Selena and her brother have to escape tyrannical New Canaan. They have to make sure that the information on data stick that got her parents killed makes it to the Republic of California, the only place left that stands for peace and freedom. The two siblings are the last hope for their mostly ruined continent before it's entirely too late. They've got thousands of miles on the road ahead of them through the Middle Wastes and they'll have to deal with everything from murderers and thieves to a poisonous grass called yellow locust which has made growing food next to impossible. Fallowfield is practically an oasis in the midst of the wasteland - everything seems far too good to be true. As Selena begins to uncover the secrets of the town and its leaders, she'll have to use the fighting skills that she was forced to hone back in New Canaan if she and her brother are going to make it. Whatever she does, it'll have to be soon because all-out war is imminent and New Canaan is never all that far away.

I'm so glad the publisher, Month9Books, approached me to try Yellow Locust by Justin Joschko. This novel doesn't release until May 8th, but it's a pretty great upcoming YA dystopian sci-fi story that definitely deserves attention. I've read quite a few dystopias, but it's been a little while since I've tried a new one that really stood out (the last being Want by Cindy Pon). Joschko's novel can also be considered cli-fi (climate fiction), a genre that I haven't read all that much of. If you're unfamiliar with it, it's a genre that explores environmental degradation and it's effects on human civilization due to climate change. It doesn't necessarily have be be speculative, but it is in this particular case.

Joschko's novel firmly held my attention throughout from beginning to end, particularly developing his world, which is almost beyond hope, and the journey his characters take across what was once America - as well as the mystery surrounding Fallowfield. As for our cast of characters, I could appreciate really appreciate Selena's attitude and drive in regards to her family and duties. Plus, I could certainly relate to Simon's sensitive, fair skin - been there, done that. I should also mention that the author is good at crafting action scenes. There are plenty of great showcases of Selena's formidable talents. My only real issue is that Selena doesn't feel all that unique in comparison to other YA dystopian leading ladies, in fact she reminds me of a combination of Saba from Blood Red Road and Katniss from The Hunger Games.

Overall, Yellow Locust by Justin Joschko is a great upcoming piece of YA sci-fi dystopian cli-fi. It's intense, fast-paced, and has an intriguing sibling bond at the heart of the story. I have a feeling you'd enjoy this novel as well if you like Blood Red Road by Moira Young and Want by Cindy Pon. I'm looking forward to trying future projects by this author.


I read this eARC from January 27 - February 2, 2018 and my review is also on GoodreadsYellow Locust by Justin Joschko will be released on May 8, 2018.

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown + 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 upcoming reads, Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown.  I picked this up at a book sale a little while ago and it sounds like a promising historical horror fantasy.  It even has a few illustrations to go along with the text.  Since I'm all caught up on The Diviners as of yet, I'm hoping this will be a good read until the next installment is released.

Beginning:

It's dark outside, an elsewhere hour between midnight and dawn.  I lie awake, frozen, waiting for a sound not yet audible.  My eyes are open before I hear the wheels of the carriage at the bottom of the drive.

56:

Eyes averted, the maid leads us to a sitting room cluttered with bric-a-brac.  My father once said that the character of a household can be known through the behavior of its staff.  I don't know what to conclude from Viviette's refusal to meet my gaze.

50/50 Friday: Favorite/ Least Favorite Family in a Book


Least Favorite - The Wormwoods from Matilda by Roald Dahl


Favorite - The Weasleys from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Have your read this book?  The reviews on Goodreads are mixed, but I haven't heard much about it otherwise.  Fingers crossed that it's going to be good.