First Line Fridays #6

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First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  1. Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  2. Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  3. Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


‘She’d never killed before tonight. “Stay back,” her sister hissed. Jana pressed against the stone wall of the villa. She searched the shadows that surrounded them, briefly looking up at the stars bright as diamonds against the black sky.’

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The book is:

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1) by Morgan Rhodes & Michelle Rowen

12954620In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

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To be honest with you, I’m kind of dreading all of the points of view that Falling Kingdoms has in the first book. It’s so intimidating! I can see the pros and cons of the different points of views though, and I believe that the pros outweigh the cons. Hopefully the different POVs will make the story more interesting.

Have you read Falling Kingdoms?
What did you think of it?

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Reading!
— Adele

 

Trust the Wolf by Zoe Ashwood | ARC Book Review

Hello friends! Today’s post is a book review of Trust the Wolf by Zoe Ashwood. If you like Urban Fantasy / Shifter / Paranormal Romance stories then I definitely suggest that you check out Trust the Wolf.

**Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my review.**

Trigger Warning: Attempted Abduction, Abduction Mention, Gun Usage, Tranquilizer Usage, Death Mention.
If you don’t like stories with sex scenes, I would advise you to not read Trust the Wolf. 

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41727431You never forget your first wolf.

Emilia’s first encounter with Jason is memorable: it’s not every day you see a stranger change into a wolf. Her attraction to him is undeniable, but the secret he shares shakes the foundations of her life.

Jason’s need for Emilia unnerves him. It’s his job to report shifters without proper ID, yet he can’t make himself do it this time. The decision bites him in the tail when he discovers exactly who she is. He must keep his distance—or there will be hell to pay.

Their fates entwine when rogue shifters learn of Emilia’s identity and will stop at nothing to get to her. Emilia and Jason will have to fight together or risk losing everything.

But most of all? Emilia must learn to trust the wolf.

Publish Date: January 24, 2019. Continue reading

[DNF+ SPOILERS] Thunderhead, by Neal Shusterman | Book Review

Hello friends! Today’s post is my review of Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. Thunderhead is the second book in the Arc of a Scythe trilogy. 

Enjoy!

IMG_7274There are minor spoilers in this review. 

Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?

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33555224The first page of the entire book, and part one, is eye-opening as well as concerning. Who the quote is by had me on the edge of my seat waiting for the other shoe to drop. Continue reading

Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson | ARC Book Review

Hello friends! Today’s post is my book review of Even If I Fall, by Abigail Johnson.

Enjoy!

**Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my review.**

Trigger Warnings: Murder, Murder Mention

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cover142608-mediumA year ago, Brooke Covington lost everything when her beloved older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. Brooke and her family became social pariahs, broken and unable to console one another. Brooke’s only solace remains the ice-skating rink, where she works but no longer lets herself dream about a future skating professionally.

When Brooke encounters Calvin’s younger brother, Heath, on the side of the road and offers him a ride, everything changes. She needs someone to talk to…and so does Heath. No one else understands what it’s like. Her brother, alive but gone; his brother, dead but everywhere. Soon, they’re meeting in secret, despite knowing that both families would be horrified if they found out. In the place of his anger and her guilt, something frighteningly tender begins to develop, drawing them ever closer together.

But when a new secret comes out about the murder, Brooke has to choose whose pain she’s willing to live with—her family’s or Heath’s. Because she can’t heal one without hurting the other.

Publication Date: January 8, 2019.

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I knew even before sitting down to read this book, that Even If I Fall would be a book that would have trials and tribulations for our main character, Brooke, and the rest of the people in her life.

What I didn’t anticipate was how heavy Brooke’s story turned out to be. Continue reading

Tempt, by Claire Farrell | Book Review

Hello friends! Today’s post is my book review of Tempt by Claire Farrell

Tempt is the third book in the Ava Delaney series, which is a Fantasy / Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy.

Enjoy!

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There’s a monster running around Dublin, and it’s up to Ava to catch it. The pressure’s on, and 12993645she’s becoming as cynical as Peter. But when a demon marks her friend, and a possible threat from England spells war, Ava’s left with a huge choice to make. The lives of one or many.

With a little help, Ava has the chance to win all of her battles… if the darkness doesn’t take her over first.”

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Throughout this series there’s quite a bit that happens, but I’m glad that Farrell has written the story in a way where when one book ends, the following novel will pick up just about where the previous novel closed. And there was no exception with Tempt!

What I enjoyed about Tempt:

  • These books are fast reads. Like, 1-3 hour reads.
  • The pacing of the novels are fast, which keeps the story interesting.
  • There is a lot of fighting that takes place throughout the series, but I am always surprised by just how much fighting scenes there are.
  • How caring Ava is, even after all that’s been done to her.

Farrell’s writing sucks me into her books so quickly. I honestly love Farrell’s writing so much. She has to be one of my favourite authors of all time.

I give Tempt, 3 stars.

See you soon, and Happy Reading!
— Adele

Waiting for Spring, Vol. 01 by Anashin | Manga Review

Hello! Today I have a manga review. I had quite a bit of fun reading this manga. My review for Waiting for Spring Volume 01 is quite messy. Sorry in advance!

32847821A sweet romantic story of a soft-spoken high school freshman and her quest to make friends, Waiting for Spring will delight fans of earnest, fun, and dramatic shojo like Kimi ni Todoke and Say I Love You.

Mizuki is a shy girl who’s about to enter high school, and vows to open herself up to new friendships. Of course, the four stars of the boys’ basketball team weren’t exactly the friends she had in mind! Yet, when they drop by the café where she works, the five quickly hit it off. Soon she’s been accidentally thrust into the spotlight, targeted by jealous girls. And will she expand her mission to include… love?

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I’d like to say that the cover for Waiting for Spring vol. 01 is so cute. Actually, all the covers for this manga series are pretty cute.

Not only is the cover cute but the first chapter is adorable. Continue reading

(SPOILERS) Empire of Storms, by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

Hello friends! Today’s post is my review of the fifth (5th) book from the Throne of Glass series, Empire of Storms, by Sarah J. Maas.

Enjoy!

My review of Empire of Storms has some pretty major spoilers.
You’ve been warned!

28260587The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

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Back when Empire of Storms was published, I bought it as an e-copy and was hesitant to read it. Because true to Maas’ form, she wrote more and more characters into the story. And at that time of me trying to read EoS, I just wasn’t having it. So I put the book down and vowed that if I tried to read it again, I’d wait until the last book was published.

And here we are. Continue reading

The Book Addiction Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely bookwormbrittanyy ! Thank you so much for tagging me. You can see her post here.

What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

It honestly depends on my mood. Sometimes all I want to do is read, sometimes I’ll do anything but read. Usually a week or so. Give or take a few days.

How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time? Continue reading

First Line Fridays #5

 

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First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  1. Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  2. Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  3. Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

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‘It took three days of waiting, but at four a.m. on a Sunday, the street in front of Abigail’s home finally emptied of all Watchers. Maybe even crazies needed to sleep once in a while.’

Continue reading