First Line Fridays: “Foul is Fair” by Hannah Capin

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First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hoarding Books.

It’s been a long time since I’ve done FLL and I missed it dearly. While I can’t promise to do this more regularly, I will endeavor to try; it’s a new year, a new decade after all. I think it will also help me be accountable for the monthly reading list I created for myself (more about that in my 2019 recap post, which I’ll try to write this weekend.)

Anyway, today I’m going to be featuring a book that mashes up MacbethCruel Intentions and Kill Bill. Hannah Capin’s second book, Foul is Fair tackles rape culture and violence. It centers on Elle/Jade and her friends, and their plot to take revenge on the boys who raped her.


Sweet sixteen is when the claws come out.

We’re all flash tonight. Jenny and Summer and Mads and me. Vodka and heels we could never quite walk in before, but tonight we can. short skirts – the shortest. Glitter and highlight. Matte and shine. Long hair and whitest-white teeth.

I’ve never been blond before but tonight my hair is platinum. Mads bleached it too fast but I don’t care because tonight’s the only night that matters. and my eyes are jade-green tonight instead of brown, and Summer swears the contacts Jenny bought are going to melt into my eyes and I’ll never see again, but I don’t care about that either.

Tonight I’m sixteen.

I started this book late December, but, with the hecticness and stress of the holidays, I had to put it down. I am back at it and am about 70% through. This one is just as dark and gritty as it promised, and I’m both excited and afraid of how Jade’s story ends.

Foul is Fair releases February 18.


Have you read this book? What are you reading? Let’s chat!



First Line Fridays: “Kingdom of Souls” by Rena Barron

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Happy Friday!

I’m going to be sharing the first few lines of my current read today, Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron.

Kingdom of Souls

Be still, Little Priestess.

My father kneels before me with a string of teethe threaded between his fingers. They shine like polished pearls, and I square my shoulders and stand a little taller to make him proud. The distant echo of the djembe drums drowns out his words, but it doesn’t tame the twinkle in his eyes as he drapes the teeth around my neck. Tonight I become a true daughter of Tribe Aatiri.

Magic of all colors flutters in the air as gentle as wingbeats. I can’t be still when it dances on my father’s dark skin like lightning bugs. It flits along his jaws and leaps onto his nose. My hands shoots out to catch an ember of gold, but it slips through my fingers. I giggle, and he laughs too.

I’m just at about 10% into this book, but already it’s showing lots of promise. I can’t wait to see what happens to Arrah and her friends because I’m sure it’s going to be exciting.



I’m going to be part of the Kingdom of Souls blog tour hosted by the amazing ladies at The Fantastic Flying Book Club. Check out the blog stops below:

September 4th

September 5th

Phannie the ginger bookworm  – Review + Favourite Quotes
Jrsbookreviews – Review
Kait Plus Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

September 6th

In Between Book Pages – Review + Favourite Quotes
Utopia State of Mind – Review + Favourite Quotes
Camillea Reads – Review
Artsy Draft – Review + Favourite Quotes

September 7th

Frayed Books – Review
The Layaway Dragon – Review + Favourite Quotes
NovelKnight – Review
Charis Rae – Review
Novel Lives – Review

September 8th

Luchia Houghton Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes
Justbusyreading – Review
Flying Paperbacks – Review

September 9th

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes
TBR and Beyond – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes

September 10th

Wishful Endings – Review
Jessica Writes – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Reading Life – Review + Favourite Quotes
Devouring Books – Review
Flipping Through the Pages – Review + Favourite Quotes


First Line Fridays: “The Poppy War” by R.F. Kuang

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Happy Friday everyone!

I’ve been looking forward to this weekend. This coming Monday is a holiday here where I am and I get to have a rare long weekend for myself. Already, I’m planning my reading list.

I’ll be sharing the first few lines of a book I finished a couple of days ago – The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang.


“Take your clothes off.”

Rin blinked. “What?”

The proctor glanced up from his booklet. “Cheating prevention protocol.” He gestured across the room to a female proctor. “Go with her, if you must.”





I know there isn’t much context in the first few lines of the book, but The Poppy War was an incredibly plotted story set in an equally well-crafted world. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was hoping to get my hands on its sequel The Dragon Republic. Alas, I’m fourth in line for it, which means roughly 8 weeks waiting time. Sigh. Anyway, I’ll have The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty and the ARC of Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Pérez (which is coming out this 27th August) to tide me over.



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First Line Fridays: “The Female of the Species” by Mindy McGinnis

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Oh, hello there! We made it to Friday!

I’ve been going through my backlist TBR lately, wanting to prevent an impending reading slump. This Friday’s FLF feature is a book I’ve long been intrigued by. A handful of people recommended it when I finished reading Courtney Summers’ Sadie last year, telling me that I’ll love it as well. And they were right, I loved this book – loved it and hurt for the main character.

This is how I kill someone.
I learn his habits, I know his schedule. It is not difficult. His life consists of quick stops to the dollar store for the bare minimum of things required to keep this ragged cycle going, his hat pulled down over his eys so as not to be recognized.

But he is. It’s a small town.

I watch these little exchanges. They evolve in seconds, from I get paid to smile at you to the facial muscles going lax when recognition hits, the price scanner making a feeble attempt to break the silence making a beep-beep when his food goes past.

I know this pattern but watch it anyway. The bread, the cheese, the wine, and the crackers that sometimes he will crumble and put out for the birds – a tiny crack of kindness that makes him all the more hateful. Because if there’s a version of him that feeds birds as winter descends, then there is a decency that he chose to overlook when he did other things. Other things that also fed the birds. And the hawks. And the raccoons. And the coyotes. All the animals that took mouthfuls of my sister, destroying any chance of proving he killed her.

But I’m not a court, and I don’t need proof.


The Female of the Species was a like punch in the gut. It made me angry and sad, and all other complicated emotions. I loved how it tackled and handled rape culture within its pages. This is one important book I think all must read.

I’m not sure when I’ll get to it, but I’m going to review this in the future. I just need a longer weekend, and loads of coffee. Seriously though, you guys need to read this book! Now!



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First Line Fridays: “The Candle and the Flame” by Nafiza Azad

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Happy Friday!

I’ve been on a reading blitz the last couple of weeks – listening to audiobooks on my commutes to and from work, reading books from my TBR during lulls at work, then putting my focus on ARCs during the weekend. I managed to finish 6 books so far, which, for someone who has to be creative with her reading time, felt so good.

Writing, however, did not work for me.

I haven’t written much in two weeks, only managing to finish a couple of new paragraphs for a 5-year old fanfic I unearthed from my almost-forgotten Yahoo e-mail account’s drafts (that I tried cleaning up, but then saw the fanfic…and you know, plotbunnies started jumping around my head…so…) I still don’t know what I’ll do with whatever I finish. I haven’t updated that fic in 3, almost 4 years. By now, I might have already lost my audience, but we’ll see.

Anyway, I’ll be sharing the first few lines from one of those 6 books I finished for today’s FLF.

The Candle and the Flame

The desert sings of loss, always loss, and if you stand quiet with your eyes closed, it will grieve you too.







Nafiza Azad’s The Candle and the Flame is a wonderful diverse read set featuring Middle Eastern mythology and a setting inspired by the historic trade routes of The Silk Road. This was different from my usual as the story was pretty much character-driven, but I absolutely adored this book and was so glad to have finally gotten to it after loads of recommendations from other bloggers. I agree with them, this is a must read!

I’m set to write a review for this, just not sure when. I’m currently working on my review for another book I loved The Merciful Crow, which is coming out this July 30. Crossed fingers, I’ll be able to chip a bit of my review work this weekend.

Til next week!



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