First Line Fridays: “Broken Throne” by Victoria Aveyard

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Happy Friday!

June has been a busy month for me at work, leaving me little time to read. But a booknerd will always be a booknerd, and as is, I found other ways to get my daily those of stories. Audiobooks have been great for me recently. I have finished listening to a handful of books in the last month, and I’m going to be sharing the first few lines of the story I’m currently listening to.

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MARE

I had my pick of days, but in the end, the snow made the decision for me.

All the better. The choice was out of my hands. How long to stay, when to return to the Montfort capital – those questions disappeared when the weather turned. It was only six inches, barely a dusting for a place like the Paradise Valley, but more would follow. I’d been told the winters here were much harsher than those I was used to, worse even than the one weathered at the Notch. Here the snowdrifts pile up ten feet deep; rivers freeze solid; blizzards last for days on end. Too perilous for transports or dropjets. Of course, we could stay for the season if we wanted. Davidson made it clear in his last communication that the cabin outpost was at our disposal as long as we needed, but I didn’t even broach the subject with the rest of my family. None of us, myself included, have any desire to spend the winter buried in snow with only the geysers and the bison for company.

These lines are from Fire Light, the story featuring Cal and Mare. I didn’t know just how much I missed this series (and Mare’s sass) until this collection of short stories. To think that this might be the last I read about them from Victoria Aveyard makes me nostalgic. I’ll certainly miss these characters and this world and would definitely come back to it in the future. Meanwhile, if you know any good Red Queen fanfic, throw them at me. I need them to fill the gap.

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First Line Fridays: “Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts

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Well, hello there Friday! For a while I thought you wouldn’t ever come. It’s been a tiring week at work and what’s left of my already frayed nerves are getting even more hits. I expect this to continue until the first week of July, or maybe until this work-related thing gets cleared up.

Anyway, to get me out of the real world a bit, I’ll just go read book after book. I’m breaking out of my usual plate of sci-fi and fantasy and reading something by the great Nora Roberts.

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On Friday, July 22, 2005, Simone Knox ordered a large Fanta – orange – to go with her popcorn and Swedish Fish. The choice, her standard night-at-the-movies fare, changed her life, and very likely saved it, Still, she’d never drink Fanta again.

 

 

 

 

I’m only 25% into this book, but the first part – the mall shooting part – chilled me to the bone. I had to stop to breathe and direct my attention somewhere else because imagining that kind of thing happening in real life – and sadly, it had numerous times – scares the life out of me. I don’t know and I’ll never understand how some people could just think to do such: kill, take lives and end stories.

I’m hoping to finish this book this coming weekend as I have 2 days off work (yay!) Then, on Sunday, I’m going to Randy Ribay’s book launch for Patron Saints of Nothing. Plans, plans – I will keep up to them.

Well, that’s it for me today. I wish you all a happy weekend full of reading and fun.

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Rachel

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First Line Fridays: “The Storm Crow” by Kalyn Josephson

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Happy Friday!

I’ve been a fantasy binge lately. I recently finished Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also started listening to the audiobook of Julie Kagawa’s Shadow of the Fox and, tell you what, the narration and production are just amazing. I’m truly having the best time with my books right now.

I’m going to be sharing the first few lines from my other current read. In keeping with my recent reading craving, it’s also a fantasy and features magic, crows and warring kingdoms.

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I was a storm. Adrenaline ripped through my veins like lightning as I leaned close to the body of my crow, preparing to execute a dive. Iyla’s warm, steady heat kept me grounded, even hundreds of feet in the air. Cold wind whipped tendrils of hair free from my braid, nipping at the skin around my goggle and stealing my breath.

 

 

 

I’m only 57% through this book so I can’t give you much about it yet, but the worldbuilding is luscious. And the villain? I just want to clock her, so that says something.

The Storm Crow releases July 9. Meanwhile, my review of Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon is scheduled to be published tomorrow, so stay tuned for that.

Alright, that’s it for me today. Hope you all have a great weekend! Happy reading!

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First Line Fridays: “Stronger than a Bronze Dragon” by Mary Fan

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Happy Friday!

Today I’m going to be featuring the first few lines of my current read.
Stronger than a Bronze Dragon

 

Moonbeams frost the dark water of Dailaniang, and I imagine the great River Dragon passing beneath its skittering ripples. It’s said that he visited our village generations ago and granted out ancestors an enchanted pearl as a sign of his favor. If I hadn’t seen that pearl with my own eyes, glowing like the moon upon its jade pedestal, I would have thought the story false. He certainly hasn’t visited again since. And no one seems to be favoring Dailan lately.

 

I’m currently halfway through Stronger than a Bronze Dragon and I’m enjoying it. It’s such an adventurous read filled with magic and action. I can’t wait to find out how Anlei and Tai’s quest go as they travel to the legendary Heihuoshan to battle with the demon king Mowang. I definitely recommend you get this one it comes out.

I’m keeping it short today as I want to go back to reading, but I have a few reviews coming up for the blog, the one for this book included. Also, I’m excited to be included in another blog tour organized by the wonderful ladies at the Fantastic Flying Book Club. The tour starts next week on June 11 and I’d love it if you could show my fellow participating bloggers some love and follow the tour. The schedule is below.

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June 11th

June 12th

NovelKnight – Interview
The Reading Corner for All – Review +  Favourite Quotes
Crowing About Books – Review +  Favourite Quotes
Caitlin Althea – Review

June 13th

Uwadis – Character Interview
Lost in Storyland – Review

June 14th

The Layaway Dragon – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Inked In Book Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes

June 15th

The Bibliophile District – Guest Post
In Between Book Pages – Review + Favourite Quotes
A Court of Coffee and Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

June 16th

Kait Plus Books – Interview
Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
Port Jericho – Review

June 17th

Twilight Reader – Top 10
Utopia State of Mind – Guest Post
Betwixt the Pages – Review
Alright, that’s it for me today. I gotta go back to Tai and Anlei.

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First Line Fridays: “You’d Be Mine” by Erin Hahn

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Happy Friday!

My featured book for FLF this week is a title I recently finished.

You'd Be Mine (Erin Hahn)

 

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April

Nashville, Tennessee

If I die, it’s Trina Hamilton’s fault. She’s hard to miss; statuesque blonde with angry eyes and tiny nostrils wearing top-of-the-line Tony Lamas so she can kick my ass at a moment’s notice. When the early-morning sun finally burns through my irises and kills me dead, she’s the one you want.

 

I finished You’d Be Mine earlier this week and let me tell you, I ain’t over it yet. I fell in love with Annie and Clay’s story. I mean, who wouldn’t when you combine country music, a summer tour, and two teen-aged superstars?!? Erin Hahn is definitely a new auto-buy author for me.

You’d Be Mine is already out. I highly recommend this book and urge you to grab a copy and please fangirl with me. I’m still not over this story!

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Rachel

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