First Line Fridays: “Give the Dark My Love” by Beth Revis

First Line Fridays (feature photo)

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


Hey there! Happy Friday!

I’ve missed posting last Friday. I was at a work-related conference and even though I come home with still enough time to write, I didn’t have the energy to open up my laptop and actually write. I did, however, managed to finish reading three books  back-to-back-to-back, so I guess I didn’t lose much time. (In fact I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge! What?!!!)

Anyhow, things have leveled back down, and I’m back to my regular blogging and reading routine, which brings us to this post. My pick for this week comes from one of those three books I just finished.
37789836

The warship carried twenty good men and two cannons.

“Bit of an overkill, isn’t it?” Captain Pasker said. The sun was to his back, casting a long, imposing shadow over the deck.

Captain Pasker was from the mainland; his ship had accompanied the Emperor on the short voyage across the Azure Sea to the small province of Lunar Island. Pasker had been in three wars already, “skirmishes,” he called them, bloody little inconveniences that were necessary to remind the people of the might of the Emperor.

The sailor beside him was a local boy, a new conscript. He’d been raised with the old legends.

He wasn’t sure that one warship was enough.

If you know me, I love antiheroes – characters who are in that gray area, neither good or bad, or part good and part bad – and Beth Revis gives me a new girl to love and cheer for. I finished Give the Dark My Love yesterday, and I’m still all over the place. This boook just blew me away, I’m telling you, and Nedra, oh my baby girl Nedra, I understand why she went dark because given the same choices in that same difficult situation as she was given, I might just make the same decision.

Give the Dark My Love is already out and available in your favorite bookstores. If you love dark fantasies, this book is for you!

💗💗💗

Rachel

let's chat

Come and join in the fun. Visit Hoarding Books to see what other FLF bloggers has to share.

Advertisements

First Line Fridays: “White as Silence, Red as Song” by Alessandro D’ Avenia

First Line Fridays (feature photo)

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


Hello! Happy Friday! Welcome to another edition of First Line Fridays. 

This week’s post is a translated book. Originally published in Italian, this book is being touted as Italy’s The Fault in Our Stars. That’s something! I loved TFiOS so when I saw this book in NetGalley I knew I just got to have it.

cover - White as Silence 9780785217060.jpg_1

 

 

Everything is a color. Every emotion is a color.

Silence is white – and I can’t stand white. It has no boundaries: a white elephant, a white flag, a white lie… In fact, white isn’t even a color. It is nothing like silence. A kind of nothing without words or music, Silent, alone.

 

 

I will be posting more about this book in the coming days. But for now, check out the other blog tour hosts reviews, features and other fun stuff. Here’s the is the blog tour schedule.

BANNER

September 10th
Vicky Who Reads– Review
The Reading Corner for All– Review & Favorite Quotes

September 11th
Malanie Loves Fiction– Review

September 12th
Heidi Reads…– Spotlight
Wanderer in Neverland– Spotlight

September 13th
Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews– Review
Never Too Many To Read– Review

September 14th
booksonthebookshelf– Review
A Lovely Book Affair– Review
Rhythmicbooktrovert– Review

September 15th
Rambling of a Book Nerd– Review
Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

September 16th
Amy’s Booket List– Review
Comfort Books– Review
Confessions of a YA Reader– Spotlight

Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson for giving me a chance to read this book in advance, and to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for letting me be a part of this blog tour.

Addendum: (because I forgot to include it when I first posted this. I’m sorry! Totally my bad.)

I already have a winner for my Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen Giveaway

Congratulations to Michelle Stagg! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. It’s a really wonderful read.

💗💗💗

Rachel

let's chat

Come and join in the fun. Visit Hoarding Books to see what other FLF bloggers has to share.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “Darius the Great is Not Okay” by Adib Khorram

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


This is going to be a quick one because I have to hurry to work. Nope, not running late but I just always make it a point to be at the clinic at least 15 minutes earlier before my shift that way shift change endorsements are done just before my colleague’s shift ends. Traffic’s always mad crazy in the city and I want her to go home earlier, or at least clock out on time. It’s a little favor we all do for one another at work, and trust me, it makes working a very stressful job a wee bit easier.

Anyway, back to the topic of books. I’m currently reading this week’s CWW pick alongside Annie Sullivan’s A Touch of Gold, and I got to say I’m enjoying the first few chapters of it I already finished.

37506437Darius doesn’t think he’ll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA.

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it’s pretty overwhelming–especially when he’s also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom’s family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything.

Sohrab makes sure people speak English so Darius can understand what’s going on. He gets Darius an Iranian National Football Team jersey that makes him feel like a True Persian for the first time. And he understand that sometimes, best friends don’t have to talk. Darius has never had a true friend before, but now he’s spending his days with Sohrab playing soccer, eating rosewater ice cream, and sitting together for hours in their special place, a rooftop overlooking the Yazdi skyline.

Sohrab calls him Darioush–the original Persian version of his name–and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab. When it’s time to go home to America, he’ll have to find a way to be Darioush on his own.

Darius the Great is Not Okay has been a funny read so far. I love Darius’ wit and sarcasm, and can’t wait to get to know his character more. This one is releasing at the end of this month, August 28, but I’ll try to write up a review for it once I finish it. Maybe this weekend? Not sure, but at the pace I’m going, I think I’m all good.

That’s it for me today. I hope all of you are doing fine this mid-week.

💗💗💗

Rachel

let's chat

What book/s are you excited for this week

First Line Fridays: “Carve the Mark” by Veronica Roth

First Line Fridays (feature photo)

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


Friday! At last!

The week has mostly been uneventful for me. It was very routinary – home, work then home again – but I welcome it especially after the craziness of July. I was able to finally get back to reading and am finally almost finished with Fiona Davis’ The Masterpiece, which I will try to review this Sunday if things go as planned. So today, for FLF, I picked one of the books on my TBR.

30117284

 

Hushflowers always bloomed when the night was longest. The whole city celebrated the day the bundle of petals peeled apart into rich red – partly because the hushflowers were their nation’s lifeblood, and partly, Akos thought, to keep them all from going crazy in the cold.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve had Carve the Mark for over a year now but I admit I waited for The Fates Divide to be released this year before putting it on my to-read schedule. I’m saving both books for my short holiday in December though so I can’t really tell you anything much about it aside from it being written in third person POV, which was kind of a surprise for me since the whole Divergent series (which I loved, except Allegiant for reasons I discussed in my review of the book way back 2013) were written in first person POV.

How about you guys, what are you reading today?

💗💗💗

Rachel

let's chat

Come and join in the fun. Visit Hoarding Books to see what other FLF bloggers has to share.

 

 

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “See All the Stars” by Kit Frick

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Young Adult has always been my comfort zone though, recently, I have found myself reading a variety of General Adult books. Not that I’m complaining but I have missed reading YA so I’m happy that I have a handful of YA books on my reading list this month, the first of these books is my pick for this week’s CWW.

32718970It’s hard to find the truth beneath the lies you tell yourself.

THEN They were four—Bex, Jenni, Ellory, Ret. Electric, headstrong young women; Ellory’s whole solar system.

NOW Ellory is alone, her once inseparable group of friends torn apart by secrets, deception, and a shocking incident that changed their lives forever.

THEN Lazy summer days. A party. A beautiful boy. Ellory met Matthias and fell into the beginning of a spectacular, bright love.

NOW Ellory returns to Pine Brook to navigate senior year after a two-month suspension and summer away—no boyfriend, no friends. No going back. Tormented by some and sought out by others, troubled by a mysterious note-writer who won’t let Ellory forget, and consumed by guilt over her not entirely innocent role in everything and everyone she’s lost, Ellory finds that even in the present, the past is everywhere.

The path forward isn’t a straight line. And moving on will mean sorting the truth from the lies—the lies Ellory has been telling herself.

See All the Stars is being billed as We Were Liars (which I read, loved and cried over) meets Goodbye Days (which I haven’t yet read but am interested in) so naturally this book intrigued me. I’m a little behind my reading schedule but I have this to read after I finish Fiona Davis’ The Masterpiece. 

See All the Stars releases on August 14.

💗💗💗

Rachel

let's chat

What book/s are you excited for this week?

First Line Fridays: “Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win” by Jo Piazza

First Line Fridays (feature photo)

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


Look who’s taking a quick break from work to post. Yeah, me! This week has been totally crazy busy and stressful. I expected it, but somehow I wasn’t still prepared enough for it. I actually almost forgot about FLF. Here I am though, with a post, so I consider that good.

My FLF today is from a book that discusses very relevant and timely issues.

36373310

 

 

 

Tell people one true thing before you tell them a lie. Then it will be easier for them to believe the lie.

 

 

 

 

 

I started this book late last week, but still have about 30% more to the end. I’m enjoying it though and I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish it this weekend.

Alright, that’s it for now.

💗💗💗

Rachel

let's chat

Come and join in the fun. Visit Hoarding Books to see what other FLF bloggers has to share.