First Line Fridays: “The Warrior Maiden” by Melanie Dickerson

First Line Fridays (feature photo)

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


Happy Friday! I hope all of you are doing well. Today I’m going to be featuring the first couple of lines from a book I recently finished.

The Warrior Maiden - Melanie Dickerson

Galloping her horse past the big oak tree, Mulan pulled the bowstring with one eye closed and sent the arrow flying toward the target. It struck the tree but missed the knothole.


“Don’t shoot behind you!” Andrei flailed his skinny arms. “Keep the target in front of you.” Shooting from a moving horse was much more difficult than when standing still, but she was improving. At least she’d escaped, for the moment, the cooking and cleaning chores. And practicing war skills kept her from facing the uncertain future – and her mother’s grief. Her stomach churned.

 

I enjoyed this Mulan re-telling and how the author incorporated it into her Hagenheim series. This is my first Melanie Dickerson book and I must admit it piqued my interest, makes me want to check out the rest of the books from this series.

The Warrior Maiden releases on February 5. I’m part of The Fantastic Flying Book Club‘s blog tour for this lovely book. Check out the blog schedule below and check out the rest of the participating book bloggers.

The Warrior Maiden blog tour banner

January 30th

January 31st

A Backwards Story – Review
Book Briefs – Review

February 1st

Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review + Favourite Quotes
Mythical Books – Review
Susan Heim on Writing – Promotional Post

February 2nd

Curiouser & Curiouser – Interview
Life at 17 – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Dream Cast + Playlist
808bookdr – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 3rd

The Book Raven – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes
Heidi Reads… – Review
Savings in Seconds – Review + Favourite Quotes
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post

February 4th

Fyrekatz Blog – Review
Hauntedbybook – Review + Favourite Quotes
100 Pages A Day – Review

February 5th

Oh Hey! Books. – Guest Post
In Between Book Pages – Review + Favourite Quotes
the Bibliophagist – Review + Favourite Quotes
🍂 🍂 🍂 🍂 🍂
Stay safe and keep yourselves healthy!

💗💗💗

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.

Review: “A Touch of Gold” by Annie Sullivan

36575823Title: A Touch of Gold

Author: Annie Sullivan

Publisher: Blink/HarperCollins Christian Publishing

Publication Date: August 14, 2018

Rating:

Get it: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Books-a-Million

(Digital ARC graciously provided by the publisher via Edelweiss)

 

 

The story about King Midas’ golden touch was one of the most memorable stories I’ve learned when I was a child. It was a warning against greed and its consequences when you let it take over you. The end of King Midas’ story was pretty much a done deal, one where you could easily imagine him living a happy and contented life with his daughter after having learned his lesson.

Annie Sullivan, however, breaks open that ending to bring forth an entertaining expansion of the old tale in her debut novel A Touch of Gold.

King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.

Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.

Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?

I had a hard time deciding what I really think and feel about this book. I did like it – the thought of a book about King Midas’ daughter was an intriguing concept – but somehow it just missed the mark and settled for ‘good’ instead of ‘great.’

A Touch of Gold continues King Midas’ story, putting his daughter, Princess Kora, at the center of things in a creatively expanded world built upon the original myth. Featuring cursed royals, pirates, sirens, a quest to retrieve stolen treasures, deception and betrayal, the book is an adventurous, twisty read.

It starts out strong, opening the story with an attention-grabbing prologue. It has me eating it up. Then, the problems started to trickle in. The first half of the story moved too slowly especially for a standalone.

The story’s secondary characters, meanwhile, annoyed and bothered me. Hettie, Kora’s cousin, got on my nerves. She made getting into the already dragged out first part even harder with all her whinnying and complaining. I seriously wanted to reach into the story and hit her with a pillow (or something). The insta-love between Kora and Aris, the Duke of Wystlinos quickly made me wary, though, this one I understand for reasons I will later explain.

Still, I powered through, and was rewarded when I reached the last half.

Action-filled and twisty up to the end, the last half of this book definitely held the story’s most interesting parts. Pirates! Sea adventure! Fighting off sirens intent to drown you! Who could resist those?!? I definitely couldn’t. Even this, though I enjoyed it, is a little bit problematic. It was rushed and predictable. There were key parts that could have been explored better, like Aris’ betrayal and the immediate shift of Kora’s affection from Aris to Royce.

One thing I can’t fault this book for, though, is Kora’s character growth. Cloistered inside her father’s palace, only getting glimpses of the outside world through her books, Kora has grown full of fear and insecurity. She is scared of hurting people with her strange growing powers, scared of scaring other people away, and, most especially, she is scared of herself. Just like her father, she has let the curse define her and this is a blow to her self-worth, so when someone, a stranger practically, comes around and tells her all these nice things, she falls for it and later pays the price for her naivety.

But she admits her mistakes and, more, she learns from them. Kora starts to trust herself bit by bit as her quest to retrieve her father’s gold progressed, and by the end of the book, she willingly accepts the challenge of becoming the princess her kingdom needs her to be – a capable ruler who has her own agency.

Overall, A Touch of Gold was an interesting and enjoyable read so full of action and adventure. It just wasn’t compelling or engaging enough for me. I’d still recommend you guys give this a try especially if you’re craving for a pirate story with a bit of magic.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “A Touch of Gold” by Annie Sullivan

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 Wednesday’s featured book is one I’m really, really super-duper excited to read.

36575823Gold is wealth. Wealth is power. Power is a curse.

King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.

Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.

Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?

Don’t you just find that blurb interesting? We all know about King Midas and how he learned his story. Now, it’s his daughter’s turn. That last line in the blurb just totally ups up the intrigue (and makes me nervous at the same time 😥😥😥) “Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?”

I have an ARC of this book but just can’t get to it yet since I have to finish up with my July review copies first. I only have two books left from my July pile though so I can start reading this very soon.

A Touch of Gold releases August 14 under Blink. Add it to your TBR on Goodreads.

💗💗💗’

Rachel

let's chat

What book/s are you excited for this week?