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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Melokai (In the Heart of the Mountains #1) by Rosalyn Kelly || Friday 50/50: Book You Can/Can't Reread

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.



I've already shared the books I am currently reading, and one of the books doesn't have a cover yet. I requested a bunch of books close together on NetGalley not expecting to get approved for many of them, but I got approved for most of them. This is one of the books.  I hope to get to this book soon


Synopsis:
    Legendary warrior Ramya has successfully ruled as Melokai for longer than most. Prosperous, peaceful, and happy, her people love her. Or so she thinks.
    Ramya’s time is up. Bracing herself for the gruesome sentence imposed on all Melokais who have served their purpose, she hears instead a shocking prophecy.
    Is the abrupt appearance of a mysterious, eastern cave creature the prophesied danger? Or is it something darker, more evil? And what of the wolves? Will the ferocious war with their kind oust her from power?
    Suddenly Ramya must fight threats from all sides to save her mountain realm. But while her back is turned, a conspiracy within her inner circle is festering. Ramya and her female warriors must crush an epic rebellion before it can destroy her and devastate her beloved nation.
    She thinks it’s the end, but it’s just the beginning...



Book Beginning:
RAMYA
Ramya liked her tongue. She wasn't ready to give it up, not yet. The Melokai rolled it around her teeth, touched it to the roof of her mouth and brought it back down with a satisfying cluck.

My 56:
"You could've leapt across, flown, disappeared and reappeared. You chose the hardest option..." The magic said.
"Be quiet!" V snapped.







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50/50 Friday is a new weekly link-up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.

The wording for this is a little odd, So I am altering it a little.

Will Always Re-read
   I can always re-read Harry Potter. Any of the books, even the ones I don't like as much.

Never Again.
   There are a couple. Actually, there are about 10 books I will never even look at again. I can't think of one in particular off the top of my head.


Cover Reveal: Beginnings by J.O Mantel


Today we have the cover reveal for J. O Mantel’s BEGINNINGS! Check out the gorgeous cover and be sure to pre-order your copy today!


Title: BeginningsAuthor: J. O MantelGenre: Contemporary RomanceRelease Day: May 17th

About Beginnings:

Ashford Tanner. 

Handsome, and with a burgeoning career in law, Ash has the world at his feet and his relentless drive and ambition are finally paying off. But, dealing with an overbearing and demanding employer can be challenging, even for a man like Ash, especially when trying to juggle work and a relationship. When a multi-million dollar case forces Ash and his boss to Paris for an indefinite stay, his entire life is turned upside down.

Gabriela Devereaux. 

In Paris, Ash finally meets his match. Gabriela is the epitome of grace and femininity and he is instantly awed by her unparalleled beauty. A tragic accident and an unexpected encounter will bring shockwaves to Ash and his new love. Will he get a second chance at happiness?

   

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About the Author:


J.O Mantel was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. As a child, J.O loved reading and his favourite authors include, Roald Dahl, Robin Klein, and Morris Gleitzman. J.O began writing in 2016 and released his first novel, First Crush in the Dark Falkon Series that same year. J.O lives a quiet life on a rural property in Melbourne's Northern Suburbs. While writing part-time, J.O also works as a full-time retail manager.  

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Disliked but Am Really Glad I Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish,
And has recently moved to That Artsy Reader Girl's site. 
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

Technically, this is 17 books. 


Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer - I did not hate Twilight, but I didn't really like it either. It took 2.5 books for anything remotely exciting to happen, then the last third of the last book was boring as well with a very underwhelming ending. But this series did introduce me to the world of YA, and that lead to me finding so many books and series that I do love.

Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver and Divergent Series by Veronica Roth - I read both of these shortly after reading The Hunger Games when I was on a wave of reading Dystopian books. While I loved the first book in both series, and the second book in the Divergent series, both of these books had very weak third books that kind of ruined the whole series for me. These books showed me a "what not to do" for writing, as some of the choices made have high probability of killing a series. Although I have to say that the Delirium series was weaker, the second book was just not good at all in my opinion. Very odd writing choices.


You by Caroline Kepnes - Now, this is the only one that I didn't hate. It just scared me, because I am a wuss. Ha. But I am glad that I (attempted to) read so far outside my comfort zone. This was the first Thriller I had ever read. And it was very well written, with great and realistic characters, but alas it was too real for me.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

My Name in TBR Books Tag

Saw this tag on Lauren @ Always Me, she tagged everybody who hadn't done it that wanted to. She has a great blog, so you should hop over there.
I'm in a bit of a reading slump, so here I am, doing a tag.
I'm going with the "want-to-read" shelf from my Goodreads, rather than books I own that I plan on reading, more options, and a higher chance there will be books for each letter of my name.

MARIE



- I'll need to read Rose Society first, and I might need to re-read the first book, or at the very least my review, before reading this. But I really want to finish this series.

A - I've only read the first book in The Dresden Files, and it's been years. This series sounds slightly more interesting to me. 

R - I love Marissa Meyer's writing. And I have been so excited for this book since I first heard about it.

I - This book sounds so interesting, and I love the cover. I'm hoping that I can either find a good deal on this, or it shows up in my library.


E - I read the first book around when it came out, I got it from NetGalley, and I just haven't gotten around to reading this one yet. I remember really enjoying the first book.



So, going with Lauren and not knowing who's done this, I tag anyone that wants to do this tag. Even if you have done it, depending on how long ago, the books will be different.
Happy Weekend!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Friday 56 and Book Beginning: The Machine Crusade (Legends of Dune #2) by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson || Friday 50/50: Series on Your TBR You'll Keep/Get Rid Of

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.



My husband has been trying to get me to read these books since I met him (Almost 12 years). As I am not the biggest fan of Sci-fi I have been reluctant. But he finally convinced me and told me this is a good one to start with. I wonder how it will go, I do hope that I like it.

Synopsis:
    More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in The Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against thinking robots has ground on for years, but the forces led by Serena Butler and Irbis Ginjo have made only slight gains; the human worlds grow weary of war, of the bloody, inconclusive swing from victory to defeat.
    The fearsome cymeks, led by Agamemnon, hatch new plots to regain their lost power from Omnius--as their numbers dwindle and time begins to run out. The fighters of Ginaz, led by Jool Noret, forge themselves into an elite warrior class, a weapon against the machine-dominated worlds. Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva are on the verge of the most important discovery in human history-a way to "fold" space and travel instantaneously to any place in the galaxy.
    And on the faraway, nearly worthless planet of Arrakis, Selim Wormrider and his band of outlaws take the first steps to making themselves the feared fighters who will change the course of history: the Fremen.



Book Beginning:
Prologue
Historians do not agree on the messages carried in detritus of the long-ago past.

My 56:
"What have you done?" Vergyl cried, his voice rough. "You fools, what have you done?"











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50/50 Friday is a new weekly link-up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.


I haven't done a TBR cull in a while. I tend to read the books that I own, the physical ones anyway. There are a number of eBooks that I have downloaded because they were free, some of them entire series. I haven't really looked into what they are about yet, I just read the title and a bit of the synopsis and thought "that sounds interesting, and hey, it's free!"

I do know that I feel reluctant to finish Throne of Glass, even though I still want to know how it all ends. I just don't want to read Chaol's book to do it. By the end of Queen of Shadows, I wasn't overly fond of his character, and I don't want to read a 400+ page book centered on him.
I might borrow it from the library. I don't like not finishing series I'm invested in. I didn't continue the Red Queen series after book one, but that was years ago.

I do need to go through my "want to read" list on Goodreads and remove books that I've lost interest in reading.