First Lines Fridays: December 15

 

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  I’m using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next. Follow the rules below:

Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.

Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.

Finally… reveal the book!

So here it is:

Richard Gansey III had forgotten how many times he had been told he was destined for greatness

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

Any idea?  Continue reading

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Books Released This Week: December 11 – 17 2017

Hey everyone! Not that many releases this week, which is probably good considering I’ve tapped out my book buying budget for the month. With the holidays I’ve been spending a bit more than I should, will just have to work on saving as one of my resolutions. Anyway, let me know if there are any releases you’re excited for this week (or upcoming) in the comments!

The Truth Beneath the Lies by Amanda Searcy
Published December 12, 2017 by Delacorte Press

Fight or Flight.

All Kayla Asher wants to do is run. Run from the government housing complex she calls home. Run from her unstable mother. Run from a desperate job at No Limit Foods. Run to a better, cleaner, safer life. Every day is one day closer to leaving.

All Betsy Hopewell wants to do is survive. Survive the burner phone hidden under her bed. Survive her new rules. Survive a new school with new classmates. Survive being watched. Every minute grants her another moment of life.

But when fate brings Kayla and Betsy together, only one girl will live.

Freed by Flame and Storm (Bound by Blood and Sand #2) by Becky Allen
Published December 12th 2017 by Delacorte Press

Revolution is nigh, and one seventeen-year-old girl stands at the head of it all.

Jae used to be a slave, laboring with the rest of her people under a curse that forced her to obey any order she was given. At seventeen, she found the source of her people’s lost magic and became the only person to break free—ever. Now she wants to use her power to free the rest of her people, but the ruling class will do anything to stop her.

Jae knows that breaking the curse on her people would cause widespread chaos, even unimaginable violence between the castes, and her caste would likely see the worst of it. Many would die. But to let them remain shackled is to doom them to continue living without free will.

How is one girl, raised a slave and never taught to wield power, supposed to decide the fate of a nation?

Let me know your most anticipated release in the comments!

My Winter Reading Recommendations

Hey ya’ll. So I got my first snowfall this weekend, which in my book means it’s officially winter. So to get in the mood, I’ve put together of my winter reading recs—books that just scream snow, and fireplaces, and hot chocolate to me. Let me know if you have any seasonal reads in the comments!

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

This book is just so haunting and beautiful. I felt transported when reading it. We’ve gotten a lot of retellings lately, but this one’s unique because it’s a retelling of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market” poem. Part set in historic Germany—amid a chilling winter landscape—and part set in the mysterious Goblin kingdom, Wintersong is perfect for a snowy day. You can read my full review here.

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

This Beauty and the Beast retelling is everything you need this winter. The seasons are changing and winter is coming when Yeva must set out into the unknown woods after her father has disappeared half in a craze about a wild beast. Sans talking furniture, this retelling features a dilapidated old castle, a torn beast, and a heroine filled with fire and wanting. Read my full review here.

My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

This anthology screams the holidays. With twelve different short stories following twelve different love stories, this is the perfect short and sweet read. Like nothing will get you in the holiday spirit more.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Okay, so I highly suggest reading this any time of year—especially since contemporaries usually are summer read for me. But this book includes adorable Christmas cookie baking and a dramatic holiday party. Like honestly, just go read it. And check out my full review here. Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Fireblood

Like usual, I stayed up way way way too late last night and am paying for it this morning. Not the best way to start the week. But I’m just going to try my best to power through. But I have some exciting stuff coming up this week to look forward to anyway. My boyfriend is temporarily moving in for a couple days sometime this week, before for real/permanently moving in after the holidays. So that’ll be fun. And I have some holiday parties coming up. The quote this week is from Elly Blake’s Fireblood, and I absolutely love this series. Let me know what you need motivation for this week in the comments!

“You are a flame…and fire can either be free or it will be smothered.”

First Lines Fridays: December 8

 

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  I’m using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next. Follow the rules below:

Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.

Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.

Finally… reveal the book!

So here it is:

Had Miss Lydia Whitefiled of Roseberry Hall been of a skittish nature, the sound of a rapidly approaching carriage would have caused considerable anxiety.

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

Any idea?  Continue reading

Reverse Harem: My New Guilty Pleasure & Reading Recs

I’ve wanted to let ya’ll know about a recent guilty pleasure of mine—reverse harem. I’ve been reading a TON of reverse harem novels lately and just can’t put them down.

Reverse harem (also known as RH) isn’t super widely known, I didn’t know what it was until recently, so just an explanation; reverse harem is when there is one female protagonist with three or more male leads/romantic interests.

From my experience, RH is mostly new adult to adult (meaning more mature language, situation, and sex scenes), and this isn’t like a love triangle. The protagonist loves all of her men equally and they all love, protect, and cater to her; usually the guys are all friends or become friends as well.

It’s a bit different and a concept that can get judged super quickly and easily—and like yeah there are some bad and just trashy ones out there,  but when done right a reverse harem can be super sweet, funny, and sexy.

I’ve been reading mostly paranormal or fantasy RH, it definitely makes it easier to suspend disbelief and accept the whole multiple interests/mates aspect, with a couple contemporaries thrown in. And I just wanted to give ya’ll a rundown of some of my favorites that are definitely worth giving a try.

Trying to Live With the Dead (The Veil Diaries #1) by B.L. Brunnemer

This is definitely the book to ease yourself into reverse harem with. It’s more young adult, and friendship based (at least so far in the series). Alexis is your totally average 17-year-old girl…except she can see and talk to the dead, and help them move on. The dead always seem to find her, which is an issue when she moves in with her uncle and heads off to a new school. But when an evil ghost lurking around the school refuses to leave her alone, Alexis has to decide if she should tell her friends—five insanely hot guys who’ve basically adopted her—or continue keeping her abilities a secret. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Things I’m A Grinch About

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five bookish things you’re a Grinch about. We’re keeping it light, so less serious, more of just petty bookish things you hate. Let me know your top five in the comments!

1. The love triangle

I know we’re all over this one, but it still keeps popping up over and over again. It’s just disappointing because really the triangle part never seems to make sense because one of the guys (or girls, but a lot less common) is usually the good choice everyone is rooting for and the other is eh. And honestly one of the love interests always ends up underdeveloped because who has time for a character that’s obviously not who she’s gonna end up with.

The only time this has worked for me, and maybe this is less triangle-y and more post-breakup, is in series where x couple is introduced in book one, but then have issues and “break-up” and the character ends up being with someone who was in the first book but wasn’t shown as a love interest—aka the Shatter Me and ACOTAR series. Continue reading

Books on My Christmas List

Guys the holiday season is here! Okay, really I’ve been celebrating since November 1st, but so what. Despite hating the cold, this is one of my favorite times of year—giving gifts, the movies, music, décor, and just overall spirit. I know it’s also blogmas, and while I’m not going to be doing daily blogmas posts throughout December, keep your eyes open for some holiday themed ones.

Today I’m talking about books that are on my Christmas wish list. Pretty self-explanatory. I honestly don’t exchange presents with that many people—mom, dad, grandparents, boyfriend, and my friends do a secret Santa—so I don’t expect to really get any of these (because like no one from that list besides my boyfriend would probably get me a book). I’ll honestly probably do some post-Christmas self-gifting. Because treat yourself.

Anyway, let me know what books you’re hoping end up under your tree come the holidays!

    

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I love all of John Green’s other books and was super excited when I heard about this long-waited for new release. But you know just cause of money and a bunch of other release I’ve wanted I have yet to pick it up. Santa? Continue reading