First Line Friday: Crave by Tracy Wolff

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Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

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Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

 

(Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads, images borrowed from Amazon)

Author : Tracy Wolff ~ Release Date : April 7, 2020 ~ Publusher : Entangled Teen Books

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If You’re Not Living on the Edge, You’re Taking Up Too Much Space
I stand at the outer tarmac door staring at the plane I am about to get on and try my hardest not to freak the f out.
It’s easier said than done.

92517109_241311583686872_190515974632374272_nI am pulling out the first line from Tracy Wolff’s new YA paranormal novel Crave today, partly because I am curious about it, mostly because I have been seeing it everywhere for weeks now. I did read on through the first three chapters (4, including “chapter 0”) of the sample offered and here are my initial impressions:

  • The cover is so Twilight-like I almost can’t get over it. I liked Twilight when I read it several years ago, but then when I tried to re-read it, I couldn’t get into it. So I am trying to not cover judge, I just don’t get why we can’t use our imaginations anymore?
  • The writing is from a very blunt and sarcastic character point of view. To me, this makes the sentences feel shorter and often more shallow. Thus far the chapters are pretty short which leads me to my next point of…
  • I do love witty chapter titles and this book definitely has them! According to Goodreads, the book is 592 pages long so that’s pretty giant. However, it seems like the writing is pretty humorous and light.

Keep in mind, I have not read far into this book, my opinions are my own, and I have only read and quoted from a free sampler. I do love a good vampire tale though! Please feel free to share your thoughts if you’ve read it! Or any updates on your Covid? Stay safe, and read on!

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First Line Friday : Bone Crier’s Moon

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Bone Criers are the last descendants of an ancient famille charged with using the magic they draw from animal bones to shepherd the dead into the afterlife—lest they drain the light from the living.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become their matriarch, but first she must complete her rite of passage: to kill the boy she’s destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Now his vengeance must wait, as Ailesse’s ritual has begun and their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Author : Kathryn Purdie ~ Release Date : March 3, 2020 ~ Publusher : Katherine Tegen Books

Its a good day for shark hunting. At least that’s what Ailesse keeps telling me.

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Have you read this? Do you recommend it, or is it on your TBR?

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First Line Friday: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

“The train rattles as it moves beneath the city. Shadows rush past the windows, little more than streaks of movement, dark on dark. I can feel the ebb and flow of the Veil, the drumbeat of ghosts on every side.”

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39352771._sy475_Title: Tunnel of Bones (Cassidy Blake #2)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Page Count: 304 pages, hardcover
Release Date: 9/3/19
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Paranormal

Not the most exciting of first lines I have ever read, but I had to feature this book this week because this is book #2 in Schwab’s Cassidy Blake series. Book 1, City of Ghosts, was one of my favorite reads of 2018. I loved the setting, the characters and the plot. It checked all of my boxes. So now that this book has been released, I am absolutely ready for it! Thus far, its getting great reviews but the jury is still out so we’ll see. I will post my own review once I get to reading it. Stay tuned!

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First Line Friday: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

First line: “Joost had two problems: the moon and his moustache.”

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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If you read and follow the YA book world at all, you know that Leigh Bardugo is releasing the first book about our foxy hero, Nikolai, in just four days. Fans of the Grishaverse have been counting down for months, years even, for King of Scars release day to arrive. Queen Bardugo has been giving us little Twitter hints that this book will take place after the events of both the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duolgy so here I am, scrambling to read them in just a couple of days. But I’m not mad….rather, I am so excited! I am here for this! Bring it on, Bardugo!

First Line Friday: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

First line: “It was late winter in northern Rus’, the air sullen with wet that was neither rain nor snow.”

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At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind–she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

40004709After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed–this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales. [from Goodreads]

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The Bear and the Nightengale by Katherine Arden is my current read and I have heard many good things about this one. I am about 25% into it and so far its a little slow, but I do like the wintery vibes, and there’s always something about Russian folklore that is so mystical and special to me. I have always enjoyed Russian music, history, and poetry, so I am eager to see if the book lives up to the hype around it.

How about you – have you read this book? What did you think? What other books do you feel have a strong winter vibe?

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Blogmas 28: First Line Friday – Verity by CoHo

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First line: “I hear the crack of his skull before the spattering of blood reaches me.”

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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her. (from Goodreads)

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Does any of the above sound like the Colleen Hoover we have read before? NO. Am I upset about that? Not at all! Not that I ever wanted anything different from her, but WHOA. Contemporary romance guru Colleen Hoover has made me laugh and cry and love and ache so many times, and now she’s going to give me goosebumps. I am beyond excited! I am planning on this being a January read for sure. It isn’t very long, and it sounds so good. Typically I listen to her books, but I think this one I will read with my own two eyes.

What do you think–sound like a worth-while adventure? Have you read this one yet? Or will you be skipping it?

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Blogmas 21: First Line Friday – Mr. Dickens & His Carol

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First line(s): “On that unseasonably warm November day at One Devonshire Terrace, Christmas was not in his head at all.”

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34275234For Charles Dickens, each Christmas has been better than the last. His novels are literary blockbusters, and he is famous on the streets of London, where avid fans sneak up on him to snip off pieces of his hair. He and his wife have five happy children, a sixth on the way, and a home filled with every comfort they could imagine. But when Dickens’ newest book is a flop, the glorious life he has built for himself threatens to collapse around him. His publishers offer an ultimatum: either he writes a Christmas book in a month, or they will call in his debts, and he could lose everything. Grudgingly, he accepts, but with relatives hounding him for loans, his wife and children planning an excessively lavish holiday party, and jealous critics going in for the kill, he is hardly feeling the Christmas spirit.

Increasingly frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace and inspiration in London itself, his great palace of thinking. And on one of his long walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets a young woman in a purple cloak, who might be just the muse he needs. Eleanor Lovejoy and her young son, Timothy, propel Dickens on a Scrooge-like journey through his Christmases past and present—but with time running out, will he find the perfect new story to save him?

In prose laced with humor, sumptuous Victorian detail, and charming winks to A Christmas Carol, Samantha Silva breathes new life into an adored classic. Perfect for fans of Dickens, for readers of immersive historical fiction, and for anyone looking for a dose of Christmas cheer, Mr. Dickens and His Carol is destined to become a perennial holiday favorite. (from Goodreads)

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I am currently almost halfway through this book and so far it is a pretty charming read. It is certainly not action-packed, but I’m just curious about how things will play out and captivated by the setting and by Dickens himself. I am glad I chose this for my holiday read this year and I can’t wait to see how A Christmas Carol forms in Dickens’ mind!

Have you read this book? Do you know much about the real Dickens? Please share!

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Blogmas Day 7: First Line Friday!

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This is a new type of post for me, but I love it. First lines can either be really catchy, or just meh. I am so excited to begin tracking first lines here on my blog! If you’d like to jump in and track your own, this meme is hosted by Hoarding Books so I hereby invite you to share the fun, or share your latest link with us!


First line(s): “Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.”

47579318_338876880176649_1344974544955244544_nA Christmas Carol is an absolute classic, am I right? I have read it once before and I was so amazed at the perfection of this piece of literature. If you haven’t picked up this one before, its an absolute MUST. And if that first line doesn’t make you want to read more, then I just don’t know what to tell you. Imagine reading this for the first time right after publication; before if ever became the sensation it is now. Who is Marley? How and why is he dead? What the heck am I reading?! These days, we all know the story. We know exactly who Jacob Marley is and what Scrooge has in store for him, but back then this could have been quite suspenseful! Scrooge adventures through Christmases past, present, and future with these ghosts to ultimately learn an important life lesson.

Have you read A Christmas Carol? Which movie version is your favorite? (I love Jim Carrey’s version!)

Soundtrack: “Silent Night” — Josh Groban

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