First Lines Friday (1/17/20)

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Hello Lovely Readers!

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?

  • 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!

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“War is not the story of generals, or even kings.
The sniper learned this long ago, that it is the smallest and most forgotten–by the ink headlines, by the march of history–who comprise its greatest ranks.”

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The book is….

 

 

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I had the opportunity to read the first book in this series as an arc last year and now again with the sequel. These first two lines are super gripping! I can’t wait to start it this month.

Have you read this book or any by this author?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Book Review: Fae Hunter (Tangled Fae #1) by Sarah K.L. Wilson

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48195305._SX318_.jpgTitle: Fae Hunter (Tangled Fae #1)
Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: January 7th, 2020

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“Can one mortal take on all of Faerieland?
From USA Today bestselling author Sarah K. L. Wilson comes a deliciously trope-filled young adult romantic fantasy about a viciously humorous mortal girl and her quest to hunt, trap, and conquer powerful fae.
Our lives are nursery rhymes and faerie stories now, Allie.

When Allie Hunter’s twin sister steps through a magic circle into the Faerie realm, she opens the door to deadly fae, bent on causing havoc and harm to Allie’s village.
Rendered blind to all but the spirit world, Allie is frustrated and angry but determined to bring the fae down. No matter what that might cost her.
But in a world where lies are truth, power is sustenance, and every action ripples into violence, how can one mortal stop all of Faerieland?

For lovers of The Cruel Prince and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a world of violent fae royals, trickery, and magic. Grab the first book of this hot new series today! (Goodreads)

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I started another series by this author last year and when I found out she was writing a book about fae, I was sold! No questions asked, just give it to me.

Although I love fae, I don’t like all books about them. I wasn’t a fan of The Cruel Prince series but Acotar is my life. Of course, all books with fae are quite different. The fae in this book are deadly predators who love trickery. They are more beautiful than anything you have ever laid eyes on. From the beginning where they were described, I knew this was going to be good.

“I’ve heard every Faerie story there is. And I plan on ruining them all.”

Allie’s sister has been taken and she will stop at nothing to get her back. Little does she know that things will get much worse for her. Honestly, she stayed strong through it all. No freak outs. I would have had a ton!

One of the issues she faces is going blind. Not completely blind as she can see the spirit world, like the fae who lurk around her village. I loved this aspect and thought that it was really cool.

Allie is also quite outspoken and can’t be rather sassy. She had me laughing multiple times.

“I’ll remember that,” I said gravely. No one liked a smug goat, either and yet Heldra was still alive.”

Another interesting thing was how her friend, Olen Chanter a bard, could play music that helped guard them from the wicked creatures. I have never seen a bard used in that way before besides in video games. Go bards!

“The music keeps them back – the Fair Folk. It blinds them – almost like our own kind of glamor. What my father and I do is like guard work. We’re guarding all of you against the Shining Ones. Against the spirit world.”

Let me tell you what I really loved, the cat and mouse games between Allie and Scouvrel. Oh man! It had me giddy.

“I think you mistake how much power you have, little Faerie. You are the one in my cage.”

I’m looking forward to book two and can’t wait to see what the fae and their world have in store for us mortal beings.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

 

 

Mini Book Review: Nordic Tales

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43387395._SX318_Title: Nordic Tales: Folktales from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark
Author: Chronicle Books, Ulla Thynell (Illustrator)
Genre: Fantasy/Mythology/Short Stories
Publication Date: August 13th, 2019

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“Trolls haunt the snowy forests, and terrifying monsters roam the open sea.

A young woman journeys to the end of the world, and a boy proves he knows no fear.

This collection of 16 traditional tales transports readers to the enchanting world of Nordic folklore. Translated and transcribed by folklorists in the 19th century, and presented here unabridged, the stories are by turns magical, hilarious, cozy, and chilling. They offer a fascinating view into Nordic culture and a comforting wintertime read. Ulla Thynell’s glowing contemporary illustrations accompany each tale, conjuring dragons, princesses, and the northern lights.” (Goodreads)

reviewheaderI love a good folktale every now and again. I love reading ones from different countries because they are all so unique when it comes to the characters even if the plots can sometimes be the same. I saw this one offered as an ebook from my library and knew that I needed to read it. Although it took a few weeks for it to come in I am glad I took a chance with it.

My favorite thing about folktales is the lessons we can learn from them. There was always a reason for sharing these stories and it makes me want to read them to my daughter.

I think the story I enjoyed the most was the beginning one because it was very captivating and follows the age old, “don’t judge a book by its cover”. It was a well thought out tale. It is one that grabs your attention and so its a good thing it was at the beginning!

Overall, if you are a fan of folktales then I would suggest checking out this collection!

 

E-Arc Review: Highfire

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44890077._SY475_Title: Highfire
Author: Eoin Colfer
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publication date: January 28th, 2020

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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“In the days of yore, he flew the skies and scorched angry mobs—now he hides from swamp tour boats and rises only with the greatest reluctance from his Laz-Z-Boy recliner. Laying low in the bayou, this once-magnificent fire breather has been reduced to lighting Marlboros with nose sparks, swilling Absolut in a Flashdance T-shirt, and binging Netflix in a fishing shack. For centuries, he struck fear in hearts far and wide as Wyvern, Lord Highfire of the Highfire Eyrie—now he goes by Vern. However…he has survived, unlike the rest. He is the last of his kind, the last dragon. Still, no amount of vodka can drown the loneliness in his molten core. Vern’s glory days are long gone. Or are they?

A canny Cajun swamp rat, young Everett “Squib” Moreau does what he can to survive, trying not to break the heart of his saintly single mother. He’s finally decided to work for a shady smuggler—but on his first night, he witnesses his boss murdered by a crooked constable.

Regence Hooke is not just a dirty cop, he’s a despicable human being—who happens to want Squib’s momma in the worst way. When Hooke goes after his hidden witness with a grenade launcher, Squib finds himself airlifted from certain death by…a dragon?

The swamp can make strange bedfellows, and rather than be fried alive so the dragon can keep his secret, Squib strikes a deal with the scaly apex predator. He can act as his go-between (aka familiar)—fetch his vodka, keep him company, etc.—in exchange for protection from Hooke. Soon the three of them are careening headlong toward a combustible confrontation. There’s about to be a fiery reckoning, in which either dragons finally go extinct—or Vern’s glory days are back.” (Goodreads)

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I was excited to be approved for this title. I did request it on a whim because the synopsis was just out of this world weird. I really didn’t know what to expect when picking this up to start. Although it sounded good, I had a hard time enjoying it. Not because there was anything wrong with it but because I just don’t think it was suited for me.

This book has multiple point-of-views that aren’t always separated by chapters. It wasn’t hard to follow along as it was all in third person. It made it easy to distinguish the views. Even with this, it was still hard to feel a connection to the characters. Maybe part of it was not finding most of the things they said funny. I also didn’t care for all the language that was used. I know this won’t bother others and that’s fine. I can deal with a word every now and again but each page had more than a few. I guess I should have known and it would have made me less inclined to request it.

Although the plot is unique in the way it portrays a dragon, I didn’t find myself enjoying reading about him. For the most part, he acted more human. The plot twists weren’t surprising and the action was just okay. It’s not that there wasn’t a lot of action but it did take a bit to get to. The book is definitely slower paced.

If it wasn’t for the fact it was an arc, I definitely would have dnfed this one. Again, I don’t think there is anything wrong with the book per say, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

 

WWW Wednesday (1/15/20)

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Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently Reading:

I just started All the Pretty Things by Emily Arsenault. It is an arc that I have which comes out in March.

I am also listening to Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian. It’s alright but it’s just not really grasping me.

Recently Finished:

I recently finished Of Dragons and Fae: Is a Fairy Tale Ending Possible for the Princess’s Hairstylist? by Tsukasa Mikuni. It was okay but I didn’t like the writing style.

I also finished Silverworld Diana Abu-Jaber, which was good but it just didn’t stick with me, you know?

 

Reading Next:

I will be continuing again with the Twilight Saga and listening to Eclipse since it came into the library. My next read will probably be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Back onto that backlist life after reading two arcs!

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What is your current read? Are you loving it? Have you read or want to read any that I have listed? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Mini Book Review: Night Flights

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37825522._SY475_.jpgTitle: Night Flights (Mortal Engines Quartet #0.5)
Author: Philip Reeves
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Steampunk
Publication date: August 28th, 2018

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“In a dangerous future world where gigantic, motorized cities attack and devour each other, London hunts where no other predator dares. But Anna Fang — pilot, adventurer, spy — isn’t afraid.

The three stories show gripping, moving, exciting moments in Anna Fang’s life: her childhood as a slave aboard the moving city Arkangel, a showdown against a robotic Stalker that is terrifyingly out of control, and her free life as an intelligence agent for the Anti-Traction league …” (Goodreads)

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I finished the Mortal Engines Quartet last year and really enjoyed each book. All of my reviews can be found on here and Goodreads if you are interested.

I’m not sure why I pushed off reading the these short stories about Anna Fang as she was one of my favorite characters with little background. The short stories were enjoyable to read but my favorite was the first one about how she escaped being a slave and stole a ship to be free. Her background is sad but it made her who she was and that is the driving force for all her decisions in these short stories as well as the quartet.

This book also has illustrations included for each chapter and they are gorgeous! It also showed what a stalker looked like (it’s a robot/human hybrid) and honestly, it was more terrifying than what I had pictured in my head, haha.

Overall, it was a great read full of adventure and finding out what Anna Fang is all about!

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019

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Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

I’m not sure what I am going to put for this one because I feel like I have said it all when it comes to authors or debut novels. Maybe I’ll talk about genres because I haven’t done that and it has definitely changed!

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1.) Romance

I wasn’t big on this because well, I’m a prude. I don’t read them for the sexiness because it makes me cringe and laugh. I hated them in Acotar and I hate them in any book. It’s just not my prerogative. I read romance because sometimes you just want a feel good love story that makes your heart skip and gives you all the butterflies.

2.) Mystery/Thrillers

At the beginning of the year I was getting burnt out by Fantasy and I think that is what caused a lot of my reading slumps. I read one mystery/thriller and became hooked! I am excited to venture out more and check out others that aren’t YA this year.

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What is something you discovered in 2019?
-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)