First Lines Friday (6/11/21)

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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“Aleja was a girl so hungry for adventure that sometimes she found herself in strange places.”

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I have seen reviews for this before on here and when you add in the gorgeous cover it’s an obvious add-to-tbr book! I am hoping to get to it this month and the first lines definitely have me ready to start!

Have you read this book?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Radar (6/1/21)

Hello 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.

Today’s prompt is a freebie so I am going with Books On My Radar. The books listed are ones that have been recently added to my tbr and I can’t wait to learn more about! Maybe you will find some books to add to your tbr too, haha.

1.) She Who Rides the Storm by Caitlin Sangster

In this atmospheric YA fantasy that is Wicked Saints meets There Will Come a Darkness, four teens are drawn into a high-stakes heist in the perilous tomb of an ancient shapeshifter king.

Long ago, shapeshifting monsters ruled the Commonwealth using blasphemous magic that fed on the souls of their subjects. Now, hundreds of years later, a new tomb has been uncovered, and despite the legends that disturbing a shapeshifter’s final resting place will wake them once again, the Warlord is determined to dig it up.

But it isn’t just the Warlord who means to brave the traps and pitfalls guarding the crypt.

A healer obsessed with tracking down the man who murdered her twin brother.

A runaway member of the Warlord’s Devoted order, haunted by his sister’s ghost.

A snotty archaeologist bent on finding the cure to his magical wasting disease.

A girl desperate to escape the cloistered life she didn’t choose.

All four are out to steal the same cursed sword rumored to be at the very bottom of the tomb. But of course, some treasures should never see the light of day, and some secrets are best left buried…” (Goodreads)

2.) Luminous by Mara Rutherford

From the author of Crown of Coral and Pearl comes an immersive new fantasy about a witch who must learn to harness her power–or risk losing her loved ones forever.

Liora has spent her life in hiding, knowing discovery could mean falling prey to the king’s warlock, Darius, who uses mages’ magic to grow his own power. But when her worst nightmare comes to pass, Darius doesn’t take her. Instead, he demands that her younger sister return to the capital with him. To make matters worse, Evran, Liora’s childhood friend and the only one who knows her secret, goes missing following Darius’s visit, leaving her without anyone to turn to.

To find Evran and to save her sister, Liora must embrace the power she has always feared. But the greatest danger she’ll face is yet to come, for Darius has plans in motion that will cause the world to fall into chaos–and Liora and Evran may be the only ones who can stop him.” (Goodreads)

3.) Sway With Me by Syed M. Masood

She’s All That goes desi in this hilarious, affecting, and sweetly romantic comedy by the author of More Than Just a Pretty Face.

Arsalan has learned everything he knows from Nana, his 100-year-old great-grandfather. This includes the fact that when Nana dies, Arsalan will be completely alone in the world, except for his estranged and abusive father. So he turns to Beenish, the step-daughter of a prominent matchmaker, to find him a future life partner. Beenish’s request in return? That Arsalan help her ruin her older sister’s wedding with a spectacular dance she’s been forbidden to perform.

Despite knowing as little about dancing as he does about girls, Arsalan wades into Beenish’s chaotic world to discover friends and family he never expected. And though Arsalan’s old-school manners and Beenish’s take-no-prisoners attitude clash every minute, they find themselves getting closer and closer—literally. All that’s left to realize is that the thing they both really want is each other, if only they can get in step.

At turns laugh-out-loud funny, poignant, and sincerely heartfelt, Sway With Me is a coming-of-age story for anyone trying to find their place in the world.” (Goodreads)

4.) The Last Words We Said by Leah Scheier

“Nine months ago, Danny disappeared and everything changed for his friends. Rae’s pouring herself into rage-baking. Deenie’s deepening her commitment to Orthodox Judaism. And Ellie—Danny’s best friend and girlfriend—is the only one who doesn’t believe he’s dead.

Because she still sees him.

Moving back and forth between past and present, the story of Ellie and Danny unspools, from their serendipitous meeting to Danny and Ellie falling for each other. In the past, they were the perfect couple—until it all went wrong. In the present, Ellie’s looking for answers. Her friends are worried about her mental health, but Ellie’s certain that the tragedy that’s rocked their modern Orthodox community isn’t as simple as they all believe. She’s determined to uncover the truth about what happened to the love of her life. But to do that, she’ll have to be more honest with herself.” (Goodreads)

5.) A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft

“When Margaret Welty spots the legendary hala, the last living mythical creature, she knows the Halfmoon Hunt will soon follow. Whoever is able to kill the hala will earn fame and riches, and unlock an ancient magical secret. If Margaret wins the hunt, it may finally bring her mother home. While Margaret is the best sharpshooter in town, only teams of two can register, and she needs an alchemist.

Weston Winters isn’t an alchemist–yet. Fired from every apprenticeship he’s landed, his last chance hinges on Master Welty taking him in. But when Wes arrives at Welty Manor, he finds only Margaret and her bloodhound Trouble. Margaret begrudgingly allows him to stay, but on one condition: he must join the hunt with her.

Although they make an unlikely team, Wes is in awe of the girl who has endured alone on the outskirts of a town that doesn’t want her, in this creaking house of ghosts and sorrow. And even though Wes disrupts every aspect of her life, Margaret is drawn to him. He, too, knows what it’s like to be an outsider. As the hunt looms closer and tensions rise, Margaret and Wes uncover dark magic that could be the key to winning the hunt – if they survive tht long. In A Far Wilder Magic, Allison Saft has written an achingly tender love story set against a deadly hunt in an atmospheric, rich fantasy world that will sweep you away.” (Goodreads)

6.) The Suite Spot by Trish Doller

“Rachel Beck has hit a brick wall. She’s a single mom, still living at home and trying to keep a dying relationship alive. Aside from her daughter, the one bright light in Rachel’s life is her job as the night reservations manager at a luxury hotel in Miami Beach—until the night she is fired for something she didn’t do.

On impulse, Rachel inquires about a management position at a brewery hotel on an island in Lake Erie called Kelleys Island. When she’s offered the job, Rachel packs up her daughter and makes the cross country move.

What she finds on Kelleys Island is Mason, a handsome, moody man who knows everything about brewing beer and nothing about running a hotel. Especially one that’s barely more than foundation and studs. It’s not the job Rachel was looking for, but Mason offers her a chance to help build a hotel—and rebuild her own life—from the ground up.

The big hearted companion to Float Plan, Trish Doller’s The Suite Spot is about taking a chance on a new life and a new love.” (Goodreads)

7.) Echoes and Empires by Morgan Rhodes

A snarky seventeen-year-old must team up with an enigmatic criminal to cure herself of dangerous forbidden magic in the first book of a new fantasy duology from Morgan Rhodes, the New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series.

Josslyn Drake knows only three things about magic: it’s rare, illegal, and always deadly. So when she’s caught up in a robbery gone wrong at the Queen’s Gala and infected by a dangerous piece of magic—one that allows her to step into the memories of an infamously evil warlock—she finds herself living her worst nightmare. Joss needs the magic removed before it corrupts her soul and kills her. But in Ironport, the cost of doing magic is death, and seeking help might mean scheduling her own execution. There’s nobody she can trust.

Nobody, that is, except wanted criminal Jericho Nox, who offers her a deal: his help extracting the magic in exchange for the magic itself. And though she’s not thrilled to be working with a thief, especially one as infuriating (and infuriatingly handsome) as Jericho, Joss is desperate enough to accept.

But Jericho is nothing like Joss expects. The closer she grows with Jericho and the more she sees of the world outside her pampered life in the city, the more Joss begins to question the beliefs she’s always taken for granted—beliefs about right and wrong, about power and magic, and even about herself.

In an empire built on lies, the truth may be her greatest weapon.” (Goodreads)

8.) Wendy, Darling by A.C. Wise

A lush, feminist re-imagining on what happened to Wendy after Neverland, for fans of Circe and The Mere Wife.

For those that lived there, Neverland was a children’s paradise. No rules, no adults, only endless adventure and enchanted forests – all led by the charismatic boy who would never grow old.

But Wendy Darling grew up. She left Neverland and became a woman, a mother, a patient, and a survivor. Because Neverland isn’t as perfect as she remembers. There’s darkness at the heart of the island, and now Peter Pan has returned to claim a new Wendy for his lost boys…” (Goodreads)

9.) Song of the Forever Rains by E.J. Mellows

From the award-winning author of the Dreamland series comes a new dark romantic fantasy about a young woman finding hope in her powers of destruction.

The Thief Kingdom is a place hidden within the world of Aadlior. Many whisper of its existence, but few have found this place, where magic and pleasure abound. There, the mysterious Thief King reigns supreme with the help of the Mousai, a trio of revered and feared sorceresses.

Larkyra Bassette may be the youngest of the Mousai, but when she sings her voice has the power to slay monsters. When it’s discovered the Duke of Lachlan is siphoning a poisonous drug from the Thief Kingdom and using it to abuse his tenants, Larkyra is offered her first solo mission to stop the duke. Eager to prove herself, Larkyra accepts by posing as the duke’s potential bride. But her plans grow complicated when she finds herself drawn to Lord Darius Mekenna, Lachlan’s rightful heir. Soon she suspects Darius has his own motivations for ridding Lachlan of the corrupt duke. Larkyra and Darius must learn to trust each other if there is to be any hope of saving the people of Lachlan—and themselves.

Welcome to the world of Aadilor, where lords and ladies can be murderers and thieves, and the most alluring notes are often the deadliest. Dare to listen?” (Goodreads)

10.) The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

An African tightrope walker who can’t die gets embroiled in a secret society’s deadly gladiatorial tournament in this thrilling historical fantasy set in an alternate 1880s London, perfect for fans of The Last Magician and The Gilded Wolves.

As an African tightrope dancer in Victorian London, Iris is used to being strange. She is certainly a strange sight for leering British audiences always eager for the spectacle of colonial curiosity. But Iris also has a secret that even “strange” doesn’t capture…​

She cannot die.

Haunted by her unnatural power and with no memories of her past, Iris is obsessed with discovering who she is. But that mission gets more complicated when she meets the dark and alluring Adam Temple, a member of a mysterious order called the Enlightenment Committee. Adam seems to know much more about her than he lets on, and he shares with her a terrifying revelation: the world is ending, and the Committee will decide who lives…and who doesn’t.

To help them choose a leader for the upcoming apocalypse, the Committee is holding the Tournament of Freaks, a macabre competition made up of vicious fighters with fantastical abilities. Adam wants Iris to be his champion, and in return he promises her the one thing she wants most: the truth about who she really is.

If Iris wants to learn about her shadowy past, she has no choice but to fight. But the further she gets in the grisly tournament, the more she begins to remember—and the more she wonders if the truth is something best left forgotten.” (Goodreads)

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Would you add any of these to your tbr? What’s a book that is on your radar?

Let me know in the comments below!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

First Lines Friday (5/14/21)

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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“I have never believed in fate or destiny or any other concept that invests the course of our lives with portentous meaning. Most people in our godless world believe we are born into random circumstance, and it is solely our own deeds and choices that determine whether we find ourselves in a palace or prison when we die. I’d not disagree.”

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I have been eyeing this book for quite some time. I absolutely love the cover. I don’t read much Adult Fantasy but I do want to read more this year and hopefully I will get to this one soon.

Have you read this book?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Nature on the Cover That are on My TBR (5/11/21)

Hello 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.

Today’s prompt is Books with Nature on the Cover. I always love seeing nature on covers, especially flowers. Some have a lot of detail! I’m looking forward to going through my tbr and finding ones that I want to read with nature on it!

1.) You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

2.) Forestborn by Elayne Audrey Becker

3.) Sisters of the Snake by Sasha Nanua & Sarena Nanua

4.) A Song of Flight by Juliet Marillier

5.) The Traitor Queen by Danielle L. Jensen

6.) A Pack of Storm and Stars by Olivia Wildenstein

7.) The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur

8.) Beyond the Break by Heather Buchta

9.) The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody

10.) Dark Waters by Katherine Arden

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What book cover is your favorite on this list? Any on your tbr?

Let me know in the comments below!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday: The Color of Dragons by R.A. Salvatore & Erika Lewis

Hello Readers!

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

Title: The Color of Dragons
Authors: R.A. Salvatore & Erika Lewis
Genre: YA Fantasy / Retelling
Publication Date: October 19th, 2021
Publisher: Harper Teen

“A sweeping, action-packed, romantic pre-Arthurian tale of the origins of magic (and Merlin) by powerhouse adult fantasy author R. A. Salvatore and Erika Lewis, perfect for fans of The Falling Kingdoms and Seraphina

Magic needs a spark.

And Maggie’s powers are especially fickle. With no one to help her learn to control her magic, the life debt that she owes stretches eternally over her head, with no way to repay it.

Until she meets Griffin, the king’s champion infamous for hunting down the draignochs that plague their kingdom.

Neither has any idea of the destiny that they both carry, or that their meeting will set off a chain of events that will alter every aspect of the life they know—and all of history thereafter.

Perfect for fans of Goldenhand and The Girl of Fire and Thorns, this epic, romantic tale from New York Times bestselling author R. A. Salvatore and debut author Erika Lewis will enchant readers and draw them into a thrilling world of star-crossed lovers, magic, destiny, and the paths we choose. (Goodreads)

I found this one on Goodreads the other day. I have been wanting to read a book by R.A. Salvatore and have one on my shelf but haven’t got to it yet. This one looks really good though!

Does this one sound like something you would read?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday (10/26/20)

Hello Readers!

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

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Title: Rising Like a Storm (The Wrath of Ambar #2)
Author: Tanaz Bhathena
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2021
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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In the concluding installment to the Wrath of Ambar duology from masterful author Tanaz Bhathena, Gul and Cavas must unite their magical forces―and hold onto their growing romance―to save their kingdom from tyranny.

With King Lohar dead and a usurper queen in power, Gul and Cavas face a new tyrannical government that is bent on killing them both. Their roles in King Lohar’s death have not gone unnoticed, and the new queen is out for blood. What she doesn’t know is that Gul and Cavas have a connection that runs deeper than romance, and together, they just might have the strength and magic to end her for good.

Then a grave mistake ends with Cavas taken prisoner by the government. Gul must train an army of warriors alone. With alliances shifting and the thirst for vengeance growing, the fate of Ambar seems ever more uncertain. It will take every ounce of strength, love, and sacrifice for Gul and Cavas to reach their final goal―and build a more just world than they’ve ever known.” (Goodreads)

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I read the first book this year as an arc and really enjoyed it! I love this cover and I am so excited to see what will happen in the sequel. You can find my review for book one here.

Does this one sound like something you would read?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

September 2020 TBR: Possibilities Are Endless!

Hello Lovely Bookworms!

I am back with another TBR!

I did really good last month even though I didn’t finish everything on my list so since I need more motivation, here we are.

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New Releases:

  • The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Library Books:

  • From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park
  • Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto
  • Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine
  • The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

Arcs:

  • The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss by Amy Noelle Parks
  • Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan
  • Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift
  • Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein
  • Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson
  • The Flipside of Perfect by Liz Reinhardt
  • Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher
  • What’s Worth Keeping by Kaya McLaren
  • Happy Single’s Day by Ann Marie Walker
  • The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice by Lisa DeSelm
  • These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
  • Kingdom of Sea and Stone by Mara Rutherford
  • The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill
  • Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett
  • Daughter of the Serpentine by E.E. Knight
  • One Way or Another by Kara McDowell
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Am I insane? Probably! But here is to finishing as much as I can this month! 

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

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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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)

First Lines Friday (11/1/19)

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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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“It was late January, and New England wore a fresh coat of snow as I stepped along the gangplank to the shore. The city of New Fiddleham glistened in the fading dusk, lamplight playing across the icy buildings that lined the waterfront, turning their brickwork to twinkling diamonds in the dark.”

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I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf since mid last year. That’s a long time! I still keep buying more books when I know I shouldn’t, heh. Since this book starts in January I feel like that would be the perfect time to pick this one up! I already have the series so why not.

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Have you picked this one up? Do you want to read it? Let me know!

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Friday Favorites: TBR Books

Friday Favorites

 

Hello, fellow book lovers!

Today’s post is a tag that was created by Something of the Book and she has a whole list of Friday Favorites to follow.

When it comes to loving books it is always followed by a long tbr! Sometimes I feel like I am swimming in mine but I’d rather that than swimming in bills, ha.

The prompt for today is all about our tbr books and the ones we know we are going to love but just keep sitting on that tbr shelf. I know I have a few!

1.) The Hobbit
I started this book many many years ago and know I will love it but I get caught up in new releases that this just sits on the back burner.

2.) Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Yes, I know. Blasphemy! I love the movies and have been collecting merchandise for this fandom for quite some time. I have multiple editions of each book and I just need to buckle down and do it! I am hoping to get to these books once I finish the Game of Thrones series and have more time for larger books.

3.) Contagion
I received this in a book box last July and started to read it but then found myself reading another book. I have heard great things and really want to get to this soon!

4.) Warcross
My sister read this one last year and said I should it. I haven’t found time yet but since I have made it a goal to read 1 to 2 books I already own each month this year I think I will be able to get to it.

 

It’s so easy to get behind when it comes to our tbr since new books are coming out all the time. I am happy that I have managed to read some on it so far this year and with it being just the beginning of the year I am hoping to finish so much more!

What has been on your tbr that you think you will love?