First Lines Friday #26

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?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and 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!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello, reader!

We’ve made it to the end of the week and I’m particularly excited because I don’t have to work this weekend! I’m planning a couple of days of rest, relaxation, and reading. Speaking of, one of the books on my potential weekend TBR is my feature for this First Lines Friday! This one might be fairly easy to guess as it’s the first book in a very popular series.

Let’s see if the first line is as compelling as the rest of the story!


The Line:

“The servants called them malenchki, little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke’s house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches.”


The Hints:

This popular YA series was recently adapted for the screen.

It’s the beginning of a trilogy set in large universe.

The author has written a number of other books in this universe, as well.


The Reveal:

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Down the TBR Hole #18

It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.


Hello, reader!

Let’s get the cat out of the bag before we even get into this Down the TBR Hole post. When I was looking for a book to feature yesterday for Can’t Wait Wednesday, I may have gone on a little book adding spree. Which means my Want to Read shelf on Goodreads that was at 640 books the last time I did this is now sitting at… 657 books 😬 Look, there’s a lot of incredible sounding books coming out in 2022!

That being said, let’s get into this round to see if I can at least trim a few off my newly inflated TBR.


Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

I remember adding this book because I wanted to read it for a challenge. Clearly, that never happened 😂 Now that it’s been so long I can’t even remember what challenge I added this for, I think it’s time to part ways. It sounds mildly interesting… evil Cinderella and all that. But there’s not enough in the synopsis to convince me to let it stay.

Verdict: Remove


Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

First of all, I’m a child and fully giggled when I read the author’s name. This is who I am as a person. Second of all, this book sounds so interesting. It follows a thief who meticulously plans his crimes and, also, the lives of his victims. I’m definitely intrigued by the premise, so I guess it gets to stay!

Verdict: Keep


The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

For a thriller/crime drama, the synopsis made this sound aggressively boring. It also doesn’t seem like this book is doing anything new within the genre. Not that all books have to do that, but nothing about this synopsis is appealing to me in the slightest. And I love thrillers! Ah well… can’t read ’em all anyways.

Verdict: Remove

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Can’t Wait Wednesday: Nov 17, 2021

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme where you get to flail about whatever upcoming book you’re excited to read. Though it is generally a new release, it certainly can be any book that’s on your TBR! This meme is currently hosted by Wishful Endings and it’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Hello, reader!

Welcome to the middle of the week and another Can’t Wait Wednesday post! It’s time to start looking forward to 2022. I honestly haven’t been delving too deeply into what will be releasing in the new year, but there are a couple that have found there way to my TBR. I’ll be featuring one of those today!

The book I’ve chosen is by one of my favorite authors. She has written the gambit of fantasy books, from middle grade to adult, and I’ve loved everything she’s ever written. I’m still working on reading books of her backlist, but that’s not what we’re here for! We’re here for her newest release, a fantasy novel that plays with other dimensions. In this book, there will be:

  • A shadow realm that closely mirrors ours
  • A young woman forced to make a choice
  • And, if the book comparisons are to be believed, all the gothic vibes!

The book I’ve chosen for Can’t Wait Wednesday is…

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Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag

Hello, reader!

Welcome to another Tuesday! Today, I thought it would be fun to do another book tag. And I figured it would especially fun to do one that focuses on my favorite genre. It’s the Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag and I’m excited to participate! This was created by The Bookworm Dreamer and it looks like a lot of fun.

Before I jump in, I wanted to thank Dini @ Dini Panda Reads for tagging me! I love her blog and she has one of the cutest headers I’ve ever seen ❤ If you’re looking for a new, fun book blog to follow, I highly recommend checking her out.

Alright, let’s get into this tag!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (thebookwormdreamer.wordpress.com) in your post
  • Answer the prompts below – all fantasy books!
  • Tag 5 others to take part
  • Enjoy!

The Prompts:

5 STAR BOOK

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

I have so many 5 star fantasy books, so I thought I’d go with a more recent one. I feel like I don’t talk about it nearly enough because I absolutely adored this book! It was a cinematic masterpiece in book form and I loved every second of it. The world-building was lush and vivid, the characters were compelling, and the plot was perfectly paced. I’m super eager to get my hands on the sequel coming out next year!


ALWAYS GOING TO RECOMMEND

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

And here we have the reason why I never talk about other fantasy books. It’s because I’m always talking about this one 😂 What can I say? The Raybearer duology is just stunning. I wish I could meet Tarisai, that’s how much I love her character. I loved the world of Aritsar. And I loved the found family aspect and discussions of how emotional abuse can affect someone. It’s a beautiful book and I will recommend it until everyone has read it.


OWN IT BUT HAVEN’T READ IT YET

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Hahaha, THERE ARE SO MANY! But one I recently required and am desperate to read is The Jasmine Throne. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from reviewers I trust. And my Illumicrate edition is extra pretty. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover buuuut… a pretty cover does get me 😂 I’m hoping to pick this one up soon!

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#5OnMyTBR – Family

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!


Hello, reader!

It’s time for another 5 On My TBR! This week’s theme is pretty broad. We’re talking about books about family. There are so many books on my TBR that could fit this category! I’ve decided to go with books that really focus on family drama or family dynamics. There were still a ton of those to choose from, but I’ve finally narrowed it down to five I want to feature.

With that being said, let’s jump in!


#1. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

This family drama featuring two Black sisters has been on my TBR since it was released. I don’t read a lot of literary fiction, but this sounds like something I could love. It also sounds like it might break my heart… we shall see! It’s the story of sisters who lead very different lives. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book, so I hope to get to it soon!

#2. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Spoiler alert: all the books on this post are literary/historical fiction. For someone who doesn’t read from those genres a lot, I certainly have a lot on my TBR 😂 This is a book that I got solely because I loved another book by this author. It does sound interesting, though. It follows a family surviving off the grid in Alaska. I can only imagine there will be plenty of drama involved.

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Down the TBR Hole #17

It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.


Hello, reader!

It’s been an eventful weekend, so this post is coming to you a little later in the day. My best friend took me to see Hadestown and now I’m kind of obsessed 👀 It was incredible! And then I had to go into work today and I am a tired bean. But not too tired to do another round of Down the TBR Hole!

Let’s see… last round, we ended with 643 books on my Want to Read shelf. Currently, I’m sitting at… the exact same number! How am I accomplishing this feat of self-restraint?! And can I apply this to other aspects of my life? That aside, let’s see if I can pare down this number even more.


A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Even though I’ve yet to read any Sherlock Holmes, this reimagining sounds like something I could love. We’re following the great-great-granddaughter of Holmes himself as she does some detective work of her own. It sounds intriguing, and I actually own a copy, so it definitely gets to stay.

Verdict: Keep


Hanover House by Brenda Novak

I’m fairly certain this isn’t the only Brenda Novak novel on my Want to Read shelf. Having read the synopsis, let’s hope the other one can capture my interest more. I mean, this sounds like a decent thriller, but it doesn’t sound like my cup of tea. Better luck next time!

Verdict: Remove


The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

I remember adding this book because it was a friend’s favorite childhood book series. And then I found out there was a magical pig involved. It’s frankly shocking that I haven’t already read this! This is an older fantasy series, so who knows how it’s held up to time, but I’m certainly still intrigued.

Verdict: Keep

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Book Blogger Hop: Nov 12 – 18

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!


This Week’s Question

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?

Submitted by Julie @ Stepping Stones Book Reviews.

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First Lines Friday #25

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?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and 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!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello, reader!

Happy Friday! We’ve made it to the end of another work week. Well… unless you work this weekend. Then, I feel your pain. How ’bout I try and cheer you up with a First Lines Friday post! The book I’m featuring today is one I’m actually in the middle of reading. I’m part of a blog tour for it and, so far, it’s incredible! I was immediately sucked into the story from page one.

Now, let’s see if the first line is enough to pull you in, as well.


The Line:

“I respect a good checklist, but I’m beginning to think my mother went overboard.”


The Hints:

This is a young adult thriller…

… by the “Queen of Teen Crime”…

… and is billed as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off but with murder.


The Reveal:

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

“Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day.

Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out–he’s been working two jobs since his family’s business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up…. again.

So when Cal pulls into campus late for class and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They’ll ditch and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Except they’ve barely left the parking lot before they run out of things to say…

Until they spot another Carlton High student skipping school–and follow him to the scene of his own murder. In one chance move, their day turns from dull to deadly. And it’s about to get worse.

It turns out Ivy, Mateo, and Cal still have some things in common. They all have a connection to the dead kid. And they’re all hiding something.

Now they’re all wondering–could it be that their chance reconnection wasn’t by chance after all?

From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand-new pulse-pounding thriller. It’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder when three old friends relive an epic ditch day, and it goes horribly–and fatally–wrong.


Did that first line capture your attention? Did it make you want to read the rest of the story? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

The Greek Gods Book Tag

Hello, reader!

Today, I’m bringing you a book tag that I’m so excited to do! I’m a big fan of Greek mythology (any mythology, really) and a big fan of book tags, so the Greek Gods Book Tag is the perfect combination for me. I’m hoping you have as much fun reading it as I do writing it!

First, I want to thank the lovely Erika @ And On She Reads for the tag ❤ Erika is an incredible blogger who writes fabulous bookish posts. You should definitely go check out her blog when you get the chance.

Alright, let’s get to the post!


The Rules:

  • Pingback to Zuky here so she can read all your posts!
  • You can use her graphics if you like, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but please share the love.

The Prompts:

Zeus, King of the Gods: Your favorite book

This is an unfair question! How am I supposed to just pick one?! To play along, I’ve decided to pick one of my favorite books that I’ve re-read the most: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. It’s a beautiful story with lush world-building and a main character you can’t help but love. The fact that the main character is an idealistic Black young woman certainly helps! I love this story and am always eager to fall back into the world of Aritsar, so this gets the top spot for now!

Hera, Queen of the Gods: A badass female character

The main character from Little Thieves by Margaret Owen immediately came to mind! Vanja is the goddaughter of Death and Fortune, a unrepentant thief, and a young woman bent on living her own life. She’s such an incredible character and I loved watching her work! Her growth throughout the story was wonderful to see, as well.

Janus, Good of Beginnings: Your favorite debut(s)

I’ve read a lot of fantastic debuts lately. I decided to go with one that I just read this year: The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. This book blew. my. MIND! It was a stunning novel that felt like I was reading a movie. It’s vibrant, action-packed, and features a strong, Black character growing into her own. I absolutely loved this book and I can’t wait for the sequel!

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WWW Wednesday: Nov 10, 2021

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.


Current Reads

  • You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus: When The Write Reads sent out tour sign-ups for the newest McManus book, you know I jumped all over that! I’ve loved every thriller she’s ever written and, so far, I’m loving this one, as well. She has a way of building her characters where I connect with them almost immediately, even if I don’t particularly like them. And I’m already curious about what is going on in this more murder-y take of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: I’m re-reading this for the book-club-that-isn’t-a-book club and, y’all, I forgot how much I love this book. I mean, I knew it’s one of my favorites. It was so good that I added Erin Morgenstern to my “favorite authors” list on the strength of this book alone. But I forgot just how incredible and immersive this story is! I’m falling in love all over again and I ain’t mad about it.
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