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Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega: This is the Middle Grade Marvels pick for May and I’m absolutely loving it! I love the glimpses of Dominican culture, I love all the spookiness, and I especially love Lucely and Syd. There are some heavier themes in this book, but that’s something I really enjoy about Claribel A. Ortega’s stories. They don’t shy away from tough aspects of life just because they’re geared towards a younger audience. Also, the audiobook narrator is incredible! Massive props to Almarie Guerra.
The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart: I picked this up slightly on a whim, but mostly because it’s due back to the library soon and my renewal limit has been reached 😅 Thankfully, it’s proving to be a quick, engaging read! I’ll admit that time travel books always leave me scratching my head a bit, but even when I’m mildly confused, I’m still fully invested in the story. January, our main character, is a true asshole and I often want to slap some sense into her. At the same time, I can’t help but root for her to get to the bottom of whatever is going on. I just started this last night and I’m already over halfway through, so I think I can safely say I’m enjoying this one.
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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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
Finally… reveal the book!
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It’s the end of another work week, which means it’s time for another First Lines Friday! This week, I’m featuring a book that I’ve been itching to read since it came out earlier this year. I recently picked it up from the library, which means I’m that much closer to actually reading it, haha. It’s one of my more anticipated reads for 2022!
Now, let’s see if the first few lines can make me even more excited to read it.
“Children have always been drawn to the doors.
Scholars have recorded the adventures of the travelers, those whose lost and lonely yearnings were strong enough to attract the attention of something greater than themselves, for centuries.”
This is the newest book in a series.
The author has quite an extensive backlist of novels.
Today felt like a good day for a tag. I was recently tagged in the Spring Book Tag and, since it’s rather seasonal, I wanted to jump on it before I forget! Which I am wont to do at any moment in time, haha. This is a tag that celebrates one of my favorite seasons, as well, so I kinda have to do it, right? Right!
Thank you to the wonderful Ashlee @ Books Are 42 for tagging me. Not only does she have an awesome blog name, but incredible blog content, as well! I highly suggest checking her out if you haven’t already ❤ I, unfortunately, can’t seem to find who created this tag but, if you know, please let me know as well so I can give credit where credit is due.
Now, let’s get to the tag!
1. What’s on your Spring TBR list?
I’m attempting to stay on top of my ARCs, so my Spring TBR will be prioritizing Spring releases! Three of the top ones I want to get to are:
The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge
The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna
Juniper & Thorn by Ava Reid
I’m so excited to read all of these! Cross your fingers that I actually manage to fit them all in 😅
2. If someone asked you for a spring release recommendation, what would it be?
Well, besides the ones I mentioned above, my most anticipated read of 2022 is Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse. So of course that’s going to be my recommendation! I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for this sequel since finishing Black Sun and I need it in my grabby, little hands. Thankfully, it just came out yesterday, so I am this much closer to owning it and finally continuing the story!
3. Which two books coming out before summer are you eagerly awaiting?
Two books I’m so excited to read are The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton and Hide by Kiersten White. As you might be able to tell by the covers, we have very different vibes going on here. One features a magical school and the other features a very deadly game of Hide & Seek. Both sound like books I’m really going to love!
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!
Okay, there’s no way I can pick one favorite author, so ya girl is gonna cheat and pick three 😂
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
–The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”
–The Night Circusby Erin Morgenstern
“You’re nobody’s doorway but your own, and the only one that gets to tell you how your story ends is you.”
–Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
What are some of your favorite quotes from your favorite authors? Did you do your own BBH? Let me know in the comments!
The no-quest rule at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children is about to, once again, be broken when an ex-student stumbles back to ask for aid.
“Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children was an island of misfit toys, a place to put the unfinished stories and the broken wanderers who could butcher a deer and string a bow but no longer remembered what to do with indoor plumbing.”