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The Friday 56 – All Out

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All Out

I’m currently reading All Out edited by Saundra Mitchell. This is a queer anthology written and edited by queer people about queer characters throughout the ages. I’m really loving these stories so far. Obviously there are certain stories and writing styles I prefer to others, but I’ve really enjoyed every story I’ve read so far. I especially love that all of the stories have happy endings. This anthology is making my wee queer heart soar so I’m really happy I picked it up!

“She wished she could be like Elizabeth Bennet. […] Dee liked how independent and gracious Lizzie was. She liked the reserved and distinguished Mr. Darcy. She like that their romance was driven by intellect, conversation and art. She liked that there was no kissing.”

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Books · The Friday 56

The Friday 56 – The Throne of Fire

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Friday 56

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The Throne of Fire

I’m currently reading The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan. This is the second book in the Kane Chronicles trilogy and it takes place about three months after the events of the first book. I think this is a pretty underrated series from Riordan to be honest – I never really see anyone talk about this one as much as Percy Jackson even though, in a few ways, it’s a stronger series than PJ. I feel like it’s far better constructed and the mini quests feel more natural and more distinctive. I love Sadie as a character even though she does say ‘my mates’ in every other sentence which we Brits really don’t do! But that’s an issue I have with pretty much every USian author writing about British characters and I’m really petty about it. It hasn’t stopped me from enjoying the continuation of this series though – it’s still a fun, hilarious adventure story which is exactly what I always want reading a Rick Riordan book!

“‘Ra was Apophis’s arch-enemy,’ he continued. ‘Ra is the Lord of Order, whereas Apophis is the Lord of Chaos. Since the dawn of time, these two forces have been in a perpetual battle to destroy one another.'”

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The Friday 56 – Peter Darling

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Friday 56

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Peter Darling

I’m currently reading Peter Darling by Austin Chant. I have completely fallen in love with this story. If you’re a fan of the enemies to lovers trope, then you should pick this one up immediately because this is one of the best instances of the trope I’ve ever read. It’s a Peter Pan retelling set ten years after Peter leaves Neverland where Peter is a trans man and ends up falling for his sworn enemy, Captain Hook as he returns to Neverland as an adult. It’s a slow-burn, swoon-worthy romance that has hit me in all the right places. I am also really loving Chant’s imagining of Neverland. I’m quite close to finishing this one so it’s at its emotional peak and I already know that I want more of this story. But, for a 200-page book, it’s really packed in a lot!

“‘Surely you can do better than that,’ Hook said.
Peter’s ears burned with humiliation. ‘I’m going to cut you up,’ he said, ‘and feed you to the sharks.’
‘Well, do it then. Or are you all talk?'”

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The Friday 56 – Aru Shah and the End of Time

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Friday 56

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Aru Shah and the End of Time

I’m currently reading Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi. This is such a fun, enjoyable book! Aru is a wonderful main character – she’s hilarious and flawed and I just really adore her. The humour mixed with the pop-culture references (mainly the Marvel/DC ones) is really on point and I love the back-and-forth between Aru and her pigeon guide who is the type of ‘exasperated mentor’ character trope that I love. I’m really excited to see where this adventure goes (and that it’s a quartet!).

“She wasn’t shocked by the idea that gods and goddesses existed, only that a person could actually get to know them. They were like the moon: distant enough not to enter her thoughts too often; bright enough to inspire wonder.”

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The Friday 56 – The Amber Spyglass

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The Amber Spyglass

I’m currently reading The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman. I’m reading it via audio book which I feel makes the story so much more compelling, especially given that it’s a full cast narration. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this one yet. It took a long while to get into the main story arc. I’ve always found Pullman’s writing really dense and felt that there was a lot of unnecessary detail and I really feel that in the first 150 pages. I’m hoping it picks up though and I am excited to see how it all ends. Definitely not my favourite series but I understand why so many people enjoy it.

“At the western end of a range of saw-toothed mountains, on a peak that commanded wide views of the plain below and the valleys behind, a fortress of basalt seemed to grow out of the mountain as if some volcano had thrust it up a million years before.”

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The Friday 56 – Radio Silence

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Friday 56

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*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
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Radio Silence

I’m currently reading Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. I am so in love with Alice’s writing. I read her ongoing web comic Heartstopper first and thought it was the cutest thing I’ve ever read. Then I read Solitaire back in February and consumed it all in one sitting, staying up until 3am to finish it. And now, if it’s possible, I am loving Radio Silence even more. I don’t know what it is about Alice’s writing but it just gets me. She is so talented at writing compelling, wholly developed interesting characters that are both flawed and seriously relatable. Alice’s books are so different than other contemporary YA’s I’ve read and I love how romance really takes a backseat. I’ve only started Radio Silence today and I’m already nearly halfway through – I literally cannot stop reading it! I think this might be my favourite book of Alice’s yet and I cannot wait to finish it!!

“We stared at each other. It was so awkward. My pyjama bottoms had Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on them.”

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The Friday 56 – Frostblood

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Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
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Frostblood

I’m currently reading Frostblood by Elly Blake. I’m not really keen on this one but it’s a quick read so I think I’ll carry on with it anyway. My main gripe is that there is absolutely no atmosphere whatsoever. It’s essentially a world of fire and ice so it should have interesting world-building, but there is literally nothing in the way of descriptions. It’s far too fast-paced also. Everything happens so quickly that it feels like there aren’t any high stakes. It feels rushed and there’s no real time to get to know the characters better. What I do like, however, is the dialogue. It’s quite sharp and quick which is what I like but it isn’t enough to make me really escape into this book and properly enjoy it. I’m still hoping it’ll get better though!

“‘But the world has grown weary of stories now,’ she said, slowing her voice to signal the end of the story. ‘And only children listen.'”

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The Friday 56 – Before the Devil Breaks You

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Friday 56

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Before the Devil Breaks You

I’m currently reading Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray. It’s the third instalment of The Diviners series which happens to be one of my favourite ongoing series. So far it’s just as deliciously creepy and atmospheric as the previous two instalments and I’m really enjoying it. The overarching plot is coming through a lot more now and the stakes feel even higher than before which has me constantly on edge for these characters who I very much adore. The audio book narration, as always, is flawless and I wouldn’t want to read this series any other way. These characters are so real to me and January LeVoy continually does an incredible job. I don’t think I will ever tire of hearing her beautiful voice!

“In this life you have to work with people you dislike. You find compromises but sometimes you find that a person’s beliefs are so harmful that you must speak against them. You can’t let such harmful statements stand without challenge. They have a tendency to grow into tumours.”

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The Friday 56 – Clockwork Angel

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Friday 56

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I’m currently reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. This is a re-read and I think I’m actually enjoying it more this time around. I wasn’t over fond of it the first time I read it – I really disliked Will. But now that I’ve read all the Shadowhunter books and have some hindsight, I can understand his actions more. He’s still annoying me, but I can forgive him! Jem hasn’t properly been introduced yet, so I’m eagerly anticipating getting to read about him all over again, since he’s the sweetest.

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The Friday 56 – State of Sorrow

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Friday 56

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State of Sorrow

I’m currently reading State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury. It’s the first book in a new YA high fantasy series and follows Sorrow as she governs the Court of a grief-stricken land. As with the Salisbury books I’ve read previously, this is written lyrically and has a fairy-tale-esque kind of atmosphere. I’m not very far in, and the blurb gives literally nothing away, so I’ve found the plot very compelling so far and I’m really interested to see where it goes.

“There were days that she was so full of darkness she couldn’t speak in case it spilled from her, coating, ruining, drowning everything she loved.”

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The Friday 56 – The Hidden Oracle

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Friday 56

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The Hidden Oracle

I’m currently reading The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. Continuing on with my one Rick Riordan book a month challenge for 2018, I am so happy that he decided to continue writing about these characters. I will honestly never tire of them! Following god-turned-mortal Apollo, this book takes a very different format from his previous Greek/Roman ones which I’m really enjoying. I have a love/hate relationship with Apollo – he’s arrogant and insufferable but at the same time quite a sympathetic character. He’s also hilarious. I have laughed out loud many times already. Overall, while not quite as intense or exciting as the previous books, I’m still very much enjoying this one!

“When one is a god, the world hangs on your every word. When one is sixteen… not so much.”

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The Friday 56 – Traitor to the Throne

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Friday 56

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I’m currently reading Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton. I originally started reading this sequel over a year ago, got 100 pages in, then put it down for some reason, even though I was enjoying it? I don’t know why I do this! But I’m glad I (eventually) picked it back up. It’s just as fun and fast-paced as the first book in the series with even higher stakes in this one where political intrigue plays a big role. I’ve about 100 pages left so everything is just a little bit intense right now. In a way I’m kind of glad that I left it for a year since the last book has just been released and I’ve already managed to reserve a copy at the library. I thought I’d fallen out of love with this series but my love has been restored!

“The fight would be short and bloody. There were already more soldiers on the ground than standing. I fired. And now there was one more. I turned, already looking for my next target.”

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The Friday 56 – The Dark Days Club

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Friday 56

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The Dark Days Club

I’m currently reading The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. It’s essentially an urban fantasy set in Regency London that fellows Lady Helen Wrexhall as she navigates her way through high society whilst also uncovering the secret shadow world that surrounds her.

I am really liking this one. It’s definitely a slow-build but I’ve really enjoyed the detailed world-building. It reminds me a little of The Diviners in this sense – that I have a complete picture of the setting and the social customs at this point in time. It’s really atmospheric too. I’m just over halfway through now and not that much has been happening, so if you’re into fast-paced urban fantasy, I don’t think your tastes would suit this. But, personally, I’m really into the world and the characters and I’m excited to see where the series will go after this initial instalment which has mainly revolved around introducing Lady Helen to this secret world.

“Helen fixed her eyes on the carpet, trying to block the foul image of her mother’s headless body slumped over the block, blood pouring over pale spine and sinew – the execution reserved for a treasonous Peer.”

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The Friday 56 – Frozen Tides

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Friday 56

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Frozen Tides

I’m currently reading Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes. This is the fourth instalment in a fast-paced, addictive YA high fantasy series. Whilst I’ve enjoyed Frozen Tides for the most part, quite a few of the perspective characters irritate me and I’ve found myself trying to get through their chapters to get to the more interesting ones like Cleo and Magnus. It’s still a highly enjoyable read and I’m still invested in this series overall. It’s just sadly not my favourite one so far (I do still have 50 pages left though, so who knows – the ending could blow me away completely!)

“The flames engulfed his mouth and face until his entire body, head to toe, became a torch.”

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The Friday 56 – The Mark of Athena

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The Mark of Athena

I’m currently reading The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. Obviously I’m having a whale of a time reading this – I love this rollercoaster world. These books are so much fun. This one, in particular, is quite stressful! I’m about three quarters of the way through and the action has been pretty non-stop so far. It’s so intense but I can’t seem to stop reading it!

“‘Arion can’t fly,’ Hazel said. ‘But he can run across just about anything. Water, vertical surfaces, small mountains – none of that really bothers him.'”

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