The Friday 56 – Steelheart

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Steelheart

I’m currently reading Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. I’ve loved everything written by Sanderson so far but I’ve only read his fantasy, Cosmere stuff so I’m still a little bit iffy about this one. I really like the concept but the characters feel quite basic and the writing isn’t anything special, either. I’m hoping I enjoy it more as I go on but I don’t have the highest of hopes!

“I strode from the room, heedless of the warnings. Let them shoot me.”

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The Friday 56 – Night of Cake and Puppets

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Night of Cake and Puppets

I’m currently reading Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor. This is a novella that’s recently been published in hard-copy format that takes place in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone world and follows two of my favourite characters: Zuzana and Mik. I absolutely adore these two and reading something new in this world is making me feel nostalgic for the original trilogy! Jim di Bartlo’s illustrations are gorgeous, too. They are found on nearly every page and they bring the story to life so well. I’m so glad to be reading this – I definitely didn’t expect to see a copy of it at my local library!

“I don’t believe in prayer, but I do believe in magic, and I want to believe in miracles.”

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The Friday 56 – The Son of Neptune

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

The Son of Neptune

I’m currently reading The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. It’s been too long since I’ve read a Rick Riordan book (September!) so I thought it was about time I picked one up. I’m glad to have Percy back in this instalment – I’ve missed his narration! I really like all the new characters we’re being introduced to and I think I might even prefer this series to the previous Percy Jackson one? It’s just so much fun and Riordan’s writing is a pleasure to read.

“He nodded to the inscriptions on the marble floor. Percy stared at the lines of words, not really expecting to understand them. He almost choked.”

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The Friday 56 – A Gathering of Shadows

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

A Gathering of Shadows

I’m currently reading A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. I read A Darker Shade of Magic back in March and really enjoyed it. I find Schwab’s writing really addicting and I love the world and characters she’s created in this series. I’m hoping in this instalment the plot picks up a little more than in the last one. But I’m liking it so far!

“With a flick of his hand, metal spikes slid from the sheath at his wrist and into his palm. They rose into the air and shot forward, burying themselves in the specter’s throat, his heart, his head.”
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The Friday 56 – The Diviners

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

The Diviners

I’m currently reading The Diviners by Libba Bray. It’s essentially a murder mystery that takes place in 1920’s New York and follows Evie who has recently moved there and is on the case. I’ve picked this one up for the Tome Topple readathon as it has just over 500 pages (508). I haven’t actually made it to 56 pages quite yet so I don’t have too many feelings about it but it’s enjoyable enough so far! I’ve heard pretty great things about it so I’m hoping it can live up to my expectations.

“Don’t pay any mind to the odd sounds or sights you might experience. It’s just the Bennington, dear.”

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The Friday 56 – Turtles All the Way Down

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Turtles All the Way Down

I’m currently reading Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Back in the day I was a huge John Green fan but as it’s been a good few years since I last read anything of his, I was a bit apprehensive about this one. Excited, don’t get me wrong, but I really wanted to love this as much as I’ve loved his previous ones.

It’s about a girl called Aza, who is struggling with anxiety and OCD, who decides to pursue a mystery of a missing person with her best friend, Daisy.

I’m really not sure what to make of this book quite yet. The opening chapter was great – it was captivating and we got a deep insight into the mind of Aza and it reminded me of what it was like for me when I was still in the midst of suffering from social anxiety. But, after that, I’ve just found the story a little boring. It’s been focusing on all the wrong things. It’ll take too long to describe the scenery when, really, I’d rather know how Aza’s feeling or what she thinks about something. Obviously, I haven’t read very much yet so I’ll reserve judgment for later but I am slightly disappointed. It seems to have lost all the usual wit of Green’s previous novels. It’s just not entirely what I expected so far. But I’ll continue on and see how I feel later.

“But the things that make other people nervous have never scared me.”

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The Friday 56 – Murder Most Unladylike

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
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*It’s that simple.

Murder Most Unladylike

I’m currently reading Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens. This takes place in 1937 in an all-girls boarding school, following Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, members of the Detective Society. A murder has just been committed and the girls are on the case.

So far, I’m really enjoying the first book to this popular children series. I absolutely love that it’s set in an all-girls school – so many female friendships! I love the lingo the girls have created around their school – it’s incredibly realistic of a group of friends to have these fun, quirky ways of saying things and generally going about things.

I also really like that the story is told from Hazel’s perspective. She’s Chinese (born and raised in Hong Kong) and, unfortunately, has experienced quite a bit of racism from some of her fellow schoolmates. I like that the author doesn’t back away from addressing the racism and discusses it freely – especially since this is a children’s novel, too.

Overall, I’m really excited to continue reading this and can’t wait to discover who the murderer is!

“”Why ever would he kill Miss Bell? It’s not as though he’e even interested in her any more. Really, it ought to have been her killing him, and of course that didn’t happen.””Stark Reviews Logo

The Friday 56 – The Silver Mask

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

The Silver Mask

I’m currently reading The Silver Mask by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black. I’ve had this book on hold from the library, patiently waiting for them to get copies in and now I finally have it in my possession! This is book four in the Magisterium series and each book gets better and darker as the series goes on. I love how tropes are turned completely on their heads, making you double guess everything you’re reading. I think this series is quite under-appreciated – it’s fun, unpredictable and actually pretty dark for a children’s series! I definitely recommend it and I’m thoroughly enjoying this instalment in particular.

“”I can’t believe your original escape plan requires another escape plan,” Jasper said. “You suck at escaping.”
Tamara fixed him with a glare. “I guess the more we escape, the better we’ll get at it.””
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The Friday 56 – Gentleman’s Guide

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Gentleman's Guide

I’m currently reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I have been itching to read it for the longest time and I am really enjoying myself so far. It’s just as fun and witty as I thought it would be! And I really like reading from Monty’s perspective – he has a very distinctive and compelling voice and puts a fun spin on the story.

I stay comfortably drunk for the next few days, perhaps toeing the line between comfortably and deliriously, for I forget entirely that my father arranged for us to accompany Lord Ambassador Worthington to Versailles for a summer ball until Lockwood announces it over breakfast in a voice that implies I’m an imbecile for forgetting.”

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The Friday 56 – Skulduggery Pleasant

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
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*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
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Skulduggery Pleasant #1

I’m currently reading Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy which is a re-read from about ten years ago. I remember loving it as a wee teen and I still love it now. It’s exactly my type of humour and I’m really excited to carry one reading this series. I only ended up reading three of the books in the series originally, so I’m hoping to make it all the way through this time around!

Back then – back when I was, for want of a better term, alive – there were some pretty nasty people around. The world was seeing a darkness it might never have recovered from. It was war, you see. A secret war, but war nonetheless.’
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The Friday 56 – The Creeping Shadow

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
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*It’s that simple.The Creeping Shadow

I’m currently reading The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud and if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that this is one of my favourite series. This is the penultimate instalment and I am just as creeped out as I have been in the previous ones! The humour and character dynamics are, as always, spot on. I’m having such a great time reading this and I want to savour every moment I have left of this series.

‘Another spirit disposed of, then,’ the skull said. ‘How terribly nice and tidy. Makes you feel better, I suppose?’

I sat down heavily on the seat next to it. My limbs were suddenly leaden; I was very tired. ‘Not really. I don’t feel anything.'”

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The Friday 56 – Prince of Hazel and Oak

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
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Prince of Hazel and Oak

I’m currently reading Prince of Hazel and Oak by John Lenahan and am really happy being back in this fantasy world. It’s a portal fantasy that takes place in Tir na Nog and since I’m really into Celtish folklore, this is a really enjoyable read for me. It’s very light-hearted and adventure-focused and is exactly my type of humour.

“‘You, on the other hand, kill your father and then act completely normal – except for claiming that Daddy was attacked by Imps and Pixies from Faerieland.’
‘Tir na Nog,’ I corrected.
‘Sorry, from Tir na Nog.’
‘And there are no Pixies in Tir na Nog.'”

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The Friday 56 | Heartless

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
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*It’s that simple.

Heartless

I’m currently reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer and having a whale of a time. Meyer always manages to entertain me with her cute characters, her fun re-imaginings of fairytale worlds and her addictive writing style. I’m not the hugest fan of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland but I’ve always loved the weird and wonderful aspects of the world and Heartless is doing a great job of combining all the elements I enjoyed from the original.

“‘As I said before, it was very warm inside, that’s all. And I’ve barely eaten all day.’
‘No doubt the corset of tortures didn’t help.’ 
Her scowl deepened. ‘A lady’s undergarments are not a suitable topic of conversation.'”Stark Reviews Logo

The Friday 56 | 08/09/17

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

The Strings of Murder

I’m currently reading The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel. I’ve only just started reading this one – about an hour ago! – so I don’t have too many thoughts on it just yet. But it’s a murder mystery set in Victorian era Edinburgh and may or may not contain supernatural happenings. So I’m really excited to read this! I hope I love it as much as I love the synopsis.

“He searched his breast pocket and reached for the crumpled note; only a few smudgy lines, but they included the words berserk, suddenly, dead, and the names of every single member of the McGray family. How could such a little piece of paper carry such a horrifying message?”

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The Friday 56 | 01/09/17

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda over at Freda’s Voice. You can find her here.

Friday 56

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

The Winner's Kiss

I’m currently reading The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski which is the final book in a YA fantasy trilogy. The story is fast-paced and the writing is beautiful. I’m anxious to see how it all ends!

“Arin slunk forward on his belly and inched over the patchy grass. The wind shrilled in his ears. It whipped dirt into his eyes. He blinked it away, eyes streaming, and crept to the edge of the cliff. He heard soil crumble beneath his weight. It sifted down the cliffs.”

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