First Lines Fridays 9/8/17

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First Lines Fridays is hosted by Wandering Words.   You just have to share the first few lines of a book to get people interested in it.

 

“It’s not like I haven’t seen a topless girl before.  I mean, I am one.  Not topless.  Not now anyway.  But I am a girl.

Seeing a topless girl standing on the neighbor’s balcony at six a.m., yelling and tossing clothes from the second floor, is definitely not the norm around here.”

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Review of Warcross by Marie Lu (digital arc)

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Summary from Goodreads:

 

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday 9/6/17

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating.

 

The book I’m picking this week doesn’t have a cover yet, but after meeting Leigh Bardugo last night, I’m really looking forward to this one.

 

Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo

 

The new series centers on Alex Stern, a 20-year-old California high school dropout with a criminal past who is mysteriously offered a second chance as a Yale University freshman. Ninth House, the first book, follows Stern’s freshman year, where she is charged with monitoring Yale’s secret societies, who engage in sinister occult activities.

 

There is no set release date yet, but hopefully it will be in 2018 and not 2019.  Leigh talked about it a little last night and it sounds awesome.

 

Add it to Goodreads.

 

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel: Release Week Plus Giveaway

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Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Publication Date:  September 5, 2017

 

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Cinderella Necromancer Release Day Celebration & Giveaway

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Cinderella, Necromancer by F.M. Boughan

Publication Date:  September 5, 2017

Publisher:  Month9Books

 

Giveaway Details:

 

  • One (1) winner will receive an  Echo Dot

 

Link for Rafflecopter Giveaway

 

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Goodreads Monday 9/4/17

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners.  You choose a random book from your TBR on Goodreads to share.

 

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The Darkest Part of the Forest  by Holly Black

 

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

 

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

#ARCstravaganza 9/4/17

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This meme was created by Krysti from YA and Wine, and hosted by her, and Sarah at The Clever Reader.  It is now hosted by Flavia the Bibliophile.    It is a way to show off an ARC.

 

I haven’t been lucky enough to get many physical copies of books, so I’m going to post about a digital ARC I have with a basic picture. I hope that’s ok.

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Standalone Sunday 9/3/17

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Standalone Sunday was created by Megan at bookslayerreads.com. It is a post to recommend a standalone book (not a series) that you enjoyed.

 

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We Are Still Tornados by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

 

It’s the summer of 1982, and for Scott and Cath, everything is about to change.

Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends for most of their lives. Now they’ve graduated high school, and Cath is off to college while Scott stays at home trying to get his band off the ground. Neither of them realized that their first year after high school would be so hard.

Fortunately, Scott and Cath still have each other, and it’s through their letters that they survive heartache, annoying roommates, family dramas, and the pressure of figuring out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they’ve ever wanted to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should think about being more than friends? One thing is clear: Change is an inescapable part of growing up, and we share unbreakable bonds with the friends who help us navigate it.

 

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

 

August 2017 Wrap Up

I participated in both the Make Me Read It Readathon and ARC August which definitely pushed me to read more than normal. Even with a bit of traveling, I managed to read 13 books in August.  I also made it through half of another.

Here is what I read.

 

 

The Hollow Girl by Hilary Monahan  4  1/2 stars  (arc)

Geekerella by Ashley Poston  5 stars

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera  5 stars

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller  4 stars (closer to  4 1/2)  (arc)

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