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First Lines Friday – September 13, 2019

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. The meme is based on the idea that instead of judging a book by its cover, author, prestige, we judge it instead by its opening line(s). You can check out my review of the book here!

CASTES

At night, the heavenly rulers dreamed of colors, and into the day those colors bled onto the earth, raining down onto the paper people and blessing them with the gifts of the gods. But in their fear, some of the paper people bid from the rain and were so left untouched. And some basked in the storm, and so were blessed above all others with the strength and wisdom of the heavens.
                                                                                                           – The Okharan Mae Scripts

 

Paper caste — Fully human, unadorned with any animal-demon features, and incapable of demon abilities such as flight.

Steel caste — Humans endowed with partial animal-demon qualities, both in physicality and abilities.

Moon caste — Full demon, with whole animal-demon features such as horns, wings, or fur on a humanoid form, and complete demon capabilities.
                                                                   – the Demon King’s postwar Treaty on the Castes

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

Girls of Paper and Fire

Title: Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)
Author: Natasha Ngan
Rating: ★★★★★

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king.
It’s the highest honour they could hope for…
And the most demeaning.

This year, there’s a ninth girl.
And instead of paper,
She’s made of fire.

Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class in Ikhara. Ten years ago, her mother was snatched by the royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl whose golden eyes, whose rumoured beauty has piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. There, Lei does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

Please be aware that this contains scenes of violence and sexual assault.

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[BLOG TOUR] A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth

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Welcome to my stop on A Treason of Thorns book tour! Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour stop!


ABOUT THE BOOK

A Treason of Thorns

Title: A TREASON OF THORNS
Author: Laura E. Weymouth
Pub. Date: September 10, 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Formats: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&N, iTunes, TBD, Kobo, Google Books

Violet Sterling has spent the last seven years in exile, longing to return to Burleigh House. One of the six great houses of England, Burleigh’s magic always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept Violet happy, draping her in flowers while she slept, fashioning secret hiding places for her, and lighting fires on the coldest nights to keep her warm.Everything shattered, though, when her father committed high treason trying to free Burleigh from the king’s oppressive control. He was killed, and Vi was forced into hiding. When she’s given a chance to go back, she discovers Burleigh has run wild with grief. Vines and briars are crumbling the walls. Magic that once enriched the surrounding countryside has turned dark and deadly, twisting lush blooms into thorns, poisoning livestock and destroying crops. Burleigh’s very soul is crying out in pain. Vi would do anything to help, and soon she finds herself walking the same deadly path as her father all those years before. Vi must decide how far she’s willing to go to save her house—before her house destroys everything she’s ever known.Content warnings are available via the author’s website.


REVIEW

A good Caretaker puts her House first. Before her family. Before her friends.

First off, the cover is beautiful.

The premise of the novel is unique in and of itself: a conscious house, able to perceive and feel things. My initial thought was of the movie Monster House. Burleigh House is in despair after the death of it’s current Caretaker, Violet’s (Vi’s) father. After being put on house arrest after treasonous acts towards the king. The house controls the welfare of the land surrounding it. Animals are becoming diseased, crops are dying, and people are being forced to leave the land unable to survive any longer. But, Vi doesn’t have long herself before she is also killed trying to save the one thing she loves more than anything else: Burleigh.

I was born to look after this land, and to care for Burleigh House.

No matter the cost. No matter the risks involved.

I loved that a “thing” was morphed into a character. I have read novels where the protagonist loves their house in an odd way, but never where the house was a character itself. One of my favorite things about the novel, was the way that history was replayed using memories and the reader slowly piecing together the truth of Burleigh’s journey and history.

Someday, I will die for Burleigh House. It’s only become a matter of when.

I wanted to love this novel and believe there was a little more potential than was executed. As a reader, I wanted to know more about Wyn. Knowing more history of Wyn and Vi’s mother would’ve made the story more well-rounded.

I really did like the story, but I wanted more. With that being said, I think there is potential for a series to arise out of this novel. We know there are more houses that could potentially come to the same result. It could be interesting to learn about the one house that already failed. Could Vi possibly help prevent the other houses from failing?!

★★★


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura WeymouthLaura Weymouth is a Canadian living in exile in America, and the sixth consecutivegeneration of her family to immigrate from one country to another. Born andraised in the Niagara region of Ontario, she now lives at the edge of the woods inwestern New York, along with her husband, two wild-hearted daughters, a spoiledcat, an old soul of a dog, and an indeterminate number of chickens. She isrepresented by the inimitable Lauren Spieller of TriadaUS.

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GIVEAWAY

Win signed copies of Laura E. Weymouth’s books: THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS and ATREASON OF THORNS (US/CAN only)
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September 11th

Utopia State of Mind – Review  + Favourite Quotes
The Book Bratz – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Book Dutchesses – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Hermit Librarian – Review + Favourite Quotes
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Dream Cast

September 12th

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Guest Post
Librorum in Sempiternum – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Baroness of Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
Synopses by Sarge – Review

September 13th

Kait Plus Books – Interview
Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
Books of Teacups – Review
Chrikaru Reads – Review
A Few Chapters ’til Love – Review + Favourite Quotes

September 14th

Morgan Vega – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
Luchia Houghton Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes
Jrsbookreviews – Review

September 15th

NovelKnight – Guest Post
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes
Novel Nerd Faction – Review + Playlist
In Between Book Pages – Review + Favourite Quotes
Sincerely Karen Jo – Review

September 16th

Wishful Endings – Interview
A Court of Coffee and Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
Bookish Features

Waiting on Wednesday – September 11, 2019 (Part 2)

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

Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger

Six Goodbyes We Never Said

From Goodreads:

Two teens meet after tragedy and learn about love, loss, and letting go

Naima Rodriguez doesn’t want your patronizing sympathy as she grieves her father, her hero—a fallen Marine. She’ll hate you forever if you ask her to open up and remember him “as he was,” though that’s all her loving family wants her to do in order to manage her complex OCD and GAD. She’d rather everyone back the-eff off while she separates her Lucky Charms marshmallows into six, always six, Ziploc bags, while she avoids friends and people and living the life her father so desperately wanted for her.

Dew respectfully requests a little more time to process the sudden loss of his parents. It’s causing an avalanche of secret anxieties, so he counts on his trusty voice recorder to convey the things he can’t otherwise say aloud. He could really use a friend to navigate a life swimming with pain and loss and all the lovely moments in between. And then he meets Naima and everything’s changed—just not in the way he, or she, expects.

Candace Ganger’s Six Goodbyes We Never Said is no love story. If you ask Naima, it’s not even a like story. But it is a story about love and fear and how sometimes you need a little help to be brave enough to say goodbye.

Bookish Features

Waiting on Wednesday – September 11, 2019 (Part 1)

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

Rebel by Marie Lu

Rebel

From Goodreads:

Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel. 

With unmatched suspense and her signature cinematic storytelling, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Marie Lu plunges readers back into the unforgettable world of Legend for a truly grand finale.

Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother.

A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he’d rather hide out from the world and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden safe―even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniel’s life.

As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become since their time in the Republic, a new danger creeps into the distance that’s grown between them. Eden soon finds himself drawn so far into Ross City’s dark side, even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own . . .

Book Reviews

Delilah: Treacherous Beauty (Dangerous Beauty #3) by Angela Hunt

Delilah

Title: Delilah: Treacherous Beauty (Dangerous Beauty #3)
Author: Angela Hunt
Rating: ★★★★★

A Complex and Compelling Glimpse at One of the Bible’s Baddest Girls
Life is not easy in Philistia, especially not for a woman and child alone. When beautiful, wounded Delilah finds herself begging for food to survive, she resolves that she will find a way to defeat all the men who have taken advantage of her. She will overcome the roadblocks life has set before her, and she will find riches and victory for herself.
When she meets a legendary man called Samson, she senses that in him lies the means for her victory. By winning, seducing, and betraying the hero of the Hebrews, she will attain a position of national prominence. After all, she is beautiful, she is charming, and she is smart. No man, not even a supernaturally gifted strongman, can best her in a war of wits.

This is a historical fiction novel based on the story of Samson and Delilah. Living in a time where women don’t have as much power, especially if they are an “outsider”, Delilah and her mother move to Philistia to live with her mother’s new husband. However, things quickly turn sour when Adinai dies and they are left at the hands of her miserable step-brother, Achish. Always wanting Delilah for her beauty, he takes advantage of her daily and sells her mother into slavery. Only after she escapes the hands of Achish does Delilah realize that she is with child. She will stop at nothing to rescue her mother and get the revenge on Achish that he deserves.

Delilah – Mother; Betrayer; Foreigner

Samson – Strongman;Judge of Israel; taken advantage of by women he cares for

Two very unlikely matches find themselves in a love story. But in order to be free of Achish, Delilah must betray the one she loves.

A story of love, deceit, betrayal, and an exciting account of the Bible, Delilah will have readers fall in love with a story of venerability and mercy.

Bookish Features

First Lines Friday – September 6, 2019

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. The meme is based on the idea that instead of judging a book by its cover, author, prestige, we judge it instead by its opening line(s). You can check out my review of the book here!

“You’ve escaped one prison before, so you’ll be escaping another in no time.” Mykal spoke those optimistic words thirty-one days ago, but I didn’t have the heart to remind him that it took me five years to flee Vorkter Prison.

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Last Hope

Title: The Last Hope (The Raging Ones, #2)
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Rating: ★★★★

A stunning conclusion to the sci-fi romance duology by writing duo Krista & Becca Ritchie, The Last Hope is filled with twists and turns you’ll never see coming.

Sacrifice all you have to survive. 

Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal have sat with an unfathomable revelation. But as they fight to stay alive, escaping prison means trusting a young mysterious stranger. He knows everything about their lost histories, and when answers aren’t given freely, the bonded trio are forced to join a mission. One that will determine the fate of humanity.

Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins.

As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.