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First Lines Friday – March 20, 2020

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!

What did the great heroes do
when the sun fell from the sky?

They leapt onto those wild flames
and learned how to fly.

– Ancient Pyraean proverb

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

Crown of Feathers

Title: Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers, #1)
Author: Nicki Pau Preto
Rating: ★★★★★

“Absolutely unforgettable.” —Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series
“A beautifully told story about justice, sisterhood, and warrior women.” —Shea Ernshaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep
“Epic in the truest sense.” —Quill and Quire

An Ember in the Ashes meets Three Dark Crowns in this lush debut fantasy novel about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to join a secret group of warriors that ride phoenixes into battle.

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

Crown of Feathers is an epic fantasy about love’s incredible power to save—or to destroy. Interspersed throughout is the story of Avalkyra Ashfire, the last Rider queen, who would rather see her empire burn than fall into her sister’s hands.

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February 2020 Wrap Up

February

Books Read: 5

Pages Read: 1,954

Currently Reading:

Subscription Boxes:

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Life:

  • Started kickboxing (with boxing gloves)!

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  • Reunion with my summer league 🙂

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  • Got third/fourth place in my volleyball tournament!
  • Started a one block quilt

My Posts:

February

Tentative TBR:

  • Ten Days Gone (Goodreads)
  • The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher (The Witcher, #0.5) (Goodreads)
  • All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth, #1) (Goodreads)
  • Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox, #3) (Goodreads)
  • The Shadows Between Us (Goodreads)

Life:

  • Finishing up my library
  • Starting my Etsy shop
  • Going to the city for my volleyball teammate’s birthday
  • Short winter league starts (co-ed and womens)

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  • Sew a pillow
  • Sew a skirt
  • Continue with my quilt
  • Sew little zipper bags
  • Sew a weighted blanket

What books did you read in February?!

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WWW Wednesday – March 18, 2020

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you just finish reading?
What are you going to read next?

Currently Reading:

I am currently reading All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth, #1) by Adalyn Grace and The Last Wish (The Witcher, #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski.

Just Finished:

Havenfall

I recently finished reading Havenfall by Sara Holland.

Reading Next:

Night of the Dragon

Next, I will be reading Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox, #3) by Julia Kagawa.

What’s on your WWW Wednesday this week? Be sure to comment below and I’ll check it out!

Book Reviews

Havenfall (Havenfall, #1) by Sara Holland

HavenfallTitle: Havenfall (Havenfall, #1)
Author: Sara Holland
Rating: ★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it–at any cost.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .

Havenfall is known as the refuge located at the place where worlds meet. Maddie, our protagonist, spends every summer helping her uncle Marcus as innkeeper of the this sanctuary. After her mother is accused of murdering Maddie’s brother, Maddie can’t wait for summer to come any sooner.

After being betrayed by those closest to her multiple times, Maddie finds herself as the standing-in innkeeper of Havenfall. While it was always her dream, she never wanted to become innkeeper this way. After sifting through all of the lies, will Maddie find the source of the evil that fell upon Havenfall?

There has always been war, that doesn’t make us all monsters.

The magic system was really unique in Havenfall. I loved figuring out the source of the opening of the door. While not a unique magic system in its entirety, how the magic was infused within the story was unique in itself.

The plot left me hanging. I want to know the status of the fourth forgotten world. Will our favorite characters return? What happened to the “bad guy”? Who does Maddie choose?

But I know, too, that I’m not giving up, not walking away. As long as I’m the Innkeeper, official or not, I’ll be whatever Havenfall needs me to be. I will become strong enough. Whatever it takes to make this place safe again, home again. Home to anyone who needs it, with its doors open wide.

Havenfall is a story of betrayal, suspenseful, and longing for a sequel. This book is perfect for lovers of fantasy and a little bit of mystery.

 

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Six for Sunday – March 15, 2020

#SixforSunday is a weekly meme hosted by Steph @ A Little But a Lot.

Six Characters Who Would Fit Right In My Family


 

1. Fie, The Merciful Crow, Margaret Owen

2. Eelyn, Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young

3. Fiske, Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young

4. Iri, Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young

5. Lu, These Rebel Waves, Sara Raasch

6. Ryn, The Bone Houses, Emily Llyod-Jones