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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!

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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

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First Lines Friday – March 13, 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!

Yenni made her decision as her cousins slithered through the grass like log snakes, hemming the creature in from all sides. They would hate her for this.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Given

Title: Given
Author: Nandi Taylor
Rating: ★★★

“The captivating worldbuilding of magical lands and well-paced plot and character development combined with intriguing twists will have readers looking forward to more. ” – Kirkus Reviews

A subversive fantasy-romance steeped in West-African and Caribbean traditions.

Yenni has never been this far from home. With only her wits, her strength and her sacred runelore, the fierce Yirba warrior princess is alone in the Empire of Cresh. It’s a land filled with strange magics and even stranger people—many of whom mistrust anyone who’s different. But Yenni will prove herself, and find a cure for her father’s wasting illness. She will not fail.

No one warned her about the dragons. Especially not about him.

Yes, there is something powerful and compelling about the violet-black dragon known as Weysh. In human form he’s muscular, beautiful—and completely infuriating. What kind of arrogant creature claims a stranger as his Given; as his destined mate? Yenni is no man’s—or dragon’s—plaything. But other magics must be at work here, because Weysh might just be her best hope at finding the answers she seeks.

Only now Yenni can’t tell if she’s fighting her attraction to a dragon…or fighting fate itself.