Thursday, March 2, 2017

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Ensnared by Rita Stradling

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Have just started this one. I like retellings, and I hope the "near future" part doesn't take away from what I love about Beauty and the Beast, it is my favorite fairy-tale after all.

A Near-Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast 
     Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake. 
     Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.
     To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see. 
     Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

Book Beginning:
   Alainn stepped on the brake pedal of her vintage convertible and hoped, this time, it would listen to her.
   Vintage. That was what the used car sales automaton had called the little white car. Three hours later, she learned that vintage meant death trap.

My 56:
   She sat at the dinner table he always saw her at in these recordings. Her hair was up messily, even though she wore a green gown that reflected the light around her.


  1. I have this on my kindle to read too - need to get to it. Here's my Friday meme

  2. This looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Today I'm featuring an oldie - 1984 by George Orwell.

  3. Lately, I've been seeing a lot more about this book. It looks pretty interesting.

  4. This book does look very tempting...thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “A SEPARATION”

  5. I could envision the scene from the 56. I'm hearing a lot about this book lately. Thanks for sharing with us! I'd love for you and your readers to check out my BB and 56 . . .

  6. This one keeps popping up! Guess I have to look into it. Hope you have a good weekend and enjoy your reading. Here's a link to my latest post:

  7. This is on my review stack but its December release date has it on the bottom of the pile. I am eager to get to it. This week I am featuring Justice Calling by Annie Bellet. Happy reading!

  8. This is a good one! Happy weekend!

  9. Great idea for a story. The opening makes me want to know more about Alainn's world and how the plot compares to Beauty and The Beast.
    My Friday post features The Other Daughter.

  10. Foreshadowing!

    Thanks for posting on BBOF!

  11. I really enjoyed Ensnared! It's my favorite fairy-tale as well :) My Friday 56

  12. This is such a unique retelling. A lot of people are tellling me to read it when it's released.

    My Friday 56 from Odds and Ends