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Monday, March 1, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm Dying to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish,
Now, hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl 
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

I sat here most of Monday trying to draft a list of characters who had/have a job that I'd want to have, and I kept drawing up a blank. I think I read too many books that have the characters in consistent danger of dying for me to want their job. So I grabbed a topic from the distant past for this week's TTT. 

Friday, February 26, 2021

Review: The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Title:
 The Gilded Ones
Author: Namina Forna
Series: Deathless #1
Genre: Mythology/Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte
Publication Date: February 9th, 2021
Edition: Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Source: Library





Synopsis:
   Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.
   But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity--and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.
   Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki--near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire's greatest threat.
   Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she's ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be--not even Deka herself.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Book Beginning | Friday 56 | Blogger Hop || The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna

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.


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.



Synopsis:
   Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.
   But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity--and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.
   Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki--near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire's greatest threat.
   Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she's ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be--not even Deka herself.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Review: Alessia in Atlantis: The Forbidden Vial by Nathalie Laine

Title:
 Alessia in Atlantis: The Forbidden Vial
Author: Nathalie Laine
Genre: Middle Grade/Fantasy
Publisher: Self-Pub
Publication Date: March 1st, 2021
Edition: eBook, 313 pages
Source: NetGalley
Pre-Order: Barnes & Noble | Book Depository







Synopsis:
   It’s not unusual for twelve-year-old Alessia to lose control of her emotions and create a scene at school. 
It is unusual when one day she’s attacked there by a giant frog monster and plunged into the underwater realm of Atlantis in an overturned boat. 
   On arriving in Atlantis, she learns that her long-lost father may have been from there. Determined to investigate, she stays and enrolls in Atlantide school: The Octopus’s Garden. 
   But uncovering the truth is not easy when the tyrannical Atlantide Emperor forbids asking about missing people. With the help of her newfound school friends, Alessia will have to steal evidence from a grumpy teacher, escape from rebel merfolk and make rhymes with menacing blue people of Minch to discover the key to her past. 
Meanwhile, someone knows exactly who she’s the daughter of, and is ready to kill her for it.


Monday, February 15, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday || Purple, Yellow, and/or Green Book Covers (in honor of Mardis Gras)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish,
Now, hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl 
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

As a Pacific North-West resident my whole life, I've never celebrated or participated in Mardis Gras. It looks like fun though. We've been dealing with Ice Storms up here this past week, so being anywhere but in this would be great. It's bad enough that on-line class had to be canceled because of power outages.