Thursday, November 30, 2017

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: The Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden || Friday 50/50: Favorite/Least Favorite Book Read in November

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.

I've been MIA for a while. Been really busy and a tad stressed. But I'm better now. YAY for a little extra sleep.
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Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

Book Beginning:
A girl rode a bay horse through a forest late at night. This forest had no name. It lay far from Moscow-- far from anything-- and the only sound was the snow's silence and the rattle of frozen trees.

My 56:
Outside the prince of Serpukhov's gates, the city was just stirring, The sound and smell of frying cakes laced with morning silence. A group of small boys were playing on a snow-slide in the violet dawn, before the bigger boys came to sweep them aside.

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50/50 Friday is a new weekly link-up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.

Favorite/Least Favorite Book Read in November
Cover linked to review




  1. I am glad you are feeling better, Marie. I still need to read Arden's first book, but I definitely plan to--and then I'll read this one. I need to make time for it soon. I'm glad to see you liked Tethered Mage. It sounds so good! I hope to read that one too. Have a great weekend!

  2. Glad to have you back and I hope you have a great weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  3. This sounds interesting. I still have to read the first book though. This week I am featuring No Place Like You by Emma Douglas. Happy reading!

  4. I really like the beginning, and love the cover! I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine . . .

  5. Gave me a Laurence of Arabia kinda feel. :-) Sounds good! Happy weekend!

  6. Hi there, Marie!

    Great looking cover. The first line sounds almost like a fairytale beginning!

    Happy Friday!

    Here's what I #amreading :

    Luv Sassy

  7. I love the cover and it sounds good!
    New GFC follower!
    Here's myFriday Post

  8. Glad you're feeling better! Sleep is like a miracle cure all. It always makes me feel better! The Tethered Mage has such a stunning cover!

    Thanks for linking up!

  9. Ooo The Tethered Mage looks like it's right up my alley! I can never stay away from a good fantasy :) Thanks for linking up, Marie!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks