Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 #82 ~ Sinful Cinderella

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*Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are currently 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.
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*The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.

 26590191Title: Sinful Cinderella

Author: Anita Valle

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Summary via Goodreads:

And you thought the stepsisters were wicked….

I’m not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That’s what I WANT them to think. Because then they won’t suspect what I’m really up to.

The ball, the prince – it’s all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don’t know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can’t see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.

They’re about to find out.


Beginning:

That prince is mine.

Page 56:

“I have set the spell so everything that’s been enchanted will turn back to it’s true form at midnight. Even the things you put white magic on! You’ll have nothing but a pumpkin, two rats, a mouse, and a dowdy dress. So watch the clock or it could get quite embarrassing!”

Thoughts:

I picked this one up as a freebie. The idea of Cinderella as the villain definitely made me curious. I’m planning to read it this weekend, and it should be a nice quick read.


What’s on your reading schedule for this weekend? 

I hope you have a nice weekend.

Happy Reading!

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Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 #81 ~ Me Before You

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*Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are currently 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.
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*The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.

15507958.jpgTitle: Me Before You (Me Before You #1)

Author: Jojo Moyes

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Summary via GoodreadsLouisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?


Beginning:

Chapter 1

There are 158 footsteps between the bus stop and home, but it can stretch to 180 if you aren’t in a hurry, like maybe if you were wearing platform shoes.

Page 56-57:

“Your friends got the shitty treatment. Fine. They probably deserved it. But I’m just here day after day trying to do the best job I can. So I would really appreciate it if you didn’t make my life as unpleasant as you do everyone else’s.”

Will’s eyes widened a little. There was a beat before he spoke again. “And what if I told you I didn’t want you here?”

Thoughts:

I, like many people, recently watched the trailer for the Me Before You movie and totally fell in love, so I knew I had to get my hands on the book. I started it today, so I’m only a few pages in, but I’m already really enjoying it.


What’s on your reading schedule for this weekend? 

I hope you have a nice weekend.

Happy Reading!

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 #80 ~ A Darker Shade of Magic

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*Book Beginnings on Friday hosted by Rose City Reader
*Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are currently 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.
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*The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.

 22055262Title: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)

Author: V.E. Schwab

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Summary via GoodreadsKell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.


Beginning:

Kell wore a very peculiar coat.

It had neither one side, which would be conventional, nor two, which would be unexpected, but several, which was, of course, impossible.

About 20%:

But the things about people, Kell had discovered, is that they didn’t really want to know. They thought they did, but knowing only made them more miserable.

Thoughts:

I started the audio book a few days ago, or so, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s still in the set-up part of the story, but the world building is already fantastic, and people keep telling me it will get even better. And I’m seriously in love with Kell’s coat. It would be so awesome to have a coat like that.


What’s on your reading schedule for this weekend? 

I hope you have a nice weekend.

Happy Reading!

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 #79 ~ The Lie

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*Book Beginnings on Friday hosted by Rose City Reader
*Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are currently 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.
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*The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.

 27570367Title: The Lie

Author: Karina Halle

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Summary via Goodreads:

Their love led to a lie
Their truth led to the end

Brigs McGregor is crawling out from the ashes. After losing his wife and son in a car accident and his job from his subsequent downward spiral, he’s finally moving forward, getting a prestigious teaching position at the University of London and a new life in the city. Slowly, but surely, he’s pushing past the guilt and putting his tragic past behind him.

Until he sees her.

Natasha Trudeau once loved a man so much she thought she’d die without him. But their love was wrong, doomed from the start, and when their world crashed around them, Natasha was nearly buried in the rubble. It took years of moving on to forget him, and now that she’s in London, she’s ready to start again.

Until she sees him.

Because some loves are too dangerous to ever indulge.
And some loves are far too powerful to ignore.
Their love just might be the life and the death of them.


Beginning:

“I’m sorry.”

56%:

This isn’t just going to be a kiss.

Maybe it never was.

Thoughts:

I bought this book for my kindle because it was on sale and I ended up reading right away. I really enjoyed it. The book starts out really sad and then gets really sweet and hopeful. It’s a pretty quick read and I will definitely be reading more from this author.


What’s on your reading schedule for this weekend? 

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Happy Reading!

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 #78 ~ A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.

 23666139Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.


Beginning:

The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.

Page 56:

“If you’re wise, you’ll keep your mouth shut and your ears open. It’ll do you more good here than a loose tongue. And keep your wits about you-even your senses will try to betray you here.”

Thoughts:

I am halfway into this book, and I’m glad I finally decided to get around to reading it, because I am enjoying it very much. I’m loving this one as much as I love the Throne of Glass series.


What’s on your reading schedule for this weekend? 

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Happy Reading!

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 #77 ~ Red Queen

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Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.

 22328546Title: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Author: Victoria Aveyard

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Summary via GoodreadsThis is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …


Beginning:

I hate First Friday.

36%:

I can’t believe I didn’t see him for what he was from the beginning: a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And now I’m the sheep pretending to be a wolf.

Thoughts:

I finally got around to reading this book, like I’ve been saying I would for a while now. I’m listening to this one on audiobook and I’m really enjoying it.


What’s on your reading schedule for this weekend? 

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Happy Reading!

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 #76 ~ Eternity

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*Book Beginnings on Friday hosted by Rose City Reader
*Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are currently 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.
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*The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.

 17252681Title: Eternity (The Immortals #1)

Author: Maggie Shayne

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Summary via Goodreads: Three hundred years ago, Raven St. James was accused of witchcraft…Only one man tried to free her from the hangman’s noose–Duncan, the town minister, who died trying to save her. Three hundred years later, the accused witch still lives and longs for her love…At last, after centuries of loneliness, Raven has found her precious Duncan. But as he awakens to the passion of his past life, so too does the evil that tore them apart. Now Raven and Duncan must prove their love for all eternity…


Beginning:

I always knew I was a witch.

Page 56:

She was lying. Even in this state, he knew she was. He lifted a hand, touched her hair, felt it’s silk just as before. He could even smell it, and he knew its scent was the same. “If you’re not the woman I saw hanged in the town square,” he whispered, “then light the candle and let me see your face.”

Thoughts:

This is another kindle freebie I recently picked up. It’s got mixed reviews, but most have been positive. The story itself sounds interesting and I’m looking forward to reading this one.


What’s on your reading schedule for this weekend? 

I hope you have a nice weekend.

Happy Reading!