Saturday, January 12, 2019

Friday Fun - January 11th, 2019

Welcome to my Friday Fun post. This is where I share with two different book parties that post on Fridays: Book Beginnings on Fridays and the Friday 56.

I finished The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer, and boy was that an amazing book. I couldn't put it down!! I also finished I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. I think that is my third time reading it. And I am already a third of the way through the second book in the series, this week's feature here on Friday Fun, The Power of Six.


Book Beginnings on Fridays


(Please join Gilion Dumas for Book Beginnings 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.)

Here is my book beginnings for The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore.

"My name is Marina, as of the sea, but I wasn't called that until much later. In the beginning I was known merely as Seven, one of the nine surviving Garde from the planet Lorien, the fate of which was, and still it, left in our hands. Those of us who aren't lost. Those of us still alive."

If you haven't read the first book, I am Number Four, but you plan to, you may not want to read the rest of this paragraph if you prefer to be completely spoiler free. I admit, I remember my first reaction to reading this for the first time last year, was one of slight disappointment, as it appeared we were now going to be getting the story from a new main character. As I knew that Number Four, John Smith, was still alive, I was assuming the story was going to continue to take place from his point of view. However, as I continued reading, I was glad to finally be meeting one of the other Garde, and getting some of her history.

Now for:
The Friday 56


The Friday 56 is hosted over at 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.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

Here is my Friday 56 selection.

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

"'Marina, as of the sea,' he had said, and I'd found it odd that he knew my name, though I shouldn't have since I'd seen him every week at the church pretty much since the day I'd arrived. 'Come keep a drunk man company a few minutes.'"

Friday, January 4, 2019

Friday Fun - January 4th, 2019

Welcome to my Friday Fun post. This is where I share with two different book parties that post on Fridays: Book Beginnings on Fridays and the Friday 56.

It has been a while since I have posted here. I sort of reread the Keeper of the Lost Cities series again, so didn't have anything new to share. Then I reread the Twilight series, though I am not sure why I didn't share from those books. I guess I wasn't sure whether I had already shared them in previous years as I reread those books a lot. 

Anyway, I found a couple of new books to read. And then the Christmas gift my husband bought for me finally arrived, and I got to add another book to my reading pile.


Book Beginnings on Fridays


(Please join Gilion Dumas for Book Beginnings 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.)

Here is my book beginnings for Story Thieves by James Riley.

"Owen wanted to scream at the horror before him. But the sound wouldn't come and the nightmare only continued, forcing Owen to ask himself, deep down, one question."

Well, that was an interesting first couple of sentences, getting the reader all set for some sort of real horror, which ended up being nothing more than a student being bored in class. To me, it seemed a little overdone, but I guess that was in preparation of how this main character was going to be throughout the book.

And here is my book beginnings for The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer.

"Today's errand had become routine for the woman who was currently calling herself Chris Taylor. She'd gotten up much earlier than she liked, then dismantled and stowed her usual nighttime precautions. It was a real pain to set everything up in the evening only to take it down first thing in the morning, but it wasn't worth her life to indulge in a moment of laziness."

Quite a bit of mystery and the hint of danger and suspense in those three sentences. I admit, it caught my interest immediately. 

I actually shared my Book Beginnings and Friday 56 for I am Number Four a year and a half ago, but the Book Beginning was from the Prologue, so today I will share from chapter one, and choose a different passage to share for the Friday 56.

So, here is my book beginnings for I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

"In the beginning there were nine of us. We left when we were young, almost too young to remember. Almost."

I can't remember my first reaction to this beginning, but I know I was quite intrigued, and now I just love this whole series.
Now for:
The Friday 56


The Friday 56 is hosted over at 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.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

Here are my Friday 56 selections.

 Story Thieves by James Riley

"From across the room and just out of Dr. Verity's sight, Bethany's eyes went wide with terror, and she frantically motioned for Owen to stay still."

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

"It was like he was helping her, like he was on her side. He was right beside the window, looking out, standing tall, with the wavy hair very much in evidence."

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

"Inside, the halls are bustling with activity, students loitering at lockers, talking, laughing. A few look at me and whisper. I don't know whether it's because of the confrontation or because of the darkroom. It's likely that they are whispering about both."

Friday, November 23, 2018

Friday Fun - November 23rd, 2018

Welcome to my Friday Fun post. This is where I share with two different book parties that post on Fridays: Book Beginnings on Fridays and the Friday 56.

I finally got to read the newest book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. My husband had gotten me the exclusive edition of Flashback from Barnes and Nobel, which had illustrated end pages, plus a short story from the perspective of one of the characters, Fitz. I didn't get to read it as soon as it arrived because I was trying to finish rereading the previous books. Once I did start it, I found it very hard to put back down, which didn't surprise me as I have been quite obsessed with this series. 

I will be sharing my review of the book at some point over on my homeschooling blog, Tots and Me. For now, I will be sharing my Book Beginnings and my Friday 56


Book Beginnings on Fridays


(Please join Gilion Dumas for Book Beginnings 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.)

Here is my book beginnings for The Keeper of the Lost Cities: Flashback by Shannon Messenger.


From the Preface

"This time we win.
It was Sophie's only thought, even as the world around her fell into shadow and chaos.
Even as the Neverseen revealed their next more - their next twist in this deadly game.
A game Sophie had lost over and over again."

Sounds like the conflict between Sophie and her friends and the Neverseen is getting quite intense now. I was definitely looking forward to finding out what was going on. 

Now for:
The Friday 56


The Friday 56 is hosted over at 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.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

Here is my Friday 56 selection.

 The Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

"'Grizel handed her a new throwing star. 'Okay, then try aiming for the forehead this time.'
Sophie stared at the dummy, telling herself it was just a faceless, weathered hunk of wood shaped like a body. But her queasy stomach didn't get the message.'"

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Friday Fun - October 26th, 2018

Welcome to my Friday Fun post. This is where I share with two different book parties that post on Fridays: Book Beginnings on Fridays and the Friday 56.

Last time I shared from Fugitive Six by Pittacus Lore. This is the second book in the Lorien Legacies Reborn series, which takes place after the events of the I am Number Four series. Since then I have finished the Land of Stories series and started rereading the Keeper of the Lost Cities books in preparation for book 7: Flashback, coming out in a week and a half. The fourth book that we were waiting for never did become available. It appears we were not first in line to receive it, but third, which means we won't be seeing it until at least December. Sooo, my hubby surprised me by buying the boxed set of the first five books. Anyhow, I will be reading these books for the next couple of weeks. 

For today I wanted to share my Book Beginnings and Friday 56 from the last book of the Land of Stories series titled: Worlds Collide. It was an action packed ending to this great series. 


Book Beginnings on Fridays


(Please join Gilion Dumas for Book Beginnings 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.)

Here is my book beginnings for The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer.

"Bookworm Paradise had never been so crowded. Over a thousand guests were cramped inside the bookstore's event space, until there were no more open chairs and no standing room left"

Well, this wasn't quite what I was expecting from the prologue of the last book of this series. The picture on the page and the title share that there is a birthday party occurring, and even who it is for. Many years have passed since the events of the last book, which was a bit confusing. I had to question whether this event was real or a dream. I will say, after reading the entire book, I do like the way the author kept us in suspense throughout the entire book, not knowing for sure what happened to a certain character who was in trouble at the end of the previous book. 

Now for:
The Friday 56


The Friday 56 is hosted over at 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.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

Here is my Friday 56 selection.

 The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer

"'You can't let the darkness consume you,' Froggy told himself. 'There is too much you'll miss out on if you give in to it! You have to find a way out of this prison so you can have a future with the people you love! You must hold on to your identity so you don't suffer the same fate as the man from the Evil Queen's magic mirror!''"

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Friday Fun - October 6th, 2018

Welcome to my Friday Fun post. This is where I share with two different book parties that post on Fridays: Book Beginnings on Fridays and the Friday 56.

Last week I shared that I was reading Generation One in the Lorien Legacies Reborn series because I had to hurry up as Fugitive Six (the second book) was due back at the library. Well, I finished it and started Fugitive Six. So, today that is the book I am sharing.


Book Beginnings on Fridays


(Please join Gilion Dumas for Book Beginnings 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.)

Here is my book beginnings for Fugitive Six by Pittacus Lore.

From the Prologue:

"Duanphen watched the beggar as he scurried through traffic with his bucket and rag. The boy couldn't have been more than twelve, small, with a mop of greasy black hair. He picked his cars smartly-shiny ones with tinted windows and drunk passengers."

Well, I was a bit surprised that the book opened by introducing a new character. Wasn't sure if I would like it, but fortunately it was just setting the stage for what was going on, and in chapter two we were back with the characters we've come to know and love. 

Now for:
The Friday 56


The Friday 56 is hosted over at 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.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

Here is my Friday 56 selection.

 Fugitive Six by Pittacus Lore

"'They've got moles here,' Taylor said. 'Maybe we should get some there.'
'How do you suggest we do that?'
'Let me go back,' Taylor replied. 'Let them recruit me. I'll be a double agent.'"

Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday Fun - September 28th, 2018

Welcome to my Friday Fun post. This is where I share with two different book parties that post on Fridays: Book Beginnings on Fridays and the Friday 56.

Yep, we are still waiting on book 4 in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger. If the person who has it out from the library returns it on time, we have about a three week wait. Which puts us really really close to the release of book 7. Tabitha is really hoping to read the rest of the series before book 7 is released, as am I. 

Last week I had mentioned that I had the Lorien Legacies Reborn series in the library book box but was waiting to read them until I was done with The Land of Stories. Today I realized the second book in that series is due, so I put the Land of Stories book down and picked up Generation One, because I can't remember very many details as I read it a year ago. So, I am reading two books: The Land of Stories: An Author's Odyssey by Chris Colfer, and Generation One by Pittacus Lore. As I shared snippets from Generation One a couple of weeks ago, today I will be sharing from An Author's Odyssey.


Book Beginnings on Fridays


(Please join Gilion Dumas for Book Beginnings 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.)

Here is my book beginnings for The Land of Stories: An Author's Odyssey by Chris Colfer.

From the Prologue:

"Willow Crest Unified School District spared no expense celebrating the retirement of a beloved principal. The community banquet hall was decorated so elegantly, there wasn't a trace of Senior Bingo from the night before."

Well, that was a bit different. Obviously this was back in the real world and I knew who the retirement party was for. The question was, why was the author coming back here. I thought I might know, but I wasn't quite sure.

From Chapter 1:

"The air was filled with so much smoke, you could barely see the sky. Every time it was cleared by a strong wind, it was quickly replenished from another pillaged town or forest fire."

Well, things aren't looking good for the fairy tale world at the beginning of this book. No surprise for anyone who read the previous book. But it sure was a bit depressing to see how bad things had gotten.

Now for:
The Friday 56


The Friday 56 is hosted over at 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.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

Here is my Friday 56 selection.

 The Land of Stories: An Author's Odyssey by Chris Colfer

"'You will get what I promised once the royals have been recaptured and executed,' the Masked Man said, 'You agreed to make me an emperor, and I won't be a true emperor until all my adversaries have been destroyed!'"

Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday Fun - September 21st, 2018

Welcome to my Friday Fun post. This is where I share with two different book parties that post on Fridays: Book Beginnings on Fridays and the Friday 56.

Well, we are still waiting on book 4 in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger. I do still have the Lorien Legacies Reborn series in the library book box, but I decided I needed to finish the Land of Stories books we have out first, seeing as they will be due sooner. Plus, I stopped The Enchantress Returns halfway through. So, I actually finished that book, plus the third in the series, A Grimm Warning, and am now reading book number four in this fun, imaginative tale by Chris Colfer called Beyond the Kingdoms.

Today I will be sharing my Book Beginnings and Friday 56 from these two books.


Book Beginnings on Fridays


(Please join Gilion Dumas for Book Beginnings 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.)

Here is my book beginnings for The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer.

"It was no mystery why this part of the countryside had been christened the Black Forest. The abnormally dark leaves and tree bark were nearly impossible to see in the night."

This is from the prologue, and it was a bit different than how the other books in the series began. I honestly had no clue what was going on, but was eager to find out. This seen took place 200 years prior to the events in the story and I was so curious how they fit into the story.

Here is my book beginnings for The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer.

"In the cozy study of his home, Hans Christian Andersen was busy writing at his desk."

Well, having read book 3, I had a better idea where this prologue was coming from, and I was quite intrigued. I couldn't wait to read more back story.

Now for:
The Friday 56


The Friday 56 is hosted over at 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.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

Here are my Friday 56 selections. 

The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer

"They hadn't said a word to Conner since the school year began. Instead, they would just stare daggers at him from afar-as if he had publicly humiliated them in the past and never apologized for it."

The Legacy Chronicles: Trial By Fire by Pittacus Lore

"No matter how logical it was to her, the Fairy Council refused to believe the two were connected. Alex did the best she could to keep her frustration in check, but she could feel it bubbling up inside her like a volcano."