First Lines Fridays | March 1

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First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book
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Review | Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

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Title: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Published: October 2, 2018

Read as: US hardcover

Average Goodreads rating: 3.67

My rating: 4

The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been. Continue reading

Book Spotlight | The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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Title: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Anticipated publication date: February 26th, 2019

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic. Continue reading