#Friday56 – The Rain Heron

Hiya, it’s FriYAY time again!

This week’s Friday 56 comes from a powerful and deeply moving eco-fable called The Rain Heron. I am so glad that I was accepted for a copy of this through NetGalley so huge thanks to them and Atlantic Books for approving my request.

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

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)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


Time wavered, shimmered. She could no longer tell whether days  were beginning or ending. Most of the time she lay in her cave, not quite asleep or awake, buffeted not just by hunger, thirst and pain but also by visions, memories, half-dreams.

This raw, parable of finding the balance of living harmoniously with nature is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in the environment and giving back to our natural world. You can check out my full review here!


Are you a conservationist? Have you read any stories about the power of nature which you think are must-reads? As always, leave me your #Friday56 links or drop me a comment to chat!

T xx

#Friday56 – My Fence Is Electric: and Other Stories

Howdy Bibliofriends, it’s Friday!

This week’s Friday 56 comes from My Fence Is Electric: and Other Stories by Mark Newman. I was so excited when Odyssey Books contacted me directly to review this collection of short stories. It’s not often I’m approached by publishers directly so I jumped at the opportunity straight away – and I was not disappointed – thanks so much to them and Mark Newman!!

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

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)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


A rustling, a muted round of applause then, as all the little yellow squares test their newfound wings. Then there is a blur of little yellow squares around them, like blossoms falling. They are surrounded like this for perhaps a minute, then the little yellow squares find a place to land and fold themselves flat again.

This collection of short stories was so relevant and current that I strongly suggest you check it out – there really is a story for everyone in this anthology and it’s so clear to see why so many of them are award-winning. In a world filled with novels and epic sweeping series, Mark Newman has put the humble short story firmly back on the map! You can check out my full review here!


What is your favourite short story / short story collection? Do you read this genre often or would you like to explore it more? As always, leave me your #Friday56 links or drop me a comment to chat!

T xx

#Friday56 – A Touch of Death

Happy Friday Bibliofriends! The weekend is almost here…

This week’s Friday 56 comes from A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden. I was so overwhelmed when Rebecca contacted me to review the first book in her dystopian Outlands Pentalogy. It’s such a fantastic novel and I can’t wait to get my hand on the sequel and find out what happens next.

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

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)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


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A Touch of Death is an intriguing, dystopian thriller which left me curious as to how the series is going to develop next. I absolutely loved the attention to detail at the world-building in the Kingdom of Cutta and am looking forwards to getting my hands on the sequel. You can check out my full review here!


What do you look for in dystopian fiction? Do you have any fun weekend plans? As always, leave me your #Friday56 links or drop me a comment to chat!

T xx

#Friday56 – Descendant of the Crane

FriYAY is here at last!

This week’s Friday 56 comes from Descendant of the Crane by Joan He. I squealed with excitement the moment I was accepted for this from NetGalley so big thanks to them, Titan Books and Joan He for the opportunity to read this book.

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

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)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


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Descendant of the Crane is the perfect balance of political intrigue and mystery all set in a fantastical oriental inspired world. The ending was an absolute rollercoaster of revelations and the Epilogue just left me wanting more, more, more! If you enjoyed Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Song of Sorrow then Descendant of the Crane may be the love-child of the two that you’ve been searching for. You can check out my full review here!


Have you read Descendant of the Crane? What’s your favourite Asian fantasy? As always, leave me your #Friday56 links or drop me a comment to chat!

T xx

#Friday56 – The Space Between Worlds

I’ve got that feeling again guys – it must be Friday!

This week’s Friday 56 comes from The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson. I was so thrilled to get approved for this book from Netgalley so big thanks to the publishers Hodder and Stoughton, Netgalley and the author for this e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

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)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


You  understand you’re alive, don’t you? she says, more than once. You are alive, Caramenta. You are still whole.
She calls me a dead girl’s name, and pronounces her alive. But even if she’d gotten my name right I wouldn’t really believe her. I used to be at least 382. Now I am 7. How can I possibly be whole?

The Space Between Worlds is a gripping dystopian Sci-fi novel set across a multiverse of 382 versions of Earth. This novel is action-packed with doppelgänger difficulties, raging wars and revolutions as well as some poignant ideas about the true meaning of finding yourself in a universe where 382 versions of you exist.

If this gets your Sci-Fi senses all a-tingling then check out my full review here!


How would you feel if there were 382 (or fewer!) versions of yourself out there in the big expansive void? Would being a world walker give you freedom or give you a bad case of the imposter syndrome? As always, leave me your #Friday56 links or drop me a comment to chat!

T xx

#Friday56 – The Shadows Between Us

Happy Friday Bibliofriends!

I cannot believe May has flown by so quickly! Perhaps it’s because the days have all been rolling into one! This week’s Friday 56 comes from The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller which was the feature book in the February 2020 FairyLoot Rulebreakers box. This edition has a gorgeous purple cover (as opposed to the alternative red), artwork on the reverse of the dust jacket and an embossed rose design on the cover as well as being signed by the author!

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

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)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


Down the table, I watch pair after pair of eyes pretending not to be watching me. The men wonder what I’ve done to have the king claim me. The women watch my every move, wondering how they could get the king to claim them. 

I chose this quote from p.54 as I wanted to highlight Alessandra’s character. It really sets up the whole tone of the novel which was wickedly fun! Full review to come soon!

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?


 

Have you read this book? Do you like your romances with a side of Slytherin? 😉 As always, leave me your Friday56 links or drop me a comment to chat!

T xx

#Friday56 – The Flatshare

Happy FriYAY Bibliofriends!

This week’s Friday 56 is from The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. A really endearing story about how love finds itself in the most unconventional of ways.

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

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)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


 

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This book was incredibly fun and if this little sneak peek has inspired you to find out more about The Flatshare or pick up the book for yourself then feel free to check out my review of it here: Biblioshelf Musings – The Flatshare.


Have a great weekend everyone! As always, leave me your Friday 56 links or drop me a comment below to chat.

T xx

#Friday56 – Romanov

It’s FriYAY time! Every step closer to the weekend brings yet more happiness!

This week’s Friday 56 is from Romanov by Nadine Brandes. Based on the tale of Anastasia, Romanov questions what really happened to Anastasia during the Russian Revolution of 1918.

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

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)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


Everyone woke at sunrise – not because we were rested and certainly not from the sun shining, for it couldn’t penetrate the whitewash. We woke because we were together again. It was better than any birthday or Easter morning. We also knew that rhythm was a fierce weapon against despair.

I thoroughly enjoyed every single moment of this book. I could talk about it for ages. There are so many quotes dotted everywhere which spread lots of hopeful, poignant and meaningful messages to the reader. If you haven’t seen it already and you’re interested in finding out more about this amazing book then you can check out my Biblioshelf Musings about Romanov here. If you loved Anastasia’s tragic tale, or you’re just a history fan who likes their stories with a little side of magic and intrigue, then I strongly suggest you pick up this book!


Have a great weekend everyone! As always, leave me your Friday 56 links or drop me a comment below to chat.

T xx

#Friday56 – The Carpet Cipher

Happy VE Day / Bank Holiday / Friday Bibliofriends!

I hope you have been having a good week. I am looking forward to spending the Bank Holiday by catching up on some reading and blog-hopping. Drop me a comment if you want me to stop by your posts.

This week’s Friday 56 comes from my most recent Netgalley read, The Carpet Cipher by Jane Thornely.

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

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)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


I admit that knowing he was watching my back was fortifying. Forget that it was unlikely he could get to me quickly, anyway. Right then, I was focused on being inside a weaving studio alone. It was like standing inside a cathedral, hushed and hallowed with all that I revered. But I had to get to work.

The Carpet Cipher is a historical mystery thriller which sees textile and carpet lover Phoebe McCabe get entangling in a murder investigation and treasure hunt spanning Venice and Marrakech. The plot features on the use of carpets and textiles depicted in two notable artworks and the deeper meanings/symbology which they convey.

I received a free copy of this e-book thanks to Netgalley and the publishers BooksGoSocial / Riverflow Press in exchange for an honest review. Full review up tomorrow!


Are you into your historical mystery thrillers and conspiracies? What would be your top picks? How are you spending the Bank Holiday weekend? As always, drop me a comment to chat!

T xx

Friday 56 – Wolf Hall

It’s Fri-YAY!! 🤗

This week’s Friday 56 and First Lines Friday comes from historical novel Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

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)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


A conversation between me and Wolf Hall from 2009:

Me: I really didn’t like the last (and only) Mantel book I read…
Wolf Hall: But I won’t be like Beyond Black, I promise, buy me!
Me: You are pretty hefty at over 650 pages…
Wolf Hall: But I’m all about the Tudors, your favourite history period… buy me buy me!
Me: I don’t think I’ll ever find the time to read you.
Wolf Hall: But I won the Man Booker Prize and my sequel Bring Up the Bodies did too… That’s TWO MAN BOOKERS! Buy me buy me buy me!!
*buys both Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies*

Years later – Present Day…
Wolf Hall: [whispers enticingly from the shelf] You still haven’t read me yet, I’ve even been a TV series that you haven’t watched either… It’s not like you can go out and see all of your friends right now, I’ll be the perfect lockdown companion…

So that’s the story of how I finally got round to reading Wolf Hall. I don’t know why but I always feel a sense of achievement when I read something that has won a prestigious award or prize. I have a Biblioshelf Musings about Wolf Hall coming up next Wednesday so watch this space, but for now here are the First Lines Friday and Friday 56!


First Lines Friday:

‘So now get up.’
Felled, dazed, silent, he has fallen; knocked full length on the cobbles of the yard. His head turns sideways; his eyes are turned towards the gate, as if someone might arrive to help him out. One blow, properly placed, could kill him now.

Friday 56:

The cardinal closes his eyes. Tears are seeping from beneath his lids. ‘For it is a truth,’ says Cavendish, ‘that fortune is inconstant, fickle and mutable …’


As I said, my review for this is coming up on Wednesday and I cannot tell you how much I admire this book. It is my latest 5 star read and it totally makes sense to me how this ended up winning the Man Booker!

Have you read Wolf Hall? Do you enjoy Historical Fiction? As always, drop me a comment to chat and feel free to leave your Friday 56 or First Line Friday links below so I can swing by!

Happy weekend everyone!
T xx