The Page 69 Test: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Happy Saturday, everyone! I meant to post this a couple days ago, but this week has been insanely busy. I’ve barely had time to read and it’s very sad. I’m hoping I have some time later today after I attend an amazing book signing!

To start of this wonderful Saturday afternoon, here is our third post of the Page 69 Test. The two paragraphs below illustrate what this post is.

The Page 69 TestMy co-bloggers and I have started a new weekly blog post: The Page 69 Test! Have you heard of the page 69 test? If not, it’s basically where you read page 69 of a book you think you will like. If you liked reading page 69, chances are you will enjoy reading the rest of the book.

Instead of posting the full page, we will be posting the first 10-20 lines of that page, starting with the first full sentence.

In honor of Stephanie Garber’s Legendary being a #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, I thought this post would feature the first book in the trilogy, Caraval. Caraval is one of mine and Stacy’s favorite books, so we were so excited when we heard the news about Legendary. Stephanie most definitely deserves being a New York Times Bestseller!

“‘Then why are you trying to stop us from leaving?’ Julian’s hands were on his belt, one reaching for his knife.

‘This boy’s a bit paranoid, isn’t he?’ Algie turned to Scarlett, but she was feeling sage-shaded colors of suspicion as well. Was it just her, or were the clocks on the wall ticking faster than before?

‘Come on,’ she said to Julian. ‘Tella’s probably worried to death about us by now.’

‘You’ll find whoever you’re looking for faster this way.’ Algie stepped over to the rosewood grandfather clock, opened its glass door, and tugged on one of its weights. As he did, the metallic puzzle clocks on the wall shifted. Click. Clack. Their pieces snapped together, rearranging into a magnificent patchwork door with a notched count wheel in place of a handle.

Algie waved an arm theatrically. ‘Today only! For a bargain price the two of you can use this entrance – a shortcut into the heart of Caraval.'”

Ahh, I absolutely LOVED this book. So if you have yet to read Caraval, I highly recommend!


Synopsis of Caraval by Stephanie Garber

CaravalRemember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

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Have you used the Page 69 Test?

♥Nikole

First Line Friday – Kingdom of Ash and Soot – C.S. Johnson

Welcome to First Line Friday, where we share the first line in a book! What we’ve been doing lately is sharing the first sentence of an upcoming novel.

In this case, that novel this week is Kingdom of Ash and Soot by C.S. Johnson, which comes out next month.

Check out the amazing first line below!

“My father’s hands, stained with darkened sunlight and roughened sores, were cold as I touched them for the last time.”

Dang, that first line gives me the chills, and also makes me a little sad. I’m currently reading Kingdom of Ash and Soot and it’s really good so far!


Synopsis of Kingdom of Ash and Soot by C.S. Johnson

39604038“I want to be free.” The words came rushing out of me before I could think through their implications and consequences.

“There are two things you need to know about yourself if you want to be free—what you stand for, and what you stand against.” Lady Penelope held up her hands, brandishing a pair of daggers that had been hidden in her skirts. “This world lives enslaved to its destruction, and so long as you are living, as long as you are fighting, you will be free.”

I gazed at the daggers, transfixed. Each blade was clothed in a leather scabbard, but the silver and obsidian of the daggers’ hilts winked at me, as though it was calling for me.

PRAGUE, 1870.

For the last ten years, nineteen-year-old Eleanora Svobodová has worked as a servant in her stepmother’s household. Along with her older brother, she dreams of the day they will be free to live life on their own terms.

But everything changes when their estranged grandmother comes to Prague on behalf of Queen Victoria. Throughout Bohemia, a string of murders and secret whispers hint at a larger coup. As the leader of the Order of the Crystal Daggers, an ancient order of spies and soldiers that protect kingdoms and their rulers, Lady Penelope is determined to mete out the perpetrators. Now, Eleanora must make the choice between a life of intrigue and saving the lives of others.

Can Eleanora find a way do the right thing and still find freedom?

With a fun blend of historical fiction, true love, castle intrigue, and family dysfunction, The Order of the Crystal Daggers is the latest adventure series from C. S. Johnson.


I am totally loving that cover, by the way! I hope you all have a great weekend! 🙂

♥Nikole

First Line Friday – Bruja Born – Zoraida Córdova

Welcome to First Line Friday, where we share the first line in a book.

For this week, I’ll be following Stacy’s amazing idea of doing teasers for upcoming books. Our book for this Friday is Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova.

Now, I’m going to stretch the rules a bit. I’m going to add the first two sentences, as the first sentence is only five words long. Also, this is the sequel to Labyrinth Lost, so I highly recommend checking out that book. It’s fantastic!

“This is a love story. At least, it was, before my sister sent me to hell.”

Whoa, I know right? How would you react if your family member sent you to hell? If you’re curious as to how that even happened, I encourage you to read Labyrinth Lost!

The synopsis for Bruja Born is below. It does contain some spoilers, but not too many, from the first book.


Synopsis of Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

33918887Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister’s newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula’s bruja healing powers can’t fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula’s world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back…


I’ll be posting my review of Bruja Born this weekend, so stay tuned! 🙂

Happy reading!

♥Nikole