*First Line Friday 9/6/19* Into the Crooked Place- Alexandra Christo

36571337Into the Crooked Place begins a gritty two-book YA fantasy series from Alexandra Christo, the author of To Kill a Kingdom.

The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.

Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do anything to put her crimes behind her.

Wesley, the closest thing Creije has to a gangster. After growing up on streets hungry enough to swallow the weak whole, he won’t stop until he has brought the entire realm to kneel before him.

Karam, a warrior who spends her days watching over the city’s worst criminals and her nights in the fighting rings, making a deadly name for herself.

And Saxony, a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her revenge.

Everything in their lives is going to plan, until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: she delivers a vial of dark magic—a weapon she didn’t know she had—to someone she cares about, sparking the greatest conflict in decades. Now these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and the world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.

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“Tavia Syn made a living on magic and it was rarely the legal kind.”

*First Line Friday 5/3/19* There’s Something About Sweetie-Sandhya Menon

42201316The irresistible companion novel to the New York Timesbestseller When Dimple Met Rishi, which follows Rishi’s brother, Ashish, and a confident fat athlete named Sweetie as they both discover what love means to them.

Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After being dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.

The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.

Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?

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“List of totally overrated things:

1. Love

2. Girls

3. Love (yeah, again)

Ashish Patel wasn’t sure why people ever fell in love.

stacy

*First Line Friday* 2/15/19 The House- Christina Lauren

Happy Friday! The weekend is a few hours away and I couldn’t be happier.

This weeks book is something that I currently read this week and it was quite bizarre. Enjoy!

24885831     Gavin tells Delilah he’s hers—completely—but whatever lives inside that house with him disagrees.

After seven years tucked away at an East coast boarding school, Delilah Blue returns to her small Kansas hometown to find that not much has changed. Her parents are still uptight and disinterested, her bedroom is exactly the way she left it, and the outcast Gavin Timothy still looks like he’s crawled out of one of her dark, twisted drawings.

Delilah is instantly smitten.

Gavin has always lived in the strange house: an odd building isolated in a stand of trees where the town gives in to mild wilderness. The house is an irresistible lure for Delilah, but the tall fence surrounding it exists for good reason, and Gavin urges Delilah to be careful. Whatever lives with him there isn’t human, and isn’t afraid of hurting her to keep her away.

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“Places with boys always seem so dirty.”

stacy

Wonder Women by Leigh Bardugo

Ok I’ll get to this book in a second but as a FYI to all fans don’t murder me but the thing is wait for it….. Wait for it.. I have not once read any comics,books or movies with wonder women in it. I’m not a big super hero person. So coming in I don’t know much so I was learning the world and such as I went besides being the real world. Now onto the book it starts with Diana she is a Amazon as they are called in the book with super strength and all that show hero shibang. And starts off come on the island and a running race between all the top Amazon people as Diana is racing she finds a ship that is sinking from a bomb explosion. And Diana goes to see if can help even though that’s compleatly against there code and if get caught helping a Human she will forever be banned from living there. As you learn thru person Diana helps rescue is a war bringer. Which it lives past a age she will cause a war and destruction. They don’t know till odd things happen on island now it’s there quest for Diana to help save the world and alia’s life. That’s the story, my take now I was some what bored at the start since just seemed like circles and no plot but finally near 125 it picks up and gets good since add the action to a few jokes here and there since Diana is learning something new of the mortal world and all that. But the book from then on is how you expect them to add in a touch of mythology to the mix and seeing how that’s described was cool and who knows which one’s you’ll meet. Overall slow start to ok-pretty good coming from a person who doesn’t like super hero stuff. So worth a read and get better idea of the world wonder women and light read. 4/5 stars ~~~~ JUSTIN 

Blood Rose Rebellion- Rosalyn Eves

“All my life I believed being Barren was the worst curse one could wish on a Luminate. But I was wrong. There was something worse. C*****a.”


Received an arc copy of this from First In Line by RandomHouse Teens. Thanks!!!

I wasn’t expecting anything going into this book. A lot people compared it to Red Queen and we all know how I really feel about that book. Not being a fan of that other title, I  feared as to what was to come. I’m glad I didn’t listen to anyone before digging in.
From the beginning to the very last page I was blown away by the love, the magic and the deceit. Don’t forget about the rich Hungarian history and folklore. All trappings for a magical beauty of a book. 
Anna always believed that she would be high Luminate royalty like her family. Sitting at the top after her coronation when her powers are fully formed. But that day never comes, she’s powerless and believed to be a Barron. Her family doesn’t want her to attend any of the higher up family get togethers due to this. 

On the day of her sisters coronation, she does something she never thought she could do and all by accident. She broke the spell her sister was performing all because of jealousy over a man that was playing games. 

After this outburst, her Grandmother offers to take her out of England to Hungary. With a heavy heart she accepts and is in her way.

In Hungary, she meets a wide cast of magical characters and learns the truth of magic. Seems she has been deceived her entire life. Her friends set forth on a revolutionary overtaking. In the midst of all this, she has fallen in love with a Romani. Someone who can’t love her due to country restrictions. 

In order to help everyone have equal rights, Anna must learn to feel the power inside of her and break the binding curse that seperates the higherups to the lower class. Bringing them together as one.

There is a lot more to the story than what I have put here in my review. I’m not ruining the spectacular details of how all of this story plays out and how she got to be the lead in a magical tale.

Some characters come off as uptight and boorish. Anna seems to be smitten with a lot of people and you find yourself drowning in it. The details of some key major parts were overwhelming and too hard to remember all of it, along with all of the names. It makes for a very confusing tale, especially when Anna kisses certian men. Those are all the things that stopped this from being rated higher. 

I still liked this one a lot better than the boring Red Queen.

Long Live the Revolution!! 

4/5

Goodbye Days- Jeff Zentner

“My parents sit at the kitchen table having coffee and cereal when I stumble in. They look at me as though I have told them I have an invisible friend who tells me to collect knives and pee in jars.”

Received an arc from First In Line!

Reading the synopsis of this book, you know that it will leave you a blubbering mess. All your emotions will be swimming in the air trying to get out first. So you’re laugh crying at the gloriousness that is this book. 

Wipe your brow off and prepare to be drained of all your emotions.

The subject in this book is one that is in the headlines. Teens texting and driving and what can come from that horrible aftermath of breaking the rules of the road. As the laws get stricter and stricter for texting and driving, you’ll still see people breaking that law over and over again thinking that the horribleness won’t follow them when they take their eyes off of the road to read that message.

Carver regrets ever sending that text message that ruined the life of his friends, their families and even himself. Blake looks down at the text and responds halfway before Bam! plows right into the back of a semi, instantly killing three of Carvers best friends. Blake, Mars, and Eli.

Fingers are pointed and laws were disobeyed. Funerals and hard stares come and go. Blakes grandma just wants one more day to say goodbye to Blake and she seeks the help of Carver.

Carver and his therapist talk it over and believe that it might help relieve the stress of going through such a traumatic experience. But not everyone is on board at letting Carver slide away that easily. 

Will people be willing to have their last days with Carver and move on?

This one was a hard one to get though. The subject is so raw and heartbreaking that it makes you want to hold your loved ones a little closer and remind them every day that you love them. Forget the transgressions from the past and move on. Embrace that love and spread it.

And the next time you think that you can text and drive, please think again. You are putting the life of not only yourself but others at risk. No one knows what traffic will be like from day to day. That one text can wait until you are safely parked somewhere. A life isn’t worth losing over one little message.

5/5