The Page 69 Test: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Happy last Saturday of 2018! Can you believe that 2018 is almost over? I still have so much left to do for blogging (my top ten of 2018, under-hyped books of 2018, etc.), though I probably won’t get to any until the new year. I also still have one more book to finish to beat my Goodreads goal by 10 books! So almost there!

The Page 69 Test    My 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.

This week I decided to go with a book that’s been in my TBR pile for a very long time. I’m hoping to read Firstlife by Gena Showalter in 2019, but it all depends on what books I pull out of my TBR Jar. I’ve heard amazing things about this book!

Enjoy!

“…Or I’m simply malnourished and on edge, and my brain is overcompensating.

Yeah. That.

This close, I can almost count New Guy’s individual lashes. They are long, spiky and jet-black…and I’m staring at him, I realize.

‘That wasn’t a very nice thing to do,’ I say.

‘And knocking over my chair was?’ His voice is low and husky with a slight Irish lilt, and it’s almost as smoky as his scent. ‘Let’s do the introduction thing so my heartbeat will finally calm down. I’m Killian. And you are stunningly beautiful.’

Before he’s finished delivering the (clearly) practiced line, I’m already building walls. ‘I think you mean I’m attitudinal.’

‘Definitely not. But now I’m certain you’re irresistible.’

‘I think you mean unsuitable.’

‘Or adorable.’

Oh, crap. Are we flirting?”


firstlifeStep one…you die.

ONE CHOICE. TWO REALMS. NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live — after she dies. There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, long-time enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms that will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t where the boy she’s falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

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*The Page 69 Test* On The Come Up- Angie Thomas

The Page 69 Test    My 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.

This week I decided to give everyone a sneak peek of one of the most anticipated reads of 2019. On The Come Up by Angie Thomas. Her first novel, The Hate U Give blew all of us away and now we all must wait until February for Bri to enter all of our worlds. But today you are getting a special glimpse at this book.

Enjoy!!

“She glances over at me. You okay, Bookie?

     According to Granddaddy, Jackson’s don’t cry- we suck it up and deal with it. Doesn’t matter how much my eyes burn. 

I didn’t do anything wrong. 

No, you didn’t, Jay says. You had every right to keep your backpack. But Bri… Promise me, if that ever happens again, you’ll do what they tell you to do.

What?

Bad things can happen, baby. People like that sometimes abuse their power.

So, I don’t have any power? 

You have more power than you know. But it’s moments like that, I— She swallows. I need you to act as if you don’t have any. Once you’re safely out of the situation, then we’ll handle it. But I need you safely out of the situation. Okay?

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~The Page 69 Test~ Broken Things- Lauren Oliver

The Page 69 TestHappy Thursday! Today I’m going to give you a sneak peak on an upcoming novel coming out in October. I hope you enjoy!

My 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.

 

This week I went with a book that I’m currently reading. It’s definitely an odd one and a great read for the spooky month of October. We all know and love Lauren Oliver but this is something completely different than what she is used to writing. I really hope you guys enjoy!

“I don’t stop until I’ve rounded the corner and turned onto Waldmann Lane, where I’m concealed by the thick growth on either side of the road. I drop my duffel, cursing, rolling the pain out of my shoudler. There’s a chalky taste in my mouth. Goddamn Marcy. Goddamn prepubescent fireman, Goddamn Twin lakes.

I remember one time toward the end of the school year in sixth grade, when it was too hot to go to Lovelorn, too hot to do anything but lie across my bed reading magazines and taking quizzes online with the AC on full blast, Summer said her biggest fear was of being forgotten. That’s why she was going to be a model and then write and star in her own TV show. If you weren’t famous, Summer argued, if no one remembered you, you might as well not have lived at all. I understood her point, even though I’d never wanted to be famous.

But Sumer hadn’t thought it all out. She didn’t realize how much depends on what you’re remembered for. Sometimes, it’s so much better to be forgotten.”

 

img_4960      It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. 

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it. 

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods                                                                    all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

 

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~The Page 69 Test~ Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

Hi, lovely bookworms! I’ve had a wonderful week of reading so far, and I hope you have, too! For this Thursday, here is our next post of the Page 69 Test. The two paragraphs below illustrate what this post is about.

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.

The book for this week is by a very well-known and loved author, Sarah J. Maas. Most have read her Throne of Glass and/or A Court of Thorns and Roses series. But Sarah recently came out with a new book, Catwoman: Soulstealer! I absolutely love this cover and cannot wait to read this book. Catwoman: Soulstealer is the third book in the DC Icons series. Check out the start of page 69 below!

“Selina leaned against the carved oak doorframe and watched the antiquities dealer jot down another calculation on his pad of paper.

He’d been examining the Bastet statue for twenty minutes now, the golden lights of his ornate office dim save for the spotlight of the examination lamp over the statue. She’d lingered at the doorway of his office for the entirety of that time, dressed head to toe in black, her face obscured by her Death Mask and the low-hanging hood of her sweatshirt.

Such dramatics, the man had said when he let her in the back door.

She’d said nothing, opting for the power of silence and the bullwhip hanging from her side to convey any threats she might need to make.”


Synopsis of Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

CatwomanWhen the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.

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The Page 69 Test: Kingdom of Ash and Soot by C. S. Johnson

Happy Wednesday, everyone! It’s been a great week so far, so to continue that greatness, here is our third post of the Page 69 Test. The two paragraphs below illustrate what this post is about.

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.

The book for this week is by a wonderful author, C. S. Johnson. I recently read Kingdom of Ash and Soot: The Order of the Crystal Daggers, and it was absolutely breathtaking (you can read my review here). I was completely immersed in the world and the characters are spectacular. Check out the start of page 69 below!

“Seemingly hours later, I watched Ben as he mindlessly picked at the dirt underneath his fingernails. We were stationed outside of the library, both of us silent.

I had a feeling Ben was going through the same tumultuous turmoil as I was; as I gave him an overview of what happened in the dining hall, his expressions shifted constantly, ranging from amused to angry to suspicious.

‘Do you think she’s really our grandmother?’ I finally asked Ben.

‘No one with that kind of coach and team would come to our manor in Bohemia if it were not for real,’ Ben said. ‘Besides, it makes sense. She is British, as Mama was, and she’s clearly a member of the higher social circles. And remember, when Mama left us, she was headed for London.’

‘And then her ship went down.'”

See the summary for Kingdom of Ash and Soot below. And get ready to swoon over Ferdy (trust me, you will!).


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.

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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

The Page 69 Test: Exo by Fonda Lee

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week, and those attending BEA and BookCon: I’m super jealous but I hope you have a ton of fun! Both of my co-bloggers are attending, and I can’t wait to see photos and hear about the exciting times!

Welcome to the second 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.

My randomizer chose Exo by Fonda Lee.

“And now it was too late; his steps carried him through the entrance. Kevin walked close behind, his rifle never wavering. Two armed men, wearing helmets and panotin vests, shut the doors behind them with a metallic clang.

They were in a cave. A crowd of about thirty people had gathered for their arrival, but at the sight of Donovan, they fell back as if jolted by an electrical barrier. A murmur of shock rose up and echoed against the rock walls and low ceiling. Donovan felt the muzzle of Kevin’s rifle jab into the small of his back. He walked forward, his heart pounding in his throat. Everywhere, he saw hostile stares, rough clothes and faces, unmarked hands–all of it start under the intermittent glare of LED lights running down the tunnel walls, leading him deeper into the hillside. “Home, sweet home!” Kevin shouted. “Someone find Saul, will you? I’ve been out hunting and bagged a big one!”

Donovan bit down. You had nothing to do with it.

What do you think? What do you Kevin meant by “hunting?” And why exactly is Donovan being held captive? Hmmm…


Synopsis of Exo by Fonda Lee

EXOIt’s been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien race with far reaches into the galaxy. Some die-hard extremists still oppose alien rule on Earth, but Donovan Reyes isn’t one of them. His dad holds the prestigious position of Prime Liaison in the collaborationist government, and Donovan’s high social standing along with his exocel (a remarkable alien technology fused to his body) guarantee him a bright future in the security forces. That is, until a routine patrol goes awry and Donovan’s abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience, determined to end alien control.

When Sapience realizes whose son Donovan is, they think they’ve found the ultimate bargaining chip . But the Prime Liaison doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, not even for his own son. Left in the hands of terrorists who have more uses for him dead than alive, the fate of Earth rests on Donovan’s survival. Because if Sapience kills him, it could spark another intergalactic war. And Earth didn’t win the last one…

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Have you used the Page 69 test?

♥Nikole