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09 March 2018

Book Beginnings #58

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

I am currently reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Pick me. 
It's all I can do not to scream. I dig my nails into the marula opak of my staff and squeeze to keep from fidgeting. Beads of sweat drip down my back, but I can't tell if it's from the morning heat or from my heart slamming against my chest. Moon after moon I've been passed over. 
Today can't be the same.  
I have Expectations for this book. And although I'm posting this for Book Beginnings, I'm actually almost finished. And it's bloody excellent. The start is excellent and if anything it gets even better as it progresses.

Right from the first lines, I knew I was going to enjoy it. I am going through such a fantasy kick right now, and this book is like catnip. You are plunged straight into a rich world that exists, and not just for the characters. It is magnificently written, with tiny nuances that make Orïsha stand out from other fantasy worlds.

And the characters, wow the characters. I love Zélie and Amari, they are the kind of characters I want to read always - original and strong in a hundred ways.
He doesn't see that her blood stains my own hands. 
I scramble backward onto my feet, tripping over the hem of my dress. I rush up the stairwell at the corner of the main hall, my legs shaking with every step. My vision blurs as I fight to make it to my quarters, but it's all I can do to rush over to a vase. I grab onto the ceramic rim. Everything inside me comes back up.
With this being a 600-page Door Stopper of Awesome book, page 56 is riiiiight at the beginning. Everything is still being set up, and it's the first glimpse of Amari (who is my favourite, I love her, Amari forever) and her family situation.

This is a great example of how the author doesn't just tell what characters are feeling, she truly shows it. I can feel Amari's terror and horror and panic and guilt.

Honestly though, this book. Go out and get it now and be amazed.

What are you reading this week?


  1. This book is so good. so good.

  2. I love that cover! This book is everywhere right now. Must investigate:)

    My 56 from Alice In Murderland

  3. Yours is not the first glowing recommendation I've seen for this book. I'll have to get a copy and give it a try. This week I am featuring Under the Shadows by Gwen Florio - a mystery from my review stack. Happy reading!

  4. It has been a while since I read fantasy...and this one does sound tempting. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE FRENCH GIRL”

  5. The opening definitely grabbed me. I don't read much fantasy, but since I like the writing in the excerpts you've posted, I think I'd enjoy this story.
    My Friday post features a psychological thriller: The Marsh King’s Daughter.

  6. I am currently reading a cozy mystery,Etched In Tears by Cheryl Hollon!!
    Here is my Friday 56-

  7. I love when expectations are met! I'm not sure this is for me as I don't read much of this genre but it does sound like one that pulls you in!

  8. Now I'm even more excited for Children of Blood and Bone.

  9. I've got my eye on this book. Is it part of a series or a stand-alone? My Friday Quotes

    1. It's the first in a new series and it's excellent. I like the way it ended, there's no huge cliff hanger and while not everything is resolved, it ties up enough to keep me happy for now (even if I am pretty desperate to read on!)

  10. I want to read this one baaaaaad! :-) Happy weekend!

  11. Ooh, I can't wait to try this! Happy reading!

  12. I want to read Children of Blood and Bone so much, I've only heard great things about it and the beginning made me even more curious. Thanks for sharing this and I'm so happy you're enjoying it! Happy reading!

  13. Yey! I’m so glad you’re loving Children of Blood and Bone. I ADORED it!! Just absolutely loved it. 😊


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