TGIF: Blood Bonds: Stories from the Lily and Quinn Series

It’s Friday! Time for Book Beginnings and the Friday 56

This week I’m featuring Blood Bonds by Kerry A. Campbell from the Geeky Book Lady!

Blood Bonds

 

Book Beginnings on Fridays

BookBeginningsFridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader  You 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

Book Beginning:

Lily pulled her coat closer against the crisp night air. Her cheeks stung, the skin tight from the cold.

Many people would feel uneasy walking alone after midnight down these streets. Lily did not. She knew her hometown well, and when her insomnia kept her awake, she hit the streets. After two years of these late-night walks, she felt comfortable walking alone.

What do you think of Lily so far? She’s braver that I am!

The Friday 56

Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted at Freda’s voice.

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 below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Here’s the blurb from Page 56:

Lily felt paralysed. 

Eric got  up, flipped the man over and took the dagger out of his chest.

“That’s going to stain,” Dimitri said, as he watched blood pool onto the rug. “What a waste of perfect blood.” He sighed.

You gotta love that line “That’s going to stain”!

Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

Lily Myers is living an ordinary life until she meets Quinn Carter. When Quinn turns out to be a century-old vampire, Lily is thrust into a reality where she’s an unwilling believer. But as her fear fades and her curiosity wins out, she finds herself falling for Quinn and learning more about this new world. From hunting down a vampire killer to meeting werewolves, Lily’s life has definitely taken a turn…but whether it’s for the worse or better, she’s still finding out.

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So far, I’ve only read to 24% of this book, and I have to say, I’m really enjoying it. Kerry brings her characters to life, and considering the subject matter, she has quite the knack for humour!

Thanks for reading and Happy Weekend!

Jo-Ann

 

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Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

It’s Friday! It’s know it’s been awhile, so it’s time I posted another Friday 56 and Book Beginnings.

This week I’m featuring Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.

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Book Beginnings on Fridays

BookBeginningsFridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader  You 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

Book Beginning:

When you first disappeared, your mother warned me that finding out exactly what had happened to you would be worse than never knowing. 

This line instantly breaks my heart! A child is gone missing; the mother’s warning hints at a dreadful demise.

The Friday 56

Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted at Freda’s voice.

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 below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Here’s the blurb from Page 56:

Huckabee asked, “You need to sit down?”

“I need answers.” Claire knew that she sounded crazy. “My father-in-law, Gerald Scott. You’re sure that he’s dead?”

Hmmmm…The plot thickens! Why would she suspect a her dead father would actually be alive?

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

#1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.

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Pretty Girls is an incredibly suspenseful story that totally and completely drew me in.  It is told from the perspective of a family who suffered a tragic loss and trying to save themselves at the same time. A powerful read  with phenomenal writing.

Be warned that this book isn’t for everyone. Some may find this book disturbing. There are acts of horrendous violence against women.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it? If you haven’t read it, would you, knowing the violence that is portrayed?

Thanks for reading and Happy Weekend!

Jo-Ann

 

The Woman in the Window

It’s Friday Meme day!

BookBeginningsFridaysEvery Friday, I link back to two other blogs. Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings, where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, as well as your thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else it  inspires.

Friday 56Another Friday meme that I love to participate in is the Friday 56, hosted by Freda’s Voice.

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)

This week I’m highlighting The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn.

the woman in the windowBlurb from Goodreads:

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

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Book Beginnings

Her husband’s almost home. He’ll catch her this time.

What a way to start off!

The Friday 56

 

Down in the kitchen, drops of rain popping against the window, I pour more merlot into a tumbler. A long swig. I needed that.

Focus.

What do I know now that I didn’t know before? Alistair kept his work and home lives separate. Consistent with the profile of many violent offenders, but otherwise not useful. 

I finished this book the other day. I enjoyed it, very much, actually! I found it dragged in parts. The main character drinks a lot of wine and is heavily medicated –obviously an unreliable narrator!

It’s definitely worth reading to the end. Love the ending!

What do you think? Have you read this one? Would this book appeal to you?

Thanks for reading and Happy Weekend!

Jo-Ann

TGIF: I Am Watching You

It’s Friday Meme day!

BookBeginningsFridaysEvery Friday, I link back to two other blogs. Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings, where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, as well as your thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else it  inspires.

Friday 56Another Friday meme that I love to participate in is the Friday 56, hosted by Freda’s Voice.

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)

This week I’m highlighting I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll.

I am watching youBlurb from Goodreads: When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared.

A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters—letters that make her fear for her life.

Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna’s friends and family might have something to hide. Anna’s best friend, Sarah, hasn’t been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night—and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own.

Someone knows where Anna is—and they’re not telling. But they are watching Ella.

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Book Beginnings

I made a mistake. I know that now.

What a way to start off!

The Friday 56

He did not recognize the man who was just at the hourse. Tall and slim, but too far away to make out his face. For a moment Henry wonders if it was the police and experiences a familiar jolt of adrenaline.

A year on and unlike his wife, Henry is not waiting for their daughter to turn up alive.

 

I can’t imagine what these people have gone through, having their daughter missing for the past year.

I’ve just started reading this, (on page 14 now!) and so far I’m loving the character Ella. She’s so concerned and worried about these girls that she doesn’t even know, and is shocked, horrified and feeling extremely guilty to find out that one of them is on the news the next day, missing.

What do you think? Have you read this one? Would this book appeal to you?

 

Thanks for reading and Happy Weekend!

Jo-Ann

TGIF: Red Sparrow

Red SparrowBlurb from Goodreads: In the grand spy-tale tradition of John le Carré comes this shocking thriller written with insider detail known only to a veteran CIA officer.

In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole.

Spies have long relied on the “honey trap,” whereby vulnerable men and women are intimately compromised. Dominika learns these techniques of “sexpionage” in Russia’s secret “Sparrow School,” hidden outside of Moscow. As the action careens between Russia, Finland, Greece, Italy, and the United States, Dominika and Nate soon collide in a duel of wills, tradecraft, and—inevitably—forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but those of others as well. As secret allegiances are made and broken, Dominika and Nate’s game reaches a deadly crossroads. Soon one of them begins a dangerous double existence in a life-and-death operation that consumes intelligence agencies from Moscow to Washington, DC.

Page by page, veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews’s Red Sparrow delights and terrifies and fascinates, all while delivering an unforgettable cast, from a sadistic Spetsnaz “mechanic” who carries out Putin’s murderous schemes to the weary CIA Station Chief who resists Washington “cake-eaters” to MARBLE, the priceless Russian mole. Packed with insider detail and written with brio, this tour-de-force novel brims with Matthews’s life experience, including his knowledge of espionage, counterintelligence, surveillance tradecraft, spy recruitment, cyber-warfare, the Russian use of “spy dust,” and covert communications. Brilliantly composed and elegantly constructed, Red Sparrow is a masterful spy tale lifted from the dossiers of intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic. Authentic, tense, and entertaining, this novel introduces Jason Matthews as a major new American talent.

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Book Beginnings on Fridays

BookBeginningsFridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you 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.

 

Twelve hours into his SDR Nathaniel Nash was numb from the waist down. His feet and legs were wooden on the cobblestones of the Moscow side street.

The Friday 56

Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted at Freda’s voice.

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 below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Here’s the blurb from Page 56:

 

Nothing happened for another terrifying minute. Dominika opened one eye to see Ustinov’s face hanging above hers, eyes open, tongue visible in an open mouth. The indistinct black figure loomed over them both, unmoving, speckled by the pink dots.

I’d seen this movie and was fascinated by it! I loved the way everything came together in the end, even though I didn’t understand why things were happening the way they were at the time.

I would definitely see this movie again, just to pick up on all the little bits that I missed the first time.

I’ve just started the book. I know, I’m doing it backward, right? Most people read the book and then see the movie.

So far, the book is good but certainly not a quick read. There is terminology and spy code that I find make it slightly complex. I’m a slow reader as it is, so it might be just me.

Thanks for reading and Happy Weekend!

Jo-Ann

TGIF: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a *bleep*

 

51zyjmrt1ylBlurb from Goodreads: In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Mason doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—”not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.

There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

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Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you 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.

 

Charles Bukowski was an alcoholic, a womanizer, a chronic gambler, lout, a cheapskate, a deadbeat, and on his worst days, a poet. He’s probably the last person on earth you would ever look to for life advice or expect to see in any sort of self-help book.

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted at Freda’s voice.

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 below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Here’s the blurb from Page 56:

The truth is that there’s no such thing as a personal problem. If you’ve got a problem, chances are millions of other people have had it in the past, have it now, and are going to have it in the future. Likely people you know too. That doesn’t minimize the problem or mean that it shouldn’t hurt. It doesn’t mean you aren’t legitimately a victim in some circumstances.

It just means that you’re not special.

I found this book had some really good points, was helpful in some ways. In other ways it was just a long read with a lot of F-bombs lol.

Like any self-help book, you take what’s useful to you, and if that helps–great!

Thanks for reading and Happy Weekend!

Jo-Ann