Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader designed to feature the book you are reading right now by sharing the first few lines of the story.

Yesterday I devoured Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

“Everything in the room screamed that I didn’t belong. The stairs were crumbling, the rowdy patrons were shoulder to shoulder, and the air was a medley of sweat, blood, and mold.”

This book is everything that the title says it is, and I still haven’t quite assimilated my thoughts on it. Expect a review later this week.

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader designed to feature the book you are reading right now by sharing the first few lines of the story.

This weekend I’m reading Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett.

“‘Jamie. You gonna eat that? Jame. That bagel. You gonna eat it?

Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

‘Cause I’m really hungry, man. My mom threw me out before I could eat my cereal. And she didn’t give me a dime.”

I’m a fan of dialogue-heavy novels, so this one seems to be off to a good start.

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some CONFESSIONS to make… #1: I’m livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I’m allowed to be irate, don’t you?

#2: I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who “might” be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.

#3: High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and “seeing red” means being angry-get it?)

Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.

(Don’t know what they mean? Look them up yourself.) (Sorry. That was rude.)

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader designed to feature the book you are reading right now by sharing the first few lines of the story.

This weekend I’m reading Being Friends with Boys  by Terra Elan McVoy.

“I’m on my way up the stairs to my locker Monday morning when

Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy

Abe comes down the other direction. He sees me and goes, “Trip’s out of the band,” over his shoulder, halfway past me on the staircase already.”

I’ve been hankering to read this one ever since I saw the description earlier this year, so I’m super excited to have snagged a copy.

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

Charlotte and Oliver have been friends forever. She knows that he, Abe, and Trip consider her to be one of the guys, and she likes it that way. She likes being the friend who keeps them all together. Likes offering a girl’s perspective on their love lives. Likes being the behind-the-scenes wordsmith who writes all the lyrics for the boys’ band. Char has a house full of stepsisters and a past full of backstabbing (female) ex-best friends, so for her, being friends with boys is refreshingly drama-free…until it isn’t any more.

When a new boy enters the scene and makes Char feel like, well, a total girl…and two of her other friends have a falling out that may or may not be related to one of them deciding he possibly wants to be more than friends with Char…being friends with all these boys suddenly becomes a lot more complicated.

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader designed to feature the book you are reading right now by sharing the first few lines of the story.

After work today I’m digging into Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost.

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

“I parked my bike in front of the restaurant, wiping the perspiration from my upper lip.”

An odd way to start a romance novel, and one that’s as burning hot as it’s title suggests from what I’ve heard, but I have no doubt that Frost will deliver. Fans have been waiting for Vlad’s story for years, and the first part is finally here!

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

 She’s a mortal with dark powers…

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of Night…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader designed to feature the book you are reading right now by sharing the first few lines of the story.

I didn’t manage to get my post up on time, but better late than never. This Friday I read Good Bones by Kim Fielding.

“Dylan knew right after lunch that today he’d be cutting it close.”

Good Bones by Kim Fielding

Fielding has a nice way with words and managed to convey a great story in less than two-hundred pages. I would have liked to see a bit more character development, but overall it was a great novella.

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

Skinny, quiet hipster Dylan Warner was the kind of guy other men barely glanced at until an evening’s indiscretion with a handsome stranger turned him into a werewolf. Now, despite a slightly hairy handicap, he just wants to live an ordinary—if lonely—life as an architect. He tries to keep his wild impulses in check, but after one too many close calls, Dylan gives up his urban life and moves to the country, where he will be less likely to harm someone else. His new home is a dilapidated but promising house that comes with a former Christmas tree farm and a solitary neighbor: sexy, rustic Chris Nock.

Dylan hires Chris to help him renovate the farmhouse and quickly discovers his assumptions about his neighbor are inaccurate—and that he’d very much like Chris to become a permanent fixture in his life as well as his home. Between proving himself to his boss, coping with the seductive lure of his dangerous ex-lover, and his limited romantic experience, Dylan finds it hard enough to express himself—how can he bring up his monthly urge to howl at the moon?

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader designed to feature the book you are reading right now by sharing the first few lines of the story.

It seems that I’ll be continuing a Friday trend for a while. Last week it was Sorcerer’s Stone, and this week, I’m about a hundred pages into J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

“Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

number four, Privet Drive.”

It’s a rather nice symmetry of sorts to the opening line of the first book, though it doesn’t draw you in quite as neatly.

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

J. K. Rowling continues her phenomenally popular Harry Potter series with yet another tale of magic, mirth, and mayhem. Like its predecessor,Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is chock-full of fascinating characters, frightful events, and fun wizardry.p

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and WIzardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girl’s bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone – or something – starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself?

Rowling packs this tale with plenty of adventure and action, keeping the pace fast and furious. There’s plenty of humor, too – both subtle and bold – as well as a few moral lessons. With overlapping themes that range from the simple to the sophisticated, Rowling’s Potter tales should appeal to readers of all ages – the young as well as the young at heart.

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader designed to feature the book you are reading right now by sharing the first few lines of the story.

Alright, the next sentence is one I’m sure you’ve all heard before…wait for it…

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley ,of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

That’s right, this weekend I’m beginning my Harry Potter Readathon, starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  by J.K. Rowling.

Not sure this is quite needed this week, but for the sake of continuity, here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

Harry hates living with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and their

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

spoiled-rotten son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny closet beneath the stairs, and the entire family treats him with disdain. What’s more, Harry keeps getting into trouble for making strange things happen – things he seems to have no control over. But then Harry discovers the truth about himself when a determined messenger delivers an enlightening message. It turns out that Harry’s mother was a witch, his father a wizard. And not only is Harry also a wizard, he’s a famous one! His survival of the attack by the evil wizard who killed his parents has marked him as a legendary hero – as has the lightning-bolt-shaped scar on his forehead.

Soon Harry finds himself attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he receives training in some magic basics, masters riding a broomstick, and discovers his incredible talent for a game called Quidditch, which is played in the air on flying brooms. And for the first time in his life, Harry has friends who care about him: his fellow students Hermione and Ron and a giant named Hagrid. But all is not rosy when Harry discovers his true destiny and finds he must once again face the evil one who killed his parents. His survival will depend upon the help of his newfound friends, as well as his own wit and powers.

It’s easy to see why Harry Potter has caught the reading public’s fancy. Not only are his adventures an entertaining mix of fright, fantasy, and fun, his triumphs over everyday adversities offer a heartening lesson to kids everywhere.

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader designed to feature the book you are reading right now by sharing the first few lines of the story.

This weekend I’m hoping to read Austenland by Shannon Hale.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a thirty-something woman

Austenland by Shannon Hale

in possession of a satisfying career and fabulous hairdo must be in want of very little, and Jane Hayes, pretty enough and clever enough, was certainly thought to have little to distress her.”

I read Hale’s The Goose Girl last year and was charmed by her ability to spin yarns of adapted fairy tales. I’m hoping her foray into adult fiction is as effortlessly sweet.

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen;or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It’s all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader designed to feature the book you are reading right now by sharing the first few lines of the story.

Today I’m reading Casket of Souls by Lynn Flewelling.

“Seregil hadn’t been sure what to expect- or rather, he hadn’t expected

Casket of Souls by Lynn Flewelling

much.”

Words can’t describe how excited I was to awake to an email from Barnes and Noble telling me that my copy of Casket of Souls was ready and available for pick-up. I guess ordering ahead was worth it this time!

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

The Nightrunners are back in this gripping novel full of Lynn Flewelling’s trademark action, intrigue, and richly imagined characters.
 
More than the dissolute noblemen they appear to be, Alec and Seregil are skillful spies, dedicated to serving queen and country. But when they stumble across evidence of a plot pitting Queen Phoria against Princess Klia, the two Nightrunners will find their loyalties torn as never before. Even at the best of times, the royal court at Rhíminee is a serpents’ nest of intrigue, but with the war against Plenimar going badly, treason simmers just below the surface.

And that’s not all that poses a threat: A mysterious plague is spreading through the crowded streets of the city, striking young and old alike. Now, as panic mounts and the body count rises, hidden secrets emerge. And as Seregil and Alec are about to learn, conspiracies and plagues have one thing in common: The cure can be as deadly as the disease.

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader designed to feature the book you are reading right now by sharing the first few lines of the story.

Today I’m reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

“I wake with his name in my mouth.”

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I’m approaching the final portion of the book, and I’m a bit conflicted about it. Perhaps if I hadn’t reread Divergent in preparation, I would be more confident in my feelings toward Insurgent. Then again, I’m not sure the novel would have made the necessary emotional impact had I not refreshed my acquaintance with the characters and setting beforehand. As it is, I’m stranded in that nowhere land where I feel ungracious  giving the book anything less than a four-cup rating, yet conflicted since I don’t feel that it lives up to its predecessor. Hopefully I’ll be able to articulate my concerns more fully when I’ve finished the novel and had a chance to wrestle with my thoughts before reviewing it.

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.