Friday Firsts: The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire

FridayFirsts
Friday Firsts
 is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.  Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader.    This week I’m reading The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire

the-winter-longThe woods were dark, filled with strange shadows.  They twisted and swirled independent of any light source, making the space beneath the towering sequoias look treacherous and wild.  Not much in the way of illumination could trickle all the way down through the tightly-laced branches to ground level; the few streaks of moonlight that had managed to reach us were washed out and thin, managing to seem almost darker than having no light at all.  Everything was permeated by the smell of redwood sap and the sea.

We had arrived as a group, May, Jazz and Quentin packed into the backseat like sardines, me behind the wheel, and Tybalt sitting rigidly next to me.  He didn’t really like cars under the best of circumstances.  He liked them even less when there were multiple other passengers, since that meant he couldn’t respond to an accident by yanking everyone safely onto the Shadow Roads.  Call it a quirk brought on by being several hundred years older than the internal combustion engine.

My First Impressions

Yes!  I am so ready to read this book – everyone keeps saying this is ‘the one’!  Super excited.  And straight away we’re into the story – into the dark woods!!  Oooh, *wiggles fingers*.

What you reading this Friday??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.

Friday Firsts: With Blood Upon the Sand (The Song of the Shattered Sands #2) by Bradley P. Beaulieu

FridayFirsts
Friday Firsts
 is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.  Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader.    This week I’m reading With Blood Upon the Sand (The Song of the Shattered Sands #2) by Bradley P. Beaulieu.

withbloodCeda crouched, cradled in the branches of a well-tended fig tree, studying the movements of the Kings’ soldiers, the Silver Spears, along the palace wall above.  Staring up through the leaves, she measured their pace as they marched from tower to tower, noted how long and at which locations they tarried.  She gave special attention to the changing of the guard, and was relieved that the same guards had been posted as on the other nights she’d hidden here.  Most important, though, was their mood.  She weighed it – as well as she could from a hundred feet below – and to her great relief, found them attentive, but no more than usual.  Had they seemed more prepared, on edge in some way, she knew she would have been forced to abandon her plan to kill the King of Kings.

This great palace that sat atop Mount Tauriyat was named Eventide and it was the home of Kiral, the King of Kings.  Not only was it the highest and largest of Sharakhai’s palaces, it was the most difficult to penetrate.  Its walls stood higher than any other palace.  Its western side was built atop a sheer rock face, making it near impossible for any sizeable force to approach from that angle.  Watch towers stood like sentinels every fifty paces, and the winding road leading up to it had a gorge spanned by a drawbridge that, unlike many of the other palaces on Tauriyat, was often raised.

My First Impressions

Its just so good to be returning to this world and no messing about at all – straight into an incredibly tense situation with Ceda.  I’ve only just started this one but the writing is as good as I remembered from the first and I’m just so damned pleased to be reading about Ceda that at the moment I’m quite giddy with anticipation!

What you reading this Friday??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.

Friday Firsts: Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

FridayFirsts
Friday Firsts
 is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.  Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader.    This week I’m reading  Heartstone by Elle Katharine White.

heartstone
I’d never seen an angry hobgoblin before.

If this one wasn’t my friend, it might’ve been funny.  Tobble was red in the face before I noticed him in the grass by the garden wall, and since hobgoblins have green skin, that in itself was quite a feat.

“Tobble, what’s wrong?” I asked in Low Gnomic, or what could’ve passed as Gnomic if I hadn’t butchered it with my Arlean accent.  The earthy words used by hobgoblins and other garden creatures sounded heavy and awkward on my human tongue, and Tobble had often despaired of my pronunciation.  Today, however, he was too distraught to notice.

“Lord Merybourne has hired Riders, Aliza, Five of them!  Do you know what that means?” he said.  His head, which was round and homely as a potato, came halfway up my shin, and he clutched handfuls of his mossy hair as I knelt next to him.  “We’re doomed!  Doomed, I say!”

My First Impressions

To be fair I have read a little further on and I’m really enjoying this so far which makes it a little difficult to remember what my first impression truly was.  That being said – this has a light, airy feel to it doesn’t it.  It gives the impression that it will be fun and entertaining.  Plus, who are these riders??

What you reading this Friday??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.

Friday Firsts: Defender (The Voices #1) by G.X. Todd

FridayFirsts
Friday Firsts
 is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.  Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader.    This week I’m reading  Defender (The Voices #1) by G.X. Todd (and loving it too I might add!)

defenderAt the beginning, Pilgrim missed a great many things, things that were by their very nature impossible not to miss once they were gone.  Imagining a hunk of cooked cow, for example, could torture a person.  It was easy to visualise a medium-rare steak, feel it melting as soon as it hit the tongue, molars sinking through the meaty plumpness and an explosion of juice gushing out.  It was enough to make his stomach cramp up like a fist and sit there just under his ribs in a solid, unignorable ball of want.

Then the next week he would miss something else.  Mashed potatoes, perhaps or fried okra.  There was a period of a month or more, near the beginning, when he would have travelled non-stop for a thousand miles if only at the end of the journey waited a thick, cold, strawberry milkshake.  The inanity of a craving couldn’t prevent it from rubbing on him like clothes on an open sore.

Quite often there was an absence of such culinary cravings, but those times were worse, for the ghosts of loved ones and more deep seated longings would creep around him instead.  Those he’d kept tightly bottled up for fear that if opened they would froth and volcano forth never to be contained again.

My First Impressions

Well, that opening (which is after a short introduction/prologue) is intriguing to say the least.  Who is Pilgrim?  Why is he longing for food and more to the point ‘loved ones’??  I’ve made good progress with this one and so far I’m loving it so you’ll just have to wait for the review.

What you reading this Friday??

 

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.

Friday Firsts: The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

FridayFirsts
Friday Firsts
 is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.  Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader.    This week I’m reading The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman.  I’m loving this series – librarians with a multitude of possible universes to explore.

burning-page‘The morning light glittered on the glass windows and on the blades of the guillotines in the central square.  Pigeons squabbled noisily in the general deadly silence.  Only the creaking of cartwheels and the soft padding of footsteps disturbed the stillness.  

Irene could feel an even greater zone of terrified hush surrounding herself and Kai.  Passers-by avoided their gaze, desperate not to attract their attention.  It was because of their “borrowed” uniforms, of course: everyone was afraid that someday the National Guard might come for them, to drag them away for counter-revolutionary activities.  And then would come prisons, and trials, and then the guillotine…

It made their outfits the perfect disguise for getting around unnoticed.  Nobody was going to look twice at the National Guard.  In case the National Guard looked back at them.’

 

My First Impressions

It’s a great opening isn’t it.  It really pulls you in and makes you want to read more (which I confess I’ve already done).  I love the way the author opens up these stories – with the ending of a previous mission – kind of like how the Bond movies always start.  Of course this couldn’t be further from Bond – so far a lovely period feel and writing and yet again a gripping plot.

What you reading this Friday??

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