The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden #FridayBookShare @ShelleyWilson72

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Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson.   Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare.  The rules are as follow:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favorite line/scene.

I’m reading The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.

First line:  It was late winter in northern Rus’, the air sullen with wet that was neither rain nor snow.

Recruit fans by adding book blurb:  A young woman’s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales.

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

Introduce the main character:  At this point in the book Vasya is only 6 or 7-years old, but she’s stubborn, adventurous, and determined.

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Audience appeal:  Fans of Russian culture and fairy tales, history, a hint of the supernatural, and lyrical writing.

Your favorite line/scene:  Tears of confusion spilled down Vasya’s cheeks.  The one-eyed man’s avid face had frightened her, and this man’s fierce urgency frightened her, too.  But something in his glance silenced her weeping.  She lifted her eyes to his face.  “I am Vasilisa Petrovna,” she said.  “My father is lord of Lesnaya Zemlya.”

They looked at each other for a moment.  And then Vasya’s brief courage was gone; she spun and bolted.  The stranger made no attempt to follow.  But he did turn to his horse when the mare came up beside him.  The two exchanged a long look.

“He is getting stronger,” said the man.

The mare flicked an ear.

Her rider did not speak again, but glanced once more in the direction the child had taken.

The Last Dryad by Sarah M. Cradit #FridayBookShare @ShelleyWilson72

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Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson.   Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare.  The rules are as follow:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favorite line/scene.

 

I’m reading The Last Dryad: The Complex by Sarah M. Cradit.

First line:  Wezlei almost didn’t mind the taste of blood pooling in his mouth.

Recruit fans by adding book blurb:

The Complex Book Series.
A Lone Planet. One Complex.
Unlimited Chaos.

Two thousand years beyond our time, much has changed. Humans, forced to flee Earth after a nuclear holocaust, find themselves in the distant Seldova system. Here, they realize they are not alone. Metas, races of powerful beings, are also forced from their home after environmental tragedies. They come upon the same mecca of planets, beginning a decades-long war with the Humans for land and home.

Humans and Metas, weary of fighting, come to an uneasy truce. They cannot co-exist with animosity and bloodlust running high, and together, they propose The Complex: a societal test consisting of two years of comfortable isolation, occupied by both Meta races and Humans. The enticement for those who agree to this co-mingling is enough money to live on for many years. But two years is a long time to live with your enemies.

Wezlei, a Human, only knows about the old world from the books his father left behind. He dreams of a better life for his mother, who has surrounded him with love and safety all his life. He takes inspiration from the old tales of Robin Hood and embarks on a life of piracy to balance the unevenness of his world. In no one is this more evident than Tariq, a ruthless Dhampir whose cruelty is unprecedented.

When Wezlei witnesses firsthand the horrors the Dhampir inflicts on his “wife” Aerwen. one of the last living Dryads whom he has enslaved, he can’t simply turn away. He learns they have signed up for the Complex, and decides he has no choice but to do the same.

He has no plan, only a vision: Save Aerwen and put an end to Tariq’s reign of terror.

Introduce the main character:  There are a couple, but I’ll focus on Aerwen, who is strong, determined, and proud.

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Audience appeal:  The Last Dryad is a different direction for this author, and would appeal to sci-fi fans, as well as devoted readers interested in Cradit’s expansion into other genres.

Your favorite line/scene:  Maybe he wasn’t Human.  Maybe he was a Meta who shared similar traits with Humans, and she’s misinterpreted the situation in her shock.  Witches and Warlocks especially, could pass for Human and often did.  It would be no great surprise to find a Warlock running an apothecary of deadly vegetation.

The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman #FridayBookShare @ShelleyWilson72

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Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson.   Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare.  The rules are as follow:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favorite line/scene.

I’m currently reading The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman – will probably finish it today or tomorrow.

First line:  When I picture the house I see it in the late afternoon, the golden river light filling the windows and gilding the two hundred year old brick.

Recruit fans by adding book blurb:  When Jess and Clare Martin move from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to their former college town in the Hudson River valley, they are hoping for rejuvenation—of their marriage, their savings, and Jess’s writing career.

They take a caretaker’s job at Riven House, a crumbling estate and the home of their old college writing professor. While Clare once had dreams of being a writer, those plans fell by the wayside when Jess made a big, splashy literary debut in their twenties. It’s been years, now, since his first novel. The advance has long been spent. Clare’s hope is that the pastoral beauty and nostalgia of the Hudson Valley will offer some inspiration.

But their new life isn’t all quaint town libraries and fragrant apple orchards. There is a haunting pall that hangs over Riven House like a funeral veil. Something is just not right. Soon, Clare begins to hear babies crying at night, see strange figures in fog at the edge of their property. Diving into the history of the area, she realizes that Riven House has a dark and anguished past. And whatever this thing is—this menacing force that destroys the inhabitants of the estate—it seems to be after Clare next…

Introduce the main character:  Clare is far from my favorite character – I actually don’t care for any of the characters in this book, but am enjoying the mystery.  Clare is kind, weak, and subservient.

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Audience appeal:  Fans of psychological suspense with a gothic feel.

Your favorite line/scene:  I pulled the sleeping bag over his chest, stood up, and startled at the sight of my reflection in the glass doors.  Only it wasn’t my reflection.  The figure on the terrace was splattered with blood too, but she was wearing a long dress and a shawl covering her head and shoulders and she clutched a bundle to her chest.  I stood frozen, waiting for the image to dissipate into something else – as it always had before – into a scrap of fog, a trick of moonlight, a shift of shadow.  But it didn’t.  Instead it – she – turned and vanished into the darkness of the lawn.

Curses by Calvin Dean #FridayBookShare @ShelleyWilson72 @JCalvinDean

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Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson.   Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare.  The rules are as follow:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favorite line/scene.

I just finished Curses by Calvin Dean – the full review will be posted here on 11/14.

First line:  Ghosts live in my house.

Recruit fans by adding book blurb:    Martin Gallagher buys an old house in the country. While pursuing Hannah, a widow from the neighborhood, he encounters a sexy but psychotic ghost named Agnes. To make matters worse, Agnes is dead set on derailing his blossoming relationship. Meanwhile, an eccentric medium offers to help Martin exorcise his home, but this means resisting the temptress, encountering the bizarre, and braving the unknown. Can Martin overcome his desires and fears long enough to lift the curse? Curses is three connected stories that elicit laughter, warmth, even tears.

Introduce the main character:  Martin is incredibly patient, well-meaning, and creative.

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Audience appeal:  Anyone who enjoys a supernatural tale – with humor.

Your favorite line/scene:  This scene occurs in the wee morning hours – and Martin lives alone.

I pushed back the covers, sat up in bed, and swung my feet to the floor, but as I stood, a most horrifying scream penetrated the darkness.

“You animal!” a woman’s voice shrieked.  “How could you…you…you beast!”  Something crashed to the floor.  “I’ll make you pay if it’s the last thing I ever do!”

Though muffled, I’m quite certain I heard these words through the walls.  A struggle ensued followed by a slamming door and footsteps racing down the hall in my direction.  I huddled beside a chest of drawers to hide.

 

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid #FridayBookShare @ShelleyWilson72

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Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson.   Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare.  The rules are as follow:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favorite line/scene.

I’m reading The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid.

First line:  Everyone believed Diabolics were fearless, but in my earliest years, all I knew was fear.

Recruit fans by adding book blurb:  A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.

Introduce the main character:  Nemesis is deadly, fiercely protective, and cunning.

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Audience appeal:  Sci-fi, thriller, and action fans would dive right into this one!

Your favorite line/scene:  My hatred, my need to smash and shred and destroy – it began to calm.  Began to fade.

Another fizzling of a current, then another.

I gazed at the small girl before me, and something new stirred inside me, a sensation I’d never felt before.

A constant roar within my skull now, changing me, shifting me.

I wanted to help this girl.  I wanted to protect her.

The roaring went on and on, and then it faded away, leaving me gazing at this small being, feeling as though nothing else existed in the universe but her.

Home (Myron Bolitar #11) by Harlan Coben #FridayBookShare @ShelleyWilson72

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Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson.   Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare.  The rules are as follow:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favorite line/scene.

Myron is back!  I’ve waited five loooong years for his return.

First line:  The boy who has been missing for ten years steps into the light.

Recruit fans by adding book blurb:  The boy who had been missing for ten years was right in front of him … A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent.

No trace of the boys ever surfaced.

For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager.

Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: what can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend?

Drawing on his singular talent, Harlan Coben delivers an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home.

Introduce the main character:  Myron is driven, humorous, and fiercely loyal.

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Audience appeal:  Fans of well-written, suspenseful thrillers laced with humor and unforgettable characters.

Your favorite line/scene:  You needed a student ID to enter the building, so Myron waited by the door.  To blend in, he donned a baseball cap and carried an empty pizza box.

Myron Bolitar, Master of Disguise.

The Dead City by Dylan J. Morgan #FridayBookShare @ShelleyWilson72 @DylanJMorgan

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Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson.   Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare.  The rules are as follow:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favorite line/scene.

I’ve been reading The Dead City by Dylan J. Morgan.

First line:  Strobes of late morning sunlight sliced through the gaping shells of ruined buildings in radiant lances, stabbing a city long since dead.

Recruit fans by adding book blurb:  Nuclear war devastated the planet of Hemera and shattered its main city, Magna. A century later, its sister planet, Erebus, despatched a team of soldiers to the city to rescue Hemera’s president and restore that world to its former glory. What the reconnaissance team found however was a violent mutated population—all they discovered there was death. Now, four weeks after the final mayday call from her decimated soldiers, Erebus has sent a larger force to Hemera’s surface. Colonel Paden is coming with them, but his desires go way beyond the rescue of the surviving recon team. A mountain of jewels and gold is rumoured to lie buried beneath the presidential palace, and Paden is here to claim the wealth he believes is due to him.

Dropped into an unforgiving world, Ryan and the other soldiers of Erebus Superior Armed Forces soon discover everything is not as they thought. Magna’s population is more deadly than they could ever have imagined, their Colonel more corrupt than they’d ever known. Seeking refuge in the president’s underground bunker, the combatants are forced to sacrifice everything just to stay alive.

Bandit clans control Hemera’s dead lands and they’ve surrounded Magna in an effort to claim the fortune that belongs to their planet. Mutants control the city streets, but all they want is the taste of human flesh. Trapped inside the dead city, Ryan must fight against a mutated population—against the greed, betrayal, and hatred of those who stand at his side—in a desperate battle for survival.

Introduce the main character:  Ensemble cast, but I’ll focus on Ryan:  brave, loyal, protective

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Audience appeal:  Sci-fi/post-apocalyptic/thriller fans – some scenes require a strong constitution

Your favorite line/scene:  “Do your job,” Marshal added.  “Make it quick, make it professional.”

Green light,” the robotic voice said.  “Commence disembarkation.”

Ryan’s pulse hammered hard, excitement thundered through him.  It’d been too long since he’d jumped from a TC in combat, with a clear objective laid out instead of a simple training exercise.  He felt alive, energized – and aroused.

“Let’s do this!” Marshal shouted, and stepped into the air.

Breathing out, relaxing his muscles as best he could, Ryan followed his commanding officer into the city.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child #FridayBookShare @ShelleyWilson72

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Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson.   Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare.  The rules are as follow:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favorite line/scene.

I’ve been reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (who hasn’t?)

First line:  “Dad.  He keeps saying it.”

Recruit fans by adding book blurb (not that I’d need to recruit fans for this one):  It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Introduce the main character:  Albus Potter is a combative son, loyal friend, and full of self-doubt

Delightful design:

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Audience appeal:  Do I really need to say it?

Favorite line/scene:  All of them, but I’m really enjoying the family dynamics.

“Everyone’s staring at us again.”

“Because of me! I’m extremely famous.  My nose experiments are legendary!”

“They’re certainly something.”

#FridayBookShare The Dazzling Darkness by Paula Cappa @ShelleyWilson72 @PaulaCappa1

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Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson.   Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare.  The rules are as follow:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favorite line/scene.

I’ve been reading The Dazzling Darkness by Paula Cappa.

First line:  Elias Hatch is an old soul who spends each day trusting the dead.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb:  A secret lies buried beneath the haunting statuary in Old Willow Cemetery. In Concord, Massachusetts, the surrounding woods are alive with the spirits of transcendentalists Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott. Elias Hatch, the cemetery keeper, is the last of modern-day transcendentalists. Does he know the secret power buried in Old Willow Cemetery? Would he ever reveal it?

Next door to this cemetery is a lovely gabled house. When the Brooke family moves in, the secret of Old Willow strikes. On a cold afternoon in March, five-year-old Henry Brooke does not arrive home from the school bus stop. Antonia Brooke is frantic her child is missing, or—the unspeakable—stolen. Adam Brooke spends a harrowing night searching the Concord woods, fear gripping him as hours pass with no leads.

Finally, a police dog tracks Henry’s scent inside Old Willow Cemetery. Detective Mike Balducci suspects that Elias Hatch knows the truth about what happened to Henry. Balducci knows Hatch’s metaphysical beliefs. What Balducci discovers buried in the cemetery is beyond the grave, beyond apparitions or shadowy drifts rushing through the pine trees.

There are the dazzled faces in the darkened air … and their secret.

The Dazzling Darkness is a supernatural mystery that parallels science with spirituality by exploring consciousness, death, and the afterlife.

Introduce the main character:  This is more of an ensemble cast, so there really isn’t a MC, but these characters are varying degrees of mysterious, desperate, and secretive.

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Audience appeal:  Fans of supernatural mysteries would be all over this one!

Favorite line/scene:  Stay focused.  Don’t get distracted.  But this momentary distraction confirmed that if memories surfaced so easily, his instincts were heightening.  Intuitive energy flows from subconscious to conscious.  A familiar tingling penetrated his skin; the arc of the circle was tightening.  He walked the yard to the linden trees where the lowering sun made the pieces of sky collect into strings.  Let go and let nature guide me.

 

#FridayBookShare Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel @ShelleyWilson72

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Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson.   Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare.  The rules are as follow:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favorite line/scene.

 

I’m reading Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel.

First line:  I wouldn’t say my father was a violent man, but he wasn’t afraid to talk with his fists.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb:  Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth-century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt, it’s the “rex,” the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books (and conveniently make his father forget he’s been kicked out of school), if they can just quarry it out.

But Samuel and his father aren’t the only ones after the rex. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where her loves of science and adventure aren’t just relegated to books and sitting rooms. And if she can’t prove herself on this expedition with her professor father, the only adventures she may have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood.

As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. Their flourishing romance is one that will never be allowed. And with both eyeing the same prize, it’s a romance that seems destined for failure. As their attraction deepens, danger looms on the other side of the hills, causing everyone’s secrets to come to light and forcing Samuel and Rachel to make a decision. Can they join forces to find their quarry, and with it a new life together, or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other?

Introduce the main character:  Charming, resourceful, adventurous

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Audience appeal:  Fans of Indiana Jones adventure-type stories with a sweet YA romance

Favorite line/scene:  “Then, sir, I will ask you to put down my fossils and step outside with me.”

Cartland laughed at this, but there was pinch of alarm in his voice when he replied, “I will certainly not step outside with you.”

“Put. Down. The fossils.”

“There you go,” said Cartland, placing them down.  “Will you assault me here?”

Amused titters from the audience – but only from people who’d missed certain monthly meetings in the past.