I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 20 Read-a-thon from August 21 to 27.
You may even find a challenge over there on the Friday, Aug 25, created by yours truly!
Birthday celebrating reader, writer, author interviewer. #InSixWords
My goals for Bout of Books 20 are not just to read a lot of books (I’m hoping to read and review at least 5), but also to connect! So if you’re taking part as well, or if you love to read and have some social media accounts, let me know!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21 and runs through Sunday, August 27 in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
For this challenge, all you have to do is rewrite the synopsis of a book from another character’s point of view. Make it their story instead. If you post on social media, be sure to use #synopsisrewritebob20 to share.
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver Elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army, she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a superhuman ability she didn’t know she had.
Except… her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard — the leaders of a budding Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, putting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart.
Cal’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. He’s the crown prince, a Silver Elite with supernatural abilities that make him nearly a god. One night, while out undercover among the people, a poor girl named Mare tries to pickpocket him. Feeling bad for her, he’s gets her a job. A twist of fate leads the girl to, in front of the king and all his nobles, discovers a superhuman ability, a silver blood power, that she shouldn’t have.
And now Cal’s world is that much closer to crumbling since he brought this red girl who has powers into the limelight.
But it’s okay, because he has a crush on Mare, and would rather live in a broken world with her than in the life he’s destined to have. Except Cal is supposed to marry someone else, and the king decides that his other son, Maven, should marry her. Then, during a nice dinner party, the Red rebellion blows stuff up and kills a bunch of people. Mare might be behind it. And if that’s not enough of a stab to Cal’s royal heart, she ends up accusing him of being the villian. To top it off, Cal becomes an orphan after his evil step-mom uses mind control to force him to murder his dad. Cal and Mare both end up fighting for their lives in the Bowl of Bones. Add in betrayal by his brother, Maven, and this fantasy set in the urban future is sure to leave readers demanding more!
Book Spine Rainbow
Take a selection of your favorite book spines to make a rainbow! Share on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #bookspinerainbow and #boutofbooks
I’m really proud of this one. There are books I love that never get included because they don’t have colors to fit a rainbow. So I went with “outside the box thinking” on my image.
R Yefon: The Red Necklace by Sahndra Fon Dufe
O The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez
Y The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss
G Sign of the Green Dragon by C. Lee McKenzie
B Space Cats from Space by Nicki Ivey
I Moonless by Crystal Collier
V You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir by Felicia Day
Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows
I enjoyed this book about as much as I thought I would when I first saw it. (It reminds me of my Existence books, except the main characters are teenage witches.) “We’re not gods. But we have ‘diluted god blood’ in us.” I loved that in Chapter 4.
The Harry Potter reference in Chapter 2 (about the owl dropping a letter) made me laugh.
“Because people are supposed to train for battle before entering it.” That line in chapter 39 is from of my favorite part of the book.
It’s difficult to be the first book in a series like this, having to establish who the characters are and why it matters, trying to sneak in backstory without overwhelming readers, hinting at mythology without being history class notes. The author did a pretty good job of managing all that here.
This is very fun YA urban fantasy. I look forward to reading more of the series.
#NewToMe2017 #FlightsOfFantasy #SpecFic
Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week
While cooking is outside my comfort zone (especially the indoor kind), I enjoyed this book. There’s more than just recipes, there are stories and tips. This made it fun to read. I’m planning to try the spinach and cheese stuffed chicken with lemon butter first.
Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week by Melissa d’Arabian
The Snowman: Prequel to the Detective Quaid Mysteries by Yolanda Renée