Opening Lines

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is opening lines, and I decided to go with the first line from 10 books on my physical TBR! These are all very high on my reading list and seeing some of these opening lines definitely makes me excited to get into a few of them!! 

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A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

“It’s often said of old buildings that they have a soul.” 

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The Toll by Neal Shusterman

 “There was no warning.”

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Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

“The disrupter blast hit the Betraskan right in her chest.”

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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

“Lucie Herondale was ten years old when she first met the boy in the forest.”

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The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart.”

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Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

“Tavia Syn made a living on magic and it was rarely the legal kind.”

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These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

“They say there’s a fine line between love and hate.”

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Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

“Veronyka kicked as hard as she could at Tristan’s face.”

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Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

“A boy went missing the night of the storm.”

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Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

“Compared to the freezing weather outside, the stable was warm and steamy and alive with the sleepy murmuring of horses.”

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Books I Enjoyed but rarely talk about

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday prompt is the perfect opportunity to showcase 10 books I really loved but haven’t had a chance to talk about in a while. I find usually I will post a review for a book and then won’t really bring it back up again. I highly recommend all of these books and their series!

aUndead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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10 Books to Read in a Day

This weeks Top 10 Tuesday is a freebie so I thought I would go with 10 books from different genres that are fairly short, fast paced, highly enjoyable and very engaging that I finished in a day or less!

Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins

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Birthday by Meredith Russo

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Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendriks and Sarah Pekkanen

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What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli

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Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

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Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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5 Fantasy Stand Alones

These are a few of my favourite fantasy stand alones! I think most of these are great if you aren’t an avid fantasy reader, to get you started and to dip your toes into the genre. Fantasy is my absolute favourite and I don’t get around to reading a lot of stand-alones in the genre but what I have read I have loved!

Graceling by Kristin Cashore – I get that there are two more books in this world but I believe they are just companion novels, so I am counting this as a stand-alone. I loved this book. The premise alone I found to be very interesting and I loved how it was executed! Katsa is one of my favourite female protagonists and I loved her arc throughout this story.

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – This book surprised me a little bit! I picked it up on a whim and thought it was going to be a little dry (lol) but I actually really enjoyed the storyline. The pace was very well done, I thought the premise was unique and the kind of hate to love romance trope is one of my favourites so I really liked this!

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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson – I was highly entertained throughout the course of this book! I loved Mila and her commentary in this book was very witty and kind of snarky which I like in a female protagonists. Overall I think it was her desire to find out the truth and her stop at nothing nature that really captured my attention and ensnared me!

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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – Dark and atmospheric, I really enjoyed this book as well. The premise I found to be very unique and the twist at the end did really surprise me! I didn’t see it coming and I felt like the execution was very well done.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – Even though this is a fairly new read I had to put it on the list! An epic fantasy book of over 1000 pages I’m sure it is intimidating to the average person. However, I found it to be an incredibly fast engaging read. The world is vast, the characters are diverse and the magic system is unique. Everything I love about fantasy this book really captured!

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August Wrap Up

This month I’ve had a lot going on and I haven’t been able to read as many books as I would have preferred. That being said I did complete 6 books this month that I absolutely loved and haven’t been able to stop talking about for the last couple of weeks. I do have reviews on all of these books up on my blog at the moment so feel free to click on the titles and check them out!

Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill – ⭐️4/5 stars

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner – ⭐️4/5 stars

Poison Study by Maria V Snyder – ⭐️4/5 stars

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – ⭐️4/5 stars

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas – ⭐️5/5 stars

Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – ⭐️4/5 stars

All in all it was a pretty great reading month for me. I lucked out and ended up pretty much loving every single book that I read. There is usually one or two books where I’m kind of like ‘eh’, but I honestly enjoyed my time reading every single one of these. Fingers crossed my luck continues onto next month and the rest of the year!

Happy Reading 📚