First Lines Fridays | October 23

First Lines Friday is a weekly book meme hosted by Wandering Words. Every week books get judged not by their cover, but their opening lines! Click here to view Wandering Words’ original post!

  • First, pick a book of your shelf (either current read or TBR) and open to the first page.
  • Then, copy the first lines, but don’t give anything away. Hook the reader first!
  • Finally…reveal the book!

This Week’s First Lines

‘A half moon glows on smooth granite boulders, turning them silver. The silence was broken only by the ripple of water from the swift black river and the whisper of trees …’

Any Guesses?

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First Lines. A man saying 'I'm So Lost'. Link: https://media.giphy.com/media/ZgUK99ejlrEm3NOOjL/giphy.gif

This Week’s Book:

Warriors Book 1: Into the Wild. By Erin Hunter.

Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

While this is a middle grade series, I love the idea of feral cat clans! I certainly can’t wait to start reading book!

Synopsis

For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. But the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger, and the sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day.

Noble warriors are dying– and some deaths are more mysterious than others. In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary house cat named Rusty . . . who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

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In conclusion, what first lines would you like to share? Comment down below!

WWW Wednesday | October 21

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm. It is now maintained by Sam by Taking On a World of Words. Click here to view Sam’s page.

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WWW Wednesday Prompts

  • First: What are you currently reading?
  • Then: What did you finish reading recently?
  • Finally: What are you going to read next?
WWW Wednesday. What are you currently reading?
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1553927196l/41952489.jpg

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons...”

This is an Epic Fantasy with strong characters. One man is in charge of saving his land from rigid Nobility. This is certainly a page turner!

WWW Wednesday. What did you finish reading recently?
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

On the shorelines of Russia, two sisters disappear…’

This mystery was so engaging! We follow a neighborhood solving a kidnapping case. Broken into months, it was certainly addicting!

WWW Wednesday. What do you think you'll read next?
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun

I’m reading Black Sun for the B2Weird Book Club. I’ve heard so much about this fantasy novel. I can’t wait to start reading it!

Looking for More Reading Suggestions? Here are some links:

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The Blogtober Tag | Blogtober Day 19

I found The Blogtober Tag through The Kelly Diane Report. You can read her lovely post here!

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Photo by Madalyne Stabb on Unsplash

What is your favorite fall scent?

I enjoy everything pumpkin, cinnamon and apple based! I specifically love visiting White Barn Candle Co. and Bath and Body Works for Autumn scents!

Do you prefer pumpkin pie or apple pie?

Pumpkin Pie, always! I never have Autumn gatherings without it!

Blogtober Tag. Pumpkin Pie. Link:
Photo by Natalia Y on Unsplash

What is one autumn tradition you have?

Watching Halloween programs on TV! My favorite is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

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What are you planning for dressing up as for Halloween?

Usually I wear something vampiric or cat-like. I’ve yet to look for a costume this year, but I hope I find something fun!

What are you most excited for in Fall?

Watching the leaves change colors! I love going for neighborhood drives, just to watch the Fall foliage!

What is your favorite scary movie?

Evil Dead, followed by Pet Semetary. Both films cause sleepness nights!

What is your favorite Halloween candy?

Reeses Pieces, of course! Chocolate and peanut butter are my faves!

Favorite Pumpkin spiced flavoured thing?

Pumpkin Spice Lattes. This is certainly the season!

Blogtober Tag. Autumn flavored drinks. Link: https://media.giphy.com/media/REc9778yUjQ08/giphy.gif
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What is your warmest Fall memory?

Celebrating a Halloween concert with friends in New York, back in 2012. I still remember that night!

What is your favourite Autumn must have?

My cardigan and gloves, of course! When cool breezes come, they’re a regular part of my wardrobe. I also wear my long boots throughout the season!

Blogtober Autumn Links

Want more Autumn fun? Here are some links:

A Halloween ‘Itty Bitty’ Snoopy Post

Autumn Theme Books | Book Blogger Hop

Cemetery Boys by Aidan Thomas | Reflection and Review

Reading Snacks | Blogtober Day 15

Reading snacks are such a comfort! Whether it’s a bag of chips or chocolate, trtreatseats are a great reading go-to!

Favorite Snacks

Here are some of my favorite treats:

Potato Chips

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I enjoy Pringles and Ritz Crisp & Thins!

Chocolate

Peanut butter cups. Photo by Heather Barnes on Unsplash. Link: https://unsplash.com/photos/gP1YecpRyD8

My favorite chocolate snacks? Peanut butter cups. That’s my weakness!

Granola Bars

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Both healthy and flavorful, granola bars are the perfect treats!

Reading Snack Resources

Book Riot shares important food advice while prepping for readathons!

Cozy Autumn Book Tag posts bloggers’ autumn treat entries. Keep an eye out for my contribution!

What are your favorite treats?

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Reading Nook Ideas | Blogtober Day 14

When you hear Autumnal Reading Nook, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

While picturing my autumnal nook needs, cozy and relaxing are important. I want to settle in with a good book. I also want to bring in Autumn vibes!

Here are the factors that are very important when imagining my autumn nook:

Candles: Reading Nook Staples

Autumnal Reading Nook. Photo by Taryn ELliot from Pexels. Link: https://www.pexels.com/photo/lighted-candle-on-white-book-beside-black-glass-bottle-4099355/

When you’re settling in with a good book, candles provide that bookish aura! Available in a wide variety of colors and sizes, candles are perfect to place at your desk or window. Since we’re setting up autumnal reading nooks, Apple, cinnamon and pumpkin scents are in order!

You can find awesome fragrant candles at your local department store or at bookish merch sites. I purchased mine at Bath and Body Works!

Seasonal Surfaces: Reading Nook Ready!

Reading Nook Blogtober. Photo by Valeriia Miller from Pexels. Link: https://www.pexels.com/photo/lighted-candle-on-white-book-beside-black-glass-bottle-4099355/

While your reading nook shouldn’t scream Autumn, a little seasonal nostalgia doesn’t hurt! Whether decorating with Fall colors or setting an Autumn object in your midst, your reading space should welcome the season! Personally, I have some Halloween figures decorating my area, which can be viewed here!

Your Favorite Autumn Beverage!

Autumnal Reading Nook. Photo by Lisa Fotios in Pexels. Link: https://www.pexels.com/photo/cup-of-coffee-beside-green-succulent-plant-1232433/

Coffee, tea, iced beverages…you name it! Every good book is paired with a favored drink. Indeed, no reading nook is complete without it!

What drinks do you enjoy? I adore coffee. I’m never without my caffeine!

Reading Nook. 'Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins Please'. Photo taken at TJ Maxx.

To sum up, your autumnal nook should reflect what’s best for you! Some seasonal touches and personal flair livens up any space!

What would you add to your nook? Feel free to share below!

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Note: Candle and drink photos were from Pexels

A Memory | Blogtober Day 13

My favorite Fall memory involves friendship. Eight years ago I met up with good friends for an Imperative Reaction concert. It was at a popular venue in New York City. With us experiencing present pandemic times, these public gatherings are extra special!

Fall Memory. Imperative Reaction. Link: https://i.pinimg.com/474x/8c/3c/ab/8c3cab64a94b1711f1ccc966d1a974c9--industrial-bands-running-music.jpg

After the show, my friends and I walked around the streets of Chelsea. I loved the cool Fall breeze circulating the area! We chatted about the band, and made plans to meet in the near future. This musical memory remains strong to this day!

Two days later, I visited a good friend in my poetry community. She helped me furnish part of my living space, and I’ll always be grateful to her! We spent a couple hours reflecting on our group. Indeed, it was a good time sharing and laughing! While it was months before I saw her again, we very much appreciated each other’s company.

Currently, my support system stands as a very special Fall memory. While living in New York City, I gained independence from a toxic relationship. I also reconnected with great college friends. One of them later became my future husband!

What is your favorite Fall memory? Feel free to share down below!

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Paranormal Romance | Book Blogger Hop

Paranormal Romance is a popular reading genre for Halloween! I love curling up with spooky love stories during those long autumn nights!

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every week we answer a bookish prompt. Sharing a common theme leads to more blogger interactions! You can find Billy’s intro post here.

This Week’s Question: Do you read Paranormal Romance? If you do, what is your favorite part of the genre?

I enjoy supernatural love stories! For example, I love Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire series. I also appreciate L.A. Banks’ Vampire Huntress books!

Book Blogger Hop: Minion by L.A. Banks. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1388619877l/39305.jpg

Some other stories I love:

Paranormal Romance: Book Blogger Hop. Dead Unitl Dark by Charlaine Harris. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1468560853l/301082._SY475_.jpg

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Paranormal Romance: Book Blogger Hop. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Z Brewer. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1437688794l/6178065._SY475_.jpg

The CHronicles of Vladimir Tod Series by Z Brewer

What are your favorite paranormal romances? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Looking for more Book Blogger Hop posts? Check out Autumn Reads!

Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz | Moodboard

It’s my stop on the Blazewrath Games Book Tour! Thank you the Hear Our Voices Book Tours for allowing me to take part. For more information, Click on the banner below!

Blazewrath Games Book Information

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Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Length: 368 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 6, 2020

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Synopsis

Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance. When Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.

But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. They are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport.

Blazewrath Games Author Information

Amparo Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island’s northeastern coast. Her short story comic, “What Remains in The Dark,” appears in the Eisner Award-winning anthology Puerto Rico Strong (Lion Forge, 2018). SAVING CHUPIE, her middle grade graphic novel, comes out with HarperCollins in Winter 2022. She holds an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Psychology from the UPR’s Río Piedras campus. When she’s not teaching ESL to her college students, she’s teaching herself Korean, devouring as much young adult fiction as she can, and writing about Latinx characters in worlds both contemporary and fantastical.

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Blazewrath Games Moodboard

When I found out I was creating content for Blazewrath Games, I became excited! I couldn’t wait to share my interpretation of Amparo Ortiz’s action-packed tale! Lana Torres is indeed a woman out to represent Puerto Rico in all its glory. Of course, nothing made me happier than representing Lara’s mission through this moodboard!

While I discovered a small number of photos to represent Lana’s journey, this doesn’t lessen the journey she takes in representing La Isla! I’m proud to say that Blazewrath Games is a powerful read! Everyone will enjoy this powerful Latinx book!

FInally, what are your thoughts on Blazewrath Games? Do you have any memorable moments to share? Please let me know in the comments!

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A Halloween ‘Itty Bitty Snoopy’ Post | Blogtober Day 8

Halloween and Snoopy are a fun combination!

I certainly enjoy creepy Halloween staples, such as haunted houses and scary movies. However, I also love cute spins to this spooky holiday!

I’m a huge Peanuts Gang fanatic! From books to plushies, I own many things related to Charlie Brown and his squad. When Hallmark began releasing their Itty Bitty Halloween collection, I quickly grabbed everything linked to this famous group!

My Halloween ‘Itty Bitty’ Snoopy List

Here’s some photos of my Halloween Peanuts Gang figures! I purchased them all at Hallmark. They are indeed a great resource for holiday materials!

Halloween Snoopy. Pumpkin Snoopy and Skeleton Charlie Brown.

Pumpkin Snoopy & Skeleton Charlie Brown

Skeleton Charlie Brown was part of a Halloween Mystery Bag collection. It took several tries to bring him home! His adorable pumpkin companion became available last year!

Halloween Snoopy. Vampire Snoopy and Superhero Linus.

Vampire Snoopy & Superhero Linus

These two figures were also part of the Mystery Bag Collection. What was the hardest to find? That adorable beagle next to Linus, of course!

Halloween Snoopy. Witch Lucy and Trick-or-Treat Snoopy.

Witchy Lucy & Trick-or-Treat Snoopy

Witchy Lucy is the fourth character in the Mystery Collection. She and Snoopy are ready for trick-or-treating!

Halloween: Candy Corn Snoopy.

Candy Corn Snoopy

Last but definitely not least! I purchased this cutie last year.

Do you love the Peanuts Gang? If so, which is your favorite? Share your thoughts below!

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Children by Bjorn Larssen | Book Tour

It’s my tour stop for Children by Bjorn Larssen! Thank you Storytellers on Tour for allowing me to take part. Read all about it on this Tour Post!

Children: Book Information

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Children by Bjorn Larssen
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Adult
Length: 460 pages
Release Date: October 3, 2020

Synopsis

Magni never wanted to be like his father, a murderous, absent, cheating alcoholic: Thor – the feared and beloved God of thunder. When Thor destroys everything and everyone his son knows and loves, Magni vows to stop the violence. His dream is to bring peace and prosperity to the Nine Worlds, then settle down with the man he loves. But is it possible to remain good in a place this bad? How do you escape cruelty in a universe built on it, or the shadow of your father when everyone calls you by his name?

Maya knows she’s a failure and a disappointment to her foster-parents. How could a child raised by Freya and Freyr – Goddess of love and God of sex – have no interest in the greatest of pleasures? Obviously, it couldn’t be the torture they subjected her to, or treating her as a tool that might someday be useful. Maya, her rage at their games more powerful than she knows, wants freedom to pursue her own destiny. But how do you forge your own life away from your God-parents when you’re nothing more than human?

A retelling of the Norse myths unlike any other, Children will answer all the questions you never knew you had about the heathen Nine Worlds… before leading you into the Tenth.

Children: Author Information

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Bjørn Larssen is a Norse heathen made in Poland, but mostly located in a Dutch suburb, except for his heart which he lost in Iceland. Born in 1977, he self-published his first graphic novel at the age of seven in a limited edition of one, following this achievement several decades later with his first book containing multiple sentences and winning awards he didn’t design himself. His writing is described as ‘dark’ and ‘literary’, but he remains incapable of taking anything seriously for more than 60 seconds.

Bjørn has a degree in mathematics. He’s worked as a graphic designer, a model, a bartender, and a blacksmith (but not all at the same time). His hobbies include sitting by open fires, dressing like an extra from Vikings, installing operating systems, and dreaming about living in a log cabin in the north of Iceland. He owns one husband and is owned by one neighbourhood cat.

My Review

**I received a complimentary copy of Children through Storytellers on Tour, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Children is a very creative Norse mythology retelling! We enter Magni and Maya’s world, two Norse descendants with traumatic upbringings. Their tales are raw as they attempt to live life away from their parents’ shadow. Norse Mythology is certainly unfiltered, and Larssen isn’t afraid to share these characters’ experiences.

Indeed, Children is very emotional, yet this provides rich storytelling. Bjorn Larssen weaves a different account of the classic Norse mythology tale, yet his twists are unique. Told in dual POVs, we share in Maya and Magni’s stress and difficulties. Their parents left unthinkable scars in their lives, leaving them to rebuild their senses of self.

To sum up, Children is truly a remarkable take on Norse mythology. Bjorn Larssen provides a reinvented look to a classic tale!

What are your thoughts? Will you put Children in your TBR?

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