Friday 56 – The Girl King

the girl kingThe Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple – turn to page 56 in your current read (or 56% in your e-reader) and post a few non-spoilery sentences.

This week’s quote is from The Girl King, by Mimi Yu, one of the books I’m reading for the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge.

When she looked up, the woman’s face was a chasm of writing light and fire, horrible to behold.

Cold fear seized her, but the sensation quickened into an unbearable heat. The woman’s robes turned to living flames, scorching Min’s arms and neck and setting her hair ablaze. She opened her mouth to cry out and the stranger bent over her, sucking the scream out of her with a cruel, searing kiss –

Min awoke with a start violent enough to chase the nightmare away.

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Friday 56 – Kingdom of Copper

kingdom of copperThe Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple – turn to page 56 in your current read (or 56% in your e-reader) and post a few non-spoilery sentences.

As you’ve probably noted by the lack of posts the past week, I’ve been too busy to read! We moved into our brand new house on Sunday, and I’ve been busily unpacking boxes, putting furniture together, and setting up the house. I did sneak in a little bit of time to read S. A. Chakraborty’s The Kingdom of Copper, the sequel to City of Brass. My full review will be up – oh, sometime next week, probably, when I have time to write it! But I’ll give you a quick glimpse from page 56.

Two women were waiting for him outside his tent.

“Sisters!” he greeted them, forcing a smile to his face even as he inwardly swore. “Peace be upon you.”

“And upon you peace.” It was Umm Qays who spoke first, one of the village’s stone mages. She gave Ali a wide, oddly sly grin. “How does this day find you?”

Exhausted. “Well, thanks be to God,” Ali replied. “And yourselves?”

“Fine. We’re fine,” Bushra, Umm Qays’s daughter spoke up quickly. She was avoiding Ali’s eyes, embarrassment visible in her flushed cheeks. “Just passing through!”

“Nonsense.” Umm Qays yanked her daughter close, and the young woman gave a small, startled yelp. “My Bushra has just made the loveliest kabsa . . . she is an extraordinarily gifted cook, you know, can conjure up a feast from the barest of bones and a whisper of spice . . . Anyway, her first thought was to set aside a portion for our prince.” She beamed at Ali. “A good girl, she is.”

Mothers will always try to push their daughters at eligible, well-off bachelors, no?

Thinks are starting to calm down here, and I still have library books to read, so hopefully I will have the blog hopping again in no time!

Friday 56 – Slayer

slayerThe Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple – turn to page 56 in your current read (or 56% in your e-reader) and post a few non-spoilery sentences.

This week’s quote is from Slayer by Kiersten White. Slayer is set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, after the events of the comic book season that came after the TV show. (I’m a bit of a fan.)

Artemis had been even more affected by the test. When she had come back, she’d looked . . . haunted. “I don’t want to be a Watcher,” she had said. But being a Watcher was what she had always wanted. I couldn’t wrap my head around her not being on the Council someday in the distant future. In my mind, she already was.

When I tried to talk to her about the test, she refused. For the last four years she had been there for me, but I didn’t know how to offer her the same support, so I pretended like nothing was different. She let me. It was easiest for both of us.

On a side note, WE ARE CLOSING ON THE HOUSE TODAY. IN A FEW HOURS I WILL BE A HOMEOWNER!!!!

Friday 56 – You Have The Right To Remain Fat

right to remain fatThe Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple – turn to page 56 in your current read (or 56% in your e-reader) and post a few non-spoilery sentences.

This week’s quote is from You Have The Right To Remain Fat, a 120-page manifesto by Virgie Tovar.

Men feel the right to control what women eat – even women they don’t know. Emma Gray wrote an article in 2014 for the Huffington Post about a male stranger yelling at her as she left a frozen-yogurt shop in New York: “Hey, girl, you shouldn’t be eating that. You’re gonna get fat.” She conceptualized the comment as both a manifestation of men’s perceived right to control and intimidate women in public and this stranger’s perceived right to control what she might look like in the future.

Friday 56 – Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix

kingdom of the blazing phoenixThe Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple – turn to page 56 in your current read (or 56% in your e-reader) and post a few non-spoilery sentences.

This week’s quote is from Julie C. Dao’s Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix, the sequel to Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. Even if it hadn’t been for the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge, I would have read this one because Forest of a Thousand Lanterns was amazing!

The moment had come. Jade had envisioned meeting her father many times during the journey, but now that it was about to happen, she felt a sudden powerful urge to run. What would he be like? Would he be kind and indulgent? Would he apologize for throwing her away?

She might have felt amused at her own absurd fantasies if she hadn’t been so anxious.

Amah’s arm went around her. “Strength of the dragon,” she whispered. “Fire of the phoenix.”

 

Friday 56 – A Blade So Black

a blade so blackThe Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple – turn to page 56 in your current read (or 56% in your e-reader) and post a few non-spoilery sentences.

This week’s quote is from A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney, an Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired fantasy with a black Alice. Here she’s talking with two of her school friends. Court is white, I don’t recall Chess’s skin tone being mentioned.

“Court was just going on about how ridiculous white people are for pumpkin spice.” Alice shook her head.

Chess snorted. “Hard truths.”

“Always.” Court shoved her tray aside and dug into her designer backpack.

“Forget targeting the economy or our infrastructure. If anyone managed to kill the pumpkins, America would fall in a week. Panic in the streets.” Chess gestured questioningly at Alice’s half-empty soda bottle.