Friday 56: ‘The Wicked Deep’

Friday 56 is a linkup hosted by Freda’s Voice


RULES:

*Grab a book, any book.

*Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your e-reader.
If you have to improvise, that is okay.

*Find a snippet, short and sweet.

*Post it, and add the url to your post in the Linky below.

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I just finished reading The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw.  I loved it.

Page 56 happens to blank, so this excerpt is from page 57:

“From the black waters of the harbor, their song sinks into dreams, permeates the brittle grass that grows along steep cliffs and rotting homes.  It settles into the stones that hold up the lighthouse; it floats and swirls in the air until it’s all you can taste and breathe.

“This is how they do it– how the sisters are freed from their brackish grave.  They steal three bodies and make them their own.  And this season, they do it swiftly.”

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This book was well written without being to flowery.  It was dark and macabre without being scary or morbid.  It left me with a lot to think about in terms of love, loss and identity.

Let me know if you participate in The Friday 56.

Hope you have a great weekend ahead of you!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? vol. 2

Oh hi! I forgot today was Monday.  I’m so thrown off by my husband being home… yay three day weekends!!!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Last week I was able to meet my goal of finishing The Final Empire.  To get the second half of the book finished I ended up switching back and forth through e-book and graphic audio, and it made for a really immersive reading experience.  Once I started listening to it I was able to connect with the characters a little better- I heard the actors’ voices as I read on my own, and I picked up more on the humor and character interactions from listening to parts of it.

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I didn’t listen to or read anything else until I finished The Final Empire, but once I had that done I moved onto Fables vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland.  I really enjoyed reading this volume.  It did a better job at sticking to one story line than the previous volume did.  This was a very emotional and eerie installment.   I can’t recommend this graphic novel series highly enough. It got little ‘meh’ for a few volumes, but I really love the series overall.

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This morning I started The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw.  I have very high expectations for it as the kickoff of my fall/dark/witchy/spooky/Halloweeny TBR.  Afterwards, I plan on reading Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.

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I also decided that I should go ahead and start the next Mistborn book, The Well of Ascension, and just take my time with it while reading some other things.  I know if I put it aside completely I am likely not to come back to it.

I also picked up Infidelity, a Memoir by Ann Pearlman from the library.  This sounded interesting, but I have a feeling it will be something I thumb through, not read cover to cover.  We’ll see what happens.


 

What have you been reading?  What will you be reading?

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Have a great week!

T5W: Redemption Arcs

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  The topic schedule can be found in the Goodreads group.


This weeks topic is Redemption Arcs.

I feel like redemption arcs are more than just a case of learning some background that justifies a characters antagonistic actions.  I think that is a matter of insight rather than redemption.  When I consider redemption, I want it to be a character doing something big to make up for the horribleness that has defined them up to that point.  But that’s just me and what I’m thinking about this week as I make this list.  Whether or not that is the true definition of a redemption arc… I really have no idea.

#5- Holland (from: Shades of Magic trilogy)

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I’m kind of breaking my rule right off the bat.  We learn about Holland and his torture at the hands of the Dane Twins who force him to carry out their sinister wishes… but he lets himself be defeated and sent into Black London for the greater good.  Or so we think……….. I won’t spoil any further.

#4- Prince Robot IV (from: Saga)

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This dude is the worst.  Until he has something personal to fight for, and all of a sudden he is side by side with our favorite moony in the universe.  PLOT. TWIST.

#3- Prince Charming (from: Fables)

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He is introduced as a silver tongued womanizer who cares only about wealth and power- but a few volumes in you realize he is a strategical genius and the one to lead Fabletown to victory against the Adversary.  I remember the moment I paused my reading and realized: “Holy crap, I don’t hate him anymore.”

#2- Loki (from: Marvel Cinematic Universe)

We went from this slimy asshole in Avengers…

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Loki, I think I love you. No… I KNOW I do.

#1- Darth Vader (from: A Galaxy Far Far Away)

No explanation necessary.

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Shelf Control

I found this meme and thought… “Hey! I have TBR shelves I need to control!”

So here we are.

Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out my introductory post, here.

I am beyond excited for fall… autumn (whatever, I’ve always called it fall).  It’s my favorite season for several reasons:

  1. Climate- I live in New England, so it’s kind of required I love fall
  2. Hot apple cider
  3. Pumpkins
  4. Spooky (NOT gory!) Halloween decorations
  5. Atmospheric reads

I have quite a few books I saved to read leading up to Halloween, and honestly they may end up taking up my entire fall season, which I am going to say is September through November.

My birthday was in June, and with the gift cards I received I ordered several 2018 releases that I anticipate will make good lead up to Halloween reads.

The first one I will talk about is:

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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I am going to venture a guess that by now everyone has at least heard of this book, if not read it.  It was released in March, with much hype, and I made a promise to myself that I would save it for fall. I mean… it’s about witches!

An excerpt from the Goodreads description:

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

The cover is gorgeous, the plot sounds perfect for this time of year, and I’ve seen enough good reviews for it, that I am more than eager to try it out for myself.  So far, I have gotten lucky and ended up loving books that have gotten mixed reviews.   The Goodreads rating is 3.86 and my prediction is that it will be 4 if not 5 stars from me.  We’ll see if I was right (I really hope so! I could use a 5 star book to kick off the season!)


If you want to participate in this meme, check out the post at Bookshelf Fantasies and join in the comments.  Don’t forget me know if you do!

Let’s take control of our shelves, one book at a time!  What book have you bought that you need to get to?