First on Friday – Daughter of the Pirate King

First on Fridays is a weekly bookish meme, created and hosted by Preeti’s Panorama.

The rules are very simple:

  • Every Friday, grab a book [can be an e-read or paperback].
  • Share its first two or three paragraphs along with the book’s title and cover.
  • On the basis of the paragraphs/excerpt, just tell whether you would like to read it or not? One or two sentences will be enough.

I just request that you link back to ‘Preeti’s Panorama’ on your own ‘First on Fridays’ post. You can share your comments if you do not have a blog. 

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First on Friday – Wintersong

First on Fridays is a weekly bookish meme, created and hosted by Preeti’s Panorama.

The rules are very simple:

  • Every Friday, grab a book [can be an e-read or paperback].
  • Share its first two or three paragraphs along with the book’s title and cover.
  • On the basis of the paragraphs/excerpt, just tell whether you would like to read it or not? One or two sentences will be enough.

I just request that you link back to ‘Preeti’s Panorama’ on your own ‘First on Fridays’ post. You can share your comments if you do not have a blog. 

Have fun with it and enjoy the world of books. Continue reading “First on Friday – Wintersong”

Review of Caraval

 Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Series: Caraval

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

MY TAKE ON CARAVAL

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First on Friday – King’s Cage

First on Fridays is a weekly bookish meme, created and hosted by Preeti’s Panorama.

The rules are very simple:

  • Every Friday, grab a book [can be an e-read or paperback].
  • Share its first two or three paragraphs along with the book’s title and cover.
  • On the basis of the paragraphs/excerpt, just tell whether you would like to read it or not? One or two sentences will be enough.

I just request that you link back to ‘Preeti’s Panorama’ on your own ‘First on Fridays’ post. You can share your comments if you do not have a blog. 

Have fun with it and enjoy the world of books.

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Review of The Bear and the Nightingale

Title: The Bear and the Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden

Series: The Bear and the Nightingale

Genre: Fantasy, Folklore

Source: NetGalley

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At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and calls on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

(Source: Goodreads)

MY TAKE ON TBATN

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First on Friday – Carve the Mark

First on Fridays is a weekly bookish meme, created and hosted by Preeti’s Panorama.
The rules are very simple:

  • Every Friday, grab a book [can be an e-read or paperback].
  • Share its first two or three paragraphs along with the book’s title and cover.
  • On the basis of the paragraphs/excerpt, just tell whether you would like to read it or not? One or two sentences will be enough.

I just request that you link back to ‘Preeti’s Panorama’ on your own ‘First on Fridays’ post. You can share your comments if you do not have a blog. 

Have fun with it and enjoy the world of books.

Continue reading “First on Friday – Carve the Mark”

Review of Awaken

Title: Awaken

Author: Demelza Carlton

Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Retelling

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A sleeping beauty. A kingdom frozen in time. Only one can save them all.
Once upon a time…

Lord Siward intended to go hunting, but when he stumbles upon a ruined castle and accidentally wakes the mysterious maiden sleeping inside, he knows his holiday is over.
With the kingdom in trouble, Siward should be protecting the realm, but every time Rosamond looks at him, he gets lost in the girl’s green eyes. Who is the mysterious beauty, and why does he feel she holds the key to the kingdom’s deliverance?

{Source: Goodreads}

MY TAKE ON AWAKEN

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First on Friday -Wayfarer

First on Fridays is a weekly bookish meme, created and hosted by Preeti’s Panorama.
The rules are very simple:

  • Every Friday, grab a book [can be an e-read or paperback].
  • Share its first two or three paragraphs along with the book’s title and cover.
  • On the basis of the paragraphs/excerpt, just tell whether you would like to read it or not? One or two sentences will be enough.

I just request that you link back to ‘Preeti’s Panorama’ on your own ‘First on Fridays’ post. You can share your comments if you do not have a blog. 

Have fun with it and enjoy the world of books. Continue reading “First on Friday -Wayfarer”

Review of Awoken

Title: Awoken

Author: Sarah Noffke

Series: The Lucidites

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: Author

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Around the world, humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights. 

In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.

And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.

Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?

MY TAKE ON AWOKEN:

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A Reader’s Tribute to Coffee Mugs

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My weekdays are pretty busy, especially the morning time. Starting early at 5 in the morning, I rush through the chores for 3 hours which includes sending my daughters off to school and husband to office. I call these 3 hours of my weekdays as ‘Hurricane Time’ 😉 But, I eagerly wait to do them… Do you know why? It’s because of the ‘Me Time’ which I find on the other side of 3 hours!

Ah! It is total bliss. Sitting on the couch, near my window, with the morning sun peeping in… it’s my favorite time to read. And I reach paradise when I take a sip of my coffee. I do not know any other happier moment as a reader. For me, books and coffee are inseparable.

My coffee has played an important role in keeping my passion for reading intact. And my coffee couldn’t have been close to me without my mug. They are silent witnesses to my journey of adventures to various worlds created within the books. So, here is a tribute to all the coffee mugs who help readers like me, in following their passion.

As per their individual tastes, Coffee mugs vary from reader to reader.

Some love tall mugs and some love small. They come in all sizes and patterns. Let me introduce you to few which caught my eye… 

The minion coffee mug pair. The characters and their quotes just bring a smile on one’s faces.

One of my favorites: A coffee mug in the form of a camera lens. 


This cute hand – crafted mug can be an awesome reading companion.
A self-stirring mug for those who are way too into the book and do not even have time for stirring 😉

For those who do not want their mug to be touched by anyone else 😛

The design of this mug surely makes it unique.

I am an ardent lover of coffee. Cafe Latte is my personal favourite. I consider my coffee nad coffee mug as an important part of my life as a reader.

Which type of coffee do you prefer?

Do you consider coffee mugs as your reading companions? If yes, do you have a preference?

I would love to read your thoughts in the comment section below…

Until next time,

Preeti