The Friday 56: Opium and Absinthe

Opium and Absinthe: A Novel by [Lydia Kang]

James? So handsome that ladies’ rose-salved lips dropped open in astonishment when he passed? James Cutter fancied her? There was something alluring about the idea of a match between them, on that would make all the socialites who had ever giggled over her clumsy ways jealous…

I just got this book in the mail today, so I haven’t read it. It sounds very intriguing though, and I’m looking very much forward to reading this. I’ll be happy when the time comes that this passage will make sense to me. Until then, enjoy the quote!

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The Friday 56: A Lesson in Vengeance.

A Lesson in Vengeance by [Victoria Lee]

Ellis emerges from Godwin House just once, even though it’s a Friday afternoon. Maybe Ellis Halley isn’t required to attend classes. I watch her go across the yard, chin level with the ground and wearing a pantsuit, into the administrative building. She stays there about twenty minutes before I spy her again. This time she’s holding an armful of paperwork. I raise my voice and call her name, she looks over and our gazes meet. But then she turns away and keeps walking, as if I’m not there at all.

The dynamic between these two is very interesting. They aren’t really enemies. They really don’t know each other well enough to be enemies. Yet they aren’t exactly friendly either. I’m curious to see how this relationship grows and unfolds as the series continues. I’m about halfway through the book as we speak so I guess I’ll find out soon.

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The Friday 56: The Chase

The Chase (Fox and O'Hare Series, Book 2) by [Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg]

“The Viboras are bloodthirsty, homicidal maniacs. They’ve been known to cut off a man’s arm and beat him to death with it. Aren’t you worried about the Viboras hunting you down?”

Nick waved off her concern. “I’m already on the run from all sorts of mobsters and countless law enforcement agencies. What’s one more? Besides, I’ve got you protecting me.”

I haven’t read this one yet, but I can tell that Evanovich is just as quirky in this series as she is in the Stephanie Plum series. I’m really excited about it now!

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The Friday 56: The High Mountain Court

The High Mountain Court (The Five Crowns of Okrith Book 1) by [AK Mulford]

She didn’t know why she said it, merely wanted to. But she delighted in the way Hale’s eyes widened. That wanting smile stretched back across his face. He may have been fae, but when it came to women, it didn’t matter: fae males were as simple as human men, it seemed.

I’m actually actively reading this book now. I’m not this far into it yet. I picked the vaguest paragraph on the page to share so I wasn’t tempted to keep reading. Anybody else know that struggle? Anyway, this book is so good so far and I want to know if anybody else is reading it! Or has read it!

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The Friday 56: Above the Reich

Above the Reich: Deadly Dogfights, Blistering Bombing Raids, and Other War Stories from the Greatest American Air Heroes of World War II, in Their Own Words by [Colin Heaton, Anne-Marie Lewis]

I got my twelfth kill on January 20, but that was when a new pilot, Allen E Dimmick, was hit and killed by a 190 that I then managed to get. On January 30, I scored number thirteen, and in February I scored two in a single mission. Then we got a new pilot, a Polish fellow who flew with the RAF, Boleslaw Michel “Michael” or “Mike” Gladych. he and Gabreski were old friends: Gabby had flown with the RAF Polish Squadron, since he also spoke Polish. Those two together were worth the price of admission, really. He [Gladych] ad a remarkable history indeed.

I learned so much in just this small passage. I won this book awhile back, but I haven’t had the pleasure of reading it yet. It looks like it will be a very educational read. I will have to bump it up on my TBR. I won’t lie though. This looks like a book I will have to take lots of notes with. I’ll probably do some research on the side as well. I’m also okay with that.

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The Friday 56: Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche

My journey was uneventful, and I arrived at Dorking- a market town rather smaller than I expected- in time for a late luncheon at none too fancy an eatery. After a bowl of beef stew and one of bread pudding- such was the available fare- I walked back to the station to rent a bicycle, but I was told, with raised eyebrows, that no such newfangled self-propelled transportation was to be had, and I was directed to the livery stables next door.

I’m very curious on what goes on around here. It seems like an important place. Maybe something important will happen. I’m excited to read this book!

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The Friday 56: Winter’s Rise

“What is djinn? Like a genie? Do they exist, too?” I asked, my interest piqued.

“They do more than exist,” Pops said. “They keep order within the supernatural community by creating and enforcing our laws. Much the same as our government does for humans.”

I can’t tell you why I found this passage so interesting. It’s very quirky and light. Its one of my favorite passages of the book so far!

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The Friday 56: Pearl of Emerald

Willow lifted a hand to interject. “Actually, she speaks the truth. In my youth, my mother had briefly taken me through Aspire and shown me what the golems do with the memories.”

I just got this book at LLS. I haven’t read it or the two books before it. The covers that are on the paperbacks are gorgeous and I can’t wait to dive into them. I’m hoping this quote isn’t a spoiler.

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The Friday 56: Sea Witch

I don’t have a plan, and I don’t need one. I just need a chance to wear myself out enough that I fall asleep unencumbered by the sadness dragging my heart down to my ankles.

It looks like a book I’m really going to love reading. The writing style seems very great! I also love the cover so much!

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