First Chapter First Paragraph – The Star-Touched Queen

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Hi Everyone,

First Chapter First Paragraph Intros is a weekly link-up is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. If you would like to join, just share the first paragraph or a few paragraphs from the first chapter of the book that you’re currently reading or that you’re planning on reading. Today’s pick is The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.

-Avery

First Paragraph of Chapter 1:

Staring at the sky in Bharata was like exchanging a secert. It felt private, like I had peered through the veil of a hundred worlds. When I looked up, I could imagine—for a moment—what the sky hid from everyone else. I could see where the winds yawned with silver lips and curled themselves to sleep. I could glimpse the moon folding herself into crescents and half-smiles. When I looked up, I could imagine an existence as vast as the sky.Just as infinite. Just as unknown.

 

Summary from Amazon

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

What does everyone think? Would you keep reading this book?

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Book Review: The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

Title: The Radiant Road — by Katherine Catmull

Release Date: January 19, 2016

Page Count: 368

ISBN-13: 978-0525953470

Summary from Amazon

After years of living in America, Clare Macleod and her father are returning to Ireland, where they’ll inhabit the house Clare was born in—a house built into a green hillside with a tree for a wall. For Clare, the house is not only full of memories of her mother, but also of a mysterious boy with raven-dark hair and dreamlike nights filled with stars and magic. Clare soon discovers that the boy is as real as the fairy-making magic, and that they’re both in great danger from an ancient foe.

My Review:

The Radiant Road was a very interesting read. The magic throughout the story was quite strange, but I was still able to enjoy the story. I found it difficult to get into the story at first, but once the action picked up a bit I was hooked. The cover of the book attracted me right away and I also liked the tree graphic that is found at the beginning of each chapter.

This story is very much about nature and humanity’s connection to it. Throughout the story, Claire’s connection to her tree is very important. She grows closer to her tree during the story and feels a need to protect it because she its guardian.The author tries to convey that all trees are connected and perhaps this was meant to imply that all humans are connected as well. During the story, Claire even becomes a tree and gets a sense of what it’s like to feel a connection with her Yew and other neighboring trees. Perhaps, the author was also trying to convey that humanity is the guardian of nature and as such, people have a responsibility to protect and care for it.

I enjoyed reading about many of the characters in the story. I think that Finn was my favorite character, but I also liked Claire, Her of the Cliffs and the Yew girl. I felt that the characters were interesting and often unique.

I thought that the imagery in the book was quite beautiful. The author’s writing was very poetic and she often created vivid images and scenes. My favorite part of the book was when Finn shows Claire a field filled with falling snow and fluttering white butterflies. I was able to picture this scene very clearly and thought that it was creative and beautiful.

Overall, I enjoyed this book a great deal even though it was strange at times. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about fairies.

Feature & Follow: 11

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Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted by Rachel from Parajunkie and Alison from AlisonCanRead. I really enjoy the Feature and Follow blog hop. If you decide to follow my blog, I would prefer that you follow it by email. I’m a little late this week!

-Avery

Here is the prompt:Name one or more standalone books that you wish was a series.

My Response:

  1. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
  2. This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzie Lee
  3. The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

I really loved the characters from all of these books and would enjoy reading about them again. I also enjoyed the writing style of these three authors.

Feature & Follow: 10

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Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted by Rachel from Parajunkie and Alison from AlisonCanRead. I really enjoy the Feature and Follow blog hop. If you decide to follow my blog, I would prefer that you follow it by email.

-Avery

Here is the prompt: What are 5 websites you love to lurk around that are not shopping sites?

My Response:

  1. IMDB: Where I look up info about my favorite celebrities.
  2. Goodreads: Where I keep track of all the books I’ve read.
  3. WordPress: I really love reading new book blog posts!
  4. Pinterest: Where I find inspiration for different projects.
  5. Allrecipes: Where I find new recipes.

Feature & Follow: 9

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Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted by Rachel from Parajunkie and Alison from AlisonCanRead. I really enjoy the Feature and Follow blog hop. If you decide to follow my blog, I would prefer that you follow it by email.

-Avery

Here is the prompt: What is your all time favorite book?

My Response: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

I’ve always loved this story since childhood and have read the book many times. I also love the three movies that were made.

Feature and Follow: 8

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Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted by Rachel from Parajunkieand Alison from AlisonCanRead. I really enjoy the Feature and Follow blog hop. If you decide to follow my blog, I would prefer that you follow it by email.

-Avery

Here is the prompt: What is your most interesting bookish memory or experience?

My Response:

My most interesting bookish memory happened when I was in college. I can remember always going to my school’s impressive five story library during my college years. On one particular day, I was performing research for a psychology paper and I think that I was on the third floor. I was really enjoying the solitude that the library provided. I can remember the sun shinning through the floor to ceiling windows and just becoming lost in my books for a little while. Also, I had the whole floor to myself. Talk about a reader’s dream! This was a really great memory for me.