Friday, August 4, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Carnelian (The Gemstone Chronicles #1) by William L. Stuart + 50/50 Friday

 



On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook.  Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.  As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.   Then, for  50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads, The Carnelian (The Gemstone Chronicles #1) by William L. Stuart.  I received this paperback novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.  It's a MG/ YA fantasy featuring elves and a quest.  It sounds like it could be right up my alley and I am enjoying it so far.  Thanks again, William!

Beginning:

The sunlight streaming in the bedroom window woke Aidan from a deep and sound sleep.

56:

As I said, Light Elves are amazing hunters, so tracking the path of the two other elves was a simple matter.  They did not try to be stealthy.  They took a direct route to the Council Hall where we keep the Elven Bow.

50/50 Friday: Best/ Worst Book Read In July




Best: In July I had three five star reads, The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, Flygirl and Sherri L. Smith, and Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez.  All three are well worth picking up if you haven't had the chance to pick them up.


Worst: Divine Intervention (The Dining and Social Club for Time Travellers #1) by Elyse Kishimoto was only a two star read for me.  This sounded like it would be a lot of fun, but it just wasn't for me in the end.

Have you read any of the books here?  Thanks as always for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below.

35 comments:

  1. Added The Gemstone Chronicles to my wish list! (You already know this is my kind of book! lol) I love the book goodies you received, too!

    Here's mine: http://bit.ly/2v2cduI

    Happy Friday!
    Luv
    Sassy
    :)

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    1. Glad I could pique your interest, Sassy! :)

      Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great excerpts that have tempted me...thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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  3. On the fence about this one. Not my normal read but I like to venture outside the box from time to time. And I often find good reads and new authors that way:)

    My Friday 56 from The Forever Man

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  4. Not a big fan of fantasy. I can watch it better than read it. I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine. I have something yummy as always! http://tinyurl.com/LisaKsBookReviewsMTF

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  5. The Gemstone Chronicles sounds interesting. I do like the genre. I have Dead Man's Bridge by Robert J. Mrazek this week. Happy reading!

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  6. You had me with elves. :-) Happy weekend!

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  7. Interesting quotes, it sounds like a fun read. Thanks for popping over to my blog, have a good weekend.
    Allison @ The Three Rs Book Blog

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    1. Thanks for coming over to mine as well, Allison! :)

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  8. The Gemstone Chronicles sounds great! Who doesn't love elves? Thanks for sharing :)
    Jo-Ann at Inspiration Pie

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    1. I know right! Thanks for coming over, Jo-Ann. :)

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  9. The Gemstone Chronicles sound like something I'd love! Thanks for sharing! Happy reading! :)

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    1. I bet you would! Thanks for coming over and visiting my blog, Ashley!

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  10. Elves and a quest? That does sounds really interesting. So glad to see you enjoyed The Upside of Unrequited. I really enjoyed Molly as a protagonist. Happy weekend, Lauren!

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    1. Yes, Molly is fantastic! :)

      Have a good one, Alicia.

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  11. This sounds good. Have a great weekend!

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  12. I like that beginning especially, but also the 56. Sounds like a good quest story!

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    1. So far it's looking that way. Thanks for coming over, Greg!

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  13. Three five star reads is awesome!I like the sound of The Carnelian! I hope you love it Lauren. :)

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    1. How did I get so lucky! :)

      Thanks, Genni!

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  14. Ugh such a pity that last book was bad because the cover is GORGEOUS. And I loved Unrequited too!! <3 Becky Albertalli is like the best!!

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    1. I know right! The story just didn't live up to the promise of a brilliant cover...

      Albertalli hasn't steered me wrong yet!

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  15. Oh no, that Time travelers dining club thingy book looks so good! So sad that it didn't work out for you.

    The Gemstone chronicles sounds interesting as well. Hope you enjoy it!

    Happy reading!

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    1. The Carnellian is pretty good so far - let's hope it stays that way! :)

      Thanks, Mareli!

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  16. I can't wait to get my hands on FlyGirl! So glad to hear you liked it!

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    1. Woot! I hope you love it when you get to it, Erica!

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  17. I own Simon Vs. by Becky Albertalli. I haven't read it yet, but hopefully its as good as her book that you read :)

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    1. Simon Vs. is wonderful too! I hope you love it!

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  18. First look I thought that it was the Hunger Games! I hope you're enjoying your reads -- very nice selection!

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