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First Lines Fridays #8

Good morning and happy Friday to you all! I hope this week has treated you well. Today I’m back with another First Lines Friday, this time featuring a book from one of my favourite series. 
Hope you enjoy! 😉


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.
What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

My art teacher says that a real artist bleeds for her craft, but he never told us that blood can become your medium, can take on a life of its own and shape your art in vile and gruesome ways. I shove my hair over my shoulder, puncture my forefinger with the sterilized safety pin I had tucked in my pocket, then position the final glass gem on my mosaic and wait. As I press the translucent bead into the wet white plaster, I shudder at the seeping sensation. It’s like a leech at the tip of my finger where I touch the glass, sucking and siphoning my blood to the underside of the gem, forming a pool of deep, velvet red.

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ARC Review: Cupid’s Match

Good evening my fellow readers! Tonight I am back with a review for my first ever ARC, which I received from NetGalley. I was very excited to finally set up an account with them and so happy to receive Cupid’s Match, a paranormal romance involving Roman mythology. 
Hope you enjoy!! 😀


Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman
Genre: 
Young Adult – Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mythology
Pages: 352
Publication Date: October 2019
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read August 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
He’s mythologically hot, a little bit wicked, and almost 100% immortal. And he’ll hit you right in the heart . . .
Lila Black doesn’t believe in matchmaking, let alone soul mates. So then why is she constantly being hassled by the Cupids Matchmaking Service? But this gilded, cherub-bedecked dating agency isn’t exactly what it seems . . . and it’s about to turn Lila’s entire world upside down.
It turns out that Cupids Matchmaking is the real deal. As in, it’s run by actual cupids―who don’t look at all like they do in the paintings―and they have a serious problem with Lila’s “match.” Because this guy shouldn’t be in the system. He shouldn’t have a match. And while he’s irresistibly hot, he’s also incredibly dangerous. Because Lila’s true love match is Cupid. The original bad boy of love. And he wants her.
Now Lila’s once-normal teenaged world has exploded into a mythological nightmare overrun by crime-lord sirens, wrathful cupid hit men, magic arrows that cause no end of trouble, and a mischievous, not-so-angelic love god she can’t seem to stop herself from falling for . . .

Adored by 50 million readers on Wattpad, Lauren Palphreyman’s smash-hit book is now in print for the first time


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Is Cupid’s Match on your TBR? Did you read the original version of it on Wattpad?
Are you a NetGalley member? What’s the best book that you received through them?
I’d love to discuss in the comments down below!!

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Review: Splintered (Splintered #1)

Splintered by A. G. Howard
Genre: Young Adult – Romance, Fantasy, Retellings
Series: Splintered #1
Pages: 371
Publication Date: January 2013
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Read April 2015 & January 2019 (re-read)

Goodreads Synopsis:
Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.


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Is the Splintered series on your TBR? 
Have any of you read Splintered before? Are you on Team Morpheus with me, or are you rooting for Jeb?
Are you a fan of the original Alice in Wonderland tale?

I’d love to chat about it in the comments!

Thanks so much for stoppping by! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! 

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Genre:
Young Adult / New Adult – Romance, Fantasy
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2
Pages: 626
Publication Date: May 2016
My Rating: 4.75 of 5 stars
Read August 2018

Goodreads Synopsis:
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


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Have any of you read this book yet? Did you like it better than the first? Am I the only one who hated the ‘mates’ thing so much?
Have you read the other books in the series yet? If so, how are they?

That’s everything for today! Thanks for reading!

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See my reviews for the other books in the series:
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Genre:
Young Adult / New Adult – Romance, Fantasy, Retellings
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1
Pages: 419
Publication Date: May 2015
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read July 2018

Goodreads Synopsis:
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.


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Have any of you hopped on the ACOTAR bandwagon yet? If so, what were your thoughts? What did you think of Rhysand’s character? How did you feel about the romance? Let me know!

Thanks for joining me today! Have a lovely day!

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See my reviews for the other books in the series:
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

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Review: The Collector (Dante Walker #1)

Hello readers!

Today I have my review for the first book I read for #TheReadingQuest. This book applied to the prompt of reading the first book in a series.

I started off with 10 EXP, and I just added another 10 EXP for completing this book, putting me at a total of 20 EXP, meaning that I am still at Level 1.
I began with 10 HP, and I just gained another 35 HP for reading 352 pages, so I now have a total of 45 HP!


The Collector by Victoria Scott
Series: Dante Walker #1
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 352
Publication Date: April 2013
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read August 2017


Goodreads Synopsis:

He makes good girls…bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.
Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:
Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.
Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried.


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Is The Collector on your TBR?
Have you already read it? What did you think of Dante’s narration? Have you read the rest of the trilogy? Should I move it up on my TBR?
Let’s chat in the comments down below!

Thanks for joining me today! Wishing you a lovely weekend!

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Review: Sentinel (Covenant #5)

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #5
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Mythology
Pages: 297
Publication Date: November 2013
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Read July 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:
It’s a beautiful day for a war.
As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.
And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.


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Have you added the Covenant series to your TBR?
For those of you that have read the series, what did you think? Were you satisfied with the ending?
Have any of you read the spin-off series? Are they as good as the original series?

Find me on Goodreads here.

See my reviews for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s other books:
Covenant Series:
Half-Blood (Covenant #1) 
Pure (Covenant #2) 
Deity (Covenant #3)
Apollyon (Convenant #4) 
Sentinel (Covenant $5) 
Lux Series:
Obsidian (Lux #1)
Onyx (Lux #2) 
Opal (Lux #3) 
Origin (Lux #4) 
Opposition (Lux #5) 
Wait for You (Wait for You #1)