Hello Dear Readers,
It has been an awfully long time since my last post in this segment ‘First on Friday’ but still… its better late than never 🙂
As if this wasn’t enough, even my post got delayed and instead of Friday, I am posting it on Sunday.
Sorry, everyone. Just for the love of books, I beg you to overlook this fault of mine… Please Please, Pretty Please… Love you all!!!
So, now when I have received your forgiveness and love, without further ado, I bring forth 3 books of my choice which were launched in February 2018. There were roundabout 200 books released this month (as per Goodreads list) and most of them caught my attention. I kept adding them to my never-ending TBR list. Still, amongst the chosen ones also, there were few which I could not wait to read… and so, here they are as my First on Friday.
TESS ON THE ROAD by RACHEL HARTMAN
The first thing which caught my attention was its cover. I believe, most of you will agree with me when I say that it is an indeed a very interesting cover.
In beautiful shades of blue, the cover made me start thinking about what the story could be about… Was the figure above a dragon or just a glimpse of the terrain (those shades of blue give a feel of mountains or forest and the white dots look like twinkling lights from a castle or a house) through which Tess will journey through? If the figure is a dragon- is it attacking the human or coming to save it?
With these thoughts, I turned towards reading the blurb and got completely hooked.
In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.
Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.
SURPRISE ME by SOPHIE KINSELLA
Within a span of last three weeks I have read two of Sophie’s books and so it didn’t SURPRISE ME when my eyes refused to move further after reading the author’s name.
Kinsella’s books are amazing chick lit. The stories are crisp, funny and fast-paced. Her story-line is always a fresh one and you are left with a happy, satisfied feeling after finishing the book. Her books provide me the much-needed break from my favorite genres and I always come back feeling refreshed and recharged.
After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected “until death do us part” to mean seven decades.
In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets have uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.
THE BELLES by DHONIELLE CLAYTON
The blurb is quite captivating. It makes you want to read and find more. A dash of Fantasy here, a little of mystery there… some bright moments, few dark secrets… An act of selfishness or selflessness… struggle to survive or become a sacrifice.
Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.
But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.
With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.
So, these are my 3 choices for the month of February.
Which Among These 3 Attracted You The Most?
Which One Will Become Your First On Friday?
Have You Read Any Of These? Did They Meet Your Expectations?
Tell me your thoughts and opinions down in the comment section.