First Impression Friday | 3-27-20

How is everyone holding up so far? It’s raining today and supposedly for the rest of the week, so that will help everyone with social distancing and staying at home. I’ve pretty much been home except for going to the grocery store and this morning I had to pick up schoolwork for my son. It leaves a lot of time to read though and I’ve even let my sister borrow a bunch of books from my personal library! Yay 😍 – she hasn’t read in some time but I think this shutdown is directing people to activities they haven’t done in awhile like reading or crafting. Now we actually have the time and not rush.

First Impression Friday is hosted by J.W. Martin.

It’s where you give the first impression of the book you are currently reading, no matter how far along you are in the book, even if it’s just a few pages. Then you are going to try and predict how you will feel about the book once you are done.

It is definitely a book I borrowed from the library mostly because the cover is so pretty. But the book blurb sounds intriguing too:

Across the Aramtesh Empire, scent is everything. Prayers only reach heaven on sacred incense, and perfumes are prized status symbols. 17-year-old Rakel has an uncanny ability with fragrances, but her skills aren’t enough to buy her dying father more time.

Ash bears the tattoos of an imperial bodyguard. When his prince, Nisai, insists on a diplomatic mission to an outer province, Ash is duty-bound to join the caravan. It’s a nightmare protecting Nisai on the road. But it’s even harder for Ash to conceal a secret that could see him exiled or executed.

Rakel and Ash have nothing in common until smoke draws them to a field of the Empire’s rarest flower. Nisai’s been poisoned, flames devour the priceless blooms, and the pair have “suspect” clinging to them like a bad stench. Their futures depend on them working together to decipher clues, defy dangers and defeat their own demons in a race to source an antidote . . . before the imperial army hunts them down.

My First Impression:

  • Love the cover!
  • The book blurb sounds interesting. I’m wondering how this scent magic will work.

That’s as far as I got with the book. 🤷🏻‍♀️ So stay tuned for a review!

First Impression Friday | 2/21/20

What a week! My son had strep throat this past weekend and couldn’t hold down food for almost three days. 😞 The weather has been warm but oh so windy, so it’s kicking up allergies in our household. So it was rough weekend – it’s funny because my daughter (she’s 3) tells me she’s sick when her brother is sick because she wants my attention. 🤣 It’s cute and frustrating at the same time – because I have one kid crying in pain, and the other crying because she wants mommy. So I didn’t get much sleep BUT for some reason I got so much reading in – maybe I needed to escape from playing nurse. So yay for reading! Anyway let’s see what I’m reading:

First Impression Friday is hosted by J.W. Martin.

It’s where you give the first impression of the book you are currently reading, no matter how far along you are in the book, even if it’s just a few pages. Then you are going to try and predict how you will feel about the book once you are done. 

She never should’ve taken the dare.

In a destroyed world plagued with pestilence and monsters, nothing was easy. It’s brutal, deadly, and most often, short.

Hazel thought she understood who her enemies were: starvation, infection, her mama’s disgusting lima beans, and the Tainted – human beasts full of death, fury, and poison. That’s why she never saw it coming.

The death. The lies. The complete betrayal.

No one said love wouldn’t destroy you.

I’m on a Kindle Unlimited reading kick lately, that and I’m finishing up reading my arcs on NetGalley woohoo! But yes I’ve been alternating between both and it’s working out for me. I read Frost Kay’s The Hunt just recently and wanted more of it but I have to wait for the sequel which comes out in August I think so I picked up this other book from her. It’s dystopian and started off talking about a virus that have mutated human DNA. And with all the current news of viruses in the world today…this one definitely peaked my interest! I only read the prologue but I look forward to reading about this world of mutated humans.

My Rating Prediction: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

First Impression Friday | 2-14-20

Hi everyone and Happy Valentine’s Day! 💗 If you don’t celebrate it, well, I’m still wishing you love today! 😘 I have been busy getting into a new hobby, resin charms. It is addicting, and finally I have something again to unleash my creativity. I’m still learning but I think I’m getting the hang of it…somewhat. Hopefully I can have some bookish up for sale in my Etsy shop soon.

This week I started this eARC from Netgalley:

Lena has never left the sealed-off city she calls home. The treacherous storm cloud surrounding the Duke’s Forest prevents most from entering or leaving. But then Lena’s deepest secret is revealed–she is a mage. And according to the law, all mages must die. With little other choice, she flees for her life, straight into the treacherous forest.

Constance’s family and friends believe her to be dead. She fled the Duke’s Forest six years before, and no one believed she’d survive outside the city walls. And even though she isn’t sure if she can trust anybody back at court, she’s intent on reclaiming her place as the duke’s daughter and heir.

Lena and Constance meet for only a moment, but even after their paths diverge, the terrifying storm cloud keep them linked. A dark revelation lies at the heart of their connection–the truth behind who cast the storm cloud’s spell. Only the girls can expose this secret and dispel the storm for good. . . but unveiling the truth could cost them everything.

| First Impression |

I am 37% into the story and it is interesting so far. The story is told from two perspectives, one is from a cryptling named Lena who grew up in Duke’s Forest, an area that is in quarantine – no one is supposed to leave but she finds a way out. The other perspective is from Constance who is a mage returning to Duke’s Forest, because she grew up there. The world building is fascinating, there are different mage factions and I’m still trying to decide if it’s got some steampunk elements in it. Lena’s story is grabbing my attention more, but we shall see what happens the further I get into the story.

My Rating Prediction: ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

First Impression Friday

Hi everyone so I found something different to feature on Fridays. I’ll probably alternate it with First Lines Friday but I wanted to try this one.

First Impression Friday is hosted by J.W. Martin.

It’s where you give the first impression of the book you are currently reading, no matter how far along you are in the book, even if it’s just a few pages. Then you are going to try and predict how you will feel about the book once you are done. 

I signed up for the book tour of this one, and I just started reading it this week. Think K-Drama! We’ve got a Korean American romance here everyone and I am all here for it. I believe it’s a fake-relationship story, which is FUN when done right. I’m hoping it’s good. 🤞🏽

My Ratings Prediction: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

First Impression Friday | 1/24/20

Hi everyone so I found something different to feature on Fridays. I’ll probably alternate it with First Lines Friday but I wanted to try this one.

First Impression Friday is hosted by J.W. Martin.

It’s where you give the first impression of the book you are currently reading, no matter how far along you are in the book, even if it’s just a few pages. Then you are going to try and predict how you will feel about the book once you are done. So this should be interesting!

This is my netgalley arc read currently and I’m trying my very best to get through it. I’m barely halfway through, I think I’m almost 20% through. I even read a sample of it from Bookishfirst before I requested it on NetGalley. And whoa…the first few pages read like it was going to be a fast paced, crime story, but right now I am struggling. The crime has been done and we are in the aftermath of it…and it is slow going. I’ve put it aside for now but I hope to finish before the book is released on February 18th.

My predicted rating right now: ⭐️⭐️1/2

We shall see if the story picks up.