F Is for Friday #2 – May 29th

F is for Friday is a weekly book blog meme hosted by Lyn at Nomadic Worlds!


I just picked this up and…..WOW! This is great! Something I’ve realized as I’ve read it is that it is trope heavy, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. All the stories have been told right? At this point, we are recycling concepts, but that’s still literature. It’s still art. I loved that this was set in a Spain-esque world with really cool Spanish influenced names and all the accent marks! Not everyone has the same magic in this book, some can steal memories or influence people, while others can read thoughts, etc. I like this magic system and I have high hopes for the rest of the book and the eventual series! Look out for my review soon!

From goodreads…

I am Renata Convida.

I have lived a hundred stolen lives.

Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.


If you haven’t heard, I am starting a podcast with my husband and son where we visit our local library, pick out a book, read it, and we have a conversation about what we read. My son is picking a middle grade book, I’m getting a (usually) YA book, and my husband is getting a general fiction book (could be anything, but probably fiction). We are setting out on this journey in an effort to promote visiting your local library and reading in general! We enjoy reading as a family, but you don’t have to have kids or a spouse to enjoy reading! We’ll have several special episodes including resources at your local library, ebooks vs. print books, and starting a book club with friends and family!

All of this is to say that I have picked (library visit tomorrow, hopefully it’s still available) Novice Dragoneer by E. E. Knight! This was published last year and I am very excited to read it!

From goodreads…

In the first book in an exciting and charming new coming-of-age fantasy series from the author of the Age of Fire series, an impoverished girl enters into a military order of dragonriders, but her path won’t be as easy or as straightforward as she expected.

Fourteen-year-old Ileth grew up in an orphanage, and thanks to her stutter was never thought to be destined for much beyond kitchen work and cleaning. But she’s dreamed of serving with the dragons ever since a childhood meeting with a glittering silver dragon and its female dragoneer. For years she waits, and as soon as she is old enough to join, Ileth runs away to become a novice dragoneer at the ancient human-dragon fortress of the Serpentine.

While most of her fellow apprentices are from rich and influential families, Ileth must fight for her place in the world, even if it includes a duel with her boss at the fish-gutting table. She’s then sent off to the dragon-dancers after a foolish kiss with a famously named boy and given charge of a sickly old dragon with a mysterious past. But she finds those trials were nothing when she has to take the place of a dead dragoneer and care for his imprisoned dragon in enemy lands. . . . 


My favorite quotation of the week comes from Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

This is a story about magic and where it goes and perhaps more importantly where it comes from and why, although it doesn’t pretend to answer all or any of these questions.

Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites, ebook, 2007

This week, I read and reviewed The Magic of Terry Pratchett by Marc Burrows. It inspired me to revisit the first book that I read of Terry Pratchett’s, Equal Rites. There is a specific order to read the books in, or as many Pterry (not a typo) fans have endeavored to read each book in it’s publication order. I am a fan of Terry’s brand of satire and not taking himself too seriously. My review will be publishing later this fall, closer to the publication date!


  1. Community – Super thankful for the community of book bloggers, authors, publishers, etc. You are all so great!
  2. New Releases – Lots of new releases in the next week and so many book birthdays to celebrate! I will always be grateful for new books!
  3. Family – My family has been so supportive and I am thankful and grateful to have them!
  4. Escapism – Sometimes you just need to escape from the real world for a bit and I am thankful that I have the resources to be able to do that.
  5. Readers – Thankful for the people who read my blog, whether you are fellow bloggers, readers, authors, or whoever you are! I am grateful for you!

What is your FIFF? Let’s talk about it!


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