Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted each week by Rose City Reader. It’s a chance to share the first sentence or so of the book you are reading this week. You can check out others’ book beginnings here. I’ll share a quote from the 56 percent mark for the Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice! I’m also going to link up with Carrie at Reading Is My Superpower for First Line Friday.
This week’s book beginning:
A city of magic. A passion born in dreams. A secret that will set their world aflame.
Packed with enemies-to-lovers tension, heart-pounding action and devastating twists, The Nightfire Quartet is an epic fantasy romance that begins with a slow burn and builds in intensity. Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer L. Armentrout and Carissa Broadbent.
For years, Zarya has been trapped in a gilded prison. Her magic is forbidden, a dangerous secret—though nobody will explain why. Now she is ready to break free and find the truth.
Escaping to the dazzling city of Dharati, Zarya discovers a new world of enchantment and intrigue. With the help of seductive, blood-drinking rakshasa and magic-weaving Aazheri sorcerers, she searches for answers.
But the city is under siege. Every night, dark creatures attack. And since Zarya’s arrival they are growing stronger. To protect her new home, Zarya joins the fight.
As she battles on the walls and hunts through libraries for clues about her gifts, Zarya’s dreams are haunted by a mysterious stranger. Powerful, arrogant and handsome, Rabin sees through her secrets and ignites a desire she cannot resist. But can he be trusted?
When darkness threatens to overwhelm Dharati, Zarya is faced with a deadly choice. Will revealing her magic save the city? Or destroy everything she loves?
Enter a glittering new world inspired by Indian mythology and prepare to discover your new obsession.
Does what you’ve read here make you want to read more of Heart of Night and Fire? My review will be up soon on the Second Sky blog tour. Keep an eye out and come back to see what I think!
Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. It starts each Friday and runs through the following Thursday. Each week, there’s a new prompt featuring a book-related question. It’s designed to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, make new blogging friends, and gain followers. See what others have to say on this topic and link up your own post here.
Do you agree that libraries should ban books?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
No, I don’t think public libraries should ban books. Are there books out there I wouldn’t want to read? Yes. Are there books out there I wouldn’t want my kids to read? Absolutely. Is it the library’s job to ensure that they police everyone’s morality by only allowing books on their shelves that align with my values and beliefs? Nope.
The dynamic may be different for school libraries, since a lot of the time kids have free rein of the library while at school, and parents may not have the chance to see a book before their child gloms onto it from the library shelf. I am in favor of age restrictions on who can access a book if the subject matter warrants. I can also envision that there might be some books that a school library determines just don’t belong there (but not because one parent comes in and says, that book offends me, I don’t want my kid to read it, you need to pull it from your shelves). In that case, if a parent feels strongly that their child should be able to read it, go to the public library.
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