On Friday I always have this bookish meme in which I feature my current read and dive into it a bit more. I came across this article over at Tenacious Reader’s blog and fell in love at the spot, and I’ve loved writing this article so far.
| What kind of article is Friday Firsts? |
It will feature the first few sentences/paragraph of my current book and my first impressions as well. It’s meant to be a quick and easy way to share a bit about what I am reading, and I would love to hear others join in sharing their current reads as well.
The format is really simple. Include a quote. Include first impressions, it will not be a long drawn out analysis of the text or grand speculation of what is to come. Just a brief overview of how I’m feeling about the beginning of the book.
| Today’s Book |
a Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Published by Random House
Pages: 432, Hardcover
About a Sorrow Fierce and Falling:
This is the synopsis of book 1, a Shadow bright and Burning so you can get aquatinted with the series without being spoiled, since I’m reading the third and final installment at the moment.
I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?
| First Paragraph|
This one is originated from book 3,
since this paragraph won’t spoil you in a bad way.
THE MONSTER WAS EXPECTING ME.
At least, that was how it seemed as I approached the edge of the barrier to Sorrow-Fell, breaking through the mist to find the demon Molochoron. The thought that this creature anticipated me was nonsense, of course. He was only a ten foot tall blob of jelly with dark, sharp hairs protruding from his so-called flesh.
He’d no capacity to think or to plot. Only to destroy.
Yet as I stood there before the Ancient, I couldn’t shake the idea that he knew me.
The barrier was invisible, but its protection was absolute.
I stood my ground and stared at Molochoron, the Pale Destroyer, studying the writhing shapes within the mass of pale jelly. Were they the monster’s latest victims, now being digested?
| First Impressions |
I’ve been a huge fan of this trilogy so far ever since the first book released. Book 1 got a 5-star rating and book 2 a 4-star rating. When reading book 2 last year, I felt like it had that typical middle-book-syndrome thing going on; it was a build-up towards this final installment. Nothing wrong with that though, but I definitely set my expectations high when looking forward to reading this final installment, a Sorrow fierce and Falling.
I’m now 97 pages in and what do I think about it? To be honest, It took me a bit to get into this book. Normally I prefer re-reading prior written books so I’m 100% into this world when starting a new release. This time, I decided to skip re-reading because of lack of time, and I think it set me back a bit at the beginning because of that. Some details were lost to me for example. But as I was reading, it gradually all came back to me though, thankfully.
But so far: Overall, I’m not as impressed yet with this final installment in comparison to when I’ve read the first 100 pages of book 1 and 2, but we’ll see how it goes from here. I have a feeling that things will definitely turn around for the better very soon, because this author has shown some skills when it comes to writing awesome plot twists. So yeah, I’m really hoping we’ll get to see some of those in this one as well. At the moment, the characters are working their way toward the end, still figuring things out, and in between it’s filled with some action scenes – and those are ones I love a lot because the author’s writing is kind of gruesome and brutal and I love it haha. Curious to see how things will come to an end and to find out if all of the characters are going to survive because I’m afraid not all of them will, yikes…