Friday, 17 February 2017

Friday Reads 17th February 2017

Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!

A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell, #2)Displaced
Book Beginning:
""For the love of all that is holy, Veronica, the object is to maim or kill, not tickle," Stoker informed me, clipping the words sharply as he handed me a knife." - A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn
Friday 56:
"You are only free when you have nothing left to lose. But as one who has witnessed many things, let me tell you this: sometimes it's better to leave things alone. What's done is done. We have to look forward, and there's no going back. Ever." - Displaced by Stephan Abarbanell
I received Displaced for review and I am hoping to have my review up in March. At the moment it's taking me a while to read - there are places where the translation seems to have lost something and it means I have to really concentrate on what I'm reading and sometimes go back and re-read bits. It's worth it - the story is good so far and I am intrigued by the mystery - but I have decided to read other books at the same time just so that I feel like I am actually completing something! 
So the second book I am reading is A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn. Raybourn writes some of my favourite historical mysteries - and this is the second book in the Veronica Speedwell series. I greatly enjoyed the first one so I have pretty high hopes for this! Also - that's on heck of an opening sentence!

My review of last week's Friday Read - Sweet Lake by Christine Nolfi - is now up and you can check it out here.

You can also find us on Goodreads (Ann and Clare) to keep up with what we are reading 

28 comments:

  1. This looks like an interesting and worthwhile read. Well done for carrying on. I love the quote in the F56. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend. My Friday Book is Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop.

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    1. I think its definitely worth sticking with! I am learning a lot and the characters are really interesting!

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  2. I think I should try the Veronica Speedwell books! :)

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    1. You definitely should - I can't tell yet whether I like them as much as her Julia Grey books but its definitely close!

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  3. A Perilous Undertaking sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for mentioning it. Enjoy your current read! :-)

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    1. Raybourn writes really fun and enjoyable stories! She is a favourite author of mine for sure!

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  4. I keep hearing really good things about the Raybourn book.

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  5. I've heard good things about the Raybourn series too. I will definitely look into purchasing these for my library and probably will read them myself. I love a good historical mystery. the cover is really appealing.

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    1. It's really good! Hope you enjoy them!

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  6. I adore the Raybourn books and I've seen so many covers. I like this one because of the turtle on the front - who does play an important role in the book from time to time.

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    1. Glad to hear the turtle is important and can't wait to find out how!!

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  7. Displaced sounds interesting and loved the opening lines. They really ring true today.

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    1. Yeah, I'm finding it really sadly relevant!

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  8. I've been noticing the Deanna Raybourn book everywhere. Thanks for sharing. Displaced looks fascinating, too.

    Here's mine: “RIGHT BEHIND YOU”


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    1. Displaced is good so far! And Raybourn is one of my favourite writers so I highly recommend her!

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  9. Th book beginning is funny, and the 56 is very true!

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  10. I enjoyed A Perilous Undertaking but haven't heard of the other book. Today I have Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb. I love Eve and Roarke. Happy reading!

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    1. Displaced doesn't have many reviews on Goodreads, it seems pretty unknown which is a shame because I like it! A Perilous Undertaking seems like it will be a lot of fun!

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  11. I like the sounds of both, but I'd pick up A Perilous Undertaking first, I think. :-) Happy weekend!

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    1. It definitely seems to be the one most are drawn to! It looks so fun!

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  12. They both sound like interesting reads, though I find the first the most appealing.

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    1. It's definitely an easier read but yeah, both interesting!

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  13. I've had to struggle with some translated books.I was glad I kept going. These books both sound good.

    My Friday 56 from The Blood Gospel

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    1. That's my thinking! I know it will be worth it so I am definitely gonna keep going!

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  14. The Perilous Undertaking has a great opening line! Sounds like a good one.

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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    1. Raybourn writes the best opening lines!

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