Bookish memes on Friday – March 20, 2020 (features ‘The Crown of Feathers’ by Nicki Pau Preto)

Dear book-lovers,

It’s Friday and time for a Friday memes of Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted @ Rose City ReaderFirst Lines Fridays @ Wandering WordsThe Friday 56 hosted @Freda’s Voice. So the idea for this post is to share with you a few first lines from a book that I have decided to feature today, and to share a snippet from page 56 or in case of eBook a sneak peek 56% into the book. Let’s not keep you waiting and look at today’s featured book.

I have a looot of ARCs to read at the moment, like for the next three weeks I have two per week to finish and then I have five ARCs afterwards, and then four more. This means that I don’t really have any time to read any of my own TBR books or books from the library (especially the classics I have been planning to finally read). So this week I decided to feature a YA fantasy – Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers #1) by Nicki Pau Preto. It is on the top of my TBR and I hope I can squeeze it in during this weekends two different read-a-thons that go by the same name: ‘The Social Distancing Readathon’ (#StayHome24in48) hosted by @24in48 and ‘Social Distancing Read-a-thon’ (#perusereadathon) hosted by Regan @peruseproject

The first lines of the book

I had a sister once. If I had known then
what I know now, I might have chosen not
to love her. But is love ever truly a choice?



Joints of venison blackened and burned on the spit, and racks of ribs stewed so long that they were dry and brittle as driftwood. She dug trough rotten lettuce and potato peelings for tiny, sharp-as-daggers fish bones and the hollow, delicate bones of birds.

Honestly, I have no idea what to expect from this book after these first lines. After the very first line I thought that maybe she was on some battlefield or grave yard or something like that with human bones. However, next lines showed that I was mistaken, but still I’m not sure what’s happening. Is she going trough some garbage and looking for food or are those sharp bones meant to be weapons of sort?

Page 56

Chapter 7 – SEV

The soldiers tended to their weapons and set up their tents and bedrolls, while the bondservants fed the newly arrived pack animals and cared for the messenger pigeons. The cooks and attendants we already preparing the evening meal, slicing up cured meats and slathering honey on cold barley cakes. Just the sight of the hard, round disks made Sev want to gag. He’d been starving most of his life, but even he struggled with the bland, starchy food, a staple in the empire’s military diet.

It looks like they could be at the beginning or in the middle of war, and the situation in this empire doesn’t sound that great. Also the soldiers may not be that happy. But I will just have to read this book to find out what exactly is going on.

crown of feathers


Title: Crown of Feathers
Author: Nicki Pau Preto
Series: Crown of Feathers #1
Publication Year: 2019
Format: Hardcover, borrowed from library
Number of pages: 294
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy


An Ember in the Ashes meets Three Dark Crowns in this lush debut fantasy novel about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to join a secret group of warriors that ride phoenixes into battle.

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

Crown of Feathers is an epic fantasy about love’s incredible power to save—or to destroy. Interspersed throughout is the story of Avalkyra Ashfire, the last Rider queen, who would rather see her empire burn than fall into her sister’s hands.

Thanks for stopping by! This sounds like an adventurous, imaginative, dangerous and intense fantasy story. I hope there will be some romance as well. 😋

Let’s chat: Have you read Crown of Feathers? What were your thoughts on it? Or do you have it on your TBR as I do?

Happy reading,
Lady of Bookland

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