Friday, March 4, 2016

Book Beginnings & Friday 56 - #22

Book Beginnings on Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. Every Friday we share the first sentence (or so) of the book we’re currently reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

My Book Beginning:  

The Girl Who Stayed by Tonya Anne Crosby

Prologue: Hannah’s Bike

There was a feeling Zoe sometimes got… though something were about to happen.  She didn’t know what or when, but it clung to the day like a cold sweat-a blind intuition that originated somewhere else…..not in the gut….deeper…in the bones.

My Thoughts:  I received an ARC of this book for an upcoming tour.  I do believe that we all have an inner sense when something isn’t going to go well or right so I’m curious as to how attuned she is to herself and if it’s just a general premonition or if she’s got some kind of paranormal gift.

What do you think?  Don't forget to leave your book beginning below and to link-up at Rose City Reader.  


Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice on every Friday.

To Play along here are the Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your post below. 
*Don’t forget to add your post URL (not your blog url) at Freda's Voice.  
*It's that simple.

My 56 (Also from The Girl who Stayed by Tanya Anne Crosby ): 

     But worse than the dreams was the occasional sleep paralysis-a transitional state between wakefulness and sleep, where Zoe’s limbs felt paralyzed.  It didn’t happen often but in those moments she understood she was asleep.  She could see the room as it was, as though she were wide awake.

My Thoughts:  Okay, now I believe that Zoe’s abilities are more paranormal in nature – I’m also not sure I would like the feeling of paralysis – even if it was temporary.  Again this could be subject to change because it’s from an ARC.

What do you think? Would you want to keep reading?  Don’t forget to link up at Freda’s Voice. 

About The Girl Who Stayed by Tanya Anne Crosby

Zoe Rutherford wasn't sure what she was expecting when she returned to Sullivan's Island. The house on Sullivan's hadn't represented home to her in decades. It was the place where she endured her father's cruelty. It was the place where her mother closed herself off from the world. It was the place where her sister disappeared. But now that her parents are gone, Zoe needs to return to the house, to close it down and prepare it for sale. She intends to get this done as quickly as possible and get on with the rest of her life, even though that life seems clouded by her past, both distant and recent. But what she discovers when she gets there is far beyond her imagining and will change her in profound ways. 

THE GIRL WHO STAYED is a remarkable exploration of the soul by a writer with a rare talent for reaching into the hearts of her characters and her readers, a novel of transformation that will leave you moved and breathless.

Don't forget to post your meme's and link up at both host locations.  

Have a great Friday! 


  1. Sounds interesting. This week I am spotlighting The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins. Happy reading!

  2. I would hate to have to go back to a house that held such bad memories. Like you, the thought of sleep paralysis really creeps me out. I would hate that feeling! Interesting book. I'd keep reading. Hope you have a great weekend! Here's my Friday memes. Happy reading!

  3. I really don't know what to think about this book. Sleep paralysis sounds quite disturbing for me...

  4. I would definitely keep reading! I love both the 56 and the beginning and I love the blurb! It does sound like there's a little something paranormal going on as well.

  5. I love the cover! The excerpts definitely make me want to read this book!!

    Here's mine: THE SCORPION RULES

  6. I like the title and the cover.

    Has my attention.

    ENJOY and have a great weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  7. I can relate to the beginning but that 56 is creepy! I like it!
    Happy weekend!