Friday 56 // The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

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This book meme is hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

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 (URL) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post URL, not your blog URL.

This week’s excerpt is from The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Memory is a slippery thing–slick moss on an unstable slope–and it was ever so easy to lose footing and fall. And anyway, five hundred years was an awful lot to remember. But now, her memories came tumbling towards her–the unkindly old man, a decrepit castle, a clutch of scholars with their faces buried in books, a mournful mother dragon saying goodbye. And something else too. Something scary. Xan tried to pluck the memories as they tumbled by, but there like bright pebbles in an avalanche: they flashed briefly in the light, and then they were gone.


About the Book

Book Cover - The Girl Who Drank the MoonEvery year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks Luna’s magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule-but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected hen-even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.


What do you think? Would you keep reading? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

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