First Line Friday

February 19, 2021

First Lines Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

This week I have two books for ya’ll. One is my current read and the other is one I am starting this weekend. Let’s see if you can guess what they are!

Book One

“Abraa! Abraa! Come and gather — a story is about to begin”

Hint: This is the first book in a fantasy duology that is inspired by West African folklore.

Book: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

Synopsis:

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

Book Two:

” My nightmare started like this. I was standing on a deserted street in some little beach town. It was the middle of the night. A storm was blowing. Wind and rain ripped at the palm trees along the sidewalk. Pink and yellow stucco buildings lined the street, their windows boarded up. A block away, past a line of hibiscus bushes, the ocean churned.”

Hint: This is book two in a middle grade, Greek mythology series.

Book: Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

(Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)

Synopsis:

Percy Jackson’s seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get… well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of Percy’s friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.

In this fresh, funny, and hugely anticipated follow up to The Lightning Thief, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their beloved camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family.

Were you able to guess correctly? What is the first line of the book you are currently reading? Let’s have a little chat in the comments down below!

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First Line Friday

February 5, 2021

First Lines Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

This week I have two books for ya’ll, both are my current reads. Lets see if you can guess what they are!

Book One:

“The Night Katie Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn’t angry or drunk. She was desperate.”

Hint: It is the first book in a popular YA duology

Book: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Synopsis:

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. 

Book Two:

“In a town house at a fashionable address on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, every lamp blazes.”

Hint: This is also the first book in a different YA fantasy/mystery series

Book: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Synopsis:

A young woman discovers her mysterious powers could help catch a killer in the first book of The Diviners series–a stunning supernatural historical mystery set in 1920s New York City, from Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray.

Evangeline O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and sent off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.

When the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfurl in the city that never sleeps. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened…. 

Were you able to guess correctly? What is the first line of the book you are currently reading? Let’s have a little chat in the comments down below!

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First Line Friday

November 20, 2020

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

First Line:

“My Mother kissed my forehead with a smile when I cried, upset that the party would carry on as I was sent away to sleep, and while I lay awake in my bed of lace, huddled beneath my covers and shivering in the cool trade-winds breeze, I heard when the tinkling piano stopped and when the laughter turned to screams.”

What book is this from?

Hint: It is one of my current reads

Reveal:

Title: Queen of the Conquered
Author: Kacen Callender
Series: Islands of Blood and Storm Duology (Book 1)

Synopsis:

An ambitious young woman with the power to control minds seeks vengeance against the royals who murdered her family, in a Caribbean-inspired fantasy world embattled by colonial oppression.

Sigourney Rose is the only surviving daughter of a noble lineage on the islands of Hans Lollik. When she was a child, her family was murdered by the islands’ colonizers, who have massacred and enslaved generations of her people—and now, Sigourney is ready to exact her revenge.

When the childless king of the islands declares that he will choose his successor from amongst eligible noble families, Sigourney uses her ability to read and control minds to manipulate her way onto the royal island and into the ranks of the ruling colonizers. But when she arrives, prepared to fight for control of all the islands, Sigourney finds herself the target of a dangerous, unknown magic.

Someone is killing off the ruling families to clear a path to the throne. As the bodies pile up and all eyes regard her with suspicion, Sigourney must find allies among her prey and the murderer among her peers… lest she become the next victim.

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First Line Friday

Happy Friday book friends!!! Can you believe we are already halfway through JULY??? We have been a little behind on making posts lately, but we are back and ready to party!

What better way to get back into the swing of things than having a little fun with #firstlinefriday, a weekly meme hosted by Hoarding Books. This week I am featuring a book that Thi has been telling me to read for months now, The The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

First Line:

“Her husband’s almost home. He’ll catch her this time”

Synopsis:

Anna Fox lives alone, a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother and their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

I have lost track of how many times Thi has told me that I need to read this book. After reading that first line, I am more intrigued, and ready to dive in! Hopefully I will be able to fit this into my reads before the end of the year (but I make no promises)

As always, thank you for stopping by and supporting our blog. We really appreciate all of you! Now drop a comment down below with the first line of your favorite book, a book next to you, or maybe your current read!

First line friday

Hello, fellow book friends! Hope you are all doing well! Today is FRI-YAY and you know what that means!!! It’s #firstlinefriday, a weekly meme hosted by Hoarding Books. I always get excited about this prompt, because I get to search through my library and see which sentence captures my attention the most. This week I am featuring They Went Left by Monica Hesse.

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First Line:

The last time I saw Abek:
Barbed wire, rusty metal knots.


Christie sent me the synopsis for this book a few months ago, and I knew I had to get my hands on it! So, being the self-control person I am, I went to preorder it! Now that I’ve read the first sentence- I’m ready to dive into this book sooner rather than later!

Alright- it’s your turn! Drop a comment with the first line of your favorite book, a book close to you, or a book on your TBR! 🙂 and as always, stay safe and happy, friends!

XOXO,
Thi

First Line Friday

Welcome back, y’all! This week, I thought I would join in on a fun prompt called First Line Friday to get our minds off all current affairs. First Line Friday is a weekly feature hosted by Hoarding Books. I’ll be featuring the first lines from two books (one closest to me and one from a book on my TBR). See if you can guess what they are! 🙂

Book One:
“Everyone on the internet is a liar.”

Hint: This is the author’s second novel.

Book: Follow Me by Kathleen Barber

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About the book:

Everyone wants new followers…until they follow you home.

Audrey Miller has an enviable new job at the Smithsonian, a body by reformer Pilates, an apartment door with a broken lock, and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers to bear witness to it all. Having just moved to Washington, DC, Audrey busies herself impressing her new boss, interacting with her online fan base, and staving off a creepy upstairs neighbor with the help of the only two people she knows in town: an ex-boyfriend she can’t stay away from and a sorority sister with a high-powered job and a mysterious past.

But Audrey’s faulty door may be the least of her security concerns. Unbeknownst to her, her move has brought her within striking distance of someone who’s obsessively followed her social media presence for years—from her first WordPress blog to her most recent Instagram Story. No longer content to simply follow her carefully curated life from a distance, he consults the dark web for advice on how to make Audrey his and his alone. In his quest to win her heart, nothing is off-limits—and nothing is private.

Book Two:
“I have stopped loving you.”

Any guesses? (Hint: This book releases May 15, 2020)

Book: What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

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About the book:

Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.

They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her.

Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.

Let me know the first line in the book closest to you or your favorite book in the comments, so I can add some new books to my never ending TBR! 🙂

xoxo,
Thi