First Lines Fridays

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Finally it is Friday! My first full week back at work was a success and I’m not as tired as I thought I would be. Now that it’s the weekend it means that it’s time to get reading and writing (my favourite part of any week).

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? It’s pretty simple really, the rules go like this…

  • 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!

So here are the lines from the book I have chosen…

“The servants called them malenchki, little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke’s house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches.”

First Thoughts…

I love long complex sentences. They’re my favourite kind and already I am intrigued to know about the people who are wandering about the house. I’m assuming they are children, which makes me wonder why they are there. These first few lines make me want to read more.

And the book is…

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Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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As I stopped reading books a few years ago and only recently picked up the hobby again, I’ve never actually read any of Leigh Bardugo’s books. Shocking, I know, so I currently have Shadow and Bone on my Kindle and the Six of Crows duology in paperback, reading and waiting for me to pick them up.

I cannot wait to start reading these because I have heard so many amazing things and I’m excited! Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments below!

First Lines Fridays #3

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I cannot tell you how glad I am that it’s Friday and the weekend is upon us! I’ve spent all week searching for jobs and my brain is fried, hence why there have been no reviews up. I haven’t had a lot of time to read and my own writing has been taking up all my spare time. Also, my dad is over from Ireland for the weekend so I’m looking forward to spending some time with him and heading out to Sherwood Forest tomorrow (expect a post on that little trip soon).

Time for First Lines Fridays! I’ve really been enjoying these as I tend to read the book after it is featured.

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? It’s pretty simple really, the rules go like this…

  • 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!

So here are the lines from the book I have chosen…

“The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.

I’d been monitoring the parameters of the thicket for an hour, and my vantage point in the crook of a tree branch had turned useless. The gusting wind blew thick flurries to sweep away my tracks, but buried along with them any signs of potential quarry.”

First Thoughts

I love it when books start out with descriptions like these, and I especially love when it’s set in Winter, my second favourite series. I’m already wondering why the main character is in the forest, what are they looking for? Food perhaps? Why go out in the snow? Already the scene is set and I can vividly picture this person hunting something.

And the book is…

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Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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This is definitely on my TBR list after I read Throne of Glass so I have borrowed it from my sister (although we all know I will end up buying the series myself just to keep collecting). Would the first few lines make you want to read it?