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!

October Book Haul & November TBR

October was extremely quiet on the book-buying front with only one addition to my shelves. I am trying not to buy many books in the lead up to Christmas. One reason being that I have a lot that I want to read which I’ve already bought (don’t want to get ahead of myself). The second reason is that I know people will be wanting to buy me stuff and it’s easier to give them a list of books that I want and let them choose what one to get. Can you imagine how big the December book haul will be? I can’t wait!

So, getting onto the one lonely book that my boyfriend kindly bought for me. I got One Dark Throne knowing that I would be reading Three Dark Crowns relatively quickly last month. You can find my reviews for both here and here.

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Like I said, there are a lot of books that I still want to read before I got out and buy anymore. The month of November will be filled with starting new series and they are all ones that I have been dying to read, but for some reason never got around to. They are the following…

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #2)

Talon by Julie Kagawa

I already know that some of you will be asking why I haven’t read any of Sarah J. Maas’ books and honestly, I don’t have a good enough answer. This book has been sat on my shelf since 2012/13 and I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet. I’ve been hearing so many people raving about it, especially the newer ones, so you can be guaranteed that I will buy more from this series in November.

What books are you planning on reading this month?

September Book Haul

In the month of September I made it a goal of mine to start reading more and what better way to do that than to buy a whole load of new books? Towards the end of September I made my way to the Book Depository, an incredible site that sells millions of books, often at a cheaper price. As well as this you are able to find the US and UK versions of books (very helpful if you aren’t keen on a certain design, because let’s face it, the covers do matter sometimes). You can find the link to the site here.

The only problem with using this site is that they will sometimes send your order out in multiple packages. So, when I ordered 5 books recently, I got 5 packages delivered to my house throughout the week.

Now to talk about the actual books that I bought and I am very excited to get reading these throughout October. After reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (for the second time, as I never finished it the first) I knew I had to buy the next two, Glass Sword and King’s Cage. I have managed to avoid spoilers for this series and cannot wait to find out what is in store for our main character, Mare. Victoria Aveyard really knows how to create a world that feels real, with characters that you grow to love, and even despise. I must say that the twist at the end of the first book was unexpected and is what urged me to buy the others.

Next up, I decided to buy A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness, the first book in the All Souls Trilogy. I am a little late reading this one, considering it was first published in 2011. When I found out that this book was being made into a TV show with Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode, I knew I had to read it and find out more. A book that has witches, vampires and daemons is bound to be an exciting tale!

It’s seems that every book reviewer I have seen is raving about this series, so how could I not buy it? Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake is said to be a gripping and dark tale that will hook you until the end. I guess I am quite lucky that the second instalment in the series, One Dark Throne, was just released last month. If this book is as amazing as everyone says, I am sure I will be heading down to my nearest Waterstones to buy it.

And finally, the last book I decided to buy is A Darker Shade Of Magic by V. E. Schwab. One of my favourite booktubers, PeruseProject, mentioned this in quite a few of her videos and it caught my attention instantly. I love a good fantasy book and with two more in the series to read after, A Gathering Of Shadows and A Conjuring Of Light, there will be plenty to keep me busy.

Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these books, or if you have any suggestions that I would like.