December 2, 2023

Novel Lives

Book Publicity, Reviews, Author Interviews, and Discussion Posts by Susan Crosby

First Line Friday (My First)!

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?
Psst I found this at Becky’s Book Blog. Please go check her out!

  • 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!

Now as a bonus– I’m also doing my favorite first line of a chapter– from a second book because it is my first time and I thought it would add some fun!!

Here’s this weeks first line/lines of the book….
Since this my first First Line Friday I am going with my favorite first line which should surprise NO ONE…..
Kaz Brekker didn’t need a reason. Those were the words whispered on the streets of Ketterdam, in the taverns and coffehouses, in the dark and bleeding alleys of the pleasure district known as the Barrel. The boy they called Dirtyhands didn’t need a reason any more than he needed permission – to break a leg, sever an alliance, or change a man’s fortunes with the turn of a card.
Of course they were wrong… Every act of violence was deliberate, and every favour came with enough strings attached to stage a puppet show. Kaz always had his reasons. Inej could just never be sure they were good ones. Especially tonight.
I’m pretty sure I don’t need to give the normal big reveal here…

Six of Crows by Madame Leigh Bardugo of course….

Here is my first line(s) of a chapter…
Matthias would be atoning for the mistakes he’d made in this life long into the next one, but he’d always believed that despite his crimes and failings, there was a core of decency inside him that could never be breached. And yet, he felt sure that if he had to spend another hour with Alys Van Eck, he might murder her just for the sake of a little quiet.
I will never ever not crack out loud laughing over the thought of the stalwart fjerden sulking over this thought at the beginning of chapter 8
Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows

Crooked Kingdom by Madame Leigh Bardugo…

Ok… now that is out of my system for my FIRST First Line Friday… I can move on to other fantastic first lines… or the closest ARC on my Kindle or Library book waiting for attention by my bed!!!

What are some of your favorite first lines or the first lines of the closest book to your or your next TBR or ARC?

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