First Line Fridays #7

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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!

‘It was 7 minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears’ house. It’s eyes were closed. It looked as if it was running on his side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream.”

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And it is of course…….

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.’ by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time

I read this first many years ago as a recommended reading in English and it quickly became something that intrigued me, mainly because the main character has autism and I really enjoyed reading a story from a point of view that I didn’t really understand. It was a great way to get a better understanding of not only the world around me but the many different people that inhabit it.

Synopsis:

‘Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.’

Have you read it? What did you think?

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First Line Friday #6

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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!

“The small boys came early to the hanging. It was still dark when the first three or four of them sidled out of the hovels, quiet as cats in their felt boots. A thin layer of fresh snow covered the little town like a new coat of paint, and theirs were the first footprints to blemish it’s perfect surface.”

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And the winner is …….

The Pillars of The Earth by Ken Follett.

The Pillars of the Earth  (The Kingsbridge Series, #1)

 

Now this is a book I got for Christmas and one that has been highly recommended by several people. At the moment the most that I know about it is that #1 its the first in a series #2 It’s considered an ‘epic tale’ or as you can see above ‘a classic masterpiece’ #3 At 1091 pages it’s probably going to take me awhile to get through #4 After reading the first few lines and getting hit with that new book smell it took considerable effort for me to put this down!

Here’s the synopsis:

‘The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect – a man divided in his soul . . . of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame . . . and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother. A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece.’

Now this is definitely a book I want to read in the next few months once I get through the many other books I keep threatening that I need to read, have you read this already? Should I be excited?

First Line Friday #5

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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!

“Kendra stared out the side window of the SUV, watching foiage blur past. When the flurry of motion became too much, she looked up ahead and fixed her gaze or a particular tree, following it as it slowly approached, streaked past, and then gradually receded behind her”

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And the winner is…. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Fablehaven (Fablehaven, #1)

This is a book I haven’t read in years, I got it out by chance from the library one afternoon and immediately devoured it in one weekend, I then thrust it onto my brother who more or less did the same thing. It is definitely a book series that gets better as it goes on as the characters have a lot of growing up to do. One of the main reasons I think I loved it so much at the time though was that it was one of the first fantasy books that I had read!

Goodreads Synopsis:

For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.

Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken — Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good — powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.

I think for this book it is the synopsis that makes me want to read the book more! What grabs your attention the most, the first few lines or the synopsis?

 

First Line Friday #4

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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!

“Kip crawled toward the battlefield in the darkness, the mist pressing down, blotting out sound, scattering starlight. Though the adults shunned it and the children were forbidden to come here, he’d played on the open field a hundred times – during the day. Tonight, his purpose was grimmer.”

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And the winner is….. The Black Prism by Brent Weeks.

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

The Black Prism is the first in the Lightbringer series, which is one of my favourite fantasy series’s! It is such a unique story told from multiple POV. The story itself is based around ‘drafters’ those with the ability to give colours a solid form. It is such an interesting magic system and while the main character does have a lot of growing up to do there is so much going on it didn’t really diminish anything from the overall read. It is also one of the few books where I have literally been sitting there with my mouth open at one of the plot twists.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart

To be honest I don’t really like this  synopsis and I don’t feel it really explains what you are in for when you read the book for this one I have to say it is the opening line again which has me more interested but perhaps I am being biased as I have already read the book.

What grabs your attention the most, the first few lines or the synopsis?

 

 

First Line Friday #3

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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!

‘Statistics show that mortals sell their souls for five reasons: sex, money, power, revenge, and love. In that order. I suppose I should have been reassured, then that I was out here assisting with numero uno, but the whole situation just made me feel ….. well, sleazy.’

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And the winner is Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead!

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I originally picked up this book after the last time I had reread the vampire academy series and wasn’t really sure what to expect, I definitely didn’t like it as much as I love the VA series but it was a good read none the less. Georgia’s character is a bit of a Mary Sue and the book does start of slow but I did go on to read the other books in the series straight after this!

Goodreads Synopsis:

When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical?

But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid’s life is far less exotic. At least there’s her day job at a local bookstore–free books; all the white chocolate mochas she can drink; and easy access to bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can’t.

But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle’s demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won’t help because Georgina’s about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny. .

What makes you want to read this book more the first few lines or the synopsis? I think for this one the first lines would be the winner for me.

First Line Friday #2

flfFirst 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!

“The Miracle happened on West Seventy-Fourth Street, in the home where Mama worked. It was a big brownstone encircled wrought-iron fence, and overlooking wither side of the ornate door were gargoyles, their granite faces carved from my nightmares.”

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And the winner is….

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult Small Great Things

This is such a thought provoking novel, I love most of Jodi Picoult books as it is, but this was quickly one of my favourites. Tackling the issue of racism and white privilege the story is told from three different perspectives, Ruth a nurse, Kennedy a public defender, and Turk a white supremacist. There are so many things about this book that I could rave about this book so I may leave it to a full review a some point if I get round to reading it again which I’m sure I will.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

 

First Line Friday #1

 

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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!

 

“They said I was a drug addict. I found that hard to come to terms with – I was a middle-class, convent educated girl whose drug use was strictly recreational. And surely drug addicts were thinner?”

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Okay this is one of my all time favorite books it’s Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes. I could go on and on about how much I love this book but I would probably give away waay to many spoilers. I adore Marian Keyes as a writer, although her books are mostly categorized as chick lit she does not shy away from difficult or sensitive topics. I will leave you with the synopsis, though I would love to know what intrigues you more the synopsis or the first few lines?

Synopsis:

‘How did it end up like this? Twenty-seven, unemployed, mistaken for a drug addict, in a treatment centre in the back arse of nowhere with an empty Valium bottle in my knickers . . .’

Meet Rachel Walsh. She has a pair of size 8 feet and such a fondness for recreational drugs that her family has forked out the cash for a spell in Cloisters – Dublin’s answer to the Betty Ford Clinic. She’s only agreed to her incarceration because she’s heard that rehab is wall-to-wall jacuzzis, gymnasiums and rock stars going tepid turkey – and it’s about time she had a holiday.

But what Rachel doesn’t count on are the toe-curling embarrassments heaped on her by family and group therapy, the dearth of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll – and missing Luke, her ex. What kind of a new start in life is this?