Hello all, we hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, due to the holiday, we didn’t get around to getting this set up in time, oops, but we don’t want to leave you guys without. So, here we present to you, First Lines Saturday!
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!
Also, for the rest of this month, I’m going to provide the link to our poll if you haven’t taken it yet. This is us trying to be better for you guys and so you can see more things you’d like to. Click here to take it! Remember, this is us working for you. Next Friday, we’re going to be closing it in order to go over the results and make decisions about what we’ll read.
Chantel will be in purple.
Caidyn will be in blue.
Empress Yui wrestles with her broken zither. She’d rather deal with the tiger again. Or the demons. Or her uncle. Anything short of going north, anything short of war. But a snapped string? One cannot reason with a snapped string, nor can one chop it in half and be rid of the problem.
When she stops to think on it – chopping things in half is part of why she’s alone with the stupid instrument to begin with. Did she not say she’d stop dueling? What was she thinking, accepting Rayama-tun’s challenge? He is only a boy.
And now he will be the boy who dueled One-Stroke Shizuka, the boy whose sword she cut in half before he managed to draw it. That story will haunt him for the rest of his life.
So, I’ve been holding out on posting this book in FLF because I’ve been very excited to read it and I now have the opportunity to do so. I have been excited to read this since I saw it on a booktuber’s channel. It is the first book in a fantasy series with an f/f romance. This is always exciting to me and I can’t wait to start reading it. Which will be soon. I promise.
Anyway, the book is…
The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera
I would briefly like to address the fact that this book has some controversy surrounding it. This book has been criticised for its misuse and appropriation of multiple Asian histories and cultures. I personally am ill-equipped to say one way or the other, but I know it’s important to point out because it shouldn’t be ignored.
“It’s finally happening, babies. Parole is burning. They say we started out in a blaze of glory, and now we’re all going down in flames.”
Sidewalks split apart into huge cracks, and giant craters devoured cars and buildings and people like hungry jaws. Black smoke and tongues of flame licked up from the crevices as the asphalt crumbled, and everywhere screams cut through the terrible noise of the collapsing city. And a sunny girl’s voice issues from every radio, every frequency, every speaker. She talked quickly, desperately, a rapid-fire barrage of comfort and direction, and every single person in the city shut up and listened.
Since I’m not really into the books I’m reading and the one book I am into, I’ve already used for FLF, I’m going with something I’ve read and discussed, but never really given a glimpse into. It’s an indie book and had amazing LGBT+ and mental health representation. I read the original version, but I haven’t read the updated one yet. And I’m planning on it because I really remember wanting to know how the sequel would handle a certain cliffhanger.
What’s the book?
As I said, I read this before. Like, three or four years ago. But I always have it as an immediate response when recommendations are asked since I remember being so impressed by it. I even wrote a long review of it before I started writing long reviews of books. Impressive, right? This book stuck with me and still sticks with me. One I really do recommend.