First Lines Friday

Hello everyone! For one of us (aka Caidyn) finals are kicking in. For everyone else going through these dark times, good luck to you!

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!

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.


I wake into a universe defined by pain.

I can only open my eyes to slits, and the lids are so swollen, it feels like staring out of a hamburger. Warm fluid trickles out of my nose, but that doesn’t worry me as much as the warm pool I appear to be lying and sliding around in. Every part of my body hurts. It hurts to breathe, it hurts to hold my breath, it hurts to think. The fabric I’m wearing hurts against my skin. I close my eyes to rest the lids, then I open them again because I have no idea where I am.


I’m sure that Chantel will hate that opening. Yup. It’s quite violent and right away brings images to mind that are uncomfortable. But that’s what makes this my favorite genre. And a part of my Yule bingo board. I think that gives you enough hints right there.

So, it is….

The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

The Murders of Molly Southbourne

This book is super short, so I have a feeling I’ll be finishing it very quickly. Also, from those two paragraphs I gave you guys, it’s pretty catching, isn’t it? Granted, you have to be interested in violence and I saw in one review that there is self-harm in this, so who knows where it’s going to go. Either way, I’m intrigued by it.


When I was seven winters of age, my mother caught me in the hearth stacking red-hot coals with my bare hands. 


Okay, I know this is short, but when I thought about adding the next paragraph, it didn’t flow. I think this line alone sucks you into the story because it’s fascinating. At least, I think it is. It grabbed my attention for sure. This was a book I read earlier this year and while it’s not a perfect book, it was a cute f/f romance and the circumstances surrounding that romance was quite interesting and it was the reason I had picked up this book when I first heard about it.

Without further ado I present, 

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Of Fire and Stars Cover

This book’s plot goes like this, Princess Dennaleia is betrothed to Prince Thandilimon to bring peace to their two kingdoms. However, Princess Denna ends up falling for Thandilimon’s sister Princess Amaranthine. Yes, it’s a story with two princesses who end up falling in love. It’s very fairy tale-esque, and I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much. This is a whole other genre of YA fantasy which features an f/f romance at its core. It’s also a hate to love romance and a slow burn, so if you like that give it a shot!

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