First Lines Friday

Wow, we’re already halfway through December. Meaning that we’re 16 days away from the end of the year. Also, to those of you who might be Jewish, Happy Hanukkah!

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.

There was never any trouble at the Tam O’Shanter, even on a rocking weekend night, even on a rocking weekend night, even when one of the Tribe smacked a homer for a go-ahead run. Tim and Karen ran a tight joint, the perfect hideaway to lounge beneath faded posters of ’70s rock bands and sip a cold one. So when Karen screamed from the seedy alley behind the bar, our little oasis was shattered. Tim bolted for the back door.

Another interesting opener. I almost added the second paragraph, but I didn’t want to ruin the ambiance that was created. And that Chantel probably wasn’t a huge fan of again. I keep picking on her here and she doesn’t seem to react. Hm. Maybe she’s not up for bickering? Psh, I’m not trying to force it. I’m just not interested in the books you pick. Maybe you just have no interest in good books. And you are saying all the books you read are good? I beg to differ. 

Either way, the book is…

The Company of Demons by Michael Jordon


A picture by me! I mean, I am the eBay Coordinator at my job. I take pictures all the time. Enough about me, though. The book. I won this in a giveaway through a brand new website, BookishFirst. Basically, they give you a sneak peek of the book, you write a first impression of it, and then you’re entered into a raffle to get the book. So far, out doing six first impressions, I’ve won three books in raffles. No joke. I’ve won three. And they’re finished products, too. Not ARCs. I highly suggest you guys check it out. They’ve had some good books available.

This is the first book I’ve actually received — which sucks since one of the books is being published in a few days, so who knows if I’ll read it before publication — and I am excited about this. This book links in with a historical murder and brings it into the present. Basically, all for me, right? I’m super excited since it reads very well and sounds interesting.

Five texts are waiting for me when I get out of my English final. One is from Charlotte saying she finished early and decided to meet up with our boss, so she’ll see me at Toby’s house later. One is from Toby, saying, 7 p.m.: Don’t Forget! And three are from Morgan.

I don’t read those yet.

Just like Caidyn picked a book I don’t care about, I’m going to do the same. I have this book on my to-read list. Really? Well then, maybe you do like good books.

I’m not trying to sound like a broken record here, but YA contemporary isn’t my favorite genre. I read a lot of it, but only because there are a lot of queer stories that just happen to be YA contemporary novels. This was one of the first books I reviewed on this blog and it was so much fun. Not only was filmmaking a part of it, but the f/f romance was a slow burn and had me hooked. I picked this in honor of SapphicAThon, which is a readathon for books with f/f romances or queer ladies. I linked to their official Twitter, but the readathon started on the 14th. I decided not to participate since I’m in the middle of three books and not getting anywhere in them, but I want to spread the word if I can. 

Anyway, onto the book. It’s…

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You cover

I linked to my review if you want to go check it out. I would also recommend to go out and read it if you are looking for a good book with an f/f romance. It has an established queer character in Emi, she doesn’t go through the motions of being a lesbian (I could be mistaken, but I thought she was a lesbian and not bisexual, pan, etc.) That has already happened when the book starts which is different than a lot of YA contemporary books about high schoolers. 

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