First Lines Friday

Happy Friday everyone and happy holidays! There are only two more Fridays in 2017 and I can’t wait to put this dumpster fire behind me, because who thought this year would be worse than 2016. Anyway, I’m begging 2018 to be better.

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!

Chantel will be in purple.

Caidyn will be in blue.

As far as he knew, she had come from the water. But even about that, he couldn’t be sure. 

It didn’t matter how many nights they’d met on the untilled land between their houses; the last farm didn’t rotate its crops, and stripped the soil until nothing but wild grasses would grow. It didn’t matter how many stories he and Miel had told each other when they could not sleep, him passing on his mother’s fables of moon bears that aided lost travelers, Miel making up tales about his moon lamps falling in love with stars. Sam didn’t know any more than anyone else about where she’d come from before he found her in the brush field. She seemed to have been made of water one minute and the next, became a girl. 

Someday, he and Miel would be nothing but a fairy tale. 

This is a magical realism book by an author who I’ve seen get a lot of praise lately for her latest release. This book also features a trans MC which just makes it one of those books I cannot wait to get through. I’m always a big fan of beautiful writing and this book has it and a trans main character and think that’s a perfect combination for this book. 

Are you eagerly waiting what I’ve chosen? 



Okay, okay, this week I’ve chosen…

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

When the Moon Was Ours cover

This is a book I bought months ago from Book Outlet and I actually started it some time ago, but stopped reading it. I wasn’t in the mood for it at the time as the pacing is really slow. That’s not a knock against the book, it just wasn’t what I was feeling at the time. I also own Wild Beauty, Anna-Marie McLemore’s latest release and I can’t wait to get to that book either, but I would like to read this one first. The writing is gorgeous and it is unlike anything I’ve read before. I look forward to continuing it hopefully in the coming year. 

They walk side by side through shin-deep snow, dragging branches for their shelter behind them. The footprints they made on the way out are little more than small depressions in the drifts of swirling white. It’s as if the wind has a single ill intent – to wipe out any traces of them.

This is a YA mystery book that I won in a raffle. Short, sweet, and to the point. While I wasn’t enamored with the first glimpse I got of it, I’m interested enough to find out the rest. Even if it means I don’t like it overall. Oops.

So, what is the book?

It is…

Bad Call by Stephen Wallenfels


This is the first (but the second book I’ve talked about) I won from BookishFirst. Again, I’m not completely in love with it. While the premise is fantastic and I’m fine with the writing, I don’t like any of the characters. There are three college-aged boys and then some high school girl who wasn’t told she would be with three guys. Which, to me, feels really bad. I also have no trust in my fellow men.

Whether I like it or not, you’re going to get an interesting review for it.

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