It’s the first Friday of 2018 and at least for me (Chantel) it’s been a pretty good reading year so far. I’ve read two books in three days which is something I never thought I would say considering how slow I read, but it happened. Hopefully, it’s a sign of things to come.
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.
James Hook was bored.
The woods had grown rather tame, he thought. TIme was, he and his pirates would have been fending off tigers, wolves, and little boys with swords; they would have been snarled in thorns and clinging vines, beset by swarming fae, ambushed by roving crocodiles. Nowadays, though Neverland was still overgrown, it was no more threatening than an unkempt lawn.
This is a book I just recently finished so I don’t think it’ll be a surprise to anyone. It is also the one book out of the two I read recently that I haven’t used for First Line Fridays already so there’s that.
Anyway, I did enjoy this book quite a bit. I knew I would like it and I did. I’d highly recommend it if you are interested in reading a retelling with a trans main character, and with a sweet romance.
I’ve decided to pick…
Peter Darling by Austin Chant
This was the first book I read and finished in 2018 and it turned out to be a good start so far. I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time as Austin Chant is a trans author writing about trans characters, which I am so happy about. I can’t wait to read more of his books because I enjoyed the story and knows how to write characters well.
“I am inclined to think –” said I.
“I should do so,” Sherlock remarked impatiently.
I believe that I am one of the most long-suffering of mortals; but I’ll admit that I was annoyed by the sardonic interruption. “Really, Holmes,” said I severely, “you are a little trying at times.”
I know. My first lines gave it away. It’s something to do with Sherlock Holmes. However, the question is, which one? Is it a canon story or is it a part of the extended universe that’s been created by fans through pastiches, original series, and short stories?
The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I’ve been reading this one for some time, mainly because I haven’t had the time or the want to read it. I’m onto the stories I haven’t read yet and (I think) Moriarty comes back in this for whatever reason. Either way, I’m interested in seeing how I like it compared to all the other ones I’ve read since I have read a whole lot of the non-canon stories.