First Lines Friday

Welcome to February! Can you believe that it’s already two months into 2018? We certainly can’t. Time goes so quickly, doesn’t it? We hope that you’ve had a good first week!

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.

Place ten dozen hungry orphan thieves in a dank burrow of vaults and tunnels beneath what used to be a graveyard, put them under the supervision of one partly crippled old man, and you will soon find that governing them becomes a delicate business.

The Thiefmaker, skulking eminence of the orphan kingdom beneath Shades’ Hill in old Camorr, was not yet so decrepit that any of his grimy little wards could hope to stand alone against him. Nonetheless, he was alert to the doom that lurked in the clutching hands and wolfish impulses of a mob — a mob that he, through his training, was striving to make more predatory still with each passing day. The veneer of order that his life depended on was insubstantial as damp paper at the best of times.

This has to be one of my favorite book series that I read last year. I didn’t actually finish it — I read two of the three currently published — and absolutely adored it. The second book in the series, I read almost a year ago and I still remember the important details. And that’s fucking impressive since I can get book amnesia after, like, a week. Seriously. I just forget.

But this book series is so good, one that I’d recommend to most people who want a thriller. And those who have read it will probably recognize Camorr.

So, what is my book?

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3)

For my birthday last year, Chantel actually bought me this series because it was on my Amazon wishlist and she’s a good friend and GOT ME ALL THREE. Love her, you know? She’s a great, bookish friend to have. Even with our bickering. 

This year, I’m using a giant mason jar (that I can fit my whole arm in; Chantel has a picture I sent her of my excitement about that) with sticky notes in it that have books I own written down on them so I can read it. Today, I drew the sticky note that said this book and I’m excited to finally be reading the third book in this series. And then will join the masses waiting for book four.

Everything was perfect before Alice unlocked her dorm room door. 

“I want to break up,” Margot said. 

Alice stood, stopping and starting whatever she had planned to say. Her mouth moved, forming shapes of words, but only tiny ticks of noise echoed in the back of her throat. A sharp, bruising ache crept upward from the pit of her stomach. 

I would’ve liked to give more of the first lines of this book, but that would require typing up the whole page and I didn’t want to type it, I doubt you want to read it. You’re welcome. 

This week, I chose a 2018 release that I didn’t initially have on my most anticipated list and I wish I had because it has an asexual main character. I should be ashamed for not putting this on my list. I’ve barely started reading it, but I hope to pick it up and maybe finish it this weekend as it’s not very long. 

I think you all know what this is…

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Lets Talk About Love cover

I have high hopes for this book. It’s a book with a character who is defined as biromantic and asexual which is pretty close to how I identify (I use panromantic). I do understand that not everyone shares the same experience when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community and there are a lot of discussions on what is problematic and what isn’t. My hope is that I don’t find this book problematic. I want more books with asexual main characters, but I also want it to be given its proper justice. Just from the first chapter of this book, I’m impressed so far.

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