First Lines Friday

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.

The rules of the Crave were simple. V and I went to a nightclub in a predetermined place a good way from where we lived. We traveled there together but entered separately. We made our way to the bar and stood far enough apart for it to seem like we weren’t together but close enough that I could always keep her in my vision. Then we waited. It never took long, but why would it when V shone as brightly as she did?

I know, I cut it off. If I had gone further, then it would have been a whole, long thing. And, technically, I’m not supposed to be showing this anyways. This is from an ARC that I’m reading, one that I’m really enjoying a whole lot.

It is…

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

Our Kind of Cruelty

As I said, this is an ARC. I’m kind of surprised that it has a month to its release date and I haven’t heard people raving about it much. Sure, it sounds a lot like all of the other mysteries coming out these days — unreliable narrator, volatile relationship, something bad comes from it all — but it feels so unique. It borders on feeling like You by Caroline Kepnes from time to time, just without a narrator like Joe. Mike is completely unaware of how he sounds and who he is, which makes him an interesting (and dangerous) read.

The thick, briny scent of sweat-soaked leather seeped through my cloth mask. A guarded carriage rattled down the road upwind of me. I leaned out of my tree and caught a flicker of light from a carriage lamp. The carriage’s blue paint shone, gilded and mud-splattered. 

I groaned. “Nobles.” 

The branches beneath me creaked as footsteps scraped along the bark. I flipped a knife into my palm. The sentence for robbing nobles was hanging. 

But only if they caught you. 

There are a lot of fantasy novels out there about thieves and the like and while it’s never been my favorite trope, I’m trying to read more fantasy. Queer fantasy specifically because queer books makes me happy. I highly anticipated this book’s release last year because it had something I had never heard of in a fantasy novel and it was explicit in the blurb. I didn’t have to sift through the comments to find out if the book was queer, it was right there and obvious. 

This week I chose…

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Mask of Shadows cover

This book has a genderfluid main character and for me that’s exciting. I’ll admit that the mixed reviews I had seen put me off for a bit, but that hasn’t stopped me before when it comes to queer books. I’m not saying having a genderqueer character can make up for any faults I think the book might have, but I want to support the fact that genderqueer characters are extremely rare. I hope the representation is good because I want more books that portray the parts of the LGBTQIA+ community that don’t often get represented. 

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