First Lines Friday

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!

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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.


“A health to the bride!” Sir John Seymour smiled and raised his goblet as the company echoed his toast.

Jane sipped her wine, watching as her new sister-in-law blushed prettily. Edward seemed besotted with his new wife. At seventeen, Cathrine was a very comely girl, a year younger than he. Jane had been surprised at how practiced she was at the art of coquetry, and how warmly the men were looking at her. Even Father seemed to be under her spell.


I would have kept going but holy shit that was mindnumbing. And, it went on in that same vein. So, obviously not a great start to the book, but it’s interesting me because, well, it’s Tudor!

And it’s a relatively recent release.

It is…

Jane Seymour, the Haunted Queen

If you’ve stuck around this blog long enough, you know that Weir and I have an iffy relationship. The past two books I’ve read by her, I’ve hated. So, this book is one of those that I’m a little worried about. I want to like it, but I have a feeling that something bad could happen with this book.

Also, it got a bit better after that opener. At least for me.


That spring, rain fell in great sweeping gusts that rattled the rooftops. Water found its way into the smallest cracks and undermined the sturdiest foundations. Chunks of land that had been steady for generations fell like slag heaps on the roads below, taking houses and cards and swimming pools down with them. Trees fell over, crashed into power lines; electricity was lost. Rivers flooded their banks, washed across yards, ruined homes. People who loved each other snapped and fights erupted as the water rose and the rain continued. 


Welcome back to Chantel picks a book she wants to read but will not actually start reading it. 

Seriously though, I have no idea why I continue to be haunted by a reading slump. My TBR is very large (not nearly as large as Caidyn’s) and there are so many books I want to read. So many books and I’m sad that my brain isn’t into it. 

However, I present another book that I would love to read and I want to share it with you all. 

It is…

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
The Great Alone cover

I think everyone knows about our love of Book of the Month, and if not you should follow us on Instagram @bwreviewsblog. That was smooth wasn’t it? Anyway, this was a book I got as an add-on because it sounded incredibly interesting to me. Honestly, the first paragraph of this book is gripping and I already love the writing. I’m eager to see if I still enjoy the book. 

That is if I ever get around to reading it. 


Talk to us!

What do you think of the two books we chose? Would you read them?

Mini Reviews

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Welcome to another edition of my mini reviews! These are books that I want to review but don’t have a whole lot to say about. This time, I’m doing three books: Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault, Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh, and Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri.


Fire from Heaven (Alexander the Great, #1)

1/5 – DNF at 36%

This was one of my most anticipated reads for June. I’ve had it on my radar for years, but, I finally got around to reading this.

But.

Meh.

I hated the writing style, the characters didn’t jump off the page, and I easily spaced out from the story. That’s literally it. See why I wanted to do the mini review here?

Literally, this felt like a sub-par book that didn’t have anything to drive the story forward for me. Doesn’t help that I know next to nothing about Alexander the Great.

Still, I’m going to try the next book in the series since they don’t have to be read in order.


Blue Is the Warmest Color

4/5

Chantel’s review of the book and movie is here!

When I asked Chantel for recommendations for this Pride, this was one of the ones she gave me. I know that she really enjoyed it and the movie, so I thought that I might as well! After all, she knows me well. She knows what I like.

This graphic novel was great.

I loved the characters. I loved the story. I loved how it progressed. It was the perfect book to just sit and read, paired with some good beer.

The thing that I appreciated the most was how adult this is. It’s not for kids. There’s nudity and sex and I loved seeing it all. It was so refreshing to see the topic of a teenager discovering her sexuality and the burden that comes with it but it wasn’t YA. It was adult and very much so. I loved that because it didn’t feel like I was reading YA at all.

Would I suggest this book? Yes! I really would. It’s a beautiful graphic novel with amazing art and a great story attached to it, one that’s so earnest and genuine that you feel how real it is.


Kill the Father (Colomba Caselli #1)

3/5

Sadly, this reread didn’t go as I wanted. My original review of this book was a four-star read. I remember it having great characters and being very intriguing. One of those “I can’t put it down!!” books.

But, my reread, it was good but I didn’t find it as compelling as before. I couldn’t remember a whole lot of the book but things came back as I read. Not everything — there were still places I was shocked at — but a whole lot of it.

Would I recommend the book still? Oh, yes! Colomba was a great character. I loved her strength and how she held herself. Dante was hilarious and horrifying and compelling. The mystery was good, too. It just didn’t hold my attention like it did before.

All I can hope is that I enjoy the sequel!


Talk to me!

Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think about them? I’d love to hear! For those who haven’t, did I convince you to pick up or put down any of these?

First Lines Friday

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 child was wakened by the knotting of the snake’s coils about his waist. For a moment he was frightened; it had squeezed his breathing, and given him a bad dream. But as soon as he was awake, he knew what it was and pushed his hands inside the coil. It shifted; the strong band under his back bunched tightly, then grew thin. The head slid up his shoulder along his neck, and he felt close to his ear the flickering tongue.


This is one of my reads for Pride! I know that you can’t tell that from the opening lines, but it’s definitely a classic that I’m really excited to read. I have all three in the series, too. So, I might have to get to all of them if I like them.

It takes a famous historical figure and retells his life story.

It is…

Fire from Heaven (Alexander the Great, #1)

Again, this is a classic and I’m really excited to read it. I’ve wanted to read it for ages. Like, it’s been on my TBR since 2014 and I’m just getting to it. Amazon had a sale on the whole series, so I own all of it. Here’s hoping I like it!


 

“Tell me something, Penny…”

Penny knew that whatever Madison Chandler was going to say, she wasn’t going to enjoy it. Madison Chandler leaned in close, mouth smiling, beady eyes narrowed. Penny held her breath. 

“Why is your mom such a slut?” 

The taller of the two girls glared pointedly at Penny’s mom, who was chatting with Madison’s father a few feet away. 

Blood pounded in Penny’s ears. 

Possible reactions to Madison Chandler calling your mom a slut:

1. Punch her in the face.

2. Punch her disgusto, knuckle-dragging pervert father in the face.

3. Do nothing. Rage-cry later in the privacy of your bedroom while listening to The Smiths. You are a dignified pacifist. Namaste. 

4. Unlease the pyrokinetic abilities bequeathed to you upon birth, scorching the shopping mall with the fire of a trillion suns. 


Okay, this book sounds fun as hell. I’m already loving it having only read the first page. I love books with snarky characters because they remind me of myself. While Penny doesn’t say these things out loud, I definitely relate to having such an inner monologue. I am really excited to read this book because it feels very personal to me and hope that is true once I continue reading it. 

This week I chose…

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

 

Emergency Contact cover

For those of you who might not know about Caidyn and I or the origin of the blog, we met online. From there, we emailed and moved on to texting. We text every day. Constantly. From the time we wake up until the time we go to bed. With breaks for our respective jobs of course. I consider him my best friend ever and that’s all without ever meeting in person. I know firsthand what it’s like to have such a powerful friendship that exists virtually. If either of us could meet, we would in a heartbeat, but for now, we have texting, video chats, and phone calls. 

That is why I want to read this book because it features a strong relationship over text and I’m excited to read it!