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.

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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.


Before Hannah left, she asked if I was sure I’d be okay. She had already waited an hour past when the doors were closed for winter break, until everyone but the custodians were gone. She had folded a load of laundry, written an email, searched her massive psychology textbook for answers to the final exam questions to see if she had gotten them right. She had run out of ways to fill time, so when I said, “Yes, I’ll be fine,” she had nothing left to do except try to believe me.


This is an impromptu addition to this month’s TBR because of Chantel. She read it and when I asked for some recommendations for Pride reads, this was one of the books she gave! So, it’s up on my list of books I want to read before June ends.

It is…

We Are Okay

You can read Chantel’s review here and you all should totally read it. (Because Chantel’s reviews are fantastic.) I honestly don’t know a whole lot about this book besides that Chantel recommended it to me. So, I’m actually really excited to be going into this pretty blind!


I’m almost positive that I’ve used We Are Okay for FLF before, but I’m just happy that Caidyn is finally reading one of my favorite books of 2018. 

Now, onto my book. 

Charlie refuses to answer my texts. Or she has her phone set on silent. Or she forgot to charge it. Or she had a rare fit of temper and tossed it into a toilet, thereby rendering it unusable. 

Whatever the case, this lack of communication between us is decidedly not normal. 


This week I’m keeping it short and sweet. This is a book that came out this year that I’ve been excited to read. It is a book written by an author of one of my favorite books of the year so far, so my expectations are high. Not only that, but the plot sounds incredibly interesting and I want to see how it unfolds. 

I chose…

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

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Earlier this year I read How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake and I loved it. It will go down as one of my favorite books of the year (so far). I would highly recommend it for the complex relationship between Grace and her mother as well as a great f/f romance. So good. 

But this is not another How to Make a Wish review. I have been excited to read Ashley Herring Blake’s new books (she has two just from this year!) and this one captured my attention as it’s about a girl whose twin brother is accused of rape by her best friend. It’s an extremely heavy subject, but I’m very interested to see how it unfolds. 


Talk to us!

What do you think of our choices? Have you read them? Did the first lines hook you in?

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!