CW: grief, war, murder, and rape
Caidyn’s rating: 4/5
Chantel’s rating: 4.5/5
CW: PTSD, attempted rape, rape, and murder
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.
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
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!