Books, First Line Fridays

First Line Fridays

There’s a reason the saying “judge a book by it’s cover” exists. But what about judging by a book’s opening lines? First Lines Fridays aims to get readers hooked on the first lines of a book BEFORE its details are revealed. It’s a fun way to step out of your comfort zone and discover new genres and authors.

First Lines Fridays is a feature hosted by Wandering Words. If you want to make your own post, feel free to use Wandering Words’ banner or make your own, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read, an old favorite, 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!

Don’t forget to tag your post with #FirstLinesFridays! Share a link to your post below, or just tell me if this first line makes you want to try out the book!

When Elena told people she was a vampire hunter, their first reaction was an inevitable gasp, followed by, “You go around sticking those sharp stakes in their evil putrid hearts?”
Okay, maybe the actual words varied but the feel was the same. It made her want to track down and exterminate the idiot fifteenth-century storyteller who’d made up that tale in the first place.
Curious what book it’s from? Keep reading to find out…

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Books, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

Waiting On Wednesdays: Scourged and Stormcaster


Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.

Scourged (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #9) by Kevin Hearne

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publication Date: Apr. 3rd, 2018
Del Rey
ISBN: 9780345548542
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

Kevin Hearne creates the ultimate Atticus O’Sullivan adventure in the grand finale of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles: an epic battle royale against the Norse gods of Asgard.

Unchained from fate, the Norse gods Loki and Hel are ready to unleash Ragnarok, a.k.a. the Apocalypse, upon the earth. They’ve made allies on the darker side of many pantheons, and there’s a globe-spanning battle brewing that ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan will be hard-pressed to survive, much less win.

Granuaile MacTiernan must join immortals Sun Wukong and Erlang Shen in a fight against the Yama Kings in Taiwan, but she discovers that the stakes are much higher than she thought.

Meanwhile, Archdruid Owen Kennedy must put out both literal and metaphorical fires from Bavaria to Peru to keep the world safe for his apprentices and the future of Druidry.

And Atticus recruits the aid of a tyromancer, an Indian witch, and a trickster god in hopes that they’ll give him just enough leverage to both save Gaia and see another sunrise. There is a hound named Oberon who deserves a snack, after all.

Stormcaster (Shattered Realms, #3) by Cinda Williams Chima

Hardcover: 544 pages
Publication Date: Apr. 3rd, 2018
ISBN: 9780062381002
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

The third book in the thrilling four-book Shattered Realms series from New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima.

The empress in the east—the unspeakably cruel ruler whose power grew in Flamecaster and Shadowcaster—tightens her grip in this chilling third installment in the series.

Vagabond seafarer Evan Strangward can move the ocean and the wind, but his magical abilities seem paltry in comparison to Empress Celestine’s. As Celestine’s bloodsworn armies grow, Evan travels to the Fells to warn the queendom of her imminent invasion. If he can’t convince the Gray Wolf queen to take a stand, he knows that the Seven Realms will fall. Among the dead will be the one person Evan can’t stand to lose.

Meanwhile, the queen’s formidable daughter, Princess Alyssa ana’Raisa, is already a prisoner aboard the empress’s ship. Lyss may be the last remaining hope of bringing down the empress from within her own tightly controlled territory.

Multiple intricately interwoven storylines converge in this gripping novel about a brave, coordinated effort to undermine a horrific tyrant.


What are you waiting for this week?


Books, Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays: The Sea King


This feature (or meme) is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by The Purple Booker. For those of you who would like to play along at home–or more specifically on your homepage–here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

  • Grab a current read and open it to a random page
  • Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    • Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others

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Books, Photography, Sunday Shelfies

Sunday Shelfies

What’s a “shelfie” you ask? It’s a selfie of your bookshelves, and sometimes of you with your shelves. So feel free to play along and share a picture of what’s on your shelves.

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Art, Nature, Photography, Saturdays Photo Finish

Saturday Photo Finish

For a Saturday Photo Finish, we end the week with a random picture from my wanderings. These are just shots that I take that I like and may be of any subject that catches my fancy.

Like them? Share your thoughts in the comments or a photo of your own.

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Art, Photography, Tourism, Travel

Sunday Steps: Life’s a Beach

Welcome to Sunday Steps. Here I will share pictures and stories from the places that I’ve traveled. Sometimes one or the other, sometimes both. I will try to include the location of any images that I share. Leave a comment if you’ve also been to the place in my post, or if you’d like to visit there someday!

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Music, Music Mondays

Music Mondays: If You Want Blood (You Got It) by AC/DC

Welcome to Music Monday!

This meme is one I discovered from The Tattooed Book Geek. Here I offer you all songs that make me smile,that remind me of some specific memory, or that I just really like. If anyone wants to join in, then please feel free to have a go! Share a link in the comments to your post so that I can see what music you enjoy.

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Books, Series Saturdays

Series Saturdays: The Black Jewels

Welcome to Series Saturdays! In these posts I will share a series I’m currently reading, or just one that I love. Feel free to share a series you love in the comments. If you’ve read the one I’m discussing this week, share what you liked about it.

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Books, Real Life, Throwback Thursdays

Throwback Thursdays: A Reader Through and Through

How do you #TBT?

In each Throwback Thursday post, I will share a picture or memory from my past. Some will be book related, but many will not. Feel free to play along on your own blog or website!

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Books, Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesdays: Lake Silence and more


Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for. See what books I’m looking forward to…

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