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, Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays: The Sea King

IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER TEASER TUESDAY!

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
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! 
    • 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, Waiting On Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Bay of Sighs

Waiting on Wednesdays

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.


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Books, Waiting On Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Allegiance of Honor

Waiting on Wednesdays

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.


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Books, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: The Obsession

Waiting on Wednesdays

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.


The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Hardcover, 453 pages
Publication Date: Apr. 12th, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780399175169
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

The riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Liar.

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

Happy dance for a new Nora Roberts romantic suspense story!! In general I usually like her series books better, but recently I’ve been feeling ready for a bit of a thriller vibe. But I’m also a scaredy cat so this will be good enough for me. LOL It’s like thriller-light. I really like the description of this story too. I’m really curious as to what these crimes are and what this little town is all about. Nora Roberts always writes the best small towns and makes me want to live in these places she creates. Can’t wait to get started on it!

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What are you waiting for this week?

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Books, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Walk the Edge

Waiting on Wednesdays

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.


Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2) by Katie McGarry

Hardcover, 426 pages
Publication Date: Mar. 29th, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
ISBN: 9780373211623
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.

I’m such a big fan of Katie McGarry! Her stories, are always full of drama and tension, but still feel like the characters could step off the page and into this world with no problems! They are that real. The situations and problems they face are true to life and I feel like if I went down to Kentucky I would find these people walking around. With her new Thunder Road series, I liked the first book but wasn’t as into it as her previous series. But now with book 2, I find I’m really excited to read about Razor! We don’t really know too much about him from the first book so I’m kinda glad he’s the focus of this story.

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What are you waiting for this week?

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Books, Fairy Tales, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Rebel of the Sands and The Great Hunt

Waiting on Wednesdays

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.


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication Date: Mar. 8th, 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780451477538
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

“You will cheer for Amani the whole way as she escapes the bonds of oppression and finds her own power, and you will mark your calendar for the sequel.”—Rae Carson, bestselling author of the Fire & Thorns trilogy

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.

Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.

Mythical beasts, djinn, gunslingers, and a rebellion? Sign me up please! I’m really excited to find out more about the heroine, Amani. A girl embracing her power… and the setting sounds fantastic. I’m such a sucker for great world-building and I really hope this story can deliver the way it sounds.

And now, since there are so many wonderful books out there, here’s a second book I’m waiting for…


 

The Great HuntThe Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication Date: Mar. 8th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062381330
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

Kill the beast. Win the girl.

A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention, there’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not keen on marriage. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale, “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, outlawed magic, and a princess willing to risk all to save her people.

I’m deeply interested in this story, especially the fact that it’s inspired by a fairy tale (my favorite!) And I like the fact that this seems to be a lesser-known one, instead of one of the biggies. It sounds so dramatic and full of magic and I’m already a fan.

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What are you waiting for this week?

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Books, Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays: Full Moon Rising

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. 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 (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian, #1) by Keri Arthur

Hardcover, 291 pages
Publisher: Bantam
Release Date: January 31st, 2006
ISBN# 9780553804584
Page: 175

 “Don’t move,” the cop behind the gun warned. “Or you’ll taste lead.”

What happened to the right to remain silent and all that crap? That they didn’t even bother to say the words meant they were after us specifically.

Books, Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays: Wild Invitation

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. 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 (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

This week I’m teasing one of the short stories from this collection of novellas set in the Psy-Changeling world…

Wild Invitation (A Psy-Changeling Collection) by Nalini Singh

Mass Market Paperback, 339 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: March 5th, 2013
ISBN# 9780425255131
Page: 120

 “I teach a lot of little cats,” she reminded him in a prim, schoolteacher voice. “I might not be an expert on changeling behavior, but I’ve picked up enough to know that when in animal form, you behave according to the needs of the animal.”

He couldn’t help himself. He turned and snapped his teeth at her, making her jump. When he began to chuckle, her eyes narrowed. “You’re as bad as Bryan. He does that to Katie all the time.”

“Odds on, he has a crush on her.”

Her lips twitched. “That’s what I think, too.”

Books, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Stars of Fortune

Waiting on Wednesdays

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.


Stars of Fortune (The Guardians Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts

Paperback, 336 pages
Publication Date: Nov. 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780425280102
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

BOOK ONE OF THE GUARDIANS TRILOGY

To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces…

Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the fire star. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets.

Sasha is the one who holds them together—the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. As Sasha struggles with her rare ability, Bran is there to support her, challenge her, and believe in her.

But Sasha and Bran are just two of the six. And they all must all work together as a team to find the fire star in a cradle of land beneath the sea. Over their every attempt at trust, unity, and love, a dark threat looms. And it seeks to corrupt everything that stands in its way of possessing the stars…

New Nora Roberts trilogy… YAY!! More love and magic mixed together. I love the sound of these people, and that there are goddesses, and I’m really hoping that my Queen of Romance is delving into the realm of Greek mythology with this new series of hers. I cannot wait to get my hands on this new book. Nobody melds magic, romance, and danger like Nora Roberts. Bring it on! P.S. that cover is so pretty!!!

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What are you waiting for this week?

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