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…

Continue reading “First Line Fridays”

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: Magic Shifts

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!

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8) by Ilona Andrews

Hardcover, 342 pages
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: August 4th, 2015
ISBN# 9780441018369
Page: 9

Cuddles ignored me and the vampire, defiantly clopping passed it. The bloodsucker turned smoothly and fell into step next to me. “Where is your… significant other?”

“He’s around.” He was never too far. “Why, are you worried he’ll find out about this romantic rendezvous?”

The vampire froze for a second. “What?”

“You’re meeting me in secret on a lonely street in the middle of the night…”

Ghastek’s voice was so sharp, if it were a knife, I would have been sliced to ribbons. “I find your attempts at humor greatly distressing.”

Hee-hee.

Books, Children's Literature, Teaser Tuesdays, Writing, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: Angels’ Flight and Archangel’s Shadows

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!

Here are a couple teasers from a new series (well, new to me) that I’ve fallen in love with: The Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh!

Angels’ Flight (Guild Hunter, #0.4, 0.5, 0.6, and 3.5) by Nalini Singh

Mass Market Paperback, 345 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: February 28th, 2012
ISBN# 9780425246818
Page: 43

This teaser comes from the 1st of the 4 short stories in the collection: Angels’ Pawn…

Janvier shifted up a gear as they raced over Callan’s manicured lawns and crashing their way through a hedge or three.

Ashwini used the chance to reload her gun and twist her head around to check if Monique was still alive. The blonde vampire stared at her with eyes so round, the whites showed on every side. “You’re both insane.”

 

And here’s some more fun with Ashwini and Janvier, who get more viewing time in this latest novel of the series…

Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter, #7) by Nalini Singh

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
ISBN# 9780425251171
Page: 20

Ashwini met the angel’s gaze. “Shall I plug my ears?” Hunters had fought alongside immortals in the battle to hold their city, would do so again should the situation call for it, but when it came to everyday existence, getting involved in Tower business could be perilous to a mortal’s health. “Or I can jump on the subway,” she offered, taking her hand of Janvier’s shoulder.

“No,” he said, at the same time that Illium spoke the word.

“There, cher,” Janvier added. “You would not break both our hearts, would you?”

Books, Comics, Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays: Angel & Faith and Gotham Central

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. 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!

 

Daddy Issues (Angel & Faith, #2) by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs (Artist), Chris Samnee (Artist) (Created by Joss Whedon)

Paperback, 136 pages
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Release Date: November 21st, 2012
ISBN# 9781595829603
Page: 11

“One — telling the undead to die is an oxymoron. Two — I’m very much alive, no thanks to your idiocy. And three — pay bloody attention to the task, Philip!”

 

 

 

In the Line of Duty (Gotham Central, #1) by  Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Michael Lark (Illustrator), Lawrence Block

Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: March 15th, 2011
ISBN# 9781401220372
Page: 50

“Whatever you do, remember that. You’re going to make a difference. A lot of times it won’t be huge, it won’t be visible, even. But it will matter just the same.”
Books, Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays: Magic Bites

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. 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 two (2) “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!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!

 

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews

Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: April 1st, 2007
ISBN# 9780441014897
Page: 54

Diplomacy was never my strong suit and my patience had run dry. I crouched down and called out, “Here, kitty, kitty, kitty.”

Two golden eyes ignited at the opposite wall. A shape stirred within the darkness and rose, carrying the eyes up and up and up until they towered above me.

Books, Comics, Fictional Bucket List, TV, YA

Fictional Bucket List #16

 

 

Associated Book/Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Books, Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays: Shattered

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. 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 two (2) “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!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!

This is perhaps my favorite urban fantasy series… ps. the speaker in the brackets is a dog. And my favorite character…

 

Shattered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #7) by Kevin Hearne

Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: June 17th, 2014
ISBN# 9780345548481
Page: 63

A flying pixie with yellow wings shifted in after a minute and flew right into my chest. She rebounded, and her face had time to register her death before she crumbled to ash, destroyed by my cold iron aura.

“Damn. I wanted to question her first.”

<Works for me. I can give the gift of ham that much sooner. Come on, let’s go!>

I smiled at my hound. All right, off we go.

 

Books, Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays: The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. 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 two (2) “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!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (The Hollows, #2) by Kim Harrison

Hardcover, 405 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: June 24, 2008
ISBN# 9780061567315
Page: 100

“This was Piscary? One of Cincinnati’s most powerful vamps? I’d never seen such an innocuous-looking vampire.'”