First Lines Friday #8

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?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • 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!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

Hello, reader!

It’s Friday! I would be more excited about that if I didn’t have to work this weekend, but what can ya do? Either way, I am excited to share with you my pick for First Lines Fridays! I have a lot of exciting books on my TBR for April, but this is probably the one I’m the most excited to read. I’m participating in #NetgalleyApril with a few bookish friends so I can try and clean up my backlog. This book happens to be one of the ones I need to read and I can’t wait to pick it up! See if you can guess what it is from the first few lines and a couple of hints 😉

The Line(s):

Today is the Ritual of Purity.
The thought nervously circles in my head as I hurry toward the barn, gathering my cloak to ward of the cold.

The Hints:

This is a YA fantasy that was just released this year.

The cover is absolutely gorgeous 😍

It has some pretty heavy topics, so definitely check trigger warnings!

The Reveal:

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

“Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.”

Just look at this beauty! I can’t wait to finally crack it open and read what I’ve heard so many people rave about.

Did those first few lines capture your attention? Did they make you want to read the rest of the story? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!