First Lines Friday #50

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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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


Hello, reader!

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for feature another book in a First Lines Friday post! It’s been a rough week and I gotta work this weekend, but at least I have this little corner of the internet to take my mind off things. Today, I’m featuring a book that I’m hoping to lose myself in soon! I won it in a giveaway and it sounds like it’s going to be an intriguing read.

Let’s see if the first few lines can draw me into the story!


The Line(s):

“The wind has stopped. I sway, suspended in place and holding on by a one-handed grip on the protrusion from the face of the cliff. It is jagged, eroded by the elements, causing the dense mesh of my gloves to dig into the skin of my palm.”


The Hints:

This is a science fiction novel that was released in 2021.

It is self-published.

And it’s the first book in a series!


Reveal:

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First Lines Friday #49

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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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


Hello, reader!

We’ve made it to Friday and I, for one, am super happy about it. Things have been chaotic in the McBookNerd household and I need a couple of days to destress. In celebration of the weekend, let’s do another First Lines Friday post! The book I’m featuring this week is a library find that pulled me in with the cover and had me check it out after reading the synopsis.

Now, let’s see how the first few lines grab me!


The Line(s):

“My head is throbbing again, a white-hot line of pain from the back of my skull down to the right side of my jaw, and a dead man is signaling me from across the common room.”


The Hints:

This is a horror novel where space is heavily featured.

It follows a beacon-repair crew who stumble upon an incredible find.

It sounds like it’s going to be perfectly terrifying!


The Reveal:

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First Lines Friday #48

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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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


Hello, reader!

We’ve made it to the end of another week, which means it’s time for First Lines Friday! This week, I’m featuring a book that has been hovering around my radar since it was released. It finally got on my TBR after it was chosen as a book of the month for a Goodreads group I’m in. I’m excited to give it a read!

Now, time to read the first few lines and see if they ramp up my excitement even more.


The Line(s):

“Long ago, when the gods were young and Asgard was new, there came a witch from the edge of the worlds.”


The Hints:

This is a fantasy centered around Norse mythology.

It has a gorgeous cover which may be half the reason I wanted to read it.

It was a Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Fantasy last year.


The Reveal:

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First Lines Friday #47

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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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


Hello, reader!

Happy Friday! I’m about to get ready for another day out with visiting family, but I wanted to sneak in a quick First Lines Friday post. This week, I’m featuring a book I’ve wanted to read for awhile and was recently picked as a book of the month for a Goodreads group I’m in. Perfect excuse to finally pick it up!

Now, here’s hoping the first few lines make me even more excited to give it a go.


The Line(s):

“The Greer mansion sat high on a hill, overlooking the town and the ocean. To get to it from downtown, you had to leave the pretty shops and creaking seaside piers and drive a road that wound upward, toward the cliffs. You passes the heart of Claire Lake, the part of town where the locals lived and the tourists didn’t usually go.”


The Hints:

This is a thriller that was released this year.

The main character is a true crime blogger.

The author has another book about a possibly haunted motel I really want to read.


The Reveal:

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First Lines Friday #46

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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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


Hello, reader!

We’ve made it to another Friday, which means it’s time for one of my favorite posts, First Lines Friday! This week, I’m featuring a book that I recently spotted at the library and just had to grab. It’s one that seems like everyone in the bookish community has been talking about it and my FOMO kicked in hard.

Now, time to see if the first few lines can pique my interest even more!


The Line(s):

“Delilah’s eyes flipped open at the buzz on the nightstand. She blinked the unfamiliar room into focus, once… twice. It had to be at least two in the morning, maybe later. She fumbled for her phone, silky white sheets tangling around her naked thighs as she twisted to silence the vibrating, which seemed loud enough to wake up –

Oh shit.”


The Hints:

This is a queer romance that came out just this year.

One heroine is a photographer roped into working her stepsister’s wedding.

The other heroine is a single mom who runs a bookstore.


The Reveal:

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First Lines Friday #44

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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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


Hello, reader!

We’ve made it to the end of another work week! To celebrate, how about a lovely First Lines Friday? The book I’ve selected this week is one I’m reading for a blog tour. I read the first chapter and immediately knew I was gonna love it! So far, it’s living up to that first impression.

Now, let’s see if the first few lines can get you interested, as well!


The Line(s):

“Never stake more than you can afford to lose. One of the cardinal rules of gambling, and one which Valen Quinol was utterly breaking in a casual game at a highwayside inn.”


The Hints:

This is a fantasy that has been comped to The Lies of Locke Lamora.

It is centered around gambling and card games.

It sounds like it’s going to have a lot of political intrigue, as well.


The Reveal:

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First Lines Friday #43

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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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


Hello, reader!

It’s the end of another work week, which means it’s time for another First Lines Friday! This week, I’m featuring a book that I’ve been itching to read since it came out earlier this year. I recently picked it up from the library, which means I’m that much closer to actually reading it, haha. It’s one of my more anticipated reads for 2022!

Now, let’s see if the first few lines can make me even more excited to read it.


The Line(s):

“Children have always been drawn to the doors.

Scholars have recorded the adventures of the travelers, those whose lost and lonely yearnings were strong enough to attract the attention of something greater than themselves, for centuries.”


The Hints:

This is the newest book in a series.

The author has quite an extensive backlist of novels.

Think portal fantasy, but with a twist.


The Reveal:

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First Lines Friday #42

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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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


Hello, reader!

It’s been… a week and I’m particularly glad that we’ve made it to Friday. I am ready for the weekend. But before it’s time to enjoy Saturday and Sunday, it’s time for another First Lines Friday! The book I’m featuring today is one I recently picked up at the library. I had the chance to read the first chapter or so and knew I wanted to finish it!

So we know the first few lines could pull me in. Let’s see if they do the same for you.


The Line(s):

“New Year’s Eve 1999

The night was expected to bring tragedy.

Planes falling from the sky. Elevators plunging to earth. World markets collapsing.

A digital apocalypse.

But Y2K was an otherwise typical Friday night at the Blockbuster Video in Linden, New Jersey.”


The Hints:

This is a new thriller released in March 2022.

It has multiple POVs…

… and it involves a murder eerily similar to one committed fifteen years ago.


The Reveal:

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First Lines Friday #41

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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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


Hello, reader!

Happy Friday to you all! And, if you celebrate, Happy Passover! I’m gearing up for a busy Easter weekend and I’m so thankful that I have it off this year. It can be a crap shoot whether or not I get to celebrate the holidays with my family since I work in healthcare. Either way, I’m very ready for this work week to be over! I’m also ready to share another First Lines Friday post with you lovely people!

The book I’m featuring this week is another one where I’m gonna skip the hints. Why? Because this is such a darling of the bookish community that I feel like I’m one of the last people on Earth who hasn’t read it 😂 I suppose that is a hint in itself. But let’s see if these first few lines can make me even more excited to give this one a read.


The Line(s):

“My father was a king and the son of kings. He was a short man, as most of us were, and built like a bull, all shoulders. He married my mother when she was fourteen and sworn by the priestess to be fruitful. It was a good match: she was an only child, and her father’s fortune would go to her husband.

He did not find out until the wedding that she was simple.”


No Hints!:


The Reveal:

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First Lines Friday #40

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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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


Hello, reader!

Friday is, once again, upon us and I’m getting into that weekend mood! Why not kick it off with another First Lines Friday post? The book I’m featuring today is one I picked up from the library. I may or may not also have a e-ARC on Netgalley that I’ve been meaning to get to for ages *cough* Finding it at the library will, hopefully, be the kick in the rear I needed to finally read it!

Now, let’s see if the first few lines can make me even more eager to give it a go.


The Line(s):

“Droplets of blood pat the blue carpet, turning from red to black as they soak into the fibers. The drops come slow at first, before turning into a trickle as the bones of my skull squeeze like a hand around my brain. My body years to release the tensions in my shoulder, to let the pressure off my knees, to lay down and go to sleep.

Except it won’t be sleep.”


The Hints:

This is sci-fi mystery…

… that includes time travel…

… and perhaps a bit of murder.


The Reveal:

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