First Lines Friday: July 22nd 2016
Over the last week and a half, I was consumed by an engrossing, un-put-down-able series. Seriously, these books transported me to another time and place and I was addicted to them, to the point where I found excuses to do things (or not) so that I could read. “It’s lunchtime. Yes, I know it’s only 10:30, but I’m hungry!” (Sneaks off to sort of eat while devouring the book.) “Oh, I’ll take the laundry upstairs and put it away!” (An hour later, I’ve put away one pair of pants and read as many chapters as possible.) I felt as though I was going through withdrawal when I wasn’t reading, and I don’t want to talk about the book hangover I have right now.
Each week we will pick a YA or NA book from my shelves and copy the first line, in an attempt to acquaint you with some new reads or reintroduce you to old favorites. We will have an accompanying Instagram pic to go along with our choices each week so check out #firstlinesfridays!
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 join the meme be sure to check out Wandering Words, and here are her rules below.
- Pick a book off your shelf (or your current read) 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!
Here is the first line of the first book of the series:
Prayer candles flicker in my bedroom.
Not much to go on there, is it? *evil grin*
The book is The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, and this series is a must-read. MUST-READ. I can’t recommend them enough. Trust me, you’ll love them!
Category: Young Adult, Fantasy
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.
But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.
Most of the chosen do.