Book Beginnings: April 28, 2017

Another Friday is here. Hooray!!! I love weekends, and this one is no exception. I can’t wait to relax and maybe enjoy a book. What do you plan on reading this weekend?

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Now, on to Book Beginnings! I think this is such a fun meme with a chance to find cool new reads.

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. Every Friday share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.


“The day my life changed forever began as any other. Mother and I argued. But this time it was different. Our disagreement wasn’t about my slouching or lack of refined speech; it wasn’t even about my penchant for running across our fields with wild abandon.

We fought over a box of silver that had appeared–seemingly out of nowhere–on our kitchen table. We were nearly starving, and Mother was hoarding silver.”

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And this week’s book is:

First Light by Michelle Paige Holmes

Description:

Seventeen-year-old Adrielle doesn’t believe in magic; she merely possesses it, though no one has ever mentioned that her unusual gifts—exceptional speed, a flair for fire, and an intimate knowledge of flora—aren’t things she was born with. When Adrielle starts a fire that burns down the family home, she must deal with both her grief and her siblings’ hurtful rejection.

While journeying to far away Tallinyne, in search of her older, estranged sister—the only relative who might take her in—Adrielle is separated from her escort when the carriage is beset by thieves. Alone, she is thrust into a dangerous and unfamiliar world where she encounters fairies and gypsies, a wild boar, a drunk cook, and an evil queen whose curse is sweeping death across the land. Adrielle also finds love, falling hard for a kind, funny, handsome—and completely unavailable prince.

From the glowing pearls tucked beneath her mattress and keeping her awake at night, to Queen Nadamaris’s curse that seems to thwart Adrielle’s every effort, Adrielle struggles to navigate a world of magic she never imagined, where people she knows and loves are not always what they appear to be. With the glowing pearls—and her fondest desire—within her grasp, she is forced to make a choice no girl should ever have to—satisfying her own heart or saving the kingdom.


I love the opening to this book. I think it’s intriguing. It made me want to know more about the book. I’ve actually already read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it!

What do you think of the beginning of this book? Would you read it?

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Book Beginnings: April 21, 2017

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. Every Friday share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.


“Running along the edge of the rooftop, Allyssa kept an eye on the man below.”

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This week’s book is:

Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis

Description:

Sixteen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion–she’s beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as the royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona–that of a vigilante–to hunt down criminals and help her people firsthand.

Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their kingdom and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matters worse, the prince has stuck his nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move.

Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, the unlikely pair will have to work together to stop an enemy that everyone thought was long gone, one with the power to destroy her family and the people of Emperion. Now the cage Allyssa so longed to break free from might just be the one thing she has to fight to keep intact. In order to save her kingdom, she will have to sacrifice her freedom, her heart, and maybe even her life.


My Thoughts:

I liked this first sentence so much that when I went looking for one for this meme, I found myself reading on. What on earth is she doing on the roof trailing a guy? I want to find out more! Now I have a new currently reading book.

What do you think of this first line? Would you read on?

Book Beginnings: April 14, 2017

It’s been another week and here we are back to Book Beginnings Friday. It’s be a busy week of work and chores. Not as much reading because of that, but still chugging along. Here’s my book beginning for the week. Feel free to leave a comment and say hi or link up to your blog and I’ll pay a visit.

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. Every Friday share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.


“They called the world beyond the walls of the Pod ‘The Death Shop’. A million ways to die out there. Aria never thought she’d get so close.”

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And the book is:

Under the Never Sky

by Veronica Rossi

Description:

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland–known as The Death Shop–are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild–a savage–and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile–everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.


My Thoughts:

This is an oldie, but in my opinion, a goodie. I really like these first lines. They are intriguing and drew me forward. I really enjoyed this series. I’d recommend it to YA dystopian lovers out there that haven’t read it yet.

What do you think of this book beginning? Have you read this book before? What did you think?

Book Beginning: April 7, 2017

I’m joining Book Beginning this week. It looks like a great way to meet new bloggy friends. Feel free to leave a comment and say hi or link up to your blog and I’ll pay a visit.

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. Every Friday share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.


“Leaves rustled behind me. I pulled my dagger from its sheath on my wrist and held my breath, frozen in place.”

And this week’s book is:

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Heir of Illaria

by Dyan Chick

Description:

In Illaria, there is a fate worse than death.

As long as I can remember, I’ve been taught to fear the Necromancer King. He controls the kingdom of Illaria with dark sorcery and the constant threat of his undead army. I never thought I’d have reason to cross his path. Everything changed the day his guards tried to kill me. That’s when I found out my whole life has been a lie. By joining a resistance group called the White Ravens, I’ve claimed new roles. Princess of Illaria, sorceress in training, and threat to the Necromancer King.

My thoughts:

The first line by itself is kind of boring, but add in that second line and I’m hooked. When I saw the first line of the blurb, I knew I had to read it!

I’m working on it right now, and am barely into it. It’s good so far, but I’m anxious to get more out of it and to see some character growth. Best get back to it!

What do you think of thefirst two lines of this book?