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?
- 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!
Copy and paste the text and banner (or make your own!) above for your own First Lines Fridays posts. Make sure to comment your first lines below so that other people can check them out!
I have left everyone I love. For good.
My mind shoved the thought back into a corner and tried to focus on counting dollar bills, expecting them to decompose any second from the impossible humidity of summer in America. “Good luck here, sweetheart.” The driver of Princeton’s airport shuttle took the money and thanked me with a wink. “You’ll need it.” Then to prove the point, he drove off through the alleys of an empty campus.
Deep breath. Ignore the falling dusk. They know you’re coming, somebody will show up soon.
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A little bit more…
Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova
For every world, there is an underworld
Arriving at Princeton for her freshman year, Thea Slavin finds herself alone, a stranger in a strange land. Away from her family and her Eastern European homeland for the first time, she struggles to adapt to unfamiliar American ways and the challenges of college life—including a young man whose brooding good looks and murky past intrigue her. Drawn to the elusive Rhys and his equally handsome and mysterious brother, Jake, she ventures into a sensual mythic underworld as irresistible as it is dangerous.
In this shadow world that seems to evoke Greek mythology and the Bulgarian legends of the 2, or “wildalones”—forest witches who beguile and entrap men—Thea will discover a family secret bound to transform her forever.
From debut author Krassi Zourkova comes the beginning of a lush, darkly imaginative saga of a world where dead doesn’t always mean gone, and love doesn’t always distinguish between the two.
Published October 13th 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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