I’m going to try out something a little new here. 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!
As a writer, I think first sentence are really interesting and important. But, as a writer, I know I do not really remember first lines. I think this feature will be a good way to pay a little more attention.
Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day.
What book is this?
Do y’all know?
It’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Lani Taylor.
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
I have heard so many good things about this series, but it’s been sitting on my shelf for forever. I will have to rectify that soon. I think it’s about angels and demons, not usually my thing, but again it has so much hype and love, and I’ve heard Laini Taylor has beautiful writing so.