First Line Friday: Painted Portraits

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This week’s line comes from a book that I have heard a lot about in the past, but then the hype kind of quieted. This isn’t to say that it’s a terrible book, but you know how it goes. New books come out and though people loved this one they have other ones to hype up. Well a couple weeks ago I stumbled upon it at Half Price Books and I decided that the price was just TOO good and that I still wanted to read it. After this first line, you might want to read it too…

My sister, Greta, and I were having our portrait painted by our uncle Finn that afternoon because he knew he was dying.Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt


Yea…I’ve gotta get on this one soon! Have any of you read this book? Any first lines to share this week?

First Line Friday: Five

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This week’s first line comes from a book that I have been seriously anticipating since I completed book 1 about a year ago. I was so excited when I read the first book to get lost in such a wonderful fantasy and it gave me such a great distraction from things that were going on around me with job problems and other issues going on at that particular time in my life. Funny, some of those things are ONCE AGAIN an issue and I sure hope that the next book in the series can give me that break from various stresses. Or it will give me stress…who knows. 

Five enemies. Five dented helmets sit lopsided over five equally dented breastplates; five black suns shine, scratched yet distinct, on the silver metal. – Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch 


Anyone as excited as I am about this book? Any good first lines to share today?

First Line Friday: Hearts Desire

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It’s been so long since I read this particular book, but I am always a fan of this author’s work. Though, now that I think about it…I am much more into his children’s books and graphic novels than his adult books. Anyway, here is an excellent first line for this week. 

There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s Desire.Stardust by Neil Gaiman

What are some of your Neil Gaiman favorites? And if you have no answer to that because you haven’t read any of his works then OH MY GOSH PLEASE READ SOME OF HIS STUFF IT’S MAGICAL!

First Line Fridays: Best Land

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This week’s first line comes from my current read again. Just within a few pages I was so drawn in to this book, and that first line is, once again, a fantastic way to pull me right in to the story. This book just came out a few weeks ago, and though I’m not finished yet I highly recommend that you add it to your TBR and get to it soon!

It weren’t no secret Pa owned the best plot of land ‘long Granite Creek, and I reckon that’s why they killed him. -Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman


And I will just leave the Amazon link here to make any sort of shopping easier for you 😉

Is this book on your TBR? Got any good first lines on this fabulous Friday?

First Line Friday: Darkness

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This week’s First Line come DIRECTLY from my current read (you should probably all know my current read and you should know that a 645 page book takes A LONG TIME to read, but I GOT THIS). I was soooooooooo excited to FINALLY get this book, and that first line had me sucked in right from the beginning (but, let’s be real here, should I have expected anything less from this author?). 

There was a thing waiting in the darkness. –Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas


Yeeaaaaah I was a little excited for this to come last week! And I am chugging along (seriously, it’s a long book and a lot happens. I gotta take my time!)

First Line Fridays: Not Even a Little…

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This week’s line has a backstory, well…kind of. This is a book I had NEVER heard of before in my life. If you know me you know that I participate in the Secret Sister project hosted by some fabulous ladies (Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide, Amy at Tripping Over Books, and Alyssa at Books Take You Place). I am participating in round 3, which just so happens to be my second time participating and I love it. And one of the things I love is discovering new books I had never heard of and new things I would never really have given a second thought. When I opened my first package I was sooooo excited to find a book that I had never in my life heard of. Like before even reading the card I sat there and kept trying to think if I had heard of it or not. I love that the person who has me thought that I would enjoy reading it based on my love for fantasy. It was like not only getting a personal recommendation from this person but also being given the chance to actually give it a shot since you have a physical copy of it right there. I am very excited to dive in, but I am fairly positive it is a literal dive (it’s quite the lengthy book…but I seem to love reading long books when the weather starts getting colder so that should be good). Here we go… 

No one believed it at first. Not even a little. –Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe 


Am I the only one that has not heard of this book? It sounds super interesting but man…definitely was not at all anywhere near my radar (and I am so excited about that!).

First Line Friday: My Mother Thinks…

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This is the first line from a series that I have devoured. If you know me you know that I really struggle to finish the final book of a series. It’s like I want to to live on forever and if I just straight up refuse that final book it will never end. Sadly, I have come to realize that this is not the case. Does that mean I have changed my ways? Nope! This series, however, I could not wait to finish it up. I just HAD to know what was coming next, and since there are only 3 books and they aren’t SUPER lengthy I thought I would be ok. (Might I add if you have not read this series you should. I loved every minute of it and I was really really really happy with the way that the series was concluded).

My mother thinks I’m dead. Obviously I’m not dead, but it’s safer for her to think so. –Legend by Marie Lu

Have you read this series? What were your thoughts on it? Any first lines to share this week?

First Line Fridays: Dragons!

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NOTE: Slight change to First Line Fridays. I absolutely LOVE doing this, but weekly…that’s INSANE. I will now be doing First Line Fridays on the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month. I still wanted to do one this week and you will see why (that and I wanted to put this note in as well)

This week’s line comes from a book that is seriously being hyped up like crazy, and with that first line I want to hype it up too. I was in the bookstore the other day and picked it up because I hard heard so much about it. I decided I would just open it up to the very beginning and read it to see how I felt. Man, I had a hard time NOT purchasing that book (its on my OTSPSecretSister wishlist and I decided I could wait a LITTLE longer before caving so I passed on it and I feel like someone should reward me for it with cookies or by buying me this book). So…here it is:

Our dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. –Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Have you read this one? Because I am seriously DYING to now and want to hear how you felt about it!

First Line Fridays: My Younger Years..

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This week my first line comes from one of my FAVORITE classics EVER. I had to read this book for college and write a paper on it. I don’t remember the exact details of this paper but I was actually really proud of myself for writing it and still look back on it with pride. I worked my butt of, and I still loved the book in the end. I loved it so much that I have actually reread it, and I highly recommend you do that if you loved this book and want to! This book has some movie adaptations, the most recent being fantastic starring some excellent actors and actresses (one actor who will ONE DAY get his Oscar…maybe). 

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Any first lines to share this Friday? Also…have you read this book or watched the movie? I would love to hear your thoughts!

First Line Friday: Death

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This week’s book is a book that I have never read. I feel like I should probably hide in shame because in the book blogging world this seems like an important one. Everyone adores this book and I think in a way the hype kind of scares me away from it. I plan on reading it one day, but when that one day is I am not quite sure yet (it has been hard to get my hands on it). So pleeeeeeeeease don’t make fun of me when you see what book it is. Ok, cool! 

Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love. –The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I know I know I know…I’m sorry. That first line is SO crazy good but I just have not had the chance to read it yet. I’ll get there I swear!

Any first lines you want to share?