Thursday, May 11, 2017

First Line Friday - YA Edition


Happy First Line Friday!

This week I am doing something waaaaaaay out of the ordinary - sharing a line from a fiction book, and a YA book no less!

I know, I know. Not my usual book. But I found this one to be very entertaining (though I did skim some parts that were too yucky for me. It is a horror/fairy-tail retelling mash-up after all. I can do without the trolls and billy goats. Yeesh.)

I received this book a few weeks ago from the author, Candace Robinson and participated in her cover-reveal last week. It is beautiful, by the way.

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I will have a full review up a some point this week, I hope (end of school year madness is upon us. There is no paperwork like end of the year paperwork. You know, on top of all the regular paperwork.)

Despite my own personal feelings about first person, and especially first person told in PRESENT tense (it bothers me), the story was very twisty and turny. That' a word, I promise. Then I was at nearly 90% wondering how it could possible end and boom, bolt of lightning, an ending I did not quite so coming. It is not a story for the faint of heart though, like myself who is not necessarily a horror fan, but someone who digs fairy tale retellings. Anyway, on to the line. Or paragraph. Whatevs. I do what I want.

"Overwhelmed with boredom, Vale stares down at his fingernails. He can only spend so much time tormenting those he encounters in the afterlife. After making them as miserable as possible, he finds himself needing to search for new prey."

Let me know what you think of this line, and/or leave a line of your own. Then, visit my fellow First-Liners to see what they have this week for you.


Happy Reading!
Sarah

25 comments:

  1. I’m going to share with you a different book than the one featured on my blog post, this book is one that my son is reading
    “As soon as she heard the first pop, pop, pop of the distant muskets, the young mother extinguished the morning fire and closed and barred the cabins shutter.”
    - Abandoned on the Wild Frontier by: Dave & Neta Jackson
    The Trailblazer Books - Bethany House Publisher 1995

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  2. Well, that is different! And creepy... My own first line is actually more in keeping with your usual genre today--a medieval romance set in 1161, with a character whom Eleanor has dubbed her 'gallant monk'.

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    1. Right??!! The story is super creepy AND I just finished a beta read of the sequel. MORE creepiness ensues!

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  3. It is a really great cover...very eye catching.

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    1. I know! I love the colors, it is beautiful.

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  4. My first line comes from The Magnolia Duchess by Beth White.

    AUGUST 13, 1814
    MOBILE POINT

    She could set fire to the letter in her pocket and it would still be true.

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    1. Hi Caryl, thanks for coming by and sharing your line this week!

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  5. This is the first sentence:
    “I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.” ~ Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

    Dinh @ Arlene's Book Club

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    1. Hi Dinh, thank you for sharing your line. I have had so many people tell me I would like Gillian Flynn's books - I may have to give her a try.

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  6. On my blog today is the first line from Irene Hannon's Sea Rose Lane so I am going to leave the first line from Between the Reins by Liz Isaacson that is releasing on May 16th. "The barn door banged open as Gil, one of the male counselors, burst through it, "Owen, there's a fight we need your help with."

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    1. Thank you for coming by and sharing your line, I will have your blog added next week!

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  7. I love the cover! So different! Happy Mother's Day!

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    1. Isn't it awesome?? I am very much looking forward to what the sequel's cover will look like

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    2. And Happy Mother's Day to you also!! (Was so focused on the cover, I forgot that part!)

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  8. Great cover! I love YA books! I am typically drawn to the fairy tale retellings too...

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    1. You may like this one then - though it is definitely dark and creepy. There is some language and such, and ookiness too. But I skimmed things that were too ookie :)

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  9. I've read a few YA books. First person present is a difficult thing for me to get into, though. I did like "Paige Torn" (which I happened to feature on my blog today).

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    1. YES! I don't know why this point of view is so hard for me, but it is. In this case it added to the urgency of the story, even if in general I am not a fan of it.

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  10. That looks interesting and the cover is very intriguing!!

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    1. I love the cover! I ended up reading this one in about a day or two. I also just finished beta reading the sequel.

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  11. I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day, Sarah!

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  12. I LOVE that cover! So mysterious and whimsical... yikes that line though. He doesn't sound very nice. :)

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