First Line Fridays! #17

So, what’s it about?

First Line Fridays is a weekly — obviously — feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words where we dare to ask: What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? It is a meme that allows us to explore the world of fiction.

I myself judge books by their author, cover, and notoriety. So, seeing people do this challenge for months has had me pick up some pretty amazing books

How it works?

• Pick a book off your shelf (it could be a current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.

• Copy the first few lines, but don’t provide any other details about the book just yet — let’s see if it hooks the reader in!

• Finally…reveal the book!

“They have been called many things. Years ago, when their nomadic ways lead them north to where the mountains were covered in ice and the winter nights were long, the villagers called to them ‘Haxa! Haxa!’ and left gifts of lutefisk and think elk skin.”

MY THOUGHTS: I am? intrigued, I think I might be more ( or possibly less ) intrigued if I know what ‘haxa’ meant BUT I like that even in the first page, the author has managed to show the cultures of a small area, it’s a promising thing and this beginning is airy in the best way.

WHAT BOOK IS IT?

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THE PRICE GUIDE TO THE OCCULT

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The Blackburn women are cursed. Ever since the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight “original” settlers, Blackburn witches have been doomed to carry out a brief whirlwind affair with a descendant of the Original Eight. The vengeful curse, however, had unintended side effects: it diluted the Blackburns’ supernatural powers. That’s perfectly all right with seventeen-year-old Nor Blackburn. All she wants is a quiet, unremarkable life—her powers are blissfully unexceptional, her love life pretty much nonexistent. Nor hopes the curse has played itself out through enough generations that she’ll finally be spared the drama. But when a mysterious book comes out promising to cast any spell for the right price, Nor senses a dark storm headed straight for Anathema—and straight for her.

In her second novel, Leslye Walton spins a dark, mesmerizing tale of a girl stumbling along the path toward self-acceptance and first love, even as the Price Guide’s malevolent author—Nor’s own mother—looms and threatens to strangle any hope for happiness.

 

So, what do you think of this upcoming novel? it’s out on the 13th of Feb

until next time,

Sarah

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