First Lines Friday

It is the last Friday in January! 2018 has definitely had an interesting start. Who knows what’s to come but only good things one can hope. How has your January been? Are you excited going forward or just ready to put January behind you?

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!


Chantel will be in purple.

Caidyn will be in blue. 


Children have always tumbled down rabbit holes, fallen through mirrors, been swept away by unseasonal floods or carried off by tornadoes. Children have always traveled, and because they are young and bright and full of contradictions, they haven’t always restricted their travel to the possible. Adulthood brings limitations like gravity and linear space and the idea that bedtime is a real thing, and not an artificially imposed curfew. Adults can still tumble down rabbit holes and into enchanted wardrobes, but it happens less and less with every year they live. Maybe this is a natural consequence of living in a world where being careful is a necessary survival trait, where logic wears away the potential for something bigger and better than the obvious. Childhood melts, and flights of fancy are replaced by rules. Tornados kill people: they don’t carry them off to magical worlds. Talking foxes are a sign of fever, not guides sent to start some grand adventure. 

Honestly, I could’ve gone on because I really like this passage, but looking at that block of text is intimidating enough so I won’t. 

This week, I’ve actually chosen a 2018 release! One that I’ve actually already finished. It’s part of a series that I really enjoy and it should really be no surprise that this week I picked…

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

beneath the sugar sky cover

So, it’s been almost two weeks since I’ve finished this book and I still haven’t posted my review on it. I really don’t want to spoil my feelings on this book, but it was really difficult to write about. I will definitely try to get my review out soon as it’s looming over my head and haunting me at every turn, and I need to just get it out there before I lose my nerve and take another two weeks to post it. Anyway, I preordered this book and now I have all of the Wayward Children books which is exciting. I’ve recommended these books every time I’ve talked about them, and I won’t tell you how to live your life anymore. 

Marie left the interview room and walked down the stairs of the police station, accompanied by a detective and a sergeant. She was no longer crying. At the bottom, the police handed her off to the two people who were waiting for her there. Marie belonged to a support program for teenagers aging out of foster care. These two were the program managers.

So, one said.
Were you raped?

Admittedly, this isn’t my usual type of book. I don’t read about rape. It’s a personal preference thing. If I see that the story is about rape, I file it away as a book I want to read but probably won’t. I find these stories highly important, but I don’t go for them because I can’t handle reading about rape culture.

But this book is more about finding the perpetrator than the after effects of rape, something that I can handle. It’s also an ARC coming out very soon.

It is…

A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong

A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America

So far, I’m very impressed by the book. It does touch on rape’s effects, something I’m very familiar with, in a way that doesn’t overwhelm me. It also is told in a very captivating way that makes you want to continue on with the story. In a short summation, it follows the stories of two women, one who was raped and her story was discounted and another whose story was believed. And it seems like they were raped by the same man, very calm and collected.

If you like true crime, go for it, but it can be detailed about the rapes. A good book for how much I’ve read.

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