First Lines Friday | 8/2

First Lines Friday

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!

There’s something haunting about a body touched by magic. Most people first noticed the smell: not the rot of decay, but a cloying sweetness in their noses, a sharp taste on their tongues. Rare individuals also sensed a tingle in the air. A lingering aura on the corpse’s skin. As if the magic itself was still present somehow, watching and waiting.


Literally got chills when I read those first lines because they were so amazing. Like, damn. Things smelling of rot and decay? I can just feel it and I love the really unique description of magic, especially in such a dark way.

The quote was taken from the ARC, so the first lines could change by the time the book is published. It’s coming out in early September and is getting a bit of hype.

It is…



Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)

I said that the cover is gorgeous (still stand by that) and the writing is just as gorgeous. I’ve read a little bit of this and ugh. I think it’s going to be fantastic. Here’s to hoping that I continue to love this!

Talk to me!
Based on those first lines, would you read this?
Is it already on your TBR? Is it going there?

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