First Lines Fridays: We need to…

First Lines Fridays was 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!

“The servants called them malenchki, little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke’s house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches.”


by Leigh Bardugo
ASIN/ISBN: 9780805094596
Publication: June 5, 2012
Series: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

I’ve already watched the show, but I started reading this for a book club. It’s been okay so far. Have you read it already?

Does the first line sound interesting to you?

4 responses to “First Lines Fridays: We need to…”

  1. I read it and just loved it. It does take a bit to get into, so it does get better!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I am halfway, and it did get a bit better.


  2. Good one! I enjoyed this series, though the Six of Crows duology is my favorite by the author. I hope you enjoy it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks! I’m trying to figure out if I want to continue the series. I am definitely looking forward to Six of Crows.

      Liked by 1 person

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