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!
COPY AND PASTE THE TEXT AND BANNER (OR MAKE YOUR OWN!) ABOVE FOR YOUR OWN FIRST LINES FRIDAYS POSTS. MAKE SURE TO COMMENT YOUR FIRST LINES BELOW SO THAT OTHER PEOPLE CAN CHECK THEM OUT!
Okay here goes!
Once Upon A Time…
“Tell me the story again,” I urged my sister in the nighttime blackness of our attic bedroom. Odette rolled toward me on her side of the bed. The straw mattress crunched and shifted beneath her weight, and her brown eyes shone in the trace of moonlight straining through the shadows.
“Please,” I said with a hopeful squeak in my voice, which made me sound such a baby compared to her, a eight-year old girl, almost nine.
“Oh, Tru.” My sister burrowed her right cheek against her pillow. “You know the story so well.”
“Tell me again. My leg hurts, and I really, really want to hear it.”
She sighed with a force that rustled the curls peeking out from beneath my nightcap.
“Please, Od,” I begged. “Tell me about the day I was born… and Papa’s horse… and the tower.”
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Odd and True
Published September 12, 2017
Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.
In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.
Currently reading this right now and so far I’m liking it. I’m not too far into it and I’m still a bit confused about where the story is going, but it is quite intriguing. It definitely has a spooky vibe and the characters for the most part are interesting. I also like the way Cat Winters switches from past to present.
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Sincerely Karen Jo