First Lines Friday - 18th September
First Lines Fridays is my weekly feature for all you bookworms out there in need a little inspiration.
I have been posting these over on Instagram for a while but decided to further my reach.
Each Friday I will attempt to hook you in by posting the first handful of lines of a book that I recommend for you all to read, this way I can allow the story to grab you with the magic of its opening lines rather then an eye grabbing cover or a catchy blurb adorning the back.
Then I will reveal the book and include purchase links at the end.
The first lines of this week's chosen book are. . .
'𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘴𝘢𝘺 𝘥𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘺, 𝘴𝘰 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘥𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘬.
𝘐 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘣𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘝𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘱𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩. “𝘏𝘦𝘳𝘦”, 𝘐 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥. “𝘋𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴, 𝘭𝘢𝘮𝘣”.
𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘪𝘱. 𝘐 𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘬 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘱 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘱𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘧𝘦𝘭𝘵 𝘱𝘭𝘶𝘮𝘱 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘺 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘴, 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘭𝘶𝘮 𝘪𝘯 𝘈𝘶𝘨𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦.
𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘴 𝘭𝘢𝘮𝘣. 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘪𝘨 𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘬 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘻𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴. 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘥, 𝘴𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘴.
𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘢𝘮𝘣 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳.
And the book is . . . .
The Boneless Mercies
By April Genevieve Tucholke
My attempt to lure you into a read with just the first handful of lines for #FirstLinesFridays this week is the gloriously dark & spellbinding
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘽𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙈𝙚𝙧𝙘𝙞𝙚𝙨 by April Genevieve Tucholke 📖
I’ve had this one on my shelves for absolutely ages & really need to get round to reading it..
I love books with witches in & this one sounds like one of those I’ll regret not picking up sooner 🤓
I’ve added the synopsis below 👇🏻
The Boneless Mercies
They called us the Mercies, or sometimes the Boneless Mercies. They said we were shadows, ghosts, & if you touched our skin we dissolved into smoke ...
Frey, Ovie, Juniper, & Runa are Boneless Mercies – death-traders, hired to kill quickly, quietly & mercifully. It is a job for women, & women only. Men will not do this sad, dark work.
Frey has no family, no home, no fortune, & yet her blood sings a song of glory. So when she hears of a monster slaughtering men, women, & children in a northern jarldom, she decides this the Mercies’ one chance to change their fate.
But glory comes at a price
💬 Have I tempted you???
What was the last Witchcraft book you read?
For me it was The Year Of The Witching by Alexis Henderson
See my review HERE
It was such a brilliant story, thrilling, dark and packed full of witchcraft, power and female empowerment.
Take a peek at synopsis is below 👇🏻
The Year Of The Witching
Born on the fringes of Bethel, Immanuelle does her best to obey the Church and follow Holy Protocol. For it was in Bethel that the first Prophet pursued and killed four powerful witches, and so cleansed the land.
And then a chance encounter lures her into the Darkwood that surrounds Bethel.
It is a forbidden place, haunted by the spirits of the witches who bestow an extraordinary gift on Immanuelle. The diary of her dead mother . . .
Fascinated by and fearful of the secrets the diary reveals, Immanuelle begins to understand why her mother once consorted with witches. And as the truth about the Prophets, the Church and their history is revealed, so Immanuelle understands what must be done. For the real threat to Bethel is its own darkness.
Bethel must change.
And that change will begin with her . . .
What do you think?
Does this sound like a book you would love to read?
Let me know in the comments below ↓
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Have a great Friday
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