- First Lines Fridays 20th November 2020 -
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. . .
New York City, March 10, 2014
The girl wakes up in someone else's bed.
She lies there, perfectly still, tries to hold time like a breath in her chest: as if she can keep the clock from ticking forward, keep the boy beside her from waking, keep the memory of their night alive through sheer force of will.
She knows, of course, that she cant. Knows that he will forget.
They always do.
It isn't his fault, it is never their faults.
The boy is still asleep, & she watches the slow rise and fall of his shoulders, the place where his dark hair curls against the nape of his neck, the scar along his ribs. Details long memorised.
His name is Toby.
Last night, she told him hers was Jess. She lied, but only because she can't say her real name, one of the vicious little details tucked like nettles in the grass. Hidden barbs designed to sting. What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind? She has learned to step between the thorny weeds, but there are some cuts that cannot be avoided - a memory, a photograph, a name.
In the last month, she has been Claire, Zoe, Michelle, but two nights ago, when she was Elle, and they were closing down a late night cafe after one of his gigs, Toby said that he was in love with a girl named Jess - he simply hadn't met her yet.
So now, she is Jess.
Toby begins to stir, & she feels the old familiar ache in her chest as he stretches, rolls towards her, but doesn't wake, not yet.
His face is now inches from her, his lips parted in sleep, black curls shadowing his eyes, dark lashes against fair cheeks.
Once, the darkness teased the girl as they strolled along the Seine, told her that she had a "type", insinuating that most of the men she chose, & even a few of the women, looked an awful lot like him.
The same dark hair, the same sharp eyes, the same etched features.
But that wasn't fair.
After all, the darkness only looked the way he did because of her.
She'd given him that shape, chosen what to make of him, what to see.
Don't you remember, she told him then, when you were nothing but shadow and smoke?
Darling, he'd said in his soft, rich way, I was the night itself...
And the book is . . . .
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Happy F R I D A Y bookfam,
How amazing does this one sound?
I've been so excited for this book and I was extremly lucky to have won a copy on Twitter and was sent this stunning signed hardback copy with its beautiful blue sprayed edges.
Have I tempted you???
How much does that first page capture you? It definitely leaves you with the tingling feeling that this story is going to be so much more then what you believe.
Publication date is February 2021 (preorder below)
Heres the synopsis ↓ ↓ ↓
When Addie La Rue makes a pact with the devil, she trades her soul for immortality. But there's always a price - the devil takes away her place in the world, cursing her to be forgotten by everyone.
Addie flees her tiny home town in 18th-Century France, beginning a journey that takes her across the world, learning to live a life where no one remembers her and everything she owns is lost and broken. Existing only as a muse for artists throughout history, she learns to fall in love anew every single day.
Her only companion on this journey is her dark devil with hypnotic green eyes, who visits her each year on the anniversary of their deal. Alone in the world, Addie has no choice but to confront him, to understand him, maybe to beat him.
Until one day, in a second hand bookshop in Manhattan, Addie meets someone who remembers her. Suddenly thrust back into a real, normal life, Addie realises she can't escape her fate forever.
How amazing does this story sound?
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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