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First Line(s) Friday | August 27, 2021

Posted August 27, 2021 by Kait in Bookish Memes, First Line Friday / 3 Comments

Happy Friday! Today I am participating in First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books, AND First Lines Friday, hosted by Wandering Words!

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!

“Children have always been drawn to the doors.”

Anyone have any guesses on what book this is? I’ll give you a few clues…

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Ill Do It Myself Season 4 GIF by The Office

Last chance to guess!

Today’s book is…

First Line(s) Friday | August 27, 2021Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #7
Published on January 4, 2022 by Tordotcom
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Horror, Multiverse, Queer, Retellings, Thriller
Pages: 160
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is always admitting you need help, and you've already taken that step by requesting a transfer into our company.
There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again. It isn't as friendly as Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. And it isn't as safe.
When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her Home for Wayward Children, she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn't save; when Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different prophecy, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster.
She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming...

“Children have always been drawn to the doors.”

I read Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire this week and WOW is it good! This is the seventh novella in the Wayward Children series, and it stars Cora, who was a side character in Beneath the Sugar Sky and Come Tumbling Down. I absolutely loved it, and I cannot wait for the next installment!

What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!

Do you participate in either of these memes? Let me know if you do and link your posts in the comments so I can visit! And don’t forget to have a splendiferous week!

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3 responses to “First Line(s) Friday | August 27, 2021

  1. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Secrets in the Mist by Morgan L. Busse. This is a new-to-me author and genre. So far, it’s pretty engaging. I’m just beginning chapter 13 so I’ll share a line from there.
    “Theo spent the month collecting everything he could on the subject.”
    Hope you have an excellent weekend!

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from a book coming out on the 31st
    Carved in Stone by Elizabeth Camden:
    April 1900. New York City
    How could a man buy a new suit with a dizen eggs?

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