First Line(s) Friday | December 17, 2021

Posted December 17, 2021 by Kaity in Bookish Memes, First Line Friday / 0 Comments

Happy Friday! Today I am participating in First Line Friday, hosted by Reading is My Superpower, AND First Lines Friday, created 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!

“The Wildwood came for us the day the king died.”

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

Tree Cloud GIF by Rizal Althur
Fox What GIF

any guesses yet? no? okay, one more gif…

Magic Forest Night GIF by Alexandra Dvornikova

Last chance to guess!

Today’s book is…

First Line(s) Friday | December 17, 2021Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston
Published on October 20, 2020 by Balzer + Bray
Genres: Fantasy, Queer, YA
Pages: 352
Format: Audiobook
Source: Scribd
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Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.
Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.
As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.

“The Wildwood came for us the day the king died.”

I’m listening to Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston at the moment, and WOW is this an amazing book! It’s reminding me a lot of The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine, which was one of my absolute FAVORITE books growing up!

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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