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First Line(s) Friday | December 3, 2021

Posted December 3, 2021 by Kait 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!

“New Orleans was a place people went to disappear.”

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

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

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Last chance to guess!

Today’s book is…

First Line(s) Friday | December 3, 2021Shattered Midnight by Dhonielle Clayton
Series: The Mirror #2
Also in this series: Broken Wish, Shattered Midnight
Published on January 18, 2022 by Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Alternate History, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retellings, YA
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
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The Mirror: Shattered Midnight is the second novel in the innovative four-book fairy-tale series written by Julie C. Dao, Dhonielle Clayton, J.C. Cervantes, and L. L. McKinney, following one family over several generations, and the curse that plagues it.
Zora Broussard has arrived in New Orleans with not much more than a bag of clothes, a beautiful voice, and a pair of enchanted red shoes. Running from a tragic accident caused by her magic, Zora wants nothing more than to blend in, as well as to avoid her overbearing aunt and mean-spirited cousins. Music becomes Zora’s only means of escape, yet she wonders if she should give it all up to remove the powers that make her a target, especially as a Black woman in the South.
But when Zora gets the chance to perform in a prominent jazz club, she meets a sweet white pianist named Phillip with magic of his own, including a strange mirror that foretells their future together. Falling into a forbidden love, Zora and Phillip must keep their relationship a secret. And soon the two discover the complicated connection between their respective families, a connection that could lead to catastrophe for them both. In the era of segregation and speakeasies, Zora must change her destiny and fight for the one she loves . . . or risk losing everything.

“New Orleans was a place people went to disappear.”

I’m reading/listening to Shattered Midnight by Dhonielle Clayton right now for an upcoming blog tour! It’s the second book in a four part series, and I absolutely LOVED book one, so I’m really looking forward to this one! My review will be up the first week of January. 🙂

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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