First Line(s) Friday | January 22, 2021

Posted January 22, 2021 by Kaity in Bookish Memes, First Line Friday / 7 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!

For the boat rockers, the rulebreakers, and the troublemakers. No one ever became a legend by blending in.”

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

Last chance to guess!

Today’s book is…

First Line(s) Friday | January 22, 2021My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Series: The Lady Janies #3
Published on June 2, 2020 by HarperTeen
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retellings
Pages: 544
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Welcome ​to 1876 and a rootin’-tootin’ America bursting with gunslingers, outlaws, and garou.
JANE (a genuine hero-eene)
Calamity’s her name, and garou hunting’s her game—when she’s not starring in Wild Bill’s Traveling Show, that is. She reckons that if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.
FRANK (*wolf whistle*)
Frank “the Pistol Prince” Butler is the Wild West’s #1 bachelor. He’s also the best sharpshooter on both sides of the Mississippi, but he’s about to meet his match. . . .
ANNIE (get your gun!)
Annie Oakley (yep, that Annie) is lookin’ for a job, not a romance, but she can’t deny there’s something about Frank she likes. Really likes. Still, she’s pretty sure that anything he can do,she can do better.
After a garou hunt goes south and Jane finds a suspicious-like bite on her arm, she turns tail for Deadwood, where there’s been talk of a garou cure. But things ain’t always what they seem—meaning the gang better hightail it after her before they’re a day late and a Jane short.

For the boat rockers, the rulebreakers, and the troublemakers. No one ever became a legend by blending in.”

Yes, technically this is the dedication because the actual first line is “Listen up y’all, we’re going to tell you the story of Calamity Jane.” which… very clearly gives away what the book is! So I used the dedication because this is what I’ve been reading this week and I really love it. The Lady Janies books are hilarious, and filled with anachronistic jokes and quotes and just wonderful writing. If you haven’t read them yet, I highly recommend getting a copy asap and reading them for a fun, lighthearted adventure!

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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7 responses to “First Line(s) Friday | January 22, 2021

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from:
    A Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund
    Colorado Territory August 1862
    “Stop or we’ll shoot! “ A dozen feet up Kenosha pass, three robbers with flour sacks over their heads blocked the way, their revolvers outstretched.
    I finished it on January 8.

  2. The book I’m featuring on my blog today is An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz. I will share the first line from my current read here, The Red Siren, by MaryLu Tyndall. “This was Dajon Waite’s last chance.” I wish you an enjoyable weekend.
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  3. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “The Art of Rivers” by Janet W. Ferguson:

    “Love, like art, took on different forms with each creator.”

  4. Happy Friday. 😊
    “Sylvie hadn’t always leapt to the worst possible conclusion. But being a parent seemed to enlarge her imagination as much as it did her heart.”
    Shadows of the White City, Jocelyn Green

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