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First Line(s) Friday | June 25, 2021

Posted June 25, 2021 by Kait in Bookish Memes, First Line Friday / 4 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!

“There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.”

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 | June 25, 2021The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
Series: Camelot Rising #1
Also in this series: The Guinevere Deception, The Camelot Betrayal
Published on November 5, 2019 by Delacorte Press
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Mythology, Queer, Retellings, Romance, YA
Pages: 342
Format: Audiobook
Source: Rochester Public Library
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There is nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.
Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom's borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution -- send in Guinevere to be Arthur's wife... and his protector from those who want to see the young king's idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere's real name -- and her true identity -- is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.
To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old -- including Arthur's own family -- demand things continue as they have been, and the new -- those drawn by the dream of Camelot -- fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur's knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.
Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

“There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.”

I was approved for an eARC of The Excalibur Curse recently, and I’ve decided to reread the first two books by listening to the audiobooks! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the first two books, and I cannot wait to finally read book three!

Have you read these books before? What did you think of them? If not, what have you been reading lately?

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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4 responses to “First Line(s) Friday | June 25, 2021

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    This week I am featuring Chasing Shadows by Lynn Austin, a stupendous book!

    The Netherlands. may 1945 prologue
    Every sound in the coal-black night seemed magnified as Lena lay awake in bed, waiting. She heard the quiet rustlings of the shadow people as they crept through the darkness in her farmhouse.

  2. Becky Smith

    Happy Weekend! My first line is from “Just Look Up” by Courtney Walsh:

    “Lane Kelley rested her hand on her knee, willing it to stop bouncing.”

  3. My first line is “Everybody thought Tansy Calhoun was heartbroken after Jeremy Simpson threw her over for Jolene Hoskins.” It’s from Along a Storied Trail by Ann Gabhart.

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