First Lines Friday: June 26, 2020

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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!

First Lines:

It is a commonly held belief that the most likely place to find a ghost is beneath a shadowy moon, among the ruins of a castle, or perhaps in an abandoned house where the living have fled leaving only spirits to drift from room to room. To believe so is to acknowledge but half a truth, for there is a connection with those passed over to be found much nearer home.

Can you guess the book?

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Hint: The MC’s name is Veronyka.

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Still unsure? Here’s another hint:

It’s written by author Nicki Pau Preto.

The First Lines Friday Book Is:

Title: Crown of Feathers

Author: Nicki Pau Preto

Series: Crown of Feathers

Publication Date: February 12, 2019

Page Length: 496 pages

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

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Well, there you have it! I picked this up not long ago but never got around to reading it. Have you read it? What did you think? Comment below! 🙂

4 thoughts on “First Lines Friday: June 26, 2020

  1. Ooh, I’ve had this one sitting on my TBR for forever now but I really hope to pick it up this year (lol) coz I keep hearing amazing things about it and I’m loving those first lines!

    1. I have the book on the table next to me and still haven’t read it. lol Once I get my Netgalley books under control, I plan to read it. The first lines and the cover are fantastic! 🙂

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