First Lines Friday: October 22, 2021

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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:

Once upon a time, there lived twelve reasonably attractive princess who, when lined up together, caused such a sight that the world agreed to call them beautiful. And so they were. Every morning when the twelve princesses were roused from sleep, their slippers appeared scuffed and worn to the sole…as if they had spent the evening dancing.


Do you recognize the lines?

Hint: It’s a new fairy tale retelling.

Still not sure? Here’s another hint: 

It’s written by the author who wrote The Gilded Wolves.


The First Lines Friday book is:

Once More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokshi


About the Book:

Page Length: 176

Publication Date: Oct. 5, 2021

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Synopsis:Once upon a dream, there was a prince named Ambrose
and a princess named Imelda who loved each other…
But alas, no more.
“What a witch takes, a witch does not give back!”
their friends and family warn.
They resign themselves to this loveless fate…
A year and a day pass.
And then their story truly begins…


Embark on a perilous journey with Imelda and Ambrose as they brave magical landscapes and enchanted creatures on their quest to reclaim their heart’s desire… But first they must remember what that is… 

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon, and I may earn a small commission, at no cost to you, if you purchase through my links.


Dini @ Dini Panda Reads and I buddy read this book, and we both really enjoyed it! It’s a quick read with great characters and an interesting plot, and I love the author’s writing style.

Have you read this one? Do you plan to? What do you think of the first lines? Comment below!

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