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!
I like a good happily ever after as much as the next girl, but after sitting through forty-eight iterations of the same one – forty-nine if you count my (former) best friends’ wedding – I have to say the shine is wearing of a little.
Do you recognize the lines?
Hint: It’s the second book in a YA fantasy series.
Still not sure? Here’s another hint:
It’s written by Alix E. Harrow.
The First Lines Friday book is:
A Mirror Mended
About the Book:
Title: A Mirror Mended
Author: Alix E. Harrow
Series: Fractured Fables #2
Page Length: 144
Publication Date: June 14, 2022
Synopsis: A Mirror Mended is the next installment in USA Today bestselling author Alix E. Harrow’s Fractured Fables series.
Zinnia Gray, professional fairy-tale fixer and lapsed Sleeping Beauty is over rescuing snoring princesses. Once you’ve rescued a dozen damsels and burned fifty spindles, once you’ve gotten drunk with twenty good fairies and made out with one too many members of the royal family, you start to wish some of these girls would just get a grip and try solving their own narrative issues.
Just when Zinnia’s beginning to think she can’t handle one more princess, she glances into a mirror and sees another face looking back at her: the shockingly gorgeous face of evil, asking for her help. Because there’s more than one person trapped in a story they didn’t choose. Snow White’s Evil Queen has found out how her story ends and she’s desperate for a better ending. She wants Zinnia to help her before it’s too late for everyone.
Will Zinnia accept the Queen’s poisonous request, and save them both from the hot iron shoes that wait for them, or will she try another path?
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