First Lines Friday: February 17, 2023

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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 was our first show of the season, and if fate had its way, it might also be our last.

Do you recognize the lines?

Here’s a hint:

 It’s a new YA fantasy.

Still not sure? Here’s another hint: 

It has major Moulin Rouge vibes.

The First Lines Friday book is:


About the Book:

Title: Revelle

Author: Lyssa Mia Smith

Page Length: 464

Publication Date: Feb. 14, 2023

Publisher: Harperteen

Synopsis: Inspired by Moulin Rouge! and set on an island in a magical version of Prohibition-era New York, Revelle is a breathtaking YA stand-alone fantasy full of dazzling magic, romance, and mystery from debut author Lyssa Mia Smith.

On the island of Charmant, magic flows like bootlegged champagne, and fantasies can be bought for the price of a gemstone.

Luxe Revelle, star of her family’s fantastical show, knows the splendor is just an illusion. With Prohibition threatening their livelihood, her family struggles to make a living, watering down champagne and patching holes in their sequined costumes. So when the son of Charmant’s wealthiest family makes her an offer—everything the Revelles need to stay in business, in exchange for posing as his girl and helping him become mayor—she can’t refuse.

The moment Jamison Port sets foot in Charmant, he can’t shake the feeling of familiarity. An orphan with as few memories as gemstones, he’s desperate to learn what happened to his parents. But as he delves into the island’s secrets, he risks angering the wrong person and discovering a truth that just might break his heart.

When Luxe and Jamison accidentally meet, the sparks that fly are more than her magical enchantments. But keeping secrets from powerful people is a dangerous game . . . one that could destroy them both. 

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon

Have you read Revelle? What do you think of the first line? Comment below!

10 thoughts on “First Lines Friday: February 17, 2023

  1. Ooh, my interest is piqued! Have you read it? This came on my radar earlier in the year when everyone was posting about 2023 releases they’re looking forward to but haven’t seen much about it yet.

          1. Yes I really do, I´m trying to listen as soon as I have some free time but I´m just after halfway point by now and really enjoy it. Can´t wait to continue 😀

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