First Lines Friday: August 11, 2023

  • 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’s said that belladonna berries are all it takes to kill someone. Just five sweet berries, eaten straight from the foliage. Or, as Signa Farrow preferred, mashed and steeped into a mug of tea.”

Do you recognize the lines?

Here’s a hint:

 It’s the first book in a fantasy series, and the second book releases this month!

Still not sure? Here’s another hint: 

It’s written by Adalyn Grace.

The First Lines Friday book is:


About the Book:

Title: Belladonna

Author: Adalyn Grace

Series: Belladonna #1

Page Length: 403

Publication Date: Aug. 20, 2022

Synopsis:New York Times bestselling author Adalyn Grace brings to life a highly romantic, Gothic-infused world of wealth, desire, and betrayal.

Orphaned as a baby, nineteen-year-old Signa has been raised by a string of guardians, each more interested in her wealth than her well-being—and each has met an untimely end. Her remaining relatives are the elusive Hawthornes, an eccentric family living at Thorn Grove, an estate both glittering and gloomy. Its patriarch mourns his late wife through wild parties, while his son grapples for control of the family’s waning reputation and his daughter suffers from a mysterious illness. But when their mother’s restless spirit appears claiming she was poisoned, Signa realizes that the family she depends on could be in grave danger and enlists the help of a surly stable boy to hunt down the killer.

However, Signa’s best chance of uncovering the murderer is an alliance with Death himself, a fascinating, dangerous shadow who has never been far from her side. Though he’s made her life a living hell, Death shows Signa that their growing connection may be more powerful—and more irresistible—than she ever dared imagine.

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon  | Review

Have you read Belladonna? What do you think of the first lines? Comment below!

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