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!

On a frosty winter morning, in the waters of a half-forgotten island, a merrow was swimming far from her home.  Mist hung like a veil over the sea, clinging to her skin as she broke the surface:  first a crown of coral and bone, then yellow eyes as wide as moons.  A pale scar traced the curve of her jaw. 

Any ideas?

I’ve just finished this:  it was absolutely incredible, but I need the next one!   Goodreads synopsis:

Fionn Boyle has been Storm Keeper of Arranmore for less than six months when thousands of terrifying Soulstalkers arrive on the island. The empty-eyed followers of the dreaded sorceress, Morrigan have come to raise their leader and Fionn is powerless to stop them. The Storm Keeper’s magic has deserted him and with his grandfather’s memory waning, Fionn must rely on his friends Shelby and Sam to help him summon Dagda’s army of merrows.

But nobody else believes the ferocious sea creatures even exist. And how can he prove he’s right without any magic? As Fionn begins his search for the lost army, the other islanders prepare for invasion. The battle to save Arranmore has begun.

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      1. I’m sure you have another book or two in your TBR! 😀. Can I also just say I’m incredibly impressed with how many books you review and the quality of the reviews.

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      2. Oh thank you, I am a fast reader, slightly insomniac and trying to set a good example with my girls by reading in front of them so I get through a lot of in engaged!! I always worry I’m a bit verbose so it means a lot that you’ve said they are quality!!
        I love reading your reviews too, Your enthusiasm for the books really sings through its great to get your perspective 💜

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      3. Your girls are very lucky to have you as a role model! As a teacher, I’m always surprised by the number of children who don’t share reading with an adult for whatever reasons. It’s why I try to instil a love of reading in class and read to them every day as well as giving them time to just read a book they’ve chosen for no other reason than to enjoy.
        I think you bring a wealth of knowledge, and love of the story, to your reviews – I learn lots! I need to review The Garden of Lost Secrets and The Lost Tide Warriors over the weekend. Need to get school work done this evening!

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      4. You are doing a marvellous and important job 💜
        I do enjoy thinking about the inspirations and background to books it’s like sewing new embroidery into a tapestry of knowledge for me.
        I really look forward to reading your thoughts on the Garden of Lost Secrets and the Lost Tide Warriors!!

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