First Lines Friday

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!

Aleja cursed in Croatian. Her face was already itching under the paint that had scrawled whiskers across her cheeks and turned her lips and nose black. A mask that gleamed in red and gold wound round her dark-green eyes. Tonight Aleja was a fox.

Any ideas?

I loved the first book in this series, The Ship of Shadows, and I’m so looking forward to this one. The cover is stunning.

Waterstones Synopsis:

Aleja and her fellow pirates are eager to embark on a new adventure to find the second piece of the missing magical map. But they soon find themselves panicking, bewildered by a series of confusing clues. And time is running out – fast.

When she starts experiencing strange visions, Aleja realizes that someone is trying to tell her something. But can this new knowledge be trusted? And what will it cost her to find out? 

With the crew’s loyalties tested and more secrets to unlock than ever, Aleja must find a way to beat the clock and prove herself truly worthy of her place on the ship’s crew . . .

Have you read this? What did you think?

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