First Line Friday: June 22, 2018

Happy Friday!

For those of you who have been reading for a while I tend to post a fun tag or meme on Friday’s to get us into the weekend spirit.

The Book Beginnings on Friday book meme was created by  Rose City Reader, where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

Interested to see what my current read had in store for me? Keep on reading to find out.

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29346927Rosemarked (Rosemarked #1) by Livia Blackburne

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (November 7, 2017)

Print Length: 390 pages

When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.

A soldier shattered by war . . .

Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.

Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.

First Sentence

“A bitter film of ziko root coats the inside of my mouth. I run my tongue over my palate to rub out the taste, though i Know it won’t work. Nothing dislodges ziko bitterness- not water, not bread, nor goat’s milk. If I’d been planning ahead, I might have brought a mint leaf to chew, but I’ve had more important things on my mind.”

Review 

First of all, can I start off by saying I picked this book up based on its gorgeous cover! Judging my book by its cover aside, Rosemarked started off as a lot of YA fantasy novels do, by introducing a foreign concept by a unnamed narrator, leaving the reader, me, with more questions than answers. What is ziko? Why is this person eating it? What things are more important to the person speaking? I’m pretty much hooked after the first paragraph, so hopefully that means I can finish this novel quickly.

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And that is my contribution to the Book Beginnings on Friday conversation. What is the first sentence of the book you’re reading right now? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it.

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