First Line Fridays | 17th Sept

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?  If you want to make your own post, follow the rules below:

  • 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!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

Here we go…

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Book Tour: Before We Were Blue by E.J. Schwartz

Welcome to my extremely belated stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Before We Were Blue by E.J. Schwartz. Before We Were Blue sounds like such an amazing read, but my reading schedule has gone a little haywire since the Fall semester start up lol. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators, including reviews.

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Book Tour: The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis | Review

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour and couldn’t wait to start. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

Thank you to Stephanie Burgis and Bloomsbury Children’s Books for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Tour: Stalking Shadows by Cyla Panin | Author Interview

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour forStalking Shadows by Cyla Panin. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour and couldn’t wait to start. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

Thank you to Cyla Panin and PUBLISHER for providing me with an ARC for this review

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Review: A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

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Title: A Pho Love Story
Author: Loan Le
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date:
February 9th, 2021
Page Length: 416
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: YA
Rating: 4.5⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d say he was a rock. Steady and strong, but not particularly interesting. His grades are average, his social status unremarkable. He works at his parents’ pho restaurant, and even there, he is his parents’ fifth favorite employee. Not ideal.

If Linh Mai had to describe herself, she’d say she was a firecracker. Stable when unlit, but full of potential for joy and fire. She loves art and dreams pursuing a career in it. The only problem? Her parents rely on her in ways they’re not willing to admit, including working practically full-time at her family’s pho restaurant.

For years, the Mais and the Nguyens have been at odds, having owned competing, neighboring pho restaurants. Bao and Linh, who’ve avoided each other for most of their lives, both suspect that the feud stems from feelings much deeper than friendly competition.

But then a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao in the same vicinity despite their best efforts and sparks fly, leading them both to wonder what took so long for them to connect. But then, of course, they immediately remember.

Can Linh and Bao find love in the midst of feuding families and complicated histories?

When Dimple Met Rishi meets Ugly Delicious in this funny, smart romantic comedy, in which two Vietnamese-American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.

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Book Tour: Small Town Monsters by Diana Rodriguez Wallach | Spotlight

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Small Town Monsters by Diana Rodriguez Wallach. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour and couldn’t wait to start. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

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Book Tour: The Girls are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh | Review

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for The Girls are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour and couldn’t wait to start. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

Thank you to Sarah Glenn Marsh and Razorbill for providing me with an ARC for this review

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Book Tour: The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour and couldn’t wait to start. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

Thank you to Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Little Brown Books for Young Readers for providing me with an ARC for this review

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Review: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Title: The Inheritance Games
Series: The Inheritance Games #1
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 1st, 2020
Page Length: 384
Genre: Mystery
Age Range: YA
Rating: 4⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A Cinderella story with deadly stakes and thrilling twists.

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

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Review: The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason

Title: The Art of Losing
Author: Lizzy Mason
Publisher: Soho Teen
Release Date: February 19th, 2019
Page Length: 320
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: YA
Rating: 4⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

On one terrible night, 17-year-old Harley Langston’s life changes forever. At a party she discovers her younger sister, Audrey, hooking up with her boyfriend, Mike—and she abandons them both in a rage. When Mike drunkenly attempts to drive Audrey home, he crashes and Audrey ends up in a coma. Now Harley is left with guilt, grief, pain and the undeniable truth that her ex-boyfriend (who is relatively unscathed) has a drinking problem. So it’s a surprise that she finds herself reconnecting with Raf, a neighbor and childhood friend who’s recently out of rehab and still wrestling with his own demons. At first Harley doesn’t want to get too close to him. But as Audrey awakens and slowly recovers, Raf starts to show Harley a path forward that she never would have believed possible—one guided by honesty, forgiveness, and redemption.

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