Friday Firsts : The Music Box Girl by K A Stewart

Friday Firsts
 is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.  Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader.    This Friday I’m reading : The Music Box Girl by K A Stewart.

Musicbox‘The thick coating of dust proved that no one had been in the attic for decades.  Felicia surveyed the vast expanse of the room, stretching the entire length of the enormous house, and wondered how they’d ever get through it all.

“Where do we start, Mother?”

The girl at her elbow, a budding young lady of almost thirteen, had her blond hair bound up in a tight tail, a cloth tied around her face to avoid breathing in the plumes of dust that billowed up every time one of them moved.

“At one end, of course!”  Casimir, his young nephew Peter thrown giggling over one shoulder, marched off under the eaves with lantern in hand.

Felicia shook her head in amusement at her brother.  He was trying so hard to make this a game, and not the sad and depressing task that it was.  “Start here, Josie.  We’ll sort out anything salvageable, and then the furniture can be hauled out by the automatons. Peter, why don’t you and Uncle Cas start on that wardrobe.”

Some of the things she recognised, Felicia realised.  A doll that she’d long ago lost and forgotten.  A picture drawn in her primary school days, lovingly kept but brittle with age.  An entire crate of baby clothes, though it was anyone’s guess if they’d been hers or Casimir’s.

My First Impressions

I’m intrigued – why are they sorting out the things in this dusty attic, it’s a ‘sad and depressing task’ apparently, have they fallen on hard times and are leaving their home?  Has somebody passed away?  I’ll have to read on and find out.

What you reading this Friday??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.

12 Responses to “Friday Firsts : The Music Box Girl by K A Stewart”

  1. Carmen

    I like that start; I would keep reading. It’s very atmospheric and evocative. I hope you like it, Lynn.

  2. bookdrblog

    This is a really cool meme!

  3. sjhigbee

    It is very atmospheric and yes… I would continue reading, Lynn:).

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ll definitely be pressing on. Hope it’s another good instalment.
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I’m curious about the mention of automatons: is this going to be a steampunk novel? The initial mention of a dusty attic made me think immediately of horror, or gothic…
    No matter what, something tells me it will be an interesting story 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, it’s going to be steampunk – I believe. I’m hoping it’s good.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Love the sound of this one, and it has a cover that perfectly fits the mood.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, I’ve started so hopefully it’s another good instalment.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Book Club Mom

    Yes, it makes you want to know what’s up there!

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