Friday Firsts : The Music Box Girl by K A Stewart

FridayFirsts
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.

Friday Firsts: The Heart of Stone by Ben Galley

FridayFirsts
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, well, like last week, a couple of books but I’ve gone with Heart of Stone by Ben Galley.  Check it out:

Hos Final XS-1‘Keep still!’ a voice demanded.  ‘Keep still or it will take root in the wrong place, mercy me!’

He remained motionless as the soft hands dug inside his mouth; checking, shuffling, fixing.  His face felt so wide, so open.  He could feel his body tingling, as though he wore the dying embers of a fire.

‘There!’

He felt the fingers crawl back to his chin and cheeks.  Always touching.

Bite down, and slowly mind!’

His jaw did the work for him, clicking back into place under the guiding hands; teeth crunching, finding their nests.  The tongue began to burn in the pit of his mouth.

There came a clanking as the room swivelled about him.  Something tugged at him without touching, pulling at every corner of his body.  He felt heavier than a mountain.

‘It is time to open your eyes, my new friend!’

My First Impressions

I am absolutely intrigued by this start.  It makes you want to read on doesn’t it?  I can’t help but have at the back of my mind Frankenstein and his monster – don’t ask me why but just a feel of new creations.

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.

Friday Firsts: Island of Exiles (The Ryogan Chronicles #1) by Erica Cameron

FridayFirsts
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 a couple of books but the one I’ve just started is Island of Exiles (The Ryogan Chronicles #1) by Erica Cameron.

islandofexilesI press as close as possible to the sandstone wall of the ravine, trying to shove my whole body into the narrow strip of shade on the rising slope.  A few feet below, Rai does the same, pulling the canteen of water from the pack strapped to her thigh, loosening the atakafu cloth covering her mouth and nose, and sipping slowly.  The sight makes my mouth feel drier than ever.

My hand falls to my own thigh pack, and I toy with the ties holding it shut.  There isn’t much water left in my canteen, and I don’t know how much longer we’ll be enduring the brutal, dehydrating heart of the desert sun.  The hunt has been longer than we expected and far trickier than it should be.

Pulling my hand away from the temptation, I search the path above us for any sign of our prey.  There isn’t anywhere else the teegras could have gone once they entered the ravine, but we haven’t spotted a single trace of them since – wait  There.

“Rai, look.”  My murmured words are muffled by the atakafu, but it’s enough to draw her attention to fresh claw marks on the red sandstone.

 

My First Impressions

I like the way this one starts.  It has a good opening, there’s a hunt under difficult conditions and just what are these ‘teegras’??  On top of that I’m really feeling stories with a desert type setting at the moment so I need to read on and find out more.

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.

Friday Firsts: Empress of the Fall by David Hair

FridayFirsts
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 a couple of books but one of them is Empress of the Fall by David Hair.

 

empress‘More than 500 years ago, in 379, a man died and his followers became the new gods of Yuros – the magi.  They have ruled the western continent ever since, yet the name of he who died has been raised highest.  Johan Corin – ‘Corineus’ – is now revered as a god made flesh, sent from Paradise Above to gather and empower his followers.  He is said to have been the Son of Kore.

But he was just a man: dead people are always easier to deify than living ones.  Ordo Costruo Collegiate, Pontus, 927.

The Celestial, Pallas, Rondelmar Junesse 930 – final month of the Moontide Longevity is cruel, Ostevan Prelatus mused as he knelt in the holiest place in Yuros, mouthing prayers while staring at the massive rump of his superior.  There were no seats, no cushions, just wooden leaning bars against which the thirty-two prelates of the Church of Kore could contemplate the infinite, while gazing upon the golden casket of Johan Corin – known to the world as Corineus the Saviour.’

My First Impressions

Well, immediate impressions are that there are an awful lot of names and named dates in that first couple of paragraphs, but, I won’t let that put me off, I understand this is a sequel to a previous series but can be read as a standalone so it stands to reason that this world is already firmly established.  I must admit that I’m quite intrigued and anxious to find out more.

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.

Friday Firsts: Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis

FridayFirsts
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’ve just started Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis.

game-of“Ethan Makkai, freedom is a state of mind.”

Ethan shook his head at his mother’s canned response.  It was the same thing she said every time he told her it was time to cut the parental leash.

He dropped his backpack next to the kitchen table and sat down with a loud huff. “Wrong. Freedom is the state of not being imprisoned.”

“Will you please stop saying that?”  Keeping an eye on the toaster oven, she poured herself another cup of coffee.  “You’re not in prison.”

But Ethan was in prison.  Incarcerated for life if she had her way.  She wouldn’t let him go anywhere without her.  Ever. 

The only time she let him out of her sight was during school.  He’d contemplated sneaking out.  Skipping class.  But every time he made a move for the exit one of his teachers was there.  They were always watching.

A few seconds after the timer dinged, Caitriona padded over and playfully pushed his shoulder.  “Can’t a mom want to spend time with her son?”

“Not when she makes him look like more of a total reject than he already is.”

My First Impressions

Well – difficult to gain too much from this start – although it makes me wonder if Ethan is going to be sorry in some way – he’s clearly wishing for more freedom and you know what they say about being careful what you wish for!

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.
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