First Lines Friday – 16 April 2021

Happy Friday book lovers! We’re back with another First Lines Friday, 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? Here are the rules:

  • 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!

First lines:

“No matter what century you live in, the world will always be filled with assholes.”

Do you recognize the book these first lines come from?

*drumroll please!*

When former hotshot homicide detective Tom “Doc” Holliday is recruited to join Special Crimes, he trades in his boring desk job for a second chance to do what he does best, hunt down killers. And his first case doesn’t disappoint: a murdered woman with a bogus past, her body drained of blood, and two eyewitnesses wasted on the designer drug goldjoy claiming a vampire did it.

For Holliday is no stranger to the unusual. He wields the Insight, a fickle clairvoyance that allows him to see the dark and terrible things that hide upon his world. After all, when you live in Empire City, where magic and technology co-exist, and humanity endures behind walls of stone and spell-forged steel, anything is possible.

Saddled with a team whose past is as checkered as his own, Holliday embarks upon an investigation that pits them against bio-engineered vampires, interdimensional parasites and the magical masterminds behind it all.

From nightclubs and skyscrapers, to underground drug labs and coffee shops, Holliday’s search for the truth will uncover a shadowy conspiracy that spans the ages, and forces him to confront a destiny he never wanted.

When I read the first lines of Bloodlines I knew I was going to enjoy this book and I wasn’t wrong! This is an urban dystopian fantasy mystery (it’s a lot I know) and the author’s debut novel. I’m halfway through the book and it has kept me hooked from the start! As I’m reading, I’m actually picturing this as a TV show playing out in my head á la CSI and Criminal Minds but fantasy and with magical abilities. It’s great 😂

Have you read Bloodlines or is it also on your TBR?

9 thoughts on “First Lines Friday – 16 April 2021

    • Haha, I thought so too! I just finished it last night and I enjoyed it for the most part it just got really complex and I couldn’t wrap my head around some of the later bits 🤣 My review will be up later this week though!

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