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21 June 2019

Book Beginnings #72

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to 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.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

I am currently reading The Beholder by Anna Bright.

The Beholder by Anna Bright cover

Once upon a time always began on nights like tonight.
Isn't this a great first line? I think it really sets the tone of the story, gives a hint at the fairytale-with-a-hint-of-snark quality the writing has.

I'm reading The Beholder by Anna Bright for the Fairyloot readalong. It came in the May Fairyloot box, and I probably would have picked it up anyway as the cover is stunning. It reminds me of the introduction for Black Sails, so I've immediately got ideas of pirates floating round my head.

My father had never looked so defeated.
This is actually from page 55 as page 56 is blank!

So far, The Beholder by Anna Bright is a bit Cinderella, a lot of plotting and political intrigue, and a crisis of confidence. I love how already I am so invested in Selah and her life. I really feel for her, she and those around her are being manipulated, and it's like she's the only one who can see that. And she's not in a position to do anything about it.

Selah and her father have such a sweet relationship, this bit hit me in the feels.

Also the significance of the cover now makes sense! I spent a while flipping back and forth.

What are you reading this week?


  1. Ooo that is an excellent starting sentence! I am currently reading The Sharp Edge of a Snowflake and enjoying it a lot!

    1. I read The Sharp Edge of a Snowflake the other week and I really loved it, I thought it was pretty clever.

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  3. I do like the opening line, a snarkier fairy tale beginning that's for sure! I'd enjoy this!

    Here's my Friday post. Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. I really like the cover of The Beholder! I read Verity by Colleen Hoover this week and it was such an amazing book!😍

    Shirley |

  5. Sounds like an interesting story and it is a lovely cover. This week I am featuring Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer. Happy reading!

  6. You pulled me right in! Happy weekend!

  7. Heard so many great things about this book!

  8. Ooh that first sentence is perfect for a fairytale!

  9. That's such a great opening line!

  10. the opening line was really nice. im interested to see what your thoughts are after youve read all of it

  11. That opening line is awesome! I would love to read this book.


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