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16 October 2020

Book Beginnings: Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly *AD Gifted

 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 Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly *AD Gifted.

Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly cover

Once upon long ago, always and evermore, a girl rode into the Dark Wood. 

I was sent a free copy of Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly ahead of the blog tour hosted by Kaleidoscopic Book Tours. 

Isn't that beautifully lyrical? I love it, it's an excellent first line. It harks back to fairytales, and as a reimagining of Snow White I think it's a perfect way to start.

I like the cover, the shattered apple. I think it's very clever imagery.

The spider started spinning, just as fast as he could.

This is from page 56 in my finished copy.

This part is right in the action - Poisoned is not holding back and the pace is incredible.

What are you reading this week?
What is your favourite fairytale retelling?


  1. Great snippets! Thanks for sharing, and I also love that cover. Here's mine: “ALL THE BEST LIES”

  2. I love the quotes. Poisoned seems like the kind of story I would like. Thanks for mentioning it! :-)

  3. I'm so into this one!! Sounds wicked! Happy weekend!

  4. Oooh this book seems perfect for this time of the year!! Thanks for sharing, I'll check it out as well!
    Here's my Friday Post

  5. That cover is absolutely amazing, perfect for a Snow White retelling.

  6. I love that opening sentence! And the cover!

  7. This book sounds excellent! I may just have to add it to my TBR!

    Lois |

  8. Colour me intrigued. I love a good Snow White retelling

  9. Those are some very intriguing quotes for sure that would definitely hook me in!


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