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08 January 2021

Book Beginnings: Lore by Alexandra Bracken *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 Lore by Alexandra Bracken (free copy).

Lore by Alexandra Bracken cover

He woke to the feeling of rough ground beneath him and the stench of mortal blood.
I was sent a free finished copy of Lore by Alexandra Bracken.

The cover is beautiful, it's mostly black and white except for the barest colour in one eye and the gold foil on the lettering. It's very striking.

I like this first line. We're plunged into the action straight away and immediately I want to read more of the story. I want to know who "he" is, why he is on the ground, and why he can smell blood. This story starts with blood and violence and gore, and I was not expecting it.

"Bind you fate to mine," the goddess said again, offering her bloodied hand. "Your heart... it aches for it..."
This is from page 56 in my finished paperback copy.

Oh boy I am desperate to get to here. So much blood in these snippets. As I type, I'm only on chapter three, but this book is surprisingly dark.

What are you reading this week?


  1. Wow, that is a very striking book cover!

    I love it when I start reading a book and get pulled in straight away. Enjoy reading it x

  2. I love the start of this book and the cover is really really striking. So beautiful! x

  3. Ohhh this sounds so good. Such a pretty cover too x

  4. I love the cover of this book and I definitely want to read it when it comes out in paperback! Thank you for sharing Cora x

  5. I'm glad you chose this book! I've been super curious about it and knew it just came out, but I haven't really read too much about it. I love that first line for all the reasons you mentioned! I have so many questions already! Oooh, the 56 one also makes me so curious. I think I'll definitely need to read this one! You've piqued my interest already.

    Here's my Friday post.

  6. I love the cover for this!

  7. I'm really curious about this title now. The cover is very pretty and, like you said, the first sentence really leaves you wanting to know more. The part about "mortal blood" makes me think that this is going to be one intense conflict.

  8. I really want to read this one! Happy weekend!

  9. That opening immediately grabbed my attention. And I like the second excerpt you shared too. I would definitely be interested in reading more. I hope you are enjoying Lore. Have a great weekend and happy reading!

  10. I definitely want to try this! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  11. Love the cover! And that quite gave me shivers.

  12. I'm excited for Lore! Mythology is one of my faves 😊

  13. I've seen a lot about this book recently! The cover is beautiful.

    Lois |

  14. I am so excited to read this! My copy arrived a couple of days ago and it sounds fab.

  15. Oh my goodness, I am obsessed with this book cover. I just got this book in my OwlCrate box, and I am so excited to start reading it soon!


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