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First Lines Friday!

First Lines Fridays is 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?

  • 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!

Hello! How is there only one weekend between now and Christmas!?! We’re spending this year at my sisters and I’m looking forward to being able to chill out and not do any cooking. The book I’ve chosen for this weeks post is a 2022 sci-fi release that I’m really excited to start. Set in a world where everyone has a ‘Kindred’ a kind of second half to their soul, described as utterly swoon-worthy…

“Looking this pretty takes time. The clothes must be expensive but not gaudy, complex but not as if I put in all my effort. Mt hair must look styled, but like I’ve walked through a gentle, aimless breeze, and I cannot be sweaty, which, on a planet known for having three suns, if rather difficult.”

Well, I’m definitely intrigued. Ready to find out what it is?

To save a galactic kingdom from revolution, Kindred mind-pairings were created to ensure each and every person would be seen and heard, no matter how rich or poor…

Joy Abara knows her place. A commoner from the lowly planet Hali, she lives a simple life—apart from the notoriety that being Kindred to the nobility’s most infamous playboy brings.

Duke Felix Hamdi has a plan. He will exasperate his noble family to the point that they agree to let him choose his own future and finally meet his Kindred face-to-face.

Then the royal family is assassinated, putting Felix next in line for the throne…and accused of the murders. Someone will stop at nothing until he’s dead, which means they’ll target Joy, too. Meeting in person for the first time as they steal a spacecraft and flee amid chaos might not be ideal…and neither is crash-landing on the strange backward planet called Earth. But hiding might just be the perfect way to discover the true strength of the Kindred bond and expose a scandal—and a love—that may decide the future of a galaxy. 

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  1. A sci-fi romance is an interesting and unusual (but not unheard-of) combo of genres! The first line hooked me well, although I never would have predicted it to be a romance from that, I was going for hard sci-fi at a guess, due to the reference to the planet having 3 suns. I think this will be an intriguing read!

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