So, I did get to posting this a little late, but better late than never! The best book I have read this December isĀ As You Wish by Jackson Pearce. That link is to my not-so-small and not-so-obsessed review of it. My interest in Jinn only exists because of how well his character was written…I promise! I’d been waiting to read it forever, got it for Christmas and then promptly read one hundred and eighty pages during the day (which was an accomplishment seeing as we had visitors) and finished the rest the next day. Needless to say, I was very pleased with it and it is now under my “To recommend BUT never to lend” set of tags. Sisters Red is also in there seeing as it was also written by Jackson Pearce and I absolutely admire her. Now excuse me while I go compose a rough outline for a comment to be posted on her next video. I want to ask her to explain exactly how one goes about getting a critique group started like hers (critique group discovery for absolute n00bs, I guess it could be called).

The best book I read in October was definitely The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi! I count it as the best because I waited a long time to get my hands on it, I read it in a day, and then proceeded to reread it. That and the fact that I simply loved the characters, world, and the illustrations throughout.

In second place for best book would be the novella Oathbreaker by M.R. Mathias, which I got for free on Smashwords. :) I liked the idea, the characters (especially the eagle), and the way things got resolved. It’s one of those short stories that I’m going to be finding myself opening to reread on a car trip when I stop being interested in the road (or my game of ‘count the horses’, with my highest score being fifty-seven if I remember correctly. I never write these things down….) and need something interesting to capture my attention and lock it into place.

I meant to post this yesterday, but as you can see that sorta-kinda-didn’t happen.

The idea just popped into my head that characters might or might not like each other based on the first things they say to each other, or hear each other say, but that isn’t what the prompt was asking (unfortunately). On YA Highway, each Wednesday (as far as I have been aware) there is a Road Trip Wednesday, or RTW. Whether or not I’ve actually answered all the ones I’ve read is a different matter. A completely different one. Here’s the prompt:

This week’s topic:

A novel’s opening is like a pick up line. If it’s good, you might take it home. If it’s bad… well. You know.

What are your favorite first lines? How do your own WIPs start?

Oh NO…. do you know what this means?! Fifty percent of the books I have read are going to be listed here! And seeing as there are currently five hundred seventy-five books on that list, it would be better if I just chose one I think. That one will be The Search for WondLa, which I still haven’t fully read (this is due, in no small part, to the fact that I’ve only read a preview on iBooks, and do not have an actual copy available at the moment, no matter how much I cry).

Eva Nine was dying. The tiny scarlet dots on her hand mirrored the glowering eyes of the snake that had just bitten her.

This line threw me for a loop and caused me to wonder what in the world the story was going to be about if the main character died immediately, and if the images I’d seen in the sketchbook of Eva Nine riding Otto were a lie. Like the pie that everyone seems to talk about on YouTube. No wait, it was a cake, not a pie. Another reason this opening got me was because A) How can a story really take place if the main character, the one the story focuses on most, is dead within the first few sentences? Luckily, the preview helped me learn that my fears were ridiculous, and that Eva is perfectly fine. That made me breathe a sigh of relief I can tell you.

As for the second part of the prompt, about giving the first line of your current WIP (Work In Progress)… Those are supposed to shift all the time right? If what I’m about to type doesn’t actually match up with what will hopefully be published in the future, don’t go getting upset.

Working titleĀ Bloody Snow:

  • He ran for his life, knowing he wouldn’t get far. His pursuers were larger, with muscles that were far more developed than his own, athlete ones.

Working title Forest Alchemy:

  • The low voice of the Huma bird joined the rest of the voices that formed the Dawn Song. Vinetti frowned slightly, Huma birds were only legends in the world the ‘twenty-sixers’ had come from.

Working title Shatterwing:

  • Bones retreated from his legs as they merged and feathers started to sprout from them. They re-emerged from his torso, just as his face finished lengthening and hardening into a fearsome beak.

Looking at those lines, I shall have to edit them. But not now, once the first drafts are finished. If they are, which I hope they will be at some point. I got a special idea for Bloody Snow. :D And the adlets shall play a big part in it. Oh yes they shall… them and those non-sparkly vampires and werewolves-who-keep-their-shirts-on. ^_^

That’s my reply to the prompt! :D