Happy Friday book lovers! We’re back with another First Lines Friday, 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? Here are the rules:
- 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!
“Once upon a time, there lived twelve reasonably attractive princesses who, when lined up together, caused such a sight that the world agreed to call them beautiful. And so they were.”
Do you recognise the book these first lines come from?
Once upon a dream, there was a prince named Ambrose
and a princess named Imelda who loved each other…
But alas, no more.
“What a witch takes, a witch does not give back!”
their friends and family warn.
They resign themselves to this loveless fate…
A year and a day pass.
And then their story truly begins…
Embark on a perilous journey with Imelda and Ambrose as they brave magical landscapes and enchanted creatures on their quest to reclaim their heart’s desire… But first they must remember what that is…
I recently buddy read Once More Upon A Time and it was such a fun time! I loved Chokshi’s writing and the clever and somewhat dark twists to classic fairytales! There’s also a really sassy and sarcastic narrator that made this an even funnier read. It’s a short and sweet novella so I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a fairytale-esque fantasy with a generous dose of happy ever after!
Have you read Once More Upon A Time or is it also on your TBR?