Thoughts on books, family, and life in one impressive package.

In 2020

First Lines

  1. I wake up the same way I fell asleep: knife in hand, boots for a pillow, and Nameless.
  2. Nothing stinks quite like a corpse.
  3. The office is cool and sparsely decorated.
  4. The demon appears out of nowhere.
  5. I was eighteen years old, give or take a fairy-tale century, when I had my first kiss.
  6. I’m dead set on living my one life right, but I can’t say the same for my brother.
  7. Robin woke from another nightmare of trees and flame and gulped a deep breath as if she’d surfaced from the ocean.
  8. The rattling buzz of a bush plane awoke her that morning and, as it just so happened, Elisabeth had been dreaming of her sister.
  9. ‘Anna. Annacska. Wake up, my sweet.’
  10. I was in my sixth month when the girl came knocking.
  11. It’s a curious thing, to watch a town fall to the dead.
  12. This day is made for sailing.
  13. Another question mark bloomed on Celia’s forearm, bigger and bolder than the others.
  14. “An east wind blew through his tangled hair, as soft and fragrant as Cersei’s fingers.”
  15. The last two were a girl and her father who lived along the old eastern range on the side of a mountain they called the mountain that stands alone.
  16. The night it all ended, Vivian was alone.
  17. They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart.
  18. “The prophet was drowning men on Great Wyk when they came to tell him that the king was dead.”
  19. “It was clearly his fault I’d punched him in the face.”
  20. “The frog wasn’t Tala’s fault this time.”
  21. She is not mad.
  22. “The day the Regalia Games truly began for me started out like any other.”
  23. “Two wine glasses are on the coffee table, evidence of a romantic night.”
  24. “The swallows skipped like flat stones across the surface of the infinity pool, their wings spread, and a lone woman in a gauzy beach coverup–what she might have called a kaftan if that word didn’t sound so matronly–watched them.”
  25. “In the long years of his existence, the number of times he had been summoned from Jigoku could be counted on one claw.”
  26. “Eight years of poison and murder and shit.”
  27. “My daughter didn’t have to testify against me.”
  28. “He drank his way across the narrow sea.”