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~ First Lines Friday – #9 (July 30, 2021) ~

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!


“I landed on the rosebush again, the prick of the thorns digging into the thick layer of fur that coated my skin. Not that I could move. Every small shift brought a fresh wave of agony. My claw-shaped wounds opened and bled, staining the cobblestone path that led to the front door of Rosewood Manor.”


Do you recognize the lines?

Hint: This novel is a Beauty and the Beast retelling that will be published next week.


Hint 2: It is the first novel in a new fantasy series.

This week’s book is:

The Rose and the Claw (The Twin Kingdoms #1) by Nancy O’Toole!

Expected publication: August 4th 2021, 140 pages

A woman on a mission…

Rose Gardner never thought she’d leave the small town of West Ridge. But when her husband dies at war, she must return his arms to his place of birth to set his spirit to rest. After traveling into enemy territory, Rose falls into a trap. Held captive in an enchanted manor, she finds herself face to face with a beast who is equally horrifying and kind. Will she manage to complete her quest or be pulled in by the secrets of the manor?

A man haunted by his past…

Trapped within his own home and in the body of a hideous beast, Kris never wanted to share his prison with another. As much as Rose may draw him in with her beauty and stubborn strength, he knows she must escape before the next full moon. After all, he remembers all too well what happened to the previous caretaker.

The dead won’t let him forget the blood on his hands.


This is a new-to-me author that I randomly came across. I love retellings, especially involving fairy tales, so obtaining an ARC of this novel was a no-brainer. I will start this over the weekend and I have high hopes for it to turn out well. It is the start of a series, but I believe each novel features a new tale with a common theme. I am nervous about the boo being too short to fully explore everything, but I hope it has just enough to make it an enjoyable read.


  • Have you read The Rose and the Claw or is it on your TBR?
  • What did you think of the first lines?

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