It is time for this week’s First Lines Fridays post!
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!
The first lines of today’s chosen book are:
‘Jack Valentine. Please stand.’
I do as I’m told, for once in my life. This isn’t quite a trial and Killian Drake’s office isn’t quite a courtroom, but it’s as close to it as the Silver get.
And the book is…
Judgement Day by Josie Jaffrey
Vampires don’t get happily ever afters.
Jack Valentine finally has her shit together. She has a great job, great friends (well, one at least) and a girlfriend whom she loves, even if she can’t work up the courage to tell her that yet. Unfortunately, she also has an archnemesis who’s about to punish her crimes in the worst possible way: by making her spend time with him.
Which she could cope with, maybe, if she didn’t have problems at work as well. When the body of a human judge is found in a locked library, there’s no denying that she was murdered by one of the Silver – by a vampire – and the evidence points worryingly close to home. If that wasn’t bad enough, some of Jack’s least favourite people are opening a new blood bar in Oxford with questionable motives. For Jack and her team, it’s becoming increasingly hard to separate allies from enemies.
With conspiracies on every side, the simmering tensions in Silver society are about to come to a head. As usual, Jack intends to be right in the middle of it. She does like it when things get messy.
Since reading my first Josie Jaffrey book in 2020, she has become one of my favourite authors. I have been excited for Judgement Day for so long, and I’ve been lucky enough to receive an ARC, which I have just started reading! I can’t wait to see what Jack Valentine gets up to this time.
Have you read this book?
If yes, what did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments!
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