First Line Fridays #9

Hello friends! Today we have another First Line 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? If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  1. Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  2. Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  3. Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

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‘Min is just your average teenage fox spirit, living with her family on the dusty backwater planet of Jinju.’

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The title of this book is Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee.

cover143152-mediumTo keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.

When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.

Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.

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What an intriguing first sentence! Immediately I want to dive into the novel and read further. Which is great since this novel (in my circles) is highly appraised. And well, its good that I want to dive into this novel on the other hand because Dragon Pearl is a library book that I’ve borrowed!

I actually first found Dragon Pearl on NetGalley and decided against requesting it because 1. I am not Korean and I don’t know anything about Korean Folklore. And 2., I suggested Dragon Pearl as a purchase to the library. Now that the library has a copy, this leads to my 3rd reason why I did not request Dragon Pearl as a Galley: I’m trying to catch up on all the reading I’ve got to do.

Nevertheless! I’m looking forward to Dragon Pearl and all it has to offer immensely.

Have you read Dragon Pearl? What are your thoughts on it? 

Thank you for stopping by!

See you soon, and Happy Reading!

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