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
Min is just your average teenage fox spirit, living with her family on the dusty backwater planet of Jinju.
On, sure, like all foxes, she can shape shift into whatever she wants: human, animal, even a dining room table. And yes, she has the power to Charm – to manipulate human emotions and make people see things that aren’t there. But that’s not very exciting when you’re stuck in a small dome house, sleeping every night in a crowded common room with your snoring cousins, spending envy day fixing condensers in the hydroponics unit. Min years to join the Space Forces like her older brother Jun did – to see Thousand Worlds and have marvelous adventures!
Dragon Pearl is an MG fantasy that was released in January of 2019. It is also the pick of the month (May 2019) for the Dragons and Tea Book Club! This will be be my first time participating in a a buddy read/book club type environment and I’m pretty excited. I also think that Melanie and Amy, who host Dragons and Tea, made a great pick for this month. I have read a middle grade novel in over a year and am pretty excited to dive in! So much so that I already picked it up from the library even though the read along doesn’t start until May 13.
To 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. (Goodreads)