04 January 2019

Song of the Current | The Friday 56 & First Line Friday

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

What a week! With a new year comes a whole new batch of firsts. What was the first book you read this year? I've been working on (and finishing) a few different books in the last few days, but here's a peek at the fun YA fantasy that started my 2019.

First Line: There is a god at the bottom of the river.

From Page 56: "Magic doesn't make a man evil," he said. "It's just a skill. It isn't inherently good or bad. It's what's in his heart that makes him evil, the same as anyone else."


Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will. 

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself. 

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

Now, feel free to leave a line from a book near you in the comments below.
And be sure to stop by Hoarding Books and Freda's Voice for a peek into other books.


  1. Great excerpt. Now I am intrigued. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THOSE OTHER WOMEN”

  2. Hi Hallie! Love the moon on that cover! Happy reading!

  3. That cover is stunning! And anything to do with pirates sounds like a good time haha, must be all those Pirates of the Caribbean movies I've watched.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Happy Friday! My first line is from "Until I Met You: Brides of Seattle Prequel" by Kimberly Rose Johnson:

    "Early Saturday morning, Brandi Prescott held her latte in one hand and opened the door to leave her favorite coffee shop in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle."

  5. This sounds like a great book. I'll have to watch for a copy. This week I am spotlighting The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye. Happy reading!

  6. YOu had me with the opening line. :-) Happy weekend!

  7. That’s a beautiful cover! And an exciting sounding synopsis. My first book of 2019 was a children’s book called Gina From Serbia.

  8. Oh this looks gorgeous and I love the passages you shared!

  9. Happy Friday! I’m sharing the first line of the ‘First January’ diary entry from D.E. Stevenson’s Mrs. Tim of the Regiment on my blog today. So here I’ll share the beginning of the ‘Tenth January’ entry:

    “Meet Nora Watt on my way home from church. She has been lying in wait for me. We agree that the sermon was slightly dull, but that the singing has improved. I see Grace hovering about but there is no escape from Nora.”

  10. I've got this one on my tbr. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  11. Happy New Year!

    My first lines come from a book I'm reading now, The Marriage Bargain by Stephanie Dees....

    Cameron Quinn looked around the tiny town of Red Hill Springs. Big pots of pansies, twinkle lights in the trees lining the streets......apparently the basketball team at the local high school was doing well this year--the storefronts were full of team spirit. It had charm, he guessed, if you were a person who liked that down-home kind of stuff.

    He wasn't.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!😊💕

  12. Happy Friday!

    I love the cover. I don't usually read YA Fantasy, but your FLF definitely grabs a readers attention. I'll have to keep this YA novel in mind once I get through my TBR pile.

    On my blog this week, I’m featuring Laura Frantz’s “The Frontiersman’s Daughter” as my FLF. I’m also reading Mary Connealy’s “Out of Control.” This FLF is:

    Colorado Territory
    June 23, 1866

    “Last time. This is it. Never again.”

    Have a good weekend and happy reading.

  13. Happy Friday!

    Today, on my blog, I'm sharing the first line from Chasing Someday by Crystal Walton. I'm currently on chapter 24, so I will leave the first line from there.

    "Chase sat back in one of the wicker chairs Mom insisted he own, cradled his guitar in his lap, and watched the fireflies hail the end of a long day."

    It's such a good book. I'm loving it. 😀

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with relaxing reading time. 😀❤📚

  14. The first book I've read this year is a book called The Widows by Jess Montgomery. It's inspired by the true story of Ohio's first female sheriff in the 1920s.

    I'm featuring a non-fiction book on my blog this week--A Light So Lovely (about Madeleine L'Engle)--but I'm also about to dive into Stratagem by Robin Caroll, so here's the first line:

    "According to your estimation, she has eight minutes to figure out she can't open the door unless her employee uses the key he got in the last room."

    Have a great weekend!