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Hello Hello! How are you?

I don’t know if you are suspicious or not, but since today is Friday the 13th, I thought it would be a good idea to feature a book with a bit of a spooky beginning.

One clue I will give you to start with is that it’s a middle grade fantasy I am currently reading and really enjoying, so keep on reading to find out what the first lines are (they are amazing), and what book they are from!

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!


It was a wild and lightning-struck night. The kind of night that changes everything.

Jagged forks of light ripped across the sky and thunder rolled in tidal waves over the rooftops and spires of London. With the rain lashing down and the clouds crashing above, it felt like the whole city was under the sea.


But what book is this quote from?

The Hatmakers (#1) by Tamzin Merchant

Cordelia comes from a long line of magical milliners, who weave alchemy and enchantment into every hat. In Cordelia’s world, Making – crafting items such as hats, cloaks, watches, boots and gloves from magical ingredients – is a rare and ancient skill, and only a few special Maker families remain.

When Cordelia’s father Prospero and his ship, the Jolly Bonnet, are lost at sea during a mission to collect hat ingredients, Cordelia is determined to find him. But Uncle Tiberius and Aunt Ariadne have no time to help the littlest Hatmaker, for an ancient rivalry between the Maker families is threatening to surface. Worse, someone seems to be using Maker magic to start a war.

It’s up to Cordelia to find out who, and why . . .


This is the Middle grade Marvels book club pick for the month of January, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’ve read the first quarter and I’m about to read the next quarter as I’m writing this, and I’m very exited to dive into this story again. I really love the whimsy and the way it is written, so hopefully it continues to be this good!

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed reading this post and will pick this book up soon!

See you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

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