First Line Friday – 14 April 2023

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First Lines Friday is a weekly feature 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?

Here’s how it works!

  • 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!


These days, Devon only bought three things from the shops: books, booze, and Sensitive Care skin cream.

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The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean

The Book Eaters

The Book Eaters is the April book of the month for one of the book clubs I’m in. I’ve heard that this book is a bit dark, so it might be outside of my comfort zone, but we’ll see how it goes.

Book Details

Title: The Book Eaters 

Author: Sunyi Dean

Genre: Fantasy

Age Category: Adult

Publication Date:  August 2, 2022

Number of Pages: 298 Pages

Buy the Book: Amazon

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Out on the Yorkshire Moors lives a secret line of people for whom books are food, and who retain all of a book’s content after eating it. To them, spy novels are a peppery snack; romance novels are sweet and delicious. Eating a map can help them remember destinations, and children, when they misbehave, are forced to eat dry, musty pages from dictionaries.

Devon is part of The Family, an old and reclusive clan of book eaters. Her brothers grow up feasting on stories of valor and adventure, and Devon—like all other book eater women—is raised on a carefully curated diet of fairytales and cautionary stories.

But real life doesn’t always come with happy endings, as Devon learns when her son is born with a rare and darker kind of hunger—not for books, but for human minds.

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