First Lines Friday: November 26, 2021

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!

First Lines:

All right. I will tell you the tale, how it happened in truth.

The first thing you ought to know is that it wasn’t my father’s fault. Not the bad luck, not the lies. Certainly not the curse. I know some will try to blame him, but he had little to do with it.

And I want to be clear that it wasn’t entirely my fault, either. Not the bad luck, not the lies. Certainly not the curse.


Maybe some of the lies.

But I should start at the beginning. The true beginning.

Do you recognize the lines?

A hint:

This is a new fantasy young adult retelling by one of the most popular authors.

Are you there yet?

This is a haunting retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.

Alright, here we go!

Gilded by Marissa Meyer

Published November 2nd 2021 by Feiwel & Friends

Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller’s daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue.

Or so everyone believes.

When one of Serilda’s outlandish tales draws the attention of the sinister Erlking and his undead hunters, she finds herself swept away into a grim world where ghouls and phantoms prowl the earth and hollow-eyed ravens track her every move. The king orders Serilda to complete the impossible task of spinning straw into gold, or be killed for telling falsehoods. In her desperation, Serilda unwittingly summons a mysterious boy to her aid. He agrees to help her… for a price. Love isn’t meant to be part of the bargain.

Soon Serilda realizes that there is more than one secret hidden in the castle walls, including an ancient curse that must be broken if she hopes to end the tyranny of the king and his wild hunt forever.

Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times-bestselling author, returns to the fairytale world with this haunting retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.

Gilded is my current read in some time (I was sick for two weeks and was not able to read or blog). I have to say I love the magical storytelling vibe of a story inside a story. It really keeps me guessing what’s real and what is not in the book. I am more than half into the story and can’t wait to find out how it ends!

Have you read Gilded on plan to?


5 thoughts on “First Lines Friday: November 26, 2021

  1. Stephanie - Bookfever

    I really wanna read this book. I almost bought it the other day but I’ve been trying to buy less books. It hurts my soul!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I get you! Sometimes we have to limit ourselves but if you are dying to read this book, maybe you can make an exception; after all it’s almost Christmas, you can give yourself a gift)


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