First Line Fridays: “Carve the Mark” by Veronica Roth

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Friday! At last!

The week has mostly been uneventful for me. It was very routinary – home, work then home again – but I welcome it especially after the craziness of July. I was able to finally get back to reading and am finally almost finished with Fiona Davis’ The Masterpiece, which I will try to review this Sunday if things go as planned. So today, for FLF, I picked one of the books on my TBR.



Hushflowers always bloomed when the night was longest. The whole city celebrated the day the bundle of petals peeled apart into rich red – partly because the hushflowers were their nation’s lifeblood, and partly, Akos thought, to keep them all from going crazy in the cold.






I’ve had Carve the Mark for over a year now but I admit I waited for The Fates Divide to be released this year before putting it on my to-read schedule. I’m saving both books for my short holiday in December though so I can’t really tell you anything much about it aside from it being written in third person POV, which was kind of a surprise for me since the whole Divergent series (which I loved, except Allegiant for reasons I discussed in my review of the book way back 2013) were written in first person POV.

How about you guys, what are you reading today?



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20 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: “Carve the Mark” by Veronica Roth

  1. carylkane says:

    Happy Friday, Rachel!

    My first line comes from The Trial by Robert Whitlow.

    Truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long.

    Celeste Jamison tossed and turned but couldn’t sleep.

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  2. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Love is Patient by Lila Diller:

    “I flipped through the pages of the bridal magazine yet again, from one dogeared page to the next, dreaming and desiring.”

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  3. Suzie Waltner says:

    I’m interested to hear what you think about these books. I haven’t really heard any buzz around Carve the Mark (even though it’s been a year since it’s release).

    I just started “Nice to Come Home To” by Liz Flaherty. The first line is: Why didn’t you ever come back here?

    Happy Friday!

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    • Rachel says:

      I’m saving it for December so it may take time. I admit, I was a bit wary getting this after how Allegiant ended, but decided to give her another chance. I mean, I did love her othet books (with the exception of Allegiant) so there must be something there.


  4. susandyer1962 says:

    Happy Friday!😎

    My first line comes from a book I will be reading soon, Oh My Stars by Sally Kilpatrick.

    And it came to pass in those days, that a decree went out from my mother that I would be playing the Virgin Mary in the Dollar General drive-through Nativity whether I liked it or not.

    Haha! I love those first lines and can’t wait to read this book!

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊📚

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  5. jennifertarheelreader says:

    That is a stunning first line, Rachel! I don’t know why, but POVs don’t bother me. Here’s my first line from What We Promise, a book I’ve just started,

    “Shanghai, 1988. It wasn’t the plane Lina feared, but the sky above the airfield. Acres of space unbroken by trees or buildings made Lina nervous.”

    I hope you have a wonderful Friday and weekend and also that you get some reading time! ♥️

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    • Rachel says:

      Me, too. I think it’s more that I’m used to her writing in first person POV. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it, which is why I’m delaying gratification and scheduling this to read on December as a prize for myself. Haha! Does that even make sense? 🙃

      I love your first line. Is this by chance a historical novel? Or just dual timelines?

      Have a great weekend as well, Jennifer. And keep on the book recs coming.

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      • jennifertarheelreader says:

        Totally makes sense, Rachel! I love to delay gratification with reads, too! I think it’s considered general fiction and not historical. The early life of the parents in the family give it a historic feel in those parts, but it seems like it’s going to be more contemporary. I can keep you posted, though, once I’ve read more. I’m happy to keep the recs coming if you do the same! 😊


  6. Anneliese Dalaba says:

    On my blog this week I am featuring “Saving Truth” by Abdu Murray, Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World. Since I am still currently reading this book, I will share the first two lines from Chapter 4. “History’s most influential person expressly binds freedom to the limits of truth. “You will know the truth,” Jesus says, “and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)” May your weekend be a refreshing one for you.


  7. thebeccafiles says:

    Happy Friday!
    The book I shared on my blog this week is Auschwitz Lullaby but it’s also what I just finished reading so I’ll share my favorite quote from the book here: “Sometimes we have to lose everything to find what is most important. When life robs us of what we thought we could not live without and leaves us standing naked before reality, the essential things that had always been invisible take on their true value.” Hope you have a great weekend!


  8. bellesmoma16 says:

    Over on my blog, I’m showcasing the first line from Carolyn Miller’s new novel, Miss Serena’s Secret. It’s SO good. I’m almost finished with the book, so here I will share the first line of chapter 26.

    “I cannot help you.”

    A bit blunt and harsh! Lol.
    I hope you’re having an awesome weekend filled with great reading time. 😀❤📚


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