First Line Fridays: “Sky Without Stars” by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell

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Happy Friday!

Look who’s back from an unplanned blogging hiatus. Me! Well, truthfully I’m still in the middle of a week-long vacation with my family. We’re visiting my mom’s family in her home province in the far north.

I love it here! It’s so peaceful and quiet, a far cry from life in the city. I took the liberty to use my time here (or at least the time I’m not going from one uncle/aunt’s home pigging out on fresh fruit and sticky rice cakes) to catch up on my ARCs. I’ll be featuring the one I am currently reading for this week’s FLF.

Sky Without Stars (Jessica Brody  & Joanne Rendell)



The rain was falling sideways in the Marsh. It was never a straight downpour. It was always crooked. Just like the people here. Con artists and hustlers and crocs, the lot of them.

Anyone can be saint until they’re hungry.



I’m only 20% into Sky Without Stars and, right now, I feel like I’m just starting to get to know the main characters. I don’t know what to make of it yet, though this one is being marketed as a Les Misarables re-telling. I guess we’ll see, right?

Sky Without Stars is set to be released next Tuesday, March 26.



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8 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: “Sky Without Stars” by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell

  1. bellesmoma16 says:

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I’m sharing the first paragraph from A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer: Currently I’m reading Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep, so I’ll share a line from there.

    “Mr. Farris and the soldiers thundered off, but despite the danger disappearing into the dark, Helen’s heart still beat an irregular tattoo, for Isaac strode toward her.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading! 🙂❤📚


  2. thebeccafiles says:

    Happy Friday!
    On my blog today I shared the first line from When You Are Near by Tracie Peterson: but I’m now currently reading The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (4) here: “David corralled his nerves and forced them into one knee, which bounced an erratic dance as he sat in the reception area of Sisyphus Financial’s top floor.” Hope you have a great weekend!


  3. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “How the Light Gets In” by Jolina Petersheim:

    “The caskets were closed, of course.”


  4. Yvette - Bookworlder says:

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing from General Meade: A Novel of the Civil War by Robert Kofman on my blog, here’s the first line from the next book I’ll be starting, Beauty in Battle by Robin Patchen:

    “Darkness swallowed Harper’s rental home even before Jack navigated his pickup around the corner.”


  5. Iola says:

    So I love the cover and the first line … but a Le Mis retelling? That could be too sad.

    I’m sharing the first line from The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton on my blog today, and that’s what I’m currently reading. It’s my first Lori Benton book and I’ve heard great things about her writing, so I have high expectations!

    Alex MacKinnon roused to the press of wood beneath his cheek and an ominous churning in his gut.


  6. Paula Shreckhise says:

    My first line is from chapter 20 of A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Carolyn Miller.

    Today had proved a day of wonders, enough to make Caroline almost believe there might be other miracles to be seen from this God the Kirbys trusted.


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