Friday, February 11, 2011

Book Beginning: The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages 

Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. 

If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

My beginning this week is from The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell. This book has been described as a Young Adult Victorian Gothic. I am reading the eARC from NetGalley. This book will be published on March 7, 2011.

Here is the product description: It's the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.

When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia's world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she's not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.

And it begins:
I woke in Oakhaven, entirely ruined.
How Victorian! I don't think I have ever met anyone who was "ruined". It certainly helps set the time period for this story and makes me wonder both "how?" and "why?"


  1. I just got this one for review last week from NetGalley but haven't had time to start it yet. Great first sentence! I hope you are enjoying the book.

  2. Wow, this is a very dramatic opener. I do want to keep reading when a book begins like this. What has led to her ruin? What will happen next?

    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I am dying to read this -- I have an ARC waiting -- that first line totally grabs me!!


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