First Lines Fridays: March 10th


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?

The Rules:

  • 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!


“A girl with a clockwork heart shouldn’t be running late, but I was.”


Interested? Keep reading to find out which book this is from.


Ticker by Lisa Mantchev

19223830 What it’s about:

A girl with a clockwork heart must make every second count.

When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass “Ticker” in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it’s discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and he’s put on trial for mass murder.

On the last day of Warwick’s trial, the Farthings’ factory is bombed, Penny’s parents disappear, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom note demanding all of their Augmentation research if they want to see their parents again. Is someone trying to destroy the Farthings…or is the motive more sinister?

Desperate to reunite their family and rescue their research, Penny and her brother recruit fiery baker Violet Nesselrode, gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling, and Marcus Kingsley, a young army general who has his own reasons for wanting to lift the veil between this world and the next. Wagers are placed, friends are lost, romance stages an ambush, and time is running out for the girl with the clockwork heart.

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I randomly opened this up on my Kindle for this week’s FLF, and now I can’t even remember how I got this book. Did I buy it? Was it a Kindle First book? Was it a freebie? I have no clue. I just remember I got it when I first started to get into steampunk, but I never read it. The cover grabbed my attention first, and it still does. I love this cover. I don’t even know why because I feel like it has a couple of elements I usually hate, but for some reason it works for this one. I think I might try to get to this one soon because I feel a steampunk mood coming on.


Have you read Ticker? What’s your favorite steampunk novel (or series)?


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