First Lines Fridays (1) @KiraJaneWrites @GrandCentralPub

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!


It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single crow in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a Cheeto®.

Okay, I might have borrowed and bastardized that line a little bit, but it’s hard to know where to begin. On a whim and a smattering of Scotch, I am writing my story. I use the term “writing” loosely given that I don’t have any fingers (oh, to have the gift of just the middle one). Where are my fingers? I hear you ask. I have a paucity of digits because I am a bird. My name is Shit Turd and I’m a Cheeto®-addicted American crow—not a species known for our literary prowess, but bah stinkbug, we should be.


Feral Creatures
Kira Jane Buxton
Grand Central Publishing, August 2021

From the publisher—

Once upon an apocalypse, there lived an obscenely handsome American crow named S.T. . . .

When the world last checked-in with its favorite Cheeto addict, the planet had been overrun by flesh-hungry beasts, and nature had started re-claiming her territory from humankind. S.T., the intrepid crow, alongside his bloodhound-bestie Dennis, had set about saving pets that had become trapped in their homes after humanity went the way of the dodo.

That is, dear reader, until S.T. stumbled upon something so rare—and so precious—that he vowed to do everything in his power to safeguard what could, quite literally, be humanity’s last hope for survival. But in a wild world plagued by prejudiced animals, feather-raising environments, new threats so terrifying they make zombies look like baby bunnies, and a horrendous dearth of cheesy snacks, what’s a crow to do?

Why, wing it on another big-hearted, death-defying adventure, that’s what! Joined by a fabulous new cast of animal characters, S.T. faces many new challenges plus his biggest one yet: parenthood.