The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
The first sentence from each chapter of The Iron Witch, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.
*All first sentences are from an ARC I read via Around The World ARC Tours
"Donna sat on a narrow bench bolted to the roughly hewn roof-deck."
"Donna slouched deeper into her seat and stared out of the greasy window, barely noticing the scenery that the bus grumbled past."
"Donna sat cross-legged on her bed as Navin slouched (his usual position) into the oversized beanbag on her bedroom floor."
"After Navin had gone, Donna lay on her bed listening to the familiar sounds of her aunt clattering mugs and plates in the kitchen."
"Donna tried not to feel nervous as she waited for Alexander Grayson in the middle of Ironbridge Common."
"As they turned onto the wide residential street lined with oak trees and town houses, the hair on the back of Donna's neck prickled."
"That was the best meal I've had in ages," Donna said, her stomach full to bursting."
"Donna sat in Simon Gaunt's wood-panelled study at the Frost Estate, trying not to fall asleep as Alma Kensington droned on about alchemical theory."
"Mildred's was a tiny coffee shop that stayed open from eight 'til eight most days."
"Donna checked her phone for what seemed like the hundredth time since she'd gotten up."
"Lying motionless on her bed, eyes closed in concentration, Donna's first impulse was to go to Maker's workshop to see if he was still acting strangely."
"Ttrying to swallow her anger and disappointment, Donna walked up and down the street outside Ironbridge High."
"It was like walking down a shadowy hallway."
"Donna fiddled with the delicate silver charm bracelet around her wrist and tried not to think about her mother."
"Donna shrieked and dropped it."
"Donna ran until she thought her chest would burst."
"The dark green leaves and ragged branches of the Ironwood waited, silent, under a full moon bruised by indigo clouds."
"Give me the elixir," demanded the Wood Queen."