Myths, Magic, and Monsters YA First Lines

First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. Do these first lines from myths, magic, and monsters YA hook you? Do you want to read more?

The Cover of Lore by Alexandra Bracken features a Medusa head in all white with the tag line of Bind Your Fate to Mine and a first line from myths magic and monsters ya

He woke to the feeling of rough ground beneath him and the stench of mortal blood.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

“What do you want from us?” A tall, slender woman with doll-like features and beautifully curled, blonde hair demands in a shaking tone that betrays her state of absolute terror.

Blood (Redrowen) by D.C. Hart 

The Cover of Fallen Shroud by D. J. Dalton features a woman in black leather jacket and white t-shirt with blue swirls of magic around her.

It wasn’t uncommon for kids to have an imaginary friend. 

Fallen Shroud: Twisted Curse Book One by D. J. Dalton

This is a story of the Sun and the Earth.

Well, not quite.

A Song of Entanglement by Deena Helm 

The cover of Fire Falls into the depths by R. A. Cooper features a young woman standing atop a mountain with icy magic depending form her hands.

In three days, my life went from tracking down the Jags to being hunted and saving my friends from the lion-headed vultures.

Fire Falls Into the Depths: Book Two of The Brimstone Archives by R. A. Cooper


There are no affiliate links in this post. I don’t make a cent off of the books listed on this page. Usually these titles are pulled at random. They are here for your enjoyment. And to entice you to buy more books.

If you liked those first lines, I hope you’ll love these:

The giant bronze angel of death loomed over Miranda Clarke’s shoulder.

My Soul to Keep, Book One in the Fellowship Dystopia by Lynette M. Burrows


One word and Ian Hobart’s world teetered into not safe.

Fellowship, a companion novel to the Fellowship Dystopia by Lynette M. Burrows

Do You Want to Read More?

Did you enjoy these first lines celebrating YA myths, magic, and monsters? Check out previous First Line Fridays posts. You’ll put another enormous smile on my face if you tell me in the comments below— Which myths, magic, and monsters YA first lines spoke to you? Did you buy it?

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