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? 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  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  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 […]

First Lines for September

First Lines 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 for September hook you? Do you want to read more? An ear to the door. So simple it was stupid.  The Legacy: Elijah (The Legacy Series Book 3) by Tricia Wentworth The night it began, all we could do was listen to the chaos. Trying to Survive (Part 1) by C.J. Crowley Charlie sat on a cracked curb in what had been just an hour before, a great city. Simulant by Bobby Adair   An hour after the Resurrection Formula team leaders were served breakfast by his Bags, Brandon Kirby marched in the ballroom of his Connecticut country home. The Opulent Life Option: A Dystopian Novel by Craig Proffitt The scream builds in my chest, threatens to erupt out of me. Contain (BUNKER 12) (Volume 1) Saul Tanpepper Shayna Coldrake eased the truck around to the backside of  a two-story house, […]

From Vultures to Family It’s First Line Friday

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. From Vultures to Family It’s First Line Friday. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. Do these first lines hook you? Do you want to read more? The black silhouette of a vulture circles overhead, its large dark shape contrasting with the bright afternoon sky. The Outlands by Tyler Edwards Prologue-About to Catch Fire Phillip Chestnut didn’t understand why things had started to go sideways. Effacement by Hieronymus Hawkes So you’re the person responsible for the death of the number one,” the burly man in a security uniform tells me.  All the Whys of Delilah’s Demise by Neve Maslakovic When we were new, Rosa and I were mid-store, on the magazines table side, and could see through more than half the window. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro The swallows skipped like flat stones across the surface of the infinity pool, their wings spread, and a lone woman in a gauzy beach coverup—what she might have called a kaftan if that word didn’t sound so matronly—watched […]