Opening Lines

This page is dedicated to the first thing you see when you open up a book. The opening lines. Those first few sentences that grab your  attention and hopefully hold it. Here, I will list the opening lines of every book that I have reviewed on this blog. I hope that they interest you, and inspire you to pick up one of these books for yourself!

A gunshot is the loudest sound in the universe. Especially if the bullet is coming at you. – Virals (by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs)

He was gathering dirty laundry when the bombs started falling. – The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, And The Fight For Civil Rights (by Steve Shienkin)

Snow fell hard: big, sticky flakes that got under my coat collar where the top button was missing. – The Grimm Legacy (by Polly Shulman)

There is little more likely to exasperate a person of sense than finding herself tied by affection and habit to an Enthusiast. – Enthusiasm (by Polly Shulman)

Everybody knows that a seventh son is lucky. – Thirteenth Child (by Patricia C. Wrede)

There were only two kinds of people in our town. “The stupid and the stuck,” my father had affectionately classified our neighbors. – Beautiful Creatures (by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl)

I’m lucky to be alive. At least, that’s what everybody keeps telling me. Let The Sky Fall (by Shannon Messenger)

What is it like to jump out of an airplane? – Courage Has No Color: The True Story Of The Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers (by Tanya Lee Stone)

Being a heroine is nowhere near the fun folks make it out to be. – Across The Great Barrier (by Patricia C. Wrede)

It began underneath the haunting glow of a full moon. – Once In A Full Moon (by Ellen Schreiber)

Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love. – The Raven Boys (by Maggie Stiefvater)

Cannons thumped in the distance. – Seizure (by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs)

It was the perfect night for a football game. And for death. – SYLO (by D.J. MacHale)

One woman stands alone, off to the side of the crowd. She paces back and forth – agitated, excited, impatient. – Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared To Dream (by Tanya Lee Stone)

The heel of my white kidskin boot ripped a six-inch gash in the hem of my skirt as I whipped around the corner. Behind me, the footsteps halted for just an instant, and then continued, faster than before. I ducked into the next corridor, silently cursing the gods of 1890s fashion. – Timebound (by Rysa Walker)

“Ready?” Alec asked, looking in the rearview mirror at Dan, whose eyes were closed in a kind of nervous meditation. – Blackout (by Robinson Wells)

They took me in my nightgown. – Between Shades Of Gray (by Ruta Sepetys)

The morning after noted child prodigy Colin Singleton graduated from high school and got dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, he took a bath. – An Abundance Of Katherines (by John Green)


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