Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Firsts (2)

The first line can make or break a reader’s interest. Just how well did the author pull you in to the story with their first sentence? To participate in this weekly book meme is extremely easy.

  • Grab the book you are currently reading and open to the first page.
  • Write down the first sentence in the first paragraph.
  • Create a blog post with this information. (Make sure to include the title & author of the book you are using. Even an ISBN helps!)
  • Did this first sentence help draw you into the story? Why or why not?
At the moment, I'm reading Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston. The book technically begins with a bit of a poem, but the actual story begins with this sentence:
Puck's tortured words rang in Kelley's ears as she lifted her head, struggling against the darkness that threatened to descend upon her.
I like how this sets the scene. This first line is actually part of a prologue that foreshadows later events (the same device was used in Twilight). This one line tells us a few things about the story. We know that it somehow involves A Midsummer Night's Dream. And we know that, at some point, things are going to take a turn for the worse. What is this threatening darkness? Why does Kelley have to struggle against it?

This first line definitely makes me want to keep reading.


  1. Ooh, that's quite a beginning - very dramatic. I didn't realise this story involved A Midsummer Night's Dream. I look forward to reading your review :)

  2. It really got me curious for the rest. Great one!

  3. I really liked his character when I read this.

  4. Hmm, I wonder what his tortured words were! Has me curious!

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  5. This is a great opening line. Really gets you thinking of many things, and what is going to happen. I love how it works with Midsummer Night's Dream, I love that book.

    I look forward to your review on this one!