Get Hooked From The First Sentence – Favorite Opening Lines {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s another freebie so I decided to talk about opening lines.

The first sentence in a book is super important. It’s supposed to draw your attention, get you interested, set the tone for the book and get you hooked right away. It should suck you into this new fictional world from the get go. That’s a lot of pressure for one sentence, of course, but it is possible! The proof is in these ten examples:

The Raven Boys

Talk about starting with a BANG! This series is gorgeously written, whimsical and beautifully atmospheric and I feel like this first sentence immediately sets the tone perfectly.

A Darker Shade of Magic

What is going on? Is this a story about fashion? What could be peculiar about a coat? I NEED TO KNOW! (Also, I just finished this series and just reading this sentence made me all teary and nostalgic. If that’s not  sign that you’ve got something special, I don’t know what is)

Uprooted

No better way to get me interested than talking about dragons. Why is this Dragon written with a capital D? Why doesn’t he eat the girls? What does he do with them? Questions!

Shatter Me

Another bang for a start. Why have you been locked up for so long? What’s going on? And how do you keep track of time so well when I hardly have any idea what I did yesterday?

History Is All You Left Me

Well, there come the waterworks already! At least now I know to get my tissues ready right away. This sentence just sets the tone for the entire book so beautifully.

The Book Thief

Talk about being captivated right away. Nobody can quite catch your attention with a few short sentences than the narrator of this story, Death itself.

The Fault in Our Stars

Another quote that perfectly encompasses the tone of the book to come.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Every page in this book has gorgeous quotes, starting with the very first one.

The Last Olympian

Dramatic and hilarious, a mix that seems to work perfectly for Percy Jackson.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Excuse me, I NEED TO KNOW MORE RIGHT NOW, please and thank you!

are you someone who loves quotes and opening lines? Any of these draw your attention? Any you also love?

36 thoughts on “Get Hooked From The First Sentence – Favorite Opening Lines {Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books says:

    This post is so very beautiful, and I love all of the opening lines you picked here. The Raven Boys, that first sentence is just perfect – and Shades of Magic, that beginning got me SO curious about the book already, and a reason why I was hooked from the very first page. I really want to read that Adam Silvera book, but, erm…I know it’s sad, and that first sentence certainly announces the tone of the book ahah 🙂
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Thanks Marie 🙂 The Raven Boys and the Shades of Magic series are both filled with so many great quotes and it already starts with the very first ones. And yes, definitely read the Adam Silvera book because it’s soo good <3 But it also totally requires some emotional preparation because it's a sad one. I usually procrastinate reading sad books but I couldn't say no to Adam Silvera 🙂

  2. Reg @ She Latitude says:

    Love this post so, so much! First opening lines aren’t *that* important but really great ones usually mean that I’d really enjoy the book. I LOVED the opening line for The Raven Boys, ADSOM, and Uprooted, and I ended up really loving those books as well. On the other hand, I found DoSaB’s opening lines kind of cliched and ended up not really liking the book. 😛

  3. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews says:

    So many of these are some of my favourites too like The Raven Boys, A Darker Shade of Magic, Percy Jackson, The Book Thief……. I love it so much when a book can hook you instantly from the very first line!! It’s such a great feeling.

  4. Di @ Book Reviews by Di says:

    Okay – my TBR just shuddered. So many of these books are on there but now I need to make large adjustments to the order of it!

    I adored Uprooted and I agree- that opening line had me.

    PJ series – love them as you know. That opening line in particular is awesome!

    I’ve always, always wanted to read DOS&B and now after that opening line I need it sooner than I thought.. And Schwab. I need Schwab. 🙂

    Thanks for another awesome post! Love your chosen topic!
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Haha, sorry about the major TBR shake up 😉
      Uprooted and PJ definitely had great opening lines and just reading those lines makes me want to re-read the books…
      Hope you’ll love DOS&B when you get to it and of course also the Shades of Magic series because I adore that series especially 😉

  5. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight says:

    What a great idea for a topic! To be honest I don’t usually really notice first lines? I guess maybe I notice at the time when I read them, but they don’t tend to stick or make much impression. These are awesome picks though! The only first line I can recall absolutely loving off the top of my head would be the first line (well, two lines) of Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, which was: “The average life expectancy for a Hell Diver was fifteen jumps. This was Xavier Rodriguez’s ninety-sixth.”

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      I agree it doesn’t happen all too often but I still love it when a first line sticks with me. Your example is great too, I don’t know about the book, but I’m already intrigued 😉

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