First Lines Friday

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Fox Petty-Squabble flopped onto the sofa in the penthouse suite of the Neverwinkle Hotel. It was the summer holidays – or at least it was supposed to be – but rather than heading to the seaside, or relaxing with a barbeque in their garden, the Petty-Squabble family had descended upon the sleepy village of Mizzlegurg in the Bavarian countryside for a business trip.

Any ideas?

If you’ve read the wonderful Rumblestar, the first book in The Unmapped Chronicles series, you’ll probably have guessed this book from the incredibly inventive names! I was lucky enough to get a proof copy so am really looking forward to reading this one soon.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The second novel in Abi Elphinstone’s new series, The Unmapped Chronicles, takes readers to the magical kingdom of Jungledrop! A breath-taking adventure story, that’s also about being kind – to others, to our planet and, perhaps hardest of all, to ourselves.

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