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!
Maggie was sitting in Sol’s cafe, a cup of tea cooling beside her, only a few crumbs left of the huge slice of chocolate cake she’d just devoured. Beyond her flowed the dull afternoon bustle of West Minchen’s high street: its pound shops, gambling shops, restaurants and newsagents. But Maggie didn’t notice any of that. She was staring at someone. Here eyes were even wider than usual and a deep crease of concentration streaked down the middle of her forehead.
This one has really intrigued me and, when I saw that the publisher had signed copies, I just had to have one!
Maggie Blue is an outsider, both at home and at school. She lives with her eccentric aunt Esme, and has no friends other than the irascible Hoagy, a stray cat who can talk to her. When Maggie sees Ida, her foe from school, being taken through a window to another world by one of their teachers who has transformed into a wolf, she is determined to save her, whatever the cost. But the dark world is full of danger, a place where happiness is valued above all else, and Maggie discovers that her role is far more important than anyone could have guessed. A thrilling and gripping tale of friendship, courage and the power of being yourself.
Have you read this one? What did you think?