First Lines Fridays

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.

Any ideas?

This one has really intrigued me and, when I saw that the publisher had signed copies, I just had to have one!

Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

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