Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday // Opening Lines

Top 10 Opening Lines

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

I love a book that can capture my attention in the first couple lines. I never quite paid attention to these powerful opening lines until I started book blogging, so sadly I know I am missing quite a few books. I have gotten in the habit of tabbing the opening lines in books now so that I do not run into the problem, as I had for this prompt, of looking through every book I own at the first lines in their prologue/chapter 1.

I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive.

I started reading this book for May Medievalathon. This opening line definitely caught my attention, setting the pace for a heart stopping (pun intended) mermaid fantasy.

The night my sister was born, the stars died and were reborn in her eyes.

I absolutely love Sara Larson. She has such a wonderful and motivational presence on Instagram. But I hadn’t really heard of her until I read this book as an ARC. The story she tells about the bond between two sisters is absolutely powerful. I loved this first sentence in the prologue. It laid the foundation of the mystery behind Inara’s magic. Inara’s birth was the beginning of when really all went to heck for the poor two sisters. If you have yet to read it, check out my review here.

The sound of my knife slitting across a throat feels much too loud in the darkness.

Yes, this is a pretty brutal opening line. But that is Tricia Levenseller’s writing style and I love it. You can’t write a pirate/siren story and expect it to be free from violence and gore. I love the opening quotes Levenseller takes from the Pirates of the Caribbean series. I think her using those in the beginning set my expectations high, if she was willing to quote one of my favorite pirate movies. And this series has completely soared above those expectations. This quote captures the true to nature brutality of pirates and how the book follows that.

People lived because she killed. And if that meant braving the Arz where even the sun was afraid to glimpse, then so be it.

I have not finished reading this book, but just opening with this line made it sound so exciting! For the main character and for the setting.

Everyone has a nightmare.

I have to admit, this opening sentence didn’t hit me as hard as others. But while reading, this sentence became reiterated through the huge stand off scene and conflict. I love a book that can go back to its opening sentence and capitalize off of it. Anyone who has yet to read Supernova, do not brush off this sentence! It foreshadows to soo much

This is it for me. The last chance I have to reclaim what’s left of my life.

I freaking loved this book. I honestly think Kelsey Quick helped kick off a new vampire age for YA Fantasy. If you’re a fan of vampire fantasy with a bit of romance and post-apocalyptic settings, you have to read this! Check out the synopsis on Goodreads and my review here

He had been hunting for her since the moment she was taken from him. His mate. He barely remembered his own name…The iron had smothered her. It had snuffed out the fire in her veins, as surely as if the flames had been doused.

I had to include the first couple sentences of not just “The Prince,” but also “The Princess” page. They still are the opening sentences to the book. I followed this series to its end. If anyone else has read this series, you know the amount of pain and heartache you were left reading the end of Empire of Storms, and having to wait past Tower of Dawn, to get to this point. And it absolutely wrecked my heart.

After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.

The first Sarah J. Maas that I picked up in 2015. This opening line caught my attention for this book and honestly for the rest of the books to come in the series. It gave me a small glimpse into the bad a** girl that Celaena is. Don’t kill me, but I was totally more for team Celaena than team Aelin. I just loved that terrifying assassin character that Celaena was.

Everything had gone horribly wrong. None of Safiya fon Hasstrel’s hastile laid plans for this holdup were unfolding as the ought.

This quote seriously sets the precedence for the rest of poor Safiya’s plans that all go to heck. I loved Safiya’s character. And every time a plan went awry for her, I couldn’t help but curse and shake my head. This quote that speaks to the first plan you read seriously set the pace for every other bad thing that occurred for poor Safiya and Iseult. Had this plan gone well, the entire series would be changed. If you have yet to read this series, you have got to give it a try! The first 3 books have to be read in succession because everything is connected in some way. Not one part of these books is for waste.

The the most dangerous enemy is not the one who lingers behind you in the shadows, but the one who walks beside you as a friend. They shape the world around you with well-constructed lies, entombing you in the gossamer of their deceit. You’ll never know their true face, for they shed their masks-meticulous and devious, like the skin of an ever-changing snake. I walked hand in hand with my enemy, allowed their kiss of death to linger on my lips while the world disintegrated around me.

Another wonderful indie author that knows how to capture readers from the beginning and open with so much power that will set the precedence for the entire series.


What are some of your favorite opening book lines? Have you read any of my top 10 books?

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