Opening Lines From My TBR

The first thing you are drawn to when you begin a story is the opening line. Often that line can make or break weather you want to read a book or not. I wanted to share opening lines from books on my shelves I haven’t read yet to see if they actually make me want to read that book as of right now. 

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore 


When he grabs Mama’s wrist and yanks her toward the wall hanging like that, it must hurt. 

Freeks by Amanda Hocking


 Behind me, the branches and trees crunched and snapped as the creature tore through them. 

And I Darken by Kiersten White 

Chapter 1

Vlad Dracul’s heavy brow descended like a storm when the doctor informed him that his wife had given birth to a girl. 

Replica by Lauren Oliver 

Lyra : Chapter 1 

On very still nights sometimes we can hear them chanting, calling for us to die. 

Gemma : Chapter 1 

Escape: that was what Gemma dreamed of, especially on nights like this one, when the moon was so big and bright it looked like it was a set piece in a movie, hooked outside her window on a curtain of dark sky. 

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Twelve years earlier…

Mommy forgot to warn the new babysitter about the basement. 

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Chapter 1

Of all my many murders, committed for love and for better reasons, the first was the most important. 

Jane by April Lindner 

Chapter 1 

The chairs in the lobby of Discriminating Nannies, inc., were less comfortable then they looked. 

Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston

The Voice of the Monster 

They were coming for her. 

Made For You by Melissa Marr

Day 0: “The Party”


“Did you see her?” Piper whispers, lifting the same plastic cup of wine she’s been holding the past two hours as of it hides her. 

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller 

Chapter 1 

It came in a plain white envelope, which made both more and less of its significance. 

Alive by Scott Sigler 

Chapter 1 

A stabbing pain jolts me awake. 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Chapter 1 

April 9th, 1995 

The Oregon Coast

If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are. 

For so many reasons I want to read all these books and for quite a few I had to stop myself from wanting to dive in past the first line cough cough *Jane Steele* cough cough. In truth I’m excited for all of these and I can’t wait to dive into these books on my shelves! 

Thanks for reading! I hope you liked this post. Which of these lines stood out to you the most? If you have read any of these books, what did you think of them? I hope to speak with you all down in the comments. 

-Till Next time!