First Line Friday #1

What if, instead of judging a book by its cover, we judged a book by its first line instead. A line that is meant to hook the reader and have you wanting more from the get go?

Find out what my first ever First Line Friday is and if you are tempted to pick up the book!

Although the great saying goes “never judge a book by its cover”, I constantly find myself being drawn to books that have pretty covers, as if that’s going to make the book better. I’m constantly scrolling through TikTok, looking up books I see with pretty covers, or being drawn to the book tables in Waterstones that are full of eye catching covers, conveniently skipping the ones that don’t interest me.

BUT, what if, instead of judging a book by its cover, we judged a book by its first line instead. A line that is meant to hook the reader and have you wanting more from the get go?

Originally founded by Emma IRL, First Line Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers, where instead of judging a book by it’s author’s prestige or the beautiful cover, we look to see what’s underneath the jacket and instead judged a book by its opening lines.

This week’s First Line Friday is one of my all time favourite books, and I’m sure you’ll agree the opening sentences are a bit different from what you normally get!

There was a demon in McDonald’s.

And it had a powerful hunger for Big Macs.

Summary:

Layla just wants to fit in at school and go on a date with Zayne, whom she’s crushed on since forever. Trouble is, Zayne treats Layla like a sister–and Layla is a half demon, half gargoyle with abilities no one else possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with keeping humanity safe, Layla’s kiss will kill anything with a soul–including him.

Then she meets Roth–a demon who claims to know her secrets. Though Layla knows she should stay away, it’s tough when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue. Trusting Roth could ruin her chances with Zayne, but as Layla discovers she’s the reason for a violent demon uprising, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the looming end of the world.

Quick Review:

My rating: ★★★★★

The Dark Elements series is one of my all time favourite. It has a badass FMC, a dark, morally grey love interest (who has a CRACKING sense of humour) and one of those side characters that if you told people about they’re be like wtf but they nearly stole the show.

It (Roth) will make you laugh, it (Roth) will make you cry and it (Roth) will have you desperate for book too!

I’d love to see some of your favourite book’s first lines! You never know, maybe I’ll find a new series to love from reading them!

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