First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday

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!

These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed.

But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets.

The one who saved me…and the one who cursed me.

To be honest, everyone, I skipped the prologue because I didn’t think it captured the real story very well. This is the opening lines of the first chapter, one that sets the tone for the rest of the series.

And, obviously, I’ve read this. It’s a reread for me. And I hope to get through the whole series this month, actually. I think it’s a very good one and one that I’d recommend to everyone with a strong stomach and an interest in the paranormal.

It is…



The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)

If you look on Goodreads and know my account, you’ll be able to find a very shitty review for this book. It’s one paragraph and made me cringe so bad when I read it. BUT, I enjoyed this series. At the time of writing this (#scheduleeverything), I’m around 200 pages into the book and am loving it.

Roughly, it’s about a 12-year-old orphan who gets adopted by his father’s old employer, Dr. Pellinore Warthrop. He becomes his assistant and learns the study of monsters.

Definitely one I’d recommend, but you seriously need a strong stomach. I nearly got a bit nauseous while reading it one morning while eating some breakfast.

Talk to me!
Am I the only one who’s read this series?
Do you have a favorite book featuring monsters?

2 thoughts on “First Lines Friday

  1. The first lines seemed really interesting, but even after reading a lot of fantasy that includes battles, wars, you-know-the-type, my stomach remains very weak…
    I think I’ve commented this before, but I still love the idea of using the first lines to judge a book rather than the cover!

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    • Then, this probably won’t be the book for you. I have a strong stomach and it got to me at points. But, thanks! I love the idea, too, which is why I have so much fun with this tag!


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