Thursday, May 9, 2013

First Lines #1: Sweet Venom & Ten

The first line or couple of lines set a tone for a book. They can pull you in or make you put the book down. I am going to start to do a series of posts with first lines that got me hooked.

Sweet Venom
Tera Lynn Childs

"Hydra's have a distinctive odor. It's somewhere between the acid tang of burning hair and a boat full of rotting fish. You can smell it from a mile away. Well, you can't. I can."

Gretchen McNeil
"Minnie's face was deathly pale. She stared straight ahead, eyes fixed on the back of the stained cloth seat, and bit her bottom lip so hard that Meg was afraid she would draw blood."


  1. Hmm.. I've read Sweet Venom but I got bored of it. I have the second book but I've never picked it up. I haven't read Ten yet and I don't think I will any time soon. The synopsis doesn't interest me enough. Great post, Sydney!

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

  2. I REALLY want to read both of these books, especially Ten. I remember back when it wasn't even out yet, and it was sooo hyped up. Then I just didn't hear anything about it. I wonder if it's any good. :) x

  3. Those lines are amazing. Makes me want to go read the books! Sometimes, when I go to a 2nd hand bookstore, instead of reading the synopsis, I would read the first line and base it off that. There are also some books that don't have good pick-up hooks like Cinder that just makes it a terrible beginning.


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