Bookish Musings: Opening Lines (2)


I did a post with opening lines before, and I’m doing it again because I just think it’s really interesting to look at the opening lines of books!

I don’t know about you all, but I tend to just kind of gloss over the first line, in a way, and immediately forget it by the time I’m a few sentences deep. I don’t really stop to pay attention to just the opening line specifically when I’m starting a new book. Which is exactly why it’s so fun to go back and see what they actually were.

And maybe some of these will be intriguing enough to interest people in the books! I’ll link to my reviews and to Amazon, in case. All of these are books I’ve enjoyed, some are even favorites of mine, so I hope you also enjoy any if you decide to try them.

Anyway, here are ten more opening lines for you all to check out!

Steal the Light by Lexi BlakeTrailer Park Fae by Lilith SaintcrowStarflight by Melissa LandersMazarin Blues by Al HessThe Vampire's Club by X. Aratare

Steal the Light by Lexi Blake

[ My Review // Amazon ]

Grief is a selfish beast.

Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow

[ My Review // Amazon ]

Summer, soft green hills and shaded dells, lay breathless under a pall of smoky apple-blossom dusk.

Starflight by Melissa Landers

[ My Review // Amazon ]

What if nobody picks me?

Mazarin Blues by Al Hess

[ My Review // Amazon ]

All Reed wanted was a tumbler of bourbon and some slinky jazz, but he was still here, scrubbing blood from the sink.

The Vampire’s Club by X. Aratare

[ My Review // Amazon ]

Lucas Daniels felt the clerk’s bulging, unblinking eyes on him as he filled out his fifteenth employment application of the evening.

The Dichotomy of Angels by N.R. WalkerIncubus by Amanda MeuwissenNo One Dies in the Garden of Syn by Michael SeidelmanSiren's Song by Cynthia DiamondTimekeeper by Tara Sim

The Dichotomy of Angels by N.R. Walker

[ My Review // Amazon ]

Time was a human construct that held little meaning for Saint Peter.

Incubus by Amanda Meuwissen

[ My Review // Amazon ]

Nathan Grier hit the ground hard on his hands and knees, panting for breath.

No One Dies in the Garden of Syn by Michael Seidelman

[ My Review // Amazon ]

Not a day goes by that Synthia Wade does not recall the night her parents disappeared.

Siren’s Song by Cynthia Diamond

[ My Review // Amazon ]

Five days tied to a dirty mattress in what probably was an abandoned crack house wasn’t ideal vacation time for Adelle.

Timekeeper by Tara Sim

[ My Review // Amazon ]

Two o’clock was missing.

Time to pick a favorite! Personally I find the Timekeeper opening line to be the most quirky and intriguing because how can a time be missing?? But the Mazarin Blues one also piques my interest! But of course the opening line isn’t the end all, be all of a book, and obviously all of these were enough to make me keep reading!

More Opening Lines Posts

Bookish Musings: Opening Lines
Bookish Musings: Opening Lines (2)
Bookish Musings: Opening Lines (3)


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  1. Greg

    I absolutely love that opening line for Trailer PArk Fae. Plus the cover, of course. I’m tempted to read those.

    Starflight and Mazarin Blues are pretty good though too. 🙂


    oh oh I see “angels” in the title and, since I’m a big fan of Einstein and all his time bending theories, that first line is just perfect! I’ll have to check up The Dichotomy of Angels. I’m a sucker for paranormal romance with angels 🙂

    1. Kristen Burns

      Lol I could’ve guessed that would be the one to catch your eye! It actually didn’t have much to do with time, despite the first line, but it was a fun and sweet book!

  3. Mary

    What a great post idea! I usually don’t remember to go back and check the first line after I’ve finished a book.