Bookish Musings: Opening Lines (3)


Yes, it’s another opening lines post! What can I say? They’re fairly easy but also fun and interesting. I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to opening lines when I’m actually reading a book, so I like going back and seeing them in books I’ve read.

Normally I do this completely randomly, just grabbing or looking up random books I’ve read. But for some reason, I came upon a lot of prologues that weren’t even about the main characters. So this time, I looked at a few more books and tried to find ones that were a little more interesting or intriguing!

Real Vampires Don't Sparkle by Amy FecteauObscura Burning by Xan van RooyenWolf Hall by Harper FoxThe Infinite Noise by Lauren ShippenCarry On by Rainbow Rowell

Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle by Amy Fecteau

[ My Review ]

Somehow, Matheus expected the night he died to be fraught with weather straight out of the Old Testament: thunderstorms and hurricane winds and floods with arks.

Obscura Burning by Xan van Rooyen

[ My Review ]

Dying would be easier than having to live two lives.

Wolf Hall by Harper Fox

[ My Review ]

As soon as David pushed the cafe door open, he knew he’d made a mistake.

The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen

[ My Review ]

Oh God, it’s happening again.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

[ My Review ]

I walk to the bus station by myself.

The King of Infinite Space by Lyndsay FayeThe Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew HayesWinter's Orbit by Everina MaxwellThe Witch King by H.E. EdgmonOur Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn

The King of Infinite Space by Lyndsay Faye

[ My Review ]

Lia never knows when she’ll appear in one of Ben’s nightmares.

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

[ My Review ]

I was midway through packing when I paused to contemplate whether it was appropriate to bring the blood.

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

“Well, someone has to marry the man,” the Emperor said.

The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon

I open the back door to let the dogs out, and Nadua’s got her gardening shears buried like a knife in one of my fiance’s wings.

Our Bloody Pearl by D. N. Bryn

[ My Review ]

There is one thing I know for certain: We were right to hate the humans.

A few of these do a really good job of portrayal something integral to the books. Real Vampires does a good job of setting the humorous tone but dark nature of the book/series. Obscura Burning sets up the premise super well. Carry On gives the vibe of the beginning of the book and immediately hints at how kinda sad Simon’s life is. Fred, The Vampire Accountant portrays the quirky fun of those books (and also the whole vampire thing). The rest are interesting or immediately build a sort of suspense, making you want to know what’s happening again, or why it was a mistake, or why someone is stabbing someone’s fiance.

My favorites would have to be the first two. The Real Vampires quote is entertaining, and the Obscura Burning quote is intriguing. But I enjoyed all these books, and some are even some of my favorite books/series, regardless of how relevant or intriguing their first lines were!

More Opening Lines Posts

Bookish Musings: Opening Lines
Bookish Musings: Opening Lines (2)
Bookish Musings: Opening Lines (3)
Bookish Musings: Opening Lines (4)
Bookish Musings: Opening Lines (5)


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  1. Kristina

    Ohh a good selection for sure! Although our bloody pearl is a close second (because man- mood! Working in food industry), the Vampire Accountant just takes the cake for me 🤣

  2. Greg

    Oh wow these are great! I like the Obscura one a lot, that might be my fave. Although the stabbing one may be a close second. 🙂

    Oh and just anted to mention. Thanks for your comments on my Trust Issues posts. I was going back through comments and saw those. 🙂

  3. Suz

    Some great first lines.
    My favourite was the Witch King. I really wanted to know how/why the garden shears came to get ‘buried like a knife’ in the fiancees wings lol.

  4. Roberta R.

    My favourite are the ones for Real Vampires, Infinite Noise (simple but effective) and Fred, the Vampire Accountant (LOL). But the King of Infinite Space’s one is intriguing as well.