Opening line

I was raised to marry a monster. (Cruel Beauty, Rosamund Hodge)

This story begins with endless night and infinite forest; with two orphaned children, and two swords made out of broken bone. (Crimson Bound, Rosamund Hodge)

She shouldn’t have been tempted. (The Winner’s Curse, Marie Rutkoski)

Even when there are no prisoners, I can still hear the screams. (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, Melinda Salisbury)

Today is my last day as Violet Lasting. (The Jewel, Amy Ewing)

The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice. (A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J Mass)

He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air. (The Maze Runner, James Dashner)

There is one mirror in my house. (Divergent, Veronica Roth)


Eye-catching, aren’t they? That’s the whole point. An author needs to have a good opening line(s) to catch the reader’s interest. Of course, an opening line can do the exact opposite and put the reader off the book.

Actually writing one is much harder than it looks. But then again, so is writing a book.

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