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!
“Kendra stared out the side window of the SUV, watching foiage blur past. When the flurry of motion became too much, she looked up ahead and fixed her gaze or a particular tree, following it as it slowly approached, streaked past, and then gradually receded behind her”
And the winner is…. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
This is a book I haven’t read in years, I got it out by chance from the library one afternoon and immediately devoured it in one weekend, I then thrust it onto my brother who more or less did the same thing. It is definitely a book series that gets better as it goes on as the characters have a lot of growing up to do. One of the main reasons I think I loved it so much at the time though was that it was one of the first fantasy books that I had read!
For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.
Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken — Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good — powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.
I think for this book it is the synopsis that makes me want to read the book more! What grabs your attention the most, the first few lines or the synopsis?