There was once a village on the edge of a lush forest, known far and wide as the safest place in the land. The evil creatures of Grimm had not attacked there since long before anyone could remember, and it was said that the woods themselves protected the people from harm: as long as no one dared to enter the charmed forest, it would keep the monsters at bay.
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
Everyone in school knows about locker eighty-nine: the locker on the bottom right, at the end of the hall near the science labs. It’s been unassigned for years now; really, it should’ve been allocated to one of the hundreds of students in the school to load with books and papers and forgotten, mold-infested Tupperware.
Instead, there seems to be an unspoken agreement that locker eighty-nine serves a higher purpose. How else do you explain the fact that every year, when we all get our schedules and combinations, and lockers eighty-eight and ninety meet their new leasers, locker eighty-nine stands empty?
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
Logan didn’t have to open his eyes to know that morning had arrived. The sweet smell of cotton candy wafting into his room worked better than any alarm clock. He rolled over so his nose nearly touched the air vent.
You might think that if your bedroom were inside a candy factory, your bed would be shaped like a lollypop. But Logan had gotten rid of the lollypop-shaped bed last month when he turned twelve – it had become uncomfortable not being able to bend his knees while he slpt.
Logan loved the start of a new day, when the air was thick with possibilities (and, in his case, with the smell of chocolate, caramel, nougat, and spun sugar).
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exists, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes.
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman, Ryan Graudin
Marisol loved the air around the ocean. It smelled mostly of salt, yes, but there were so many other things happening inside it too. Sunscreen and crying seagulls and driftwood discoveries and waves washing castles back into sand. One breath held all of this.
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
Today is the Ritual of Purity.
The nervous thought circles in my head as I hurry towards the barn, gathering my cloak to ward off the cold. It’s early morning, and the sun hasn’t yet begun its climb above the snow-dusted trees encircling our small farmhouse. Shadows gather in the darkness, crowding the weak pool of light cast by my lamp. An ominous tingling builds under my skin. It’s almost as if there’s something there, at the edge of my vision…
It’s just nerves, I tell myself. I’ve felt the tingling many times before and never once seen anything strange.
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy by Melissa de la Cruz
Once upon a time in the days of old, eleven fairies gathered at a court before a child to hold. Only eleven, for the twelfth was dead and the thirteenth was missing. An invitation for every living fairy -excerpt for the thirteenth- had previously been sealed, sent, and delivered: a formal request to come forth and bless the sweet newborn princess.
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
Hoisin sauce is not paint.
We need a sign that says that, because our customers don’t get it. Today’s latest work is a misshapen star on the wall. A five out of ten, if you ask me. The kid’s parent probably did a double take, snatched the bottle away, then paid the check and left before Me could notice. To be honest, it’s not like the sauce makes our wall look worse; it’s just hard to wipe off when it dries. But I try, I really do -sometimes. Maybe.
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
I am NOT a superhero.
This was the only thought I could muster when a cupcake with fangs launched itself at my head.
“Evie, duck!” The voice rang out through the sugar-laced air. “And whatever you do, don’t stop filming!”
“I’m on it, boss!” I yelped. I bobbed out of the cupcake’s path and flung myself behind a counter, my tailbone colliding with the floor of previously pristine bakery Cake My Day. That floor had been a spotless expanse of ivory up ’til about fifteen minutes ago, when a posse of demons leapt through their portal of choice, assumed pastry form, and started acting like a bunch of assholes.
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm
The trip to Mars was the hardest thing they’d ever experienced. That’s what the grown-ups said. The small, cramped ship. The constant fear of something going wrong. The knowledge that they could never return to Earth.
But honestly, it sounded like a cakewalk compared to sharing a bedroom with Albie.
Because he snored.