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Category: First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros

This post will be all about the first (or second and third) paragraph of a book I picked, or am currently reading.

NOTE: This used to be on Tuesdays but I flipped this one around with Thursdays post. :)

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Stars We Steal

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Stars We Steal

The Stars We Steal, Alexa Donne, Fantasy, LGBT, Sci-fi, Young Adult, Rose, Bachelorette, princess, heir, Blue
The extravagance made my teeth hurt.
Fractures of light bounced off diamonds set into tiaras and other baubles that were as impractical as the silk frocks and dress jackets swimming about the room. Champagne flutes and vodka shots flew by on trays lofted high by servants dressed in simple black bodysuits, casting the partygoers into even more ridiculous relief. This wasn’t an imperial ballroom in a great royal palace in Sweden – it was just modeled to look like one. The aim was to forget where we were and why. Everyone accomplished that beautifully.

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Strange Exit

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Strange Exit

Plants, Hills, Sunset, Young Adult, Post-Apocalypse, Science Fiction, Space, Ship, Strange Exit, Parker Peevyhouse, Door,
The San Francisco Zoo: gates rusted open, weeds bursting through cracks in the asphalt, trees like many-armed scarecrows, broken and stunted. Lake figured she was the only person to set foot in the place in years. Not counting the boy in the tiger exhibit.

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ All The Pretty Things

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ All The Pretty Things

Young Adult, Black Cover, All the Pretty Things, Emily Arsenault, Horse, Carnival, Merry Go Round, Thriller, Mystery, Friendship, Amusement Park, Murder
“Hon. Morgan is missing.”
That’s how Dad put it when he called. I’d been in the passenger seat, trying to recover from my airplane nerves, wishing my mom would drive a little faster, when my phone buzzed in the cup holder.
Good thing I wasn’t driving. Mom and I were both tired after the early-morning flight back to New Hampshire. I had offered to drive home from the airport, but we both knew I was still to rattled to be operating a car.
“Missing… like missing missing?” I asked. I tend not to be very eloquent when I’m anxious. And Dad has a way of overdramatizing things, so I wanted to clarify.

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Upside of Falling

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Upside of Falling

The Upside of Falling, Alex Light, Blue, Girl, Boy, Lockers, Young Adult, Contemporary, Blue, Romance
There were certain days I could remember like they were yesterday. The summer morning when my mom finally learned how to bake, which, coincidentally, was also the day our apartment stopped smelling like a smokehouse. Or when I was ten and learned how to ride my bike without training wheels. But remembering wasn’t always a good thing. There were days I would give anything to forget. Like the day my dad left. Or the first time I flunked a math test.
Then there were the days that made up most of my life, the ones that were completely unnoteworthy, blending into one another. I had gotten into the habit of ending every day with the same question: Was it worth remembering or forgetting?

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Sea of Lost Girls

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Sea of Lost Girls

The Sea of Lost Girls, Blue, Girl, Underwater, Hair, Thriller, Mystery, Prep School, Murder, Carol Goodman
The phone wakes me as if it were sounding an alarm inside my chest. What now, it rings, what now what now what now.
I know it’s Rudy. The phone is set to ring for only two people – Harmon and Rudy (At least I made the short list, Harmon once joked)- and Harmon is next to me in bed. Besides what has Harmon ever brought me but comfort and safety? But Rudy…
The phone has stopped ringing by the time I grab it but there is a text on the screen.
Mom?
I’m here, I text back.

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Greenglass House

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Greenglass House

Greenglass House, Children's Book, Kate MIlfor, Jaime Zollars, Fantasy, Mystery, Smugglers, Snow, Inn, Home, Forest, Snow, Clouds, Green Font
There is a right way to do things and a wrong way, if you’re going to run a hotel in a smuggler’s town.
You shouldn’t make it a habit to ask too many questions, for one thing. And you probably shouldn’t be in it for the money. Smugglers are always going to be flush with cash as soon as they find a buyer for the eight cartons of fountain pen cartridges that write in illegal shades of green, but they never have money today. You should, if you are going to run a smugglers’ hotel, get a big account book and assume that whatever you write in it, the reality is, you’re going to get paid in fountain pen cartridges. If you’re lucky. You could just as easily get paid with something even more useless.

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Chirp

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Chirp

Chirp, Kate Messner, Yellow, Dog, Girls, Trees, Grass, Jumping of Cliff, Lake, Children's Books, Grandparents, Mystery, Summer, Friendship, Moving, Vermont, Gymnastics, Sports
Mia hadn’t realized how much she missed the mountains. The countryside rolling past her car window was greener than anything in Boston. She loved the moose-crossing signs and the little villages that felt so sleepy and peaceful. June was in-between season in New England, but in another week, the roads would be humming with campers and fancy cars full of New York City people who stopped to take selfies with cows. For now, Mia loved watching the quiet landscapes drift by. Packing the moving truck the day after school ended had been a hassle, but she really was glad to be moving back to Vermont.

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Black Flamingo

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo, Flamingo, Feathers, Man, Young Adult, Poetry, Contemporary, Pink, Dean Atta, Feathers, Family, Coming of Age,
I am the black flamingo.
The black flamingo is me
trying to find myself.
This book is a fairy tale
in which I am the prince
and the princess. I am
the king and the queen.
I am my own wicked
witch and fairy godmother.

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Freaky in Fresno

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Freaky in Fresno

Contemporary, Movie Theater, Family,Freaky in Fresno, Laurie Boyle Crompton, Pink, Dog, Movie Ticket, Crown, Young Adult
I nearly have an out-of-body experience as I watch Jake lean in to kiss me.
It’s the moment I’ve been dreaming of, and my adrenaline is pumping so hard I’m afraid I’ll pass out. It feels like everything has shifted into slow motion as a voice in my head screams, This is it, Ricki! Your first kiss from a nonrelative!
Jake is so close I can sense the warmth of his breath on my lips as I draw in the fresh afternoon air. I close my eyes and… execute a full-body spasm to duck out of the way.
I basically react as if the two of us are in a slasher flick and Jake is coming at me with a butcher knife instead of those perfect lips of his.
My evasive action is not subtle.

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Stolen Ones

First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Stolen Ones

The Stolen Ones, Vanessa Curtis, Red, Girl, Braids, White Letters, Historical Fiction
I had Random.org select a page and it selected: page 227.

I see a square-jawed woman with shoulder-length blonde hair in waves and cool blue eyes. I know she wants to reach out to me, but my rejection is stopping her. I realize with shock that Mama is actually starting to be afraid of me. The loving, laughing girl she brought up for twelve years is becoming a stranger. And there’s nothing I can do to stop this now. It’s as if I need to disconnect in order to prepare for my new life.