In one enchanted telling of old, a prince desperately seeks a princess to wed and rule by his side. But when his destiny arrives upon the castle steps, she fails to look the part of royalty, being drenched and forlorn after facing a cloudburst on her journey. To satisfy the prince’s queenly mother, she must prove herself a real princess, with a constitution so delicate the slightest lump beneath a tower of eiderdown mattresses – a lump no bigger than a pea- bruises her flesh and hinders her sleep. Only a girl as tender as a budding rose may marry the royal son and become a queen in her own right.
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~ Oh My Gods
I wrapped up my letter to Mum just as Aphrodite barged into my room. Not only did she waltz in without knocking (am I going to have to put up a DO NOT DISTURB sign?), she had nothing on. And I mean nothing.
She was totally naked!
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~ Day Before Riverdale
Riverdale is known as “the town with pep!” But stick around her long enough, and you start to realize just how many of those pasted-on smiles are really only covering up a Narnia-sized closet full of skeletons. Sure, every town has its secrets. But even those of us who’ve grown up here, who’ve lived our whole lives in Riverdale, are shocked at what’s being pulled from Pandora’s box.
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~ Beetle Boy
Dr. Barholomew Cuttle wasn’t the kind of man who mysteriously disappeared. He was the kind of man who read enormous old books at the dinner table and got fried egg stuck in his beard. He was the kind of man who always lost his keys and never took an umbrella on rainy days. He was the kind of dad who might be five minutes late picking you up from school but he always came. More than anything else, Darkus knew his dad was not the kind of father who would abandon his twelve-year-old son.
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~ The Disasters
I’ve been at Ellis Station Academy for exactly twenty-four hours. Twenty-four hours, and I’ve already washed out.
Honestly, I’m not even surprised.
I shove a wadded-up, still-clean pair of boxers into my travel bag, right next to the brand-new Academy T-shirt I just bought yesterday. May as well burn it now. May’be I’ll light it on fire and hoist it up the flagpole at Command once I’m back on Earth soil.
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~ Dear Heartbreak
Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed about true love – sounds ridiculous, right? Well, the thing is, I was always inspired about it because of movies and books my dad used to read to me. So one day I saw him. He was everything I dreamed of (or so I thought). His caramel eyes were full of mischief, like he was calling out for trouble, and don’t even mention the hair and the smiles – a total dream boat! I was so in love that I thought he was in love with me, but how could he be when he barely knew me?
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~ The Last Chance Hotel
In the kitchen of the Last Chance Hotel the loudest sound you were usually likely to hear was the gentle bubble of a lone egg coming to boil.
But today, the air was alive with yells from Henri Mould, the balding head chef, bent double with old age, barking out orders as he hobbled around the kitchen.
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~ Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale
Ever since the unfortunate events of the French Revolution, Magnus had nursed a slight prejudice against vampires. The undead were always killing one’s servants and endangering one’s pet monkey. The vampire clan in Paris was still sending Magnus rude messages about their small misunderstanding. Vampires bore a grudge longer than any technically living creatures, and whenever they were in a bad temper, they expressed themselves through murder. Magnus generally wished his companions to be somewhat less -no pun intended- blood-thirsty.
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~ The Boy Who Lived With Dragons
‘My pants!’ Ted cried as I opened the door. ‘Grab them!’
OK, I know it’s not what you usually expect your best mate to say when you walk into their room, but listen, once you have a dragon you need to be prepared for anything.
‘I can’t lose another pair out the window. That’ll be the fourth in the last two days,’ he wailed.
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~ Friday Night Stage Lights
Most people would say the best way to watch a Leighton High School is cheering the team on to yet another victory, in between bites of Frito pie and sips of Dr Pepper.
I would disagree with them.
Because to me, the best way to watch a Leighton High School football game was with the volume on your earbuds turned all the way up so you couldn’t hear anything around you.