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Q: What is a deal breaker for you in a book? For example, do you abhor love triangles? Or can’t deal with bad editing?
If I don’t like the opening sentences of a book then I find that I’m not able to enjoy as much as possible. I have no idea why this is but the opening sentences really show what the book is going to be about and whether it is worth reading.
Matched by Allie Condie- Now that I’ve found the way to fly, which direction should I go in to the night? My wings aren’t white or feathered; they’re green, made of green silk, which shudders in the wind and bends when I move- first in a circle, then in a line, finally in a shape of my own invention. The black behind me doesn’t worry me; neither do the stars ahead.
Verdict: When I first read this it really confused me. It doesn’t introduce the story well and doesn’t set you straight on to the story line.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver- They say that before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me.
Verdict: This immediately interested me and tells you that the story is going to be based around the main character’s death. It sets you on the story line and makes you want to read on.
Wildthorn by Jane Eagland- The carriage jolts and splashes along the rutted lanes flooded by the heavy November rains.
Verdict: I find this opening quite boring and, although I found myself asking questions, I didn’t really want to read on.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater- I remember lying in the snow, a small red spot of warm going cold, surrounded by wolves.
Verdict: I love this opening sentence. It’s definitely one of my favourites and makes me want to read on. I was immediately enthralled and it sets you on the story line quickly.