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Palace Beautiful
3.93
First line and a little: "My name is Sadie Evelyn Brooks." [...] That's what I wrote on the inside of my bathroom cabinet just before we hopped into t ...more
Apr 27, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
 
The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles, #2)
4.21
First line: "Carter here."

I could not finish this. It was just so bad.

Rick Riordan is fundamentally not a very good writer. I knew this from the Perc
...more
not set
May 13, 2011
 
Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die (Machine of Death #1)
3.95
First line: This book, unlike most others, started its life as an offhand comment made by a bright green Tyrannosaurus Rex.

More first lines from the i
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Apr 13, 2012
Nov 19, 2011
 
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
3.95
First line: "Only one person thought Kathryn was the right choice to become CEO of DecisionTech, Inc.

Summary: Lencioni identifies five problems with e
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Mar 26, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
 
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars, #1)
4.01
First line: The buses began to roll into Neptune, California, late Friday afternoon and didn't slow up until Monday.

Summary: A Veronica Mars detective
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May 21, 2014
May 21, 2014
 
Who Fears Death
3.89
First line: "My life fell apart when I was sixteen."

A 2010 Nebula award nominee. I'm willing to believe it deserves it, but I'm unlikely to know, sinc
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not set
Mar 19, 2011
 
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
4.11
First Line: "I was born with water on the brain."
Extra Bonus Second Line: "Okay, so that's not exactly true."

Summary: 14 year old Spokane boy decides
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Aug 22, 2014
Nov 22, 2010
 
Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine, #1)
3.81
First line: "My working relationship with Lucifer began on a rainy Monday."

Summary: Scifi/fantasy story where our pretentiously named protagonist gets
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Jun 18, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
 
Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, #1)
3.83
First line: "The silent witnesses lie everywhere, passing from one form of matter to another, gradually becoming unrecognizable to their nearest and d ...more
Feb 02, 2011
Feb 02, 2011
 
The Grand Sophy
4.16
First line: "The butler, recognizing her ladyship's only surviving brother at a glance, as he afterward informed his less percipient subordinates, fav ...more
May 06, 2011
May 04, 2011
 
Stolen (Women of the Otherworld #2)
4.15
First line: "He hated the forest."

Summary: Further adventures of Elena the werewolf, where she finds out other supercritters exist when they start bei
...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
 
These Old Shades (Alastair, #1)
4.04
"Chapter 1: His Grace of Avon Buys a Soul"

It's not even the first line. It's the first chapter title, and I'm already intrigued.

Summary: The Duke of A
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May 08, 2011
May 06, 2011
 
Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 (Twilight: The Graphic Novel, #1)
3.68
First line: "I'd never given much thought to how I would die—though I'd had reason enough in the last few months..."

Summary: The first half of Twiligh
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Dec 2010
Nov 28, 2010
 
Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #4)
4.10
First line: "'Got another CSI question for you,' Gloria said as Simon walked into the communication hub with an armload of papers."

Summary: Lucas and
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Apr 2011
Mar 28, 2011
 
Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1)
4.06
First line: "I have to."

Summary: Elena, a werewolf, reluctantly rejoins her Pack when it is framed for murder. Actually, it's not the murder they have
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Mar 26, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
 
Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1)
4.03
First line: "I stood in the shadows of a deserted shop front across from The Blood and Brew Pub, trying not to be obvious as I tugged my black leather ...more
Feb 17, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
 
Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1)
3.80
First line: "I didn't tell Dad about Granmama's white owl."

Summary: Dru's father turns into a zombie and tries to eat her, and it all goes downhill fr
...more
May 21, 2011
May 15, 2011
 
Crazy Rich Asians
3.59
First line: "Nicholas Young slumped into the nearest seat in the hotel lobby, drained from the sixteen-hour flight from Singapore, the train ride from ...more
Sep 06, 2013
Sep 05, 2013
 
Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories, #1)
3.51
First line: "The Ellsworths of Long Parkmead had the regard of their neighbours in every respect."

Summary: A send up of Jane Austin novels, where ladi
...more
May 15, 2011
May 07, 2011
 
Frederica
4.14
**spoiler alert** First line: Not more than five days after she had despatched an urgent missive to her brother, the Most Honourable the Marquis of Al ...more
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 16, 2013
 
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
3.71
First page: Bella,
I don't know why you're making Charlie carry notes to Billy like we're in second grade—if I wanted to talk to you I would answer th
...more
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 04, 2010
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.56
First line: "I'd never given much thought to how I would die—though I'd had reason enough in the last few months—but even if I had, I would not have i ...more
Dec 03, 2010
Nov 21, 2010
 
The Boneshaker
3.67
First line: "Strange things can happen at a crossroads."

Summary: Bicycles, mystic powers, clockwork, patent medicines, and the Devil.

I recognize that'
...more
Mar 19, 2011
Mar 09, 2011
 
Guardian of the Dead
3.49
First line: "I opened my eyes."

Summary: Maori legends meets modern urban fantasy.

This one was recommended to me by a coworker who knows the author. Be
...more
not set
Jun 18, 2011
 
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
3.71
First line: "I'd had more than my share of near-death experiences; it wasn't something you ever really got used to."

Summary: There's a joke on some of
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Jan 2011
Dec 16, 2010
 
Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)
4.00
First line: "A long time ago, in the spring before the five days of the unspeakable, Finnikin of the Rock dreamed that he was to sacrifice a pound of ...more
Jan 2011
Dec 21, 2010
 
Chime
3.59
First line: "I've confessed to everything and I'd like to be hanged."

Summary: 17 year old Briony tells her story of why she should be hanged as a witc
...more
Jun 16, 2011
May 29, 2011
 
Devil's Cub (Alastair, #2)
4.17
First line: "There was only one occupant of the coach, a gentleman who sprawled very much at his ease, with his legs stretched out before him, and his ...more
not set
May 08, 2011
 
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
3.53
First line: "I was ninety-nine point nine percent sure I was dreaming."

Summary: Sixteen year old Jacob tries to deal with his crush on the emotionally
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Dec 03, 2010
Dec 03, 2010
 
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight, #3.5)
3.53
First line: "The newspaper headline glared at me from a little metal vending machine: SEATTLE UNDER SIEGE—DEATH TOLL RISES AGAIN."

Summary: Story of a
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Dec 16, 2010
Dec 14, 2010
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