First Sentences- Answers!

In my last blog post, I listed some first sentences for you all to ponder and, potentially, identify. I have the titles for you now, just in case any of them sucked you in so much that you can’t wait to read the whole book!

Here are the lines again, with the books they are from.
1. Now that I have found the way to fly, which directions should I go into the night?
(MATCHED, by Ally Condie)

2. There’s always that one guy who gets a hold on you.

3. When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.
(THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins)

4. We decided to play another trick on Carlos.
(CARLOS IS GONNA GET IT, by Kevin Emerson)

5. The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.
(UGLIES, by Scott Westerfeld)

6. I don’t remember any of the true, important parts, but there’s this dream I have.
(THE REPLACEMENT, by Brenna Yovanoff)

7. They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me.
(BEFORE I FALL, by Lauren Oliver)

8. “Sir?” she repeats. “How soon do you want it to get there?”

9. Dear Ed, In a sec you’ll hear a thunk.
(WHY WE BROKE UP, by Daniel Handler)

Which of the sentences really made you want to keep reading? Number 3 really resonated with me. I could not stop reading until I found out who she expected to be there and why that person was gone.

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Blog Tour Dates!

OUTSHINE is hitting the blog circuit this month and here is the schedule. To celebrate, I’ll be hosting some giveaways of books and swag, so check my twitter feed later this week for more info!

August 3rd Aisha Reads Books 
August 3rd Book Ramblings of a Whimsical Reader
August 4th The Book Adventures of Emily
August 6th Words With Sarah
August 8th  Imogen’s Typewriter
August 10th Twistedity
August 11th Journey Through Fiction
August 12th Lost in a Good Book
August 13th A Thousand Words A Million Books
August 14th The Beauty of Literature
August 18th Hogwash
August 19th Making My Mark
August 20th My Secret Book Obsession
August 21st my name is Sage
August 23rd BitterSweet
August 24th This Girl Loves Books 
August 27th Donnie Darko Girl
August 31st The Word at my Fingertips 


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