Friday, November 4, 2011

First-Sentence Friday and Huge Honkin' YA Contest


Ah…..Friday. Such a nice word. Makes me want to clean out some bookshelves. So here’s the game. Match the first line with the book it’s from, post your answers in the comments. (Can you cheat? Sure!)

Authors agonize over first lines. Well, first paragraphs, first scenes, middle scenes, last scenes...we agonize over everything. But especially that opening line. It should make us readers want to keep reading. So below are opening lines from seven YA novels. Some bestsellers, some that maybe should have been but weren't. Some new, a couple not so new.

Everyone who matches all the first sentences with the novel they come from will go into a drawing for ALL the books. But Suzanne, you might be saying, that’s SEVEN freaking books! Well, yes. Yes it is. And I’m not even going to make you tweet and follow and all that stuff, although if you want to do so it will be very much appreciated.

Just play the matching game for an entry. Note: If the book starts with a prologue, this is the first sentence from the first chapter, not the prologue.


FIRST SENTENCES:

A.    I was standing on top of the white water tower, with my back to the sun.
B.     We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.
C.    The man billed as Prospero the Enchanter receives a fair amount of correspondence via the theater office, but this is the first envelope addressed to him that contains a suicide note, and it is also the first to arrive carefully pinned to the coat of a five-year-old girl.
D.    I was just out of Arrivals and eyeballing the Remarkables above the Queenstown terminal roof when the PA system called my name.
E.     It isn’t working. (ha *Suzanne laughs maniacally*)
F.     “Well?” (Sigh. Okay, I’ll give you the second sentence as well.) I stepped out of the car and into the hot thick heat of August in Georgia.
G.    I wake up barefoot, standing on cold slate tiles.


BOOKS:

1.Bloodborn, by Karen Kincy

2. The Restoration Game, by Ken Macleod

3. White Cat, by Holly Black

4. Beautiful Chaos, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

5. Hex Hall, by Rachel Hawkins

6. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

7. Feed, by M.T. Anderson


So, there’s your Friday task. See what you come up with, and put your answers in a comment. That’s all there is to it!

36 comments:

  1. A - Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B - Feed by M.T. Anderson
    C - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    D - The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod
    E - Bloodborn, by Karen Kincy

    F - Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
    G - White Cat - Holly Black

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

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  2. A - Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B - Feed by M.T. Anderson
    C - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    D - The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod
    E - Bloodborn, by Karen Kincy
    F - Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
    G - White Cat - Holly Black

    Thanks for the great giveaway! And yeah! Everytime I start doing my narrative essays, I'll be stuck for so long for the introduction! It's always so hard to think of something with depth, captures the essence of the essay, and attention-grabbing.

    CYP
    cypsays_hi@hotmail.com

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  3. A - Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B - Feed by M.T. Anderson
    C - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    D - The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod
    E - Bloodborn, by Karen Kincy
    F - Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
    G - White Cat - Holly Black

    Thanks for the chance tow in.

    sgiden at verizon.net

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  4. A - Beautiful Chaos
    B - Feed
    C - The Night Circus
    D - The Restoration Game
    E - Bloodborn
    F - Hex Hall
    G - White Cat

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    drakeLa90 at aol dot com

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  5. A) BEAUTIFUL CHAOS by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B) FEED by M.T. Anderson
    C) THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern
    D) THE RESTORATION GAME by Ken MacLeod
    E) BLOODBORN by Karen Kincy
    F) HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins
    G) WHITE CAT by Holly Black

    Thanks for the contest, Suzanne!

    fadeintofantasy(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. A Beautiful Chaos, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B Feed, by M.T. Anderson
    C The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
    D The Restoration Game, by Ken Macleod
    E Bloodborn, by Karen Kincy
    F Hex Hall, by Rachel Hawkins
    G White Cat, by Holly Black

    Great giveaway!

    Nicole

    ~Nicole.Zoltack@gmail.com

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  7. 1.Bloodborn E.
    2.The Restoration Game D.
    3.White Cat G.
    4.Beautiful Chaos A.
    5.Hex Hall F.
    6.The Night Circus C.
    7.Feed B

    booksake(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. A. Beautiful Chaos

    B. Feed

    C. The Night Circus

    D. The Restoration Game

    E. Bloodborn

    F. Hex Hall

    G. White Cat

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  9. A Beautiful Chaos
    B Feed
    C The Night Circus
    D The Restoration Game
    E Bloodborn
    F Hex Hall
    G White Cat

    Glassheart18ca@hotmail.com

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  10. A. Beautiful Chaos, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B. Feed, by M.T. Anderson
    C. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
    D. The Restoration Game, by Ken Macleod
    E. Bloodborn, by Karen Kincy
    F. Hex Hall, by Rachel Hawkins
    G. White Cat, by Holly Black


    Cool giveaway!
    I may have cheated. A little. *hangs head in shame*

    There are some great opening lines here, though.

    icecreamavalanche at gmail dot com

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  11. A - Beautiful Chaos
    B - Feed
    C - The Night Circus
    D - The Restoration Game
    E - Bloodborn
    F - Hex Hall
    G - White Cat

    Thanks for your generosity! This was a lot of fun! Love this book selection.

    butterflyboo123(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. A - Beautiful Chaos
    B - Feed
    C - The Night Circus
    D - The Restoration Game
    E - Bloodborn
    F - Hex Hall
    G - White Cat

    I had difficulty with a couple of them but it was fun.

    mystery_dreams35@hotmail.com

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  13. A. Beautiful Chaos
    B. FEED
    C. The Night Circus
    D. The Restoration Game
    E. Bloodborn
    F. Hex Hall
    G. White Cat

    That was exciting. This is a great set of books. The Night Circus on audiotape was amazing.

    terilhack at gmail dot com

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  14. A Beautiful Chaos, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B Feed, M.T. Anderson
    C The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
    D The Restoration Game, Ken Macleod
    E Bloodborn, Karen Kincy
    F Hex Hall, Rachel Hawkins
    G White Cat, Holly Black

    Great books, great givaway :)

    faith.s.williams at gmail.com

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  15. A.Beautiful Chaos by K.Garcia and M.Stohl

    B.Feed by M.T. Anderson

    C.The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

    D.The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod

    E.Bloodborn by Karen Kincy

    F.Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

    G.White Cat by Holly Black

    GFC jennifer
    jlkalman26 at gmail dot com

    Thanks very much. Good luck to everybody!

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  16. Oh, this is so much fun, Suzanne!
    A)Beautiful Chaos
    B)Feed
    C)The Night Circus
    D)The Restoration Game
    E)Bloodborn
    F)Hex Hall
    G)White Cat

    I've only read F and G so far, but most of these books are on my wishlist :) Thank you for an amazing giveaway!
    impy80 at hotmail dot com
    I'm a follower

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  17. Thank goodness for sample pages -thank you so much for the chance Suzanne

    A. Beautiful Chaso
    B. Feed
    C. The Night Circus
    D. The Restoration Game
    E. Bloodborn
    F. Hex Hall
    G. White Cat

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. LOL, Na--yes, that's what I would have done, too!

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  19. thanks it's a nice idea !

    A. Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B. Feed by M.T. Anderson
    C. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    D. The Restoration Game by Ken Macleod
    E. Bloodborn by Karen Kincy
    F. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
    G. White Cat by Holly Black

    ellana_(at)hotmail(dot)fr

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  20. A) Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B) Feed by M.T. Anderson
    C) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    D) The Restoration Game by Ken Macleod
    E) Bloodborn by Karen Kincy
    F) Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
    G) White Cat by Holly Black

    Awesome giveaway!
    titania86[at]yahoo.com

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  22. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

    A. Beautiful Chaos - by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B. Feed - by M.T. Anderson
    C. The Night Circus - by Erin Morgenstern
    D. The Restoration Game - by Ken Macleod
    E. Bloodborn - by Karen Kincy
    F. Hex Hall - by Rachel Hawkins
    G. White Cat - by Holly Black

    Lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  23. I don't know any of these books, but totally trust titania on her answers so cheated to the extreme!

    A) Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B) Feed by M.T. Anderson
    C) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    D) The Restoration Game by Ken Macleod
    E) Bloodborn by Karen Kincy
    F) Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
    G) White Cat by Holly Black


    sullivanmcpig(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. 1. Bloodborn - E
    2. The Restoration Game - D
    3. White Cat - G
    4. Beautiful Chaos - A
    5. Hex Hall - F
    6. The Night Circus - C
    7. Feed - B

    I was gonna cheat but I decided to do the work. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. ooo this was so much fun!!

    A - Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B - Feed by M.T. Anderson
    C - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    D - The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod
    E - Bloodborn, by Karen Kincy
    F - Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
    G - White Cat - Holly Black


    aliciahall0605(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. A - Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B - Feed by M.T. Anderson
    C - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    D - The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod
    E - Bloodborn, by Karen Kincy
    F - Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
    G - White Cat - Holly Black

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. A - Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B - Feed by M.T. Anderson
    C - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    D - The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod
    E - Bloodborn, by Karen Kincy
    F - Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
    G - White Cat - Holly Black

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  28. A - Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B - Feed by M.T. Anderson
    C - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    D - The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod
    E - Bloodborn by Karen Kincy
    F - Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
    G - White Cat by Holly Black

    thebookish96(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. A - Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

    B - Feed by M.T. Anderson

    C - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

    D - The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod

    E - Bloodborn by Karen Kincy

    F - Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

    G - White Cat by Holly Black

    ashley.mckinsey(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. A) Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B) Feed by M.T. Anderson
    C) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    D) The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod
    E) Bloodborn by Karen Kincy
    F) Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
    G) White Cat by Holly Black

    k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

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  31. A-Beautiful Chaos
    B-Feed
    C-The Night Circus
    D-The Restoration Game
    E-Bloodborn
    F-Hex Hall
    G-White Cat

    Thank you for the chance to win!
    methom@earthlink.net

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  32. Awesome giveaway, thank you!

    A - Beautiful Chaos
    B - Feed
    C - The Night Circus
    D - The Restoration Game
    E - Bloodborn
    F - Hex Hall
    G - White Cat

    jaidahsmommy(at)comcast(dot)net

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  33. A) Beautiful Chaos
    B) Feed
    C) The Night Circus
    D) The Restoration Game
    E) Bloodborn
    F) Hex Hall
    G) White Cat

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. A - Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B - Feed by M.T. Anderson
    C - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    D - The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod
    E - Bloodborn, by Karen Kincy
    F - Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
    G - White Cat - Holly Black

    Thanks for this great giveaway ^^

    witchvela at web dot de

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  35. A Beautiful Chaos
    B Feed
    C The Night Circus
    D The Restoration Game
    E Bloodborn
    F Hex Hall
    G White Cat

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

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  36. If it's open to international readers i would like to be entered ^^

    A - Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    B - Feed by M.T. Anderson
    C - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    D - The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod
    E - Bloodborn, by Karen Kincy
    F - Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
    G - White Cat - Holly Black



    thanks you so much, it a great giveaway

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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