First Lines Friday: 18th March

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (or your current read) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Please comment below or tag me in the post, so I can check it out!

People look at me funny when I tell them I have a demon.

Read on to find out which book this extract is from…



The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke

The Boy Who Could See Demons

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‘My name is Alex.  I’m ten years old.  I like onions on toast and I can balance on the back legs of my chair for fourteen minutes.  I can also see demons.  My best friend is one.  He likes Mozart, table tennis and bread and butter pudding.  My mum is sick.  Ruen says he can help her.  Only Ruen wants me to do something really bad.  He wants me to kill someone.’

I’ve just started reading this book, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I am wondering if it will have similarities with Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green, one of my favourite books.  The writing style is fairly easy to read, and it is a really interesting mix of genres, so I should get through it in the next week or so.

What’s everyone else reading at the moment?

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  1. 18th March 2016 / 9:53 pm

    Hmm. Haven’t heard of this book…but that line is intriguing. Whoa…and that synopsis! 🙂 I’d like to read it and see what exactly is going on here…and who Ruen is… Great book choice. 🙂

    • 19th March 2016 / 5:56 pm

      I have to admit, I’ve never read any reviews on it or even heard anyone mention it, which seems to add to the intrigue for me! You’ll have to let me know what you think if you do decide to read it. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. 19th March 2016 / 5:05 pm

    This is such a great idea. I guess we are going to start doing this next Friday! (definitely tagging you)

    • 19th March 2016 / 6:45 pm

      Aw thanks 🙂 I can’t wait to see your first lines next week!