First Lines Friday: 5th February

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.

The rules:

  • 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!

The monster showed up just after midnight.  As they do.

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



A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


Goodreads | The Book Depository

Blurb (from Goodreads):

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this but… I had completely forgotten I owned this book.  It is so new and untouched that after years and years it still has the new book smell about it.  I vaguely recall buying it when I was on a family holiday a few years ago, but I can’t remember any more than that.  I’ll add it to ye olde TBR immediately.

Has anyone else read this book?  The blurb certainly sounds interesting.

Happy reading!

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