Episode #1: Opening Lines

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Jessi and Maggie discuss new beginnings and their favorite opening lines, with special guest stars Belle and Luka (who had a barking good time).

Show Notes:

“The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle.”
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

“The Ala had gone to the library in search of hope.”
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

“Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive.”
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

“Nobody had ever told Kai that she should hold her breath when passing by a graveyard, but she did it anyway.”
A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic by Lisa Papademetriou

“I’ve watched through his eyes, I’ve listened through his ears, and I tell you he’s the one. Or at least as close as we’re going to get.”
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

“My mothing thinks I’m dead. Obviously, I’m not dead, but it’s safer for her to think so.”
Legend by Marie Lu

“There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.”
The Graveyard Book by Nail Gaiman

“On the second Sabbat of Twelfth moon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky. Her skin was blue, her blood was red. She broke over an iron gate, crimping it on impact, and there she hung, impossibly arched, graceful as a temple dancer swooning on a lover’s arm.”
Strange the Dreamer, Laini Taylor

“There is one mirror in my house. It is behind a sliding panel in the hallway upstairs. Our faction allows me to stand in front of it on the second day of every third month, the day my mother cuts my hair.”
Divergent by Veronica Roth

“Everything had gone horribly wrong. None of Safiya fon Hasstrel’s hastily laid plans for this holdup were unfolding as they ought.”
Truthwitch, Susan Dennard

“I felt her fear before I heard her screams.”
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

“It’s finally happened, babies. Parole is burning. They say we started out in a blaze of glory, and now we’re all going down in flames.”
Chameleon Moon, RoAna Sylver

“When we got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic.”
The Selection by Kiera Cass 

“Kaye took another drag on her cigarette and dropped it into her mother’s beer bottle. She figured that would be a good test for how drunk Ellen was—see if she would swallow a butt whole.”
Tithe, Holly Black

“The second time I saw my dead Aunt Roasario, she was dancing.”
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

“Note to Self: I’m officially resigning from love. Time in a cell will do that to a kid. For the record: I didn’t do it.”
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, Pablo Cartaya

“My big brother reaches home in the dark hours before dawn, when even ghosts take their rest. He smells of steel and coal and forge. He smells of the enemy.”
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

“I rise to my feet when he lets me.”
King’s Cage, Victoria Aveyard

“My brother just killed me. Again.”
Beyond the Red, Ava Jae

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By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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