First Lines Friday #60

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 (it could be your current read or on your TBR) 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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

Hello, reader!

I can’t tell you how excited I am that it’s Friday! Mostly because I have a three day weekend and, after a week of a ton of overtime, I definitely need it. Today has been so relaxing, with lots of reading and chilling and delicious breakfast sandwiches. Perfect way to kick off a holiday weekend, haha. Now, it’s time for another First Lines Friday post!

The book I’m featuring today is one I’m reading with the Middle Grade Marvels group. I literally just started it today, so I don’t have much of a feel for it yet, but I’m looking forward to continuing! Now, let me share the first lines and see if the pique your interest.

The Line(s):

“Tonight is the darkest night of the year.

It is so dark, you can barely make out the stone cottage sitting in front of you. It is the only building in the valley. A path runs right from the fields to a red front door, framed by the remains of a rose bush. In summer, when the days are long and warm, the roses flourish. But there are no roses now. It is the dead of winter and the dead of night. The door is surrounded by thorns.”

The Hints:

This is a middle grade fantasy that was released in 2020.

It is set during WWII.

It follows a young boy whose imaginary friends come to life!

The Reveal:

The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

When Col’s childhood imaginary friends come to life, he discovers a world where myths and legends are real. Accompanied by his guardians – a six-foot tiger, a badger in a waistcoat and a miniature knight – Col must race to Blitz-bombed London to save his sister.

But there are darker forces at work, even than the Nazi bombings. Soon Col is pursued by the terrifying Midwinter King, who is determined to bring an eternal darkness down over everything.

Did that first line capture your attention? Did it make you want to read the rest of the story? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!


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