Love at First Line

You already know about not judging a book by its cover, but what about its first line? You really should judge these books based on their epic first lines.

“The gunman is useless.”

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

“The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

“If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.”

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

“We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.”

Feed by M.T. Anderson

“The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle.”

Paper Towns by John Green

“They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me.”

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

“Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.”

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

 

New Books Now Available at DCL

Here are just a few of the many new books available at Douglas County Libraries this month.

Midnight at the Electric

by Jodi Lynn Anderson
The lives of Adri, Catherine and Lenore are intertwined, but not in the way one would think. Adri lives in 2065 Kansas, Catherine lives in 1930’s Kansas, and Lenore lives in England in 1919. As Adri is preparing to go to Mars, she stays with her cousin in Kansas, where the training takes place. Upon settling in, she comes across letters written from Lenore. Through journals and, later, letters, Catherine narrates her own story of being in Kansas during the Dust Bowl.

The Twisted Ones (Five Nights at Freddy’s #2)

by Scott Cawthon
It’s been a year since the horrific events at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, and Charlie is just trying to move on. Even with the excitement of a new school and a fresh start, she’s still haunted by nightmares of a masked murderer and four gruesome animatronic puppets. Charlie thinks her ordeal is over, but when a series of bodies are discovered near her school bearing wounds that are disturbingly familiar she finds herself drawn back into the world of her father’s frightening creations. Something twisted is hunting Charlie, and this time if it finds her, it’s not letting her go.

The Hundredth Queen

by Emily R. King
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, 18-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple. But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s 99 wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik. Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death — and her growing affection for Deven — Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

Generation One

by Pittacus Lore
It has been one year since the breathtaking events of United as One — and our world will never be the same. The invasion of Earth was thwarted by our alien allies known as the Garde. But in doing so, they unleashed their Loric energy and it spread throughout the globe. Now human teenagers have begun to develop incredible abilities — Legacies of their own. As the world tries to figure out how best to deal with the emergence of these powerful and potentially dangerous individuals, the Garde allies have come up with their own solution. They’ve created an academy where they can train this new generation to control their powers and, hopefully, one day help mankind. But that day may come sooner than any of them ever imagined.

Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga #2)

by Kiersten White

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, terrorizing the land, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, or even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople — and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence — but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself — but if he fails in Constantinople, Mehmed may never forgive him.

 

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Free Audiobooks: Week 13 – SYNC 2017

Get two free audiobooks a week through August 16, 2017, through the SYNC 2017 program from AudioFile. You can download your audiobooks to the OverDrive app for free! Sign up for email or text alerts from AudioFile to learn about the weekly releases or check back on our blog for regular updates.

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More About This Week’s Giveaways

 

Gone by Michael Grant

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young.

There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents — unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers — that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your 15th birthday, you disappear just like everyone else. – Goodreads.com

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The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

In this near-future dystopia with echoes of The Giver and Among the Hidden, Tania Unsworth has created an unsettling page-turner — fast-paced, smooth, filled with dread that’s wholly satisfying and startlingly original.

Devin doesn’t remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

An act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the home, but it’s soon clear that it is no paradise. As Devin investigates the intimidating administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children, he discovers the home’s horrific true mission. The only real hope is escape, but the place is as secure as a fortress.

Fans of dystopian fiction and spine-chilling adventure will devour The One Safe Place; its haunting themes will resonate long after readers have turned the final page. – Goodreads.com

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Free Audiobooks: Week 12 – SYNC 2017

There’s still time to download two free audiobooks a week through August 16, 2017, through the SYNC 2017 program from AudioFile. You can download your audiobooks to the OverDrive app for free! Sign up for email or text alerts from AudioFile to learn about the weekly releases or check back on our blog for regular updates.

Download the free week 12 audiobooks now.

More About This Week’s Giveaways

 

Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall

I’m the fat Puerto Rican-Polish girl who doesn’t feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I’ve always been too much and yet not enough.

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age 17. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she’s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home—cooking, shopping and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.

When Sugar meets Even (not Evan—his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.

Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl who Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her. – Goodreads.com

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker

A lively and important argument from an award-winning journalist proving that the key to reversing America’s health crisis lies in the overlooked link between nutrition and flavor.

In The Dorito Effect, Schatzker shows us how our approach to the nation’s number-one public health crisis has gotten it wrong. The epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not tied to the overabundance of fat or carbs or any other specific nutrient. Instead, we have been led astray by the growing divide between flavor—the tastes we crave—and the underlying nutrition. – Goodreads.com

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