17 January 2020

{First Lines Friday} January 17th


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?




  • 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.
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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Ready for it?



I can’t wait to show her all the blood, Daniel thought as he rounded a corner following the teen boy who was out of breath and screaming. They always do both. It’s weird. Running AND screaming means you lose your breath faster. You’d think it would be obvious to choose one and stick to it.




And the book is:
Cirque Berserk by Jessica Guess!



The summer of 1989 brought terror to the town of Shadows Creek, Florida in the form of a massacre at the local carnival, Cirque Berserk. One fateful night, a group of teens killed a dozen people then disappeared into thin air. No one knows why they did it, where they went, or even how many of them there were, but legend has it they still roam the abandoned carnival, looking for blood to spill.

Thirty years later, best friends, Sam and Rochelle, are in the midst of a boring senior trip when they learn about the infamous Cirque Berserk. Seeking one last adventure, they and their friends journey to the nearby Shadows Creek to see if the urban legends about Cirque Berserk are true. But waiting for them beyond the carnival gates is a night of brutality, bloodshed, and betrayal.

Will they make it out alive, or will the carnival’s past demons extinguish their futures?


I'm excited to dig into this one soon!