I was going to start a re-read of Dark Lover today (another book that had a squeee!!! See below), but yesterday I received Twilight by Stephenie Meyer in the post. A book I've been waiting for. I decided to just have a quick look at the first page and that was it. Within a couple of pages I was hooked and I haven't put it down since. And there go all my well made plans to re-read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series before April. And to write my review of the Chronicles of the Warlands trilogy.
It's funny how sometimes by the end of the first page you just know you're reading a book that you're going to love. It's one of the best feelings in the world, puts a great big grin on my face and makes me feel all squeee!!! inside. LOL - there's a possibility that only other bibliophiles will understand that comment. It's the knowledge you're about to be taken on an exciting adventure, somewhere you've never been before.
This is the second book in less than a month I've had this reaction to. Reading the first two lines of Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead put a great big smile on my face too. I'm obviously on something of a roll. And yet if you asked me to define exactly what it is that engenders this reaction, what's the formula. I couldn't explain it.
But I know it when it isn't there.
I loved Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey. But Gods that book had one of the worst first lines / first pages I have ever read. I think I must have read the first page over thirty times before I managed to get past it. LOL - thanks to everyone who kept telling me what a good book it was and to persevere. Though even now if I want to feel sleepy I can read that page.