First Lines Fridays: June 23rd


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?

The Rules:

  • 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!


‘Run! Now!‘ TJ shouted, yanking Allison’s sleeve. Her eyes were focused on the ground, where their friend lay twitching slightly. An arrow shaft stuck out of his chest. Her first thought was that it was all part of the game–just some elaborate prank for the newbies on their first outing. If it was, it wasn’t very funny. 



Interested? Keep reading to find out which book this is from.



It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett

What it’s about:

When Allison’s best friend, TJ, convinces her to come along for an epic game of LARP (live-action role-playing), she reluctantly agrees despite her reservations about the geeky pastime. TJ’s weekends are filled with powerful wizardry, mystical creatures, and intense battles with his LARP group. Each adventure is full of surprises, but the goal is always the same: to defeat the monsters and find the treasure.

Not long after their quest begins, the friends discover that something has gone wrong. The fantasy world they’ve built has transformed, and the battle they’re in the midst of is no longer make-believe.
Now they must fight for survival against brigands, kobolds, and other deadly mythical creatures that come to life. Fortunately, the group’s once-fictional magical powers have also become real – including Allison’s newly acquired gifts as a healer. They’ll need everything in their arsenal if they hope to make it home alive.

(Cover links to goodreads)

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble

I came across this while browsing through the giveaways on Goodreads a few weeks ago, and was intrigued, so I entered the giveaway and actually won a copy. I probably would have eventually bought it, though, even if I hadn’t won, because this sounds kind of like the movie Nights of Badassdom (which I totally recommend). Basically, it sounds like something I’ll probably love and have a great time reading, so I’m excited to get to it ASAP.


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