Sometimes I will take a chance on a book just because of its cover and title, especially if I already know the author. Most of the time, however, I rely on the blurb. If it grabs my attention, I will probably click the Look Inside and give the first chapter a try.
Actually writing blurbs is something I find difficult. But as a reader, I love coming across a really great blurb when I'm searching for my next book! It needs to introduce me to at least one of the main characters, and make me care about the story without revealing too much. I also like memorable taglines!
Today's post is a list of ten blurb extracts, some old and some new, from Young Adult/Middle Grade stories. Each of them did a brilliant job of making me want to read the book they belong to.
only hope for humanity isn’t human. Partials, by Dan Wells 2.Meet
Skulduggery Pleasant: detective, sorcerer, warrior. Oh yeah. And dead. Skulduggery
Pleasant, by Derek Landy 3.What
if you found yourself recruited to an institute of magic, only to discover you
really couldn't do magic? The Secret of Spellshadow Manor, by Bella
boy. Half God. ALL Hero. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, by
Rick Riordan 5.This
is not the fairytale you remember. But it's one you won't forget. Cinder,
by Marissa Meyer 6.Let
me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may
claim otherwise. The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco 7.When
everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep. Open
Minds (Mindjack Series), by Susan Kaye Quinn 8.In
the future, only one rule will matter: Don't. Ever. Peek. Gravity (The Taking), by Melissa
is the story of how I became my sister… Scarlet and Ivy – The Lost Twin, by Sophie
no circumstances are girls EVER to be allowed anywhere near dragons. Shadow
of the Dragon, by Kate O’Hearn
What you do prefer? Do you like blurbs to be short and sweet, or do you like more backstory? Thank you for reading, and I hope I've given you an idea about which book you might want to read next!