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Blurbs That Caught My Eye

Confession – I love book blurbs… Just before I start a book I read the blurb. Again. Every time. It’s like a ritual, a savouring of the moment, anticipation… Reading a great book for the first time is special. Significant. You can’t repeat the feeling and you never know which book is going to one of those books, the ones you’ll keep close to your heart.

Blurb. It is such a peculiar sounding word. Ranked as one of my favourite words along with absurd, goggles and squelch, it always makes me smile when I say it out loud.

These are some of my favourite quotes taken from book blurbs. These quotes alone would be enough to make me know I have to read the book.

So what do you think? Are you a blurb lover? Do any of these quotes catch your eye?

Blood Red blurb small


Deep in the snowy forest, the great bear that is Russia wakes from a long sleep and marches to St Petersburg to claim its birthright.

Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Touching the Surface blurb small


When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time.

 Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

Blurb small Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Once upon a time an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well. 

Around the world, black hand-prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Miseducation Blurb small


When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash her shocking first thought is relief. Relief that they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

Blurb small My Heart and other Black Holes

I’m getting higher and higher and I feel the swing set creak.
“Be careful,” he says.
“Why?” I’m not thinking about being careful. I’m thinking about one last push, of letting go, of flying, and of falling.
“You aren’t allowed to die without me,” he whispers.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Another Little Piece Blurb Small

A Reckless wish
taken from the darkest desires of the heart…
A bloody razor
engraved with the names of girls who turned to dust…
An endless cycle
that feeds off loneliness and craves destruction…

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

blurb small Ultraviolet

Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.
This is not her story.
Unless you count the part where I killed her.

  Ultraviolet  by R.J. Anderson

Blurb small Cruel Beauty

She was trained for seventeen years
To kill him
raised by her world
To despise him
willing to trade her own life
To destroy them
But what she never expected was that he would
Change her forever

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Treachery blurb small


The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it.

Years later, when she returns to the woods to finally say good-bye, she finds herself lured into a world of strange and dangerous creatures.

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

All out yesturdays blurb small

Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

 All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

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  1. The blurb for Touching the Surface really grabs me! Of course, in every situation, it all depends on the writer of the actual blurb and what the editor was looking for. I like when they are intriguing also, like the one for Blood Red Snow White.
    Visiting via the Discussion Challenge.

  2. I haven’t read any of these, but I do like reading a good blurb. All the ones you shared with us are very enticing. Lots to read! 🙂

  3. Ohh these are really good! I admit, I was shocked when I read the Ultraviolet one! I was not expecting that hahha. I love the twist you did, great list!

  4. I love that I made your blurb list! Thank you so much for including TOUCHING THE SURFACE. <3

  5. What a great idea for a list! These are definitely some intriguing book blurbs. I can see why someone would pick up these books!

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