The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver
The first sentence from each chapter of The Spindlers, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.
* All first sentences are from an ARC I read via Around The World ARC Tours
* Book will be released October 2, 2012
"One night when Liza went to bed, Patrick was her chubby, stubby, candy-grubbing and pancake-loving younger brother, who irritated her and amused her both, and the next morning, when she woke up, he was not."
"All afternoon Liza tried to remember what Anna had told her about spindlers."
"During the day, Liza liked the basement."
"First there was the rushing wind; and then a warm, dark fog; and then a tremendous snapping and crackling sound as Liza passed through what seemed like a floating pile of dried autumn leaves."
"Liza had not yet had time to remark on the strangeness of the world she had fallen into."
"They moved into an area of dense forest."
"As they pushed farther into the dense forest, Liza had more and more trouble keeping up."
"It used to be that the balls were open to everybody," Mirabella explained, as she hurried down the long green alley toward the palace."
"The nids carried Liza and Mirabella down a broad set of stone stairs into a dank, dark part of the palace, where slicks of black mold clung to all the walls, and the only light came from a few dim clusters of sick-looking fireflies straggling through the air."
"Thousands of shadows were swooping and flitting through the air above their heads, until the court was dark with them."
"As they followed the river upstream, as Liza's nocturna had instructed them, Liza found herself captivated by the water that babbled happily on their right."
"Mirabella burrowed deeper and deeper through the soft earth, and Liza helped her, scooping mounds of dirt with her hands."
"The air grew cold and thin, and Liza wrapped her arms around her waist and panted cold white clouds into the air."
"The bridge was made of very old wood that looked to Liza as though it would rot away at any sec-ond."
"When Liza woke, her first impression was that she was at home, in her bed, and had somehow got-ten squished up against one of her stuffed animals."
"Everything was noise and confusion—so much noise it made Liza feel as though her head was about to explode."
"These were the nests, the home of the spindlers, and the heart of the world Below."
"The room was a bare, circular chamber, very brightly lit."
"As soon as the door swung closed behind her, the sounds of the monsters' battle were swal-lowed completely, and Liza was left in perfect silence."
"Once again Liza felt instantly disoriented; she appeared to have walked straight into a forest."
"Liza stood in a vast, dark space in front of a web the size of a towering building; it stretched up and up and up into the mist and the gloom, trembling slightly in the cool, dank currents of air that swirled through the cavern."
"Liza woke to the sound of voices downstairs."
"Patrick was standing in the yard, trying to peer through the evergreen tree."