Books, Teaser Tuesdays, Writing, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: Stars of Fortune and The Immortal Heights

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

Yay for two books I recently got from the library. This one I just finished…

Stars of Fortune (The Guardians Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts

Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
ISBN# 9780425280102
Page: 233 – 234

She kept up, well enough, but squats, lunges, jumping jacks with Annika smiling, even letting out an occasional laugh, as she herself struggled through them — without even a single hit of coffee — made Sasha want to try out her right jab on her friend’s beautiful face…

“I hate you.” She could barely pant it out. “Especially Doyle, but all of you.”

“That’s a start. Who’s on breakfast detail?” Doyle asked.

“The chart’s in my room. Someone who can still walk should go get it.”

“I’ll get it.” Annika, barely winded, dashed off.

From her prone position, Sasha bared her teeth. “Maybe I hate her even more than Doyle.”

(LOL, that is so me when exercising!) Now, this one I just started!!

The Immortal Heights (Elemental Trilogy, #3) by Sherry Thomas

Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Release Date: October 13th, 2015
ISBN# 9780062207357
Page: 30

Behind them, Kashkari had set up a spectacle: a dozen carpets floated end to end in midair, and several rebels made tumbling passes across the length of this makeshift stage.

“I’m tempted to neglect my task and watch that instead,” said Fairfax. “And my life is on the line here.”

 

Books, Teaser Tuesdays, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: Shadows of Myth and Princess of Thorns

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!

Shadows of Myth (The Ilduin, #1) by Rachel Lee

Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher:  Luna Books
Release Date: January 1st, 2005
ISBN# 9780373802128
Page: 94

She reached the ground and moved away from the horses. Never once did the wolf’s gaze leave her. As she drew closer, she realized that it’s head was nearly as high as her breast. A huge beast indeed. But somehow, no thought of fear came to her. As if mesmerized, she leaned forward and extended her hand palm upward.

 

 

 

 

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: December 9th, 2014
ISBN# 9780385743228
Page: 111 of the eARC

Ror’s laughter makes his eyes light up and his cheeks dimple, transforming his face into something a little too lovely. For the first time since seeing him in the ring, I appreciate what a clever thing he did, using his appearance against people who assumed that a soft boy with a pretty face would be unable to hold his own.

Books, Children's Literature, Teaser Tuesdays, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: Snow Like Ashes and Bitter Greens

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1) by Sara Raasch

Hardcover, 422 pages
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
Release Date: October 14th, 2014
ISBN# 9780062286925
Page: 49

They scramble for the lever that will close the iron bars over me, but it’s too late — I push the horse on, throwing a glance at the guard who first stopped me on my way in. His eyes widen with recognition, so I rip off the black cap that covered my hair as I whizz past, galloping across the bridge over the Feni River. White strands stream around me, some matted with sewer much, but most tossing in the wind. A living snowstorm, a vibrant white reminder that they haven’t enslaved every Winterian. Some of us are still alive. Some of us are still free.

 

 

 

 

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
ISBN# 9781250047533
Page: 161

The clouds rolled on without her, the glorious colors fading to violet and grey. Far below her, the lake grew dark. Rain lashed the stony cliffs.

Margherita took a deep breath and wiped her wet face on the sleeve of her nightgown. She turned and sat down, hiding her face in her arm. There was no way out. Not unless she grew wings and flew.

Books, Teaser Tuesdays, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: The Perilous Sea

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!

 

The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy, #2) by Sherry Thomas

Hardcover, 414 pages
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
ISBN# 9780062329387
Page: 154

He ran. Behind him, dozens of hunting ropes dropped down, one solid plop after another. His feet pounded; his heavy breaths filled his ears. Yet still he could hear them slithering, far lighter and faster than any real snakes.

 

 

 

 

Books, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Winterspell

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


 

Winterspell  by Claire Legrand

Hardcover, 464 pages
Publication Date: Sept. 30th 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781442465985
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.
The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.

I’ve seen this posted as a WoW for a few other people now, but every time I read the premise I get more intrigued and inspired to read this book! What’s so cool is how much this seems like a fairytale reinterpretation of a classic story. I’m so excited to see the story fleshed out for an older audience, because I have never really seen that done before. What a great choice for the author to make! I can’t wait to check it out.

What are you “waiting on” this week?

Books, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: The Perilous Sea

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


 

The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy, #2) by Sherry Thomas

Hardcover, 414 pages
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062329387
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother’s prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

This series really surprised me when I read the first book last year. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, but I fell in love with the way the author built this hidden world. I also enjoyed that she set the parts that take place in ‘our world’ in the past. Now, as I’m waiting for the second book, I can’t help but wonder where these two characters will end up next. How in the hell are they going to continue their ruse that Iolanthe is a boy? And where is this whole thing gonna go?? I’m really excited to find out, and I hope that Iolanthe gets to understand and use more of her magic in this book. It’s going to be amazing!

Books, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: The Falconer

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


 

The Falconer (The Falconer, #1) by Elizabeth May

Hardcover, US, 336 pages
Publication Date: May 6th 2014
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452114231
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?

So this book was originally published last year in the UK, and this is the first time it’s being released in the US. I love tough girls, and while I’m not normally into historical fiction, the setting and what I’ve read about the plot make this historical fantasy very intriguing to me. I also like the fact that I don’t see an obvious romantic interest (at least not here). It gives me hope that if there is one (which is likely) that it will be a minor factor in the story, and will NOT take center stage. (It’s nice to switch things up a bit every now and again.) But who knows? I guess I’ll have to read it to find out!