Teaser Tuesday

20958632Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The
faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?


“They’d come for the first time two months before, on a full moon. Three of them, dressed in silvery gray, on three horses — one black, one white, and the third red.”


Alright, so even I’m curious about this teaser. I opened to a random page and picked the first two sentences my eyes came upon, so I have no idea what this little excerpt is referring to. The Darkest Part of the Forest has been filled with magic and monsters so far, so I can only imagine…




Teaser Tuesday: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

For nearly twenty yea5364rs Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones… about a love that transcends the boundaries of time… and about Jamie Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart… in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising… and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves

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“I stood stock-still, watching. I had come through the fading night to find this, to stop them. And having found them, now I could not intervene, for fear of causing a fatal interruption. All I could do was wait, to see which of my men would die.”


*sigh* This book – this whole series – will be the death of me. I know it. Have you ever been terrified to finish a book because you just know that the characters’ future is going to shatter your heart into little, irretrievable pieces? I feel that way as I near the end of Dragonfly in Amber (#2 in the Outlander series). I cried like a snot-nosed toddler reading book #1, so I’m under no impression that the rest of book two won’t leave me emotionally crippled. And yet, I love it ;).


Book Beginnings: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a13618440 future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, a
nd Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

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Nerve thrum and screaming blood, wild and churning and chasing and devouring and terrible and terrible and terrible -“

If you’ve read the first two novels in this trilogy, you know that this sounds like the never-ending war of another world. The fact that this book jumps right into the terror of it makes me brace for an intense read, although I would expect nothing less from the superb talent that is Laini Taylor.


Book Beginnings: Built by Jay Crownover

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. Post the first line or so of your current read, and share your general thoughts about it.



Sometimes you have to tear everything down to build something new…

Sayer Cole is frozen inside. At least, that’s what it’s felt like for as long as she can remember. She’s yet to let anyone past her icy exterior – and the one guy she thinks might melt her heart couldn’t possibly be interested in someone so uptight.

Rough, hard and hot-as-hell, Zeb Fuller has rebuilt his life and his construction business since protecting his family sent him to jail all those years ago. His elegant client, Sayer, makes him feel like a Neanderthal in denim, but despite the many hints that he’s been dropping to get to know her better, she seems oblivious to his charms.

Just as things finally start to heat up, Zeb’s past comes back to haunt him and he needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. As these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, fire and ice collide in an unstoppable explosion of steam…

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I met her at a bar.”


Short, but a flood of images comes to mind when reading that first line. It sounds like there’s a long story behind it, like that’s where it all began and look where we are now. Either love or heartbreak could be behind that sentence. Happy ending or tragedy. It leaves room for a lot of possibilities and makes you want to find out where this fateful acquaintance leads.