Teaser Tuesday #9

THE RULES:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two “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!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

A few days ago I finally picked up The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke, a book that’s been on my radar for a few years now – ever since I read her Assassin’s Curse duology (a super-fun adventure featuring an assassin, a pirate and a curse). The Mad Scientist’s Daughter has turned out to be quite a different kind of book, however; less fun and more thought-provoking, but really enjoyable nevertheless. It is, at face value, about a girl who falls in love with a robot, but the story is much deeper than it initially appears.

Teaser #1:

His normalcy was contagious. Her mother would approve.

Teaser #2:

The monitor flickered black, then bright blue, then switched to the screensaver of floating, iridescent jellyfish. Finn had severed the connection from his end. He was gone. Her father’s house was gone. Replaced by jellyfish that looked like ghosts.

[Teaser Tuesday was created by MizB over at A Daily Rhythm.]

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Teaser Tuesday #8

Leigh Bardugo//Crooked KingdomTHE RULES:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open 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!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today I’m reading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, the much-anticipated sequel to Six of Crows; I was so excited for this book that I’m amazed that I haven’t found the time to pick it up until now! I’m still only a little way into the book, so both these quote are from very early on in the story (I didn’t want to risk spoiling myself by flipping through anything I hadn’t read yet), but there’ve already been a fair number of brilliant moments I could’ve shared with you – I hope you like the ones I picked out! 😀

Teaser #1:

“He says you’re cruel.”

“I’m pragmatic. If I were cruel, I’d give him a eulogy instead of a conversation.”

Teaser #2:

“They’ve come for the payroll!” he shouted. “Ain’t no one taking the payroll.”

Retvenko watched in shock as the gangly clerk stood like some kind of avenging warrior and opened fire. By all that was holy, nothing could motivate the Kerch like cash.

[Teaser Tuesday was created by MizB over at A Daily Rhythm.]

Teaser Tuesday #7

Melina Marchetta//Quintana of CharynTHE RULES:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open 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!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’m currently reading Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta, the third and final book in The Lumatere Chronicles, which I decided I needed to finish near the end of last month – I read the first book last year, but the series got left by the wayside while I was waiting for books two and three to arrive from Amazon… I’m about a third of the way through at the moment (or perhaps a little less), and I’m really enjoying it so far (though I fear I may be falling into a slight reading slump); Marchetta has done a masterful job of weaving together complex characters and worlds and plotlines, and showing that there are a hundred sides to every story.

Teaser #1:

Being Evanjalin had trained her for years and years not to cry. It’s how she differed from the rest of the Monts. But he could see that she was still broken inside.

Teaser #2:

“Well, I’m to blame for many things, so I try to make it easier on the gods and take responsibility for all of them.”

“Even for the war in the kingdom of Yutlind?” Froi teased.

“Oh, yes, my fault. Shouldn’t have told the northern king that he was far more handsome than his southern cousin.”

[Teaser Tuesday was created by MizB over at A Daily Rhythm.]

Teaser Tuesday #6

Philip Reeve//RailheadTHE RULES:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open 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!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today I’m reading Railhead by Philip Reeve, one of my favourite childhood authors! I’ve only just started the book, so I don’t really have any idea what it’s about, but it’s got space, and interstellar trains, and plenty of thievery… sign me up! 😛 Also, just from an aesthetic standpoint, doesn’t this book look cool?!

Teaser #1:

He took Nova’s hand, and she pulled him outside, into the disaster that they had made.

Teaser #2:

“I think ordinary people don’t much care who rules them,” he said, improvising, giving her Zen Starling’s opinion in Tallis Noon’s voice. “Whether it’s a Noon or a Prell or some Human Unity president, it won’t make any difference in the streets of Cleave or the Ambersai Bazar. People just want to be left alone.”

[Teaser Tuesday was created by MizB over at A Daily Rhythm.]

3 Days, 3 Quotes: Day 3

Sarah Grand//The Heavenly TwinsFor my final day of quoting, I bring you The Heavenly Twins by Sarah Grand, a book that I actually haven’t read (more than a couple of chapters of) yet. I first came across this passage quoted in one of the books I was using for my dissertation a few years ago, and was so struck by it that I immediately hunted down the book on Amazon and lamented over how expensive it was. This was, of course, before I discovered it on the Project Gutenberg website, so I have it now, but for some reason I still keep getting side-tracked… 😳

Anyway. The Heavenly Twins is a late 1800s novel, and it explores a lot of feminist themes. This quote is one of the main characters – Angelica – explaining what made her decide to disguise herself as a man:

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3 Days, 3 Quotes: Day 1

R.J. Anderson//QuicksilverThe 3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag is one that I’ve seen around a lot since I started blogging, yet I have no idea where it actually started… I, however, was tagged by the wonderful Loreva from La Book Dreamer in her Day 2 post, which you should definitely check out! So, for the next couple of days, I’m going to be posting some of my favourite book quotes – I hope you like them as much as I do! 😀

First up, a quote from Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson, the second book in the Ultraviolet duology. This was the first book I ever read with a main character who identified as asexual, and this quote – about the phrase “just friends” – has really stuck with me:

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