Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Bitter of Tongue by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.
To play along just do the following:
  • 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 TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Bitter of Tongue by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.

Bitter of Tongue –
Margaret K. McElderry Books

Songs aren’t blood. Blood is all that matters to Shadowhunters and faeries alike. The songs matter only to me.
— Chapter 1

What is a Shadowhunter made of, if they desert their own, if they throw away a child’s heart like rubbish left on the side of the road? Tell me, Simon Lewis, if that is what Shadowhunters are, why would I wish to be one?
— Chapter 1



Usually, I don’t think that writers actually sit down and hatch a plot (ha!) with the intent to break a reader’s heart. And then there are authors of the ilk of Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan ... and woe if the two of them plot together. There must be a health condition of heart palpitations named after them for caring too much about their fictional characters.
I love how this mini-series is a bridge between the much beloved Mortal Instruments and the coming Dark Artifices. It’s so hard to let go of characters who have accompanied you for so long and this way there are still glimpses of them. Their main story might be over but it’s so good to see them alive and reasonably well or on the way to getting there. It’s also a great way to get to know new characters before officially meeting them as main characters for the first time in their own series. At the same time the stories are independent enough that you won’t have not a clue of half of what happened if you pick up the next book without reading the bridge. You’re just missing a really great story in itself. I really want Simon to succeed at the academy and to get his memories back. Team Good is not complete without him. And I really want to know since when Jace is a hugger ... just for research purposes of course.

Which authors do you suspect collects their readers’ tears to sustain them? And I mean this in a totally loving and respectful way. I know that my previously mentioned fragile reader’s heart is in the best hands to be delicately handled and only mildly tortured with my best interests in mind ... right?
Let’s hear from you and your teasers in the comments.

8 comments:

Lexxie Lin said...

Those teasers are both great, Julika! I haven't read the in between novellas about Magnus Bane, even if he is my favorite character from the series. Making readers feel all the feels is a feat, I think, and I love being emotionally invested in the stories I delve into.
Have a terrific Tuesday and happy reading.

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Sharons Book Nook! said...

Great teasers. I'm yet to read the mortal instruments but the more I hear about it and its author makes me think i need to get that book off my shelf now.
Here's my post http://www.sharonsbooknook.com/2015/08/25/teaser-tuesday-naked/

Kathy Martin said...

Great teasers. I have read Sarah Rees Brennan but haven't read Clare's Mortal Instruments. This makes me curious. My teaser this week is from Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training by Jonathan Bernstein. Happy reading!

Juli Witte said...

I haven't cried over a book in a while I think but maybe that's because I've been shedding all my tears over tv-shows lately! Although I wasn't the biggest Mortal Instruments fan I do like Sarah Rees Brennan so maybe I should look into this one! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week!
My Tuesday post
Juli @ Universe in Words

Literary Feline said...

I like your teasers quite a bit. I have only read the first book in the Mortal Instruments series. I'm not sure yet if I will read more.

I love it when an author pulls at my heartstrings and creates characters I come to care deeply for. Books that bring out my emotions are often the ones I remember the longest--and love the most.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I don't often read fantasies, but your Teasers enticed me. This sounds like a terrific story.
My Tuesday post features SAMUEL & SOPHIA.

Laura Thomas said...

This sounds fascinating. I'll probably cry. LOL I love character driven stories.

Here's my TT from The Hybrid - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/08/25/teaser-tuesdays-127-the-hybrid/

sjhigbee said...

I love the sound of this and enjoy reading fantasy, so will have to hunt this down. Neither have I read the Mortal Instruments series, so keep hearing about it, so must add it to my TBR list...

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