Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Teaser Tuesday: How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.
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!

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather.

How to Hang a Witch –
Alfred A. Knopf

Like most fast-talking, opinionated New Yorkers, I have an affinity for sarcasm. At fifteen, though, it’s hard to convince anyone that sarcasm’s a cultural thing and not a bad attitude.
— Chapter 1

“I’m not trying to shut people out. It’s just, no one really likes me here.”
“Jaxon does. And if you let him in, you might find something worth knowing under all that bravado.”
“I don’t have any bravado,” Jaxon says from the hallway. “I’m just naturally awesome.”
“Jaxon, eavesdropping is a terrible habit,” she says, “made common by swindlers and little old ladies.”
— Chapter 10


Lots of witches in my reading feed at the moment – must be the season! I actually read this one a while ago but thought I’d share it a little closer to the darker time, even though it certainly has no defined seasonal ties ... but I still think that a release date in July was not the most opportune choice for the book. It also very definitely seems to be the first of at least two books, but I have not yet found any information about the sequel. It’s all very mysterious.
The book takes the reader to modern day Salem, where history is not only very much alive but also prone to repeat itself. Imagine moving to a town where your ancestors used to hang the ancestors of the people living there ... and be sure that those people know how to hold a grudge. Running the gauntlet sounds almost pleasurable in comparison. Especially if it’s taking place in high school. Now add to that a mixture of snark and attitude for the new and accused, and the two sides are almost certain to eat each other alive ... unless something extraordinary happens.
And can I just add that Jaxon is one of those great best friends literature has to offer? My friends are all very wonderful and I wouldn’t hand them over for the world, yet sometimes fictional best friends are pretty amazing as well.

Who is your ideal fictional best friend and where can this person be found? Let’s hear from you in the comments!

3 comments:

Sherry Fundin said...

I'm always game for a good witchy story. :-)
sherry @ My TT

sjhigbee said...

This sounds like a great read - and I LOVE the cover and the snark:). As for best friends... another witchy book - the two friends from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard are very close, but of the two of them, I'd want Iseult at my back as Safiya is more than a bit flaky. My TT this week is a stormingly good fantasy -
https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/teaser-tuesday-1st-november-2016/

Laura Thomas said...

I enjoy sarcasm and can ooze it when needed. LOL This one is on my radar.

My TT from Something Deadly

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