Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Teaser Tuesday: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

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I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter.


I'd Tell You I Love You,
But Then I'd Have to Kill You –
Disney Hyperion
Times like this are when it's no fun being the headmistress's daughter, because A) it's totally annoying when people think I'm in a loop I'm not in, and B) people always assume I'm in partnership with the staff, which really I'm not – Sure, I have private dinners with my mom on Sunday nights, and sometimes she leaves me alone in her office for five seconds, but that's it. Whenever school is in session, I'm just another Gallagher Girl (except for being the girl to whom the aforementioned A and B apply).
— Chapter 1

Crouched on the roof between Bex and Liz, I wasn't a girl who had just broken up with her boyfriend; I looked at my watch and checked my gear instead of crying. I had a mission objective and not a broken heart.
— Chapter 27


Did I spend my Easter vacation binge-reading the wonderful Gallagher Girls series? I’m not saying anything that could incriminate me. I will, however, say that if these books have not been on your radar, you’re missing out on a great, enjoyable and entertaining series. The humour hits all the right notes and had me in a constant good mood. I especially love the character development over the course of the series. What never changes is the level of girl power and friendship. Sure, there is the boy topic (since things would have taken a very different turn if ... well, isn’t that always the case?), but it never detracts from the overall awesomeness that is the group of girls around Cammie Morgan.
In many stories it would have been an major development arc of the girls discovering that they are capable of becoming world class spies, but that is not this book. On the contrary, that is never called into question because all of them have their special talents and abilities. It starts out harmlessly enough with Cammie being noticed by a boy while out on a school assignment. The problem? Cammie is the perfect chameleon, which means that she doesn’t get noticed unless she wants to be. And while this attention itself isn’t dangerous it does something to Cammie and her friends, who might be able to hack into high security networks, but are terribly sheltered when it comes to boys. Fun and hilarity ensue ... among other things.
The series has published its tenth anniversary edition (I love the new covers and will have to do something about all that bonus material in the new publications), but it all began with the plead skirts which adorn my bookshelf. I don’t want to call the series a classic my age can’t take that hit right now, but if I’m honest if a book is still in print after a decade that title is well deserved. Maybe let’s call it a modern classic? Ally Carter is unquestionably one of the defining authors of the YA category and I for one am very glad that she writes for this audience.

I moved part of my library this weekend (part because I don’t have enough shelf space yet) and the hardest part was deciding which books absolutely had to come and which will have to wait in storage for a while longer. Which books do you have to have on display or your place doesn’t feel like home? Share treasures and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Teaser Tuesday: United by Melissa Landers

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United by Melissa Landers.


United – EverAfter

“It’s a new record,” Aelyx said. “Less than an hour on this planet, and already someone’s trying to kill me.”
— Chapter 5

“It’s all right. None of us died in the cold void of space. I call that a win.”
— Chapter 8





Despite the dreamy idea that publishing is a benevolent place (which is true most of the time) the industry is also a business that at the heart of the matter needs (and let’s be honest also wants) to make money. So when a book or series doesn’t match the expectations chances are that the publisher won’t commission a third book if they initially bought two. Second books are always hard, but they become a totally different beast when the author is asked to wrap up the story earlier than they originally planned and I somewhat suspected this in the second Alienated book when the end was anything but a conclusion. And seeing that this third book is self-published/published with a different publisher than the initial books ... well let’s just say it’s nice when instincts appear to be on point. (By the way, it also works the other way around that publishers sometimes ask a writer to expand a series beyond the initial books when they are performing better than expected. Both scenarios are not always beneficial to the story, but that’s a matter of opinion.)

Not-So-Short publishing excursus aside this is the end to the series as intended by the author and I’m glad that Melissa Landers was able to conclude her story in a way of her choosing. The loos ends from the second book are wrapped up and Cara and Aelyx are released into a future that will hopefully not include another attempt on their lives or their entire species. It may be a little over the top cheesy in some aspects but overall I’d say that the series is complete with this third book and better for it.

Do you have a series that you suspect or know has been cut short? I’m a little on the fence about let’s call them rogue sequel publications, but in some cases I’m happy to be positively surprised. Share your thoughts and teasers in the comments.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Windwitch by Susan Dennard

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Windwitch by Susan Dennard.

Windwitch – Tor Teen


No more tiptoeing around a room because women oughtn’t to run. To shout. To rule.
And above all: no more blighted regrets.
— Chapter 4

For although the holiest might fall—and Merik had fallen far, indeed—they could also claw their way back up again.
— Chapter 6




Second title in this truly wonderful series of (again) four books. When did I pick up the habit of starting series that will keep me busy for so many years? Must be a childhood disease I never quite overcame ...
I loved the first book for plunging me into this rich, confusing, almost incomprehensible and yet clearly outlined and lovingly detailed world (and yes, the number of adjectives is necessary and I haven’t recently fallen into a Thesaurus/Lexicon). And this second book expands this world not by adding more places but by adding more levels and making it more understandable. It felt a little like learning new nuances of an acquired language. Instead of just grasping the bare bones of a conversation you suddenly also pick up on messages between the lines. Not yet at native speaker level, to stay in the metaphor, but possibly getting there.
I miss (really, really miss) the shared pages of Safi and Iseult as their inspiring friendship was one of my primary reasons to love the first book yet their separation and subsequent other page companions are an almost adequate compensation. As are the additional perspectives of other characters. After all just because you’re geographically apart and making new friends doesn’t mean that you’re no longer connected. (But can we please work on getting people back to other people? (Vague-McVagueness))

Speaking of bookish childhood infections: What is the first series where you remember waiting for the following book to publish? For me it is (I think) a toss up between the third His Dark Materials and the second Abhorsen book – both great choices because they definitely didn’t publish in an annual rhythm. My poor bookseller must have been near madness when I kept coming back every month asking where the next book was. (An impatient child? Me? What makes you think so?) Share your experiences and teasers in the comments!

ETA  04/11: I’m on holiday this week and won’t be adding a new entry. Happy Easter if you’re celebrating and have a wonderful week in any case.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here –
Walker Books

In my lifetime, we’ve had 1) the undead, 2) those soul-eating ghosts, 3) the vampire cycle of romance and death, and 4) whatever might be happening now with the body of Finn and the terrified deer, if they’re even connected (they’re probably connected). When Jared’s grandad was a teenager, they had Gods.
— Chapter 6

It’s not a bomb this time, even it it might as well be.
My dad shows up.
— Chapter 15



Warning: If irony and sarcasm are foreign to you or just not your cup of tea, you will more than likely not enjoy this book. But if you like an appreciative chuckle at the expense of popular fantasy tropes (even if you love those as well), then you should definitely have a look at this.
Patrick Ness is a wonderful storyteller who can craft a narrative that will suck you right in. But in this case not to take you on an epic adventure to save the world from an apocalypse and humanity from certain extinction. This also is not the story of the trusty side-kick/best friend/family of the hero. No, this is the story of those far in the background, who usually appear in the end credits as “Boy #2” or “Girl in Hallway” and whose only objective is to finish their final year of high school (and maybe get a prom date, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves). Sometimes the most mundane seeming thing can harbour the biggest challenge of all: Finding meaning in your own ordinarily extraordinary life.

Do you have a favourite fantasy trope that you maybe want to see turned on its head? Share ideas and your teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Teaser Tuesday: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard.

King’s Cage – HarperTeen


But even isolation has not broken my pride. Not yet.
— Chapter 2

Clearly a ruse, definitely another plot. And it was headed straight for us.
— Chapter 15





This is not actually the final book in a trilogy but rather the setup for the ultimate finale. And the stakes are ... staggering to say the least. Mare is held captive by her very worst nightmare and used as a propaganda puppet yet the girl still has the capability to wander off on dangerous tangents of misguided trust. And then we get other points of view. I predictably especially enjoyed staying with Cameron inside the resistance forces. I really enjoyed her voice and her if not unbiased then in other ways biased perspective.
I have the very distinct feeling that I won’t like where this is headed, but seeing that there is a whole book yet waiting after this it is to be expected that things have to go downhill before anything can be resolved. I just hope that the dear lightning girl finally comes to her senses regarding whom to trust.

Trilogies are nice and well, but four books offer a completely different opportunity for betrayal. I don’t know if the series was planned as a quadrilogy from the beginning. At the moment it seems that the story arc is well-balanced to carry across four books and I hope this holds true. What are your thoughts on longer series? Share your opinions and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

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The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro.

The Last of August –
Katherine Tegen Books

“Do you want me to give you a shovel so you can keep on digging me this hole?”
“Please,” she shot back. “I’d rather watch. You’re doing such a nice job of it, after all.”
— Chapter 3

“Do you need a ride?”
The click of a gun cocking. It wasn’t a suggestion. I got in.
— Chapter 6



Holmes and Watson are one of my ultimate pairings, be it platonic or romantic. You can dangle any book with them in front of me and I’ll give it a try. And in case of this series this was a very lucky find. I actually had to leave a cafe after giggling at the highly amusing dialogues one too many times and people were beginning to look at me suspiciously.
As this is the second book in the trilogy I’m quite happy to report that coming back to these characters felt like returning to some good friends. With the added fun of also experiencing some confusion because things have definitely taken a turn since the last visit. As with so many versions this duo, Holmes and Watson have a series of  personal issues apart from their actual cases. And I adore Charlotte and Jamie with their special brand of quirks and problems.
This book takes the two of them first to the UK and then on to Berlin and Prague. It’s quite fun to observe characters be tourists in your country. Their case is something else, and of course much more complex than it seems. I’ve not yet solved everything that is going on, but I have some suspicions (one of my favourite aspects of these books, puzzling out the intricacies of these types of plots). And then there is the final book and I fear that there will be a major cliffhanger at the end of this ...

Any kryptonite-like books you have recently discovered that you weren’t able to put down? Share your finds and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter

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Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter.

Take the Key and Lock Her Up –
Scholastic Press

There are few things in the world scarier than the unknown. I’ve learned that the hard way.
— Chapter 3

And trust is like an invisible tightrope. Only a true friend dares to take a step.
— Chapter 9






Final book in this exceptional series that has gotten better over the course of its publication. Knowledge is power, yet sometimes knowledge and the power it brings can also be extremely dangerous. The stakes have reached an incredible height after the chase out of home and country for Grace. Now she is on the run from the people who apparently are determined to see her silenced – and if it’s the silence of the grave. But luckily Grace has a bunch of friends who are even more determined to see her alive and well – or as well as Grace is ever going to be after what happened in her past.
Ally Carter has created a diverse and well-realised cast of characters, whom I loved getting to know during their adventures. And while the kingdom of Adria is not real it feels like it is. The society and the history are superbly developed and make the semi-fictional world and threats in it appear very real. And while I am sad to see the series end I’m more that happy with its finale. The solution was as elegant as it was plausible and made me appreciate the overall plotting of this series. I will admit that I haven’t read her other books, but that’s something I’m more than willing to rectify.

Isn’t that dress on the cover gorgeous? Not to talk about the handsome guy waiting on the stairs ... not quite as it appears in the novel, but close enough. Do you have a cover scene or outfit in mind you’d like to try on? Share ideas and teasers in the comments.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Teaser Tueasday: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth.

Carve the Mark –
Katherine Tegen Books

My mother had always talked quietly when she was angry. She said it made people listen.
— Chapter 9

You know her well. People are harder to sum up when you know them well.
— Chapter 28






Coming from such a big success as the Divergent series it seems quite a feat to follow up with a similarly striking story. Veronica Roth has devised a highly impressive and well-crafted universe with an interesting cast of characters. There have been quite a number of reviews both praising and rebuking. Both are well understandable as there are aspects in this book that are truly inspiring as well as parts that can be worrying if you look at them unreflecting. At first, the two opposing cultures can seem a little one-dimensional or even stereotypical but you should never meet a book at its face value, especially not if it’s written by someone who already created a character like Tris. (Without spoiling that series, but if you know what happened to Tris and that the author carried that knowledge and also the motivation for this action through three books, this should erase any doubt that the characterisation of anything in this new story is lazy or thoughtless.)
The one thing I found a little difficult were the first steps into this story with all its unknown rules and beliefs while also almost immediately picking up pace in terms of plot development. It felt a little like I was halfway across the planet before I even understood what was going on. This feeling of disorientation would perfectly match the reader-emotion to the main character Akos. However, at exactly that moment the narration switches to the other main character Cyra, who is at that point very much at home and certain of her position. The moment this changes the narration switches up again as well and I dare say that this is a supremely clever narrative device. Veronica Roth is a master-crafter and I’d say right now the only danger to her story is that of over-playing the strength of plotting. I can’t wait where the second and in this case final book is going to take us.

I won’t ask if you’ve read the author’s previous books. Instead I want to know how you react when you encounter the title of a book inside the text. In this case it made me nod in satisfaction when the phrase carve the mark finally appeared. Share your thoughts and teasers in the comments.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

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Glitter by Aprilynne Pike.

Glitter – Random House Books
for Young Readers

I see his jaw working furiously; he wants to accuse me of something, but my story is too simple for holes. The best lies always are.
— Chapter 7

Is it truly worth saving one’s life if you lose your soul in the process?
But like a cart careening down a hill, I’ve set too many processes into motion.
— Chapter 34



This book looks pretty and shallow, doesn’t t? And its protagonist invests quite a lot to be perceived as just this: a non-threatening and superficial girl. But make no mistake there is so much going on beneath the surface!
The setting can be a little confusing at first. How can there be a completely separated historical society right in the middle of a futurist country? It’s not actually that unimaginable considering what just enough money will be able to buy. The straight and consequent implementation of this second society is very entertaining. And yet even more entertaining is the downward spiral of the protagonist. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t enjoy seeing a person destroying themselves and everyone around them and I more or less understand where the protagonist is coming from. I can’t quite pinpoint the moment when my understanding of the situation flipped. At what point does the end stop justifying the means? Social study potential galore!
Be aware that there is a Cliffs of Moher like cliffhanger at the end though. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Book two has no release date scheduled yet.

I don’t have to like a character to understand them. And I seem to read quite a few of the intentionally disliked characters lately. Have you come across a character you don’t like but who fascinates you recently? Share your finds and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Winter by Marissa Meyer.

Winter – Feiwel & Friends

“You know, if this emperor thing doesn’t work out, you might have a future career in espionage.”
He gave her a wry look. “Let’s make sure this emperor thing works out, all right?”
— Chapter 17

I can’t do anything like this. I’m broken. I’m literally broken.”
Iko settled a hand on Cinder’s shoulder. “Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”
— Chapter 54


Maybe today would have called for either an obviously romantic or a completely unromantic choice, but to heck with it. This is the final (so far) book in the Lunar Chronicles and a worthy conclusion to the series. The war that’s been brewing for three book finally arrives at the door of those who have been stoking it for several decades.
The author manages to tie up all retellings she’s taken up and bring them together in a suspenseful and entertaining way. I’ve loved rooting for the several characters and sharing their turbulent developments. At several point the outlook is more than dire, but the solutions always seem organic and plausible.
There is apparently going to be a graphic novel spin-off for Iko. I’m not quite sure if I’ll follow along. Not because of the medium, but because the end seemed so well-rounded to me. But you never know. Or rather: You’ll certainly get to know if I decide to give it a try.

Do you have a series that has switched mediums to expand after the end? I’m very curious if you think the switch was made successfully. Share your opinions and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

The Long Game –
Bloomsbury Children’s Books

“He has a face for every occasion.”
“Whereas you,” Henry said, “just have a poker face, the appearance of which is typically a cause for concern.”
— Chapter 10

“I’m okay.”
Vivvie peered at me. “Does that mean that you’re actually okay, or that you’re stoically projecting that you will be okay at some undefined point in the future?”
— Chapter 29




As promised (threatened?) with the first book, here I am going on again with the second book about Tess Kendrick. And for all that’s worth something I loved this book! Tess is her snarky brilliant self, the stakes as high as one can imagine, political intrigues in abundance, and the lines between friend and adversary more murky than ever.
Such a fun and at the same time nerve-racking read. I am a little devastated that this seems to be the final book, because I am so not done ... and neither is the overarching story if you ask me. But maybe there will be another book and I just haven’t found the news yet. I don’t know how long I’ll believe this, but until there is other evidence I refuse to think that I won’t see these characters again. And if anyone n the decision-making levels should read this: PLEASE let there be another book!

Do you have a series that was unexpectedly cut short (not that  believe this is happening here lalala)? I understand that publishers must think economically, but why does it always happen to the series I like so much? Let’s hear from you in the comments!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

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The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee.

The Thousandth Floor –
HarperTeen


“I just don’t understand why you won’t talk to me.”
“Yeah, well, sometimes it’s not about you, Avery.”
— Chapter 6

The words hung there, quietly ending the world Avery had always lived in. In the silence a new world was unfolding.
— Chapter 50





So, I hope you aren’t afraid of heights because this book will take you way up into the clouds. And down into the deepest abyss of society. You can read this as a guilty pleasure and be well entertained. Or if you’re like me you read this as a mixture between guilty pleasure, social study, and crime mystery. I made one mistake with this book in that I flipped through the book at one point and found out one of the mysteries the book sets up in the prologue (I have a talent for that, I should just rubber band the subsequent pages). I don’t know if I would have figured it out before it happened, but that way I read the story with very different eyes.
The number of characters was slightly overwhelming at the beginning, but once I had them straight and was beginning to understand how their stories were intertwined although they lived in such separated social strata it became complexly interesting. I liked how the author was able to portray these characters with their different premises and motivations.
There is one aspect that might be a red flag for some: There is a romantic implication between siblings. However, they are not blood-related, merely grew up together so I don’t actually get why this is such a big deal.

Have you ever accidentally discovered a major plot reveal without meaning to and have it change your reading of the story? Or are you a skip ahead person? Share your habits and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.

Three Dark Crowns –
HarperTeen

For it is too cruel otherwise, to force a queen to kill that which she loves. Her own sisters. And for her to see that which she loves come at her door like wolves, seeking her head.
— Chapter 9

“It is easy enough to come and go. A short sail to the mist and through it. My God, I feel mad just saying that aloud. Madder, knowing that it’s true.”
“Easy to come and go,” Arsinoe mutters. Easy for anyone but her, anyway.
— Chapter 11


Seeing that I don’t have any siblings I can’t say that I know about murderous tendencies towards them. But I seriously hope that even if there is a heavy animosity it won’t come to such a feud where whole circles of people are pitted against each other and groomed to ultimately kill the other sibling.
Kendare Blake is very talented in creating a world which is perfectly self-sustained. I was impressed when I read that the inspiration were queen bees and their colonies, because it definitely shows and is easily understood. I especially liked that even the language was adapted to this universe.
No one in this book is without blame ... or without an agenda. It took me a few chapters to fully embrace this quality of the story rather than fight it and look for an impeccably good character. At the same time they aren’t inherently bad. Or at least I don’t necessarily think they are. Communication certainly would have helped, but is cleverly impeded by the established culture and society. A feast if you’re interested in society and behaviour studies. It’s very much a place I would like to visit, but would also be very happy to be able to leave.

Which fictional place would you like to visit for a while but not forever? Share destinations and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.
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  • 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!

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

The Fixer –
Bloomsbury Children’s Books

“How good are you at getting sent to the headmaster’s office for something that won’t actually get you expelled?” Asher smiled beatifically, as if he’d been waiting his whole life for someone to ask just that question.
— Chapter 34

When he saw me coming his way, he made his excuses to the group he was talking to and ducked into the boys’ bathroom.
Presumably, he thought that I would not follow him.
He obviously did not know me very well.
— Chapter 47


So much love for this book! And its story and characters and absolutely everything! I could go on about this forever, but I’d prefer to keep this in its limits and hopefully you’ll have a look at it yourself. It actually starts at a very similar pont to another book I recently read but then goes in a completely different direction and what an amazing direction that is.
 This story is such a wild ride that I literally refused to put this book down before I knew how a dicey situation plays out. Really perfectly crafted suspense. I guessed one thing but was then totally thrown by another aspect again. Yet in hindsight it makes perfect sense.
Tess’ humour/sarcasm is phenomenal, I absolutely would love to have her as a friend just because of that. And if I can’t have her I would want Vivvie and Asher. And Emilia as my best frenemy. The tags for this book name a certain geometrical shape as part of this story, but so far I haven’t seen anything hinting in that direction. Not even in the backstory.
If you’re at all interested in political (not current/real) intrigue and/or superbly written spunky female main characters in a crime-y setting and haven’t read this yet I cannot recommend this enough. And I’ll most definitely pester you about ths again with the second book.

How are your sarcasm and irony skills? I’ve found that creative/literary poeple are a little more likely to respond positively to them overall, but maybe that’s due to my own predilection. Please share your opinions and teasers n the comments!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Teaser Tuesday: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.
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!

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.

A Study in Charlotte –
Katherine Tegen Books

When I get angry, my English accent thickens until it’s clotted and snotty, a full-on cartoon. And I was furious. I probably sounded like the bloody Queen.
— Chapter 1

“Do you think, if I set fire to the maths building—”
“No.”
“But—”
“Still no.”
— Chapter 7



The day may come when I’ll no longer be temped by a Sherlock remake. So far, it doesn’t seem likely though. And that is a very good thing in my opinion, otherwise I would have missed this entertaining book. It’a nice to see the uncompromising analytical mind of the detective in a female main character for a change and let Watson be the (as per the role) more nursing one but with a slightly more problematic angle. I actually wish that this were taken even more to the point, but that probably would have caused reader riots ...
I especially liked how the original stories are referenced and sort of taken as actual history to be taken with a grain of salt in terms of creative license. And no doubt would Watson have liked a guidebook on the care and keeping of Holmses. That alone made me giggle quite a bit. Yet the story is not only amusing for a Sherlock fan. Even if the stories are completely unknown at the heart of the book there is still a very well-crafted crime plot. Among other things. I’m very much looking forward to the second book in the series.

By now it’s probably back to work or school for most of you. I hope you have found no unhappy surprises at your desk upon your return. Are you perchance watching the new BBC Sherlock series? I’m still a little shell-shocked if I’m absolutely honest. Share your thoughts and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Teaser Tuesday: My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.
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!

My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill.

My Unscripted Life –
Delacorte Press

She tosses me a pen from the mug next to the computer. I catch it and sign, hoping it doesn’t obligate me to shave my head or dance a jig anytime someone says the words “peanut butter.”
— Chapter 2

You’ve got to quit confusing the plan with the dream. Plans change. They fall apart. Sometimes outside forces even blow them to smithereens. But the dream is what you always come back to. It’s your lighthouse in the fog. In the freaking storm.
— Chapter 10


Happy new year, everyone! I hope you had a good one and have already started well into this new round around the sun. At one point I got a little fed up with this dreary wet and stormy winter and what better way to get rid of it than with a summer book? This is a pretty summer romance with quite a few very quotable sentences. Admittedly you’re more than likely to get me interested in a book when it’s a two worlds collide type of love story ... Pride and Prejudice ring a bell? They can be very straightforward and often also formulaic, but I nevertheless appreciate them when they manage to convey this special feeling. This book does that quite well and tops it off with a nice underlying plot of character development.

How did you start your reading year? Do you have a resolution on how many books you want to read in 2017? Let’s hear from you in the comments!