Teaser: Lips Touch Three Times

“A cursed girl with lips still moist from her first kiss might feel suddenly wild, like a little monsoon. She might forget her curse just long enough to get careless and let it come true. She might kill everyone she loves.”
– Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor (Illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo)
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Synopsis

Three tales of supernatural love, each pivoting on a kiss that is no mere kiss, but an action with profound consequences for the kissers’ souls:

Goblin Fruit
In Victorian times, goblin men had only to offer young girls sumptuous fruits to tempt them to sell their souls. But what does it take to tempt today’s savvy girls?

Spicy Little Curses
A demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test her curse.

Hatchling
Six days before Esme’s fourteenth birthday, her left eye turns from brown to blue. She little suspects what the change heralds, but her small safe life begins to unravel at once. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingIt’s simple: turn to a random page of a book you’re currently reading and post two(ish) ‘teaser’ sentences.

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Teaser: Fated

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This week, while I’m doing my blog overhaul, I’m going to be re-visiting my favourite pre-blogging books, the books that I love but haven’t had a chance to show their faces (much) on this blog, yet.

“Those of us who do like visitors have to advertise, and it’s tricky to find a way of doing it that doesn’t make you sound crazy. The majority rely on word of mouth, though younger mages use the Internet. I’ve even heard of one guy in Chicago who advertises in the phone book under “Wizard,” though that’s probably an urban legend.”
– Fated by Benedict Jacka
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Synopsis

In the heart of Camden you’ll find the Arcana Emporium, run by Alex Verus. He won’t sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but he might just be able to help. That’s if he’s not too busy avoiding his would-be apprentice, foiling the Dark, outwitting the Light or investigating a mysterious relic that has just turned up at the British Museum.

Leave me links to your own teasers in the comments!


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingIt’s simple: turn to a random page of a book you’re currently reading and post two(ish) ‘teaser’ sentences.

Book Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Hounded book cover

★★★★

Atticus O’Sullivan never lies about his age.  He’s 21, and if they assume he means years instead of centuries, that’s their mistake.  Set in the college town of Tempe in Arizona, Hounded follows the story of Atticus – a red-haired, badass Irish druid.

This is a fun, light-hearted novel that doesn’t take itself too seriously – a rare find in the fantasy genre.  It’s yet another novel that combines mythology from many faiths (Atticus’s legal representation includes a werewolf and vampire, he’s met Jesus and he thinks Thor is a prat) but that makes sense.  Why would the Irish gods exist if not the Christian and Norse?

Atticus might be 21 centuries old, and he might have hid from the Romans and battled with the Huns, but he acts exactly how you’d expect a college student to act – he loves Kevin Costner movies, and he finds wedgies and petty pranks hilarious.  It’s perplexing considering his age, but it may be a learned skill more than a plot error. You don’t outlive Gods without an incredible ability to adapt to change and blend in.

However the most interesting character in this novel is Oberon, Atticus’s best friend and pet Irish wolfhound.  Having bound their minds together, Atticus and Oberon can telepathically communicate.  While Oberon has always got French poodles and sausages on his mind, he is not just comic relief.  He is a master hunter with canine senses and wolfhound instincts that warn of danger.

When trouble strikes, Atticus and his loyal hound team up to take on witches and gods, with a little help from a pack of werewolves, an ancient witch and a couple of Irish gods.  This is an incredibly entertaining read.  It’s packed with action from beginning to end, with nary a dull chapter.  It will never make a list of classics, but that should not tarnish this novel’s (or its sequels’) ability to bring the reader some light-hearted fun.

Read more about Hounded by Kevin Hearne at Goodreads.