Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat.
Anyone can 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!
This is my choice of the day:
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
60% “The truth is that you were right to stay away from the Whelan bars. Don’t go back. Not even if-ˮ
Mona instantly headed back into the alley. Bailey whipped around and followed her. They saw the waitress standing frozen, holding a bag of garbage, cornered between the wall and the Dumpster by something squat and fleshy and evil.
BLURB: College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons: no job, no parental support, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend who’s around when she moves back home. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders, her demons get a lot more literal. Like, soul-sucking hell-beast literal. Soon, it’s up to Bailey and the ragtag band of magical mixologists to take on whatever—or whoever—is behind the mysterious rash of gruesome deaths in Chicago, and complete the lost recipes of an ancient tome of cocktail lore.
What fun! I really like Bailey as a protagonist – she is enjoyably geeky and clever, yet also flawed and not particularly people-smart. The humour is situational, rather than a series of gags and the conceit of using cocktails to harness and focus the natural life magic running through all of us, is a nice departure from the usual paranormal, urban fantasy tropes. So long as the ending doesn’t land in a heap, this is definitely a thumbs up from me…