Teaser Tuesday – 2nd August, 2016

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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:
Nevernight – Book 1 of The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff
79% Mia glanced sidelong at the apprentices around her. Though each pretended to be busy with their nevernightmeal, she could sense them listening. Feel their eyes. Staring at this shade of Mia Corvere they’d never really seen. Liar. Snake. Fox.

BLURB: In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

This is a coming of age story set in an Assassins’ School. Think of Hogwarts with more lethal tricks, every master as charming as Snape, without the bluff honesty of dear old Hagrid. Students die and our feisty protagonist has a tragic and compelling backstory. It should be a great deal grimmer than it is, because there are also shafts of humour and delightful plot twists peppering the narrative. I’m thoroughly enjoying this one and will be reviewing it in due course.

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31 responses »

    • It’s great fun – but it’s more a New Adult than YA. There is a lot of violence and gore and several explicit sex scenes, while the tone is quite hardboiled. Nothing wrong in that – but I wouldn’t want my younger teens reading it.

      • I always wonder if I’m just totally out of touch when I think books are unsuitable for younger teens 🙂 It’s been so long since I was that age I have no idea what’s appropriate anymore. I’d probably be shocked.

      • Some quite hardcore issues are dealt with in YA fiction – and I don’t have a problem with that. In an ideal world, our young teens wouldn’t have to cope with online porn, drugs and a very sexualised culture, as well as divorce and blended families – but they do, so it’s fitting that their fiction reflects these issues. But this book goes several steps beyond what I believe should be appropriate for a young teen.

    • It was just to demonstrate the setting and point out that it’s a whole lot darker than coming-of-age tales generally tend to be… I’ve now finished it and I really liked it.

  1. Oh, this is an author I’d like to try one day. And I really like the premises for the story!

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