Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.
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:
Gwithyas: Door to the Void by Isha Crowe
20% Old, yellow paper that crumbles, so I have to hold it carefully. The first words, in elaborate old-fashioned handwriting, are: ‘I will mourn you forever, my love.’
I put it aside. Too labour-intensive to read, and way too depressing. At the moment I don’t want to learn about the miserable fates of my pathetic ancestors. I feel bad enough as it is, and really don’t need to be reminded of how hopeless our situation is, how impossible it is that Mum will ever live in the nice, sunny house she so desires, that my sisters will ever go to school, that Dad will ever smile. Or that I will ever live the life of a normal boy.
BLURB: Zircon Gwithyas just wants to be a normal teenager, preferably one with a girlfriend. If you’re a spotty nerd with glasses as thick as jam jars, that isn’t easy.
It’s even harder when you live in a derelict manor on a haunted hill with a bunch of spooky eccentrics for a family, and the object of your affection is an irritable sword-wielding college student.
It becomes virtually impossible when you are dragged into a dark, chaotic semi-reality where your moderately-deceased ancestors expect you to save the world from a horde of grotesque demons with a fondness for torture…
This is a delightful, quirky read that I’m really enjoying. It reminds me more than a little of Matt Haig’s The Radleys as this teenage boy in the middle of paranormal mayhem is yearning for a normal existence. I have yet to discover if his dream comes true – I’m going to guess it probably doesn’t.
Glad you’re enjoying this one, Sarah. I liked the excerpt and such an interesting cover.
I am thoroughly enjoying it – and the ‘romance’ between our poor hapless protagonist and his chosen is a hoot!
I think I read The Radleys long ago and enjoyed it, so this comparison is tempting😀
There is the same failed attempt at normality and the quirky pov narrative, which swings from near-farce to something a whole lot darker – and then back again… I do enjoy it when that happens!
I like the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.
You’re welcome, Laurel – sorry for the tardy response, but it’s been a rather hectic couple of days!
I don’t think kids that live in derelict manor houses appreciate them enough! I would love to live in one – though I’d probably change my mind at the first sign of draft or rodent or water leak. This sounds like an intriguing read!
You really, really wouldn’t like to live in this derelict manor house Katherine – I’m a real fan of old houses and this one is a nightmare!
This sounds intriguing and the teaser you shared left me wanting to discover more.
I have now finished this one, and I really enjoyed it – something quite different and a very entertaining read.
He does sound a bit down in the teaser, but you make the book sound very interesting. Glad to hear you’re enjoying it!
Thank you Laura – it is a really engrossing read, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’ll be reviewing it in due course…
This sounds really good – look forward to your review.
Thank you, Lynn – I’ve now finished this one and was very impressed with the way Crowe used the main elements of YA fantasy and then played with them…