Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you want to play along:
- 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 week’s teaser comes from Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake, book #3 in the Three Dark Crowns series.
The labor, when it began, was hard and full of blood. Nothing less was to be expected from a war queen, especially one so battle-hardened as Queen Philomene.
The Midwife pressed a cool cloth to the queen’s forehead, but the queen shoved it away.
“The pain is nothing,” Queen Philomene said. “I welcome this last fight.”
I am loving this series so far, you guys! It’s so good!
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:
2023 Debut Books I’m Excited About
I’ll be honest, I almost didn’t do a list this week, mostly because I don’t really pay attention to new releases and new authors as much as I should. It’s not that I don’t want to, but I’m very disorganized and easily distracted, mostly focused on older things that I’ve missed instead of the newest thing hitting the stands. Lucky for me, there is GoodReads. Here are five debut novels coming out this year that sound really exciting.
1). She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran (2/28/23)
A house with a terrifying appetite haunts a broken family in this atmospheric horror, perfect for fans of Mexican Gothic.
When Jade Nguyen arrives in Vietnam for a visit with her estranged father, she has one goal: survive five weeks pretending to be a happy family in the French colonial house Ba is restoring. She’s always lied to fit in, so if she’s straight enough, Vietnamese enough, American enough, she can get out with the college money he promised.
But the house has other plans. Night after night, Jade wakes up paralyzed. The walls exude a thrumming sound, while bugs leave their legs and feelers in places they don’t belong. She finds curious traces of her ancestors in the gardens they once tended. And at night Jade can’t ignore the ghost of the beautiful bride who leaves her cryptic warnings: Don’t eat.
Neither Ba nor her sweet sister Lily believe that there is anything strange happening. With help from a delinquent girl, Jade will prove this house—the home her family has always wanted—will not rest until it destroys them. Maybe, this time, she can keep her family together. As she roots out the house’s rot, she must also face the truth of who she is and who she must become to save them all.
2). We’re All Lying by Marie Still (3/4/23)
How far would you go to keep what’s yours?
Someone is hunting Cass.
Cass lives an enviable life: a successful career, two great kids, and a handsome husband. Then an email from her husband’s mistress, Emma, brings the façade of perfection crumbling around her, setting off a chain of events where buried secrets come back to haunt her.
A taunting email turns into stalking and escalates into much worse. Ethan and Cass try to move on, then Emma disappears.
No longer considered a victim, Cass finds herself the prime suspect and center of the investigation. Her dark secrets—including ones she didn’t know existed—threaten to destroy everything they’ve worked for.
A fast-paced psychological thriller with jaw-dropping twists, the novel examines buried family secrets and how desperation can lead to fatal mistakes when We’re All Lying.
3). Seven Faceless Saints by M.K. Lobb (2/7/23)
Discover what’s lurking in the shadows in this dark fantasy debut with a murder-mystery twist, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kerri Maniscalco.
In the city of Ombrazia, saints and their disciples rule with terrifying and unjust power, playing favorites while the unfavored struggle to survive.
After her father’s murder at the hands of the Ombrazian military, Rossana Lacertosa is willing to do whatever it takes to dismantle the corrupt system—tapping into her powers as a disciple of Patience, joining the rebellion, and facing the boy who broke her heart. As the youngest captain in the history of Palazzo security, Damian Venturi is expected to be ruthless and strong, and to serve the saints with unquestioning devotion. But three years spent fighting in a never-ending war have left him with deeper scars than he wants to admit…and a fear of confronting the girl he left behind.
Now a murderer stalks Ombrazia’s citizens. As the body count climbs, the Palazzo is all too happy to look the other way—that is, until a disciple becomes the newest victim. With every lead turning into a dead end, Damian and Roz must team up to find the killer, even if it means digging up buried emotions. As they dive into the underbelly of Ombrazia, the pair will discover something more sinister—and far less holy. With darkness closing in and time running out, will they be able to save the city from an evil so powerful that it threatens to destroy everything in its path?
4). Mother of the River by Emily McPherson (3/7/23)
Inspired by traditional Irish Mythology, Mother of the River tells the story of a 17 year old girl in search of her missing mother when she stumbles upon a forgotten legend.
Ianthe was only six years old when her mother vanished and the strange statue appeared in the river near her home. Now, eleven years later, the statue stands as a memorial and a place where Ianthe often visits to tell her mother about her life. But when an old acquaintance returns to town and suggests the statue isn’t just a statue, the presence of a mythical creature comes into question, and Ianthe begins to wonder what really happened all those years ago.
With her best friend Fintan by her side, Ianthe searches for a lost legend and discovers fantastical dangers, family secrets, and the magic of Ireland. But finding the myth may not be enough to mend the past. And finding the truth just may threaten her future.
May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far- Irish proverb
5). Midnight Strikes by Zeba Shahnaz (3/14/23)
In this explosive fantasy debut with a time-loop twist, a provincial girl must work with a roguish prince to stop an attack on the royal family and escape a nightmarish curse that forces them to relive the same night again and again.
Seventeen-year-old Anaïs just wants tonight to end. As an outsider at the kingdom’s glittering anniversary ball, she has no desire to rub shoulders with the nation’s most eligible (and pompous) bachelors—especially not the notoriously roguish Prince Leo. But at the stroke of midnight, an explosion rips through the palace, killing everyone in its path. Including her.
The last thing Anaïs sees is fire, smoke, chaos . . . and then she wakes up in her bedroom, hours before the ball. No one else remembers the deadly attack or believes her warnings of disaster.
Not even when it happens again. And again. And again.
If she’s going to escape this nightmarish time loop, Anaïs must take control of her own fate and stop the attack before it happens. But the court’s gilded surface belies a rotten core, full of restless nobles grabbing at power, discontented commoners itching for revolution, and even royals who secretly dream of taking the throne. It’s up to Anaïs to untangle these knots of deadly deceptions . . . if she can survive past midnight.
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Please leave your teasers and top ten lists in comments!
Categories: Teaser Tuesday, Top Ten Tuesdays
She Is a Haunting was on my list, too.
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-debut-books-im-excited-about/
It sounds so good!
I really love that series, too! I hope you enjoy the rest of it.
I’ve been loving it so far!
I’ve seen Seven Faceless Saints around this week! I hope you enjoy these!
My Top Ten!
I’ve seen it in quite a few places as well. It’s making the rounds!
These blurbs make these books sound good. I hope you love them all.
They all sound really good, don’t they!
Mother of the River sounds really good! I’m also excited for She is Haunting and Seven Faceless Saints.
I tried to find a wide variety, even with just five books. I thought they all sounded pretty amazing.
I hope you enjoy all of these when you get an opportunity to read them. Have a great day!
Omg, all these books sound amazing! She is A Haunting sounds so awesome and creepy.
I’ve been wanting to read Two Dark Reigns for a while, but didn’t get around to it yet.I hope you enjoy it!
Here’s my Teaser Tuesday post.
I’ve loved the first two books so far, so I’m really looking forward to digging deeper with this one!
WE’RE ALL LYING definitely sounds intriguing! I hope you enjoy all these.
Seven Faceless Saints sounds really good, I’ve added it to my TBR.
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2023/02/07/top-ten-tuesday-406/