Teasers & Top Tens – February 21, 2023


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, I am sharing two teasers – one from my previous read and one from my current read. I liked them both so much, I couldn’t chose!

This first teaser is from The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.

Such regrets are of no practical use. I made choices, and then, having made them, I had fewer choices. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I took the one most travelled by. It was littered with corpses, as such roads are. But as you will have noticed, my own corpse is not among them.

This book was so captivating and this character, while she did some pretty horrible things, was still such a strong badass. Not going to reveal who she is, since that would probably be a pretty big spoiler, but wow. This book was amazing.

My next teaser comes from Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare, book #1 in The Last Hours series.

She supposed it was not the most romantic thing in the world to say that every time she saw James Herondale she felt as if she’d been attacked by a waterfowl, but it was true.

This is after this character described how breathless she felt after being chased by an angry swan and I thought it was so funny!

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Favorite Heroines

I do enjoy a strong female lead, that is for sure. Here are a few of my favorites. I tried to pick from a wide range of characters as well as a wider range of books. New ones, older ones, mostly fantasy with a few others sprinkled in for fun.

  1. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins): I will always absolutely love and admire Katniss and always be completely amazed by how well Jennifer Lawrence portrayed her in the films.
  2. Polgara (The Belgariad/The Mallorean by David and Leigh Eddings): One of the first fantasy heroines I ever read. Polgara is a talented and fierce sorceress who isn’t afraid to protect the ones she loves.
  3. Alyssa Gardner (Splintered by A.G. Howard): A distant relative of the original Alice, Alyssa learns just how connected to “Wonderland” she is and what she must do to protect her family.
  4. Meg Murray (A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine l’Engle): One of my favorite books as a kid and still a favorite now, I will always love the story of Meg throwing herself into the unknown to save her father.
  5. Lyra Belacqua (His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman): Lyra is just such a fierce kid with a big heart and even bigger courage. Plus she gets to be friends with an armored polar bear – how cool is that!
  6. Loulie al-Nazari (The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah): This was one of my newest favorite characters, as well as newest favorite books. Loulie such an interesting character and so fun to read.
  7. Emma Carstairs (The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare): I could pick almost any of Clare’s characters for this list, but Emma seems to fit the definite of “heroine” best as she fights demons (both real and inner) while she tries to solve the murder of her parents.
  8. Meghan Chase (The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa): We can’t all wake up and find ourselves stuck between the fey realm and the human world, but Meghan does and has to try and navigate that, finding out some pretty nasty surprises along the way. It’s faeries, what did you expect?
  9. Georgia “George” Mason (Feed by Mira Grant): Yeah, don’t call her Georgia! Fighting alongside her brother Shaun against zombies and discovering political intrigue along the way, George is smart, savvy and a survivor. Mostly.
  10. Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor): An art student who also seems to have friends who might be demons. You know, like you do. Karou has to navigate many different worlds in order to discover who she really is.

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Please leave your teasers or top tens in comments!

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15 replies

  1. OMG I completely forgot about Lyra! She should have made my list, too. I’ve always loved how strong she is!

  2. Katniss and Karou were great characters!

  3. Meg Murray is a great pick! I especially love how she goes into the fight to save her dad even though she probably would never consider herself a heroine or a fighter.

    My TTT: https://bookwyrmknits.com/2023/02/21/top-ten-tuesday-favorite-heroines/

  4. Katniss is one of my favorite heroines of all time, I absolutely adore her and The Hunger Games books. Like you said, Jennifer did a fantastic job portraying her in the movies.

  5. I’ve only read THE HUNGER GAMES and A WRINKLE IN TIME from your list, but I agree about Katniss and Meg. Great heroines!

    Happy TTT!


  6. I didn’t even think of Lyra. I haven’t read The Golden Compass in a long time. Have you watched any of the adaptations? Great post 🙂

  7. Katniss and Lyra made my list too! I love them both.

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