Teaser Tuesday: Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

I have read Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin as part of a book discussion on Instagram.

Serpent and Dove is a Fantasy novel that pits the Church against witches. I enjoyed the themes that run through the novel and there were so many passages that I ticketed as I was reading. I have chosen to share with you an extract from a conversation between Lou and Ansel (a witch and a witchhunter-to-be) when discussing changing Reid’s opinion on witches:

“There are some things that can’t be changed with words. Some things have to be seen. Some things have to be felt.” (p 252, 2019, Harper Teen)

This quote is definitely one of my favourite from the novel. It resonates with me as I have often seen that people’s prejudices do not change unless it impacts their own life.

What do you think of the statement? 

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to Ambrosia’s Teaser Tuesdays at The Purple Booker)

UnWholly by Neil Shusterman

img_0416After finishing Unwind by Neil Shusterman, I had no choice but to pick up the second novel in the series. UnWholly picks up where the preceding story left off with no break in the gripping tension. The story continues to hold the reader’s attention throughout. I smile when I see my daughter sitting on the sofa, immersed in the tale.

My teaser this week is from the beginning of the novel and refers to a new character in the story.

“He’s fighting a nightmare when they come for him. 

A great flood is swallowing the world, and in the middle of it all, he’s being mauled by a bear. He’s more annoyed than terrified. As if the flood isn’t enough, his deep, dark mind has to send an angry grizzly to tear into him.  

Then he is dragged feetfirst out of the jaws of death and drowning Armageddon. 

“Up! Now! Let’s go!”

He opens his eyes to a brightly lit bedroom that ought to be dark. Two Juvey-cops manhandle him, grabbing his arms, preventing him from fighting back long before he is awake enough to try.” (p3, Simon & Schuster, 2012)

A few new characters were introduced into the story, but the reader meets old favourites as well: Connor, Lev, and Risa. As the blurb on the book jacket states: One of them will be betrayed. One of them will go on the run. And one of them will cross paths with Cam, a teen who doesn’t exist, and make a startling discovery about the truth behind unwinding.

I enjoyed the second book in the Unwind series – and will continue reading the story. This futuristic thriller is a must-read for all who enjoy dystopian novels. And if you have a reluctant teen reader, this story will get them reading!

If you missed my teaser from the first novel in the series: Unwind

What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments. 

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

Unwind by Neil Shusterman

img_0348After my daughter spent a weekend reading the book on the sofa, I decided that Unwind by Neil Shusterman might be a novel I could enjoy – especially after reading the blurb. The novel centres around three teenagers (Connor, Risa, and Lev) who are running for their lives. They run because they do not want to be “unwound”, a process whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different recipients.This process is legal and came into being after the Second Civil War which was fought over reproductive rights.

This dystopian  novel grabbed my interest from the first page. My teaser comes from the first section of the book and refers to Risa’s experience:

“And in this choas, Risa has a sudden realisation. 

This is not part of the plan. 

The system might have a million contingencies for state wards trying to screw with things, but they don’t have a plan of action for dealing with an accident. For the next few seconds, all bets are off.

Risa fixes her eyes on the front door of the bus, holds her breath, and races towards that door.”  (p27, Simon & Shuster, 2007)

This read was as good as my daughter claimed it would be. The author captured my interest from the first page – and kept it right until the final paragraph. This is a must-read if you enjoy dystopian novels, or anything that will keep you gnawing on your fingernails. If you have a reluctant teen reader – then this book will certainly keep them engrossed!

Now I am reading the second novel in the series – and I wish I could put my feet up and immerse myself in Shusterman’s world.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments. 

Teaser Tuesday | BooksAndABeat.com© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays at Books and a Beat)

Teaser Tuesday: Delusion Road by Dan Aker


Delusion RoadThis weekend I began a book recommended to me by my teenage daughter. The previous week had seen her sitting on the sofa, squeezing in minutes between her homework assignments, to read Dan Aker’s Delusion Road. The novel has been nominated for this year’s White Pine Award, an award given by the Ontario Library Association

In the story we read of Willa Jaffrey, a beautiful and rich girl who is dating the perfect guy and looking forward to a fabulous senior year. We meet as well the mysterious Keegan Fraser, a handsome new student who wants no part of the games everyone plays at Willa’s high school. Despite a rocky start, Keegan and Willa gradually become closer, even as Willa’s carefully constructed universe begins to fall apart.  And while Keegan helps Willa deal with some hard truths, Willa has no idea that Keegan’s past holds the darkest of secrets—and it’s about to catch up to him.  Someone is looking for Keegan and his family and is getting menacingly close to finding them.

My teaser for this novel comes from the first few pages:

“You’re giving me ultimatums now?”

“If that’s what it takes.”

“What happened to till death do us part?”

“That’s exactly what I’m afraid of.”

“Look, no one suspects a thing. I was careful.”

His mother laughed at that last comment. That’s what it sounded like anyway. Later, he would wonder if it was something else – a choked sob maybe – and he would wish somehow that he could be sure. It was the last sound he would ever hear her make.” (p 2, Harper Trophy, Canada)

I have completed the novel now and, like my daughteer, I found it difficult to put down!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments. 

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays at Books and a Beat)