Monday, May 16, 2016

Where Is Your Bookmark? (05/17/2016)

I must have been on a reading roll this weekend because I finished my May TBR List winner before I finally settled into sleep Sunday night. Charming is the first in the Pax Arcana series by Elliott James featuring John Charming, an ex-knight, former dragon slayer and witch hunter, in hiding. He's made a quiet life for himself in a small town, working as a bartender in a pub. All that changes when a blonde, followed by a vampire, walk in the door.




Every Tuesday Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where participants share the first paragraph (or a few) of a book they are reading or thinking about reading soon. It is also where I share my first impressions about the book I am sharing.

Once upon a time, she smelled wrong. Well, no, that's not exactly true. She smelled clean, like fresh snow and air after a lightning storm and something hard to identify, something like sex and butter pecan ice cream. Honestly, I think she was the best thing I'd ever smelled. I was inferring "wrongness" from the fact that she wasn't entirely human.
I later found out that her name was Sig. 
Sig stood there in the doorway of the bar with the wind behind her, and there was something both earthy and unearthly about her. Standing at least six feet tall in running shoes, she had shoulders as broad as a professional swimmer's, sinewy arms, and well-rounded hips that were curvy and compact. All in all, she was as buxom, blonde and blue-eyed, clear-skinned as any woman who had ever posed for a Swedish tourism ad.
And I wanted her out of the bar, fast. 

Every Tuesday, Jenn from Books And A Beat hosts Teaser Tuesdays at which time participants grab their current read, open to a random page, and share two (2) "teaser" sentences from that page while avoiding any spoilers.


Teaser from 38% of Charming:
"That's pretty ironic," I said. He was close enough now that I had his scent despite the incense. I chose my words carefully. "Coming from a naga."
"I don't think so," he said, and from the pool behind him a twelve-foot wave gathered up and came crashing toward me. 

and at 49%:
Sig busted the right door open with her shoulder like a linebacker and swiveled her SIG Sauer around the swinging edge, then saw three dead bodies and stopped. She gave me an eyebrow that said Really?
I shrugged. 
What do you think? Would you keep reading?  

I knew going in this would be a high action urban fantasy novel, and it kicks off right away. John seems to know how to find trouble--or else it finds him.

What are you reading at the moment?  Is it anything you would recommend?


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44 comments:

  1. Sounds like an interesting read!

    And I'm trying to figure out how tall 12 feet is. Is it like a mini-tsunami?

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    1. Eustacia - It's probably double the size of John. He's just over six feet, I believe. :-)

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  2. I love being on a reading roll! I'm reading Keep Me Posted by Liz Beazley.

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    1. Kathy - I those reading rolls too. :-) I hope you are enjoying Keep Me Posted!

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  3. This sounds so good I just bought my own copy at Amazon. My teaser this week comes from The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard. Happy reading!

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    1. Kathy - I hope you enjoy it when you read it, Kathy! I thought it was a fun read. Very action packed. :-)

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  4. I enjoyed the dark humour of Charming. Urban fantasy is often hit or miss for me, but this was a bunch of weird fun.

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    1. Jenclair - I liked the dark humor in this one too. "Weird fun" is a good way to describe it. :-)

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  5. This book may not be for me, but I'm glad you're on a reading roll. I just finished Circling the Sun by Paula McLain and am now after the true story with West With the Night.

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    1. JoAnn - I've heard good things about Circling the Sun. I couldn't get through another of the author's books and so have been reluctant to try it.

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  6. Is this Noir + fairytale fantasy? Equals a Yes Please from me!

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    1. I am not sure I would go so far as to call it a fairytale fantasy. While references are made to the fairytales, it's usually to point out that the world-and the Charmings--are nothing like it. Still a good read, I think. :-)

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  7. This one is probably not for me, but I couldn't help but be intrigued by the descriptions. And I could understand why, in the opening lines, he wanted her out of the bar.

    Thanks for sharing...here's mine: “CLOUDS IN MY COFFEE”

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    1. Laurel-Rain - His nice quiet life definitely changed after that. :-)

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  8. I enjoyed this book--gotta catch up with the rest of the series now. :)

    My teaser is from Genevieve Cogman's THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY:
    http://www.pagepilgrims.com/tuesday-teaser-may-17/

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    1. Kristin - I'm eager to read the rest of the series now too! I am glad to hear you enjoyed it.

      I can't wait to read your teaser--I'm looking forward to reading The Invisible Library.

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  9. I usually like urban fantasies, I'll have to look into this one.

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  10. I'm not as familiar with urban fantasy. But I need to read more of it based on that first paragraph. I'll need to put it on my TBR.

    Here's the link to my Teaser:
    https://coffeeandcatsblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/teaser-tuesday-smashyourstack/

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    1. Loreen - Urban fantasy is one of my favorite genres. If you do read this one, I hope you enjoy it!

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  11. This sounds interesting. I haven't read any urban fantasy but it's definitely a genre I'm becoming more interested in trying. That's awesome about being on a reading roll! Love when that happens!

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    1. Katherine - There are some really good ones out there. :-) The book I am reading right now made me think of you. I'm not too far in so can't say it's one you'd like for sure. It's not an urban fantasy novel though. :-)

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  12. Good to hear you are on a reading roll - isn't it great when that happens - sadly this isn't a genre that appeals to me but so glad you are enjoying it!

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    1. Cleo - It's nice when I'm bit by the reading bug and can't get enough reading. Hopefully it will last awhile. :-)

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  13. The cover says "Not my genre." The first paragraph made me smile. I want to read more!

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    1. Margot - To be honest, I wasn't completely taken in by the cover either. I did enjoy the book though. :-)

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  14. Oh wow! This book sounds really exciting! Adding this to my TBR.

    Here is my TT

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    1. It was! I thought it was a fun read. I hope you enjoy it if you do read it!

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  15. Charming sounds like a fun read. I'd keep reading. Right now I'm in the middle of a Western: Those Jensen Boys! It's a fun read, too. :)

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    1. Lark - I need to read a Western. Charming was fun. :-)

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  16. Not sure about this one for me Wendy but, I do hope you enjoy it.

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    1. Diane - It was quite entertaining. I am glad I read it. :-)

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  17. I just ran into this series a few days ago. I think I'd enjoy it:)

    My TT from The Fireman

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    1. Laura - I hope you do get a chance to read it!

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  18. I like it and would keep reading.

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  19. This sounds interesting and yes, I'll keep reading. Looking forward to your review. :-)

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    1. Melody - It was nice to break up my reading with some urban fantasy. :-)

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  20. I enjoyed the blurb and am a sucker for weird fun. Looking forward to how you feel about it by the end:). My TT is straight YA for a change... https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/teaser-tuesday-17th-may-2016/

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  21. This is such a FUN series! Definitely keep reading :)

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    1. Becky - I am glad to hear you enjoy it. :-) I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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  22. I like the summary, but not sure on the writing. I'd probably give it a couple of chapters before deciding. I'm reading Trio by Sue Gee and would recommend it; I'm going to try not to gush in my review...

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    1. Charlie - It's a very entertaining story.Trio sounds good! I will have to look for that one.

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