Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday - Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

The Rules:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) or so “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 second Karen Healey book and I really like her style - her characters have this edge to them, but are still accessible to readers. I'm only three chapters in, but THINGS ARE HAPPENING - also, funny, sarcastic comments have happened.
He was worried about her "influence," which neatly translated to: "But, Ellie, what if you also catch the gay?" ~ pg. 7
See? Great, right?

This is an intriguing YA urban fantasy in the tradition of Holly Black and Wicked Lovely. Set in New Zealand, Ellie's main concerns at her boarding school are hanging out with her best friend Kevin, her crush on the mysterious Mark, and her paper deadline. That is, until a mysterious older woman seems to set her sights on Kevin, who is Maori, and has more than just romantic plans for him. In an effort to save him, Ellie is thrown into the world of Maori lore, and eventually finds herself in an all-out war with mist dwelling Maori fairy people called the patupaiarehe who need human lives to gain immortality.

The strong, fresh voice of the narrator will pull readers in, along with all the deliciously scary details: the serial killer who removes victim's eyes; the mysterious crazy bum who forces a Bible on Ellie telling her she needs it; handsome, mysterious Mark who steals the Bible from her and then casts a forgetting charm on her. All of this culminates in a unique, incredible adventure steeped with mythology, Maori fairies, monsters, betrayal, and an epic battle.

*Description taken from Goodreads


Natasha said...

Wow! Beautiful cover! I haven't heard of this. Thanks for the teaser. I'm going to check it out!

Here's mine:

BookLuvr Mindy said...

This looks REALLY good! I stop by your blog every now and then and I always like what I see!

From this point forward I think I'm going to be regularly stalking your blog...so you will probably see me around!

Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

Jennifer said...

I'm loving the awesome cover. It sounds like a fantastic read. Adding it to my list.

Candace said...

Funny, sarcastic comments are good! Sounds like a great book, hope you enjoyed it!

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