Teaser Tuesdays 2/16

The Teaser

Beating the others doesn’t mean anything because they’re not really trying. This leaves Zinhle with no choice but to compete against herself. Each paper must be more brilliant than the last. She tries to finish every test faster than she did the last one. It isn’t the victory she craves, not exactly; the satisfaction she gains from success is minimal. Barely worth it. But it’s all she has.

Valediction, p. 151

How Long ’til Black Future Month?

by N. K. Jemison


In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow south must figure out how to save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story “The City Born Great,” a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis’s soul.

I was originally drawn to this book because of its cover. Name a book that you have read because of cover lust.

Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison

“Everyone lies. To themselves, to each other. It’s a way to belong, to be included. To look important.”

Yes everyone lies, even Goode girls. The Goode School is an elite boarding school for the daughters of the nation’s scions. Its students are challenged to a rigorous curriculum and promised early entry into the country’s most prestigious universities.

Originally a home for wayward girls, The Goode School was where the displaced would be reinvented, entering back into society as independent and influencial women. What is expected of a Goode girl? Academic excellence, decorum and above all absolute honesty. Despite these aims The Goode School’s history has been marred with tragedy.

Told from both past and present perspectives, Good Girls Lie is full of intrigue. A remote town, secret societies, ghost stories, illicit love affairs, dysfunctional families come together to serve up the recipe for this page-turning mystery.

J.T. Ellison is the best selling author of more than 20 novels. Her books have been translated into 16 different languages. When she is not writing she enjoys cuddling with her husband and two cats.

Special thanks to NetGalley, Harlequin Mira and J.T. Ellison for access to this book.