Teaser Tuesday – Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey


Have you ever sifted through your Goodreads list?  I didn’t start doing it until I was determined to follow Teaser Tuesday every week.  And as much as I want to read way more than I am right now, I’m enjoying the trip down memory lane and sifting through the amazing books I’ve had the opportunity to read.

Santa Olivia (Santa Olivia, #1)

Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey is no exception.  I love the world Carey created and the story she told of a somewhat super hero.  Loup Garron is one of those characters you fall in love with and have a hard time letting go of when the book ends.  It was a little slow in places, but overall, it was a fantastic read and I highly recommend it.

For my Teaser, I had to turn to Goodreads and I’m using one of only two quotes posted there – the other one was only one very short sentence.  I should apologize, but I’m not going to because it really paints a picture of the book and what you’ll find in it.  I hope you enjoy!

“Hear, hear.’ Sister Martha hoisted her water glass. ‘Let the rigid stick of self-righteousness be dislodged from her very uptight ass.’
Father Ramon coughed.
‘A-fucking-men,’ Loup supplied helpfully.”
Jacqueline Carey, Santa Olivia


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• 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!


Teaser Tuesday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 23 – Naamah’s Kiss

As promised, I am offering a quote from the final Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey – Naamah’s Kiss (Book #1), Naamah’s Curse (Book #2) and Naamah’s Blessing (Book #3) – which follows Moirin who is a direct descendant of a character in the first six books.  For not having any of the original characters in it, I almost liked this trilogy better than the first two.

There’s something about the magic and the place Moirin is from that spoke to me.  I also enjoyed the mysticism and ideology in these three books.  There is a Master, Training and so much travel.  Oh, and did I mention dragons?

It is definitely a series worth reading.

Once again, I am without the actual books, so I chose a quote from Goodreads.  I know this one is more than two sentences, but I believe it’s worth it.  I hope you enjoy!

“What you are witnessing is the face of war a great ruler seldom sees, my lady,” Master Lo Feng said to her. Her veiled face turned his way, listening. “No matter how righteous the cause, no matter who wins, the commonfolk suffer. Without plenty, the wealthy lack compassion for the poor, hoarding without sharing. Without law, the strong bully the weak, stealing by force. People will go hungry. Some will starve. Men and women will be forced to choose between feeding their parents and their children.”

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling Around with Bee. Today’s prompt was open. We are also combining the post with Teaser Tuesday hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm.


Teaser Tuesday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 9 – Kushiel’s Scion

I mentioned last week that I would be throwing up quotes from some of my favorite books (I would probably even say they are my favorite books) written by Jacqueline Carey.  In order for it all to not get too confusing, I thought I’d help y’all out by giving you a bit of information. If you’re like me, you will want to read the first book in the first trilogy and then continue in order. I don’t think there is anything worse than reading books out of order, and believe me… I’ve done it way too many times!

The one thing I will say is that if you like your books in the G or PG category, this probably isn’t the series for you since there is both violence and sex. But, if you are willing to push your boundaries, I will say they are masterfully told and I highly recommend them (I know I said that last week, but I just can’t say it enough)!

Last week, I did a quote from Kushiel’s Dart which is the first book in the first trilogy. The first trilogy is Phedre no Delaunay’s story and includes Kushiel’s Chosen (book #2) and Kushiel’s Avatar (book #3).

This week, I am doing a quote from Kushiel’s Scion which is the first book in the second trilogy. The second trilogy is Imriel de la Courcel’s story and includes Kushiels’ Justice (book #2) and Kushiel’s Mercy (book #3).

I will do a quote from the last Trilogy next week and will give you more details, unless of course you beat me to it and go look it all up on Goodreads or the author’s website.

The last thing I will say about the whole thing is how much I love the world Carey created. She seemed to create the different parts of the world based on our own and I always imagined Terre d’Ange was France, Skaldia was Russia, and Alba was Scotland.

And now (finally), the quote. I hope you enjoy!

“There would be love, and while it was mine, I could cling to it. I could rejoice — in life, in the existence of love. In the existence of people like Phedre and Joscelin. Although the standards they set were impossibly high, still, I could rejoice that such courage and compassion existed in the world. I could hope and aspire.” 

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling Around with Bee. I’m kind of ignoring today’s prompt, “Books we loved as a teenager”, since I already had a plan in mind for This week. We are also combining the post with Teaser Tuesday hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm.


#LoIsInDaBl Day 2 – Kushiel’s Dart

One of the hardest changes I’ve had to adjust to with the new job is that I have to drive my car to work. It saves time in the day, but riding the train every day was my reading time and now I’m having a hard time finding that time in other areas of my life. I’m hoping I can add that back in at some point, but for now, it’s something I’m doing, but barely.

That being said, I’ve decided to post quotes from books I read a few years ago. I used to read romance novels all the time, but I believe Kushiel’s Dart and the whole series of books set in Terre D’ Ange changed all that for me.

I went from really light books to deep, amazing writing that left me breathless on many occasions. I’ve read other things by Jacqueline Carey, but none had the same effect on me as the Kushiel series. If you haven’t read them and you like epic fantasy novels with a twist, you will love these books. Each one is part of a trilogy centered around different people, but all in the same world. Simply amazing!

Just be prepared. Each one is anywhere from 700 to 900 pages, and I believe there are 9 in total. It’s a time commitment for sure.

I’m not able to open to a page at random because all my books are in storage, so I decided to look up some quotes on Goodreads and found one that fit the love theme for this month. (The quote featured on my blog is from this series as well…)

“There are those who are awkward in the face of sorrow, fearing to say the wrong thing; to them, I say, there is no wrong in comfort, ever. A kind word, a consoling arm … these things are ever welcome.”

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling Around with Bee. Today’s prompt was “Books we love” which is also combined with Teaser Tuesday hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm.