Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: The Quick by Lauren Owen

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

And.how odd, how interestingly perverse, to be frightened by happiness. It was the dread of getting things wrong, fear of losing this friend he had (by sheer luck) managed to find.
This week my teaser comes from The Quick by Lauren Owen. I won this ARC from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. Here is the description:
For fans of Anne Rice, The Historian, and The Night Circus, an astonishing debut, a novel of epic scope and suspense that conjures up all the magic and menace of Victorian London

1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine London that greets her, she uncovers a hidden, supernatural city populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” But the answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of the exclusive, secretive Aegolius Club, whose predatory members include the most ambitious, and most bloodthirsty, men in England.

In her first novel, Lauren Owen has created a fantastical world that is both beguiling and terrifying. The Quick will establish her as one of fiction’s most dazzling talents.
What do you think? Is this something you would add to your reading stack?


  1. Great teaser--love the writing. This book is already on my wish list, and I'm hoping to get to it before year's end (given all my BEA books). Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. I can understand being afraid of happiness...once you have it, you can lose it. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  3. Good teaser - sounds interesting!

  4. Good teaser. Sounds chilling, but good. Mine: Rascal by Sterling North

  5. What an interesting teaser and one that can be read with a variety of meanings. Great choice. Thank you for visiting my TT earlier http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/teaser-tuesday-june-10/

  6. OOoh curious tease! This is totally new to me!

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  7. oh I love that tease. that's great! Thanks for sharing!!
    Trish - My Teaser

  8. Sounds like deep insecurity to me. Great teaser!

  9. I'm not a big paranormal fan, esp when it comes to modern-day paranormal, but Victorian ... yes, I'd read this.

    Thanks for stopping by Write Note Reviews.

  10. That is an excellent teaser! Thank you for sharing!

  11. great teaser! i really enjoyed the night circus so i'm very intrigued by this one. when i'm craving an adult lit read, i'll look this one up.

    also, thank you for stopping by our StS a few weeks back and commenting. i'm sorry it's taken me this long to return the comment.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

  12. I definitely have enjoyed Anne Rice and the Night Circus, so I'd better consider this one. Here's Mine

  13. I had never heard of that book before, but that quote is excellent!


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