Tuesday, July 30, 2019

First Chapter Tuesday: Jade War by Fonda Lee & The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School by Kim Newman

First Chapter Tuesday is hosted every Tuesday by Vicki @ I'd Rather Be at the Beach. This is meme in which bloggers share the first chapter of a book that they are currently reading or thinking about reading soon. Join the fun by making your own post and linking up over at Vicki's blog, or simply check it out to find more new books to read!

This week's Top Ten Tuesday post was a freebie topic, and honestly, I haven't the slightest idea of what to do, so I'm taking this as an opportunity to jump in with a another First Chapter Tuesday! Today I'm featuring two books I'm planning to jump into soon: the first is Jade War, the highly anticipated sequel to the gritty and thrilling fantasy Jade City, and the latter is The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School, a book that's been sitting on my shelf for far, far too long--it's time to rectify that!

Jade War (Green Bone Saga #2) by Fonda Lee
Jade War (The Green Bone Saga, #2)Excerpt:


Heaven Awaiting

"It was madness to rob the grave of a Green Bone. Only someone with little regard for his own life would consider it, but if one was that sort of person, then tonight was the moment of opportunity. The cool, dry days of late winter had not yet given way to the incessant rain of spring, and low clouds obscured the rising moon over the tops of the trees in Widow’s Park. The streets of Janloon were unusually quiet; out of respect, people were forgoing their usual activities and staying home, hanging ceremonial spirit guiding lamps in their windows to honor the passing of Kaul Seningtun—national war hero, patriarch of the No Peak clan, the Torch of Kekon. So even though Bero and Mudt had taken the precaution of carrying no light, there was no one to take notice of their arrival at the cemetery."

I honestly don't even need this excerpt to make me excited to read this book...but it sure does help! Really looking forward to continuing this journey. I hope to get started in the next week or so!

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The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School by Kim Newman
The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange SchoolExcerpt:

First Term
I: A New Bug

"A week after mother found her sleeping on the ceiling, Amy Thomsett was delivered to her new school. Like a parcel.

When the down train departed from Exeter St. Davids, it was crowded with ruddy-faced farmers, tweedy spinsters and wiry commercial travellers. Nearer the end of the line, Amy had a compartment all to herself.

She first saw Drearcliff Grange through the train's smut-spotted windows. Shifted from seat to seat, she kept the school in sight as long as possible.

Amy hoped the name was misleading. It wasn't."

I've been meaning to read this book for years now, so I think it's time I finally get to it! It sounds like everything I love and that intro has me hooked!

What do you think? Would you keep reading these books? (And feel free to join in and make your own post!) 

*Excerpts are taken from the novel itself; I do not claim to own any part of the excerpt.


  1. I like the sound of Drearcliff Grange. See what Susan is featuring this week at Girl Who Reads

  2. I wouldn't pick up either book on my own, but they both sound interesting. The sentence "sleeping on the ceiling" had me really curious. Thanks for joining this week!

  3. I love that intro to The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School. It definitely makes me want to read more.

  4. I have to say I also thought - sleeping on the ceiling? It certainly makes me want to know more!

    Here's my Tuesday post. Hope you are having a good week!