Posts Categorized: Pretty Kitty Preview

Pretty Preview (4): Shame the Stars

January 24, 2017 Pretty Kitty Preview 0

I own so many books I know I can’t review them all, but I want to make sure they’re seen. You never know who might pick up the book on a whim and then love it! That’s the core of my new feature: Pretty Preview!

The rules:

Post a roughly page-long excerpt from a book you own but haven’t read yet.

Whether it came out two years ago or comes out in two months, it’s fine!

Excerpts come from the first 50 pages (less than 300 pages) or first 100 pages (300+ pages).

This week:

Shame the Stars by Guadalupe Garcia McCall!Shame the Stars

(excerpt comes from ARC, p. 22)

Papá would probably disagree with me, but I couldn’t ignore it. It was a conversation we were going to have very soon, before he and Mamá packed my bags and tried shipping me off to college.

With so much on my mind, it was taking longer and longer to get ready in the mornings. When I heard someone stop outside my door that day, I turned and saw the pink envelope sliding quietly across the wooden floor, stopping five feet short of my bed, where I sat pulling on my work boots.

I launched into action, grabbing the letter off the floor as I rushed to the door. But when I peeked outside, there was no one in the hallway.

Standing on the threshold, I felt the weight of the envelope in my palm and traced the single letter on its front with my index finger. The J was handwritten in an elaborate script. There was no mistaking it. It was from her.

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Pretty Preview (3): The Dead Boyfriend

September 13, 2016 Pretty Kitty Preview 0

I own so many books I know I can’t review them all, but I want to make sure they’re seen. You never know who might pick up the book on a whim and then love it! That’s the core of my new feature: Pretty Preview!

The rules:

Post a roughly page-long excerpt from a book you own but haven’t read yet.

Whether it came out two years ago or comes out in two months, it’s fine!

Excerpts come from the first 50 pages (less than 300 pages) or first 100 pages (300+ pages).

This week:

The Dead Boyfriend by R.L. Stine!the-dead-boyfriend

(excerpt comes from p. 41-42)

I saw Deena slide her lands off the glass countertop. She edged back a step.

Popcorn began flowing over the sides of the machine like lava pouring out of a volcano. I struggled with the soda dispenser. The levers were stuck. A river of soda ran behind the counter.

“I know we’ll talk,” Deena said. And then she whispered, “Sorry about your bracelet.”

Over the rattle of the popping popcorn and the rush of the soda spilling over the floor, I wasn’t sure I heard her right. “What did you say?”

But she turned and began to stride quickly toward Auditorium Four.

Ricky stepped breathlessly to the counter. “What’s happening? What’s happening here? What did you turn everything on?”

“I didn’t!” I cried. “I didn’t touch anything.”

Ricky swung himself over the counter. His shoes splashed in the soda on the floor. He reached behind the dispensers and pulled the plugs. I hit the Stop button on the popcorn machine again and again. Finally, it slowed and the crackling and popping stopped.

Ricky and I both stood there, breathing hard, staring at the incredible mess.

“This is impossible,” I muttered, shaking my head. “This can’t be happening.” I turned to Ricky. “I didn’t touch anything. I swear. I was talking to the girl from school and… and…”

Ricky swept a bony hand over his hair. “Must have been a power surge,” he said. “Some kind of power problem. From the electric company. That’s the only thing that could have caused this.”

“Yes, I agreed. “A power surge.”

But I didn’t believe it. I believed it was a warning from Deena Fear.

Ricky walked to the supply closet to get more mops. I pulled a large trash can behind the counter and began shoving the extra popcorn into it.

I had no idea the evening was going to get even worse.

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Pretty Preview (2): Unscripted Joss Byrd

August 16, 2016 Pretty Kitty Preview 0

I own so many books I know I can’t review them all, but I want to make sure they’re seen. You never know who might pick up the book on a whim and then love it! That’s the core of my new feature: Pretty Preview!

The rules:

Post a roughly page-long excerpt from a book you own but haven’t read yet.

Whether it came out two years ago or comes out in two months, it’s fine!

Excerpts come from the first 50 pages (less than 300 pages) or first 100 pages (300+ pages).

This week:

Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor!Joss Byrd

(subject to change; excerpt comes from p. 46)

“Ah! Rice pudding day!” Terrance calls from the back of the line. “No hoarding, ladies and gentlemen! One per customer!” he jokes, pointing at Chris. “I see you, Christopher Tate! That is a direct violation of catering code 421, section B!”

“Just get your food, and sit with me out back, okay?” Chris says, walking toward the back door.

“Okay.” I try not to look surprised, but I am. We never eat together, just the two of us. Sometimes Chris eats with Jericho, to talk about how to get to the next level on a video game or to quote some TV show I’ve never heard of.

I thought it’d be easy to make friends with other kids who act. But it isn’t, not when they think I’m Miss Thing when I’m not. When we got to Long Island, Chris asked if I wanted to go to Splish-Splash water park with him and Jericho. I wanted to go so bad. They were all excited about the Giant Twister–three slides that twist through the trees and end up in one pool. The three of us could’ve gone down at the same time. But, like a complete snob, I told them I didn’t want to go because water parks are where you get pink eye and foot fungus. How could i tell Chris that I had to stay in to memorize lines because I’m dense? I couldn’t.

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Pretty Preview (1): Ever the Hunted

July 26, 2016 Pretty Kitty Preview 0

I own so many books I know I can’t review them all, but I want to make sure they’re seen. You never know who might pick up the book on a whim and then love it! That’s the core of my new feature: Pretty Preview!

The rules:

Post a roughly page-long excerpt from a book you own but haven’t read yet.

Whether it came out two years ago or comes out in two months, it’s fine!

Excerpts come from the first 50 pages (less than 300 pages) or first 100 pages (300+ pages).

This week:

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill!Ever the Hunted

(subject to change; excerpt comes from the ARC, p. 72-73)

The moment I reach his side, he turns to me and arches a stern sable brow. “Did you learn anything of value?”

I contemplate keeping the information a secret, but something tells me the captain will see through my lie. “He thought Enat might be a Channeler.”

The captain considers my answer, though he doesn’t respond. Perhaps he’s as confused as me about why Cohen would be after a woman from Shaerdan.

We follow Cohen’s trail to the stonecutter, to the healer, and to an oiler, who tells is that Cohen is at a local inn. Lightning fast, we’re on the captain’s horse and galloping through Fennit.

When the thatched-roof two-story building comes into view, an awareness of something tugs inside. The back of my neck tingles.

Cohen’s here.

The captain’s gaze whips around, and I realize I’ve spoken aloud again. I want to smack myself. Cohen may not even be inside, and the captain will think me a fool.

Captain Omar growls out, “Mackkay,” as he drops to the ground with fierce determination in his eyes.

Cohen isn’t in sight though. Disappointment floods me. I want to see him again. To have one more moment with my old friend before… and yet I shouldn’t want such things. I’m a traitor to myself. No matter what we were in the past, we are nothing now.

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