Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays: The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith

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 & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

Since losing both of her parents, fifteen-year-old Katie can see and talk to ghosts, which makes her a loner until fellow student Law sees her drawing of a historic house and together they seek a treasure rumored to be hidden there by illegal slave-traders.

Law Walker knew Katie Mullens before she was crazy. Before her mother died. Law knows Katie’s crazy now, but she’s always been talented. And she keeps filling sketch pads even though her drawings have gone a little crazy as well—dark, bloody. What Law doesn’t know is that these drawings are real. Or were real. Katie draws what she sees—and Katie sees dead people. People who have died—recently, and not so recently—in accidents, from suicide, even a boy who was trapped in a house that burned down more than 100 years ago. And it’s this boy who makes Law want to get to know Katie all over again. So what if his dad doesn’t want him dating a white girl? So what if people think Katie is dangerous? The ghost boy is hiding a secret that Law needs to know—and it’s much bigger, much more shocking than anyone ever expected.

Then, again I understand, and I nearly scream.
Twice, in front of Law Walker, smart, good-looking Law Walker, who's listened to me and bought me coffee, in front of him I have to nearly shriek-

- p. 47, The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith (ARC) 

My Thoughts:

So far so good. I like this novel! It's bordering between insanity and supernatural. I like it alot! There's lots of history in it too. Plus the guy - Law - wants to be a historical architect. I wanted to be an architect when I was in high school. But, oh well, that wasn't the path for me. Still, that doesn't mean I've totally given up on houses and landscapes. Another thing is that, The Other Side of Dark is about ghosts, their stories, their purposes and every other detail about them. I like that too. Ghosts aren't reduced to a creepy passing figure here. They're treated as creatures with feelings, almost human. There's also a treasure! To find out more, read my interview with Sarah Smith.

And if you like this, there will be a Kick-Off Contest soon at Fragments of Life, for a joint blog event with Amaterasu Reads. What's up for grabs? A signed copy of The Other Side of Dark. It will be open internationally!

What's your teaser? Leave a comment so I can visit (when I get home from school)! 



  1. This one sounds really good! I'll have to add it to my wishlist. Happy reading!

  2. This book sounds great! I'll definitely check back for the contest. Here's my teaser from Across the Universe, and I've got a Christmas giveaway, too!

  3. Ooh, the story is interesting, and I love the teaser. For a minute I thought the book would be told in Law's POV. Really want to read this now. =D

  4. Hiya!
    Thanks for the paragraph describing how its going so far, I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the book.
    It does sound like a different book - its been a while since I've read ghosts with stories and lives!
    My teaser is from a really confusing book - a la da vinci code to the power of 10, at e-Volving Books

  5. THis sounds REALLY good. Definitely something I'd read! Here's my teaser

  6. Here is my teaser from Witchgrass: A Pipe Dream by Dave Wilkinson (Page 1):

    Most gardeners hate witchgrass. Of all weeds it is one of the most persistent and adaptable. Any small piece of rhizome left in the soil can become an aggressive plant ready to take over the plot. Witchgrass is hard to pull. Roots are deep, and break off easily. Any part left in the ground will grow again. Farmers say the species isn't even good as hay, not as good as timothy or alfalfa. Some call it quickgrass.

    Early New England colonists blamed evil people for this garden invader. In the seventeenth century villagers would speak this way:

    "The surly woman living alone on her dead husband's estate. She goes into the woods and consorts with the Devil. Signs his book. Fornicates with him. Eats mushrooms. She and the Devil send witchgrass to harass the virtuous and the Godly. Let us hang this witch and seize her rich farm."

  7. Interesting teaser. I hope that you are enjoying your book. Check out My Teaser for Tuesday.