Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Tuesday Intros & Teaser Tuesdays - 'The Gracekeepers' by Kirsty Logan

Today I'm sharing a novel with you which I just finished reading and will review tomorrow. I absolutely loved it. It was really interesting and beautifully written, and that gorgeous cover definitely also helps. I am, of course, talking about Kirsty Logan's The Gracekeepers.
The magical story of a floating circus and two young women in search of a home. 
The sea has flooded the earth. North lives on a circus boat, floating between the scattered islands that remain. She dances with her beloved bear, while the rest of the crew trade dazzling and death-defying feats for food from the islanders. However, North has a secret that could capsize her life with the circus.
Callanish lives alone in her house in the middle of the ocean, with only the birds and the fish for company. As penance for a terrible mistake, she works as a gracekeeper, tending the graves of those who die at sea. What drove her from home is also what pulls her towards North.
When a storm creates a chance meeting between the two girls, their worlds change. They are magnetically drawn to one another, and the promise of a new life. But the waters are treacherous, and the tide is against them.
Tuesday Intros is hosted by Diane over at Bibliophile by the Sea and Teaser Tuesdays is hosted over at A Daily Rhythm.

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'Behindcurtains, North and her bear waited. Their cue wouldn't come for a while yet. The air back here was still chilly, though the smell of sweat and soil was getting stronger. North never felt comfortable with her feet touching land. She didn't trust its steadiness, its refusal to move or change in the honest way of the sea. The landlockers hadn't given the circus much room on their island - it was small, north-west, not a capital - and behindcurtains was a narrow space.' 1%
Reading this book really made me realize how much I missed the sea. I love having water near me and being able to hear it.
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Teaser:
'With glitter in their blood, coals in their chests, choking on their secrets, they sailed into the night. Soon they lost sight of land. The first drops of rain fell.' 20%
In my review I talk about Logan's writing style which is really reminiscent of fairy tales and magical realism. It is one of the best things about the novel, in my opinion, because it means you get some beautiful sentences like the ones above.

So, what are you sharing today? And what do you think of The Gracekeepers?

20 comments:

  1. Gorgeous cover. And from the sounds of it, this is technically post-apocalyptic too, so I guess I should add it to my long list of books in that category to someday read. The beginning only half took me in, however. Looking forward to hearing tomorrow how the rest of it was.

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  2. Not my usual read by a long shot, but I love the intro and teaser!

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  3. Not my usual fare either, but I do like the intro.

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  4. Sounds like a lovely read. Thanks for sharing it.

    My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/06/first-chapter-first-paragraph-109.html

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  5. I remember reading about this book a while back and thinking it was so unique in premise. Glad you enjoyed it!!

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  6. Probably not for me though it sounds like an interesting premise. Hope you enjoy it.

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  7. I really like the the sound of this one! It sounds a bit surreal, which can be both good and bad, depending. It's an interesting premise!

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  8. Beautiful prose! I might not have picked this one up for the premise of the story, but the writing is reeling me in. Thanks for sharing.

    Here's mine: “THE CRY”

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  9. Ha! This my book pick last week ... yes, excellent choice. :)

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  10. I just saw this one last week with a completely different cover. It gave the book a whole different feel. Hope you enjoy the story!

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  11. That cover is gorgeous. The book is on my list already. It sounds lovely but also fun. Enjoy!

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  12. I feel like I heard about this book on a podcast recently...or at least something similar. I'm not sure it's for me, but I hope you enjoy it!

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  13. When I read the name North, I instantly thought of Kim & Kanye's daughter... lol.
    Beautiful writing though!

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  14. Sounds neat- and quite an original idea, as well. I too like the sound of the sea and the role it seems to play here.

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  15. Fascinating. The blurb, the cover, your teaser. All of it is fascinating:)

    My TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/06/09/teaser-tuesdays-118-grizzly-trade/

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  16. I'm fascinated by the book's opening! Although this isn't a genre I often read, I'll definitely get this book.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

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  17. Juli, the intro is great and your cover is much much prettier than the US edition. Glad u loved this one.

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  18. Would never have picked this book up otherwise. Thanks for sharing it.

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  19. This looks interesting. Nice cover.

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  20. I'm not much for post-apocalyptic novels but this one sounds very intriguing. Thanks for the teaser!

    Mine is from Fractured Days by Rebecca Roland: http://www.foofynotfoofy.com/foofynotfoofy/2015/6/9/teaser-tuesday-fractured-days-by-rebecca-rolad

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