Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Memes: A Two-fer

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice.

I have an occasional post called "Cover Coincidence" in which I share covers that are eerily similar, or in one case, identical. This week, I picked up two books that I need to review to peruse and found that their first lines are quite similar.

The Curse of the Were-Hyena by Bruce Hale. A Monstertown Mystery series, book 1. 204 p. Disney/ Hyperion, July, 2016. 9781484713259.

Publisher synopsis: What do you do when your favorite teacher starts turning into a were-hyena?
a) Flee in terror? 
b) Try to cure him? 
c) Bring him carrion snacks?
Mr. Chu, the coolest teacher ever, has developed some very unusual habits, like laughing hysterically for no reason, sniffing people's homework, and chasing chickens. When best friends Carlos and Benny decide to find out what's happening to him, they get caught up in some moonlight madness. And it looks like just the beginning of the weirdness that has arrived in the town of Monterrosa. . . . This first entry in a silly, sassy, and suspenseful new series will leave readers howling with laughter.

First Line: Monsters are all around us. The thing under the bed that kept you up, spooked and sleepless, in first grade? Totally real.

Page 56: After we served our detention, Benny busted out his amazing skills of persuasion. Somehow, he sweet-talked his mom into dropping us at the comics store while she took the chickens and the rest of our gear home. (For the record, my mom would never do something like that unless my little sister, Veronica, was involved. She believes in teaching self-reliance-to boys, anyway.)

Curse of the Boggin by D.J. MacHale. The Library series, book 1. Random House Children's Books, September 6, 2016. 9781101932544.

Publisher synopsis: There’s a place beyond this world, beyond the land of the living, where ghosts go to write their unfinished stories—stories that ended too soon. It’s a place for unexplained phenomena: mysteries that have never been solved, spirits that have never been laid to rest. And there’s only one way in or out.
It’s called the Library, and you can get there with a special key. But beware! Don’t start a story you can’t finish. Because in this library, the stories you can’t finish just might finish you.

First Line: It was under the bed.
     Parent always tell their children there's nothing scary down there, or lurking in the deep depths of a closet, or hiding low in dark shadows. That's what parents always say, and they're right.
     Most of the time.

Page 56: I hesitated. What if Mrs. Swenor was actually there? What would I say to her? She wasn't going to feel like talking to a crazy kid about her husband's ghost. I actually took a step back, ready to run the heck out of there, but forced myself to stop. The fear of not knowing why I was being haunted was even scarier than facing a sad lady.

Funny coincidence, huh?


  1. These both sound like fun middle grade books. I am spotlighting Carry On by Rainbow Rowell this week. Happy reading!

  2. They sound delightful. Not too scary, but fun. Thanks for sharing.

    Here's my Friday read - Anxiety for Beginners by Eleanor Morgan

  3. That is funny. They both sound like entertaining middle grade reads and I bet the spooky covers grab lots of attention from kids (and adults because I wouldn't mind reading them either!)

  4. These sound like books that middle-graders would love... adults too!
    My Friday post features THE REVENANT.

  5. They both sounds fun, but I love the comic book store reference in the first one. Matches it with my book this week. :-)
    Happy weekend!

  6. Both beginnings are good - I think I would prefer reading The Curse of the Were Hyena best's my Friday meme