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Thursday, February 2, 2012

WAT!: The Stuttering Tattoo by Greg Logsted

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers...the site that aims to feed your need to read every day of the week.  It's Groundhog Day!  Any guesses as to whether the little furry weather predictors will see their shadows today?  I don't know about you, but I'm hoping we get a few more weeks of winter.  Spring/Summer is fine and all...but I LOVE the cool weather (and live in FL, go figure...).  Anywho, today's post might be giving you a little whiplash ala Groundhog Day (the movie) style with the author's work featured...but look again.  It's not the SAME person as last week...they just happen to be connected to them.  How?  Marriage of course...and you gotta love author couples that support each other's projects equally...especially when they are this good! But I'm getting ahead of myself...allow we to introduce you to my bookish find because really....


The WAT! MEME stands for 'What A Tease!'.  It exists to showcase those samplers and book excerpts that you've read and wish to highlight to some degree on your site...yet you have not had the chance to read the entire book for a review....thus, the "tease" aspect.  Have you run into this problem as well?  Feel free to "borrow" this MEME and post away!
Now on to today's feature...

The Stuttering Tattoo
Greg Logsted
From the author's site...
Steven Bishop is extraordinarily ordinary. He goes to school. He rides his motorcycle. He stutters. His best friend is a former Colombian cartel hit man turned cook/construction worker. You know, ordinary. All that changes the day Becky Moore walks into his classroom. Becky is dazzling, enigmatic.

One day Steven gives Becky a ride home on his motorcycle. There, they discover a severed arm, one of the fingers of which still has an unusual ring attached: a circle, in the middle of which is a heart, at the center of which is a bold number 37. While comforting Becky, Steven discovers a tattoo at the base of her neck: it is the same symbol. And so begins a thrilling descent into a world of crime and murder, a ride wilder than any Steven has taken before.
Opening with a daydream typical of most teenage boys....*ahem* _shakes head_...we meet Steven, Steven Bishop. No, that's not the stutter referred to in the title, but a means to get his attention from the clouds of fantasy land to math class. Moving along, our main character isn't the star of his class or captain of the football team, nor does he talk much (a way of avoiding ridicule for his speech - heck, people - can be so mean!)....which leaves him in a clique all by his lonesome. At least until Rebecca Moore walks in...

New student with apparent devil-may-care attitude, Becky (as she advises the class she prefers to be called) is not your average "beauty"...she's a rebel with a penchant for collecting collateral damage. Seriously...first day of school and we're talking a tire slashing!?! I'd recommend steering clear of her to our friend here....but I believe he is too enchanted by her "charms" to listen to reason. *reads more of sample* Yep, definitely done for. But there's more here than first meets the eye....and saying that after reading an excerpt only is a fairly big deal.

It seems there is some back story of a reason for Steve's downward spiral relating to his mother's departure....not death, but something as shocking in a sense that threw their family dynamics out of whack. Speaking of shocking, the turn of events by sample's end? Whew!

Final thoughts...what a tease!
The reference to Steve looking like Johnny Depp to which he replies "that old?" (okay, THAT makes ME feel old...) and the hot-and-potentially-heavy make out scene turned grotesque ala Saw (think body parts...and I'm not talking still attached to a living, breathing body...*-*), though at different ends of the spectrum, work well.  Another book from a male perspective (something to note for those seeking suggestions for reluctant boy/teen readers) that seems to have a lot of potential, if I do say so myself.  I wouldn't be too surprised if this one ends up on my TBR shelf soon. 
In the mean time, feel free to check out the extended preview via Amazon
Special thanks to author Lauren Baratz-Logsted for the heads up on this book.  (THANKS!)  For more information about Greg Logsted, feel free to check out his official website.
So...questions?  Comments?  Thoughts?
Is there something YOU'VE been teased with as of late?
Feel free to share any and all...
*grabs wish list and pen*

Until next time....happy reading!


1 comment:

....Petty Witter said...

Loving the title and the book sounds good as well as its kind of refreshing to have main characters that are more, well, like the rest of this - IE not all singing, all dancing, gorgeous specimens.

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