Thursday, 26 March 2015

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor **UK Giveaway!**


When I met Laini last year in Birmingham!
Guys! I am literally so excited right now!
Thanks to the lovely people at Hodder and Chapter 5, I have a seriously awesome giveaway for you! To celebrate the paperback release of Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the final instalment in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, I have one copy to give away to one lucky follower of Pen to Paper!

It's been ages since I've hosted a giveaway, and I can't think of a better author to help kickstart them again! I had the pleasure of meeting Laini at a signing in Birmingham (I was also working the event) last year, and she's an incredibly friendly and inspiring author (and that hair! LOVE).

If you've not heard of the series before, here is a little bit of info to get you started!


Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3
Pages: 613
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release date: 26th March 2015 (PB)
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones

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Goodreads synopsis:
This is the final book in the trilogy – if you've not read the other books, this synopsis will contain spoilers.

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

Read about the previous two books in this trilogy, click on the cover images below!

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #173

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://www.pentopaperblog.com) somewhere in your post, and a note saying that Pen to Paper is the host of the meme.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!


Every Second Counts [Split Second #2]
by Sophie McKenzie

Synopsis:
This is the second book in the series. If you've not read Split Second, this synopsis will contain spoilers.

The heart-stopping sequel to Split Second. Nat and Charlie are on the run, and in more danger than ever . . .

Nowhere is safe for Charlie and Nat. They have each other, but Roman Riley's networks could reach them at any time. Charlie believes the only option is to go undercover in Riley's team, and sneaks away from Nat to pursue her plan alone. Nat is desperate to find Charlie, but his family are in danger and Riley is coming ever closer. Even if Nat and Charlie can find each other again, could being together be even more dangerous than being apart . . .?
I almost felt as though I had to choose this one for my post this week ... or rather that it chose me! I finished Split Second at the weekend and full-on adored it. I had been sceptical, in all honesty, because the only other book I had read by the author was Girl, Missing, and I had not been so keen on that. But Split Second has proven to me that at least some of Sophie's books are definitely for me. I had been describing the book to my friends as 'the intense one' the whole time I was reading, and the ending is such a cliffhanger that I know it's not going to be long before I cave in and buy this (book-buying ban or no book-buying ban). Totally addictive!

What's on your wishlist this week? Let us know in the comments below, or link to your own Wishlist Wednesday post in the Linky :) 








Thursday, 19 March 2015

Empress of the World by Sara Ryan **Review**


Empress of the World
Series: Battle Hall Davies #1
Pages: 215
Publisher: Speak
Release date: 26th May 2003
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones

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Goodreads synopsis:
Nicola Lancaster is spending her summer at the Siegel Institute, a hothouse of smart, intense teenagers. She soon falls in with Katrina (Manic Computer Chick), Isaac (Nice-Guy-Despite-Himself), Kevin (Inarticulate Composer) . . . and Battle, a beautiful blond dancer. The two become friends--and then, startlingly, more than friends. What do you do when you think you're attracted to guys, and then you meet a girl who steals your heart? A trailblazing debut, reissued with an introduction by acclaimed author David Levithan, and copious back matter, including three graphic novel stories by Sara Ryan (and artists Steve Leiber, Dylan Meconis, and Natalie Nourigat) about the characters.

This is the first in a whole pile of books I bought while I was visiting a fantastic little bookshop in London called Gay's the Word. As you may have guessed, all of the books in said pile are based in some way around homosexuality, and in many cases are 'coming of age' stories involving the main character discovering and then accepting their sexuality. That is a pretty accurate description of Empress of the World.
I was very excited to be starting this book - I'd heard good things about it and was interested in how the main character was going to react to discovering her attraction to girls when she thought herself to be heterosexual.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #172

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://www.pentopaperblog.com) somewhere in your post, and a note saying that Pen to Paper is the host of the meme.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!


Karen Memory
by Elizabeth Bear

Synopsis:
“You ain’t gonna like what I have to tell you, but I'm gonna tell you anyway. See, my name is Karen Memery, like memory only spelt with an e, and I'm one of the girls what works in the Hôtel Mon Cherie on Amity Street. Hôtel has a little hat over the o like that. It's French, so Beatrice tells me.”

Set in the late 19th century—when the city we now call Seattle Underground was the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront, Karen is a young woman on her own, is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable’s high-quality bordello. Through Karen’s eyes we get to know the other girls in the house—a resourceful group—and the poor and the powerful of the town. Trouble erupts one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, begging sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, and who has a machine that can take over anyone’s mind and control their actions. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap—a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered.

Bear brings alive this Jack-the-Ripper yarn of the old west with a light touch in Karen’s own memorable voice, and a mesmerizing evocation of classic steam-powered science.
I spotted this on Twitter yesterday and I knew instantly that it had to go on the wishlist! I adore anything steampunk, and so this looks like it will be right up my street. From the quote at the beginning of the synopsis, it sounds like the main character is snarky and confident, which I love, and the story sounds quite unique (I've only ever read Steampunk set in Britain).
I'm currently on a book-buying ban (I can only buy a new book once I've read 10 from my TBR), but when I can buy a new one, I know this is the one I'll choose!

What's on your wishlist this week? Let us know in the comments below, or link to your own Wishlist Wednesday post in the Linky :) 








Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #171

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://www.pentopaperblog.com) somewhere in your post, and a note saying that Pen to Paper is the host of the meme.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!


The Storm [The Rain #2]
by Virginia Bergin

Synopsis:
"I'll tell you a weird thing about apocalypses - a thing I didn't even know until I was in one: they seem pretty bad, don't they? Well, take it from me: they can always get worse."

Three months after the killer rain first fell, Ruby is beginning to realise her father might be dead . . . and that she cannot survive alone. When a chance encounter lands her back in the army camp, Ruby thinks she is safe - at a price. Being forced to live with Darius Spratt is bad enough, but if Ruby wants to stay she must keep her eyes - and her mouth - shut. It's not going to happen. When she realizes what is going on - the army is trying to find a cure by experimenting on human subjects - Ruby flips out . . . and makes an even more shocking discovery: she's not useless at all. The Storm begins . . .
I literally finished the first book to this, The Rain, yesterday, and it was so freaking good that I'm already in desperate need of the sequel! The Rain was really dark and intense, and so frightening in places, but that's what made it so fantastic, and I'm dying (Ruby would tell me off for that turn of phrase) to read this second instalment. If the cover is anything to go by, I'm also thinking that my suspicions about Ruby are correct, and if anything, I need to see if I'm right!
I really can't wait to get this on my shelves. I'm going to London later today and I think this is going to have to be on my purchase list while I'm away!

What's on your wishlist this week? Let us know in the comments below, or link to your own Wishlist Wednesday post in the Linky :) 








Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #170

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://www.pentopaperblog.com) somewhere in your post, and a note saying that Pen to Paper is the host of the meme.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!


Gifted
by Donald Hounam

Synopsis:
The Bishop of Oxford is very, very dead. At least the police think it’s the Bishop – it’s impossible to be sure, since someone has made off with his head.

Fifteen-year-old Frank Sampson is the forensic sorcerer on the case. But he is easily distracted. By Kazia, the supposed victim’s beautiful, and possibly dangerous, niece. By Marvo, his police colleague, who seems dead set on making his life difficult. By the terror that he's losing his Gift – the ability to work magic. And by all those stupid rules which get in the way of proving that everybody is wrong about the case . . . except Frank.

Donald Hounam has wrought a sharp, exciting, original new voice in teen fiction.
I spotted this one at Waterstones Birmingham High Street when I was there at the weekend for the first UKYAExtravaganza (which was beyond fantastic, by the way), and I was instantly intrigued, not just by that fantastic cover, but also by the fact that it's apparently so dark, it's fantasy and it's set in Oxford (one of my favourite places to go). If this is done well, I think it has the potential to be a really unique fantasty. I'm planning on getting this one very soon, so fingers crossed it's a good one!

What's on your wishlist this week? Let us know in the comments below, or link to your own Wishlist Wednesday post in the Linky :) 








 
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