Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #137: A Special World Book Night Edition **Giveaway**

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 Recruit
by Robert Muchamore

Synopsis:
Number 1 bestselling series, CHERUB celebrates its 10th Anniversary with brand new covers!

Now is your chance to start right back at the beginning with The Recruit.

A terrorist doesn't let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn't know that one of these kids has bugged every room in her house, made copies of all her computer files and stolen her address book. The kid works for CHERUB.

CHERUB agents are aged between ten and seventeen. They live in the real world, slipping under adult radar and getting information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail.

For official purposes, these children do not exist.

The Recruit has also been selected for World Book Night 2014

Monday, 21 April 2014

5 Things You Didn't Know About ... Maria V. Snyder


5 Things You Didn't Know About... is a weekly Pen to Paper original feature, where each week, a different author will tell us five things we didn't previously know about them (and sometimes about their characters too!).
You can find previous 5 Things You Didn't Know About... posts by clicking HERE.

Introducing ... Maria V. Snyder

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Showcase Sunday #31

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Vicky at Books, Biscuits & Tea, where we will show off the books and eBooks we received each week.

Friday, 18 April 2014

One Millions Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley **Review & Giveaway**


One Millions Lovely Letters
Series: None
Pages: 250
Publisher: Yellow Kite (Hodder)
Release date: 27th February 2014
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones

Add to Goodreads
onemillionlovelyletters.com

Goodreads synopsis:
The heart-warming and inspirational true story of a stroke survivor who sends uplifting letters all around the world, providing her with a lifeline in her own darkest moments.

In the summer of 2011, aged only 22, Jodi Ann Bickley contracted a serious brain infection that would change her life forever. Jodi had been performing at Camp Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Returning with pockets full of glitter, and her favourite bands' songs still playing in her head, She thought the happy memories would last forever. A week later, writhing in pain on the doctor's surgery floor and unable to put the pain she was suffering into words, Jodi found out that she had been bitten by a tick and contracted a serious brain infection.

Learning to write and walk again was just the start of the battle. In the months that followed Jodi struggled with the ups and downs of her health and the impact it had on her loved ones. Some days the illness was too much for Jodi to bear and she found herself wondering whether she could go on. She had two choices: either to give up now or to do something meaningful with the time she had been given. Jodi chose the latter. This is the story how she turned her life around, and in doing so, touched the lives of millions.
I do not usually go for books like this; non-fiction, that is. And I don't think I've ever read a book that sits in the 'self help' section of a bookshop before, either. But when One Million Lovely Letters arrived in the bookshop where I work, I read the synopsis on the inside cover, I read about Jodi for the first time, and I had to know more. She sounded like such a wonderful person, and her project so uplifting, that I felt I needed the book in my life.
That was just over a month ago. I'd been telling myself that I was saving reading the book for when I needed a good pick-me-up, but then I started sorting through some of my books, and thought I'd read a couple of pages. Less then 20 hours later, I'd finished the entire thing (and that was with having to sleep, eat and go to work in-between.
To say I was instantly hooked would be an understatement.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #136

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 Edge of Nowhere
by Elizabeth George

Synopsis:
Becca King and her mother are on the run from her stepfather who has used Becca’s talent for hearing ‘whispers’ to make a large and illegal sum of money. Now their options for safety are running out. In the town of Langley on Whidbey Island, Becca finds refuge in the home of her mother’s childhood friend while her mother continues on to Canada in search of safety.

But on her first day in town Becca meets sixteen years old Derric Nyombe Matheson a Ugandan orphan who was adopted as a ten-year-old by the town’s Deputy Sheriff. Derric has a secret that no one on Whidbey Island knows. Derric and Becca form an un-severable bond. Becca is convinced that she’s the only person who can truly help him, and just maybe Derric can convince Becca that life is too short to live on the run.

This one is on my wishlist because the lovely people at Hodder & Stoughton sent me a copy of the second book, The Edge of the Water, to read and review, but I don't have a copy of this first book.
I wasn't entirely sure as to whether or not I would aim to read the book Hodder had sent me, as it was a second book and I'd never even heard of the first, but after reading the synopsis to this, I definitely want to give it a go, if I can hold of a copy.

Have you read this one, or any of this author's other books? What did you think of them? I'd love to know! :)

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 :) 








Monday, 14 April 2014

5 Things You Didn't Know About ... Laura Lam


5 Things You Didn't Know About... is a weekly Pen to Paper original feature, where each week, a different author will tell us five things we didn't previously know about them (and sometimes about their characters too!).
You can find previous 5 Things You Didn't Know About... posts by clicking HERE.

Introducing ... Laura Lam

 
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