Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #160

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!


Son [The Giver Quartet #4]
by Lois Lowry

Synopsis:
They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive? She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice. Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.
I literally finished the third book in this quartet last night and already I am desperate for the final book! It was by far the best in the quartet so far and has left me seriously wanting more.
This is a really interesting series because the first two books seemed like totally different worlds, only for them to start coming together in book three. I'll be really interested to see how this final, and much longer, instalment will complete the world.

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, 12 November 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #159

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!


Unite Me [Shatter Me #1.5 & 2.5]
by Tahereh Mafi

Synopsis:
Perfect for fans of Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me trilogy, this book collects her two companion novellas, Fracture Me and Destroy Me, in print for the first time ever. It also features an exclusive look into Juliette’s journal and a preview of Ignite Me, the hotly anticipated final novel of the series.

Destroy Me tells the events between Shatter Me and Unravel Me from Warner’s point of view. Even though Juliette shot him in order to escape, Warner can’t stop thinking about her—and he’ll do anything to get her back. But when the Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment arrives, he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner cannot allow.

Fracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective and bridges the gap between Unravel Me and Ignite Me. As the Omega Point rebels prepare to fight the Sector 45 soldiers, Adam's more focused on the safety of Juliette, Kenji, and his brother. The Reestablishment will do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam cares about.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent and The Hunger Games. This captivating story, which combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, was praised as “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love” by Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
I couldn't resist putting this one on my Wishlist Wednesday this week. Recently I've really been into the Shatter Me trilogy, having read the first two books within a month of each other (which is really rare for me ... I'm terrible at finishing series or trilogies (it took me over two years to finish The Hunger Games trilogy!). This has really got me hooked though, and I couldn't resist reading the second book so soon after the first. The only reason I haven't read book three yet is because I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive – hopefully it will be here later this week.
And then I will get my hands on this beautiful thing! I'm really looking forward to reading something from Warner's point of view – I'm hoping it will help me to understand his character better and help me decide about whether or not I actually like him!!

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, 5 November 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #158

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!


In the After
by Demitria Lunetta

Synopsis:
They hear the most silent of footsteps. They are faster than anything you've ever seen. And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more.

Rebellious, courageous, and tender, this unforgettable duo will have you on the edge of your seat as you tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta.
I saw this yesterday in a bookshop in Winchester, while I was down there visiting a friend and I was immediately intrigued. The only reason I didn't buy it (along with three others ... I know, I have no will power) is because I couldn't get my phone to connect to the internet to make sure that it was the first book in the series. Now I know that it is the first book though, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for it from now on. I may even add it to the Christmas list!

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, 30 October 2014

Vanish by Sophie Jordan [Firelight #2] **Review**


Vanish by Sophie Jordan
Series: Firelight #2
Pages: 294
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release date: 6th September 2012
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones

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Goodreads synopsis:
An Impossible Romance.

Bitter Rivalries.

Deadly Choices.

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She revealed the most closely guarded secret of her kind. Now, back within the protection of her pride, she is seen as a traitor. As isolated as she is, Jacinda has no regrets—because of her, Will is still alive, even if she can never see him again, even if he has no memories of that fateful night. . . . Then, against all odds, Will finds her and asks her to run away with him. But the cost of following her heart may be higher than she ever could have imagined.

In bestselling author Sophie Jordan's dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever.
I adored book one in this trilogy – a lot more than I thought I was going to. By the time I got to the end of the book, I knew it wouldn't be long before I picked up Vanish. I waited less than a week! This is quite rare when I start a series ... sometimes it takes me well over a year to read a sequel!
It's definitely a good sign that I couldn't wait any longer to pick the next book up.

I struggled with this instalment in the series a lot more than I thought I would, not because I didn't like the situation that Jacinda finds herself in at the end of book one (which, for the record, I didn't), but because I was suddenly having a pretty hard time actually liking Jacinda at all.
Yeah okay, in Firelight she's whiney and full of teen angst and self-pity, which is a little annoying, but let's be honest, accurate in the case of some teenagers. And I did feel sorry for her – the situation was not exactly her fault and I could empathise with her – a girl needs her freedom, and no one should ever be forced into a relationship or future they don't want.
In book one, I loved Jacinda – I admired her for her strength and (no pun intended) fiery personality.
However, in Vanish, it seemed to me that the pity party was getting just a little out of hand. Yeah okay, the situation was not exactly fair, and I don't like the characters that impose this situation on her, but – and this is a huge but – it's not just Jacinda's own life at stake by this point. She became selfish beyond belief and whiney to the point that I actually got pretty irritated with her and started to feel sorry for poor Cassian!
And speaking of Cassian ... how confused are my feelings about him?! In Firelight, my feelings towards the future alpha of the draki pride were pretty straightforward. I didn't like him. He was arrogant and spoilt, and there was something about him that I didn't trust. However, Vanish completely screwed up those feelings. As the book went on, I found my feelings for him were changing drastically, and I realised around half way through that I actually like him now. Didn't see that one coming! He almost certainly gets the points for the most character development (next to Tamra – although it was more her story that developed, rather than her character).

The second half of the book was much better than the first; Jacinda stops moping so much and finally starts doing something other than feeling sorry for herself and hiding away from everyone. It was probably the final third of the book where things really started to get good, and from that point on, I was totally in love with the series again (although still confused by my feelings for certain characters!).
The very ending of the book was really satisfying. It was a good enough cliffhanger for me to want to get straight into the final book, but it wasn't one of those cliffhangers that makes you groan with utter frustration. The perfect balance, in my opinion.

All in all, I really liked the second instalment in this trilogy. It gripped me most of the way through, and although I did get irritated with Jacinda, this did allow me to get to know other characters a little better and start to think more about their side of things. The final part was awesome, and it's left me very much anticipating what's going to happen in the final instalment!!


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Firelight by Sophie Jordan **Review**


Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Series: Firelight #1
Pages: 288
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release date: January 2010 (original)
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones

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Goodreads synopsis:
A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away;if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

This book is something I've been looking for for a while now. It's a totally unique, fresh spin on the YA fantasy genre. I put off reading this for so long, and now I'm wondering what on Earth was going through my head! Not only does it involve characters that are descended from dragons, it has an equally smouldering romance and a fast-paced, thrilling plot to add to the excitement!

The beginning of the story does not hang around. Straight away we're in the middle of the action, getting to know our protagonist, Jacinda, right from the off, as her and her friend Az prepare to break the rules and go flying outside the security of their pride's protected home. I felt an instant connection to Jacinda's character and although we'd only just met, I found that I liked her instantly. I was immediately sympathetic towards her, even though I didn't yet know her story, and I wanted to get to know her more. This is a great sign – especially when it happens in the first chapter!
I was less sympathetic towards her family – her sister and mother – who took her out of the only home she's ever known and into a harsh desert town without any real explanation, knowing that it would start to cripple and kill her draki. At first, Jacinda's mother's reasons for doing this are unknown, so I felt all of the injustice that Jacinda felt, and I couldn't help but hate the place they ended up in.
But then things started to get interesting. The hunter that we meet in the first chapter – the unnaturally merciful hunter – turns out to be a student at her new high school, and the connection between them is instant and unwavering. This is the beginning of probably one of my favourite star-crossed romances of all time! I actually can't get enough of it, so I know it won't be long before I dive into the second book in the series!

Not only did I love Jacinda and the breathtaking romance that she finds herself unexpectedly and reluctantly a part of, I also loved the world-building and the concept of the novel as a whole. That Jacinda and the rest of the Draki are descendants of dragons that have evolved in order to protect themselves and are now able to take on human form is seriously awesome. And although we don't get too much in-depth detail about Jacinda's pride, we get enough information to get a feel for the pride and what it's like to live there. Hopefully in the second book, I'll get a bigger glimpse of life inside the pride and how it differs to the human world.
I would also like to learn more about the world that Will is reluctantly a part of; the world of the hunters. I feel like there is so much more to it than we see in this first book, and I feel like their world is so much more dangerous than we already know it to be!

So it's pretty clear that I fell head over heels for this book. I have to admit that I was a little sceptical at the beginning, but those worries were long buried by the end of the first chapter. Firelight is intense, fast-paced, compelling and fiery! I highly recommend it to any fan of YA fantasy or Urban Fantasy.


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #157

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 Archived
by Victoria Schwab

Synopsis:
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what she once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.
I'd seen this about when it first came out, but for some reason it didn't really seem to make too much of an impression on me. But more recently I've been seeing it about again, but this time there has been a lot more excitement surrounding it (especially from certain YouTubers), and this has bought it right into my awareness. So much so that I actually (cheated a little bit on Wishlist Wednesday) ordered it into work. So hopefully this will be on my shelves and waiting to be read later on this week!

Have you read The Archived? I'd love to hear what you thought of it! Let me know in the comments below.

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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