Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #195

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 Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
by N.K. Jemisin

Synopsis:
Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.
I heard about this book – or more accurately, I heard about its author – in a Wired article about the author's experiences of racism and prejudice and how they have inspired her fantasy novels. In this article, she is quoted as having said that growing up she was told to stay away from the police – the very people who are supposed to protect and help the public – because they might hurt her.
I found this quite a disturbing idea (though not a new one – I'm aware that there are certain groups in society who are targeted by certain members of their country's police force – it is, unfortunately, on the news far too often), and one that is quite separated from my own experience.
I'm really interested to see how N.K. Jemisin has translated these ideas and used them in a fantasy setting. The novel sounds like it definitely has something to say, and I'm looking forward to reading it.


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 :) 








Sunday, 30 August 2015

Paper Towns by John Green **Review**


Paper Towns
Series: None
Pages: 305
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release date: 3rd May 2010
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones

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Goodreads synopsis:
Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...

My experience of reading Paper Towns was, rather poetically, quite similar to the main character, Quentin's, experience of Margo Roth Spiegelman; my initial image of the book, my expectation of what it was and what it would be like at the beginning, did not match what it turned out to be. But much like Margo, this was not too much of a disappointment; it just took a bit of adjustment.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #194

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!


Birdy
by Jess Vallance

Synopsis:
Frances Bird has been a loner for so long that she’s given up on ever finding real friendship. But then she’s asked to show a new girl around school, and she begins to think her luck could finally be changing.

Eccentric, talkative and just a little bit posh, Alberta is not at all how Frances imagined a best friend could be. But the two girls click immediately, and it’s not long before they are inseparable. Frances could not be happier.

As the weeks go on, Frances finds out more about her new best friend – her past, her secrets, her plans for the future – and she starts to examine their friendship more closely.

Is it, perhaps, just too good to be true?
On the surface, I think this book seems like quite a pleasant one about friendships being found in expected places, but I have a feeling that this might take quite a sudden turn and become a little bit dark. Just something about that final sentence in the synopsis, coupled with the cover, suggests that there is a bit of a dark stain in this Alberta's past. I'm really really intrigued to find out what that is, so I doubt it will be long before I cave and decide to go for this 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 :) 








Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #193

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 Rest of Us Just Live Here
by Patrick Ness

Synopsis:
What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.
I love, love, LOVE Patrick Ness, so of course I can't wait for the release of The Rest of Us Just Live Here later this month. I read More Than This last year and adored it (in fact, it got me through a very difficult period in my life), so I have been looking forward to Patrick's next book ever since then.
This sounds just as fantastic as the rest of his books, if not more – the main character sounds down-to-Earth and the kind of character that most people will be able to relate to on some sort of level. Not the kind of person that is 'destined' for great things, as seems to be the case with a lot of popular YA at the moment.
The synopsis makes this sound like a really fun, quirky and humorous book, so I'm really looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into it. I also get to go and hear him speak in Birmingham in September (there are events elsewhere in the UK too. You can find them here). Definitely excited!


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, 17 August 2015

Sojourn by Jana Oliver **Review**


Sojourn
Series: Time Rovers #1
Pages: 367
Publisher: Dragon Moon Press
Release date: 1st May 2006
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon UK | Amazon US

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Goodreads synopsis:
Winner of 7 awards including the prestigious Prism Award for Time Travel

London, September 1888. An aged Queen Victoria rules. The threat of anarchy hovers in the air. A new kind of evil lurks in the back alleys of Whitechapel. Enter Jacynda Lassiter, a Time Rover on a mission—find an overdue ‘tourist’ and return him to 2057 before he changes history.

Victorian London is a dangerous place for the unwary. Mysterious shape-shifters haunt the streets, making friend and foe indistinguishable. When a fellow Time Rover is murdered, Jacynda’s mission becomes personal. Can she trust the two gentlemen who come to her aid, or do they harbor their own dark secrets?

In a few days, Jack the Ripper will add to his bloody legacy. But old Jack isn’t the only threat in Whitechapel. Unless Jacynda can outwit a madman, her Victorian sojourn will rewrite history—and end at the point of a blade.

Occasionally I will start a book without reading the synopsis or having known anything about the story in the first place. Sojourn is a fantastic example of when this worked. I started reading it because I’d forgotten my book on a day at work, and decided to remedy the situation by downloading the Kindle App to my laptop and downloading one of my purchased books.
After employing the eeny-meeny-miney-mo tactic, I finally settled on Sojourn. Not that I was upset about this – I read the Demon Trapper’s Daughter series a couple of years ago and adored it, so I had high hopes for Sojourn, even though it seemed like it would be an entirely different sort of journey.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #192

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!


Asking For It
by Louise O'Neill

Synopsis:
FROM THE WINNER OF THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR AWARD.

It's the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O'Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there's a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can't remember what happened, she doesn't know how she got there. She doesn't know why she's in pain. But everyone else does.

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don't want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town's heroes...
Louise O'Neill seems to be everywhere at the moment, and perhaps she deserves to be. Although I've not read her first book, Only Ever Yours, just yet, I have heard fantastic things about it, and it won the first ever YA Book Prize, hosted by The Bookseller, earlier this year.  Despite not having read her debut, I am already excited about this book, and as soon as I've read the one I already have (I'm confident I will like it too!), I will be picking this up and adding it straight to my shelves!
It sounds like a really disturbing, thrilling page-turner of a book, and I can't wait to get my hands on it.


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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