tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-50883006284820285242016-11-19T12:42:38.862+00:00Pen to PaperDani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.comBlogger687125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-77667396866700423622016-09-12T18:40:00.001+01:002016-09-12T18:40:49.285+01:00Audiobook Review: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger<br><div style="background: #a28fd6 repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #9900ff; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nieA32IA53s/V9boDA_achI/AAAAAAAAEeo/zd4NEJNxpJsAL2bT5RyHf9_dvN5evtL0gCLcB/s1600/13287047.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nieA32IA53s/V9boDA_achI/AAAAAAAAEeo/zd4NEJNxpJsAL2bT5RyHf9_dvN5evtL0gCLcB/s400/13287047.jpg" width="258"></a></div><b>Shut Out</b><br><div style="text-align: left;">Series: <span style="color: #6600cc;">None</span><br>Length: <span style="color: #6600cc;">7 hours, 19 minutes</span><br>Publisher: <span style="color: #6600cc;">Hodder Children&#39;s Books</span><br>Release date: <span style="color: #6600cc;">5th June 2014</span><br>Buy: <a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/Shut-Out-Kody-Keplinger/9781444909937?ref=grid-view" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Book Depository</span></a> | <a href="http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Young-Adults/Shut-Out-Audiobook/B005KLSN1W" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Audible</span></a><br><br><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13287047-shut-out" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Add to Goodreads</span></a></div></div><br>Goodreads synopsis:<br><div style="height: 120px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">The girls of Hamilton High School are going on strike. <br><br>Sick of the rivalry between their boyfriends&#39; American football and soccer teams, Lissa and her friends are determined that the boys won&#39;t see any action from them until they put an end to their immature pranks. <br><br>But Lissa hasn&#39;t counted on a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first ...</span></div><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png"></a></div><br>I read this one as an audiobook, and I actually think I ended up enjoying the story more because of this. Kate Reinders did a fantastic job of narrating this story – she was expressive and emotive, and despite her high pitched voice, I could tell when she was reading the dialogue of male characters. The performance was enjoyable and I whizzed through the 7 hour, 20 minute audiobook so fast! (Well, in 7 hours and 20 minutes, obviously, but it didn&#39;t feel that long!)<br><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/2016/09/audiobook-review-shut-out-by-kody.html#more">Read more »</a>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-68206902089273216842016-08-29T16:49:00.001+01:002016-08-29T16:53:35.537+01:00Review: My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher<br><div style="background: #a28fd6 repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #9900ff; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-M3E-FqtHDc0/V8RNPKegHTI/AAAAAAAAEeI/6BsuYhoDOm0S5Gx3vQee4rTMr8_TmtfXgCLcB/s1600/SisterMantelpiece.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-M3E-FqtHDc0/V8RNPKegHTI/AAAAAAAAEeI/6BsuYhoDOm0S5Gx3vQee4rTMr8_TmtfXgCLcB/s400/SisterMantelpiece.jpg" width="255"></a></div><b>My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece</b><br><div style="text-align: left;">Series: <span style="color: #6600cc;">None</span><br>Pages: <span style="color: #6600cc;">226</span><br>Publisher: <span style="color: #6600cc;">Orion</span><br>Release date: <span style="color: #6600cc;">1st March 2011</span><br>Buy: <a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/My-Sister-Lives-on-the-Mantelpiece-Annabel-Pitcher/9781780621869?ref=grid-view" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Book Depository</span></a> | <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sister-Lives-Mantelpiece-Annabel-Pitcher/dp/1780621868/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1472482640&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=My+Sister+Lives+on+the+Mantelpiece" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Amazon UK</span></a><br><br><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9789800-my-sister-lives-on-the-mantelpiece" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Add to Goodreads</span></a></div></div><br>Goodreads synopsis:<br><div style="height: 120px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a &#39;Fresh New Start&#39;. Five years ago his sister&#39;s twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His parents are wrecked by their grief, Jasmine turns to piercing, pink hair and stops eating. The family falls apart. But Jamie hasn&#39;t cried in all that time. To him Rose is just a distant memory. Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his birthday Spiderman T-shirt, and in keeping his new friend Sunya a secret from his dad. And in his deep longing and unshakeable belief that his Mum will come back to the family she walked out on months ago. When he sees a TV advert for a talent show, he feels certain that this will change everything and bring them all back together once and for all.</span></div><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png"></a></div><i>My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece</i> is told from the perspective of ten-year-old Jamie, whose older sister Rose was killed in a set of terrorist bombings in London five years previously, and whose ashes now sit in a golden urn on the mantelpiece.<br>It&#39;s the story of life after loss, family and friendship despite differences. It&#39;s a coming-of-age story with some seriously dark and deeply sad foundations.<br>Despite the heaviness of the topics it discusses, however, the book feels almost hopeful. It&#39;s set in Ambleside in the Lake District (coincidentally one of my favourite places on the planet) and begins when Jamie is about to start a new school, far from the London home he grew up in.<br><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/2016/08/my-sister-lives-on-mantelpiece-series.html#more">Read more »</a>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-50385046935061969462016-08-15T13:00:00.000+01:002016-08-15T13:00:30.604+01:00Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater<br><div style="background: #a28fd6 repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #9900ff; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zz5wGK01Pl0/V7CWzxF9adI/AAAAAAAAEdg/udqxtmR_HlIxBUNqsUewWnbaPqc8DJj_gCLcB/s1600/RavenBoysLRG.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zz5wGK01Pl0/V7CWzxF9adI/AAAAAAAAEdg/udqxtmR_HlIxBUNqsUewWnbaPqc8DJj_gCLcB/s400/RavenBoysLRG.jpg" width="260"></a></div><b>The Raven Boys</b><br><div style="text-align: left;">Series: <span style="color: #6600cc;">Raven Boys #1</span><br>Pages: <span style="color: #6600cc;">454</span><br>Publisher: <span style="color: #6600cc;">Scholastic (UK)</span><br>Release date: <span style="color: #6600cc;">19th September 2012</span><br>Buy: <a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Raven-Boys-Maggie-Stiefvater/9781407134611?ref=grid-view" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Book Depository</span></a> | <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raven-Boys-Maggie-Stiefvater/dp/1407134612/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1471190629&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=The+Raven+Boys" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Amazon UK</span></a><br><br><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15743650-the-raven-boys" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Add to Goodreads</span></a></div></div><br>Goodreads synopsis:<br><div style="height: 130px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Even if Blue hadn&#39;t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble. <br><br>But this is the year that everything will change for Blue. <br><br>This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.<br><br> This is the year she will fall in love.</span></div><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png"></a></div>The Raven Boys is one that I&#39;ve been wanting to pick up for several years now, but for some reason it never made it to the top of the list. I started reading it at long last because I would be meeting Maggie at <a href="http://www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com/index.php/yalc" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">YALC</span></a> and I wanted to have read some of her stuff before meeting her (she&#39;s lovely, by the way. If you have the chance to meet her, go do it!). That and I&#39;ve had friends constantly telling me how much I would love her writing.<br>I was only a couple of chapters in when I could see just how right my friends were – I could tell early on that I was going to adore the Raven Boys!<br><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/2016/08/review-raven-boys-by-maggie-stiefvater.html#more">Read more »</a>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-62712053891099888192016-08-09T09:55:00.001+01:002016-08-09T09:55:20.764+01:00Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard<br><div style="background: #a28fd6 repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #9900ff; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4jE3aS04ijw/V5XZ7kc9CHI/AAAAAAAAEcs/Rj25tttHAa8WZRgmWx2m2bQKQQEtjPEcgCLcB/s1600/TruthwitchLRG.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4jE3aS04ijw/V5XZ7kc9CHI/AAAAAAAAEcs/Rj25tttHAa8WZRgmWx2m2bQKQQEtjPEcgCLcB/s400/TruthwitchLRG.jpg" width="266"></a></div><b>Truthwitch by Susan Dennard</b><br><div style="text-align: left;">Series: <span style="color: #6600cc;">Truthwitch #1</span><br>Pages: <span style="color: #6600cc;">415</span><br>Publisher: <span style="color: #6600cc;">Tor Teen</span><br>Release date: <span style="color: #6600cc;">5th January 2016</span><br>Buy: <a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/Truthwitch/9780765379283" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Book Depository</span></a> | <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Truthwitch-Witchlands-Susan-Dennard/dp/1447282043/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1469438372&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Truthwitch" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Amazon UK</span></a><br><br><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25187640-truthwitch" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Add to Goodreads</span></a></div></div><br>Goodreads synopsis:<br><div style="height: 120px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well. <br><br>Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires. <br><br>Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness. <br><br>Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.</span></div><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png"></a></div>This book was one of those rare times that I was <i>ridiculously excited</i> to read it, despite having never picked up a book by this author before. It was the kind of excitement reserved for Neil Gaiman, Sarah J Maas, Matt Haig and David Levithan.<br>It was a kind of excitement that perhaps gave this book shoes that were just a little too big for it to fill. Expectations and hype are dangerous things, and unfortunately, I don&#39;t think they gave <i>Truthwitch</i> much of a chance.<br><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/2016/08/review-truthwitch-by-susan-dennard.html#more">Read more »</a>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-38903687543910360882016-06-28T12:44:00.000+01:002016-06-29T09:28:01.889+01:00Review: The Next Together by Lauren James<br><div style="background: #a28fd6 repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #9900ff; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mqfmwCw66-I/V3JiPgqNciI/AAAAAAAAEcU/z6Fv_SSqFLcICN76d2lyycon_1jnC2IRQCLcB/s1600/NextTogether.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mqfmwCw66-I/V3JiPgqNciI/AAAAAAAAEcU/z6Fv_SSqFLcICN76d2lyycon_1jnC2IRQCLcB/s400/NextTogether.jpg" width="258"></a></div><b>The Next Together</b><br><div style="text-align: left;">Series: <span style="color: #6600cc;">The Next Together #1</span><br>Pages: <span style="color: #6600cc;">356</span><br>Publisher: <span style="color: #6600cc;">Walker Books</span><br>Release date: <span style="color: #6600cc;">3rd September 2015</span><br>Buy: <a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Next-Together-Lauren-James/9781406358056?ref=grid-view" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Book Depository</span></a> | <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Next-Together-Lauren-James/dp/1406358053/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1467113984&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=The+Next+Together" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Amazon UK</span></a><br><br><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23266378-the-next-together" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Add to Goodreads</span></a></div></div><br>Goodreads synopsis:<br><div style="height: 120px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;"><b>How many times can you lose the person you love? </b><br><br>Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. <br><br>Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? <br><br>Maybe the next together will be different... <br><br><i>A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, &quot;original&quot; historical documents, news reports and internet articles.</i></span></div><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png"></a></div><i>The Next Together</i> is marketed as a sort of time-travel romance, but I’m not 100% sure if that’s entirely accurate. It is a romance, I suppose, in that there is a relationship between the two main characters, Matthew and Katherine, but I wouldn’t say that it’s the main focus of the book. Not really.<br>The relationship between the two characters seems to be a catalyst for other events throughout history. Each time the characters come together – be it in the 18th Century, or the 21st – they affect the events around them. The story seems to be more about what’s happening around the characters than about the relationship itself, especially as we know that the relationship will happen in one way or another each time they appear together in history.<br><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/2016/06/review-next-together-by-lauren-james.html#more">Read more »</a>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-68381894590280494872016-06-19T20:24:00.000+01:002016-06-19T20:57:04.937+01:00The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett **Audiobook Review**<br><div style="background: #a28fd6 repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #9900ff; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ncEGCIWCRnA/V2bwtHqmeKI/AAAAAAAAEb4/F-XrnqsOJd0mwHQGv5V8zxEo13TVyy9owCLcB/s1600/PaintedMan.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ncEGCIWCRnA/V2bwtHqmeKI/AAAAAAAAEb4/F-XrnqsOJd0mwHQGv5V8zxEo13TVyy9owCLcB/s400/PaintedMan.jpg" width="260"></a></div><b>The Painted Man <br>(The Warded Man, US)</b><br><div style="text-align: left;">Series: <span style="color: #6600cc;">The Demon Cycle #1</span><br>Pages: <span style="color: #6600cc;">544</span><br>Publisher: <span style="color: #6600cc;">Voyager</span><br>Release date: <span style="color: #6600cc;">1st April 2009</span><br>Buy: <a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Painted-Man-Peter-V-Brett/9780007492541?ref=grid-view" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Book Depository</span></a> | <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Painted-Man-Demon-Cycle-Book/dp/0007492545/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1466363930&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=the+painted+man" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Amazon UK</span></a>           <a href="http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/The-Painted-Man-The-Demon-Cycle-Book-1-Audiobook/B00PKJI2AQ" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Audible UK</span></a><br><br><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4685971-the-painted-man" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Add to Goodreads</span></a></div></div><br>Goodreads synopsis:<br><div style="height: 95px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night.</span></div><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png"></a></div><br>I read this as an audiobook, narrated by Colin Mace. I&#39;ve only recently started getting into audiobooks, and this is actually only the second novel I&#39;ve listened to in that format (the others being non-fiction titles such as &#39;Fry&#39;s English Delight&#39; and the like). I didn&#39;t think I would be able to immerse myself in the story properly if I was to listen to it rather than read it, but I&#39;ve found that not to be the case – especially with The Painted Man (also known as The Warded Man).<br><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/2016/06/the-painted-man-by-peter-v-brett.html#more">Read more »</a>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-39545288465510309022016-05-31T13:08:00.000+01:002016-05-31T13:11:33.970+01:00You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour **Review**<br><div style="background: #a28fd6 repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #9900ff; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-It1JOE-Lya8/V01-MkUnLXI/AAAAAAAAEbY/tHLCPvvix2sFwn3-grhkmZwJlQJD_836gCLcB/s1600/KnowMeWell.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-It1JOE-Lya8/V01-MkUnLXI/AAAAAAAAEbY/tHLCPvvix2sFwn3-grhkmZwJlQJD_836gCLcB/s400/KnowMeWell.jpg" width="262"></a></div><b>You Know Me Well</b><br><div style="text-align: left;">Series: <span style="color: #6600cc;">None</span><br>Pages: <span style="color: #6600cc;">256</span><br>Publisher: <span style="color: #6600cc;">Macmillan Children&#39;s</span><br>Release date: <span style="color: #6600cc;">2nd June 2016</span><br>Buy: <a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/You-Know-Me-Well-David-Levithan-Nin-LaCour/9781509823932?ref=grid-view" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Book Depository</span></a> | <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Know-Well-David-Levithan/dp/150982393X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1464696291&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=You+Know+Me+Well" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Amazon UK</span></a><br><br><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29848950-you-know-me-well" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Add to Goodreads</span></a><br><span style="font-size: x-small;"><i>Thanks to the publisher for my review copy of this book</i></span></div></div><br>Goodreads synopsis:<br><div style="height: 110px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really? <br><br>Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed. <br><br>That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way. <br><br>When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other -- and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more. <br><br>Told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, the best-selling author of Every Day and co-author of Nick and Norah&#39;s Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green), You Know Me Well is a deeply honest story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.</span></div><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png"></a></div><br>Although this wasn&#39;t my favourite David Levithan collaboration novel, I still really enjoyed it, and I loved the fresh angle that Nina LaCour gave it. <br>At the very beginning of the book, I was convinced that this was going to be quite similar to the &#39;David and Rachel&#39; books – boy meets girl at an evening event and they have a one-night adventure where, despite their differences, they begin to fall for one another. But no, this was not that. For one, the boy meets girl had a different purpose – Kate and Mark quickly become friends in order to help the other overcome their separate relationship woes. And another thing? Both of them are gay. That&#39;s right – a lesbian in a David Levithan novel! Thank you, Nina! This is a rare occurrence for David Levithan, his books mostly being about gay boys (not that I don’t love David, because I really do!).<br><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/2016/05/you-know-me-well-by-david-levithan-and.html#more">Read more »</a>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-85969449999233059012016-05-17T13:06:00.001+01:002016-05-17T13:06:25.579+01:00The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout **Review**<br><div style="background: #a28fd6 repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #9900ff; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WLEgPsm_Cns/VzsH2V9loUI/AAAAAAAAEa8/ohdq4vkz1XwQ5_cCsoDSGlz0cjtTg9r8ACLcB/s1600/ProbForever.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WLEgPsm_Cns/VzsH2V9loUI/AAAAAAAAEa8/ohdq4vkz1XwQ5_cCsoDSGlz0cjtTg9r8ACLcB/s400/ProbForever.jpg" width="265"></a></div><b>The Problem With Forever</b><br><div style="text-align: left;">Series: <span style="color: #6600cc;">None</span><br>Pages: <span style="color: #6600cc;">384</span><br>Publisher: <span style="color: #6600cc;">MIRA Ink</span><br>Release date: <span style="color: #6600cc;">1st June 2016</span><br>Buy: <a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/Moth-Girls-Anne-Cassidy/9781471405112" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Book Depository</span></a> | <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Problem-Forever-Jennifer-L-Armentrout/dp/1848454570/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1463486238&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=The+problem+with+forever" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Amazon UK</span></a><br><br><span style="color: black;"><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28509181-the-problem-with-forever" target="_blank">Add to Goodreads</a></span></div><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Thanks to the publisher for my review copy of this book. </span></i></div><br>Goodreads synopsis:<br><div style="height: 110px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">From #1 NY Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a deeply powerful and emotional story about struggling to overcome your past and find where you belong. <br><br>When Mallory was a kid, she was bounced from one horrible foster home to another. At thirteen, a terrible accident got her removed from the group home where she was living to a hospital where she met the parents who would adopt her. But when she starts a new school and encounters an old friend from the foster system sparks start to fly.</span></div><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png"></a></div><br>I went into The Problem with Forever knowing very little about it. I often quite like to do this – it means that even any details revealed in the synopsis are a surprise, and often that’s a good thing. All I knew about this book was that it’s a contemporary YA about a girl who was in foster care. I possibly knew a little more than that when I first requested it, but that was all I could remember when I did eventually start reading.<br><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/2016/05/the-problem-with-forever-by-jennifer-l.html#more">Read more »</a>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-33209260222188238812016-03-13T12:27:00.001+00:002016-03-13T12:31:21.835+00:00The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon **Review**<br><div style="background: #a28fd6 repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #9900ff; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YXTrsVyylTo/VuVcPM2SerI/AAAAAAAAEac/EbBBTB7LX5MUaS7mQ9RVrxV0Q1mygmRyA/s1600/BoneSeason.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YXTrsVyylTo/VuVcPM2SerI/AAAAAAAAEac/EbBBTB7LX5MUaS7mQ9RVrxV0Q1mygmRyA/s400/BoneSeason.jpg" width="260"></a></div><b>The Bone Season</b><br><div style="text-align: left;">Series: <span style="color: #6600cc;">The Bone Season #1</span><br>Pages: <span style="color: #6600cc;">452</span><br>Publisher: <span style="color: #6600cc;">Bloomsbury</span><br>Release date: <span style="color: #6600cc;">20th August 2013</span><br>Buy: <a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Bone-Season-Samanth-Shannon/9781408836453?ref=grid-view" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Book Depository</span></a> | <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bone-Season-Samantha-Shannon/dp/1408836459/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1457871885&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Bone+Season" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Amazon UK</span></a><br><br><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17853114-the-bone-season" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Add to Goodreads</span></a></div></div><br>Goodreads synopsis:<br><div style="height: 120px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing. <br><br>It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die. <br><br>The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.</span></div><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png"></a></div>My initial reaction to The Bone Season was definitely one of excitement. I knew it was mostly set in Oxford (albeit an alternative, future version of Oxford), and this being a city I both love and know fairly well, I was looking forward to seeing how it would be adapted for a fantasy novel. I was also quite excited by the idea of different kinds of clairvoyants, or voyants for short. Add to that that the main character was obviously in constant danger just for being what she is ... I was expecting to be immediately hooked. And I was. The beginning was instantly engaging. Straight away you learn so much about Paige, her abilities and how she puts them to use in the criminal underground of Central London, now known as Cohort I. The opening chapters are full of action, and it was fairly easy to get to grips with the world and its inhabitants.<br><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/2016/03/the-bone-season-by-samantha-shannon.html#more">Read more »</a>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-62072639165219091372016-02-15T15:20:00.002+00:002016-02-15T15:20:38.586+00:00Flawed by Cecelia Ahern **Review**<br><div style="background: #a28fd6 repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #9900ff; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aOcqIttVEUI/VsHhNcSsToI/AAAAAAAAEaA/o8APiF86rhA/s1600/FlawedLRG.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aOcqIttVEUI/VsHhNcSsToI/AAAAAAAAEaA/o8APiF86rhA/s400/FlawedLRG.jpg" width="250"></a></div><b>Flawed by Cecelia Ahern</b><br><div style="text-align: left;">Series: <span style="color: #6600cc;">Flawed #1</span><br>Pages: <span style="color: #6600cc;">400</span><br>Publisher: <span style="color: #6600cc;">HarperCollins Children&#39;s Books</span><br>Release date: <span style="color: #6600cc;">24th March 2016</span><br>Buy: <a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/Flawed-Ceceli-Ahern/9780008125097" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Book Depository</span></a> | <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flawed-Cecelia-Ahern/dp/0008125090/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1455546611&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Flawed+Ahern" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Amazon UK</span></a><br><br><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28425994-flawed" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Add to Goodreads</span></a></div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><i>Thanks to the publisher for my review copy of the book.</i></span></div><br>Goodreads synopsis:<br><div style="height: 95px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">The stunning YA debut from internationally bestselling author Cecelia Ahern. <br><br>Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. <br><br>But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED. <br><br>In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything. </span></div><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png"></a></div>I first read Cecelia Ahern when I was about 17, starting off with <i>A Place Called Here</i>, a book that I really loved. Despite that, though, I haven&#39;t really read too many of her books, mostly because I rarely read the kind of books she writes. But when I heard she was publisher her first YA novel, my interest was immediately piqued, and I knew I had to read it. Her style was always easy to get on with when I did read anything of hers, so I expected it to be similar with <i>Flawed</i>. If anything, I think <i>Flawed</i> was even easier to get on with than her adult books, and I was drawn into the story almost immediately.<br>But it wasn&#39;t until things started to go seriously wrong that I became totally engrossed.<br><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/2016/02/flawed-by-cecelia-ahern-review.html#more">Read more »</a>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-35465452340945413112016-02-03T10:02:00.000+00:002016-02-03T10:02:29.494+00:00Wishlist Wednesday #216<img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5657319457061974642" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UfvPOaFubYw/ToLWEosVsnI/AAAAAAAAAOo/bzxDyXwK-Lg/s320/Wishlist%2BWednesday.jpg" style="float: right; height: 205px; margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; width: 317px;" />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.<br /><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;">So what do you need to do to join in?<br /><ul><li>Follow <a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/">Pen to Paper</a> as host of the meme.</li><li>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.</li><li>Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.</li><li>Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.</li><li>Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.</li><li>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.</li><li>Visit the other blogs and enjoy!</li></ul></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BMBiMLooChQ/VrHN4Shts8I/AAAAAAAAEZo/0P8RiQxn-vc/s1600/BabaYaga.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BMBiMLooChQ/VrHN4Shts8I/AAAAAAAAEZo/0P8RiQxn-vc/s400/BabaYaga.jpg" width="261" /></a></div><b>Baba Yaga Laid an Egg</b><br /><b>by Dubravka Ugrešić</b><br /><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7138685-baba-yaga-laid-an-egg" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Goodreads</span></a><br /><br />Synopsis:<br /><div style="height: 250px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Baba Yaga is an old hag who lives in a house built on chicken legs and kidnaps small children. She is one of the most pervasive and powerful creatures in all mythology. But what does she have to do with a writer's journey to Bulgaria in 2007 on behalf of her mother? Or with a trio of old women who decide to spend a week together at a hotel spa? Startlingly original, "Baba Yaga Laid an Egg" takes a traditional myth and spins it afresh. The result is an extraordinary meditation on femininity, ageing, identity, secrets, storytelling and love. </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" /></a></div>In the space of just a couple of weeks, I've gone from having never heard much at all about Baba Yaga to having seen it <i>everywhere</i>. It started when I was watching some comic book recommendations on YouTube and I think about three different YouTubers mentioned Baba Yaga's Assistant (with mixed reviews).<br />All I really know from watching these videos is that Baba Yaga was a Slavic folklore character with some sort of supernatural presence, and she would either help or harm those who looked for her. Since I watched those videos, she keeps popping up everywhere, and then I'm in one of my local bookshops, looking for something entirely different, and I stumble on this book.<br />This takes the Baba Yaga figure and puts her in several different forms and tells her story based on what form she takes. This has me really intrigued, and I would have it on my shelf already, but the bookshop's copy was damaged, so I will be keeping an eye out for it on my trip to London in a week and a half. <br /><br /><span style="color: #6600cc; font-size: large;">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 :)&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: black;"><br /><br /></span><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><!-- start InLinkz script --> <script type="text/javascript">document.write('<scr' + 'ipt type="text/javascript" src="//www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=604981&' + new Date().getTime() + '"><\/script>'); </script> <!-- end InLinkz script --></div><span style="color: #6600cc;"><br /><br /></span><br /><center><span style="color: #6600cc;"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><textarea cols="16" name="textarea" onclick="this.select();" rows="8" wrap="VIRTUAL"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a></textarea></span></center><span style="color: #6600cc;"></span>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-13722827962963600842016-01-27T09:20:00.000+00:002016-01-27T10:41:43.287+00:00Wishlist Wednesday #215<img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5657319457061974642" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UfvPOaFubYw/ToLWEosVsnI/AAAAAAAAAOo/bzxDyXwK-Lg/s320/Wishlist%2BWednesday.jpg" style="float: right; height: 205px; margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; width: 317px;" />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.<br /><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;">So what do you need to do to join in?<br /><ul><li>Follow <a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/">Pen to Paper</a> as host of the meme.</li><li>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.</li><li>Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.</li><li>Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.</li><li>Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.</li><li>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.</li><li>Visit the other blogs and enjoy!</li></ul></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XmnCgx3VEUQ/VqiK9YcxBOI/AAAAAAAAEZE/dzoF-uO-feI/s1600/GiantDaysWISH.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XmnCgx3VEUQ/VqiK9YcxBOI/AAAAAAAAEZE/dzoF-uO-feI/s400/GiantDaysWISH.jpg" width="262" /></a></div><b>Giant Days Volume 1</b><br /><b>by John Allison &amp; Lissa Treiman</b><br /><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25785993-giant-days-vol-1" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Goodreads</span></a><br /><br />Synopsis:<br /><div style="height: 250px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery mold, nuchauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Collects issues #1-4. </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" /></a></div>I haven't picked a graphic novel for my Wishlist Wednesday for a little while, so I thought I would today, especially as I seem to have added so many of them to the Wishlist recently.<br />Giant Days is one that I've actually looked at a couple of times in Forbidden Planet, but decided not to pick up in favour of other comics. However, I've been watching some YouTube comic book reviews this past week and Giant Days has been mentioned quite a lot in these videos. Everyone has been saying how great the story is, and it has me intrigued enough to make sure that on my next visit to the comic shop, this is a priority pick!<br />As I'm taking my brother comic shopping at the weekend for his birthday, it won't be that long until this is on my shelves, awaiting my attention.<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #6600cc; font-size: large;">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 :)&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: black;"><br /><br /></span><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><!-- start InLinkz script --> <script type="text/javascript">document.write('<scr' + 'ipt type="text/javascript" src="//www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=602416&' + new Date().getTime() + '"><\/script>'); </script> <!-- end InLinkz script --></div><span style="color: #6600cc;"><br /><br /></span><br /><center><span style="color: #6600cc;"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><textarea cols="16" name="textarea" onclick="this.select();" rows="8" wrap="VIRTUAL"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a></textarea></span></center><span style="color: #6600cc;"></span>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-36264898650968382782016-01-20T11:35:00.004+00:002016-01-20T11:35:43.560+00:00Wishlist Wednesday #214<img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5657319457061974642" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UfvPOaFubYw/ToLWEosVsnI/AAAAAAAAAOo/bzxDyXwK-Lg/s320/Wishlist%2BWednesday.jpg" style="float: right; height: 205px; margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; width: 317px;" />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.<br /><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;">So what do you need to do to join in?<br /><ul><li>Follow <a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/">Pen to Paper</a> as host of the meme.</li><li>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.</li><li>Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.</li><li>Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.</li><li>Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.</li><li>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.</li><li>Visit the other blogs and enjoy!</li></ul></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ndH8HBia8pI/Vp9v_8METzI/AAAAAAAAEYw/GjggtW5nTcA/s1600/WearetheAnts.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ndH8HBia8pI/Vp9v_8METzI/AAAAAAAAEYw/GjggtW5nTcA/s400/WearetheAnts.jpg" width="266" /></a></div><b>We Are the Ants</b><br /><b>by Shaun David Hutchinson</b><br /><br />Synopsis:<br /><div style="height: 250px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Henry Denton doesn’t know why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button. <br /><br />But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind. <br /><br />Since the suicide of his boyfriend, Jesse, Henry has been adrift. He’s become estranged from his best friend, started hooking up with his sworn enemy, and his family is oblivious to everything that’s going on around them. As far as Henry is concerned, a world without Jesse is a world he isn’t sure is worth saving. Until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that. </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" /></a></div>This was released in the US yesterday, and I'm SO excited about it. I discovered it at the weekend, and now I'm desperate to get my hands on a copy. It already has a great rating on Goodreads, and I can see why. I think this story has the potential to be funny in places, but also life-affirming and thought-provoking. I'm also really enjoying that it has a gay main character, but without making that a central theme of the plot (in other words, having a gay main character is normal and something we don't need to make into a discussion point).<br />This sounds like quite a unique book and I know it won't be long until I get this off the Wishlist and onto the TBR.<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #6600cc; font-size: large;">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 :)&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: black;"><br /><br /></span><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><!-- start InLinkz script --> <script type="text/javascript">document.write('<scr' + 'ipt type="text/javascript" src="//www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=600497&' + new Date().getTime() + '"><\/script>'); </script> <!-- end InLinkz script --></div><span style="color: #6600cc;"><br /><br /></span><br /><center><span style="color: #6600cc;"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><textarea cols="16" name="textarea" onclick="this.select();" rows="8" wrap="VIRTUAL"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a></textarea></span></center><span style="color: #6600cc;"></span>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-43808903709696651022016-01-13T00:00:00.000+00:002016-01-13T00:00:03.552+00:00Wishlist Wednesday #213<img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5657319457061974642" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UfvPOaFubYw/ToLWEosVsnI/AAAAAAAAAOo/bzxDyXwK-Lg/s320/Wishlist%2BWednesday.jpg" style="float: right; height: 205px; margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; width: 317px;" />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.<br /><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;">So what do you need to do to join in?<br /><ul><li>Follow <a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/">Pen to Paper</a> as host of the meme.</li><li>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.</li><li>Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.</li><li>Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.</li><li>Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.</li><li>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.</li><li>Visit the other blogs and enjoy!</li></ul></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4rKVQdIP7Hw/VpVaaG3E_2I/AAAAAAAAEYc/4Ku8NApGpb4/s1600/TheMartianWISH.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4rKVQdIP7Hw/VpVaaG3E_2I/AAAAAAAAEYc/4Ku8NApGpb4/s400/TheMartianWISH.jpg" width="243" /></a></div><b>The Martian</b><br /><b>by Andy Weir</b><br /><br />Synopsis:<br /><div style="height: 250px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. <br /><br />Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. <br /><br />After a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars's surface, with no way to signal Earth that he's alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive. <br /><br />Chances are, though, Mark won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. <br /><br />Armed with nothing but his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength--Mark embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him? </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" /></a></div>Obviously the first time I heard about this book was a long, long while ago – especially with the film having been released last year, it would be hard to miss it. It's lingered on my wishlist for a while, but I've been unsure until the past couple of weeks, when it started appearing on EVERYONE'S favourite books of 2015 lists. I don't think I've watched a single Favourites video on YouTube or seen a Favourites post on blogs without this book being mentioned somewhere. And everyone is not only saying that it's a fantastic read, but that it's also surprisingly funny, which I have to say has warmed me up to the idea of this book a lot more! Therefore, this book will probably make its way onto my shelves in the very near future.<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #6600cc; font-size: large;">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 :)&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: black;"><br /><br /></span><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><!-- start InLinkz script --> <script type="text/javascript">document.write('<scr' + 'ipt type="text/javascript" src="//www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=598466&' + new Date().getTime() + '"><\/script>'); </script> <!-- end InLinkz script --></div><span style="color: #6600cc;"><br /><br /></span><br /><center><span style="color: #6600cc;"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><textarea cols="16" name="textarea" onclick="this.select();" rows="8" wrap="VIRTUAL"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a></textarea></span></center><span style="color: #6600cc;"></span>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-87023242490854385752016-01-08T00:00:00.000+00:002016-01-08T17:14:51.929+00:00The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken **Review** <br><div style="background: #a28fd6 repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #9900ff; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZR-fFSO2Gew/VozjGXW7zMI/AAAAAAAAEX0/KSBjiGtLtYw/s1600/TheDarkestMinds.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZR-fFSO2Gew/VozjGXW7zMI/AAAAAAAAEX0/KSBjiGtLtYw/s400/TheDarkestMinds.jpg" width="262"></a></div><b>The Darkest Minds</b><br><div style="text-align: left;">Series: <span style="color: #6600cc;">Darkest Minds #1</span><br>Pages: <span style="color: #6600cc;">488</span><br>Publisher: <span style="color: #6600cc;">Disney Hyperion</span><br>Release date: <span style="color: #6600cc;">18th December 2012</span><br><br><a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Darkest-Minds/9781423159322" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Buy with free worldwide delivery</span></a><br><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10576365-the-darkest-minds" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Add to Goodreads</span></a></div></div><br>Goodreads synopsis:<br><div style="height: 120px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control. <br><br>Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.</span></div><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I got the third and final book in this trilogy for Christmas, so I figured it was about time that I started reading the first book, and I&#39;m so glad that this was my first book of the year. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The Darkest Minds was incredibly easy to get into. I read the first 40 pages without even blinking (okay, maybe I did blink, but it felt like I didn&#39;t), and before I knew it, I was totally addicted to the world and its characters. The story is set up really well at the beginning, to the point where I wasn&#39;t ever really confused about what was going on; there was just enough information that I had a good grasp of what had happened to the country and how it looked now, after disaster had struck. </div><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/2016/01/the-darkest-minds-by-alexandra-bracken.html#more">Read more »</a>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-39947263026986454782016-01-06T09:40:00.001+00:002016-01-06T09:40:15.414+00:00Wishlist Wednesday #212<img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5657319457061974642" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UfvPOaFubYw/ToLWEosVsnI/AAAAAAAAAOo/bzxDyXwK-Lg/s320/Wishlist%2BWednesday.jpg" style="float: right; height: 205px; margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; width: 317px;" />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.<br /><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;">So what do you need to do to join in?<br /><ul><li>Follow <a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/">Pen to Paper</a> as host of the meme.</li><li>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.</li><li>Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.</li><li>Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.</li><li>Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.</li><li>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.</li><li>Visit the other blogs and enjoy!</li></ul></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a_l4-VCKASU/Vozfg-vPqkI/AAAAAAAAEXo/EnbTCsUM9_8/s1600/MoreHappyNot.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a_l4-VCKASU/Vozfg-vPqkI/AAAAAAAAEXo/EnbTCsUM9_8/s400/MoreHappyNot.jpg" width="266" /></a></div><b>More Happy Than Not</b><br /><b>by Adam Silvera</b><br /><br />Synopsis:<br /><div style="height: 250px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut—called “mandatory reading” by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx. <br /><br />In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again--but he's still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he's slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely. <br /><br />When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron's crew notices, and they're not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can't deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can't stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is. <br /><br />Why does happiness have to be so hard? </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" /></a></div>This one has been popping up a lot on BookTube recently, and I have to say it has me very intrigued, especially as the average Goodreads rating on this book is currently at 4.11 stars, which is incredibly rare. And from what I've heard so far, this rating is definitely earned. It's supposed to be a little bit heartbreaking and totally gripping, so it won't be long before this one comes off the wishlist and onto my bookshelves. I'm really intrigued by the plot, especially the idea of memory-alteration, and why he would even consider that. And the scar – what happened to give him that scar?<br />I will definitely be finding out soon!<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #6600cc; font-size: large;">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 :)&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: black;"><br /><br /></span><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><!-- start InLinkz script --> <script type="text/javascript">document.write('<scr' + 'ipt type="text/javascript" src="//www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=596724&' + new Date().getTime() + '"><\/script>'); </script> <!-- end InLinkz script --></div><span style="color: #6600cc;"><br /><br /></span><br /><center><span style="color: #6600cc;"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><textarea cols="16" name="textarea" onclick="this.select();" rows="8" wrap="VIRTUAL"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a></textarea></span></center><span style="color: #6600cc;"></span>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-17380571092725074312016-01-03T13:03:00.000+00:002016-01-03T13:03:01.737+00:00My Favourite Books of 2015<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wYKbFPMoz-A/Vokbr4OW4LI/AAAAAAAAEXM/elsMeXr1Auo/s1600/NewYear.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="209" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wYKbFPMoz-A/Vokbr4OW4LI/AAAAAAAAEXM/elsMeXr1Auo/s320/NewYear.jpg" width="320"></a></div><br>Whenever the New Year comes around, I always set myself a reading goal of 52 books in the year on the Goodreads Reading Challenge. 2015 proved an excellent year for beating this challenge. I read a total of 63 books and over 20,000 pages in the year, and I discovered a whole load of new favourites too!<br>And now the time has come to reset the reading challenge for a new year, and to choose my favourite reads of the past 12 months. Choosing just ten favourites out of 63 potentials has been a particularly difficult task this year, and these are not really in any particular order, apart from, perhaps, the first three in the list, which really did stand out above all the rest.<br>But without further delay, here are my favourite reads of 2015!<br><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/2016/01/my-favourite-books-of-2015.html#more">Read more »</a>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-3320394974968529602015-12-23T12:29:00.001+00:002015-12-23T12:29:25.613+00:00Wishlist Wednesday #211<img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5657319457061974642" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UfvPOaFubYw/ToLWEosVsnI/AAAAAAAAAOo/bzxDyXwK-Lg/s320/Wishlist%2BWednesday.jpg" style="float: right; height: 205px; margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; width: 317px;" />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.<br /><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;">So what do you need to do to join in?<br /><ul><li>Follow <a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/">Pen to Paper</a> as host of the meme.</li><li>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.</li><li>Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.</li><li>Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.</li><li>Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.</li><li>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.</li><li>Visit the other blogs and enjoy!</li></ul></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ww2tpCYdczE/VnqS58fswpI/AAAAAAAAEU0/vD5Ljnuc1pw/s1600/GatheringShadows.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ww2tpCYdczE/VnqS58fswpI/AAAAAAAAEU0/vD5Ljnuc1pw/s400/GatheringShadows.jpg" width="272" /></a></div><b>A Gathering of Shadows [A Darker Shade of Magic #2]</b><br /><b>by V. E. Schwab</b><br /><br />Synopsis:<br /><div style="height: 250px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London. <br /><br />In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port. <br /><br />But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall. </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" /></a></div>I read A Darker Shade of Magic while on holiday in Amsterdam in July, and although I thought it was a little slow-going, by the time I finished it I was completely engrossed in the world and was left desperate to know what happens next! According to Goodreads, we only have to wait until February to find out, so I'm especially excited for the new year. I just hope that A Gathering of Shadows has a quicker pace than the first book.<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #6600cc; font-size: large;">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 :)&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: black;"><br /><br /></span><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><!-- start InLinkz script --> <script type="text/javascript">document.write('<scr' + 'ipt type="text/javascript" src="//www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=593022&' + new Date().getTime() + '"><\/script>'); </script> <!-- end InLinkz script --></div><span style="color: #6600cc;"><br /><br /></span><br /><center><span style="color: #6600cc;"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><textarea cols="16" name="textarea" onclick="this.select();" rows="8" wrap="VIRTUAL"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a></textarea></span></center><span style="color: #6600cc;"></span>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-1712823704307813182015-12-19T15:58:00.000+00:002015-12-20T02:17:28.572+00:00Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers **Review**<br><div style="background: #a28fd6 repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #9900ff; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rmRS6CT-eRE/VnV6RjvlK4I/AAAAAAAAEUg/lCBjvYW8pzk/s1600/DyingtoKnowLRG.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rmRS6CT-eRE/VnV6RjvlK4I/AAAAAAAAEUg/lCBjvYW8pzk/s400/DyingtoKnowLRG.jpg" width="260"></a></div><b>Dying to Know You</b><br><div style="text-align: left;">Series: <span style="color: #6600cc;">None</span><br>Pages: <span style="color: #6600cc;">288</span><br>Publisher: <span style="color: #6600cc;">Definitions</span><br>Release date: <span style="color: #6600cc;">2nd May 2013</span><br>Buy: <a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/Dying-Know-You-Aidan-Chambers/9781849416757" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Book Depository</span></a> | <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dying-Know-You-Aidan-Chambers/dp/1419707949/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1450539460&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Dying+to+know+you" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Amazon UK</span></a> | <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Dying-Know-You-Aidan-Chambers/dp/1419707949/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1450539472&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=Dying+to+know+you" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Amazon US</span></a> | <a href="https://www.waterstones.com/book/dying-to-know-you/aidan-chambers/9781849416757" target="_blank"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Waterstones</span></a><br><br><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17307622-dying-to-know-you" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Add to Goodreads</span></a></div></div><br>Goodreads synopsis:<br><div style="height: 100px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Karl, aged seventeen, is hopelessly in love. But the object of his affections, Firella, demands proof, and poses him a series of questions regarding his attitude to the many sides of love. But Karl is dyslexic, and convinced that if Firella finds out, she will think he is stupid, and unworthy of her, and leave him. <br><br> So Karl asks a local writer to help him construct his replies - and an unlikely, but extremely touching, friendship develops between the two men. They both come to learn a great deal about about life from a very different perspective, and when an act of violence shatters their calm, they find their respective appraisal of life shifting in profound ways.</span></div><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oOLj804S3b8/T1vZiOwrLdI/AAAAAAAAA8I/xe3emRPU7ko/s1600/Page%2BDivider2.png"></a></div><i>Dying to Know You</i> is perhaps most unique in the way it has been written. When I first read the synopsis, I expected it to be from the point of view of the teenage boy, but it isn&#39;t. The entire story is written from the point of view of a 75-year-old man – a writer – and it soon becomes clear that the novel itself is supposed to be a kind of fictional non-fiction.<br><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/2015/12/dying-to-know-you-by-aidan-chambers.html#more">Read more »</a>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-8781445990697459692015-12-16T10:38:00.000+00:002015-12-16T10:38:25.795+00:00Wishlist Wednesday #210<img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5657319457061974642" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UfvPOaFubYw/ToLWEosVsnI/AAAAAAAAAOo/bzxDyXwK-Lg/s320/Wishlist%2BWednesday.jpg" style="float: right; height: 205px; margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; width: 317px;" />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.<br /><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;">So what do you need to do to join in?<br /><ul><li>Follow <a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/">Pen to Paper</a> as host of the meme.</li><li>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.</li><li>Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.</li><li>Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.</li><li>Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.</li><li>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.</li><li>Visit the other blogs and enjoy!</li></ul></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ANWsbxWn31E/VnE-M5IWeyI/AAAAAAAAEUM/9xEKVhVnIUM/s1600/LionHeart.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ANWsbxWn31E/VnE-M5IWeyI/AAAAAAAAEUM/9xEKVhVnIUM/s400/LionHeart.jpg" width="263" /></a></div><b>Lion Heart [Scarlet #3]</b><br /><b>by A C Gaughen</b><br /><br />Synopsis:<br /><div style="height: 250px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;"><b>The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure. </b><br /><br />Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief. <br /><br />Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all? </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" /></a></div>When I read Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen, I was absolutely blown away. Not only do I already love Robin Hood stories, but this one was told from the point of view of Scarlet, who unlike the known comrade of Robin, Will Scarlet, is a girl. And she's such a badass!<br />The way the story is written is also fantastic ... I thought I'd find it difficult to read, but if I remember correctly, I think I read the entire thing pretty much in one sitting.<br />This is another book that is on my Christmas wishlist, so I'm really hoping that next Friday sees this beautiful book added to my shelves.<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #6600cc; font-size: large;">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 :)&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: black;"><br /><br /></span><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><!-- start InLinkz script --> <script type="text/javascript">document.write('<scr' + 'ipt type="text/javascript" src="//www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=591553&' + new Date().getTime() + '"><\/script>'); </script> <!-- end InLinkz script --></div><span style="color: #6600cc;"><br /><br /></span><br /><center><span style="color: #6600cc;"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><textarea cols="16" name="textarea" onclick="this.select();" rows="8" wrap="VIRTUAL"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a></textarea></span></center><span style="color: #6600cc;"></span>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-47263298544157645672015-12-09T11:23:00.000+00:002015-12-09T11:23:00.779+00:00Wishlist Wednesday #209<img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5657319457061974642" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UfvPOaFubYw/ToLWEosVsnI/AAAAAAAAAOo/bzxDyXwK-Lg/s320/Wishlist%2BWednesday.jpg" style="float: right; height: 205px; margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; width: 317px;" />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.<br /><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;">So what do you need to do to join in?<br /><ul><li>Follow <a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/">Pen to Paper</a> as host of the meme.</li><li>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.</li><li>Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.</li><li>Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.</li><li>Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.</li><li>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.</li><li>Visit the other blogs and enjoy!</li></ul></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-glvFq4dJrx8/VmgNxg4kLhI/AAAAAAAAET4/3aG3vr7rK1s/s1600/StarsNeverRise.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-glvFq4dJrx8/VmgNxg4kLhI/AAAAAAAAET4/3aG3vr7rK1s/s400/StarsNeverRise.jpg" width="262" /></a></div><b>The Stars Never Rise</b><br /><b>by Rachel Vincent</b><br /><br />Synopsis:<br /><div style="height: 250px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago. <br /><br />When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble. <br /><br />To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie? <br /><br />Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her. </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" /></a></div>I may or may not have chosen this as a Wishlist Wednesday title before, but I'm choosing it (possibly) again because I wanted to show some of the books on my Christmas wishlist off. I have been dying to get my hands on this for a long time, so it was a given that it would end up on the Christmas list.<br />I've loved Rachel's books ever since I read the first Shifters novel oh so many years ago. Her writing is fun and fresh, and every book I've read of hers has kept me gripped right the way through.<br />This is the first book in a new series, and I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in. Also, there's demons, so what's not to love? I hope this proves to be as gripping and as thrilling as I think it's going to. Fingers crossed this is under the tree this year!<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #6600cc; font-size: large;">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 :)&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: black;"><br /><br /></span><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><!-- start InLinkz script --> <script type="text/javascript">document.write('<scr' + 'ipt type="text/javascript" src="//www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=589725&' + new Date().getTime() + '"><\/script>'); </script> <!-- end InLinkz script --></div><span style="color: #6600cc;"><br /><br /></span><br /><center><span style="color: #6600cc;"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><textarea cols="16" name="textarea" onclick="this.select();" rows="8" wrap="VIRTUAL"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a></textarea></span></center><span style="color: #6600cc;"></span>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-90590415952839695572015-12-02T09:33:00.001+00:002015-12-02T09:33:29.274+00:00Wishlist Wednesday #208<img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5657319457061974642" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UfvPOaFubYw/ToLWEosVsnI/AAAAAAAAAOo/bzxDyXwK-Lg/s320/Wishlist%2BWednesday.jpg" style="float: right; height: 205px; margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; width: 317px;" />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.<br /><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;">So what do you need to do to join in?<br /><ul><li>Follow <a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/">Pen to Paper</a> as host of the meme.</li><li>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.</li><li>Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.</li><li>Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.</li><li>Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.</li><li>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.</li><li>Visit the other blogs and enjoy!</li></ul></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-izY_odP6WFM/Vl65tX3dpNI/AAAAAAAAETg/y_-o5eyx344/s1600/IlluminaeWISH.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-izY_odP6WFM/Vl65tX3dpNI/AAAAAAAAETg/y_-o5eyx344/s400/IlluminaeWISH.jpg" width="263" /></a></div><b>Illuminae</b><br /><b>by Amie Kaufman</b><br /><br />Synopsis:<br /><div style="height: 250px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. <br /><br />This afternoon, her planet was invaded. <br /><br />The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. <br /><br />But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again. <br /><br />Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes. </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" /></a></div>I suppose I am a little bit cheating on this week's Wishlist Wednesday because this book is on my Christmas list (and <i>hopefully</i> that means I will be getting it later this month). But I figured that seeing as it's December now, we're allowed to talk about the books we're wishing for for Christmas.<br />I have been looking forward to Illuminae for a very long time ... especially because this is not a story told in straight prose, but in letters, logs, diary entries etc ... that kind of thing. I LOVE stories like that, books that are more interactive, that feel much more like a discovery of your own.<br />It also sounds like exactly the kind of story I would love – it's set in the future, in space (and on another planet) and things are going very wrong. I'm so freaking excited to read this book and I know it's going to be one of the first I choose off the Christmas pile!<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #6600cc; font-size: large;">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 :)&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: black;"><br /><br /></span><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><!-- start InLinkz script --> <script type="text/javascript">document.write('<scr' + 'ipt type="text/javascript" src="//www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=587506&' + new Date().getTime() + '"><\/script>'); </script> <!-- end InLinkz script --></div><span style="color: #6600cc;"><br /><br /></span><br /><center><span style="color: #6600cc;"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><textarea cols="16" name="textarea" onclick="this.select();" rows="8" wrap="VIRTUAL"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a></textarea></span></center><span style="color: #6600cc;"></span>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-24319641559462771842015-11-25T10:20:00.001+00:002015-11-25T10:20:17.088+00:00Wishlist Wednesday #207<img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5657319457061974642" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UfvPOaFubYw/ToLWEosVsnI/AAAAAAAAAOo/bzxDyXwK-Lg/s320/Wishlist%2BWednesday.jpg" style="float: right; height: 205px; margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; width: 317px;" />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.<br /><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;">So what do you need to do to join in?<br /><ul><li>Follow <a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/">Pen to Paper</a> as host of the meme.</li><li>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.</li><li>Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.</li><li>Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.</li><li>Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.</li><li>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.</li><li>Visit the other blogs and enjoy!</li></ul></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_UavvCKaybc/VlWE1zNU40I/AAAAAAAAES4/Cmun4Lns1ik/s1600/HunterLackey.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_UavvCKaybc/VlWE1zNU40I/AAAAAAAAES4/Cmun4Lns1ik/s400/HunterLackey.jpg" width="267" /></a></div><b>Hunter</b><br /><b>by Mercedes Lackey</b><br /><br />Synopsis:<br /><div style="height: 250px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares.<br /><br /> Monsters. <br /><br />Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it’s taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake of the catastrophe. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous creatures fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky. <br /><br />To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people. <br /><br />Joy soon realizes that the city’s powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers, and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they’re in—to them, Joy and her corps of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV. <br /><br />When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, she uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them… </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" /></a></div>A friend of mine pointed this book out to me when we were out shopping in Forbidden Planet and I was so jealous when she decided that she wanted a hardback copy (she'd already read the book as a review eBook) – I had badly wanted to read it after she'd been talking about it. Of course, it went straight on the Christmas list for my family, so I'm hoping it's one of the books they choose from the list.<br />With monsters straight from the horror pages of mythology, and a corrupt government striking fear instead of giving the protection their people need, this book promises to be full of plenty of conflict and danger. The world-building sounds amazing (my friend assures me it is), which is very important to me in a fantasy like this – I have to believe in the world they live in.<br />I have very high hopes for this book, even though the reviews are very mixed on Goodreads. I'm still looking forward to giving it a read and adding my review into the mix.<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #6600cc; font-size: large;">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 :)&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: black;"><br /><br /></span><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><!-- start InLinkz script --> <script type="text/javascript">document.write('<scr' + 'ipt type="text/javascript" src="//www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=585244&' + new Date().getTime() + '"><\/script>'); </script> <!-- end InLinkz script --></div><span style="color: #6600cc;"><br /><br /></span><br /><center><span style="color: #6600cc;"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><textarea cols="16" name="textarea" onclick="this.select();" rows="8" wrap="VIRTUAL"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a></textarea></span></center><span style="color: #6600cc;"></span>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-43607215402333563072015-11-18T16:46:00.001+00:002015-11-18T16:46:43.615+00:00Wishlist Wednesday #206<img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5657319457061974642" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UfvPOaFubYw/ToLWEosVsnI/AAAAAAAAAOo/bzxDyXwK-Lg/s320/Wishlist%2BWednesday.jpg" style="float: right; height: 205px; margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; width: 317px;" />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.<br /><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;">So what do you need to do to join in?<br /><ul><li>Follow <a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/">Pen to Paper</a> as host of the meme.</li><li>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.</li><li>Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.</li><li>Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.</li><li>Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.</li><li>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.</li><li>Visit the other blogs and enjoy!</li></ul></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-L74brbg3u8Y/VkyqUgdaw5I/AAAAAAAAESk/bqgIUdfI3wU/s1600/FalseHeartsLamWISH.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-L74brbg3u8Y/VkyqUgdaw5I/AAAAAAAAESk/bqgIUdfI3wU/s400/FalseHeartsLamWISH.jpg" width="262" /></a></div><b>False Hearts</b><br /><b>by Laura Lam</b><br /><br />Synopsis:<br /><div style="height: 250px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;">Orphan Black meets Inception: Two formerly conjoined sisters are ensnared in a murderous plot involving psychoactive drugs, shared dreaming, organized crime, and a sinister cult. <br /><br />Raised in the closed cult of Mana’s Hearth and denied access to modern technology, conjoined sisters Taema and Tila dream of a life beyond the walls of the compound. When the heart they share begins to fail, the twins escape to San Francisco, where they are surgically separated and given new artificial hearts. From then on they pursue lives beyond anything they could have previously imagined. <br /><br />Ten years later, Tila returns one night to the twins’ home in the city, terrified and covered in blood, just before the police arrive and arrest her for murder—the first homicide by a civilian in decades. Tila is suspected of involvement with the Ratel, a powerful crime syndicate that deals in the flow of Zeal, a drug that allows violent minds to enact their darkest desires in a terrifying dreamscape. Taema is given a proposition: go undercover as her sister and perhaps save her twin’s life. But during her investigation Taema discovers disturbing links between the twins’ past and their present. Once unable to keep anything from each other, the sisters now discover the true cost of secrets. </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" /></a></div>I <i>love </i>Laura Lam. After having read Pantomime and Shadowplay, I fell in love with her world building and with her writing and I've been desperate for more ever since (especially more Micah Grey! It sucked when Strange Chemistry stopped publishing books). So of course, the moment I saw this pop up on Goodreads, I had to add it to my wishlist, even though it's not going to be published until June next year!<br />And this book sounds just as thrilling as Pantomime and Shadowplay, and although it's set in a totally different kind of world, I have no doubt that this one will draw me in just as much. I'm so excited about this, I might burst!<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #6600cc; font-size: large;">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 :)&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: black;"><br /><br /></span><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><!-- start InLinkz script --> <script type="text/javascript">document.write('<scr' + 'ipt type="text/javascript" src="//www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=583389&' + new Date().getTime() + '"><\/script>'); </script> <!-- end InLinkz script --></div><span style="color: #6600cc;"><br /><br /></span><br /><center><span style="color: #6600cc;"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><textarea cols="16" name="textarea" onclick="this.select();" rows="8" wrap="VIRTUAL"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a></textarea></span></center><span style="color: #6600cc;"></span>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5088300628482028524.post-84927076294968546212015-11-11T00:00:00.000+00:002015-11-11T00:00:18.642+00:00Wishlist Wednesday #205<img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5657319457061974642" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UfvPOaFubYw/ToLWEosVsnI/AAAAAAAAAOo/bzxDyXwK-Lg/s320/Wishlist%2BWednesday.jpg" style="float: right; height: 205px; margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; width: 317px;" />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.<br /><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;">So what do you need to do to join in?<br /><ul><li>Follow <a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/">Pen to Paper</a> as host of the meme.</li><li>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.</li><li>Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.</li><li>Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.</li><li>Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.</li><li>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.</li><li>Visit the other blogs and enjoy!</li></ul></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6vLGoAcrhc4/VkG2NvYK6tI/AAAAAAAAESQ/CHmE3fkvRhQ/s1600/PassengerWISH.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6vLGoAcrhc4/VkG2NvYK6tI/AAAAAAAAESQ/CHmE3fkvRhQ/s400/PassengerWISH.jpg" width="262" /></a></div><b>Passenger</b><br /><b>by Alexandra Bracken</b><br /><br />Synopsis:<br /><div style="height: 250px; overflow: auto;"><span style="color: #6600cc;"><i>passage</i>, n. <br /><i>i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.<br />ii. A journey by water; a voyage.<br />iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.</i><br /><br /> In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now. <br /><br />Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not. <br /><br />Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UPouNrEjPdI/UOoC1Cmw-MI/AAAAAAAACqk/Ww5HHP0YzRw/s1600/Page+Divider2.png" /></a></div>I keep seeing this book just about everywhere. It seems that everyone on my Goodreads is either wishing for it, or has already read and loved it.<br />And I can see why it's already becoming so popular. The story sounds both dark and dangerous, but also so exciting. I love the idea that the characters travel not just in miles but in time, and I think that will really give the story something unique if it's done in the right way. It sounds like an amazing adventure, and I can't wait to set off!<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #6600cc; font-size: large;">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 :)&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: black;"><br /><br /></span><br /><div style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0%; border: 2px dotted #000000; padding: 5px 8px; text-align: left;"><!-- start InLinkz script --> <script type="text/javascript">document.write('<scr' + 'ipt type="text/javascript" src="//www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=581130&' + new Date().getTime() + '"><\/script>'); </script> <!-- end InLinkz script --></div><span style="color: #6600cc;"><br /><br /></span><br /><center><span style="color: #6600cc;"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><textarea cols="16" name="textarea" onclick="this.select();" rows="8" wrap="VIRTUAL"><a href="http://www.pentopaperblog.com/"><img src="http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk148/voguedotcom/memebutton.jpg" /></a></textarea></span></center><span style="color: #6600cc;"></span>Dani Chttps://plus.google.com/103468468606172656954noreply@blogger.com3