Sunday, 1 February 2015

Letterbox Love #77


Letterbox Love is a way to show you all of the lovely, lovely books I’ve gotten in the post, bought and everything else over the last week. Summaries are taken from the cover, or Amazon/NetGalley/Goodreads in the case of e-books, unless otherwise stated. Hosted by Narratively Speaking.

For review:

A Darker Shade of Magic, VE Schwab (manuscript e-proof)

Most people only know one London; but what if there were several?

Kell is one of the last Travelers – magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons.

There is Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad King George III.

There is Red London, where life and magic are revered.

Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne.

But once upon a time, there was Black London...

I’ve started this already and it’s brilliant! Thanks Titan Books!

We All Looked Up, Tommy Wallach (e-proof)

Before Ardor, we let ourselves be defined by labels – the athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever. Bu then we all looked up and everything changed. They said the asteroid would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end. Two months to really live.

I hadn’t heard of this until I spotted it on NetGalley but it sounds really, really good. And brings The Breakfast Club to mind with those labels... Thanks S&S!


Bought:

Saga: Volume Two, Three and Four, Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples (US paperback)

Thanks to her star-crossed parents, Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies and alien monstrosities, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters something truly frightening: her grandparents!

I couldn’t believe how much I fell in love with the first book; I had to buy the next three volumes immediately!

Sophie

Friday, 30 January 2015

The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black


Pages: 323
Publisher: Indigo
Release Date: 5th February 2015
Edition: UK proof, review copy

Other Titles by this Author: The Spiderwick Chronicles, Beyond Spiderwick, Tithe, Valiant, Ironside, White Cat, Red Glove, Black Heart, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfield where humans and faeries exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once. At the centre of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on its head and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does... As the world turns upside down and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight, but swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

The Darkest Part of the Forest is a story of faeries princes, bargains, deadly secrets and a wonderful brother/sister relationship. It’s my favourite book of the year so far.

I’ve read most of Holly Black’s books and, for me, she’s at her best when telling the tales of those who become entangled in the dangerous webs of the fey. She manages to effortlessly capture all of the terror, the wonder, the wonder and the beauty in faery and its myriad of strange inhabitants. I can’t help but fall in love with the worlds she creates and the characters she brings to life.

But like always in The Darkest Part of the Forest, Black throws in some unexpected, wonderfully unexpected, twists. Lots of urban fantasy novels focus largely on the romantic relationship of the heroine, but I actually felt that this novel depicted a strong and authentic brother/sister relationship. The connection between Ben and Hazel is one of the strongest elements of the novel – the lengths they would go to protect each other, the secrets they keep, the inevitable competition and the love between them. But Holly Black didn’t stop there; she turned the romantic tropes of the genre on their head and I loved what she did.

I adored this sinister, twisty and completely wonderful novel from the master of dark faeries tales and I didn’t want it to end. Easily my favourite book of the year so far.

Thanks to Indigo for the review copy.

Sophie

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Blog Tour: #bookishWISHES for The Darkest Part of the Forest


To celebrate the publication of the Holly Black’s amazing new novel, The Darkest Part of the Forest, Indigo have devised a genius way to share the love: #bookishWISHES.

So without further ado, here are my current #bookishWISHES:

- To fall in love with as many books as possible this year.

- To carry on sharing the bookish love!

- To get a job in books!

I want to know your #bookishWISHES – leave them in the comments or tweet them to me @sophie_waters.

With the power of #bookishWISHES comes the fairy godmother-like power of bestowing a copy of the gorgeous The Darkest Part of the Forest and I am choosing Kate. Kate is a friend of mine from university who has fallen in love with YA fairly recently and I’m loving sharing recommendations and bookish loves with her. You can find her at @KateMaudsley -  go say hello!

Make sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour and find out the #bookishWISHES of some other lovely bloggers and have more chances to get your hands on a copy of this wonderful book.

Sophie

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Blog Tour: Suzy P's Dance Party Playlist!


Have you read the Suzy P books yet? Me, Suzy P and Suzy P and the Trouble With Three are the first two in the trilogy and the third, Suzy P, Forever Me, has just been released – wahooo!

The books follow the misadventures of disaster-prone Suzy Puttock, a girl with an embarrassing name, embarrassing family and all-round embarrassing life! This time, she’s put her foot in it big-time, and managed to get herself caught up in organising two huge parties – a fundraiser for her school and an eighties bash for her dad – on the same day! Plus, she’s promised super-famous band The Drifting will be coming to her school to play, so how’s she going to get herself out of this mess?

Here’s Suzy’s ultimate party playlist, featuring the songs she likes to boogie along to most of all. You might want to keep out of the way while she’s dancing though… she’s quite disaster prone!

If you’re feeling mega lazy then we’ve collected them all together for you on Spotify.

And here they all are on YouTube.

Ready? DANCE!

1. Happy – Pharrell Williams

2. Roar – Katy Perry

3. Red – Taylor Swift

4. You Got The Love - Candi Staton

5. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

6. Bounce – Calvin Harris

7. Take on Me – Aha

8. Flashlight – Ellie Goulding

9. Staying Alive – Bee Gees

10. Somebody to You feat. Demi Lovato

11. She Looks So Perfect – 5 Seconds of Summer

12. Salute - Little Mix

Suzy P, Forever Me; Suzy P and the Trouble With Three and Me, Suzy P by Karen Saunders are available to buy online and from all good bookshops. If you’d like to find out more about the books or the author, do visit Karen online at www.karensaunders.co.uk, ‘like’ her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/karensaunderswriter or follow Karen on Twitter @writingkaren. Suzy tweets too, @suzyputtock, so don’t forget to follow her, too!

Sophie