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Friday, 10 October 2014

Are You Excited for FINDING PARIS? I'm Excited for FINDING PARIS!

The title tells all. Next book from beloved author Joy Preble is out 21 April from Balzer and Bray/Harper Collins and we are building the buzz! Now, you guys are familiar with how much I am in love with her work, but I am especially excited for this next one.

Why, you ask?

Behold, the answers:

A page-turning, evocative novel for fans of THIRTEEN REASONS WHY and SPEAK, about a girl who must follow a trail of mysterious clues to discover what happened to her sister.

Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can’t trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who’s moved them all to Las Vegas. It’s just the two of them: Paris, who’s always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mind—going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love.

But Leo isn’t going anywhere yet… until Paris ditches her at the Heartbreak Hotel Diner, where moments before they had been talking with physics student Max Sullivan. Outside, Leo finds a cryptic note from Paris—a clue. Is it some kind of game? Where is Paris, and why has she disappeared?

When Leo reluctantly accepts Max’s offer of help, the two find themselves following a string of clues through Vegas and beyond. But the search for the truth is a not a straight line. And neither is the path to secrets Leo and Max hold tightly.

“An inspiring story of lost souls, and the hope and compassion that must piece together a family long exiled and devastated by secrets.” – Adele Griffin, author of THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE

“FINDING PARIS is a compelling page- turner. It's a road trip story, a mystery, and a romance all in one.  Add to that Preble's pitch perfect descriptions of place and you've got a real winner.  I couldn't put it down.” –Jennifer Mathieu, author of THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE

And just look at this gorgeous cover. *eyes turn into hearts*

So of course, I cannot wait. And I'm sure if you're acquainted with, for example, her DREAMING ANASTASIA trilogy, you can't either. What's an impatient reader to do? Preorder, of course.

If you're interested, you can see the official cover reveal here on the Barnes and Noble blog. But if you want to see where Joy lives, follow the link to her website at You could also stop by on her blog here. After all, you might find yourself with a chance to win a signed ARC sometime very soon...

Friday, 12 September 2014

Book Talk: Mortal Gods (The Goddess War #2) by Kendare Blake

When I received an ARC of this book from Kendare Blake herself, I could not contain my excitement. I wanted to read it NOW! But, as life would have it, I was prevented first from reading it and then from blogging about it for longer than I would've liked, but no matter: I'm still here and I'm still way before the release date, which, for you guys, is 14 October. So without further ado, let us begin.

Ms Blake never disappoints -- she just doesn't do it. After having read Anna Dressed in Blood in three days flat, I've been eagerly stalking following her releases, and every single one is just as gripping, just as beautifully written, and just as filled with rip-your-heart-out adorable characters as the last. I don't have a single complaint for this woman. (Causing me to writhe in pain and silently scream at three am notwithstanding.)

Having concluded Antigoddess, Mortal Gods' predecessor, at a particularly emotional point, I could not wait to see how this event served to catalyse the plot in MG. Cassandra, particularly, was affected by the instance, which I shall not give away due to my no-spoiler policy. And develop the plot did, introducing new characters, new locations, new challenges, and kicking the stakes up a notch. It is, quite literally, do-or-die time for the gods. And the mythological aspect? Woven with the storyline even more deeply. We even get appearances from the Fates, Calypso, and Achilles.

The characters, too, developed gorgeously from where we left off in Antigoddess. Cassandra, especially, became much more likeable -- murderous rage becomes her. Andie and Henry got to play a bigger part, romantic tension between Athena and Odysseus grew, and Hermes stayed his perfect, loveable self. Just the way we like him. But don't get me wrong, he did grow too. Mortal Gods shows us, somewhat paradoxically, both a braver side and a more afraid side to my favourite god. So many things were happening, I could not release my deathgrip on the pages, try as I did to make it last.

And then there was the ending.

Without wanting to reveal too much, I will say this: I have not been so blown away since Catching Fire. In fact, Mortal Gods surpassed Catching Fire. I genuinely walked around in a stupor for days. Never, ever did I see this coming. "There is no District 12"? Just wait, my friends. Just wait.

Do I even need to state that my star rating is 5/5?

Add this to your TBR. ASAP.

Now for what's new with me, since we haven't spoken in so long.

My good news:

- I got my GCSE results, scoring a gob-smacking 11/11 A* grades
- I've begun school again and am loving my options
- It will be my birthday in less than a month. Seventeen, here I come!
- The blogging break allowed me to find many good books that must be brought to your attention. I've also had some Writing Wednesday ideas festering in my head...

My less good news:

- I am now studying the famously time-consuming IB, meaning I may have considerably less free time. I love you guys and this blog, so I promise I will try my upmost to blog every friday/wednesday/monday I can. That said, workloads can be unpredictable and I may have to skip a few weeks. Don't hate me.

Goodbye, dear patient readers. Until next time. And don't forget to bookmark the Mortal Gods release date!

Sunday, 25 May 2014

THE A-WORD BLOG TOUR -- with special guest, author Joy Preble!

<-- click to see the other stops...

Today is the day -- the final day of Soho Press's THE A-WORD blog tour!

Ain't that cover gorgeous? Yes, I said "ain't". Just because I'm British doesn't mean I can't channel my inner Texan every once in awhile.

For those of you who don't know, THE A-WORD is the sequel to Joy Preble's THE SWEET DEAD LIFE: a super-fun novel on the middle grade/young adult borderline that tells the story of sassy 14-year-old Texas gal Jenna, her stoner angel brother Casey and the family mystery that surrounds them. Want to hear more? Of course you do.

Now, however, we are celebrating TSDL's new baby sister, THE A-WORD, and who better to help us do that than the angel herself, Joy Preble!

 Joy Preble is the author of the popular and highly acclaimed Dreaming Anastasia series as well as The Sweet Dead Life, the prequel to The A-Word. A former English teacher, Joy grew up in Chicago and is a graduate of Northwestern University. She is now a full-time writer and lives with her family in Texas, where she has learned to say "y'all" without any hint of irony.

Let's give her a warm welcome:

One of the best and most humbling things about being an author is getting to know my fans – both virtually on line or through emails as well as in person when I tour or go to conventions and conferences.
And Hannah, who is hosting this stop of THE A-WORD tour, has been one of the most awesome fans ever! I swear that everyone in the UK who has read my DREAMING ANASTASIA series has done so because Hannah has put it in their hands! And I have recently promised her that Emma and Charlie in the forthcoming IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS (Soho Press, 2016) as well as Leo and Max in next year’s FINDING PARIS (Balzer and Bray/Harper Collins, 4/21/15) will definitely please her as much as the Anne/Ethan romance in DREAMING and its sequels!
When you write romance, you really do hope that your readers find the characters as enticing as you do. That they’re going to root for them and hope for them and dream for them and angst over the complications that keep them from being together and rejoice when they finally find each other at last!
Anne and Ethan (and the above mentioned Emma and Charlie and Leo and Max) are bit more romantically traditional in this sense. They meet. Complications ensue. And we worry about whether they’ll get their HEA or how damaged they’ll be by the time they make it to that point. By the time Anne and Ethan are finally and really and truly together at the end of ANASTASIA FOREVER, a lot of loss has occurred. In Ethan’s case, he’s even partially lost his sight, which I think to some extent was my writer’s answer to his endless myopic blindness to the truth. And maybe an answer to those who said that I seemed to like Ethan’s blue eyes a bit too much! Hah!
For Jenna it’s a bit different, because the bigger, dramatic plot arcs belong to other characters. It’s Casey and Amber and Bo in THE A-WORD who are the angels with a mission to accomplish and discover. Jenna’s got a huge role in things, too, but it’s yet to come. (Which readers will either get to read or not. Right now we’ve planned only 2 books in this series. So if you want more Jenna and Ryan you guys are going to have to spread the word!)
But there is Jenna pursuing Ryan anyway and Ryan pursuing Jenna. I really wanted these two to have a totally sweet and very mutual love that developed while both of them were increasingly thrust into the larger mystery of Amber’s past and Casey’s yet-to-be-discovered purpose on earth and Bo’s craziness, plus the huge world-controlling cartel of evil.
So it was a true pleasure to write Ryan baking cupcakes and telling Jenna his life plans and Jenna – not the girliest of girls—pondering outfit choices and Homecoming mums and reacting to Ryan’s kisses. And also his cologne, which is a sweet and hopefully amusing running gag for the two of them.  (Let me interject here that if anyone who as ever as I have, taught 9th graders, totally knows their affection for copious amounts of cologne.)

Anyway, Hannah—and the rest of you! Enjoy THE A-WORD! Let me know what you think of this installment of Jenna’s journey. Let me know what you think of the Jenna/Ryan romance. Here’s to a good love story!

Oh, stop it y'all. I'm flattered.

So there you have it, folks! The DREAMING ANASTASIA trilogy, mentioned above, is home to my all-time favourite book character, the beautiful Ethan, and the series remains one of my absolute favourite stories of all time. The historical fic/YA/fantasy/romance lover in you can find a more in-depth praise post here. But for now, I hope you'll all support this lovely lady and treat yourselves to a hilarious paranormal mystery that somehow manages to be lighthearted and heart-warming at the same time. Let's hear it for THE A-WORD!

I'm the final stop on this blog tour, but you can find the entire ten days of fun here on the Soho Press website! Go say hi for me :)

Thanks for gracing Perfect Companions Have Pages and Prose with your presence, Ms. Preble. To the rest of you, I hope you'll allow THE SWEET DEAD LIFE and THE A-WORD to grace your shelves! 

Until next time! 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow -- The MORTAL GODS Cover Reveal!

Another day, another cave-in to the blogosphere, I know. But when I found out one of my very favourite authors, the lovely (and scary and awesome) Kendare Blake herself, was having a cover reveal for her newest book, how could I possibly not help?

MORTAL GODS (coming 14 October, this year)  is the next instalment in the THE GODDESS WAR trilogy, the first book of which is ANTIGODDESS. It is amazing and you should read it. Why, you ask? Click here and find out.

So, on to the cover reveal. MORTAL GODS is a book I've been impatiently awaiting since I finished Antigoddess, and since that happened approximately a week after its release . . . let's just say: I'm happy the long, torturous absence from Athena, Cassandra and Company will soon be over.

So, here is MORTAL GODS in all her beautiful, creepalicious glory!

Don't you just love the lightning? And Cassandra's hair? Speaking of whom, Kendare Blake has provided us with Cassandra's very thoughts are this precise moment:

"Aaand balls I've stumbled onto Olympus. This isn't good. Hope somebody helpful is coming up right behind me. This place does not look one bit welcoming. Thank god I braided my hair or there'd be some kind of static emergency."

Guys will roll their eyes, but you have no idea how irritating that is. Almost as annoying as when your hair sticks to your lip gloss.

Aaaaand here is the brilliantly badass Athena, on the new ANTIGODDESS paperback cover:

"Man, what is with these effing owls lately? That one in the tree looks totally pissed. Hey! Yeah, you! I can see you! I see you looking at me with your beady owl eyes! It must be the blood and the feathers. They think I've torn apart one of their brethren. Not so, jerks! These feathers are yours, and they're coming out of my bloody body! *sigh* I've got to get away from this lake. It's a bad place. And this G is totally trying to stab me in the back of the knee."

I love the colouring on that cover. Blue -- peaceful or haunting? Athena -- pensive or plotting? And did I mention how much I love her hair?

If you love me, you will go check this book out, at least. Have a read of my post linked to above ^, the Amazon page or go visit Ms Blake on her website, from which you can access her blog. If Kendare Blake sounds like your new favourite author (and why wouldn't she, when I know you love all things dark and dangerous as much as I do?), I heartily encourage you to also try Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares, the duology that invited itself into my soul, curled up and is still there. It is in my Top 5 stories of all time. Oh, yes. That is some high praise. All you up-and-coming authors have some serious shoes killer boots to fill.

Anyway, curiosity shall lead you here to Anna Dressed in Blood (which was my first ever Book Talk, so go easy on me, people; ugh, when I read it now...cringe) and here to the interview with Ms Blake, Anna vs. Terminator. Read it and fall in love -- but be warned: Cas is mine.

So now, I bid you farewell until May, for that is when the THE A-WORD by Joy Preble blog tour commences! Until then, my pretties! 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Extending Absence

At the simultaneously heart-pumpingly exciting and pants-wettingly terrifying reality that my exams are in THREE MONTHS, I am extending my absence until mid June--early July. It would not be an exaggeration for me to tell you I've missed this time of ranting and word vomit so much, my chest actually aches at the thought of it, so I hope you do know I'm genuinely lachrymose and sorry for taking this lengthy hiatus.

Thanks for understanding <3

Saturday, 7 December 2013

The Hunger Games: Why the World Became Obsessed With a Book about Teens Murdering Each Other

So I missed the blogosphere so much that I caved in and did a guest post for my friend Anya. If you are interested, link is here:

I miss you all! Don't forget about me!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :)

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

I Was Hoping it Wouldn't Have to Come to This...

If you're one of those wonderful people who follows my blog without actually knowing me in person (meaning you must actually like what I write! Wow! I'm flattered, truly I am.), let me fill you in regarding my crazy, hectic, stressful-at-the-moment life.

I have biiiiiiiig exams this year. Mocks in January, real things in May/June. Having received the finalised timetable for the mocks today, I've realised how little time to revise I have left. As it is most of my Christmas so-called "break" will consist of revision. So, while it brings me great sadness (it really does), I am going to have to suspend Perfect Companions Have Pages and Prose until February.

Yes, it's okay to cry.

I can't possibly tell you how sorry I am or how awful I feel that I'm taking a somewhat-unprofessional pause. But life happens. As I love to say, c'est la vie. And on the bright side, I will have loads of great content (I hope) when I return! So many wonderful books from Santa and writing topics to discuss (like how foreshadowing IS NOT a theme, thank you very much! Long story short, bad English teacher, who, thank the Lord above, has now been replaced with a fantastic English teacher who agrees with me that foreshadowing is a literary technique, not a theme. But that's another rant...) and songs to share with you and my delicious gingerbread recipe! We'll have so much fun!

So now, as my parting gift, I would like to tell you that:

Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.

Don't forget to keep Dancing Through Life:

And of course, have a very merry Christmas!

Lastly, what Christmas would be complete without a generous helping of Buble?

I'd just like to say that I appreciate every single one of you, and I will miss doing this blog. Think of me, revising my quadratic equations while you go Christmas shopping, and know that this was not what I wanted. But we don't always get what we want. Life, as Augustus Waters says, is not a wish-granting factory.

So long, fare well, take care of yourselves, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and see you all back in February! :)

Thursday, 21 November 2013

I'm sorry, but...

...there will be no Book Talk post tomorrow, because I am at the hospital. Worry not, I'm not going to die on you! This is, however, important and I wont get back home till late. Will be back next week my lovely lovely readers. Ciao x