Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Books released today [2]: August 7th 2012

My today's picks are: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas,  Glitch by Heather Anastasiu and Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake. They're all on my TBR list and I heard Throne of Glass is a very good book. Did you read any of these book or would you like to add them to your library?

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
by Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads presentation:
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

You can purchase the book here: The Book Depository
Author's website: Sarah J. Maas

Glitch (Glitch #1)
by Heather Anastasiu

Goodreads presentation:
In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

You can purchase the book here: The Book Depository
Author's website: Heather Anastasiu

Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2)
by Kendare Blake

Goodreads presentation:
It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on. 
His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live--not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.
Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.
Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.

You can purchase the book here: The Book Depository
Author's website: Kendare Blake

Have a lovely Tuesday and enjoy watching the Olympics!

Ana @ Enchanted Letters

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Sunday Post [2]

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

- Got a job as a Data Analyst: experience and money (yay!) but less time for reading (nay!)
- I started reading 'Shadow and Bone' this week and I will post my first review as soon as I finish reading the book.

Book Haul
This week I got 3 books in mailbox, some book swag and some e-books as well. I will feature all of them below!

Shadow and Bone 

Author: Leigh Bardugo 
Goodreads summary:

Alina Starkov doesn’t expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, the one thing she could rely on was her best friend and fellow refugee, Mal. And lately not even that seems certain. Drafted into the army of their war-torn homeland, they’re sent on a dangerous mission into the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh.

When their convoy is attacked, all seems lost until Alina reveals a dormant power that not even she knew existed. Ripped from everything she knows, she is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. He believes she is the answer the people have been waiting for: the one person with the power to destroy the Fold.

Swept up in a world of luxury and illusion, envied as the Darkling’s favorite, Alina struggles to fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But as the threat to the kingdom mounts, Alina uncovers a secret that sets her on a collision course with the most powerful forces in the kingdom. Now only her past can save her . . . and only she can save the future.

 You can buy the book here: Shadow and Bone
Author's website: Leigh Bardugo
Won this book on Celise's blog: Incandescent Enchantments

My beginning

Author: Melissa Kline

"Kline has woven a rich tapestry of romance, science fiction, and adventure. Ivory's journey through an Orwellian post-apocalypse grabs hold of you and never lets go." -Terry Matalas, television writer -- FOX's "TERRA NOVA" 
"My Beginning" is told through the eyes of Ivory, a 16-year-old girl who has lived her entire life within the walls of an institution. The institution is one of many supposedly set up to protect those within from a worldwide plague. She and all of the other surviving children live a strict, mundane life full of tasks and responsibilities--forbidden to go outside, congregate or even look at the opposite sex. Despite the uncompromising atmosphere, Ivory manages to pique the interest of the only boy who did not grow up in the institution, creating a love affair neither of them expected. Multiple secret meetings take a turn for the worse when they are caught and severely punished, but through unexpected circumstances they find themselves on the outside. There is a lot more to the world than they could have ever imagined when they learn of a war and lifelike machines that threaten humankind. Ivory faces many unexpected challenges, and, ultimately, it is up to her to save Aidan and the world she has grown to love. (YA Fiction: science fiction, for ages 15 and up) 
""My Beginning" offers up familiar subject matter yet refreshingly showcases it from a seldom seen perspective. By setting the angst and torture of a teenage coming of age story against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic plague-ravaged society the reader gets to experience a world they've become accustomed to through the astonished eyes of Ivory, the story's protagonist. When you take Ivory's strong yet vulnerable character, throw in a shadowy corporatist boogey-man and his army of 'the machines' you end up with Cinderella meets Blade Runner. Kline's descriptive and lush writing style, reminiscent of Richard Matheson and early Stephen King paints a visually rich world with vibrant characters that keeps you turning pages till there's no more left to turn." - Sean Bishop, Dreamworks feature Animation

You can buy the book here: My beginning
Author's website: Melissa Kline
I love the cover of this book and the author signed it for me!
Won this book on Darlene's blog: Darlene's Book Nook
Darlene's Book Nook

The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists

Ann Vandermeer (Editor), Jeff Vandermeer (Editor)
A spectacular illustrated steampunk anthology with works from some of the most renowned and bestselling writers and artists in speculative and graphic fiction, including Mike Mignola, Alan Moore, Garth Nix, Naomi Novik, Cherie Priest, Lev Grossman, and China Miville

You can buy the book here: Amazon
Won this book here: Paranormal Haven

Ebook Haul

 Book swag

Special thanks to Fayth Devlin and Paranormal Haven blog for the wonderful book swag I received this week!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday [1]

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://vogue-pentopaper.blogspot.com) somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!
Shatter me
by Tahereh Mafi

Goodreads summary

Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. 

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

Author's website: Tahereh Mafi
Purchase the book here: The Book Depository

I would like to read this novel because I read about it on so many blogs, it sounds original and I like the book presentation very much. I am sure it's going to be a very interesting read that I'll enjoy! Did you read "Shatter me" by Tahereh Mafi or do you plan to read it in the future? If you've read it I would love to hear your opinion about it!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Books released today [1]: July 17th 2012

The Unquiet
by Jeannine Garsee

Published July 17th 2012
Goodreads: The Unquiet
Author's website: Jeannine Garsee
Purchase the book here: The Book Depository

Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother. 

After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home, undaunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom. At school, her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists. 

With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of?

Annaliese? Or herself?

A World Away
by Nancy Grossman

Published: July 17th 2012 

Goodreads: A World Away
Author's website: Nancy Grossman
Purchase the book here: The Book Depository

Summary from Goodreads:
A summer of firsts 
Sixteen-year-old Eliza Miller has never made a phone call, never tried on a pair of jeans, never sat in a darkened theater waiting for a movie to start. She's never even talked to someone her age who isn't Amish, like her. 
A summer of good-byes 
When she leaves her close-knit family to spend the summer as a nanny in suburban Chicago, a part of her can't wait to leave behind everything she knows. She can't imagine the secrets she will uncover, the friends she will make, the surprises and temptations of a way of life so different from her own. 
A summer of impossible choice 
Every minute Eliza spends with her new friend Josh feels as good as listening to music for the first time, and she wonders whether there might be a place for her in his world. But as summer wanes, she misses the people she has left behind, and the plain life she once took for granted. Eliza will have to decide for herself where she belongs. Whichever choice she makes, she knows she will lose someone she loves.

On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel
by Nancy Holder

Published July 17th 2012
Author's website: Nancy Holder
Purchase the book here: The Book Depository

Summary from Goodreads:
Based on the hit MTV series Teen Wolf—a teenage boy’s life changes forever after he’s bitten by a werewolf. Scott was just a regular guy until one bite changed his life. Now he struggles to understand who he is and what he might become. Is he more wolf than human—or is it the other way around? Whichever it is, it’s not going to be easy. Scott tries to control his urges, but mostly he’s scared that it’s his urges that could end up controlling him.     On Fire is the story of what happens when you to walk the line between what you want and what you can’t help from wanting. Will the bite end up being a gift? Or will it be a curse? And what will it all mean for Scott’s relationship with Allison—the girl he can’t get enough of? Only time will tell if he should embrace his newfound powers, or if he should fear them.

Have a nice Tuesday! 

Ana @ Enchanted Letters

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Book Stickers

Hello there book lovers! There is a website called GetGlue where you can check-in and get book stickers. Once you reach 20 stickers you can get REAL copies of your stickers for free by filling in a form. I only got a batch of stickers because they tend to skip international requests but if you live in U.S.A you have high chances of getting your stickers. Have fun checking-in!

Website: Get Glue
Find more about book stickers here: Book Stickers

The Sunday Post [1]

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Book Haul
This week I bought two books: Anna with green eyes by author Modignani Sveva Casati and Jane Eyre by author Charlotte Brontë. I also won some e-books from book blogs contests but I will feature those soon in another post.

Anna with green eyes 

Author: Modignani Sveva Casati 
 Publisher: Nemira 

The novel starts with a cold January morning in Milan, in the 80's, at Cesare Boldrani's funeral, one of the most powerful and influential people of the time, where all eyes are on Anna, the only daughter of the great industrialist and sole heiress. Suddenly in charge of the huge Boldrani empire, Anna must face not only her own past, but also the past of her father. A fascinating journey through time, in which passionate love stories interwoven with mysterious events and existential dramas. An intense story, loaded with suggestions and symbols, in the unique and compelling style of Sveva Casati Modignani. 

 You can buy the book here: Anna cu ochii verzi

Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Brontë
Publisher: Adevarul shop

You can buy the book here (in Romanian): Jane Eyre 
or here (in English): Jane Eyre

My first book swag!!!

Many thanks to Jessica E. Subject, author of "The Zurian Child", who sent me this beautiful swag, a signed book cover postcard and a magnet:

Her website: Jessica E. Subject

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