Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

I haven't done a Waiting on Wednesday in a while but, inspired by some lovely promotional book post from the publisher, I've decided to write one today for one of my anticipated 2017 releases.

A weekly feature created at Breaking the Spine, Waiting on Wednesday features upcoming releases that bloggers are excited about.  You can find out more here.

Strange the Dreamer is the story of: 

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

While I will admit that I've only read Daughter of Smoke and Bone at this point in time, I absolutely loved it. I will finish the trilogy one day, but for now I'm utterly excited to see what Strange the Dreamer has in store for us all.

Hodder sent out these wonderful blogger packs last week as the proofs were sent to print, and I thought I'd just highlight the lovely little teasers.

Postcard: Welcome to Weep, it states on the front. What does this mean and who is the girl the excerpt describes?

Blood Candy: Described as 'the elixir of life', what is its purpose in the story, and who uses it?

Spirit of Librarian: Whose spirit is trapped and for what purpose?

Moth Tattoo: Are the months symbolic, or do they have a larger role to play?

These are just some of the questions this blogger pack has conjoured regarding Strange the Dreamer, and I honestly can't wait to see what all the answers - and further questions! - are. Thanks Hodder!

Are you excited for Strange the Dreamer? Do you have your own Waiting on Wednesday post? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

Monday, 14 November 2016

Books On Tour - London

This past week I had the pleasure of taking a trip to London for three days; my own little creative break. While there I had some great bookish experiences which I thought to share with you all in the first Books On Tour post in quite a while.

Firstly, I took a wonderful trip to Foyles on Charring Cross Road for the first time ever, and it was utterly exquisite!

Foyles' Atrium at Charring Cross Road mega-store

They have a wonderful glass atrium spanning upwards in the centre of the the shop, surrounded by six floors of books (Including Lower Ground) and a cafe! The YA section itself is phenomenal, and I'm not ashamed to say that I came away with six books and two adorable knitted dinosaurs (One for Mel Salisbury who I was meeting later that day).

I treated myself to Hunter by Mercedes Lackey which sounded amazing, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh which I'd heard loads about, and a signed copy of Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige because I'd loved it so much. I also got a copy of And a Happy New Year by Holly Bourne which was also signed, and two copies of Dash and Lily (12 Days of - also signed), one of which was for a friend. I'd been wanting both for quite a long while.

I was also pleased to finally see the Cursed Child theatre!

I then headed to Forbidden Planet on Shaftsbury Avenue where - among comics and geekery - they had even more signed books! I acquiesced to four more; two again for my friends in the forms of signed Revenger (Alastair Reynolds) and signed Goldenhand (Garth Nix). I also treated myself to Newt's Emerald (Garth Nix) and Angels of Music (Kim Newman); both also signed. I'd heard loads of good things about Newt's Emerald, and the lovely Alisha at realitysabore recommended 'Angels' to me, as I'm a huge Phantom fan.

In London less than five hours...

After that it was time for me to watch one of the West End's most iconic book adaptations in The Phantom of the Opera, starring Ben Forster and Celinde Schoenmaker. It was incredible and a full review will be posted soon, but best of all I got to meet up with the amazing Melinda Salisbury, who was - as always - incredibly sweet and lovely (Read: Devil spawn 😉)

Day 2 proved slightly less eventful due to illness, but I still - amongst other stores and another fabulous musical - made a trip to Trafalgar Square and the hidden away Waterstones there. Two more books were lovingly purchased; a copy of The Diabolic by S J Kincaid that I was surprised to find but  had honestly been pining for, and a self-confidence journal that I felt was sorely needed for my current mental wellbeing.

Waterstones - Trafalgar Square

Day 3 provided one final bookshop; this time Waterstones Piccadilly, which was utterly beautiful. Along with The Victoria Letters for my mum who had been recently watching the show, I also picked up a copy of The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, as I'd been meaning to start the series ever since I'd read the wonderful Flamecaster.

So those were my bookish adventures in London. I do hope you enjoyed reading.

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