Paperback'd Reviews
A young adult literature review blog

July 24 2014, 05:10 PM

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mishawinsexster:

Book Cover Tropes

July 24 2014, 02:07 PM

July 24 2014, 12:29 AM

Waiting on Wednesday: Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally. Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: August 5th 2014
Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

Waiting on Wednesday: Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally. Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication date: August 5th 2014

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

July 23 2014, 08:25 PM

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Legend. Prodigy. Champion.

July 23 2014, 02:50 PM

steviecass:

Twin pieces of Madrigal and Karou from DOSAB Trilogy, drawn one behind the other. I might have enjoyed the whole reading experience.

July 22 2014, 11:45 PM

Book review: The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2) by Patrick Ness

I was lucky enough to attend a YALC panel featuring Patrick Ness last weekend, and his excellent defence of dystopian fiction reawakened my enthusiasm for the genre.  Ness argued that no two dystopias are the same, because each author and reader brings their own unique interpretation to the table.  The Chaos Walking trilogy certainly does what all good dystopias should do - Ness delivers a biting social commentary and invites the reader to question the possible causes and solutions to New World’s problems.

The Chaos Walking trilogy is set in a distant future, on a new planet colonised by a small group of human settlers.  On this planet, men’s thoughts are projected out into the world as ‘Noise’, while women remain unaffected.  Difference is the main cause of strife in Ness’ dystopia - the differences between men and women, humans and the native Spackle, citizens from one town and the next, the original settlers of New World and the new.  In his exploration of the tension between men and women as a result of the Noise, Ness provides a fantastic insight into gender bias and its impact on society.  Through the Spackle, Ness also explores racial discrimination and the impact of colonialism on indigenous peoples.

The Ask and the Answer, while slower and less shocking than its predecessor, is a thought-provoking and exceptionally well-written addition to the series, building on the concepts established in The Knife of Never Letting Go and taking the story in an interesting direction.  I’m sometimes wary when an author introduces a new perspective partway through a series, but I was pleased by the inclusion of Viola Eade’s point-of-view.  The dual perspectives of Todd and Viola are distinct from one another, and offered a necessary insight into the different factions fighting for power in New Prentisstown.

I recommend this series to anyone who feels tired of dystopian young adult fiction - I can guarantee it’s like nothing you’ve read before.  I’m a huge fan of Patrick Ness, and I can’t wait to read the conclusion to this thrilling and original series.

Publisher: Walker Books
Rating: 5 stars | ★★★★★
Review cross-posted to Goodreads

Read my review of the first book in the series here.

Buy on Amazon: US | UK

July 22 2014, 04:58 PM

2personbookclub:

Amazing Books, Pittsburgh, PA. 

2personbookclub:

Amazing Books, Pittsburgh, PA. 

July 21 2014, 01:42 PM

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thehpalliance:

"… and to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end."

Here’s to book seven. Here’s to the years of anticipation before it and the years of discussion in its wake. Here’s to the boy who lived and how he changed everything.

And here’s to you, if you know that “the very end” isn’t happening anytime soon.

We are book eight.

July 21 2014, 01:26 PM

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U.K.'s first Young Adult Literature Convention a hit 

July 21 2014, 01:25 AM

Weekly YA Spotlight: A selection of the most anticipated new YA novels released this week (20/07 - 26/07)

Extraction (Extraction #1) by Stephanie Diaz  ✤ July 22nd

Dissonance (Dissonance #1) by Erica O’Rourke ✤ July 22nd

The Fire Wish (The Jinni Wars #1) by Amber Lough ✤ July 22nd

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly #3) by Susan Dennard ✤ July 22nd

Like No Other by Una LaMarche ✤ July 24th

Endless (Shadowlands #3) by Kate Brian ✤ July 22nd

Check out the rest of this month’s new YA releases here!