Skulduggery Pleasant Resurrection by Derek Landy

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The skeleton detective is coming back to life… again! It’s the tenth, triumphant novel in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, and it will rearrange your world.

Skulduggery and Valkyrie are back in the tenth instalment in the bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series – an incredible and unexpected treat for the legions of fans around the world.

We can’t say much but we can say this: Skulduggery and Valkyrie are going to team up with beloved characters from the first 9 books as well as an all-new cast, including new teen co-star Omen Darkly, for an adventure that takes the story to truly global proportions… while answering questions that go right back to the beginning.

And Derek says this: “I was halfway through Last Stand of Dead Men, I think, when I realised that I had more stories to tell. I told myself that if Skulduggery and Valkyrie survived the series, I would leave the option open of returning to their world. There were still secrets I need to reveal, after all, and there were still horrors they had to face. They survived the first series. But they’re really going to wish they hadn’t.”

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Okay, so Skulduggery Pleasant Resurrection isn’t our favourite skeleton detective novel and we’re kind of okay with that?

To begin with we were a little disappointed when we finished the book because we’d hyped it up so much in our head and our expectations had become astronomical. We were thinking of magic and action and a damn good mystery. Derek delivered all of it, but there was just something off about the entire thing.

The novel starts just over five years after the events which led to Darquesse being sent to another world. Valkyrie is back from America with her dog Xena, but she’s not ready to be in the same place as the sister that she killed. She’s not ready to look her parents in the eye because she knows something they don’t…she knows a lot of things they don’t and those things are dark.

They’re dark and heavy.

We’ll be blunt. Valkyrie is depressed. She doesn’t want to be with Skulduggery. She doesn’t want to do the things she used to love doing and it weighed on us a little bit. Derek introduced us to a new, more cynical version of our beloved Irish heroine and we can barely cope with the fact that she doesn’t want to kick ass and save the world anymore.

She’s also, somehow, still the most magically inept person and that grates on us. Grates on us SO. VERY. MUCH.

But enough of Valkyrie Caine. A lot more happened in this book.

We got introduced to the brand new Roarhaven and Omen Darkly! One’s ruled by the magnificent China Sorrows and the other is the brother to a chosen one. Lol. Sidekick.

Roarhaven is thriving these days. China lives in a palace. She has a magical school. She has minions and wealth and money and Eliza Scorn across the road in a massive church that we bet China is just itching to destroy. Eliza bye.

Omen is a pretty cool kid and that’s something of a bone of contention bewteen Arbiter Pleasant and Arbiter Caine (Arbiter meaning independent operative/s who aren’t tied to one Sanctuary. So cool!)

Val doesn’t want another kid to be put in the danger she was put into because she doesn’t want someone having to lie and make the hard choices she did. It’s too much for someone so young even when the young person thinks it’s all just one big adventure. The reality hits them eventually.

But Omen, are little sidekick isn’t to be detained or withheld from what he wants. He likes that people notice him now and he likes not being looked at as the brother of the Chosen One when he is noticed. We can’t really blame him.

The whole plot was really fun. It had some really good twists. Scorned women rising from the dead to take revenge. Nutcases being controlled by said scorned women because what’s an major evil villain without little villains?

A NO ONE. THAT’S WHO.

Controlled nutcases causing panic and death and danger and mayhem and fun!

We’re smiling just thinking about it.

But dear god, did one of those villains annoy us. Every time he opened his fictional mouth we experienced pain. Italics and dots and more italics. It’s a miracle we managed to turn out sane by the end of everything.

Other things that also grated on us were a few pages near the start of Resurrection that had way too many capitals and fancy event names. We were confused and we were annoyed and Cassandra and Finbar are dead? What.

Someone better rescue us from the misery.

The whole, there is a remnant of Darquesse floating around Valkyrie that only she can talk to was brilliant! We genuinely thought she was a little crazy for a while, but she’s not and that’s good because we really want more Val and remnant conversations in the future. We want them like we want air…or food.

And that’s pretty much it.

Thanks for reading our review guys!

Arkon, Annie and a creator.

 

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The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

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For the first time in her life, Ginny Moon has found her “forever home”—a place where she’ll be safe and protected, with a family that will love and nurture her. It’s exactly the kind of home that all foster kids are hoping for. So why is this 14-year-old so desperate to get kidnapped by her abusive, drug-addict birth mother, Gloria, and return to a grim existence of hiding under the kitchen sink to avoid the authorities and her mother’s violent boyfriends?

While Ginny is pretty much your average teenager—she plays the flute in the school band, has weekly basketball practice and studies Robert Frost poems for English class—she is autistic. And so what’s important to Ginny includes starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, Michael Jackson, bacon-pineapple pizza and, most of all, getting back to Gloria so she can take care of her baby doll.

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Disclaimers: We received this book in the form of a physical ARC courtesy of the publisher (Park Row Books) This review may contain some things you consider to be spoilers. You have been warned.

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We Did The Beautiful Books Link-Up And Basically Interviewed Ourselves…

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The Beautiful Books linkup is hosted by the occasionally benevolent Queen Cait who sometimes spells name wrong and looks at it oddly. We guess that’s okay though because she is a Queen and has other important things to do like rule her nation and always include dragons in her work.

It is also hosted by Sky, who’s blog we’ve only checked out recently. However, we can happily say that we enjoy reading it and have taken the complimentary mint she offers. It was spearmint which is more than okay with us.

The point of the linkup is to highlight your WIP. We have chosen to highlight our NaNoWriMo book. You don’t have to.

Disclaimers: The questions you see below were not created by us, but rather the lovely hosts mentioned above. Cait is a big advocate 0f cake.

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Question. 1 : What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

So, essentially our novel was inspired by the fact that we’d been feeling stuck for a while and we started wondering what it’s like for children to lose imaginary friends.

Our mind then exploded with questions like; What’s the average age a child loses their imaginary friend? How do they cope? Wouldn’t it be cool if lampposts came alive and guided them to make friends in the world around them?

We can break it down to one quote by Albus Dumbledore. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

We’ve had the idea for roughly two months.

Question.2 : Describe what your book is about!

Our book is called The Lamppost Men. There’s a little boy named  who’s somewhere between the ages of seven and nine and is currently without a name. One day his imaginary friend who’s a stripy, colourful, floating bundle of joy and mischief disappears.

His parents are useless at offering any form of comfort because they’re parents and everyone knows adults are actually the most ineffective creatures in the world of children’s literature…

There’s a whole society of talking, walking and oh so magical lampposts who help children through troubling times.

We’re really struggling with not doodling or creating epic illustrations to create every sentence :/

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Question.3 : What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

Great question. Think Jim Kay’s illustrations for the new additions of Harry Potter.

Question. 4 : Introduce us to each of your characters!

Unnamed male child: This little boy who’s somewhere between seven and nine has deep red hair. He’s adorable and looks at the world in the most innocent/fascinating way.

Sam: He’s a lamppost. He’s made of metal. His face forms from fire and changes colour depending on his mood. He’s comforting and we love him.

Imaginary friend: Possibly pink or blue or orange….we’re really not sure, but she’s manic and has a thing for sugar.

Unnamed female child: She’s the knight in shining white fabric. She feels older than our UMC and loves to dance.

Question.5 : How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

  • We write a hundred little notes that get lost and make us tear our hair out because they’re on scraps of paper which really isn’t smart.
  • We inform our mother of every single detail until she’s bored to tears and doesn’t every want to hear from us again. We then proceed to do this repeatedly before even writing a single scene.
  • The actual writing happens in sporadic bursts when we simply can’t do anything else, but waste ink and kill trees. We don’t plan. That’s for people who know how to stick to guidelines and deadlines and stuff.
  • We devour Pinterest and make secret boards.

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Question.6 : What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

Becoming mega rich authors who everyone wants a piece of. Obviously.

But on a side, albeit less important note we’re really looking forward to diving into the wonder that the first few Harry Potter books possess before the staked get higher. Think the Narnia movies and the BFG which we regret to inform you is a film we still haven’t seen.

Question. 7 : List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

  1. There’s confetti.
  2. Playgrounds are common
  3. Things spontaneously catch fire…

Question. 8 : What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

Our character does not have a goal because he is a child and has better things to do such as eating far too much sugar, making a riot at bedtime and generally being amazing. The only thing that stands in his way are his shorter than average legs which is a product of ageism no doubt.

Question. 9 : How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

Our protagonist changes by growing taller. He also changes by coming to the realisation that peas are spherical demons created with the sole purpose of ruining his life. Other fundamental things may happen, but there’s no way we’re telling you. That would be spoiling.

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Question. 10 : What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

The strongest theme is, of course, friendship, but there are other themes like magic and stuff.

We want readers to feel happy in a disgustingly gushy way because children and lampposts and magic are the perfect ingredients for a voyage of discovery. Readers should also feel embarrassed that they are twenty four and crying tears of joy in a way that makes those with short legs, short attention spans and imaginary friends feel disgusted.

THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN. It was so enjoyable to dive into our as of this post being published unwritten novel. It’s inspired us to create something for you wonderful readers and to participate all you have to do is one thing. Ask us a question. It can be thought provoking. It can be funny. It can be almost anything really!

Thank you for reading! Please leave your question in the comments, let us know what we’ve divulged about The Lamppost Men in  and don’t forget to follow us on:

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Arkon, Annie and a creator.

 

 

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

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Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

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The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

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Disclaimers: There will definitely be spoilers for The Wrath & The Dawn. There may be some things you consider to spoilers for this book. You have been warned.

Why we chose it: If you read our review of The Wrath & The Dawn all our reasons are clear.

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To All The Books We Read Last Month

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Disclaimer: We are not working with or affiliated with any of the book purchasing companies we have left links to below. We have not been asked by the publishers to give you these links either. 

On July 03 2016 the creator of Arkon and Annie, the one behind our dual voice wrote the first post for this blog. It was title Hello! We didn’t think that after this post we would join NetGalley and end up being approved for a total of eleven books despite how fresh we were and still are to the book blogging world.

It was shocking and amazing and we’ve many publishers to thank, many viewers as well, but first…..To all the books we read last month, Thank You!

Even though we’ve had mixed reactions to some of them it was absolutely amazing having the opportunity to explore new worlds and characters. Some we loved. Some we didn’t. Some with were set in worlds of magic and angels. Others in settings on our Earth that were far more familiar, but still fiction to us.

It’s been a brilliant first month in the book blogging world, but enough with an introduction. Let’s dive into the books we read this month.


The first book we were approved for on NetGalley is Everything Love Is by Claire King. It’s a slow burn, but a novel filled with wonderful writing ans storytelling. You can find our review of it here . It’s a standalone novel published by Bloomsbury on July 28 2016 and we feel so lucky to have read and reviewed it before the publication date.

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Isn’t the cover just gorgeous? You’ll be able to find links to places where you can buy it in our review, but if you simply want to go straight ahead to them Everything Love Is can be purchased on AmazonBarnes and Noble or The Book Depository .You can also find it on Goodreads here to see what others thought.


The next book we got from NetGalley was We Awaken by Calista Lynne. Even though we didn’t really like it, it’s quite possible some of you will. You find our review of it here. It was published by Harmony Ink Press on July 14 2016.

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Once again another beautiful cover. This book can also be purchased on Amazon,  Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository. You can also find it on Goodreads here to see what others thought.


After only mentioning two books we can already tell this is going to be a long post to write and format and find links for. We’re not complaining though. We read more a nice amount of books this month. Who can complain about that?


The third book and one we were surprised to find we enjoyed is City of Shadows by Pippa DaCosta. It’s important to note that it’s the second book in the London Fae series so you’d obviously have to read the first book first…..something we didn’t do. However if you have read the first book or are simply curious as to what we thought you can find our review here.  The book was published by Bloomsbury Spark an imprint of Bloomsbury on July 07 2016.

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While we coulnd’t find this book on The Book Depository we found it on Amazon or Barnes of Noble.


Another book by Bloomsbury now and this one is The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles. We believe it’s his first book for young adults and it was a decent first venture. Now the book doesn’t actually come out until February 09 2017 so you can imagine how happy we are to have read it so early. Our review will be up on February 02 2017 so if you want to come back then…please do 🙂

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The people over at Bloomsbury make such wonderful covers don’t you think? You can pre-order the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository. You can also add it to your to-read shelf here.

Note: The publication date differs depending on the site.


We received The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras from St. Martin’s Press and while we had issues with it we have a review ready to be posted a week before the book’s publication on Novemeber 01 2016.
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You can pre-order this on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository and check out Goodreads.


The seventh book we received was Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith. We really liked the idea of a more modern book about angels set in a fantasy/dystopian world. Today is actually the book’s publication day and you can find our review of it here. It’s published by Switch Press who we’re going to have to have a closer look at. See what else they publish.

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You can buy this book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository. You can also check it out on Goodreads to see what other people are saying here.


This is the last book we got from Bloomsbury this month and it was another one that surprised us. Danielle Paige wasn’t an author who we thought we’d ever like after her Wizard of Oz inspired series, but we’re looking forward to more of her work and our review of Stealing Snow will be published a week before the book’s release on October 06 2016.

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You can pre-order the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository. And as we’ve said….six times before you can find out what people are saying on Goodreads here.


Holding Up The Universe is one of the best reads from this month..possibly in the top ten of the year and it’s likely that in the coming months it’ll still be up there. It was so much fun writing our review because it was full of emotion

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All lover of All The Bright Places go pre-order your copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository because you know how good Jennifer Niven is. Alternatively if you haven’t read All The Bright Places by this wonderful lady check out Holding Up The Universe on Goodreads here.


This book wasn’t what we hoped it would be. It ended up being more middle grade and for some reason we haven’t posted our review on here….whoops.

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If you want you can go buy it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository. Make sure to check out Goodreads though so you know what you’re in for.


We read only a few books this month not given to us by NetGalley and one of those is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. We’re not entirely sure of when it came out, but we’ve recently reviewed it and absolutely loved it.

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If you loved the Grisha trilogy or even just like the idea of this wonderful fantasy book then you can buy it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository. We highly recommend that you do.

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This book. This Savage Song was so utterly amazing. Emotions and monsters, V. E. Schwab is a wicked genius. We said here how her characters are the driving force and so there’s so many good things in her books

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Go buy her book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository. Also check Goodreads here to see what everyone thinks.!


PHEW! This was a fun post to write, but difficult because we wanted to provide multiple links for everything.We’re quite happy we’ve done it. We really enjoyed going back over what we read in July. We were actually surprised with the amount of books we read. It felt like far less.

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Arkon, Annie and a creator.