Showing posts with label Faber and Faber. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Faber and Faber. Show all posts

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Audiobook Review - The Murder Room

I'm surprised that this is the first review am writing for the new Pewter Wolf. As you know, from my Sit Crooked And Talk Straight post, the last few months have been a bit of a struggle so am trying to find a new medium of writing the blog and having fun with it, so am trying things out. The next few months are going to be very trial and error. 

But this is a book reviewing book, so I should write a few bookish things on here, right? Something to reflect my, hopefully, new change in direction. Something fun, light, hopefully in these dark times, something - *checks notes* - nope, let’s talk murders, shall we? 

  • Title And Author: The Murder Room by PD James
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Physical, eBook or Audiobook: Audiobook
  • Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: Bought
  • Length: 560 Pages or 12 Hours 39 Minutes
  • Buy From: Book Depository - Foyles - Waterstones - Audible UK

Commander Adam Dalgliesh knows of the Dupayne Museum in Hampstead. He took one of his friends there one Friday. He knows about niché museum’s commitment to preserve the history of the interwar years, including its sinister murder room. Now, he and his team are asked to investigate the murder of one of the trustees. Petrol was thrown on him and his car and set alight. With news that the this trustee was refusing to sign a new lease, meaning the museum would close, it now looks like his death was targeted. 

But what makes the murder more creepy is how similar it is to one of the murders in the Murder Room. A coincidence? Or is the killer using the Murder Room for inspiration and, if so, what murder are they going to do next…?

Friday, 4 January 2019

Laure Eve Starts the New Year On A Chiller

I am thrilled to welcome my first Guest Post for the Pewter Wolf in 2019: Laure Eve!

Laure Eve is the author behind the hugely popular The Graces of last year and now, the sequel to this The Curses is going to hit our shelves this month and, because of that, COVER CHANGES ARE IN ORDER!!!

Foe those of you who don't know The Graces, the story follows River, a girl who is, like everyone else in town, obsessed with the Graces, four siblings that attract the eye with their glamour and have the allure that they can weave magic. But is there more to them than they seem? Are they more dangerous than they led people to believe...

And with The Curses, it follows directly from the chilling events of The Graces. Told from Summer Grace point of view, the Graces want everything to go back to normal. But that doesn't look like that's going to happen. Wolf has mysteriously appeared in their lives, just as mysteriously as he disappeared and something is at work to destroy them all.

Definitely looks like these are something that fits perfectly with my Year of Blood and Magic, doesn't it not?!

Moving on from that, I am thrilled that Laure is gonna start the new year on the Pewter Wolf with a bit of a dark, chilly note so wrap up warm before you go on. While you grab your coats and scarves, I want to thank Laure for finding the time to write this and I want to thank Hannah at Faber for allowing me to be involving in this post!

Got your gloves on? No... ok, you grab them while I tell you to check Laure out via her website - or via her Twitter at @LaureEve. Ok, all wrapped up? ... good. Over to Laure to bring the chill...

Monday, 15 January 2018

Library Book Review - The Uncommon Reader

This is actually a reread (or a #re3, if you want what I call). I read this years ago when this first came out and I enjoyed it back then. So, when I started thinking about rereading (you can blame Radio 2 who has a thingy of "Alan Bennett" on the Steve Wright show in the afternoons - my old job had Radio 2 on ALL THE TIME!!!), it made me think of this and I went "Ok, maybe I should reread this." So, I requested this from my library and here we are!

When the corgis take the Queen to a travelling library that was just outside the kitchens of Buckingham Palace, she feels guilt and takes a book out. The book she picks wasn't to her liking, but she feels guilty and takes out another. This book is a huge success and it turns the Queen into a reader. Soon, the Queen is reading more and more and people around her become concerned about her...

This is, very much, a novella for readers. It's a gentle read which is very much an ode to books and libraries. There's not much I can say about this, but it is a gentle read which I hugely enjoyed.

There were one or two things that made me go "Huh" over but, as I read her over a month go (before Christmas Eve, FYI), I can't remember what they were.

But this is a gentle ode to readers and libraries. Not sure if I would read other Alan Bennett's as I heard that his humour is a little more in your face and I prefer this subtle humour.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Rebel of the Sands Book 3 Title Reveal!

As you guys know, I love Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton when I read it back in 2015 and I have been holding off reading Traitor to the Throne as am excited/scared it won't live up to my expectation/hope plus I want to read it quite close to the release of the third and final book in the series (but I sense I will be reading it in the next few months).

Anyway, a bunch of bloggers in the UK and the US are now revealing the title for the third and final book in the series. 3pm UK time, 10am US time approx. So, it's time to reveal the title. And a blurb for the book as well. WHY NOT!

Are you ready? Brace yourselves... here it comes...

Thursday, 14 July 2016

5 Questions with Emma Carroll

Today, I want to welcome Emma Carroll to blog! Emma is the author of books such as Frost Hollow Hall, The Snow Sister and her latest, Strange Star. Now, Emma will talk briefly about Strange Star below but if you like creepy stories, you might want to get your mitts on this. (plus, if you wanna read a tiny taster, you can pop over to Tales of Yesterday's blog and read an extract!)

To celebrate this book's release, Emma Carroll is here to answer 5 quick(ish) questions about Strange Star to wet your appetite!

So, before I throw you into the deep end of my hard (*snorts with laughter*) questions, I just want to say a quick thank you to Emma for taking time out to answer these questions and for Hannah at Faber for inviting me to take part in this "tour".

So, let's get started with our 5, shall we?

1. Can you give us a quick introduction to Strange Star and to the main characters?
'Strange Star' is a gothic tale inspired by 'Frankenstein' and the myths surrounding its conception. I've borrowed 'Frankenstein's' story-within-a-story structure: my outer narrative is from the POV of Felix, a black servant boy who has ambitions to become Lord Byron's valet. The inner voice is Lizzie's, whose tragic past has brought her all the way from Somerset to Switzerland in search of her sister.
2. Without spoiling too much, could you give us more about the "Strange Star" of the title?
Absolutely! It comes from a line of poetry written by Mary Shelley in 1821 in reference to her birth. As the daughter of two great intellectuals William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, there's a sense she was marked out for greatest from the start. In August 1797, a comet was visible in the sky over London. Despite advances in astronomy, many at the time still saw this as an omen of ill fortune. Sadly, Wollstonecraft died 11 days after giving birth so Mary never knew her mother personally, a grief that plagued her for much of her life. The circumstances of her birth and her incredible parentage had a huge impact on her.

3. As this is a historical fiction, how bound to the truth of what happened are you when you were writing? Did you make any changes to history that readers might notice and investigate?
I admit I've been quite creative with certain aspects of it! The comet, for instance, came from 1797, not 1816, but I loved the idea of it representing that tension between progress and superstition that pervaded much of the early C19th. As an author, I often tend to settle on a title early on - I was determined to call this book Strange Star... so the comet had to stay! There are lots of rumours surrounding that famous night at the Villa Diodati. Shelley herself wrote varied accounts of it throughout her life; Dr Polidori's offer another perspective. What I love about using history are the gaps left for your imagination to fill. That said, there are suggestions that the Shelleys attempted to adopt a child on their travels through Europe but that it somehow fell through. The details surrounding the publication of Frankenstein at the end of 'Strange Star' are also based on fact.

4. Speaking of historical, you replaced Dr Frankenstein with Francesca Stein. Was this an easy decision to make and did you have any ideas about writing this character before you started writing or did she take control of her own story?
A bit of both really. I always intended the scientist to be female because this ties in with Shelley's own frustrations at being a highly intelligent woman in a male-dominated world. It also, I hope, coveys the message that a story's genius/villain can be either gender - hence the assumption by most of Sweepfield that the scientist at Eden Court is male. Once I'd decided on Francesca Stein, she pretty much took off - she has all the grace and charm of someone of her class, yet uses this to manipulate others. Yes, she has motivations and ambitions of her own but she also has a rather shady past, which may or may not link to Felix's. 

5. Last question: can you talk to us about what you're working on next, or maybe a clue to wet our appetites?
A little taster? Oh go on then... the first draft isn't finished yet so I don't want to jinx things because it's bound to change but... *drum roll* it's called 'Letters From the Lighthouse'- another early title choice!- and is an evacuee story set in a strange Devon village during WW2.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Book Review - Rebel in the Sands

This is Faber's YA big hitter for 2016. They have been building up for this debut for over a year now. That is how sure they are that this book is going to be everything we readers want to read.

But will it live up to the buzz that has slowly been growing since early 2015?

Amani is desperate to escape Dustwalk. The desert is in her bones, more comfortable holding a gun in her hand and shooting straight, that escape is beyond a want. It's a need.

When a stranger with no name turns up at a shooting range and saves her life, she is given the chance to run. Run and not look back. She takes it. But the desert is full of dangers, blood and magic. Soon, Amani is going to find herself in the middle in the rebellion and discover something about herself that might change her from being the gun who taught herself how to fire a gun...

So, this book. My reactions? I really liked it. I think fans of Zoe Marriott, Garth Nix and Laini Taylor will enjoy this mashed-up Arabian Nights Western.

While this world, the dangers and characters were fantastical, they all felt grounded and rooted. There was an element of realness that I hugely liked and made me keep reading. Plus, the world building and character development was subtle and very clever, which is a good sign that these will continue to grow. over the trilogy.

There is a hint of a romance storyline, but this is very subtle and isn't overwhelming, which is refreshing. There are books out there that make the romance quite overpowering.

What was also refreshing about the book was the mythology. I can only think of one book that uses djinn, and that is an adult literary novel. Seeing it here was an interesting twist within in YA fantasy.

Because of everything that happened in my real, non-blog life (work, family, Bagheera, boyfriend, possible holiday planning, the What Makes Us Human tour, etc), I found the first half of reading this book a little tricky as I couldn't sit down long enough to get into the story. Because of this, at times, I was a little overwhelmed with the world and mythology being giving to us, but once I got to the halfway mark, I found my stride and became to speed through.

This might be everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed myself quite a bit and am very eager to read the next book in the series.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Rebel of the Sands Trailer

I'm currently reading this now (Hopefully, I will read this before the book's release. Stupid reading slump throwing me off my reading game for a month!), but when the lovely Hannah emailed to say they were going to release a book trailer for Alwyn Hamilton's Rebel of the Sands, I knew I had to show you guys.

So, with no further ado, TA-DAH!!!

Friday, 21 August 2015

Winterkill's New Covers!

I am quite excited to be one of the bloggers to reveal the new covers for the Winterkill trilogy, written by Kate A. Boorman (published by Faber and Faber). I must thank Hannah for including me in this reveal as I still HAVEN'T ready Winterkill as of yet. I am planning to read this in the winter months. It just screams "Read me with snow and hot chocolate!".

Anyway, let me reveal the new covers for the first 2 books in the trilogy, Winterkill and Darkthaw!

Like I said, these books scream winter, right? Both look cold and creepy and I just can't believe I haven't started this series yet as everyone I know who has started this trilogy is raving about it!

Also, Hannah at Faber has given us a sneaky peek over the third and final cover in the trilogy, Heartfire. Now, this is a sneak peek so this isn't finished. A lot can change from now till the book's release so treat this cover with caution.

I have to admit, these covers are divine! The designer and illustrator, Will Steele and Helen Crawford-White, did a wonderful job! Am really excited to read the book and find out whether the covers match the insides of the books. 

But what do you think? Do you like? Do you hate? Leave a comment down below, as I would love to know what you guys thinks! 

Friday, 7 August 2015

Rebel of the Sands - COVER REVEAL!

I am quite excited in being involved in this cover reveal. Faber is so excited over this book - this is gonna be their big book of next year! And after reading the first few chapters, I can't wait to read this!

So... are you ready to see the cover? Well... here it is!

Doesn't it look pretty? There's something evocative about the cover, and I have heard rumours that the gold will be foiled so the book will have that extra factor.

Also, the people at Faber have revealed a Gif to begin the hype of the book. But yes, I am very excited over this book and I can't wait to get my hands on this book next year!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Becoming The Character - Jeff Norton Talks Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie...

I am THRILLED to have Jeff Norton, author of the MetaWars series and the soon to be released Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie, take over the blog today! I would like to thank Jeff for finding the time to write this (if you look on his Twitter in the past few days, he's be Zombie-fied!) and for Hannah for setting this up! You guys rock!

Now, without further ado, let Jeff talk about "becoming the character"...

It’s a funny thing to become someone else.  Actors do it all the time. And in a way, in our day-to-day life, we morph and shape our behaviour to suit the situation, but I never expected, as a writer, to become someone else…let alone someone fictional.

‘Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie’ is the first book I’ve written in the first person, and the writing process required me to leave Jeff Norton behind and to become someone called Adam Meltzer, a twelve-year-old boy with OCD…who rises from the (very dirty) grave as a zombie.

Now, if you’re familiar with my previous books, you’ll know the MetaWars series are in the third person, and I shift perspective between characters as the story demands it. Those stories happen outside of me. I’m an observer, not a participant. It’s like the events happen right in front of me and my job - my solemn duty - is to document them in the most honest, truthful, but exciting way possible.  I’d say that my style on MetaWars is journalistic. I sometimes imagined I was shooting a documentary (set in the future) and I transcribed what I witnessed through the lens.

But writing in the first person is very different. Adam Meltzer grew from within me – he spoke through me - and I became the vessel for his voice.

And this book is all about Adam’s voice.  

I channel him from somewhere, I’m not even sure where (probably a combination of my own teenage life and a fabricated alternative reality), and his unique outlook on the world bubbles up from my head and my heart and surges into my hands where my fingers type his musing into my well worn Macbook Pro. It’s all internal to me until I hit the keys.

When I was Adam’s age, I used to think I’d become an actor. In fact, I remember very clearly in sixth grade, imagining what I’d be doing as an adult for a time machine project(which I still have!) and I drew an image of me cutting the ribbon of some future World’s Fair as a famous actor.  

I left those acting dreams to people far more talented in that demanding arena, but in a way, I’ve finally become an actor…as a writer. I’ve chosen to become someone else, to live someone else’s (after)life on the page to bring their story to life. And it’s an incredibly satisfying – and quite addictive - feeling to leave oneself behind and to become a character.

Now, does anyone know of a ribbon that needs cutting?

Jeff Norton’s ‘Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie’ publishes from Faber on 7th August. Jeff is on the web at and tweeting as @thejeffnorton.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Cover Reveal - Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie

Again, I am breaking my RSM silence. I know, I am REALLY BAD at this! But I was asked if I wanted to be part of the Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton and I jumped at it. I know - no will power!

Reason for this: when I was at the Faber's Blogger's Event earlier this year, Jeff read a tiny snippet from this book and everyone in the room was howling with laughter! It's one of those books I knew I needed to read soon - and I HATE zombie books (as you are probably aware!)

So, I have a cover to reveal and, with special thanks from Hannah at Faber, I have a tiny snippet to reveal to you! Also, if you want to read more snippets, a bunch of us are doing this so visit either (deep breath time!): Readaraptor, The Overflowing Library, YA Yeah Yeah, Big Book Little Book, Winged Reviews, Fluttering Butterflies, Luna's Little Library, Wondrous Reads, Books4Teens, We Sat Down, Choose YA, Day Dreamer's Thoughts, Cheezyfeet Books, Bookbabblers, Feeling Fictional, Book Zone and Much Loved Books.

That's right, 18 of us. We're not excited AT ALL!

Anyway, here's the cover and my titbit to get you guys excited!!! Enjoy!!!

1.       Of course, no one had thought to bury me with a set of house keys. When I finally made my way home, with the driest throat ever, I ding-donged the doorbell like I was trick-or-treating at my own house…and waited.

And waited.

It was a balmy Sunday morning. The gentiles were in church, Mom was in the back yard replanting her flowerbeds and Dad was probably on the fourteenth hole.

Ding Dong, I rang again.

Finally, the front door swung open and Mom just froze. She didn’t scream. She didn’t faint. She just stood there. I mean, she was probably expecting to be sold a box of girl guide cookies or sign a petition to put air bags in school buses, not to see her only son back from the dead – 100 per cent zombified.

Or, as I now like to say, zomtastic!

‘Adam, is…it…you?’ she stuttered, wiping the garden dirt on her jeans before reaching for a hug.

I put out my arms to hold her back. ‘oooh, Mom, maybe you should wash your hands properly,’ I said. But because my mouth was so dry, what came out was ‘Aaargh Uuurgh Ooooh.’

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Things That Scare April!

HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY!!! How are we so far? Any pranks happen to you? Remember that it will only last the morning so hang on in there!

This is no prank, however. I am thrilled to be part of the Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea blog tour (thank you Hannah for including me!). Today, I shall be handing it over to April G. Tucholke, author of the book in question as she reveals the ten things that scare the heck out of her! I must thank April for revealing these to me and now, without any further ado, I shall hand you over to April!

(PS - before I go, I was going to add a pic of one of the scares, but I won't. That would be cruel. I have my moments, but I'm not a monster!)

Top Ten Things That Scare The Hell Out Of Me:

1. The coyotes I hear howling at night.

2. Abandoned houses.

3. Clowns. (Thanks, Stephen King’s It!)

4. Leeches.

5. Heights.

6. Swimming in the ocean.

7. Getting lost in a cave like Tom Sawyer

8. The concept of a “rat horde.”

9. Rustling cornfields at night.

10. Being (falsely) accused of murder.

Friday, 14 March 2014

GoodRead - Squishy McFluffy

Another day, another review... well, it's for younger children who are learning to read by themselves so this is perfect.

When Ava discovers an invisible cat in her vegetable plot, little does she or her family realise that this little cat can cause a lot of trouble and naughtiness.

Of course, I was going to read this. Of course I was. IT HAS AN INVISIBLE CAT!

And I really liked this. Written in rhyming verse by Pip Jones and with pretty illustrations by Ella Okstad, young children who will have this being read to them will laugh out loud at Squishy's adventures but when they read it to themselves, they will feel smart.

Either way, they will be excited to read what Ava and Squishy do next in the second book in the series, Supermarket Sweep. And so will I.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

GoodRead - Hog In The Fog

It's rare for me to review picture books. I know that's a weird thing to say but it is VERY rare. But when at the Faber Bloggers Event earlier in the year, Faber revealed their picture books throughout the year (only four), everyone in the room went nuts over them. So, when the lovely Hannah from Faber asked if I wanted to review them, I jumped at the chance! 

This will be a mini-review, so I hope everyone doesn't mind this isn't a full blown review!

This is the story of Candy Stripe Lil, and her friend, Harry the Hog, who lives over the hill. One foggy day, Lil is expecting Harry over for tea but when he doesn't arrive, Lil goes in search for him... 

There is something about this story that reminds me of The Gruffalo. I can't put my finger of what it is, but there is something that instantly made me smile as the story kept going. And the illustrations are wonderful! I love how Eunyoung Seo drew the fog and the creatures. 

I think little ones will love this. If it's not the illustrations enthralled your little ones, the rhyming will! 

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Faber & Faber Blogger's Event

Yesterday, a bunch of bloggers and myself were kindly invited to Faber and Faber's Bloggers Event for their Children's and YA range for the next few months. And it's a good'un. I swear, there is a nice mix of EVERYTHING so they will be something you guys will LOVE!

So, everyone at Faber (especially Hannah for the PowerPoint mishap - we don't speak of that!), thank you for setting this up and giving us something to drool over, whether it be a picture book, "younger fiction" (or Middle Grade, if you're a US reader) or YA. To the authors - Jeff Norton and Natasha Farrant - who were there and read from their books, thank you for making us swoon or laugh madly (sorry about that dirty cackle. That was me!). To all you book bloggers I chatted to, SO GREAT TO SEE YOU!!!

So, my lovelies, who wants to see the pretties? Well, I shall do Picture Books and Younger Fiction first and YA at the end. So, here we go...

Picture Books & Younger Fiction
Faber has announced that, every year, they will be publishing four picture books within the year (so one per season). The titles of these for this year are Harry And Lil: The Tale of the Hog In The Fog by Julia Copus, Macavity: The Mystery Cat by T.S. Eliot, Dinosaur Rhyme Time and Snow (sadly, with these last two, I didn't note down the authors). And I want to read ALL FOUR OF THESE! I know this is more a YA book blogger, but each of these sound wonderful for your little ones and will be instant classics!

Another younger book I think you guys will LOVE is - wait for it, the title is AWESOME BEYOND WORDS (I have my reasons!) - SQUISHY McFLUFF! This follows Asa who, one day, discovers an imaginary/invisible cat in the cabbage patch and they become instant best friends. I'm sorry, but an imaginary/invisible cat! I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE! This book will be perfect for kids who are learning to read by themselves and perfect for reading out loud.

Archie Green and the Magician's Secret by D.D. Everest has got a ton of buzz worldwide, with people saying this could rival Harry Potter. On his birthday, Archie Green receives a mysterious book. Because of this, Archie has to go to Oxford, meet a family he has never met before and enter the world of Book People - a community devoted to finding and preserving magical books. This book, by the sounds of it, will make libraries and librarians magical...

In August, a new series should be launched. The first book in the Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombies series by Jeff Norton should be released. Adam Meltzer is a zombie with a possible early onset of OCD. But this isn't a book of OCD. Oh no! This book is ACTUALLY FUNNY! Jeff was at the event and read the prologue and a bit of chapter one and everyone in the room was in fits of laughter. I can't wait to get my hands on these!

And now, YA! And we have some good ones, with one I am VERY excited to read!

Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman sounds like a meet of Blood Red Road and The Village. And sadly, I have NO IDEA what I wrote about this in my notepad expect that it will be a trilogy, so I shall move on...

If you're a fan of Butter by Erin Lange, her second book is coming out next month which is Dead Ends. This is a coming of age story between two teens who slowly become friends. So, this might be perfect for you John Green fans! And we had news about the Erin Lange and I'm not sure if I am allow to say it or not so will stay quiet... For now...

And now, the book I am the most excited over. Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke. I heard about this a while ago on YouTube and, since then, I have been very excited to read this, so the fact that Faber is going to publish this in the UK makes me very happy. Nothing much happens in Violet's life... until the mysterious River comes along. When he stays in the seaside town, strange and creepy things begin to happen. Slowly, Violet begins to ask herself a scary thought: is River actually the Devil? That's right, The Devil!

I could go on with all the exciting books, but I am going to stop here. What do you think about these picks? Any that tickle your fancy?