Just a quick word from Rob and Kate: with work commitments during the week and also planning our wedding in November, we’ve decided to take a break from the weekly podcast. We may well pop back if something catches our eye but for the moment we expect the podcast to return in 2019.
We’ll still be talking about books on Twitter and Goodreads and posting some blogs here on Adventures With Words.
A big thank you to all our listeners and we’ll be back soon!
Rob and Kate
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.
But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate. Continue reading “Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend”
Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?
Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.
Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.
But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?
Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . . Continue reading “The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James”
The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.
Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.
And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming. Continue reading “Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller”
We’ve been taking a bit of a break from the podcast but we’re happy to say that not only will it be back next but we’ve also decided to return to its original weekly format!
We’re both looking forward to sharing what we’ve been reading, the latest book news and what we’re looking forward to reading with you all once more!
– Rob and Kate
In Frogkisser! Garth Nix returns with his very own modern fairy tale, starring Princess Anya, who, with her loyal dog, must embark on a terribly important (capital Q) Quest to acquire the ingredients for a reversal lip balm, the vital item needed to change a frog back to a prince . . . oh, and save her kingdom from her villainous step(step)father. Continue reading “Review: Frogkisser! by Garth Nix”
Sebastien de Castell make his YA debut with Spellslinger, published in the UK by Hot Key Books. Spellslinger, as de Castell mentions on the book’s Goodreads page, is the first in a planned six-part series. Existing fans will be pleased to hear it takes place in the same universe as his Greatcoats series, but in another part of that world, in a place that felt – to me – a bit like a combination of the very masculine Wild West and Classical or Middle Eastern magical mythology. Kellen, our main character, seems destined not to succeed as a powerful mage like his father, while his friends gain their magic and pass trials around him. However, he discovers something more sinister is afoot, and eventually uncovers a conspiracy that could destroy his family and homeland. Continue reading “Review: Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell”
As the UK has a Bank Holiday weekend for May Day, Kate and Rob have been using the time to sort out their bookshelves, and they’re also looking forward to hearing the winners at the British Book Awards (or ‘Nibbles’) on Monday 8 May. Continue reading “Podcast: Sorting the Bookshelves and the British Book Awards”
This week, Kate chats to author Ayisha Malik, author of Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged and The Other Half of Happiness, about her novels, characters, inspirations, and what she’s writing next.
Continue reading “Podcast: Ayisha Malik talks about Sofia Khan and The Other Half of Happiness”
Occasionally there are books that garner an extraordinary level of hype in the book community and then deliver on that hype, one hundred percent. The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas’ debut novel, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, is one of those rare cases. The book was published a little while ago in the US and has just hit the shelves of bookshops all over the UK. I was very lucky to be given an early proof copy and I gasped, laughed and cried through this brilliantly-written story of discrimination, family, determination and personal resilience. Continue reading “Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas”
This week, Rob and Kate discuss the new film adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker winning novel The Sense of an Ending, as well as talking about what they thought of the book itself.
Continue reading “Podcast: The Sense of an Ending”
Rob and Kate are back from their podcast break. For their first episode back, they’re updating on what they’ve been up to while they’ve been away. Continue reading “Podcast: We’re back! Bookpost, blogger showcases and more”
On Monday 20 February, Kate and Rob went along to the William Heinemann Hutchinson Windmill 2017 Fiction Showcase to hear from some great authors about their new books… Continue reading “Heinemann Hutchinson Windmill 2017 Fiction Showcase”
On Saturday 18 February, Kate joined lots of lovely bloggers, the Stripes YA team and some fantastic guests for a YA showcase, to hear about some of their wonderful upcoming books for 2017… Continue reading “Stripes YA Showcase”
Happy publication day to The Scarecrow Queen, the final installment in Melinda Salisbury’s fantastic trilogy which began with The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I loved – devoured? – that book and the follow-up, The Sleeping Prince, in a few days and I’ve been waiting to read The Scarecrow Queen ever since. It doesn’t disappoint; you’re in for as many twists, turns and moments of sorcery, and as much blood and lust as you could possibly wish for. As part of the blog tour, Mel and bloggers are creating vision boards illustrating various characters from the series, including their appearance, characteristics, personality and their important themes, and writing about the other’s presentation. I’m thrilled to present to you… Twylla. Continue reading “The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury – blog tour!”