In which we attend the Song Rising Launch Party

Song Rising Launch

Group photo was shamelessly stolen from Bloomsbury. I managed to crouch without flashing anyone, which is a victory in and of itself. Well done, Elou – you almost look graceful. Almost. Careful, people might think you’re sophisticated if you keep this up.

 

Greetings and salutations. How are we? I’m grand, I hope you’re grand.

A few months ago, I was invited to Samantha Shannon’s launch party for The Song Rising (which I have reviewed here, you should buy it) as part of Bloomsbury’s advocate scheme, and on March 7th, I had the pleasure of actually attending! The party was hosted in Edinburgh, at a fab venue called The Caves, and I am now desperate to use it as a photo shoot location. Even the bathroom was fabulous. I’d never been to Edinburgh before so I was incredibly excited to be exploring somewhere new (unfortunately, I chose completely the wrong footwear and at the time of writing, March 8th, my ankle is dying). I have a mighty need to go there again.

IMG_4713Thanks must go to the wonderful Jen, who not only came with me but let me stay in her pad (which I am horrendously jealous of and want for myself) and sleep on her bed which may as well be a cloud (I also want that). She also put up with my whining about my feet, the woman is a wonder. Thank you to Bloomsbury for choosing Edinburgh, we couldn’t have met up without you!

Anyway, onwards. After a quick meal at Wetherspoons (good ol’ Spoons), we wandered the winding streets of Edinburgh until we reached The Caves. With just that short walk, I fell a little bit in love with the city, it is one of those cities which looks like something that some extremely talented fantasy author dreamed up like somewhere trapped between several different times and yet is quite happy with its predicament. Edinburgh has such character.

The venue suited the book so well, I fell in love with it. It was a pretty chill affair, which I really liked and I think everyone got the chance to chat with Samantha. They’d laid out temporary tattoos as you entered, encouraging everyone to join the revolution, which I did with vigour (a banner hung on the wall which echoed the sentiment in a gloriously authentic-looking way). The whole set-up was incredibly inspiring, so thank you to all at Bloomsbury who organised it – top shindig, very well done.

Being the little photo-monkey that I am, I obviously took my camera, so it is without further ado that I present the best selection of images I took during the night (the light was beautiful in person but harder to work with photographically, so I hope I did it justice – it doesn’t happen often but I adore the grain in these).

I hope you enjoyed this little look into the launch party, there will be more Bone Season related goodness from me soon. I am currently in the planning stages of another Bone Season inspired photo shoot – you’re going to love it.

If you’ve never read the series, I urge you to give it a go and let me know what you think!

Until next time, bloglings!

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Bone Season Giveaway Winners!

Hi, all! How are we?

I am delighted to announce the winners of my first giveaway! Thank you so much to everyone who entered, I hope you manage to get your hands on the book even if you weren’t successful this time around.

So without further ado, the winners are:

Jessica (@askewcrow) and Justin (@Justin_1889)!

I really hope you both enjoy your books, I would love to know what you think once you’ve read it. (An email is pinging your way now so that I can gather your delivery addresses.)

I hope to do some more giveaways on here in the near future, so watch this space. :)

Happy reading!

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Review: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

28260402Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilizing the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it . . .

31451267PLEASE NOTE This book is the third in a series, if you have not read The Bone Season or The Mime Order, please, please, please read them first. This post may contain unavoidable spoilers for the first two books. However, it should not contain spoilers for the third.

But how, Elou? How did you get your mits on The Song Rising, it’s not out for another month?! Well, dear reader, I am lucky enough to be an advocate for the series, meaning I get each book early for shouting-about-it-everywhere purposes.

You may have seen me shouting, loudly, on twitter and for good reason. I love this book. Starting where we were left at the end of The Mime OrderThe Song Rising leaps straight back into the action. Even though there has been quite a gap between the second and third installments, it’s like the series has never gone away, I was instantly transported back to Scion London and enveloped in Samantha Shannon’s world of clairvoyance, intrigue and somewhat intimidating paranormal beings.

Paige is, as ever, a strong protagonist not without her moments of weakness. I love Paige and I will love her until I am withered and tiny. All of the characters in these books are brilliantly well thought out, I love each new character. Even the ones I love to hate. Once more, we are introduced to new members of an already excellent cast. So much of the world in these characters is built through its characters that it’s so important for them to be exactly right. Spoiler alert: they are.

The stand out thing about this book is the departure from Scion London, seeing other parts of the UK was in equal parts exciting and intriguing. I’d long wanted to know what the rest of the country was doing while London was falling more and more under the heavy thumb of Scion and its not-at-all human helping hands. I was more than satisfied. Everything about the locales we visit in The Song Rising is great – I won’t say too much more because I am desperate not to spoil anything.

What I will talk about is my favourite part of the book. Everyone who has read The Bone Season and The Mime Order knows that the titles always appear in the books in some way. I love it when a book’s title is thrown into a book nonchalantly mid-sentence. Or not nonchalantly, the sentence in this book is not particularly nonchalant. It is my single favourite bit of the book. When I read it I squealed “She did the thing!” aloud. It’s the little things. You’re going to love this one.

I said in my last review that the writing had gotten even better with the second book and the same is true of the third. This series is going from twisty-turny strength to strength and it’s well worth the hype. This series is like nothing I have ever read before and I know that I could never in my wildest dreams have thought of this myself. I love books that catch me off guard. Of course, every book is predictable on some level (in a romance novel, you expect a romance and so on and so forth) but it’s the things that surprise you that matter the most. There are a fair few surprises in this book. Gut-wrenching, belly-churning surprises. I love it.

It’s a wonderful addition to the series and I can’t wait to see where it’ll lead. Things happen in this book that I wasn’t expecting, it managed to surprise me multiple times and I bow down to Samantha Shannon’s imagination. It’s a cracker. The wait may have been long but, boy, was it worth it. She can take all the time she needs. It is a privilege to be able to read her work.

Go buy this book. Pre-order it and receive super cool swag. (You have to love a book that comes with swag.) You know you want to.

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