Why Pre-order Gifts are special

Previously I haven’t ever really pre-ordered books with one exception being Cassandra Clares Clockwork Princess and mainly for the reason that you got a special collectors first edition and to this day The Infernal Devices is one of my favourite book series so I needed that edition that I couldn’t buy in a shop. That’s actually my favourite way of buying books – in shops like Waterstones or WH Smiths, there is nothing like walking into a room filled waterstones_logo.png
with books! The smell of ink and paper fills the air and with either the quiet of a library or the squeals of happy children finding books about pooping dinosaurs or space pirates. I’m not personally religious so for me bookshops are my church, authors are my saints and storytelling is holy. Plus every time you spend 310 in Waterstones go towards a free £10 gift voucher and their points system is pretty great so why not!

But anyway, because I buy books in bookshops, generally spontaneously, I don’t really pre-order and as I’ve gotten older and become more immersed in publishing as an industry I came to understand that, like the film industry, the first week or so after a books release is the most important time. Pre-ordering shows prior interest in a book or an author so can bode well for sequels or other books from the author, it helps gauge how many books should be printed and sent to booksellers i.e. if a book has hundreds of pre-orders less will be printed and distributed than if you have thousands, it could open the option for a book tour which readers tend to love – if a publishers has enough money from pre-orders they can send an author to bookshops, libraries or schools around the country to create a wider audience that have heard about it before or as it is being, published. There are also many more reasons why it is important that you should pre-order books from an authors or a publishers perspective but from a readers point of view there are less pros.

For a reader generally the pro is making sure you get the book first however this doesn’t always work out, for example Amazon and the Book Depository (in the UK anyway) tend to send out pre-ordered books the day the book is released, for A Gathering Of Shadows I got
the book 4/5 days after it was released and unfortunately 2 days before its release I actually found it on the shelf in my local WH Smith meaning I could have actually had the book and read the book before it officially came out had I not already paid for it online. Obviously this is frustrating because it defeats the point of pre-ordering for many, however not for the author, which is why offering gifts to motivate readers into actually pre-ordering their book is becoming very big among publishers. For A Gathering Of Shadows I got four art postcards of 4 of the main characters in the book, two from the first book and two tumblr_nw8mfvX7nT1qaryrmo1_500new ones from the sequel, this was amazing as not only was it lovely getting post delivered to me it was also great because it not only gave me something to put on my wall to commemorate my favourite book series ever, but gave me a few clues about what was going to be in the book to get me even more excited to read it. These gifts also build relationships between authors and readers, it’s all well and good loving a specific book or series but what authors want and publishers really want is for you to read more books by the author and get publishers more money and authors a bigger audience and I know that whenever I get these gifts I tend to know about it by following the author on social media or sometimes a publishing company’s website or accounts but this exclusivity of book merch is great because it encourages more interaction with the publishing and literary world and makes you more likely to buy the authors previous works and pre-order future books by interacting with them online

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Six Of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

I finished this book not an hour ago and I’m probably still in shock. This is my first Leigh Bardugo book and I have already requested Smoke And Bone (The first book in the Grisha trilogy) as her writing and character and world building is wonderful! When it comes to fantasy the most important thing for me is having characters that you can easily connect with that lead you, and then connect you, with the specific world and Bardugo couldn’t have done that better, the characters were engaging, charismatic (or not as the case may be, I’m looking at you Matthias)  and most importantly, all so different and unique. The book centres around a team of 6 young people that all come from completely different backgrounds, privileged, orphaned, sold into slavery, kidnapped from an army, a traitor of their country or a country kid turned thief, and these all have different approaches to the situations the plot puts them in, giving you an all encompassing view of the situation – much like the characters would have, all being thieves! I highly recommend this book if you have any interest in fantasy, mystery, YA or adult, thieves, spies, questions that make you question your values or books about heists because this book will sweep you off your feet and steal your jewellery while you’re on the floor!

Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

So as I said I haven’t read anything in the Grisha Verse before so I am speaking from not reading the first trilogy but what I can say is that the depth and control overMap the world that Bardugo has is incredible! Every country had a distinct culture and societal structure that was so specific that you can tell the author clearly knows every detail about the religion, rituals, history, language and dialects, even fashion of every place which completely brings the world alive. Even more so because you meet characters from every nation and of the 6 main characters only a Shu is missing so the world building is intense and beautiful without ever feeling like an overload of information which some books do tumblr_nv54f5yCnW1rs0b4vo1_1280struggle with. The other thing to mention when talking about world building is the beautiful maps at the front of the book, first of the world itself and then of the Ice Court, the fortress that the crew have to breach. It is so incredibly detailed and just beautiful in itself, I have a strange fascination with maps anyway so maps of fictional worlds are going to be amazing but these ones are specifically beautiful and add another dimension to being so immersed in the novel especially as you do feel so connected  to the crew that at times you feel as if you’re right there with them so knowing what they were talking about when they were saying how they move from the prison sector roof to the embassy roof and being able to see it on the map makes the whole reading experience even better.

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Why the success of YA film adaptations isn’t a surprise

In the worldwide box office The Hunger Games film series made £2,045,010,956, a shocking figure when you realise that the first film alone made more than 4 out of 5 Mission Impossible films, the fifth only beating THG by $318,656 (not a lot in the world of movie making). This goes to show that at the moment YA adaptations are taking the film industry by storm, the Twilight series made $3,345,177,904 in the worldwide box office, the success of which started a chain reaction of YA film adaptations that would go on to include the Divergent series, The Maze-Runner, The Fault In Our Stars and the upcoming Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children (which is one of my favourite books, you can watch the trailer HERE).


However many would argue that the biggest income from these blowing up in the box office is the effect it has had on book sales. I read The Hunger Games trilogy in 2011 when it was recommended by my school librarian, of course I recommended them to my friends and I noticed that most of the girls I would classify as ‘readers’ had all read the series, it was clearly picking up momentum amongst the reading community both in my school and the world – The Hunger Games was already a hugely popular book – and so when it was announced film rights had been bought no one was surprised, what is surprising is that when the film came out in 2012 book sales went from 9.2 million and almost tripled to 27.7 million.

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A Gathering of Shadows – V. E. Schwab

I’ve been waiting for this wondrous book to be released for just under a year now, I first read A Darker Shade Of Magic (the first book in Schwab’s Darker Shades series) last May and I immediately fell in love with Schwab’s beautiful, almost poetic writing and the incredible world she weaves for the intricate and captivating characters. AGOS was absolutely worth the wait! HERE is the link to a summary of A Darker Shade Of Magic at Goodreads and HERE is a link to the Recaptains summary so you can catch up if you need to! 

Summary of A Gathering Of Shadows from Goodreads:

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighbouring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

QUICK WARNING!: There will be some spoilers from here please don’t read on if you don’t want to be spoiled or haven’t read the book yet!!

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