Letterbox Love came about after some drama with the American book haul memes, so the UKYA bloggers came together on Twitter to organise one of our own. Summaries are taken from the cover, or Amazon/NetGalley/Goodreads in the case of e-books, unless otherwise stated. Hosted by Narratively Speaking.
Paradise – Simone Elkeles
Nothing has been the same since Claeb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel and hit Maggie Armstrong. After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free, but coming home doesn’t feel as good as it should when his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers. Months of painful physical therapy have left Maggie with a limp. Longing to escape the pitying stares, the last person she wants to see is Caleb.
But despite the horror of their shared history, Caleb and Maggie can’t seem to stay away from each other, with the heated attraction between them becoming unbearable. As they struggle with their growing feelings for each other, Caleb and Maggie realist that ultimately, whether they leave Paradise of stay, they must face the truth about the night of the accident, or the secret will forever stand between them.
Yay, thank you S&S! This is a bind-up of Leaving Paradise and Return to Paradise in their first UK paperback publication.
Belle Epoque – Elizabeth Ross (paperback)
In the search for perfect beauty, the ugly face of Paris will be revealed...
When sixteen-year-old Maude runs away to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Increasingly desperate for money, she turns to the mysterious Durandeau Agency, who convince Maude to become a repoussoir – an unattractive young woman hired by Parisian socialites to enhance their beauty.
Maude is humiliated – but what choice does she have?
Thrown into a world of parties, glamour and astonishing cruelty, Maude quickly discovers that a disturbing ugliness lurks beneath bohemian Paris’s glittering facade.
This is a story of fate, love, friendship and the true meaning of being beautiful...
Loving the sound of this! Thanks Hot Key Books!
The Bone Dragon – Alexia Casale (e-book)
Evie’s shattered ribs have been a secret for the last four years. Now she has found the strength to tell her adoptive parents, and the physical traces of her past are fixed – the only remaining signs a scar on her side and a fragment of bone taken home from the hospital, which her uncle Ben helps her carve into a dragon as a sign of her strength.
Soon this ivory talisman begins to come to life at night, offering wisdom and encouragement in roaming dreams of smoke and moonlight that come to feel ever more real.
As Evie grows stronger there remains one problem her new parents can’t fix for her: a revenge that must be taken. And it seems that the Dragon is the one to take it.
Only 99p on Amazon so I couldn’t resist! Michelle from Fluttering Butterflies really loved it so I know I will.
Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery – Keren David (e-book)
Think winning the jackpot will solve all your problems?
Life’s hard for Lia. Her mum is a nag, her sister a pain and the gorgeous but mysterious Raf seems immune to her charms. When Lia wins £8 million on the lottery, though, suddenly everything is different. But will Lia’s millions create more problems than they solve?
Firstly, a resentful gang of girls at school set up a ‘We Hate Lia Latimer’ Facebook group...that soon has fans in the thousands. Her friend Shazia can’t have anything to do with Lia’s new-found fortune, believing gambling to be immoral. The mum of her other best friend, Jack, is threatening to sue Lia for what she believes to be his share of the winnings. Raf’s behaviour is getting stranger and stranger, and Lia can’t help but wonder whether there’s something to the school’s rumours that he’s not...well, human.
And when her sister Natalie goes missing, Lia begins to wonder if a millionaire lifestyle is all it’s cracked up to be...
Again with a Kindle bargain!