Letterbox Love all of the lovely, lovely books I’ve gotten in the post, bought and everything else. Summaries are taken from the cover, or Amazon/NetGalley/Goodreads in the case of e-books, unless otherwise stated. Hosted by Narratively Speaking.
Haunt, Curtis Jobling (e-proof)
When Will finds himself in hospital, but unable to make anyone see or hear him, he realises that he never made it home from his first kiss with the school hottie. Knocked off his bike in a road traffic accident, Will is now officially dead – and a ghost. But somehow his best mate, Dougie, can still see him, and, what is more, increasingly Will seems bound to Dougie, going only where Dougie goes. Once they’ve exhausted all the comic possibilities of being invisible, they set about unravelling the mystery of Will’s predicament. Is it something to do with that kiss, or the driver that killed him and didn’t stop? Maybe they will find an answer by investigating the rumour that there is an unhappy spirit haunting the ruins in the school grounds, and if so, why? What they discover is a long-buried mystery, which stretches its fingers right into the present...
This sounds like such fun! Thanks S&S and NetGalley!
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, Sara Farizan (e-proof)
High school junior Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is something of a relief. Her Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when a sophisticate, beautiful new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual. Struggling to sort out her growing feelings and Saskia’s confusing signals, Leila confides in her old friend, Lisa, and grows closer to her fellow drama tech-crew members , especially Tomas, whose comments about his own sexuality are frank, funny, wise, and sometimes painful. Gradually, Leila begins to see that almost all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and many are keeping secrets of their own.
YAY! So. Excited. Thanks Alonquin and NetGalley!
Let’s Get Lost, Adi Alsaid (US proof)
Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.
Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.
There’s Hudson, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And Bree, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday – and a few stolen goods on the way.
Elliot believes in happy endings...until his own life goes off-script. And Sonia worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost her ability to love.
Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila’s own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth – sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way.
A novel told in five parts, Let’s Get Lost is a bittersweet debut about love, loss and finding your way back home.
Love the sound of this! Thanks Mira Ink!
9 Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, Sarah MacLean (paperback)
A lady does not smoke cherrot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen’s club.
Lady Culpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried – and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she’s vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she’s been missing.
But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss – to do those things. Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St John, the Marquess of Ralston – charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation is matched only by his sinful smile.
If she’s not careful, she’ll break the most important rules of all – the one that says that those seeking only pleasure should never give away their hearts...
A surprise from Piatkus! I‘ve heard wonderful things about this series and I was lucky enough to get books two and three as well – 10 Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord and 11 Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart.
The Difference Between You and Me, Madeleine George (hardcover)
How do you choose between what you believe in and the one you love?
Jesse cuts her hair with a Swiss army knife. She wears massive green fisherman’s boots every day. She’s the founding (and only) member of NOLAW, the National Organisation to Liberate All Weirdos.
Emily is the vice president of student council. She has an internship with a local big business. She loves her boyfriend.
At least she thinks she does. But there’s no denying her feelings for Jesse. When they meet up every Tuesday in the bathroom of the local library, the physical connection they share in undeniable.
Jesse doesn’t want to keep their relationship a secret; Emily does. But when they find themselves on opposite sides of a heated school issue, both girls are forced to choose between their convictions and their attachment to each other.
In masterful, incisive prose, Madeleine George has crafted a thought-provoking and funny story about two girls with equally passionate yet very different ideas about changing the world.
A brand new copy, apparently. I’ve never seen a new hardback look so used... Black marks, crunched bottom spine, crushed dust jacket. Yup, totally new. It really does sound amazing though – one for LGBT April!
What I Thought Was True, Huntley Fitzpatrick (hardback)
“Heaven by the water.”
“Best-kept little secret in new England.”
Seashell Island, where I’ve lived all my life, is those things and more.
And all I want to do is leave it behind.
Gwen Castle has never so badly wanted to say good-bye to her island home till now: the summer her Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Sommers, takes a job there as the local yard boy. He’s a rich kid from across the bridge, and she hails from a family of housecleaners who keep the island’s summer people happy. Gwen worries this will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she’ll never escape what happened – or the island – her past explodes into her present, redefining the boundaries of her life. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true – about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself – with what really is.
From the acclaimed author of My Life Next Door comes a push-you-pull-you romance, full of expectation and regret, humour and hard questions.
At last! I adored My Life Next Door so I nearly did a happy dance when I opened an Amazon package to find this!
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han (hardback)
Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her.
They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote her, these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved – five in all. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes form imaginary to out of control.
Whoop, whoop! Another US pre-order arriving to a happy dance!