Sunday, 26 May 2013

Letterbox Love #3

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. Hosted by Narratively Speaking.

For Review:

Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas (proof)

Spring break. Aruba.

Swimming, sunshine, and drinks. Lots of drinks.

It’s supposed to be the best time of Anna’s life. Perfect.
But then Anna’s best friend is found brutally murdered.

And as the local police begin to investigate the gruesome crime, suspicion and evidence unfathomably point to one person – Anna.

Now trapped in a country not her own, Anna must fight for her freedom and prove her innocence. But as she awaits the judge’s decision, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but dangerous.

Very dangerous.

And when the truth finally comes out, it’s more shocking than anyone could imagine...

I’m SO looking forward to this. Thanks S&S!

Stormbringers – Philippa Gregory

Constantinople has fallen and the world is changing beyond all recognition.

Luca Vero is a member of the secret Order of Darkness, tasked with searching out and reporting signs of the end of the world. Breaking his journey in Piccolo, he finds a place filled with superstitious fears: of the unknown, of the forces of the sea and sky, of strangers. With him are his loyal friend and servant Frieze, and his clerk, Brother Peter, as well as the Lady Isolde and her mysterious servant-companion Ishraq. The five of them are followed into the town by a huge children’s crusade, led by a self-proclaimed saint. Its young leader promises that the sea will part before them, and allow them to walk dry-shod all the way to Jerusalem. Luca and Lady Isolde are swept up in the growing excitement; but something is brewing far out to sea...

I really enjoyed the first book so I’m looking forward to this. Thanks S&S!

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts – Robyn Schneider (proof)
My own tragedy held out. It waited to strike until I was so used to my good-enough life in an unexceptional suburb that I’ve stopped waiting for anything interesting to happen. Which is why, when my personal tragedy finally found me, it was nearly too late. I had just turned seventeen, was embarrassingly popular, earned good grades, and was threatening to become eternally unextraordinary.

So who was I in the aftermath of my personal tragedy? I had been Ezra Faulkner, golden boy, but that person no longer existed.

I can’t even put into words how much I’m dying to read this. I don’t think I’m going to be able to wait until release month to dive in... Thanks S&S!

If You Could Be Mine – Sara Farizan (ebook)

Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six six. They’ve shred stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love – Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light.

So they carry on in secret – until Nasrin’s parents announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar that they can go on as they have been, only now with new comforts provided by the decent, well-to-do doctor Nasrin will marry. But Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively – and openly.

Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In Iran, homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin. Sahar will never be able to love the one she wants, in the body she wants to be loved in, without risking her life. Is saving her love worth risking her true self?

This sounds fascinating and so unusual. Thanks Alonquin Books/NetGalley!

Bones of the Lost – Kathy Reichs (ebook)

When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brenna fears the worst. The girl’s body shows the signs of foul play. Inside her purse police find the ID card of a prominent local businessman, John-Henry Story, who died in a horrific flea market fire several months earlier. Was the girl an illegal immigrant turning tricks? Was she murdered?

The medical examiner has also asked Tempe to examine a bundle of Peruvian dog mummies confiscated by US Customs. A Desert Storm veteran named Dominick Rockett stands accused of smuggling the objects into the country. Could there be some connection between the trafficking of antiquities and the trafficking of humans?

As the case deepens, Tempe must also grapple with personal turmoil. Her daughter, Katy, grieving the death of her boyfriend in Afghanistan, impulsively enlists in the Army. Meanwhile, Katy’s father Pete is frustrated by Tempe’s reluctance to finalize their divorce. As pressure mounts from all corners, Tempe soon finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that extends all the way from South America, to Afghanistan, and right to the center of Charlotte.

It’s been years since I read a Kathy Reichs novel so I’m excited! Thanks Scribner/NetGalley!

A Really Awesome Mess - Trish Cook; Brendan Halpin (ebook)

A hint of Recovery Road, a sample of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and a cut of Juno. A Really Awesome Mess is a laugh-out-loud, gut-wrenching/heart-warming story of two teenagers struggling to find love and themselves.

Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy.
Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin's summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents' divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom.

Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog-- and Emmy definitely doesn't. After a scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook.

Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends.
A funny, sad, and remarkable story, A Really Awesome Mess is a journey of friendship and self-discovery that teen readers will surely sign up for. 

This one sounds really different. Thanks Egmont USA/NetGalley! 

My mum came up to see me last weekend and brought me the review books that arrived at home for me.

Doll Bones – Holly Black

Twelve-year-old Zach is too old to play with toys. Or at least, that’s what his father thinks.

But even though he stops hanging out with Poppy and Alice, stops playing with his action figures, it’s no good. There’s one toy that wants to play with him. A doll that’s made from the bones of a dead girl.

The only way to end the game is to lay the doll to rest for ever. It’s time for a journey to Spring Grove cemetery. It’s time to grow up.

I love Holly Black’s books, but this didn't quite deliver the umph I was hoping for.

The Elite – Kiera Cass

America Singer is one THE ELITE and Prince Mason only has eyes for her.

If she wins the competition for his heart, she will leave her pre-destined life for a world of luxury. But the outcome is less than certain; the threat of rebel violence just beyond the palace walls is escalating into war and bitter rivals are ready to take her down.

And as America’s feelings for Maxon grow stronger, ex-love Aspen waits for her in the shadows. Where do her loyalties truly lie?

FINALLY! Thanks HarperCollins!

 I also received:
Crash, Nicole Williams (S&S)
Clash, Nicole Williams (S&S)
Black Helicopters, Blythe Woolston (Walker)
Where You Are, Tammara Webber (Penguin)
Love is a Number, Lee Monroe (Hodder)
Lockwood & Co., Jonathon Stroud (RHCP)


The Eternity Cure – Julie Kagawa

In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one rule left: blood calls to blood.

She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Convington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever – and possibly end human and vampire existence.

There’s a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago – and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.

I accidentally sent this home when I pre-ordered it so I only just got it! Can’t wait to get stuck back into Julie Kagawa’s writing.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties – Neil Gaiman (free ebook)

A free ebook-only edition of Neil Gaiman’s short-story ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ and an exclusive preview of the new THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE NAME, a novel about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside of each of us – available in June 2013. ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ was previously published in FRAGILE THINGS.

I’ve only read one book by Neil Gaiman and I didn’t love it, so I’m giving him another go!

Catching Jordan – Miranda Kenneally (ebook)

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though – she leads them as the captain and quarterback on her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now’s there’s a new guy in town who threatens her starring position on the team...and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.

I’ve heard so, so many amazing things about this that I couldn’t resist anymore!



  1. Wow, that's a lot of books! Nice haul, I especially like the look of the Kathy Reichs book and Dangerous Girls. And you finally got The Eternity Cure! You will love it :D

  2. Oooo! Awesome books this week! The Elite is really good.

    Enjoy all your books,
    Sam @ Falling Books

  3. Severed Heads, Broken Hearts sounds intriguing, might see if I can wrangle myself a copy!

  4. I really like the look of A Really Awesome Mess. I love the cover too

    Cait x

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