Monday 10 June 2013

Letterbox Love #5

Now, I'm having some technical difficulties at the moment - I really don't recommend spilling a glass of apple and blackcurrant all over your laptop - so I'm having to use my mum's iPad meaning that I have none of my templates or spreadsheets and I'm floundering. But, I didn't want to leave you all hanging so I'm giving this a shot! Here goes:

EDIT: All images have been added in now my laptop's alive again!

For review:

The Sound - Sarah Alderson (S&S)

He is out there, holding his breath as I hold mine. Ears pricked, eye scouring the darkness. I can sense him there waiting, just a few feet away...

When aspiring music journalist Ren Kingston takes a job nannying for a wealthy family on the exclusive island of Nantucket, playground for Boston's elite, she's hoping for a low-key summer reading books and blogging about bands. Boys are firmly off the agenda.

What she doesn't count on is falling in with a bunch of party-loving private school kids who are hiding some dark secrets; falling (possibly) in love with the local bad boy; and falling out with a dangerous serial killer...

So looking forward to this! I really loved the Lila books.

The Moon and More - Sarah Dessen (Puffin)

Emaline is spending her last summer before college in her beach town home of Colby. Everything is familiar - from working for her bossy sister Margo at the family rental company to Emaline's gorgeous (and regularly shirtless) childhood sweetheart, Luke.

But when an out-of-town brash New York filmmaker, and her young assistant Theo, come to stay at one of the beach houses, everything Emaline thought she knew about herself changes. 

But can her heart let go of a life she's loved for so long?

About bloody time!!! I worship this woman...

Invisibility - Andrea Cremer and David Levithan (Puffin)

Stephen is used to invisibility. He was born that way. Invisible. Cursed. 

Elizabeth sometimes wishes for invisibility. When you're invisible, no one can hurt you.

Then Stephen and Elizabeth meet. To Stephen's a,axe meant, she can see him. And to Elizabeth's amazement, she wants him to be able to see her - all of her. But as the two become closer, an invisible world gets in their way - a world of grudges and misfortunes, spells and curses. Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how deep into this world they're going to go - because the answer could mean the difference between love and death.

I've heard so many good things about this!
The Dance of the Red Death - Bethany Griffin (Indigo)

Everything is in ruins.

Betrayal, death and disease surround Araby Worth.

Her brother is dead. Her best friend could be soon. And the two boys who have stolen her heart have both betrayed her.

She can trust nobody, and as the city crumbles around her, it's time for Araby to fight back. What she decides to do may decide the fate of humanity.

The stunning, dramatic conclusion to The Masque of the Red Death.

Ah, I loved the first book so I'm intrigued to see how Araby's story concludes.

Dusk - Eve Edwards (Puffin)

The Somme, Forward Medical Station, 1 July 1916

She leaned over the next patient, another young soldier with a dressing wound to his throat. Whitworth, 1st Somerset High Infantry, Sebastian's regiment.

HELEN SANDFORD has learnt never to expect too much from life - until she meets the aristocratic artist SEBASTIAN and surprises even herself by falling in love.

All too soon they are separated by the First World War. He enlists as an officer, while she nurses the soldiers injured in the bloody trenches. But their biggest battle is yet to come, because Helen's past is filled with secrets...

The first part of an epic wartime romance.

I'm a massive fan of Eve Edwards' Tudor trilogy so I have high hopes for this.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock - Matthew Quick (Headline)

How would you spend your birthday if you knew it would be your last?

Eighteen-year-old Leonard Peacock knows exactly what he'll do. He'll say goodbye.

Not to his mum - who he calls Linda because it annoys her - who's moved out her and left him to fend for himself. Nor to his former best friend, whose torments have driven him to consider committing the unthinkable. But to his four friends: a Humphrey Bogart obsessed neighbour, a teenage violin virtuoso, a pastor's daughter and a teacher. 

Most of the time, Leonard believes he's weird and sad but these friends have made him think that maybe he's not. He wants to thank them, and say goodbye.

I've already heard fantastic things about this and I'm looking forward to seeing how the author of Silver Linings Playbook handles YA.

Weirdos and Camel Toes - Natasha Desborough (Catnip)

Adrian Mole meets Georgia Nicolson.

'I intend to leave trampoline club ASAP - especially after the horrible last term where Mei Miyahi's sanitary towel shot out of her leotard whilst she was mid-straddle jump. Amazingly, Mei didn't seem at all embarrassed by the incident, not even when the sanitary towel slapped a stunned Kirsty Mackerby across the face.'

Cursed by the initials BUM, saddled with woolly liberal-minded hippies for parents and and UNDYING love for the Proper Real-Time Hot Felix Winters, BLOSSOM UXLEY-MICHAELS is a seething mass of sexual frustration and political confusion. But when she's invited to work on the school radio, Blossom's convinced her status is about to rocket from Weirdo to Winner...

It's about time we have some new properly funny UKYA!

Writing this on the iPad was...interesting, so I'm just going to list the rest:

Gloss - Marilyn Kaye (Pan Macmillan)
Friday Brown - Vicki Wakefield (Hot Key Books)
This Northern Sky - Julia Green (Bloomsbury)
Rose Under Fire - Elizabeth Wein (Electric Monkey)
Charm and Strange - Stephanie Kuehn (Electric Monkey)
After Iris - Natasha Farrant (Faber and Faber)

Sorry for how slapdash this is and how bare (getting photos into this post seemed like more trouble than it was worth!), but hopefully I'll be properly back in business soon! However, I doubt there'll be a review up tomorrow as I've been packing up my life and moving back home over the last few days and all my time has disappeared!



  1. Invisibility looks so cool! And I hope you enjoy your Sarah Dessen :D

  2. Oh! I still haven't read a Sarah Dessen book and I'm really curious about Invisibility :)

  3. My thoughts are just about the same as the others, the concept for Invisibility is just so interesting. Learn a lot about different books on blogs like these.

  4. I never knew you were a fan of Eve Edwards' books! I'm a major lover of them and completely fell in love with The Lacey Chronicles. I'm still waiting for Tobias' novel. Fingers crossed we'll get one!

    Happy reading, Sophie!


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