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.
I hope you all had a lovely
Christmas! I didn’t get any reviews copies this week, but I did get a few as
presents as bought far too many!
Ready, Set, Novel, Chris
Baty, Lindsey Grant and Tavia Stewart-Streit (paperback)
to write a novel, but just can’t face that blank page?
the organisers of the literary marathon National Novel Writing Month (aka
NaNoWriMo) guide you through planning and plotting your novel. These handy
tips, battle-tested activities, and bits of creative mayhem have helped
thousands of NaNoWriMo participants put pen to paper and are sure to get you
geared up to start writing.
to take field trips, stalk some characters, block out scenes, create intriguing
twists, and forge a majestic plot cannon that will launch you headlong into
novel-land. Whether it’s your first book or your tenth, this workbook will help
you turn that kernel of an idea into a true masterpiece.
ready. Get set. Novel!
I’ve flicked through this and
it’s amazing. Thanks Jess!
Secret Santa goodies:
a fine line between bitter and sweet.
upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal
changed her life and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who
doesn’t believe in second chances...a girl who stays under the radar by baking
cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.
when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is
equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute,
sweet guy walks into her life...and starts serving up some serious mixed
signals. She’s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who’s been burned before,
risking it all is easier said than done.
time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she’s
willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are
fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last...
Please Ignore Vera Dietz, AS
it okay to hate a dead kid?
Even if I loved him once?
if he was my best friend?
it okay to hate him for being dead?
spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And
over the ears she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even
after he ruined everything.
when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone –
the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear
his name? Does she even want to?
Artemis Fowl and the Time
Paradox, Eoin Colfer (paperback)
Fowl is no stranger to trouble. In fact he’s a magnet for it.
trolls, armed and dangerous (not to mention high-tech) fairies, flame-throwing
goblins – he’s seen the lot. He had decided to forgo criminal activity of the
more magical kind. However...
his mother is gravely ill. He must travel back through time to steal the cure
from the clutches of the devious mastermind...Artemis Fowl.
right. With fairy ally Captain Holly Short by his side, Artemis is going back
in time to do battle with his deadliest enemy yet.
fragile peace has been achieved in the realm of the Goredd, and dragons and humans
live together in harmony.
the truce is shattered when a royal prince is brutally murdered – could dragons
be to blame?
a talented court musician harbouring secrets of her own, is drawn into the
investigation and uncovers a darker plot, one that threatens the very existence
of the kingdom. And soon her own life is in terrible danger as she fights to
hide the secret behind her amazing gift...
Don’t these all sound amazing?!
A huge thank you to Lucy of Choose YA for my presents and to Lynsey from
Narratively Speaking who organised the UKYABB Secret Santa. You’re both
Positively Mine, Christine
is four weeks into her freshman year of college, and Laurel’s first test is
unexpected. Discovering she’s pregnant
isn’t exactly what she had planned for her first semester, and while she
intends to tell her emotionally-distant father, being away at school makes it
all too easy to hide.
imperfect heroine plagued by bad choices and isolated during what should be the
best time of her life, readers are sure to identify with Laurel as she
confronts teen pregnancy, in secret.
I really enjoyed the other two
Bloomsbury Spark books I’ve read so I’m looking forward to this.
Neverwhere – Neil
the streets of London there’s a world most people could never even dream of. A
city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black
velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young business man who is about to find out more
than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness
catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at
once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre. There’s a girl named Door, an
Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube
train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining... And
Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for
him below the streets of his native city.
American Gods – Neil
three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the time until his
release ticks away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before he gets out,
his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances.
Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday claiming
to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together
they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving
the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But
the storm is about to break... Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange,
Gaiman’s epic novel sees him on the road to the heart of America.
Both of these, along with a few
more Gaiman novels were on a Kindle deal and I’ve been being nagged for years
to read these, so I had to get them really.
Where the Stars Still Shine – Trish
as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for
more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might
be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of
her meals from Laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories
she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for
kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been
her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past
behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love –
even with someone who seems an improbable choice – is more than just a
Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal,
and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want the stories
gritty and utterly true.
I read Something Like Normal last week and fell in love so this was my
first purchase with my Amazon gift card from my big sis!
Working Stiff, Rachel
a tough job but somebody’s got to do it – dead or alive.
Davis knows at Fairview Mortuary isn’t the most glamorous career choice, but at
least it offers stable employment – until she discovers her bosses using a drug
that resurrects the clientele. Now Bryn faces being terminated...literally.
is given the chance to take down the bigger problem, pharmaceutical company
Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She’d
better do it fast before she becomes a zombie slave. A real working stiff.
I love Rachel Caine and now
that Morganville is over, I figured I needed to soothe the ache somehow!
The Eyre Affair, Jasper
Thursday Next, literary detective without equal, fear or boyfriend.
is another 1985, where London’s criminal gangs have moved into the lucrative literary
market, and Thursday Next is on the tail of the new crime wave’s Mr Big.
Hades has been kidnapping characters from works of fiction and holding them to
ransom. Jane Eyre is gone. Missing.
sets out to find a way into the book to repair the damage. But solving crimes
against literature isn’t easy when you also have to find time to halt the
Crimean War, persuade the man you love to marry you, and figure out who really
wrote Shakespeare’s plays.
today just isn’t going to be Thursday’s day. Join her on a truly breathtaking adventure,
and find out for yourself. Fiction will never be the same again...
I’ve heard amazing things about
this author, and this series in particular, so when I saw it in The Works, I couldn’t
help myself. They have a great selection in there at the moment!
Jessica Rules the Dark Side, Beth
Jessica Packwood found out she was a Romanian vampire princess, she had the
shock of her teenage life. Turns out that was the easy part.
married to Prince Lucius Vladescu, she has to claim her throne and convince a
vampire nation she’s fit to be their queen. But Jess can’t even order a decent
meal from her Romanian staff, let alone deal with devious undead subjects who
would love to see her fail.
when Lucius is accused of murdering a vampire Elder and imprisoned without the
blood he needs, Jessica finds herself alone, fighting for both their survivals.
to clear her husband’s name and win his release, Jess enlists the help of her
best friend, Mind Stankowicz, and Lucius’s mysterious Italian cousin, Raniero
Lovatu. But both of them are keeping some dark secrets. Can Jess figure out who
to trust – and how to rise to power – before she loses everything, including
the vampire she loves?
of romance, mystery, and danger, the highly anticipated sequel to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on
the Dark Side shows that sometimes a
princess has to earn her “happily ever after” – with a sharpened stake in hand.
I read and loved Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side when
it first came out and never got around to reading the sequel. I was flicking
through my Amazon wishlist the other day and this came up, with a hardback
available for £3.01. Who could turn that down?