Letterbox Love #20

Letterbox Love is a meme hosted by Lynsey of Narratively Speaking whereby book lovers can exhibit the books they received this week.

This is actualy a 4 week post. I didn’t have time before my holiday to post the haul, and I’ve been away for two weeks! Luckily I haven’t bought a lot of books. I did, however, have masses of books to pick up from my library. For such a small authority (only 16 libraries) they get really great teen books, and I am excited about lots of these. 

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First up is You Don’t Know Me by Sophia Bennett. This sounds like a really fun book AND it has blue edges. Win! Kite Spirit by Sita Brahmachari also looks like a good summer read.

There are lots of YA action/thrillers this week, which is something I’m really pleased about. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga is about the son of a serial killer, and Bodyguard: Hostage by Chris Bradford features a 14-year-old professional bodyguard. 

Two books that sound quite sad are Heroic by Phil Earle and Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid. Both these books have gotten good reviews from fellow bloggers, so I’m very excited to read these. 

Shadow Runners by Daniel Blythe looks very similar to Alex Scarrow’s Timeriders series, so it intrigued me as this is a series I love. A book that I’ve had on my ebook shelf for a while is Hysteria by Megan Miranda. I ordered the paperback from my library to push myself to read it! 

Lastly, two adult chick fic books, to lighten the mood from all that hard hitting YA. Both authors I have read before, Country Loving by Cathy Woodman and Happy Families by Janey Fraser are books I will save for when I need a laugh. 

P1060261 P1060263  I also got some books of my own. Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby was a book I ordered way back in Jan/Feb when Bloomsbury had a sale. Unfortunately the publication got delayed and I’ve only just received it! I couldn’t resist a trip to The Works where I snapped up Blood Red Road by Moira Young. I love this series and can’t wait till the third book comes out, which isn’t till 2014, so I will probably need to reread this nearer the release date. Even though I haven’t read Veronica Rossi’s first book yet, I decided to buy the second one, Through the Ever Night, as it is so cheap I didn’t want to miss out and I can always give it away if I don’t enjoy the first. I also picked up The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda as it sounded really cool. Having just looked on Goodreads, I think I may actually already have a copy of it but with a different cover. Damn those cover changes! 

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway for two signed Sarah Dessen books, What Happened to Goodbye and The Truth About Forever. I don’t think I have actually read any of her books, so this will be perfect in getting me started on her collection. Extra special thanks to Winterhaven Books for the giveaway, for signed books and for shipping it all this way for me! Thank you so much. 

 Now for those Ebooks:

Nowhere

The School for Good and Evil

I got an invitation to review Nowhere by Jon Robinson from Netgalley and Penguin. Described as a ‘fast-paced conspiracy thriller’ featuring teenagers locked inside a cube, I had to have it. Although the cover looks quite simple, I love the hands in the title! Its like the story is just seeping out the pages. Many thanks for the opportunity to read this 🙂

I love boarding school books, so The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani was a cert for me. Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for this.

Unbreakable (Unravelling, #2)AcidA book that I have been waiting to come out for ages is Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris. I loved Unravelling (review here), so will try and fit this in soon! And I love the UK cover much more than the US 🙂 Thanks Netgalley and Harper Collins once more.

I couldn’t resist requesting a couple when I got back from holiday (I have no willpower, sue me). I adore the cover of Acid by Emma Pass, and I love action YA so I am really looking forward to this. Thanks for the speedy approval Random House!

Noble Conflict

Happy Birthday to Me (Birthday Trilogy, #1)It seemed like the whole world was getting proofs of Malorie Blackman’s Noble Conflict and I was itching to see what it was like. So when it popped up on Netgalley there was no hesitation before requesting! Many thanks Random House.

Happy Birthday To Me by Brian Rowe sounds like a funny and intriguing book about a boy who ages a year every day. Thanks to Brian for the Netgalley approval!

What did you receive this week? Have you read any of my books and do you think it should be at the top or the bottom of my to read pile?  I’d love to hear from you! 

Book Blitz: Unbreakable

Welcome to my post for the book blitz of Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris! Check out my review for the first book, Unravelling. I can’t wait for this to be released, and to get some more Ben!

Unbreakable (Unraveling, #2)Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

 Elizabeth Norris briefly taught high school English and history before trading the southern California beaches and sunshine for Manhattan’s recent snowpocalyptic winter.


She harbors dangerous addictions to guacamole, red velvet cupcakes, sushi, and Argo Tea, fortunately not all together.

Her first novel, UNRAVELING (Balzer+Bray, April 2012), is the story of one girl’s fight to save her family, her world, and the one boy she never saw coming.

 

Giveaway

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(Bookmark, Sticker, Poster & Magnet) by Elizabeth Norris.


2 Winners will receive a Swag (Bookmark, Sticker, Poster & Magnet) by Elizabeth Norris.

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Waiting on Wednesday #1

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

Welcome to my first Waiting on Wednesday post! There are so many books on my to-read list, that I thought by sharing it, I can get views on whether I need to read it straight away or not 🙂

Unbreakable (Unraveling, #2)

So I utterly devoured ‘Unravelling’ by Elizabeth Norris (check out my review here). So I can’t wait for ‘Unbreakable‘ to be released! I want more Ben, and Janelle. Now. Unfortunately I have to wait till (at least) April to get my hands on it. This cover is good, but the UK version of the first novel was so much better, so I’m really hoping they will re-do this one too before the release.

Do you agree? What are you looking forward to this week? Please share your WoW in the comments!

Book Review: Unravelling

Unravelling (Unravelling, #1)

STOP THE COUNTDOWN. SAVE THE WORLD…

Leaving the beach, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit head on by a pickup truck.
And killed.
Then Ben Michaels, resident stoner, is leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows Ben somehow brought her back to life…
Meanwhile, Janelle’s father, a special agent for the FBI, starts working on a case that seems strangely connected to Ben. Digging in his files, Janelle finds a mysterious device – one that seems to be counting down to something that will happen in 23 days and 10 hours time. 
That something? It might just be the end of the world. And if Janelle wants to stop it, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets – and keep from falling in love with him in the process…

Unravelling‘ by Elizabeth Norris has been sitting on my tbr read shelf for a couple of months, I picked it up from the library for the intriguing cover, but it is quite a thick paperback (for a YA novel) and other books have been too tempting. 

But I have been missing out! I absolutely loved this book, and devoured it in a day. Even on the tube I couldn’t put it down! Some of the chapters are very short (about a page) and I think this really helps in the pacing because I fell into the trap of ‘just one more chapter’. 

Basically the story is about Janelle, who gets hit by a truck and dies, but is brought back to life by Ben. Obviously no one believes her, but she has to find out more about Ben, and how/why he saved her. 

Meanwhile, her dad (an FBI agent) is working on a new case where radioactively burned bodies are turning up everywhere. Then a bomb-like device is discovered, with a countdown. Janelle decides to do her own investigation as to what the device means, and how they can stop it. 

I think this book had great character development. Obviously the book surrounds Janelle, but Ben is such an intriguing person (and also good looking). We follow Janelle as she finds out more and more about him, and pieces the information together. I think the book contains enough action to create suspense, but enough background to really invest in the characters. 

One think I will say is that Ben did seem a little perfect, but you gotta have good characters I suppose! It was nice that Janelle was the daughter of an FBI agent, as it made her a strong character, and she definitely showed it! I think it’s good not to have wimpy girl characters. 

The ending was good, but I’ve just discovered there is a sequel planned for next year! And god I can’t wait. Though I really hope they change the cover again, as I think the US one is just awful. For once the UK have done much better. Roll on next year! 

I would definately reccommend this books for people who like strong character development, and scifi action. Have you read it, and can you suggest anything similar? Do you agree or disagree with my review?