Letterbox Love #29

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

This week has been so hectic for me but I’ve managed to squeeze in buying a few books…     

Bought:

Soulmates by Holly Bourne

The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

Don’t Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter

The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Flyaway by Lucy Christopher

There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff

From Where I Stand by Tabitha Suzuma

Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie

Ebooks:

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Thanks very much to Algonquin Books and Netgalley.

Keeping Her by Cora Carmack

Yay! Thanks Random House and Netgalley for this, I will sneak it in my reading list soon!

Library:

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

 Keeping Her (Losing It #1.5)       If You Could Be Mine

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! 

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Waiting on Wednesday #17

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

   The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies, #4)                

This is the fourth installment in the thrilling, action-packed New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series!

After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated at the end of The Rise of Nine, the Garde now realize that they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. They must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team, or they won’t stand a chance. The battle may have been lost, but the war for Earth’s survival is far from over.

I absolutely adore Pittacus’ books, and so I can’t wait for the Fall of Five to come out. Although the cover is totally gross! I HATE bugs and this not bode well for the book…

Due to be released by Harper Collins in August 2013.

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

Goodreads Choice Awards 2012:SemiFinals

The Goodreads Choice Awards 2012 are the only major book awards decided by readers. I thought I would share my semifinal votes with you.

Best Fiction

I voted for Matthew Dick’s ‘Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend‘. Mainly because this is the only book I have read fully out of the whole selection! However I did really enjoy this book. The concept was quite interesting, and I enjoyed the perspective. There was also some mystery and suspense which I wasn’t expecting.

Goodreads Author

I have read a couple of books from this selection, but I chose Lauren Oliver’s ‘Pandemonium‘. Just because her novels were one of the first dystopian series I read, so I thank her for introducing me to the genre.

Young Adult Fiction

I chose ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green for this category. I have to confess that I actually haven’t read many of this selection, though lots of them are on my to-read list. I felt I couldn’t really chose a book I hadn’t read, so my choice was limited. I did really enjoy this book, though all teenagers-with-cancer characters do seem to merge together.

Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

I think this was the hardest category for me, as there are so many good books here! I eventually went for ‘The Rise of Nine‘ by Pittacus Lore. The third book in the series (check out my review here) and I still can’t wait for the next one! Hence my reason for picking this above the others.

The Goodreads Semi Finals close today, and hopefully the readers have made the right choices! I’ll probably do another post for the finalists.

Book Review: The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

‘The Rise of Nine‘ is the third in the Lorien Legacies series by Pittacus Lore, and was released at the end of August. I received my copy from the library, ordered by yours truly. I loved the first book ‘I am Number Four‘; the connection between John and Henri and John’s struggle with his newly found legacies and the chaos that came with them. The film based on the first book was about average in my opinion; there are too many superhuman action films nowadays, and I just didn’t think it was anything special. The second book ‘The Power of Six’ continued my love of the series, and surprised me by writing from two perspectives.

‘The rise of nine’ continues to live up to the reputation of its predecessors. It is written from three perspectives, which I found a bit confusing at first, but disappears as you settle into the action of the book. I liked that we meet more new characters in the book, whilst still fleshing out the ones we know and love. I think this one took a bit longer to get into; it felt a bit separated in the beginning, and I was unsure where it was going. Rest assured that by 1/3 of the way I was hooked, and the book ends on a fantastic note. But once again, an annoying cliffhanger, leaving us waiting for the next one!

Although this book is shelved in our sci-fi section, I would say the human connections out rule the fantasy side, and it is easy to pick up the characters. Saying that, this isn’t a book you could read out of sequence, so if you haven’t already, go read the first one!