Letterbox Love #35

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

A tiny haul for me this week!        

Received for Review:

The Queen of Dreams by Peter Hamilton

I wasn’t expecting this in the post but it looks amazing, and I love the squirrel on the cover! Thanks Random House.  

Twinmaker by Sean Williams

My first review book from Electric Monkey, and its a whopper!

Bought:

I Am J  by Cris Beam

It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) by Julie Ann Peters

Borrowed:

In Bloom by Matthew Crow

I was lucky enough to meet Jim at an event this week, and he very kindly lent me his copy of this book! He says its BETTER THAN TFIOS. 

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! 

Letterbox Love #34

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

Double event time this week! Apologies for the lateness of this post, but it has been manic.        

Received for Review:

Geek Girl 2: Model Misfit by Holly Smale

I’m SO happy to finally have my own copy of this, thanks to Harper Collins! I read the ebook version, and review to come soon! (Spoiler: It was epic 😀 )  

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Thanks very much to Quercus! Look out for the cover reveal posted on Monday for this one.

Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner

Thanks Random House! This looks good but is the second in a series so not sure when I’ll be able to read it.

Bought:

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

The Running Dream by Wendelin van Draanen

Won:

Love Is a Number by Lee Monroe

This is a second copy. I originally won this from Michelle at Much Loved Books, but thought it had got lost in the post so they kindly sent a second copy, and now I have both of them! I don’t understand the postal system.

Swapped:

Call Down Thunder by Daniel Finn

Vanished by Meg Cabot

Thanks very much to Georgia for these! I love a good book swap 😀

Tempest and Vortex by Julie Cross

Shift by Em Bailey

Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Thanks Lucy! I can’t wait to read the Julie Cross books and Dead to You was a lovely surprise.

The Farm by Emily McKay

Thanks to Katie for this one which I’ve had my eye on for a while!

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! 

Waiting on Wednesday #44

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

Here's Looking at You

The new novel from the bestselling author of You Had Me At Hello. What if the last person you wanted to see was the person you needed? After the runaway success of You Had Me At Hello, Mhairi McFarlane is back with a new cast of characters in her second book, Here’s Looking At You. In essence it’s an ugly duckling tale. Our heroine Aureliana returns to school after fifteen years for a reunion. School doesn’t hold happy memories for her, as being a roly poly Italian (known as the Italian Galleon), and always armed with a Tupperware full of pungent Mediterranean food, she was bullied incessantly throughout her years there. Now in her 30s, Aureliana wants to put the past behind her once and for all and face up to the bullies who made her life hell. But she is much-changed from the girl she once was – all curves and because I’m worth it hair – and no one recognises her when she arrives. Losing her bottle, she backs out on her plan for revenge and slinks off, hoping never to be reminded of her years at school again. But fate gets in the way, and after the reunion her path keeps crossing with James – major hunk and Aureliana’s major crush back at school. But alas, as a cronie to the bullies, Aureliana to this day believes that his beautiful exterior hides an ugly interior. As they continue to cross paths a love/hate relationship ensues until eventually something shifts, and they both start to discover what the person underneath is really like…Full of Mhairi’s trademark laugh out loud humour, Here’s Looking At You is a novel about facing your demons and being happy with who you really are.

I adored Mhairi’s first book, so I’ll definitely be snapping up Here’s Looking At You. Sounds perfect for a cosy winter’s night.       

Due to be released by Harper Collins in December 2013.

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

Cover Reveal: The Naturals

I am thrilled to be able to reveal today the UK cover of The Naturals, the start of a new series from Quercus by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Due to be released on the 7th November, this series looks like its full of power-strong girls including Cassie. A school working with the FBI for teens with exceptional abilities? Sounds like all sorts of awesome to me! 

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Cassie Hobbes is not like most teenagers. Most teenagers don’t lose their mother in a bloody, unsolved kidnapping. Most teenagers can’t tell who you are, where you’re from and how you’re likely to behave within moments of meeting you. And most teenagers don’t get chosen to join The Naturals.

Identified by the FBI as uniquely gifted, Cassie is recruited to an elite school where a small number of teens are trained to hone their exceptional abilities.

For Cassie, trying to make friends with the girls, and to figure out the two very different, very hot boys, is challenging enough. But when a serial killer begins recreating the details of her mother’s horrific crime scene, she realises just how dangerous life in The Naturals could be…

Waiting on Wednesday #43

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

Boys Don't Knit

Ben Fletcher must get to grips with his more ‘feminine’ side following an unfortunate incident with a lollipop lady and a stolen bottle of Martini Rosso from Waitrose. All a big misunderstanding of course. To avoid the Young Offenders unit, Ben is ordered to give something back to the community and develop his sense of social alignment. Take up a hobby and keep on the straight and narrow. The hot teacher he likes runs a knitting group so Ben, reluctantly at first, gets ‘stuck in’. Not easy when your dad is a sports fan and thinks Jeremy Clarkson is God. To his surprise, Ben finds that he likes knitting and that he has a mean competitive streak. If he can just keep it all a secret from his mates…and notice that the girl of his dreams, girl-next-door Megan Hooper has a bit of a thing for him…Laugh-out-loud, often ridiculous, sometimes quite touching, and revelatory about the knitting world, Boys Don’t Knit is a must for boys and girls…

Boys Don’t Knit has been on my radar for a little while. It sounds really funny, and the tagline says it all!      

Due to be released by Hot Key Books in January 2014.

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

Announcement: Ebook Overload!

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This past month I’ve been concentrating on reading physical review books. While I’ve made a dent in them, I’ve still got quite a big pile. However,my ebooks-to-review list is even longer. Hence, Ebook Overload!

So for the month of October, I am going to try and exclusively read ebooks that I have received to review. I also hope to catch up on the reviews for ebooks as well.

I find it very easy to pretend that ebooks do not exist, but it isn’t really fair on the publishers if I never read them. Especially when I keep requesting them…. So it is time to clear the backlog and clear my conscience!

Below is a list of just SOME of the ebooks I have awaiting me. I’d love your recommendations on what to read first, and motivation as well!

  • Blood Family by Anne Fine
  • Parasite by Mira Grant
  • Acid by Emma Pass
  • Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
  • Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
  • Twerp by Mark Goldblatt
  • The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  • House of Secrets by Chris Colombus and Ned Vizzini
  • Finding It by Cora Carmack
  • Speechless by Hannah Harrington
  • Ostrich by Matt Greene
  • Nowhere by Jon Robinson
  • Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
  • Day One by Nate Kenyon

Where do you think I should start How do you ensure you read ebooks? Do you keep up with the ones you request through Netgalley? 

Letterbox Love #33

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

This week I am RESTRAINED. (sort of).      

Received for Review:

Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone

Lisa you are a star! Random House I ADORE YOU for sending a copy of this.  

Pawn by Aimee Carter

I know, I know, I shouldn’t be requesting any books. But this looks awesome, thanks Netgalley and Mira Ink.  

Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie

Thanks Netgalley and Adams Media, this sounds exciting.

Bought:

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

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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!