Sunday, 16 December 2012

Letterbox Love (#33)

As always, Letterbox Love is a weekly feature that I'm hosting on the blog and basically, the idea came out of a discussion with other UK book bloggers about the need to do a weekly meme with more of a British feel to it. Therefore, Letterbox Love was born and the logo was lovingly designed by Dark Readers. Letterbox Love is a way for us to share the books that come through our letterbox, galleys and e books (through our electronic letterbox) and any other bookish goodies that we want to tell you about. Letterbox Love is intended to showcase upcoming books and build up some excitement for them as well as let you know what is available out there. It is not about competing with other bloggers or boasting of any kind (c'mon, we're British and we don't do drama!)

So, this is week 33 of Letterbox Love or as I like to call it...BEST. WEEK. FOR. BOOK. POST. EVER.  You'll see why ;)

Review Books

Undone by Cat Clarke
I have to admit, I do like the sound of this book although I fear Cat is going to have me in puddles of tears throughout.  

Requiem by Lauren Oliver
OMG, I actually squealed when I opened up this package and saw Requiem.  I'm DYING to see how it all ends, especially with THAT ending in Pandemonium.  I realised recently that my review of Pandemonium never posted and now I can't find it so I'm going to have to rewrite it!!  I can't wait to see how it all ends. 

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
This sounds like a YA murder mystery to me and the protag's sidekick is the ghost of her best friend.  I have to say that I really wished they hadn't changed the cover as I love the US cover so much more.
Hunger by Melvin Burgess
This is a horror story of sorts or at the very least, creepy as hell.  I'm thinking it would make a great halloween read if you wanted to scare yourself stupid.  I'm not a big lover of scary books (I have no idea why, I quite like scary movies) perhaps it is because I fear my imagination the most ;) I'll probably wait for some reviews before I take a look at this one. 

A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz (Unsolicited)
This is a steampunk novel which I'm just not sure is my preferred genre.  I think I'll see if any of my friends and fellow book bloggers have to say before tackling this.

A Red Sun Also Rises by Mark Hodder (Unsolicited)
This is a sci fi book which I believe is the third book in a trilogy I've never heard of.  Not that I'm not grateful but I'll never understand why publishers send unsolicited books way down the line of a series someone has never read.  Isn't that a waste of money?  If anyone has read the other books and is desperate for this one, please drop me a line.

Osiris by E.J. Swift (Unsolicited)
This is book one in the series (HOORAH) and a debut sci fi novel set in the future.  It's had some good reviews on Amazon and whilst I still haven't got a clue what it's about (after reading the synopsis) we shall see if I get round to reading this one.

Thank you publishers!!!!

Books Bought

Beautiful Disaster (Special Edition Signed Hardback) by Jamie McGuire 
I LOVED this book and when I say LOVED, that really doesn't even cover it.  When I saw that there was a special edition signed hardback,  well lets just say that I'm glad no one was filming me.  I'm ecstatic to have this on the shelves and have given my paperback to my sister to enjoy :)

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
This is one of my top ten reads for 2012 and by God, I loved this book.  I think I may be a tad obsessed actually lol.  I'm ecstatic to own a hardback for my collection, I just wish I could get it signed!  Can we bring this lady to the UK please? PLEASE? *starts petition*.  Look out for my review on Monday ;)
Touching the Surface by Kimberley Sabatini (Gifted)
I actually bought this a while ago but after a little Twitter misunderstanding (Kimberley accidentally blocked me) we made friends properly and she sent me a super duper signed copy of her book and some swag.  I'm planning on having a contest REALLY soon to give away my copy and some of the signed swag of course ;)

Secret Santa

Just a little shout out to say thank you to my UKYABB Secret Santa whose gifts arrived this week too!  You'll be pleased to know that rather than ripping them open immediately as I was sorely tempted to do, I've put them under the tree like a good girl. 


Where I Need to Be by Kimberley Knight (Bought)
I *think* this is a New Adult.  Anyway, a girl catches her boyfriend cheating and runs off to Vegas with her girlfriends and I guess what happens in Vegas...

Under the Mistletoe With Me by Kristen Proby (Bought)
This is a novella from the With Me in Seattle series and features two characters that we were introduced to in Come Away With Me.  I really appreciate the fact that this is set around Christmas time and it's being published at just the right time!

Tidal by Emily Snow (Bought)
I really like Emily Snow's books and if you haven't checked out Devoured yet, then you must!  Tidal is a New Adult book that's set around the world of acting and I presume it's in California (hence the beach on the cover).  Looking forward to reading this.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen (Bought)
This is a New Adult contemporary that sounds so good.  I don't believe in coincidence and I think that might be the point of the novel but we shall see.  It sounds like a guy and a girl who rescue each other and I'm definitely looking forward to reading this.

The Vincent Brothers: New and Uncut by Abbi Glines (Bought)
I'm still a little mad at buying both versions of both books in this series but there was no way I could miss out on new scenes and extra content.  Whilst I've already read The Vincent Boys, I'm going to re-read the new version soon as I loved it. 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Bought)
I read this earlier in the year and LOVED IT.  Whilst I have a paperback (I'm also itching to get the hardback because you know me and my hardbacks), I saw this on Amazon for 99p and decided to get it for my eBook collection.  I would advise you all to do the same, especially if you haven't read it yet because it's an awesome story and a bargain at that price.

Avow by Chelsea Fine (Bought)
This is the third and final book in The Archers of Avalon series that I've already read and reviewed hereNeedless to say that I loved it and it was a great ending to a wonderful series.

The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski (Bought)
This is a New Adult contemporary novel.  I always want to read about someone who vows never to fall in love as you just know that belief is going to be tested and I look forward to the deliciousness of it.

My Misery Muse by Brei Betzold (Bought)
I have a friend who read this and is raving about it (as an aside, she is costing me so much money lately with her recommendations).  This is a New Adult novel with tattoo artists and rock stars.  Bring it on!

Try Me, Tempt Me, Take Me (One Night with Sole Regret Anthology) by Olivia Cunning (Bought)
I recently read Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning (which I LOVED) and so I knew I wanted to buy these.  They've recently been bundled together for a lower price and so I jumped on it.  Just to let you know what you're letting yourself in for, Olivia writes about hot rock stars and steamy doesn't even come close.  You've been warned ;)

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton (Bought)
This one sounded hilarious and I can tell you that it is.  I'm reading it right now and I've just basically got a smile plastered on my face the whole time.  It's full of laugh out loud moments and just basically a fun book.  Really enjoying it. 

Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan (Bought)
This book is billed as an epic love story that will tear your heart to pieces.  I have to know if that's true, what can I say, I'm a glutton for punishment!

Teasing Trent by Minx Malone (Free)
This is a prequel to One More Day (The Alexanders) and it was free so I thought, why not?!  The series has been highly rated and I'm looking forward to diving in.

One More Day by Minx Malone (Bought)
It was only 99p and like I said, it's been highly rated and I'm curious. 
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren (Free)
I've been wanting to read this series for a while now but the eBooks are pretty pricey in comparison to most so I was ecstatic to see that it was being offered as a free download on Amazon.  I'm interested to read but not so enthusiastic at having to pay the high price for the rest of the series if i carry on with it. 

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren (Netgalley)
This is the new Twilight fan fiction novel that is being hyped up and perhaps riding off the back of not only Twilight but Fifty Shades of Grey.  I've actually read this in the past week but I'm saving my review for a little bit longer as it's not out until February.  It's got flaws but it's a steamy read and I sort of hate myself for liking it.  But I do.  

Sister Assassin (Mind Games) by Kiersten White (Netgalley) 
I have no idea why they changed the name of this book for the UK market but I still want to read it.  I can't believe that although I have the whole Paranormal series on my shelves, I still haven't read anything from Kiersten and I know on Twitter, she is hilarious so I have to read this!

Splintered by A.G. Howard (Netgalley) 
This is a companion read to Alice in Wonderland and not a retelling.  I repeat, it is NOT a retelling.  This comes highly recommended by Melissa Marr (author of Wicked Lovely) and I have to say that she has never steered me wrong.  I'm curious to read this and I hope it's as amazing as everyone says it is.  The goodreads reviews are fantastic :)

Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin (For Review)
A hot rock star, first love and an angst fest?  Sounds like this book was MADE for me.  I've read it, I loved it and I'm reviewing it really soon as part of a blog tour.  If you're wondering, it comes out on 27th December, 2012. 

I think this has been on of the best weeks for book mail EVER and I have to say that I cannot get enough of books and reading and I hope I never will.  As always, I hope you had as awesome a week for books as I did and please leave your links below so I can check them out :)


  1. I read Undone recently and yes, as a warning, you will probably be in pools and pools of tears at the ending. This was my first Cat Clarke book but wow, just so dramatic, tense and so good! Hope you enjoy!

  2. I can't wait to read Undone!

  3. I'm very sorry, I am in a rush, but I didn't want to just leave my link as the only thing I said so, short and sweet, but:

    Undone! Paper Valentine! REQUIEM!!!!! Eeee!

    First Class Post.

  4. I loved FK. :) Really need to get myself a physical copy!

  5. What a fab book week! Looks like you've got some exciting things from your secret Santa

  6. Good grief that's an EPIC amount of books. I'm impressed with your amount of restraint in not opening those Secret Santa gifts, I know I couldn't do it!

  7. Your Secret Santa gifts look amazing. :P I'd be too tempted.

    Loved Cat Clarke's debut novel. I just got Torn, her second book. :) Requiem! I'm surprised that I remember what happened at the end of Pandemonium. !!! I need to read this book NOW! Happy reading.

    Check out what I got!

  8. Some great looking books! So jealous about Requiem, been trying to get my grubby little hands on it lol

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