Sunday 7 April 2013

Letterbox Love (#47)

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!)

I have to apologize profusely for missing last week's Letterbox Love but I've been having a hard time at work recently and this is the first weekend in a month that I've actually had off (I've had to work both days of the last three weekends running).  Nursing is a tough job and is not always conducive with blogging.  Anyway, so this week's post includes last week's book mail which is why it may seem like I've received a lot of books.

Review Books

Irresistible by Liz Bankes
 This is a New Adult book from a British author and so naturally, it's on the list to read.  I'm interested to see how this compares to the other NA books I've been reading recently.
Lover At Last by J.R. Ward (Unsolicited)
Now, this is a series that I actually want to read but I am flabbergasted to have been sent a hardback of the ELEVENTH book in the series when I haven't read the rest and I've never been offered them for review.  I don't understand it. 

 Shipwrecked by Siobhan Curham (Unsolicited)
I do like the sound of this book - a group of teenagers en route to a cruise ship get hit by a freak storm and are stranded on a desert island.  This sounds like a Summer book to me and I might just wait until the weather is warmer to read it.

Neptune's Tears by Susan Waggoner
 Set in a futuristic London and is billed as a story about two star crossed lovers.  SOLD.  I just hope it lives up to my expectations!

Beautiful Bastard by Christine Lauren
I'm cheating with this one because I've already read and reviewed it here but they were nice enough to let me have a copy anyway! I'm glad to see that it's being published in the UK and I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel! If you're interested, you can find my review in the master reviews list or under the adult titles.

Acid by Emma Pass
This is a YA futuristic thriller about a girl who is the only female inmate in a violent high security prison (until she gets broken out and given a new identity).   I think it sounds really interesting and has movie blockbuster written all over it.

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols
I am a HUGE fan of Jennifer Echols and so when I was offered the chance to read and review her latest YA offering, I jumped at the chance.  I love the cover and I love the fact that this will be another hardback copy when it's published.   

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
I probably don't need to tell you how much I love this series since I've read and reviewed both Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster now.  This is the UK paperback and I am ecstatic at the thought of getting the chance to meet Jamie when she comes to the UK in June!  I can't wait for more books from her. 

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
This has been receiving a lot of attention stateside and I'm definitely intrigued.  At first, I wasn't sure whether it was about actual waves (like tsunami's) or what but having looked inside the paperback, I think it's about an alien invasion.  THAT has me interested for sure.  

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
This is the UK paperback (I received a paper manuscript a little while ago but this will be easier to read). I'm actually a little scared to read this since it sounds similar to an idea I have in my head for a story but it might just be different enough!  It does sound good!

Thank You Publishers!!!

Books Bought

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
I loved Grave Mercy and so naturally, I ordered the sequel which I'm looking forward to reading when I'm feeling in the need of a historical novel.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
I have the first book (which I haven't read yet) and I wanted the sequel in hardback to match so I ordered it.  Marissa was recently in the UK and sadly, I could not make the book signing but I sent Cinder to my good friend and fellow blogger Laura who got it signed for me (sadly, Scarlett did not arrive in time for this). 


Close Liaisons by Anna Zaires (Bought)
This is a really interesting book and I'm not sure whether to classify it as New Adult (as the main protagonist is in college) or adult or erotica.  I just don't know about labels anymore *shrug*.  Anyway, I think the premise is incredibly interesting and whilst it's not perfect and there are things that could have been done better, I can't seem to tear myself away and I've even bought the second book (which I'm currently reading).  This is a fresh take on the controlling alpha male...who just so happens to be an all powerful alien. 

Close Obsession by Anna Zaires (Bought)
This is the sequel to the above and I'm almost done reading it.  I have no idea if there will be a third book but I wouldn't be surprised.  

One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy (Bought)
This is a New Adult contemporary about a girl who agrees to be a guy's fake girlfriend, presumably for a week but I guess they develop feelings somewhere along the way.  At least, that's what I think it's about and whilst it's not a new idea, I'm still interested in reading it.

Flat-Out Matt by Jessica Park (Bought)
This is a companion novel to Flat-Out Love and whilst I haven't read that one yet, I've been hearing very good things about them both. 

Suicide Note by Teresa Mummert (Bought) I'm intrigued by this one and when the price dropped recently on Amazon, I jumped on it.  

Plastic Hearts by Lisa De Jong, Jennifer Roberts-Hall (Bought)
I don't know a lot about what this story is about but it's got five star reviews and was a recommendation from a friend.    Again, the price dropped recently so I bought it.

Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas (Bought)
I want to go on record and say that I LOVE the sound of this book.  I always love it when the main protagonist isn't skinny and beautiful but more of a normal girl.  I think I'm going to love this one and let's hope I'm right!

The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle (Bought)
I bought this on recommendation from one of my good friends Emma and whilst it's not exactly an original idea, I still think it will be entertaining and if Emma loves it, I know I will.

Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley (Bought)
Ever since I read The Proposition, I've been a huge fan of Katie Ashley and mark my words, she is an author to watch.  I see big things in her future, it just takes a little time for others to recognise that ;)  Anyway, so I read this in one sitting the other night and it was fantastic.  Again, not an original idea as such but entertaining nonetheless.

A Tangle of Magicks, A Reckless Magick, A Most ImproperMagick by Stephanie Burgis (Bought)
Whilst these books are MG, they were on offer and I recently read a heartfelt blog post from Stephanie which kinda made me want to buy her books.  

Whisper Cape by Susan Griscom and Regan Walsh (Bought)
I've seen lots of great reviews for this book and I'm intrigued as it sounds so mysterious.
Savor by Megan Duncan (Free)
Besides the fact that it was free, I really liked the idea of a fresh take on a vampire story and THAT'S the real reason I downloaded this from Amazon.  I think it sounds interesting and every now and then, I do get a hampering to read a vampire novel.

Ethereal by Addison Moore (Free)
Apparently, this self published book has been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox with the view to turning it into a television show.  That alone has me intrigued enough to read it and right now, you can download the first book in the series for free.

Never Have I Ever (Free)
A New Adult contemporary with a hint of BDSM I believe.  The reason why I downloaded it though is the sheer amount of five star reviews on Amazon which immediately piques my interest.  I want to know if it's really that good and I will let you know when I read it!

The Millionaire Tempted Fate (Free)
This is a short novella that sounds really cute and it was free so why not?!

Awakened by Brenda K. Davies (Free)
This New Adult novel is apparently not your average vampire book and I want to know why!

Summer's Journey: Volume One - Losing Control by Summer Daniels (Free)
This is only 6.000 words and an introduction to the series. I'm not sure why I downloaded this other than the fact it was free and I was intrigued by the review left on Amazon.

Unexpected by Faith Sullivan (Free)
Another New Adult contemporary book that was free and so I thought I would give it a go as I've got nothing to lose but my time. 

Some Quite Place by Kelsey Sutton (Netgalley - For Review)
I think this book has quite an original premise and the cover is gorgeous.  I'm very intrigued to see what this one is all about.

True by Erin McCarthy (Netgalley - For Review)
This is a New Adult contemporary novel about the good girl and the bad boy and whilst it's not an original trope, I still want to read it. 

As you can see, it has been an AWESOME couple of weeks for books and I hardly know where to start!  I just wish someone would pay me to sit at home and read and review books all day.  I'm anxiously waiting for The Elite by Keira Cass (which doesn't publish until 23rd April) and have done a re-read of The Selection as well as The Pledge by Kimberly Derting.  Besides the alien erotica book I'm currently reading, I'm also reading The Essence (sequel to The Pledge) right now.  What are you guys reading?  As always, please leave your links to your own Letterbox Love posts below and happy reading :)


  1. Wow, that's a lot of ebooks! And Mila 2.0 is really good, finished it last week :)

    1. TWO weeks worth though Anya! Glad you enjoyed Mila, I want to read that!

  2. I have Neptune's Tears but still need to read it- and Acid sounds amazing as well. I'm definitely reading Scarlet next- I can't wait to dive in!
    Great new books- enjoy!

  3. Great haul, Lynsey! I am so excited to read ACID, it sounds awesome! I have Mila 2.0 via NetGalley and it sounds so good! There's a prequel short story to this, Mila 2.0: The Origins: The Fire that is available for free on Amazon if you're interested. I've already read it, and it's not spoilery, but the ending of the story gives hints about the book, so maybe it will be enough to help you decide whether you want to read the actual book yet or not? It's very short, but it's brilliant in my opinion. I've still not read anything by Jennifer Echols, but I'm looking forward to the releases that are coming out in the UK soon! And I really want to read Jamie McGuire's novels, but I've not bought copies yet. There has been such divided opinion over Beautiful Disaster!

    Such a great number of books there! Happy reading, Lynsey!

    First Class Post.

    1. This IS two weeks worth though, Jo! I've heard some good things about Acid so, looking forward to that one! I heard about the prequel which I have already but thanks for the tip.

  4. Ah, that addtion of Scarlett and Dark Triumph look so pretty! I must get them soon! Oh and I cannot wait for Acid to release! Happy Reading!

    My Letterbox Love!

  5. Cinder and Scarlet are fantastic and I really want to read Dirty Little Secret! Enjoy :)

    1. Thanks Soph, I need more hours in the day to read all of these though!

  6. I loved Acid and The Fifth Wave, I hope you enjoy them too! I still need to read Mila 2.0, heard it is really good!
    A great load of books, I look forward to your reviews of them!

    My Stacking The Shelves

    1. Oh, I've heard such good things about them, I can't wait to start reading! Thanks for commenting :)

  7. Lots of books and ebooks! Hope you love them all.

    1. This was two weeks worth, mind you. Thanks for commenting :)