Sunday 16 June 2013

Letterbox Love (#56)

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!)

Well, I'm back from my holiday to the Norwegian Fjords and let me just tell you that I saw some of the most breathtaking scenery on this earth, I never knew such beauty existed.  I'll tell you all about it in an upcoming post but in the meantime, bear in mind that I didn't take part in Letterbox Love last week (due to the holiday) and so this post includes a couple of week's worth of mail.

Review Books

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
It was actually the beautiful book trailer and synopsis that sold me on this one even though it looks a little younger than I might normally read.  This is a fairytale with a twist and a brilliant idea.  I'm definitely curious to read it and thanks to the book trailer, can even see it being a movie some day. 

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
I LOVED Shadow and Bone and this is the sequel.  As I've already bought a hardback for my collection, I will be passing this one either in a contest or to a fellow blogger. 

The Sound by Sarah Alderson
Sarah Alderson is one of my favourite UKYA writers and I'm looking forward to reading this one about a girl who becomes a nanny for a rich family in Nantucket. 

One Moment by Kristina McBride
I think this is a YA mystery and I get the feeling we might need tissues for this although I hope I'm wrong!

The Mirror Chronicles by Ian Johnstone
This is an epic fantasy and it sounds like it will appeal to Harry Potter or Philip Pullman fans.  I would not be surprised if this became a movie or a TV series.

Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess
This is a new adult book about a girl living in New York.  That's all I know about it right now other than the fact that it's a contemporary novel.

Thank You Publishers!!!!!

Books Bought

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
This is the US hardback of the sequel to Shadow and Bone which I loved.  I'm thinking we're going to have to drag Leigh back to the UK so she can sign this one for me ;)
Proxy by Alex London
I got turned down for this on Netgalley but I'd already pre ordered it anyway so it doesn't matter.  This is a YA sci fi novel with a male protagonist and a bromance rather than a romance if I remember rightly.  I think the synopsis sounds awesome which is why I took the chance of ordering this debut novel.
Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood
I loved Born Wicked and with that ending, I can't wait to see what happens next! I suspect I'm going to have to wait until I'm in the mood to read a historical novel but I know I won't be disappointed.  This doesn't release in the UK until next year. 

Books Gifted

Suddenly Royal by Nicole Chase
Imagine by surprise when I returned from holiday to find a SIGNED paperback of Suddenly Royal in the mail, gifted to me from my amazing friend and fellow book blogger, Emma from Book Angel Booktopia.  Also enclosed were some signed bookmarks.  I loved this book so I'm ecstatic to have a signed copy!  I'm definitely going to have to think of something awesome for Emma now and I may just have an idea ;)


All Over You by Emily Snow (Bought) 
I really enjoyed Devoured (although I'm not entirely sure that my review is up for this yet) and this is the prequel.  I was actually shocked to find that I hadn't bought it yet so I quickly remedied that.  I think this is probably a novella and as such, a quick read.  

Savor You by Emily Snow (Bought)
I *think* this is a spin off book from the Devoured series and can be read as a standalone I believe.  As I'm reading the Devoured series, I knew I would need to get this eventually so why not now? I love Emily's writing :)

Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts (Bought)
I came across this book after seeing that the third book in the series had just been released.  I have to say that it sounds interesting and I'm reading it right now.  I'm not going to say anything about it until I can form a decent opinion but I'm enjoying it so far and wondering where the story is going to go. 

Eversea by Natasha Boyd (Bought)
Beautiful cover and it's a Southern love story although I'm not sure if it's adult or new adult.  I like the sound of it and I'm going to give it a go. 

Sexcapades by Christine d'Abo (Bought)
I bought this because of my friend and fellow book blogger Sarah who reviewed it over at Feeling Fictional.  She made it sound so appealing and I think it will probably be a great read for fans of Wallbanger by Alice Clayton (which I LOVED). 

Girl under Glass by Monica Enderle Pierce (Bought)
This is a futuristic sci fi novel that I really don't know what to make of but I think the synopsis sounds really interesting and I've seen nothing but really positive reviews for it.  I do love books involving aliens so this is definitely one for me (I hope). 

Angelfall by Susan ee (Bought)
I already have a physical ARC of this which I haven't gotten round to reading yet but I saw that it was on offer for 99p for kindle and jumped on it.  I had intended to read this one on holiday but I only managed to read half a book!  Shocking I know and I didn't have internet access for a whole week!  I felt like my right arm had been cut off but at the same time, it was a nice break :)

Rebel by Dawn Rae Miller (Bought)
I love ANYTHING by Dawn Rae Miller and this is a short novella based in the same world as Larkstorm (incidentally, one of my favourite ever books).  This is a story about Lark's sister, Annalise.

Love at 11 by Mari Mancusi (Bought)
I've seen some great reviews for this new adult book and I love the fact that it's about a girl who works as a reporter.  Looking forward to reading this one.

Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan (Bought)
Although I had an ARC of this, I bought it to support my good friend and ex book blogger Katlyn Duncan.  I actually had the pleasure of beta reading this and even though the story has changed somewhat, it was a pretty good read and so I'm looking forward to getting stuck in and enjoying it all over again. 

The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard (Free)
This is a new adult fantasy novel which has had some pretty good reviews.  It's free at the moment so there's nothing to lose but your time.   Gorgeous cover and intriguing synopsis. 

Stitch by Samantha Durante (Free)
A new adult dystopian sci fi novel with some romance thrown in? SOLD.

Survival by A.M. Hargrove (Free)
I love the cover of this one and it has a sci fi element to it.  I've seen some mixed reviews for it but it was free and worth taking a chance on.  

Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes (Netgalley - For Review)
This looks like an interesting little book - a dystopian with a bit of time travel thrown in for good measure, and an autistic protagonist (not sure what the relevance of the autism is at this point).  I'm curious, I will say that.  

The Necromancer's Apprentice by R.M. Prioleau (Netgalley - For Review)
This is a YA fantasy novella about the art of death and undeath which definitely has me curious.  I've only seen 3 star reviews for this on Goodreads but I'm willing to give it a chance. 

I only managed to read half a book on holiday and that was the end of The Oathbreaker's Shadow by Amy McCulloch which I really enjoyed.  I'm currently reading Captive in the Dark as I wanted to read something completely different.  I like to mix and match what I read.  I hope you all had a great week for books and as always, please leave your links below :)


  1. I love the cover for One Moment and I can't wait to read The Sound.

  2. Ooh, some very pretty books! I'm especially looking forward to Brooklyn Girls, though I might have to steal a copy!

  3. Siege and Storm!!! I need to read this series so badly, everyone seems to be raving about them. Happy reading :)

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  4. Ah, lots of awesome :D Siege and Storm. <3 Sigh. So perfect :) Love the US and UK edition of it :D Enjoy it all :)

  5. Oh! I really loved the Proxy blurb too, just seen it on another blog and put it on my wishlist. Hope you enjoy it. I'm going to have to read The Mirror Chronicles and Shadow and Bone soon, I think!
    Great haul.

  6. Oh no you don't missy you do far too much for me as it is

  7. Siege & Storm was amazing! great haul :)
    -Scott Reads It!