Sunday, 26 May 2013

Letterbox Love #5

Hey! It's half term so I've got a week off exams so I'm hoping to post a couple of times this week, but we'll see how that goes! I thought I'd do a Letterbox Love as I've not done one for ages, and it'll give me a little bit of time to write a review for you guys, because I owe you one (at least!) ;) so, here's what I've received recently!

Gloss by Marilyn Kaye (Macmillan Children's Books, 6th June 2013)
I'm really excited to read this one, it sounds great! I love historical New York-y fashion-y kind of things, if that makes sense (like, Flappers are awesome and I love Gossip Girl (which I know's not historical but whatever :P )) so I'm really looking forward to this one. Thanks Macmillan!

Spy for the Queen of Scots by Theresa Breslin (Corgi, paperback release: 6th June 2013)
I'd not heard of this before I received it, however I do like a good historical like this now and then so if I have time and it takes my fancy, I'll give it a go. Thank you to Random House for this!

Spy Society by Robin Benway (Simon and Schuster Children's Books, 18th July 2013)
AHHH you guys I am SO excited for this one! I'm on the blog tour in July so you'll be hearing a lot more about this one from me, but I definitely cannot wait to read this one. I'm saving it for a treat once I've finished my final exam, I think, if I can wait that long (we'll see ;) ) Thanks Simon and Schuster!

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (Simon and Schuster Children's Books, 18th July 2013)
Another one from S&S that I'm very excited about! I was very lucky to receive a US proof of this one so I'm very excited to read this one, so look out for a review closer to release! Thanks again S&S!

Angelfall by Susan Ee (Hodder, available now)
Thanks so much for this Hodder, this sounds pretty good so if I've got time I'll give it a read :)

Lockwood & Co by Jonathon Stroud (Doubleday, 29th August 2013)
Not heard of this one until I received it, again, but it actually sounds really good and the letter that came with it that kind of acts like a press release made it sound really good! Looking forward to giving this one a read, although I still don't really know that much about it! Thanks Random House :)

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider (Simon & Schuster Children's Books, 15th August 2013)
I'm SO EXCITED for this one! I've only heard good things so far and it's been compared to John Green so how could I not want to read it?! Thanks Simon & Schuster!

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer (Hodder, 25th June 2013)
I already have a hardcover copy of this one, and I still haven't read it but it sounds quite good so maybe I'll give it a read sometime over summer. Thanks to Hodder for this one!

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (Indigo, released)
I got this at a school event that I attended in April, and it was really great. Marcus is super cool and I'm definitely looking forward to giving this a read!

Nowhere by Jon Robinson (Puffin, 4th July 2013)
This one sounds really interesting and I haven't read a thriller for a long time so I'm excited! Thanks for Puffin for this one.

Goddess by Josephine Angelini (Macmillan Children's Books, released)
EEEP! Not much I need to say about this one, I don't think, just that I'm excited and I can't wait to find out how it ends! Thanks to Macmillan for this one.

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan (Penguin, released)
I'm halfway through this one now and I'm really enjoying it. It's very weird and I'm still getting my head around the fact that it's about an invisible boy, but more plot points are being introduced and I'm getting used to it and it's really, really good. Thanks Penguin!

You Don't Know Me by Sophie Bennett (Chicken House, released)
This one looks good and I've only heard good things about Sophia's other book, The Look, so I'm looking forward to giving this a read, probably over the summer. Thanks Chicken House!

The School for Good and Evil  After Eden (After Eden, #1)

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (HarperCollins Children's Books, 6th June 2013)
This one sounds really fun and I love the cover. I'm very excited to give this a read! Thanks to HarperCollins and NetGalley for this. 

After Eden by Helen Douglas (Bloomsbury, 4th July 2013)
I read this one on the plane back from my holiday to Sicily in the Easter holidays, and it was okay. I liked it, but there were quite a lot of things that I found unbelievable or strange. It's about time travel though and I do love books about time travel! Look out for my review soon. Thanks to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for this. 

Thanks for reading! Which of these do you think I should read first, or have you read any that are good? Let me know in the comments box below and also feel free to leave me a link to your Letterbox Loves or In My Mailboxes. 

Happy reading!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

It's Exam Season... So Here's What I've Been Doing Instead of Revision

Hey there, it's nice to see you again, if you're still here... I know I haven't posted for almost a month, and I'm sorry! You probably guessed from the title of this (very rambly) post, it's Exam Season, which means I will probably not post that much. I haven't been reading (very much - less than half a book in three weeks :( ), and no reading means no books to review, so I don't really have anything to post, hence my silence. So, I was thinking that I don't just want to be really quiet until the end of June, and I'm not going to be revising 24/7 (and now that I'm on study leave I don't have school) so I should have some time to at least post something occasionally... Anyhoo.

I thought I'd start with a showcase of a few of the books I've received in the last couple of months that I'm looking forward to reading after revision and exams are over, as I won't be able to review them anytime soon and I feel I should at least talk about them once for now since I was so lucky to receive them for review. So. I guess this is kind of like a Letterbox Love but I'm doing it a little differently, and then adding a little bit at the end.

Doll BonesDOLL BONES by Holly Black
9th May 2013, Random House Children's Books
Twelve-year-old Zach is too old to play with toys. Or at least, that's what his father thinks.

But even though he stops hanging out with Poppy and Alice, stops playing with his action figures, it's no good. There's one toy that still wants to play with him. A doll that's made from the bones of a dead girl.

The only way to end the game is to lay the doll to rest forever. It's time for a journey to Spring Grove cemetery. It's time to grow up.

I'd not heard of this one until I received it, but I really like the sound of it and I've heard a lot about Holly Black's book before, but never actually read one. I also really enjoy middle grade books every now and then so I'm looking forward to this one! Also, the cover is hauntingly beautiful so I'm definitely going to have to give this one a read soon!

The DrowningTHE DROWNING by Rachel Ward
2nd May 2013, Chicken House
What happens if you've done something terrible? But you can't remember what. And you don't know how to put it right ...When Carl opens his eyes on the banks of a lake, his brother is being zipped into a body bag. What happened in the water? He can't remember And when he glimpses a beautiful girl he thinks he recognizes, she runs away. Suddenly he knows he must find her - because together they must face the truth before it drowns them.

I'm really looking forward to reading this one too - again, I've heard a lot about Rachel Ward's Numbers series but I haven't read it, so I'm expecting this one to be really great. I love a good mystery and haven't read one for a while so I'm sure this'll be a nice exam antidote!

The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed, #1)THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan
2nd May 2013, Hot Key Books
Ingrid Waverley is a young woman to be reckoned with. Faced with her brother's mysterious disappearance after an abrupt move to Paris, she is determined to discover what has happened to him. Soon she and her sister Gabriella are drawn into a Parisian underworld more terrifying than they could ever have imagined, but watching over them are two impossible (and impossibly handsome) young men. Luc is a 'Dispossessed', an ancient gargoyle whose sworn duty it is to protect the humans who inhabit his abbey. Nolan has secrets of his own too. He is a member of the Alliance - a shadowy group dedicated to keeping Paris safe from the demonic forces that threaten to destroy it.

I love the sound of this one, and I've never read anything about gargoyles before so that's very exciting! The back of the book says it contains romance, murder, gothic and supernatural, so it sounds right up my street - very excited to give this one a read! Also, this will  be my first Hot Key Books book, so that's equally exciting!

Life After TheftLIFE AFTER THEFT by Aprilynne Pike
25th April 2013, HarperCollins Children's Books
Kimberlee’s dead. Has been for a while, actually. Stuck haunting the halls of her high school, she’s doomed to an afterlife of boredom. That is until the new kid shows up.

The first thing Jeff spots is Kimberlee lying on the floor as other students walk right through her. Pretty soon she’s harangued him into helping her escape to the afterlife.

Kimberlee guesses that once Jeff rights her mean girl wrongs she’ll be able to move on. But nothing is simple in life after death...

I really love the sound of this one too, and I really like the cover too. I've never read anything by Aprilynne Pike, but I've heard good things about her Wings series so I'm looking forward to giving this one a read. It sounds like it could be pretty funny and if that's true it'd be nice to read after the stress of exams. Very exciting!

Kite SpiritKITE SPIRIT by Sita Brahmachari
9th May 2013, Macmillan Children's Books
During the summer of her GCSEs Kite's world falls apart. Her best friend, Dawn, commits suicide after a long struggle with feeling under pressure to achieve. Kite's dad takes her to the Lake District, to give her time and space to grieve. In London Kite is a confident girl, at home in the noisy, bustling city, but in the countryside she feels vulnerable and disorientated. Kite senses Dawn's spirit around her and is consumed by powerful, confusing emotions - anger, guilt, sadness and frustration, all of which are locked inside. It's not until she meets local boy, Garth, that Kite begins to open up - talking to a stranger is easier somehow. Kite deeply misses her friend and would do anything to speak to Dawn just once more, to understand why . . . Otherwise how can she ever say goodbye? A potent story about grief, friendship, acceptance and making your heart whole again.

I love stories about friendship, so I'm looking forward to this one. I've not read any of the author's other books, nor have I heard that much about them, so I'm not really sure what to expect from this one. However, I like the idea of the story and I really like the cover so I have high hopes.

Have you read any of these books? I'm trying to decide which one I want to read first, but I can't! I think maybe Life After Theft, or The Beautiful and the Cursed... I believe all these books are out now so you can buy them for yourselves if you see anything you fancy and get reading! :)


While I'm not reading, I am watching a lot of TV and listening to music while I revise, so it's probably more appropriate for me to talk about that here because that's actually something that I've done recently! I'm currently watching my way through Gossip Girl - I'm currently on Season 4 and even though I've seen every episode a few times already I just love it so much! I'm also really loving Doctor Who this series - I'm SO happy that they've gone back to having one story per episode that is unrelated (mostly) to the one before - it's so much more fun that way! I also really like Clara - I like her even more every episode and I really want to know who she is and why she keeps popping up everywhere and everywhen ;) (Also, have you guys seen that Matt Smith has shaved his head?! His beautiful floppy hair has gone... :'( )

Music wise, I'm loving P!nk right now (always have, always will) - her newest album The Truth About Love mostly but also Funhouse and the rest of her albums. I've also recently bought Paramore's new album, Paramore, and I'm really liking it though it's quite different from their last, Brand New Eyes. My favourite song from it is probably Proof, or maybe Still Into You (which also has a great video if you've not seen it yet). Any recommendations for new songs would be great - I can't work in silence so I need new things all the time!

Last thing - movies! I watched Star Trek last week in preparation for Into Darkness, and I really enjoyed it! Looking forward to Into Darkness hugely (Benedict Cumberbatch, anyone? ;) ). I saw Iron Man 3 last week, and it was incredible as usual. Robert Downey Jr is just so amazing as Tony Stark, and I also love Gwyneth Paltrow, despite her being voted Most Hated Celebrity! I thoroughly recommend it!

So. That's what I've been up to in the last couple of weeks and what I've received and am looking forward to reading once exams are over and I've got time to think. I'm currently reading Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys and it's excellent, but I have been reading it for about three weeks now and I'm not even half way through so there's not much I can say about it yet, really. I'll keep you posted on Twitter, though :)

Thanks for reading (I hope it was interesting - I just wanted to let you know I'm still alive and haven't forgotten about my blog and you lovely readers, I promise!), have a great week and I'll see you soon, hopefully! Also sorry it's so long, but it'll probably be the only new thing for a while ;)
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