Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Literary Gift Giving Guide: Gifts for Writers


This week for my literary gift giving guide I'm going to share with you seven of my favourite gifts for writers from various online shops. Everything you see here is available in the UK (or can be shipped) and I've tried to stick to the affordable end of the pricing spectrum - times are tough, folks!

Click the title or picture to visit the shop for yourselves and, just to confirm, I haven't been contacted by any of the companies involved in regards to this post, I just thought it'd be a fun feature!

Let me know in the comments if you'll be buying or wishing for any of these this Christmas or for birthdays and make sure you drop by this Friday, when I'll be looking at book-themed home decor.


Not exactly polite, but to the point! There are times when we just don't want to be interrupted. 




This ring is my personal mantra. It's stamped to read, "writing is rewriting" in my lower case font and accented with a copper rivet.








Liquid Courage flasks are brand new stainless steel liquor hip flasks that fit perfectly in your pocket or purse. These flasks make an awesome gift for that hard to buy for person...or for yourself! Perfect for bridesmaids, groomsmen, work friends, birthday presents, guys gifts, stocking stuffers, and much more!



"I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write." - P. G. Wodehouse




This guided journal turns sleepless nights into a source of inspiration. Featuring dozens of provocative creative writing prompts (Write the shortest story ever written. Describe the taste of regret.) and quotes about the power of nighttime, the pages provide a thought-provoking haven for restless writers and tireless thinkers.




 *All italicised paragraphs are taken from the product descriptions of the items*

Thursday, 25 October 2012

From the Review Pile (7) - The Diviners


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From Stepping Out of the Page: From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday. The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.

2012 has been a busy year at Writing from the Tub in terms of review copies and a combination of focusing on my own writing and a lot of real life busy-ness has meant I haven’t been getting through new releases as quickly as I’d like. There are so many wonderful books on my shelves that I’ve been sent by publishers that are waiting to be read, so I’m looking forward to using From the Review Pile as a way to give them a bit of coverage and publicity while I’m working my way to them.


This week I want to highlight The Diviners by Libba Bray. With an intriguing story and a stunning design, The Diviners is a book I've spent most of 2012 being excited for. I finally have a copy and I can't wait to start it - though this is one of those that I want to make sure I'm in the right mood for, as I want to savour it as much as possible!

The Diviners (The Diviners #1)


Summary (from Goodreads): It's 1920s New York City. It's flappers and Follies, jazz and gin. It's after the war but before the depression. And for certain group of bright young things it's the opportunity to party like never before.

For Evie O'Neill, it's escape. She's never fit in in small town Ohio and when she causes yet another scandal, she's shipped off to stay with an uncle in the big city. But far from being exile, this is exactly what she's always wanted: the chance to show how thoroughly modern and incredibly daring she can be.

But New York City isn't about just jazz babies and follies girls. It has a darker side. Young women are being murdered across the city. And these aren't crimes of passion. They're gruesome. They're planned. They bear a strange resemblance to an obscure group of tarot cards. And the New York City police can't solve them alone.

Evie wasn't just escaping the stifling life of Ohio, she was running from the knowledge of what she could do. She has a secret. A mysterious power that could help catch the killer - if he doesn't catch her first.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Strange Chemistry Sign Eliza Crewe

Hi guys, a couple of days ago I got sent a really exciting piece of news from Strange Chemistry about a fantastic debut author they've just signed. For more information about Eliza Crewe and Cracked have a read through the press release below. Doesn't Cracked sound great? Roll on November 2013!

Eliza Crewe, has been signed in a two book deal (World English, excluding the Indian Subcontinent) between Amanda Rutter of Strange Chemistry and Victoria Marini of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. CRACKED is going to be published in November 2013.
About CRACKED
Meet Meda. She eats people.
Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. She’s special. It’s not her fault she enjoys it. She can’t help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and it’s not like there are any other “soul-eaters” around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three men in suits show up.
They can do what she can do. They’re like her. Meda might finally have a chance to figure out what she is. The problem? They kind of want to kill her. Before they get the chance Meda is rescued by crusaders, members of an elite group dedicated to wiping out Meda’s kind. This is her chance! Play along with the “good guys” and she’ll finally figure out what, exactly, her “kind” is.
Be careful what you wish for. Playing capture the flag with her mortal enemies, babysitting a teenage boy with a hero complex, and avoiding a bad-ass cripple that doesn’t trust her are bad enough. But the Hunger is gaining on her.
The more she learns, the worse it gets. And when Meda uncovers a shocking secret about her mother, her past, and her destiny… she may finally give into it.
About Eliza
Eliza Crewe always thought she’d be a lawyer, and even went so far as to complete law school. But as they say, you are what you eat, and considering the number of books Eliza has devoured since childhood, it was inevitable she’d end up in the literary world. She abandoned the lawyer-plan to instead become a librarian and now a writer.
While she’s been filling notebooks with random scenes for years, Eliza didn’t seriously commit to writing an entire novel until the spring of 2011, when she and her husband bought a house. With that house came a half-hour commute, during which Eliza decided she needed something to think about other than her road-rage. Is it any surprise she wrote a book about a blood-thirsty, people-eating monster?
Eliza has lived in Illinois, Edinburgh, and Las Vegas, and now lives in North Carolina with her husband, her hens, her angry, talking, stuffed dwarf giraffe, and a sweet, mute, pantomiming bear. She likes to cook, partially-complete craft projects, free-range her hens, and take long walks. Cracked is her first novel.
Eliza’s website: http://www.elizacrewe.com/index.html
Eliza’s Twitter: @ElizaCrewe

(Press release supplied by Strange Chemistry)

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Stand Up for Books Event - London!

Morning all, just a little bit of news I wanted to share with you all today.

There's an event going on in London on October 26th which sounds so much fun! Unfortunately I'm not going to be able to make it but I definitely would if I was in the area, so if you're a book lover (and if you're not, um, why are you here?) take a look at the below press release and see if it takes your fancy:


STAND UP FOR BOOKS – HALLOWEEN THEME

DATE: 26TH OCTOBER 2012
TIME: 8PM-10.30PM
PRICE: £3 (If you have a Society of Young Publishers or The Society of Authors membership)
             £5 for non members
Entry on the door or pre-book via The Society of Young Publishers website: http://www.thesyp.org.uk/eventinfo.php?id=489

Stand up for Book is a quarterly event organised by The Society of Young Publishers and The Society of Authors. We aim to create an entertaining and welcoming literary evening for all book lovers who want to champion unpublished authors alongside star published names.

With Halloween just around the corner we thought it only natural to theme this month’s event on all things spooky.

Our confirmed line up this month includes:

·         Brighton based author James Dawson, whose debut contemporary chiller Hollow Pike sent waves through the YA genre earlier this year. (Published by Indigo books – imprint of Orion publishing.)

·         Rock journalist turned author, dubbed the first lady of noir, Cathi Unsworth. Her first novel The Not Knowing was published in 2005 and her most recent release Weirdo delves into notions of cults and pure madness – a work of unforgettable Eastern Gothic.  
http://cathiunsworth.weebly.com/

·         Debut author Kat Darby who’s novel The Unpierced Heart has been called a gothic gem with flavours of Wilkie Collins and Arthur Conan Doyle. Her fiction has been read on BBC radio and has published stories in a whole host of magazines including Slice, Mslexia and The London Magazine.

For more information, contact:

The Society of Young Publishers events@thesyp.org.uk or tweet @SYP_UK or The Society of Authors info@societyofauthors.org or tweet @Soc_of_Authors

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(Press release supplied by The Society of Young Publishers)


Monday, 22 October 2012

Literary Gift Giving Guide: Clothes


For of all, big apologies that this wasn't up last Friday as it was supposed to be... I had a bit of a busy working week and many other boring things, blah!

This week for my literary gift giving guide I'm going to share with you eight of my favourite book-themed items of clothing from various online shops. Everything you see here is available in the UK (or can be shipped) and I've tried to stick to the affordable end of the pricing spectrum - times are tough, folks!

Click the title or picture to visit the shop for yourselves and, just to confirm, I haven't been contacted by any of the companies involved in regards to this post, I just thought it'd be a fun feature!

Let me know in the comments if you'll be buying or wishing for any of these this Christmas or for birthdays and make sure you drop by this Friday, when I'll be looking at the ideal gifts for writers.



 

These shoes are painted by hand with textile paint, and have been fixed by ironing. The design is rain-proof, and can withstand washing at 40 degrees celcius or less. I have not tried washing myself though. The left shoe has a mockingjay pin design in gold (1st book) and the right side a mockingjay bursting free in blue (3rd book). The inner sides with the Converse logo have been left unpainted.



Ookadeeting for the nochy? Don this horrorshow fleece before hitting the milk bar, O my brothers and sisters. From the 1972 Penguin softcover by David Pelham.




Sylvia Plath first published her semi-autobiographical novel under the pseudonym "Victoria Lucas" to protect the individuals portrayed in the story. From the 1963 first edition cover.







Um, how amazing is this? Unfortunately it's not for sale but, still, we can dream!




(NB: All italicised passages are from the product descriptions on the relevant websites)



Thursday, 18 October 2012

From the Review Pile (6) - How to Keep a Boy as a Pet


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From Stepping Out of the Page: From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday. The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.


2012 has been a busy year at Writing from the Tub in terms of review copies and a combination of focusing on my own writing and a lot of real life busy-ness has meant I haven’t been getting through new releases as quickly as I’d like. There are so many wonderful books on my shelves that I’ve been sent by publishers that are waiting to be read, so I’m looking forward to using From the Review Pile as a way to give them a bit of coverage and publicity while I’m working my way to them.


This week I want to highlight How to Keep a Boy as a Pet by Diane Messidoro. I met Diane at a UKYA meet up earlier this year and she was absolutely lovely, so do make sure you stop by and see her at any events she might be doing near you.

This just looks like such a fun contemporary story that I'm really excited to read it. It's one of those that I've been really close to picking up ever since I got sent a copy, though I haven't quite been in the perfect mood yet. I read the beginning a while ago and loved it so hopefully I will be in the right mood soon, as this seems like the perfect read to get me through the chilly October nights!



Summary (from Goodreads): The Official Truth about dating the male human species!

Can taming a gorgeous boy really be as easy as walking a dog?

Circe Shaw is on a mission. She must transform into a fabulously sophisticated journalist and discover the amazing scientific truth about boys. Urgently.

But life is beyond complicated. Circe has to deal with a poisonous rival, her mum’s annoying ‘just friends’ men and her own Dark Past.

Can Circe’s daring investigation really teach her the facts of love? 

Will it help her finally get a boyfriend? 

Or will it break her heart…?

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Cover Reveals: Fractured, Goblin Fruit, Night School: Legacy, The Pirate's Wish and Through the Ever Night

Morning all, how are you all doing today? We're half way through the working week, phew. What are you all up to today? I'm doing a bit of Christmas shopping after work, then heading to the cinema to watch Paranormal Activity 4 - eek!

I've got a bumper post of cover reveals for you all today as it seems everybody's been releasing covers to some seriously exciting 2013 releases over the last couple of weeks. Take a look at the below and let me know which is your favourite - for me I think it's a toss up between The Pirate's Wish and Goblin Fruit, though I really love the cover for Fractured as well. Those eyes!

Fractured - Teri Terry (out May 2013)

 Goblin Fruit - Laini Taylor (out October 25th 2012)

 Legacy - C.J. Daugherty (out January 2013)

 The Pirate's Wish (out June 2013)

Through the Ever Night - Veronica Rossi (out January 2013)

Friday, 12 October 2012

Literary Gift Giving Guide: Mugs

Happy Friday everybody! What are you all up to this weekend? I'm heading even further down South to visit some of my lovely school friends for a weekend of chick flicks, S'more stuffed chocolate cookies (seriously, SERIOUSLY) and dodgy home made cocktails. I can't bloody wait.

For the first installment of my literary gift giving guide I'm going to share with you nine of my favourite book-themed mugs from around the web. All of these mugs are available in the UK (or can be shipped) and are all pretty reasonably priced, considering how awesome they are.

Click the title or picture to visit the website where you can pick up one of these bad boys for yourselves and, just to confirm, I haven't been contacted by any of the companies involved in regards to this post, I just thought it'd be a fun feature!

Let me know in the comments if you'll be buying or wishing for any of these this Christmas and do stop by next week, when I'll be tackling clothing.



'Celebrate your freedom to read. Or at least to caffeinate in support of the power of free expression.
This mug boldly displays the title of some the world's most famous banned books, from Galileo's Dialogo to Rushdie's Satanic Verses and 22 titles in between.'




'Who has the best beard ever? Seneca Crane! Now you, too, can by nearly as stylish with this coffee mug.'




'The perfect mug for librarians: we tried to do a mug which said "Go away I'm cataloguing, and helping children, and shelving, and being nice to borrowers..." but we couldn't fit it all on.'




'The perfect mug for female book lovers. The quotation featured is by Louisa M Alcott who wrote the wonderful Little Women.'

I absolutely love this quote and you'll see it more than once in the rest of my gift giving lists. I've got a beautiful necklace with this quote inscribed on it that my mum gave me last year and it's gorgeous - look out for it when I talk about jewellery gifts!




'The first step to understanding your addiction to books is to acknowledge it. This personalised mug will help you admit to yourself, and the world, that you love literature and just can't get enough of it.'




I was a huge fan of the Little Miss and Mr Men books when I was a child so I was so excited to see this range online - hop over to Amazon and you can check out the full range of titles.



Over at the Literary Gift Company (click on the title above to go there) they have a whole host of mugs featuring classic Penguin covers, so if 1984 isn't your favourite there are plenty to choose from.




'Be Transported “A good book transports the reader to another time or place; both real and imaginary. Such magical novels make it possible to board a bus in the heart of the city and be carried away to a remote desert island, the moon or back to 1885. Books, much like buses, are there for everyone."'




Dear lord, how amazing is this? It went onto my Christmas list the second I saw it! I think all of us bloggers need one of these in our lives!




'An original design by The Literary Gift Company, this romantic mug features a heart-shaped extract from the scene in Pride and Prejudice where Elizabeth and Mr Darcy realise their true feelings for each other.'




(NB: All italicised passages are from the product descriptions on the relevant websites)

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Trailer Thursday: What's Left of Me - Kat Zhang

Today I've got the trailer for Kat Zhang's What's Left of Me to share with you all. I haven't had a chance to read the book yet but I've seen some really positive comments going back and forth between bloggers on Twitter so I'm really keen to try this one out.

I wanted to read it before I saw the trailer but now I think I'm going to have to bump it up my TBR list a bit so I can start it even sooner than planned. This is an example, for me at least, of a trailer that works so well. It gives us a hint about the story and characters, not so much that it's info dumping but just enough that I know I can't wait to discover the story.

The production values are great, too, which is always welcome with a book trailer. I still stand by the fact it's not worth making a trailer unless it can look just as slick and professional as a movie trailer; I'm sure a bad trailer would do far more damage to a book's reputation than no trailer at all. What do you think?



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So, what do you think? Does the trailer make you more or less keen to read the book? Or, if you've already read What's Left of Me, do you think the trailer is a good representation of the story?

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Please help, folks!

A couple of months ago I asked you guys to do me (and my nan) a huge favour and vote for the Golden Oldies to go through to the Lottery Awards 2012. I know a lot of you contacted me to say you voted and they got through!

So I'm going to ask you to do me one more favour and vote for them again, as this time your vote will help decide who wins the award (voting closes on October 28th). The Goldies does so much to bridge the gap between older and younger generations and I know it helps so much older men and women feel less alone, when they might not have friends and family around to socialise with on a regular basis. 

If you click here you can visit the voting page to cast your vote for the Golden Oldies, all you have to put in is your email address (to verify you haven't voted more than once) and as long as you opt out of the newsletter you won't receive any emails or spam (I registered months ago and have never received anything so I can vouch for that). If you scroll down the page there's a short video about the Goldies and my nan is featured as one of the main people - she's Vera so do look out for her, she has quite a lot of involvement!

She's so chuffed that they've made it this far, Goldies has completely changed her life and I would appreciate it so, so much if you'd vote for them. I love the message the Goldies spreads about happiness and singing and breaking down the barriers between generations. When my nan went to an event at a local school she spent the afternoon chatting with the pupils about being evacuated from London to Devon in the war and how much life has changed since she was born - they even sent her a thank you letter afterwards. I'd love for the Goldies to win the award so they can carry on running this brilliant charity.

My nan absolutely adores the time she spends at Golden Oldies events and I've seen such a change in her since she started going. My nan is one of the lucky ones, she's very social, sees me and my mum every day and, to be honest, probably has more friends than me! But when I think about what might happen if she hadn't had a family, it just makes me glad there are charities like the Golden Oldies around.

Thank you guys - it really means a lot to me and my lovely nan. Do look out for her in the video!

And to say thank you for voting, here's a picture of Ian Somerhalder with amazing arms:


Monday, 8 October 2012

2013 Pre-Orders: Part Two


The day I discovered you don't get charged for pre-ordering books on Amazon until the order is dispatched...Well, it was a wonderful day. I always have a huge stack of books pre-ordered at any one time and it's always a nice surprise to receive a copy of a book I've forgotten I ordered.

I spent some time on Goodreads a little while ago and made a mammoth list of the 2013 contemporary releases I've got my eyes on, most of which I pre-ordered on Amazon sharpish. Over the next few weeks I'm going to post up details of a few of the books I have ordered, just in case any of you were looking for a few upcoming releases to pre-order.

The S-Word - Chelsea Pitcher (07/05/2013)


Summary (from Goodreads): First it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker.

But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie's looping scrawl.

Lizzie’s reputation is destroyed when she's caught in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend on prom night. With the whole school turned against her, and Angie not speaking to her, Lizzie takes her own life. But someone isn’t letting her go quietly. As graffiti and photocopies of Lizzie’s diary plaster the school, Angie begins a relentless investigation into who, exactly, made Lizzie feel she didn’t deserve to keep living. And while she claims she simply wants to punish Lizzie’s tormentors, Angie's own anguish over abandoning her best friend will drive her deep into the dark, twisted side of Verity High—and she might not be able to pull herself back out.

If You Find Me - Emily Murdoch (26/03/2013)


Summary (from Goodreads): THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND ...

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen-year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey's younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and the girls are found by their father, a stranger, and taken to re-enter the "normal" life of school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must come to terms with the truth of why their mother spirited them away ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won't let her go ... a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn't spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

IF YOU FIND ME is a riveting mix of psychological tension and page-turning mystery that asks profound questions about family, truth and love.

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) - Laurie Boyle Crompton (01/02/2013)


Summary (from Goodreads): Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines, drawing comics and feeling invisible. She's desperate for soccer star Mark to notice her. And when her BFF texts Mark a photo of Blaze in sexy lingerie, it definitely gets his attention. After a hot date in the back of her minivan, Blaze is flying high, but suddenly Mark's feelings seem to have been blasted by a freeze-ray gun, and he dumps her. Blaze gets her revenge by posting a comic strip featuring uber-villain Mark the Shark. Mark then retaliates by posting her "sext" photo, and, overnight, Blaze goes from Super Virgin Girl to Super Slut. That life on the sidelines is looking pretty good right about now...

Just One Day - Gayle Forman (08/01/2013)


Summary (from Goodreads): A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

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How good do these four sound? Cannot ruddy wait for them, especially The S-Word!

Friday, 5 October 2012

Literary Gift Giving Guide

I know, I know - we haven't even had Halloween yet and already the Christmas presents and food are out in every shop on the high street. Well, we might only be in October but I'm already starting to get prepared for my favourite time of year. Not only is it Christmas but it's also my birthday on December 17th, hooray!

This year I've decided to share with you a few of the book-themed gifts I've found, some of which I'll be buying for friends, some of which I've put on my own wishlists and some of which are just too awesome not to share. If you're stuck for ideas of what to buy your bookish friends, or want some inspiration for your own Christmas list, then hopefully I can help!

I've been scouring the Internet for ideas for a few weeks now, so between now and Christmas I'm going to feature a post every Friday dedicated to literary gifts:


1. Mugs
2. Clothing
3. Gifts for writers
4. Home Decor
5. Jewellery
6. Wall Art
7. Reading journals
8. E-reader covers
9. Stocking Fillers
10. Miscellaneous - all the rest
11. Games

The feature will kick off next Friday (October 12th) and run until the Friday before Christmas (December 21st). I hope you'll join me back here next Friday to check out my favourite bookish themed mugs!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Murmurings - Carly Anne West


Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill over at Breaking the Spine and is a post detailing an upcoming book you can't wait to read.

My choice for this week is The Murmurings by Carly Anne West. It's a debut novel and, dear lord, it sounds fricking awesome. The premise is amazing (a dark, twisted thriller) and the cover is gorgeous - I seriously cannot wait.

Publication date: March 5th 2013
Published by: Simon & Schuster

Summary (from Goodreads): A teen girl starts hearing the same voices that drove her sister to commit suicide in this creepy, suspenseful novel. Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on.

As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in—because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not...


So what about you guys? What are your picks for this week?

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Breathe Blog Tour: Schedule

Morning all,

Just a quick one today but I wanted to let you all know about the upcoming blog tour for Sarah Crossan's Breathe, just in case you hadn't heard about it.

Starting next Monday (the 8th) the tour will start at Stepping Out of the Page and conclude on Friday the 19th over at Read, Write and Read Some More. For a full list of all the blogs taking part, just click here to visit the Bloomsbury website.


Monday, 1 October 2012

2013 Pre-Orders: Part One

The day I discovered you don't get charged for pre-ordering books on Amazon until the order is dispatched...Well, it was a wonderful day. I always have a huge stack of books pre-ordered at any one time and it's always a nice surprise to receive a copy of a book I've forgotten I ordered.

I spent some time on Goodreads a little while ago and made a mammoth list of the 2013 contemporary releases I've got my eyes on, most of which I pre-ordered on Amazon sharpish. Over the next few weeks I'm going to post up details of a few of the books I have ordered, just in case any of you were looking for a few upcoming releases to pre-order.


Hysteria - Megan Miranda (14/02/2013)



Summary (from Goodreads): Mallory's life is falling apart. Her boyfriend was stabbed. He bled to death in her kitchen. Mallory was the one who stabbed him. But she can't remember what happened that night. She only remembers the fear ...When Mallory's parents send her away to a boarding school, she thinks she can escape the gossip and the threats. But someone, or something, has followed her. There's the hand that touches her shoulder when she's drifting off to sleep. A voice whispering her name. And everyone knows what happened. So when a pupil is found dead, Mallory's name is on their lips. Her past can be forgotten but it's never gone. Can Mallory live with that?

Nobody But Us - Kristin Halbrook (29/01/2013)



Summary (from Goodreads): Bonnie and Clyde meets Simone Elkeles in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

Uses for Boys - Erica Lorraine Scheidt (15/01/2013)


Summary (from Goodreads): Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, brining home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can't know.

Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical, Uses for Boys is a story of breaking down and growing up.

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So, what do you think? Are any of these on your wishlists? I think I'm most excited for Hysteria out of these three; I really enjoyed Fracture so I can't wait to see what Megan Miranda does next. And have any of you seen the US cover? Gorgeous!