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Letterbox Love (24)

Letterbox LoveLetterbox Love is a UK based feature where book bloggers showcase the books that they received that week, be they e-books, paperbacks, hardbacks or any other format. It is hosted by Lynsey from Narratively Speaking.

I haven’t posted a Letterbox Love in ages, so I thought I would post one today. These are all the books I’ve received since the start of February, and I’m so excited about all of them.

To Review:


 Mutant City by Steve Feasey sounds so exciting and I don’t read much apocalyptic, futuristic fiction so I’m sure this will be a nice change. Thank you to Bloomsbury for the review copy! When The Rock Splits the Sky by Phillip Webb has me intrigued and I can’t wait to start it. It sounds so, so good! Thank you, Chicken House! Then we have Amy and Matthew by Cammie McGovern which sounds like a beautiful contemporary that I can fall in love with. Think Wonder and the like. Thank you, Macmillan! It has taken all my willpower to not start Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon immediately because it sounds like exactly my type of book. Thank you, Bloomsbury! Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan has been compared to Geek Girl by Holly Smale which I loved so I’m very excited to read it. Thank you, Bloomsbury! I was hoping I would be sent a copy of Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott to review because I’ve heard amazing things about it; it sounds amazing! Thank you, Chicken House! I love Greek mythology and so Goddess by Laura Powell sounds like it will be right up my street. Thank you, Bloomsbury! And finally we have The Glass Bird Girl by Esme Kerr. I think this is slightly younger than YA so it will be nice to read something a bit different. Thank you, Chicken House!



I bought The Lord of the Flies by William Goulding because I do want to start reading more classics (more on that soon!) and it has a very intriguing premise – a group of school boys stranded on an island. I can’t wait to read it. After enjoying Here Lies Bridget a few years ago, I decided I would try New Girl by Paige Harbison, which is based on Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Finally we have Autumn Rose by Abigail Gibbs. I’m a huge fan of the first book in the series and so I am very excited to read the sequel.



I was so pleased when my copy of This Star Won’t Go Out arrived in the post. It tells the life of Nerdfighter Esther Earl who died of thyroid cancer in 2010 through her diary entries, pictures and pieces written by those around her. It was such a beautiful book and I will be posting a review of it very soon, so keep an eye out!


When Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi dropped through my letterbox I was so excited and started it straight away. Let me tell you, I was not let down! I’ll be posting a review of it very soon!


I had to buy Dead Silent by Sharon Jones because it turns out my review of the first book, Dead Jealous, is featured in it! I’m quoted inside the cover and I squealed so much when I found out. I’ve never been quoted before and so it was a very momentous occasion.


I was so excited when I won a copy of Liz De Jager’s Banished. I’m currently reading it and really enjoying it. It’s been compared to City of Bones, but I think it’s better! It’s out at the end of the month so you all need to go out and buy it please, on my orders!

That is my massive haul! I’m rather lucky to get so many amazing books. Thank you to all the lovely publishers who sent me review copies.

What did you acquire this week? Have you read any of these books? Let me know below!

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    15 February, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Ooh, I’m very jealous of this haul. 🙂

    I was also sent Fire and Flood for review so I hope we both enjoy that! And I also still really, really need to order This Star Won’t Go Out. As for Lord of the Flies, it’s slow at parts but very, very good (I just want to give Piggy a massive hug!)… and your upcoming post about classics is intriguing! 🙂 I hadn’t heard of New Girl before this post, but I am pretty much OBSESSED with Rebecca so it seems like a must-read for me.

    Lovely post Lucy! Happy reading. 😀
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      Lucy Powrie
      15 February, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Yes, I hope you enjoy F&F too! YOU DO! ORDER TSWGO NOW! You won’t be disappointed, I promise. It’s such a beautiful, inspiring book.

      I’m just about to start writing my classics post now. It’ll be up in a week or two, I think.

      Thank you, Ruby! 😀

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    Chrissi Reads
    15 February, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    You’ve got some amazing books this week! I adored Dead Silent. Well done on being quoted! That’s amazing. I shall be looking out for your review of Ignite Me. Can’t wait to read your thoughts!
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      Lucy Powrie
      15 February, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks, Chrissi! I have, haven’t I?
      My review(ish) will be up on Friday. 🙂

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    Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea
    15 February, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Take Back the Skies! I really want to read that one myself, so I hope you enjoy it Lucy. I really need to order my copy of This Star Won’t Go Out as well, but I’m going to have to wait a little while now as I’m in the middle of my book ban. Happy reading!
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      Lucy Powrie
      15 February, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you! I’ll let you know what it’s like once I’ve read it.
      I’m going to be a bad example and tell you to break your ban. TSWGO is SO amazing! <3

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    Eileen @ Singing and Reading in the Rain
    15 February, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Ignite Me and This Star Won’t Go Out is showing up in a lot of people’s mailboxes and I really want to read both! Ignite Me because I want to see how the series ends and people have been loving it so far. I already know who Juliette ends up with but I still want to read about everything else that’s going to happen. This Star Won’t Go Out also looks like a super emotional book, happy reading Lucy! <33
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      Lucy Powrie
      15 February, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Yes, I’ve noticed that too. It makes me very happy!
      You should definitely read Ignite Me, even if you do know part of the ending. There’s so much more to it than the relationships.
      It WAS! I was practically in tears. Emotional in so many ways – it’s not just a sad book. It also contains so much hope.

      Thanks for stopping by, Eileen! 😀

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    Sophie (So Many Books, So Little Time)
    15 February, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Amazing haul! I’m so excited for Amy and Matthew and Ignite Me. And the blanket in your pictures looks like a cuddly, warm reading one!
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      Lucy Powrie
      15 February, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Amy and Matthew looks super good. I’m hoping to read it next.

      It is! My mum crocheted it and it’s so snuggly! 😀

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    Nova @ Out of Time
    15 February, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I haven’t yet read Unravel Me, much less Ignite Me, but I got Dead Silent and really didn’t like it as much as I would’ve. Congrats on being quoted though, I can imagine ho much of a deal that is.

    Great haul, Lucy!
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    15 February, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Fire and Flood sounds fab! I really want to read Banished so cannot wait to hear your thoughts, I was interning at Macmillan at the time they were deciding the cover so have a special interest in that book 🙂 Great haul Lucy, hope you enjoy them all.

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    16 February, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Wow you got some awesome titles this week, Lucy! I really enjoyed Lord of the Flies, even if it was required reading for school. OMG I am dying to read This Star Won’t Go Out! It looks like a serious tearjerker. Hope you enjoy all of your books!
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    Alex :)
    16 February, 2014 at 3:25 am

    The Star Won’t Go Out is a book I want to get old of as soon as possible… I have heard beautiful things about it.

    I have read Steve Feasy’s Changeling series and that was brilliant. He has a great writing style and I hope you enjoy his newest one! 🙂

    Enjoy all of your haul and the rest of your weekend! 🙂 x
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    16 February, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Yay for mutant city! It looks awesome, I got it too… The proof copy is so pretty!:) I really need to buy a copy of this star won’t go out. Also, Banished. Eeee!! I haven’t got a copy but I’ve read the first two chapters over on the publisher a blog. AND WHOA. 🙂 Enjoy them all, Lucy!

    -Gee 🙂
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    jayd @ books food and other things
    16 February, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Wow, that is a huge book haul! So many titles in there that look so good.
    I hope you enjoy them all!
    I’ve been meaning to try The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs but I’m not too sure about it.
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    Debbie @ Snuggling on the Sofa
    16 February, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Beautiful pictures Lucy! I’m very jeaous of Amy & Matthew and Flirty Dancing because I’ve heard lots of good things. Reminded me I really need to buy Esther’s book too, except I know its going to be heartbreaking. Happy reading!
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    Jenny/Wondrous Reads
    16 February, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I can’t wait to get round to Amy & Matthew! Also Flirty Dancing is a lot of fun, hope you like it.

    Happy reading!

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    16 February, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Yay so glad being quoted in Dead Silent has made you happy! I remember being quoted in my first book <3 SO envious that you got Banished! I'm really excited for it

    Cait x

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    Jess Hearts Books
    16 February, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Lucy, you HAVE to read Amy and Matthew I absolutely loved it and it really reminded me of Eleanor and Park. Fire and Flood was a really good read too. Hope you enjoy all your new books! 🙂
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    2 March, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Aww wow, this is an amazing haul! I really hope you enjoy all of your books. I received a few of those books off of Bloomsbury as well, and I can tell you Flirty Dancing is brilliant! It’s so cute and funny. Took me right back to my teens 🙂

    My Showcase Sunday 🙂
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    18 April, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Did you own all of those books or are those ones you’d make a review of are just lent to you or something? Do you also make reviews of classic novels like Lolita and Captains Courageous and the sort? I love your blog it’s so dainty and warm and just full of everything I love – books! 😀 x

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