Review: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer.

Title – Letters to the Lost
Author – Brigid Kemmerer
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 393 pages
Publication Date – April 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury Children’s
ISBN – 9781408883525
RRP – $16.99 NZD
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Juliet has always written letters to her mother and now that her mother is dead, she leaves the letters at her grave. It’s the one thing that’s helping her to cope.

Declan is the kind of guy you don’t want to cross. One day, while he’s doing landscaping at the local cemetery for community service, Declan finds a letter and can’t resist writing back.

Soon, Declan is sharing his pain with a complete stranger. Except Juliet and Declan aren’t strangers. And when real life interferes with their letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that may have the power to tear them apart.

I received a copy of Letters to the Lost from Bloomsbury Australia to review. This is theDBCMnD6UwAEVOpr second book by Kemmerer I’ve read and I have enjoyed both of them.

I don’t read a lot of contemporary. Or I didn’t used to. I’ve slowly been reading more lately. I think I might have to start reading contemporaries more often.

Anyway, I liked both Juliet and Declan. I was hoping they would end up together eventually. They seemed to have a lot more in common than they thought. They connected over the loss they’ve both experienced in their lives. And they were honest with each other, the way they haven’t been with the people they’re closest to. But then I guess it’s easier opening up to a stranger sometimes I guess.

There were a couple of secrets that came out about both Juliet and Declan’s families. Somehow, instead of making things worse in their lives it helps them. Which is a good thing. But usually when secrets come out they do more damage than good. I won’t say more here other than I really felt for both of them. Especially Declan.

I enjoyed the friendship between Declan and Rev. Rev’s family were really great too. I felt like they were more like brothers than friends. And the way Rev could get through to Declan when no one else could was great.

Letters to the Lost has been one of my favourite contemporaries. Not that I’ve read a lot. But for 2017 this is definitely one of the top ones I’ve read. I didn’t want to put it down. If you love contemporaries and a little romance then I recommend getting a copy of Letters to the Lost.

*Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [June 7th 2017] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –
2I’m going to start this later today. I haven’t actually started yet though.

I don’t know much about this other than it follows three women in London (I think?) and something tragic/horrific that brings them together. So guess they don’t know each other at the start of the book. But I’m honestly not sure.

I’ve heard really good things about this and it’s been a while since I read an adult fiction book that wasn’t a psychological thriller so I’m excited to finally start it.

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Recently Finished –
I finished One of Us is Lying yesterday and I loved it.

This book starts with five students going to detention and one of them dying. Then everyone is trying to figure out which one of them killed Simon.

One of Us is Lying reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl and even Pretty Little Liars. There’s no texts messages or anything but there are a lot of secrets and obviously a death and a lot of people die in PLL. It’s also been compared to The Breakfast Club and I can kind of see why, I mean they have detention in common, but that’s about it. And I didn’t like 14The Breakfast Club, this book is so much better.

I also read Contagion this week. It was really good. There was a part of the story that annoyed me but I’ll talk about that more in my review.

Contagion follows Shay and Kai as they look for Kai’s sister Callie, who went missing a year ago. Their search takes them across the country and to the heart of a new, incurable, virus. One that’s spreading very fast.

Contagion in the first book in a new series/trilogy (I don’t know) from Teri Terry. I’ve read her Slated trilogy, Mind Games and Book of Lies. I enjoyed them all and can’t wait for the next book to come out. 7

The last book I read this week was Letter to the Lost. This is a contemporary and I haven’t read a lot of them but I really enjoyed this.

It follows Juliet and Declan as they write anonymous letter to each other. They don’t think they know one another in person but they do. Then an event in their past could tear them apart before they have a chance of being together.

I’ll be reviewing this soon hopefully so I’m just going to leave it there for now.

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Reading Next –
I’ve had a copy of The Names They Gave us for a while now and it comes out sometime this month so I thought it was about time I read it.

I don’t really know much about this other than the main character (not sure what her name is) goes away to a camp for the summer and meets a guy. Oh and I think her mum’s sick or something. I can’t remember much.

I read When We Collided last year and I really liked that so I’m looking forward to reading this soon.

What have you read recently?

– Aimee.

May Book Haul.

 

Watercolor flower wreath background for beautiful designI’m going to be posting the books I bought and received to review in May. I think I only bought one book in May and I’ve read it before but it was pretty and I couldn’t resist. But I don’t have a photo of it yet so I can’t show it in this haul…

Anyway, onto the book haul! 🙂 1

The first book I received in May was sent to m from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’ve heard really good things about Dear Ijeawele and I was surprised that it’s under 70 pages.

I haven’t read this yet and I have no excuses because it’s such a small book that I should have been able to fit it into May but I just didn’t pick it up. Hopefully I’ll get to it sometime in June because I really want to read it. I haven’t read a lot of books about feminism.. Or any really now that I think about it. So it’s about time I do something about that.

2I also received a copy of The Cows from HarperCollins New Zealand. This is on my June TBR.

I don’t know much about this and I kind of want to keep it that way. I do know it follows the lives of three different women. I’m not sure if they know each other or not. But this sounds like a really good book and I know a few people who have read and loved it so I’m excited to read it.

The Cows will actually be my next read. I’ll probably be starting it tomorrow after I finish my current read. Which I’m hoping to finish today. 3

The next three books I also received from HarperCollins New Zealand to review.

I haven’t read a lot of LoveOzYA books and I’ve only read books by three of the authors who wrote short stories for this collaboration. I’ve read books by Amie Kaufman, Lili Wilkinson and Melissa Keil. But I’m looking forward to reading all the stories in this book. I think I put this on my TBR for June so hopefully I can pick this up soon. I’ve seen some good things about this but I haven’t looked into it because I don’t want to read any spoilers.

4I was intrigued by The Lucky One when I read the synopsis in April but now I cannot remember what it’s about. April was a loooong time ago and synopsis never stick in my head.

So, clearly I haven’t read this or I’d be able to talk about it. I haven’t put this on my TBR because I have so many books I want to read and I don’t want to pressure myself because that’s when I get into reading slumps. And I’ve already had too many of them this year thank you very much book gods.

If I have the time I’ll try to squeeze it in though. 5

The last book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand was Red Sister.

I haven’t read this but I do remember what it’s about because it reminds me of Nevernight. This is about female assassins. And they’re Nuns too I think. So I have to read it because it sounds badass.

I really want to read this in June but it’s kind of big and I have a full TBR right now. I’ll just have to see how the month goes. I’ve been reading about 10 books a month so maybe.. Maybe not though.

The next two books I received from Bloomsbury Australia to review. I think Royce Rolls 6is about a reality show following the Rolls family but Royce wants out? Kind of reminds me of Keeping Up with the Kardashians which is probably why I remember what it’s about.

I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this. It sounds okay. I mean I watch KUWTK so I’ll probably actually enjoy this. It’s just I have so many books to read already. But I’m not complaining. It means I’ll never need to join the library anytime soon. I’ve heard my local one is rubbish anyway. I really hope not though. I like going to libraries.

The second book I received was Letters to the Lost. I actually read this last month and I really enjoyed it. I don’t read a lot of contemporaries but I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve read 7recently so maybe I should start reading them more often. They’re a nice break from all the fantasy books.

Anyway, this book follows Juliet and Declan as they write letters to each other. But they don’t know they’re writing to the other person, when they start its anonymous. But then something that happened in both their lives could tear them apart before they get a chance to be together.

It sounds really cheesy but it wasn’t for me. I liked this and the only other book I’ve read by Brigid too, Thicker Than Water.

I did a book swap with someone on Twitter last month. I got rid of an ARC that was just 8sitting on my shelf and I have a finished copy of and got Roseblood. I’ve never read anything by A.G. Howard or about The Phantom of the Opera but I thought this sounded like something I’d like and I love the cover.

I’m not sure if I should read the original story or not before I read Roseblood. I never have before when I read retellings so I’ll just read it.

I’m not in any hurry to read this because I wasn’t sent it to review. So it’s just sitting on my TBR shelf for now. It can go with my small collection of ARCs when I’ve read it. 9

Bonnier Publishing Australia sent me a copy of Ida to review.

I can’t remember what this is about now but when I was offered a copy to review I thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy.

I’ve put Ida on my June TBR. It’s not a very long book so hopefully I can read it quickly. This is a LoveOzYA book so that’s two on my June TBR. I need to find some good NZ YA books as well!!

The next two books were sent to me by Allen and Unwin New Zealand. The first book, 10The Girl from Everywhere is about time travelling pirates. I think. I love books about time travel and who doesn’t like pirates? Sounds like an awesome combination to me.

There was something about a girls boyfriend being kidnapped and trapped in time somewhere by her father or something like that.

But I think this sound amazing and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve seen a different cover of this book and I have to say I prefer this one. I don’t think thee sequel has a cover like this though so that sucks.

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The other book I received from Allen and Unwin New Zealand was Defy the Stars.

I recently finished the last book in The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray and wanted to read more of her work so this was great timing.

I’m not too sure if I’ll like this or not. It sounds a bit weird to me but I’m willing to give it a chance. I know there’s a romance or something going on in this but I think there’s a twist to it. Something about artificial intelligence. I think. Don’t quote me on that because I could be way of the mark. But that’s why it sounds weird to me.

I received the next two books from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I’m a12ctually reading One of Us is Lying at the moment. I think I’ll be finished with this later today because I need to know what the hell is going on.

This has reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl and I can see why people are saying its like The Breakfast Club too. But I didn’t like that movie. I prefer this to be honest,

Like I said, I’m sure I’ll finish this today. But if you loved Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars (because it’s got that kind of vibe too, although there are no texts) then I definitely recommend getting a copy of this.

The second book I received from Penguin Random House New Zealand was Pieces of 13You. It also came with an awesome box full of things I assume relate to the story.

I haven’t read a lot of New Zealand YA books so I’m excited to read this. I think this is another contemporary but I’m not really sure what it’s about. I guess I’ll find out when I read it.

I really want to squeeze this onto my June TBR because it came out June 1st so fingers crossed I can.

I did share what’s in the box on my Snapchat when I first got it. The chocolate has gone but everything else is still in there.

The next four books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review. The first is 14Contagion which is the first book in a new series by Teri Terry. I’ve read a few of Teri’s books so I was looking forward to reading this and it did not let me down.

I read this last week I think. It was the first book I read in June anyway I know that much.

This follows Shay and Kai as they look for Kai’s sister Callie. Callie went missing a year ago and Shay remembers seeing her. Their search takes them across the country to the heart of a new, incurable, virus.

I really enjoyed this but I’ll be talking about this more when I post my review. 15

I finally have the last book in the Waterfire Saga and I cannot wait to see how this series ends.

I’m not going to say anything about Sea Spell because it is the last book in the series and spoilers but I will say that the first three books were really good and I could not put them down.

I think it says on the first book that it’s like the Percy Jackson series with mermaids and I have to agree. It’s not Percy but it has some badass mermaids!

I also received Flame in the Mist and I am really looking forward to this. I don’t think I have to say what this book is about because it’s been everywhere for months. But I have 16heard that it’s a Mulan retelling set in feudal Japan. I’ve never seen Mulan so I’m not really sure what it’s about other than some badass woman saving her country.

Anyway, I’m not sure if any of that is correct but I’m just going to move on. I’ve been sitting on this computer too long and my back is killing me. I need to finish this post soon.

So, Flame in the Mist is on my June TBR and I’m hoping to read it soon because it sounds really good. Should I watch Mulan first though??

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The last book I received Hachette New Zealand was Since We Fell. And yes, you’re right, I can’t remember what this is about either. But I think it’s a psychological thriller and I love those kinds of books so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I didn’t put this on my TBR because it was already so I might just put this on my July TBR. Maybe. I don’t know yet.

Omg I forgot how long these posts take me to type up….

I received another four books from Bloomsbury Australia. I wasn’t expecting these at all. 18I’ve already read The Possible and really enjoyed it. I have The Names they Gave Us on my June TBR.

But I don’t know when I’ll get to the other two yet. They both sound really good and I will read them but I’m just not sure when. I think these are all out this month some time. But I’m not sure when, the media releases just said June.

I think I’ll read Countless first though. It grabbed my attention more than Stargazers for Beginners did.

The last book I received in May was from Walker Books Australia. I think this is about the19 Roman Empire and I haven’t read a lot about that time so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I think I put this on my June TBR so I will be reading it at some point this month. If I stick to it this time.

Anyway, that’s my book haul for May. My back is killing me so I’m done. I can’t sit here anymore.

What books did you get in May?

– Aimee.

May Wrap Up & June TBR.

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It’s that time of the month again when I do my wrap up of what I read last month and my TBR. I didn’t really stick to my May TBR so it’s probably good I’m not sharing it. Hopefully I’ll do better this month.

May Wrap Up

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige – ★★★/5
Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin – ★★★★★/5
Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic – ★★★★/5
Silver Stars by Michael Grant – ★★★★/5
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan – ★★★★/5
Perfect by Cecelia Ahern – ★★★★/5
The Possible by Tara Altebrando – ★★★★/5
Release by Patrick Ness – ★★★/5
A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray – ★★★★/5
Fatal Crossing by Lone Theils – ★★★/5
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer – ★★★★/5

I didn’t do too badly in May. I managed to read 11 books. I think my favourite was Finding Nevo.

June TBR

I tried to keep my June TBR small because I didn’t really stick to my TBR last month. I’ve already read Contagion and I’m currently reading One of Us is Lying, which reminding me a lot of Gossip Girl. I think my next read will be The Cows.

What’s on your June TBR? How many books did you read in May? Leave me a comment and let me know.

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [May 31st 2017] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading – DBCMnD6UwAEVOpr
I started Letters to the Lost yesterday and I’m pretty sure I’ll be finishing it today. I probably would have finished it already if life didn’t get in the way of my reading. But whatever.

This is the second book I’ve read by Brigid and I really enjoyed the other book, Thicker Than Water.

This book follows Juliet and Declan as they write letters to each other. But they don’t know they’re writing it the other person, its anonymous. At least at first it is.

I’m really enjoying this so far and can’t wait to see how it ends.

Recently Finished – DA3e3F_VoAEvka4
I finished Fatal Crossing on the weekend. This follows Nora as she buys a suitcase in an antique shop and finds some photos of girls in there. In one of the photos are two girls who went missing on a ferry in 1985.

This book started very slow for me and I felt like there were some things I didn’t really need to read about. But I’ll talk more about that and the rest of the book in my review.

When I did get into the story I enjoyed it. But it did take me probably half the book to get used to the flashbacks into Nora’s past. DAYmIy9V0AEZjq6

I also finished A Million Worlds with You last week. This is the final book in the Firebird trilogy and I really, really liked all three books.

I’m not going to say much about this book here because I still have to post my review and it’s the last book in the trilogy. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read these books.

I will say that they are about dimension travel and all the worlds that are included in these books were so descriptive. I didn’t want this book to end but I’m glad I finally read it.

Reading Next – 14
I’ve decided to read Contagion by Teri Terry next. I’ve read Teri’s Slated trilogy and Mind Games so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I’m just going by the sentence on the cover but it sounds like there’s some kind of virus, or contagion, that there’s no cure for so I’m expecting a lot of death.

And I do know that Callie, an 11-year-old girl is missing. But that’s all I know. I didn’t want to know too much before I started this.

What have you read lately?

– Aimee.