Monday, 26 January 2015

'The Distance Between Lost and Found' by Kathryn Holmes

Release date:17th February 2015 
Published by:Harper Teen
ISBN No:978 0062317261

Sophomore Hallie Calhoun has just endured the most excruciating six months of her life. Once the rumors about her and the preacher's son, Luke, made their way around school, her friends abandoned her, and Hallie has completely withdrawn.
Now, on a hike in the Smoky Mountains with the same people who have relentlessly taunted her, Hallie is pushed to her limit. Then Hallie, outgoing newcomer Rachel, and Jonah—Hallie's former friend—get separated from the rest of the group. As days go by without rescue, their struggle for survival turns deadly. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to trust one another in order to stay alive . . . and for Hallie, that means opening up about what really happened that night with Luke.
From the catty atmosphere of high school to the unpredictable terrain of the mountains, this novel is a poignant, raw journey about finding yourself after having been lost for so long.

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'The Bookseller' by Cynthia Swanson

Release date:3rd March 2015 
Published by:Harper
ISBN No:978 0062333001

Nothing is as permanent as it appears . . .
Denver, 1962: Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She loves the bookshop she runs with her best friend, Frieda, and enjoys complete control over her day-to-day existence. She can come and go as she pleases, answering to no one. There was a man once, a doctor named Kevin, but it didn’t quite work out the way Kitty had hoped.
Then the dreams begin.
Denver, 1963: Katharyn Andersson is married to Lars, the love of her life. They have beautiful children, an elegant home, and good friends. It’s everything Kitty Miller once believed she wanted—but it only exists when she sleeps.
Convinced that these dreams are simply due to her overactive imagination, Kitty enjoys her nighttime forays into this alternate world. But with each visit, the more irresistibly real Katharyn’s life becomes. Can she choose which life she wants? If so, what is the cost of staying Kitty, or becoming Katharyn?
As the lines between her worlds begin to blur, Kitty must figure out what is real and what is imagined. And how do we know where that boundary lies in our own lives?

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'Memory Man' by David Baldacci

Release date:21st April 2015
Published by:Grand Central Publishing
ISBN No:978 1455559824

When ex-detective Amos Decker returned home eighteen months ago to find the bodies of his wife and only daughter, he didn't think he could carry on living. Overwhelmed with grief, he saw his life spiral out of control, losing his job, his house and his self-respect. But when his former partner in the police, Mary Lancaster, visits to tell him that someone has confessed to the murder of his family, he knows he owes it to his wife and child to seek justice for them.
As Decker comes to terms with the news, tragedy strikes at the local school. Thirteen teenagers are gunned down, and the killer is at large. Following the serious brain injury Amos suffered as a professional footballer, he gained an extraordinary memory - and the police believe that this unusual skill will assist in the hunt for the killer.
When new evidence links the murders, Decker is left with only one option.

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'That Girl From Nowhere' by Dorothy Koomson

Release date:9th April 2015
Published by:Century
ISBN No:978 1780893341

‘Where are you coming from with that accent of yours?’ he asks.
‘Nowhere,’ I reply. ‘I’m from nowhere.’
‘Everyone’s from somewhere,’ he says.
Not me,’ I reply silently.
Clemency Smittson was adopted as a baby and the only connection she has to her birth mother is a cardboard box hand-decorated with butterflies. Now an adult, Clem decides to make a drastic life change and move to Brighton, where she was born. Clem has no idea that while there she'll meet someone who knows all about her butterfly box and what happened to her birth parents.
As the tangled truths about her adoption and childhood start to unravel, a series of shocking events cause Clem to reassess whether the price of having contact with her birth family could be too high to pay...

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'Eagles at War' by Ben Kane

Release date:23rd April 2015 
Published by:Preface Publishing
ISBN No:978 1848094048

AD 9, German frontier: Close to the Rhine, a Roman centurion, Lucius Tullus, prepares to take his soldiers on patrol. On the opposite side of the river, German tribes are resentful of the harsh taxes about to be imposed upon them. Suspicious that there might be unrest, Tullus knows that his men's survival will be determined not just by their training and discipline, but by his leadership.
What neither Tullus nor his commander, Governor Varus, realise is that ranged against them is the charismatic chieftain and trusted ally of Rome, Arminius, who has long been plotting to drive the Romans from the tribal lands east of the Rhine.
As Varus’ legions prepare to leave their summer encampment, thousands of warriors – directed by Arminius – are massing nearby. Eager to throw off the Roman yoke, the tribesmen prepare a deadly ambush. Only the gods can save the Romans now...

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'Soulbound' by Kristen Callihan

Release date:24th February 2015
Published by: Piatkus
ISBN No: 978 0349406091

Once two souls are joined . . .
When Adam's soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled-and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone . . .
Their hearts will beat together forever
No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn't stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted-by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam's kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken . . .

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

'Five Children on the Western Front' by Kate Saunders

Release date: 2nd April 2015
Published by: Faber and Faber
ISBN No: 978 0571323180

Cyril is off to fight, Anthea is at art college, Robert is a Cambridge scholar and Jane is at high school. The Lamb is the grown up age of 11, and he has a little sister, Edith, in tow. The sand fairy has become a creature of stories ... until he suddenly reappears. The siblings are pleased to have something to take their minds off the war, but this time the Psammead is here for a reason, and his magic might have a more serious purpose.
Before this last adventure ends, all will be changed, and the two younger children will have seen the Great War from every possible viewpoint - factory-workers, soldiers and sailors, nurses and the people left at home, and the war's impact will be felt right at the heart of their family.

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'Deep Blue Eternity' by Natasha Boyd

Release date: 26th March 2015
Published by:Headline
ISBN No:978 1472219688

Livvy is on the run. And she's escaped to the one place nobody will ever find her. But the isolated cottage isn't empty. Her refuge is home to a troubled stranger, Tom, there for reasons of his own.
In the intimacy of the abandoned cottage, and the remote wilderness of the island, the electrifying connection between them is impossible to ignore. Both running from their histories and shielding dark secrets, their pasts catch up with them and collide in an unimaginable way.
Deep emotions and powerful chemistry face a painful battle with the tangle of lies, and scars of the past. If the truth emerges, hearts will be shattered. Can love conquer?

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'Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well' by Nancy Atherton

Release date: 12th March 2015
Published by: Headline
ISBN No:978 1472216304

When a young Australian named Jack MacBride arrives in Finch to wrap up his late uncle's affairs, heads turn in the sleepy Cotswold village. But when Lori Shepherd volunteers to help Jack clear out his uncle's overgrown garden, they discover something even more surprising.
Tossing a coin into the garden's own well, Lori makes a wish, and is later baffled to find it seems to have come true. Word spreads, and the villagers turn out in droves to make wishes of their own. But one person's wish can be another's worst nightmare and the village is soon thrown into chaos.
Lori resolves to find out what's really going on. Is handsome Jack somehow tricking his neighbours? Or are they fooling themselves? With Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help, Lori will discover that the truth is more marvellous than she could have ever imagined.

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Friday, 23 January 2015

'A Cold Legacy' by Megan Shepherd

Release date:29th January 2015
Published by: Harper Voyager
ISBN No: 978 0007500246

With inspiration from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman's Daughter trilogy explores the things we'll sacrifice to save those we love . . . even our own humanity.
Juliet has killed the men who tried to steal her father's research and escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet's secrets. This is not the safe haven Juliet was searching for.
As she uncovers the truth about the manor's long history of scientific experimentation – and her own intended role in it – Juliet is forced to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science. She must decide if she'll follow her father's dark footsteps or her mother's tragic ones – or make her own.

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'Letters to the Lost' by Iona Grey

Release date:23rd April 2015
Published by:Simon and Schuster UK
ISBN No:978 1471139826

1943, in the ruins of Blitzed London...

Stella Thorne and Dan Rosinski meet by chance and fall in love by accident. Theirs is a reluctant, unstoppable affair in which all the odds are stacked against them: she is newly married, and he is an American bomber pilot whose chance of survival is just one in five...

He promised to love her forever

Sixty years later Dan makes one final attempt to find the girl he has never forgotten, and sends a letter to the house where they shared a brief yet perfect happiness. But Stella has gone, and the letter is opened by Jess, a young girl hiding from problems of her own. And as Jess reads Dan's words, she is captivated by the story of a love affair that burned so bright and dimmed too soon. Can she help Dan find Stella before it is too late?

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

'The Sea Between Us' by Emylia Hall

Release date: 27th August 2015
Published by: Headline Review
ISBN No:978 1472211972

On a remote Cornish beach, in the last days of summer, the lives of two strangers dramatically collide. For newcomer Robyn, and for local boy Jago, nothing will ever be the same again.
Over the ebb and flow of seven years, Robyn and Jago's hopes and dreams and fears lead them in different directions, to city streets and foreign shores, but no matter what else changes, the idea of one another remains. Will their paths bring them back to the wild and beautiful place they both once called home, and to each other, or will real life get in the way?

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News Item: eBooks Popularity Index 2014 by Sainsbury’s UK

eBooks by Sainsbury’s

The international bestseller, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn has been named this year’s favourite eBook. The critically-acclaimed suspense novel was the most searched for and the most purchased book of 2014 according to new research from eBooks by Sainsbury’s which compiled the most popular eBooks and authors amongst readers in the last year.

Blockbuster Books

Film and screen adaptations were the most searched for eBooks according to the year-long report. As long as there has been celluloid, there have been television shows and movies based on books.

At the number one spot Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl beat an impressive list of chart-topping novelists. The top five contained some of the biggest film and television adaptations of recent years, including George R.R. Martin'sbestselling book series Game of ThronesVeronica Roth’s debut novel DivergentJohn Green’s heart-breaking tour de force The Fault in Our Stars and Markus Zusak’s acclaimed The Book Thief.

Whether it’s the inspirational stories or the pulling power of Hollywood, blockbuster books have certainly wowed readers in 2014. Although the debate about whether film and television reworks ever live up to their books will no doubt continue, one thing is for sure – big and small screen adaptations make a big impact on readers.

A Thrilling Year

It was an unforgettable year for crime and thriller authors all round as they also dominated the author category. Measured by total number of books sold, a whopping eight out of Sainsbury’s customers top ten eBook authors belonged to this popular genre.

Bestselling crime writer Lee Child took the number one spot in the top author category this year - as the author who sold the most eBooks - followed by contemporary crime writers James Patterson and Lesley Thomson. The award-winning author also appeared twice in the top ten of total eBooks sold. Child’s books Never Go Back and High Heat were the fifth and tenth most purchased eBooks of the year. And to cement the genre’s popularity with readers, crime and thriller was second only to general fiction in the most popular genre category.

Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie was the author inspiring the most loyal readership – with the biggest number of different titles sold by an author. She was closely followed by readers’ favourites James Patterson and Terry Pratchett in second and third place. James Patterson also took the accolade of most searched for author, in a dazzling year for the chart-topping crime writer who also took second place for the most books sold.

Please see full details of the eBooks by Sainsbury’s Popularity Index below, including the top ten authors and titles in each category:


Top 10 eBooks Sold:
1  Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
2  The Detective's Daughter - Lesley Thomson
3  The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith
4  Don't Tell the Groom - Anna Bell
5  Never Go Back - Lee Child
6  A Little Love - Amanda Prowse
7  Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
8  Inferno - Dan Brown
9  The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
10  High Heat: (A Jack Reacher Novella) - Lee Child

Top 10 eBooks Searched For:
1  Gone Girl
2  Game of Thrones
3  Divergent
4  The Fault In Our Stars
5  The Book Thief
6  Hunger Game
7  Philomena
8  Bridget Jones
9  Life after Life
10  The Rosie Project

Top 10 Authors Searched For:
1  James Patterson
2  Jacqueline Wilson
3  Lee Child
 Peter James
5 Martina Cole
6  Stephen King
7  Sylvia Day
8  Sophie Kinsella
9  Jo Nesbo
10  Dan Brown

Top 10 Genres:
1 General Fiction
2 Crime, Thriller
3 Science Fiction, Fantasy
4 Romance, Sagas
5 Biography
6 Teenage
7 Historical fiction
8 Children's
9 History 
10 Cookery

Top 10 Authors (Total eBooks Sold)
1  Lee Child
2  James Patterson
3  Lesley Thomson
4  Robert Galbraith
5  Anna Bell
6  Peter James
7  Amanda Prowse
8  Gillian Flynn
9  Michael Connelly
10  Dan Brown

Top 10 Authors (Biggest Number of Different Titles Sold)
1  Agatha Christie
2  James Patterson
3  Terry Pratchett
4  Nora Roberts
5  Clive Cussler
6  Jacqueline Wilson
7  Enid Blyton
8  M.C. Beaton
9  Sarah Morgan
10  Bernard Cornwell

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'Anastasia and Her Sisters' by Carolyn Meyer

Release date:7th April 2015
Published by:Simon and Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
ISBN No:978 1481403269

There's a heavy price to pay for royalty in this compelling--and true--story of Anastasia Romanov and fellow grand duchesses of Russia, from an award-winning novelist. It's summer in 1914 and the Romanovs are aboard the "Standart," the Russian royal yacht. Tsar Nicholas, Tsaritsa Alexandra, their four daughters, and the youngest child, Tsarevitch Alexei, are sailing to Romania to meet Crown Prince Carol and his parents. It seems like a fairy tale existence for the four grand duchesses, dressed in beautiful clothes, traveling from palace to palace. But it's not. Life inside the palace is far from a fairy tale. The girls' younger brother suffers from an excruciatingly painful and deadly blood disease, and their parents have chosen to shield the Russian people from the severity of the future tsar's condition. The secrets and strain are hard on the family, and conditions are equally dire beyond the palace walls. Peasants chafe under the burden of extreme poverty and Tsar Nicholas's leadership power weakens. And when the unthinkable happens--Germany declares war on Russia--nothing in Anastasia's world will ever be the same.

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