netgalley update: 09/14/2018

I haven’t done one of these Netgalley updates in quite a while so I decided it was time to bring it back. I have 7 (seven) books that I have been approved for on Netgalley with 4 (four) that are needing to be completed now. I am going to push myself to finish these by this month so I can start fresh in October.

In each of the covers, I’ll link it to the book’s Goodreads page so you guys can check them out for yourselves!



older eARCs;

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Alpha by Jus Accardo

At the time of writing this, I am currently in the middle of reading and might have even finished it by the time this is published. I am liking it so far and I’m relieved it’s not through Dylan’s POV like I thought it was going to be. I’m not loving the POVs but I’m still just as intrigued with the story.

 

 

 


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Just One of the Royals by Leah Rooper and Kate Rooper

You all have probably seen this on another Netgalley update. I am definitely going to be reading this after I finish the current books I’m reading right now (I’m also currently reading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld). I have seen some really good reviews about this book and I am so keen to get started on it.

 

 


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Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

Alas, another book that has been on some of my Netgalley update lists. This book will also be read asap. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews, where some people really loved it while others had some problems with it. Regardless, I’m ready to get my reading on with this one!

 

 

 


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The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

I found this book when someone I follow did a Netgalley post. I immediately requested it because it sounded so intriguing. The cover instantly hooked me and the synopsis had me dying to know more. I can’t wait to get this one going as well.

 

 

 



new eARCs;

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The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

For the life of me, I have no idea why I requested this. It was probably the cover. If you have a beautifully designed cover, I will snag it up and not even read the synopsis. Luckily for me, the synopsis sounds interesting with mentions of the Salem Witch trials and the after effects of it.

 

 

 


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Love and Other Secrets by Christina Mandelski

This book is part of a series, in which I have read one of the books. The series is the First Kiss Hypothesis. I remember I enjoyed it a lot. It was a cute book and just what I needed after reading some heavy books. I’m excited to see where this one leads and if it’s tied to the same world.

 

 

 


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Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn

This. This is the book I am beyond excited for it! The minute I found out that it was available for request on Netgalley, I hoped on the site and requested it right away. Thank the stars I was approved. Pintip is an absolutely amazing author and I have loved everything she has written.

 

 

 

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arc review: the spite game

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3 stars!

A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and MIRA Books for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

tw: extreme bullying, pedophilia, unwanted sexual contact, drug use

Okay, so I didn’t love this book. The synopsis made it sound so much creepier and terrifying then what it really was. It was just about a women that need a lot of therapy. Like a lot.

I have been where Ava has been. I had two incredibly toxic and horrible friends in high school. It took me leaving high school to realize how crappy they were. I spent years angry at the way they treated me. To this day, I still struggle with the side effects of their toxicity. But as for the anger? I realized that I needed to move past it. Holding anger like that is not healthy. Ava, the MC of this book, should have taken what I did and applied it to her life.

As the synopsis says, Ava’s life is ruined by three girls. She ruins one of the girls, nearly ruins another and is working on the third. I get it, okay? Bullying and toxic friends are god awful but the way Ava went about her life after the events was just not something I could get behind. If that makes me a bad person, then so be it. I felt she truly enjoyed wallowing in misery instead of growing and learning.

There was a positive to this and that was some epilepsy rep. Ava’s sister, Bea, has epilepsy. Seizures do happen on the page and it’s discussed how it affects Bea and Ava’s life. I did like seeing that.

But honestly, this book wasn’t that great. The pacing was weird. It hopped from past to present with no page breaks. Now, I have no idea if this is because I read an eARC or what. I hope at least that gets fixed in the final version. It was incredibly confusing. The timeline was just so dang wonky. Had it been more linear, I might and that’s a strong might, have enjoyed it.

Overall, if you are into revenge books then perhaps you might like this book. But honestly, this wasn’t the book for me. It’s onto the next one.

 

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arc review: echoes

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4.5 stars!

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

tw: emotional abuse and neglect talked about on page

What kind of absolutely mind f-ery did I just read? How in God’s green earth can a book just end with THAT ENDING? I need more answers and I need them now!! I honestly don’t know what I expected when I started this book. It seemed like it was going to be a fairly typical plane crash story but holy hell, it ended up way crazier.

Despite all the craziness, it did have it’s slow moments. Especially when Fiona and Miles were on the island and they were gathering materials to survive. Fiona tended to have a lot of inner monologues that did get a bit wearisome at times.

Speaking of those two, I adored them. Their banter gave me life and the hate to love trope was in full swing, my friends. Holy cow, those two are my new favorite couple. Honestly, there were just so great and they complemented each other perfectly.

Okay, on the real though, is this a standalone because if it is, I will actually cry. I have to know things. Alice Reeds, please don’t be cruel to my poor fragile heart and leave the book like that. Please.

Do pick this book up now (as it’s just been released). You will not be disappointed.

 

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arc review: infinity (the infinity division #1)

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4 stars!

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to read this eARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


I read this as part of the Goodreads Inspired Read-a-thon. The challenge was pick a book because the cover is totally a beauty or just your aesthetic. I adore simplicity covers with intricate symbols and this one fit the bill. 

tw: parent death, assault, swearing (I have no problem with swearing but Kori curses like a sailor and that might not be suitable for a younger audience)

It is apparent I am getting to science fiction. Who would have thought that would ever happen. Course, pair it with this absolutely breathtaking cover helps. I solely requested this book because of the cover. Once I read this book, I discovered my soul sister, Kori.

Kori Anderson. What an absolutely incredible MC. She reminded me a lot of Evie, from The Diviners series. Kori is not perfect. She is brash, wears her heart on her sleeve (but will never willingly admit it) and is just looking for someone to confined it after her mom died. She is a little lost and lonely, with her dad being in the military. She is an artist and is terrified of frogs. Yes, that is important. I am TERRIFIED of frogs and have never met an MC that was afraid of them until now. My heart sings with joy at this silly little detail. It literally is not mentioned after that one time but I can’t help but get super excited about it.

Moving on to the plot. For a time traveling/dimension book, I was not confused at all. Things were explained well considering Kori has no really experience with science. Her domain was art. With science fiction books that is one of the major things I look for, if the science makes sense. And it so did!

This honestly would have been the perfect book but there were a few things that really bothered me, hence why it got 4 (four) stars. One was Noah. He was so rude and so disrespectful to Kori for certain spoilery reasons at first. He was borderline abusive and I cringed whenever Kori talked to him or tried desperately to gain his approval. Granted he had a traumatic event happen but that is never a good reason to be abusive to someone. He turned out okay after a while and chilled out. But I still remember the cruelty and I wasn’t sold on him quite yet. The second book is about him so hopefully he’ll get some sort of redemption arc.

The other complain is Dylan. He was the “villain” of the story. I liked him at first because Jus Accardo made us feel sorry for him. What he was doing was born out of a need and that need drove him to do things that were unspeakable. But I could understand that and even very slightly empathize with him. But toward the end, he reminded me of one of those really over the top comedic villains. It was like he lost the reason why he was doing what he was doing. He was just doing things for sheer shock value. Look at me. I’m rooting for a villian. What is wrong with me??

Overall, this was great. The cover’s beauty definitely matches the story with in. I guarantee you guys will fall in love with Kori, like I did. She is in the top 10 best MCs ever. Don’t sleep on this book!

 

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arc review: firebolt(#1)

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2 stars!

A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Fire and Quill Publishing for allowing me to read this eARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

tw: use of the word g*psy, parent death

Hold on to your seat, kids. You are in for a ride.

Oooooh boy, do I have a lot to say about this book. Like a lot. There were things that really rubbed me the wrong way but there were a lot of positive things too. But, I’m sad to say, this will be a bit of a negative review because this book really rubbed me the wrong way.

I think of the the biggest things that upset me about this book was it had sooooo much potential. I mean a ton of potential! I believe wholeheartedly that this could have been the next Harry Potter, with the bits of magic and the dragons. I don’t say things like that lightly. In fact, I hardly say that. So imagine my disappointment when it fell flat.

Let me break it down. Elena was the MC and alright, as far as MCs go. She’s 16 years old, hasn’t had an easy life and is dealing with trauma from witnessing her dad’s death. She is then thrown into the world of Paegia, where she thought it was just a story and discovers that dragons exist. Needless to say, Elena wasn’t coping well. But I don’t blame her. She drove me nuts sometimes but I remember her trauma and cut her some slack. Even though she was really boy crazy. Maybe I’m just old but that was kind of annoying.

Her roomates, Becky and Sammy (a dragon) were awful. I wanted to scream. They knew of Elena’s trauma (the headmaster didn’t exactly keep it a secret) and yet they laughed, yes laughed, at her fear of dragons. They called her weird for constantly searching the skies and cowering whenever she thought she saw one. After a while, they got better but I never forgot how they treated Elena in the beginning.

There was a lot of girl hate in this book and it often seemed to be for no reason or it was over Lucien, the love interest. Yes, I know they are teenagers so I know girl hate would happen. But I really thought at the last 20% or so, that the girl hate would have led to a huge character arc but nooooooope. I was rewarded with the same old from the first part of the beginning. Over it.

The way the world was built was confusing at times. It happened pretty fast, which was how Elena learned about the world. It was frustrating how we were almost expected to know everything (because Becky and Sammy were b words whenever Elena’s ignorance of the world showed) and it was especially frustrating how Elena was expected to know everything. The master of the school nearly let her fail and I wasn’t impressed with how they just threw her in and didn’t help her deal the trauma she was facing. I don’t like to diagnose people but I think Elena had PTSD and it was never talked about or dealt with. That could have been amazing rep for those that have PTSD. A real missed opportunity there.

There is more I could go on but I’m tired. The funny thing is, despite all my complaints, I want to read the next book. The plot and the dragons were just interesting enough that I want to keep going. Plus, there was an ARC so everything I complained about could have been changed when the book was published. So I’ll keep going.

 

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arc review: paramnesia (#1)

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3.5 stars!

A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Blue Moon publishers for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

publication date: april 3

This was quite an interesting book and I really did enjoy it, despite the 3 (three) star rating. It had its negatives but honestly, this was pretty entertaining read. I can’t wait to read the next book! Hopefully the next book will have a beautiful cover to match this one. If I’m being honest, I requested this book purely for the cover.

One of the negatives about this book was the way it was written. It was written beautifully, almost poetic in a sense. But after a while, it got to be a bit much. It also affected the way the characters talked. The teenager conversations felt stilted and unrealistic at times. It took away from the plot and there were times where I wasn’t completely sure what was really going on because the writing made me a little confused.

I loved Nora. Despite the writing, I could tell she acted like a teenager and I loved that. She was sassy and quick as a whip. I would have loved to be her friend even though she fell in love with a guy a little too quickly for my taste (and this is coming from someone that adores instalove). And speaking of friends, her and Veronica were serious friendship goals. Vee was a constant support to Nora and I loved that this book showed imprect friendships. There were times Nora snapped at Vee and vice versa but they always talked it out and apologized to each other. Let’s get more of that, yeah?

The concept was very cool. I have never heard of a Revenant (or maybe I have. The episodes of Supernatural all start to run together after a while). This book wasn’t info dumpy at all. Information was given when relevant and needed to progress the plot.

Speaking of Supernatural, the amount of references sprinkled in this book was wild and my nerd heart soared! From Supernatural to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it was a nerd’s paradise of fantastic references. If that kind of stuff bothers you,then this book might not be for you, because there is a lot references. They also contributed to the plot, they weren’t just there for the sake of being there.

Overall, this was a good start to what I’m sure will be a good series. I was sucked in purely by the cover and the title. Despite my average rating, I thought this book was pretty good. If the supernatural interests you, this book will be right up your alley.

 

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arc review: what you want to see (#2)

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4.5 stars!

A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Minotaur books for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

tw: sexism, mentions of child abuse, slurs against those with mental illness, alcoholism, mentioned drug use 

publication date: may 1

I missed my favorite bisexual private investigator, Roxane, even though it’s only been a couple of weeks, if that. But how could I not miss Roxane with all her smarty assery and wisdom? Not to mention, it’s so amazing that a female MC is bisexual especially in crime thrillers. I mean, how often do you see that? Not very often, that’s how often!

I really am starting to love crime thriller books and it’s because of Roxane (and Tracy Crosswhite from the Tracy Crosswhite series). She is far from perfect, sure, but I don’t expect my heroines to be perfect. She has a bit of drinking problem, never listens when she should and can be angry and rude for no reason. But that is why I love her. She knows who she is and doesn’t change for anybody. She works on the changes for herself.

The plot was far more interesting then the first book. Although the synopsis gives away a huge amount so it’s just best to go in blind. Just don’t bother with it all because the book has so many twists and turns. My head was spinning and I loved every minute of it.

I also liked that this book had more of Roxane’s personal life but it, in no way, took away from the main story. Cat was a major figure in this book. If you recall, she was the ex in the first book. I didn’t like Cat in the first book. I thought she was horrible for Roxane and I thought she was selfish. However, she had a bit of a redemption arc and you all know I am here for character arcs. By the end, I found myself rooting for them. Something I definitely didn’t see coming.

I had to deduct half a star because Roxane can get a little wordy and repeat a lot of what she says while trying to figure out the mystery. It’s not super bothersome but my eyes did glaz over huge paragraphs once or twice. Her way of solving a mystery was going over every detail over and over to see if she missed something. That is fine, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a bit difficult to read and my eyes were begging for paragraph breaks.

Overall, this book was fantastic! I early await 2019 when I can get my hands on the third book. I think this is a series that everyone needs to stop sleeping on. It may be a thriller but it has a lot more to offer than just that. I really highly recommend this series.

 

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