NetGalley Review: TBR

Netgalley Review

Since becoming a book blogger, Netgalley has been an invaluable source. I’ve discovered new favourite authors and ventured into genres that were otherwise a mystery. It’s helped me widen my reading horizons without having to wait for the library or payday!

But since joining, I have not yet managed to reach the magic 80% ratio. This is mainly because I got carried away when I first joined and have been playing catch up ever since. I review steadily, but posting one review a week is a slow process, especially with other things to read as well as ARC’s.

I decided to do the Twelve Days of Christmas in September. I had taken a break and realised that if I focused then, I had just enough time to slot in the extra books without putting the strain on myself to keep to my normal schedule. I’ve loved the challenge and look forward to seeing what you think of the reviews/books that made the cut.

With that scheduled, however, I thought it was time to look at what I had left on Netgalley.

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Book Review: 88° North by J.F Kirwan

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Synopsis: Would you kill your loved one to save the world?

The world’s most-wanted terrorist is on the loose, and this time the threat is global. To stop him, Nadia infiltrates his organization, from the triads of Hong Kong, to the refugee-smugglers of Sudan, to the Mafia gangs running oil platforms in Sakhalin. But in the end, she must travel to the top of the world and confront her sworn enemy on the Arctic ice, where she will face a terrible choice.

 

 

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Film Review: Belle

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Synopsis: Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the colour of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.

Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

 

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Up and Coming: December

Up and Coming

How many times can you delete a post before getting past the first sentence?

How long can you sit there staring at a blank screen, waiting for inspiration to hit?

The trouble with giving yourself a blogging challenge (such as doing the Twelve Days of Christmas as a feeble attempt to catch up on reviews that you are desperately behind on), is that it tends to take up most of your focus. I’ve been reading a lot recently, but everything has been for reviewing purposes.

I’ve got nothing to talk about in regards to books that didn’t make the reviewing cut. I’ve got nothing to squeal about in terms of shows that I’ve been (re)watching because I haven’t seen any.

When you’ve scheduled in advance as well, it seems pointless discussing the books that will be reviewed, because you’re only going to repeat those discussions in a few weeks’ time.

Hence why I have no idea what to write.

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Book Review: The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne

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Synopsis: When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.

But then Jamie’s behaviour changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother – David’s previous wife. Is this Jamie’s way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought?

As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife’s untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s words:

‘You will be dead by Christmas.’

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Television Review: Grimm, Series 4

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Synopsis: In the wake of Monroe and Rosalee’s wedding, things have never been more chaotic. Nick, having lost his Grimm abilities, must dig deep and decide what type of person he wants to be.

With Captain Renard in critical condition after being gravely injured and Juliette trying to come to grips with Nick’s recent betrayal, the world of Grimm is spiraling out of control more than ever.

As even more dangerous Wesen are making their way to the great northwest, it’s going to take all of Team Grimm’s strength and energy to keep Portland from bursting open at the seams.

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Cover Reveal! Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer

Cover Reveal

Good afternoon, you lovely lot.

I have a cover reveal for you on this chilly afternoon! Due for release next year (dates to follow), Before I Let You Go is the new book from Kelly Rimmer. It is, however, her first book being published as a paperback rather than just an ebook, so exciting things ahead!

Synopsis: Your sister needs you. But her child needs you more… 

The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister’s voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar-and in trouble, again. Lexie has always bailed Annie out, given her money, a place to sleep, sent her to every kind of rehab. But this time, she’s not just strung out-she’s pregnant and in premature labor. If she goes to the hospital, she’ll lose custody of her baby-maybe even go to prison. But the alternative is unthinkable.
As weeks unfold, Lexie finds herself caring for her fragile newborn niece while her carefully ordered life is collapsing around her. She’s in danger of losing her job, and her fiancé only has so much patience for Annie’s drama. In court-ordered rehab, Annie attempts to halt her downward spiral by confronting long-buried secrets from the sisters’ childhood, ghosts that Lexie doesn’t want to face. But will the journey heal Annie, or lead her down a darker path?

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