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.
Oldest Book on Shelf:
Heart of Granite by James Barclay
Publisher: Orion Date: 18 August 2016
Synopsis: The world has become a battleground in a war which no side is winning. But for those determined to retain power, the prolonged stalemate cannot be tolerated so desperate measures must be taken.
Max Halloran has no idea. He’s living the brief and glorious life of a hunter-killer pilot. He’s an ace in the air, on his way up through the ranks, in love, and with his family’s every need provided for in thanks for his service, Max has everything . . .
. . . right up until he hears something he shouldn’t have, and refuses to let it go. Suddenly he’s risking his life and the lives of all those he cares about for a secret which could expose corruption at the highest levels, and change the course of the war.
One man, one brief conversation . . . a whole world of trouble . . .
I requested this because I was discovering my sci-fi legs and thought this sounded like a good adventure. Other books have gripped me in the meantime though, resulting in this one slipping through the net. Hopefully I’ll read it shortly.
Newest Book on Shelf:
The Last Mrs Parish by Liv Constantine.
Publisher: HarperCollins Date: 17th Oct 2017
Synopsis: How far would you go to make all your dreams come true?
Amber Patterson is tired of being a nobody: an invisible woman who melts into the background. She deserves more. She deserves a life of wealth, luxury and leisure.
Daphne Parrish is the golden girl of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut. With her model looks, her picture-perfect mansion and her millionaire husband, Jackson, she has everything Amber wants.
Amber’s envy could eat her alive—if she didn’t have a plan. Before long, she has become Daphne’s closest friend, and is catching the eye of Jackson. But a skeleton from her past could destroy everything, and if discovered, Amber’s well-laid plan may end in disaster…
I hadn’t actually heard of this one until a friend recommended it. To my surprise, it was still available on Netgalley despite having been published a month before I requested it. As it wasn’t available in my library, I thought I would give it a go. Now to get around to it.
Oldest Publication Date:
The Dragon Lord’s: Fools Gold by Jon Hollins.
Publisher: Orbit Date: 21st July 2016
Synopsis: It’s not easy to live in a world ruled by dragons. The taxes are high and their control is complete. But for one group of bold misfits, it’s time to band together and steal back some of that wealth.
No one said they were smart.
It had dragons in the title: I was sold. The synopsis makes me think this will be a humorous read, even if the dragons are the bad guys. It’s fantasy, magical worlds and dragons – it should be right up my street. I’m looking forward to this!
Newest Publication Date:
The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton.
Publisher: Headline Date: 8th March 2018
Synopsis: Juliette loves Nate.
She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight
attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.
They are meant to be.
The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing.
Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.
She is the perfect girlfriend.
And she’ll make sure no one stops her from
getting exactly what she wants.
True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…
I was part of the cover reveal for this book a few months ago. As soon as I heard it was available on Netgalley, I wanted to read it. Having been part of the hype once, I am eager to be able to release a review. As it isn’t due until March next year, I’m even hoping that I will get it done on time!
Most looking forward to:
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence.
Publisher: HarperCollins Date: 6th April 2017
Synopsis: “I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin” At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.
I decided to read the Red Queen’s War Trilogy by Mark Lawrence before getting to this so I had read all of his books in release order. But it only heightened my excitement for this book: I fell in love with his writing and now am looking forward to curling up with the new series!
Are you on Netgalley? What are you most looking forward to?