Netgalley Wrap-up: November 2019

I’ve been putting this post off as I’m hoping for a couple of requests to be approved. They’re books I’m highly excited about, so will naturally get a prime spot in this post.

But, in the style of being organised, I figured I should stop delaying and actually get on with sorting out some posts.

This year has been full of fantastic books. There’s been a lot of new releases I’m excited for, a lot of new authors I’ve fallen in love with, and it makes me appreciate Netgalley more than ever.

Netgalley review
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Book Review: Crowfall by Ed McDonald

Crowfall by Ed McDonald

Author: Ed McDonald

Title: Crowfall

Publisher: Gollancz

Date: 2019

Plot: A sorceress cataclysm has hit the Range, the final defensive line between the Republic and the immortal Deep Kings.

Tormenting red rains sweep the land, new monstrosities feed on fear in the darkness, and the power of the Nameless, the gods who protect the Republic, lies broken. The Blackwing captains who serve them are being picked off one by one, and even immortals have learned what it means to die. Meanwhile the Deep Kings have only grown stronger, and are poised to deliver a blow that will finally end the war.

Ryhalt Galharrow stands apart from it all.

He has been deeper into the wasteland known as the Misery than ever before. It has grown within him – changed him – but all power comes with a price, and now the ghosts of his past, formerly confined to the Misery, walk with him everywhere.

They will even follow him, and the few surviving Blackwing captains, on one final mission into the darkness.

Book review: Crowfall by Ed McDonald
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November’s film wrap up

It seems putting this post in my planner is the only way I persuade myself to watch films these days. Which makes the ex-film-student in me feel very ashamed! I used to be really consistent with watching new things, but since Lovefilm finished, I’ve been rubbish.

I have Netflix, I have Sky, I have Amazon Prime…but there was something about the disc landing on the doormat that made me watch it. I guess being at uni rather than working full time probably has more to do with it…

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My top 5 highly anticipated reads

Do you ever reach a point where you are so excited about new releases you don’t know which way to turn?

‘cos that’s me right now!

And I love it!

I must have been on a reading buzz a couple of years ago – because all the trilogies I’ve been raving about seem to be coming to an end! I’m excited to read the conclusions, but it does leave me slightly worried about the big gap that comes afterwards. If you’ve got recommendations, send them my way!

I thought I’d take a look at the five reads I’m most excited for over the next couple of months:

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Book Review: The Phoenix Empress by K. Arsenault Rivera

The Phoenix Empress by K. Arsenault Rivera

Author: K Arsenault Rivera

Title: The Phoenix Empress

Publisher: Macmillan-Tor/Forge

Date: 2018

Plot: Since she was a child, the divine empress O Shizuka has believed she was an untouchable god. When her uncle, ruler of the Hokkaran Empire, sends her on a suicide mission as a leader of the Imperial Army, the horrors of war cause her to question everything she knows.

Thousands of miles away, the exiled and cursed warrior Barsalyya Shefali undergoes trials the most superstitious would not believe in order to return to Hokkaran court and claim her rightful place next to O Shizuka.

As the distance between disgraced empress and blighted warrior narrows, a familiar demonic force grows closer to the heart of the empire. Will the two fallen warriors be able to protect their home?

Book review: The Phoenix Empress by K. Arsenault Rivera
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Book Review: Dragon Song by Ava Richardson

Dragon Song by Ava Richardson

Author: Ava Richardson

Title: Dragon Song (Deadweed Trilogy #3)

Publisher: Relay Publishing

Date: 2019

Plot: Their only hope for their future is to unravel her past. 

The Southern Kingdom is overrun with Deadweed and what remains lies scorched by dragon’s fire. Plagued by the choking menace and targeted by attacks from deadly Water Wraiths, Dayie has no choice—master her magic or succumb to it. But when she and the Dragon Riders seek help from neighboring Torvald, they find a Kingdom under siege and come to a heart-wrenching realization. 

They will not win the fight. 

The only option to restore the wasteland that was once their home is for Dayie to travel to a mysterious site that may hold the key to her birth and the tremendous power that drives the Water Wraiths. But what she discovers is more terrifying than the enemies she already faces. 

Armed with a link to her past and the song of the sea in her heart, Dayie must confront the truth of her birth in order to wield the full strength of her magic against powerful and untamable foes. 

Before all hope is lost.

Book review: Dragon Song by Ava Richardson
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Up and Coming: November

I was going to apologise for the gap in posting. Then realised I don’t need to apologise: it was what I needed.

I love blogging. I love reviewing. Diving into a new adventure, then sharing my thoughts, still gives me a thrill even after a few years of doing it. I’ve had the pleasure of discovering new authors who have quickly become favourites thanks to access to novels I wouldn’t have otherwise heard of. I’ve had the thrill of comments saying they would check out a book because of my review.

I’ve seen the blog really grow this year, which is why I put off having a break for so long. I’ve really got to grips with the community and promoting my own work.

Monthly wrap up: November
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