Netgalley Shelf October 2021

Netgalley Shelf | October 2021

In the spirit of catching up on a few posts, I thought it was time to take another sneak-peek at what is currently on my Netgalley shelf in October 2021.

This year, I’ve had a new approach to how I’ve handled Netgalley. It was frustrating me that I was so far behind, never hitting anywhere near publication days. I mentioned previously I was using a Trello board – and it’s working! I switch between one that I’ve totally missed, one I can get done on time, and one that is still in the three month window. Judging by the fact very few books have made it on to the ‘totally missed’ pile for quite some time, it’s working.

Taking a break from blogging, naturally, slowed things down for a while. But I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next for the final stretch of the year. Let’s take a look at what’s outstanding on my shelf at the moment.

Netgalley Shelf – October 2021

Oldest book on shelf

Power Play by Tony Kent

Power Play by Toby Kent

Plot: The enemies aren’t at the gates. They’re already inside.

When controversial US presidential candidate Dale Victor is killed in a plane explosion along with hundreds of passengers, it appears to be a clear-cut case of terrorism. But as criminal barrister Michael Devlin and intelligence agent Joe Dempsey investigate, all the evidence begins to point to the very top of the US government. And now someone is determined to stop Dempsey and Devlin from discovering the truth. At any cost. Together, they must find a way to prove who’s really holding the cards, and free the White House from the deadly grip that has taken hold of power. 

Thoughts: I downloaded this at the beginning of 2020, and I have to admit, I have no recollection of it at all. But re-reading the synopsis has re-sparked my interest. It sounds to be a tense, gripping thriller-esque style book full of action and drama. I’m now looking forward to it.

Newest book on shelf

Warriors of God by Andrezei Sapkowski

Warriors of God by Andrzej Sapkowski

Plot: Reynevan begins by hiding away in Bohemia but soon leaves for Silesia, where he carries out dangerous, secret missions entrusted to him by the leaders of the Hussite religion. At the same time he strives to avenge the death of his brother and discover the whereabouts of his beloved. Once again pursued by multiple enemies, Reynevan is constantly getting into and out of trouble.

Sapkowski’s deftly written novel delivers gripping action full of numerous twists and mysteries, seasoned with elements of magic and Sapkowski’s ever-present – and occasionally bawdy – sense of humour. Fans of the Witcher will appreciate the rich panorama of this slice of the Middle Ages.

Thoughts: I’ve started reading The Witcher series (see below), and I’m enjoying Sapkowski’s writing style. When I saw this available for request, it felt a good opportunity to branch into some of his other writing and see if it holds my attention in the same manner. I’m already loving the names…

Oldest publication date

Blood of Elves by Andrezei Sapkowski

Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski

Plot: For more than a hundred years, humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over and now the races are fighting once again – killing their own kind and each other.

Into this tumultuous time is born a child of prophecy, Ciri, surviving heiress of a bloody revolution, whose strange abilities can change the world – for good, or for evil…

As the threat of war hangs over the land, Geralt the Witcher must protect Ciri from those who are hunting the child for her destructive power.

But this time, Geralt may have met his match.

Thoughts: In my defence, I did start this. But then did the research and realised it was better to read the prequels before ‘book one’ – yes, I got very confused. I’m currently reading The Last Wish and enjoying it, so eager to continue the series when I get to this one.

Newest publication date

Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan

Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan

Plot: Her destiny. His revenge.

In an empire on the brink of war . . .

Ahn is no one, with no past and no family.

Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child.

When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her lethal magical abilities.

But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined.

Thoughts: I’m not sure I need to say anything for this one – the synopsis speaks for itself. This sounds completely up my street and I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully my high expectations won’t backfire on me. How can I resist anything with destiny in the title? Sign me up!

Most looking forward to…

Here we have it… the book currently outstanding on my Netgalley shelf that I can’t wait to get to. But, slightly awkward, just realised this was my most anticipated last time as well… Really should get this read before my next wrap-up.

Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron

Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron


Before, Arrah was shamed by having no magic at all. Now, with demons on warpath, she is the only one in the world who has it.

Explosive fantasy set in a West-African world of magic and legend. Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi, Laini Taylor and Sarah J Maas.

Book Two in the extraordinary Kingdom of Souls Trilogy

After years yearning for the gift of magic, Arrah has what she’s always wanted – but it came at too steep a price. Now the last witchdoctor, she’s left to pick up the pieces of a family that betrayed her, a kingdom plunged into chaos, and a love that can never be.

While Arrah returns to the tribal lands to search for survivors, Rudjek hunts down the remnants of the demon army – and uncovers a plot that would destroy what’s left of the world.

The Demon King wants Arrah. If he can’t be stopped, he will destroy everything, and everyone, standing in his way.

Thoughts: Kingdom of Souls was one of my top books for last year. I spent the entire 12 months raving why everyone needed to read it, pronto. How can I not be buzzing to get to the next in the series? I’m hoping this is near the top of my TBR…

There we go – this month’s wrap up. What’s currently sitting on your Netgalley shelf? Do any of these draw your attention?

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Netgalley Shelf June 2020

Netgalley Shelf | June 2020

Can you believe it was November that I last did a Netgalley wrap up? I thought it was time I shared what was currently sitting on my netgalley shelf in June 2020.

I’ve had this scheduled to write for weeks, but I keep convincing myself to put it off. Like I’ll magically clear through my shelf and have a load of new books to highlight if I just delay by another week or so.

But a lack of commute has resulted in a lack of reading time. While I’m striving to get more reviews up on time, it means those who’ve been sitting on the shelf the longest, well, they’re still sitting on the shelf. Dropping to one review a week rather than three a fortnight has an impact.

I will, however, get to them. For the time being, I wanted to shout about the books I have coming up and what I’m most excited for!

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Book Review: The Head in the Ice by Richard James

The Head in the Ice by Richard James

Publisher: Sharpe Books

Date: 2020

Genre: Historical/Mystery

Plot: Who would send a madman to solve a murder?

Just released from a Lunatic Asylum, Inspector George Bowman is in no shape to lead an investigation, but the discovery of a severed head in the frozen waters of the River Thames sees him back in service at Scotland Yard. As he delves into the dark heart of the city in search of answers, the memory of the death of his wife threatens to derail his investigation and place his very sanity in peril.

Bowman must confront his demons and the part he played in her demise before he can solve the case; a case that leads him across Victorian London in pursuit of a killer.

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The Girl and the Stars Review

Book Review: The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

Publisher: HarperCollins

Date: 2020

Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult

Plot: In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

On Abeth the vastness of the ice holds no room for individuals. Survival together is barely possible. No one survives alone.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same.

Yaz is torn from the only life she’s ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of difference and mystery and danger.

Yaz learns that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She learns that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she learns to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.

Only when it’s darkest you can see the stars.

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Book Review: Strangers by C.L Taylor

Strangers by C.L Taylor

Publisher: Avon Books UK

Date: 2020

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Plot: Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.
Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.
And Alice is being stalked.

None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.

Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.

The million-copy bestseller returns with a gripping new novel that will keep you guessing until the end.

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Book Review: The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B. Andersen

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date: 2019

Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult

Plot: An unfortunate chain of events makes Philip responsible for the untimely death of the school bully Sam—the Devil’s original choice for an heir. Philip must return to Hell to find Sam and bring him back to life, so that fate can be restored. But trouble is stirring in Lucifer’s kingdom and not even Philip can imagine the strange and dark journey that awaits him. A journey that will take him through ancient underworlds and all the way to Paradise.

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Book Review: Sword of Shadows by Jeri Westerson

Sword of Shadows by Jeri Westerson

Publisher: Severn House

Date: 2020

Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

Plot: London, 1396. A trip to the swordsmith shop for Crispin Guest, Tracker of London, and his apprentice Jack Tucker takes an unexpected turn when Crispin crosses paths with Carantok Teague, a Cornish treasure hunter. Carantok has a map he is convinced will lead him to the sword of Excalibur – a magnificent relic dating back to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table – and he wants Crispin to help him find it.

Travelling to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall with Carantok and Jack, Crispin is soon reunited with an old flame as he attempts to locate the legendary sword. But does Excalibur really exist, or is he on an impossible quest? When a body is discovered, Crispin’s search for treasure suddenly turns into a hunt for a dangerous killer.

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Book Review: The Die of Death by Kenneth B. Andersen

The Die of Death by Kenneth B. Andersen

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date: 2018

Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult

Plot: Philip’s adventures as the Devil’s apprentice have changed him—in a good way. Although he misses his friends in Hell, he has made new friends in life.
But when the future of the underworld is threatened once again, Philip’s help is needed. Death’s Die has been stolen and immortality is spreading across the globe.
Philip throws himself into the search—and discovers a horrible truth about his own life along the way.

The Die of Death is volume 2 in The Great Devil War-series and winner of the ORLA-Award.

The Great Devil War-series is a humorous and gripping tale about good and evil, filled with biblical and historical characters, such as Judas, Goliath, and Pontius Pilate, as well as modern figures such as Elvis Presley, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, and many more.

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Book Review: The Awful Truth about Sushing Prize by Marco Ocram

The Awful Truth about the Sushing Prize by Marco Ocram

Publisher: Tiny Fox Press

Date: 2019

Genre: Humour

Plot: Should I tell him about Sushing or play dumb?

Sticking in my comfort zone, I played dumb.

Writer Marco Ocram has a secret superpower—whatever he writes actually happens, there and then. Hoping to win the million-dollar Sushing Prize, he uses his powers to write a true-crime thriller, quickly discovering a freakish murder. But Marco has a major problem—he’s a total idiot who can’t see beyond his next sentence. Losing control of his plot and his characters, and breaking all the rules of fiction, Marco writes himself into every kind of trouble, until only the world’s most incredible ending can save his bacon.

Fast, funny, and utterly different, welcome to the weird world of The Awful Truth.

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Book Review: Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb book cover

Author: Robin Hobb

Title: Ship of Destiny (The Liveship Traders #3)

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Date: 2000

Plot: The dragon, Tintaglia, released from her wizardwood coffin, flies high over the Rain Wild River. Below her, Reyn and Selden have been left to drown, while Malta and the Satrap attempt to navigate the acid flow of the river in a decomposing boat.

Althea and Brashen are sailing the liveship Paragon into pirate waters in a last-ditch attempt to rescue the Vestrit family liveship, Vivacia, who was stolen by the pirate king, Kennit; but there is mutiny brewing amongst their ragtag crew, and in the mind of the mad ship itself.

And all the while the waters around the Vivacia are seething with giant serpents, following the liveship as she sails to her destiny . . .

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
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