I’ve been meaning to share there with you guys, but with work and school I’ve been super busy…
I got approved for some major titles on a book reviewer’s favorite site, NetGalley!
These titles make me feel like I’ve finally made it in the book blogging community, as some of these are coming out from big publisher houses. I’m going to list the lastest ones first, then just show you my list of the books I have to review before I request more galleys (because the optimum feedback score is 80%, and I’m at 77%, so no more until I finish one or two…I want my ratio to stay high!
- Ever The Hunted – Erin Summerhill – December 27, 2016 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group)
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, a legendary bounty hunter—that is, until her father is murdered. The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a force to be reckoned with.
Beautiful cover! #coverlove! Many of these galleys have gorgeous covers! At least this galley came with it, unlike some of the others that came with a simple title page and broke my heart (ahem, I’m sure you guys know what I’m saying…)
- Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones – February 7, 2017 (St. Martin’s Press)
Dark, romantic and unforgettable, a fantastical coming-of-age story for fans of Labyrinth and The Darkest Part of the Forest.
Deep in his terrifying realm underground, the cold and forbidding Goblin King casts a dark shadow over nineteen-year-old Liesl. Her grandmother has always warned her to follow the old laws, for every year on the longest night of winter, she claims, the Goblin King will emerge into the waking world in search of his eternal bride. Sensible and plain, Liesl knows it’s her duty to keep her beautiful sister Käthe safe from harm. But Liesl finds refuge only in her wild, captivating music, composed in secret in honor of the mysterious Goblin King.
When Käthe is stolen by the Goblin King, Liesl knows she must set aside her childish fantasies to journey to the Underground and save her. Drawn despite herself to the strange, beautiful world she finds—and the mysterious man who rules it—she finds herself facing an impossible choice. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.
Set at the turn of the 19th century, when young upstart composers like Beethoven were forever altering the sound of music, S. Jae-Jones’ richly imagined debut spins a spellbinding tale of music, love, sisterhood, and a young woman’s search for self-actualization.
Did you see the part that says “for fans of Labyrinth?” Umm, that’s me over here! I wish this galley came with this cover. Also a #coverlove situation.
- Freeks – Amanda Hocking – January 3, 2017 (St. Martin’s Press)
Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…
Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.
When the struggling sideshow is miraculously offered the money they need if they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe…and a normal life has never been more appealing.
But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodes are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. In order to unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone Mara holds dear, she has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she was capable of—one that could change her future forever.
Bestselling author Amanda Hocking draws readers inside the dark and mysterious world of Freeks.
Been wanting to request this ever since I knew Hocking was coming out with another book…then Jasmine told me it was on NetGalley, and I didn’t want to request too many books, but I couldn’t resist after the Wake books.
So those are the new three that I got approved for all at once, and I was psyched! But there are others, like my wishes that came true (remember those two? Or did I only tell you about one? Because I got another one fulfilled!)
My Granted “Wishes”
- Toward a Secret Sky – Heather MacLean – April 4, 2017 (Blink)
Toward a Secret Sky by New York Times bestselling author Heather Maclean is a new breed of YA novel: an intelligent adventure-quest crossed with a sweeping, forbidden love story. A mix of reality and possibility, this fast-paced thriller will appeal to fans of Stephenie Meyer and Dan Brown as it leads the reader on a breathless flight through the highlands of Scotland, the secret city under London, and history itself.
Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.
With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.
Honestly, this was pretty cool. This was the first time I knew that hitting the “Wish For” button actually did anything! And once again, just look at that beautiful cover. Actually, so far all the covers are super gorgeous.
- Unfolding – Jonathan Friesen – January 31, 2017 (Blink)
Jonah wishes he could get the girl, but he’s a monster and she’s the most perfect girl he knows.
And their futures seemed destined to fork apart: Jonah’s physical condition is debilitating, and epileptic seizures fill his life with frustration, keeping him tied to his parents. Whereas when clouds fill the sky, Stormi can see beyond; she can see things before they happen. And one of those things is her need to leave town.
Jonah ventures out with Stormi to expose a secret the town has been keeping, as well as protect him from the town leaders (including his father), who want to ostracize Stormi instead of understanding her gift. And along the way, he discovers that neither his deformity nor epilepsy defines him anymore. He’s also discovered that being in love is more powerful than being in control.
I honestly don’t remember wishing for this, but I noticed that both this and my other “wished for” book are both from the same publishing company, so that might have something to do with two wishes being fulfilled.
- Gilded Cage – Vic James – February 14, 2017 (Random House – Ballatine)
For readers of Victoria Aveyard and Kiera Cass comes a darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule—and commoners are doomed to serve.
NOT ALL ARE FREE.
NOT ALL ARE EQUAL.
NOT ALL WILL BE SAVED.
Our world belongs to the Equals—aristocrats with magical gifts—and all commoners must serve them for ten years.
But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.
A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.
Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of their noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty—but will her heart pay the price?
A boy dreams of revolution.
Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.
And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.
He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?
*This one I’m reading with Jasmine as a buddy read as soon as we both catch up with our library books…luckily we have some time before it comes out!*
- The Bone Witch – Rin Chupeco – March 7, 2017 (SOURCEBOOKS Fire)
In the captivating launch of this darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price…
Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. if there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.
Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in her community. But under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch, Tea learns to wield her magic in the face of dark forces and the deceit of those who would plot against her- including the ruling royals, who are waging their own war for control of her homeland…
I know a lot of you got this galley. So you know what I mean when I say it sucks sometimes that certain books come without covers, because WILL YOU JUST LOOK AT THIS COVER?? OMG. #superdupercoverlove! I’d love to have this just as a poster.
- Theta (The Omega Series #2) – Lizzy Ford– September 30, 2016 (Captured Press)
The world ends in four months. Alessandra can stop it – but she can’t do it alone.
The mind of Alessandra, the Oracle of Delphi, is under the control of the Supreme Magistrate, a brilliant politician determined to use her goddess-like powers to conquer deities and humans alike. With her thoughts and powers compromised, she begins to question her ability to stop the apocalyptic future revealed to her in cryptic visions – and who her enemy really is
Outside of Washington DC, the fight for survival hinders the Silent Queen’s ability to launch her attack against the political elite and the gods as quickly as planned. An unlikely ally saves her life – but it’s the emergence of the Bloodline’s hereditary curse that warns her she may not survive long enough to start the war she’s spent her life preparing for.
The Grotesque Prince, Adonis, has spent his life being defined by others. On a journey of self-discovery mandated by the goddess Artemis, he returns to the lands he once ruled, four thousand years ago. Instead of uncovering the object Artemis tasked him to find, Adonis’ quest leads him to a mysterious figure possessed by much more than answers.
I read Omega by Ford and fell in love. I’ve had to put it down while I finish my overdue library books, but so far so good. I love her style and I’m excited to finish this book!
So I had to share: this is probably a very self-indulgent post. But I’ve been so excited and this isn’t really like a tag or meme (even The NetGalley Tag doesn’t work for this, so I guess it’s just an update…I can sulk all day about the one denial I got for Roseblood, or I can celebrate the things I did get approved for, which includes my Edelweiss galley for Fear The Drowning Deep. So I’m going to celebrate instead!!)
What galleys are on your NetGalley list? Let’s brag together! We are all awesome bloggers who get to read books no one else has access to yet…how special are we!!!
Happy Reading, my fellow ARC addicts!