The Reason I Joined NetGalley!

So at the start of the year picked up a copy of Perfect Pray from Amazon for £2! What a bargain I thought but when it arrived I realised it was the second book in a series so I checked out the reviews again and they said could be read as a standalone so I thought I would give it ago anyway. Three chapters in and I knew i was going to love it so I put it down and ordered the first one to my kindle. I read it within a day! Amazing so then of course I bought all the others and as i was purchasing I noticed that a lot of the reviews said ‘thanks to net galley for a copy in exchange for review’ an the bargain hunter beast within me awoke. I had to know how people were getting free copies of these amazing books!!

So I looked into and it turns out net galley is a free to join website that connects publishers with readers. You enter your reading preferences and provide a location to send your ebook to (only digital copies available through this site). Then you browse the shelves and request books that you want to read. The more detailed your biography the more likely you are to get approved for books. When yo get approved, download & read the book then come back and leave your review.

Top tips:

1. Request a few lesser known books or ones by smaller publishers, read and review them to build up your feed back ratio.

2. Aim to keep your feedback ratio above 80% as you are more likely to get approved this way. you can do this by only requesting a few books at a time and leaving reviews as soon as you have finished.

3. Add as many social media accounts as you can.

Fast forward ten months and i have been approved for 36 advanced copies of books, I still cant believe how excited I get when I get that email telling me I have been approved for a book I requested!

Perfect Kill

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DI Luc Callanach is in Paris investigating an illegal organ harvesting ring and trying to mend bridges with his former Interpol college. At the same time, DCI Ava Turner is in Scotland, trying to cope with, a missing persons investigation, several murders that appear to be linked to people trafficking, relationship issues and some devastating news from her best friend. Both cases seem separate until a photograph of DCI Turners missing person turns up on French soil.

This was another great page turner from Fields, I devoured it in a matter of hours and am already hungry for the next instalment. It opened my eyes to many things including the side of France that doesn’t pop into your head when you imagine Paris.

I especially loved following the development of DI Lively’s character in this book as in the first few novels he was a really odious man but in this book, you see another side to him, one that you makes you understand that there is two sides to every story. His dry humour, quick comments and raw emotion for the victims is a very welcome relief as the majority of book is very intense.

The whole series and especially this book are not for the faint hearted, the descriptions are gruesome and the way some of the victims are treated leaves you with that sick feeling in your stomach, hoping that this doesn’t happen in real life but knowing that deep down it probably does.

Having read all the prior novels in this series I was so excited to get this as an ARC and it has not disappointed.

Thank you NetGalley and Avon Books for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

And because the series is so amazing I have dedicate a whole blog post to it! Check it out here.

The Recovery of Rose Gold – Stephanie Wrobel

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Wow.

What an intense and deeply disturbing read that gives you an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of your stomach.

Staring with a mothers release from prison after serving a 5 year sentence (is that seriously long enough for the offence she committed?!) for aggravated child abuse you know that this isn’t going to be a rainbows and unicorns kind of novel. We then go backwards in time 5 years to meet the daughter and victim of this torrid stream of abuse and how she is surviving now free of her controlling and abusive mother. You begin feeling angry about the injustice she has severed and devastated for the childhood she has lost but as the book progresses you start to get niggling doubts about how sorry you should actually feel for her.

I loved this dark and twisted tale and found myself getting overly involved in the book, I was reminding myself that they had both suffered years of abuse so its no wonder that they were both bat shit crazy to then remember it was fictional!

This is without doubt going to be huge next year and I cant wait!

Thanks to Net Galley and Penguin UK for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

Twas the Nightshift before Christmas – Adam Kay

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Another fantastic instalment from Adam Kay!

I have to admit that I thought this was a little bit of a rip off when I first saw the size of it but I have just sat down and read it in one sitting and it had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions so I no longer begrudge the tiny size!

I love that in with the humour there are touching stories and reminders that we should take the time to think of others who don’t get to spend Christmas with their loved ones.

I also really really hope “vaginaphylaxsis” trends as it made me snort tea out of my nose!

Frankissstein: A Love Story – Jeanette Winterson
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This is the combined story of Mary Shelley’s life at the time of writing Frankenstein and the impact to humanity now AI is prominent part of the modern world.

This is a hard one to review as I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t love it. I really wish I had read Frankenstein before I read this as some of the references and comparisons may have had more of an impact on me. The link between Mary Shelley and AI was clever and a perspective I hadn’t thought of before.

It did make me think more about the future of AI and had made me want to read Frankenstein!

The Christian Companions idea really made me laugh.

Check out more from the Booker 2019 long list here.

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